The Finding of a Therapy Cat: a series about Tinkerbelle, Registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat (retired) and our journey together.

By Mollie Hunt

Part 9: We did too much.

When Tinkerbelle and I first began volunteering, I went a little crazy. There were so many places that needed a cat visit: assisted living, nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, as well as special events and requests. I tried to stick with places close to home, meaning shorter trips for Tink, but even so, the choices were endless. It was so hard to say no.

We went many places and visited many people. Tink was a good sport but I could tell she was getting tired. It’s not just the time spent with the patients, but also getting ready: the bath, grooming, brushing of teeth, etc. Not Tink’s favorite part of the deal.

One thing they teach us in Pet Partners is that the animal’s needs come first. I finally narrowed it down to weekly visits to 2 local assisted living facilities and one hospice patient. Tinkerbelle was okay with that schedule and began to look forward to her hour with the people who loved her.

About Tinkerbelle:
Tink served for four years as a registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat, visiting assisted living facilities and hospice patients. Tink is now retired and living the quiet life. Check out her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TinkerbelleTheTherapyCat/

About Mollie Hunt:
Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, and the Cat Writers’ Association. This year she won a CWA Muse Medallion for her 3-part blogpost series, “Life Stages”.

Like Lynley, Mollie is a grateful shelter volunteer. She is a longtime volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society where she socializes sad, fearful, and behavior-challenged cats. She also fosters sick and elderly cats in her home. In 2014, she had the privilege to work with cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy on a particularly thought-provoking case.

You can find Mollie on her Website: http://www.lecatts.wordpress.com/, her Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt, and her Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/.

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Tabatha’s Amazing China Facts #1

A big hello to all the readers at Katzenworld on this fine, sunny day in Hangzhou, China. The sun has finally decided to display itself (with it’s hat on) after quite a few days of rain! The weather is still cold though. I have to wear my little knitted mittens every day.

Now as you will all have read in our previous post myself and my lovely owner Kat are currently living and working in China for a year. We are based in the city of Hangzhou, in Zheijang Province about an hour outside of Shanghai (well, by bullet train at least).

China is very different to that of the Western World and in all honesty it has taken some getting used to. However, we like to embrace change and live our lives to the absolute full 🙂

China is a very interesting country with a long history that spans thousands of years and is a country rich in culture. Being here I have learnt many interesting facts about this vast country and would like to share some of these facts with you lovely readers 🙂

Did you know?

1. China is the third largest country in the world! (Russia and Canada are 1st and 2nd).

2. Even though China has a huge land boundary (22,800 km!) it only has one time zone (+8 hours to UK time).

3. Beijing is the countries capital city (a.k.a ‘Peking’) and is home to the famous great wall of China and the Forbidden City.

4. Nobody is allowed to enter the Forbidden City after 5pm in the evening due to ghostly sightings and activities…spooky!

5. The Great Wall is 21,196.18 kilometers (13,170.70 miles!) long! WOW!

More interesting facts about China to come soon!

Remember to follow Kat and I at: https://tabathastravelssite.wordpress.com/  #tabathalovestotravel

We are also on Facebook and Twitter

Thank you for reading!

Travel Blogging Kitty Tabatha xxxx

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How Did Cats Become Pets?

How did cats become a pet?

Throughout our lives, we have been taught and told many things. Some we have just accepted and some we have questioned. Did any of you here ever think as a kid, how did cats become pets? Why cats? When did a cat become a domesticated animal to keep, love, take care and cherish? Today from Review Tales, we will discuss this matter and hope that you enjoy reading it.

An interesting fact revealed by Jared Diamond’s 1997 book titled “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” states the fact that certain animals failed to be domesticated; it appears to have had some certain criteria in order to determine if the animal was suitable for such a thing. For example, the animal had to grow and mature at a rate that made economic sense. They had to not act out of sorts. Their social structure had to be strong, and they had to be breed well in captivity. It is no surprise that Zebras failed this test in the 19th century or Grizzly Cubs were found unsuitable. According to the author, only 14 animals passed the test of domestication.

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Archaeologists have found evidence to suggest that Cats were domesticated around 9500 years ago. When it came to dogs, humans deliberately bred dogs to be more adorable and then the other animals came along after that. For instance, sheep and goats were domesticated around 11,000 years ago. Theories suggest that as men collected grain, it attracted mice and that brought cats into the place.

On a final note, cats can be essentially considered as the ultimate domesticated of animals but what strikes me is that we clean their litter, love them, follow after them, feed them and unlike dogs, they only come to us when they want to. It is no surprise to ask yourself, who really ended domesticating who?

Written by Jeyran Main


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