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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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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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