The Ashera: Would you pay $22,000 for a cat?

Unless breeding this particular type of cat is your livelihood, I can see no reason to pay $22,000 for any cat. Oh, I am sure there are some wealthy people who will want to acquire a costly kitty for the snob appeal, but most people acquire a cat for companionship and love, because a cat is easy to care for, and can be kept indoors.

There are so many loving, deserving homeless pet cats at every county Animal Regulation Department (The Pound), and at every Humane Society in the US. Some of these pets became separated from their owners during a move, or while travelling; some, their owner passed away and there was no one willing to take the cat in; some were abandoned by college students who have graduated and leave their cat behind for the community to offer care, find a home, or to house until the time has run out, and the cat is euthanized.

What a sad commentary. A wonderful, loving pet who is abandoned, and finally euthanized, all because their owner was irresponsible and uncaring, and there were too many cats in the shelter to feed and care for.

Too many people will acquire a kitten because it is cute, then when the cat comes into season and has kittens, they take the whole lot of them to Animal Regulation. Ownership of any cat should include regular veterinary visits, and spay/neutering at five months of age, so that the pet does not contribute to the cat overpopulation. Regular veterinarian care, keeping that cat indoors, and giving it love and good food and clean water daily, is all that is required to keep any cat healthy for many years.

We have a cat that we acquired in 1988, when it was a couple of months old. This dear old cat (“Gray”) will be 21 years of age, next year. He’s doing great. A little senile- he will walk into a room, look around, forget why he came into that room, and walk back out. Well, I have done that myself, on occasion.

Shelters are so overcrowded, that volunteers will each take sometimes 8 or 10 kittens home, to get them weaned and to train them to use the litter box. If people would only have their cats spay/neutered, there would not be this overpopulation.

We own a ranch, and throughout the years have trapped and had spayed or neutered 36 stray or feral cats that have been abandoned or who have found their way to our ranch. We have fed as many as 16 daily, and have found some neighbors who would give them homes. Our own pet cat population is 15. Ten are indoor cats, 3 are indoor/outdoor tamed ferals, and one feral cat lives in our barn. All of them are spay/neutered.

If anyone reading this has $22,000 to spend on a cat, why not go to the Pound, select one of the homeless pets (or two or three!) as your companion(s), and donate the $22,000 to your local Humane Society.

No, you will not have a status symbol, but you will know in your heart that your gift is going a long way to help end the overpopulation of cats, and to alleviate some of the suffering that abandoned cats know too well.

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