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June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. Things to know.

ADOPT-A-CAT MONTH®

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

Jessie Cat (below, with Gina) says:  I wasn’t adopted from a shelter, but from a back yard!! I was a stray. And that’s still considered adoption! I’m definitely a Rescue Cat. So, read the checklist below for adopting a cat and high tail it to the nearest shelter!

Adopt a Cat Month

TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT

Thinking of adopting a cat? First, check out these helpful tips, gathered by American Humane Association.​

1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves – and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile. A great place to start your search is online. Sites like petfinder.com let you search numerous shelters in your area simultaneously to help narrow your search and more quickly find the match that’s right for you and your new feline friend.

2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.

3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment – even before the exam itself – so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.

4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction.

5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.

6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers.

7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow).

8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember – take it slow.

9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.

10. If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. Though well-meaning, the surprise kitty gift doesn’t allow for a “get-to know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry – this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being.

 

Brought to you in June by American Humane Association

Sponsor a Cat

Are you wondering how you can help make a difference in the lives of cats needing forever homes? Perhaps you’ve already maxed out the number of pets for your household, but still want to do something to help?

Sponsor a cat. Or sometimes this is called virtually adopting a cat.

Contact your local pet shelter or humane society and ask if there is one cat you could “virtually adopt” or sponsor. Tell them you would send either cash donations and/or donate items the cat can use. If they agree, dash over to the shelter/humane society and choose a cat. Have them tag the cage with information that you are a sponsor for that cat so the workers there are aware of the setup.

Take photos of the cat and spread the news that the cat is needing a home.

Ask for updates from the shelter if you are unable to stop by frequently. Be sure to honor your pledge to donate cash and/or items for this particular cat. Hoping this baby gets adopted in a timely manner, then choose another cat to sponsor!

Many cat lovers want to help and make a difference but don’t know what to do and feel helpless. Either they have no more room in their home for additional pets or they don’t have time to volunteer or don’t have enough money to completely care for another pet of their own. Becoming a sponsor for a cat benefits everyone involved. What you’re donating for that cat is just that much LESS money the shelter has to put towards that cat’s care. AND if you help to actively promote the cat’s adoption needs and someone chooses to adopt this cat, YIPPEE! That is the perfect ending!

The joy you’ll experience being a part of this process is priceless. Now go call your local shelter or humane society and ask if they allow people to sponsor a cat… and if they haven’t done such a thing, please encourage them to do so, as they will benefit from your help. 

 

 

 

What do Pet Parents Spend Money on?

What do Pet Bloggers Spend Their Money and Time On?

Pet Bloggers are Pet Parents. If they’re not, that’s a bit strange. That is, unless some recent tragedy happened to their fur baby and they are petless for the time being. And so, pet blogger members of Blogpaws.com (we are members) took a survey. The following is an infographic with the results. 

What do pet parents spend money on?

 

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What do you spend the most money on for your cat?

Do you buy cat products online?

What is your favorite store – online and offline?

Do you regularly visit pet care sites?

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Kitty Holsters Availability Update Thru Cats The Boss

Kitty Holster Cat Harness Update on Availability through Cats The Boss

As of December 4, 2013, Cats The Boss is no longer a dealer for Crazy K Farm , the maker of the famous Kitty Holster®  cat harness.

To be clear – we LOVE the Kitty Holsters!!

But… the steps required to process an order on my end are simply too time-consuming and frustrating  (several emails [the order to Crazy K Farm, two separate emails to the customer]), completing forms, dealing with Paypal 2-3 times for one order, changes to original orders, delays in shipments, etc.). Crazy K Farm does not have an affiliate program, for those wondering, and so it’s not as if the customer clicks a link on my cat site and is sent to the Crazy K Farm website to place their order. The ordering is NOT “automated.” The customer goes through me. I take care of placing the order for them, which includes all the chores mentioned above in parentheses.  What if I want to go on vacation (ha! but you never know!), and someone places an order through me for a Kitty Holster? If I’m not at my handy-dandy computer to check on any possible emails (from Paypal) alerting me to the fact an order was placed, then the customer’s order just sits and sits and sits until I can finally get back to processing their order with Crazy K Farm.

And so, after close to two years, Cats The Boss bids a fond farewell to Crazy K Farm.

If anyone is interested in purchasing one of the awesome Kitty Holsters, please visit Crazy K Farm website!!! Here’s the direct link to the Kitty Holsters

Jessie Cat and I take walks during nice weather and she does superb wearing her tiger stripe harness! We really do enjoy the product :)

Kitty Holster Cat Harness

Jessie Cat takes a walk outside in harness.

Kitty Holster Cat Harness
Jessie Cat lounging in her new Kitty Holster