Thinking of a special once-in-a-lifetime lion & tiger vacation?

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1991 by Joe Taft in Center Point, Indiana, a rural area an hour by car from Indianapolis, to provide permanent homes for exotic felines (lions, tigers, etc.) who were abused, neglected, or unwanted. At EFRC there are currently 230 tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats. The EFRC is the largest USDA licensed big cat sanctuary in the US!

Have you ever wanted to be among the big cats? Even sleep right next to them – without the expense and jet lag of going to Africa? They have a cabin which means that EFRC is your place to watch tigers from your room! Listen to lions roar! Hear the coyotes howl, look for wild turkeys and deer! And get the royal treatment from the keepers and guides!

For lodging details: http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/overnight.html

Rock star volunteer Melissa Petrovich has this to say about visiting the sanctuary:

“I love the big cats too!! They are amazing and our facility is unlike any other. It’s definitely not like a zoo. You get within a couple of feet of these magnificent animals and get to hear them chuff, purr, growl and roar. And if you aren’t paying attention, one might choose to spray you (or mark you as his own!). Last summer I had a once in a lifetime experience there when I took the night shift of caring for a 4 week old tiger cub. Sleeping with the cub, waking up every hour or so to bottle feed her, play with her. Just amazing!! We almost never get any babies. We usually get them once they’ve grown up and their previous owners realize how hard (and dangerous) is can be to care for a full grown exotic cat! A lot of our cats come to us abused, mistreated & malnourished. We give them the best medical possible, do not breed or sell them and give them a forever home.

When you spend the night, you can take as many tours as you like (but you must always have a tour guide with you, except with the big cats right outside your room) The morning after your stay, you get to follow the keepers around as they feed the big cats and clean their enclosures. The cats really interact with the keepers, especially when they know food is involved. Amazing experience!!! The keepers can answer any of your questions and know all of the cats… what their favorite food is, their personality, little quirks… you name it!”.

Are you packing your bags yet? ROAR!

There are many dates in 2015 with fun events: http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/special.html

Some of the goodies that Cat Faeries donated to the January 24th fundraiser and silent auction photographed with two of Melissa Petrovich’s gorgeous cats! Domestic kitties that is!

Annual Saving the Big Cats Charity Auction.

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 3:00-7:30 PM

The Palms – Plainfield, Indiana

http://www.efrcfundraising.org/home.html

Cats eat 15% more food in Winter

We people know that chilly weather makes us hungry for more food. This time of year we begin to crave roasted vegetables and meats, and we hunt for new recipes for stews and soups. Hot food warms our bones and hearts!

Often we don’t realize that our cats respond to weather changes like we do. During Summer while we are eating salad our carnivore friends might leave food behind in the bowl. But in Winter the bowl is licked clean and they meow for more.

How much more? A study that we found told us that in Winter cats will eat about 15% more food than during the rest of the year.

Be a rock star Feline Chef and don’t grab food for your cat from the fridge and serve it cold. Steam it for a minute or two, or warm it up in a pan with a bit of water so it won’t stick.

Warming up or steaming cat food does some nice things for your cats:

  • If the cat has a cold or a respiratory problem warming the food brings out the aroma. Cats only eat what they can smell.
  • Increases digestibility especially for older cats with slower digestive systems
  • Nice for cats who are missing teeth
  • Kittens and cats of any age will be reminded of warm mother’s milk. The food will be much more appealing and soothing to any cat.

Four years and 38 cats later a study by the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science revealed some interesting things about cats.

Veterinarian and study author, Dr Alex German, said: “Cats, like many humans are more inclined to comfort eat when it’s cold outside but, in their case, it’s likely to be due to the extra energy they need to keep warm when out and about.”

Seasonal food intake has been examined in the past on farm animals, such as dairy cows, to establish new ways of increasing milk production, but this is the largest study that has yet taken place with domestic cats.
Dr German said: “People should consider the amount of food their cats need at different times of year as this can be part of helping them to maintain a healthy weight.”

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-05-cats-winter.html#jCp

Celebrating Black Cats in October – Kaboodle from Amy

For the month of October, Cat Faeries is celebrating black cats. We will post pictures of our customer’s cuties and donate 1% of our October sales to several black cat rescue groups.


Celebrating Black Cats in October - Kaboodle from Amy at CatFaeries.com

Here is Kaboodle…who was solid black and started turning white when he was about 3! Weird! But I think the white makes him even more beautiful!

Thank you for featuring beautiful, black kitties!
Amy


Black cats are the hardest for rescue groups to adopt out and place in loving homes. Do you have a gorgeous black cat or two? Send us their photos! Videos too! We’ll post them on Pinterest, our October newsletters, and on Facebook. Send them to catfaeries@catfaeries.com and put the words Photos for Pinterest in the subject line.

Celebrating Black Cats in October – Donna’s Black Beauty

For the month of October, Cat Faeries is celebrating black cats. We will post pictures of our customer’s cuties and donate 1% of our October sales to several black cat rescue groups.


Celebrating Black Cats in October - Donna's Black Beauty at CatFaeries.com

From Donna


Black cats are the hardest for rescue groups to adopt out and place in loving homes. Do you have a gorgeous black cat or two? Send us their photos! Videos too! We’ll post them on Pinterest, our October newsletters, and on Facebook. Send them to catfaeries@catfaeries.com and put the words Photos for Pinterest in the subject line.

Celebrating Black Cats in October – Midnight from Vicki

For the month of October, Cat Faeries is celebrating black cats. We will post pictures of our customer’s cuties and donate 1% of our October sales to several black cat rescue groups.


Celebrating Black Cats in October - Midnight from Vicki at CatFaeries.com

…a photo of Midnight who I was fostering earlier this year, he was a shy fellow and had just come out of his shell. Unfortunately, his adotion was not a good situation and he has come back into foster along with his pal Pumpkin.

Vicki


Black cats are the hardest for rescue groups to adopt out and place in loving homes. Do you have a gorgeous black cat or two? Send us their photos! Videos too! We’ll post them on Pinterest, our October newsletters, and on Facebook. Send them to catfaeries@catfaeries.com and put the words Photos for Pinterest in the subject line.

Celebrating Black Cats in October – Horatio from Vicky

For the month of October, Cat Faeries is celebrating black cats. We will post pictures of our customer’s cuties and donate 1% of our October sales to several black cat rescue groups.


Celebrating Black Cats in October - Horatio from Vicky at CatFaeries.com

Here is my cat Horatio, to celebrate black cats month!

Vicky


Black cats are the hardest for rescue groups to adopt out and place in loving homes. Do you have a gorgeous black cat or two? Send us their photos! Videos too! We’ll post them on Pinterest, our October newsletters, and on Facebook. Send them to catfaeries@catfaeries.com and put the words Photos for Pinterest in the subject line.