Max is a sweet-faced stray cat that lives
outside of my apartment building. After observing him hanging out for a
couple of weeks, looking all pathetic, I started to talk to him when I
came home at night. Then I started to leave him a bowl of water (and
some little jerk in this complex keeps stealing the bowl. We are
currently on bowl 4), then food. And the ultimate of sap moves - I
saddest thing of all is Max is just one of MANY stray cats in my
complex. One night I count 14 (yes, that is FOURTEEN) cats hanging out
by the dumpster by my building. I'm fairly certain Max's momma is the
big black cat that lives two apartments down from me. She is an outdoor
cat and just had another litter of kittens, which the owners are trying
to get rid of.
And this is where I
get uptight about people and their pets. And yes, I'm about to get on
my soapbox. IF you are going to adopt/buy a pet, be prepared to take
care of them for their entire life. There are so many dogs in the
shelters that are not ever given the chance of having a forever home.
Instead they are left to being abused on the streets, put in a cage to
see if someone will adopt them, and as a last resort, put down to make
room for another round of dogs that someone didn't want anymore.
are a big commitment. They cost a lot of money. If you aren't
prepared to deal with that responsibility, don't get a pet. No matter
how cute puppies and kittens are, they grow up. And in the course of
growing up, they learn to be proper members of your family. I get so
upset seeing the cats in this complex that have just been thrown away
because they are too much work. It is not that cat that is the problem,
it is ignorance in pet owning.
if you are not going to have that cat as an indoor cat (which would be
preferable) then spay/neuter! It is the kind thing to do. Poor Max is
going to be visiting the vet as soon as I can gain enough trust to get
him in a cat carrier and take him in. While I doubt he will ever be an
indoor cat as he is all too happy roaming, he is not going to have the
opportunity to father a bunch of kittens that no one wants.