Letters to the Editor

Indoors is the cat’s meow

Ten kittens from two separate litters were found taped shut in a cardboard box and left behind a Langley garbage bin on a sweltering July day. They’d not have lasted another hour for lack of necessities of life, including fresh air.

This case is yet another clear cry that society needs to procure an appreciation for cats, most notably the homeless. When cats are devalued because they’re not readily obedient and are potential predators of cherished small songbirds, it makes it a lot easier to dispose of them in such a cruel manner.

Contrary to popular belief, cats can be very pleasant pets if they receive enough genuine affection. This includes frequent talks to them (judging from my cat’s behaviour, they can appreciate an enthusiastic talking to) and especially physical contact. You pretty much get what you put into them, as with dogs.

As a priority, they should be collected and spayed or neutered; perhaps their eventual reduction in number will then translate into proper appreciation or at least respect as sentient life.

Furthermore, it would greatly help if respective city halls would order that pet cats be confined indoors when not on a torso-brace leash and accompanied by their owners.

Yes, pet cats likely will go through “outdoors withdrawal” and cry by the front door. However, keeping them healthy and safe should make their finite whining worthwhile.

 

Frank Sterle Jr., White Rock

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