|Purred: Fri Apr 8, '11 10:57am PST |
|I don't think people who can't afford it should own more than what they can afford. Has anyone been on the answer board lately? There are loads of people writing in with way too many cats telling horror stories of low cost back door alterings gone wrong, kittens dying painfully for weeks without them realizing it, cats with eyes bleeding, anuses leaking, vomiting everything up for weeks then vomiting pink froth, howling day and night you name it and theyre on Catster instead of at the vet most likely because they can't afford it. It's not to say they shouldn't have pets. It's that they really shouldn't have 4 or 5 or even 2. My husband and I are considered upper middle income and with vet bills, Revolution, food and toys we can only support 2 indoor and 1 indoor/outdoor comfortably. It's actually uncomfortably. Since I adopted Penn and Teller and Sinatra came around I've been consistently spending around $1100/month on cats. I could rent my cats their own house. That's pretty ridiculous. Cats are hard to care for with their picky eating, consistent health issues and the ones that seem to pop up and need a neuter. Even my vet had to turn down an adoption I tried to get him to take because he couldn't afford a 5th cat. MY VET. He's a feline specialist! Good lord you would think he'd have everything he needed! Maybe I'm playing the bad guy here or the voice of reason but once again I want to be clear -- I do NOT think low income or unemployed people should not have a cat. I just don't think anyone should fool themselves into thinking they can have multiple cats without the income to support the care that is required. Anyone with cats knows that they don't suffer loudly. Just because they aren't whining doesn't mean something isn't wrong. They need exams when their behavior shifts, they need monthly heart worm prevention because heart worms? Incurable in a cat. Yearly exams that's up for debate people argue about that constantly
If you can do all of this for each of your cats then that's great and I envy you. But if you cant you have to ask yourself, who is having that many cats benefitting? You or them? Especially if one goes on with an undiagnosed and untreated problem for weeks?