Thankful Thursday: Cats

 

Today I’m thankful for cats.

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I’m thankful for the lessons in love they teach us.

They teach us

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to be curious,

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be comfortable

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trust our instincts

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and to give the “look” when needed,

 

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play hard

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sleep harder

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and above all else, love unconditionally

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Wordless Wednesday: Mancats

These are older photos of the boys, but I wanted to show them off. 🙂

 

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Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

I live in Florida, which means from June 1st to November 30th we are subject to tropical depressions/storms/hurricanes.

For those that don’t know what they are or have gone through them, it’s a disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean that forms as it travels along and brings lots of rain, wind, storm surge (due to the wind pushing the water onshore), tornadoes/ water spouts and lightning.

It can be an frightening experience for humans, but imagine your pets.

So today, in light of the fact that the Tampa Bay area is currently under tropical storm warning I wanted to share some tips/hints and checklists that will help you keep your furry, feathered and scaled friends safe this Hurricane Season:

 

Start getting ready now

(taken from: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/)

ID your pet

Make sure that cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. You’ll increase your chances of being reunited with pets who get lost by having themmicrochipped; make sure the microchip registration is in your name. But remember: The average citizen who finds your pet won’t be able to scan for a chip, but they will probably be able to read a basic tag!

Put your cell phone number on your pet’s tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area—in case you have had to evacuate.

Put together your disaster kit

Use our checklist to assemble an emergency kit for yourself and your pet.

Find a safe place to stay ahead of time

Never assume that you will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency shelter. Before a disaster hits, call your local office of emergency management to see if you will be allowed to evacuate with your pets and verify that there will be shelters in your area that take people and their pets.

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to find out if they accept pets. Ask about any restrictions on number, size and species. Inquire if a “no pet” policy would be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of animal-friendly places handy, and call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home.

For help identifying pet-friendly lodgings, check out these websites:

Make arrangements with friends or relatives. Ask people outside your immediate area if they would be able to shelter you and your pets—or just your pets—if necessary. If you have more than one pet, you may need to arrange to house them at separate locations.

Consider a kennel or veterinarian’s office. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in disaster emergencies (make sure to include their 24-hour telephone numbers).

Check with your local animal shelter. Some shelters may be able to provide foster care or shelter for pets in an emergency. But keep in mind that shelters have limited resources and are likely to be stretched during a local emergency.

Plan for your pet in case you’re not home

In case you’re away during a disaster or evacuation order, make arrangements well in advance for someone you trust to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with them. Give your emergency caretaker a key to your home and show them where your pets are likely to be (especially if they hide when they’re nervous) and where your disaster supplies are kept.

If you have a pet-sitter, they may be able to help. Discuss the possibility well in advance.

If you evacuate, take your pet

Rule number one: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. You have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able—or allowed—to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed.
Pledge to take your pet with you when disaster strikes.

Rule number two: Evacuate early. Don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. Some people who have waited to be evacuated by emergency officials have been told to leave their pets behind. The smell of smoke or the sound of high winds or thunder may make your pet more fearful and difficult to load into a crate or carrier. Evacuating before conditions become severe will keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.

If you stay home, do it safely

If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together.

  • Close off or eliminate unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may try to hide.
  • Move dangerous items such as tools or toxic products that have been stored in the area.
  • Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say trouble is on the way. Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers, and make sure they are wearing identification.
  • If you have a room you can designate as a “safe room,” put your emergency supplies in that room in advance, including your pet’s crate and supplies. Have any medications and a supply of pet food and water inside watertight containers, along with your other emergency supplies. If there is an open fireplace, vent, pet door or similar opening in the house, close it off with plastic sheeting and strong tape.
  • Listen to the radio periodically, and don’t come out until you know it’s safe.

After the disaster

Your home may be a very different place after the emergency is over, and it may be hard for your pets to adjust.

  • Don’t allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet will probably be disoriented. Pets can easily get lost in such situations.
  • While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. If your house is damaged, your pets could escape.
  • Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation. If these problems persist, or if your pet seems to be having any health problems, talk to your veterinarian.
  • If your community has been flooded, check your home and yard for wild animals who may have sought refuge there. Wildlife can pose a threat to you and your pet. Check out our tips for humanely evicting wildlife.

