33 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than People (With Frozen Parody)

Is it just me?, life, Pets, This is Why I Don't Have Friends

Cats are better than people

Collin, don’t you think that’s true?

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Yeah, people will beat you and curse you and cheat you…

Every one of them’s bad except you

Oh, thanks buddy

But people smell better than cats, Anakin

Don’t you think that I’m right?

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That’s once again true, for all except you

You got me, let’s call it a night

Good night

Don’t let the field mice bite…

(Although, bedtime for people is typically hyperactive time for cats. Oh well…)


Reasons Cats are Better:

  1. Cats don’t argue
  2. Cats don’t need fancy things
  3. Cats don’t require elaborate meals
  4. People talk too much
  5. People are needy
  6. Cats don’t care if you get fired from your job
  7. Cats don’t care if you’re not attractive
  8. Cats don’t care if you don’t have a perfect body
  9. Cats will love you no matter what
  10. Cats don’t require constant attention
  11. Cats aren’t expensive
  12. Cats have fur
  13. Cats can purr
  14. Cats are easily content
  15. Cats will listen to all your problems
  16. Cats are entertaining to watch
  17. Cats are happy when you get home at the end of a long day
  18. Cats are clever
  19. Cats are fun to play with
  20. Cats are nice to cuddle with
  21. Cats can be great alarm clocks
  22. Cats are quiet
  23. Cats can be blamed for all noises in your home (so you don’t worry about having ghosts)
  24. Cats will help you know if guests are trustworthy or not
  25. Cats are easy to clean up after
  26. Cats will clean off all your tables and flat surfaces
  27. You’ll never have mice issues with a cat around
  28. You probably won’t even have snake issues with a cat around
  29. Cats aren’t afraid of spiders and other insects
  30. Cats won’t talk during movies or TV shows
  31. Cats are photogenic
  32. Cats can entertain themselves with Q-tips
  33. Cats look adorable in costumes (Even if they don’t enjoy it)

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Random Journal Topics for Everyday of May 2019

Journal Topics, life

May 1 – Wednesday – Set three different goals for the month of May. These goals can include anything from exercising 4 days/week to watching every episode of “The Office” on Netflix. Make sure they apply to you.

May 2 – Thursday – Do you have any plans for the summer? What are they? If not, make some.

May 3 – Friday – What’s something you’ve never done before that you’ve always wanted to do? Why haven’t you done it yet?

May 4 – Saturday – Are you a Star Wars fan? Why or why not?

May 5 – Sunday – Where did you grow up? Do you still live close by?

May 6 – Monday – Have you smiled today? What made you smile? If you haven’t, watch a funny video.

May 7 – Tuesday – Have you complimented anyone today? If not, go give a friend a compliment.

May 8 – Wednesday – If you could take a trip anywhere in the entire universe this summer, all expenses paid, where would you go?

May 9 – Thursday – Who would you take on your fantasy vacation? Would this person/people make the trip more enjoyable?

May 10 – Friday – What is your favorite childhood memory of summer?

May 11 – Saturday – Are any movies being released this summer that you would love to see? How about the new Lion King movie?

May 12 – Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day! What are your feelings on this holiday?

May 13 – Monday – Who was the last person you hugged? Why did you hug? Who would you like to be hugging right now?

May 14 – Tuesday – Do you have any role models? Who are they and why?

May 15 – Wednesday – What is your favorite sea creature? Does the undersea world fascinate or bore you?

May 16 – Thursday – Do you have a quiet place to sit and be alone? Where is it? If not, brainstorm a place.

May 17 – Friday – What animal do you feel best represents you as a person? Do you think that question is ridiculous?

May 18 – Saturday – Do you practice a religion? If so, which one? How important or unimportant is religion to you?

May 19 – Sunday – If you opened up a new store, what would you sell and why?

May 20 – Monday – Do you have any pets? What kind? Or if not, what type of pet would you be interested in?

May 21 – Tuesday – Do you have any weird phobias? What are they? If not, what’s a phobia that doesn’t make sense to you?

May 22 – Wednesday – Do you have any weird obsessions? What are they?

May 23 – Thursday – What song seems to be on your mind a lot lately? Why do you think it’s on your mind so much?

May 24 – Friday – Who has had the largest influence on your life so far?

May 25 – Saturday – Do you prefer to spend time alone or with others? Who is your favorite person in the world to spend time with?

