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Kittens are not Snake Food by EsotericDichotomy Kittens are not Snake Food by EsotericDichotomy
The story:
Cats have fast breeding cycles and can produce a litter of 2-6 every few months, up to 3 times or so a year. This can create 6 - 18 kittens who will be doing the very same thing as soon as they mature if they are not fixed. This rapid reproduction of the little animals creates an overpopulation and since pet owners cannot take care of all these new kittens they become unwanted.

Unwanted kittens are subject to various situations, few of them beneficial to the kittens. This picture epitomizes one fate that has befallen countless Kittens across the United States and Europe.

Because people want to get rid of these kittens that they cannot keep they will offer them free to people who are willing to take them off their hand. While some of these kittens end up in truly good homes, it is not the norm. Rather people will take these kittens and use them for various things.

Pythons and other large snakes do not eat often, but when they do they require something large like a rat or a rabbit. These however cost money and what is much easier is to obtain something that is free. Unwanted kittens just happen to be free in many places, thus some, not all, large snake owners, will seek out ads for free kittens in order to obtain free snake food.

The issue:
The issue is not that kittens are being feed to snakes, making snakes vile or anything of the sort. Snakes eat, and a kitten can be food just like any animal. The issue is the nature of kittens as food, and the nature of people obtaining kittens as food.

Kittens first of all do not make good food. They are carnivores, subject to parasites and bacteria that herbivores, like rats and rabbits, do not possess. Thus eating a kitten is not healthy for a snake. Kittens also have claws that are bigger and sharper than those of a rat, these too can be dangerous to a snake who is eating one. Free kittens are also not vaccinated or dewormed and may well be carrying illness that the snake may contract. A loving snake owner would never feed their snake this sort of food.

Another side of this story is the fact that many people give away their free kittens thinking that people who express genuine interest in them, is going to love and care for the animal. Few people who are planning to use the kittens as a food source are upfront about it. Thus people willingly give these kittens thinking they will be going to a new home while the reality is that they are being given away to their demise.

The last and largest issue, is the notion of cruelty. Kittens are not bred as feeder animals. As with the chickens and cows and other animals we eat, or the rabbits and mice that we feed to snakes, these animals are raised from birth with little personal human interaction. They are fed, and if in a humane location, they are kept clean. Kittens on the other hand, are often nurtured no only by their mothers but by the humans they are with. They are bred in pet stores to be held and friendly to humans. With this sort of nurturing, the kittens grow up to expect love and kindness, this is why they are playful with humans and do not run away. Kittens put up for adoption are often at least a few weeks old because before then they are dependent on their mothers. To take a kitten who has been raised to be loved and expect love from humans for the first 4-8 weeks of its life, and then set it before a snake to be preyed upon and ultimately eaten, is beyond inhumane and cruel. Thus to the notion that the kitten is the same as a feeder animal is very much incorrect.

The Conclusion:
This horrible occurance that is a detriment to kittens and snakes everywhere, can be addressed in three ways.

1) Raise awareness. Many people do not know how bad it is for snakes to eat kittens, or that people even feed kittens to snakes at all.

2) Fix and spay your cats. Cats can be fixed as early as 8 weeks. Doing this will cut down on the amount of kittens that are born each year, thus cutting down on the number of unwanted kittens and those that ultimately end up as snake food. Also do not give away unfixed kittens, because as the owner it is your responsibility to care for the kittens that your cat has had. IF you did not want your cat to become pregnant, then it would have been wise to have fixed her and kept her indoors.

3) Do not sell or accept free kittens. Free kittens for sale invites people who desire to use these creatures for ill-means. If these kittens had a price tag then they would not be worth it to feed to snakes at all.

A Stamp made by ~twilirito94


Sources and Information:
[link] What happens to Free Kittens
[link] No more free kittens - Carolsferals
[link] Kittens fed to Pet Snakes
[link] No more Free Kittens

Stock:
~Anavrin2010 [link]
~madetobeunique [link]


Video references:

WARNING DISTURBING CONTENT
[link] - Kitten, Jasmine, fed to python
[link] - Kitten Abused, tossed at snake
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:iconspritewild:
SpriteWild Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2015  Student General Artist
I know a lot of people don't want to hear this, but my question is: How does a bunny being raised it's entire life in a tiny cage "with little to no human interaction" or love have a better life than a kitten with an equally quick death? How is the kitten's life more worth than that bunny's?

A similar question goes: How is hunting and skinning your own food more brutal than goin to McDonalds and eating the dead animals that lead miserable lives, not having seen them die. Did you know pigs are more intelligent than many dogs?

