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19 October 2019

Cat Blogs
  • Putra [5] - October 19, 2019
    19 October 2019

    Putra [5]
    Shahrul says: Putra has brought such joy to our household ever since I adopted him. Someone placed an adoption ad on a local petforum that I frequent. He was still timid and shy back then. Now He greets me with a meow and brushes up on my leg whenever i leave my room. Like all cats, he is very curious and gets into everything -- paper bags, shoe boxes, open pails, or any small crevice he can fit his head and shoulders into. He likes to look for company when he sleeps; he will actually come near either one of us, seeking for attention for a chin/belly rub and falling asleep from that belly rub.... oh yeah. He will turn around at you and meow if you stop rubbing his chin and belly :D Like most kittens his age, he likes to hide in the shadows and stalk at our feet and then pounces on them. Oh yeah... we're in Singapore, home of the Singapura cat!!
    Courtesy of: Shahrul Azmi
  • Thrifting
    19 October 2019
    I love to poke around in thrift and antique stores, but I don't really have any need for more "things." In fact, I just gave away two vintage chairs to kitty-visitors. I'm tired of dusting around chairs no one will ever sit in, that could be treasured and used by someone else.

    Sometimes some stilly treasure speaks to me. Something that I can find a use for. For example, this huge porcelain bowl. What do you think? Family-serve pasta? A bowl for a dry sink?


    Nah....


    When the cats are all out playing together, I have a "back-up food bowl" out for the gang. This was previously a spill-proof stainless-steel pan. However this bowl was just too huge, low, pretty, and cheap to pass up.

    I took this photo as soon as I set it down. They all ran over to investigate, then gave disinterested sniffs when they realized it was just Purina Naturals Kitten Chow (not some beloved wet food), and wandered off to play teenage kitten games.
  • Guest Story: Finding Ruben Part 1
    19 October 2019

    The post Guest Story: Finding Ruben Part 1 appeared first on Katzenworld - Welcome to the world of cats!.

    Finding Ruben

    Fate. I have always been quite a spiritual person and never was one to eschew Fate however, Ruben’s story would make a believer out of even the most seasoned sceptic.

    In order to introduce Ruben, I need to go back to the first weekend of October, 2014. Late that Saturday night, and suffering with pancreatitis, I had been prematurely released from hospital. I would be back there, front and centre of A&E, within 48 hours. That weekend though, it’s as though the Universe knew I had to get back home – to say a sudden, shocking goodbye to a much-loved little Birman girl – and to keep an appointment with Feline Destiny.

    As soon as I arrived home, I realised something wasn’t right with my tiny Maia. Maia, who was just three years old and the centre of my feline family. Maia, who was always so bright, chatty and vocal, now looking at me with clouded sapphire eyes and a lethargy that chilled me to the bone. I wondered if it was just a virus and hoped she’d be back to her usual self overnight. The next morning passed in a blur, me doubled over with physical pain and the emotional heartbreak of knowing Maia was fading fast. In what felt like a miracle, our regular vet was working at the emergency clinic. I don’t remember getting there…all I recall is hearing our vet tell me, ‘total kidney failure, likely genetic…’ and my beautiful blonde butterbean, fading before my eyes, was sent gently on to her next adventure at Rainbow Bridge.

    I remember how bright the sun was, how warm it was, as I stepped out of the clinic that Sunday afternoon. With an empty carrier and an even emptier heart, I started the walk home.

    Had I walked all the way back, I’d never have met Ruben.

    Five minutes into my walk, pancreatitis kicked in again and I realised I wouldn’t be able to walk far at all.

    Crossing the road to the bus stop, I thought I’d wait for the bus that dropped me closest to home.

    Had I waited for that bus, I’d never have met Ruben.

    When I realised I needed painkillers and I needed them fast, I jumped on the first bus that came along.

    I remember exactly when and where I first saw him. A large, skinny black cat with a head that looked slightly too big for his body. He was sitting in the undergrowth, a little way past the bus stop. He saw me and immediately ran forward. Now I am not one to see a cat outside and think, ‘Ooh! Stray! Mine!’ but on this occasion, things were different. He was so THIN, so happy to have a little affection… and there was me, with an empty carrier by my side.

    I’d love to say I scooped him up and the rest was history, but since when did the course of true love run smoothly?

    True love, in typical feline fashion, decided he was not, not now, not ever, going to get into a carrier of his own accord. So, I left him there after a few minutes, sitting sadly by the side of the road, gazing after me.

    At home some hours later, painkillers swallowed and unable to stop thinking of the panther I’d left behind, I grabbed the carrier and set out again.

    My thinking as I trotted along the road was, well, it was highly unlikely I’d see him again but, if he was still there after all that time, maybe he really didn’t have a home and we could rescue each other.

    What happened next was nothing short of a series of tiny miracles.

    Not only was Ruben still there, he was there with two people who were 1. feeding him and 2. on the phone to the RSPCA to report him as a cat who’d been stray for about six weeks. They were delighted I came along and I was equally pleased to learn that it would seem Ruben needed a home.

    From out of absolutely nowhere, it seemed, a man appeared with a blanket, and he scooped Ruben up and popped him into the carrier for me.

    And so I made my way home, with Ruben by my side.

    Once back, I popped him into the pen that only that morning I had prepared for Maia…and I wondered if she had somehow had a paw in bringing us together. At the very least, it helped numb the grief that night. As for Ruben, when he wasn’t purring, he was eating. Sachet after sachet of food disappeared. He also devoured a bowl of kibble and drank thirstily from a bowl of fresh water, then slept deeply and peacefully for 12 hours, not a squeak out of him.

    I spent the next week in hospital, with a neighbour feeding and cleaning the..

  • Kitten Who is Unusually Small, Finds Someone to Help Her Grow
    19 October 2019


    At six days old, this kitten was just half the size of a newborn. Despite being so tiny, she had the spirit of a warrior.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    A little palm-sized kitten was transferred to Nova Cat Clinic in Arlington, Virginia when staff at Arlington Welfare League noticed she needed specialized care. The micro kitten weighed only 50 grams at almost one week old.

    Despite being smaller than a kitten-sized bottle, she was very brave. Ellen Carozza, Feline Licensed Veterinary Technician at Nova Cat Clinic, took her into their charity program, Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Fund, which aims to help kittens in critical condition.

    She was named Magrat, and from day one, she proved to be a fighter.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    She would latch onto the bottle and eat as much as her tummy could possibly fit. Ellen and her team worked on fixing her GI issues and infection.

    "While there was weight gain, we were lacking muscle gain. This is a problem with neonates," Ellen said.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    To help keep Magrat warm, she was kept in an incubator during nap time to help regulate her body temperature.

