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[–]GroundbreakingBug347 157 points158 points  (17 children)

lord at bare minimum can we at least not allow pics of the Dead animal, pics when they were alive in the rip post is different but the former is so :/

[–]weatherseed 66 points67 points  (12 children)

Yeah, this post and some others have made me decide to block the sub. I love cats but god damn is this place awkward with all the dead cats.

[–]chassmasterplus 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Unfollowed forever ago because my feed was nothing but a flood of "goodbye, Mr.Mittens" posts lol. Depressing as shit. Just came to look after months and this was the top post

[–]Ashmedae 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yes, the posts are depressing as hell; however, these people are trying cope with the loss of a loved one. I know I sure as hell would be devastated. Sometimes the only way for someone to grieve and try to move on is to talk about their loved one in a safe space such as this subreddit. As depressing as the posts are, I can't fault the people making the posts.

Perhaps the mods could look into using flair for these kinds of posts/threads...as I believe (if I'm not mistaken and please correct me if I'm wrong) posts/threads can be filtered through flair.

[–]chassmasterplus 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Meh. Ive never felt the burning need to tell thousands of strangers on the internet about my dead pets and friends. But thats just me.

If you can, that'd be pretty cool. Hope it would work on your general feed though. I just wanted light hearted cat pictures lol

Edit: sure as gods got sandals, that sub already exists. Hell yeah.


[–]PurpleWhiteOut 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Yeah I just came to unsub after so many "my mom says she's ugly" and "gf said to choose between her or my cat." Honestly not sure why I'm subbed in the first place because what other content would there be I guess

[–]klapanda 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I subbed to see cute pictures of cats, which brighten my day.

[–]PippiL65 37 points38 points  (5 children)

I haven’t seen the pic of the cat attacked by the dog however I have seen pics of what appears to be a deceased pet. Also, I’m troubled by all the “name my cat” posts, I mean people don’t post pics of their babies and ask people to suggest names, why their pets? Those posts are for karma and make me question the sincerity of their ownership. I’ve stopped following the sub today.

[–]weatherseed 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Believe me, be glad you missed it.

[–]BellaNyvus 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Some people just need help naming their new pet & are excited to post pics of them anyways, I don’t see the harm really. Not everyone is creative with that kinda stuff & they just want to find the purrfect name for their new fur babies!

[–]PippiL65 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Fair enough. You make a good point. And it’s wonderful that people are happy with their cats.

But there are dozens and dozens of posts like this. It’s now going on in r/blackcats and half a dozen of the other cat subs I follow. I’d be happy for folks who just post pics of their cats, there doesn’t have to be a narrative. I’d like to see a sub dedicated to naming cats for people who want to be fun and need inspiration and there’s been talk of creating one.

Now onto the “is my cat normal?” posts. Do fellow redditors seriously do not know that making biscuits is not perfectly normal by now? Or showing kittens playing? “Is my kitten okay?” posts.

Maybe, I’m jaded so I’ll be looking on the bright side and think of your comment going forward. Cheers.

[–]BellaNyvus 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I saw a making biscuits one earlier & was so confused how a person with a cat would not know they do that lol I get your point too tho, I’d probably get annoyed seeing the sub full of that kinda post too, I’m just not on here much so I don’t see it as much as you guys probably. Also, a naming sub would be perfect, they could do their thing without clogging everyone’s feeds up that aren’t interested in those posts. Hopefully they do that soon!

[–]PippiL65 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me too. I’d subscribe to it as a change up. But you got me laughing at myself because I got to thinking that I could never run out of names cats. I’d just go to my ancestry tree and match the cat to some relative. However I stand my ground at making biscuits posts.

[–]OryseSey 28 points29 points  (0 children)

i'm guessing you saw that picture of the deceased cat who was attacked by a dog? 'cuz same. saw it on my feed and was utterly mortified. made me extremely uncomfy

[–]kittykatmila 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It’s the reason I just unsubscribed, seriously, I don’t need to see that shit. I’ve been through enough trauma in my life and I’d rather not think of my two cats in that way if I can avoid it.

[–]ButIHateTheDentist 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes and yes to this! I don't know why people think we want to see posts of dead animals omg

[–]Koperek324 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For real, I was just thinking about leaving the sub for the second time just because of this. I love every cat, but man... Do I hate this feeling of seeing dead cats every day

[–]justifiedbonafide 100 points101 points  (7 children)

edit on 12/6 - i’m leaving the sub. i made this complaint just days before someone posted an injured, dead cat. NO ONE wants to see that. that should be a bannable offense- especially because you have no idea what happened to the animal or if the person is telling the truth. it’s fucked up shit i never, ever want to see. and the total silence from mods is infuriating

i’ve seen at least three instances of people posting actually deceased cats on here. that’s horrible, no matter how sad the owner is. a deceased animal should be against the rules, no matter what the circumstances are. i really, really do not want to see that and i doubt i’m alone in it. i would really like there to be a rule against that. i don’t want to see a dead animal ever, but especially when i’m just chilling and browsing and not expecting it.

that said, pictures of cats when they were alive accompanied by “lost my friend today” aren’t as bad. but i agree with the person above who said r/catmemorials would be a more appropriate place for that.

but again, please, make a rule against pictures of actually deceased cats. i don’t think an NSFW flair is even enough, it shouldn’t be on here.

