Monday night

It is really nice when you get home after a 12 hour work day and are cold and wet to find your apartment in pretty decent shape when 19 cats have had the run of it all day. I only had to clean up two yak attacks and no out of the litterbox gifts. Saturday and yesterday I did a lot of cleaning and ‘let’s try to make some happy cat spots.’ It seems to have worked because usually I return to a disaster area on Monday nights. I’ve got one of my homemade frozen pizzas in the oven heating up and after I post this will go in and spend a bit of time with the two rescued baby cats that I have locked in Tovi’s big cage and spend some time with Tovi herself herself. I’m not sure why she seems unhappy to have these two visitors in her room — if I lived in a room by myself with only brief visits from my person each day to check my food, water and litterbox and dole out a few pets and scritches, I’d be just darn stir crazy and happy as a clam to have some company, especially company safely locked in a cage. Something new! Alas, Tovi seems to thrive on bland and boring daily life and could clearly do without her new kitten TV.

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8 responses to “Monday night”

  1. Lynne says :

    Sounds like those “happy cat spots” worked! I am always trying to adjust the environment for the cats in my care.

  2. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Honestly, Yael, 19 cats?!! You really have lost any sense of rationality on this matter, to say the least or to use a euphemism.

    And long-term, you destroy your life by burdening your life with 19 cats, that is as simple as that. Simply because the time and expenses that it takes to deal with 19 cats prevent you from having a life of your own!!

    Worse, despite your love of cats, you are now the slave of your cats!!

    More importantly, you also have lost the control of your mind on this matter, as you are probably incapable of deciding of your own will to keep only say two cats maximum in order to start living your own life instead of living the life of your cats by being a willing slave for them.

    These comments just to trigger a reaction in you with the hope that you will take back your life by reducing the number of your cats to a maximum of only two cats. For your own long-term health!

    • Lynne says :

      Wipe Out, I agree that nineteen cats is plenty… too many …. so the solution seems to be for her to establish a sanctuary. I’ve been thinking lately that she should not give up on setting up a sanctuary in Israel and should look at resources there. I know that land is expensive, but perhaps there would be someone who would sell her enough land to do just the sanctuary. In a small country, like Israel, it is difficult though as land is so expensive.
      The situation of animals in Israel is fairly horrible, but honestly, as progressive as Austin, Texas is, you can see many areas in Austin and the outlying areas that are just as bad. Cats and dogs are often abandoned, neglected, and at times, singled out for abuse. There are many organizations here that are working nonstop to provide shelter, medical care, food, socialization, etc. and to try to find homes for them, but they cannot meet the needs of all that need them. Austin is one of the few places to try to deal with the issue of pet over-population and providing sanctuary for them.
      If Yaeli were to let those animals that she rescued out, they would likely be killed or die, so that is not an option for her. I have one of her cats here and I am trying to find a home for her, but no one is beating down the door to adopt her. I have to keep trying because Yafah would make someone a good pet. (My vet put up an adoption bulletin board for me in his clinic, so I hope that helps.)
      You are right; it is drastically expensive to care for so many animals. It really is just for routine matters for them like food, but when they require medical care, it’s very expensive.

  3. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Personally, I have never ever understood people taking care of animals when there are children in Israel or in the USA or elsewhere who do not have parents to take care of them and when these children without parents would be much better off as an outlet for love than animals could ever be.

    Therefore, before even considering taking care of animals, those who do that (taking care of animals) should FIRST think of taking care of one child who has not been lucky to be born in a family with parents who loved him/her and where these lost children would be so happy to be part of someone’s life, providing that this adopted parent is ready to give the love that this child never had the opportunity to get from his/her own parents.

    In life, there are priorities in many things. Animals are great and one could LIKE them but children comes first and, contrary to animals, one could LOVE a child as opposed to simply liking an animal.
    When one starts to love animals instead of liking them, such person loses his/her rationality and common sense.
    To give one’s love to an animal is a BIG mistake because one should only like an animal, not love IT; on the other hand, to give one’s love to a child is a blessing in many ways and, at least with a child, you can interact with him/her as opposed to the painful silent feedback that one gets from animals even though a few animals (cats, dogs) sometimes can express simple emotions.

