Frequently Asked Questions



  • Cat vs Kitten -- Which One is Right for You?
    26-08-2016
    Josie is a tabby with white paws and a white bib. She has a cute little short tail and adorable round face.

    Why adopt an adult cat vs. a kitten?

    • Adult cats generally are better for households with small children. Kittens can play rough and cause harm to children by biting or scratching if they are scared.
      Children sometimes handle kittens too roughly and can cause harm. Adult cats are more mellow, and often more patient with young children.
    • Adult cats require less attention and supervision. They may choose to curl up in a sunny spot in front of a window, instead of climbing up the back of your couch, chewing electrical cords, knocking over knickknacks and running all over the house.
    • If you have an older cat in your home and are looking for a friend for him/her, another adult cat may be the best option. Kittens can be too playful for an older cat and annoy him/her instead of providing companionship.
    • Adult cats may sleep at the foot of your bed or in a cozy spot in your bedroom or under your bed, while a kitten will most likely run around all night climbing on anything low enough to jump on, including you.
    • If you are elderly, work long days, or have children under six, consider adopting an adult cat.
    • Some adult cats are single-household cats. If you only want one, an adult cat is recommended. A young kitten will probably get lonely if left at home alone all day.
    • Most adult cats are already litterbox trained and know to use scratching posts instead of your furniture or drapes.
    orange and whiteWhy adopt a kitten vs. an adult cat?

    • Kittens are so adorable!
    • They are full of energy and love to play, which is very entertaining to watch.
    • Kittens are often easier to introduce into a household with
      existing young adult cat(s). Kittens are small, so they aren't seen as much of a threat by adult cats.
    • With a lot of patience and consistency, kittens can be
      trained to only scratch designated areas (scratching posts), to not jump on tables and counters, etc.
    • If you adopt two kittens, they will have someone to play with (besides you) and can keep themselves entertained much of the time.
    • Kittens love attention and enjoy playing with their owners.
    • Kittens are a good choice for households with older children
      who can handle them gently.
    • Kittens are generally easy to introduce into households with
      other animals (dogs, bunnies, etc.)

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  • 420,000 Kittens
    25-08-2016

    pair of ragdollsAn average cat has 1-9 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year. In her productive life, a single female cat could have more than 100 kittens. In just seven years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering 420,000 kittens.

  • Why Siamese are Crosseyed
    25-08-2016

    KirySome Siamese cats appear cross-eyed because the nerves from the left side of the brain go mostly to the right eye and the nerves from the right side of the brain go mostly to the left eye. This causes some double vision, which the cat tries to correct by “crossing” its eyes.

     

    Kiry, one of our foster kitties that was adopted, is a great example of how this occurs.

  • Keep Lilies Away From Your Cats
    25-08-2016

    They’re beautiful!

                       They smell incredible!

                                         They are deadly!

     

    Asiatic Lily

    Lilies are one of the most beautiful and diversely colored flowers purchased in the spring. They are one of the most popular flowers in Easter bouquets and remind us that Winter is over.

    If you have cats, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and MeoowzResQ wants to remind you that these particular flowers, including but not limited to, Easter, Tiger, Asiatic Day, and Japanese Show lilies, are a safety threat to our beloved feline friends.

    Japanese Show Lily

    Eating small amounts of grass and plants is normal for cats. But the entire lily plant (leaf, pollen, & flower) is poisonous to them. Melanie McLean, an FDA veterinarian, reminds us, “Even if they just eat a couple of leaves or lick a few pollen grains off their fur, cats can suffer acute kidney failure within a very short period of time.”

    Calla Lilies

    If your cat has eaten part of a lily, the first thing you’ll notice is vomiting soon afterwards. That may gradually lessen over two to four hours. Within 12 to 24 hours, the cat may start to urinate frequently. Then, if kidney failure sets in, the cat will stop urinating because the kidneys stop being able to produce urine. Untreated, a cat will die within four to seven days of eating a lily.

    Young cats typically have healthy kidneys, so when a young cat shows signs of acute kidney damage, consumption of a toxic substance is one of the first things veterinarians investigate, McLean says.