    A week later, the micro kitten finally started to gain some padding over the hips and tail.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    She was given her very own kitten-sized sweaters to help her stay warm and cozy.

    By the time she was 16 days old, she reached the size of a normal week-old kitten at 143 grams.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    Neonatal kittens like Magrat, lack antibodies found naturally in the mother's milk and are especially susceptible to infections.

    Magrat contracted a bacterial pneumonia and spent 10 days in an oxygen tent. The little fighter was always in good spirits during treatment.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    "She was nebulized multiple times per day, on antibiotics and antivirals," Ellen told Love Meow.

    "We were lucky she recovered."

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    Now at two months old, Magrat is still pocket-sized.

    She is eating well and growing steadily every day.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    "Other than being unusually small for her age, she acts like a normal kitten," Ellen said.

    "Her most favorite thing to do is play hide and seek. She loves to run out and scare you and run away."

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    The little panther kitty is determined to out-grow Ellen's scrub pocket one day.

    And she's not letting anything hold her back.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on Magrat and Ellen's rescues on Instagram and Facebook.

    Related story: Man Went for a Work Break and Came Back with a Kitten on His Shoulder

  • Mews and Nips: A Street Cat Named Bob Sequel to Start Filming Later This Year
    19 October 2019

    If you’re like me and can’t get enough of James Bowen and his street cat named Bob, I have some exciting news for you: A Gift From Bob, the sequel to the 2016 movie A Street Cat Named Bob, will start filming later this year. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, the film will likely be released toward the end of 2020. I has not been announced whether Luke Treadaway (shown in the background of the above photo) will resume the role of James Bowen. For more about the sequel, visit Film Stories.

    If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, Dr. Lynn Bahr answered reader questions, on Tuesday, we featured an adorable haunted house scratcher, on Wednesday, we told you about a new study that confirmed that cats bond with humans just as much as infants, and on Friday, we reviewed Texts from Mittens: The Friends and Family Edition. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win a “Motivated by Cats and Caffeine” sweatshirt!

    Today’s video adds a little sweetness to your Saturday – enjoy!

    Have a great weekend!

    Photo via A Street Cat Named Bob Facebook page

    The post Mews and Nips: A Street Cat Named Bob Sequel to Start Filming Later This Year appeared first on The Conscious Cat.

  • MISTY MAY’S SNOOZY ART WITH TOE BEANS
    19 October 2019
    Caturday Art

     

    I scrolled through the archives again this week to find a photo for Caturday Art. This photo of Misty May is from January 2015.

    I used my tried-and-true formula again for this arty creation. I started with Painnt and used the Gear effect. From there I went to piZap and added the Star Party filter at about 50 percent. The border was done with Picasa.

    Misty May is so cute in the original photo, I am including it. After all, who can resist a great toe bean shot?””

    She is joining the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty. If you’d like to check out Athena’s art or that of other bloggers, click on Athena’s badge.

    Tocktober Sunday Selfie Reminder

    Tomorrow is the day to officially celebrate Tocktober. In view of that, whichever of the Kitties Blue decide to be your host, that cat will not be showing his or her face. However, it is not necessary for any of you who join us to link to a “tock” photo, but it is an option should you like to do so. 

    Whatever you decide to share with us, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

     

    The post MISTY MAY’S SNOOZY ART WITH TOE BEANS appeared first on The Cat On My Head.

  • Mr. Tibbs’ Pick Of The Week
    19 October 2019
    The Treadmill Of Life

    Every once in a while a movie comes along that is both entertaining and inspiring. Lucy’s version of a working gal on the treadmill of life is a rallying cry for all of us to chase our dreams. Whether it be the middle of the day or 3 a.m. the hard work must get done.

    Our health conscious star’s convincing portrayal as a physical fitness guru leaves me breathless. This feline nearly had me ready to jump on board.

    Watching the movie of her training like an over-sized hamster sure beats running up the stairs or beating meat in a locker, a-la Rocky! I consumed three boxes of popcorn viewing the action-packed theatrical production.

    Take heed . . . Lucy just might save the cat world from idleness

    Happy #Caturday mom finally got a video of me on my @One_Fast_Cat wheel, with dad’s help! I love this wheel but typically get on it at 3am when it’s dark & mom is sleeping(from mom: when she gets on it at 3am, I am no longer asleep )#CatsOfTwitter #TabbyTroop #cats pic.twitter.com/ZDAGuC1lRd

    — Lucy SkinnyJeans (@LucySkinnyjeans) October 12, 2019

    Mr. Tibbs

    *This has been quite the motivational video for me, at Bunny’s Fat Farm, this week .*

  • Saturday 10/19 Blog Links
    19 October 2019
    Information about 2019 Blog4Peace ANNUAL BLOG4PEACE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 “CHANGE YOUR CLIMATE” Details, important informational links and images at ZOOLATRY https://zoolatry.blogspot.com   Blog Hops Time to get creative with your cat photos and participate in the Caturday Art Hop hosted…
  • Chatting Cats: Feline Friday: Friendship Symbols
    19 October 2019
    Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. This week just flew by. I’s can’t believe it’s already Feline Furiday again. Even mommy didn’t believe me when I’s told her we needed to make a posty. She had to ask the lady in the box fur the date. Anyways, this year’s really gotten away from us and is […]
  • Why Does My Cat Drool?
    19 October 2019
    Introduction

    Do you ever have random questions about your cats? Why does my cat does this? Why does my cat do that? Well this next section is going to be answering all these questions! So if you ever have a question that I have not answered, feel free to contact me. I am sure that you are not the only one that has had this question.

    So let’s get started with the first question, Why Does My Cat Drool?

    Background to the Question

    Before we dive into the question, I want to share how this first question in our FAQ series got started. It actually is a funny story. My fiancé and I were petting our kitten Wobbles and noticed the ground was always wet after she would get up.

    Didn’t think much about it until I actually saw it coming from her mouth when we were petting her. She was drooling! We were curious so we looked it up. I didn’t think much of it because I thought it was just a quirk that she had.

    When I was talking to some friends about what series I wanted to do next, they were asking me some questions about their cat’s behaviors. I realized, again, that not everyone researches cat things in their free time. And if they do, I want them to come to me and for me to answer questions.

    So I asked them, what weird or odd questions about your cat do you have? No matter how big, small, silly, or odd they were. I would answer them all. Hence the start of this next series. So let’s start with a question I had to ask a while back and really the reason you all are here. Thanks for bearing with me for this introduction.

    Why Does My Cat Drool?

