Sins and Needles

"With a new cosmopolitan, less insular generation it might again grow into a sincere expression of a man loving to create with his own hand, or shall we rather say-- woman, emancipated, finally creates with her own genius." --The Sacred History of Knitting, by Heinz Edgar Kiewe (1971).

Monday, September 27, 2004


Another excuse to make a kitty bed!!

Petfinder is having an "Adopt a Senior Pet" drive in November, and now there is a Kitty Bed-along to go with it!! I have already started mine with some stash yarn and will continue it with Lamb's Pride Bulky (when it comes in from Patternworks-- whenever that is!)

I see so many kittens leave the shelter, and some younger pets, but it is rare that a senior cat leaves. True, there are some dear souls who will only adopt a senior pet, but don't you think these people need to be greater in number? Senior cats deserve to live out their last years in a home. Some people worry about the expense. While it is true that health problems can be expensive, you will eventually have to face the expense if you get a younger cat.

Also, when you adopt an older cat, you can be sure their personality has already formed. The shelter workers can tell you what cat will match what you're looking for. For some reason, when cats get altered, their personalities change. My little monkey man, Parsley, was just so rambunctious before he was fixed. Now he's sweet as pie. Or it can go the other way around...

Many people see a senior cat, and think they're in the shelter because they have behavioral problems. One thing we see over and over again in the shelter are male cats being dropped off because they're not using their litterboxes. Did you know that male cats can get urinary tract infections very easily? And that they associate their litterbox with pain after awhile, therefore leading them to urinate outside their boxes? Time and time again we take a new male to the vet to discover their bladders full of urinary crystals, which can be easily treated. It makes me so mad that these people didn't care enough about these sweet cats to take them to the vet, but then I think of how maybe kitty shouldn't have been there anyway, and their better off at my shelter.

So anyway, if you knit, make a bed!! Join the Yahoo! Group. If not, maybe make a little donation in the name of your favorite animal. Or, ADOPT A SENIOR PET!!


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