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If you have not heard of this then you have not been on the Internet for long. Kittens, and cats are everywhere, and have been hogs of the Internet world for some time.
A whole language has been assigned to cats (lolcat speak)…
When Internet sites go wonky they delight their viewers by offering them unlimited numbers of kitten pictures to look at.
Other sites threaten you, an on-line game I once use to play (er, shall I say was addicted to) Earth 2025, often threatened that every time an ad was not clicked a kitten would die.
On some social networking sites angry users are quickly pacified by a show of cute cat (or kitten) pictures. Try it yourself.
Cats and kittens in videos, with a bit of promotion, often go viral, but baby videos are often booed (unless they have a cat or kitten in them of, course).
The Internet is fascinated with cats and kittens, more so than the real world is.
In the real world, millions are euthanized every year, even within the United States alone. Perhaps the ad threat I received on the Earth 2025 game was real.
In the real world people dump their kittens in shelters simply for being a kitten (clawing the furniture).
In the real world people abandon their cat when they move and cannot find a place that allows cats.
In the real world people take “Free to Good Home” kittens and feed them to snakes, they take “Free to Good Home” cats and sell them to research labs, or use them as bait for fighting dogs.
In the real world people hate a cat just because of its color.
In the real world some people punish a cat for doing what is natural, killing a bird, or mouse.
In the real world people remove the toes of their kitten to protect their sofa, and then get rid of it when it starts peeing around the house (a known side effect that sometimes comes after a cat is declawed).
In the real world owners scrape their dead cats off the road and exclaim “I let it out many times and it was never run over before”. How many times can a cat get run over, idiot?
In the real world cats are poisoned by people who hate them in their yard. Or are snatched up and driven far away and dumped. In some areas such cats are used as “target practice”.
The real world is not as cat friendly as the Internet would have us think…
If you are a cat owner, please spay or neuter to prevent unwanted kittens from being born. Think of it this way, every kitten that finds a home, means a kitten in a shelter will not be so lucky. Please keep your cats on your property and well looked after. Please consider adopting a cat, or kitten from a shelter, and remember that a pet is a lifetime commitment.
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