Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gilbert's Auction Page - THE AUCTION IS OPEN

Please visit Gilbert's pawesome auction 

over at Gilbert's Auction Page to benefit lots of kitties in need! There are so many great items that we know you can find something you'd like. Go check it out and see for yourself. Bid, bid, bid and be extra generous since it's for such a good cause.


The auction will run from now until Saturday the 31st at 8pm MST.

The main beneficiaries of the auction are Emerson Cat with a Heart, Andy Needs our Help, Soledad, Molly Deskins, and the Heart and Souls kitten Sanctuary in SD

Meet: Sunshine


Rescued from humane society at age 8 1/2 mos., has velvet fur! Playful,  cheerful, alert, smart, friendly & vocal cat with sweetest high pitch kitten-like voice! :) Facebook page is Sunshine the feline. Please help Sunshine to win this photo contest. Please mark your calender to vote every 12 hours for loving, comical & beautiful tortie w/white Sunshine. Thank you :) 
 
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Caring for Stray and Feral Cats – A Quick Guide

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All across the world, people are caring for stray and feral cats. 

Caring for an outdoor cat colony has tremendous benefits to caregivers, neighbors, and the cats. While cats have been living outdoors near humans in the United States for centuries and can survive on their own, there are steps you can take to improve their well-being, make them good neighbors, and help them co-exist with people living nearby.

Five Basic Steps to Care For Stray and Feral Cat Colonies

Conduct Trap-Neuter-Return for all cats.

The number one priority when discovering an individual cat or a colony of cats is to safely and humanely trap them and see that they are neutered and vaccinated. This ensures that the cats will live longer, healthier lives. Females will not get pregnant or need to nurse, and male cats will not fight or prowl for mates.
We recommend that you create a plan for the adoption of socialized cats, perhaps working with a local organization. Kittens and cats who are friendly to humans can be adopted into homes. Use our Trap-Neuter-Return guide for complete instructions.

Provide food and water.
Many people choose to provide food and water for the cats on a regular basis, year-round. If possible, feed on a regular schedule and remove uneaten food within 30 minutes. Food that sits out may attract insects and wildlife. Read more tips on feeding.

Provide shelter.
You might want to provide shelter for the cats. It can protect them from the elements and help you deter them from neighbors’ properties. Need more guidance? Use our photos and instructions for building shelters.
Monitor the colony and keep accurate records.
Keep track of all colony members, their health, new cats that might enter the colony, and your ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return effort. Monitor the cats and keep their medical records on file. These records will be useful for reference in the future. Use Alley Cat Allies’ colony tracking sheet.

Help cats and people co-exist.
As the colony caregiver, you become the cats’ public relations firm and can help maintain their good image and good neighbor status in your community. If neighbors do not know who “speaks for the cats,” they may contact the city with their concerns. Maintain good relations with neighbors by establishing a friendly dialogue and readily addressing their concerns through the use of humane cat deterrents and education. Make sure that residents know you are open to their feedback about the cats. Alley Cat Allies provides a number of useful tips.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Who Will We Help This Week?

Would you consider to help those in need?

If you're a friend of felines and ferals in particular I wonder if you would consider to help our friends Tommy's Feral Feline Friends win 100lbs of free food for their babies ...? It's simple. And it's free! Click on the link below the pic, type Tommy's Feral Feline Friends in the comments, and they could win if they have the most nominations! Thank you for your consideration.




Who will we help this week?
YOU DECIDE who wins 100lbs of food!
PetBox and BOGO Bowl are partners in feeding hungry dogs and cats across the country!
COMMENT BELOW with the name of an organization that you would like today's food shipment to go to. We'll announce the winner on Monday morning. The organization that has the most votes will decide the winner. Please, one vote per person.
Woofs and meows to you!
The winner of last week's #PetBoxFridays was Passionflower Haven!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

This Is Your Chance To Be Part Of Our Site.

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Josephine (the Cat) asks you to become a GreenCatArt.blogspot.com guest blogger

We are all busy, and sometimes life issues become priority. I'm a tiny kitty and need all my paws to run this FB page. Our blog is neglected and therefore, we're looking for guest bloggers to help fill our site with interesting and informative articles and opinions. We want original, exciting and interesting posts on anything cat (or pet), from personal adventures to news on feline care, ferals, and reviews on home decor.
 
If you fancy a guest star story for our Blog GreenCatArt.blogspot.com drop us an email with your story and photos or videos to GreenCatArt1-at-gmail.com
 
 We particularly like: stuff that hasn't been done a hundred times before (please), list posts done creatively, artwork, photos, videos, anything topical, funny writing, genuinely useful and interesting content, things that make you go 'ooh'.

Get in touch with us at GreenCatArt1-at-gmail.com to join the guest blogger gang.

Josephine (the Cat) - Editor-in-chief



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Feral Cats: Taking the Chill Out of Winter

Photo credit: Scratchz'padz on Facebook

A feral cat checks out his new outdoor enclosure in the warmer months before winter set in. 

