I’m new to this Blog the Change for Animals campaign, folks. But I’m excited about it. After all, I’m the “spokescat” for CATalyst Council. Our mission is to elevate the status of cats as America’s #1 companion animal. We exist because we realize there is a serious need to raise the level of care received by cats nationwide. And I do that here on CATalysta Mewsings by blogging about it. What better way to Blog the Change…for Cats!
I know that most of the other bloggers today are going to be talking about dog rescue. But you didn’t really expect me to talk about dogs, did you? REALLY? Personally, I’ve got nothing against dogs. Some of my best friends are dogs. But, come on, folks…CATalysta Mewsings, CATalyst Council, CAT Stanley. ‘Nuff said!
So, let’s talk a little bit about the problems facing cats today. We have a reputation of being aloof and not needing or wanting human contact or care. This reputation is totally undeserved and absolutely incorrect, I assure you. That’s one thing that needs to be changed!
We’re also being relinquished to shelters and rescues in alarming numbers. And those of us that do have homes still, on average, don’t visit our veterinarians nearly as often as our canine counterparts.
Those are the problems, some of them anyway. What can we do to change them? Honestly, we can do a lot. And a lot of it involves education.
- Educating the public in general about the real nature of cats
- Educating cat owners about how to properly care for their cats. (Did you know that your cat needs to visit the veterinarian at least once or twice a year?)
CATalyst Council has a number of resources designed to help cats. Check out our CATegorical Care publication, a cat owner’s guide to caring for America’s #1 pet, the cat.
To help get more cats adopted, we have a program designed to build relationships between local animal care and control agencies and local veterinarians.
For veterinarians and veterinary practices, we have a series of presentations designed to help veterinary practices become “cat-friendly”. For veterinary practices that wish to go even further in creating a “cat-friendly” atmosphere, we recommend the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Cat Friendly Practice Program. Let’s face it. Cat-friendly veterinary practices can make veterinary visits a lot easier for cats and cat owners as well as veterinarians and their staff. That’s a win-win situation for all of us.
That’s just a brief run-down of CATalyst Council and what are we are doing to improve the lives of cats. Please check out the CATalyst Council website for more information about us. We’ll keep working and I’ll keep blogging to bring about change. Because, as you know, it’s all about the cat!