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The Little Red Book on “Standards of Excellence in Cat Ownership” — 10 Comments

  1. I think experienced cat caretakers could write a better book than the so called experts, because we can only learn how to care for cats by time and personal experience and yet we still need to admit that we don’t know it all…we never will.
    If children were educated in school about animal care and how caring for a cat is different to caring for a dog, then more cats would have better lives.
    Most adults don’t want an instruction book and as Michelle said not many would read it when they can find all sorts of information (right or wrong) on line.

  2. What comes to mind are the thousands of books and pamphlets available for child rearing and the rare human who actually makes use of them.

    Because we are an arrogant and know-it-all society, the only pamphlet that a caretaker may actually pick up would have to be written by, perhaps, Jackson Galaxy.

    Quote: β€œit can be hard looking after a cat when you want to look after a cat in an excellent manner.”
    Ofcourse, it’s hard. I love the saying, “If you’re not working hard, you’re hardly working”.
    There are no shortcuts, no breaks, no easy ways, no “forgetting”. That’s not what we committed to.

    • Well said Dee, I agree. I’d like a pamphlet or slim book that became so well respected that it was universally accepted and used as a master guide. There are some books like that. Ambitious? Yes, very and probably impossible to achieve but I believe it would raise the standards and there needs to be some sort of guidance to cat owners. The whole set up is very laissez-faire meaning it is slack. The book could and should also form the basis of criminal prosecutions of animal abuse or neglect.

  3. Michael I think if the pamphlet were too detailed or lengthy that a lot of people simply wouldn’t read it.

    Those who do want more in depth information or advice, already go on-line or buy a book.

    • Thanks for that Michelle. It is basically the Animal Welfare Act 2006. I’d like something a little more tailored to cats with a bit more detail.

      I think a bunch of cat people like ourselves could do better πŸ˜‰ .

  4. excellent post!! I try to give my “kids” all the best. Unfortunately, I do still have to work, so I can’t spend all my time with them. It breaks my heart while I am getting ready to go and they are sitting on my bed with the big, sad eyes, but, on the other hand, there is nothing better than coming home to true, unconditional love — regardless of what kind of night (I work all nights) I have had at work. I do believe I am doing my best for them — my vet thinks I am doing a superb job, so I must be doing something right. I treat them as little people who don’t communicate very well — they are my little toddlers — and I love them with all my heart!! β™₯β™₯β™₯

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