Be ready for everyday emergencies

You can’t get home to your pet

There may be times that you can’t get home to take care of your pets. Icy roads may trap you at the office overnight, an accident may send you to the hospital—things happen. But you can make sure your pets get the care they need by making arrangements now:

  • Find a trusted neighbor, friend or family member and give him or her a key. Make sure this backup caretaker is comfortable and familiar with your pets (and vice versa).
  • Make sure your backup caretaker knows your pets’ feeding and medication schedule, whereabouts and habits.
  • If you use a pet-sitting service, find out in advance if they will be able to help in case of an emergency.

Heat wave

High temperatures can be dangerous. Learn more about hot weather safety for pets.

The electricity goes out

If you’re forced to leave your home because you’ve lost electricity, take your pets with you to a pet-friendly hotel. If it’s summer, even just an hour or two in the sweltering heat can be dangerous. If you stay at home during a summer power outage, ask your local emergency management office if there are pet-friendly cooling centers in the area.

If it’s winter, don’t be fooled by your pets’ fur coats; it isn’t safe to leave them in an unheated house.

 

Let’s start with the basic disaster kit:

 

 

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(taken from: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pet_disaster_preparedness_kit.html?credit=web_id354243830)

Here’s a great little video:

Additional Items to have:

 

  • Newspapers
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Grooming items
  • Household bleach

 

You take also take the Pledge to take your pet with you.

Also helpful is a list of pet friendly places to take your animals in the event you have to evacuate:

 

 

Also for those taking care of community cats (taken from http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/tips/disasters_care_outdoor_cats.html?credit=web_id354243830) :

 

What to do right now

  • Create (and update) a list—complete with descriptions and photos—of all the cats in the colony you care for. After a storm, this list may help you locate displaced cats and recover those being cared for by shelters or other rescue groups.
  • Find someone who will commit to being a back-up caretaker in your absence.
  • Carry the contact information for your secondary caretaker in your wallet. Also post the information on your refrigerator or some other visible place in your home.
  • Gather and have on hand the contact information for local shelters and rescue groups. They may be able to help you locate cats who have gone missing.

What to do when bad weather threatens your community cats

  • Secure or remove objects (such as chairs, potted plants or garden utensils) in and near the colony that could become airborne during high winds or get washed away.
  • Move shelters and feeding stations to higher ground in areas that may flood. Raise shelters and feeding stations to keep them dry. You’ll find wooden shipping pallets, available at some lumber yards, are ideal for this purpose.
  • Tie shelters and feeders to permanent structures (like a fence or a sturdy tree) to anchor them, or wedge them tightly into a secure space. Be careful about placing heavy objects (e.g., bricks, boards or rocks) on top of shelters to keep them in place, as these may pose a danger in high winds.
  • Keep rain out by positioning shelters so their openings face a wall or so that the entrances of two shelters face each other, no more than a foot apart.
  • Cover shelters and feeding stations with heavy tarps to keep out driving rain. Tie tarps at an angle and extend any overhang over shelter doors so water can run off and away from shelter doors. Hammer stakes securely and/or tie the tarps to a permanent structure.
  • Leave extra dry food in covered feeding stations in case you can’t return soon, and place extra kibble inside the cats’ shelter, as far from the openings as possible. Don’t put water in the shelter—it’s important that the shelter and cats remain warm and dry.
  • Lay Mylar blankets inside the shelters for extra warmth.
  • Put portable shelters, litter boxes, food and water in an accessible shed or garage during the storm.
  • Stockpile adequate cat food, bottled water, extra batteries and flashlights.
  • If possible, trap the friendly cats and kittens young enough to be socialized prior to the storm and take them to a safe place. Don’t try to trap or contain feral cats; they are too frightened of humans to be handled.

What to do when it’s safe to return to your community cat colony

Contact your local police precinct to gain access to your colony if it’s in an area with restricted access. Then, restore a normal environment and feeding routine as soon as possible in order to help draw the cats back.

How to find the missing community cats

  • Search above ground level: The cats may have climbed high to escape flood waters.
  • Don’t panic if you can’t find all the cats at once. They are probably close but are too frightened to return to their home. Most cats will return within a week, but some may take a few weeks to come back.
  • Offer tempting foods such as canned tuna or rotisserie chicken to coax frightened cats into returning.
  • Provide government agencies and organizations assisting animals with information about cats you’re missing, and find out how to claim the cats if they’re found.
  • Search for missing cats at local shelters and find out how you can claim your cats.

