Thursday Theories – Animal

Daily writing prompt
What animals make the best/worst pets?

I saw this prompt a few days ago, and it really did make me think.

I don’t think there is such a thing as the worst or best pet, yes even animals I don’t like or am scared of. It’s honestly who you are as a person.

But this is where my mind started to wander and started to really think. Now just go with me, because I am just thinking “out there”.

I don’t think of pets as “pets”, pets are, for me, another member of the family. Whether that be dog, cat, rat, hamster, bird, snakes, horse, sheep, cows etc They are family, we are members of their packs, herd etc. Neither of us are “pets”. We’re all part of one big group.

People who abuse animals, however, are not only the lowest scum on earth. But I highly doubt that people who abuse animals, see animals as anything other than property. Not pets, not family, not part of their group.

Don’t even get me started on people who have “exotic” animals as pets. It makes me cringe every single. Most dogs and cats have been breed over literal centuries to help humans. Animals like Lions, Tigers and Bears … oh my … have not. They have not been breed over centuries to be domesticated. I would bet that 90% of the time if you see a human hugging and petting a Lion, Lioness or cub, there’s a really good chance that animal has been declawed and had their canines taken out.


Do I really? Like really?

God, I am over the human race, not you all, just the other ones, haha.

I sometimes use Facebook still, one of the big reasons I use it is for the missing pet/animals pages. They are actually really amazingly useful.

And yet, people are still judgmental a-holes on there, thinking they can just say whatever it is that they want.

There’s a cat who went missing, and the cat is not de-sexed, which is too most people a big no-no. However, it came out that the owner is a breeder. Well, of course grown women had made judgements. But it went for over a day, whether these “people” or not, believed that the owner is a breeder or not. It had nothing to do with the missing cat. And no matter how many times I pointed out what they were doing wrong, they didn’t care.

One person literally said, and I quote “We’re just taking a look at all the facts before us”…THE FACTS BEFORE YOU??? This is a missing cats page, unless it is facts about the missing cat. No other information is needed. Like literally. If you HAVE a problem contact the local breeders in the area. Contact the council.

Like…what are you doing?

I know I was taking it a little personally, but holy moley, who does that??!!!

One person started going on about how if the owner was TRULY a breeder, you wouldn’t let such an expensive cat, escape! It’s called life, and shit happens every day. Again, it’s called a missing cats page, because cats go missing. Because I love Maine Coon cats, I have looked into what a breeder would expect from a purchaser of one (there’s a whole contract) They expect to be able to look over your property, to make sure it’s hard for a cat to escape. In these contracts though, you are expected to notify them if your Maine Coon cat goes missing. It happens!

Some thoughts, about the kitty

I have been getting myself in a bit of a tizzy about the kitty. I have been crying randomly on and off, but it’s been different from my chihuahua. I feel the same gaping hole of something missing, but I’ve been feeling ill telling others about the kitty, whereas I did not have the feeling about the Chihuahua. I’ve been waking up with the puffy eyes, but it’s been different.

So I thought about it, because I don’t feel like I loved one more than the other. I thought maybe it’s because he’s technically my partners cat.

I sat there and I thought about it.

The closest I can think of in my grief, is that the biggest difference was that Chihuahua was a family dog, like she got on well with other humans. But she only really loved her family. Whereas Travie, not a cuddly cat, very independent, but he was loved by everyone. The neighbours loved him, they all helped look for him, the vets loved him. Even though he was not cuddly and he didn’t really like anyone apart from his family, and he was very independent, he was a special little fellow.

He has his own Instagram account for a start, lol. Even though he was very independent and he was not a cuddly cat, he didn’t cause problems in the neighborhood either. He didn’t kill any of the birds or other animals, it was always another cat who did that. The birds would swoop him and he’d play with them, but he never hurt them, they hurt him more than the other way around, lol.

