3 Reasons Obama Should Choose A Cat – Not a Dog.
1. Vote a cat for first pet choice. Dogs already get more than their fair share of exposure. We have glorified the dog for far too long.
If you think about the way dogs are portrayed it is always as the hero – Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Old Yeller, Snoopy, Clifford. But we portray cats in a much less noble light – Garfield (fat and lazy), Bowzer (the cat Mr Magoo thought was a dog), The mean cats in Lady and Tramp (Of course the two loveable dogs got top billing), even Cat Woman was a villain.
It is time for cats to be honoured instead of treated like inferior citizens. And who better than Obama to bring about this change, a man who has broken many stereo types himself. A cat is the best pet choice.
2. Increasingly more cats are finding their way to animal shelters and shockingly only around 2% are returned to their owners according to the NCPPSP survey. A much greater 15.8% of dogs make it home. A staggering 71% of cats entering shelters are euthanized according to the survey. This statistic needs turning around and the change needs to be made by examples set at the highest level. Bring about change President Obama and adopt a cat.
3. Cats are not treated equal when it comes to care. The American Veterinary Medical Association released a survey indicating that more than a third of our cats are not treated to a health check, and the number is increasing. The number of dogs that never get medical is attention is half that, and obviously this is because we place a higher value on the beloved dog.
Our purpose here is not to reduce the care dogs receive but to suggest it is time we increased the care available to our cats. Because dogs are valued more the amount of money spent on dog health research is much greater, 3 times greater according the number of applications for grants from the Morris Animal Foundation.
A high profile champion of the cat cause is needed, and there can be no greater profile than that of the office of First Cat. Make your petition to President Obama to lead from the front and adopt a cat today. Why should he be pressured into getting a dog just because the previous Presidents had one. The final reason has to be that we all know cats would make much cuter pictures for presidential photo shoots than dogs!