A New Year 2023

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It is a tradition in my home to share our New Year's Resolutions with those we love. So at a "Recovering From Too Much Holiday Eating" Brunch, a group of my friends gathered together and we made a list of resolutions about our cats for the New Year. Being a diverse group, we made resolutions from the point of view of pet cat people, cat breeders and some non-cat friends who snuck in when the feline friends weren't looking.

I thought you might enjoy reading some of the hopes and goals we all decided for ourselves and our cats for 2023.

Practical Resolutions

  1. I resolve to keep accurate health and breeding records for each of my cats: Keeping detailed health records including breeding history is a must for each cat. Records should include a copy of each vet visits, vaccinations, matings, kitten survival rate, etc.
  2. I resolve to make out a will regarding the placement of my cats upon my death: Especially if a breeder is single, getting up in years, or is the only person in the family involved with the breeding of cats, it is important to make out a will detailing the care and placement of each cat should something untoward happen.
  3. I resolve to microchip each of my cats and the kittens which leave my home: In the event of your death, illness the easiest way of identifying each individual cat for placement is by microchip. The same holds true if a cat escapes, is lost or is stolen.
  4. I resolve to prepare an emergency kit and plan for my cats and cattery: Fire, Loss of electricity for an extended period, earthquake, flood.. the list goes on regarding the emergency situation that you may need to deal. Have a plan in place, somewhere to take your family and cats in an emergency, supplies, and most importantly more than one option.
  5. I resolve to understand what my veterinarian is telling me: Never leave the veterinarians office without completely understanding what the vet said, and a copy of the results of the visit.
  6. I resolve to know the correct name and spelling of any medications my cat is given: Know the names of all medication you give your cat and what their purpose may be.
  7. I resolve to neuter or spay all kittens before they leave my home: Early neuter/spay is now a safe procedure. To ensure the health and future of all your pet kittens, have them neutered or spayed before placing them in their new home.

Philosophical Lifestyle Resolutions

  1. I resolve to no longer share my apple pie with the queen of the cat crew, PJ (Okay, I could lose a few pounds too): Fat cats are not healthy cats, so beware giving your kitty too many goodies if it appears a bit too chunky. Obesity has fast become a common problem in our cats and dogs.
  2. I resolve to not allow my Exotics to teach the Persians how to jump on the kitchen counter: While many people think the only difference between a Persian and an Exotic is coat length, I never had a Persian jump to my counters until I got my first Exotic ;-)
  3. I resolve to let my cat sleep wherever he likes: Except on my black Armani suit.
  4. I resolve to not allow my cat to sharpen his nails anywhere other than "designated" areas I don't know what my cat's resolutions may be though.
  5. I resolve to accept that not all my friends and family love my cats as much as I do: My mother-in-law does not think it amusing to have a cat climb onto her shoulder to give her a kitty kiss... then sneeze in her face. And she does not regard cat hair as a food group. I love her anyway.
  6. I resolve to buy more clothing brushes for the removal of hair: It's either that or wear more satin (Yikes!).
  7. I resolve to not buy teaser number 478: The person who made this resolution actually only owns 2 cats and 478 is a conservative estimate of the number of teasers she owns. The teasers I own personally number in the thousands.

And may I send to you wishes that 2023 be a wonderful year for you.

  • May your cats all enjoy good health.
  • May you reach out and mentor someone.
  • May you always strive to have as few cats as you need to have a successful breeding program so that you can devote as much time and love to each individual cat as possible.
  • May all your dreams come true.

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