    There are multiple reasons why a cat may drool. If they are not typical ‘droolers’ then this could be a sign that they are sick or nauseous. If you know your cat does not normally drool and you notice it from their mouths, a vet visit would be recommended. You want to make sure you are able to rule out any health issues or diseases.  

    However, if you notice your pet drooling while they are being pet or relaxing, they are probably called ‘happy droolers’. This type will probably drool their whole lives and is not anything to be concerned about.

    Drooling is often a sign of relaxation and contentment. The drooling behavior often goes back to kitten-hood. While nursing, kittens would knead their paws on their mothers when they were hungry to stimulate the milk. They then began to associate the comforting behavior of being fed warm milk and a nurturing bond between their mothers. Even when cats are off their mother’s milk, feelings of contentment often lead to kneading, which then stimulates drooling because of the connection to nursing. You can also expect your cat to be purring when you notice the drooling.

    Finally, cats can also drool on rare occasions when they are stressed. Situations like car rides, moving, any stressful situation for them can result in them salivating. This can be accompanied by panting, meowing, and dilated eyes. When you notice your cat drooling on rare occasions, watch and see if it is accompanied by stressful situations. These “events” of drooling should be short term and go away once your cat no longer is stressed or afraid.

    Again, if you notice your cat drooling and they are not happy, or noticeably stressed, you want to talk to your vet. They will be able to run tests to make sure everything is happy and healthy with your pet. You can also talk to a 24/7 vet about your drooling issues with Just Answers.

       Conclusion

    Drooling in cats can be very common. If you notice them drooling when accompanied by petting, purring, and kneading, it is a sign of happiness and contentment. This is not anything to be worried about. They can also drool when they are very stressed out. This should happen around similar situations and only be short term scenarios.

    If you notice your kitten drooling in situations not described above, you want to contact a veterinarian. This would be considered abnormal drooling and could indicate something more serious.

    “I want to know from you guys, what questions do you have about your cat? Let me know below, or contact me!”


       

Cat Food Blogs

19 October 2019

Cat Food Blogs
  • Can Cats Eat Catnip – A Complete Guide to Catnip Pros and Cons
    14 October 2019

    Are you wondering, “Can cats eat catnip?” Catnip is safe for cats to eat in moderation. The effect of eating catnip is said to be similar to a human getting high on marijuana, and it may be addictive. So while catnip is not toxic to cats, it’s prudent to only let them eat it on […]

    The post Can Cats Eat Catnip – A Complete Guide to Catnip Pros and Cons appeared first on The Happy Cat Site.

  • Pet Nutrition – Which Companies Are Behind Your Pet’s Food?
    05 October 2019
    Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware

    < A version of this article was published in the October 2019 issue of Downeast Dog News>

    < A short link to this page – http://bit.ly/PetFoodComp >

    As a pet food retailer, I am part of an industry that many believe; myself included, has a well-deserved reputation for being deceptive. Many companies practice “legal’ marketing practices that any well-informed consumer would find intentionally unsettling. Some of the schemes used in the pet food industry make me hang my head in shame. I try to make up for that by learning everything I can and providing people with the information they need to feed their pets for optimal health. [  http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil ]

    In her book Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for Your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices, author and animal nutritionist Linda Case states. “We find that more than 50 % of dog owners do not distinguish between the brand name of a food and the company that produces (owns) that brand. This confusion is not the fault of owners, by any means, since it is in the best interest of large companies to keep consumers in the dark regarding exactly how many brands of food they produce and market.” I believe that if you want to do the best for your pet, this is information you need to know — caveat emptor.

    Before you even consider specific brands of food, it is essential that you understand the companies behind the pet food industry.

    Pet food is big business. According to data provided by Petfood Industry magazine, pet food companies had revenues of over $44 billion in 2018 for North America alone. Six companies, accounting for 106 different pet food brands took in over $39 billion or 89.3% of all pet food revenue. It is essential to understand that all of those different brands you see advertised and see on retail shelves may not be as different as they would have you believe.

    Leading the list of multi-national conglomerates in the pet food business is Mars Petcare, part of the Mars Candy company. Mars accounted for 41.08% of all the pet food sold in North America across their 41 pet care brands. Brands owned by Mars include; Cesar, Dreamies, Eukanuba, IAMS, Nutro, Pedigree, Royal Canin, Royal Canin Veterinary Diets, Sheba, Temptations, Waltham, and Whiskas.

    Mars also owns the following corporate veterinary practices, which I find equally alarming. They include Banfield Pet Hospitals, bluepearl, Linnaeus, and petpartners. I don’t know about you, but I find the thought of a pet food company owning a chain of veterinary clinics and hospitals akin to a drug company owning medical clinics and hospitals; the antithesis of what is beneficial to health and a consumers finances.

    Sometimes these conglomerates find the best way to deal with a competitor is to buy them and shut them down. In 2014, Mars purchased IAMS, Eukanuba, and Natura brands (California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova) for $2.9 billion. The Natura brands were, decent foods, but today they no longer exist thanks to Mars.

    Nestlé Purina PetCare claimed the second position and 29.98% of pet food revenues across their 30 brands. Pet food and treat brands owned by Nestlé include: Alpo, Bakers, Beggin’, Beneful, Beyond, Busy, Castor & Pollux, Cat Chow, Chef Michael’s, Deli-Cat, Dog Chow, Fancy Feast, Felix, Friskies, Frosty Paws, Gourmet, Just Right, Kit & Kaboodle, Mighty Dog, Moist & Meaty, Muse, Purina, Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan, Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, Second Nature, T-Bonz, Waggin’ Train, and Zukes.

    Like Mars, Nestlé has also entered the veterinary practice market with its investment in Independent Vetcare Group International. How would you react if the primary source of food you buy for your family was also trying to control where you seek healthcare for your children?

    At the third position on the list is J.M Smuckers, the jam company. They are relatively new to the pet care industry, having purchased several companies over the past few years. They are a food company but not known for producing food that is good for you. They control 6.6% of the pet food market in North America with 14 brands accounting for $2.9 billion in sales in 2018. Pet food and treat brands owned by Smucker’s include: 9 Lives, Canine Carry-Outs, Dad’s,  Gravy Train, Kibble ‘n Bits, Meaty Bone, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, Natural Balance (Dick Van Patten), Nature’s Recipe, Pup-Peroni, Rachael Ray Nutrish, and Snausages.

    Colgate-Palmolive, the toothpaste and dish soap conglomerate, owns Hill’s Pet Nutrition, also known as Science Diet, and is number 4 on the list. They control almost 5.3% of the North American market with four brands, accounting for $2.3 billion in sales for 2018. Their brands include; Science Diet, Prescription Diet, Ideal Balance, and Healthy Advantage.

