Guys, you have got to understand that you can still love something while you are neglecting it.
Neglect is not inherently malicious. It’s often not something you intend to do. It stems from a lack of education on the proper care. It’s when you know the proper care and still choose to neglect your animal that this becomes an issue of you just being cruel to your pets.
I once had a girl who was keeping her female rat alone in an aquarium. I was trying to educate her; it was clear she cared for the rat exponentially, said it aided her with her mental illness, but keeping rats alone is neglectful and an aquarium is not a proper home. She was neglecting her rat by not giving this intelligent, social animal proper companionship or a sufficient living space. It wasn’t that she didn’t love her rat! But that rat was still in a shitty situation for rats.
So this argument of “These people love and care for their outdoor cats, how can they be neglecting them?” Love isn’t enough, my friends. You have to be willing to put in the proper care. I’m sure people who try to turn their cats and dogs vegan love them very much, but we all know why that is harmful. You can love your animal and still be putting it in harm’s way, still neglecting it, still leaving it in an unhealthy situation.
The hope is that you love your animal enough to do better as you learn and grow. Do better for your animals, and educate yourselves constantly on how to achieve that for their sake, because our information is always expanding. We used to think it was okay to be an intimidating “alpha” for our dogs, now we know better. We used to think goldfish could thrive in fish bowls, now we know better. And we used to think outdoor cats were fine, safe, and healthy because they were independent, but now we know better.
when drawing cats, people often tend to forget that kitties actually have webbed toesies! you usually can’t see it under all the floof, but if you’re lucky you can get a glimpse of the webbing when they get a good stretch just after waking up:
I just want you to know that working for you is a true honor. You are my role model, and you lead this city with such strength and grace. And underneath that prickly exterior you have the biggest heart of anyone I know. I just… I’m just trying to say thank you, for being an amazing mentor… and friend.
Well, you’ve made quite the impression on me, too, Kiera.