The recent rash of devastating hurricanes has many Americans asking themselves what they would do if faced with a natural disaster or severe weather event; Are we prepared with emergency supplies? Do we have a place to go if we ever needed to evacuate? What about our pets?
The incidents of pets left behind during hurricanes and other natural disasters are a sad and dangerous situation, leading to thousands of homeless pets, distraught owners, and a potential increase in zoonotic diseases such as Leptospirosis or Giardia. In the wake of hurricane Irma we have been asked many questions regarding evacuating with pets, and we’d like to assure our readers that there is plenty you do to plan for your pets’ welfare, both during and after a natural disaster.
Although Halloween is this month, its wares have been peddled in stores everywhere since August (or earlier!). Among the ubiquitous pumpkins, ghosts, and witches, is the familiar image of a black cat, riding on a witch’s broom or silhouetted in front of a full moon.
Most of us probably don’t stop to consider why black cats and Halloween go hand-in-hand, but owners of these dark colored felines may want to take a closer look.
Black Cats And Halloween
In the United States we tend to associate black cats with bad luck, or think of them as a symbol of evil. This is far from the case in many other cultures, such as Japan and the British Islands, where black cats are thought to bring good luck and financial prosperity, and ancient Egypt where they were worshipped alongside pharaohs and gods.