    • Lynne says :

      Wipe Out, I value having your point of view. I always do. Like you, as a teacher, my students’ health and happiness was more important to me that only academics. But adoption in the US is very difficult, expensive, and impossible for so many. Adoption of an abused/neglected child cares risks, as we human beings are damaged in ways that animals often are not, and those scars make bonding with others and forming healthy relationships impossible for so many of those abused children. This can happen to animals, too, where the damage is irreversible. My close friend is providing foster care right now for two children, siblings who were taken from their very abusive and neglectful mother. She says it has been the most difficult task to provide a good home for them that they can respond to in a normal way, and she is far more qualified than most people (social worker for 20 years and teacher for ten). The state pays her to care for them and she uses every penny of that money for intensive help for those children and a huge amount of her own money, too…counseling, private school (one of the children cannot function in large groups like in the public schools here), activities to promote pro-social behavior. etc. It is a huge commitment, and for adoption it is a lifelong commitment. Animals are easier by far.
      It really takes all of us to help in the ways that we can, whether helping the elderly, animals, children, and other charitable endeavors. Fortunately, we do not all choose the same way to help, so that the helping is spread around.

  4. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Hello, Lynne, nice to interact with you on Yael’s blog.

    You made a few interesting points. But a child has a potential to heal that is enormous, providing he/she is in a good environment.

    There is a huge difference of adopting a child as your own compared to having a foster care business where children come and go I could say. In fact, it is day and night between the two.

    Yes, each of us chooses to help the way we want. But basic common sense and rationality do not change and priorities also do not change.
    Once you lose your rationality and common sense with respect to your priorities, you basically have lost your mind and your life!! Therefore, the people who decide to make animals the equivalent or a replacement for children have lost rationality and common sense, not to mention their priorities.
    Hence, if you want to have one animal, you must have already raised at least one child (adopted or not), as an animal must NEVER come before a child or in replacement to a child. That is what priorities are.

    Take care, Lynne, and do not give up on your fight for health. It starts by eating healthily (blueberries, kiwis, etc.) and doing exercises regularly (choose one of these: swimming, jogging, walking), at least two times a week for at least 1 hour. Make sure you exercise at least two times a week, Lynne, irrespective of the seriousness of your particular situation. The body heals and cleans up when one exercises regularly (Read “The best preventive medicine? Exercise” at http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20131230/WIRE/131239978/1008/living?p=2&tc=pg ).
    G.od be with you and protect you in your fight for health, Lynne.

    • Lynne says :

      Wipe Out, I agree. Adoption is very different from foster care. My friend was motivated to do foster care because as a teacher she was seeing the mess that the foster care system is…and she says it is the hardest thing she has ever done. I worked with kids who had been adopted and the adoptions were put aside because the children were honestly so badly damaged that they were unmanageable. I worked with a cute little girl, adopted at about four years old after severe abuse. She was in a group home where I worked as a social worker. The kids in the residential program were so very damaged that they seldom had any normal reactions of events in their lives. The little girl’s family worked tirelessly with her, seeking intensive therapy, trying everything, but finally had to give her up after she repeatedly tried to kill them (razor blades in their shoes, poison and glass in their food, fires started in the middle of the night, trying to stab them while they slept …they were all in a nightmare. The family gave her up when she was about eleven and things were just getting more dangerous and worse every day. Children do have the ability to heal in many cases, but not always. Not everyone can take these kinds of challenges on.
      I do agree with you 100% that an animal cannot take the place of a child.
      But there are many people, who take responsibility for abused or neglected and homeless animals, not as a replacement, but to relieve the suffering of the animal.
      Thank you for your ideas for my health. I admit that I am not doing all that I can. I need to exercise—and after your encouragement, I surely will make a commitment to do it.

    • Lynne says :

      I should add that in general adoptions are successful, and I would bet that most are. Adoption of older kids who have been in neglectful and abusive situations is often very, very difficult. Kids who are in foster care are often very challenging and others are absolutely amazing and wonderful kids who turn out just fine. I worked with two young African American boys in their early teens—I provided in-home tutoring in their foster homes—and had I been at a different place in my life and able to provide a home for them, I would have adopted them both. They were both in awful foster homes, they had been so neglected and abused early in life, but they were both wonderful boys amazingly resilient and worthwhile, grateful for every good thing in their lives.
      I have seen both extremes as a social worker/teacher and everything in between. Overall though, we humans are more complex than animals and helping animals is surely easier.

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