SPAY/NEUTER FUND – YEAR OF THE CAT

Fact: 66% of cat owners obtain their cats for free.  1/5 of cat owners don’t spay or neuter their cats, meaning 15% of Canadian cats will produce unwanted kittens in the coming year, adding millons more to the population.  Not all these kittens will be lucky enough to find permanent homes.  Many will join the ranks of the feral and stray cat population currently roaming the streets or dumps near you.  For others, humane euthanization which is far better than a cruel death by disease, starvation, dog or coyote attack, or being struck by a vehicle.

Based on statistics from animal shelters Calgary, more than 7,000 cats are taken in.   You may say, “Oh that’s Calgary” … but you can equate those statistics those taken in by SPCA’s, humane societies, rescue groups, city pounds in Newfoundland and Labrador easy enough.  On the island, rescue groups have had to spring to action to help cats which have grown in numbers.  There are feral cat groups in Corner Brook, Conception Bay, Clarenville and other groups are trying to help the many cats in dumps throughout the island, i.e. in Glenwood for instance.

There is a problem!  The problem isn’t with the cats … it is with irresponsible owners.

Solutions to these problems can be found through spay/neuter programs, trap s/n release programs, microchipping and municipalities insisting that owners keep their cats indoors.

Central Paws Not only has taken in cats for rehoming, we have also helped spay/neuter cats that have been abandoned in barns who were feral.  The abandoned cats were all rehomed and after adjustment period, now live happily indoors.  We realize this is not a option for all ferals but was certainly a option for those we were able to help.  Central Paws has also help spay/neuter cats owned by people on fixed incomes.  This week we helped a young man neuter his cat, one that he rescued which was abandoned.  Next week we are helping a senior spay her cat who has had multiple litters.

All this helping cost money.  All our organizations operate on fund-raising and donations, please be part of the solution and donate to our Spay/Neuter Fund.

Central Paws is a Registered Charity.  Your donation is tax deductible.

Please mail it today to:

Central Paws Humane Society

P.O. Box 294

Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

A2A 2J9

OR you can e-mail a payment to centralpaws@yahoo.ca

(Statistics quoted from “Kitty’s reputation has gone to the dogs” by Terri Perrin, published in a article written in Animal Welfare in Focus published by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Spring 2011).

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Adopting a Dog … The First 7 Days

There is some great content in the following link from The Dog Fence.

You can also check the book out here at: http://www.dogfencediy.com/rescue-dog/
OR in this PDF format:  http://www.dogfencediy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Adopting_Rescue_Dog.pdf

Topics that are in the book:

   *      A Month Before You Adopt
   *      Selecting a Rescue Dog
   *      Preparing Your Home
   *      Introducing Your Dog To Your Home
   *      Real Tips/Stories From Owners
   *      Training
   *      Socializing
   *      Healthcare
 It is so important to make a lifetime commitment to any animal you decide to adopt and ensuring your lifestyle fits the type of animal is the first step.  Do your homework and ensure you can afford the commitment as well, no excuses.   We recommend opening up a separate account for your pet, put money you receive for gifts there, keep a jar on your counter to put loose change in … you’d be surprised how quickly you can put aside that extra emergency money … PLAN AHEAD.  If you have to move, take the time to find a place so you can bring your pet … if you have to rent, offer a extra incentive to the landlord in the form of a security deposit, sign a extra agreement to repair/replace/have cleaned areas … ASK for help from organizations who may have contacts in the area you are moving to they may be able to provide some tips and advice.   Life happens, make sure it includes your commitment to the pet you are planning on adopting.

REMINDING PEOPLE … as cute as the little faces are in the Pet Stores and those you see photos of on sale on various sites, we plead that you PLEASE not purchase animals from Pet Stores.  You will be contributing to the heartbreaking cruelty of so many animals endure that are bred in puppy mills and by backyard breeder.

Coyotes

We would like to remind people, particularly those who go to their cabins, to keep their dogs on a leash and watched at all times.  Make sure your pets wear a collar, you can get florcent stripped collars and those are great, don’t forget the ID tag.

The following is some great advice from the Ontario SPCA on protecting your loved ones from Coyotes.

http://www.ontariospca.ca/4-wildlife-livewith-7.shtml

Here also is a link to a story about a coyote at Beaches, Ontario and how the community residents petitioned to have him relocated rather than euthanized.  What a great example of compassion and kindness … afterall we are in “their space”.

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_33324.aspx

Letter from Peaches

Dear Judy,

 

Are you fwiggin’ crazy?  Of course, you cannot put my letter on the web site as Santa’s elves might read it and I might get nothing but coal for Christmas.  Then again, if anybody is going to get coal in their stocking it should be you for twisting Dusan’s wubber (rubber) arm into adopting Maddy!  So I guess you can go ahead with the letter.

 

Guess what?  Maddy is back to himself and I’ve had to stop calling him names as he runs and tells Dusan and John.  I think they secretly find it funny but they can’t let on!  Speaking of the “toothless wonder” (Peaches latest and greatest nickname for Maddy)he is going to need more than obedience training.  He needs a brain inplant!  Just yesterday morning he chased away three blue jays and a squirrel from our bird feeder and then sat underneath it and stood guard!  D’wesus Maddy, just ‘cause you got a dickie bird doesn’t make you a real one!  Speaking of dickie birds, the rash on my tummy and my fluffy (you can guess what she means by that!) is getting all better.  Dusan has been giving me a teeny bit of bread (which covers up the antibiotics) in the mornings covered with peanut butter. It makes you wonder why she took me to see Dr. Pike as if peanut butter and bread make me feel better why didn’t she just go to Sobeys?  Sometimes I think Dusan is missing a few clues too!

