With the end of 2019 right around the corner, as well as a decade, mom has been thinking about how things have moved forward in many positive ways for cats.
Since she first adopted me and dedicated herself to helping cat rescue as a way of giving back, she took a deep-dive into the cat world and researched cat allergies, the feline diet and behavioral cat issues.
Three years ago, we launched Best Life Pets to share with you our experiences for a holistic and sustainable lifestyle for cats.
We kept the basics simple so that any cat owner could slowly but surely transition their feline to a better life nutritionally and environmentally.
Our aim was to elevate all cats’ lives to their rightful position by addressing their unique needs holistically and sustainably. Cats suffer from a lot of misinformation and it is only just recently that mom says she sees a major shift in the way of thinking about cats, particularly among the millennials and Gen Z.
What sounded “radical” at the time five years ago about how cats should be cared for, is now starting to become the “norm” for many new pet owners. Millennials are the largest group of pet parents today with approximately 70% of them having a pet.
They are research-driven by the device in their hands to find out “why their cat is doing such and such” or “what is the best organic food to feed their cat”. And because of the digital age we live in, news travels fast and cats’ lives have improved in many ways, though we still have a long way to go!
Here are a few examples of the advances in cats’ lives:
Diet and Nutrition
The raw diet is here to stay as cat owners get educated about a cat’s need to eat a biologically appropriate raw food diet with 90+ whole animal protein! Frozen, freeze-dried or dehydrated and priced to compete with commercial brands, many more cat and dog owners are switching to the raw diet.
Indoor Only Living
More and more pet owners are understanding that cats should never be allowed to free-roam outside. There are many multiples of reasons why us cats should remain indoors only and cat owners are changing the way they think about the idea that “cats must go outside”. It is simply not true and downright dangerous to our longterm wellbeing to let us roam outside.
Keeping Cats Safe From Themselves
You know what they say about curiosity and cats! Pet parents are paying attention to all the ways cats and dogs can get into trouble in their own home. Poison-proof your home and environment for the sake of your pet.
Enriching the Indoor Experience for Cats
Cat lovers get the fact that their ancestral needs include giving them lots of climbing levels and spots near the windows, and be sure that you always have two cats as we are not solitary animals, or at least a canine buddy to hang with.
Trends in Cat Rescue
Since millennials are starting to get actively involved with cat rescue, you are seeing their influence with the new venues for cat adoption such as the cat cafes that are popping up. TNR initiatives have also seen more men get involved than previous generations which were mostly dominated by women trapping, feeding and fostering. And as communities see more diversity so do the TNR efforts - more and more people are becoming interested in the cause. Mom is also so excited to see that there is an increase in younger volunteers in the TNR initiatives!
The more people in general who understand that trap-neuter-release is the only way to curb the population growth, the more cats who will be spared a rough life on the streets in this country.
We can’t wait to see what the new decade holds for cats everywhere!