Cats Are Great, Even If They Are Not Dogs

Cats Are Great, Even If They Are Not Dogs

Give them a chance.

I am a cat person. According to everyone else in this world, that makes me weird and smelly. Most dog people complain that cats are unfriendly, unaffectionate, disloyal, and down right evil, while they will argue that dogs are a man's best friend, loving, exciting, and a sign of a good time.

What most dog people don't realize is that cats are fiercely loyal and incredibly clever and independent creatures.

Their behaviors are dimensional and they are human-like in their choice. If you repeatedly mistreat a dog, it will still be loyal and obedient to you. They are domesticated creatures; it is in their nature to be that way.

I find this trait very harmful and not appealing at all.

Cats, like elephants and many other creatures with long memories, always remember a person by their treatment of them. If you mistreat a cat once, it will never want to be in your presence again. It makes the decision of whether it wants to be near you consciously and with great thought.

Additionally, a cat's idea of affection is very different from that of a dog. Cats will blink at you or rub their bodies against you as a sign of affection. Of course, this behavior seems cold in comparison to dogs and their rambunctious barking and wagging and licking. But that does not take away from the fact that a cat is loving and does showing physical signs of that even if they are much more nuanced than that of a dog.

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A Guide For New Pet Owners

A few things you'll need to know before adopting a new pet.

In the last week, I made the decision to adopt a kitten. He is wonderful, his name is Fred and he’s 5 months old. While I’ve grown up with cats and the routine of having a pet is nothing new to me, I can see how it might be overwhelming for some who are brand new to the process. I

’ve come up with a little guide for anyone who might be interested in adopting a pet. I know less about puppies, and this will be a bit biased towards cats, but most of the tips will go for both.

1. Make sure you’ve got plenty of food in the house--for yourself and for your pet.

You won't want to leave for a couple days, and it will be hard to tear yourself away even if you do. This is especially true if you’re toilet training. Fred was litter trained already when he came home, but that’s not always the case.

2. Make sure that if you like to cook,

you put your knives and hot pans in a place where they can’t be reached by an overzealous jumper. This is one of those ones that’s a bit biased towards cats, but it’s not unheard of for a dog to get onto the counter either.

3. Make sure you let them develop their independence.

Although it will be hard, make sure to get out of the house once in a while. I adopted Fred during my winter break from school, and after the first couple of days I’ve been making sure to get out of the house a little bit each day so that he can get used to being alone on the days where I have classes and work.

4. This might go without saying, but be prepared

with all the supplies you might need. If you’re getting a cat, that means a litter pan and litter, a scooper and food and water bowls. I’m less experienced with dogs, but I’d say that some of the basics include a leash, collar, plenty of food, and bowls.

5. Both puppies and kittens are quite energetic,

and sometimes they don’t understand their bodies. If there are any extremely sharp corners of tables etc., moving them or putting some plastic on them would be a good idea. Making sure there are no inescapable spaces for them to get into is also a good idea. Fred already almost got himself stuck between my bed and the wall, and I couldn’t push it any closer, so I pushed a couple of pillows against the gap.

6. Make sure that you are emotionally prepared.

There may be some interrupted nights, and for a few days it will feel like your entire life and all your conversations are about this new addition. This can be hard, but make sure not to lose yourself completely. It won’t be good for either of you in the long run. Love them, but don’t forget yourself.

I hope this can help some prospective pet owners prepare for the new additions to their family! Adopting a pet is really an amazing experience and although it’s not easy, it is completely worth the time, money, and effort. As a last note, remember: #adoptdontshop

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What It's Like Losing Your First Pet

Losing my cat was one of the hardest things I had to go through.

I came home for winter break and expected to be having all this fun and hanging out with my friends a lot. Sadly, that is not what happened at all. My break consisted of having an upper respiratory infection, working for most of it, and having to do something I never wanted to do: On December 30th, 2017 my family and I had to make the decision to put our oldest cat to sleep.

It was something I knew had to happen, but also something I never thought I’d have to do.

We got our cat Buddy when I was about two years old and at the time the veterinarian one year old yet, but after his recent visit, the new veterinarian said he is about 18 years old. My cat Buddy was this cute black haired American shorthair cat. He would walk around my development and my neighbors and I would leave food out for him. Then one day my parents decided that we could take him in, and we had him ever since.

How he acted toward us gave us signs that maybe he came from an abused home. Since the day we took him into our home he has been the kindest and best cat any family could ask for. Despite my neighbors leaving food out for him, they were never cat people. Let me just say Buddy was such an amazing cat that even non-cat lovers liked him. Buddy meant the whole world to me and I would have done anything for him, I did do anything for him. I did anything in my power to make sure he had the best and most comfortable life he could have. I grew up with that cat and he saw my family and I go through a lot of stuff.

We all would’ve done anything in our power to keep him as healthy and happy as we could.

Recently, Buddy had started breathing really weird and he kept wheezing. We took him to the veterinarian and he said he was fine that maybe it was just an infection, so we took him back home. After a couple of days of him not getting any better we took him back and the veterinarian wanted to keep him for a few days where he would be on antibiotics and fluid. He went in on Thursday and on that Friday my sister and I went to visit him. When we saw him he got right up to see us and his breathing was better. This was a sign of hope for us all and had us thinking he really was going to get better. Then we decided the next day the whole family was going to go see him.

When they brought him out to us his breathing worse and he was just so skinny, he had stopped eating. It was a hard day for us because, as a family, we decided it was Buddy’s time to go. This was not an easy decision to make but since we saw all how much he was suffering we knew what the right thing to do was. This pained me so much because I didn’t want to say goodbye to my best friend. That cat had helped me through so many things that happened in my life and I would've given my life so he could live longer.

Losing Buddy was one of the hardest things I had to do in my whole life, and it still hurts me.

It makes me sad knowing that I’ll never see him lying in my room, when I come home from school for break, or waiting for me to carry him downstairs to eat lunch. I’m never going to forget Buddy and my future cats will have high expectations to live up to. Hopefully this just goes to show a percent of how hard it is to lose a pet.

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