Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Raising A Cat Is A Commitment.

Ok, back to something serious. One of the things that you should consider before deciding to take a cat as a pet.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people say. Everyone has had a go at defining beauty, but when you get away from personal preferences for black or red hair, blue or green eyes, big bums or tiny waists and other details, defining beauty isn't so easy.

In the animal kingdom, symmetry counts. Butterflies with equal size spots on their wings are more attractive than those with uneven splotches. Zebra finches with equally spaced black and white bands on their tails are more likely to find a girl than their competitors with irregular bands.

With humans, orangutan and other close relatives, babies with large, symmetrical heads, bigs eyes and small mouths are favored over other siblings. The same is true for cats (at last, we reach the 'cat' word), dogs a many other mammals.

Kittens are designed to be cute but unfortunately, this also works against them. Every year, thousands of people adopt a pet to only to dump it unceremoniously on the street when the kitten grow up.

If you are thinking of presenting someone with a pet over the festive season, please think seriously about it. Too many animals are abandoned by people who have discovered that they really can't cope.

It's not just a gift; it's a 16 years commitment.

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