May 26 – Sunday – Is there anything in life that you regret? How could you go about moving on and letting go of that regret?

May 27 – Monday – Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Is there anything about our country you would change if you could?

May 28 – Tuesday – What do you enjoy most about your country? Are you proud to be a citizen?

May 29 – Wednesday – Have you eaten your favorite meal lately? Why or why not? What is your favorite meal?

May 30 – Thursday – How did you do with your goals set on May 1st? Were the goals difficult or easy? Will you be continuing those goals into June?

May 31 – Friday – Reflect back on this month. Were you generally happy, sad, bored, stressed? Did anything significant happen?

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The Sounds that Save My Soul

Is it just me?, life, Metaphors in Nature, Pets, Poems, stories, Wildlife

The laugh – that sweet, soft, soul stopping laugh that could melt even the hardest of hearts. When you see it coming and hear its tunes, you won’t be able to stop the smile from overtaking your expressions. No one – not the coldest, saddest, or cruelest of humans can resist the chuckle of the child.

The purr – a sound to let me know that he feels safe. That he’s happy in his forever home. A tiny motor running at full power. I put my ear to his ribs and listen. Warm, comforting, gentle and pleasant.

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Collin

The birds – they chirp and sing in the morning sunlight. A chorus of vast species to wake the spirit from rest.  A steady melody, one after the other. Flying, chirping, soaring from tree to tree through the early morning breeze.

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Seagulls in Galveston

The howls – the pups are hungry and excited to see the first glimpse of a human face for the day. Genuine love. Genuine happiness. It radiates with their every sound. I want to leap with joy alongside them.

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The music – a song for sorrow, a ballad for love, guitars for greatness, bass for battles ahead. All moods, all challenges, covered in a three minute masterpiece of instruments and melody. They play in random order, each one causing feelings to stir in my heart.

And again, the laugh – always back to the laugh of the infant. It is without a doubt or debate the single most beautiful sound ever heard by a living soul. It meshes together every wonderful moment of audio into one single note. Every memory of happiness, everyday of excitement, each pleasure circuit activated in the brain – all sparked and spinning as one when the sound of the laugh hits my ears.

These are the sounds that feed my soul. Every second of everyday, they truly save me.

 

You Will be Intrigued by Opossums

Pets, Wildlife
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Isn’t this little guy pictured above absolutely adorable? I think so. Some might not.

Opossums aren’t the most loved critters on planet earth, and some people see them as vermin. Take a minute to travel beyond all the stereotypes about opossums and let’s look a little deeper into their short lives.

Check out these ten intriguing facts about the opossum:

1 – Opossums don’t live very long. 

Unfortunately, most opossums only live around 1-2 years at the most. That means when you pass opossums on the side of the road, stop to hang out for a minute. Their little lives are short, and they could use all the friends and fun offered to them. Take a rest break from driving to observe this odd critter.

2 – When it comes to food, opossums aren’t picky at all.

These cat-sized creatures can eat anything from trash to another opossum that has perished. Plants, tiny mammals, human waste – all on the opossum’s menu. Finding food isn’t typically a problem for these little guys.

3 – You could probably outrun a opossum. 

This creature does not have speed on its side. This lack of quickness is one reason why opossums often resort to “playing dead” when they feel threatened. If you think you’re a slow runner, race a opossum. It might lift your spirits.

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4 – They might be slow, but opossums are actually awesome swimmers.

Opossums can compensate for their slow running skills with “playing dead” and…swimming. Pretty cool, huh?

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5 – Not only are they good swimmers, but opossums can also climb.

The slow running isn’t sounding like much of a hindrance now, is it? Opossums survive in other ways than out-running their predators. Climbing isn’t their first option of evading danger, but if necessary, they do possess the skills to climb and escape.

6 – Opossums move their homes often.

Using dens already created by other animals – and other safe, dark places – opossums get cozy, stay awhile, and then move on to another den. This helps them deter nearby danger and predators.

7 – In the beginning of the 20th century, opossums were common pets.

Though some people do keep opossums as pets these days, it’s not very common. It’s odd to imagine that opossums were once in high demand as furry companions.

8 – Opossums are not rodents, they are marsupials. 

Though opossums might have a rat-like appearance and rodent-like behavior, they’re not rodents at all. They are marsupials.

Marsupials are mammals that grow and strengthen their babies in an external  (yet, air tight when necessary) pouch (instead of the placenta, like humans and most other mammals.)