You have to think about these things. I totally get it with the part where the owners expect their kittens to be adopted into loving homes. I don't get it with the rats or the bunnies, sorry.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You raise completely valid questions. I made this picture and did the little bit of research several years ago. Since then I've grown to disapprove of all live-feedings. Because it is unfair to put an animal in an artificial environment with no escape, only death. Kitten, Bunny, Mouse, Rat... doesn't matter. They should not be thrown into such a terrible emotional experience before death.

I am not a vegetarian, and I do know that livestock don't have the most pleasant lives. Quite miserable in fact. But, I don't know how to fix the system either though...
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eweFace Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I think would be right is to not have other animals as pets. I mean, I would HATE If I was happy in my jungle(?) hunting for something to eat. Then, the zoo tards would catch me and put me in a cage. If they didn't the snake would'nt probably eat any kitten. And If they did, It's their problem.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe... but a lot of people get their snakes from pet stores or and breeders or such. Not the wild. I think snakes can be pets if owners are responsible. Most are, but some are terrible and like seeing mice and other small creatures killed. While the eating habits of snakes is "fascinating" just like watching cats pounce... it isn't fair to just drop an animal in with a creature that is definitely kill it. Tis cruel.
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Nuclearzeon2 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I'm glad your doing this for more than just "KITTENZ ARE CUTEE AND SHOULDN'T BE EETEN BY THE EEVIL SNAKEZ!"

Snakes are just animals. They're not bad or evil.
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lionking97 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student
i agree with, kittens aren't snake food . But REALLY snakes aren't evil ! 
there just hungry !its  part of nature .
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pastelii Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I had no idea this was so popular. This is just cruel, I had no idea people did this. :'c
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QueenOfHearts67 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow Just wow this makes me sick i wish i beat the shit out of these people that think this is a great idea people even agree with all this. this like this is such a great idea this make me mad so much i want say alot of harsh things but I hope something really bad happens to them nuff said.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish people stopped feeding animals to other animals when they are alive. I get that in nature it happens... but in a home there is no escape and not a natural setting.... it's unnatural and wrong :C
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QueenOfHearts67 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I agree I was nearly in tears when i say the video's, about the situation.Poor Animals. QnQ
I hope the owner's that do this freaking die to be honest. -_-++++
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Katoporiani Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Omg O.0 :scared: Run Away 
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah v . v
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Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow,what sick person would even think of doing that?!
Oh wait.a**holes who think it would be funny,or entertaining.just like hat b*tch who put a kitten in an oven.
I wish I could d something :c

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Theres information on the horses situation,as well as her prices in this journal:claw-s.deviantart.com/journal/…
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Anything helps!
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Some people are terrible when it comes to helpless and innocent things... there should be more rules on being allowed to own pets, to protect them from cruel situations like this.
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Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yes,yes,and YES.

People like that is why I hope to get a job with the ASPCA,to save abused and abandoned animals.and if not that,then a veterinarian ;v;
But I obviously can't yet since I'm only fifteen <_<
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xPandaKiwix Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:*( I cried
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too v . v
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BI0TERR0R Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The amount of idiots who are allowed to keep snakes is disgusting. I have a snake, I have cats, dogs, I have a rabbit and I have two rats. I wouldn't dream of feeding any of them to a snake. (frozen rats are another story, obviously) 

I absolutely hate the people who are irresponsible with any sort of reptiles. Live feeding is only saved for a drastic measure and should not be for entertainment. Feeding an animal like a kitten to a pet snake, like you said, is incredibly stupid. 
I'm so sick of decent people who keep snakes and reptiles and take care of them and actually know what they're doing with these animals getting crap from the people who are frankly too stupid to have reptiles to begin with. 

I'm studying to become a vet and helping animals is a passion of mine, I guess you could say. If I ever got turned down for owning a small animal that needed a new home because I had a snake I'd be heart broken. But I could also be somewhat understanding because there are awful people out there who have to ruin things for everyone, I just wish it didn't reflect on me. But it's kind of hard to tell who's going to be keeping the pet and who's going to be feeding it to their pet. 

I honestly think that there should be some sort of license to get any type of snake. If someone was passionate enough about keeping these animals they'd have no problem with facing the requirements of getting a license. 

