I’ve always been a cat person. Well, since I was about 12 years old anyway, that’s the first time I remember having a pet cat. We named her Kitty. Original, I know. She had kittens and they were given away. I don’t know what happened to her in the end when my parents moved us to an apartment in the city. And I don’t think we ever had another cat after that. A dog, yes. A cat…I don’t think so. Some things went fuzzy during my high school years.
When I got married at the age of 23, I did the unthinkable. I married a man who hates cats. And then, six years later I convinced him that I had to have one. A long hunt for the right cat ended with some scratches, a new belief in devil cats, and Stanlie. Our beloved, gender confused, ball of fur who allows us to live with him, but seems to like everyone else she meets. (See the “him” and “her” in that sentence? Gender confused, seriously. Someday, I’ll tell you the whole story.)
Today’s story has to do with big cats. Big cats and one little girl who loves them and thinks the world should be working harder to save the endangered species. Specifically, the tiger.
A few weeks ago, my niece informed her mom that tigers are endangered. Her concern for the big cuddly kittens has been on the forefront of her mind. My sister later shared this link with me: Adopt a Tiger. Apparently these big cats are “one of the most threatened species on Earth.”
And the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) isn’t the only organization interested in getting the word out on saving the tigers. J.A. Mills, author of Blood of the Tiger: A story of conspiracy, greed, and the battle to save a magnificent species is also raising awareness on the issue. I have not yet read this book, but the first couple of pages grabbed my attention.
So, if you’re a fan of cats and still looking for that perfect gift to give someone, how about adopting a tiger? You won’t have to worry about a cage big enough to house the precious kitty, but your loved one will get some cute, tiger-like gifts, and get to be part of the solution for this endangered species.