A customer welcomes two new cats after Hurricane Sandy!

Do you recall reading the wonderful story from our customer Judy about her cats Casper and Marshmellow ? If you missed it, read it here – http://www.catfaeries.com/blog/a-beautiful-story-of-two-beloved-cats-written-by-a-cat-faeries-customer/

Judy writes to us again about surviving the storm and opening up their home and hearts to two shelter cats. Here’s the story:


My Cat Faerie,

Our family is embarrassingly well through Superstorm Sandy. Many of my friends and neighbors didn’t. We’re pulling together as a community, helping in whatever ways we can. It is gratifying but can be quite depressing. Since Georgie Girl went home to her family when they came back from the Galapagos a week prior to the storm, we realized how empty our home was without kitties. The aftermath of Sandy only made it more dreary. So, we decided to go to our town animal shelter and see if they had anyone who wanted to join our (I am a firm believer that kitties choose us, not the other way around).

Right away, Simon (his name was Raffe at the time but we didn’t like it) picked my hubby. His paw reached out from between the bars, tapping Sam. Karen said that she was hoping that we’d find an orange kitty to join us. I told her not to go in there with prefromed ideas and to be open to everyone at the shelter…but there was Simon, a redhead reaching out to us as we walked in. He is about 3 years old (they think) and was there since April. He had a tag “SCC” on his cage. I didn’t ask what it meant. The animal shelter is a low-kill shelter and I know that places like this often use codes for the animals that are there regarding how much time they have left to get a family. When we expressed an interest in Simon, the staff told us that SCC meant he was due to go to Suffolk Community College on Monday. They have a veteranary program there and he would be used in the phlebotemy class, a life of having students practice extracting blood on him. I asked if we could have him instead. She asked a supervisor and said “OF COURSE!” and the only reason why he was being sent there was because his whole 6 months there, nobody even looked at him, let alone expressed that they wanted to take him home. This was a way of sparing his life. Sometimes the students take a liking to the kitties and wind up adopting them from there. He would have a much more stable and happy life with us.

Karen had her heart set on getting a kitten, too. I was ambivelent about that because kittens get adopted so much sooner than older cats. But, this was something she felt very strong about, raising a kitty from baby to senior citizen. Then I saw how many kittens were at the shelter waiting for forever homes and I felt better about a kitten joining us, too. None of the kittens are given the luxury of names. She was “9 w/o female b/w tiger.” She and Karen fell in love instantly and her name is now Pepper. Before we left the shelter, we placed Pepper in the cage with Simon to see how they got along. It wasn’t love at first sight, but they seemed to like one another.

Today is a week since Simon and Pepper joined our family. With the exception of one diarhea incident, Pepper has adapted vey well to her new home. She is a bouncy, curious little kitten. Pepper has in INCREDIBLE appetite and she is very attached to Karen so we are convinced that at least a part of Marshmellow’s soul in inside her. Simon is still a bit cautious. He has a favorite hiding spot in the living room and comes out with less and less coaxing. He even comes out on his own more and more. He is only letting me get a couple of brush strokes in at a time on him before he retreats and I am terrified to clip his nails (but i need to get to them very soon for his own safety) but I’m confident he’ll come around. I think he might have a piece of my precious Casper in him, too.

All Pepper wants to do is follow Simon around. She is literally up his butt at times. He is never angry or annoyed but I think he is a little spooked by her enthusiasm at times. I saw Simon cleaning Pepper a few times and Karen got a picture of both of them cuddling in Simon’s “safe place.” In the early morning and at night they chase eachother around and at times do this odd and adorable leap-frog type thing.

I am very bittersweet about these new additions. I love them. Simon and Pepper are family. But since they joined our home, my heart has been aching more than it has in recent times for Casper and Marshmellow. I pray to their souls that I hope they understand that they are not being replaced by these two. I know they do. I know that they are happy that just like we did for them, we saved these two kitties from life in the shelter (or worse) and gave them a good loving home. It just still hurts not having them around.

I’ll be placing an order with you for more Feliway spray and difuser refills soon. Casper and Marshmellow were declawed. Simon and Pepper are not. Clipping Casper and Marshmellow’s back claws were not an issue to clip because they were so mellow. Between having to contend with front claws now, Pepper being so naturally wiggly and Simon being so naturally frightened, I will need your recommendation on a good, safe set of clippers.

