This discussion is in response to Michael’s article on PoC concerning when to euthanize a beloved cat and the criticism that can come from those who follow you on social media.
Whether you have one cat, a couple of cats or run a cat rescue, you need to be aware of the response your friends on social media may offer you at this devastating time. My friend Kellie Wester has experienced this personally. This PoC article earned Kellie more personal messages than she could keep track of where her “friends” wanted her to euthanize three kittens found with very bad upper respiratory infections.
Affectionately known as Atlas, Phaedra and Demeter, all three kittens survived. Atlas lost both of his eyes and has learned to navigate the house as well as a sighted cat. Phaedra lost one eye and both of Demeter’s eyes were saved. Photos of #teamatlas can be found on Kellie’s My Friendly Ferals community page on Facebook.
Kellie has also been harassed after having a very senior cat euthanized following a good last meal from a drive-thru fast food business. People following her farewell posts about Smokey criticized Kellie because Smokey was still eating. He had a lot of health issues and the decision to euthanize him wasn’t made lightly.
Last night I was checking on a few friends on social media. My friend Barbara recently made the decision to have her cat euthanized after the matter was discussed with her veterinarian. Barbara was soon accused of having her cat put to sleep for “convenience.”
It’s heartbreaking to have to make the decision to euthanize a cat. It’s just as tragic (but in a different perspective) to have friends you thought you knew to turn on you and say you’re making the wrong decision for your cat.
Have any of the readers here experienced an emotional backlash from friends after posting your decision to euthanize on social media? Please sound off in the comment section.
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