When I first saw the picture of Kim Kardashian holding a kitten by the scruff of the neck, I thought, “What’s the point?” I know that momma cats will hold their little kittens that way when moving them from place to place. Who can forget the story about the mother cat who rushed into a burning building time and again to rescue her kittens, who were still trapped inside? Picking them up by the scruff, she carried them each to safety while ignoring her own pain and suffering. She had to do it that way-she has no other way of carrying them.
I know that those who work in rescue shelters or veterinary clinics will hold a cat by the scruff while trying to keep from being scratched or bitten. People who work with cats know that sometimes, when kitty’s in no mood to be vaccinated or given a pedicure or a bath, “scruffing” is the only way to keep from getting hurt. The same people also know that if you have to resort to such a method, you should always provide support underneath the cat’s body.
Back to Kardashian: Just how desperate does a person have to be to take a helpless kitten and hold him by the scruff of the neck while posing for the camera? The story below the picture reported that she was holding the kitten that way with the consent of the animal’s guardian and a veterinarian who were standing nearby. Too bad nobody asked the cat how he felt about it.
Scruffing a cat like that when it’s not necessary is cruel, period. Pity the animal who is subjected to the whims of a reality “star.” But that’s what we’ve come to-idolizing people who are famous for nothing more than being famous. They have no drive or talent-just an incredible knack for getting publicity, even if that comes at the expense of the animals they’re responsible for.
Make your time with your friends and family—including your animal companions—even more meaningful.