This video caused a bit of a rumpus on Facebook judging by the comments. It is a very cute, charming video showing a male cat comforting, by his presence and in kneading, the female while newborn offspring at at the mother’s breast. It is a classic family image. Humans can relate to it. It is heartwarming and for me it somewhat goes against the grain of my perceptions of how male cats deal with birthing females.
Here is the video (it is embedded from FB). If it is not there or not working, sorry. It is not my fault 😉 …
In fact you’ll encounter articles on the internet discussing whether male cats should be around newborn kittens. There is probably the fear of male infanticide. Even though females sometimes kill and even eat their young. My understanding of feral and domestic cat infanticide by males and females is that it is relatively rare. And males behaving as shown in the video is not unique. It does happen from time to time.
Sarah Hartwell (cat expert) writes on her site messybeast.com:
“Although in the main, toms do not contribute to the raising of kittens, there have been instances where even unneutered toms may supply food, tend or move the kittens or be willing to play auntie even to the extent of allowing the kittens to ‘suckle'”
The argument in the comments below the video is about accepting the video for what it is; cute and heartwarming and for the time being to suspend criticism about allowing cats to breed because they have not been sterilised. The criticism did not occur to me but it did to some commenters. And it is a good point. There are too many domestic cats and the main cause is a failure to spay and neuter to a sufficiently high percentage all domestic cats.
We should not be seeing any videos of domestic cats of this type in a perfect world.
Here are some examples of the comments:
A woman, Vittoria De Maurizi, commented on unwanted cat births and neutering which kicked off the argument. I can’t find her original comment. It may have been deleted.
“Our male cat did exactly the same a few weeks ago .refused to leave the mother of his children washed mum and the kittens as each one was born. And helped her every day our other two cats even took over baby sitting and washing duties when mum got up for food. So beautiful to watch them all look after the kittens”.
“Lizabeth Stafford maybe because these good feeling videos often end up as cats in garbage bags at shelters or dying outside. So sick of people wanting to wear the rose colored glasses all the time and ignore the end results which is all that matters.”
“There are some zealots on here.. do it my way or we will hate you.. bug off you zealots. This lady had everything planned out and accounted for. It was very sweet what the daddy cat did for the mommy cat. Pure love..”
Donna Jean Meyer:
“Alice DeNolf you forgot to thank Vittoria De Maurizi for turning a simple beautiful sweet video into WW3 as well as a soapbox for her beliefs. Unfortunately she failed to realize that the original poster lives in America too, and has the right to breed HER cat if she so chooses. This isn’t a feral cat or just some stray she feeds on occasion.
Shari Breitung, I always assume when an argument devolves into juvenile name calling that the person is simply too immature to face that someone can think differently than them. I’ve not enough time to deal with them.
As much as I hate to go here… I feel the need to ask… are ALL of you on here bashing the poster this passionate when it comes to CHILDREN too? There are an awful lot of kids in orphanages. Maybe we should start neutering them at age 13…. No one should be allowed to “breed” until all those children are all adopted by such logic. If you are all that passionate about it, I’m guessing you must have adopted all of yours and I commend you. May you have extra jewels in your heavenly crown.
This woman was responsible. There was no need for the filibuster about how horrible she is for being a responsible and loving pet owner . She’s not “adding to the problem”. She’s “taking care of her own.” And I’m sorry, but no matter HOW strongly ones feelings are on animal rights, THAT makes this case no one else’s business.
Oh, and btw,……”
There are 16,000 comments to the video so we can see how it provoked a lot of discussion.
The question is whether we should suspend our desire to criticise when watching this video as it detracts from its charm. Or should we allow both comments and respect each others viewpoint? Surely that must be way forward. Some (or one) commenters strongly objected to raising the topic of unsterilised cats and unwanted births and they were shouted down by some others.
There is a nice oblique reference by Donna Jean Meyer to the rapid increase in the human population. Maybe we should be doing something about that? Human population growth has a hugely negative impact on the wild cat species. We should not forget them. We tend to do that. This is why their numbers continue to decline to endangered levels year-on-year.