Welcome to Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat!
Let me just put the Boogie Mat away! ;-D
Okay, here's what I've been reading lately:
1. In New Zealand a Cat finds a new home, but has some concerns;
It's not fair. I am the most misunderstood cat in the entire world. I try to be cute. I come into the house doing my little bbbrrrttt thing, meow meow, and the boss thinks I'm cute. Even the girl who adopted me thought I was beautiful. But once I was in the house, things turned out differently.
First off, I was lost. I can't remember who my first owner was, even if I ever had one. Somehow my beautiful long fur stayed clean and knot-free. But I found a nice house, so I thought, where they loved cats.
I made myself at home, even defending my new territory from other outsiders. But each time I came home with a few battle scars, they would grab me and drag me off to the vets. I even had my manhood taken away from me, but I still defend my territory. It's in me, you know. After eight years or so fighting for myself it doesn't go away easily. Even if they have turned me into a coward.
Read "Why are all the humans so mean?" at Mobygeek.
2. In Nova Scotia an interesting trap, neuter and release (TNR) program for feral cats, relying "heavily on the Alley Cat Allies website" for tips on developing the program, is working well in Annapolis County.
With limited funding and a volunteer core of only four people, TeamTNR has accomplished a great deal. Since its beginning in February 2006, 407 cats have been through the program: 211 females were spayed and 182 males were neutered. Only 14 cats had to be euthanized due to illness or injury, dispelling the myth that stray and feral cats are unhealthy. The cats will continue to live in their colonies in barns and outbuildings across the county with dedicated caretakers providing food and shelter.
3. In Laconia, NH. "All's well that ends well" after a Dumpster Diving Rescue of 2 Kittens.
Read: Community at Work in The Citizen of Laconia.
4. In Durham, Ontario, Canada there is a story by Kristen Calis, on durhamregion.com that plugs the efforts of animal, and cat, lover Joyce Smith, and her Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary. It also issues a plea on her behalf because the writer believes she is being taken advantage of my irresponsible humans in the area:
Although she adores animals (most of her pension goes toward their care) she doesn’t intend to run an animal house. Her ideal situation is to care for the animals, but eventually put them into the arms of a loving family.
She doesn’t appreciate when people leave cat families at the end of her driveway on a cold, wet and stormy winter day and simply assume she’ll find them. It pains her when she has to nurse kittens, thrown from moving cars toward her driveway, back to health. She definitely doesn’t like it when people drop off sick and elderly cats they say they can no longer care for.
She takes them anyway.
She wants people to take responsibility for animals they bring into their homes. If you have a cat, get it spayed or neutered. This will keep it healthier longer, and will also reduce the amount of stray or abandoned cats.
Read the full piece: Stop abandoning cats and start taking responsibility.
Well, that's all for today!
Night everyone! ;-D