Sunday, August 12, 2012
Animal Practice Uninformed and Offensive
In the opening sequence in Animal Practice, on NBC right after the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics, a vet tells an owner her Himalayan cat was in heat, and she ought to be let outside in the city to breed. That was a very irresponsible answer from a vet. No vet would ever tell an urban dweller to let her cat loose in the city. The average life of a cat that lives outdoors is only 4 years. It faces too many dangers. Inside cats can live to 20 years. Only 1 out of 10 canines and 1 out of 12 felines ever find a home in this country. It would have been by far much better if the vet would have urged his client to have her cat spayed. It would be even better if the program could be a new way to educate the American public on animal population control. I could even imagine the comedic potential of animal rescues, too, a la the Meg Langslow murder mysteries by Donna Andrews.