Appalling photo

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dear Editor,

The photo of the cats, covered in ice and snow in your Jan 25, 2018 issue was appalling.

If those cats belonged to the photographer shame on him for letting his kittens suffer like that in a storm. Having pets is a responsibility, not to be taken lightly.

Preparing them a place of shelter is so easy and not expensive. Four or five small straw bales, covered with an inexpensive tarp, is a quick fit, put on the south side of a building leaving a small opening, makes a perfect (I use this term lightly) “Cathouse!”

Just fix something for them so they can be out of the wind and snow or rain and they can tolerate the cold.

Have a porch or a laundry room, let them in during the storm and they will love you every day, with heavy purring, leg rubbing and cat-licks on the neck!

I'm hoping the cats that were in the picture have been rescued from the abuse they were going through during the storm.

A lover of pets, especially cats and dogs.

Pat Redfern and my furry friends, Romeo, Bertha, Freckles, Cutie and Dottie,

Bartley, Neb.

Accomplished photographer Bill Coe of Max, a frequent contributor to the Gazette, responds: “I have received a fair amount of negative comments on my two cats in the snow photo. I have found that often well-meaning people just don’t have a clue. The cats pictured are farm cats, fat, fluffy farm cats, two of about twenty. Farm cats are generally feral cats that have found someone foolish enough to feed them three times a day, provide a heated waterer, an insulated Cat House, an igloo, channels in the hay for them, not to mention a chicken house, and a barn. When injured, if they can be caught, doctored and medicated. I encourage you all to get the facts and then act appropriately.”

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  • Prior to human's interruption and ultimate distruction of nature, hay bales didn't exist. Animals survived on their own and unless the pictured snow storm was in the middle of the desert, I can only assume that the cats could have found a porch, bush or other shelter if they so desired. Cats are quite resilient animals and who's to say that these cats belonged to ANYONE. There don't appear to be collars on them. I understand your contempt but the true issue is the stripping of animal's abilities to survive on their own..... a lesson that should be carried on to the human youth that are currently being coddled and entitled. There's not much left in the way of self proliferation in these times.... the crime is that we, ALL BEINGS on Earth have become dependent. THATs the sad thing.

    -- Posted by Nick Mercy on Mon, Feb 12, 2018, at 6:53 PM
  • Nick for President!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Feb 14, 2018, at 4:44 PM
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