Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
2016 is Year of the Monkey. The Fire Monkey to be exact. But have you ever wondered why there's never a Year of the Cat?
Every year, the Chinese celebrates one animal among a dozen creatures said to be present when the Jade Emperor was to designate Zodiac signs for the Chinese calendar.
Based on Chinese folklore, the rat who was then friends with cat went ahead to register on the appointed day, but forgot to awaken the late-sleeper cat. In the end, cat showed up too late to get a Zodiac sign and became forever angry with the rat.
But in real life, fate favors cats much more than rats. There are millions of cat lovers in the world and for them every year is like the Year of the Cat. -- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
AS pet lovers we always try to do the best we can for our pets, but there's always room for improvement. A fresh year gives everyone a 12-month clean slate to do better in the pet parenting department, and keeping a list of pet-oriented New Year's resolutions might help.
Below is a list of recommended New Year's resolutions, some of which, if not all, should make sense to every responsible pet parent out there. See which of these applies to you.
PET-CENTRIC NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
* I will not leave my pet alone for grooming. If possible, grooming will be done at home.
* I'll have someone trustworthy to care for my pet, preferably at home, if I'll be away for long.
* My house will be pet-proofed to avoid accidents and damages.
* Before leaving for work or some errands, I'll ensure my pet has enough safe distractions till I return home.
* I will not leave my pet with other people or take it to places where it will become anxious and scared.
* I will look for new walking or jogging routes for me and my dog to explore.
* I will try to teach my pet a useful command, routine or trick this year.
* I will make oral hygiene part of my pet's regular upkeep.
* I will set aside some money as insurance for my pet's sudden medical needs.
* I will respect the personal choices of others who are not into pets.
* I will not spoil my pet rotten so it doesn't become clingy, obese or lazy.
* I will regularly give my pet a massage to feel its body for any potential health issue.
* I will play and bond with my pet more.
* I will consider having my pet microchipped for safety reasons.
* I will read up more about my pet's breed to understand and provide for its needs better.
* I will monitor my pet's health closely and follow its vaccination schedules.
* I will keep photos, videos and diary of my pet to remember everything when my pet is gone.
* I will not abandon my pet at all costs.
* I will shelter my pet from the heat and the rain.
* I will come to the aid of an animal in need, even if it's not my pet.
* I will only cage my pet when absolutely necessary or for medical reason, and only for a short time.
* I will keep my dog on leash when in public places, but at home they should be free.
* I will keep handy the number of at least two good veterinarians or clinics.
* I will not force my pet to reproduce for personal gains.
* I will have my pet fixed if I don't want it to breed.
Finally, remember that pets will be pets. They don't have enough capacity to always understand and do what would please us, so be more patient and reciprocate their unconditional love with more affection. Happy New Year!!
THE cat is inside the bag. Yup, not out but inside.
Curious cats love to get inside a lot of different things, but they have a weakness for boxes and bags. A box, warm and snug, gives cats a sense of comfort and security. A paper bag or any type of bag probably has the same effect on cats, with an added entertainment value if the bag makes rustling sound.
Cats also love to stick their heads inside any kind of vessel. They become evidently excited as they tunnel deep inside to “explore”. If you have kitties, they probably gave you already several demonstrations of their box and bag obsession.
Here are our photos of funny cats having a blast stuffing themselves inside anything they find. It's amusing to watch cats get lost in their “new” world, but stick around to ensure they don't suffocate.
WHETHER you are a cat lover or not, chances are you have experienced that unblinking, sticky stare that only a cat could fix at you to the point of making you uneasy.
Cat people have interpreted the consuming cat stare as its way of telling that it's hungry, angry or anxious. Others believe it's the cat's way to size up anyone and anything as determined by one rule: the one who blinks first loses. If you engage a cat in a staring contest, the odds will never be in your favor, unless you cheat.
People find staring rude, but not cats. Cats love to stare. Some cat experts believe cats stare at humans because they find them highly interesting. In fact, it could even be an expression of affection, especially when the cat breaks its stare to head-butt a person's face.
But from one cat to another, the stares could make or break a war. Dominant cats talk and stalk with their eyes. A slit-eyed cat intently watching another cat or animal indicates its readiness to fight if provoked, and the wide-eyed cat that notices this should turn tail and scat.
Next time a cat stares at you, don't just stare back but also listen and look for other visual clues to help you understand its mood. I've noticed that my cats' stares are usually accompanied by a soft rumbling purr or a light flexing out of claws as if they want to knead. If you are patient, the cat could later reward you with a light pawing or strong head-butting of your face. Whether you blink or not, either way you win. – AJB