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The Linden Ponds Cat Club: practical and personal

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November 23rd, 2009
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Sitting around a large table at Linden Ponds Acorn Pub, the ladies talk and laugh like any group of friends with similar interests. Meanwhile, what originally brought them together is roaming around or sleeping back in their respective apartment homes. [caption id="attachment_6753" align="alignright" width="224" caption="While searching for a new home, Dorothy Dee Tyack (pictured) told herself, I have to be able to bring my cat, and I have to be able to open the door and step outside. She accomplished both, but her Maine Coon cat, Amber, usually prefers the indoors. (Photo by Setarreh Massihzadegan)"]Linden Ponds. It means a lot to have an animal, Hommel says. Jean Whelan, president of the Linden Ponds Cat Club, agrees: [Studies have] shown that, therapeutically, it s really important to have that interaction. Whelan recently began bringing in speakers to talk with the group about cat-relevant topics. A local veterinarian discussed cat care and answered questions, and the director of the Massachusetts Humane Society spoke about the shelter, prompting the Cat Club to begin collecting donations to send to the facility.

Practical matters

[caption id="attachment_6755" align="alignright" width="224" caption="Dorothy Dee Tyack s Maine Coon cat, Amber. (Photo by Setarreh Massihzadegan)"][/caption] In addition to education and friendship, members gain from their club s practicality. If they are going on vacation, they can rely on one or more group members to care for their pet(s) while they are away. ' And every few months, Churchill arranges for a local specialist to come and clip the nails of cats in the community. Bringing the cat to the veterinarian for nail clippings can be onerous, Churchill explains, so members are grateful for her work. She has two lists of 20 people who require the service. It has turned into quite a job, she says, but everybody is so happy. And the cat owners aren t the only ones relieved to have the service brought to them.

Safe place for scaredy cats

While searching for a new home, Dorothy Dee Tyack told herself, I have to be able to bring my cat, and I have to be able to open the door and step outside. She accomplished both, but her Maine Coon cat, Amber, usually prefers the indoors. I moved from California, and my cat had never seen snow, Tyack says. She was dying to get out she jumped out and looked horrified!

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