Friday, March 28, 2008

Mr Snizzles Has The Snip

It's been done. Target went to the vet and had the snip. He's now a retired gentleman cat.

Target is perfectly fine, jumping up and down all over the place - including on top of poor Au!

I know I'll get a lot of flack about this from Malaysian readers, but I believe that neutering is the way to go. For one thing, 5 out of 8 kittens at the back have died. It' s touch and go for the other 3. The last litter died off completely. I hate all this pointless suffering!

So for those of you who read Katz Tales in The Star Weekend section who have faith issues, I'll quote Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker, a Muslim vet and international animal rights worker whose articles concerning Animals and Islam at are read by thousands:

“I cannot overemphasize the need to have one’s cats or dogs sterilized.”

"Animals do not have freedom of choice, only man and jinn do. Hence, animals act upon their instincts. Likewise, they do not have sexual intercourse for pleasure, but only based on instinct, when a female comes on heat/oestrus. Therefore, animals do not rape or murder or steal with ill intention, all their actions are based on instinct and what they are trained to do.”

“For this reason, sterilization of animals will remove the instinct to procreate only, thus controlling the population in an environment where there are no natural predators and help curb disease between man and animals and vice versa, that could be spread by over-population of animals.”

“Killing of animals in an inhumane way for no valid reason is unIslamic. So population control, through sterilization, benefits both man and animal by helping to prevent the spread of disease between species and prevent the suffering of unwanted pets and the unIslamic practice of abandoning domestic animals."

"All animals are a part of Allah’s creation and belong to Allah (swt). Muslims are custodians of this beautiful planet. How we care for animals and what we use them for we will be accountable for to Allah (swt). All of creation is Muslim, submitting to Allah’s will—only man and jinn are granted a freedom of choice. So yes, even animals are Muslim."

"In the Holy Qur’aan (S4:36) we are advised to do good to “… what your right hands own …” According to the commentator Imaam Faghruddin al-Rhazi, this refers to all those who have no civil rights, including animals. Thus, the verse lays down the duty of being good toward animals."

"All things “…have been created for you ...” for our benefit (S2:29). It thus becomes our duty to protect, employ with dignity, and promote the well-being of any animal in our care. In this way, we are expressing our thankfulness to Allah (swt) for His blessings in a practical manner. (Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society, Mawlana F.R. Ansari, vol. 2, pp. 125-126)"

Have a good weekend!


eiko-chan said...

I totally agree about spaying and neutering, i've had loads of "harsh judgment" thrown onto me just because i decided to spay my cat. I really don't understand why most Malaysians who i've met can't understand this.

They say its "cruel", but isn't it much more cruel when the babies are unwanted?

Anonymous said...

I don't see why some ppl oppose spaying and neutering. They seem to think that animals have sex for fun just as humans do, when in fact it is just an instinct for animals to breed and reproduce.

I've had both my cats(Miaow & Kuro)spayed and neutered and they're doing just fine. In fact, Miaow is doing much better after being neutered, being free from the stress of giving birth and rearing the kittens. She was a stray that sought shelter at our house with her kittens 3 years ago, and stayed when we offered food and shelter. Since then she has had several litters of kittens who either end up missing or dead. It's was just heartbreaking to see her frantically pacing around the house crying, and searching for her kittens. We finally had her neutered last year when we decided that she as tame enough to be brought to the vet.
Nowadays, she's happy(and chubbier) cat who spends her days napping, washing and playing tag with Kuro.(who is the only survivor from her last litter, spayed two months ago) :)

I wish ppl would realize that owners who spay/neuter their cats do so for the sake of their cats' well-being, not the owners' selfish desires.

Ellen Whyte said...

Good to hear so many people are responsible towards their kitties!

Yein: know what you mean about having to have tame cats to take to the vet. Our stray girls let us touch them but a trip to the vet with spaying and a four day stay in at home in our house is out: they'd panic and be completely ill from the stress. Wish we had a temporary shelter place here where they could board together while they heal.

Perhaps in the future!

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