    Asiatic Day Lilies

    Early veterinary treatment is critical. McLean says that even if you just suspect that your cat has eaten a lily, you should call your veterinarian immediately or, if the office is closed, take your cat to an emergency veterinary clinic. The vet may induce vomiting if the cat just ate the lily, and will give the cat intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and preserve kidney function.

    Other lilies, like Calla and Peace lilies, don’t cause fatal kidney failure, but they can irritate your cat’s mouth and esophagus. Lilies of the Valley are toxic to the heart, causing an abnormal heart rhythm. If you think your cat has eaten any type of lily, contact your veterinarian.

    Tiger Lily

    Lilies are not a great danger to dogs, McLean says. Dogs may have some gastrointestinal issues if they eat a lily, but nothing considered life-threatening.

    Does this mean that you can’t have lilies in your home if you have a cat? Although it’s best not to have them in your home, if you want to enjoy these pretty spring flowers, McLean says to be sure to keep the plant someplace that your high-jumping pet can’t reach.

    Visit the ASPCA’s website to view a list of plants that are toxic and non-toxic to cats.

  • Spraying/Marking Territory or Urinating
    25-08-2016

    spraying_vs_urinating_cat_behaviorThe most common behavior problem reported by cat owners is spraying. These cats do not have a litter box problem — it’s a communication problem. Urine marking is a form of communication used by cats.

     

    Rather than rewrite the information, please check the following links for great articles on spraying and urinating:

  • How to Tell a Kitten’s Age in 4 Steps
    26-08-2016

    When kittens enter your agency accompanied by little or no background information, do you know how to determine their ages? Age is an important factor in determining the best courses of care and socialization, and we have four key questions that can help.

    kitten-meow-nursery1) How do her teeth look? Baby teeth start to come in around 3 weeks of age and permanent teeth at 3-4 months. The middle incisors are the first to come in around 14 weeks, with the second and third incisors following at about 15 and 16 weeks, respectively. Kitten teeth are tiny, which makes it tricky to tell if the incisors are baby or permanent. It’s easiest when you have some of both to serve as a comparison. The baby teeth are a little smaller with pointed tips, while permanent teeth are a little wider with flat edges. Because the first two incisors in this kitten are permanent teeth and the third incisors are still baby teeth, we would estimate his age at approximately 15 weeks.


    kitten2) How much does he weigh?
    A kitten’s weight in pounds roughly corresponds to his age in months, and he will gain weight at a relatively predictable rate until about 5 months of age. As long as a kitten is in good body condition, you can safely guess that a 1-pound kitten is about 4 weeks old and a 3-pound kitten is about 12 weeks old.

     

    newborn3)  Are her eyes open? Kittens are born with their eyes closed, and they don’t open until about 10 days of age.

     

    playing4) Is he walking and playing? Most kittens start walking around 3 weeks of age, but take a little longer to gain their coordination. You can be comfortable saying a kitten who is walking pretty well and playing is at least 4 weeks of age.

     

    View the original ASPCA Professional article.


     

  • “In Heat”
    25-08-2016

    in heatKittens reach sexual maturity around 7 months. Female cats have an estrus cycle, also referred to as being “in heat”, several times a year, usually from January until late fall. In Southern California, due to our warm weather, cats will cycle all year round. For these reasons, it is extremely important to spay/neuter kittens as soon as they are ready.

     

    Signs

    The most notable signs of estrus in cats are behavioral. Most cats become very affectionate, even demanding; they persistently rub against people or objects such as furniture, rubbing against their owners and constantly demanding attention. They roll on the floor. When stroked along the back or spine, they raise their rear quarters into the air and tread with the back legs. They also become very vocal. These behavior changes often become annoying to owners, and sometimes owners think their cat has some unusual illness.

  • Milk & Other Dangerous Foods
    25-08-2016

    kitten drinking milkMany cats are lactose intolerant. It’s important that you don’t give your kitty milk that isn’t designed for them.

