Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Holidays and Observances for January 22nd 2014

National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day

It’s National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! Ever wondered why your feline companion acts a certain way or starts meowing at you for no apparent reason? Today is the day to unravel the mystery!

Cats and humans have a long and illustrious history of cohabitation. Historians believe that cats were domesticated as early as 12,000 years ago, but we still don’t fully understand each other.

To participate in National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, heighten your awareness of your cat’s needs and recognize when he or she trying to ask you something. Here’s a list of possible cat questions and answers compiled by the California Veterinary Medical Association. Enjoy!

1. I love it inside, but sometimes I want to go out and roam around. Is that OK?
The great outdoors may look enticing, but it’s best to stay inside. Indoor cats live longer and have fewer diseases and injuries than outdoor cats. A nice window with a good view can help cats experience outdoor attractions.

2. Should my fur be brushed? And do I really need to take baths?
It’s not critical to brush short-haired cats, but long-haired cats need frequent brushing to prevent them from developing matted fur. Cats typically don’t need baths; they keep themselves pretty clean on their own.

3. Are hairballs a common malady? What can my human do to prevent them?
Hairballs can be common, especially in long-haired cats. Lots of brushing and a diet with increased fiber can help curtail hairballs.

4. My house is so warm and cozy, do I really need an annual exam?
Yes. One year in a cat’s life is comparable to five to seven years in a human life, and many things could happen within that time frame. Cats should be examined yearly to look for problems and to ensure they are staying healthy.

5. My human always complains that I have bad breath. I think it smells great!
Bad breath is an indication of gingivitis, which is a common problem in cats due to lack of brushing and flossing. If left untreated, it can develop into periodontal disease resulting in painful abscesses and tooth loss. Cats should have their teeth examined yearly and cleaned in the early stages of gingivitis to prevent further complications.

6. Can I take human medicines like aspirin, anti-diarrheal medication or other over-the-counter products designed for humans?
Absolutely not. Cats should never be given medication intended for humans unless prescribed by a veterinarian. Cats are sensitive to these medications, which could cause severe illness or death if ingested.

7. What about heartworms, fleas and ticks? Can anything protect me from these pests?
Medications are available to protect cats from all of these parasites, and veterinarians can recommend effective treatments.

Celebration of Life Day

Celebration Of Life Day is when we take a step back and truly appreciate our children and grandchildren. Granted, some may do this on an everyday basis, but it’s an opportunity to look at our young ones’ lives from a different angle, think about what it is that makes them truly special, and of course, to lavish treats upon them if we so wish, be it an ice cream or a trip to Disneyland.

It can be easy to forget that our children and grandchildren are people in their own right. You’ve helped them to discover themselves over the years, but you can’t take all the credit. Their life choices are ultimately down to them; sometimes they’ll do you proud, and other times, as is the case with us all, they’ll make mistakes. So be the one who’s there to offer congratulations, or encouragement to pick themselves up when they fall. And above all else, as cheesy as it may sound, show that you love them.

National Blonde Brownie Day

Hey, Blondie! You know what January 22 is? It's National Blonde Brownie Day!

Blonde or butterscotch brownies, also known as "blondies," pack the sweetness without the caffeine kick of chocolate.

They are made with a brown sugar base and baked like any dessert bar. If your brownies have ever turned out a little bitter, never fear - the brown sugar will take you away on a wave of sweetness.

To amp up the flavor of the chocolate-less baked goodness, you might want to toss in chocolate chips, coconut, toffee, candy or nuts. When you add chopped nuts and shredded coconut, the treat is technically classified as a "dream bar," but we think you're still safe to enjoy one today.

Bake up a pan of blonde brownie goodness, drench it in caramel sauce or save it as the base for your ice cream sundae. You won't be disappointed that chocolate didn't show up to the party.

Roe vs. Wade Day

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. Decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women's health. Arguing that these state interests became stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the trimester of pregnancy.

The Court later rejected Roe's trimester framework, while affirming Roe's central holding that a person has a right to abortion until viability. The Roe decision defined "viable" as being "potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid", adding that viability "is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks."

In disallowing many state and federal restrictions on abortion in the United States, Roe v. Wade prompted a national debate that continues today, about issues including whether and to what extent abortion should be legal, who should decide the legality of abortion, what methods the Supreme Court should use in constitutional adjudication, and what the role should be of religious and moral views in the political sphere. Roe v. Wade reshaped national politics, dividing much of the United States into pro-choice and pro-life camps, while activating grassroots movements on both sides.