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When Adopting an Outdoor Cat, It Becomes Part of Your Family

Friday, August 26, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

The moment that you decide to adopt an outdoor cat, it becomes part of your family. Usually these cats spend most of their lives both indoors and outdoors. You let them out periodically, you feed them, they cuddle with you on the couch, you give them a name and take care of their needs. I’ve heard some disturbing news where some people who have adopted an outdoor cat, abandon that cat when they move!

You know what I’m going to say about this! These people are not animal lovers and have no right owning and caring for a pet. Period! end of story!  I don’t understand how someone can abandon a beloved pet. The only answer that I come up with is that these type of people are self centered and agree to adopt an outside cat because their child wanted it or they are amused to see this cat appearing in their yard and started feeding it. This is the wrong reason to adopt.

I had a cat (Molly) who was a feral cat. Many years ago when I was coming home from work, and parked my car .I heard a tiny “meow” from under another parked car. A tiny kitten only only about 5 weeks old walked over to me. I picked her up and took her inside. The moment I picked her up and took her in, she belonged to me and became part of my family. She made three moves with my partner and I.  Molly became by beloved pet and part of my family for the next 19 years.

It is the same thing when you adopt a cat who goes in and out! I’ll always say there are very cruel people out there! If for some reason you can’t take your pet with you, you make arrangements for her adoption. Take some responsibility, it’s your duty!

Remember, pets are family!

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