The headlines read, with a snicker, 22-Pound Cat Takes Family Hostage; Family Calls 911 For Help. The cat, it turns out, is in a family with a new 7-month-old baby. Lux scratched the baby and was kicked. He began hissing and growling and cornered the family including the dog in a bedroom for a short period before presumably making friends again. In this comment thread, someone says, “Don’t kick cats!” and a lot of people are all like, “Why not? He scratched the baby!”
- This story is not funny, it’s sad.
- Humanity’s amusement about this story says a lot about our collective lack of compassion for beings of other species.
- Cats and dogs and children all depend on us and all love us. We don’t have to place them in some kind of hierarchy of importance.
- Cats get jealous. They are often very disrupted by the arrival of children. Since we first made a commitment to the cat, we should continue to honor that commitment.
- Cats scratch when they’re threatened or upset. Kicking them doesn’t make them feel any less threatened or upset.
- Kicking those who are less powerful than you are does nothing but show how cruel and ignorant you are, and sets a terrible example for children.
- Next time maybe try apologizing to the cat, protecting him from the baby, and NOT KICKING ANYONE.
As an aside, because I happen to be jumping through the hoops needed to become the second adoptive parent of my own baby son: I can’t believe that people are allowed to just go buy cats and make babies, when adopting them is so difficult (and is done with so much positive intention). Our species will take a great leap forward the day we realize that caring for children and non-human animals is a great privilege as well as a right.