     

    Foods that should not be given to cats include onions, garlic, green tomatoes, raw potatoes, chocolate, grapes and raisins.

     

    Milk, Cheese & Other Dairy Products

    milkMost cats are lactose-intolerant. Their digestive system cannot process dairy foods, and the result can be digestive upset with diarrhea.

     

    Onions, Garlic & Chives

    onionsOnion in all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can break down a cat’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. That’s true even for the onion powder that’s found in some baby foods. Along with onions, garlic and chives can cause gastrointestinal upset.

    Grapes & Raisins

    Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for pets. But it’s not a good idea. Although it isn’t clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. And, a small amount can make a cat ill. Repeated vomiting and hyperactivity are early signs.

    Chocolate

    chocolateChocolate can be lethal for cats. Although most cats won’t eat it on their own, they can be coaxed to eat it by owners and others who think they are giving the cat a treat. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. It’s in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. Eating chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

  • Feral Cats
    26-08-2016

     

    FeralCat01aWhat is a feral cat?

    According to the Heritage Dictionary, the definition of "feral" is:

    1. Existing in a wild or untamed state.
    2. Having returned to an untamed state from domestication.

    In layman's terms, these cats are not used to humans, have not been domesticated, and are more comfortable around other animals than they are around people.

     

    How does a cat become feral?

    The simple answer is: A cat has kittens away from human contact. The kittens grow up outdoors, and are not handled by people. These cats naturally become shy around humans, and are cautious about letting us too close, just as any wild animal is.

     

    How does this situation arise?

    Here are some examples:

    1. An owner of a male domestic cat does not neuter the male cat and lets him outside. This male cat impregnates one or more domestic indoor/outdoor cat(s) or feral cat(s). These kittens are feral and grow up to be feral cats.
    2. An owner of a female domestic cat does not spay the female cat and lets her outside. This female cat becomes pregnant by one or more domestic indoor/outdoor cat(s) or feral cat(s). These kittens are feral and grow up to be feral cats.

    In the above scenarios, the feral kittens that grow up to be feral cats, are all un-neutered and un-spayed. This means that within months, these feral cats are within breeding age and begin having their own feral kittens.

     

    Where do these feral cat colonies live?

    Usually cat colonies end up living in alleys, abandoned buildings, in shopping areas, business parks, and in rural areas.

     

    How do feral cats survive?

    Many people assume that if they leave their cat behind, their cat will be just fine. But unfortunately, the living conditions for ferals is not usually very good. The truth is, many feral cats die of starvation, dehydration, disease, abuse, getting hit by a car or being eaten by a predator.

     

    What can we do about the feral cat problem?

    According to the Feral Cat Coalition, "Studies have proven that trap-neuter-release is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible cost to local governments and residents, while providing the best life for the animals themselves."

     

    What can YOU do to help out?

    1. Spay or neuter your own pet. If you need information on low-cost spay/neuter services, please contact us.
    2. Borrow one of our humane traps, catch a feral cat and have him/her neutered or spayed, then release the cat back to its original location. 
    3. Become a volunteer.
    4. Encourage your veterinarian to offer low-cost spay/neuter clinics or offer other reduced-fee services for trapped feral cats.
    5. Let people know about MeoowzResQ. Refer them to our website and inform them of our services. Help educate your friends and co-workers about the feral cat problem and how they can help.
  • When is Kitten Season?
    26-08-2016

    MatingCats02aThe short of it is: Warm weather brings kittens.

     

    There are really three “kitten seasons” each year. Since heat cycles in cats are regulated by the weather, there is a outpouring of pregnant cats at the same time. Most cats go into heat three times a year, beginning in January-February. Since Southern California is warm, sometimes California females will go into heat four times a year.

     

    PregnantHolly01aA female cat will keep repeating a heat cycle until she gets pregnant. That is why it is very important to spay female cats.

     

    Once a female cat conceives, it is only a matter of about 2 months until the kittens are born.

     

    Normally, kittens are available for adoption when they are 8 weeks old.

