Kitten season certainly bombarded us last week! In a matter of days we took in 46 cats. Many of them are sick, scared and/or on a special diet. Don't forget the tiny feral kittens that tried so hard to be fierce but that melted away quickly! Of course, even if they look icky from being sick, they are SUPER cute and we're so lucky that we could help them. As you can imagine, we are going through our stock of baby food quickly so any donations are very much appreciated! You can purchase food directly through our Amazon Wish List - we specifically need Science Diet and Baby Cat canned right now !
You can also donate on our Website or PayPal We also have Cash App ($thecatterycc) or Venmo (@thecatterycc). Check out the video and pics below!
We just love this toy. When we clean the cat rooms, we pick up everything off the floor so we can sweep and swiffer, including toys. Cats will actually go through the piles of toys and beds to get to this toy and play with it. If it's upside down on the floor, they play with it. If it's sideways on the floor, they play with it! It keeps them entertained for hours!
Click below to purchase on Amazon!
Every Spring a plethora of kittens come in to the world. We call it Kitten Season, but in reality, it's not just kittens. You know, the birds and bees and all. It's not as bad as it was before we had multiple spay/neuter clinics in on our city, but it's still more than we can handle as a shelter. We're already getting more requests to take in moms with babies and newborns without moms than we can handle. And at the same time, not many of them are old enough to adopt out so we don't have a lot of kittens that can be placed.
If you find a litter of tiny kittens without their mom, please let them be. Mom has to find food and water to have the energy to take care of her litter, so she has to leave them from time to time. No one can take care of kittens better than mama cat and there is such a shortage of people willing to foster, that you will likely have a very hard time of finding a place for the kittens to go if you do take them. Monitor the situation and if she never comes back, then you will need to take action. If you are willing to learn how to bottle feed, many shelters will let you foster the babies and take them in when they are big enough. Same with moms and babies. Call the shelter early to see if you can get a spot when the babies are old enough. Do not wait until they are 8-10 weeks old and then start calling around. Worst case scenario, you might have to try to find homes on your own. Under our resource section, there is a document with some tips on how to do this.
The moral of the story? Get that stray cat that shows up in your neighborhood spayed before you have to worry about what to do with her kittens!
It's important to give your cats lots of different things to do to keep their brains active! Treat puzzles are a great way to do this and they get a tasty treat at the end! It's also super fun to watch them ponder and figure out where the treats are! Click on the puzzle below to purchase the one in the video or browse Amazon for more fun treat puzzles for your cat!
Mange just looks so terrible and painful, but so easy to treat! This kitty was found at a local Marina. He's super sweet, but looks so uncomfortable. A Good Samaritan reached out and asked if we could take him. We did, and named him Sailor (get it?)!! Even on day 1 after we gave him a good bath and treated him with meds, he was a purring and biscuit making machine! Look at the progress he's made after only 6 days at the shelter! His nose is already growing back fur and he can already see so much better. He still has a lot of healing to do, but we think it will go quickly.
For those of you that aren't familiar with mange, it's another name for a mite infestation. There are different kinds of mites, but they burrow under the skin, causing itchiness and hair loss. You might see scaling around face, eyelids and neck, like you see on Sailor. There can also be skin discoloration. Depending on the type of mite, it can be contagious. If you come across a kitty with mange, your Veterinarian can easily help you determine the best course of treatment to get the kitty on their way back to a non itchy existence! We can't wait to show you what Sailor looks like when he's completely healed!