This is not an invitation to abandon kittens outside our store!
However, about a week ago, a box was found outside out store with a terrified mother cat with four newborn, and i mean NEW born kittens. The wee things still had thier umbilical cords on and their eyes were and are still sealed shut. Naturally, we took them in.
I suspect she was someone’s pet because she is in good health, clean and arrived in carboard box with kittens. However, I’ll withold assumptions and we’ll say someone found her with her kittens and didn’t want her to suffer. That’s really noble. But it would’ve been better if they had taken it upon themselves to help her. I’ve named her Erela which means Angel, Messenger in Hebrew.
Let me explain.
In Malaysia, people love to moan and complain about what is wrong with…everything. The government, work, traffic. While we have many strengths, getting on with things and DOING something about what upsets us is not our forte.
So when it comes to animal welfare, we curse SPCA for putting animals to sleep. The next day, we go and buy a purebred shih tzu from the pet shop or a domestic longhair aka doll face persian. This type of hypocrisy really does no one any good!
Here’s a little action plan that can and will change animal welfare.
- Neuter your own pets.
- Promise to neuter four random cats or dogs a year.
- IF you come across and mother cat/dog with kittens/puppies, help them by feeding mum (and later the youngones) until they are over 1.5kg, then neuter them all at KLINIK KEMBIRI! After that you can continue to feed them if you want but at least they won’t mulitply.
- Don’t buy from petshops. So many people tell me they rescued their pet from a pet shop. This is ultimately a lie because if you think your pet had a shitty life in the petshop, spare a thought for your pet’s mum and dad in the ‘mill’.
- Don’t expect SPCA, PAWS, FFF or other organisations to do it all.
- If you really cannot care for mum and young and you need to pass them on to a shelter, don’t just dump them there. Ask if it’s OK. (In our case, we would’ve taken mum and kittens in because we sadly lost four young cats to various illnessess).
- ADOPT your next pet from a rescuer or shelter.