The Kitty Adventures: A Mission?

The throne room was nothing like Snow had imagined. First of all, it was more of a ballroom than throne room. It was a huge, empty space with a few long, white tables on one side. And there she was, the ‘beloved’ Feline Queen. But something was wrong. She wasn’t a complete cat. She looked more like a mix of a human and a cat. The queen had normal cat ears and tail, but the head and body of a human. Her hair, was also weirdly colored, with black fading into the color of a penny.

“Th-that’s a human!” Jellybean stuttered. “Yes.” Grey confirmed. “We once had a cat rule us all, until we realized that perhaps cats weren’t fit to lead. Too solitary. Unless you’re a lion, but they can get a bit… rowdy.” The calico giggled. “Rowdy? More like crazy! Do not make them mad. They once tore up a whole planet, just because of an insult.” Grey scowled once again and padded across the clearing.

“Your Majesty. These are the cats who breached into our territory.” Grey informed her, bowing. The Queen raised her eyebrows. “Are they? Now, what are two little kitties doing on our territory…?”

Snow stepped forward and mimicked Grey’s bow. “Your Majesty, please forgive us. We had just escaped from a horrid, terrible place. It’s full of humans and they treated us very badly. We had no idea what the outside world would be like, and I’m very, very sorry if we barged into your territory.” The Queen chuckled. “I’m starting to like you, little kitty. But sadly you’ll have to stay here for a while, until we find something to do with you.”

Jellybean walked up next to Snow and bowed, too. “Your Majesty…a-are you going to k-kill us…?” She chuckled once again. “Of course not, dear! We might even send you on a little mission soon…we just need to make sure we can trust you before-” Suddenly the floor rumbled. The Queen stood up, alarmed. “We’re under attack!” The calico who had seemed so carefree turned frightened eyes toward Snow and Jellybean. “We need to get you to safety! Quick, follow me!” She dipped her head toward the Queen. “I’ll join the fighting after I hide them, Your Majesty.” Then she beckoned the two sisters. “Come on!” Full of fear, Snow and Jellybean followed her into the darkness of the halls.

What Does “No-Kill” Actually Mean?

If you’ve ever gone to an animal shelter, you probably think you know what a “no-kill” shelter is. But it’s not. Well, at least if you think that “no-kill” shelters mean they don’t kill animals there. Wrong! So what does it actually mean? Let’s find out!

The Asilomar Accords are kinda like a guidebook to animals shelters. They tell you the definitions of terms that have to do with animal shelters. Now, you probably know that in “kill” shelters they euthanize cats that are unhealthy. Most people may think, that’s sad, luckily “no-kill” shelters don’t do that! But how do The Asilomar Accords define the term healthy as? Let’s take a look. According to The Asilomar Accords, the term healthy is described as…”all cats and dogs eight weeks of age or older that, at or subsequent to the time have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.”

Wow. So so far we know this: “no-kill” shelters also kill kittens under 8 weeks and unfriendly cats, like feral ones. Since many people are unaware, they’d think; oh, I found this feral cat out in the streets, but don’t worry, I brought it to a no-kill shelter! Or they might think; I live in a no-kill city, so they don’t need my help! But that’s not true at all.

What about the term treatable? Does it help the “unhealthy” cats’ situation? Treatable is defined as…”who are likely to become “healthy,” if given medical, foster, behavioral, or other care equivalent typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners.

Now that just confirms suspicions about the kittens. Kittens take much more energy to take care of than other pets and do not count as “treatable”. Unless taken in by a foster family, a kitten under 8 weeks wouldn’t last a day in an animal shelter. But it isn’t the shelter’s fault. It just doesn’t have the time and money to take care of the kittens.

All of the animal shelters need YOUR help. Without any foster parents, so many kittens and feral cats could get euthanized. Foster isn’t even that difficult, or complicated. So support your local animal shelter, kill or no-kill.

Inspired by Kitten Lady at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iUjy243-Fs

The Feline Queen ❤️