Sunday Quotes: Tired


If you’ve been feeling really tired lately, you’re not alone. From the start of the pandemic, I’ve felt almost constant exhaustion. It takes so much energy just to get through the day, never mind getting any meaningful work done. I wasn’t able to find the source for today’s quote, but it accurately describes how I feel some days.

Pandemic fatigue is a thing, and it manifests in two different ways. For some, it has resulted in relaxing their guard and easing up on taking precautions. For others, it has taken a serious toll on both emotional and physical health. And fighting it takes energy that many of us don’t have right now.

If you fall into the category of those who have relaxed their vigilance against the virus, you will need to shift your mindset. Early in the pandemic, most of us were driven by fear. However, over time, the brain adapts to threats, and our 24/7 news cycle with its constant warnings contributes to desensitizing people to the fact that the threat isn’t any less serious now than it was three months ago. If fear is no longer enough of a motivator for you to make sure you don’t let down your guard,  you’ll need to find a different inspiration. Maybe the reward for continuing to be careful is as simple as your own health, maybe it’s the health of a family member or friend. We are all in this together, and what we do impacts everyone we come into contact with.

If you’re suffering from emotional and physical stress fatigue, it helps to be aware that what you’re going through, even three months into this, is grief. Even if we’ve been lucky enough to not lose someone we love to this awful disease, we’ve all lost so much. Our way of life has changed in ways we never could have imagined. Hopefully by now, you have some coping mechanisms in place to help you deal with pandemic stress. Eating well, getting some exercise, getting out in nature every day, getting enough sleep, and, and I can’t stress this enough, limiting your exposure to the news, all help manage emotional pandemic fatigue and stress.

One thing that has made a big difference for me is a 36 hour news break once a week. I’ve done this for the past three weeks: from Saturday afternoon through Monday morning, I do not check the news. And the difference has been remarkable. I’m less fatigued, I sleep better for two nights in a row, and I just feel lighter overall.

And of course, Allegra has been a wonderful example on how not to get stressed. If only we could relax as easily as our cats! Just watching her sleep in her favorite sun puddle always brings a peaceful feeling. And sometimes, curling up next to her for a nap of my own is exactly what this tired body and mind need.

Are you feeling pandemic fatigue? How does it manifest for you and how do you cope?

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Mews and Nips: Pearl the Cat is in Charge of a Watermelon Farm


Pearl, a somewhat grumpy looking cat in Thailand, won’t let anyone get away with tasting a delicious watermelon without paying for it first! Pearl has been guarding a watermelon stand for six years. Despite his intense glare, his human says he’s one of the sweetest boys in the village. Visit Bored Panda for more wonderful photos of Pearl on the job and enjoy the video below of Pearl on his way to work.

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Meet Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go


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Meet Summer, a stunning six-year-old Somali who shares her adventures on her blog Sparkle Cat.  She was born on March 10, 2014, and was given the full name of RW GP Tajhara Summer Samba. She is an award winning show cat whose happy, friendly disposition made her an ideal candidate to be a therapy cat. We are big fans of Summer and have been following her blog for a long time. I recently had a chance to interview Summer’s human, Janiss Garza, and I think you’ll enjoy learning more about this playful, mischievous and sweet kitty. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Adopt-a-Cat Month During the Pandemic


One of the few silver linings of this pandemic has been that pet adoptions and fosters have increased tremendously while people are staying home, in some cases, even clearing out some shelters. But even with increased adoptions, there are still plenty of cats waiting for their forever homes. June is traditionally Adopt-a-Cat Month. While shelters in some states are slowly reopening and starting in person adoptions again, others are still only doing virtual adoptions. Check with your local shelter if you’re thinking about adopting, but don’t let the idea of adopting a cat virtually stop you from considering it. Visit The Verge for a comprehensive article about how to adopt a pet virtually and safely. For more on virtual adoptions, read our recent feature about how one Washington DC area based rescue group successfully handles contactless adoptions.

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Review: How to Take Awesome Photos of Cats


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Andrew Marttila is one of the most talented cat photographers I know. His images feature celebrity cats, shelter cats, and house cats with a level of detail that captures each cat’s essence. Andrew graduated with a degree in neuroscience, but he took a different career path when his social media took off while he was finishing school. In How to Take Awesome Photos of Cats, Andrew shares his wealth of knowledge about cat photography. Continue reading…

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