Relationships between cats and owners

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Relationships between cats and owners have a similar dynamics than the relationships between babies and parents: The parents act as caregivers and the cats as dependant furry babies. Cats have needs, and they understand that humans are the way by which their needs will be satisfied. This does not mean that cats view humans as their slaves; it only means that cats feel the same vulnerability as an infant, and they share that timid egoism that babies have toward the world as they are psychologically incapable of putting themselves in someone else’s shoes or head. Also, their needs are not limited to being fed; they want to feel protected and loved. Sounds similar?

While cats are not hesitant to communicate those needs to their owners, they do adapt their speech according to their owner’s personalities. They take into account what works best with their owners, what is well understood, instead of just screaming their needs with no regard to the person at the other end. Cats do listen, and they try to interpret their owner’s actions to get feedback. For example, an owner who talks a lot to his or her cat will most probably end up with a very vocal cat, while an owner that is very attentive to his or her cat’s actions might have a cat which discretely stands in front on his bowl when hungry.

And this communication adaptability goes beyond communicating needs: Cats and their owners strongly influence each other’s actions and personalities. Have you noticed how outgoing owners tend to have more active and sociable cats than timid and introverted owners?

Cats and humans do share an incredible bond. Interestingly, this bond is even stronger between women and cats, regardless of the cat’s sex. Cats tend to go toward women, and this is true even if the owner is a man. Would you say this is true under your roof?

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TWENTY STEPS TO BEING A GOOD PET OWNER

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1. Choose a type of pet or the breed which is compatible with your lifestyle.

2. Your pet is totally dependent on you for food, water and shelter.

3. Make sure you feed your pet at regular times with a diet suitable for its age and species.

4. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times. Make sure the water container cannot be accidentally tipped over.

5. Provide shelter from rain, the cold in Winter and the heat in Summer.

6. Make sure your pet receives any vaccinations required for protection against contagious diseases.

7. Regularly worm your pet.

8. If you do not intend to breed from your dog or cat have it desexed.

9. If you do decide to breed from your pet, be prepared to keep the offspring until you can find responsible homes for them.

10. Do not let your pet be tormented by fleas — during flea season use an appropriate flea control product.

11. Groom your pet on a regular basis to keep it free from mats and tangles. Even shorthaired pets enjoy a brushing.

12. If you suspect your pet may be unwell seek immediate veterinary advice.

13. Comply with all local government regulations for keeping pets.

14. Ensure that your dog is securely confined on your own property.

15. For your cat’s safety make sure it is indoors after dark.

16. Carry a ‘pooper-scooper’ bag to clean up after your dog when out walking.

17. Do not allow your dog to bark unnecessarily.

18. Make sure your dog and cat wear identification tags at all times, or are microchipped.

19. Teach your pet dog manners. Enroll in your local dog training classes.

20. Provide your pet with appropriate exercise.

Read more from Petcare Information and Advisory Service Australia

College students abandon pets as they leave campus

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Many university graduates who had once doted over pets are abandoning cats and dogs as they leave campus, leaving the pets to the mercy of volunteer caregivers.

Many dogs and cats are abandoned after their owners lose the excitement they had felt when they had first got a pet and may then come to recognize just how much work and energy it takes to raise an animal, Gong added.

The increasing number of stray pets on campus has proved a headache for administrators.

“Their numbers increase every year when students are about to graduate,” said Gu Jie, a logistic worker at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, who often feeds homeless cats and dogs on the campus.

She said university workers recently expelled some dogs to make the campus safer.

Chen Mingcai, head of the Association of Small Animal Protection in Chongqing, said the number of abandoned pets has increased on campuses because many students have recently taken a fancy to the idea of keeping a pet and are unaware of how large a responsibility they would be taking on by having one.

Some students exchange pets as gifts or symbols of love. But the fun often ebbs away when the owners are under pressure to finish dissertations and find a job, he said.

Read more from China Daily

College Students, Have you thought it through?

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Anyone can own a cat, but it takes a very special cat lover to go through the trouble of keeping one in an apartment or small house during the college years. If one bothers to get a cat while in college, I think it’s the real deal.

Also, I think college students get a bad reputation for abandoning pets at the end of a semester or upon graduation. If you’re not serious about owning a pet for life or making additional arrangements when you can no longer do so, please do not waste your time. When you commit to owning a cat, you need to be willing to give up to 20 years of your life for him (assuming he is a kitten when you become his owner). If you’re in college, then yes, this cat could very well be part of the package that your future spouse gets when he or she marries you! Your kids will meet this cat if you keep him in good health. So be serious! If you can’t commit, don’t mess with a cat’s life. How would you like to be abandoned?

April Tubbs, an adoption screener at Pet Rescue By Judy in Sanford, Fla., said students often don’t realize the level of commitment that owning a cat requires. A full-time class load, mixed with changes in housing and roommates, sometimes leads to disaster or neglect.

“If anything, just think carefully before you decide to adopt,” she said. “Really consider the cost and your lifestyle and if adding a pet to the mix is the best idea.”

Use our blog as a guideline to better understand your cat and know when something is wrong.And read more from Lindsay Weaver

Think Twice Before Adopting: Students Encouraged to Practice Responsible Pet Adoption

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“If you’re thinking of getting a pet, make sure you’re in a stable living situation and you’re ready for that responsibility,” said Jennifer Sirak, adoption attendant at DAWG animal shelter.

“A lot of time people don’t think through the decision to adopt a cat, they have a hard time finding housing that accepts cats, roommates don’t want a cat, animals don’t get along with other animals, and there are a lot of strays,” said Rhonda Douglas, President of ASAP.

“For students who already have, or are thinking of getting a pet, it’s important you keep things at home calm and maintain a safe environment for pets,” said Sirak. Party scenes are not good for them.

If you’re thinking about adopting a pet, think about if it’s the right time for you. Do you really want to commit? Are you ready to handle the responsibility on top of your already stressful workload? Think about how this big step will affect not only you, but also — more importantly — the animal.

Read more from Miranda Velasquez

Miss Guai’s Little Story

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This is my cat Miss Guai and she is nearly 4 years old now. She was abandoned by her former owner two years ago because he has graduated from college and no longer wanted to stay in Australia. He left her at a private organization where she hasn’t been properly cared for. She was only 4 pounds when i first saw her picture for adoption posted by that organization and asked to take her home. And now, she is a happy and healthy and beautiful cat…She is the main reason which promoted me to do this campaign to help perplexed cat owners and people who are planning to keep a cat. Cat lovers, please share your own story with us #twbya

Why you should think twice before you adopt a kitten

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Each year, a staggering 7 in 10 cats that end up in animal shelters don’t get a happy ending because their time runs out before they get rescued. That is the ultimate price to pay for someone who jumped the gun and added a kitten before thinking it through. Before you add a kitten to your life…I’d like you to do the following:

Think about your time commitment – Kittens need a lot of time for socialization and to learn the ropes in their new home.

How are you on long-term commitments – The kitty pictured at the top of this blog lived to almost 20 and her brother to 15. If you can’t or don’t want to make a 15 to 20 year commitment, a kitten is a bad idea.

Spend time in the cat room – This is another great place to volunteer and get a better feel for the personalities and mannerisms of cats. If you don’t have time to volunteer, spend some time in the cat room before you make a long term commitment.

Where should I find a cat – There are shelters and rescues all over with many cats to choose from. Adopting a cat saves two lives, that cat and the cat that takes their place in the shelter. Check them out on RSPCA Australia  or CatRescue 

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