Man Wonders If He's In The Wrong For Evicting His Girlfriend Instead Of His Cat
Jan 05, 2023 by apost team
Pets and their owners have been known to have beautiful and long-lasting bonds with one another. While getting a pet has plenty of benefits for both parties, like feeling less alone, something even more special about the experience is the fact that many people develop real friendships with their smaller companions.
Having your pet by your side at all costs is important for most pet owners. For user u/Astonished_Hound, his domesticated house cat is someone he wants to keep and never let go of, even if he has to choose between his pet or his girlfriend.
In a Reddit thread, OP (Original Poster) asked the internet if he was in the wrong for kicking out his girlfriend of two years after what happened to his pet cat.
"My girlfriend of 2 years moved in with me a few weeks ago, and it was clear she didn't like my cat," he wrote. I didn't think it was really a big deal until one day, I got home, and he was just gone. He's not an outdoor cat, and he never goes outside."
OP confessed to being "worried sick" upon not finding his cat home when he arrived.
Good thing OP's friend found his 3-year-old pet cat, Raven, roaming around the streets all by himself, two blocks away from their home.
Turns out, it was actually his girlfriend's fault that Raven had gone missing while he was gone.
"I asked my girlfriend how my cat, who has never tried to go out before, ended up that far from my house, and she admitted to kicking him out," he revealed.
After finding out that it was OP's girlfriend who kicked his domesticated cat out of the house, he became furious, sorry for what his pet has gone through especially being outside.
According to the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, leaving housepets outdoors, whether intentionally or unintentionally, can bring harm to their owners. This is because Rabies from raccoons and other wildlife is always an omnipresent outdoor threat. A pet that has grown indoors might have a hard time acclimating to the outdoors. Encounters with other animals, roadside threats, and even fleas and ticks can impact the animal and its owners big time.
For the PETA Foundation, "all cats should be indoor cats." However, outdoor activities for these types of indoor cats can be healthy for them if it was done in the correct way.
"Like dogs, cats should be allowed outdoors for walks on leashes that are attached to harnesses, not to collars," Dr. Christine Capaldo of PETA suggested. "Let the cat get used to the harness for short periods indoors, and then pick a safe outdoor area to explore."
According to the OP, he was "furious" upon hearing his girlfriend's confession of kicking his cat Raven outside when she consciously knew that he was not meant for the outdoor environment. Because of this tense encounter, OP resorted to doing the unimaginable:
"I was furious, saying she had no right to kick him out, and told her that since she thought she had the power to kick my cat out, I wanted her out of my house by the end of the month," OP told the thread.
After OP's stern pronouncements, his girlfriend cried, saying that she had "nowhere to go" and that she "would have to live on the streets," which is pretty much what Raven felt.
"I said 'I didn't care' and told her to leave by the end of the month," he further said.
"My friends think I'm being too harsh, but my cat could have died because of her, and I don't want her trying anything else."
The thread is packed with answers and responses from other users; almost everyone is in unison on their responses – OP was not in the wrong for doing so.
"KEEP HER AWAY FROM YOUR CAT! She's going to hurt him; I guarantee it. Let him stay with someone until she's gone," user MajorTomsHelmet said.
"NTA. This was bad but expect things to get worse every day she is still living there. Get her out now before she can inflict(intentional or unintentional) permanent harm to your cat," another user suggested.
"NTA. If she thinks it's acceptable to do that with something as important as a pet, then she thinks she can do that with any aspect of your life she doesn't like. The cat is important but almost irrelevant in the scope of red flags she's throwing out," user Nagiton pointed out.
"NTA - indoor cats do not know how to fend for themselves outside. What she did was cruel - I wouldn't want someone that thinks it's okay to be cruel to animals near me. Good riddance," user flutterby727 shared.
Others even ask how OP's girlfriend never tried to like his boyfriend of two years' cat and how it never became an issue for her moving in. Some are even suggesting that OP find a new girlfriend who will love his cat as much as he does.For Illustration Purposes Only (With Models) - istockphoto.com/Ridofranz
Do you think OP was in the wrong for kicking her girlfriend out and choosing his cat? If you were in OP's position, what would you have done? Let us know, and pass this on to your family, friends, and other cat lovers!