Thank you for always being a good friend and a great Cat Faerie. Talk to you soon.

Hugs,

Judy
(and Simon and Pepper…and Sam, and Karen, too)

Cats Snuggle on Cat Heaven Island (and more pictures)

Here’s a cute picture of two cats snuggling on Cat Heaven Island (Tashiro-jima island in Japan). And more pictures too!

(Tashiro-jima is the Japanese fishing island where cats roam free and there are more cats than people. (We’ve posted pictures and links to more pictures before – http://www.catfaeries.com/blog/wonderful-pictures-from-cat-heaven-island/ and http://www.catfaeries.com/blog/more-pictures-from-cat-heaven-island/). These pictures come from the blog of the blog of Fubirai, a photographer who has been documenting the cats of Tashiro-jima Island since 2007.)

More pictures from Cat Heaven Island

Here are more wonderful photos of cats who live on Tashiro-jima island in Japan. It’s the Japanese fishing island where cats roam free and there are more cats than people. (We’ve posted pictures and links to more pictures before – http://www.catfaeries.com/blog/wonderful-pictures-from-cat-heaven-island/)

These pictures come from the blog of Fubirai, a photographer who has been documenting the cats of Tashiro-jima Island since 2007.

Another customer shares a story – Fostering Shelter Kittens

I wasn’t looking for a foster kitten, but fate intervened. His intake date was my late brother’s birthday. Weighing a little over a pound he was the only surviving member of his litter. He had one blue and one green eye. Best of all – he came equipped with “auto-purr” (which was activated whenever I picked him up). Hurricane Felix was the second Hurricane of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season so it stood to reason that this kitten had to be a Purricane.



Purricane Felix – July 2007

Everyone has heard the dismal statistics on shelter euthanasia. What you don’t hear are the numbers of “unassisted deaths” due to disease. The cute little kittens who should be the most adoptable are also the most susceptible to parasites and upper respiratory infections. Poorly developed immune systems and the lack of body reserves ensure they are ill equipped to handle the stress of a shelter environment.

Fostering in a home environment:

  • Reduces stress
  • Decreases exposure to contagious diseases
  • Facilitates socialization
  • Saves lives

Purricane needed antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection. He also needed to gain weight in order to be adoptable.

People who love cats but aren’t able or ready to commit to a fulltime pet can provide the extra care kittens need before they can find their forever homes through a shelter.

Of course, some people do fall in love with their fosters (and vice versa). =^..^=



Purricane Felix (aka “The Purr”) – 2009

Alison W. – Certified Veterinary Technician

Wonderful pictures from Cat Heaven Island

Here are some stunning photos of the cats who live on Tashiro-jima island in Japan. Cats roam free and there are more cats than people on the island. The people believe that cats bring wealth and good fortune. The cats believe it is very nice that the primary business on the island is fishing. Here’s a link to more pictures – http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/50-amazing-photos-from-cat-heaven-island-in-japan

Here’s another photo from Tashiro-jima island in Japan. It’s also called Cat Heaven Island. These well fed kitties seem to think it’s heaven.

Another customer shares the story of a very special cat

The Smartest (and Best Cat Ever!) I’ve ever known!

Meet Buster, a.k.a. Gus. Buster came to us as a grown-up, scruffy, overweight cat that regularly snorted with disdain at all those around them. He had been an only cat in his previous house and wasn’t at all certain that he cared for a home where there were other felines. Actually, at the time, there were five other cats in his personal space! But, after a short time, he decided that life with his very own couch and heated blankets was very good and with a terrific health plan, what more could he possibly want? Don’t forget the importance of regular health check-ups for the more mature cats in your house, including dental exams and cleanings.

Any question, especially soon after a meal, was always best answered with a nap. Naps are so important; however, whenever his favorite persons were home, it was always time for another meal and Buster was always at our feet with that very quizzical look.

With great sadness for all members of our family, we lost our funny, old cat several years back to old age. We always felt like he really chose us-we are so glad we adopt since the rewards are endless. It is still difficult to remember when we didn’t turn around and hear his bell throughout the house. Even a nap in all of his favorite spots couldn’t take the place of his very favorite person’s lap (my husband!) and we will always miss his very loud purr…

Tricia L.

Hernando, MS