Saturday, November 25, 2006

An inconvenient truth?

[Will global warming turn my fur pink? Sure, it looks good in a Warhol-style portrait, but permanently?]

I'm a bit worried.

The housepeople have been talking lots lately about something called 'global warming'. At first, I thought it sounded awesome... I had visions of some elaborate worldwide air conditioning system that would standardise the global temperature to PTFC all year round (Perfect temperature for cats: 22degC. That's around 71.6degF for my Northern Hemispherean cousins). That would be sweet. But global warming won't be like that in reality. Here's just a few reasons that I think global warming will probably be bad for cats:

1) More erratic weather patterns: Those of you in Australia will know what I'm talking about, given our weather in the last few months. 32 degrees, strong winds and bushfires one day, rain, hail, strong winds and snow the next! Fewer PTFC days, waaay too many THFC days (Too hot for cats). And a bit of wind is great (it carries a lot of interesting smells along with it) but strong winds mess up my fur and put my whiskers out of order.

2)Melting of polar ice caps > rising sea levels: especially bad for cats who live on small islands/low-lying/coastal areas/near the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. I hate getting my paws wet!! This will result in territory loss, and more cats competing for less territory. It will be all work and no play.

3) I can't see these things being very good for our prey, either. Farmers won't be able to grow chickens and cows and turkeys in drought conditions. On the positive side, I have heard that it will be good for pest animals like flies and mice and rats, which I love to catch. But we'll have to hunt more for our food, which will again reduce important sleeping time.

I don't think it's a risk that we can afford. What are your thoughts, cats of the world?

--Pabs

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's scary, Pablo. I hate to get wet!

Anonymous said...

Turning pink might be fun. Very feminine. (and I'm a girl)

Anonymous said...

dogs don't look good in pink. I also don't mind water as long as my feet can touch the bottom.

ckhnat said...

I was wondering if you knew of a cat that would need a good home in August. Mike and I may be interested in providing companionship for a feline friend of yours.

Mel & Paulo said...

Hi Pablo. My brother Dazza, says that pink is the new Black, so not to worry!!! you'll be in fashion!!! Mel

Pablo said...

Plenty of awseome cats up at the Hobart Cat Centre who would love some companionship, Christine! (see the link on my blog.) Kittens, youngcats, grownup cats, stripecats, block colour cats, take your pick...

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you rather have a dog?

Beto said...

Dog and a cat ;)

Hot(M)BC said...

Getting wet is nasty! I'll hafta talk to Mommy bout this.
Oh, and I's put your linky on our Cat Blogosphere blogroll and our site too :) We'll announce you at the Bloggysphere today or tomorry.
Purrrrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee

THE ZOO said...

hi pablo. yoos very smart.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Hi Pablo! I'm so excited to meet you! I am a "house panther" and live with my mommy and daddy in Ohio in the United States. We live just North of Cincinnati(you'll never find "Liberty Township" on a map so if you see Cincinnati, you'll find us).
I posted your linky on the Cat Blogosphere news page so everyone can find you. There are a lot of good people and cats all around the kitty blogosphere.
I'm always excited to meet cats from around the world and I hope you'll come visit my page.
I'm going to put a linky to your blog on my page if that is OK.

Anonymous said...

hello this is sydneys mom here, just wondering if this account works on posting, sydney is getting very sensitive about not being seen on your post....;p

Pablo said...

Sydney's mum: it worked! Don't know what the deal is with Sydney's comments not working. Maybe he's hitting the keyboard too hard... dogs are never so good with the fine motor skills...

Diamond said...

Pablo, you make me worry even more. I don't think that pink fur would suit me.
Diamond

Diamond said...

Hi Pablo, I don't want pink fur as it wouldn't suit me. I am very fussy about my appearance.
Diamond