It’s like my brother said, and he’s not always the most emotionally adapted person, lol. Even at the end of the same text message, he said “You could now get a little dog” lol. But like my brother said to begin with, “He’s lived a bloody good life with two humans who loved him more than most cats gets to be loved. A very happy lucky boy”.

I will love and miss you forever my little man ❤ ❤ ❤

If you wont do it for the humans … Do it for the animals! <3 FACE Foundation Rise in Pet Heart Inflammation Cases Linked to Covid Infection — FACE Foundation Blog

Veterinarians have been noticing an uptick in the number of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) cases in pet dogs and cats, which has been making news recently. Investigation into these cases has shown that in many instances, this heart condition in pets developed after contact with owners who tested positive for Covid infection. A […]

Rise in Pet Heart Inflammation Cases Linked to Covid Infection — FACE Foundation Blog

Dear Americans …. August 15th is Check the Chip Day! — FACE Foundation Blog

National Check the Chip Day is coming soon, a time to remind pet owners to get their pets microchipped, and to confirm that all your information with the microchip company is accurate and up to date. Why is microchipping so important?  According to the American Animal Hospital Association, ten million pets are lost each year, […]

August 15th is Check the Chip Day! — FACE Foundation Blog

The Genetics of White “Socks” in Our Pets — FACE Foundation

White paws, often called socks, are an endearing color marking in our pets. Socks are often seen in cats, but can also be found in dogs and other animals like horses and guinea pigs. Where do socks come from? According to a recent article in Popular Science, which outlines some new scientific research on the […]

via The Genetics of White “Socks” in Our Pets — FACE Foundation

July 4th

I’m writing this now, because I feel like it’s important to get this out there while there is still time…Just a little friendly reminder before the big festivities.

Whether you are planning to go out or not for July 4th celebrations. Remember to make sure your pets, whether they be furry, scaly or feathery, are protected against the fireworks. Especially if you are going out. Before you leave, make sure animals are inside the house. Make sure that gates are secure. You’d be surprised with how strong any kind of animal can get when they are scared.

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Prepare Early.

The problem I find are is that a lot of people letting off fireworks. Let them off a lot earlier than is allowed, and a lot later than allowed. Not too many people keep fireworks going off at the designated times. Other than where there are community festivals. I’ve found that every year, the biggest complaints I have seen. Are because people are letting fireworks off when they shouldn’t be letting them. Either it can be the day before or continue till the day after. So it’s best to be prepared early. Too not assume that people think of others.

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Some tips:

  • Try to keep everything normal
  • Keep all animals indoors, even cats.
  • If you can move horses somewhere safer, do.
  • Be aware that a frightened animal, can be likely to bolt and cause harm to themselves. Be aware of sharp objects.
  • Make sure that animals are micro-chipped and have a tag or collar on them. Make sure contact details are up to date.
  • If possible make sure someone else can take care of your pets, if you plan to head out.

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Last year some people actually got together and instead of going out. They decided to go to the animal shelters and help to take care of dogs. In cramped small cages, they called themselves the Calming Companions. 

California Fires…continue…

This has been a rough year for wildfires here in Southern California and throughout much of the western United States. A few weeks ago, the Border Fire destroyed over 7,600 acres in southeast San Diego County. Fires can be devastating for both people and their pets. While it’s always important to have a disaster preparedness […]

via Pets and Wildfires: One Cat’s Survival Story — FACE Foundation

Dr. Dolittle

So my thoughts are with Houston and just Texas in general. I just wanted to also say how it warms my heart to see so many people not only taking their pets with them, but to see people helping to save the wildlife around the areas too.

I just can’t believe the people that tied up their pets, or left them in paddocks with the gates locked?!

If you HAVE to leave your animals behind, DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT TIE THEM UP! Let them loose! It’s not only completely inhuman and cruel but it also actually ILLEGAL to tie your animals up during extreme weather in Texas.

One Texas police department issued a stern warning on Facebook, after witnessing some dogs left chained outside homes. It explained that the Roman Forest Police Department’s chief had witnessed a chained dog drown during a past flooding.