making me very angry,and also upset,over my christmas stay in wolves.my mom lives in a suburban area,but really randomly,there is a farm opposite her.i don't like farms and i don't like farmers.i'm sure some are lovely,but what they do...their view of animals as a commodity...it's just plain wrong.
anyway,there are quite a few feral cats around the area,that my mom and her neighbours often feed.i do feel bad for this little lot,as they can't have an easy life.no regular feeding times and no home to go into.they're out in all weathers,and i saw them huddling up on my mom's doorstep a few nights (as well as the neighbours') and it was snowy out.i so badly wanted to let them in and feed them,let them get warm.but i know they most likely wouldn't want to come in,it's against
their nature being feral (wild) cats.
but you see,this farmer also has 4 kittens.apparently one of his cats gave birth to two of them,and the other two,the farmers daughter 'adopted' from an animal shelter.these kittens are not feral cats,they are regular,domesticated,tiny kittens.
one kitten in particular ran over to me a few times,crying to come in.she (she looked like a girl,so pretty!) and one of the other kittens even got in at one point,but i had to put them back out.mainly as my mom has a cat who would not take kindly to them.
it has been really freaking freezing over the last week or so.these little darlings should not be left outside.my mom knows the farmer,who is around his mid-eighties,and his daughter,who does a lot around the farm.so she knows that they prefer the kittens to be outside.they see these kittens as 'mice/rat catchers' and don't feed them much.they obviously don't care for them.it broke my heart to see these cats/kittens outside in the cold.i so desperately wanted to do something,but as it wasn't my house i couldn't.i did feed them a lot though,and petted and stroked the kittens as much as i could when i saw them.the feral cats would never let anyone stroke them,totally against their nature!
this farmer also has a dog,who you hear bark from time to time.i asked my mom if this dog was always chained up outside and she said yes.apparently this dog is tied up all the time,day and night,outside.this is awful.beyond awful.what a waste of a beautiful creatures life,and just so cruel.it made me even angrier.i wish that my mom didn't live across the road and know these people.i know that something could maybe be sorted out to help these neglected animals out,but it's a tricky situation.my dad suggested reporting them to the rspca.i am considering this,but i can't see them taking it seriously (it would mainly be about the dog,as there wouldn't be 'evidence'as such when it comes to the kittens).
things like this make me feel so many emotions.i felt so helpless.
but on a brighter note,here's some photos of the cat's at feeding time!