Recently I read the Pet’s Ten Commandments at PetsHealth.com, and was touched by the list.

I think a lot of “passive” animal cruelty (not giving pets the love and attention they crave, which can result in behavior problems) could be avoided if all pet owners understood that they’re not “just cats.”

Cats and dogs (and other pets) are sentient beings with as rich an emotional life as you or I, and they need our love, care and approval just as they need food, water and air.

My Cat Dee

Here are the Pet’s Ten Commandments:

  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Please understand that any separation from you is likely to be painful. 


  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. 


  3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. 


  4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments, but I have only you. 


  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. 


  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. 


  7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite or scratch you. 


  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak. 


  9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old. 


  10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
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