RIP, Cecil

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The killing of Cecil, the lion, just broke my heart. I know big-game hunting has been going on for years, but that doesn’t make it right. He was a cherished “pet” for many people. Someone in a group that I belong to said, “Why is everybody so upset over a lion when there are homeless people to worry about, etc.” That’s not the point! Guess I’m what she calls an animal activist. And proud of it, by the way. I would much rather live in a world that looks like this. (Without the snow.)

My New Friend

Here are some more pictures of horses and cats. Cute videos!

New Friend

Now that’s a rare combination indeed! Click here to watch videos of birds who preen, wake up, and play with their best cat.

Uh, Meow

Dogs and cats don’t get along? That’s sometimes true. But watch this

When you think of anxiety, you think it’s a human condition. However, it also affects animals. Here is a heart-warming video of a dog and a cat showing the value of friendship

Rainbow Wall of Happiness

I guess I’m like this kitty. I just wish this world was happier. We can all contribute to that with one positive thought, one act of kindness at a time. Hope you enjoyed all the videos and pictures of animals interacting with each other. Please share your thoughts about Cecil. Till next week, thanks for reading.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

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YOU Don’t Like Cats? Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So, you tell me that you don’t like cats. I find that very strange. Cats are THE THING on the Internet nowadays. You can’t get away from the thousands of pictures posted everyday. Cat videos rake in millions of views per year. How could you not fall in love with this?

Flower Cat

However, according to an article I just read, there are historic and scientific reasons for your disinterest in all things feline. Just like for all those cilantro haters (um, I’m one of those) out there, sometimes there are reasons beyond your control for hating something everyone else seems to love. (Not that we cat lovers would EVER understand that, but I guess we can try.)

Studies show that some people have a psychological disposition towards cats. It seems that cat lovers are psychologically different than canine lovers. Well, that poses a problem. If I like both, does that mean that part of me is psychologically different than another part? I could end up being very confused! Guess I’ll figure that out later. According to the research, “dog people were generally about 15% more extroverted and 13% more agreeable”. These figures point to slight differences in personality, giving the cat haters the more outgoing personality. It further distinguishes between the types of people: “Dog people were 11% more conscientious  than cat people. Conscientiousness is a tendency to show self-discipline,  to complete tasks and aim for achievement. The trait shows a preference for planned rather than spontaneous behavior.” (This must mean that I’m an outgoing introvert that likes planned spontaneous behavior)???

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Yes, cats are more likely to cause allergic reactions than dogs. Some people can’t handle that at all, even with medication. I take allergy shots because I’m not about to give up my cats. Cats in the ancient Egyptian culture were treated as demi-gods, but Medieval Europe regarded them as a source of the plague. (You just can’t please everyone) They’ve always been considered predators which is okay as far as rats and mice, but not with birds. Some species have been eliminated entirely because of feral cats.

I Love My Feather

You may not like cats, you may hate cats, but they really don’t care! For example, you have cats with the same attitude as Grumpy Cat.

I Don't Trust People

Sometimes I Wish I Was an Octopus

The Problem With Some People

Okay, Grumpy Cat, that’s enough of your negative attitude. That certainly won’t change people’s minds about liking cats. In the meantime, us cat lovers will enjoy our delightful little creatures and look forward to the time spent with them.

Beautiful Markings

Glad to Meet You

As for people who hate cats:

Cats Rule the World

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667