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meowers from missouri

I am surely not without sin in respect to co-existing with pets, nor did i ever claim to be.

But no single cat or dog I ever had ever came close to such danger and tragedy, let alone several of them.

Luck?

Probably some.

Concerted effort on my part and that of my family?

Certainly.

And on the subject of "judging", these phrases are in the christian bible, too:

# 1Cor. 6:2-3 Do you not know that the saints [the saved] will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

# Prov. 3:21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;

# John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (NB: while I no longer advocate debalconization or immurement, I still feel my judgment--as a peer [cat owner and human]--was valid).

# Jer. 22:3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness...

Having had more than one cat (like kim), I can truly say I've learned more than a little about how they think and where they hide (or can get into and not out of). and because the lid is shut or the door is closed or whatever does NOT mean the kitty is not there; the lid or door was not always closed, no matter what you think.

Yes, of course we irate kitty-bloggers realized from the git-go that kitties are endowed with "amazing spirit and power"; from what I construe by considering the responses of the cat blogosphere folk is that we collectively decried the fact that poor Bess had to live through such a horrible experience to demonstrate it, and that the story was presented in a light manner, rather than as a cautionary tale.

Oh, and by the bye, Ed, Nitro and Xing Lu are "The MEOWERS from Missouri".

cheryl

Meezer Mom Mary

None of us is perfect.

I had a cat who was 7/8ths of the way out an 8th story window before he was caught and hauled back in.

It was my fault for opening the window in a strange place without checking to see if there was a proper screen.

The fact that he never in his entire life jumped up on a windowsill is not an excuse.

He's a cat.

Cats do that.

Cats hide when they are stressed.

And boy, can they hide well.

As a cat owner it is our responsibility to check everywhere (I check the oven, the dishwasher, dresser drawers, locked trunks inside closets. Heck I once even opened every suitcase I owned to find one of my cats, only to turn around and find her there behind me looking at me like I was crazy).

My cats don't generally meow when they are hiding or trapped either.

That is not an excuse.

When I am home, if I do not see a particular cat for an hour or two, I go an an all out red alert cat hunt.

Is that over reacting? Maybe. But so what.

Our whole issue with her story is that it was put into the light of "oh hahahahaha yet another cat tragedy in our family".

Her response to the criticism was even worse and shows that out of all the tragedies that have befallen her cats, she only took responsibility for ONE.

It was always someone else (husband, maid, whatever) that was home when something happened.

If YOU are the one who wanted the cat and YOU are the one who got the cat (even though some insightful SPCA people would not let you adopt one), then YOU are the one responsible for said pet, and training people to look DOWN when opening a door. Or look inside dryers. period.

If one of my cats is hurt or injured or becomes ill when in the care of a pet sitter, it's MY fault, not theirs.

I'm not perfect.

But when something happens to one of my cats, my first reaction is to cry and feel guilt.

NOT write a light hearted article on the tragedies that have befallen animals who trust me to care for them.

Evie

No, you would not only raise hackles in the cat Blogging or any animal lover but also in your so Called "journalistic" approach to the story...

You did not even read it did you?

Umm can I just say...DUH?

YOU seemed to focus on just one the thing about the lady making a mistake with Bess.

Did you read about all her other "bad luck" stories with the zillions of "other kittehs" she had?

I believe when you are on trial these things are brought up, so being that this woman is on trial, by us who respect and love animals, should these things also not be taken into consideration when trying to determine a verdict, or are you just like every other dumb ass story writer...

make this post as controversial as you can, so you can get the ratings?

Or maybe you are one of these do-gooders that think even mass murderers should be treated nicely and have creature comforts?

Yeah it's a big dive from the story, but it gets the point across...

I am ashamed for the world we live in now days...

If this had happened to a human baby there would be hell to pay, but as this (what happened to Bess) and all the others that came before with this lady, because they are animals they can be "oops, made a mistake".

This person looked for people to justify her sins, hoping that people would be all like you were..."Oh it is ok, we all make mistakes, you are not a bad person"...

Bullshit, do a little research and you will find that the bad people out there live off this.

You see, no person is entirely without conscience and want to justify their "sin" as you call it yourself, they look to other people, cry a sob story about how sorry they are then go on to do the same thing over and over...

Anyway I am done...

The way you have written and not done any research into the story other than our reactions proves to me that you have not one lateral thinking spark in your brain, so know that this is not directed at you but more at the people that might even think your story had some cred.

There will always be bad people, it is where they go when they die is the upside.

Everything you do on this earth will be remembered and NOT forgiven, just remember that.

Fighting for what is right is harder than...

I give up, I am done here.

Laila and Minchie

You open every conceivable thing that can be opened inside a house no matter how unbelievable or impossible it may be that a cat could possibly get into.

Cats are masters of hiding and opening.

LC and Ayla

Nice post, but we still smell a rat hidin in the closet (or perhaps we should say "windowbox".

We cats are amazing and we cats are tough.

But not for 9 weeks in an enclosed box with not food or WATER, and we would not suffer quietly if we were enclosed like that for long.

We don't believe the story at all.

It reeks of fictional documentary designed to get a careless insect of a human a few minutes of fame...

Hiss, hiss, hiss.

forever foster

You used one of our comments in your 'analysis', and we stand by it.

We don't think that this woman really believes she didn't do the right thing by Bess.

It's in lesson 1 of having a cat as part of your family-

When there are people around who aren't necessarily cat people, and you are concerned about people accidentally letting your cat out with the coyotes, shut them in one room with their food and water.

Don't leave it to chance.

That she mentioned wondering if children had hurt Bess and then hidden her only emphasises her oversight.

When a cat is missing, you search everywhere.

She tells her readers that she knew this, but found an excuse not to.

When your dealing with a small, clever, flexible animal, there is nothing that is not a possibility for hiding.

We know she keeps saying that she is sorry, but we don't believe her.

The way she presented the story puts her 'sorries' in a light that doesn't ring true.

When you are dealing with a community of people who adore their cats and are hyper careful when it comes to their care, what do you expect as a response?

'Better luck next time'?

Especially when you consider what has happened previously.

This was a horrible story, about a truly appalling experience for Bess.

We hope that someone will learn from it, even if the author doesn't seem to have.

Mark Spencer

I found the following statement on the Purina Cat Chow site (http://www.catchow.com/catcarecenter_3_adult_1.aspx?combinedID=21275)...

"Cats can live for weeks without food; however, they can only live for several days without water."

I will have to extend that to "a week" by personal experience.

I had a cat who disappeared that long and was shocked to see her run out of the toolshed of a neighbor who had been on vacation.

But even then, she was staggerring as she came home.

But 9 weeks? No possible way.

Are you sure you want to keep supporting Kim Murphy in her claim that Bess was locked away from water for 9 weeks?

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