“There are no ordinary cats.” -- Colette
According to Catster online, it’s a historical habit, even though cats are “obligate carnivores” and could exist on animal protein alone. For felines, the right kind of grass can be a digestive aid, help control hairballs (via vomiting, stimulated by eating grass) and provide nutritional supplements.
And for cats’ people, that can mean occasional puddles on the rug – a little hair, a little grass, a little clean-up.
Stop shelter killings!
No matter where you get your facts and figures, animal shelters are no place for cats. For instance, Alley Cat Allies says “More than 70% of all cats entering US shelters are killed.” (Note: not “humanely euthanized,” as it’s sometimes worded, because if healthy cats die in shelters, that’s not humane anything; it's killing.)
Other sources, other numbers, but they all pretty much boil down to “every year, all over the country, our nation’s animal shelters kill millions of healthy cats,” says ACA leader Becky Robinson. Not all those cats who are killed are feral, or community cats, either -- although it’s true that in some places, “feral” equates with automatic killing. It’s as if Trap-Neuter-Return isn't a perfectly viable alternative.
But, some shelters cry, we are overloaded with cats and have no choice. Wrong! The live-release rate at Miami Dade County Animal rose from 43% in 2010 to 90% in 2015 – largely because of its “return-to-field” program, through which the shelter “simply stopped accepting and euthanizing stray cats.”
Instead, those cats are vetted for free and taken back to where they came from. No cats are added to the community, while existing cats are returned vetted, better-behaved and sterile to their outdoor homes. Then, natural attrition gradually occurs.
Those who think cats age seven years for every calendar year have it wrong. Fact is, felines age faster
their first two years alive. During her first year, a cat reaches the
approximate human age of 15, then “turns” 24 at age 2. After that, it’s four
“cat years” for every calendar year – so a 5-year old feline would be about 36
cat years old altogether – 24 for the first two calendar years, then 3 more
years x 4 cat years, or 12; and 12 plus 24 = 36.
Cats who live outdoors age much quicker, maybe even twice as fast as indoor cats. (another reason to keep cats indoors!)
Let’s see: Harry Summers is 12 – so at age 2, he was 24 cat years old. Because he has 10 more years, each one equating to 4 cat years, add 40 years for the original 24. Harry’s now 64 cat years old. (Yes, I’ll still need you, yes, I’ll still feed you . . .!)
Billy is 10 – so he was 24 cat years old at age 2, then 4 cat years times each of the remaining 8 years, or 32. Billy is 56 cat years old (and I’ll still need and feed you too, Cutie!)
In fact, many of the cats reportedly sought cover inside even before the storm hit, which was seen as a sign of their intelligence.
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