    Number five on the list is Diamond Pet Foods who makes their own food but is primarily this high on the list because they are a co-packer and manufacture food for a wide variety of other companies. They account for 3.4% of the North American Market with $1.5 billion in sales for 2018. Brands owned by Diamond include Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Diamond Naturals Grain-Free, Diamond Care, Nutra-Gold, Nutra-Gold Grain-Free, Nutra Nuggets Global, Nutra Nuggets US, Premium Edge, Professional, and Taste of the Wild. Brands made for other companies were not disclosed.

    Last on our list is General Mills, best known for brands like Cheerios, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker. Primarily a processed food company, not known for fresh, healthy food, General Mills entered the pet food business in 2018 with the purchase of Blue Buffalo. That gives them almost 3% of the North American market with $1.3 billion in sales for 2018. Blue Buffalo currently has six brands: Life Protection, Freedom, Basics, Wilderness, Carnivora, and Natural Veterinary Diet. Blue Buffalo is probably best known for television commercials that claim they include specific quality ingredients in their food and never use certain low-quality ingredients. Blue Buffalo has faced several lawsuits over these claims and in one was required to pay $32 million for false advertising, as Blue Buffalo pet food did include lower quality ingredients they claimed were not found in their products

    You might think, well I eat food from all of these big companies and feed it to my children. What’s the harm in feeding it to my pet? The difference is that you probably consume a tiny percentage of food made by Mars, Nestlé, Smuckers and General Mills, and it is not your primary source of nutrition. In many cases a pet’s entire diet may come from one of these companies.

     

    Top 6 Pet Food Companies in North America – 2018 2018 SALES
    COMPANY (million USD) % TOTAL # BRANDS
    Mars Petcare Inc. 18,085.00 41.08% 41
    Nestlé Purina PetCare 13,200.00 29.98% 30
    J.M. Smucker 2,900.00 6.59% 14
    Hill’s Pet Nutrition 2,318.00 5.26% 4
    Diamond Pet Foods 1,500.00 3.41% 12
    General Mills (Blue Buffalo) 1,300.00 2.95% 5
    Top 6 Pet Food Companies in North America – 2018 2018 SALES
    COMPANY (million USD) % TOTAL
    Mars Petcare Inc. 18,085.00 41.08%
    Nestlé Purina PetCare 13,200.00 29.98%
    J.M. Smucker 2,900.00 6.59%
    Hill’s Pet Nutrition 2,318.00 5.26%
    Diamond Pet Foods 1,500.00 3.41%
    General Mills (Blue Buffalo) 1,300.00 2.95%
    Everyone Else 4,725.20 10.73%
    TOTAL 44,028.20 100.00%

    Recommended Resources Articles on Don’s Blog
    ( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com )

    Green Acres Pet Nutrition Resources Page – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Home

    GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutritionhttp://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil

    Pet Foods We Offer At Green Acres Kennel Shophttp://bit.ly/GAKS_PetFood_Brands

    Things I Wish I Had Known… The Importance of What I Feed My Pets  – http://bit.ly/Things-Nutrition-1

    Pet Nutrition: Some Myths and Facts – Part 1 – My story with Gus – Maine Dog Magazine – Winter 2017 http://bit.ly/Gus-Nutrition

    Pet Nutrition – What Should I Feed My Pet? http://bit.ly/What-Should-I-Feed-My-Pet

    Pet Nutrition – What Do You Feed Your Dog? – WWM-JUN2016 – http://bit.ly/WhatDoYouFeedYourDog

    Pet Nutrition – Should I Feed My Pet A Raw Diet? http://bit.ly/ShouldIFeedMyPetARawDiet

    Pet Nutrition – The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton with link to 1 hour video http://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton

    Podcast – Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Pattonhttp://bit.ly/DrPatton-Podcast

    Podcast – Pet Fooled – A Look Inside A Questionable Industry with Kohl Harringtonhttp://bit.ly/WfMw-Pet-Fooled

    Pet Nutrition – Why Rotating Diets Makes Sense http://bit.ly/DietRotation

    Pet Nutrition – The Wisdom of Rotating Your Pets Diet – Part 1 http://bit.ly/DietRotation1-30JUL19

    Pet Nutrition – The Wisdom of Rotating Your Pets Diet – Part 2 http://bit.ly/DietRotation2

    Shared News Story – An Exposé on Prescription Diets from WJLA ABC7 Newshttp://bit.ly/Nut-RXDiets-WJLA-24MAY19

    FDA Update on Heart Disease in Dogs & What Should You Do? – 7JUL19 http://bit.ly/FDA-DCM-Food-7JUL19

    Shared Articles – More on the FDA, DCM and Pet Food – 10JUL19 –  http://bit.ly/FDA-DCM-Food-10JUL19

    Shared Articles – Do the Vets Behind the FDA Investigation Have A Conflict of Interest?http://bit.ly/DCM-FDA-Conflict

    Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
    ( http://www.woofmeowshow.com )

    Podcast – Is Feeding A Grain-Free Food to Our Dogs Dangerous?, with Linda Case, MS – http://bit.ly/Podcast-FDA-Grain-Free-LindaCase-29SEP18

    Podcast – Pet Nutrition with Kymythy Schultze Author of Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purrfect Health http://bit.ly/KymythySchultzeCatNutrition-Podcast

    Podcast – An Eastern Approach to Pet Nutrition with Dr. Michael Munzer from All Creatures Acupuncturehttp://bit.ly/WfMw-Munzer-EstrnNut-2018

    Podcasts – Interview with Steve Brown about Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diethttp://bit.ly/WfMw-SteveBrown-2010

    Podcast – DCM, the FDA, and Dog Food-the Science and the Hype with Canine Nutritionist Linda Casehttp://bit.ly/Blog-DCM-FDA-8AUG19

    Podcast – Pet’s in the News–No. 4 Pet Food, DCM and The FDA http://bit.ly/WfMw-DCM-FDA-20JUL19

    Other Online Resources

    Pet Fooled on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/petfooled/

    Pet Fooled Webpagehttps://www.petfooled.com/pet-fooled-part-1.html

    Wysong – The Truth About Pets Foods PDFhttp://bit.ly/WysongTheTruthAboutPetFoods-pdf

    ________________________________________________________________________
    Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( greenacreskennel.com ) in Bangor, ME where he has been helping people with their pets since 1995. He is a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Don is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and is committed to PPG’s Guiding Principles and the Pain-Free, Force-Free, and Fear-Free training, management, and care of all pets. Don produces and co-hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show, that airs on Z62 Retro Radio WZON (AM620) and WKIT 103.3-HD3 and is streamed at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at http://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/, the Apple Podcast app, and at Don’s blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com.  The opinions in this post are those of Don Hanson.