Audrey Kramer/The HSUS
by Nancy Peterson

Winter can be brutal in upstate New York, where temperatures in the single-digits are common. For animals living outside, sometimes even their fur coats aren't enough to keep them alive. No one is more aware of this than Audrey Kramer, a feral cat caretaker from Rochester.
How it began
There are many paths to becoming a feral cat caretaker. Audrey Kramer's path began on Mother's Day 10 years ago, when she found and carefully rounded up a litter of 4-week-old kittens living under her porch.
After she finally found a veterinarian willing to work with her, Kramer tried her hand at trapping the kittens' wild mother. She was elated when she heard the trap door close. Stray Mama's days of motherhood were happily ended when Kramer transported the cat to the veterinary hospital to be spayed, vaccinated, and ear-tipped. Following her recovery, the lucky cat was taken under the wing of an experienced feral cat caretaker who would continue to provide food, water, shelter, and care for as long as Stray Mama lived.
Helping ferals
Once Kramer became involved with feral cats, there was no stopping her. On her own time and dime, she trapped about 40 cats at a local dairy farm. She returned the spayed and neutered cats to the farm and set up feeding stations for them.
Although there was lots of straw in the barn for the cats to burrow into, Kramer also provided straw-filled shelters for those bitter winter nights. On one particular night, Kramer's heart melted when five cats climbed out of one small shelter to greet her.
Here's what you can do to help feral cats in your community »
Although Kramer moved away from the area, she still travels an hour each day to feed the remaining barn cats. If un-fixed cats show up at the farm, it's easier to help them now because there are several non-profit organizations in Rochester helping caretakers like Kramer.
Where are they now?
The four feisty kittens Kramer rescued from under her porch are all doing well. Although Kramer had no experience socializing feral kittens, she had help from her resident male cat, Pookie. He took a particular interest in the rambunctious kittens, regularly playing with them and grooming them. Much to Pookie's delight, Kramer kept two of the kittens, who she named Mac and Arthur. The two other kittens were adopted out, and, after all these years, Stray Mama continues to do well thanks to her dedicated caretaker.
What you can do to help feral cats
In addition to food, water, and shelter, feral cats need to be spayed and neutered so they don't continue to reproduce. You can make a difference. Thanks to many dedicated people and organizations, it's now easy to find assistance to help feral cats. Who knows where the path may take you?

Monday, January 19, 2015

How to Care for Outdoor Cats in Winter

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Shelter, food and water 

are especially important to feral and stray cats in cold weather
Cats who live outside are vulnerable to the cold, wind, snow and ice of winter. But you can provide shelter, food and water.
Neighborhood Cats
Who are those cats you see outside on cold days? They may be pets whose owners let (or put) them outside.
Or they could be community cats, a group that includes ferals (who are afraid of people) and strays (who've been lost or abandoned). No matter how resourceful these outdoor cats are, they need help surviving winter.
Follow our tips for making sure your local outdoor cats have shelter, food and water during the cold months.
Give outdoor cats shelter from the cold
Yes, their thickened winter coats help feral and stray cats weather winter's chill, but they still need warm, dry, well-insulated and appropriate-sized shelters.
It's cheapest to build your own shelters, and there are many plans and instructions that can help you get started.
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How to get help building your outdoor-cat shelter
A shelter-building party can be a fun weekend project! Ask your friends, neighbors and coworkers to join in. Try contacting local youth groups to find out if they will help build shelters as a service project.
Where to find materials for your outdoor-cat shelter
You may find inexpensive or free materials by asking building-supply stores or contractors if they have scrap lumber. Ask friends, neighbors and coworkers for used dog houses, which can be modified to make good shelters. You can even use a storage bin from the local hardware store.
Creating a life-saving shelter for outdoor cats can be easy and inexpensive.
Why size matters with cat shelters
A shelter must trap the cats' body heat to warm its interior. If the shelter is too large, it will be difficult for the cats' body heat to keep the space warm.
What to put in your outdoor cat shelter
Straw is the best material to put in a shelter because it allows cats to burrow. Pillowcases loosely stuffed with packing peanuts and shredded newspaper also work.
Keep things clean: Replace straw and newspaper if moist or dirty, and wash and re-stuff pillowcases as needed.
However, if it's really cold where you live and you can't check on the shelters regularly, don’t use the above insulations. Instead, "wallpaper" the shelter's inner walls and floor with Mylar. It reflects back body heat, and it's okay for cats to lie on it.
What NOT to put in your outdoor-cat shelter
Don't use blankets, towels or folded newspaper; they absorb body heat and chill cats who are lying on them. Forego hay, too, which may irritate noses and cause allergic reactions.
Give outdoor cats food and water
Where to place food and water
Protect outdoor cats from hunger and thirst this winter by keeping their food and water from freezing.
If you can do so without compromising the privacy and security of the shelter, place food and water near the shelter so the cats won't have to travel far.
A way to protect food and water is to place two shelters—doorways facing each other—two feet apart. Then create a canopy between them by securing a wide board from one roof to the other. Then put the food and water under the canopy.
How to keep outdoor cats' food and water from freezing
What you put food and water in can make a difference. A thick plastic water container that's deep and wide is better-insulated than a thin plastic or ceramic container. A solar-heated water bowl can prevent or delay water and canned food from freezing.
If shelters are well-insulated, you can put bowls of dry or moist food inside them, far from the doorway. Even if the moist food freezes, the cats' body heat will defrost it when they hunker down in their shelter.
Don't put water bowls inside the shelter. Water is easily spilled, and a wet shelter will feel more like a refrigerator than a warm haven. You’ll find suggestions for keeping water from freezing at the Neighborhood Cats website.
To TNR or not to TNR community cats in winter?
Don't attempt TNR activities in the winter unless you can return the cats to a warm shelter.
People may be concerned about performing trap-neuter-return during winter because they worry about releasing females who have had their stomachs shaved for surgery. But winter trapping has its advantages. There are far fewer pregnant cats, which makes for a less complicated surgery, and you'll prevent the births of many kittens come spring, when the majority are born.
Before you start winter trapping, however, you must ensure that the cats will have adequate shelter when you return them to their territory. If you've followed the directions above, they'll be in good shape.