Saturday, 25 September 2010

Pink Pussycat.

A pink cat has been found, possibly a descendant of the one Devo were looking for in 1978.

This one has been dyed, and sniffing the chance of a prosecution for a non-crime, the RSCPA have declared it a Terrible Thing.

As Corrugated Soundbite implies, having seen what people get away with doing to poodles, I'd say the cat got off very lightly. Poodles are highly strung, and who can blame them when all the other dogs laugh at their toilet-brush hairdos?

The cat has not been harmed at all. As the article states, the dye is non-toxic, is evenly applied and has been kept away from the cat's eyes, nose and mouth. Not a slapdash job but a clearly professional one. Why do I think that? Look at the evenness of colour. There is no way to achieve that on a resisting hamster, never mind a cat. The picture shows a healthy, clean and well cared for animal.

Well of course it's clean. The first thing these RSCPA idiots did was give it a bath. Offhand, I can think of nothing a cat hates more than being dunked in water and scrubbed. It is possibly the single most stressful experience any cat can have. Worse even than being dyed pink. Just ask Tiddles here:

As Quiet Man points out, the colour of this cat is not down to a gang of Ferals with spray cans. Just look at the symmetry of the colour around the face. This was most probably done at a pet salon somewhere, by a professional, with minimal stress to the animal and under the supervision of a doting owner. If it was thrown over a fence then it was probably stolen, perhaps by Ferals, but they are not responsible for its colour.

The hysteria surrounding its finding means that the possibly heartbroken owner now dare not come forward to claim their cherished pet (after no doubt paying a small fortune to have it coloured), and the salon that did the work will keep very quiet indeed.

Because you see, the knee-jerks of the RSPCA prosecution machine define 'animal cruelty' as whatever they damn well please in order to swell their coffers with fines. Remember cat-bin-woman? A callous cow if ever there was one but the police, at the time, said no actual crime had been committed. Sure, it was a nasty thing to do but it wasn't against the law. The RSPCA have their own laws and are prosecuting anyway.

So if that's your cat in the pictures, you have my sympathy. You dare not get it back. You dare not report it stolen. The RSPCA have ensured that it will remain homeless, and that you will never see it again. They have ensured that those who stole it will never be caught, nor even sought. It's you they are after.

If you're the one who did the work, nice job. However, you dare not tell anyone you did it, ever. The RSPCA are looking for you too.

It is not against the law to dye your pet different colours as long as there is no harm to the animal. Non-toxic dye and staying well clear of eyes, nose and mouth means no harm was done. It's not as if it was sprayed with a can of metallic green acrylic from Halford's. Which is what yobs would have used, rather than take the trouble to source a non-toxic colouring agent and then take care to keep the animal's face clear.

The RSPCA don't care about the cat. Don't fool yourselves into thinking they care about animals. They care about money. As your descendants will discover if you leave them any in your will - the RSPCA will chase your descendants to reclaim the death duties on their share. They are ruthless in their pursuit of money. Animals? A means to an end, and the end is cash.

This alleged animal charity operates on its own laws which are malleable depending on the situation. In any event, they will look for a prosecution long before they make any attempt to reunite a lost cat with its owner.

If it's your cat, resign yourself that it's gone. If you try to reclaim it the RSPCA will prosecute you for a non-crime. The police won't, because the only possible crime here is the theft of a cat.

And nobody is going to be interested in that.


PT Barnum said...

1. Never generalize about cats. Some of them just love water. But not bubble bath.
2. Fortunately the cat will have no idea it is now that humiliating colour.
3. The RSPCA are a rogue militia who kill Alsatians with bolt guns and kill cats who are less than perfect (possessing only half a tail, for instance) because no one will want them.
4. The cat's colour and notoriety will be the only thing that saves it from the 'care' of the uniformed animal snuff machine. Probably.

Leg-iron said...


1 - cats and I have an understanding. I don't bother them and they don't bother me. We just eye each other warily in passing.

2 - Are cats able to see in colour? I recall reading somewhere that some (mainly nocturnal) animals only have monochrome vision. then again, I recall reading that some geckos have colour night-vision so the information might have been filtered through whisky-soaked neurons. They tend to file things using the 'ah, fuck it' method.

3 - the RSPCA are to animals what Mengele was to medical science. Actually I 'm not sure about that. I'm not convinced the NHS would turn him down now.

4 - You're probably right. The best outcome of all this is that the original owners 'adopt' the cat while tut-tutting over what the RSPCA see as abuse.

Then return it to its friends, the green cat and the blue cat.

Oh, and not forgetting Tartan, the cat with a dye addiction.

JuliaM said...

"It is not against the law to dye your pet different colours as long as there is no harm to the animal."

Ah, but you're thinking of the OLD UK, where if something wasn't expressly against the law, it was permitted.

Now, unless something's expressly permitted, it's considered to be against the law.

Thanks for this, continental neighbours!

Henry North London 2.0 said...

All animals especially carnivores like cats see in black and white... they have no colour vision. They purely have rods and no cones...

PT Barnum said...

Cats know who is likely to make good serf material, and you, LI, obviously don't pass muster!

I do have concerns about anyone who interferes with a cat's fur because it may have an ill effect. As Freewoman of England says, cats have monochrome vision. What they also have, in addition to the whiskers on their face, are whiskers on their legs which provide them with crucial information about which way up they are, hence cats always landing on their feet. A pink cat is one thing. A pink cat with no sense of spatial orientation is an altogether different thing. It's a cat in danger.

Henry North London 2.0 said...

The owner dyed it Lets see if the Rspca prosecute her

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