Originally Posted by gigem88
People who "love" reptiles seem a little screwy to begin with. Glad I spay/neuter my pets.
I take a bit of offense to this. I absolutely LOVE reptiles. I used to own snakes. I plan to own more snakes when I am able. They happen to be predators, and some of them refuse dead food and you have to give them live food. That makes me screwy, because I enjoy an animal that some other people don't enjoy (and obviously don't understand)?
To the topic at hand, I do have an issue with it. I know a kitten is a kitten, and why not give it to the snake? I personally would not, but if someone else wants to....
The issue I have is that he is looking for kittens on "free to good home" advertisements. These people are giving away these kittens under the assumption that they are going to a good loving home, and they are actually being fed to a snake. He's blatantly lying about it. I don't like that.
As others have pointed out, a snake is a snake. It's a predator. It needs food, and sometimes it needs live food. I personally don't see an issue with feeding it whatever you can get it to eat - if you're willing to feed it a rat, then why not a bunny? A kitten? Because they are pets. Well, rats are pets too. Like I said... I personally would not feed the snake a kitten. But if someone is going to own an animal that eats live small prey, who am I to judge what they feed it? It's sad that he's lying about it, but. As someone else pointed out, is it better if they get gassed at a shelter?
If people don't want this happening, then maybe they should fix their animals so they wouldn't have 12 kittens they need to get rid of. Some snakes WILL NOT EAT frozen food or dead food. I know several of them. Ooh, but then it's better to just let it starve? No. Your cat is a predator too. So is your dog. They both have animal meal in their food that is killed in just as awful ways.