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When does celebrating the cat become exploitation? — 8 Comments

  1. Lovely pics Ruth and Barbaras boys I really must invest in a camera so I can take some of mine.
    I hate to see cats exploited putting them in tights is just stupid and not funny.
    I sometimes wonder what some people put cats through to get videos just to make people laugh it’s not right.
    Soon we’ll be having cats in Santa Claus clothes and hats popping up everywhere those people need something better to do with their time.

  2. Well I’d rather play ‘tickling sticks’ with Ruth and I’ve had my photo taken so many times I’m quite a star and don’t mind a bit.

  3. I don’t mind my photo being taken, this is me this morning playing ‘tape measures’ with Ruth the other side of the door. I’m very photogenic lol
    Anyone tried to exploit me I’d give ’em short shrift.

  4. I agree with Ruth and Michael – all whats been said on here really. I think a very important factor is the individual character of the cat(s) involved. Lilly is a very active and curious cat and often does very silly things and she seems to enjoy making me smile and laugh – she is very silly at times. But Gigi is another kettle of fish – she is far more sensitive – I am careful when I laugh because I know for her it’s a different thing and obviously depending on where and when it just would be rude more than anything to laugh at her without anything more – she doesn’t like it so much. Every cat is different. My Gigi in Canada was the same – she didn’t have a big sense of humour as I call it and I learned to be sensitive to that through her. Sometimes a friend would be over and laugh at her and I knew it was bothering her in that particular moment so I’d cut in and change the subject to avoid people just laughing ‘at’ her and making her feel uncomfortable.

    But Lilly would never have this kind of difficulty most of the time. She does it on purpose I am almost sure of it. If I laugh she carries on – she really makes me laugh outloud for ages sometimes and she seems to like that alot. Alot of joy with her.

    Cats, like humans, are all different. Some humans won’t accept even a giggle and others would love you to laugh at them over and over – I believe the same kind of extent of difference exists within cats.

  5. That video isn’t very nice, yes for a short while it was amusing watching those kittens little heads go up and down but it went on too long, cats need to be allowed to ‘catch their prey’ being waved about or it’s no fun for them. So I’d say making that video was exploitation.
    I hate seeing cats in human clothes, that’s exploitation too, because it’s something they wouldn’t choose to do themselves and cats hate to be laughed at, laughed with yes, but not laughed at!
    But cats are so very easy to exploit and will be as long as people think of them as possessions, there for them to use as they want to.
    Like ‘Grumpy cat’ she wouldn’t choose the life she has to live because someone made her famous, cats don’t want to be famous, they just want to be cats.
    Dylan enjoys going out meeting people occasionally but the rest of the time his life is his own, to enjoy doing what cats do. Chester is well photographed yes but he doesn’t mind that, in fact he’s quite a poser lol
    We all love to take photos of our cats and show them off but that doesn’t affect our cats lives, we don’t seek to profit from their photos but we do share them for our own pleasure, not theirs.
    But I don’t think that’s exploitation because it doesn’t affect their quality of life as a cat and I think everyone here puts their cats welfare and feelings first.

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