Category Archives: Cats

Cat Courageous – Adopting A Cat

Summary: Being cat courageous is recognizing the beauty of a cat and then courageously giving them a second chance by adoption. There are many pros and cons to owning a cat. These responsibilities, as with any animal, requires realistic decision-making, then choosing a kitten or an adult feline. No matter which one is chosen, there isn’t a high enough praise for being cat courageous.

Cats have a beauty that defines sleekness, stealth and grace. Cats have the ability of a ninja, playfulness of a baby and an independence only they can show. Accepting these qualities which makes up the feline is a joy all cat owners can attest to. Having multiple felines in the house only adds to the joy and fascination of these qualities and personalities. There is an added satisfaction when the owner has the courage to adopt an older cat.

Cats, with all their attitude and personalities, have basic needs that need to be met. Examples of these needs include brushing, claw trimming, feeding and litter box changing. When giving a feline a second chance from an adoption agency, bring a feline brush with you. Brushing a cat can be relaxing for them. You will be able to spend one on one time with your choice of cat and relax them as well. By brushing a cat daily you will help maintain a healthy coat of fur and cut down on hairballs. The second thing to evaluate is whether or not they like their paws being touched. Although this not the act of claw trimming, the touching of paws is half the battle. Another item to evaluate in the basic needs category is whether or not the cat uses a litter box. This can be evaluated by either direct observation or asking the caretakers. The last item in basic needs being met is the diet. This must be asked, as older cats may or may not have special dietary needs because of allergies, or other medical conditions. Of course all these basic needs leads to monetary responsibility.

Even though cats are independent creatures they are by no means a cheap animal to care for. The phrase “cheaper by the dozen” does not apply to cats. Is a kitten or an older cat less expensive? My answer, they are about the same. Either, the kitten or the older cat, have the same basic needs that need to be met. Along with these needs comes the vet bills for the shots that are needed. Should you adopt a cat, not from an agency, the feline will need to be neutered or spayed, ask your vet on how to get a voucher to help off set this cost. Many years of great health can be enjoyed when preventative checkups are given.

Cats can give many years of love, laughter and heartaches. Cats are also a popular animal in people’s households. This means there are a lot of articles out there about cats. Think about a question you may have, an there is bound to be an article out in the Internet world or book displays that can give you an answer.

Be cat courageous and look at adopting an older cat as you will be rewarded with personality that only a cat can bring into any household.

Our senior cat, Biskers was adopted when she was 3 years old. Being once an outside cat, she now lives a spoiled lifestyle of being “master” of the house. She doesn’t show the slightest hint of wanting to go outside. She owns the couch and demands her brushing daily. She has her “spot” when its dinner time and her after dinner lounging tunnel. Biskers adds royalty to the household by her mannerism and demands.

Trap-Neuter-Return Program

Summary: I read an article on the Trap-Neuter-Return program possibly coming to our county. I vaguely know about this program though. It will be interesting to see what the final vote will be.
I have heard about this program. I have seen some YouTube videos on this program. This program is now being closely considered by our county in Florida. I saw an article in the Commercial Press (Wed, May 13,2015), stating that the Sheriff is “exploring whether it is feasible to implement”. I have not done any research of my own about this program.
What little I do know, Trap-Neuter-Return involves the humane capture of feral cats, having them neuter/spayed, then returned to their colonies location.
This article states that the University of Florida has been doing an 11-year study, finding the felines on the campus has declined by 66%. This program is being implemented in Jacksonville, Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles. If this program becomes implemented, it could be run by volunteers.
The article goes on to state the groups that are against this program including the Wildlife Conservation group and other organizations. Reasons for their opposition include danger of cats transmitting Feline Leukemia to the Florida panthers, toxoplasmosis to other animals and humans and the killing of birds by outdoor cats.
It will be interesting to see what the final vote by the commission board says.

    The following are my own comments:

Beyond stating the cities in which this program is implemented, the article doesn’t dwell much into the success or lack of in these locations. Furthermore, this article doesn’t state how much the projected program would cost to run. As I have stated in the first paragraph, I have not done my own research so I cannot vouch for the percentage of numbers that are being reported. For example, this article writes, The American Bird Conservancy reports every year “approximately 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals are killed by outdoor cats in the U.S. alone “. Although these numbers are great, I would question what are the percentages or numbers in the local area? An example would be, the University of Florida states a 66% decline in feral cats around the campus, has any research been done to the see if there is any change in the number of birds and other mammals in the area? I would not have a clue on how to begin such a project, however, if numbers are going to be given, lets compare apples to apples. Don’t give an approximate number of birds killed by outdoor cats throughout the U.S. and not have any numbers or research for the local area in which the TNR programs are being implemented. This should be possible since the TNR program has been in effect in some areas for over 20 years. These would be some of the questions that I would like to investigate. Have any of you experienced the TNR program in your area? If so, what are your thoughts about how effective or ineffective the program is in your area.