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Some Ethical Dilemmas for Cat Owners — 16 Comments

  1. on the issue with the tortie. I think I would have her spayed, let her recuperate and release her. The owner probably wouldn’t even know. To me that’s not a dilemma at all. Being the ultimate cat person I would buy the better cat food over the new outfit. It’s all about priorities I guess.

    • I like your idea. It is bold and effective. I don’t feel I can do it though. It’ll create too many problems at least potentially.

    • Any free roaming cat that looks “intact” or in heat will come with me to be neutered. I don’t care if they belong to someone or not. Most idiotic “owners” won’t even know. How sad is that?

  2. If I’m short on cash I still go out and buy my cat the best cat food I can. If she needs to go to the vet, same thing. I spent $200 in May 2015 for her senior wellness exam. Samirah wasn’t sick, but she hadn’t had blood work in over a year. Her blood work was fine. Even the vet was surprised. The thought of cutting corners with her just doesn’t occur to me.

    I don’t know what I would do about the neighbor with the tortie, Michael. Well, wait, yeah I do. I once catnapped an abused kitten who was left out in the cold of winter and whose collar was so tight it would have embedded itself in his neck. I kept the kitten under wraps, took him to the vet and when I moved out in another month he came with me and my other 2 cats. I didn’t move because of the kitten. I was moving anyway. Your situation is different and much trickier.

  3. As for the “indoor-outdoor” dilemma, I have considered the pros and cons. Although, I’ve had indoor-outdoor cats in the past with no problem, I’m choosing not to do it now, although my cat really would prefer to be outside since she lived that life for a year before I adopted her.

    We have reached a compromise by taking her out twice a day, with halter and leash. I sit outside, and allow her to roam. The leash is RED, so I can spot it easily out of the corner of my eye, while I read. I live in a mobile home park, so there is no confining fence, as in the past. She usually stays close by, except to chase a bird or butterfly. Sometimes, she just sits in a chair next to me. We’re out for about a half hour, then I bring her inside. I have to pick her up, since she never wants to go back inside.

    Even though she has an outdoor, enclosed porch, she still wants to have the experience of being “out”, beyond these confines. My conscience and my heart prevent me from letting her be completely free because of the potential dangers with other cats who aren’t confined, neighbors who don’t like cats, and vehicles. Outdoor cats do get spooked, and run away, never to be found. I couldn’t bear the responsibility of any injury or loss that I could have controlled.

    As I’ve said before, domestic animals are like children, and caring for them involves protecting them as much as possible. Even if kept inside, there are dangers, so it means being especially aware, which many guardians are not.

    Last Christmas, my roommate had finished decorating the tree, complete with tinsel. She had no awareness that cats may eat tinsel, with an undesirable and dangerous result. I mentioned it, and together we removed most of it. Any time changes take place in the home, it can create unforeseen “accidents” which may entail a trip to the vet to save a cat or a child’s life.

  4. Michael,I suspect that is Jorgeanna Stanley,ever since my friend Angela Smith who lives in the UK offered to fly me across the pond to visit her I had shared on my Tiger page asking for advice which travel agencies work best with travel fare etc,then she slammed me for doing a campaign to raise funds to fly out to California to help get my daughters cats surrendered since she has turned into a meth head and sadly that was a wasted trip,then another campaign to help my Mystery cross the Rainbow Bridge,this woman is mentally off the rails,wot she doesnt know is that we know she has been arrested a few times and the latest was August 15th and all for the same thing,assault and battery,and as ye cam see making up lies about Amy,I had to ban her from Tigers page and block her from my own personal page,seems she is now trolling cat pages.

    • Oh her accusing ye being part of the Wildcats becoming extinct really shows her ignorance,scottish citizens know it is against the law to kill them since they are now are endangered,they get killed by cars,deforestation along with feline HIV and it is now hybridisation which represents the biggest threat to wildcats, due to cross-breeding with domestic and feral cats.
      She should have done her home work before posting her stupidity for all to see.

