A year ago I stood in the vet’s office and felt my jaw drop as the words “twelve hundred dollars” rang in my ears. These big three little words were in answer to my inquiry regarding the cost of dental cleaning for my cat. The veterinary doctor calmly explained the importance of proper dental maintenance and suggested I start saving. I (not quite as calmly) protested that, as a full time graduate student, there wasn’t any money to save and that I couldn’t possibly do it. Twelve months later (still twelve hundred dollars lacking) my jaw revisited the very same floor as I realized I was going to have to find a way.
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When we first moved to our current home I was faced with a decision that required serious consideration. For the first time in our four years together, my cat Jefa wanted to go outside. She had always seemed content to remain indoors, free from the dangers and discomforts of the streets from which she came. All that was about to change, however, in a manner that caused me to wonder not only at her dark side, but possibly my own. Continue reading
Growing up in the Bay Area, not to mention ten years spent living in San Francisco, which could arguably be considered a “mecca” of pet fanatics, it has always seemed to me an obvious fact of life that pets are to be treasured and treated with the same respect as their people. In some cases people treat pets with even more respect than their fellow human beings. While I am a dedicated (and perhaps mildly obsessed) cat owner, I feel that society focusing too much energy on one animal may cost many others their lives. In particular, I would like to discuss the placing of pets in homes and the standards which govern this process.