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Why do some women devote their lives to saving cats? — 12 Comments

  1. I’m not sure why I’m drawn to rescue, but it must have been from childhood. I’ve always had an empathy towards the vulnerable, whether human or animal. I didn’t learn this from my struggling parents. Although I do recall that my mother always made a sandwich for the homeless “bums” who knocked on our door. They would wait outside on the steps, and I would bring it to them. It felt good to give, even though we ourselves had very little.

    However, when we decided to get a dog for our two children, I didn’t consider a rescue dog, because I wanted to raise the dog from puppyhood to avoid issues that might come up from their past. Other than that first dog, all the rest have been shelter or stray cats.

  2. Very nice article and thought provoking.

    I can only guess why this has been a lifelong passion, why I have blown off relationships, and why I have such a drive to save.

    I grew up in a very happy but large (5 siblings) family. We were financially fair, but my family had a serious urge to always help the less fortunate, be it animal or human. That caused a financial struggle at times. I won’t bore everyone by repeating the long description of Herb, the homeless bum, who lived with us almost 2 years or the countless stray animals that were taken home from the side of the road.

    But, I think all is relevant as to why I am who I am. I grew up with the expectation that the less advantaged need our help and that we have an obligation.

    My choice of cats, as a child, came about because I sought privacy and solace in the woods, away from the chaos of such a large family. That’s where I found most of my cats and where I go today. As a little girl (7-8), I learned that the expectations of me were far less with any cat than with any human, that a cat will love me “no matter what”, and that they will give me more than I could ever give to them.

    • Dee, your reasons are to be expect based upon your early life experiences. They are a classic example really. There are variations on the reasons (usually early life experiences) but at root there is a connect and a sensitivity towards the vulnerable and needy which some women respond to wholeheartedly and for life.

      Thanks for sharing so honestly.

  3. I’ve come to know myself as a “rescuer”, and that includes anyone on my path that needs help that I’m able to give.

    I’ve been helping a mentally ill man for 24 years, because he happened to cross my path, and has the same illness my brother had, who committed suicide. His family is also mentally ill, so he has no sane person in his life other than me.

    I’ve rescued and tamed feral cats, but actually just a few, over my lifetime. I could never see myself actually hoarding a number of cats. Usually I rescue them from their immediate circumstances, then take them to a shelter.

    The kitty I have now, was a feral, and although I wouldn’t have selected her if I’d had a choice, it was really a rescue operation to save her from euthanasia. I had fed her as a feral, so we had some history, before I surrendered her to be neutered and put up for adoption. Because of her shyness, they deemed her un-adoptable, and slated her for euthanasia.

    Even though my landlady had said “no animals”, I begged her to let me rescue this kitty, and she relented. That was 3 years ago, and Mitzy has come around, and is no longer the shy, timid kitty from the streets. She and I are very bonded.

    Since I have no intimate relationship at this time, and probably won’t again, at my age, she provides warmth and companionship that satisfies my heart.

    Today, there was a tiny dog wandering around my house, and I tried to get him, but he ran away. I’d never seen him before, but I had to let him go. I hope some kind soul helps him find his home. He was so small and thin, and I wanted to help him, but I couldn’t.

    • Do you know what drives you to be a rescuer? You obviously have a tender heart towards animals that need help. Were you taught it or did you feel you needed rescuing? I think this is why I have a tender heart towards animals.

  4. I think one reason is simply women live longer than men in general, there are more of them around to look after cats! 🙂

  5. Scientific studies have shown time and time again that cats are more than just good pets. They are extremely therapeutic,They lower blood pressure, improve bone density in women and the cat’s purr is healthy for the heart, lowers blood pressure, decrease’s stress ect. – See more at: (deleted as requested by Eva after being read!).

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