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Cats or Dogs in Real Life

Yesterday I posted the Cats or Dogs survey.  Did you have a strong immediate reaction one way or the other?  Did you feel torn because you love both equally?  Or were you a little irritated by the question because you just aren’t an animal lover?  Or maybe you are a horse, snake, gerbil or fish lover and felt left out.

Do you find yourself experiencing the above about a person because of their pet preference?  “Experts” who claim to identify certain personality differences and sometimes even character weaknesses in people based on what type of pets live with them. make it easier to judge others don’t they?

I am a proud “cat mom” living in a world of dog lovers.  There seems to be no middle ground with cats.  People either love them or hate them and wish them all dead.  As as proud cat mom who would never say I “hate” dogs, when we first moved  here I was a bit afraid of dogs.  I was more than a little uncomfortable when a dog wanted to sniff me or heaven forbid started toward me at a full run.  But over time I have come to know the dogs around here.  I can even say some of our canine community (and their people) are my friends.  And I hope at least a cat hater or two has learned to look past my choice of pet to see at least of little bit of who I am beyond all that.

There are other, more serious ways we judge others based on their personal choices aren’t there?  Do you have a strong reaction or immediate judgement based on whether someone is (or you identify them as) liberal, conservative, evangelical, atheist, gay, straight, married, single, rich, poor or somewhere in between?

How often do you decide someone is a bad person, unworthy of getting to know, based on labels or personal preferences?   Or perhaps you do know or even really like someone but have problems reconciling that with their labels or choices?  Do you socialize with only like minded people, thinking that everyone agrees with you, ignoring those who don’t?

What would happen if you got to know someone beyond the differences?  What if you took time to get the know the person, likes, dislikes, hobbies,, favorite foods, music, their ethnicity or skin color and the other stuff that makes them who they are?  Do you think you could accept another with beliefs, lifestyles or ideas that you just cannot accept for yourself?

The example I started out with of dogs and cats seems kind of silly, doesn’t it?  But bitter feuds have been known to go on for years over pets.

We all judge each other for many different reasons.  It’s human nature.  But when we begin to recognize it in ourselves we can being to change ourselves.  If enough of us change ourselves we will change the world.

So go out there and say “hello.”  You may find you are more alike than you are different.  You may even make a friend.

Just for Fun

Let’s do something a little different today and take a quick poll on one of the burning and yes, controversial questions facing people today.

 

10 Things to Do When a Pet Goes Missing

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Pets often become family.  When a beloved pet goes missing it isn’t always easy to know what to do first.  These are a few things we learned when Callie recently went missing.

  1. Panic for exactly three minutes, then get moving. You have work to do.
  2. Check the obvious places first – house, yard, favorite hiding places.
  3. If you pet is micro-chipped contact the registration company and follow instructions.
  4. Create and print out a poster. Use a current photo and print in color.  Distribute to vet offices (including your pet’s vet) and shelters.  Put them up in your neighborhood.
  5. Start your search where the animal was last seen and work out. Talk to people. Knock on doors. Don’t wait for people to call.
  6. Don’t forget to search early morning and late evening. A pet hiding during the day may come out when things are quieter.  Search on foot, especially where there has been a sighting.
  7. Go searching prepared to find your pet. Take a leash, carrier or whatever might be needed to control the animal. A favorite blanket, toy or treats can also be helpful.
  8. When found, check your pet for obvious signs of physical trauma. Seek immediate veterinary care for serious injuries.
  9. Encourage your pet to drink. He or she may be dehydrated. Add water to food if needed.
  10. A stressed or traumatized pet (especially a cat) will take time to recover. She might take time just to stop shaking. Follow the animal’s lead in what they need or want to recover. If your pet just wants to be held hold her. Show lots of love, be patient and give things time.

Anyone have any tips to add to this list?

Callie Cat is Home!

We had several reports of sightings by neighbors yesterday.  That gave us hope, knowing that at least as of yesterday morning she had not left the community.  We live in a close knit lakeside community and people were searching for her and asking, “have you found Callie yet?”

We were upset last night when we had severe weather.  Not unusual here in Oklahoma, but not good for a lost cat.  I was up early this morning and when I realized the rain had stopped decided to go back to the location of the last sighting.  I thought that maybe she would be out in the early, quiet morning.

When I reached the top of the hill and looked out over the lake I was crying and praying, “God please keep my baby safe.”   When I rounded the corner and looked between the two houses where she was last spotted I saw a familiar little face looking out of the grass.  She didn’t run to me when called but I was able to easily pick her up with the help of her blanket and a few of her favorite snacks.  She  must have found a place to hide during the storm because she wasn’t even wet.  It was the longest walk down that hill I have ever made, I was so anxious to get her home.  After checking out each room in the house and having some food and water  she curled up on a pillow and is now asleep.

Some might call the way she was found coincidence, but I call it Divine intervention.  Thank you God!

I also want to thank  you my readers and followers for your concern and prayers.

Need Advice from a Kitty or a Cat Parent

Kitty on Stove Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins
Kitty on Stove
Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins

 

This is Callie snugged up around the burners on my stove top. She has always looked for warm places, but since we moved she always wants to be on the stove when it is hot.

I turn my back for a minute and there she is looking like she’s sitting around a campfire. I’m waiting for her to start roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbayah.

But all kidding aside, this is getting to the point of being dangerous. We are afraid she is going to get burned. All our usual training and disciplinary measures  are having no effect. We  turn our backs and she’s right back at it.

So, first, is heat seeking behavior “normal” for cats? Hershey didn’t do anything like this. And of course, any suggestions for getting the dangerous stuff under control?  I know I have kitties and cat parents following me here and I need your help.

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To see the update on this post follow this link:  http://espirational.com/2014/07/23/callies-campfire-update/

Cats as Healers

My two sweeties Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
My two sweeties
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

I know cats are healers. If you have ever had a cat snuggle up to you when you were sick or found yourself relaxed to the point of falling asleep with a purring cat on your lap you know what I mean. But according to The 7 Healing Powers of Cat Purrs from the Tails Magazine Newsletter the frequency of the vibrations of a cat purr may indeed be medically therapeutic.

Do you have a story about the healing power of cats?