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One Fast Cat

My cat > Making people laugh > My dignity

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Let’s Talk About Cat Enrichment

LET'S TALK ABOUT CAT ENRICHMENT

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Sunday Morning Cat

Sunday morning cat.

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Monday is Cat Week: Top Shelf

Monday is Cat Week: Top Shelf

Sometime next year, this bookcase that Helena’s crouching on will probably be replaced by cat shelves. I have a feeling she can’t wait.

 

Monday is Cat Week: The Condo Life

Monday is Cat Week: The Condo Life

Helena proves that the best things in a cat’s life are free: your attention and cardboard boxes.

 

Monday is Cat Week: Splendor

Monday is Cat Week: Splendor

It’s week three (or maybe four) of Helena’s first-ever indoor grass patch. I’ve yet to catch her chillaxing on the turf, but the cat-shaped imprint there tells me all I need to know.

 

Monday is Cat Week: Helena at Home

Monday is Cat Week: Helena at Home

She’s only been here five months, but Helena pretty much owns the place now. Nobody’s complaining.

 

An Oversupply of Veterinarians?

From today’s New York Times:

America may be pet-crazed and filled with people eager to buy expensive fetch toys and heated cat beds. But the total population of pets is going down, along with the sums that owners are willing to spend on the health care of their animals, one of the lesser-known casualties of the recession.

Today, the ratio of debt to income for the average new vet is roughly double that of M.D.’s, according to Malcolm Getz, an economist at Vanderbilt University. To practitioners in the field, such numbers are ominous, and they portend lean times for new graduates.

This article is really surprising and disturbing to me on so many levels. My takeaways:

  1. Virtually all the vets I’ve ever had to bring my cats to have been awesome. It pains me to learn that so many vets are struggling given the important work they do.
  2. Pet ownership and the amount spent on pet health care should rebound as we get further away from the recession. In a country where the population and the economy are growing, more people have pets and they spend money on them. If both numbers continue to drop, that means our future is probably fucked.
  3. The student loan situation is fucked now.
 
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