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  1. This is very interesting but for cat folk, it’s going to be the mother of all dilemmas I’d guess. It is for me.

    I can see that it might be helpful to encourage adoption, a sort of trial run for those on the fence about sharing life with a cat.

    As a straight up commercial practice? Just where do you start listing the potential for problems to arise. Yes Michael you hit the nail on the head with our beliefs about our cats, they are as you say sentient beings. How can we cat lovers give the thumbs up to a concept that relies on turning the cat into a commodity?

    I have seen the effect on cats who get repeatedly returned by eager adopters, churned back & forth between rescue, foster, new home, rinse and repeat. Nothing can wreck a cat’s mind like being uprooted, moved who knows where next or when? This happens to some cats every single day around the world where there are rescues.

    Some of the best rescues I have seen have fallen prey to the cage freeing lure of churning a cat out to a home where it isn’t quite right. Cat returned, new cat supplied, monies due paid. A simple transaction for humans, a massively stressful time for the poor cat. Each time uprooted to a new location, new smells, noises, on and on for the rest of the cat’s life? What happens when a cat is ill, old, no longer attractive enough to rent?

    In young humans who have been churned for maybe 16yrs of failed care and foster homes, end up being spat out of the system when they are 16, irreparably, psychologically harmed, just by the lack of consistency and continuity and love. If the young teen human is very lucky they may get access to an effective therapy, but mostly they won’t. It is formally recognised that treating young humans this way causes life long psychological damage which will most likely significantly, impact on their lives. What about the kids who have endured sexual, emotional abuse or neglect or violence of any kind? They are more harmed, no one gives a toss.

    Which, returning to cats… How is a cat supposed to cope with the equivalent of being churned through care, possible abuse of any kind, deprivation and fear? If young humans who have the advantage of understanding the words said to them and about them still get badly mangled how the hell is a cat going to cope.

    Imagine seeing the same sequence of events that signify you are going to be rented out again, happen relentlessly? How do cats cope with the compounding nature of every instance of mishandling, rough handling, deprivation of peace and quiet, new noisy, excited humans reeking of adrenalin, small and not so small trauma. Bad enough happening once, but repeatedly, it’s a train wreck in waiting.

    A few years ago (may have been in The Telegraph or Grauniad) a London chap was renting out his very affable Golden Retriever, the dog loved it and had regular customers returning. No negatives mentioned, something about plans to expand – goldfish, small rodents, cats. I only saw it written about the once. But dogs are not cats.

    I think there are far too many pitfalls for even the most far thinking planner of such a business to contemplate. I can’t see this concept being even remotely beneficial to any feline in any way, unless they are rented out to a good person who adopts them. Maybe rentals would not be from rescues. There are just too many spaces in the process for the cat to be harmed.

    I mustn’t forget that we are talking about cats here. So some cats may take to it as if born to do it.

    Looks like I forgot to stop typing though! 😼

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