Mindful Monday – Global Cat Day

Saturday, October 16, was Global Cat Day and National Feral Cat Day. Another day designed to acknowledge our feral cat population. It is recommended and urged that we all become advocates for cats and that we do what we can to educate others. Many free-roaming, homeless cats are just a little bit of love and kindness and patience away from becoming wonderful and gentle pets—kittens in particular.

If you believe a cat is in trouble–it’s roaming the neighborhood, losing weight, doesn’t seem to be able to fend for itself, by all means trap the cat and take it to a shelter for care. Or contact a local TNR or TNVR (trap, neuter, vaccinate, and release) group. If you’re able to rescue the cat and take her to a shelter, be mindful of the shelter’s policies.

There are no-kill shelters, meaning that the directors and volunteers will do everything they can to treat the cat and maybe even socialize her. Of course, if the cat is ill beyond help or is a danger to the public, they’ll do the humane thing in that case, as well.

Sadly, no-kill shelters evidently also have the right and often stand on that right to refuse admittance to cats or dogs. So the unwanted animal might end up in a kill shelter despite your efforts.

If only we could do more to prevent unwanted cats and dogs and prevent any animal from suffering. It’s up to each of us, yet there are still too many who exacerbate the problem by their indifference to the cats they take in and their reckless behavior with regard to the cats.

Be part of the solution to the suffering of helpless cats in America.

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3 Responses to Mindful Monday – Global Cat Day

  1. mounir tabti says:

    Thank you so much for all this information !
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  2. Nettie Combs says:

    Wanted to let you know that our 11+ year old female fur baby, Marmalade, crossed the rainbow bridge Monday 10-18 in the afternoon. Thursday she started crying inconsolably and wandering without being able to relax all night. Friday morning we brought her to the Vet who kept her all weekend for hydration therapy to try to restart her kidneys. We have been treating her kidney failure for almost a year, but when they ran the tests on Friday, the results were off the charts. I wanted to at least try some therapy in case she could come back, but the repeat test results on Monday were the same and she had not been able to eat or drink since Friday night. We went to the Vet and said goodbye (so hard), and I stayed with her until she passed. Our male Sylvester (they were adopted together in October 2010), is a little confused why she is gone, but he has always been more of a loner than she was, so he will probably be OK. Sorry to bother you, but I know you have lived through this scenario several times also & will understand (we have loved and lost 2 other long time cats in our 45 year marriage).
    Thanks again for your wonderful books and Catscapades posts.

    • Patricia says:

      Oh, Nettie, I am so, so sorry. What a heart-breaker. Hugs to you and to Sylvester. There is no easy way to let a beloved cat go.
      Our Lily was 11 when she left us (last year). She’d struggled with kidney disease for most of her life. She, too, was such a sweet spirit. I know your pain.

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