     

    Kittens are usually ready for adoption in April-May, July-August, and October-November.

     

    BabyKittens04Spring and summer are usually very busy for shelters and rescue groups, trying to keep up with the influx of kittens arriving every day. While it makes life hectic for these workers and volunteers, it is the best time to adopt since there are so many to choose from.

     

    Note: Please make sure that any pet that you adopt is spayed or neutered. Thank you.

     

  • Why and Where to Spay or Neuter Your Cat?
    26-08-2016

    TenKittens01bWhy spay or neuter your cat?

    According to the Feral Cat Coalition, "A pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period, and the overpopulation problem carries a hefty price tag. Statewide, more than $50 million (largely from taxes) is spent by animal control agencies and shelters for cat-related expenses."

     

    Also, mating of outdoor cats is one of the most common ways that cats spread diseases. To help keep your cat healthy, it is important to spay or neuter her or him.

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    LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER VETERINARY SERVICES IN ORANGE COUNTY:

    Golden State Humane Society Garden Grove (714) 638-8111
    Animal Medical Center Fountain Valley (714) 531-1155
    Affordable Spay & Neuter of Orange County Laguna Hills (949) 768-1314
    Animal Discount Clinic Garden Grove (714) 537-0570
    La Palma Vet Hospital Anaheim (714) 535-1141
    La Habra Animal Hospital La Habra (562) 697-3885
    AAA Animal Hospital Huntington Beach (714) 536-6537

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    LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER VETERINARY SERVICES IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

    Acadia Animal Hospital Cypress (714) 821-7821
    Clinico held at the SECCA animal shelter in Downey, CA Downey (562) 434-4210

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    FOR SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE IN ORANGE COUNTY:

    “RUFF” Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends Helps injured and ill pets in Orange County and provides medical and spay/neuter assistance for pet owners and “rescuers” of stray or abandoned pets.
    (949)580-1982
    www.ruffrescue.org
    For spaying of mother cats Animal Network
    Community Animal Network
    (949)759-3646
    (949)533-0411
    “SAFFTA” Santa Ana Friends for the Animals You can contact SAFFTA if you are a resident of Santa Ana. Call SAFFTA for free vouchers for spay and neuter services. Visit their website for more information.
    (714)245-8727
    www.saffta.org
    Save Our Strays Offers low-cost spay/neuter program if you are a resident of Huntington Beach. The cost is $30. For Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients living in Huntington Beach, the cost is $5. Contact Save Our Strays via phone or email or visit their website for more information.
    The Orange County SPCA Has the Animal Rescue Fund which provides spay/neuter assistance.
    714 374-7738
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    Spay/USA A program of North Shore Animal League America, is a nationwide referral service for affordable spay/neuter services. Spay/USA can be reached via phone. Visit their website for more information.
    (800)248-SPAY or (800)248-7729
    www.spayusa.org
    Animal Assistance League of Orange County Can assist with spay/neuter. Call AAL or email for more information.
    (714) 891-PETS or (714)891-7387
    email

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    FOR SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

    Long Beach & Signal Hill Friends of Long Beach Animals SNIP (Spay Neuter Incentive Program) offers low cost and/or free vouchers to local residents requiring financial assistance. Call (310)635-2126 for a low-cost voucher. Their website iswww.friendsoflongbeachanimals.org
    L.A. City L.A. Animal Services Offers FREE spay-neuter vouchers for dogs or cats through six LA City’s shelters to qualifying LA City residents. Vouchers are available to low-income people (making under $40,000 per year) and are good at specific veterinarians only. Please contact 213 473-8253.
    LA City Spay-Neuter Van Offers free surgeries throughout Los Angeles. Surgeries are scheduled ahead of time and are available to low-income people (making under $40,000 per year). Please contact L.A. Animal Services: 310 364-4282 for the schedule.
    Actors and Others for Animals Assists in the greater LA area and surrounding counties (818) 755-6045
    Seniors Animal Health Foundation Offers financial assistance for spay/neuter of pets of seniors 65 years and older.
    Call (562)948-4979 on Friday mornings only.
    S.P.A.R.E. Offers spay/neuter assistance for cats belonging to low income residents of Lennox, Inglewood, Comptom, Lawndale, Gardena, Wilmington & Carson.
    Please call (310)377-2998

