Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have feline family members know they are funny, affectionate, playful and, yes, independent. But that very spirit that makes them independent also helps to make them lower maintenance pets when compared to, say, dogs.
In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience. Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up. This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view. Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed.
The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption. (The unlucky ones never made it that far.) But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes. That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.
Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children. That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.
When we think of a smiling cat, we might think of the Cheshire Cat, whose beautiful smile was the only thing visible when he disappeared. Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy. It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!
A cat's nature is to hunt, stalk, mark territory, but living indoors can limit its opportunities follow its instincts. You can help your cat live a happier and healthier life if you find ways to make your home more "friendly" for your feline resident.
Although Christmas might be over for this year, we can still keep that spirit of giving alive by making a contribution to one or more of our favorite charitable organizations. And if we do it before the end of the year, we get to take a tax deduction when we file our tax returns in the next few months!
Sharing this holiday with all members of our family, including the four-footed ones, is not a new idea. In fact, when we think back to how it all began it seems only natural that they should be a part of our Christmas celebration.