Sunday, December 29, 2013

Do you and your cats share New Years Resolutions?

by Amanda L. Maus DVM
Catalina Pet Hospital
Tucson, AZ

As humans, we often apply human emotions and thought patterns to our pets.  For this week's blog, I thought it would be fun to guess what New Years resolutions our cats might have or which ones we would like them to have.  At the same time, there may be suggestions that our cats may wish to contribute to their human's list of resolutions.  Let's take a look at some playful ideas that might even be true!

Here are some ideas for resolutions that our cats might give us:
  • Pet and play with your cat until they are satisfied.
  • Spend more time sitting to provide lap time for your cat.
  • Supply your cat with more of its favorite treats on demand.
  • Do not disturb your cat when it is sleeping by making loud noises or causing them to move.
  • Buy an aquarium and fill it with fish for your cat to watch. 
  • Place a bird feeder outside your cat's favorite window.
  • Provide your cat with boxes for sitting and hiding.

Here are some ideas for resolutions that humans might offer their cats:
  • Try to expel your hairballs on easy to wipe surfaces instead of on the bed or in shoes.
  • Avoid waking your human for food or attention before their alarm goes off.
  • Cover your tidings left in the litter box.
  • Avoid eating plants so you do not get an upset stomach.
  • Sleep beside your human instead of on their head.
  • Sit beside the newspaper or laptop your human is using, instead of on it.
  • Graciously tolerate nail trims and other grooming.
  • Lay next to your human's clean clothes.
  • Avoid the temptation to knock over your human's belongings. 

Remember that adoptable cats at the PAWSitively CATS shelter would love to fulfill their New Years resolution of being adopted in 2014.

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