Calling all Kitty New York Residents! Please support the banning of declawing legislation!

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.

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When The Going Gets Tough

I am totally dependent on you for my well-being.

Most of us have been there more than once in our lives. Life can be a cruel irony at times. We get knocked down with one crisis followed by another. A lot of these crises hit us financially.

It’s taboo, and rightfully so, although people should get the assistance if they truly need it, for parents to give up their children when they run into hard times. You can’t dump your child off at a shelter because you lost your job or suddenly, they become an inconvenience. I’m not saying beloved pet has more importance than human children, but I do find it odd how easy you can discard a sentient being that you have voluntarily decided to adopt into your life to take care of.

Unfortunately, the law in our society view pets or any animal you are taking care of as property, with little to no rights, although this “property” unlike inanimate objects, can think and feel. Organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to change how the legislation views animals as property.

I remember years ago when I was working a terrible and stressful corporate job in the Wall Street area while going to school at night for my master’s degree. I knew I wouldn’t be able to successfully graduate unless I gave up that toxic job. The degree was an investment in my future, and I wasn’t going to let a dead-end job with a boss who was notorious at stringing her team along with hopes of advancements that would never come. I quit with a few thousand dollars in savings. I would be alright for only a couple of months. Plan B? I had none.

During this time, I had my beloved two cats – two sibling brothers who I loved dearly. Looking back, I never ever even entertained the idea of giving them up, even when I had the fear that I couldn’t make the rent. Failing them would not even enter the equation. I managed to get full-time employment in the nick of time after a few months of leaving the Wall Street law firm. I knew I would.

I am sympathetic to people who are struggling to make ends meet that has children. The children are the priority, yet, at the same time, I hope those families exhausted every possibility of trying to keep their entire family intact with their pets as they weather the storm.

Usually, the storm always subsides. How long it stays before it leaves is another matter.

Will you be my Valentine?

Wasn’t a good V-day for me. Started a new job I hate a week ago. It’s a horrible feeling to go into work with fear and dread.

Anyway, I came home tonight and my Lancelot, as always, waiting at the door as he hears the key turning the locks. Of course, he’s hungry but even after he is giving his dinner, he purrs and wants my undivided attention. That’s when I realize. I have a Valentine every day in the form of this lovable and at times crazy cat. He drives me insane with his meowing in the wee hours of the morning for his breakfast; how he is obsessed with the closet; the fact he will meow telling me to get out of bed and be productive because he doesn’t like for me to sleep in. Despite all his quirks, his love and attention are unwavering. No matter how down I feel he is there to pick me up.

Will you be my Valentine, Lancelot? You’re certainly mine.

It’s All Fair in Love, Cats, and War

Let’s talk about love, shall we? Or shall I say, dating and relationships? Has your cat (or any type of beloved pet) become a source of contention between you and your love life?

I don’t want to gender the conversation, but I can only speak from my perspective as a woman. A lot of us have gotten involved in relationships that we deeply regretted. Several years ago, the man I was with every so often threatened me with ‘It’s me or the cats!’ I spent a lot of time over at his place away from my beloved kitties. The time we were at my place I enjoyed my cats’ company. He wanted all my attention. Any time he laid down the kitty ultimatum, I told him there’s the door. He dropped it altogether since he knew he couldn’t manipulate me. I later got involved with feline-friendly men who did not feel threatened by these magnificent mysterious beings.

Have you, no matter your gender, had tension within your relationships due to your partner not liking your pets and pressuring you to give them up? I cringe at people who submitted to such a decision against their will. How many pets winded up at shelters to be euthanized (heartbreaking) or giving away to someone else (obvious better scenario but still heartbreaking) on a relationship that probably ended? If you were pressured? If so, how did you deal with it? Were you two able to resolve it and come to an understanding that kept your pets safe and loved? Or did you just dump them?

Adopting a pet is a serious lifelong commitment. I don’t think it’s crazy or unreasonable to expect that we humans can love our fur babies while also enjoying love ourselves from our own species.


I blame it on the cat and the closet

Busted!

This past Thursday night was the annual New York Pet Fashion show held at the Pennsylvania Hotel opposite Madison Square Garden. I attended last year and thought it would be great to cover it this year and share with you all. I knew it was in early February but for some reason, I thought time had my back. I would know beforehand to purchase a ticket.

To my disappointment, I completely thought it was going to be held the second week of February. I blame it on Lancelot the Grey, as this Thursday night I came home tired and my cat acted up fooling around in the closet. He’s not supposed to be in that particular closet as it has tools and all kinds of stuff where he could get possibly hurt.

As the wonderful haute couture pets were strutting their stuff down the runway, I contended with a mischevious cat at home. I’ll do better next time, friends.




First blog post to a brave new feline world.

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.