I don't know how to start up this blog post with anything besides what is going on in my mind so I'm just going to jump right in.
I was browsing through my instagram feed the other day when I came across a picture of two adorable kitties sitting together, by a friend who posted the picture. The caption with the picture read,
"** LOVING HOME NEEDED** It is great sadness that we need to find a new home from Stella and Lola due to Ella's severe allergies. They are the most loving, affectionate, dog-like cats and ideally I'd like them to stay together. Both are declawed and would do best in a home without other animals. All items needed to take care of them will be provided. Please feel free to share this with friends. Thank you. #HomeNeeded #adoption #PleaseHelp #Devastated #sadday"
I couldn't help but feel a little terrible and saddened for these two cats. Before Ella (her baby), these cats were on her instagram feed 24/7 (you think I upload a lot of cat pics, you should see hers). They were her life. Everyday there would be a picture of one of them, sitting like a human, because that's just what they would do. Or what toys would be dragged to the waterbowl as her prey. Most of all, you could tell that she really cared for the two of them.
Then the baby came along. She's allergic, so she has to get rid of them.That is just the answer, right? Me, personally I don't believe this to be true. But then again, I don't have a child who has allergies and a few of you may feel differently who do have kids. I think the whole thing that got me the most upset was how quickly she decided that her only option was to just get rid of them. Mind you, I know that she just found out the baby was allergic about 2 days prior to this instagram post. I mean, it took you only TWO days to think about the cats' lives, and the best option you could think of is to get rid of them. Isn't that a little harsh?
I started googling things like "what to do when your baby is allergic to your cats" and came across this article on Huffington Post. A direct quote from the article: ". throwing away an animal due to allergies is like saying you would toss away or divorce a spouse if they smoked. Smoking is just as detrimental to the respiratory system as a pet's dander, yet many parents don't give up the habit."
How true is that statement though? Does your spouse smoke, what about the child's lungs? Oh, they smoke outside so that's not a problem, right? What about keeping your cats outside of the nursery? The pics you've uploaded of the cats snuggling in Ella's bed aren't so cute anymore are they? Did you in fact contribute to her allergic reaction by letting them hang in the nursery? Seems like you did to me.
I honestly don't know what I would ever do if I was put in this situation. Peanut and Linus are my life. They came first, and while they are only animals, they will always have a home in my house. I would never ever get rid of them. There have got to be other things that this person can do than to just open up her instagram to complete strangers to take over caring for her cats, who used to be her "babies" before her real one came.
To Peanut & Linus: You are my babies forever!
I know this because we just bought this for them.