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3 Things to Stop Repeating About Cats in the New Year

As the year draws to a close many of us might take time for reflection. It is befitting to think about changes we would like to see for the better when the clock strikes midnight and the clean slate of a new year begins. Out with the old, and in with the new.

These past few months I heard way too many times, sound bites repeated about cats that are stereotypical, unfounded, and cruel.  These same mundane statements are being echoed throughout almost every media outlet and social media venue.  This  repetition does more harm than good and it is frustrating to keep hearing these same old droll statements plunked down because it is easier to repeat than evaluate.

I might sound like I have lost my sense of humor, and I haven’t I assure you, except when it comes to people mindlessly repeating the following things about cats.

1) Stop repeating that cats are aloof and don’t love their humans.

Annie up close

Vocal recognition of owners by domestic cats (Felis catus),  by Saito and Shinozuka and published in Animal Cognition early in 2013 caused an echo throughout the media claiming that cats don’t care enough to respond to their owners, cats are aloof, and even your cat doesn’t love you back.  So as bits and pieces of the article were plucked out and repeated, in one sensational headline after another, the core of the article was left behind.

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Alley Cat Allies Hope for Community Cats

 

Alley Cat Allies Lighted SignalThe Cat Signal!

Walking into the Alley Cat Allies Conference in Washington D.C. last month, the first thing I saw was the lighted image that represents Alley Cat Allies.  The beautiful image led the way up the stairs to the conference where over 350 people caring about community cats had gathered to learn what we all can do to better the lives of cats.

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Creative Comfort for Feral and Community Cats

Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter

Logo for Architects for Animals

The third annual Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter is Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Steelcase Showroom, 4 Columbus Circle in New York City. These past three years New York’s elite architectural designers have been coming to the rescue of the city’s feral cat colonies by creating innovative shelters to provide the cats with a refuge from the winter cold.

Photo Architects for Animals Dana Edelson

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