*This might come across as an aggressive post, apologies for that in advance, I’m just trying to get certain people see this out of another point of view.
I’ve actually written up another post, but after yet another judgy post by a blogger on Blogger, I just have to get this off my chest. I’ve noticed this, not just by this blogger, but by all people who love to judge others, an article on Parent 24 included. The way we treat our animals, “are our animals our kids” and I don’t know what nonsense else. This might not reach a most read board of posts, but this is really important for me to let people understand this.
You all know Minx, he is the little light of our life, yes, he might be treated like a child in the house, but there are certain rules and regulations that not even he will break, yes, our cat has rules, he knows the rules and he knows when he breaks them (he darts out of a room and will run away and hide).
Our cat has a basket full of toys, I will try to post a photo of it here, but with blogging from a phone it’s a bit difficult, but anyways, he has the basket, he has two scratching posts, the one is very old, but he still loves it, so we keep it in the spare room for him, he has a scratching box, he has his own lovey bear, a teddy bear that goes everywhere with him, even when he goes and visits, it’s a comfort item for him, and will always be, all my animals had a comfort item, you will be amazed how that comfort item can help them get better when they are sick. He goes on visits, not just when we go away, he visits his sister for a weekend, not only so that they can stay used to each other, but because he is an only cat, and an indoor cat, he needs to get other animal stimulation, one day when we get a puppy it might be different, or we going to have a whole zoo visit each other. He has two beds, 3 actually, but the 3rd one is way too small for him, he has a summer bed (open bed) and a winter bed (tent bed).
Our cat has a routine, yes, might be spoiled, but he loves his routine, and will let you know if he’s not happy. He greets us at the front door, he’s almost like a dog who’s happy to see us, and will not stop bugging us until we have at least said hello to him, once the hello routine is done, he sits by his food bowl, because he knows, dinner time will come soon. I give him fresh food and water every day, you wouldn’t like to eat stale food out of dirty bowls or drink water out of a dirty glass do you? Why do that to your animal? And this might be a bit overkill, but in these hot days, I’ve been putting ice blocks in his water, because our house is very hot, but I am not there to give him nice cold water now am I? Why do you think dogs love to drink from the tap when you fill their water bowls?
Then, a thing which most people have a problem with, my Facebook page is filled with mostly Minx pictures, yes I love my cat, I love to share his quirky photo looks and love to share with the world what a cutie he is, got a problem with it? Move along.
The point I am trying to make here, this might be an “animal” to you, but for me and many others like me, this “animal” fills a little piece of my broken heart of not being able to give all this love to a child. Yes, we might have a child in the near future, but still, this whole journey is heartbreaking and this animal is the only thing helping us through this, giving us a sense of responsibility, a sense of there is a little heartbeat at home we need to carry on for. When a child comes along, we will be teaching the child the same way as us to love and respect an animal, no matter how cute or ugly, how big or small.
I would love to say to people who judge us on the way we treat our animals “I don’t judge the way you raise your child, why judge the way I treat my animal”, but I’m not that kind of person, so all I’m saying and asking is, “Would you rather hear and see stories of abused animals, would that make you feel better?”.
Please stop judging people, you will never know why they do the things they do.
*PS: I love children, and will never put a child aside for an animal, but I will put people’s silly views of how I treat my animals aside, for the love of my animals.