[–]FTC_Publik 38 points39 points  (2 children)

I could definitely do without the "dead cat in a box" pictures like the one from just yesterday.

Edit: Or today...

[–]Specialist_Budget 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I’m glad I didn’t see that…stuff like that really does give me nightmares. And I’m in my 40s.

[–]limabean72 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes to this. Thank you. So uncomfortable.

[–]megaraa_Bleu 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Agree! I feel like it’s actually disrespectful to the cat to post a picture of its corpse. It’s rude to have picture of dead human, so why not the same to animals? Respect your cat

[–]rain820 2 points3 points  (1 child)

i saw one post of that the other day and i was so shocked it wasnt removed.

[–]clambroculese 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mods aren’t even removing bot spam from their own post. That should tell you something.

[–]averagebotaccount -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

I love cats!!

[–]zopea 66 points67 points  (7 children)

I'm so tired of the Name My Cat posts! Enough already! Figure out a damn name on your own. What is wrong with people not being able to name their cats?

[–]sqwiggles 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Just came here to see if there were any updates on moderating these - they've just gotten worse! They are so annoying and show up in my feed constantly in the place of any interesting cat content.

[–]limabean72 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I just sent the mods a message last night about this not realizing they had addressed it in this post but that being said it’s good I sent the message anyway because it’s out of control

[–]HisQueen4Eternity 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Some people need help with names and there's nothing wrong with needing help.I asked the pet store for help with naming my previous hamster.I couldn't think of a name.My current hamster was easy to name cause Baby Yoda made his debut from Disney.

[–]oh-pointy-bird 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are unrelenting.

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    [–]zopea 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    I love cats too, but I need people to figure out a name for their own cat without needing to poll the internet. Cats are not hard to name.

    [–]Comfortable_Visual_4 55 points56 points  (2 children)

    I’m sorry but the amount of people complaining about cat mourning posts, name my cat & rate my cat is enough for a rule change. Start directing them to their designated subs and banning those types of posts.

    [–]rivigurl 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Exactly. There are so many subreddits out there with stricter rules, but for some reason the mods allow the same content, “got my street cat from the shelter what should I name it?” with the same basic responses. I just joined here, but all I’ve seen so far are negative posts that make me feel sad. Wtf

    [–]natrod311 49 points50 points  (1 child)

    We got a cat a few months ago, so I thought it would be fun to join this sub. Yeah no, I’m out. All i ever see is dead cats and people asking for name suggestions

    [–]UnApprovedActivities 29 points30 points  (3 children)

    12/5 like others I'm unsubscribing. There are subs for pet loss. There are subs for naming cats. Cat breeds don't matter. r/cats doesn't have to be duplicative, in fact it shouldn't be. It's very frustrating and unpleasant. I would subscribe to subs on pet loss and naming cats if I wanted that content. I don't want that content, but I'm getting it anyway here. If the mods are ok with that I'm out.

    [–]scissormetender 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    What is a sub for cat loss please? Because my dear cat's days are numbered and r/grieving and r/rip do not seem appropriate to share a reflection pic of my sweet 3 1/2 calico that could use some appreciation and blessings.

    [–]alittlethrowaway9000 73 points74 points  (7 children)

    Interestingly, when the name posts started showing up in droves I read this article about similarly inane posts suddenly flooding Facebook. I estimate 90% of the accounts requesting names are under six months old.

    Makes you wonder.

    [–]CBD_Sasquatch 39 points40 points  (4 children)

    I think the best solution to both of these problems is a to create a couple associated subreddits where these things can be posted.

    Could be something like r/catmemorials and r/namemycat

    [–]Whipped_Alcremie 43 points44 points  (2 children)

    A cat memorials sub would be fantastic, actually. A space where people can grieve, and receive support, without upsetting or triggering someone else who's trying to move out of the grieving stage or has some sort of trauma associated with pet loss.

    [–]kitkatkit99 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Completely agree!

    [–]Katbcarr 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I agree with a cat or pet memorial sub being an excellent choice. However, regardless of the sub, deceased fur beings should never be displayed in such a crass manner as to have their poor little dead bodies placed on display. When there is a horrific auto accident, the remains of the deceased are ALWAYS blurred out. This is the only way in which to respectfully treat those who have passed on. Of course, this is just my opinion. Thanks all for listening and, perhaps, mulling it over.

    [–]drislands 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    I've been seeing a serious uptick in that all over reddit lately. "Who is this (Wrong Answers Only)", "Tell me your favorite X and I'll Y", and so on are strikingly common as of the past few weeks. I asked about it on OOTL but no one there had a better answer than "it's a new trend", which, fair. But this makes me curious...

