Do cats have feelings too?
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the mainstream arguments that are for eating meat. That animals don’t have cognizant thoughts, feelings, memories, or recollections like we do, that human beings are “better” than other beings, that they exist to serve us. Well, my friends I very loudly and DISrespectfully disagree.
Enter Leonor Fini and Olive, my two crazy cats. I can’t imagine 2 more wonderful albeit fuzzy little beings. I have absolutely no doubt that they have intelligent thoughts and feelings just like the rest of us–that they care capable of not only excitement and joy but also sadness and pain. I know they have memories and recollections, that they have a cache of memories just like any other living creature.
To me, my 2 precious kitties and rambunctious rabbit are the epitome of love and of innocence, and they represent the thousands upon thousands of innocent, harmless creatures who are slaughter, abused, or mistreated each year because we humans think that it’s our ordained right to govern other creatures. The animals that I come into contact with on the day-to-day are just reminders of how many beautiful furry beings don’t get the love and affection I try so hard to show them.
All beings have feelings whether it’s a mosquito or your own beloved companion animal. In honor of all of the animals you’ve ever loved or held dear, I challenge you to adopt a policy of non violence. Take that spider out of doors instead of squashing it. Shoo away the mosquito instead of making it go splat when it tries to bite you. Just remember that one species’ pest is another’s best friend.
What are some of the ways you honor animals in your day-to-day?