It’s easier to picture when hearing this is the same group that kangaroos belong to – external pouches to house their young.

9 – Opossums might growl and hiss when they feel threatened. 

More often than not, these critters are silent and use other methods of defense. But don’t be surprised if you startle a opossum and see it bare its little teeth while hissing at you.

10 – Opossums are…germaphobes.

Okay, maybe not exactly. However, like cats, opossums groom themselves constantly throughout their waking hours. In fact, they’re amazing at taking care of ticks as well. So last time you went for a walk in the woods and didn’t feel a tick piercing your skin, you might want to thank a opossum.

Next time you see a little opossum, say, “Thanks for keeping that tick away from me.” Seriously – show some gratitude.


Thank you so much for reading this post about an amazing, misunderstood critter. Hopefully opossums will now hold a special place in your heart.

What humans can learn from the opossum: Make up for weak areas by focusing on your strengths.

Have a great day!

Carly Twelve

References: 

Kirchner, J. (2017, June 13). Opossums: Unsung Heroes in the Fight against Ticks and Lyme disease. Retrieved from http://blog.nwf.org/2017/06/opossums-unsung-heroes-in-the-fight-against-ticks-and-lyme-disease/

Living with Wildlife: Opossums. Retrieved from https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/opossums.html

Virginia Opossum (Didelphis Virginian). https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/oposum/

 

This is Why Pets are Better Than Friends

Pets

Loneliness can be a harmful feeling for anyone across all walks of life. Most of the time when loneliness hits, the first thought is that it might be a good idea to go out and meet new people or form new friendships. However, sometimes the best kind of new friend isn’t human at all.

When craving companionship, instead of hanging around local places to pick up new acquaintances, head out to the local animal shelter and consider adopting a furry friend to curve the aches of feeling alone.    

Here are six reasons why pets are better than friends.

1 – With a pet, you’ll never have any drama between the two of you.

Unless you consider the potential destruction of furniture and other household items “drama” you aren’t likely to experience any from your pet. These beautiful creatures live each day like it’s their only day to exist. They aren’t going to dwell on the past or care what happened just five minutes ago. They couldn’t care less whose boyfriend you stole last year or that you were the only family member to not chip in for your father’s birthday gift. None of the petty situations in life matter to your pets, creating a drama free environment for you to live in.

2 – Your pet will never leave you.

It can be extremely painful to lose a friend when he/she leaves town or just stops communicating all together. A pet will never do this because a) it’s probably trapped in a fence or house, but also because b) it loves its owner unconditionally. It relies on the caregiver for companionship, food, and water and will be eternally grateful for these selfless services. It will never take off to another state for a job opportunity, clean out its closet to go take care of its sick relative, or grow tired of you and leave without notice. After adopting a pet, the worry that the new trusty companion might leave will never be an issue. It will be faithful and loyal until the very end.

3 – Your pet absolutely depends on you.

The feeling of not being needed by our friends can cause serious self-worth, value, and esteem issues. A pet, however, will forever be alive due to the loving hands of its owner. It will need you from day one until your time together comes to a close. You are the most important person on the planet to your furry friends. Being valued can make anyone feel needed and necessary.  

4 – Your pet will always be excited to see you.

It’s the best part of the work day when you’re free to go home and excite the senses of your eager pet. It will run to the door to greet you with a wagging tail, meowing voice, or a purring belly. Whether you are gone two minutes or two days, you can look forward to that pure, genuine excitement from your pet after being without you for any length of time. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that no matter how bad the work day may be, there will be an ecstatic little furball awaiting your homecoming with kisses and sweetness?

5 – You’re free to speak your mind without fear of judgement when venting to your pet.

Most often when we vent, we aren’t seeking advice or opinions, we just need someone to listen. Your secrets and views about the world will always be safe within the mind of your furry companion. It won’t judge you for feeling angry, sad, or even extremely happy. It will sit there with its sensitive ears and take in every single word you say to it. Who better to spill your darkest secrets to?

6 – Pets are not materialistic and will never ask for too much.

Friends might only hang around as long as you are the one paying for events. They might not want to hang out with you at all if you drive a rusty car, use a flip phone from 2008, or live in a sketchy apartment. Or your friends might just constantly judge your fashion styles and weird hobbies.