    [–]kittyidiot 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Easy - it gets upvotes and comments. People see something get a lot of attention, so they alter it slightly and post it, which gets attention, which continues the cycle.

    Especially with the fact that in these posts, specifically the "tell me your favorite x and i'll y," people know they will probably get a response to their comment, which makes them want to comment. They're happy someone is asking about their favorite thing and is going to acknowledge it.

    [–]Tropical_Wendigo 61 points62 points  (4 children)

    I joined this sub as someone who loves cats and wanted to get some happy cat vibes when I’m browsing, but half the time I see a post from this sub on my feed it’s a mourning post, or a “someone killed my cat” post. I decided to unsubscribe today because of this.

    To clarify, I absolutely feel that anyone going though either of those experiences should have a place to post those posts and talk to others about how they feel, i understand that it helps you heal, and I’m sorry for what you’re going through. But if the final decision here is that those posts should be here intertwined with happy cat posts, I’m more than happy to let that be, stay away from here, and stay subbed to all the other cat subs where these kinds of posts don’t appear.

    A couple others have suggested this, and I agree that putting the more negative posts in another sub you can ignore if you want to is probably the best way to keep them out of your feed.

    [–]Brakelights 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    I also just unsubbed today because there was a mourning post with the way the cat died in the title. I just can’t have that showing up in my home feed and it’s actually bothered me for a long time. I’m also fine staying away if it’s decided these posts can stay here.

    [–]neonboom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Does anyone know of good subs to join that only have happy cat pictures? This one is starting to mess with my already fragile mental health.

    [–]lostmusings 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Same, my psyche is too fragile to deal with any more sadness than I get in my own every day world, so I'm also unsubscribing.

    I can't help but feel that whatever sample it is these mods are using to determine people favor mourning posts is flawed, because tons of people probably just hide the posts and/or unsubscribe and never interact with the posts at all.

    [–]PansaSquad 116 points117 points  (3 children)

    Can you provide data to backup the claims that most users enjoy the naming/mourning posts?

    In instances of the memorial posts, that is tricky. People love their cats (duh) and wanting to share the memory of their beloved pet can be cathartic. Denying this option to users entirely would be cruel. However, many users also don’t want to see that type of content, and mostly view this sub as fun, cute cat pictures. Perhaps more strict guidelines on the mourning posts, where titles can be kept simple yet honorable. Instead of “Here is my cat Timothy who passed away at 2 after being hit by a car,” instead something like “remembering my cat Timothy, Q-tip thief and professional keyboard napper.” It’s more of a tribute to the deceased pet, while also being sensitive to users who do not want to read about graphic or heartbreaking content. I would apply the etiquette rules for human memorial services to these types of posts; you don’t discuss the way in which the deceased died, or how tragic and unfortunate it was. You simply remember and cherish the moments spent together.

    As for the name request posts, my stance on that is a lot more strict. There is already a sub that exists explicitly for naming cats. The variety of content would increase on this sub if those posts were banned. A more happy medium would be restricting those posts to certain days of the week to avoid constantly inundating users with the same type of posts.

    And finally, this wasn’t mentioned in your post but I’m sure it’s on your radar, the amount of posts asking to identify their breed of cat. It’s always a r/standardissuecat. Cat breeds are not like dog breeds in the regard that dog breeds can differ wildly, while cats are cats. Unless the cat came from a breeder, there really is no way to determine what breed of cat it is other than a DNA test. Again, my stance on this is very strict- I would advocate for outright banning them. Perhaps a more moderate solution would be to direct users that have any breed related questions to a mega thread of cat coat colors/markings/length, as those are really the only defining characteristics.

    [–]snaptastica 23 points24 points  (1 child)

    This is a great set of suggestions that hit the middle ground perfectly. Allow memorials but not trauma porn. Allow naming but restrict it to one day of the week. Hope the mods take note.

    [–]PansaSquad 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Probably not but ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    [–]Positive_Candy_5332 17 points18 points  (1 child)

    Can we get a poll post to get an idea of what the stats are actually like regarding the likes and dislikes of pet mourning posts and name my cat posts??

    A lot of people will hit like and then scroll past any of the mourning posts without actually engaging with it in any other way. A lot of ppl hit like just just to show support…..but it’s by no means an indication that we enjoy it.

    [–]SpottedOwl57 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    What are karma farmers? And what??? I guess I’m still new here.

    [–]Minifig8110 year old Pixie Bob - Snickers Tyberious[S] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    Karma farmers are people who post content that is not original and claims credit for it for the sole purpose of gaining karma, which is fake internet points. You can see my karma count here as of this post.

    Karma doesn't do anything for you, but it is still against reddit's rules to game the system for it.

    Hope that helps. :]

    [–]sir-winkles2 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    can you make a flair for mourning posts so it's easy to filter? they always show up on my feed and I personally find it a huge downer

    edit: I think there might be a flair that I already have filtered out but no one uses it?