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  • Best Dry Kitten Food – Discover The Best Dry Food For Kittens
    02 October 2019

    Find the best dry kitten food for your baby cat with these reviews of top brands and tips for feeding. A complete guide to the best cat food for kittens. You are the proud new parent of the world’s cutest ball of fur. Your heart swells with love every time you look at your precious […]

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  • Best Cat Food For Indoor Cats
    01 October 2019

    Indoor cats need a properly balanced diet that will keep them lean and healthy even though they are usually less active. From kittens to seniors, your indoor cats will need food rich in proteins that will offer them all the nutrients needed to live healthy, happy lives. Cat Food for Indoor Cats Quick Links The […]

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  • Best Wet Cat Food Guide – Top Tips and Reviews To Help You Choose
    28 September 2019

    Welcome To Our Complete Guide To The Best Wet Cat Food. Giving Reviews Of The Top Brands, And Helping You To Make The Right Choice For Your Cat. Choosing the best wet cat food for your kitty can be confusing. There are many varieties of wet cat food out there, all competing for your attention. […]

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  • Can Cats Drink Almond Milk – Is This Lactose-Free Option Safe?
    23 September 2019

    Can cats drink almond milk? Some cats may be able to tolerate almond milk in moderation. However, their digestive systems are not adapted to get the same nutritional benefits from it that we do. A cat’s diet should be based mainly on animal fats and proteins, with fresh water to drink. Let’s look more closely […]

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  • How Much To Feed A Cat – A Complete Guide
    16 September 2019

    If you’re wondering “How much to feed a cat?” this article is designed to answer all your questions about how much to feed your cat. Getting your feline’s portion size correct depends upon: the type of diet they are eating (wet, semi-moist, dry, or raw, for example) their life stage (kitten, adult, pregnant/nursing, or senior […]

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  • Best Kitten Food – The Top Wet And Dry Kitten Foods
    16 September 2019

    The best kitten food brands offer a wide variety of products which meet the specific nutritional needs of young cats. Kittens have an increased need for a meat-based, high fat diet that will give them the nutrients to build strong bones and muscles. The best kitten food for your young pet may be wet food, […]

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  • PetsBeHonest App Launch!
    14 September 2019

     

    We are very excited to announce the launch of what we hope will help every pet owner out there with our PetsBeHonest Health app.  Our app lets you track your pet’s health and get specific recommendations and articles tailored to your pets needs.

    Join Beta 

     

    The inspiration for The PetsBeHonest app is from Cheyenne, the Australian Kelpie mix pictured above.  She was diagnosed with a disease known as CUPS (chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis).  This condition, like many others, are difficult to manage, require ongoing monitoring and care and the best way to do this before was using a notebook.

    Cheyenne inspired us to launch PetsBeHonest and help combine our veterinary expertise and computer skills together to help create a way to track a pet’s health, monitor their conditions and provide personalized information, articles, and recommendations for their specific needs.

     

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  • The Flower Tower by Trixie Pet
    12 September 2019

    This is an intricate, brains over brawn, food puzzle originally designed for dogs, but that won't stop us! This puzzle features four swiveling layers but access is only granted once the large base cones are removed. That is the challenge, the cat must do one section of the puzzle in efforts for the next to be revealed. All levels can be rearranged for constant variety! This is definitely a toy for the experienced forager

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Cat Rescue Blogs

19 October 2019

Cat Rescue Blogs
  • Kitten Who is Unusually Small, Finds Someone to Help Her Grow
    19 October 2019


    At six days old, this kitten was just half the size of a newborn. Despite being so tiny, she had the spirit of a warrior.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    A little palm-sized kitten was transferred to Nova Cat Clinic in Arlington, Virginia when staff at Arlington Welfare League noticed she needed specialized care. The micro kitten weighed only 50 grams at almost one week old.

    Despite being smaller than a kitten-sized bottle, she was very brave. Ellen Carozza, Feline Licensed Veterinary Technician at Nova Cat Clinic, took her into their charity program, Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Fund, which aims to help kittens in critical condition.

    She was named Magrat, and from day one, she proved to be a fighter.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    She would latch onto the bottle and eat as much as her tummy could possibly fit. Ellen and her team worked on fixing her GI issues and infection.

    "While there was weight gain, we were lacking muscle gain. This is a problem with neonates," Ellen said.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    To help keep Magrat warm, she was kept in an incubator during nap time to help regulate her body temperature.

    A week later, the micro kitten finally started to gain some padding over the hips and tail.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    She was given her very own kitten-sized sweaters to help her stay warm and cozy.

    By the time she was 16 days old, she reached the size of a normal week-old kitten at 143 grams.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    Neonatal kittens like Magrat, lack antibodies found naturally in the mother's milk and are especially susceptible to infections.

    Magrat contracted a bacterial pneumonia and spent 10 days in an oxygen tent. The little fighter was always in good spirits during treatment.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    "She was nebulized multiple times per day, on antibiotics and antivirals," Ellen told Love Meow.

    "We were lucky she recovered."

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    Now at two months old, Magrat is still pocket-sized.

    She is eating well and growing steadily every day.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    "Other than being unusually small for her age, she acts like a normal kitten," Ellen said.

    "Her most favorite thing to do is play hide and seek. She loves to run out and scare you and run away."

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    The little panther kitty is determined to out-grow Ellen's scrub pocket one day.

    And she's not letting anything hold her back.

    Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

    Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on Magrat and Ellen's rescues on Instagram and Facebook.

    Related story: Man Went for a Work Break and Came Back with a Kitten on His Shoulder

  • Vietnamese Cat Meat Farm Rescue - Possible Advice?
    18 October 2019

    Hello everyone! I live in a small city in Vietnam with my fiancee, on 6 August of this year we rescued a kitten from a cat and dog meat farm. She was only 45 days old, incredibly malnourished and scared. If you haven't seen footage from one of the farms... don't. They are absolutely nightmarish. We don't really know what she's seen or how she was raised during that time.

    Fastforward to now, she is a little fatty, doing far better than we ever expected. She zooms around a lot, is very playful and extremely affectionate.

    I have had cats my entire life, all were rescue types from places in South Africa (where I'm from) like the SPCA or similar. So those cats, whilst not having a perfect start to life, suffered far less trauma and were cared for far better in their initial stages. They also came to us later in life than 45 days.

