Friday Fun: Fabulous Felines

The dogs had their day, so the kitties must have theirs as well. And of course, a cat’s day should be nothing less than marvelous (Marvelous Cat Facts link)!

Looking for a marvelous kitty of your own?  Cats in Tow has fabulous felines waiting for their fur-ever home!

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Your Help

We hope our series on the importance of spaying and neutering has helped you in some way – either clarified the issue for you or given you some information to help others grapple with the question of spaying or neutering.

The fact is that there are just too many dogs and cats for shelters to handle. The Humane Society estimates about 2.7 million healthy dogs and cats are euthanized every year. That is just too many. And the worst part is that we humans are the cause.

But that means we humans can help. What can you do?

First, if you plan to get a pet, get them from a shelter. Shelter animals are in shelters through no fault of their own. They were often abandoned or the off-spring of an animal whose irresponsible owner did not have them spayed or neutered. Give one (or two!) a chance!

And the secondary advantage is that your new bundle of love will be spayed or neutered and fully vetted. You have the security of knowing that your dog or cat has been checked out and medical issues (in the rare case – most are healthy) have been or can be addressed. And you don’t have to worry that you will contribute to the needless death of more animals in the future.

Third, share this series with friends and family. Don’t stop there – the Internet can provide scientific studies and other back up, but, of course, be careful of your sources.

And finally, share your story with Cats in Tow! Have you adopted a pet from a shelter? We would love to hear your story!

Links to the full series if you want more information:

Time for a Change

The Numbers

Just One Litter

Copy Cat

Good Homes

Penny Wise

Interference

Changing Feelings

Friday Fun: Furry, Friendly and Full of Love

What could be more fun than a loving bundle of fur in your life? The mission of Cats in Tow is to find forever homes for cats and small dogs and always has loving animals that are looking for a family. You can come meet them at one of our Adoption Shows which are held Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm-4:30pm at Petsmart in Brea, on Imperial Highway and Kraemer Boulevard.

Here are some furry friends currently looking for their forever homes.

With the perfect companion, every Friday is filled with fun!

Debunking the Myths: Penny Wise

Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services. Most regions of the U.S. have at least one spay/neuter clinic within driving distance that charge $100 or less for the procedure, and many veterinary clinics provide discounts through subsidized voucher programs. Low-cost spay/neuter is more and more widely available all the time. Start with this low-cost spay/neuter finder.

“Oh, but it will cost too much money to get my cat/dog spayed/neutered.”

Our current series is focused on some of the reasons that people do not get their pets spayed or neutered. Our starting point is this well-done page from the Humane Society’s website.

We have discussed the numbers: how many cats and dogs could be saved each year if we all spayed or neutered our cats and dogs. We have looked at biology: how you cannot get a carbon copy of your pet if you breed them and how many shelters have purebred animals. Next: money.

It is a difficult subject for some people. But the fact is that if you cannot afford to spay or neuter your pet, you need to think about whether getting a pet is right in the first place. There will be vet costs to keeping your pet healthy. This is just one of them, and spaying and neutering prevents many more costs in the long run. As discussed earlier in the series, spaying/neutering actually prevents certain cancers, as well as relieving your pet of the stress of mating and giving birth.

But in the long run, the greatest savings is in the lives of the cats and dogs who do not find homes.

It does not have to be all or nothing though. There are many low cost options. First, get your pet from a shelter. Shelter dogs and cats should be neutered/spayed already. Yes, there is a small charge to adopt from a shelter, but the cost of the spaying/neutering, as well as a full vet check up is included in that.

If you have a dog or cat that is not spayed or neutered, the Humane Society has many resources. Enter your zip code here to find low-cost spay and neuter options. This page has additional resources for low-cost vet care.

The costs of spaying/neutering is far less than possible future costs.

Debunking the Myths: Good Homes

Our current series is exploring why so many pets go without loving homes, or worse are killed. The number one reason is that people do not have their pets spayed or neutered. But why? Why do people resist doing something that could save millions, yes millions, of lives every year?

The Humane Society’s website has a very good overview of some of the more popular myths surrounding this resistance.

In this post, we will talk about a well-meaning but wrong-headed myth: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

Of course we would all do our best to make sure the homes of our beloved pets offspring are good homes. But first, how can we be sure of this? Are they friends? Have we seen them with their pets? Have we observed them when they are stressed or in a bad mood? How do they handle it? Have we seen their home? Have we seen their facilities for their pets? Do we know that they will get regular vet care for the pet? Do we know that they have the finances to deal with emergencies?

Even with friends, many of these questions will go unanswered. But the biggest question is, will they then spay or neuter that animal or will they let the animal have a litter? There is no way to guarantee that they will. Even if they say they will, can you believe the promise? If they don’t, can you live with the fact that that animal may then produce hundreds of unwanted offspring?

