March 11, 2012
By now, everyone has probably read about the rescue of longtime missing hiker, Margaret Page, AND her cat, in a New Mexico national forest. There is some controversy on why she was lost so long, but that will be argued somewhere else. Maybe this stretches things a little, but I do believe the loyalty and companionship of Maya (Miya?), Page’s cat, is how Page survived the near month ordeal.
Of course, I thought it was a little unusual to be hiking with your cat in the first place. Did Page carry the cat in a backpack? Or did the cat walk beside her? They must be a very attached pair with a strong bond, as the cat stayed with Page the entire time. That is fortunate, as there were bound to be a lot of predators that would have loved a tasty meal of feline. The cat has also been said to have done some “hunting” itself and although thin was in better shape than Margaret, who lost about 25 pounds. They were so lucky there was drinking water nearby!
But they stayed together and were finally rescued. Separated for a night, they are now reunited amid all the limelight, waiting for life to get back to normal. I’m very happy for them both!
What do you think about hiking with a cat? Is it something you would do? I think I will pass on that myself.
February 6, 2012
There’s two distinct camps when deciding if a cat should be an “indoor only” cat or one that comes and goes. Many believe it goes against the cat’s nature to keep it inside, when it should be outside hunting, climbing trees, chasing bugs and so forth.
For me, it only takes seeing a pile of fur at the side of the road to know which camp I’m in. And I don’t even want to think about coyotes having a tasty meal. In my opinion if a cat is raised inside, with lots of playtime, healthy food and a warm, dry bed then that cat has a quality life.
Driving around in residential areas at night I am always on the lookout for cats trying to cross the road. Sometimes my headlights catch their glowing eyes but many times I just see a dark shape sprinting to make it across. I cringe knowing it’s only a matter of time for that cat NOT to make it. And I get angry at owners that let the cat out in the first place, putting it in harm’s way.
This debate could also include the subject of spaying and neutering, but I’ll save that for another day. Also don’t get me started on declawing a cat!
Which “camp” are you in?
August 15, 2011
No, this is not about a cat show.
This is about a wonderful event planned in the Ontario, CA area to aid in the feline overpopulation problem. This event addresses the sad, sad reality that over 2 million cats and kittens in shelters across America are humanely euthanized each year. And cats are more likely to be put down because of lack of identification.
On Wednesday & Thursday, the 17th & 18th of August, the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. along with Pet Connections Inc. are hosting the “Big Meow”. This is a no-cost spay and neuter event for owned, outdoor cats (females on Wed., males on Thurs.). Funding is by local, caring donors in the community.
Cats participating must be between 4 months and 7 years old and live in the S.P.C.A. service area of Chino, Claremont, Diamond Bar, La Verne, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona and San Dimas. Owners must provide proof of residency.
Qualified owners are encouraged to call for an appointment and more information at 909-623-9777, ext. 669. Inland Valley Humane Society is located at 500 Humane Way, Pomona 91766.
Hats off to this group for providing this service. Maybe other caring people will take the chance to be more proactive and the “Big Meow” could take off across the country!!