An estimated one out of every 100 people in the United States has celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder characterized by sometimes severe and dangerous reactions to ingesting even a microscopic amount of gluten — an ingredient in wheat and many other products. Those afflicted work assiduously to avoid gluten, which is in everything from bread to soy sauce and beer. It’s also in many brands of cat litter.
You acted with the best of intentions, taking in a homeless cat or perhaps just bringing home a second one because you thought the one you already have would enjoy the company. But the hissing won’t stop. And your first cat is so stressed she has begun urinating outside the litterbox. Or she has begun hiding more and is more irritable. Now what?
Q: My sister wants to get a cat, but her young daughter has asthma. Won’t that just make it harder for my niece to breathe?
Most often, people with cats have to make a decision about euthanasia when a disease overtakes the animal’s health to the point that his life is no longer worth living. It’s probably the hardest decision anyone who loves a cat ever has to make. But sometimes, a cat dies unexpectedly. He hasn’t appeared sick and may not even be old, but one day a human family member comes home and finds him gone. Or a cat dies while in the hospital but not because of the condition for which he has been admitted. Or he has been admitted with a number of ailments, but it’s not clear which one took his life. It’s a misery — and a shock — of a different kind.
More and more people are opting for euthanasia at home. It could cost about $100 more than at the veterinarian’s office, but it allows a cat to drift off peacefully in his favorite spot. It also allows you to grieve without having to drive or be around other people.
“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”
— Groucho Marx
There’s a lot of cat lore out
there that people accept as the truth because it gets repeated so often. But frequently, what’s assumed to be true about cats isn’t. Here are six examples.