Hello, fellow crazy cat people! It doesn’t matter if your crazy cat self-level is light, in-between, or hardcore. This blog has something for everyone who loves cats and animals in general.
New York City is one of, if not the best, partying cities in the world. So, you know our cat game is strong. Although, the west coast has pioneered the mega-conventions, CatCon, anyone? The Big Apple is making strides in creating fun animal events to promote the well-being of our beloved pets and to support animal rescue/activism.
Kitties in the City is a blog that will be covering the cool and the cute events in New York City and beyond. With the help of my beloved furbaby, Lancelot the Grey, I will let you fellow crazy catters (not an actual word, but it should be) know what’s happening around town. KitC will also do reviews of documentaries, films, books. Lancelot and I would love to hear from you about your love of cats, dogs, etc. Share what type of content you would like to see. Since we are visual creatures, I’ll do my best in providing videos and pictures along with the posts, so you don’t totally feel like you’re at the reading library!
I am looking forward to building a community of pet lovers, whether you’re a city dweller or not.
Like most cat lovers, I was shocked to hear about Grumpy Cat’s untimely passing. I hope out of her passing, people can see that adopting cats who are “different” are a wonderful thing. The branding for blind cats, FeLV, FIV, and other cats who would be deemed unadoptable and recommended to being put down is now changing for the better. RIP, little one. Your paws touched many hearts and you will go down in the history books.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately of recent events. How many of you have heard the news of one million species will go extinct by the human race if nothing is done to stop our destruction? With it being Endangered Species Day, I am truly reflecting on this heartbreaking issue and what can be done. I went to the Audubon Society’s Women in Conversation gala luncheon yesterday at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. I get a little glimmer of hope of all the wonderful people doing thankless work to preserve our plant and animal life.
Even our beloved domestic pets are not safe from our hands. The heartbreaking stats of the abandoned cats and dogs that overpopulate the shelters only to be destroyed are staggering. Thanks to animal rescue initiatives such as TNR, animal sanctuaries, and strong effective adoption and fostering drives, the stats has lessened over the years but they are still overwhelming. Their plight is also due to our species’ manipulation of uprooting them from their natural homes and wild behaviors. Because of this, it is our duty to take care of them and provide them with the best life possible.
Cecil’s death sparked a debate but so much still has to be done. Reports of his brother and son also suffering the same brutal fate of being killed by trophy hunters hurts my heart but heartbreak won’t help these animals – consistent active participation to stop this will. We all have to do better.
Spring is in the air! Checking in after a very much needed reflective period of what has happened in my life and where I want to go along with staying in the present. I tend to look at Lancelot for inspiration, as a supreme cat, he stays in the present moment for the most part. A traumatic or pleasant past experience also motivates his behavior in the present. We can say we do the same thing as human beings.
Animals have always inspired me in a very creative way. I can look into my little guy’s mesmerizing eyes and feel I can write a masterpiece. What motivates you? Look forward to reading your thoughts.
Easter is nearly upon us. This is the season where veterinarians see a tragic spike in cat poisoning and possible fatalities due to exposure of the Easter lily plant since it is part of the Easter tradition. Many people may purchase it or get bestowed with the plant from their church as gifts. According to the 24/7 Animal Poisson Control Center, ingesting any part of the plant can cause kidney failure, loss of appetite, drooling, vomiting, dehydration, painful abdomen, etc. Symptoms usually show up after six to twelve hours of exposure. Take your kitty to your veterinarian immediately. If you vet is not available, go to a 24-hour animal emergency care or call the animal 24-hour poison hotline.
There are some benign lilies that do not contain Lilium and Hemerocallis species which cause feline fatality, like the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies , but they can still can be poisonous and it is best not to expose your cats to any form of possible serious illness. So, please. We all love our fur babies. Do not bring home any lilies or grow any in your garden if your cats are allowed access to it. You can still enjoy the Easter season without the devastating heartbreak.
Since my birthday is in July, I thought I would bestow myself with one the best birthday presents and take a weekend trip to Toronto, Canada for the second annual Meowfest event. The one-day catextravaganza raised over $10,000 for non-profits animal organizations and got some rescue kitties adopted in the process! The first one last year took place in Vancouver, British Columbia. British Columbia is one the most beautiful and greenest places ever. I decided to go to CatCon in Los Angeles instead. Well, this time, a girl is doing both! CatCon in June and the next week heading to Toronto in early July.
With this 24 degree New York City weather, I needed something to cheer me up and warm me up. Lancelot will not be happy with my absence but he never complains with all the goodies I bring back.
The New York Assembly Standing Committee on Agriculture is considering an important bill to ban the declawing of cats statewide. Please ask the committee to hold a hearing on the bill, Assembly Bill 1303, which would prohibit declaw surgery throughout the state. Click on the Alley Cat Allies link that will take to you to the letter that will go out to all your state representatives. The fact we still have this barbaric practice when countries have banned the procedure is astonishing and embarrassing we are lagging behind. We can help end this and help all kitties stay healthfully intact.