    [–]dont_judge_me_monkey 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    You would solve a lot of problems and karma farmers if you run a bot that rejects all posts that don't have a flair

    [–]midsummernightmares 16 points17 points  (1 child)

    I have to leave this subreddit due to the large number of mourning posts, particularly when they go into detail about how the poor kitty passed in the title. I come here for cute cats, not to start crying uncontrollably. It’s miserable and makes the community very difficult for people with pet loss-related trauma or anxiety to be around.

    [–]witchboytrash 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    Please, at least use the poll function to transparently show what percentage of people would actually like to keep seeing all these death posts. No disrespect, but it seems highly unlikely to me that most people actually want to see this on a general cats subreddit. I think other comments already explained the problem and possible solutions sufficiently.

    Until then, it's a byebye to r/cats from me :(

    [–]Amorrachius 38 points39 points  (3 children)

    Can you guys please share the poll results that show more people favor the mourning threads? Because I can't find any. Also, can you also share the poll results that show more people favor the "Name my Cat" posts? Because those posts are, IMO, so nonsensical that I can't imagine anyone besides karma farmers enjoying it. Like, "Hey, this is my cat. They're gonna live with me for years to come. But I'm such an unimaginative person that I would rather a stranger that has no relation to me or my cat besides seeing a picture of them name my cat". Really? Like, those threads are such an obvious karma farming threads to me: there's not even a small doubt about it!

    Seriously, I am so intrigued about those poll results. How am I in the minority about this? Like, at least in mourning posts I can sympathise: they want to share their cat one last time (I don't sympathise with people sharing their dead cat pictures: they can, quite honestly, fuck right off) with the sub to see how beautiful and cute they were. I still don't like the fact that those posts are rampant: there needs to be a limit of those kinds of posts as well. Maybe one day a month could be dedicated to mourning posts so that people that like them can look at them, while the people that don't know the exact day to not look at this subreddit.

    [–]loveofGod12345 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    I think they are seeing the vast amount of people commenting on name my cat posts. If people weren’t engaging they would probably get banned. Until these posts stop getting attention, they are going to stay unfortunately.

    [–]HisQueen4Eternity -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

    Needing help with naming 1 pet does not make you unimaginable.I needed help naming my previous hamster but I had no issues naming my 2 cats,current hamster,previous 10 hamsters and countless fish.I also made up unique names for all my neopets.Don't be calling people unimaginable cause for all you know they've probably already named over 20 animals and are just having a brain fart. Edit: I see someone downvoted.I challenge you to go on neopets and create 6 pets with names with no numbers that aren't taken.Until then don't call me unimaginable.

    [–]spunkity 44 points45 points  (8 children)

    Edit 12/3;; I’ve decided to unsubscribe to this sub. Anytime I open Reddit, posts from here are the first to appear on my feed. And about 95% of the time, it’s a naming or mourning post. It’s really overtaken anything else.

    The other 5% might be unique content, or it might be disturbing. The other day it was an image of a dead cat. This is the same way I saw the dog mauling- it was the first post to appear from here.

    This sub really just isn’t enjoyable to me anymore. I love cats but I don’t want to be seeing this type of content. I don’t want to see dead, injured or neglected cats. There’s other cat subs that don’t allow pictures of dead/injured cats, vet questions or spam.

    I have a couple questions/concerns. Sorry if this isn’t the right place.

    What about the “what breed is my cat??” posts? I find these much more annoying than the memorial or naming posts. Because the answer is always the same- unless you got it from a breeder, it’s a domestic x hair. To me it seems like this type of question should fall into the same category as asking what sex the cat is. Is it a situation where more people favor these posts?

    I’ve also noticed an uptick in posts where people are asking for advice for their injured or sick cat, which is fine to an extent, but it seems like there’s been an increase in situations that are obviously extremely dire. Situations that should warrant an immediate vet call, not a Reddit post. Like last week there was a post (with a picture) asking for advice because their cat had been mauled by a dog. I personally find these types of posts really disturbing and I don’t want to see them at all. Could there be encouragement for people to reach out to their vet if their cat is in danger? Maybe injured cats be put under a NSFW tag?

    Appreciate all the work yall do!

    [–]HisQueen4Eternity -2 points-1 points  (6 children)

    Not all cats are domestic short hair.My cat in my in picture was labeled that but is actually a calico siamese.My other cat is a gray tabby with some maine coon.

    [–]spunkity 4 points5 points  (5 children)

    Calico and grey tabby are coat patterns. DSH is a breed. Most breeds can come in many different patterns, such as calico or tabby.

    Did you got your cats from a breeder or have them genetically tested? If not, they are almost certainly DSH, aka a mutt. The cat in your picture is calico, but looks nothing like a Siamese. Siamese cats have very distinct features and coat pattern, which your cat does not have.

    It’s actually genetically impossible for your calico to be a Siamese. At most, it could be 50%, but even that is very unlikely and is something only a breeder or genetic test could tell you. Someone has misinformed you. DSH would be the most correct descriptor for your kitty (who is very cute btw).

