This morning I talked to a 2nd grade class of Tallinn Nõmme Gymnasium about the basic needs of all sentient non-human animals with a specific focus on domesticated cats. I explined why animal shelters are needed, and what are the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer. I also reflected on the wonderful world of cats, e.g. what are their unique features and how to enhance their wellbeing. Most importantly, I gave some basic and highly important tips and hints how to massage a cat (or a dog) in order to make them know how much the kids love them.
I also answered many questions raised by the kids, e.g. why animals are in cages, why does Pantrik the Cat have only one fang, do non-human persons have fangs, what happens with a cat after a death injection [euthanasia], how old must a person be in order to become a volunteer [at a cat shelter], how many cats are at shelters, how old am I, do I also communicate with dogs, what is the name of the red cat [on a photo I showed].
Thank you, kids! Thank you, Tallinn Nõmme Gymnasium!