Buying kittens before they are 12 weeks old is traumatic for the mother cat & the kittens
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The Problem: Kittens are separated from the mother cat and sold on the internet or the local marketplace, much before they attain an age of 12 weeks. People buy them because they look cute, while forgetting the severe trauma and depression that both the mother cat and the kittens experience.
The Solution: While it is inhuman to separate a mother from her kids, scientific knowledge recommends that if kittens are to be separated from their mother, it should be done only after they attain an age of 12 weeks or more. However, this thumb rule is flouted regularly and people sell kittens on OLX, Quikr or the local marketplace, and people buy them because they look much more cute when they are young. And the seller gets a lot more money. I was not an animal lover by nature, just neutral to them, but experiencing the plight of a mother cat who is about to die has forced me to write my first petition on change.org.
- The people who sell kittens are probably not going to stop and so, it is my humble request to the general public to stop buying kittens before if they look very young or younger than 12 weeks of age.
- If the buying stops, the selling will also stop.
- Requesting PETA to enable the enactment of rules which stop selling of kittens before they are ready to live away from their mother.
- Requesting online sites like OLX and Quikr to stop hosting ads which sell kittens.
- To understand the reason for this and why I am writing my first petition, please go through Kaylee's (the mother cat) story given below.
Kaylee's Story: I am a resident of a society in Viman Nagar area of Pune. There are a few cats who also live here. People from the society feed them and play with them. Kaylee is one of the cats. She recently gave birth to four kittens. It was a beautiful time for her and us. However, just after the birth of her kids, three of the four kittens were stolen and sold. This happened on 3rd of June. I have a video of her from 2nd of June, the night her kids were stolen.
She was drinking milk, playing with her kids and enjoying life, just like we humans do with our kids. But since 3rd of June, she has stopped drinking milk or eating. She just sits in a corner whole day & wails for her kids. Her sibling, a male cat called Billu, goes into people's houses and searches for the kids. He doesn't drink milk or eat anything even if we offer it. Just meows and searches around the house, looking for the kids. On the other hand, Kaylee has not eaten anything for about 17 days now. She cries for many hours every night & has lost half her weight. We can see her skeleton, she has infection around her eyes & nose because of the tears and we fear that she will die soon while waiting & hoping for the kids to return.
If you have read till here, you will realise that cats also feel the same emotions as we humans do, probably much more than us, because a mother cat is about to die because she doesnt consider life worth living without her kids. I dont know the culprit who sold her kids. But I have faith in humanity.
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