Would You Give Your Pet Away On Twitter? – Tan Lili
At the risk of sounding like a crazy cat lady, I LOVE cats. Those furry felines never fail to fascinate me — they are so naturally graceful; they know exactly how to reduce humans to their slaves; they are the masters of cool nonchalance; they even have the decency to cover their own poop and pee!
I have one at home. My 13-year-old cat Minki is my constant listener who’d never judge me when I bitch, freak out when I cry, or give me flak when I admit a mistake. What Minki does, is bite and scratch me when it feels like it. And, trust me, it bites hard. Friends often say I’m crazy to keep my cat; I say they’re crazy to think I’m ever going to give it away.
Which is why you can imagine my horror when I read about Chris Pratt, actor and husband of Anna Faris, asking his 53,000 Twitter followers if any of them wanted his 15-year-old cat. Needless to say, people started slamming him for doing so. His response?
“Bottom line, and not that this is any of your f—ing business, weirdos, but my wife and I want to start a family and we ABSOLUTELY CANNOT have an animal that shits all over the house. Sorry. If you are a parent you will understand. And if not, that probably explains why you have such a hard on for cats. Just sayin’.”
Real mature, dude.
Then, another shocker: he actually found someone to keep his cat. “Her name is Meghan and, as far as I could tell, she is a perfectly reasonable, sweet and friendly cat-lover,” he wrote on his blog.
It’s bad enough for him to offer his cat — which he claimed he loves — via a social media platform. But to give it away to a random stranger who seems good enough “as far as I could tell”? Seriously?
In my book, what the actor did is akin to dumping his cat on the streets. It all boils down to being a responsible pet owner. A lot of owners often don’t realise that neglect is also a form of animal abuse. When you get a pet, you jolly well make sure you take care of it and give it a happy life until its last breath. If a dire situation leaves you absolutely no choice but to give your pet away, do so the right way (i.e., a friend you know, a reputable animal shelter, etc.). But, if you don’t think you can handle this responsibility, leave the animals alone.
And to Chris Pratt: I get it. The risk of getting toxoplasmosis from contact with cat faeces, albeit rare, can happen … when you’re pregnant. So, unless you accidentally revealed some Hollywood-shattering baby news, don’t worry; last I checked, cat faeces don’t affect fertility. Just sayin’.