We are saddened to report that Squeaky has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Snowy and Butch have cheerfully agreed to take over his advising duties from now on. We are certain that Squeaky would be pleased to have his column run by his good and capable friends. Please feel free to email them with questions or comments..
Dear Snowy and Butch,
My mom says I need to stay indoors but sometimes I want to explore outdoors. Mom says indoor cats are healthier and live longer. Is Mom right?
Dear Jo Jo,
Absolutely yes! Indoor cats live on the average of twelve to fifteen years. Indoor/Outdoor cats live several years less. Stray or homeless cats live on the average of five years if in a "cat community" and two to three years if the cat lives by himself.
Even a few times outdoors can be a problem ... cars, dogs, other cats, coyotes and other wild animals, people, bacteria, and poison plants.
Thank goodness mom wants you inside!
No offense, but why should I donate to help animals when there are so many children who are in need?
Have you ever read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. I loooove that book! It’a all about a little boy who, among other things, woke up with gum in his hair, lost his best friend, got no dessert for lunch, forgot 16 when he was counting at school, and had to eat lima beans for dinner! Alex thinks life would be better in Australia, but truth is things like that happen in Australia too! It’s a great book but Ms. Viorst missed something. You know the best way to make a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day better? Cuddle with a purry, furry, never will leave you – even with gum in your hair, friend! Well–loved and cared for balls of fur like myself are the best cure for all sorts of human ills.,I’ll love you even if you forget sixteen AND seventeen! I won’t eat your lima beans for you (yuck!) but I’ll be your best friend. Why should you help needy animals? Because we are the best examples of unconditional love you can find – even in Australia!