The Ten Commandments of Pet Ownership

This was written by © Stan Rawlinson (The Original Doglistener).
A professional full time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
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If your cat could talk about life, perhaps he might tell you...

  1. When you adopt me my life is likely to last 15 to 20 years. Please don't forsake me, any separation from you is painful.
  2. Please give me time to understand what it is you want from me. Change can be more difficult for me than for you.
  3. Please don't be angry with me for a long time, and don't lock me up alone as punishment. You have your human family, your friends, your entertainment and I ONLY HAVE YOU!!!
  4. Please trust me and help me to trust you... it is crucial for my well being as well as yours.
  5. Talk to me... even if you think I don't understand your words. I understand your voice and love when you speak to me and stroke me.
  6. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth and claws and could easily hurt you - but I choose not to bite and scratch - because I love you.
  7. Be aware, that however you treat me, I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
  8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative or bad, ask yourself if maybe something is wrong. Is there another reason for my behavior? Perhaps I am sick, hot, old or just plain tired, frustrated and weak. PLEASE TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE ME. Put yourself in my place.
  9. Please take care of me when I get old. Don't abandon me, for you too will grow old. Please notice when I am ill because I need you to take me to the vet for help when I am sick - just as you need to see a doctor.
  10. Go with me on the most difficult journey. Never say, "I can't bear to watch" or "Do it when I leave". I need you with me even at the end of my life. Please always do what is best for me even if it is unbearable for you to do so - because I love you and trust that you will.

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