Monday, December 14, 2009

Cats 101

Knowing how crazy his wife is about cats, my husband records every TV program that has cats in it.  Of course when Cats 101 came out on TV not too long ago - unfortunately I don't remember if it was shown on Animal Planet or Discovery Channel - my husband promptly recorded the series for me.  We found the series very entertaining as we both enjoyed watching the cute kittens of all the different breeds of cats.  Some we had never seen before.  We were just amazed at some of the tales that were told in between the sections that listed the traits for each particular new breed. 

For example, I was totally appalled and amazed at the same time by the story of the cat that got trapped in a container and was shipped all the way to France.  The cat survived for an entire month in that container without food or water!  That would be torture to a human being, not to mention to the tiny creature of a  feline.  If it was a human in that condition, the person would probably have perished in less that time.  The story had a happy ending though with the cat being found finally.  It was even returned to its owners in the US, safe and sound. 

It taught me a lesson that if we loved our pet cats, we shouldn't let them wander outdoors too far away.  If like me, you let them out so they can at least enjoy a little of the freedom that cats used to enjoy when they were wild, you should always make sure that there are barriers to stop them from straying any further. Such as a kitty fence or an enclosure.  We have a kitty fence up now but prior to that I was always at the end of my wits trying to find my very athletic, fence-jumping orange kitty, scared he would be lost forever. Even with the fence, at the end of the day, to this day, I always do a head count and make sure that none of my kitties are missing. 

I couldn't bear it if one of my kitties (the one I mentioned above often did) jumped the fence and got run over by a car while on the loose on the streets in my neighborhood.  I've seen too many dead cats on the roads and it would simply kill me if due to my own human folly, one of my beloved cats was struck by a terrible and fatal accident.


  1. According to what you wrote, you are really a cat lover and cannot stand seeing them get hurt and mistreated. There are lots of Animal Defense Organizations, amongst them PETA that fights for their rights and you can contribute saving them from becoming coats in the Far East. Your love for them is very honorable and there should be more people like you on this earth

  2. Animals are so innocent, even the wildest of them and they simply can't defend themselves against the encroachment, abuse or neglect by our species. Due to time constraints, I haven't been able to volunteer for PETA and such organizations. For now I'm happy to look after my own cats and the stray cats that live in my neighborhood.