Friday, March 7, 2014

One Week and No Closer to Finding Cat Owner

Last week we took the Russian blue mix cat that had unique gray and white markings to the veterinarian and found that it was microchip but was not registered. We then learned from several of our neighbors that it was a neighborhood cat that would walk on a leash with its owner but that they did not know where he lived or if he still lived in the neighborhood.

My husband put a cat harness on the cat that we found and walked the cat around the neighborhood in hopes to find the pet owner.  No owner was located but did get many remarks on how the cat walked like a dog.
Russian Blue Mix Cat
Found cat photograph

The found cat flyers that I made at zazzle.com still hang on the tree trunks and telephone poles but as of this date we have gotten no calls from the cat owner.   If we do not locate the owner in the next week, this cat will be put up for adoption and flyers will updated.  Here is an example of an adoption template flyer that I made for this cat.
In the meantime the lost cat has gotten used to his large cat cage and his days on the sun porch.  We had him tested for cat disease and they came back negative. We also had his nails trimmed and he got a rabies vaccine.  We prefer to keep this found cat away from our cats and do not want to socialize. 
cat cage

Know that this is a housecat that will not go outdoors unless it is on a leash and then enjoys the walks.  He prefers men over women and gets along with dogs.  This cat stays on the floor, does not jump onto kitchen cabinets, or furniture.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Setting up Comfortable Cage/Kennel for Large Cat

Normally a medium sized crate is all that I need for a small cat that is spending a few nights at my “mom and pop” cat shelter.  But when it comes to a large adult cat that needs more room I needed to get creative so this cat could have a comfortable stay while we searching for his owners.
Large rescue cat in double sized cage

I created a comfortable cat holding cage by using what I had; two medium cat cage/kennels.   I attached the two open cages together with plastic zip ties.  A total of 8 ties were needed to hold the two cat cages together.

Both crates could open on the top which made it very easy for cleaning or putting the cat into the crate and one crate had two side openings and a top opening. 
  
There was room for cat to stretch out and get comfortable on the self warming K & H cat bed and roll around while playing with catnip toys.  There was also a space for the litter box, a food and water bowls.  This comfortable cage was exactly what was needed for the large 15 pound cat.
Setting up comfortable cage/kennel for large cat
Comfortable cat in cage

Other cat product posts that you may like by Sgolis

Petmate Pet Taxi Cat Kennel Product Review

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Animal Shelter Has Affordable Cat Care - Spay-Nueters


Due to high pet care costs at my local veterinarian we could only provide the lost, abandoned or rescued cats with a warm bed and food and water.  We no longer could  afford to pay for the cats spay or neuter, tests for feline leukemia - aids or give them their vaccines.

My veterinarian provided me with a discount and it enabled me to get many cats the veterinarian care that they needed.  But times are tough and my veterinarian needed to take back the discount. What this means is one cat  with sterilization, vaccines and disease test comes to $100.00 +

 No discount meant no more trapping feral cats for spay or neuter, disease tests and vaccines.  It also meant we had limited funds for rescued cats and we could not care for them all..  Then another cat rescuer told me to check out the prices at our local Humane Society animal shelter.


Shelter kittens

The animal shelter offers affordable  services  for all cats that are spayed or neutered at the clinic. Which means we will be able to proved  necessary veterinarian services for the cats that are abandoned in the woods by our home; as long as they are sterilized at the animal clinic.   
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Rescued Gray cat
Rescued Russian Blue Mix Cat in My Shelter
It is safe to say that we are back to rescuing lost and abandoned house cats and strays as the clinic at the animal shelter has affordable prices. How to the prices compare?  Here is the breakdown: 

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Feline Leukemia and Aids test:  Clinic $15.00 / Veterinarian $49.00

Spay or Neuter  Clinic $35.00 / Veterinarian $55.00 spay $45.00 Neuter

Cat Dewormer Clinic $5.00 / Veterinarian $10.00 (1 dose)

1 dose ear mite Clinic $5.00 / Veterinarian $16.00

1 dose flea- tic Clinic $5.00 / Veterinarian $16.00

Cat distemper - rabies Clinic $20.00 / Veterinarian $37.00


Based on these costs one can fully understand why there are so many pets that are not being spayed or neutered.  I would recommend all pet owners to check their city animal shelter to find out if they have a veterinarian on staff and if they offer services to resident pet owners.