Saturday, October 24, 2009

Featured Rescue - Deuce

I posted yesterday about kittens and the high energy they tend to have. If you are looking for a laid back cat who can just hang out with you and watch tv, kittens aren't the best way to go. You may
want to consider an adult cat.

Today's featured rescue is named Deuce. He's a laid back cat who would be best suited to someone looking for a lap-cat; he just wants to cuddle! Deuce is in Warren, MI.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Featured Rescue - Maude

Today's Featured Rescue is a black Domestic Medium Hair cat from Wellsville, NY.

Her name is Maude. She is listed as a kitten, but I'm not sure how old. The ad doesn't say this.
You know, the best advice I can give you about kittens is this. PLEASE be prepared for the extreme energy of a kitten before you get one. Kittens are babies and will act like children. They don't know the rules. They think everything is climbable/shreddable/chewable. They run. They play.
An unfortunate thing I see volunteering with rescue is the family who adopt a kitten after euthanizing their elderly cat, then return the kitten with comments that suggest the energy is too high. They are looking for a more relaxed and laid back cat.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Featured Rescue - Pandora

I'm loving these great and creative names that people call the black cats out there! I've known many and the names for black cats are often really unique.

This is Pandora. She has extra toes which means she is a polydactyl cat. Brought in at 4 weeks old as a stray, Pandora is waiting for her forever family to come and bring her home. She is located in Clyde, MI.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Superstitions - Black Cats

I found this interesting article at The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). I found it pretty interesting. I have copied and pasted most of the article below.


Black Cats

The cat was worshipped in Egypt and to kill one was considered a capital crime. When an Egyptian family's cat died, the cat was mummified and the family went into mourning. Romans, also, considered the cat sacred and introduced it into Europe. By the 17th Century, however, the cat began to be associated with witchcraft and it's luck turned from good to bad in many areas. A practice that became popular for a time was to burn cats and other animals on Shrove Tuesday (before the start of Lent), in order to protect one's home from fire and other calamities.

Superstitions centering around the black cat are some of the most well-known and popular superstitions today. It is interesting, though, because the good or bad luck they possess is dependent on where you live in the world. In Britain and Japan, having a black cat cross your path, is considered good luck, whereas if you live in the USA or several European countries, it is bad luck to have a black cat walk by.

Good luck associated with black cats include:

Possessing a black cat.
Having a black cat greet you at a door.
Having a black cat enter your home.
Meeting three black cats in succession.
Touching a black cat.

Bad luck associated with black cats include:

Meeting a black cat early in the morning.
Having a black cat turn its back on you.
Scaring or driving away a black cat from your property.
Walking under a ladder after a black cat has walked underneath it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Featured Rescue - Gypsy

I really hate these ads. Check this one out. Poor Gypsy got one whole line ...

"Gypsy is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered."

They didn't even bother to specify whether she was spayed or neutered; just a classic copy/paste job with the name inserted. Poor gal - she's probably a lovely cat too. If you have space in your home and you live near Attica, NY then drop by Wyoming County SPCA and visit Gypsy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Featured Rescue - Mickey

This is Mickey ... isn't he beautiful? The first thought that I had when I saw his picture was "Wow." Do you ever run across something like this and just sit dumbstruck for a moment while your brain figures it all out?

Mickey is located in Toronto, ON and is being taken care of by the Toronto Cat Rescue. He was born on May 20, 2009 so he's still pretty young.

I love it when I see an ad like this: "Mickey gets along with anyone, including kids, cats and dogs" but at the same time I wonder why he's in rescue to begin with? Perhaps simply overpopulation is the problem.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Featured Rescue - Rosie

Rosie has been at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter since April 09. These sorts of stories are so sad, but so common. Here are a few comments the shelter posted about Rosie:

"She has grown up a lot in the last 5 months but would prefer to live out her life in a home. She is very social and loves to play Patty-cake with the cat in the cage next to her. Needs another cat to tumble wtih, someone to play with her a lot."
If you can offer Rosie the home she's been looking for, see her profile below.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Featured Rescue - Magic

You know, there are over 13,000 Domestic Short Hair BLACK cats listed on petfinder. 13,424 to be exact.

Today's rescue is another appropriately named October black cat. His name is Magic. There is little information about him other than the fact that he is declawed on all four feet!

Good grief ... I have issues with declawing. It's a painful procedure and often unneccessary. Google it. Read about it. Here are a few links ...

The Declawing Menu
Article written by Veterinarian Dr. Christianne Schelling

When people take their possessions over their cats it bothers me. I have a coaster that says "Cats are nature's way of telling you that your furniture cost too much".

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Featured Rescue - Halo

Today's featured rescue is named Halo. She is 6 years old and has been in a shelter since May 8, 2009.

You know, I hate to criticize, but if the cat has been around for so long, why haven't they bothered to take better pictures??

Anyways, she is an owner surrender. The post says that she has to find her 'forever' home soon ... I wonder if she is approaching the end of her time limit at the St. Clair County Humane Law Enforcement ... I bet.

If you can make room for a black cat in your home consider a rescue. Consider Halo. She is running out of time. She is in Port Huron, MI.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Featured Rescue - Gus

People just shouldn't post things like this in the Adoption Listings!! There are some things you should post, and others you should avoid ...

Tell me, does the following writeup make you want to go out and adopt this guy?

Gus is 4 year old, neutered, totally declawed and microchipped male cat. He is current on all shots and tested negative for FIV/leukemia. We got him as a tiny kitten found on the side of the road. He currently lives in a household with 2 female cats and 2 dogs. He has been having a problem with peeing outside of the litter box - possibly because he is not getting along with the females or because of a neighborhood cat he sees outdoors. I have had him to the vet to be checked for medical problems and he has a clean bill of health in the urinary tract department. I have tried everything to address this problem: Feliway, kitty Prozac, cat attract litter. Gus is a sweet cat (black long hair), with a quirky personality. He has a loud purr and likes attention and brushing. He gets along well with dogs. I am hoping that this negative behavior will stop if he is in a different environment.

If you are interested in taking this guy on, he is located in Rome, OH.

They are quite probably right - a change in environment would resolve his issues ... but why wouldn't they try things like crating him at home? This would also begin to address the issues to see if there is an inappropriate substrate preference or if there are other causes. I have known cats to use a litter box only if you put plastic bags under the litter (or carpet samples, or rocks, etc).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Featured Rescue - Hex

Keeping in mind that it is October and therefore the month of Hallowe'en, I thought today's featured rescue would fit right in! His name is Hex.

Hex was born on June 24, 2009. He is filled with the kitten-crazies but will curl up and cuddle when play-time is over.
If you are able to offer Hex a home, he is located in Collingwood, ON.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Featured Rescue - Raine

Today's featured black cat rescue is Raine. Raine is a playful DMH black cat looking for her new forever home. She's currently located in Hamilton, ON.
Raine has some gorgeous green eyes. Beautiful. She is still young; estimated to only be about a year old.
If you are in Ontario and can open your home to a homeless black cat, please consider Raine.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Featured Rescue - Miles

For the month of October I have decided to feature black cats in need of new homes. Black cats, like Black Dogs, are difficult to find homes for. Although we live in a technology based world, superstition still runs rampant. I will write a post about this later in the week.

Today's featured rescue is a black cat named Miles. This little guy is still young - 3.5 months ... that's only 14 weeks old. Miles is in Newfane, NY. If you are in the area and have been considering a cat - consider Miles!!

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