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    FOR SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY:

    Who Phone Service Provided
    POPCO (877) 44-POPCO Offers free or low cost spay/neuter assistance to residents of San Bernardino and Riverside.
    The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley (909) 386-1400 Provides low cost spay/neuter services to pets of San Bernardino and surrounding communities. Call to make an appointment.
    BARC, Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee (909)389-9552
    Pet Assistance (562)691-3014

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    FOR SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE IN SAN DIEGO:

    Who Phone Service Provided
    Coalition for Pet Population Control 619-595-4505
    Feral Cat Coalition 619-497-1599 Free spay/neuter for feral cats.
    Spay/Neuter Action Project 619-525-3047
    Pet Assistance 619-544-1222 Referrals to low cost spay/neuter

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    FOR SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE OF FERAL CATS:

    • The OC SPCA has a program, Orange County Cares About Cats,which supports feral cat caretakers with trapping, spay and neuter, and food distribution and has traps available for loan. Call (714)374-7738 or email.
      Call their Feral Cat Voucher Program (714) 596-7387
    • Best Friends Catnippers in Los Angeles provides free spay and neuter services for feral (wild and stray) cats only, in “managed colonies”, which means food, water and shelter is provided to the cats on a daily basis. Best Friends Catnippers can be reached at (818) 377-9700 or email.
  • Items Needed for a New Kitten or Cat
    26-08-2016

    The basic necessities you should have for your new kitty are:

    • Wet Food - Any brand of wet food is fine as long as it is not the only source of food for your new kitty.
      • Feeding once a day: If using large cans of wet food, give 1/3 of a can in the morning. If using small cans, give 1/2 of a can in the morning.
      • Feeding twice a day: If using large cans of wet food, give 1/4 of a can in the morning and 1/4 in the evening. With small cans, give 1/3 of a can in the morning and 1/3 of a can in the evening.
    • Dry Food - leave a bowl of high quality dry food available at all times.
    • Food Dish - be sure to clean the food dish after each use.
    • Non-Plastic Water Bowl -  Plastic can leach flavors into the water that cats generally don't like.
    • Litter Box - Some cats do not like to be enclosed. If you have a litter box with a lid and your kitty is refusing to use it, try removing the flap or lid.
    • Litter - There are many different types of litter. If your kitty refuses to use the litter box, you can try changing to a different litter.
    • Scratching Post - Try to find a post that is wrapped in sisal rope. Carpet covered posts encourages kittens to use carpet or rugs to stretch and scratch on.
    • Kitty Toys - Laser pointers are very popular with every kitty. So is a toy called "The Cat Dancer". Make sure to play with your kitties often!

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  • My kitten/cat is scratching my furniture. What do I do?
    27-08-2016

    When this occurs, do not punish your cat by swatting or hitting it. Cats don’t understand why you are doing this and they won’t learn not to scratch the furniture, instead they will learn to do it when you aren’t around and they will learn not to trust you.

     

    Try this instead:

    First, make sure you have something that the kitten/cat is allowed to scratch on. Cats need to scratch on something by nature, to help shed old layers of claws and it helps to relax them. Cats also like to stretch while they scratch, so a tall cat tree is preferred. If space is a concern, there are many alternatives. Look in your local pet supply store for options. Most cats especially love scratching on sisal rope and carpet.

     

    Second, pay close attention when you are around, and as soon as your cat begins scratching something undesired, firmly say, ‘No’ and quickly pick up the cat and take him/her to the object which they are allowed to scratch on. The cat will probably be confused at first, and probably won’t scratch the post right away, but keep doing this. Eventually they will learn.

