Jim writes that he does not control his pet cat, and that his Obama-support, alongside pet-caring, is a good thing.
Addressing now Jim: You exercise total control over whether or not the cat will go in or out; whether it will eat or drink; what rooms it shall be allowed into and what it shall be allowed to play with. It is not rare, but exceedingly common, for first-world people to utilize pets as child substitutes, either before a couple is ready for children, before a lonely individual has had them, or after they've left the house. Our lack of interconnectedness as humans causes many to turn to the use of domesticated ("safe" and unnatural) animals as an outlet for their emotional needs. Massive funding to the Humane Society and its various imitators, in the face of homeless, hungry human children, is just one of the indications of this disease.
Remember also that the entire underclass of domesticated animals is a result of a system of eugenics practiced for centuries in order to produce docile entities which would be forced to rely on humans for food, cheaper and less rebellious than human children, and with few, if any enforceable, established social rights. Your sweet care for the feline may be genuine; southern white slavemasters prior to the American Civil War argued for their own empathy and goodness for how they treated their darkies.
In some cases, they were right. Many of them had good human relationships with their "slaves," and were able to use their status as white landholders to make life a little better for black friends amidst a terrible social system. They might even have bought a slave away from someone else, or raised an unwanted child in servitude, in order to protect it from the exposure of the world.
That did not change the awfulness of the system of slavery. Nor does it alter the utter horror of the creation of a subclass of sterilized, specially-bred affection beasts made to validate the emotional needs of their owners. It is no surprise that, in the Pax Americana, the American bombers and slayers lavish love and wealth upon their companion animals while butchering foreign human beings, foreign domestic animals, foreign wild animals, and innumerable future possibilities.
Stop validating the killing and starving of people (and animals, lest we forget! There are puppies and kitties in Irakhistan, too!), and then come forth to claim that your caring for the animal(s) is proof of a higher moral quality.
White people just love their dogs. Extrapolate to any pet you wish.
Happy New Year. More later.