How to restore order to the cats’ home

  • Be cautious of branches and other debris that may continue to fall after the storm has ended.
  • Remove broken lumber and glass, nails or other sharp objects to prevent injury and infection.
  • Repair damaged feeding stations and shelters. Rebuild shelters, if necessary. Clean out and replace wet insulation materials (straw, newspaper or linens).
  • Disinfect shelters, feeding stations and dishes if they were exposed to flood waters. Use a non-toxic, cat-safe disinfectant. (Check with your veterinarian or animal shelter to see what products are safe.)
  • Put out more fresh water than usual because standing water is probably contaminated.

What to do once you’ve found the cats

  • Check the cats for injuries or illness as thoroughly as you can. (You may only be able to examine the community cats by watching them.)
  • Trap injured or sick cats as soon as possible and get them medical care. If you need help paying for their medical care, use our community-cat resources map to find one near you or consult our “Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care?” page.

 

 

If you have anything to add please comment.

 

Thank you!

Animal Interviews: Meet Spootz

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How old are you? 

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Where did your name come from?

A puppet my mom’s Spanish teacher used to use in puppet shows to teach her kindergarten class Spanish stories

How did you end up in your forever home?

My mom saved me after her sister adopted my brother and sister a few months earlier. Mom’s sister would not let her play with the new kittens, and mom was a spoiled brat so she asked Grandma if she could get her own kitten and she came to get me.

Was it scary moving ?

I have moved twice- i was driven up to Massachusetts by Grandma with my brother Archy, my sister Sigmund, and by canine friend Ace. The car ride was rather loud but not scary. I was flown back to Florida later with mom. Besides peeing on her leg on the drive to the airport there was nothing scary about that part. The plane ride was very loud but mom and the flight attendants paid me lots of attention and told me how good i was being and how handsome I was.

What are your favorite things to do?

Meow, sit on mom’s lap, have my belly rubbed, sit on the porch with mom, catnip

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What kind of food to you like?

Iams brand senior cat

Why do you like being on the fridge so much?

It gives me the best viewpoint from which to oversee my domain

Do you ever get lonely being by yourself?

I was lonely when i first moved back to Florida because i did live with my sister Sigmund back home but i have become quite independent and keep house when mom goes to work

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Now for some questions for your mom:

I know you were having a problem with Sir Spootz peeing on your clothes, how long has he done this? He has been doing this since he was moved up north- when he gets offended or if we have visitors for to long he will pee on something. Or the few times it has been too long since i cleaned his litter box

Animal Interviews: Meet The Half Tail Lynx

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Lynx for letting me interview him and for allowing me the use of his pictures for this article. Please follow his adventures at his facebook page: Angel Opossum and the Half Tail Lynx

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How old are you lynx?

I am an estimated 7 months old ♡

How do did you come to your forever home?

Mom found me in the parking lot at the grocery store. She caught me and brought me home ♡

What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite things to do include mousing, attacking helpless catnip toys, lounging, and attacking any cup left on the table unsupervised

Where did you name come from?

My name came from my Half Tail! With my tufted ears and half tail, mom thought Lynx was perfect! Also the new page title ssounds like a Harry Potter book title now

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When did the foster kittens come into the house?

The first foster kitten showed up at the beginning of May. She was maybe a day old? I was very interested in her but she is young and not interested in me. The 5/6 week olds, though, are more my speed. Their mother got hit by a car and when mom pulled over to move the body out of the road, she found the kittens. 3 have found forever homes ♡ The newest additions are maybe 3 weeks? Mom has them contained currently because they have upper respiratory infections and mom wants them to feel better before I introduce them to my minion corps.
Did you check on them to make sure they were okay?

Mom was a little wary of my first encounter with the orphaned babies. She put them in a playpen so I could smell and see, but not touch. She came home to find me STEALING the babies and taking them to my Top Secret Headquarters.

Since I had taken to them so well, mom made them a room where I had full access to teach the wisdom of the elder cats to these motherless ones

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What do you think of them now?

I am extremely pleased with my new minions. I have taught them the stairs, how to get in the garbage, and how to trip an unsuspecting human.
What about the newbies?
Mom does not let me around the newbies ye

Who do you like the most?

My favorite of the minions is Castiel, the little ragdoll colored girl kitten. She is a quick learner and already a manipulater of our humans ♡

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Do they follow you around?

The kittens DO follow me around, they seem to have taken to me quite nicely

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What big plans do you have for yourself and the minions?