    I don't really have a specific question... but is there anything I should maybe look out for? As I've said she seems really good, but I don't want there to be any potential issues considering where she came from and how young she was. Any problems I could solve now that won't turn into something major later in life. I know it is a very vague question with no definite answer but if anyone has any advice I'd be glad to hear it!

    This is a comparison from when we first got her to now.

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  • Stray Kitten Walks Up to Family That is Kind to Him After Wandering the Street Alone
    18 October 2019


    A family heard meowing and found a tiny kitten wandering the street all alone.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    Late September, Chatons Orphelins Montréal, a rescue group in Montreal, Canada, was contacted about a lost kitten found alone without a home to go to.

    "A family with a big heart heard his tiny cries and went to investigate," Celine Crom of Chatons Orphelins Montréal shared with Love Meow. "They found the kitten, and he was just a bag of bones and covered in fleas."

    The kitten walked up to the family when he saw them, but was very shy after being on the street for some time. They rushed to get some food, hoping to use it to win him over, and it worked. The hungry little feline threw himself on the food and scarfed it right down.

    Val

    "The kitten was just skin and bones, weighing only 350 grams. He probably hadn't eaten for a long time. He was very lucky to be found."

    That night, he fell asleep in the comfort of a safe home with a full belly.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    The following week, the kitten was taken in by the rescue group so he could receive proper medical care and a chance at a forever home.

    "We named him Arlo. He was treated for fleas and worms. Despite being very thin, he wants to live and is a fighter," the rescue said.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    Arlo has a strong appetite and never wastes a morsel of food. When he is not eating or playing, he enjoys being tucked into a big pocket, snuggling in for a nap.

    "The little guy quickly adapted to his new foster home. He loves everyone, both furry and human kind."

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    In just two weeks, Arlo has blossomed into a big personality.

    "He is copying everything that other kittens do. He has already figured out how to climb. His foster mom found him in the cat tree all by himself."

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    "Arlo doesn't like closed doors and follows his foster mom, Coco, everywhere around the house. He demands to know everything she's doing," Celine said.

    He loves to explore and can climb the stairs like a pro despite being so tiny.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    The little former stray is thriving in foster care and enjoying his new life as a happy, healthy indoor kitty.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on Arlo and Chatons Orphelins Montréal on Facebook.

    Related story: Stray Kitten Befriends Puppy and Keeps Coming Back to See Him

  • Chatty Cats: Happy, Hungry and More!
    18 October 2019

    Happy Friday! I gave an update this week on social media on Harley’s health issues. You can read it below. He says thank you for all of the good thoughts, purrs, head bonks and kitty… More

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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    18 October 2019
    Lots of catching up to do!  We are back from vacation. We had a wonderful time, made great memories and best of all, spending time with family.  We are already looking forward to our 2020 vacation!

    One of the best things that has happened is that little Jeremiah James was born--the son of my granddaughter Ashlyn and her husband Josh.  He was born 10/10/19 at 10:19 am! 

    We've had two adoptions already this week!
    On 10/14/19, Echo was adopted.  This is another extra sweet kitten.  She picked her new owner and even fell asleep in her arms while we were going over her health papers!

    On 10/15/19, Jay Money was adopted.  Thanks to Vaun for helping with his transport to his new home.  He is now with his two real sisters!

    On the first Saturday we were gone, Esteem and Dadou were adopted together. Thanks to Connie D for helping with this adoption!  We had recognized these two adoptions right before we left!

    On 10/11, we had a HumaneOhio transport! One of our favorite things! 31 cats were sent to HumaneOhio.  That broke down to 18 females and 13 males.  Our total so far for 2019 is now at 927 cats.  A year ago, we were at 868. 

    FFRC is planning our first BINGO NIGHT!  Friends of Felines Rescue Center is excited to invite you to a fun night of Bingo. Proceeds go to FFRC. Date:  Friday evening October 25th 7:30-9:30pm at the Defiance Elks Club #147... 1760 Jefferson Ave. ( State Route 66 south) Bingo is open to the public. You can buy food and drink there if you wish.  We have some awesome prizes!  Hope to see you there!

    Dates coming up:
    October 20-23--Fun-Raiser!!  Ends on the 23rd at 9:00 am
    October 23--2:00   BOXES, fun-raiser 
    October 21--HumaneOhio   
    October 21--Board meeting at FFRC
    October 25--Bingo Night!  (see above)
    November 4--HumaneOhio
    November 9--spay/neuter day at FFRC

    Check it out-----2019 FFRC Adoptions Part 3
    Kitties adopted from FFRC during the months of July, August and September 2019.  Please click the like/thumbs up button on YouTube as it helps generate more $ for FFRC   https://youtu.be/ozLAY7pz8gs     Many thanks to KathyK for this video!

    We have taken on 3 new kittens this week.
    Chardonnay--black/white, 10 weeks, birthday is 8/2/19.  She was found on a road by a family. They had actually kept her for 2 weeks and due to family circumstances could no longer keep her. She arrived 10/11/19. Her name is a Name a Cat name!

    Penny Lane--black/white, long hair, 6 months. birthday is 4/17/19. She was found on a road all by herself.  The end of her tail will require a partial tail amputation as it's been degloved by an accident of some sort.  She's a sweetie. She arrived 10/14/19.   Her name is a Name a Cat name! 

    Gemma--black tiger and white, 9 weeks old, birthday is 8/9/19.  She was found by a person that had put her on FB. It was posted she had an injury.  A volunteer checked into it and brought her to FFRC.  Her rear left leg had a major fracture.  She arrived on 10/14 and was taken straight to our vets for an x-ray. Steve drove her to the vets.  They confirmed it was a very bad fracture that was non-repairable.  On 10/15, her leg was amputated.  Today, the 16th, she is up in her condo, playing, eating and feeling so very much better. Thanks to Gem/Edna and mama for bringing her back to FFRC from the vet's. She's on antibiotics and pain meds.  What a sweetie. 

    Evan, one of the kittens that Auntie Peggy is fostering came back to stay this past Saturday. He's in the Main Area and has made lots of friends. Evan is a brown tiger and is ever so sweet!

    Graduation Day!  Lena and her kitties are now in the Paddy's Place room.  They have had access to the main area for several mornings now and have done great. Mama Lena (the Meijer cat) has actually come up to the main area and watched the action by the sink!  But, today, they have graduated to a room in the main area.  We have that door shut but they have lots of visual to all the action. A couple days and we'll open the door! For now, we want Lena to know that this room is her safe room.  Lena has come a long way since her arrival. 

    Little Arwen is so funny.  He pushes his chest out and struts about. Avianna is the little prime a donna of the litter. Apple Jack is just plain the cutest. And Aleesha is gentle and kind.


