When I had outdoor cats, they regularly brought me little “gifts” of lizards, birds and even some small snakes. This cat in Texas, however, decided that instead of taking on a snake way too big to handle, it might deem the serpent friendly enough to establish companionship with the creature!
Yesterday we took our poor cat to the vet because she wasn’t eating. We thought it might be allergies, as it’s happened twice before and I was always able to get her to eat with some wet food, a little forced water and some Benedryl. The vet said while those were good strategies, it turns out that our girl probably has feline leukemia.
It’s a story that reminds us why it’s so important to get cats spayed and neutered. A pregnant cat that was living in a house with two other pregnant cats ended up caring for and feeding all 14 of their combined babies when the other two mothers showed no interest in feeding their newborns. The owner surrendered the cat and all kittens to a shelter, where volunteers found the mama exhausted and malnourished from taking care of so many babies.
People love to call cats jerks (or worse). Sure, they knock over your stuff, jump on you while you’re asleep and “fluff” your skin until it’s gored, but are they really any worse than any other species? Last week we talked about how cats really prefer to be around people and may even choose companionship over getting food or cat toys, so they can’t be all that bad, right?