I’m thinking of everyone in Hurricane Isaac territory. And, by everyone, I also mean your pets. Remember to get their ID tags ready, and to have an emergency kit that includes some food, water, and any required medication. Take it from Maru, who is always (and fashionably) prepared for natural disasters.
According to Florida’s Treasure Coast Palm newspaper:
If You Go, They Go! Disaster Planning for Pet Owners: This brochure covers topics including pet identification, determining whether you and your pets live in a surge zone, pet supplies needed if you must evacuate with your animals and how to create a pet first-aid kit. The information is also available at www.hsvb.org/emergency.asp.
Stay well, animals: human and otherwise!
Photo: Hurricane Ike pet preparation, PaulT_ on Flickr.
They sent a letter. I kept the pictures of kittens and puppies in my craft box, I put the form letter on my bookshelf, and I resolved to give soon. I’d get another letter in the meantime, and then another. Finances opened up, finally, and I sent one of my favorites, the San Francisco SPCA, a donation as thanks for their hard work for the city’s animals.
I got this letter today and it made me so happy, perhaps unreasonably so. Maybe it was Sonia’s post about Wolfe, the kitten cashing in on his nine lives. Or, maybe it was the new, constant struggle at making my Boston terrier comfortable and happy. I didn’t care that the letter was a tax receipt, because:
Thank you for your gift of $25 to the San Francisco SPCA in honor of Gida.
That’s all I needed. Love your animals (and the organizations that love animals) extra much today.
Gida is the proud new owner of this baby-blue crate. Under the pee pad (sad face), there is a comfy chocolate-brown pillow.
Yeah, so, sad face. She has peed and pooped enough times in the house during our workday that this became our most viable solution at, um, containing things. So far, it’s going alright.
She had a soft-shell pet carrier similar to these, but no everyday crate. This is unusual, I guess. Well, when she was younger, she had a crate. My hubs picked her up after vacation to find she’d have nothing to do with it — Gida henceforth did not use crates, and we and our Gida-watchers learned an important lesson: do not force them into these things. We’ve enticed her with treats and she seems to have a decent sense of ownership over it. Our worry, though, is that she’s too old to learn this particular new-dog trick. That she’ll pee and poop all over it, and she’ll therefore hate hanging out in this baby-blue toilet.
Or is that old-dog/new-trick thing just baloney? I mean, we could get her some curtains and a disco ball if you think it’ll help, but…
So far, my tricks for teaching this particularly particular lady:
- TREATS in the cage. Treats from the outside into the cage. Treats + crate = good time. Repeat.
- Don’t make noise. Any noise. I sighed a little when she stopped halfway on the way in, and she reacted slightly to even that. Tsk tsk, me.
- The b-o-n-e in there with her really seems to help, as well as a little rawhide chew. I was only half-kidding about the disco ball, because it has to be as dorm-room, this-is-mine as it can get.
Breaking news: kitties have adventures when we’re away, and they cuddle up to strangers when we’re not around. Do I still love them? Yes.
In a collaboration between National Geographic and the University of Georgia, researchers did what I have always wanted to do: put cameras on dozens of cats to see what they’re up to when they’re alone. It’s been done on smaller scales before, but this seems bigger and very official and research-y. From CBS News:
“They spent a lot of time under cars, inside of cars, inside of sewers, climbing roofs, climbing fences,” Hernandez said. “I think they have intriguing lives because they do things we’d never expected them to do.”
But if you want loyalty, get a dog. “A lot of cats were found cheating on their owners,” Hernandez said. “In that they were spending a lot of time with other families, and were fed by other families and slept on the beds of other families.”
The study answers many of our curious questions, and it confirms many of our suspicions about their alone time. But, the best part: it also helped researchers learn about their interactions with urban wildlife and the various dangers our outdoor friends face in the big bad world.
Photo: kamome on Flickr.