So whilst taking part in the daily promt from the other day “Brilliant Disguise” I cam across Angloswiss’s entry “Feline Disguise” a discussion from the point of view of two cats, about their mysterious, bald compatriot the Sphinx cat.
On commenting it became clear to me that not everyone knows animal rescue like I may do. I find nothing odd, or surprising about the notion of a cat, dog, reptile that has cost someone £800 to be handed into a rescue or animal shelter. Where as to many, especially those of us who own cross breeds, or non breeds, or to enthusiasts of the breed themselves, breeders and showers, who view these pedigrees to be something special. The notion is almost alien.
After all, it’s only moggies and mutts, that are broken who are unwanted right?
Wrong. The majority of the animals that are handed into us are either stray or come from loving homes where for what ever reason they cannot be cared for anymore. In this post im just going to overview some of the main reasons pedigree cats are most likely to enter the rescue I work at. I don’t work with the cats ( i occasionally help out) but we know every ones animals and their stores even if it is a different department.
One of the biggest reasons we are finding for the surrender of animals is that people are essentially being given the choice between giving up their pets, or being homeless. And whilst we see many a homeless person with dogs, most cats, no rabbits, guinea pigs, other rodents fish, reptiles or birds are easy or even possible to keep in a homeless environment. We have an issue in the uk, and that issue is that people are not earning a living wage, the cost to rent a room, pay utility bills, food, and pay for a pet are just unattainable for many. Let alone rent a whole flat or house, less and less young people (18-35) can afford the mad prices of a deposit for a house to get a mortgage. I know that if I were to leave my parents home, I could either afford to rent a home 30 miles from where I worked, but not be able to afford the commute on my wage. Or afford the rent on a single room, 10 miles from where I work, but not be able to to afford food, gas or electric or water. Yet i digress. Land lords, Letting Agencies and Estate agents are just not allowing pets in properties. So when someone is moving from one house, where they have lived a number of years with their cats, yet can no longer afford it due to the increasing price of rent, they cannot take their pets with them to their new home. We see countless different breeds of cats coming to us for this reason. Sphinx, Siamese, Bengal, British Shorthairs, Birmese, Tonkinese, Turkish Vans. All cats that would have cost someone a pretty penny to start with.
My nearly 12 year old cat Angel. She was surrendered to rescue when she was 8 after her owner became to ill to care for her any more. An exceedingly well loved cat in her previous home. And now my best friend.
Owners pass away or become too ill to care for them anymore and no family members will take the cat’s on. Persian’s & Siamese/Oriental types seem to be one of the biggest victims of this, when looking and specific breeds. I have no idea why, possibly because they are ‘old’ breeds which are well established and still well sought after. Many of these cats find their new lives in catteries frightening and stressful, used to living quiet lives with peaceful owners who dote on them, to suddenly being forced into busy, noisy environments.
Behavior issues. Whilst any cat can develop these (I have one who was given up for re homing due to his behavior) The good old Bengal is one of the biggest perpetrators of bad behavior. These guys are just to energetic to be locked up in a domestic environment sometimes, people presuming they are going to behave like a typical lazy old cat. We get a lot through rescue just because they cannot cope with their environment.
My 11 year old cat Duke. I am his 4th owner. He was given up to rescue as his behavior became destructive after the owners moved into a flat and he was locked indoors, having been used to being able to go outside a few hours a day.
Inability to meet the individual breeds ne
eds. Poor old Persians, Ragdolls, Chinchillas, Main coon … if it’s got long hair, you can often guarantee that the cute fluffy kitten who didn’t mind being mauled about, turned into a big cat who doesn’t like having it’s hair tugged and groomed. Or some owners really do not stop to consider how much are these breeds actually require, not meaning they are cruel people, but sometimes misguided.
None of these reasons for being re homed does not mean the owner does not want them, it does however, how that they are being unselfish and wanting what is best for the pet. If they cannot afford a home, how can they afford the pet? If they are to ill to care for themselves, how can they care for the pet if no one will support them? If the animal is stress grooming until it is raw because it hates it’s home environment, is it fair to keep them there? Personally I think the answer to all of them is no.
So there we go, pedigree’s are no safer than non breeds from rescues. No animal is safe from ever going into a rescue, but we can only hope this will one day change.