Hurricane Sandy and Animals: some good news, and good advice.

(This information came from our customers on our Facebook page – keep checking there for more updates.)

If you recall during Hurricane Katrina animals were NOT allowed on buses or other means of evacuation, or in shelters – which was appalling. New York City is not letting that happen!

Our friend and long time customer Janea reports to us via Facebook:

“I was VERY glad to see this morning that in NYC evacuation laws, cab drivers are not allowed to refuse a fare if they have animals with them and shelters are not allowed to refuse people with animals (as long as they’re on leashes or in crates). It’s a city law.”

From another great person and customer, Judy C:

For those who are evacuating and have pets, below is a listing of pet-friendly hurricane evacuation shelters in the New York metropolitan area:

Nassau County

Nassau Community College – Mitchel Field (NSALA mobile unit(s) will be present)
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard
Uniondale, NY

Suffolk County

Brentwood Rec Center
99 Third Ave
Brentwood, NY 11771

Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus – Corchaug Building
121 Speok – Riverhead Road
Riverhead, NY 11901

NYC/Queens/Brooklyn/Staten Island/Bronx

Animals can be brought to any evacuation shelter that is located in a public school; animals can also be brought on public transportation during an evacuation.

ALL animals must have:
• proof of current vaccinations
• sturdy crate/carrier to keep animal in

All dogs must also have:

• sturdy leash
• current license
• proof of ownership
• bring muzzle (dogs)

Judy also gave us the link to The North Shore Animal League website which will keep us up to date on many aspects of animals and evacuations. These are the folks who go to the front lines whenever there is a disaster or emergency. What brave and loving people they are!

And from Baltimore, Maryland:

BARCS needs help tomorrow morning. The shelter is located in a high flood area right along the water in Baltimore City. They will be evacuating all 200+ animals starting at 7 AM tomorrow morning. They are taking the animals to 1st Mariner Arena. If you can help transport, if you can donate crates, blankets, towels, and cleaning supplies, or if you can short term foster during the duration of the storm they can use your help (and can show them an evacuation plan). They need everyone there by 7 am Monday Morning. Please share and thank you!

BARCS is located at 301 Stockholm Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

What’s gray-blue and stinking cute? DAPHNE! Our newest family member.

If you read our newsletter regularly you’ll recall that our 18 year old Torti lost her brave battle and crossed The Rainbow Bridge early July. A month later we adopted a lovely tortoiseshell named Coco. But it turned out that Coco missed her foster mom as much as the foster mommie missed her. So, as believers in stories with happy endings and true love, we reunited Coco and Michele, and they are living happily ever after.

A few weeks later we met Daphne at San Francisco Animal Care and Control and knew she was the cat for us. She’s stunning blue gray cat with features like both a Russian Blue and a Chartruex. She has a tiny meow, that built in Chartreux smile, dense plushy fur, and bright green eyes. And the longest legs we’ve ever seen on a cat – we call them her Eiffel Tower Legs!

Daphne took to her new home right away. She had no interest in hiding out in a closet, at all! Within hours of arriving she found all of Betty’s old favorite spots and claimed than as hers.

There has been very little hissing between Daphne and Madeline thanks to Comfort Zone For Cats with Feliway! We have two diffusers running in every room and we spray prominent objects in the house daily for a smooth transition and that “Hi, I like you” vibe! They also get Multi Cat Household flower essence in the water bowl. They aren’t buddies, yet, but we know that in time they will be, and that they will rule Cat Faeries side by side.

Unbeknownst to anyone Daphne carries the Calicivirus. Five days after Daphne arrived at our house she broke out with the classic fiery red and angry looking oowie on her nose, and she had one lesion on her gum. Our house call vet, Dr. Brian Van Horn, raced over and swabbed her eyes, nose and mouth to test her for all the usual nasty things a cat could get. It was confirmed: calicivirus.

Instinctively we knew that she needed Colloidal Defense, and this was supported by our holistic vet, Dr. Cheryl Schwartz. One dropper of Colloidal Defense mixed into her food, twice a day, kicked the virus to the curb in about two and a half days! That scary looking red thing on her nose started to clear and heal immediately.

We’d been talking about adding this wonderful product to Cat Faeries offerings for several years, and with Daphne’s success story with it we sprang into action, and it’s now on our website.

Madeline has obviously been exposed to the calicivirus so Colloidal Defense will be a forever supplement for both cats.

Welcome Daphne!

Here I am! I see birds! Lot’s of pretty birds!

That’s me, Daphne, relaxing after a long, hard day of work at Cat Faeries. What’s my job? Ambassador of Cute!

Here’s Madeline inspecting fresh willow branches fresh from the farmer’s market. We give them to our bunnies to chew on.

What to do with old litter boxes – clever ideas from our readers!

We are big on urging people to replace litter boxes annually for two big reasons. No matter how much you scoop and clean, even use Anti Icky Poo cleaner once or twice a month to help with litter odor control they still get stinky after awhile and this can bother the cat. And goodness knows we don’t want to do anything to cause a cat to develop “litter box aversion.” Another plus to replacing boxes annually, we help to ensure a nice neutral smelling home for all who enter it.

But, we also detest land fill and waste. So what to do with those old litter boxes? We posed this question to our Face Book fans and here are the replies. If you have a clever idea, email us and we’ll include it in a future newsletter. Please put “uses for old litter boxes” in the subject line.

Debra: “Use to establish seedlings.”

Tara: “A flower box”

Patricia: “Planters”

Jody: “My partner uses them to store messy garage stuff”

Sandi: “I knew a man who used one when changing the oil in his car”

Brenda: “I use aluminum roasting pans, cheap. Dump out soiled litter, put pan in the recycling bin”

Is your cat staring at a heater grate or urinating on or near it? We may know why!

It’s beginning to get chilly outside in some parts of the country. And when it’s cold outside mice want to come into our houses for warmth. So if your cat is suddenly staring at the heater grates or have even peed on it, mice who use the ducts as a highway could be the cause!

Anti Icky Poo cleaner is safe to use near or on a heater. And it will get rid of the urine and the urine smell. Just shut off the heater before you apply it.

Don’t use Feliway spray near the heater vent as it is flammable. Instead place a diffuser nearby. If there isn’t an electrical outlet there, use an extension cord and put a pea sized piece of Museum Wax under the pheromone bottle and attach it to the floor or a table.