I have compassion for animals and their well-being. Particularly cats since I currently have one who has allowed me to care for him over the last 3 years. He actually seems to adore me and often shows his appreciation for the love and support. The appreciation is mutual and I would have to say that I’m the one who benefits the most from our relationship. He was feral for at least most of his life (we think) since he was already a few years old when he started coming around, had several scars, not yet neutered, and terrified of people.
It’s my experiences with Slash and with the other cats I’ve had, helping the stray or feral who come along, as well as witnessing the lives of indoor cats I know through friends and family which led me to start this blog. Honestly, I delayed it for quite some time. Sharing my life and thoughts online with the world is something that I’m getting more comfortable with. I’m not a member of Facebook and before WordPress I had no social presence online other than through email and a Flickr account for sharing photos.
My friends and family do not know about this blog, that way I can also share their experiences without problems. Afterall, this has nothing to do with attention or praise and everything to do with helping cats. Even if this is just by sharing information and experiences. Here are two quotes to ponder:
“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes”. – Peter F. Drucker
“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that just aren’t so”. – Mark Twain
In regards to these quote, I want you to know that the opinions I may share here I won’t share them with you because I think that they are right. I’ll share them because I have a strong desire to write and help animals live a good life. If nothing else I hope to ease my own mind of the unfortunate mistreatment animals experience and celebrate the good times.
So the time has come to get out of my comfort zone, rise up to the challenge, and do something no matter how small. Even if it means losing a bit of privacy, being criticized, or possibly offending someone. The positive outcomes that are possible far outweigh the risks involved.
I was nervous to click the publish button for the first time and I admit at that moment my deodorant had a job to do. The experience was uneasy for me but yet still exciting at the same time. How do you know that your post is ready and all that it can be?
I didn’t know what to expect for feedback, as far as if anyone would find and read it at all. Turns out there were a handful of people who did! Cat Ignorance 101 received three likes which was super encouraging and probably the most exciting of all was that someone clicked the follow button! Receiving the likes and to think that someone liked it enough to welcome more helps give me the confidence to keep going.
A special thank you to the first “follower” Ooa Revo who I’m extremely honored to now be connected with through our blogs. If you like art, photography, and travel you will want to learn more about his blog www.ooarevo.wordpress.com and what he is up to at www.ooamerica.com where he is currently getting ready for another road trip across the USA.
The WordPress community seems very supportive and the overall impression I have so far is positive. You can count on the main focus of this blog to be about improving the lives of cats. I suspect though at times I’ll write about other animal interests too since I truly care about them all, even the meanest and ugliest. Upcoming cat topics:
- What makes a cat happy
- Cats I’ve known and cared for over the years and past experiences
- My current amazing cat Slash (a.k.a Slasher)
- Tips for improving your cats health and well-being
- Helping the stray and feral too
- Issues such as overpopulation and mistreatment
- Traveling and moving
- Camping and hiking with your cat
- Even cat walking!
I hope that you may learn something new here or at least be entertained at times. My goal is to post something on a weekly basis. I respect your time and will not over post just to get something in front of you. There are so many great blogs and only so much time. That said, I still encourage you to join Ooa or at least remember to check back in from time to time.
Please stay tuned my fellow cat protectors and protectresses, the more the merrier!
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