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01/03/2016 - 2:30pm
If A Black Cat Crosses Your Path...You are the Lucky One!
 
Some people tend to be funny about black cats.  They sometimes don’t adopt them because inky, slinky black cats are “too common” compared to other colors and breeds.  Other folks sometimes have onerous superstitions (oh, no!) about these little dark darlings. They are associated with witches! They are...somehow evil? (Isn’t that what it said on the package of Halloween candy I bought? I’m pretty sure I saw one riding on the back of a broom stick!!!) Well, that’s just not true. Not any of it!
 
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04/15/2015 - 8:28am
“Fostering a cat is not a lifetime commitment, it is a commitment to saving a life.”
 
This is the watchword of cat rescues everywhere.
 
To foster a cat is, quite simply, to save that cat’s life. A foster home provides this same cat with a safe, temporary place of refuge until he/she is ultimately placed in a permanent, adoptive home.
 
Most rescues rely solely on a network of dedicated, volunteer foster homes, and could not survive without them. And rescues NEVER have enough foster homes.
Why? Because there are more cats in need than there are foster homes available to meet that need.
 
There are many benefits to fostering, many pleasant surprises and many unexpected rewards. Foster parents, past and present, describe it as one of the most memorable and gratifying experiences of their lives.
 
Fostering is both a way of enriching the lives of the cats and people involved, and a constructive way for people to give back to their communities. Fostered cats can provide endless hours of entertainment and love for their humans, and provide invaluable life lessons for adults and children alike.
 
By taking a deserving cat into their home, fosters increase that cat’s chances of being adopted. Foster families have the time and the ability to transform their foster cat -- through one-on-one contact, exercise, feeding and training -- into a happy and well mannered companion pet any person or family would be proud to call their own.
 
Fostering provides a needy cat with a stable environment, coupled with love, attention and affection. While the foster family provides the food, the rescue usually provides everything else, including payment of all medical costs to ensure the cat’s ongoing health and wellbeing.
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03/23/2015 - 11:00pm

Petting My Cat Makes Me Feel Better When I'€™m Feeling Down. Why is That?

How Being Owned By An Animal Can Improve Your Health

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02/19/2015 - 10:57am

A Whiskers Volunteer Shares Her Experiences and What She Learned When Sammy Got Sick

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02/13/2015 - 9:26am
Especially as cats get older, there are several conditions that could cause them to seem especially hungry, eat like crazy, drink a lot of water, but still get thin.  You will need to visit your veterinarian to get a real diagnosis for this, but one of the common causes is a condition known as hyperthyroidism. 
 
Hyperthyroidism is caused by a (usually) benign tumor on the thyroid gland.  Its major symptoms are tremendous hunger, weight loss, and unusually frequent water intake.  These symptoms, especially in older c read more...
01/27/2015 - 11:18am

There are a few things in the world that undeniably belong together: peanut butter & jelly, hotdogs & mustard, coffee & donuts. However, one dynamic duo can no longer make the list: your kitty & a bowl of milk. What many people do not know is that lactose intolerance is common in our furry feline friends. Like humans, cats often develop this intolerance over time. In order to digest milk, cats need a specific enzyme (lactase) that diminishes as our cats grow older.

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10/02/2014 - 10:05am

I’m sure you-all have heard of FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and that cats testing positive for this virus must be either put down or separated from other cats.
Well, that’s a myth.  The fact is that FIV positive cats can live long, healthy and normal lives with no symptoms at all. 

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