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Would You Keep Your Cat If You Became Homeless? — 9 Comments

  1. Thank you for speaking about the homeless camps Elisa, you describe the unspeakable well. I would try to find suitable, safe places for my two to live, one of them would be chill living with me outdoors, the other, fearful of the unpredictabi!ity. Both curre

    nt cats are fiv+. The fearful one is traumatised, fear aggressive, the chill one, an ex st stray, for whom not much is a surprise.

    There is a blog ‘Cat Eyes’ or ‘strayer’ on blogger iirc, the writer has gotten many cats neutered at homeless camps, and provided food, some other vet care at her own expense… She has written about how addiction adds an immediate set of complexities and randomness in outcomes for the cats.

    I think this won’t be an unspeakable issue for ever, but humans do like to hide their social shame. Good article, thank you.

  2. I’d do everything I could to accomodate my cats and myself. If my cats were suffering I would try to find a friend to look after them for me or a place that could hold onto them until I got a place to live again, no matter how small or basic the place. Ultimately though, as much as I would need them emotionally, if there was a place or circumstance in which they could be happier and healthier then I feel the only right thing to do is to give them that chance. And visit them every day if at all possible.

  3. I am not afraid of being termed eccentric by stating that thanks to my two cats and a parakeet that i am still maintaining a normal flat in Mumbai! As a bachelor it would have been cheaper to live on rental accommodation while touring various parts of the globe and blogging/ photographing the same. In India there is no “SOCIAL SECURITY” system for the unemployed unlike in U.K and U.S.A and hence being homeless in a metropolitan city like Mumbai means living in abject poverty. Bizarrely, many homeless people in Mumbai do have their own pet street cat or dog living with them in shanty slums or street walk embankments. These stray dogs or cats are the only companions that these poorest of poor can call as friends, a strange but indescribable companionship between human and animals.Honestly, I can’t afford to be or think of being homeless in India but if reduced to poverty levels with a decrease in personal income, surely, I could always accomodate my pet cats and parakeet into my poor World. My fear of poverty is less than the fear of life without my pets.

    • Love your comment Rudolph. You make a good point. A person who becomes homeless has good reason to keep his cat or dog. It makes survival easier.

    • Cat people are eccentric any way. I’m a widow with no intentions of another relationship in the future. Cats are much easier to deal with than people. I’m happy with life as I’ve made it.

  4. Reading this article made me thankful I have a home and my cats are in a good environment. We would visit some of these people and its hard to grasp that at the end of our visit we had a home to go to while these people did not. You had to know exactly where you were going to locate each campsite. Sometimes you’d have to stop and ask another transient where someone was living.

  5. If you are truly homeless as you described – being kicked out of your home and living in the woods – that must make it almost impossible to care for more than one cat. If I was kicked out like that I would not give up Charlie. But if I had five cats I think I would have to give up four. Perhaps if the homelessness is temporary or there was a chance of being rehomed in the near future, you could ask a shelter to home them temporarily.

    • One person has her animals living in a tent. Tents can be very hot in the summer. It would be a horrible decision to have to make. Some shelters for the homeless allow pets now. But you have to be clean and sober to stay in one and many of those in the camps are alcoholics.

    • Last year, via Twitter, I knew of an older woman, living out of her car, with her six cats, in tents sometimes, in Florida. A great polluting and breaking of the land for profit had destroyed the land and her house which stood on it. She was doggedly determined to survive with her feline family. The toxic, flooding house had been seized, no family to help etc. I do not know what became of them. I knew of them for over a year after they lost their home.

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