Hopefully, down the road my minions and I will be over to take over the house and then…. the world! They shouldn’t take too long to corrupt ♡

Mom thought it was odd that a tom cat was so intrigued by some young and helpless kittens, but she thinks I found my calling.

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Pets that Blog: Meet Random Felines

Author’s Note: I met the wonderful woman (Jeanne Kudich) behind Random Felines at Barkworld last month and below is the email interview I did with her. What a pleasure to catch up with her again and pester her with questions about her blog, fostering and adopting. Thank you so much Jeanne! Pictures were used with permission. 


 

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How did you get inspired to blog?
I wanted a “journal” of sorts to keep track of the cats. I was fostering as well and it made for a good way to keep memories of the kittens.

What has been your favorite post(s) so far?
There have been so many….I think for me it is about having an impact on others. I posted about how hard fostering can be, how applications work for rescues, and probably announcing when my special needs foster Bourbon was adopted.

 

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What have you learned since you started your blog?
About blogging? That I know just enough to keep from blowing up my computer. 🙂 Seriously though, becoming part of a community has been a wonderful thing. I kind of stumbled into it and then discovered there are so many more bloggers out there. The opportunity to share things back and forth and support each other is the best thing.

What advice do you have to other pet bloggers?
Find a voice and go with it. I started out talking as “myself” and eventually changed over to a group cat voice. I didn’t want to pick one cat to be the voice of the blog – what happens when that cat passes away? Though there are times when one cat will take over for a day. And I will post as myself if it is something that the cats wouldn’t talk about or is personal. Skip the “cat speak” – it is just too hard to read and I think it turns people off. And talk about something you love. You don’t have to post every day, but be consistent.

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How many pictures do you take on average to get a “perfect” picture for your blog?
I don’t know if I have ever gotten the perfect picture. 🙂 That would be the one thing I would like to improve but I think it would require an upgrade to a much better camera and that isn’t in the budget right now. I will say that like most bloggers, I take WAY more than I actually use. For me it is about catching the cats and kittens doing natural things. And sometimes I get lucky and get a really great shot (or video).

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How did you get started fostering?
It was totally by accident. A pair of adult male cats came into the humane society where I was volunteering at the time. It’s a long complicated story (http://www.random-felines.com/2009/11/tim-tom.html ) but the short version is they needed a foster home and I suggested our special adoptables program. I showed up to a meeting and my friend in charge of the program said “sign here you can pick them up Saturday”. It went smoothly and that spring I got an email asking for kitten fosters since they needed help. I took my first litter of kittens, it worked out well with my cats and that was it.

What has been the most reward thing about fostering?
Seeing sick kittens get better and seeing some special needs kittens get homes. (http://www.random-felines.com/2013/01/bourbon-and-moonshine.html) And of course getting kittens and their moms adopted.

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What is the hardest thing about fostering?
Some people say sending them back to the rescue to be adopted out. And while that can be harder with some kittens than others, for me it is taking kittens into my home and then having them get sick and die. That loss is heartbreaking every time. And it never gets easier….I know that it happens but after putting so much love and work into these kittens, it is just so hard.

What should people know about fostering that they may not think about?
You can’t keep them all. Know your limits. Ask questions. Know what the rescue expects of you when it comes supplies, time commitment, adoption events, and emergency contacts. Keep in mind too that you don’t need a huge space. A separate bedroom or bathroom is fine. I like using my bathroom since the floor is tile and easy to clean (and I can joke that I haven’t showered alone in several years).

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What supplies do you recommend people to have to get them started fostering?
Most rescues will have food and litter available. Since our rescue is small, I just buy my own (keep track of your expenses – if you volunteer for a 501(c)3, your expenses may be tax deductible). You will need a separate space for kittens and cats to adjust (if your rescue allows your to co-mingle your fosters with your resident animals – some do, some don’t). Bowls, litter box, toys, and towels/blankets. Especially with kittens – you are going to be doing laundry. I also have a couple of pens I can set up for restricted play time and finally bought a cat tower.

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Do you have any tips to share about fostering that my help others?
Start slow (small litter of kittens that only need a couple of weeks to gain weight). Again – ask questions. See what system the rescue you are with has in place. Talk to other fosters with the rescue and other fosters online – we are all happy to answer questions. Be aware that while it is fun to have kittens, it IS work and requires a time commitment. And it isn’t all fun and games all of the time. It can be hard…but it is rewarding no matter what.

