A man had recently adopted a formerly feral cat, affectionately named “Snotty” at his son’s insistence. The cat had come from an unfortunate background, yet despite the kind gesture, the man’s adoption of the cat would spark controversy within his community.
The man had first met Snotty on his cousin Stella’s vast property, where many feral cats were present. Stella wanted to build a catio for her own cats but was unable to do so whilst there were so many stray cats like Snotty roaming free.
A Snotty Attitude
The man explained Stella’s problem with Snotty: “He would constantly harass her pet cats. He’d literally climb onto the backyard porch and hiss at them from the glass doors”.
Stella, understandably concerned for her pets’ safety and peace of mind, reached out to Animal Control, reporting Snotty and the other intruders as nuisance animals. She sought advice and was told to set traps to capture these troublesome felines.
One fateful day, Stella successfully trapped Snotty, a move that would change his life. She promptly took him to the vet for a thorough checkup to determine if he belonged to someone else.
An Unfortunate Diagnosis
The search for Snotty’s owner yielded no results, so it was clear that he truly was a stray. However, the poor cat also received a grim diagnosis – he tested positive for FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus), putting his life at risk.
A Lifesaving Decision
The man took pity on Snotty. “My dog passed away not too long ago, and our house was very lonely without an animal”, the man lamented. “I had taken care of disabled cats before and decided to take a risk. I paid for all his vet bills and was finally able to take him home”.
Snotty’s Remarkable Transformation
Snotty, though once a feral cat, displayed an incredible capacity for affection in his new home. “He’s friendly, and he loves my five-year-old”, the man beamed. “I will often catch them hanging out, watching the television, or sleeping together. The only time he fights me is when I try to give him his medication.”
However, things took an unexpected turn when Stella faced heat from her neighbors. They demanded that she return the “community cat”. It turned out Snotty was being fed by the local community and had become a cherished member of the neighborhood.
A Social Media Controversy
The man took to his town’s social media group to clarify the situation. He explained that Snotty had already been adopted and was living a life filled with love and care. He firmly stated that there was no way he would let him become homeless again.
The Backlash Unleashed
Unfortunately, the man’s post triggered a wave of controversy. One concerned mother claimed that his actions had brought her children to tears, while another accused him of depriving an elderly person of their sole source of happiness. The man even faced a barrage of hateful slurs in his inbox.
Was He Inconsiderate?
The man headed online to tell Snotty’s story, asking readers whether he had crossed a line by ‘stealing’ Snotty. However, to his relief, he was met with nothing but praise. “You gave a sick cat health and a good home”, reminded one reader. “Were any of these “community” members lining up to get him treated? No? Then with due respect, they can shut up.”
He Did the Right Thing
Even cat experts agreed that the man did the right thing. “Cats shouldn’t be living outdoors for a myriad of reasons and FeLV is contagious”, stated one feline fanatic. “All their “community” cats were gonna end up dying from it.”
The Cat Tax
In classic internet fashion, many readers demanded the man pay his “cat tax”, a tradition where one cannot post a story about a cat without posting a cat photo. Unfortunately, the man declined: “Sorry, no cat tax – one of the main people sending me hate for ‘stealing’ Snotty frequents this site, and I don’t want to escalate the situation any further.”
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