 

Oh, I’m getting sleepy now so I have to crawl back into my “nest” (a queen-sized bed) and see if I can’t catch some beauty sleep. It is not working for Maddy…he sleeps a lot too but certainly isn’t getting beautiful..hee-hee!

 

Your little friend,

Peaches

 

How to keep your cats safe

How To Keep Your Cat Safe!
by Janis Cooper

About 5.4 million cats are killed by cars each year according to Animal People Online News, May 2001. This is about a million more than what are killed in U.S. animal shelters! Even the most careful driver can have a totally unexpected incident of a cat running out in front of their car and have to jam on the brakes. This figure alone is reason enough for me to keep my precious kitty inside. When we humans began to domesticate cats we took on the responsibility for their health and welfare. They depend on us for their safety and good health. Here are some other reasons why I think cat owners should consider keeping their cats indoors.

Indoor cats will never be challenged by other cats to attack one another. Cats are very territorial and will defend their territory to the death. This fighting can result in severe puncture wounds, infections, and abscesses; even deadly diseases such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) if not treated immediately. Even casual contact with other cats can result in the transmission of parasites, such as fleas or ringworm, or more serious communicable diseases such as FeLV (Feline Leukemia), FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) and URIs (Upper Respiratory Diseases).

Indoor cats are safe from all predators. Many cats have been nabbed by raptors, attacked and killed by coyotes and raccoons, and even large dogs, many of which have been trained to attack. Your cats’ claws and fangs are not sufficient to protect himself from such attacks. These animals cannot really be blamed when it’s their instincts that take over their behavior.

By nature most cats like to widen their territory by roaming outdoors. Unfortunately, many cats venture out too far and consequently lose their navigational sense and become lost. Some of these cats are confiscated by animal control authorities, and some are “rescued” by cat lovers who do not know that they should check for tattoos or microchips. Some get hit by cars or get into other dangerous situations or starve to death. Of all cats that are turned into shelters only 3% are actually re-united with their owners. Collars can break and even microchips won’t guarantee the safe return of your pet.

Many outdoor cats are stolen by people who will sell them to research laboratories, or use them as bait in the training of fighting dogs. Psychopaths, and very sick-minded people will steal them to “practice” torture on. These types of low life people will pick your cat up right off your front porch or front lawn, especially if your pet is friendly. These type of people are out there.

An indoor cat can never cause problems for your neighbors like urinating and defecating in their gardens. Many people who don’t like cats trespassing on their property will call the local animal shelter to remove your cat as a stray. Some cat hating neighbors will not even think twice about poisoning or killing your cat in whatever method they see fit. I personally have heard one man say matter-of-factly that he would “trap the nuisance cat in a cage and then dispose of it by lowering it to the bottom of the lake”. This is truly how some people think. Cat owners should never take a chance with their precious pets.

There are also youth gangs and other cat haters that actually seek out cats and other small pets for target practice. Although there are some animal protection laws in existence, they can never serve to replace your beloved animal companion, or comfort you in the loss of your loved one.

Sicknesses are discovered and treated much sooner with indoor cats. There are several diseases outdoor cats can acquire as we’ve already seen. There is a very common condition called FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) that many cats, especially males, do get. The first signs of this sickness are straining and frequent trips to the litter box, sometimes with blood, and urinating in unusual places. For all illnesses it is important to obtain prompt medical care, but with FLUTD it is mandatory that your cat be treated immediately or he could die within 24 hours.

Poisons. If you notice things like blood in the urine or stool, drooling and vomiting with blood, muscle tremors or high body temperature your cat could have consumed rat poison, snail or slug bait, antifreeze, have eaten toxic plants or even been bitten by a snake. You will never see early warning signs of many sicknesses and poisons with an outdoor cat.

Indoor cats won’t endanger wildlife by chasing and killing birds, squirrels, rabbits or other small animals. They can be perfectly content if you provide them a spot by a window to observe outdoor life, and especially if they have never been outside before, they won’t even miss it. Your cat will also sit for hours and stare intently at fish in an aquarium, and only lick his lips occasionally!

For your cats’ exercise needs there is a vast selection of interactive toys at your local pet food retailer, as well as scratching posts, climbing towers and many other indoor toys. I like to use a laser pen light to play “catch the light” with my cat, Maui. He will literally chase it anywhere you point it! He also loves to race after a small ball as I toss it up and down the stairs for him. These, and other cat toys are much safer for your cat than having to run from outdoor predators or cat fights. Maui also loves to play catch the string with me while I pull it around the house. Sometimes while doing my household chores I’ll attach the string to my belt and he’ll follow me everywhere I go. It works, and it’s free. These little games you can play with your cat will give him all the exercise he needs, plus they create a strong bond between you and your pet.

An indoor cat is always safer, healthier, and happier. But, if you still think you would like your cat to be able to enjoy fresh air, sunshine and the ambience of trees, bushes and plants, I recommend a cat fence. There are several available to choose from. Here are some links for them. Assembled properly they can be very effective in keeping Kitty in your backyard.

http://www.catfencein.com/brochure2.php

http://www.purrfectfence.com

http://www.catfence.com

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/cat_care/fence_me_in.html

Also, see an article called “How To make Your Outdoor Cat A Happy Indoor Cat” by The American Bird Conservancy. http://www.abcbirds.org/cats/factsheets/outin.pdf

You could also build a cat enclosure something like this. Just make sure it is covered, as cats and other animals could climb in and out!

Some cats can be trained gradually to a harness and leash, especially when they are young. Basic training can be found at http://cats.about.com/library/howto/htwalkleash.htm

Keeping your cat safe and well is a legitimate concern in our world today. Your kitty will thank you with his genuine and unconditional love that only animals can give!

Janis Cooper, Animal lover / Pet parent

Delta, B.C.