i would have done the same thing...if no medical problem...then it is mental....and if it cant be fixed..well...then it isnt a pet for me...or any one i know...sadly...it might be best to put it down...there is two things i dont put off with...biting and not using the litter box for cats...
That article should be names "Why I shouldn't have a cat".
Do you think my animals are litle angels 100% of the time? Yea right! They get on my nerves alot but I don't freak out and lock them up when they get on my nerves, and I certainly don't put them to sleep.
If you aren't ready to deal with all the things that can arise with owning a pet, you shouldn't be allowed to have one. Be them minor or major you've got to be able to deal for the pets sake and your own.
I agree with Pope. My father and stepmother had a cat. They used to always leave the dryer door open and one time my sister put some clothes in there to dry not knowing the cat was in there. After a few minutes of hearing loud thumping noises coming from the dryer they opened it to see what was wrong. Well, they found the cat and she was not breathing of course. My dad brought her back to life but, she was never right again. She used to get on the stove and pee and on the stove eye. That was one AWFUL smell when you turned the eye on after she did that. They never once considered putting her down. She lived to be 17 yrs old and eventually died of old age.
I have a male cat right now who for what ever reason hates the litter box, he's nuetered , and he poops all over to. Well now, I wont ever get rid of him. He spends most of his time out side .When you've tried every thing. I would never pts my cat . She could've kept her cat as a out door cat.I have 2 litter boxes and Sparky refuses to use it.
I dont believe in out door cats...they dont live long at all...I live in a rural area...and it isnt the road Im worried about..its the varments..I lost my first 2 cats this way...found skellitions in the gully...must have been killed by coons or something..maybe coyotee...we also have devious kids...who could use for target practice...not to mention hawks and really big owls...not safe for cats...and I'm not going to try and find a home for a cat with bad bathroom behavior...it will just end up getting dumped in the long run...and why stress out the cat unnessessarly...with it being rehomed over and over...its a shame...but...happens..
this has to be the number one reason cats are euthanized. very frequent complaint amongst cat owners.
the idea of euthanizing fox for inappropriate eliminations , peeing , has crossed my mind on several occasions. could/would i ? i cant/wont. it seems to be human error in fox's case. as long as i keep both boxes scooped daily he is fine.
sounds like there was more to this then just not using the litterbox though. sounds like this cat had anxiety issues, or some other mental issue. not living with the cat it would be hard to say....... but think about the animal having to live its life in constant state of mental distress. that cant be pleasant for the cat.
i know a woman who has too many ( like 70 ) cats and she herself reeks of cat pee. the things her cats have ruined, including a stove, is staggering. with that many one would expect to have litterbox issues, but when it comes down to your own personal hygeine, and walking around in laundered clothes and you still smell like cat urine...... something has to be done. thats just plain disgusting.
Rehoming does not awlays work, retraining does not always work. Outdcoor is an option, locking them in little kitty condos is an option.
Untill you are in a situation where an animal is urinating and deficating on your stove, on your clothing, on your food, in your fridge if they can, you may not understand.
Mental issues are health issues as well. Some of us can adjust, some can not. We moved and we had to retrain some of our cats who had developed horrible litter issues, I'm not going to go into detail.
We crated them all for two months until they started using litter boxes again. The agreement was that if they do not ship up and shape up they will go outside.
At what point are you going to sacrifice your personal health?
Rehoming is not a choice, the cat may only restart the habit if it is not enviormental. The pound means euthanasia or rehoming to restart the behavior. Passing hte cat along and washing your hands is not always the right thing.
It is a very hard decision. There are dogs with severe seperation anxiety that are euthanised becuase they are so mentaly desturbed with their SA that they can not live like a normal animal. There comes a time and place when QUALITY OF LIFE does not awlays mean that the animal is old or suffering from a diagnosed illness.
read someof the other stuff she's written, its funny. like, http://www.whatthedogdid.com go to 'oh no grandpa got a dog'. i am so that person already. bf needs a transplant? who cares. dog sneezes? the world stops.
***Edited By: ESKIEGIRL on 9/22/2005 10:25:40 AM*** Reason: .
I'd never rehome a cat like that because whoever you give it to may not be as nice as you are. I have to admitt i'd never call in a professional trainer for a cat though. If I couldn't do anything I'd boot it outside.If I didn't think it could handle that it would probally be pts. We did build a kitty condo for our cat thuogh. He is in it wehen we aren't around becuase he will pee on anyones stuff but mine. I'll try to get a pick up later. It sounds like these people tried mroe than I ever would hav ethough. Nad not everyone has space for what we built.
All I could think of is that the woman and her family were saints to put up with that animal for FOUR YEARS. They did every thing they could, and took responsibility for their cat instead of trying to just give it away.
At least they had the option of a humane euthanization in a clean vet's office. My sister lived in Guatemala for many years. This was in a really remote area. You got to the nearest town by a 45 minute boat ride. The nearest vet was another hour away.
My sister had an outdoor cat that just wandered up to her house and adopted her. She didn't feed it much--it ate rats, mice and squirrels. But this cat loved to sit in her garden while she worked on her vegetables. He would even follow her around the village when she went to visit friends.
One night my sister was walking home when she heard a tremendous howling and snarling. She realized that her cat had come down the lane to greet her and had run into a pack of dogs. She ran toward the noise, but she couldn't find any of the animals in the dark.
A few days later, a friend of hers came to her house (no phones) and told her that her cat had come to his house and was in really bad shape, but that no one could come near it.
When she got there, the cat came running up to her crying. To her horror, its face had been completely torn open and she could see right into its mouth. The jaw bones wre all crushed and twisted and the wound had become infected.
What could she do? The only thing possible. She wrapped the cat in a towel and then placed it in a basket. She and her friends took the basket down to the lake where they waded out far enough to plunge the basket underwater and drown the cat.
I'm only telling you this horrible story to illustrate how lucky we are here in America to have the luxury of treating our animals so well.
I think the woman who "killed her cat" did the right thing. I think my sister did, too. Not every animal can or should be saved. It's the bravest of us who realize that and put our own animals out of their misery.
"What could she do? The only thing possible. She wrapped the cat in a towel and then placed it in a basket. She and her friends took the basket down to the lake where they waded out far enough to plunge the basket underwater and drown the cat."
"I think the woman who "killed her cat" did the right thing. I think my sister did, too. Not every animal can or should be saved. It's the bravest of us who realize that and put our own animals out of their misery."
You have got to be kidding right? You really think your sister did the right thing? That story is horrific and inhumane to say the least!! Other than burning to death, drowning would have to be the worst way to die. Have you ever been underwater and run out of breath? That poor cat. The "right" thing would have been to have the cat humanly pts....being that she lived in a remote area she should have made the cats death quick and painless. I am sure someone in that town had a gun. Anything other than drowning. You also stated "not every animal can or should be saved"....what do you mean "should" be saved? I agree we can't save them all but animals are not disposable.
***Edited By: cschimizzi on 9/23/2005 12:54:44 PM*** Reason: add
The story of Goldie was sad but at least he was humanely pts I don't know If I could have done it. If anything I would of had him live the rest of his life outdoors.
Catdogmom that story you told made me sick to my stomach. It amazes me that you would tell that story as if your sister were a hero? I'm sorry but drowing a defenseless cat is not admirable it's just plain cruel regardless of the circumstances.
***Edited By: GinaH on 9/23/2005 10:33:32 AM*** Reason: **