Reality of stray cats who called “Cute.”
When people find a stray cat, most of them would say, “Cute!” Cats, even they are homeless, look cute when you see from a distance. But if you come close to them and see more carefully, you will find their health problems.
So many stray cats have eye problems caused by some infections. It is less who have healthy eyes. Their eyes are also easily hurt by fighting. I have a photo of which a stray cat staring my camera with a hollow of the eye socket. It is more than a few times that I've met such stray cats.
Old stray cats likely have some decayed teeth. When a stray cat can't close the mouth or wet the lower jaw with saliva, they might have a tooth problem. An old cat, who I rescued from the outdoors, had a deformed jaw with periodontitis, so he had to be extracted all teeth in surgery.
In summers, stray cats suffer from swarms of bloodsucking insects like mosquitos, fleas, ticks. I often been bitten by mosquitoes more than ten places while I was shooting a stray cat for five or six minutes. It was done even though I had applied bug repellent, so their suffering is beyond my imagination. They scratch the itch hardly so their skin, mostly behind the ear, bleed and their hair falls out. Then, insects aim that part.
If you observe stray cats for a few months, you could see a lot of them have loose bowels and find out that the water which they are drinking isn't hygienic in the alley. In case of that a stray cat poop while I am shooting, I would pick it up by a vinyl bag, but I couldn't do anything when that was diarrhetic.
Cats are genius for pretend they are happy. But people who truly love them are never deceived. Actually, most of stray cats aren't in good condition as people call them ‘cute.’ But most of the disease can cure by a veterinarian and keeping them indoors. The people who said the cat “Cute!” mostly passed by without stopping. How wonderful if the word was a promised future of the stray cats.
This photo was taken on 17 August 2013, Tokyo, Japan. ©Naoto Shinkai