You know who will never even care about any of that stuff? Your pet. A pet can have entertainment for days with a cereal box it pulled out of the trash can. That’s the true meaning of “making the most of what you have.”

Feed the pets, give them water, take them to receive annual shots, and spend some time with them – that’s about it. They’re not going to ask for a brand new car, for a fancy dinner, for a cake on their birthdays (of course, you can if you prefer to celebrate the special occasion), and most of their toys can be made from random, cheap items around the house. No complaints, no snarky remarks, just you and your pet living each day with what you have.

If loneliness is beating down on you each night, stay out of the bars, clubs, and online dating sites. Check out the local animal shelter, save a life, and enjoy all the awesome benefits that come with taking care of an amazing animal. That pesky loneliness will go away and you will secure a lifelong, loyal companion.

 

 

References:

Jacobs Bao, K. and Schreer, G. (2016) Pets and Happiness: Examining the Association  

Between Pet Ownership and Wellbeing, Anthrzoös, 29:2, 283-296, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721>

This Will Make You Want a Pet

Pets, Wildlife

Lifetime pet owners often preach about the happiness and comfort their pets bring them. Whether the pets are causing laughter with their odd, silly behavior or cuddling beside the owner when he/she is not feeling well, many pet owners truly believe their pets have positive effects on their health. However, for those who have never owned a cat, dog, hamster, bird, or any other type of animal, these statements can sound irrational and heavily biased.

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There is good news for those who love their animal companions – research shows that pets can, in fact, help to improve the overall health of their human caretakers.

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Physical Health

Heart Disease is the number one killer of U.S. adults, for both men and women of all different ethnicities.

Having high blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the major factors that can lead a person straight to chronic heart disease. Some studies have shown that owning a pet can cause a decrease in blood pressure and reduce the chances of heart related mortality.

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Interactions with pets can also lower cholesterol and reduce the risk cardiovascular disease overall.

So in addition to having a furry buddy around to keep you company, you could potentially be lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk for heart disease while simply hanging out with your pet.

Mental Health

Depression and Anxiety are two mental disparities that affect millions of people in the United States alone. Whether we are burdened by bad biology, constant daily stressors, or major life tragedies, these issues are extremely debilitating and can lead to added physical and mental health issues. Stress itself leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, and an overall reduction in quality of life.

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A pet can potentially be a source of happiness and joy, and act as a stress reducer in a person’s life. There have been studies that show that pet owners are generally more happy and feel safer than non-pet owners. They can also be a nice and fun distraction from everyday routine life. Most people live day to day in a work-eat-sleep (no fun) pattern. Having a pet around can bring gratification, connection, and put a huge smile on a person’s face.

Taking the focus off of ourselves to focus on the care and interests of a pet is also a great way to escape the madness inside our own minds and pay attention to external activities.

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Loneliness, a colossal component that can worsen the effects of anxiety and depression, can be alleviated by having a pet around. The companionship with and attachment to the pet can be almost as strong as the bond of a human relationship.

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Improvements in Behavior

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to several health issues including obesity, diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, and many other complications. Owning a pet can be a major motivator to get out and exercise. Whether it’s direct – for example, walking a dog on a leash every morning, or indirect – wanting to improve one’s own physical condition in order to be able to better care for the animal, a little furry friend might be just what a person needs to get out of the house and start living a more active lifestyle.

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Secondhand smoke can not only harm other people, but also animals that are often around the toxins. Owning an animal can provide the necessary motivation to put down the cigarettes for good and to ban them from the home altogether.

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Pets come with responsibility, but the rewards can far outweigh the tasks of taking good care of a furry friend. If you want to lower your chances of heart disease, lighten your mood, and adopt healthy behaviors, a new pet might be exactly what you need.

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Thanks for reading. My pets and I love you. ^_^

Carly Twelve

 

References

Hodgson, K., Barton, L., Darling, M., Antao, V., Kim, F.A., and Monavvari, A. (2015). Pets’ Impact on Your Patients’ Health: Leveraging Benefits and Mitigating Risk. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 28 (4), 526-534. Retrieved from http://jabfm.org/content/28/4/526.full.pdf+html?sid=ed70df62-a624-40af-98fb-0ef7537c4289

Jacobs Bao, K. and Schreer, G. (2016) Pets and Happiness: Examining the Association  Between Pet Ownership and Wellbeing, Anthrzoös, 29:2, 283-296, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721>