A sensible cat owner feeds his cat healthy food. A cat lover feeds his cat. He also feeds a feral tribe, several strays, and a few foster kittens.
A sensible cat owner takes a stray cat to a shelter. A cat lover now has a new cat.
A sensible cat owner cleans his cat's litter box every day. A cat lover teaches his cat to use the toilet!
A sensible cat owner spends a reasonable amount on cat food. A cat lover spends more to feed his cat than himself.
A sensible cat owner neuters his cats. A cat lover neuters the nearby feral tribe, too!
A sensible cat owner advises his neighbor not to neglect his cat so much. A cat lover kidnaps the cat.
A sensible cat owner sends a few dollars to support a no-kill shelter. A cat lover spends Saturdays at a no-kill shelter.
A sensible cat owner grooms his cat. A cat lover grooms his cat, clips its nails, cleans its ears, and brushes its teeth.
A sensible cat owner buys a scratching post for his cat. A cat lover buys three scratching posts, two cat towers, and innumerable cardboard scratch pads.
A sensible cat owner makes sure his cat has a few toys to keep it entertained. A cat lover spends more on cat toys than movies and meals out combined.
A sensible cat owner buys his cats a catnip mouse once in a while. A cat lover grows his own catnip, dries it, and makes little catnip mice out of it.
A sensible cat owner has a new cat tested for FIV/FLV. A cat lover specifically adopts cats with FIV/FLV, just because he knows nobody else wants them.
A sensible cat owner falls in love with a cat because it's pretty. A cat lover picks out the ugliest cat in the shelter, because nobody else will think it's pretty and adopt it... And when he gets it home and looks at it properly, he thinks it's pretty anyway.
A sensible cat owner keeps his cat indoors. A cat lover keeps his cat indoors, except for the time it spends in a specially-built outdoor enclosure, walks on a leash and harness, and screened-in porch with bird-watching windowsill beds.
A sensible cat owner make sure to take a few minutes to interact with his cat every day. A cat lover can't imagine taking a few minutes NOT to interact with his cat.
A sensible cat owner tells his cat "Happy Birthday". A cat lover throws a party for his cat... complete with chicken birthday cake and new kitty furniture for presents!
A sensible cat owner doesn't mind his cat sleeping at the foot of his bed. A cat lover doesn't mind his cat sleeping on his face.
A sensible cat owner tries to date people who like cats, too. A cat lover gives prospective dates a questionnaire to determine their CLQ (Cat Lover Quotient)!
A sensible cat owner is disgusted when his cat catches a mouse. A cat lover praises the cat for being such a good little predator, gives it a treat, and waits for the cat to leave before trashing the mouse--wouldn't want to hurt poor Kitty's feelings!
A sensible cat owner teaches his children to be kind to the cat. A cat lover's cats ARE his children!
A sensible cat owner snaps a few pictures of his cat. A cat lover buys two cameras, a video camera, and an advanced digital image-processing program, and takes so many pictures of the cat that he fills up his hard drive. He then combines the pictures into slide shows, turns them into wallpaper, posts them on his Web site, and keeps them in his wallet.
A sensible cat owner sometimes mentions his cat in his blog. A cat lover's cat has its own blog.
A sensible cat owner knows that purring is good, hissing is bad, and meows are somewhere in the middle. He still can't figure out what his cat is trying to say. A cat lover has a mental lexicon of hundreds of different combinations of cat vocalizations, tail postures, whisker arrangements, movements, body positions, and ear movements. He still can't figure out what his cat is trying to say!
Stray-Cat Feeders TRAIN Feral Cats To Attack Humans
These cat-lovers always like to claim that feral cats run away from humans, and therefore aren't the cause of all the thousands of new rabies cases.
Google for: feral cat attack rabies
Don't be surprised at the numbers of search-hits you get, nor the thousands of horrendous stories that go with them. The numbers of rabies cases or required rabies shots caused by feral cats have been exponentially growing as fast as the cats breed.
These cat-feeders are TRAINING these disease-infested cats to approach humans for food. And what happens when that child (or foolish adult) doesn't have food and reaches down to "pet the cute kitty" or pick it up to try to take it home? The cat lashes out and bites or scratches the hand that has no food for them. That means MANDATORY $1000+ painful rabies shots for the child (or any adult that is just as ignorant and naive). Paid for out of their OWN pockets -- because NOT ONE of these cat-feeders carries even ONE PENNY of liability insurance for the DEADLY danger they bring to their communities. Rabid cats and kittens are even being adopted direct from shelters after being illegally wild-harvested by TNR con-artists without the LEGALLY REQUIRED SIX-MONTH QUARANTINE.
These are just the diseases that stray cats in the USA have been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, and Rat-Bite Fever can now also be added to that list.
The ONLY difference between rats and cats these days is that people who own and love pet-rats aren't severely mentally unbalanced and trying to hoard sterilized feral-rat populations on other people's public and private properties -- while also relentlessly petitioning all their lawmakers to do so.
Pet-rat owners, and all other types of pet owners, at least have THEIR sh** together.
If only the same were true of all these mentally-ill cat-hoarders.
(I still think it's their cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasites in the cat-lovers' brains that make them so unfalteringly blind to their own stupidity, hypocrisy, and absolute absurdity.)
This psychotic and delusional "No-Kill" religion (conceived of, based on, and fueled by their own relentless fear of death) is the DIRECT CAUSE of the most heinous, widespread, and longest lasting animal abuse in the history of humanity.
There's far worse things than death. Read it and weep if you think saving more animals' lives is going to give them a life worth living.
Cats' most insidious disease of all, their Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their excrement into all other animals. This is how humans get it in their dinner-meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are routinely destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised by disease or chemo and immunosuppressive therapies. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to cat-lovers' self-deceptive myths, a cat can become reinfected many times during its life and spread millions of oocysts each time. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts surviving even in saltwater. Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine.
Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last cat on my land.
The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There's no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this health and ecological disaster. Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.