Who was your first foster?
Technically it was Tim and Tom who are now permanent residents. My first litter of foster kittens was a group of 3 that I took in that needed a couple of weeks to get big enough for surgery.

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Is there anything else you would like to add that I may have missed?
Be prepared to fall in love. But again, know your limits. I tell people that most of my fosters aren’t screwed up enough to stay. 🙂 Know that there are no dumb questions – we have all been there from time to time. Have a good resource that you can go to….I’m lucky that several friends within the rescue also foster plus I have met some great online friends who foster as well.


 

To follow the adventures of the permanent and temporary felines, visit: Random Felines or check them out on Facebook they are also on Instagram & Twitter and most importantly they are on YouTube because cat videos the best way to waste time. 🙂

 

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Happy Tails: Meet Opossum

Author’s Note: I want to thank Opossums mom for letting me pepper her with questions about this little girl. She’s such a cutie! According to the about section on her facebook page she was found at a four way intersection starving and terrified. Pictures were used with permission, please visit her official page The Abandoned Opossum. 

 

Meet Opossum

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Where did her name come from?

We called her Opossum because the first time I touched her she played dead. She weighed less than a pound. Someone had dumped her at a local intersection and she had been scavenging for food. My oldest daughter and I persistently followed her until we could pick her up. With her coloring, she kinda resembled a young opossum

 

How old is she?

She is between 3 and 4 months old by the vet’s estimate, but also small for her age

How many fur siblings does she have?  

She lives with a husky service dog in training and a saint Bernard service dog in training. To be honest, both pups adore her. It actually took her longer to adjust to them. I think she had previously been attacked by a dog or dogs. She also lives with Watson who has taken to her.

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Was she on a special diet when you first found her? 

The vets did  suggest small meals multiple times a day instead of leaving out a large supply because she would inhale it like it was going to run away. She was on wet food and regular food.

 

Is she easily scared of new things?

 

It depends on the thing. For example, she has embraced the children from the moment she joined the family. The dogs she bullied until she had them dominated. I forgot to mention my tomcat as her sibling. Watson took her under his wing. I have rescued many cats over the years and many kitten litters and Watson embraces newcomers. Halloween, she didn’t bat an eye at costumes or decorations. She loves to be around water, never had a problem with toys, the broom, or anything really bothering her. She is fearless for most things. She is not big on strangers. She personally despises the UPS man.

 

Why the UPS man?

 

I don’t know why she distrusted the ups man. I know he’s here because she is in the window growling at him with her ears pinned. When I open the door she runs under the bed immediately, she wants no confrontation.

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Do the pups try to play with her?

The pups love to play with her but she is usually not interested. I let Banner play with her to a point before I separate them. Aponi is too big and I’m afraid would hurt her by accident so I don’t let those two play much.

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Does she get to go outside often?

 

Not often, only while being supervised. I had to flea bomb the house the other day and it was her first day out since we brought her home. She enjoyed it but was ready to go back in. She is very clingy, where the other pets are exploring and playing, she was within ten feet of me at all times.
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What is her favorite things to do?

Her favorite thing to do would be finding a lap to curl up in. Any of the kids laps, my lap, or my fiance’s lap. We are all reserved seats. She rather curl up and purr than do anything else.

A fleece blanket works too. She has claimed an old Christmas blanket at this time

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Does she have any favorite toys?

 

She has a catnip toy she is extremely fond of. She hides it under the dresser so no one else can play with it.

 

Does she talk a lot?

 

She is very talkative. Usually when I am sleeping or am not currently petting her. If I shut the bathroom door she protests. She prefers to bathe with me. She gets in the tub and lays on me.

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What’s her favorite food?

 

She loves baked chicken and she was introduced to a little Turkey breast this week. She enjoyed it tremendously. She always tries to steal whatever we are eating. It was a little difficult to introduce her to actual cat food, but we reached success with Meow Mix

 

 

 

Opossum has an odd fascination with Rick from The Walking Dead. She watches Netflix with me but during that show she actually sits on my laptop and is completely immersed. I have never had a cat like television before.

