We have finally received our 501(c)(3) charitable organization status from the IRS! WOO-HOO!! That means that any money you have donated this year is tax deductible! All gifts are also tax deductible. So if you purchased items from our Amazon Wish List - that purchase is tax deductible. Thank you so much for supporting Fluffy's Friends. Without your support it would be impossible to rescue, rehabilitation, and house our kitties for adoption.
There's lot of excitement at Fluffy's Friends this month! Five kitties have been adopted!! Commodore, Sadie, Lavender, Rocket, and Tiglet will all be leaving at the end of this month for the new furever homes. Commodore and Sadie will be riding the URRKN rails on November 22. Commodore is going to California, and Sadie is going to Indiana. A BIG SHOUT OUT to URRKN (Underground Railroad Rescued Kitties Network) for setting up these charitable transports.
Mariah came to Fluffy's Friends a year ago. She was rescued from a kill shelter when her elderly owner was moved from her home into a nursing home. Her children promptly deposited Mariah at the local shelter. Mariah was scared, confused, and did not know what she did wrong to be put in jail. Mariah did the only thing she knew to do - bite! She was classified as a biter and not adoptable. But Mariah was declawed. Biting was her only defense. She was quickly tranported to Fluffy's Friends and we went to work. After a year of slowly socializing her, she was playing with other cats, chasing mousies, eating treats from our hands, and no longer biting! As attached to Mariah as we were, we knew that it was time for her to find her furever home. Within days of posting her, we were contacted by a wonderful woman in Florida who had fallen in love with her. Mariah was expertly transported by the Underground Railroad Rescued Kitties Network to her new home. It took two long days of riding for Mariah, lots of changing vehicles, many new people, and an overnight in someone's home. Mariah never complained, never bit anyone, and was fascinated by all that was going on around her. Now she is in Florida with her furever meowmy, sitting atop a desk, looking out the window at a lake filled with storks, herons, and seagulls! She plays with her toys, has become a rather good lap kitty, and continues to progress in her new home!
Is your declawed kitty having litter box issues? Scoop the litter box daily and use a finer grain litter that is easier on tender feet. Remember that declawed kitties have very tender feet. The rocky litter, crystals, and pellets send your pet to inappropriate places after the first try in the litter box.
While we are on the topic of litter boxes, make sure you have enough boxes for the number of cats you have. The usual rule of thumb is one for each cat, plus one. However, this is not always necessary. Make sure the litter box is in a convenient place for the cat to reach from anywhere in the home. Putting it too far away from where the cat usually hangs out is asking for accidents. Be sure you scoop the litter at about the same time every day. Your cats will know when it's time to scoop. They will race each other to use the fresh litter box. DO NOT scrub and bleach your box weekly or monthly. Cats feel more comfortable using a box that has their scent in it.
I recently purchased a huge litter box to put in a common area in the house. One cat laid in it for a couple of hours. The others raced to use it multiple times. It is now the litter box that is used most often! Good thing it's a BIG one!
A Nebelung cat is not a common cat in the United States. Usually, it looks like a long-hair Russian Blue.
The Nebelung is a rare breed of the domestic cat. Nebelungs have long bodies, wide-set green eyes, long and dense fur, and mild dispositions.
Nebelung cats are lively, playful, affectionate, good-natured, and intelligent. The cat's mild-mannered state and personality may not always reflect the relatively high level of intelligence often found in the breed. In spite of the fact that it is an active cat, it can live very well indoors. Nebelungs prefer their own families and often keep a distance from strangers. They tend to bond with a select few humans and stay loving and devoted throughout their lives. It is, however, a cat that gladly accepts company of its people or of another cat. Nebelungs are very good communicators and will remind their owners of problems. This happens often since Nebelungs can be very picky about things such as litter cleanliness and food type. Many owners of the Nebelung cats say that they can act more like dogs at times, being extremely loyal to their owner and family. It enjoys sitting in a lap and being petted and will follow its favorite person devotedly from room to room. This is a cat that likes routine and may require a little time to adjust to changes in the household. Early socialization can help it become more adaptable.
Do you have a dominant cat that suddenly has litter box issues? Here is my recent experience. I have an 8-year-old dominant-prone male Ragdoll cat. All the others recognize his dominance and give him plenty of room. Recently, I rescued a 1-year-old Tortie Ragdoll female. She wants to rule the roost. She doesn't recognize dominant boy's territory.
The other night as I was cleaning the litter boxes (3 were clean and I was working on the last one), dominant boy peed in the lid of the litter box right in front of my face. I laughed and figured he couldn't wait. The next day, he pooed right outside one of the boxes while looking at my face. Now, that's just not right. What's going on with dominant boy? Maybe a visit to the vet is in order.
Today, he has been asking for treats and came for his petting time. I groomed him and told him what a beautiful boy he is, gave him treats, and spent some time loving on him. Today he has used the litter boxes just fine. Maybe he just needed a little reassurance that I KNOW he is the dominant one!
At least five more cats coming from Houston and two or three from the Austin area, and an owner surrender. I'm drowning in requests to rescue - from vet clinics to shelters to friends sharing posts on craigslist and elsewhere. Several of these furbabies are seniors who have been with a family 10+ years! Why would anyone dump an older cat at a shelter or just leave it at the vet? The kids are gone and they don't want to deal with the pet? Tired of having to be tied down with their kitty? You wouldn't dream of abandoning your child at school or taking them to a park and driving off. Why are these pets any different? I am heartbroken for all of them.
How Do Indoor Cats Get Fleas? February 7, 2012 by Gayle Hickman
How in the world do fleas get to an inside-only kitten?
Many cat owners may think that because they have an indoor-only cat, it is impossible for their kitty to get fleas. Wrong! So now you might be wondering, How do indoor cats get fleas?
According to Lorie Huston, DVM, while an outdoor cat is more likely than an indoor cat to be infested with fleas (as well as ticks and intestinal worms), an indoor cat can, in fact, attract these parasites.
The following article concerning cat vaccinations, was compiled by Linda Hornberger, the creator and moderator of the Facebook group Feline Health Research Group.
In light of the conversations on vaccinations, here are a few thoughts on when NOT to vaccinate:
Fluffy Felton is the founder of Fluffy's Friends, Inc. She has rescued shelter cats since 2001 and feral cats since she was a young girl. She works closely with long-time friend, Dr. Shannon Hicks, a veterinarian, to keep Fluffy's Friends emotionally well and healthy.