Sorry for the rant, those pictures and videos just made me really mad. People are idiots. And I honestly hope something just as bad happens to them. 
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:iconesotericdichotomy:
EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too, though overall I think people should have to get a license to keep any animal. It would make them understand that pets are not just toys be living things that have requirements and that they have a responsibility to meet those requirements.
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BoggyTheWorm Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hello. Have you watched a video of a guy rescueing a cat from a snake's coils?
Look: [link]
Looking at the comments of most of those under all copies of this video, who watched this video, they were hating snakes even more. There were even those, who said "Fuck the snakes." and consider them the evil animals, demons, etc. only because this animal tried to hunt an animal such as cat in an natural enviroment, even though it was not any live feeding video. Also if the commentators see such stuff, they often say the snakes should be killed in Earth. Among those, who commented that video, there were those, who think snakes are supposed to eat vegetables instead of animals. Isn't that ridiculous? It was happening in the natural environment such as jungle. Boa snakes are native in the countries such as Costa Rica. What do you think about that? Is that snake's fault? I love cats, but also I love snakes. Do not kill me for liking the snakes.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that snakes and cats are both wonderful parts of nature. Snakes are not evil, they are animals. Only humans can be evil or good in my opinion so there is no reason to hate snakes for doing what is natural.
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Stefano923 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
I fully agree with you! I could paste this post on my page?
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:iconesotericdichotomy:
EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes please do!
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Stefano923 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
thanks! I always waited for the day that I would find something with this message here on deviantart, I like cats and hate when that happens, especially when it is caused by someone purposely.
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suzy-is-cool-32 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't want to watch those poor kitten being abused. The details of this description was so gruesome and so shocking for me I can't even bear to watch it. I had a cat once, but he died of old age.
I fucking HATE snakes, even before reading this.
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DarthSnivachu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This only happens in captivity, not in the wild. In the wild it's the other way round, cats actually eat snakes. (The small ones, at least)
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suzy-is-cool-32 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woaaaah. mind=blown
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:iconesotericdichotomy:
EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't hate snakes. They are not evil.
Hate the humans that abuse animals.
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suzy-is-cool-32 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
okay.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep yep.
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suzy-is-cool-32 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep
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Arixco Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
The rescue I volunteer with just got in 5 kittens that were saved by a past adopter.. When she brought them to us, she told us how a few of her co-workers were trying to buy the kittens from her for snake food! Just disgusting. :|
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. In truth I am more beginning to believe any form of live feeding is horrible.
As to killing a kitten humanely and then feeding it to a snake... I still think that's uncool too... but really that's because I prefer kittens to Rats.
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turtlearmageddon Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconsadfaceplz: whaa? I have a kitten (more of a cat, now) that my Aunt found on the street before his eyes were even open and bottled fed him before he came to us, as much as he may bite me or attack my feet but the thought that if someone else had found him and feed him to a snake, alive...
*goes to hug my cat*
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well if he is more of a cat now... then he's much too big for a snake to manage without getting hurt by the claws or a fight.

But yeah some kittens meet this fate, few, but still enough that it is out there.
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turtlearmageddon Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconsadnessplz:
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah D; depressing I know
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Tallstar07 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
This is horrible!

With your permission, I will also put this in a journal entry.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I know D:
Please spread the word
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Tallstar07 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I put it in a journal, AND made a group about it: [link]
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:iconesotericdichotomy:
EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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Tallstar07 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
You're welcome.
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Angelfariy10 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you mind if i copy and paste your artist comment into my journal? that way, anyone who comes to my page will see this and hopefully want to put a stop to it.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would not mind at all!
Please do!
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Lechensko Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It makes me sick, I agree.

However, something else also makes me sick - the perception I have seen from some of these comments. That it's cruel and disgusting to feed a live kitten to a snake, but perfectly OK to feed it a live mouse or rat. This is what I call moral hypocrisy - are the people who are opposed to kittens being fed live saying so because it's cruel, or saying it because it's a cute fluffy baby animal? A mouse or rat feels the same thing as the kitten does, so people who complain about kittens being fed live but look the other way when it comes to other animals don't have a moral leg to stand on.

A feeder animal can be as just a good pet as one bred as a pet only, something that people who have adopted such animals can attest to.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
-nods-
I'll admit I am more fond of kittens than mice or rats, but I will agree that it is hypocritical to think that it is wrong to feed live kittens to snakes but okay to feed live mice to snakes. To me live feeding is exceptionally cruel and wrong regardless of the animals involved.

What I say about the difference between a feeder animal and a domestic one, is that feeder animals are (to my knowledge) raised mostly impersonally. They are fed and housed, but they are not played with or cuddled like many people do to kittens and puppies.

They are not really raised to trust human hands and expect love, only food.

To me while it is still cruel to fed them to snakes, it is not the same as if they were expecting love and cuddles from you because they trust humans, and then you betray them but feeding them to a snake. A feeder animal can grow to trust humans, but I don't think they start that way, unlike the way most domestic animals are raised.
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Lechensko Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's fair enough. Though I'd like to see people not treat them like inanimate objects simply because of an arbitrary "feeder" tag.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Course not, they are still living creatures. They may not be people or even "pets" but they deserve basic respect too. If they must be food it shouldn't include torture and cruelty too.
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MREcartoonist Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could find all the assholes that do this to kittens and beat the shit out of them.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd gladly punish those who do such cruel things.
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