Imagine my surprise at finding a cat giving birth behind our washing machine yesterday. It was the last thing I ever would have expected, but as the universe often does, it lead this animal to our house where it was warm and safe. The weather had taken a turn for the worst and had she not managed to sneak into our garage when she did, the babies may not have survived the cold of the night.
We did the best we could by providing a soft bed, food and water. Three kittens survived and two died during birth. This morning I gathered up the new family and gave them to our neighborhood vet where they will be cared for and adopted out. Thank goodness for this veterinarian, because their policy is to never turn away a stray animal.
Now to rant – I find the owner of this cat to be appalling, selfish and completely irresponsible. I believe very strongly in having your pet spayed or nurtured and feel that no animal, cat or dog, should ever be allowed to roam freely around its neighborhood. If you own a pet, TAKE CARE OF IT YOURSELF! It is not the responsibility of your neighbors to pet sit your escaped animal! I have owned several dogs and one cat and NOT ONCE have any of them escaped. There is no excuse to justify a runaway animal…build a fence, don’t allow them to be outside without you or just don’t own one!
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