     

    Tricks to try:

    1. When you take your cat to the scratching post, make scratching noises on the post using your own fingers/nails.
    2. When your cat uses the scratching post, praise the cat immediately with petting and “good kitty” so the cat learns that using the scratching post means positive attention.
    3. Try rubbing catnip into the scratching post. Not all cats respond to catnip but for those that do, it’s a good motivator.
    4. If you have a tall cat tree, try throwing a toy on a shelf to entice your kitty to climb the tree. If he/she does, offer lots of praise.

     

    Most importantly, be consistent. Your cat will not become trained overnight, but you can train your cat. In our experience using the above methods, most kitties are trained in about a week or two.

  • Wouldn’t it be easier if I just declaw my cat?
    27-08-2016

    We do not recommend declawing cats. The procedure entails amputating (cutting off) the first knuckle of each of your cat’s toes, which is inhumane. Visit Declawing.com for more information.

     

    In the first picture, you can see where the cat’s toe is cut off. This would be the equivalent of someone cutting off the first digit of all of your fingers.

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    There is a high complication rate associated with this procedure and there are humane ways to train your cat not to scratch on your furniture.

     

    Declawing cats is actually banned in 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. It is an unnecessary, major surgery that is often painful and the cat loses its ability to fully protect or defend itself.

  • How do I introduce my new cat or kitten into a household with existing pets?
    27-08-2016

    Introducing a new pet to your home takes some patience.

     

    The easiest way to bring your new cat or kitten home is to make sure the cat is in a carrier when you bring it home, so it feels secure. It’s best if you have a designated separate room or area for your new kitty to be separated from other pets for the first night at least. It’s best to not introduce your new pet directly to your other pets at first, because it can cause some stress for your new kitten and your current pets, and you never know how they will react.

     

    Make sure that your new kitten or cat is comfortable in its new area, and try to leave something that belongs to your other pet in the room with the new kitten for that night. A toy or blanket is best, so that your new kitten can get familiar with the smell of the other animals in the house before they even meet.

     

    If after the first night your kitty seems happy and is eating and playing normally, try introducing your kitty to a larger part of your home in its carrier. Put the kitty in the middle of the room and let the other animals in your home see and smell the new kitty and get acquainted with it.

     

    You know your pets best, so if your other dog or cat is eager to meet new kitty, and the new kitty is not acting stressed, take kitty out and hold it in your lap while your other animals introduce themselves. This process may not happen overnight, but different types of animals can definitely co-exist peacefully!

     

    Just have patience and an open mind, and hopefully your new kitty and your current pets will become fast friends!

  • How do I switch my cat or kitten to a different food?
    27-08-2016

    Felines have sensitive digestive systems so switching over to different foods should be done gradually. When adopting a new pet, be sure to find out what kind of food they are currently eating so you can buy the same type, and then if you prefer a different brand, gradually change to the new brand over several weeks.

  • How often should I bathe my cat?
    27-08-2016

    Unlike dogs, cats usually do not require baths. Cats are very clean animals and do a very good job of bathing themselves, and sometimes even bathe each other.

     

    Generally the only time bathing a cat is necessary is in situations like these:

    • Your cat is unusually dirty
    • Your cat has gotten into something which is unsafe for them to lick off thier fur and ingest
    • Your cat has peed or otherwise dirtied themselves
    • Your cat has a medical condition and a vet has recommended bathing the cat
    • Your cat has many mattes in the fur. Sometimes mattes are easier to comb out if the cat is wet. Please do not try to cut out severely matted fur on your own. Take your cat to a groomer instead.

     

    If you bathe your cat, please also remember to dry your cat. Towel dry as much as possible and follow up with a hair dryer if the cat allows it.

  • I can no longer keep my cat. What are my options?
    27-08-2016

    There seems to be an infinite number of situations that arise that cause people to feel that they can no longer keep their pet(s). Here are some things to consider when thinking about giving up your pet.

     

    Are you considering taking your cat to a shelter and relinquishing ownership?

    **We do not recommend taking your pet to a shelter.**

    Facts:
    According to the American Humane organization, 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized.
    According to the ASPCA the numbers are 60% of dogs and 70% of cats entering shelters are euthanized.

