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
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.
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…
We found Coco on the wonderful www.petfinder.com and we are so glad we did! She’s a darling! And while they don’t know it yet, Cat Faeries CFO (Chief Feline Officer) Madeline Silver Belle and Coco will be best friends, ruling Cat Faeries with the touch of a paw or two!
In February Coco was found by the lovely Michelle who lives in San Jose and who feeds several cat colonies. One day at one of the colonies she saw a cat sitting on a fence, crying. She saw the new cat for 4 days. Because Coco’s ear was not tipped she knew that she was not feral, but had been dumped by some creep. Michelle took her home and named the elegant cat after Coco Chanel.
Fast forward to September 2012. We lost our beloved 18 year old Torti September 4th. And for the first time in countless years there was only one cat in the house! So the search began to open our door and hearts to another cat (or more?). Pet Finder is great fun for what we call Kitty Photo Dating! You can search for the species you are interested in and the breed.
She arrived yesterday and once she comes out of the closet we’ll take photos. For now, here are her Pet Finder pix.
Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel designer, has a cat named Choupette who he is crazy about. She has two maids and a driver. At the bottom of this posting from Fashionista are 16 pages of photos. They are also featured in the September issue of Bazaar which I got in today’s mail, and is the first time I learned of her. Isn’t she a beauty? Anyone know what her name means in English? (no cheating with Google!)
Fashionista – A Year In the Life of Choupette: The Risks and Rewards of Being Karl Lagerfeld’s Muse of the Moment
Meet Venus, a Chimera cat with coloring and eyes that will blow your mind! And yes, she’s a Facebook superstar!
Venus’s Facebook page full of great photos and stories about this gorgeous cat. Many of her fans post photos of other cats and various animals with similar markings:
You can also see a video of Chimera…