 

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Dr. Love

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Dr. Love, Rebel, Jake & Tia (mom) for letting me ask questions. Pictures were borrowed with permission. Please visit Dr. Love & family on his facebook page : Dr. Love

 

First may I ask how old you are?
I’m one year old. I was born in May 2014, in St. Petersburg Florida.
Where did your name come from?
The human I rescued last August was one of four admirers petting me (at PetSmart) the day we met. I was being passed from lap to lap. It was a pretty competitive situation! After choosing and going home with my new Mom, it became clear that I was the most affectionate, cuddly kitten she had ever known. By this time, I had already met some family friends, and my abundant cuddles were like medicine to humans. Mom made my name official five days after I rescued her. She named me after the song by KISS!
How did you become a doctor?
I was pretty much born into it. These days, I take continuing education at my home school so I stay current on the latest advances in cuddling.
I read you were rescued and live with Rebel & Jake, how do you all get along?
We love each other very much. They’re loads of fun! Most days, it’s like a zoo at our house. Jake really welcomed me from the first moment. He’s a nurturer and a playmate. Rebel and I do lots of wild playing. Even though she’s a girl, she’s a tough breed and very pure (F2 Savannah), so she keeps me on my toes. That said, Rebel loathes Jake, and Jake uses this to torment her whenever he can, by jumping out at her, etc…
Do you like to be held still?
I love, love, love being held. My favorite is being held like a baby – tummy up. Also it’s fun to be held upright, against a human shoulder, with my paw holding a human’s finger.
Other than running around at night and wrecking things, what else you like to do?
One of my hobbies is hunting bugs. The flying kind are the most challenging, and the most rewarding! Another activity I try to do often is practicing my mouse hunting. We don’t have any real mice, so I hunt toy ones. Often, an unfortunate toy mouse can be found lying in my food bowl after being “killed”!
I read you have a catio, how often are you out there?
I’m out there every day, without fail. I like to look at passing neighbors, and catch any stray lizards, frogs, or bugs foolish enough to invade my precious catio! Rebel is out there even more than I am. She guards it most afternoons.
Do you have any grooming tips for other house panthers?
Every speck of dust shows up on a house panther’s black fur. One thing that helps a lot is having a human run a comb through my coat every two days, especially during shedding season. We use flea combs because they are fine enough to remove a lot of loose hair and lint. Hold one section of fur tight and comb the undercoat, then the outer coat, and move on to the next section. Don’t forget the tail! My whole body takes a couple of minutes, provided I don’t start biting the comb. Comb biting is fun though. Oh, well. 
 
What would you like to say to the people who are cautious of adopting a black cat?
My message to anyone who thinks black cats are beautiful but scary: We black kitties are in no way bad luck. We are gentle, loving, and as a bonus, you can hug us without need for a lint roller! Believe it or not, that’s a MAJOR plus for most working humans. If you want to peek in on how we house panthers interact with the world, check out my Facebook page, and several of my house panther friends’ pages as well.
Do Rebel & Jake want to add anything about themselves?

Jake: I’m two years old and my favorite hobby is a game called “Treat Chase”. That’s where a human tosses treats one at a time and we catch or chase them down. I catch lots of treats right out of the air, with my huge fluffy paws.
Rebel: I’m three and a half, and I am a true athlete. I can jump 6 feet to catch toys and flying insects! I love to wrestle too. Out of the three cats, I am the closest to Mom. I follow her around everywhere — even when she’s cleaning.
 
Do you or your parents have anything to say about you?
Tia (Mom): Dr. Love is my first ever house panther. I couple of years ago, I got to know a close friend’s black kitty and could not get over how silly and warm he was. Then I heard this was common for black cats – a super-fun and affectionate personality. The day I was rescued by Dr. Love, three other people were competing with me. Somehow, I ended up with him, and the rest is history. I’ll finish with one secret almost no one knows about the little doc: he does not meow. He sweetly SQUEAKS!

