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Posted on 11-17-2014

(For those who don't know, Blake and Sasha are the cats that live at Southfork Animal Hospital. Blake is the yellow one who would just like to be left alone unless you are letting him outside to lay in the sun.  Sasha is the grey Persian who lays anywhere and likes to chase Blake for fun.)

It is the Thanksgiving season and we know the entire staff is thankful for us EVERY DAY.  So, we thought we would list the top five things we and our friends are thankful for.

LIVING INDOORS.  We have always been indoor cats but we have friends who have to survive outdoors in the cold.  It is a hard, dangerous life with no warm places to sleep and no regular meals. Despite what some people think, cats can not fend for themselves outside.

BEING HEALTHY.  We get regular veterinary care and special prescription food.  A lot of our friends are not taken to the veterinarian yearly.  They wanted us to tell you they need dental care, help with their arthritis and help maintaining a healthy weight.  They may act stressed at the veterinarian but they know you are doing what is best for them.

WONDERFUL TOYS.  We would get so bored without our perches where we can survey the surroundings and our toys to bat around and the feathers to play with.   Being active keeps us happy and svelte.

DELICIOUS FOOD.  We love to eat but our food is measured and formulated for our specific needs. We don't have to hunt for it.  We are not fat so should live for a long time with fewer diseases.

AFFECTION.  What we cats really love is attention from our people.  Sometimes we like to be petted or played with or talked to.  We cats are independent but secretly, deep down inside, love our people.

This Thanksgiving, take a few extra moments to show your cats how thankful you are to have them in your life.  Take your cat to the veterinarian for care.  Adopt a cat that needs a home.  Spend a little more time playing with them.  You might be surprised at how quickly you get thanks right back through a head nudge and a purr.

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