After one Ebola patient’s pet was put down in Spain for fear of spreading the disease, I’ve been watching the web for information about Ebola and cats. This article from Pet Health Network was written by Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM and is very clear about the current state of information regarding pets and Ebola.
“This CDC’s report states, ‘At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. There is limited evidence that dogs become infected with Ebola virus, but there is no evidence that they develop disease.’ ” via CDC Releases Information about Ebola and Pets.
What would you do for your pets if Ebola becomes more of a threat closer to your home?
I beautiful new poster from The Creative Cat tells the TNR story… the happiest ending. A donation from each sale will be made to the Homeless Cat Management Team – see the link to her Etsy shop for details.
“All the fur colors and patterns and textures, the way they felt as I handled them, each of them soft and warm and relaxed, and then later as they awoke in recovery and began to get up and bathe a little and find a comfortable spot and position in their carrier or trap, stayed with me and I envisioned this artwork as I drove home, all those cat shapes together in simple marker sketches, simple colors, clearly visual, telling the story of TNR.
From The Creative Cat Blog
I know that by now each posting I write has been about cats and my journey with my formerly feral bunch. But today I want to share a story about the difference that can be made with some effort and resources. It’s the story of one vet clinic and one vet who chose to look at the bond between an indigent woman and her dog and do a pro-bono surgery that made a difference.
I am lucky that I have a decent job and can take my animals to see a vet when they need to be seen, I can provide annual preventative care for them and food. My animals give me so much in return. There are days that I would be beyond depressed without their antics and their snuggles.
This article made me think of how I would feel if I could barely provide for myself and an emergency came up with one of my pets. Would I find compassion from a professional? Would people pitch in to help?
I’d like to think so. I’d like to think that when I am in the position to do so, that I take action as well.
Please enjoy this heartwarming story … then pass it on or pay it forward. She wasn’t being rude (from dogtorbill ).
Here’s a blog post from SW Florida (yes, it can get pretty cold down here, too). It’s just a nice story about a lady feeding a stray cat and trying not to name him, so she doesn’t bond with him.
The Old Cat – Life in the Slow Lane.
I can agree with this. Cats haven’t been bred as purposefully as dogs and have largely not been bred for the same kind of personality traits as dogs…so, they bond with us as their caretakers.
My cats definitely communicate clearly when they think I don’t get it. Aside from their “I meant to do that” look, they have the “Don’t you understand plain cat-lish? We understand english!”
Peek a boo giving me that, “You really are a big stupid human, ya know.” look.
Scientist: Your Cat Thinks You Are A Big Stupid Cat « CBS Connecticut.
This is one story of how, concerned people, social networking, and creativity saved a kitten from the busy New York City streets.
When one woman saw a kitten darting around and meowing in the middle of the night, she tried to lure it with food. When she couldn’t catch it, someone posted information on Social Networking sites, then help arrived….
Using a most creative, combination of ideas… sound recordings plus another kitten! Success!
Here’s the now rescued kitten named Bug.
Here is the “must read’ heartwarming story from the Mayor’s Alliance for Animals blog!
Miracle on 35th Street…or the Meow Heard Round the City.