Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Am I A Crazy Cat Lady?

No. Want to know what is crazy though? Believing cats cannot be trained or taught. 

There is a widely accepted notion that cats can't be trained. That is patently false. Cats can be trained to behave differently and some folks even train their cats to do tricks. I have even seen clicker training used with cats. One of the many things I have taught my cats is not to be under my feet - a notorious cat behavior that is not acceptable to me. I live alone and don't want to be found 3 or 4 days after I've tripped over a cat and can't get up! It really is sweet how the biggest cat will sit in a corner of the kitchen looking at me with the best "look how good I'm being" expression!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Back to work

copyright Warner Bros. Looney Tunes

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday's Child April 28, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

What's This? No Thank You!

Nanny ran out of the usual canned food so this morning I served the cats salmon from a tin. I even served it on my good china. Not only did they not want it, but the little boy cat took off running as if I had just set the kitchen on fire! No accounting for taste even for cats huh?

Untouched salmon on Royal Albert Memory Lane

On a similar note, I watched an interesting piece last night on CBC The National titled "Economies of Scale" about genetically modified salmon that Canadian scientists are trying to have approved by the US FDA. Would you try it if it were available in your supermarket? 

Friday, April 26, 2013

It's The Weekend

And Spring is here! Spend some time in the garden.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Moving Toronto Zoo Elephants Has Become An Embarassment

Have you ever been so angry and frustrated you just had to cry? That is how the following article made me feel today.

Am I A Crazy Cat Lady?

No. Want to know what is crazy though? Believing that cats need to be eradicated.


Consider this: "Each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injury." (link to study). That's about 365,500 people each year in the US alone. Some dog attacks cause human fatalities and that includes many children. Does that mean dogs should be eradicated? Of course not. Neither is eradication a solution to challenges presented by free roaming cats. 

The powers that be are focusing their attention on the wrong problem species. The problem species in the cases of both dogs and cats is homosapien - people - you and me. For every animal killed - or targeted by Breed Specific Legislation - there will always be at least one person waiting in the wings to unleash another one on the innocent human and wildlife population.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What's the reaction when birds are the problem?

I grew up in a small town where at one point,  the crow population was greater than the human population. Since I left in 2004 not much has changed. We used to take out-of-town visitors to a spot where they could see them coming in around dusk each day to their urban roosting places along the Thames River. There numbers are large enough to black out the sky. They are destructive, messy and oh so noisy but did you know how much they truly like people and how very smart they are? They can even remember your face!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Am I A Crazy Cat Lady?

No. Want to know what is crazy though? Believing cats are "cold and aloof".

Fact: Cats can and do share deep bonds with their human families, which is why most of us consider them family members, as opposed to just "pets." Cats do not exclude non-family members from their circle either, as witness the many therapy cats that give love and comfort to patients in hospitals, and convalescent homes. Cats are indeed very loving creatures, and their bond with us is so strong that it extends beyond death! more ...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Some information for pet parents to keep in mind on this Earth Day 2013: 78 million dogs in the US alone deposit 30,000 tons of waste every day. But there is also urine to consider. 

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On average, dogs produce about .75 litres of urine every day, too, which means that across Metro Vancouver they pee enough to fill 55 Olympic-size swimming pools each year. Much of that poop first goes on the ground, leaving residues behind even where responsible dog owners collect the fecal matter afterward. Almost all the urine is deposited there but is not cleaned up because there’s no practical way to do so. That means more than 100,000 litres of dog urine a day, equivalent to about nine standard-sized septic tank truck loads, soaks into Vancouver’s lawns, gardens, parks, playgrounds and runs off into storm drains and waterways. Vancounver Sun Health

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April is Cancer Awareness Month - Pets Get Cancer Too

My dad painted this about a month before he died from cancer in August 2012. He was strictly a landscape artist and as such had never painted people or animals. We believe the painting represents himself being reunited with our family dog who died many years ago. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Toxoplasmosis - It's Not A Weapon Cats Use To Kill People

An acquaintance once told me that her mother would never have another cat because when my friend was a baby their cat tried to "suck her breathe". "They'll do that you know - cats" she said.

Nanny is concerned about the number of stories circulating in recent weeks that demonize cats. While a news piece may be called a  "story", it must be impartial and factual. Many of the pieces I have seen lately are neither. Worse than that, experts are quoted giving information that appears to support the writer's bias. The partial information presented is often accepted as the whole truth.  Lack of knowledge leads to fear or to validating fears and myths that some folks already believe about cats. One such topic is toxoplasmosis.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hoarders say they love animals but do they really?

When caught with sometimes hundreds of abused, neglected, starving, filthy and/or dead animals, hoarders always proclaim how much they love them. Clearly they do not. We can't always describe what love is but we can say for certain what it is not.
"Being kept by a hoarder is a slow kind of death for the animal. Actually, it can be a fate worse than death." Dr. Randall Lockwood, ASPCA

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Friday, April 12, 2013

It's The Weekend

Take some "my hooman looks like me" photos

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

PETA - Animal Welfare or Performing Arts Group?

Once again, PETA is in the news but not for their usual flair for the dramatic this time. Their kill record is being questioned after their euthanasia statistics were posted on the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. No amount of theatrical blood PETA is so fond of using will cover up these cold hard facts but don't expect them to apologize. PETA promotes euthanasia as an act of kindness and opposes no-kill shelters as an act of cruelty.

PETA uses their own special brand of shock-and-awe performance art to get their name in the news. The photo below is an example. I have to ask "if meat is murder then what do you call the dead bodies of  thousands of healthy companion animals?"


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Shouldn't Pets Be Worth More Than Market Value?

Texas Supreme Court recently overturned a ruling by a lower court that had awarded damages that included "sentimental value" in the death of a family's dog. These damages were awarded after a dog was accidentally euthanized. That was disappointing but what surprised me was to learn there was great opposition to  the family's case that came from what we would otherwise consider to be the animal rights community. Teams of lawyers representing various groups in fact.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Love comes in many forms. Sometimes it is furry!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Don't be chicken - learn more about where eggs come from

Few people know - or want to know - what goes on behind the curtain when it comes to food. I am trying to learn more about where my food comes from and I'm also trying to avoid things that are produced in a way that is harmful to the environment and where animals are mistreated. In this post I'm using eggs as an example.

Friday, April 5, 2013

It's The Weekend

Spend some time outdoors with the whole family

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Robins Help Heal The Winter Blues

Everyone loves Robins. They are widely accepted as the very first sign of Spring. Have you noticed they don't seem to be afraid of people? I remember gardening before I moved to an apartment and having Robins follow me around the yard. I suspect they knew that my digging would make their worm hunting a lot easier. The fact is, unlike some birds, Robins forage on the ground. They also know when to fly away.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kitty Comfort

My big old gal snuggled up with a blankie

Endangered Species: Aye-Aye

The Aye-Aye is a member of the primate family and a type of lemure that lives solely in Madagascar. Their status is critically endangered and they are now protected by law. One of the many interesting facts about the Aye-Aye is they are thought to use echolocation to find prey. Not too surprising since they look somewhat like a bat.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday Meowsings

I want to live the unapologetic life of a ...