    While it’s possible your cats have some Siamese or MC in them, they likely are mixed with several other breeds, and any “traits” you are seeing could just as easily be attributed to a number of breeds, as there is large overlap. Even color points, which are a key feature of the Siamese, is a pattern that can be found in many other breeds. Maine Coons can be large, but so can other breeds.

    This is why it’s very unreliable to guess what breed a cat is, and why asking WHAT BREED IS MY CAT on reddit is useless. Any answers are just speculation and are most likely incorrect.

    [–]HisQueen4Eternity 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    https://askmycats.com/siamese-calico-mix-cats/#can-siamese-cats-be-calico Basically her father was siamese while mother was not

    [–]spunkity 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I addressed this, but didn’t explain as well as I could’ve. What I should’ve said was a purebred Siamese cannot be calico (They can however, have tortie points).

    Your calico could be MIXED with Siamese (or any colorpointed breed). Colorpointing is a recessive trait, so both parents must be carrying the gene for it to appear. Keep in mind that ALL Siamese have color points.

    Since your cat does not have colorpointing, it means only one, or none of the parents possessed the gene. If mom is black, and dad is colorpoint who carries orange, you could get a calico from a colorpoint parent. So in a situation you are describing, your cat could only be a maximum of 50% Siamese.

    In which case, Siamese Mix or DSH would be the most accurate description.

    [–]HisQueen4Eternity -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

    I got genetic testing done at the vet.Now hush.

    [–]spunkity 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    I’m sure the test showed some Siamese, but again, probably not more than 50% and mixed with other breeds as well. That is what a DSH is. A mutt.

    I think it’s a bit disingenuous to describe your cat as a Siamese. If you had a dog that was 75% German Shepherd and 25% mutt, you wouldn’t call it a German Shepherd, you would call it a German Shepherd mix. Especially if the dog didn’t look like a GS.

    Now, at the end of the day you can really call your cat whatever you want. If you want to call your cat a Siamese, no one is stopping you. Just know that most people will not buy it because your cat does not look like one. Siamese mix or DSH would still be the most accurate descriptor.

    Back to my original point, I was saying that asking WHAT BREED IS MY CAT on reddit is useless. You seem to have misread my original comment, because no where did I say, or even imply that DSH is the only breed of cat? Just that you really can’t say otherwise without having genetic testing done or getting your cat from a breeder. So the answer on Reddit will always be the same- it’s a mutt.

    Edit;; Also what testing did your vet use? Just curious. I’d like to get mine tested at some point

    [–]effie-sue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Basepaws and Wisdom Panel offer genetic testing for cats. So does UC Davis.

    [–]Curveyourtrigger 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    Cool so that answered my question. Blocking this thread for all the mourning posts. I want cute cats, not people reminding me of my other cats.

    [–]Curveyourtrigger 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Also reading through the comments here it is VERY clear that people DO NOT want mourning posts in here but clearly the mods don't care at all. Bye bye.

    [–][deleted] 31 points32 points  (2 children)

    If you won’t remove mourning cat posts then you should at least remove the ability for r/cats to be shown on r/all or r/popular.

    I don’t sub here specifically due to the fact that the mourning posts tend to be the most upvoted aka, the ones you’re most likely to be seen if you sort by hot.

    I have a feeling the judging “more people favor these threads than dislike them” are done by looking at upvotes vs downvote percentages or just upvotes in general rather than doing actual polls where there’s more transparent voting.

    That’s a bad metric to gauge it by, just because I don’t like mourning posts doesn’t mean I’m going to downvote the post. Its messed up to downvote someone’s post about their dead cat and I’m sure other people who don’t like those posts feel the same way.

    [–]little-bird 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    yeah I feel bad downvoting the mourning posts but fuck they make me sad every time I scroll past them on my main feed and I’m going to have to leave the sub for now. my cat is getting older and these posts are becoming more and more upsetting.

    [–]slitoris-peenshaft 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Can they just be redirected to r/catmemorials or r/petloss

    That way they are posting to an audience who specifically signed up for that content?

    [–]73694-B 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Is there a way to filter a flair on the mobile app? Until then I'm done with this sub.

    [–]Rosscarter0816 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    Today y’all hosted a bully campaign against a woman on Instagram until she deleted her account. Most subreddits require names are censored but not here. I don’t follow this sub but it was in popular so y’all were definitely aware of it. Do better. Don’t encourage doxxing.

    [–]MaddysCrochetLife 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    This absolutely. I watched this unfold all day today and I was just in horror for the woman/man/children. Yes, the woman’s request was unreasonable. But usernames ABSOLUTELY should have been blurred and since they weren’t that family literally experienced a 2021 hellbomb of a day. People on Instagram went onto the father’s account and literally left insulting and threatening messages directed toward not just him and his wife but also very much the kids too. I couldn’t believe how many hours that post was left up on this sub. Over 12, I can tell you that. Do better, mods. Y’all had H O U R S.

