My cats are 99% indoor cats and I would never think of letting them roam freely outside. My opinion on indoor vs. outdoor depends on where you live. If you live in the city please don’t let your cats roam freely outdoors. If you live in the country and it’s not highly populated (except with animals, lol) than I’m ok with people letting their cats outdoors.
Risk for Indoor City cats that are let outside and cats that are strictly outdoors:
Health issues: worms, ear mites, rabies, URI (upper resporatry infection) among many other illnesses.
Annoyed neighbors who don’t appreciate cats using their gardens as litter boxes.
Another thing to consider is that indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats. Indoor cats tend to live from 12 to 20 years of age, while outdoor cats typically live 10 years, and stray/feral cats live to 5 years of age.
Today I saw a dead cat on a country road. It always breaks my heart when I see dead cats on the road. I’m sure everyone has heard about the cat who got shot with an arrow. On Instagram someone had their cat stolen, numerous cats have been run over, and a cat died when he fell off a fence. If these cats would have been indoor cats, their deaths could have been prevented. Harsh, but true.
I do occasionally take my cats outside with a halter and leash. Eddie and Java hate it outside, while Dac loves it.
Samson. One of the farm kittens. He’s one the special kitties (he’s fixed :)).
Hisser. One of the farm kiities. He’s special because he has used up almost all of his nine lives and he’s fixed.
If someone who had been in a coma in 1980 woke up today they would be thoroughly lost in our world. People are tweeting, liking, snapping, blogging, yada yada…….. It’s so confusing and can be overwhelming. I would recommend that a person blog (if they have one), use facebook, and instagram. If you’re low on time I would suggest just blogging and using instagram.
Personally I’m all over the board. I do the social media for my parents seasonal business, my hobby, and paws4moment. That equates to:
4 Facebook pages
2 Tumblr pages
4 blogs (2 active and 2 inactive)
2 instagram accounts
2 Google Plus accounts
I don’t tweet, nor will I ever tweet. I don’t understand Twitter and I don’t care to understand Twitter, lol. I find Google Plus to be pointless so I have abandoned my two accounts. I use Tumblr passively, in that my blog posts and instagram posts get automatically get posted on the site. Other than that I don’t do anything on Tumblr. There are a ton of social media sites out there and here is a link if your interested in seeing how many there are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
Personally I love instagram and am always checking instagram. I also like my blog. I have thought of starting a facebook page for paws4moment, but that would be too much.
Travel and Cats!!! Nope they don’t mix. Java and Eddie actually have gone on a vacation with me, once, to the lake. They were kittens and I couldn’t bear to spend a couple of nights without them so they came to the lake. Dac hasn’t been so lucky as the longest trip she’s been on is six miles: farm to her furever home.
On Instagram there is a group called Daily Category. Every once in a while the cats take pretend trips on the weekends. So far my cats have been to the Swiss Alps, Paris, Africa, and now they are in Fiji. It’s a lot of fun and some of the editing is amazing. If you’re on instagran check out username: Daily_Category.
The human on the other hand loves to travel. I’ve been to Panama, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa, and all over the US and Canada. My next trip I want to take is to Las Vegas and then spend two nights at the Grand Canyon. I want to eventually visit all the States and Provinces. I haven’t done any traveling since I got my cats (life sometimes throws you some wicked curve balls) so I’m not sure how that is going to work. My cats will stay at home, but who to look after them, that’s the question, lol.
There is a program in Winnipeg that traps adult cats for TNR (trap, neuter, return), which I think is an excellent idea to reduce the feral cat population (http://www.craigstcats.ca/colony-manager-program.html). I also think farms need to re-think their views on cats. My parents do not want to fix their female cats because than they won’t catch mice. This is an area I need to do more research on. Is it only female cats, that are intact, that catch mice? Farms don’t want mice, but at the same time don’t want 100 cats roaming around.
This is the problem with cats and I threw in bunnies also to show that cats aren’t the only overpopulated animal on this earth:
When I got Dac I noticed her eyes were constantly running. When I took her to the vet, he said he really couldn’t do anything for her. The tube between her eyes and nose are plugged on both sides so instead of fluid draining into her noise it drains out of her eyes. He said he could do surgery, but it may not work or the tubes could close up again. He said the draining out of her eyes wouldn’t affect her health so I just let it be. I will occasionally clean her eyes, but usually I just let her be. I have noticed she occasionally cleans her eyes so that makes me happy.
Cat use their ears to balance (humans also use their ears to help them balance). Their tail also helps them balance, but is not essential for balancing. Dac has just a stub of a tail and can balance exceptionally well. If you do ever get an outdoor cat, make sure the vet checks for ear mites. Dac’s ears were filled with ear mites and after she got medicine they were gone. Dac’s ears are now clean and ear mite free. Ear mites are extremely contagious so it is important to check outdoor cats regularly.