  5. I am currently feeding my neighbors 5 cats that she adopted from our SPCA as kittens and she wont let them back in the house until winter,I get angry at her and when I ask for vet help for one of her cats she gets irritated and says she cant afford the vet Bill and I counter reply with (then why the hell did ye adopt them)she says she doesnt know but boy oh boy she has no problem spending 100’s of dollars on her dam dog or hundreds of fish,she has 3 ponds in her house,the cats every morning 7AM and every evening 5PM are right on my front porch waiting to be fed,she wont even help me feed her own cats and dont tell me to find them new homes,I and her are all they have ever known,it just scares the bejeezus out of me when they cross our busy street which is the thoroughfare for rush hour,if one of her cats gets killed it will be thrown on her lap when instead I would rather punch her in her face.

    • Yet you saw nothing wrong with your beloved and applauded Amy Hemsell who let the cat allegedly named Tiger roam free (and only fed that cat 2 times a week, and 2 more feral cats with the exact same markings roaming the neighborhood, as reported by neighbors) to be shot by an arrow — as-is legal under all anti-depredation laws. 🙂 (Hint: that’s why Kristen Lindsey violated no crime and cannot be convicted of any crimes. But your cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying, and fraudulent fund-raising; now that’s a whole other criminal matter facing the lawyers and courts. 🙂 ) How much money has your fraudulent fund-raising efforts put in her back-pocket and yours from all your lies, deceptions, and now-proved two-faced values?

    • Guess who really killed “Tiger” — Amy Hemsell. It’s called animal-neglect and animal-endangerment, laws on the books in every state. I suggest you do to her what you did to Kristen Lindsey to redeem your sorry two-faced self.

    • This just in …

      msn . com / en-gb / news/uknews/scottish-wildcat-at-risk-from-deadly-virus/ar-AAey0jW

      Now you people are killing-off the few remaining NATIVE wildcats in the UK, just as you are doing to the rare and endangered Florida Panther and all other big-cats in all wildlife preserves around the world with the diseases that your free-roaming cats are spreading to ALL wildlife.

      Aren’t you all just so proud of yourselves. When the last of the Scottish Wildcats are dead and gone, I will blame YOU, Micheal. YOU made them extinct just with your own words and total lack of any redeeming values whatsoever. The term “waste of human flesh” comes to mind.

    • Irish, you have chosen to take responsibility for these cats, and now they depend on you. The owner is not going to change, no matter how angry you get. And it must be very stressful for you to have the limited role of sustaining them, and yet have no way to protect them from traffic. I know that you are a responsible cat lover, doing what you can. I would be doing the same.

  6. Take the tortie to be spayed. Return tortie after a week. Momentary ethical dilemma produced by this action significantly outweighed by long term benefits.

    • Susan, I agree. If we see something that will result in hundreds or thousands of unwanted cats, and do nothing, even if one act would remedy it, we are actually contributing to the problem.

      My cat, Mitzy, was born on the street, to a stray. It was during a time when I was in extreme physical pain, and could barely walk. I fed them. And before I moved, I was able to take the mom to the shelter, where she was adopted 2 weeks later. When I returned to the neighborhood, a year later, a neighbor told me that the “kitten” had already given birth to two litters.

      I made the decision to take her to the shelter, where she was kept in the holding cage for a month before they decided she was “unadoptable”, and were going to euthanize her.
      I begged my landlord to let me bring her home. She was confined to my room, with the exception of occasional outings on a leash. She is still afraid of most people.

      I think back to my initial decision to take her to the shelter, and how that prevented hundreds or thousands of unwanted cats to be born. One act of a responsible cat lover can have such a profound affect in limiting the effects of an irresponsible person who claims to love cats.

  7. This is a heavily loaded article and I could give examples of all these dilemmas and how I’ve dealt with them. I will follow up.

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