I love my cat, but she is, after all, a cat. She is not my substitute friend, child, significant other--she is my pet and I own her. (Okay, I am owned by HER, but you get what I'm trying to say.) Yes, she sleeps anywhere she wants and pretty much does what she wants, but I don't treat her any differently than most people treat their pets. She eats her food and drinks her water from stainless steel bowls on the floor--unless The Husband lets her drink from the faucet, but that's another story. I don't buy her fancy collars or clothes. She doesn't have a house or jungle gym or special bed. Her toys are rather routine. And other then brushing and some fur trims, she isn't groomed by a human. But then there are other people--the stupid pet owners.
I got this email the other day and it explained how people were painting their cats--as in, painting ON their cats so that their fur depicted something else. Upon further research, I found out that this is a hoax, that it isn't real, and the pictures are photo-shopped. They are quite neat, though:
One of the reasons why I couldn't believe these were real was simple: NO cat would sit still long enough for anyone to do this to them. Although, I don't think it would be that hard to do the first painting, or these:
The book where these pictures are from came out in 2007(?) so I'm certain someone has tried this--it just hasn't caught on. Yet.
Painting dogs, on the other hand, is something that IS going on. Poor puppies:
It really is sad to see some of the things we do to our pets. Thankfully, these are done out of love and really aren't abusive. Still, all I can think is 'Stupid Pet Owners.'