There you go: head, ears, nose, and eyes, nose and eyes.
I’m one of those crazy cat ladies who have an Instagram account just for my cats. I started my account in April 2014 and found an amazing cat community within Instagram. So if you’re interested in joining Instagram and showing off you kitties I have a few pointers.
You need a memorable name. Most people use their cats names, but you can be creative and name it whatever you want. Some examples: paws4moment, mylovingkitties, chesterthealleycat, etc.
Some people are all about followers and following accounts. I’m trying to grow my account slowly and don’t really care how many people are following me. Also I’m trying to not follow too many accounts. My rational is this: if I’m following 1000 accounts and they each post 2 pics a day, can I look at all 2000 pics in a day?? Probably not and Instagram is about liking and commenting on pictures. Also I have found that people may follow your account, but not interact with you. I find that 5% to 10% of my followers will like my photos and comment on them. They are a lot of “ghosties” on Instagram :).
This my personal pet peeve: accounts posting massive amount of photos in one day. I really don’t feel like scrolling through my feed and seeing 100 pictures of the same cat. I usually post around 2 to 3 pictures a day. My other pet peeve is people who have cat accounts and posting massive amounts of “things” other than their cats. I’m following your account because you have cats and I don’t care to see 20 pictures, all in a row, of your long distance relatives. Now the occasional picture, not related to your cats, is fine, but don’t post massive amounts.
Hashtags are important and as you continue to read I give a few good hastags to get you started.
Cat accounts have created their own special days:
Monday: Loafing around (#mondaynightloafoff)
Tuesday: Taco Tongue Tuesday or Tongue Out Tuesday (#ttt or #tacotonguetuesday) (#tongueouttuesday)
Wednesday: Whisker Wednesday (#whiskerwednesday)
Thursday: Throwback Thursday (#tbt)
Friday: Show off your cats teeth (#fangofffriday)
Saturday: Sleeping cats (#sleepysaturday)
Sunday: Cat Selfies (#selfiesunday #catselfie)
Ok Saturday and Sunday aren’t days, yet, on Instagram, but I’m going to get them popular, lol.
The best way of getting your pictures noticed is to use good hashtags. Make sure, though, that the hasttag is relevant to your picture. Here are some of the most popular ones:
Color of your cat: #tuxedo #tortiecat #blackcats #calicocat, etc.
#catswiththeirmouthopen or #catswiththeirtonguesout
Interesting Cat Accounts:
stalinthecat and liladolf
catswiththeirmouthsopen and catswiththeirtonguesout
The most important thing, though, is to have fun on Instagram. Be polite, look around, chat with other crazy cat people, etc. I view this blog and Instagram as a diary of my cats. When my cats pass on I can look back at their life here or on Instagram. So why don’t you join me on Instagram: paws4moment :).
I grew up with both cats and dogs. So why did I choose, as my first pets, cats? While Eddie was a bit of a fluke. I found a wild cat’s nest/litter and saw Eddie was a “Siamese” kitten so I had to have him (later on he turned black). I took Eddie home and started my family. I would encourage before getting any pet to do a bit of research before bringing them home. This is my thought process on dogs vs cats:
Often can get them for free. If you do get them from a shelter, they are often fixed, de-wormed, and have their first shots which does save a lot of money.
Don’t need to go for walks. I’m lazy and live in a place where it gets to -40 c so the idea of going for walks is unappealing.
They stay small.
A cat is a cat is a cat.
Need to trim nails, which I don’t do because I can’t stand the sound.
Can wreak your furniture, but dogs can also if they aren’t trained.
Litter Boxes, yes they are gross, but I have just gotten use to them. Maybe I don’t mind them since I work in health care and have seen much worse and smelled much worse. :)!!!
There are many breeds and each dog is different so for me, who can’t make up her mind, it would be mission impossible finding the right dog for me.
The cost was a big deterent. I’m not sure how much shelter dogs are, but it may be comparable to a cat.
You need to train dogs. To have a nice and loving dog you need to train it. I don’t think I have the patience to train a dog.
Dogs need to go outside. I live in a condo so I would need to go outside every time the dog wanted to go outside.
Vet costs are comparable for both dogs and cats so that didn’t play a factor in me deciding. My best advice before getting any animal is to do your research. Getting a pet is a big decision and involves a lot of money (vet costs, food, litter, leash, etc.) and they need your time. Animals need love and attention so make sure that you can provide this to any animal you get.
A cute calico farm cat.
Sam I am, my sister’s dog.
Sam I am and Donna Marie sometimes visit me at Farmers’ Market.