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Cogs can think.

I'm a mere, tiny, insignificant cog in a whole clockwork of stupidity.
The little cog that wanted to break free, I am.

Rosa's first visit to the vet

Had to take Rosa to the vet for the first time today. She took it quite well in the beginning, but on the way home she got quite frantic and started clutching on to my arm through the cat-carriage, quite an odd experience when doing 90 down a two-lane street :).

She got her ID chip injected (bionic little kitten, my other two cats are old-fashioned and have ID tattoos). We also got anti-worm/flee medications for all our cats. In three and six weeks she'll get more medicine injections, like all kittens. In 5-6 months she'll have to become (*ssssshhh*) steralized.

PS: She likes to sleep on my lap while I'm working on OSNews :).

PS2: I'm reading here that subway stations in London have been evacuated... Time to turn on the NOS.

PS3: Got a greeting card from Rhodos (Greece) from Renate and Sascha. Thanks girls :).
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6:23 PM, by Anonymous Eugenia

Why deny them the right to have children?

I understand the need of not getting full of kittens, but this is a human need, not a cat need.    



6:43 PM, by Blogger Chris

Well. kittens can be hard to place and many of them end up in shelters where they die if not adopted. Very sad. Better to have your animal fixed.

My cat, when he was a kitten, liked to sleep on top of my warm laser printer and he still does, four years later, though he is so big, he hangs off the edges.

ziz    



7:04 PM, by Anonymous Eugenia

>kittens can be hard to place and many of them end up
> in shelters where they die if not adopted

I would never place kittens in shelters (there are none in Greece anyway). I let them free, outside, in their natural environment. ;-)
They are always around the house, and they have always food to eat. But i don't put them inside the house either (at least not when my mother is around, as she hates all animals because her brother died of an animal disease). The weather is good in Greece so they can live outside, and still be part of a house and feel that they can always find food there.    



7:18 PM, by Blogger Thom Holwerda

Why deny them the right to have children?

1) It makes the chance of the cat getting a sexual transmittable disease zero.

2) What do I do with the kittens? Large chance I'll have to bring them to the cat-shelter (cats can have up to 5-6 kittens per pregnancy, and they can get pregnant twice a year).

3) Neutered/sterilized cats don't stray. This means that they have a far smaller chance of getting hit by a car and die.

4) In my country, a cat can't live outside easily. You are forgetting that in my country, there are no such things as real forests or uninhabited pieces of land. every piece of land in this country is "managed".

5) It's healthier in general, and all vets recommend doing it.    



11:47 PM, by Anonymous Eugenia

From all these reasons you mentioned, only one is about the cat itself (health), the rest is about the owner. ;-)

But honestly, I don't see how a cat can get a bad sexual illness, more than a human would do.

BTW, what to do with the cats if a cat gives birth: You keep them. All of them. If you want a pet, learn to except its ways. If it does 10 babies per year, except them in your home.

Yes, of course it's crazy to have a gazillion of cats. But that's why cats that are free (like in my home) only have 1-2 kittens survive per year. That's their NATURAL number of survival rate. Trying to support all of them and make them all survive it overpopulates the area. While if they are free, the nature will decide whose to live and whose to die.

It might sound cruel, but it's been the way for a million of years. :)

Now, you can argue that no cat would survive in the northern countries because of the cold. Well, maybe it's not their natural environment at all then, and maybe there shouldn't be any cats there in the first place. ;-)

In other words, get a dog. :D    



11:55 PM, by Blogger Thom Holwerda

Erm, all those reasons are for the cats. I can't take proper care of the kittens, so they would probably perish. The chances of death by car are lessened. It's better for the health in general. Aren't those all reasons for the cat?

"It's the way nature goes." Right. It's also against nature's way for human men to stick to one woman. I don't think you'd like your husband to follow nature, hmm? :).

Oh, and dogs are for men with minority complexes. At least with a dog they can command something.    



12:03 AM, by Anonymous Eugenia

>It's also against nature's way for human men to stick to one woman.

Really? Where does it say that? :)

>Oh, and dogs are for men with minority complexes.

That's not true. Dogs give you friendship that no other animal can.

As for "don't have cats in places that are not natural for them", it is valid. It's like me trying to have a penguin pet in Greece. It would die within hours because of the heat.

When I was a kid and still lived in the mountains we had lots of land (we still have it, but we don't live there anymore). We had many animals, including hens, cats, dogs, sheep and goats. They were virtually free in that environment and I think they were happier living up there, free to go wherever they want to, have sex wherever they wanted to, go play etc (except the times we would kill a sheep/goat or a hen so we can eat them ;-).    



10:44 PM, by Anonymous Patrick Weber

> It's like me trying to have a penguin pet in Greece. It would die within hours because of the heat.

I want a penguin.

> She got her ID chip injected (bionic little kitten, my other two cats are old-fashioned and have ID tattoos).

lol, why exactly do they have ID chips and tattoos? Is it that hard to tell them apart >_<.

Very cute cat Thom, I'm happy for you.    



2:55 AM, by Blogger Thom Holwerda

It's for when they go stray or missing, then when the cat is found and brought to the vet/shelter, they can identify her using a scanner. Even if they were to find her in Poughkipsee, she would still be ID'd as Rosa.    



6:01 AM, by Anonymous Patrick Weber

Ah ok cool. So is she still required to have a collar and such?    



3:27 PM, by Blogger Thom Holwerda

Collars aren't required at all for cats in The Netherlands. They aren't for dogs either. I don't give my cats collars, it looks like shit. And it's in the way when trying to pet them.

Other than that, my cats always take the collars off themselves. Years ago we tried to give them collars, but tey simply took them off.    



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