Cats are weird little creatures that we invite into our homes, even though they are armed with sharp bits that can rend our skin and poke out our eyeballs. They crap in boxes of sand, and they shed fur everywhere unless they're hairless, in which case you've got a whole other host of problems to deal with. They eat disgustingly stinky food, occasionally puke up hairballs, and go through phases of inexplicable 5 a.m. yowling. It's no wonder cat lovers are so defensive and neurotic and absolutely obsessed. Perhaps we have Stockholm syndrome.
In a world where people watch TV shows dedicated to legit DSM diagnoses, it was a no-brainer [...]
It's very easy to kill your household animals in a hurricane. The easiest way is to suddenly panic and have to leave your house and lock your animals in it. Or, if you live in Red Hook, perhaps you will lock your chickens in their coop and then leave the neighborhood, forcing your neighbors to risk their lives in chest-deep water to save them. In other parts of town, people locked up or tied up dogs and cats, because they didn't know what to do, and left birds in cages—and abandoned them. These things happen! Most of us would agree that it is better to save yourself first [...]
Today, my very nice vet told me she'd been reading in the veterinary trade magazines all about what she called, using airquotes, "economic euthanasia." She said that here in New York City she wasn't seeing much of it-though there were a few anonymously dropped-off bunnies and kitties!-but that out there in the real America, it was off to the slaughterhouse with Fido and Whiskers. Well, you know, how you supposed to have a cat when you're getting made homeless? Still, when I got the bill estimate, which, to be honest, could be measured in iPhone purchases, I was like "YEAH, OKAY PUT THE CAT DOWN NOW." (Kidding! I paid it, [...]