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Adopt A Cat Month – June 2014

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Save a Life – Adopt a Cat During Adopt A Cat Month

The American Humane Association has declared the month of June to be Adoptadopt a cat month a Cat Month in an effort to bring awareness to shelter cats all across the country. All year long, there are pets in thousands of rescues and shelters all over the country waiting for a loving home. In spring, many, many kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters. Your perfect companion might be waiting for you right now.

Here are some things to consider before adopting a cat:

1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.

2. Find a cat whose personality complements yours.

3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.

4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.

5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.

6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.

7. Cat-proof your home.

8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.

9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family emergency plan. 

10. If you are considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.

You can read more about these tips from the American Humane Association here: http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/programs/special-initiatives/adopt-a-cat-month/

Can’t decide between a cat or a kitten? Check out Cats vs. Kittens at MeoowzResQ.

Sadly, many animals in this country are initially loved and then neglected or abandoned over time because owners decide too late that caring for pets is more responsibility than they actually want.

Check out this article to see if you would make a good cat parent: http://www.petag.com/celebrating-junes-national-adopt-a-cat-month/

But what if you can’t adopt? Here are other ways you can help spread the word about Adopt a Cat Month from Petfinder and Pet Adviser.

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/cat-adoption/june-is-adopt-a-shelter-cat-month/

http://www.petsadviser.com/animal-welfare/june-is-adopt-a-shelter-cat-month/


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Odd-eyed Cats

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What exactly is an odd-eyed cat? An odd-eyed, or bi-eyed, cat is a cat with one blue eye and one of another color, either green, yellow or brown. This is a feline form of complete heterochromia. This condition most commonly occurs in white cats but can occur in other cats that carry the white spotting gene – the gene that makes bi-color and tuxedo cats. It rarely occurs in cats without the white or white spotting gene.

Three gorgeous, odd-eyed kittens

Three gorgeous, odd-eyed kittens

All kittens are born with blue eyes. Normally, melanin (the same stuff that turns our skin brown when we get a suntan) moves into the iris and the eyes begin to change color. By about seven to twelve weeks, the kitten’s eyes have turned the color they will remain, although additional changes can occur for several months. If no melanin moves in, the eyes stay blue.

It is a common misconception that all white cats with blue eyes are deaf. Only some white cats suffer from congenital deafness caused by a degeneration of the inner ear. This condition is associated with blue irises. In white cats with mixed-coloured eyes (odd-eyed cats), it has been found that deafness is more likely to affect the ear on the blue-eyed side.

Odd-eyed Cats in Turkey

Some cat breeds are more likely than others to have odd eyes such as the Turkish angora, Turkish van, and Japanese bobtail, although any cat with the white or white spotting gene can develop them. Complete heterochromia is rare, and because of this, Turkish angora cats with blue and amber eyes are considered a national treasure in Turkey. In 1817, the government of Turkey, in conjunction with the Ankara Zoo, began a meticulous breeding program to preserve and protect pure white Turkish angora cats with blue and amber eyes, a program that continues today. Turkish folklore suggests that “the eyes must be as green as the lake and as blue as the sky.”

A MeoowzResQ Facebook follower relates that “when my family lived in Ankara, Turkey years ago (in the late 70’s) we noticed that there were tons of feral cats wandering around the city. One of my dad’s Turkish coworkers told him that according to local lore, Mustafa Kemal Attaturk (who led the people to rebel against the autocratic Ottoman Empire, founded the Democratic Republic in 1923 and was its first president) was supposedly going to come back, reincarnated as a cat – specifically a pure white Angora cat with the dual toned eyes (“Van Kedisi” in Turkish). Others believed that Attaturk’s successor would be identified by a bite on the ankle from one of these cats. As a result, it was thought to be bad luck (bad form, bad karma, bad what-have-you) to put any stray cat to sleep just in case, but these pure white cats are widely sought after and immensely pampered. The word Angora comes from a derivation of the name Ankara, the capital city where Attaturk established the Democratic Republic, and where many of these cats originate.”

http://www.knowyourcat.info/info/heterochromia.htm

http://www.petsadviser.com/pet-health/cats-with-two-different-colored-eyes/


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Wordless Wednesday: Naughty Kitty

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naughty kitten climbing screen

Naughty kitten climbing screen


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Wordless Wednesday: Whirling Dervish

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 Update: we entered this video in The Friskies!

http://www.thefriskies.com/Entries/Watch/Whirling-Dervish-Kitty

 


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Sick Kittens Nursed back to Health for MeoowzResQ

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Helping Sick Kittens

Gatsby - rescue kitten

Gatsby is a tuxedo

Savvy Pet Care is currently caring for sick kittens for MeoowzResQ. These kitties were saved from a high kill shelter, where, due to their illness, they were destined to be euthanized.

As is common for kittens coming from shelters, they had upper respiratory infections (URI) and needed to be isolated from healthy kittens. URI is highly contagious and young kittens are very susceptible.

These sick kittens were also very underweight. At eight weeks, they each only weighed about a pound. The proper weight for a kitten is about one pound per month of age, so an 8-week old kitten should weigh about two pounds.

recuperating sick kitten Diamond

Diamond is a tortie

We gave these babies a safe, warm place to stay and proper amounts of food. We administered their prescribed medications. Now that they are over their URI and have put on some weight, they are ready to be spayed and neutered. They will go this Friday to Pro Pet Fix, a great low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Fullerton. They will be ready for adoption events the following week.

Blackout

Blackout is going to be a gorgeous medium to long-haired kitty

Asher

Asher must be part Maine coon — look at those tufts!

Fostering

If you have ever considered fostering cats or kittens, we highly recommend MeoowzResQ. They provide all supplies while you are fostering. All their kitties are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and flea treated prior to adoption and come with a free vet exam. Some are microchipped. MeoowzResQ holds adoption events every weekend and uses other avenues such as craigslist, Petfinder, and Facebook to find adopters for the hundreds of cats and kittens they save every year.

Daisy - rescue kittens recuperating

Daisy is the shy one and was not interested in having her picture taken


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