Yes, this is yet another rant about the stupid, hyper-emotional bird fanatics and the fact that they cannot handle the real world. It’s also once again the rush to vilify anyone who seems to do better than they do. So this morning, I wake up and there’s a new thread asking how people’s cats and birds get along. Immediately, there are tons of people who plainly are cat haters, who say that cats can never be trusted, every cat on the planet will kill your birds if you give them half a chance, etc. It was really kind of stupid if you ask me. So I responded and said my cats have no interest in my birds, they’ve been raised around birds from birth and don’t consider birds prey. In fact, I said they’ve no interest in attacking anything, they’ve been around all matter of rodents, from mice to rats, hamsters to chinchillas, and they’ll cuddle with them if they can. I have no fear of the cats killing anything in the house, they’re all fat and lazy.
But no, immediately I get attacked because they assert cats just can’t be that way! Cats are innately evil creatures that are out to murder your children. Of course, from the description of the cats these windbags are describing, it’s no wonder they’re such mean cusses, they’re kept outside, they don’t get attention, why is anyone surprised that they maintain a predatory instinct when you treat them like predators! It’s like saying children are evil and then only looking at the children that get abused and beaten and ignored by their parents. Maybe it’s not the kids, or the cats that are evil… maybe it’s you.
Of course, I don’t say anything like that, I’m nice about it. I just shrugged, as much as you can shrug online, and said “I don’t know, maybe I’m just doing something right”. I figured it was an innocuous response that got my point across, but didn’t directly attack anyone else, unlike they did to me. It just didn’t work out that way. Now they’re calling me “high and mighty” because somehow my animals are better than everyone else’s. My dogs don’t kill my cats. My cats don’t kill my birds. My birds, in general, don’t bite. These are common complaints from a huge part of the bird-keeping population, especially the last one, because most of them take in hard-luck cases off the street because their emotions scream out to them to do so, birds that have severe emotional and behavioral problems and are unlikely to ever leave their abusive backgrounds behind. I’m intelligent about it, I only own well-behaved, well-trained, well-raised birds, I have extremely well-cared-for animals across the board and they don’t feel the need to supplement their diets with their housemates.
Dogs aren’t evil. Cats aren’t evil. Birds aren’t evil. Irresponsible, emotion-driven, irrational pet owners, they’re the ones that are evil, and unfortunately, we’re surrounded by them.