It’s Animal Shelter Appreciation week – a perfect time to start the “Rescue Reveal” feature (thanks I Love Dogs for the heads up). Magnificent Mutt Mania has been posted on Time To Train Your Dog. So my site will, today, deal with cats.
Yes I know, a specific Shelter has not been mentioned. Our first installment highlights the benefits of acquiring a rescue cat. And yes, I know the title is as misleading as my wayward brain. Of course all rescue cats are NOT MOGGYs. There are often pure breeds in as much need of a home as the little bundles of mixed up genes but, let’s be fair, I had to call it something.
Now, I could get all serious here, retyping everything I already posted at Time To Train Your Dog (which, I might tell you, is devoid of my usual nonsense and is unlikely to be visible as they probably haven’t even seen it yet) but we all know I lack the energy and will power. If you are serious about adopting a cat, I hereby suggest that you pop over to a dog site (which makes utter sense) and simply convert each sentence with the word dog or puppy to cat or kitten. That’s far easier!
For now, we’ll give you the points in brief form:
- Toddlers and Kittens = explosion. Sharp teeth, claws and exuberant antics hurt like hell.
- Kitten = baby. Baby = hard work. Food for kitten usually = have to have a job = no time for kitten. Maybe consider an older cat.
- You need to feel good about yourself. Adopt a cat and you’ll know you’ve given the best possible gift to an animal in distress. Your loving, forever home makes you the Hero – golly, that feels good!
- They’re usually litter-box trained – your house smells better – this is good!
- Oh alright then, you still want a kitten cause it’s cute and cuddly and a fur-ball of fun. That’s OK – there are tons of kittens needing good homes. Go get one of them.
- Brilliant – you decided against the kitten an opted to be the Biggest Hero of the day, rescuing an adult cat. This is better than good. You get to see what the personality is like, right up front – no sudden surprises when your kitten grows up to think it’s a tiger.
- Variety – oh, the spice of life. Shelters = more options than you ever thought possible. Variety is good, spice is good, choice is good, therefore, shelters are good! Oh and don’t forget, goofballs are good and shelters are full of those.
- You can believe that your cat will be eternally grateful to you for having rescued it. Of course, it’s a cat, so it probably won’t but, go on, kid yourself anyway. To understand why your cat will not behave like a rescue dog, please hop over to One Spoiled Cat where you will find Rules For The Cat which is both classic and too true for comfort.
- If you choose a moggy, it may well be healthier, suffering from fewer breed specific ailments. Then again, it might not but who said life came with any guarantees?
- This feature is for No-Kill Shelters which, if no-one adopts, will obviously be overrun. So, give yourself a big pat on the back, knowing that you not only saved one cats life but also made space for others to be rescued. My word, you are doing well on brownie points now.
- The brass tax – it costs less to adopt than to buy from a reputable breeder. So, you’ve saved multiple animals, earned brownie points and it cost you less money. Where’s the argument then?
Seriously – give adoption a thought.
Further Rescue Reveal posts will highlight specific No-Kill Shelters from around the globe. If you wish to add a shelter or group that you know are doing a fabulous job, simply pop the info into a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to see that I am actually capable of writing a serious post and, of course, if you are a doggy person, hop over to Time To Train Your Dog.
I look forward to hearing from this fabulous Global Community of ours.