There are many reasons behind cat domestication, including keeping rodent populations under control and enjoying the company of the sweet balls of fur. Unfortunately, not everyone treats cats with kindness. Cruelty to cats is actually more popular than we’d like to believe. It’s critical to comprehend the various forms of violence, as well as the symptoms of an abused or neglected pet and what to do if you witness cat abuse.
Neglect is one form of cruelty to cats. The owner’s ignorance or financial hardship is typically the cause of this. This group includes cats that do not get enough food, the right types of food to avoid starvation, or adequate medical treatment.
Abuse of animals
Animal cruelty is the intentional and malicious harming of an animal. Here are a few things to be aware of when it comes to animal cruelty:
1. Animals can be abused by children or adults who have emotional issues.
2. If a cat or other animal is abused in a household with children, the children are more likely to be abused.
3. Animal-abusing children are more likely to grow up to be aggressive against other people.
Cruelty with cats
Animal abuse is illegal in every state. Officials, on the other hand, must be aware of an issue before they can take action. They also seek assistance from observant cat-lovers. It’s important to understand how to spot signs of neglect or violence in cats.
Based on the appearance, It’s difficult to say whether someone harmed the animal or not. While some cats are naturally violent, afraid, or shy. So, search for clues in the cat’s surroundings as well as on the cat herself, such as:
1. Open wounds: A abused cat will also have open wounds that do not appear to be handled.
2. Multiple healed wounds: Abused cats often have multiple wounds; they may have cuts or missing body parts such as ears and tail parts. Outdoor cats battling can also cause these conditions.
3. Untreated injury: An injury or illness may go untreated due to a lack of education or finances on the part of the owner, or because someone abused the cat maliciously.
4. Severe thinning, often with clear bones, Emaciation: starvation is often a sign of Animal abuse.
5. Flea or tick infestation: This could be due to a lack of awareness or funds, or it could be the result of animal neglect and not getting its basic needs met.
6. Cats with matted hair, overgrown nails, and a filthy coat are being abused and could be subjected to cruelty if their grooming needs are not met. This may also happen when a cat grows older and avoids grooming herself; the owner may be unaware that they will need to start grooming an older pet.
7. Weakness or inability to stand: This may be a sign of starvation, dehydration, or injury.
8. Trapping cat in a cage that is too small for her to stand or turn around in: This can also happen when there are too many cats in the same enclosure.
9. An individual kicking, hitting, or otherwise physically harming a cat.: If you see someone intentionally injuring a cat, don’t confront them; you may end up hurting yourself. If at all practicable, tape the incident in secret. If that isn’t practical, take in as much information as you can and call 911.
An onlooker might think a cat being treated for a medical problem is unsafe, particularly if it has chronic skin problems or is lame. Observing an animal over time will help you decide if someone abused her or neglected her.
Cats in the Open
Cats who live or spend unsupervised time outside can be vulnerable to violence by people other than their owners. They might be seized and mistreated or exploited by someone else because the cat is deemed a nuisance or the catcher is mentally ill.
Black Cats: A Remark
Black cats, especially around Halloween, are thought to be more vulnerable to violence than other cats. Many organizations, including the ASPCA has proved this wrong. Black cats, on the other hand, have a more difficult time finding homes in shelters than other cats. A long history of associating black cats with poor luck is most likely the reason behind it. If you count the good fortune of having a cute, caring, fluffy best friend, black cats do not bring bad or good luck to their owners.
What to Do If You Feel Your Cat Has Been Neglected or Abused
Call 911 if you see a cat abused sexually. Call your nearest animal control or animal care service if you think a cat has been abused or neglected. Scan Google for “animal welfare” + the name of your group to find contact information.
If the local police department does not have or is unable to treat animal cruelty investigations, call the Humane Society of the United States at 202-452-1100 or 866-720-2676 to meet with an abuse specialist.
To protect cats from cruelty and neglect, we must all work together.
ADDENDUM: Animal cruelty has been reclassified as a crime by the FBI. Beginning in 2016, the most serious cases of cat violence will be charged in the same way as murder, robbery, and arson are. This is a significant advancement in the fight against cat cruelty and, by implication, domestic violence.
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