He was emaciated, so much so that he could hardly walk upright. Instead, he toddled like a young child.
I fed him. How could I not? I brought him inside and into the spare room. I told him that if he lived through the weekend, I’d take him to the vet. But I honestly didn’t think he was going to live.
And yet, he did. The scrawny little kitten was actually an 8-year-old neutered tom.
I never found out for sure where he came from, but I think I know. I’d seen a beautiful white cat two doors down. Those folks moved, two weeks later men went in to work on the place, and this cat appeared. So he’d probably been left alone for someone else to rescue. Or to die a slow and painful death.
Between 35 and 45 million households in the US include a cat. And one-third of those cats were acquired as strays. That’s not surprising since there are an estimated 70 million strays in the US.
I personally have never bought a cat or even adopted one from a shelter. They were always strays.
Where do they come from? Some are like Malachi and are left behind. Some are cats that are “put out,” and get lost. And some are the offspring of other strays.
Between 80 and 90 percent of owned cats are spayed or neutered. Then where do these millions of strays come from? The 10 to 20 percent of us who were irresponsible.
So you see, it’s not that there are so many of us are bad actors. It’s just that the small number of us who ARE bad actors do a lot of damage.