The final session of this year's Giving Strays a Home—Concern for Animals Talks was "Life of A-ma Huang with his Harem," which was held on November 21 at the National Library of Public Information. Apart from sharing amusing stories about Zhi-ming's and Li-mao's life with their "emperor cats," this talk also used humorous methods to teach listeners about the various problems they may face when raising cats.
In recent years, a growing number of people have decided to raise cats. But apart from enjoying their cats' company and therapeutic benefits, "cat slaves" must also deal with the issues of everyday cat care, not to mention the fact that cats may become sick and require large veterinary costs. The Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office therefore hopes that, before they get a pet, everyone will assess whether they are able to provide appropriate care and have the ability to keep pets to the end of their lives, and will not impulsively rush out to buy a pet. In this talk, Zhi-ming and Li-mao noted that apart from their carefree lives in the harem, they actually have to deal with many of the other common problems facing households with multiple cats—problems which include guarding food and conflicts between cats. They further told listeners how they gradually overcame these problems through continued companionship and patience, and maintain peace and happiness in the harem. Zhi-ming and Li-mao also provided a detailed introduction to the preparations needed when getting an emperor cat, and the difficult situations encountered after getting one, which gave all the listeners thinking of getting a cat the knowledge they needed to confidently welcome their own cat emperors.
This year's Happy Furry Children Living Classes and Giving Strays a Home—Concern for Animals Talks have both come to an end. During this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we thank all the participants for their support and cooperation with disease prevention measures, which made these programs so successful. Looking ahead to next year, the Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office will continue to hold highly-informative classes and talks. We therefore ask all interested members of the public to continue to watch the Health Inspection Office's website and key an eye out for the newest information!