As you know, The Brothers and I are always trying to convince people to keep their kitties safely confined. Many people resist this idea. Some even go so far as to say that it is like putting kitties in prison! It’s a false analogy of course, akin to saying that giving a three year old human child safe boundaries is like putting him in prison. But what if we did put kitties in prison? Would they be completely miserable being locked up? Apparently, the answer is no. As long as the kitty’s needs for food, water, safety, enrichment and lots of love are being met, a kitty in prison is a very happy kitty. And you know what else? The people that have been safely confined in prison can benefit from taking care of the safely confined kitties! You can read all about it in this article from The Seattle Times. It blew my mind!
If convicted felons can keep cats happy within the confines of a prison, don’t you think that ordinary, non-incarcerated folk should be able to manage keeping their own cats happy while safely confined? I sure think so. Heck, I’m living proof! I’m the son of two feral cats, and I lived most of My first year of life in the world without walls. All of that changed 6 years ago when I was swept up in The Capture, and I have lived the good life in The Promised Land ever since. So please stop equating keeping a kitty safely confined with putting that kitty in prison. Or, if you insist on continuing with that argument, just realize that even in prison a kitty can be happy if he or she has a responsible Guardian that will meet all of his or her needs.
So Sayeth Otis