You cannot control other people. The only thing you can do is spay or neuter your pet. But this is a huge thing and will save hundreds of lives.

 

Friday Fun: Furry, Friendly and Full of Love

What could be more fun than a loving bundle of fur in your life? The mission of Cats in Tow is to find forever homes for cats and small dogs and always has loving animals that are looking for a family. You can come meet them at one of our Adoption Shows which are held Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm-4:30pm at Petsmart in Brea, on Imperial Highway and Kraemer Boulevard.

Here are some furry friends currently looking for their forever homes.

With the perfect companion, every Friday is filled with fun!

Time for a Change

Aw, spring.

A time of birth and growth. While cats and dogs can and do give birth all year, there is always a surge in spring. Unfortunately, this is not a good things for most of these animals. In fact three to four million of these dogs and cats will be purposely killed each year in the US – euthanized through no fault of their own.

The fact is that the world is over-populated with domestic cats and dogs. And shelters are feeling the burden of this over-population. They are full to capacity and cannot find homes for many of the animals in their care.

Where does this over-population come from? We humans are ultimately responsible. We domesticated cats and dogs. It is our responsibility to care for them. Yes, they are following their own animal instincts to mate. But we can help them. We can help them by caring for them. We can help them by preventing them from having all these unwanted litters. Why don’t we?

This is a tough question, but it is one Cats in Tow will explore in the coming weeks, including the myths around spaying and neutering. It is high time for us to help our dog and cat companions!

Friday Fun: Furry, Friendly and Full of Love

What could be more fun than a loving bundle of fur in your life? The mission of Cats in Tow is to find forever homes for cats and small dogs and always has loving animals that are looking for a family. You can come meet them at one of our Adoption Shows which are held Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm-4:30pm at Petsmart in Brea, on Imperial Highway and Kraemer Boulevard.

Here are some furry friends currently looking for their forever homes.

With the perfect companion, every Friday is filled with fun!

Time for A New Addition, Part 5: Soul Mates

Once we decide we are ready for a new addition, we will need to decide what kind of pet we want. I am not saying we have decided, we are still contemplating space, time, and money. But for the sake of moving this series along, let’s pretend that there has been a decision to adopt.

Then another decision! Our next furry friends will be cats. We are cat people. We like dogs but not to share our lives with. Besides, dogs in a small, city apartment is just not appropriate in our minds. So, there are two decisions down…

Just two though, because there are so many more things to contemplate! Long hair or short hair, kitten or older, male or female? Surely a cat is a cat? Not in my experience! Every cat I have had the privilege of knowing has been special with its own personality. And I had no way of knowing what that personality would be when I knew some of those cats as kittens.

But personality is in part influenced by things like age, breed and gender. So these are considerations for choosing a cat. When I went to adopt my last cat, I was looking for a short-haired, older male. Short-hair and male to combat the allergy suffering mentioned in a previous post. Older because I worked full time and the cat would be on its own for most of the day. I thought an older, more sedentary cat would deal with this better.

Sometimes the cat chooses you. I ended up with an 8-month old female cat. At least she was a short-hair! I just fell in love with her and cannot explain how I knew she was mine and, probably more importantly, I was hers. I suspect that I don’t need to explain it to many of you!

Even though fate had another plan for me, I had considered my options. I was not concerned about breed because I was simply looking for a companion. While certain breeds are known for attributes that can be appealing – I once knew an amazing Maine Coon and would be happy to know more – I just love cats and wanted one in my life.

In the end, there are considerations to be made here. But, to be honest, sometimes you also just have to trust your gut.

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My gut says that I would have to meet this gorgeous pair! This is Buffy and Kobe, who are looking for their new family with the help of Cats in Tow.  They were photographed by Hugh Mobley. Since mid-February, Hugh has been photographing our cats and dogs. He volunteers his time and talents on-site to help our animals find forever homes.  You can contact Hugh at Hugh Mobley Photography,http://www.hughmobley.com/.

Thank you, Hugh!

Hello Brittany (Introducing our Amazing Cats in Tow Volunteers)

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Brittany, a freshman in high school, has given us one month of service so far. A fan of cats and dogs, Brittany chose to volunteer with Cats in Tow because of the opportunities available. Even with her own dog at home, Brittany says she really loves her time here with the animals. She has become aware of the fact that all of the animals have a story and didn’t realize all the hardships that sometimes force people to relinquish their animals. That those hardships are then forced on the animal is especially moving for Brittany.

Thank you, Brittany for being there to care for these animals – you are relieving their hardships with your kindness!