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The Captain Conundrum
We got our cat Captain when his eyes were barely open, and we trained him over a period of two years to kill things. His sole purpose was to hunt down families of mice living in our house and kill them. Now, he’s five years old, and he’s moved on from killing mice to killing larger animals like squirrels, birds, and rabbits—and everyone is furious. When he kills a squirrel, everyone rushes to beat him and shun him and scream at him. I think it’s ridiculous—the instinct to kill has been repeatedly embedded him from the day we got him—we would praise him and pet him for killing mice, and now we punish him for killing squirrels. I understand that it’s fundamentally wrong, but that’s the way he’s been raised. He doesn’t understand why all of a sudden we don’t want him doing what he’s been doing since he was a baby. My sister came up with the brilliant idea to hit him over the head with objects until he learned not to hunt. Her mindset is “if he can be taught to kill, he can be untaught”. But he’s not human—he’s a cat. His instinct is to kill. Abuse is NEVER, EVER an appropriate vehicle of reeducation, either.
So now we’ve got a dead squirrel in our garage, with its intestines pulled out and soaking onto my mom’s yoga mat. They’re all furious at him, locking him out of the house and screaming at him. I don’t in any way promote the deaths of tiny woodland creatures, and it’s sad the squirrel died, but the sudden sparks of hatred within my family for Captain makes me angry. My sisters have repeatedly begged my dad to give him away so they can buy a newer, “nicer” kitty, and they mindlessly torture and chase him, hoping for him to “leave for good”. I feel bad for him. His family hates him for what they trained him to do. He’s not a bad cat—he’s very loving an sweet towards me (maybe because I don’t provoke him and literally boot him out of the house every chance I get). No one believes that he has any scrap of good left in him, and that he’s a mindless, unsympathetic killer, and no one believes me when I try to tell them that he’s not bad, he was just trained (BY US) to kill. The whole thing has me pretty angry. But what can I do?
TIME FOR A CAT PARTY
HUMAN DANCE WITH US
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