I'm not sure where the idea of writing New Year resolutions came from, although I read that it goes all the way back to 153 B.C. in Rome. In addition to my personal resolutions, I have two other groups of resolutions related to cats.
- Resolutions Specific to my Own Cats
- Resolutions to Help Better the Universal World of Cats
This year, as in the past, in the universal area of cats, I resolve to do everything I can to convince readers to spay and neuter their pet cats, to adopt cats from animal shelters, and to be responsible caregivers to their cats.
When we take on the care of a cat, we assume responsibility for his well-being, health, and happiness for the rest of his life. Part of that responsibility includes respect. Cats are not dogs; they are not miniature furred people, and no two cats are ever alike. We need to respect those differences and honor cats for being their own unique selves.
Consider Jaspurr and Jenny. Jaspurr is an extremely dominant alpha cat, while Jenny is a rescued stray, now an indoors-only cat, and a calico, with all the sassy traits of that color pattern. Jaspurr considers Jenny a threat to his personal domain. Jenny, on the other hand is street-smart. Having been terrorized by male cats outside, she is understandably scared of Jaspurr and still will hiss whenever he comes near.
Although their relationship has improved substantially, I need to quell my own fears and allow Jenny free access to all the areas of our home, instead of keeping her with me all the time.
I haven't yet erred by being cautious, and I will continue my resolve to seek veterinary counsel whenever I have doubts about the health conditions of any of my cats. They depend on me for their health care, and I won't ever let them down.
Unfortunately, although our new kittens had had all their core vaccinations and appeared healthy when we adopted them in October, they both developed infections diseases - Sage had a URI (Upper Respiratory Infection), and Gaither conjunctivitis. As of this writing, Jenny and Billy are the only adult cats who haven't shown signs of developing either of these diseases yet.
My own criteria for When to Call the Vet is a sound one, and I'll continue to follow it.
We'll be more careful about cleaning them too, and replacing worn motors and filters, when necessary.
Cats are habitual creatures and love to have a playtime set aside every day at the same time. I'll rearrange my busy schedule to make sure that I'm included in that play. Play time is bonding time, just as much as lap and cuddle time, and the cats look forward to it. I've found that if I don't schedule playtime with Jenny, she makes her own time, chasing invisible prey across the bed just after I've dozed off at midnight.
It's probably a good time to invest in another Da Bird, too. They particularly like the lifelike flight of that toy, and it's a good way for me to be involved in their play, and help Jenny burn off some of that youthful energy. I'll even buy another one, for kitten interactive play.
I'll get plenty more practice with my little adopted girl, Jenny, who may feel superfluous because of the new kittens.