Extra Love Needed: Meet Odie

How did you come to live with your family?
It was July 2013. All I remember is me curled up, sitting in pain in a tiny garden of an apartment building. It was late at night and very dark. The human lady came was passing by and she saw me. I was in a very bad condition. Both of my eyes were very badly infected. I had fleas all over me. She stopped for a minute, saw that there are siblings and a mother cat in the little garden of that apartment and then walked away.
Next day, the human lady came back to check on me. She realised that my siblings are bigger than me in size, some of them had eye infections, they were playing with each other. The mother cat was in the garden too, lying in one corner. I was still curled up. There were plastic cups around the garden with spoiled food in them and water. She thought that people living in that apartment were trying to take care of us but they were not very successful at it.
She went back home, prepared a cardboard box for me, came back and put me in the box. The mother cat did not mind that. At that moment, the human lady thought maybe I am not one of them, somebody left me there to be taken care of by that mother cat.
She took me to the doctor’s clinic. She was planning to put me back on the street once I recovered and neutered. Stray cats are very common where I live. We had regular visits to the doctor, which I hated and I still hate. Through the doctor’s instructions, she applied all the treatments I needed, unfortunately they could not save my left eye, it was too late; it had to be removed. I have a blurry vision in my right eye. They worked hard to recover it but this is the best it can get.
After all these, the human lady became my human mom because she decided to adopt me, which I am grateful for.
Do you live with any other furry siblings?
Unfortunately no. I do not have any other siblings at home.
What is your favorite thing to do?
Playing with a piece of bread as if it is alive.
Is it hard for you to get around the house having blurry vision?
Not at all. I know the house by heart. When the human mom and dad take me to a new place, it takes only half an hour for me to learn every inch of that new place. But, it is funny, sometimes, during a play with my humans, I got very excited, and I ran like crazy from one room to another as I always do, and if someone accidentally changed the location of the chair on my way, I might bump into it, but I do not mind.
Do you take any medication for it?
No. The doctor said this the best my eye can get.
What would you like to tell people who are scared of adopting a one-eyed cat?
I would tell them that there is nothing to be scared of. We definitely move around like a two-eyed cat.
Two eyes, one-eyed, no eyes; does not matter. Adopting a cat will change your life in a very positive way. You will learn that we are special and each of us have our characteristics. If you are planning to adopt a cat please consider the disabled ones. We do not miss an eye, a leg or a tail, what we miss is love. Our love has no condition and we know yours don’t either.

Extra Love Needed: Meet Matt the Blind Cat

may I ask how old you are? Where did your name come from? How did you come to live with your family? Were you born blind or did you have an accident to cause you to be blind? How long did it take you to learn your new surroundings? Do you live with any other fursiblings? What are your favorite things to do? What advice would you give to other cats like yourself looking for a permanent home? What advise would your humans like to give to those who are worried/concerned/scared about adopting a blind cat? Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your humans would like to share about you? Maybe I borrow pictures of you for the article? I will state they were used with permission. I will also link your facebook page. Thank you for your time.

 

I was rescued in Stephenville, Newfoundland. A lady found me huddled in the snow. She called Port Aux Basques and Area Scaredy Cat Rescue, who then got me to a vet. They thought I was approx. 4 months due to my size, but the vet determined I was roughly 8 weeks old at the time based on my teeth. I had pneumonia as well as upper respiratory infection, conjunctivitis etc. My eyes were so infected, they swollen shut. As they healed the vet realized that I had been born with eyes that hadn’t formed properly. My rescuers called me “Matt Murdock” after Daredevil the blind comic book character. After a few months of healing I was adopted by a gentleman in Cornerbrook. Sadly a few month later our house burned down. One of my kitty brothers died. I was then found the next day in the basement of my house soaked and terrified. I had severe smoke inhalation. I then returned to my previous foster home where I spent many months recovering from the trauma of the fire. It took me a long time to recover from that and it broke my foster parents hearts. I had been such a loving fella when I left and returned scared and withdrawn. They then decided I would stay with them forever because it took so long for me to settle in their home again, to send me to yet another would have been hard on me. It doesn’t take me long to map out a room. Usually within one day I have it memorized. I climb the cat trees just like my furry siblings (I have 7 others kitties living in my home), I can navigate just as well up onto the furniture as they do. Sometimes something might be left on the floor like a suitcase, box etc and I just feel it with my whiskers and go around. I spend lots of time on the Victrola greeting people who come visit us. My forever mom and dad run the rescue so we have lots of visitors! Besides lounging I love playing with soft balls…I carry them around in my mouth. MY favorite thing to do is bumming vittles from my humans. My nose is super strong so I can smell all their good food. My advice for other kitties who are blind is just be yourself and let your true self shine. Change may be scary, but when your forever home comes through its the best feeling ever! While the thought of adopting a special needs cat might seem to be a lot to take on, really having Matt has been no different then having any other cat in our home. As long as we’re not moving the furniture around drastically he does quite well. We’ve made small furniture adjustments in the livingroom, and it he mapped it out quite quickly. Feel free to send us anymore questions you may have. Also take whatever pics you need. I’ll be posting more in the next day or so. Thanks so much for sharing Matts story. Hopefully in convinces others to consider adopting a bling kitty. =^.^= Matt, Bob and Kat