Beware of Cat Crossing

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?

Cat Crossing Sign



The “Big Meow”

August 15, 2011

Cat at Redlands Shelter



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!!