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Monthly Membership Meeting (MMM)

  • June 01, 2022
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Virtual

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Join us on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm Pacific/8:00 pm Eastern

June's Speaker is Dr. Lynn Bahr

Indoor Cats

About our Session:

There are many myths our culture perpetuates about domestic cats: they live longer indoors, sleep all day, are easy and low-maintenance pets, and can’t be trained. Even the most well-meaning kitty caregiver will be surprised to learn that these long held beliefs aren’t necessarily based on facts but instead reflect the many ways we have adapted our feline friends to our indoor lifestyle. We have unwittingly created a new breed of cat, felis interius, that lives exclusively indoors, breathes climate-controlled air, is meal fed an artificial diet in one location, is spayed/neutered at an early age, has limited maternal upbringing, uses a box for urination and defecation and is totally dependent upon people. INDOOR CAT by Laura J. Moss, journalist and founder of Adventure Cats, and Lynn Bahr, a feline-only veterinarian, explores how and why felis interius came to be, helping cat owners understand a cat’s perspective of their indoor homes. It offers practical ways to enhance cats lives and combat countless health and behavioral problems that result from exclusively indoor living. It will also take a look at the future of this new species and raise the question that no one is asking: Should every cat live exclusively indoors?

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