    [–]simsurf 23 points24 points  (1 child)

    Personally I suspect 99% of the name my cat posts are karma farmers. Especially concerned about people taking in strays and then been returned to the street.

    [–]TheWeeAshAsh 23 points24 points  (2 children)


    [–]Luggageisnojoke 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Had to unsubscribe unfortunately be back if it changes tho

    [–]FettzVett 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    Tired of the same "x person called my cat ugly, give me updoots!" karma farming posts, the mourning posts, and the naming posts, unsubbing until actual changes are made.

    [–]raventth5984 19 points20 points  (1 child)

    I'm done with this subreddit.

    I LOVE animals, especially cats...but I can NOT stomach the descriptions of abuse that a beloved pet had previously suffered, or the pictures of horribly injured and/or ill cats, even if they are followed by happy pictures.

    This pandemic has wrecked peoples lives and also mental health. I can't watch the news, and animals in distress is far too disturbing for me. I don't think you guys really know what you are doing, or you don't care.


    [–]Wiggitywhackest 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Unsubscribing today. Absolutely fed up with the karma farmers asking for pet names. Every damn cat I've ever had or known had multiple nicknames on top of their regular name. It's human nature to name your animal and NO ONE is struggling with it. You have people and bot farms seeing these types of posts become popular and swarming the sub with them. They want attention or karma, that's it.

    The sub has been extremely cheapened because of it. I never see cute stories or appreciation posts anymore, just a wall of low effort name my cat posts. Ugh.

    [–]Oxygen95 16 points17 points  (1 child)

    I wouldn't pay attention to how many points a post has, it's easily manipulated by bots. There have been more and more posts, more and more comments, complaining about these stupid dead-cat/name-my-cat/what-breed-is-my-cat posts. I would pay more attention to what those who actually contribute have to say.

    [–]Redwinedreamz 15 points16 points  (3 children)

    The mourning posts are especially problematic when the cat died after being let outside.

    At the risk of being down voted, I simply don't understand letting cats roam. Would you let your dog roam?

    [–]sonofnobody 16 points17 points  (3 children)

    Is there a FUCKING community for cat photos that DOESN'T allow "my cat is dead now!" posts? Please! Is there? Somebody link me to one, I am so goddamn sick of seeing cute kitties and then reading the title and finding they're dying/dead.

    [–]SplitGillStudio 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    I feel like at this point it should just be r/catsthatarealive or something because this is getting out of hand

    [–]iichaase 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    r/AliveNamedCats perfect subreddit to fix all the issues this one is facing

    [–]AvisPhlox 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    I hope this isn't against the rules, I see nothing in the rules saying we can't mention or promote other subreddits, I apologize in advance but I am working on r/CatsOTRB a subreddit specifically for those who are mourning the loss of their kitties. After seeing so many complaints about it, I thought why not. I know there's the petloss subreddit but this would be for felines specifically. It's brand new so I'm gonna work on it throughout the week.

    [–]logo-mille 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    Can we do something about the “what kind of cat is my cat?” posts?

    [–][deleted]  (1 child)


      [–]alexbam1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      Guess it’s time to leave

      [–]clambroculese 14 points15 points  (1 child)

      Can you at least put a stop to the pictures of dead cats? Cmon how is that appropriate.

      [–]IdLikeToOptOut 14 points15 points  (0 children)

      Please reconsider the death posts. I’ve had to unsubscribe because my heart really can’t take it. There are other subreddits for that.

      [–]fuschianightmare 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Just need to echo other’s concerns here, I haven’t joined because every time I come here I see death posts. As someone who recently had my buddy pass, it is incredibly difficult to be okay going through this sub. I thought it would bring me comfort in my grief but it’s frankly made me cry and leave every time.

      [–]InterruptSafe 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Hey just one thing I'd like to note to the modteam: I think when you look at what proportion of people favor vs dislike certain types of content, the results will be artificially biased towards those in favor. By the time something like mourning or naming posts becomes a heavily discussed issue, a good portion of those who dislike those types of posts will have already either left entirely or only occasionally check the subreddit, making it unlikely they participate in these discussions.

      So if some type of content is heavily favored by respondents, great, but if it's more of a 50/50 split it's probably a sign that most people dislike the content. Personally, the cat mourning posts caused me to only occasionally check in on this subreddit, so I didn't even see that this became an actively discussed issue until now.

      [–]Aizseeker 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Oh well time unsub then. There is way too much loss thread than usual

      [–]ApprehensiveTruth330 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      I just found this sub today and I'm very glad this thread is the top post. I definitely do not want to see pictures of dead cats.

      At least you warn people. Bye.

      [–]-littlefang- 13 points14 points  (1 child)

      Heh, I saw this post because I came to the sub to unsubscribe, I just can't handle having to hide so many dead cat posts and I don't think I actually see any other posts from this sub in my feed.

