While life outdoors is more unpredictable and some might argue, more interesting for cats, it is also clearly more dangerous. Outdoor cats are at risk for predators such as coyotes, birds of prey, rattlesnakes and free roaming dogs. Outdoor cats can get into fights with other cats or wildlife and spread diseases to one another.
Cats can be taken for walks on a harness or ride in a cat stroller to give them some outdoor time. They can also play in fenced areas or be given access to your screen porch.
Like humans, cats can also be interested in creative indoor play activities. I am told cats will watch TV, but my own cats only show an infrequent interest in television.
Humans have been keeping pets since ancient times. Pets have been shown to positively impact human health in many ways.
They lower blood pressure, they calm us in times of stress, they give us a reason to get up in the morning, and provide us with unconditional love. Our pets don’t care if we are having a bad hair day or are cranky from a difficult day at work.
Try not to adopt or purchase a pet on a whim or inspiration. Adding a pet to your family should be a deliberate, considered choice.
On July 15, 2015, America celebrated National Cow Appreciation Day. Though there are many cows to be thankful for, the staff, faculty, and students of Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Services would like to call special attention to its resident ruminal fluid donor Daisy. Daisy is more than just a three-year-old Jersey cow, she is a hero.
Many people like to take their pets on vacation. My family has spent many camping vacations with our dogs. It’s fun to hike and canoe with our dogs. They seem to enjoy the new scenery as much as we do.
However, there are destinations when my dogs stay home. Family or friends watch over them or they are boarded. The same goes for my cats—they stay with a house sitter or are boarded.
If you are traveling this vacation season, here are some tips to keep in mind.