Elegant Cats And Feline Asthma


Nothing like a little serious fun once in a while, no? Or, rather, I should say, in French,n’est-ce pas? That’s because I just fell in love with the most seriously cuddly book about cats posing, or simply caught mid-yowl, in some of France’s most beautiful spots, which means, some of the world’s most beautiful spots. (Needless to say, I am a Francophile.)

The French Cat, by photographer Rachael Hale, who just happens to be one of the world’s most successful animal photographers, is full of elegant, sweet, sunning, stretching, snobbing and snarling and smiling cats–perched on velvet chaises, playing in topiary, examining rivers, eyeing wrought iron bird cages. Cats are wonderfully charismatic, whatever they are doing. I haven’t had a cat in years, since I found the beloved white Balthazar with opposable thumbs, a tiny kitten curled in a shoe in my dorm room closet, where he suckled off a sweater lying on the floor (okay, I was a messy college student, I admit it.) Love at first sight.

Rachel is a new mom, and this book is also the story of her new life in France with her husband and baby. What does all this have to do with air pollution, you ask? Lest you think I can find trouble underneath every silver lining, let me assure you I’m not making this up. I want to alert you to a condition called feline asthma. This is serious. Air pollution triggers asthma – and other respiratory ailments–in cats, just as it does in children, and grown ups.

Any mom who has taught children how to raise and cherish a pet knows how fully a family gives its heart to its cats–and dogs, guinea pigs, lizards, toads, you name it. When the pet falls ill, the children suffer too; just as moms do, when their children are ill.

Air pollution is bad for all living creatures; it harms children disproportionately, damaging their lungs, hearts, and brains. So join me and thousands of moms and dads, in using our hearts, lungs and brains–and shouting out support for the Clean Air Act. Cats around the world will thank us, too. BRAVO! MERCI! PURRRR….

Earlier: Pollution Hurts Animals Too



Esmi Johnson
Esmi Johnson2 years ago

These are most useful information for pets they deserve a better life and healthier life not like this. actually in my knowledge there are so many thing the pet owner should aware to keep the pet in perfect condition.

Latonya W.
Latonya W6 years ago


Nancy P.
Nancy P6 years ago

Thanks, feline asthma is common in cats and if gone undiagnosed can be fatal in cats....

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Dianne D.
Dianne D6 years ago

We need to get back to clean air, water and soil. The big corporations and farmers have been poisoning us since the 1940's industrial age and it's time we take what is rightfully ours, back.

Ruth S.
Ruth C6 years ago

Beautiful kitty in the picture.

Keo Laura B.
keo bouche6 years ago

very nice article !!!! Love it !
J'adore cet article ! très mignon... Et si vrai ! Les chats sont de facétieux magiciens...
Best wishes from France !
love, kéo

Kath R.
Kath P6 years ago

So cute...thanks.

Rita White
Rita White6 years ago

Thanks for the article

Magdalena K.
Past Member 6 years ago