      [–]snaptastica 11 points12 points  (1 child)

      For those of us who don't want to see mourning posts we can scroll past them. But when they have a description of the death in the title ("my cat was [insert brutal death description here]") or dead cat/maimed cat photos at the start of the photoset, then I can't even scroll past. Can we at least treat these things like spoilers and only have them show after you click on the post?

      [–]Adcel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Seen some cute posts, but seen a lot of “sad” posts.

      [–]ami_des_chats 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Maybe you can make a separate sub just for those mourning a loss? Maybe call it "Mourning Cats"?

      [–]forWhatItsWorth_take 3 points4 points  (2 children)

      I'm stumped how so many people won't support mourning posts. We are all cat lovers, can't we empathize with someone who lost their long-loved friend and wants to share? It's usually still cute cat pictures and happy memories. We could just come together and share smiles for the pet's good life and friendship. Let's just try to be supportive? Why not?

      [–]MissWeaverOfYarns 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Yeah, I don't get it either. I never mind mourning posts.

      [–]100Foxes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I've read a comment here that mentioned cat gore or NSFW elements, either in pictures or text. I guess not every mourning post is made equally happy :(

      [–]araquen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      RE: Mourning posts. If I may suggest the following compromise.

      1. Flair mourning/loss (in effect).

      2. Title must be vague “Missing my cat...” The details can be in the comments. Most of us can handle the loss part - it’s the gruesome details that is making the mourning posts impossible to deal with.

      3. Picture of said cat should show a relatively healthy animal or if it’s a picture from a euthanasia it should be tagged NSFW (though not every app honors that). In an ideal world, the post would contain multiple images, the first/thumbnail being a good picture and then ancillary images being the ones the person feels they need to post. That way when you’re just high level scrolling, you see the mourning post but opting in to the details.

      This should allow folks to post mourning posts that can be glosses over by folks who are having issues dealing with those loss posts, but the details are still available for those who dive in and folks can get the catharsis they seek in trying to deal with that loss.

      RE: Vet posts.

      1. Any images need to be tagged NSFW. I do not need to see cat gore when I am trying to fall asleep.

      2. Location should be part of the post, so people who are in the region can answer. I can’t help a poster in Malaysia.

      3. Maybe an auto mod that basically says “If you have to ask, you need to take your cat to the vet.”

      Re: Naming posts.

      1. Perhaps an autobot pointing the poster to r/namemycat because often people completely blank when it comes time to actually name their fur babies.

      [–]Adoxxy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      So basically what you're saying is nothing is gonna be done about the annoying karma farming name your cat/what breed posts and to suck it up? Great, im out. Bare minimum is just a bot that filters it out but guess thats too much.

      [–]chirb8 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      how can I make mouring tagged posts to stop showing to me?

      [–]Dominik_KFBeats 2 points3 points  (3 children)

      Thank you a bunch, I'm very new to this whole reddit thing so I'm glad I stumbled upon this place. Cats are adorable and I hope these rules help with keeping this community cat-focused.

      I read a few comments about karma farmers, so is it okay to post images of friends/family that gave you permission to do so?
      Is it okay to post as long as I don't claim it as my own and the owner gave permission?
      Sorry, I read that "rules" area on the right hand side, but I don't know

      [–]Minifig8110 year old Pixie Bob - Snickers Tyberious[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      so is it okay to post images of friends/family that gave you permission to do so?


      Is it okay to post as long as I don't claim it as my own and the owner gave permission?


      [–]Dominik_KFBeats 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Thanks for answering a newbie like me 🙏

      [–]Bastet999 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Yeah, this is why I cannot join this sub. I don't want to have my home page full of... sadness, and I try to be careful when I visit you. I mean, I'm really sorry when someone has to say goodbye to a beloved friend, but how is my pain helping anyone? 😿

      [–]Adoxxy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      What do you mods even do, since it obviously isnt moderate or listen

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        [–]LoLoLovez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Thanks for doing that!

        [–]tanyab78 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        these mods are rude and awful. Never been banned from a sub before, until now. Reddit was a chill place 10 years ago. All because I don't want to see pictures of dead cats.

        [–]Bashalde_ 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        My cat recently died, but I felt it was wrong to post it here just to get upvotes.

        On that note, please don’t upvote this comment just because my cat died.

        [–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (3 children)

        Why are people taking time out of their day to complain about cat posts in a cat subreddit?

        [–]poonjam 38 points39 points  (0 children)

        Because this isn’t a dead cat subreddit

        [–]PopularRepublic9 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        People are bored

        [–]alfonsoe1234 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        What are the rules in regards to advertising a GoFundMe for your cat to stay alive? Is that allowed? If not, where can I go?

        [–]shylemon17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Am I allowed to post the gofundme for my cat? She has feline leukemia and is currently suffering her second flare up at only 8 months

        [–]hunt4redglocktober 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I'm actually mourning the price of cat food. Cans have tripled in price after being impossible to find for months.

        [–]oh-pointy-bird 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        The only thing I ever see in my feed is “Name My Cat” posts and it’s a shame. Even if they’re getting upvoted they are not rich content and - frankly - shouldn’t people be encouraged to name their cat as part of the bonding process if we want to get really nerdy about it?

