Winter is a cold and potentially dangerous time of year for feral and homeless cats, whether or not a polar vortex is pushing arctic air into your neighborhood. Here’s some ways to help.
Alley Cat Allies is a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of feral cats (www.alleycat.org). You may have seen their “I’m an alley cat ally” ads featuring Hollywood personalities including Portia De Rossi. Alley Cat Allies has posted a good article on how to help feral cats during the winter at www.alleycat.org/WinterWeather.
You can also find local feral cat assistance groups by doing search via Google for “feral cat (insert your city or area).” Contact your local group and ask how you can help.
One of the best ways to help feral and homeless cats during the winter is to provide shelters to keep them warm and out of the weather. Here’s a great video on how to make a simple low cost shelter from a plastic tote box. It even includes a cute cat helper providing supervision.
Everyone loved the article we posted about the Boy Scout who built winterized boxes to house feral cats in his community. You liked it so much that we searched for blueprints for something similar you crafty folks could make your own. Here are some plans for a larger “Feral Cat Condo” from a Michigan animal rescue group – www.voiceless-mi.org/plans/
So get out there and help feral cats this winter. You may make some new friends – both human and feline.
Generally cats are excellent at hacking up something that they might have swallowed. But sometimes the object or piece of food gets stuck in the throat and this can cause the cat’s airway to shut down and lead to death.
This illustrated step-by-step how-to will show you how to properly dislodge the object. You’ll be surprised that some of the techniques you might think will work, really don’t work and can cause more problems.
While you are trying to dislodge the object put a call into the vet’s office saying that you are probably coming in either for the cat to be looked after the object comes out or if you can’t get it out.
Learn First Aid on cat and dog mannequins at the Red Cross
The best would be to take a class at your local American Red Cross. Here’s where to find a class near you. It will be a fun and very informative afternoon where you’ll learn to perform CPR on cat and dog mannequins and you’ll learn how to bandage and so much more. And did I tell you that it’s a lot of fun? It is fun and you’ll get to meet and chat with other animal people. You’ll walk out with a certificate and a bag of useful things like bandages and a guide book.
Here is a video from the Pets America if you can’t find a Red Cross class near you.
Something she doesn’t tell us is that we don’t breathe into an animal with as much force as we do for humans. Their lungs are much smaller than ours and can’t hold as much air as we can, so too hard of a breath from you can lead to other problems.
In honor of black cats and Loup Garou (http://www.loupgarourescue.org/) we gave Loup Garou 10% of our sales on Halloween. We’ll donate 10% of our sales Wednesday November 6th to Loup Garou and Tarnish the cat, an adorable and rambunctious black kitten they rescued!
He was found under the car of Jennifer Mieuli Jameson founder and director of Loup Garou. Tarnish was only 2 or 3 weeks old when Jennifer heard his cries from underneath her car. He was so tiny and crumpled that she thought she was seeing a piece of trash. But it was a kitten, near death from starvation.
Now 3 months later, Tarnish is 4 and a half pounds and growing steadily. We’ll post of pictures of him in next week’s newsletter.
And it gets better – for the entire month of November we will donate 1% of our total sales to Loup Garou. When you shop with us please take a moment to use the COMMENTS area to tell us what you like about black cats and share your stories and feelings!
We didn’t tell you this in the last newsletter, but Jennifer and her husband are being forced from their home due to an insane rent increase. The money we raise will help them find a new home and be able to continue this important work.
Here’s an article written by Loup Garou founder Jennifer Mieuli Jameson:
Halloween…my very favorite holiday of the year! Children dressed up as goblins and ghosts traveling door to door like scary salesmen, only they expect to be GIVEN something: a trick, or a TREAT! Treats are more popular these days, much to the chagrin of the parents whose little ones will be hopped up on sugar for days to come after the annual spookfest!
While it’s all fun and frolic for humans, this particular holiday can be difficult for our pets, and most especially for black cats. Long associated with witches and evil, every year at this time, we hear the warnings: shelters won’t adopt out black or orange cats at this time of year, or “keep your felines confined to the indoors, lest they meet with a terrible fate.” There is a risk, to be sure, but more of a risk is that your cat might be met with mischief perpetrated by Halloween pranksters. But the incidence of cats being sacrificed to so-called Satanic ritual is less actuality and more urban myth. While there are some reported cases, there are more times when our sleek black beauties are the victim of rambunctious Halloween revelers.
To be on the safe side, keep your kitty indoors. That way, the only peril he or she will face is the constant ringing of the doorbell as the Night of All Hallows is celebrated~!