Archive for the ‘cats’ Category

Cat Box Blues
October 17, 2009

Dear Liz:  We decided to ad another cat to our family of 3 already.  However, since we’ve had him, someone has been peeing outside the litter box.  What should we do?


Signed,


Grossed Out in Goshen

Dear Grossed Out:

You’ve heard the expression “Too many cooks spoil the soup”?  Well, too many cats spoil the house!

Actually, what’s happening is that there is an upset in the feline balance and someone is complaining in a way to get noticed.

If you can pinpoint which cat is doing it, make sure there are no medical reasons why kitty is doing this.  If medical reasons are ruled out, it’s probably a behavioral thing.

First, put litter boxes on every floor of the house, including the basement.  The cats are trying to tell you that there are too many cats for the boxes you have.  The rule of thumb is to have one more litter box than you do cats.  For multiple cat households, though, this can be an issue!  Here a box, there a box, everywhere a box, box!

Then make sure the litter is the unscented kind and scoop it daily.  Cats can get very territorial and each one requires it’s own “personal space” in order to be happy.  Keeping the box clean helps the cats not get territorial over using it (or NOT using it!).

If things don’t improve or the situation starts getting violent, it may be time to take the new kitty back.

As with every situation that may result in someone being evicted, talk with your veterinarian to see if they have other solutions not mentioned here.

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Meet Biff and Meg
April 3, 2008

7-month-old Biff and Meg are brother and sister. Biff is a neutered male who looks similar to a Maine coon cat, with medium hair and grey, brown and white fur. Meg is a white and grey tiger with a fluffy tail. These 2 sweet cats were found when they were kittens, abandoned in the middle of the road near Foxwoods. The woman who took them in was living in an abusive situation herself and had to give up the kittens when she moved out. As Meg and Biff have gotten to know the volunteers at the shelter and begun to trust people, they have learned to be cuddled and love to sit on people’s laps. Biff is more outgoing and curious, while Meg can be a bit shy at first. They could both get used to other cats and possibly a dog and could live with children over the age of 8. They can be adopted together or separately. Biff and Meg have been waiting for their forever homes for a long time. They are wonderful kitties who deserv e a fresh start in life. They would make someone very happy. AFOC 860-721-1351.

 

De-Claw Cats?
January 26, 2008

Question:

Is it still possible to adopt kittens from shelters that you plan to de-claw? I had heard that you would not be able to adopt if that was your plan.

Answer:

It depends on the shelter. De-clawing has been a hot topic among the rescue folks for as long as there have been rescues! There are two theories out there about de-clawing cats.

  1. It’s fine
  2. It’s incredibly cruel.

Let’s go through both: The first is that “it’s fine.” Basically, it involves taking the claw (usually the front) off the cat’s toes from about the last knuckle down (to put it in people terms). It’s pretty much an amputation of that last digit which involves the actual nail and bed. Since this is a very vascular area, there is a chance of bleeding so the cat is usually kept over-night and its feet are bandaged.
Benefits of this are that the owner no longer has to scream at the cat every time it goes to shred furniture (cloth or wood). We’ve had cats literally reduce molding around the doorways to splinters.

Draw-back: (depending on how you view this) is that the cat can NEVER be allowed outside as it has lost half (yep, only half) of its defense system. Folks say ALL defenses are lost but a cat does quite well holding with its front feet and shredding the skin off you with its back feet.

Theory No. 2 is that “it’s incredibly cruel.” Some say that de-clawing, docking tails and cropping ears is incredibly cruel as it serves no functional purpose. Period. The idea is that any surgical procedure done on a cat other than spaying/neutering is cruel and should not be done. The thought is that it causes unneeded pain and stress on the cat.

It is also believed that to de-claw a cat takes away its natural defenses (see my comments on that above).

So, to answer your question, it depends on the pound and their beliefs. Under all circumstances, I do feel that you should be completely honest with the shelter you’re dealing with. (We have ways of finding out if you lie!) If they object to de-clawing, ask if they have any cats that have already been de-clawed. Ask right up front what their beliefs are about de-clawing. If they’re against it and you have no issues with it, move on to another shelter that shares your viewpoint.

Autumn & Galaxy
January 19, 2008

Meet Autumn

Meet Galaxy