     

    What does this mean to you? It means that chances are good that if you drop your cat off at a shelter, you are dropping him or her off to be killed. That’s stating it bluntly, but it’s the truth. If you think that your cat is so adorable and friendly that surely YOUR cat will be adopted….think again.

     

    When cats are taken to shelters, their personalities often change. They get depressed, feeling abandoned, in a strange place with strange people. Cats often withdraw. Many times people mistake these previous happy-go-lucky cats, with ferals. Why? Because the cats are afraid and people perceive their behavior as unfriendly.

     

    Are you moving and the new place does not accept pets?

    We urge you to find a home that accepts pets. There are so many vacant affordable apartments and homes today, and many accept small pets. If you find a place you like that does not accept pets, talk to the owner or property manager to see if they will make an exception for you. If not, keep looking. You CAN find a place to rent that accepts pets (we know because many of our volunteers rent their homes and have pets with permission of the owner/property management).

     

    Food for thought: If you found an apartment you LOVED and they said it was an adult only community and you have children, would you give your children away to the county? You might be laughing and thinking this is outrageous…yet many people do this same thing with their pets. A pet is part of your family too.

     

    Are you thinking about trying to call no-kill shelters or rescues to see if they can take your cat?

    Most no-kill shelters and rescues are full, all the time. There is a very slim chance that you may find one to take your cat, but chances are not good. When relinquishing a pet, most no-kill shelters require you to live in the same city or county as the shelter.

     

    Rescues receive many calls every day from people wanting to give up ownership of their pets. Unfortunately, both no-kill shelters and rescues must turn people away by the hundreds because they don’t have enough space to house that many pets.

     

    I’m in transition and may not have a home for a couple of months.

    Consider boarding your pet. This may not be ideal in the short-term, but long-term, your cat will thank you for doing what it takes to keep them as part of your family. There are many places to board your cat that are affordable. Please note that if you drop your cat off for boarding, and in the future you stop paying for boarding, your cat may end up at a shelter. Another option is to ask friends and family to care for your pet until you are back on your feet.

     

    Best Option: Find a way to keep your cat.

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

     

    Second-Best Option: Find a new home for your cat.

    You can check with friends and family to see if anyone is willing to take your cat.

     

    You can also place ads for your cat to place it up for adoption. We have had very good luck finding adopters on Craigslist. Here are some tips when creating your ad:

    1. Give yourself plenty of lead time. Full grown cats take longer to find homes for than kittens. On average, we place very young kittens in a week or two. Older kittens take up to a month or two to place. Adult cats take from 2-6 months on average to find new homes. Take this into consideration and start advertising as early as you can. Don’t wait until the last minute.
    2. Take good photos and include as many photos as possible of your kitty. People will often fall in love with a cat just because of the photo.
    3. Include your cat’s name.
    4. Describe your cat’s personality and any quirks he/she has. Tell a story about your cat. Let people get to know your cat based on your ad. Why is your cat different than other cats?
    5. Charge an adoption fee (minimum $25). You may be tempted to give the cat away FREE. Please don’t. There are people that pick up “FREE” animals for testing or performing cruel acts on.
    6. Talk to the potential adopters and make sure you are comfortable with them.
  • Top 7 Ways on How to Stop Cats From Spraying
    01-09-2016

    Cats can sometimes be erratic despite serving as some of the most wonderful pets one can have at home. For most lovers of these pets, it is easy to admit that cats may once in a while be a let-down especially if they develop a spraying problem (peeing around the house). While this may be somehow unpleasant or even a real nuisance to you, with a little effort, it’s a problem you can do something about.

     

    Here are top seven ways on how to stop cats from spraying:


    1- Neuter your Cat
    Neuter your cat immediately. This is one of the most effective ways to stop your cat from spraying. The urge to spray is adamant in Un-neutered cats. Both male and female cats can spray; however, the behavior is more common in un-neutered male cats. It is recommended that you should get your cat neutered before it attains the age of six months so as to curb the behavior from developing before it hits puberty.

     

    Neutering has been shown to solve 90% of all marking issues.