    We have thanks to give!  We had BOXES on Monday. It was wondrful to receive these gifts--many thanks!
    Jane90125 - 1 - 16 lb bag of Purina One kitten dry food.
    Pat L. (Plee) - 4 boxes of Delectable Bisques.

    Tweeti Tweet (Diane) - FF (24) Kitten Variety Pate, FF Adult Variety, 6 (4) packs of Delectable Squeezables.

    Diana H.  (NC) - 4 Boxes of FF Broth ( 2 classic, 2 creamy), 2 Cases Sheba Perfect Portions, 2 cases of Blue Kitten Pate, 1 Case (30) FF Seafood, 30 oz. Canister of Temptation Snacks.

    Mr. and Mrs. Medic - 2 Cases Fancy Feast (24) Seafood/Gravy. 
    Mudjie, Darkcat, Justme (3 awesome mods)  - a beautiful Blanket with FFRC Collage. (for fun raiser)

    Tigercat (Auntie Julie) -  2 catnip kitty hiney toys,  Large bag of Brach's Peppermint Discs for the horses, 4 large Fish toys.

    KathyinWVa. - 3 Canisters of Temptation Snacks.
    Cait O.T. - 2 Cases of Baby Food.

    Snoopybaby (A1 Mod) and Preakie-Gift of 3 boxes of Delectable Squeezables for Vernie.
    AprilCatlover - 1 Case (30) FF Grilled Seafood, 2 Cases of FF Appetizers.

    Nona - Lots of collect points, Christmas Cards, 1 Pocket and 1 Large 2020 Calendar,  Christmas Stockings, 1 bag of Coffee Beans, Bird Notecards, Crystal Bluebird Statue, 10.1 Android Tablet w/removable keyboard-from Coralie with Nona's assistance.

    Anonymous - 2 Lounge Double Sided Scratchers
    Karen B. - 1 Case of Canned Chicken, 1 Case Canned Salmon, 2 (12) boxes Sardines, 4 boxes Lil Soups, 1 Case Delectable Squeezables, Alpo T-bone snacks for Janie.

    Vrs and Schinn ( Ace Mods) - 10 Cases (24) Fancy Feast Kitten Pate, Bag of Royal Canin Mom and Baby Dry Food, 10 Cases of Fancy Feast Broths.

    Anonymous - Case (24) Friskies Wet Food, 2 (32) Friskies Wet Food, Case (40) Friskies can
    Dimwit - 2 Cases (24) Fancy Feast Classic Kitten Pate, 2 Cases (24) FF Adult Variety.

    Alan and Elaine, in memory of Little Kat--5 cases of 24 Friskies, 1 case of 21 Friskies, 1 case 24 of FF

    Barbara E. (NC) - Several Leggydews, 1 Biggiedew,   10 Adoption Bags.
    Anonymous - 1 Case of (24) Kitten Collection, 30 oz. Canister of Party Mix.
    Katherine K. -  Hotel CATafornia T-shirt.
    Jeanne S. - Donation for Feliz Navidad Fund.
    Michlynn and Vern - donation for Feliz Navidad Fund.
    Tom C. (Illinois) - Donation
    Martha C. - Coupons, Box tops, 2 Chickie dollar donation from Whiskers to SpikerDoodle.
    Robyn and Dale P. - Donation.

    And to add to the above  (super big thanks!!)--
    Burgundy--donation for chickie dollars for the kitties and in honor of Jeremiah
    Pamela C--donation to FFRC
    Diann B--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund
    Colleen P--donation to FFRC
    Yvonne--donation in honor of sweet Dizzy
    Lynne W--donation to FFRC
    Schinn--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund
    Judy & Phil--donation to FFRC
    Lu-Little & Benny--donation in memory of Dingie
    Caitlin O'T--donation to FFRC
    Katherine T--donation in honor of Emmy's 3rd birthday!
    Christopher S--donation for FFRC
    Michelle V--donation to FFRC
    Gusti--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund
    Deborah S--donation to FFRC
    Pam S--donation to FFRC in honor of Beth's birthday, for Feliz Navidad Fund
    Lana H--donation to FFRC
    Faithy--donation to cover a spay/neuter, flea prev and vacc
    Marie C--donation to FFRC
    BillieK--donation in memory of Dingie and Aleeta
    Mich & Vern--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund

    You might see some donations above for the Feliz Navidad Fund.  Just in case this is new to you:
    FELIZ NAVIDAD Est. DOB 10/1/2008
    Arrived at FFRC 12/17/2009
    Passed away in 2013
    A very special cat, but aren’t they all? Her real name was Feliz Navidad Grace Rhoda Moss. Feliz Navidad because she arrived around Christmas time. Grace because by the Grace of God she survived. Rhoda because she was found on a road. Moss because she became a Jacci cat.
    There had been an ice storm the day before Feliz arrived. She had been seen on the road but left for dead as she was frozen to the road. A person who had already driven by her had just assumed she was dead. When he went by her many hours later, she raised her head ever so slightly and he ever so gently shoveled her to get her unstuck. He took her then to a friends house who wrapped her up in warm towels from the dryer and brought her to FFRC. She was suffering from severe hypothermia and neurological problems.
    The first two days was touch and go. Each day was a struggle. Just breathing the first two days was hard. The most wonderful thing though–Feliz purred. For the first days she was non-stop purring. On day 4 she tried to tand and on day 5, she could walk, but in tight circles. Over and over again.
    But she did start her real journey back on that day. Her ordeal left her with neurological problems. She had seizures but they were able to be controlled. She was a survivor. Because of her, FFRC started the Feliz Navidad Medical Fund. It was set up to have funds available for those cases where there are extraordinary medical costs.
    Feliz became one of Jacci’s house cats which she loved. At times she would become extra excited and she would then start her circling up again. She was a very happy cat and loved to be cuddled. Then in 2013, her seizures came back with a vengeance. They could not be controlled. With much sadness, Feliz Navidad was sent on her way to kitty heaven. She was and is still missed so very much.
    Her “job” continues. We still have her Feliz Navidad Medical Fund. It has literally saved many lives. We use this fund for those extra medical needs--leg amputations, tail amputations, dentals, fluids, extra antibiotics and pain meds, etc.
    IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND A CHECK (PAYABLE TO FFRC) OR A PAYPAL AND MARK IT FOR THE FELIZ NAVIDAD MEDICAL FUND. WE THANK YOU.

    A reminder:  our website is fofrescue.org  It's filled with information about FFRC.  Check it out!  The Paw-Mart store will soon be updated with lots of new items! 

