As a birder I'm not naturally disposed to being a fan of the domestic moggy (calm Beki). That said its hardly the cats fault that its natural inclination is to hunt birds now is it? Anyway they are quite cute (well some of them!).
That said I read stories like this and I really despair about my fellow man.
Diane Hannon has been sentenced to 4 months, suspended, for killing her boyfriends cat. She did this by sticking the poor cat in the washing machine.
She admitted causing unnecessary suffering and cruelly ill-treating six-year-old Paws, who was deaf.
Paws injuries included scalding. He had died from heart failure.
Now not only couldn't I do this the idea wouldn't even enter my head. I am a total softy! A few years ago I watched a female mallard protect it chicks from a Mute Swan. The Swan kept going for the young chicks but Mrs Mallard gallantly protected her chicks. She desperately flung herself between the Swan and the youngsters. I watched heart in mouth til they all got away.
Of course in the case of this woman I reckon sticking in a washing machine wouldn't be a bad idea.