Whenever we as humans make the decision to invite a companion animal into our home, there are several responsibilities that must be carefully weighed. The same is true regardless of whether we choose a cat or a bearded dragon. Responsible pet owners are generally aware of these considerations; however, regrettably this is not universally true.
What are the needs of sentient beings which companion animals in particular require?
They begin with a proper living environment, which is suited to the animal species in question. How often have we seen Great Danes being housed with a family in a two-bedroom apartment? Cats, for instance, while legendary for their adaptability, thrive best in a safe and protected living space (indoors). Their characteristically tranquil nature is most well suited when the environment itself is calm and quiet. If yours is not, there are adjustments which can be made to provide your cat a refuge from a chaotic house.
Needless to say, proper nutrition and routine veterinary care are essential responsibilities for any individual seeking to live with a companion animal. Yet many fail to consider the ongoing financial investment that this requires. This is especially important in the current state of a flagging economy and has been responsible for many animals relinquished to shelters, simply because their upkeep now exceeds the income of the family. Of equal importance in establishing a companion relationship are the interactions that occur between human and animal. Such interspecies relationships date back to the dawn civilized man. Yet, how many understand that how we interact with our companion(s) will determine the strength of the bond we create? This is especially true for cats.
In this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will examine the requirements of companion animals, with specific emphasis on cats and the behaviors that enhance relationship-building.
During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.
PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.