Low income/unemployed people and pets

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yummyyummy i got- fancy feast in- my tummy
Purred: Wed Jan 19, '11 12:49pm PST 
I dont know where to post this. But i have seen posts on other sites stating low income people and unemployed shouldnt have pets. So why do some people think that low income/unemployed cant have pets? this just confuses me cause my momma is unemployed and she takes care just me just fine.

Edited by author Wed Mar 30, '11 9:02am PST



Luvin life out- of the shelter
Purred: Wed Jan 19, '11 1:04pm PST 
I can try to answer this one for you because my meowme used to work at social services and low with income people.

It is ignorance, since many people not in that situation feel that the priority should be for the people to get a job, pay their bills, and they feel a pet is a luxury, without even thinking that the pet sometimes is the only thing that the person has struggling knows loves them. Many feel if they can't take care of themselves how are they going to take care of a pet if it gets sick, and if they get evicted the animal ends up getting thrown to the streets or in a shelter, which in the most part is not true, I have seen many fight for their pets and make sure they have good homes if they can't keep them.

While working with those that are low income, I see their pets as creatures they adore, and have never seen a neglected pet, and in some cases treated better than people I see that are not low income.

Believe me I have been out of work for almost 2 years and I have never let Macy or Sonny go without medical care or the proper food, and no matter how long it takes me to get back to work they are my top priority, next to my husband.


yummyyummy i got- fancy feast in- my tummy
Purred: Wed Jan 19, '11 1:12pm PST 
Thank you for clearing up sonny my momma has been unemployed same amount time or close to it. me and sisfur alexis get food, vet care and everything we need.


Proud mother of- the Fab Four!
Purred: Wed Jan 19, '11 4:54pm PST 
I know what you mean. Some cat owners have more money than others, and can afford to take their cats to specialists and feed them premium food. Others can afford the regular vet and supermarket food. As long as a cat is given food and water and vet care when necessary, it sure beats being a street cat or a shelter cat. Cats need LOVE, and that's free.


Patch - wallpaper- stripper
Purred: Thu Jan 20, '11 3:01am PST 
I have 4 cats and retired last year, so am only on pension. My cats cost me £20+ a week for food, litter, treats and cat milk which Patch will only drink so he has to have. I don't begrudge my cats this at all, they are the only pets I have now my spiders and snakes have had to go. My cats go without nothing as I would go without myself first.kitty

Emma Barrett

It\'s good to be- the Queen
Purred: Thu Jan 20, '11 9:12am PST 
I am glad you started this thread. At one time someone had posted that basically "Poor people should not have pets"....which is so silly. Anyone who loves animals should have pets (within reason of what they are able to take care of). I lost four cats in Hurricane Katrina and when Emma and Louie adopted me in May, 2007 I tried them on a premium dry and wet food. They wanted none of it...had to feed it to the ferals on the property where my FEMA trailer was located. Now, four years later they (and my other furry family members) eat Friskies Dry and Friskes and 9-Lives wet. They are all healty (thank the Great Cat!!). In the same way I do not dine on Filet Mignon....and am healthy. Actually I am glad, as my salary has been cut three times (once in 2009 and twice in 2010). I eat scrabled eggs and Spam if I have to and put the money toward making sure my furbabies have food. The love and companionship a cat and or dog can give a person is too valuable to decide "Low income/unemployed people cannot have pets".


Patch - wallpaper- stripper
Purred: Thu Jan 20, '11 10:56am PST 
When we took Perdita to vets for checkup after kits were born (first one was born dead on way to vets, Patch was unmoving and I had to get him to breathe). He said it was now illegal in England to have pets if you can't afford to have them innoculated or treatment. You just go without yourself don't you?? I have Perdita to be doctored next month and Patch the month after, haveto find the money as we all do, mogs first, meowmy last.


Super- freakey----MEOW!
Purred: Thu Jan 20, '11 11:53am PST 
I understand where everyone is coming from. When I first got laid off and went back to College, Macy decided to have his bladder issues. After blocking three times, trip to a specialist, and ultimately surgery to remove an area of inflammation, my one credit card is maxed. But I make sure I have enough to get his script food and that he makes all of his appointments. I would do the same for Sonny if he ever got ill. Our cats are our children since we never had kids, so I make sure they get the best care.

Alex (sweet angel girl)

Angel on a- mission!
Purred: Thu Jan 27, '11 12:31pm PST 
I may as well have given birth to Alex myself, she was my daughter as far as I'm concerned. I spent $3,000 of money I didn't have AT ALL to try and help her and I'd do it all again. I had to go without food for a long time, didn't buy myself clothes for years (still don't because now Finney and Lacey get the best I can buy). But my point is don't listen to them. I've seen rich people not give a darn about their pets so if someone like myself who has nothing can feed my two kitties the best foods I can find, give them a warm, loving home and make sure they stay healthy, I'm the one who has to deal with my choices. Not some stranger telling me how to live my life. so pooh on them! dancing

kaya skye

not fighting my- demons-we joined- forces
Purred: Sat Jan 29, '11 2:35am PST 
it takes more imagination, more planning, more thought to get your pets the same quality of care when your income is limited...but my limited income friends with children face the same dilemma, and i don't hear that many people suggesting that only people of a certain income level and above have the right to propogate the species. it also takes more imagination, planning and thought to have fun and have hobbies and entertain friends and really, do anything besides eke out the miserable hand-to-mouth eyes-down please-sir-may-i-have-some-more existence that seems to be all some people think poor people have a right to. it's like they think a happy poor person is somehow pulling one over on them or something.
i live on disability, because hello...i'm disabled. i hope to someday get back to work, but right now i live on less than 7K a year. it's...interesting. i live with a roommate, or my standard of living would be quite grim. but because i am creative, and have a LOT of time on my hands?big grinbig grinbig grini have a mother who buys me gadgets for christmas and birthdays when she can afford it, so when my health allows i stargaze, and send her pics of the moon that i take through the telescope she bought me with the camera she bought me. she loves my pictures. she also bought me a Nook-i buy my own books, most of my downloads are free or nearly. i saved up and bought origami books and supplies-a cheap hobby, and one that i can usually physically manage. and i have the 3 kitties. i take their pictures. i draw them. i play with them. they eat TOTW and we get most of their stuff delivered-feliway, revolution, toys, etc. Humane Society fix-it van spayed Kaya, Kalamazoo Rescue spayed Jadyn & neutered Wesley. Vetting is interesting, i need a ride and i physically need help...but less of a deal now that i have a chore provider paid for by DHS so i actually have that transportation and have that help, now it's just the vet bill and the frayed nerves, and that just means saving...and i am very, very good at saving. nothing to be done about the frayed nerves, really.

i wish that everyone could just KNOW that every life counts, and every life is worthy, and understand how totally irrelevant money can truly be. i mean, they've done studies, and money makes a difference in life satisfaction when it lifts people out of poverty-heck, i'm sure i'd be happier/more satisfied if i weren't living so dramatically below the poverty line. but after your needs are met, money doesn't improve your life. it just doesn't. and if i can meet my needs and the needs of my animals...well, less stress would be good. it would be good if i could afford certain things for MY health, actually. but i simply don't believe any of my cats (who are all rescued ferals) would be better off without me, just because i'm poor. actually, i think there are few more natural fits than rescued ferals and outcast humans...fewer more natural fits than abandoned animals and humans in danger of abandoning hope...i don't think anyone has the right to even question this. reminds me of a Shakespeare Sonnet...well, here...it's 116:

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Love is just love. Okay?

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