Being a “digital native,” I’ve seen and read my share of amazing and unusual stories online. One of these stories, a retirement house for cats, caught my attention this week. The home is called the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats in the United Kingdom and it provides a retreat for the critters who outlive their owners. How comforting is it to know that your beloved pet is going to be happy and looked after, even when you’re no longer here?
The story was reported in Mashable, and they have pictures of the “home,” which looks more like a traditional pet care facility, except for a common area with a fireplace and couch. I wonder if the cats get some kind of physical activity or time outside, or what would happen if a cat doesn’t get along with the others. And while the retirement cat house doesn’t come cheap, it seems like a good idea to keep animals from becoming homeless or ending up euthanized in a shelter.
But, here’s the thing: If we love our pets enough to have pet health insurance and retirement options, why don’t we take better care of ourselves and our retirement?
Another interesting story that I came across told the tale of a Dutch village where all of the residents have Alzheimer’s disease. The article was making the Internet rounds again after first being reported back in 2012. This time, I read it on The Atlantic, here. It is an isolated village called Hogewey near Amsterdam in The Netherlands.