Cornwall Mammal Group

Protecting the World’s Animals; a Noble Calling

As the world enters the 2020s, it's animal, and mammal populations have never faced so many threats to their existence. These 21st-century threats include continued urban encroachment, unchecked pollution, and rapidly changing weather patterns.

In other words, never before have animals, especially mammals, been in such dire need of protection. This blog seeks to raise awareness of this crucial issue by providing readers with informative posts on topics related to animal protection and animal rights.

Here, readers can learn what they can do to help the world's most vulnerable creatures, from endangered mammal species in the African steppes to stray cats and dogs found in one's own neighbourhood.

How to Take Care of a Stray Cat

12 Feb 2021

If you're a cat lover, you'll agree that it's impossible to ignore a feline stretched out in the sun gazing at you with those mysterious yet mischievous eyes. It's as if there's a power drawing you to pet it that you can't ignore.

Yes, cat lovers are a breed of their own and find it irresistible to ignore a feline. Whether it's yours or somebody else’s, is beside the point. You want to give it love, a gentle stroke and win them over into a purr, right?

If you stumble across a stray cat, all the above urges turn into an overprotective mode, and you'll want to save the kitty no matter what it takes. There are a few pointers to keep in mind if you should ever find yourself in this position.

Let's take a look at a few steps to consider before running off into the sunset with your new companion.

Make Sure the Cat Is a Stray

The last thing anybody needs is to be known as a cat-napper in the local neighbourhood. Even if the cat isn't wearing a collar, make sure to have it checked for a microchip.

Prepare a Hideout Space

Cat's don't enjoy change and can get very agitated when moved to new surroundings. You must create a safe space where the cat can hideout for the first few days until it feels safe. You can use a box or an empty cupboard and line it with a soft towel or blanket.

Plan a New Routine

Pets are a big responsibility. They're a part of the family, and you need to plan your schedule around the new addition to your home. Adopting a stray cat will require a strategy, much like when you're trading.

You'll need to arrange all the necessary vet visits, buy the right food for its age and arrange a litter box.

Arrange a Visit to the Vet

Arrange a visit to your local veterinarian for an overall check-up. Your vet will also be able to give you an estimated age of the cat. That'll help you better provide and take care of it.

Pet's have different needs and behaviours at various ages. Knowing as much about its health will help you prepare better.

Introduce it to Other Pets

If you have other pets, you should make sure that the stray cat will adapt to them. It'll be wise to do this before making your final decision about adopting it permanently.

If your other pets are comfortable with the new cat, it'll still take a while for the stray to settle in ultimately. Be patient and take it slow.

Budget for the New Expenses

Now that you're ready to make a full-time commitment make sure that you budget for the newcomer's monthly expenses. Be sure to plan for a healthy diet and if it's possible, consider pet insurance.

Conclusion

Taking in a stray pet is a joyful experience if you follow a few trusted steps to ensure you'll both be happy with the new arrangement. Pet's are family, not toys, and need careful consideration each time you plan for a new member. If you do it right, it'll bring you both much joy.

The Plight of Dolphins in Captivity

4 Dec 2020

Dolphins are an intelligent, sociable creature and it is cruel to keep them in captivity, simply for entertainment. They are often taken from their mothers at a young age, which causes distress. If you wish to help alleviate this suffering, you should boycott any shows featuring dolphins.

The Most Endangered Mammal Species

30 Oct 2020

The World Wildlife Organization keeps an updated list of the mammals at most risk of extinction. They are classified as critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable. Currently on this list are the Amur Leopard, the Black Rhino and the Bornean Orangutan. It is up to mankind to help preserve these creatures.

The Role of the RSPCA

15 Sep 2020

The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a charity that has a mission to promote kindness, prevent cruelty and alleviate suffering. They ensure that all pets have a good home and are loved and cared for. Should you find a stray animal, you can call the RSPCA.