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Pampering our Cats

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

Yicat-Set-of-3-Pet-Bed-Quilt-and-Pillow-Comfortable-Soft-Full-Washable-Pet-Beds-ZEZE-Dog-Kennel-Cotton-Nest-Teddy-Princess-Bed-Cat-Litter-M-6251cm-002Purple-0-180x180When I was growing up, I found two little kittens. My mom would not let me take them in the house because she felt that they might have some kind of disease. We had to keep them outside and figure out where we would put them. My father build a very sophisticated “cat house” where they would sleep at night. We fed them the cheapest, smelliest cat food and gave them milk! (who knew that milk would upset their digestive system?) We hoped that when they wondered, they would come back. We lived on a busy street and prayed they wouldn’t get hit by a car. Times have really changed! My two cats are treated like queens! They run the house. They are fed high quality cat food, they have a variety of cat beds and cat pods throughout the house. They are given cat treats and are brushed everyday. A cat box filled with a variety of cat toys sits in the corner of my living room. Our pets are like family and today, we treat them like family and love doing it!

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Changing The Policies Of Handling Stray Cats

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

feralcatsStray cats or feral cats are cats that live outdoors on their own and usually have little or no contact with  humans. The current animal control and sheltering system promotes euthanasia of these stray cats and say that this method is in the cat’s best interest. This kind of thinking must be changed.  Euthanizing these animals is at odds with the humane values of most Americans. Scientific research does not support the system’s rationale for killing. The belief that cats belong only indoors or as “owned” pets is contrary to the natural history of felines. This is a species that has flourished outdoors for 8,000 to 10,000 years. Who are we to decide their fate?

According to a national survey on feral cats, this question was asked.

If you knew that the stray cat you saw would die in two years because it would be hit by a car, which would you consider the most humane option today?

Here are the results.

  1.  Leave the cat where is  ————-81%
  2. Have the cat put down————– 14%
  3. Don’t know—————————-5%

Many of us supply cat food, water bowls, cat beds for the feral cats in our neighborhoods. Some are even allowed in the house for a cat treat or two. Lets work to get these unjust laws changed. The population of feral cats can be reduced by spaying and releasing them. Leave our feral feline friends alone!

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