Did you know that 33% of Americans own a cat? And that there are 86 million owned cats in the U.S. (more than the 78 million owned dogs, since 52% of cat owners own more than one cat). (source) Over the years, my family has owned many cats. Combined with my own two and my experience working at a cat sanctuary, I feel well qualified to present my list of 10 products that every cat owner should own and use regularly to have happy and healthy felines.
An animal’s death can be the toughest thing for us. For our pets, many of us identify as their caregivers and just as losing a close family member, the loss of our animal can be devastating.
After losing my best friend when I was a teen, I experienced my first encounter with depression. Her name was Mew-Mew, she was a beautiful long hair calico cat who passed away suddenly and in front of me from what I believe was a heart attack. Her loss left me shattered for many weeks and forever changed. I had experienced my first encounter with death and had lost my best friend from when I was 5 years old.
What makes your cat so unique compared to your dog or pet bird? Aside from their quirky antics such as climbing into cardboard boxes, knocking our things off the desk or counter, and frantically running full speed from one room to the next, how are cats specifically designed and for what purposes?
How many of us have lost a pet? And no, I’m not referring to grieving over a pet who has passed away (also terribly sad) but about a pet who has run away or disappeared. It’s a terrible feeling to be helpless and unable to find your friend.
My saga of traveling with my cats started and ended well. At the end of May, I traveled from California to Washington state with my two cats in hand, ready to introduce them to their new home. It would be a 2.5-hour flight from Los Angeles, CA to Portland, OR and thankfully it went better than I could have ever expected.
Last month, I had my first Beyond Taco from Del Taco as well as my first Beyond Burger from Carl’s Jr. Primarily a vegetarian since my teens, the “meat” was so realistic that I felt like I was cheating on my veggie burgers with these new meat-alternatives.
When many of us hear a baby crying, we may feel a sudden urge to comfort it, to relieve its pain and to see a smile return to his or her face.
Yet how do we feel towards an animal, let alone a wild animal that’s suffering? I believe most of us are empathetic and hate seeing any animal suffer, whether it’s our own pet or a wild animal. When we see a deer that’s been hit by a car we can sense its pain as sharply and as non-distinguishably as if our own dog or cat was injured.
They used to climb the palm tree in the neighbor’s yard directly across the street from my apartment. I could watch them clumsily scale the tree each morning, letting the old branches fall down and making quite the ruckus. This continued on for several months until the homeowners had a tree trimmer come to remove the lower branches of the palm tree and the creatures retreated.
Animal enrichment is the practice of providing your dog or cat (or any captive animal) with appropriate stimuli and aspects to their environment that encourages them to perform their natural behaviors and to express positive emotions. Animal enrichment practices depend on the individual animal and also the species of animal. Cats require different types of enrichment than do dogs or elephants in a zoo, for instance. Animal enrichment is required for all types of captive animals including laboratory and zoo animals as well as companion animals.
Community cats are unowned cats who live outdoors with other cats in groups called colonies. Community cats can include two types of cats, socialized cats who were previously owned by someone sometimes these are referred to as stray cats, and unsocialized, feral cats who have never been owned.