This morning on my way to work I noticed a couple of cats huddled together on the sidewalk. Don’t people keep track of their pets anymore? Especially in the winter? I know it’s not as cold as it’s going to get, but that blowing snow has a bit of a bite to it this morning. A tough morning to be outdoors with nowhere to go.
I understand that a cat can scurry out the door in the blink of an eye and be long gone by the time you get your boots and jacket on to go out and grab it. That happens. But many times, people will let their cats out and forget all about them. Some of the cats I see look like they haven’t even had a bite to eat in a long while.
Our cat was found by some friends in a quonset on their farm about ten winters ago. It was skinny and had frostbite, so they took the cat to the vet to make sure it was okay and then took it into their home. When they asked if we wanted the cat we said yes immediately. How could someone say no? I know I couldn’t. That cat has the best life it could ever have hoped for.
Whenever I see a cat on the street in this weather I always think about our cat, freezing, hungry, and all alone in that quonset. I’ll never know whether his owners just forgot to let him in one night or the cat just got a little too adventurous. Do they ever wonder what happened to their cat?
All I know is that my heart breaks when I see these little creatures freezing on the street with no where to go to get food or shelter. If I was on my way home instead of going to work when I see them, I’d probably bundle them up and take them home with me.
Not everybody is an animal lover.
If you don’t want a pet, don’t get one. If you do get one, take care of it.