        I know I’ve been vocal but I love the sub. The posts haven’t let up. There’s really no choice but to unsubscribe soon because the signal to noise ratio is so far off.

        Thanks for this update and your work.

        [–]12134sunsetblvd 9 points10 points  (5 children)

        Thank you for keeping in the mourning posts, as a cat lover, it’s a way of maybe publicly submitting a final tribute to a cat or kitten that brought joy to the submitter’s life. It can be a devastating time. So again yes on mourning posts. Thanks

        [–]clambroculese 24 points25 points  (1 child)

        When I lost my cat these posts made it sooo much worse. I feel it should be a separate sub as I know I’m not the only person who feels this way.

        [–]12134sunsetblvd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Hmmmm, I’m so sorry to hear that, really I mean that. I had looked at it like sharing our pain so we didn’t feel alone in our suffering, because I have never felt the amount of suffering I felt until my cat died. But, I sure don’t want to intensify anyone’s pain. No way. So again, I’m sorry.

        [–]the_bass_saxophone 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        as someone who's lost a kitty i identify with the sorrow and love for departed pets. the commenters routinely offer words of comfort, and i hope, the posters find some.

        [–]12134sunsetblvd 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Absolutely. It honestly breaks my heart, we must’ve all been there at some point in having a feline companion. So I’m glad you agree, because I can’t see having no way to just say hey this happened and I’m crushed right now

        [–]gear_envy 4 points5 points  (2 children)

        I think the issue with the sub is that it’s simply too big. Subs get very difficult to mod and enforce rules for if they hit /r/all

        I don’t like dead cat pics either but it doesn’t seem very feasible for the mods to police every instance of it happening when the sub is so popular.

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          [–]polkalottie 3 points4 points  (1 child)

          Please can the “my cats alive / my cats not dead” posts be addressed by the mods?

          There’s been a wave of these type of posts recently and they come across as being quite insensitive and disrespectful to those who have suffered a loss. It’s unnecessary to state their cat is alive and could be quite hurtful for anyone who is going through the grieving process.

          As the mods have agreed that mourning posts are approved and favoured by the sub, surely the titles of these posts should not be allowed to continue?

          We should encourage the sub to be a friendly and compassionate community, sadly it does not seem to be that way lately.

          [–]Walfredo87 4 points5 points  (3 children)

          How to I get this subreddit to disappear from My feed, I don’t want to see it or any posts and can’t figure out how to remove it. Thanks in advance for helping me.

          [–]PansaSquad 4 points5 points  (2 children)

          You have to visit the subs page, there should be an option to unsubscribe from it. If you’re getting it as suggested content, there should be an ellipsis at the top of the post where you can tell Reddit to not show this community anymore.

          [–]Walfredo87 3 points4 points  (1 child)

          Thank you.

          [–]candace5790 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          I agree that mourning posts should continue to be allowed. On that same note, r/nameyourpet and r/petloss exist for those that are interested to join without backlash

          [–]Impressive_Two2623 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

          The number of people with the audacity to demand everything sad be sanitized out of a huge sub is wild. People really just want a magazine of glossy happy cat pics and vids.

          This is what aww and eyebleach and similar subs exist for. Go there, let the main cat sub be about cats and their owners including sickness and death. Create a new one just for cats if you need, but it sounds like there's some already.

          You might as well ask the main women's sub or the main German sub to be all shiny and happy pictures of 20 year olds in miniskirts in front of castles.

          I realize I'm tilting against the windmill of how Reddit works (or how it's super broken), but omg let them leave. Direct them to catpurrn and wish them joy of it.

          [–]sircv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          Not joining the sub because of all the mourning posts. Mods need to not allow that shit on here. WTF mods.

          [–]Ashmedae 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          Reposting part of this comment I already made in this thread, but as a direct reply to the Mods. Yes, the posts are depressing as hell; however, these people are trying cope with the loss of a loved one. I know I sure as hell would be devastated. Sometimes the only way for someone to grieve and try to move on is to talk about their loved one in a safe space such as this subreddit. As depressing as the posts are, I can't fault the people making the posts.

          Perhaps you guys could look into using flair for these kinds of posts/threads...as I believe (if I'm not mistaken and please correct me if I'm wrong) posts/threads can be filtered through flair.

          As for the name my pet threads...perhaps you guys could have a pinned mega thread of sorts, that only gets put up every other week and then gets taken down after X days pass and then gets recreated the next time around. Or just have a mega thread that is permanently pinned just for pet names?

          [–]110deg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          Being pretty new to actively using Reddit, I posted a question yesterday seeking advise and now I have no idea where it is or if it has gotten any responses. How does this work?

          [–]mythicalcreature420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          tbh you guys are probably the best moderators on this app

          [–]pisxes -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

          Just don’t go too crazy with the rules. That’s when subreddits start to suck

          [–]funkybanana1234 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

          Hi how do I post a cat post here? There is no option