Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Year in Review: 2015

The Year in Review, 2015

Another year has come and gone.   My New Year’s resolutions for 2015 have also come and gone, most of them unachieved, unfortunately. 

I was hoping to eat healthier and get back down to 165 pounds.  I started the year at 179 pounds.  I am now 176 pounds.  Sigh. 

I resolved to organize all of my travel photos this year.  Didn’t happen.

I resolved to convert all of my cassette tapes into mp3 files, and then throw out the massive box of cassettes that I’ve hauled around with me for 30 years.  Didn’t happen.

I resolved to have all of my print photos scanned and converted into jpeg files.  Didn’t happen.

I read an article that said that, realistically, most people can keep between 5 and 9 resolutions.  The author of that article is a liar.

It was a year of ups and downs.  The biggest “up”, I suppose, is that my partner of nearly 16 years, Mark, asked me to marry him!  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Non-surgical Methods of Feline Sterilization and Contraception

Non-surgical Methods of Feline Sterilization and Contraception

Cats have long been recognized for their fertility.  Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of fertility, is depicted as a cat in artwork, and the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as symbols of fertility. When it comes to making babies, the feline is one of the most prolific domestic pets around.  Cats are known for their ability to reproduce in their first year of life, and like rabbits, they are capable of multiple pregnancies within a single reproductive season. 

Because of their reproductive efficiency, the population of un-owned cats can expand rapidly, bringing with it considerable problems.  According to The ASPCA, an estimated 1.4 million cats are euthanized annually in U.S. animal shelters alone. 

Currently, surgery (spaying and neutering) is the preferred approach to sterilization. Trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs have been effective at reducing the feline population in many countries, but TNR programs have limited effectiveness.  Finding other methods of controlling the feline population, both owned and un-owned, is a major international welfare challenge.

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