"Paul M. Cook" <pmcook gte.net> wrote:
> "John Doe" <jdoe usenetlove.invalid> wrote
>> A feral female cat has been here for three years and four
>> months. Still not touchable, but light years better than the
>> first hour or two of window gymnastics after being trapped
>> inside. When she knows some delicious food is on the way, she
>> is able to let loose a tiny little meow or two.
>> I recently added another carpeted and upholstered eight-foot
>> 1x4 in a different location, to give them another route up to
>> their Skyway. It has been there for almost one week. She hangs
>> around the area at the base of that new climbing post when
>> playing with Kitty, but she is unable to climb up the thing.
>> Probably within two weeks from now she will be able to climb it
>> (their main perch/platform is right at the top of the new
>> climbing post). Any change in her environment requires much
>> time to adjustment.
>> The male cat Kitty climbed up the thing within minutes after it
>> was put into position. I think she knows what it is for, but
>> like so many other things she is just unable to act. Very
>> similar to a person being unable to move when he (or she) is
>> frightened. They might want or need to do something, but they
>> just cannot do it. Must be a form of hell in that little mind
>> of hers.
> Not necessarily. Hell is when you experience something that is
> against what you have always known. When all you know is
> paranoia, fear and fight or flight, that is the norm. With cats
> as it is with people it really is true that nobody actually
> suffers from mental illness.
Says who? A wacky Libertarian?
> They usually enjoy every minute of it.
Cruel bull****. There is a difference between coping and enjoying.
An animal that is suffering from serious mental illness is coping
with the situation.
> Hell is what you make it,
Or maybe what you make it.
> as is reality and normality. A feral cat is what nature meant
> it to be and really.
Mine is not just feral, she is/was totally terrified of human
beings (and anything she is not familiar with).
> It is pure, complete and perfect in the evolutionary sense. The
> only hell they know is the comfort we try to give them.
Or maybe you just suck at it.
My "pure, complete, and perfect" feral female was so hungry that
she came into my house for food, even though she was in fact
literally terrified while doing so.
> What is a soft bed when the tradeoff is it has no freedom to
> roam at will and stalk and kill its next meal?
Whatever cats prefer in your ****ed up fantasies, obviously mine
> What is the point of a long and comfortable life
Not sure about the long part, but I know for a fact that the
comfortable part is very nice.
> Nobody has ever explained how or why some cats decided long ago
> that the comforts to be had with humans is superior in their
> view to the freedom of the wild.
More wordy babbling...
Cats are not in a natural environment when they are outside in the
city. I enjoy street skating because I understand what is going on
around me. Cats are unable to comprehend or cope in the same
environment. Many urban cats have short miserable lives.
> That is the conundrum that killed my little girl cat. She simply
> could not leave the wild behind even when her very life was at
In other words, you ****ed up and you are blaming it on the cat,
pretending like it knew better. That is the way of people who act
like a cat is very smart, it gives the person justification to
screw up. And they can use the cats alleged intelligence as an
excuse to abuse it when it messes up, as if the cat should have
known better. Knowing its limitations will help you prepare and
better take responsibility for its welfare.
My cats get the best of both worlds. They get the comfort and
safety of the great indoors, lots of exercise thanks to their
Skyway, and as much outside stimulation as possible (the outside
sounds, a view, and the smells when possible). And if you avoid
bullying them, and respect the fact that they are captive and
could otherwise run from you, they might even choose to stick
around when they have an opportunity to flee.
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> From: "Paul M. Cook" <pmcook gte.net>
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> Subject: Re: Paranoid feral female
> Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 05:25:48 -0700
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