    Take care!  While our vacation was super wonderful, it's great to be back.  I very much missed the kitties and cats and the volunteers and and and!!  










  • Chicago Rescuers/Adopters
    18 October 2019
  • Kitten from the Street Befriends Cat Who Has Mustache Just Like Him
    17 October 2019


    A tuxedo cat took another tuxedo under his wing after he was found outside in a box.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    Late September, Ahsen from Istanbul, Turkey, found a kitten in a box abandoned outside in her neighborhood. He was very hungry, and no one came forward to claim him.

    Ahsen couldn't leave him out to fend for himself, so she scooped him up and brought him home. The kitten needed a mother, and she knew she could help.

    Two months prior, Ahsen took in a neighborhood stray that was found sick and heavily pregnant. The cat later gave birth to four babies, coincidentally, all tuxedos. "I treated her and her kittens back to health," Ahsen told Love Meow.

    She decided to put the little singleton next to the cat mom and hoped she would accept him.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    And she did. The kitten immediately latched on and started nursing.

    The plan was to find them all good homes after they were weaned and socialized with help from one of her resident cats.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    Ahsen has two cats of her own (both rescued and spayed/neutered), and one of them is also a tuxedo named Zikri.

    Zikri has a soft spot for kittens in need. Every time Ahsen brings home new fosters, he takes them under his wing and showers them with love.

    Zikri and his previous foster kittensAhsen @zikrettinn

    Zikri met the tuxedo who was found outside.

    After a few sniffs, he started washing his face and ears and caring for him as his own.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    "He became a surrogate dad to all the babies. The kitten that I found on the street, would suckle on him too," Ahsen told Love Meow.

    The little new kitten became very attached to Zikri, and would cuddle with him and fall asleep in his arms.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    They named the kitten Zikriye.

    Watch Zikri and Zikriye in this cute video:

    Cat takes rescued kitten under his wing youtu.be

    Zikri grooms him, plays with him and keeps him company as if he knows the little kid needs some extra TLC.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    Soon, little Zikriye will graduate from his foster home and start a new adventure with his forever family.

    Zikri wrapped his paw around the kitten while he was kneading away.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    Zikri is very proud with the progress his foster kitten has made as he continues to help kitties in need.

    Ahsen @zikrettinn

    Share this story with your friends. Follow Zikri and his feline friends on Instagram.

    Related story: Stray Kitten with Curled Ears and Extra Toes Follows a Cat and Insists on Being Her Friend

  • Website Where You can Sign Up to Give Dogs and Cats Temporary Homes in Your Area
    17 October 2019

    RescueFoster.com

    Trying to raise awareness about animal fostering. We are only in a few states(U.S. based) right now but we are the only place you can see the actual animals that can use temporary homes from rescues and shelters near you and sign up. It also gives foster coordinators an opportunity to use something better than spreadsheet and thick paper binders when it comes to figuring out what animal can go to what homes they already have available.

    No animal is more grateful than the one you pull out of a kennel. Even an overnight sleepover at a foster home reduces "shelter stress" that these animals get at overcrowded animal shelters. Animals are infinitely more adoptable in and after foster care.

    The honest truth is that if more people took in cats and dogs on a temporary basis less animals would be put down. We need more rescues and shelters to sign up, our goal is one rescue or shelter in every state by the end of the year.

    Bonus: Short video that will give you an overview of what we are about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crgm5pYK4aY&t=8s

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  • New cat has started leaving messes all over the house.
    16 October 2019

    So we adopted this cat last Thursday, and other than hiding during the day he's been really great. He'll explore at night and even sit with you in bed for a bit. But he's now leaving shit in different spots. The first night it was the couch. We thought it was just a fluke because he was great the next few days. Then yesterday morning it was on our son's bean bag chair and now this morning it's my son's bed. Any advice on what to do. He does use his litter box every other time. We just need help. My husband is getting really frustrated by this situation.

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  • Kitten's Loud Cries Help Rescuers Find Her, They Locate Her Cat Mom too
    16 October 2019


    A tiny kitten's cries helped rescuers find her whereabouts and save her life.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    Las Vegas-based animal rescuers, Nikki Martinez and Leslie, were working a TNR (trap-neuter-return) mission a few weeks ago, when Leslie heard a kitten's cries coming from a storm drain.

    She wasted no time and grabbed a spare tire tool from the trunk and used it to pry the manhole open.

    "She then put on her gloves and went down the manhole into the cockroach-infested storm drain to grab that baby," Nikki shared with Love Meow.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    She was able to find the kitten who was meowing with all her might, and two others that sadly didn't survive the horrid environment that they were born into. The kitten's loud cries helped the rescuers find her and save her life.

    The team was able to locate her feral cat mom shortly after, and eventually had them reunited.

    "The kitten wanted to live. I only had my purse at the time so I put her in it across town to reunite her with her mama," Nikki said.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    As soon as the kitten felt the warmth of her mother, she screamed and wriggled her way under her belly. Nikki brought them home so they could have a quiet, comfortable place to stay.

    "Rather than raising her baby on the streets, she gets to raise her kitten in a clean, comfortable and quiet room."

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    The kitten, named Baby Leslie (after her rescuer), is tiny but already has quite the cattitude. She has the entire milk bar to herself and is not shy of voicing her opinions.

    The feral cat mom, named Sue, is able to focus on nursing and cleaning her little singleton with plenty of food and clean water to go around.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    Watch the reunion in this video:

    Kitten rescued from storm drain reunited with cat mom www.youtube.com

    A few days later, Baby Leslie started to open her eyes. With the mother's milk and a safe environment, she has blossomed into a chunky, healthy kitten.

    Once she's weaned, Nikki will start socializing her so she will get a chance to find a loving home that will cherish her forever.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    Mama Sue will never have to go through another pregnancy on the streets. She will be cared for by two dedicated feral colony caretakers who provide fresh food and water daily.

    Baby Leslie is one of lucky ones as most kittens born outside aren't as fortunate. "While caring for a mama kitty and her babies is certainly adorable, the reality is that 2,300 cats/kittens just like these babies are euthanized in shelters every day because of overpopulation," Nikki told Love Meow.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    "If you want to experience a mother and her kittens, foster! Contact your local animal shelter or cat rescue and ask them how you can get involved in fostering. You provide a small space in your home and the shelter/rescue will provide you with basic supplies."

    Baby Leslie, the little warrior kitty, helped get herself out of the storm drain and into a home environment where she could thrive.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

    She still has a lot of growing and socializing to do but as of now, she's a happy, healthy, content kitten who never lacks a meal.

    Nikki Martinez @myfosterkittens

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