2016年3月15日火曜日

Stop buying a cat from a pet store, but pick up from the outdoors


While I had been taking stray cat photos enthusiastically for six years in all, 1996 - 1997 and 2012 - 2015, I often found a stray cat who must have been a pet store.

Their lives in the outdoors are much harder than ordinary stray cats. Especially, long-haired cats are suffering. They can't keep their fur clean or remove fleas by themselves. They need grooming by a human. And the summer temperature and humidity in Tokyo are both extremely high.

Their ex-keeper might haven't expected that the kitten will grow up and become an adult when they bought them in the pet store. The average life span of house cats is over 15 years old. When you buy a pet, you should imagine the future after years, which should be your present age plus the average life span of the animal. If you have a baby cat when you are 25 years old, you must maintain the responsibility at least until when you become 40 years old.

I've been thinking through my stray cat photography of what entices a keeper to abandon their cat in the outdoors. When a keeper is about to abandon a cat, they might think that their cat would be happy where people feed stray cats every day. Should be criticized is who abandons a cat. However, encourage to abandon a cat is who feeds stray cats. Most of the places where they feed are where cats abandoned.

Please think of this issue before going to a pet store. If you want a cat, you can find it in a street or an alley. Though every stray cat isn't friendly, it is possible to rescue a stray cat when you can touch the cat. Now is the time to feed a stray cat when you decide to rescue and keep the cat. If you don't like an ordinary stray cat, you should give up to have a cat. You may not a cat-lover in nature.

Picking up a stray cat from the outdoors might cost to cure some disease. But it is more worth money to spend than a price tag of a pet store.


This photo was taken on 7 July 2013, Tokyo, Japan. ©Naoto Shinkai