Is PETA against owning pets?

The cute world of pet ownership is not always as cute as it seems. PETA demands improvements or no pets at all.

First, I would like to disclose the fact that I am a great supporter of PETA. Not everyone is, though as I would expect as PETA has to take a strong position in support of animal welfare. The world needs this organisation. Many people dislike it. There is a substantial group of vocal people …

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Completely crackers to suggest cats should be kept indoors

Completely crackers to suggest cats should be kept indoors

The headline comes from the Yorkshire Post in an article written by Sarah Todd but as I can’t access the article as it is only available to subscribers, I have decided to nick the title and write it myself. I can actually guess where she is coming from: domestic cat welfare. Whether it is …

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Considering getting a cat as a university student

University student with her cat companion at university

Considering getting a cat as a university student is a big decision. There are probably four negatives to the desire to get a cat when a university student: money, time, accommodation and landlords. The positives are very apparent: emotional support and an improved feeling of wellbeing. I am told that 75% of students who …

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23 facts about domestic and stray cats in Portugal

Stray cats of Portugal

Comment: the stray cat problem is as usual down to irresponsible cat caregiving in failing to spay and neuter their animals. The solution as always is education. A lot of the problems concerning the human-to-cat relationship is down to a lack of education. It leads to animal cruelty. Not deliberately but as a consequence …

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Dogs are more likely to scavenge on their owner’s dead body than cats

Elderly cat and dog owner

While the subject is quite grim, it’s intriguing to note that a 2015 study documented 63 instances of dogs consuming their deceased owners. Remarkably, in a quarter of these cases, the dogs began to eat the remains less than a day after their owner’s death, even though they had access to other food sources …

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Singapore’s strict domestic cat ownership rules are ahead of the world

Singapore is ahead of the world on domestic cat ownership including licensing and general regulations

I am a fan of domestic cat licensing and regulation. I am a fan of using the law to force an improvement in domestic cat caregiving. This is to improve animal welfare and reduce the number of feral cats in the world. There is far too much feral cats suffering. Singapore is ahead of …

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What is the difference between a cat owner and a dog owner?

What is the difference between a cat owner and a dog owner? A complex question to which a simple answer cannot be provided.

I’ve got some personal views about this. We’ve got to be careful not to stereotype people; pigeonhole them into one bracket or category for the simple reason that the answer to the question in the title is not black and white. There is a spectrum of personality types providing care for their cats and …

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