The Purr Company Mews-Letter - September 2007
Hi and welcome to the September Mews-letter
Just in time to catch the last burst of summer(?), here we are with (possibly) the last Mews-letter of summer 2007.
I know that, to many people, this would actually be more appropriately thought of as the first autumn edition, but I'm a ‘Glass is Half Full' kind of person. That being the case, and with full backing from the cats, I've decided that this year autumn is not going to start until at least the middle of next month, and maybe even later. (Feel free to write and complain about it, even though I'm actually doing you a favour!)
As always we've got a great pick of articles for you this month, including one that is very close to our hearts all about older cats. You may already know we have a number of senior cats here and the older they get the more friendly and loving they get, so this is a topic we're all very interested in.
So, without further a-do, here's The Purr Company's September 2007 Mews-letter!
Everyone can see the appeal of a cute fluffy kitten, and many of us cat owners started down this path because of just such a kitten who was in need of a good home. Very quickly we end up happily owning adult cats and if we're lucky enough we will eventually be looking after that same cat in their old age.
When a cat reaches around 7 years old it is considered to be ‘middle aged' and any cat over 10 years is considered to be at the beginning of old age. Just as it goes with humans, ongoing medical discoveries make these lines blur and shift, and are also making it possible for our feline friends to live longer and healthier lives than ever before.
Here at The Purr Company we have four senior cats, Mitzi who is 15, Tango is 14 and Rags and Bones are 13 years old. They all seem to be slowing down at different rates and old age has taken its toll in different ways for them all. One thing that has changed in all of them is that they all seem to be much more affectionate than they were in their younger days (many years ago we could not even touch Mitzi and now she demands a good fussing every day).
Older cats are quieter and much more laid back in general, and they tend to prefer their home comforts more, rather than adventuring around the neighbourhood at all hours.
Lovely though they are, owning older cats comes with extra responsibilities and there are some common problems that it's good to keep an eye out for, such as:
I love having older cats. They're not only great company but they're also very loving and seem to really appreciate the extra care they're given.
If you're thinking about adopting a cat and I would encourage you consider an older cat first, as not only are they great to have around but they are the ones who often have the hardest time finding a new home so you'll be helping out in more ways than one.
Most cat owners find themselves in a quandary over whether or not to use a cat collar on their outdoor cats. The debate still reigns over the pros and cons of outfitting an outside cat with a collar, but many veterinarians and cat experts agree that collars are the best way to go. However, before you decide, take a look at these pros and cons:
Given these pros and cons, consider choosing a collar that will maximize the positives and minimize the negatives. For example, there are many collars on the market that are specially designed to break away or unclasp when the cat is hung. These collars are considered strangle-proof and release when approximately seven pounds of pressure is applied. This way, the cat can break him—or her—self free from any snare.
Furthermore, there are many different types of collars on the market. Bring your feline friend with you to the local pet-friendly pet store and try on several different types of collars until you find one that best fits. Avoid choosing a harness for outdoor cats unless you plan on walking the cat on a leash. If this is the case, only allow your cat to wear a harness while supervised, as most are not snare-proof.
On a whole, collars are encouraged on cats that spend their time outside and inside. In addition to providing visibility to your animal, the collar will hold valuable identification information that will protect your cat and assist you in finding your pet.
Hot on the heels of the Browns, Sybil Darling is the newest resident to move into 10 Downing Street.
For those who haven't already guessed, Sybil is a pretty black and white moggie owned by the family of Alistair Darling, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Asked if the moggie was being given free rein in the building, a spokesman pointed out that cats were ‘not the easiest of animals to deny access to.' (Whoever asked that question has obviously never owned a cat!!)
Full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6989055.stm
4. Web Site of the Month
- Ruling Cats and Dogs