"Today, I heard a loud crashing noise. I ran into the kitchen to see what it was. My cat had knocked over my fish bowl and had my Beta in her mouth. After scolding her and rescuing it, I decided to clean it's bowl. When I went to dump some of the water in the sink, my fish went down the drain."
I found this on a website I frequent, and there's so many things messed up about this post that it just depressed me. THIS is why I :
1. Keep fish AWAY from my cats UNLESS I am in his presence at ALL times.
2. Keep it in a container too big to be knocked over easily, as this can save a LOT of hassle.
3. ALWAYS take the fish out and put it into the bowl it came in while I clean its tank. I've read FAR too many stories about the fish falling into the sink to even remotely consider this safe.
But I find this very distressing with the fact that the cat knocked over the bowl, thus probably spilling a lot of water... so what did the betta get put into? Just plain, untreated water? Why didn't this person take out the betta for the water change? Was this person just planning on putting the new water in with the betta? As I see it, this betta probably didn't have a long life ahead of it anyways. I feel bad for it.
THIS is what I want to teach people about, so these things can be avoided.