The Most Important Member, You

The Most Important Member, You

When I started the Feline Nutrition Education Society in 2008, one of the first things we had to do was name the organization. People usually don't think about the naming of things, and how much a name can influence the character of a person or a group. Names matter. I thought long and hard about it. The Feline Nutrition part came naturally; that is the core of what we are all about. We chose feline over cat, as feline evokes the scientific and science is at the core of our world view. Education was what we intended to do and are doing now.
After going through all the possible choices for the last word — organization, association, group, and more — we realized that Society was the only choice. We are a society in the most literal definition: a group of people distinguished by mutual interests and participation in shared culture.
We all have the same basic interest, cats and their health and well-being. I have never ceased to be amazed at how having cats transcends all borders, languages and everything else that divides people. How many times have you seen images of someone in a completely different culture, location and circumstance than your own, been aware of how different their life was from your own, only to see that they had a cat? Suddenly, all the differences mean nothing, and you realize they are just like you, someone who loves cats. At the heart of it, we are all the same. That is the power of a shared interest.
So, we are a society of all those who love our cats and want the best for these wonderful beings who bring so much to our lives. It doesn't matter where you live or what you do or how old you are; this is a society that goes beyond that. The cats can't speak up; we have to be their voice. We have to be the voice that advocates for them and their health in a world that sometimes doesn't understand how important these animals are to the people who love and care for them.
Your membership in the Society is a statement of the importance you place on the health of these magnificent creatures who share our lives. We start with the fundamental idea that proper nutrition is the basis of health, and that we can have a huge impact on the lives of cats by feeding a bio-appropriate diet. Join us, and people from all over, in changing how cats are fed. Every member matters. Whether you have one cat, ten cats or even no cats, your membership helps us advance the fight to change how cats are fed.
With your help, the status quo doesn't stand a chance.
Margaret Gates is the founder the Feline Nutrition Foundation.
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