     

    2- Eliminate or Reduce Stress
    Cats can sometimes be very sensitive to their environment. Changes of any kind in your house may cause anxiety to a cat. They can be upset by any event as re-decorating, new cats in the area, moving into a new house, new people or even conflict outside the house that you might not even be aware of.

     

    It’s vital to do away with any obvious stressors if possible. Feed your cat at the same time every other day and keep its bed and litter box in respective places. If you have some visitors, try and keep your cat in a separate room, particularly if the visitors have cats of their own. Resist any temptations to punish or scold your cat for spraying. This will only make matters even worse.

     

    In a nutshell, some of the things you can do to make your cat relax include:

     

    Stick to routine
    If you have the need to make some changes to the routine, make sure you give your cat an opportunity first to reduce its stress. This will help it through the transition period.

     

    – Keep Your Home Interesting
    For a cat, boredom can be an unnecessary source of stress. Leave your cat treat balls and new toys for it to discover or give it a scratching post to keep it busy. Cat furniture gives a cat an excellent way to hide, climb and rest from the hub-hub of a noisy household.

     

    – Play With Your Cat At Least 10 to 15 Minutes a Day
    Some cats spray because of lack of attention. Spend some time every day with your cat and engage it in an interactive manner. Physical activities help in reducing stress to a cat. So try and find some toys you can use to play with your cat and interact with. Despite their reputation for being dependent and aloof, your cat does desire contact with you.

     

    – Provide Safe Spaces For Your Kitty
    Your Cat needs to have some safe hiding places in your home. Provide it with things like cardboard boxes, a clear bookshelf, cat trees or simply spaces in closets.

     

    3- If You Have More Than One Cat, Nurture a Positive Relationship Among Them
    Cats that get along well are less competitive and are therefore not likely to spray. Play with all your cats together and give each one of them equal attention. Allow them to eat and sleep together. Allow them to groom each other by using a damp cloth to wipe them down. Also, make sure that there are enough resources for everyone including things like litter boxes, toys, feeding dishes and cat beds.

     

    When you create a hospitable environment for your cats, they will get along and less likely to spray. However, its cat nature that the more cats you will have, the more likely they are to spray. Mainly this is because of pressure for prime spots within the house and resources. It is said that, in a household of five cats, one is more likely to spray.

     

    4- Buy a Commercial Spray That Will Discourage Your Cat From Marking The Same Territory
    Visit a pet store and purchase liquid sprays that will repel your cat with some unpleasant smell that only cats can detect. Your cat will avoid areas that you have treated or your houseplants. You can also use such sprays on selected areas in your home such as drapes and furniture which may help to disrupt the undesirable pattern of behavior.

     

    5- Restrict Its View of The Outdoor
    If a cat sees another cat outside, its natural response will be to mark its territory and that territory happens to be your home. Pull your curtains, move furniture away from the windows or cover the lower portion of your window. You may also choose to provide an alternative to a well-located place for your cat, maybe a cat house or play area to refocus attention.

     

    6- Keep Strays Away
    Since spraying is an activity cats do to make their territory, you will want to keep non-adopted cats away. Avoid putting water or food outside for neighborhood cats or strays; this will only attract them. Scare them away when they come about. This will enable you to keep other cats out of your cat’s territory.

     

    7- Diagnose Any Medical Issues
    It is vital that you take your cat to a veterinarian for a checkup. Research show that up to 30% of cats that do urinate in the house have an underlying medical problem. If your cat stops using the litter box suddenly, a urinary tract infection may be the culprit. Other signs of an infection could be licking their genitals while trying to urinate or even crying. Urinary tract infections are more common in male cats than it is in female cats.

     

    A feline infection can advance in a much quicker way, so it’s important to get your cat to a veterinary as soon as you notice something might be wrong.

     

    Spraying is definitely a problem that you don’t have to live with, So i hope my article will help you on How to stop cats from spraying. Whenever you spot spraying or identify its signs, the sooner you take action, the better.

     
    Original Article found at The Family Living

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