Spring Fundraiser Success! Catbaret brings laughs and much needed funds for cats

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Thank you to all who attended our spring fundraiser, Catbaret!  It was a night of laughs, magic, dance, music, and of course...Moshow!  Our sold out crowd sang along to all of Moshow's cat themed hits, and our VIP attendees were over the moon getting to spend some quality time with Moshow after the show. Our sought after raffle and silent auction items, combined with Town Cats swag and tasty treats helped us to raise over $8500 for the kitties in our care!  We can't thank you enough again for coming out and supporting Town Cats, it is because of you, that we can continue to do the work we do. Mark your calendars for October 19th...our fall fundraiser will be a black cat event you don't want to miss. [gallery…
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Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Cat Scratching

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Cat Scratching

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Did you know that when cats scratch with their claws , they aren’t just “sharpening their claws” or marking their territory? Scratching is also FUN! Cats scratching is the same as dogs chewing—both are natural, normal behaviors that should be encouraged. Every cat owner should provide multiple ways in which cats can engage in scratching behavior… without ruining the furniture. By purchasing a scratching post or other surface and placing it near the place where the cat is scratching, you can often redirect the cat to scratch on that object instead. However, don’t think you can just buy a cat scratcher and put it in the corner of the living room. Cats like to scratch and mark their territory in places where people often come and go. Think of your…
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Our Hoarding Cats Find Homes for the Holidays!

Cat Blog Articles, Happy Tails, Holiday
Hoarding is one of the worst forms of animal cruelty, affecting thousands of cats across the United States.  Town Cats has a long history of assisting with hoarding cases and we recently stepped in to help with a local situation.  A man in San Jose was keeping 40 cats in a deteriorated home until authorities were contacted and intervened. The house was in disastrous condition and authorities had to wear hazmat suits with breathing apparatus in order to enter and evaluate the scene.  All of the cats found were in poor condition and most were extremely feral. Once animal control safely removed the cats, Town Cats immediately offered to help in any way possible. We eventually took in four of the cats needing medical care. These four cats were transported…
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The Success of Cat Pawsitive Pro on our Legacy Cats

The Success of Cat Pawsitive Pro on our Legacy Cats

Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews", News & Happenings
Cat Pawsitive Pro is our quintessential socialization program. From GreaterGood.org and the Jackson Galaxy Project, Cat Pawsitive Pro is an in-depth clicker training program designed for hard to adopt cats (yes, cats can be trained too!). By clicker training cats through the program, it provides mental stimulation and socialization to cats otherwise "shut down" in the shelter environment and improves their quality of life while at the shelter. At Town Cats, we knew we needed this program, but it is not an easy program to get into. We competed with shelters across the nation waiting a year or two to get one of the six available spots. Being fortunate to enter the program the first time around, we were very excited to be a part of the program, but we had our…
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Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: How to Transport Cats Fear Free

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: How to Transport Cats Fear Free

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Does your cat hate going in their carrier? Does your cat shut down when they go to the vet? If so, you’re not alone. Unlike dogs, cats tend to be housebound, living most of their lives in a familiar place with familiar people. Think of how we socialize puppies: we ensure they meet lots of people, are exposed to umbrellas and vacuum cleaners, and go lots of places in the car. Dogs learn from an early age how to deal with various circumstances, especially travel in the human world. Compare that to a cat, who maybe only leaves the house once in a blue moon to go the vet. A carrier means getting car sick, going outside their comfort zone, and having terrible time getting poked at the vet. This…
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Feline Dental Health

Feline Dental Health

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 Feline dental health is a very important and sometimes overlooked part of a cat's life. All cats should have their teeth examined as part of a regular physical every year and a dental exam done as needed. Cats have some dental issues that require intervention: resorption lesions and full mouth stomatitis.  Although dogs can get these diseases, they are more prevalent in cats. Resorption lesions cause tooth loss and affect 28-68% of adult cats (based on studies).  This disease leads to dental pain, tooth loss, decreased eating, salivation and head shaking.  The treatment for this disease is either tooth removal or crown removal.  Full mouth stomatitis is a painful disease where the entire mouth becomes inflamed  and raw; it is easily diagnosed by looking into the cat's mouth.  Although Felv…
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Introducing The South Bay Kitten Project

Introducing The South Bay Kitten Project

Cat Blog Articles, Meet Our Pets, News & Happenings
The South Bay Kitten Project: A collaboration of Town Cats and San Jose Animal Care Services We are pleased to introduce our new collaboration with San Jose Animal Care Services- The South Bay Kitten Project. This year, Town Cats is collaborating with San Jose to save more kittens!  We anticipate over 1500 kittens to pass through the South Bay Kitten Project this year, five times more than Town Cats did in 2017.  As we strive to be the cat experts of Santa Clara County, we realize we can make an even bigger impact on the cats and kittens in the community if we work together, supporting each other and sharing our valuable talent and resources.  We are so excited for this partnership!  So far, we have over 200 kittens in…
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Litter box Problems 101

Litter box Problems 101

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Vet's Corner with Dr. Tiva Litter box Problems 101 Accidents happen, but some cats like to make it a habit of going outside the litter box. This is most often due to a behavioral problem, not a medical one. Many cats are sensitive to either the social climate of the house or have an issue with the litter box itself. Cats with a social issue will often pee or poop in the middle of an important space, such as a bed, couch, or blanket. This is a stress response as the cats feel threatened in their home. This can be due to fighting with other pets, children, and/or other disruptions in the home. Cats with litter box-related issues tend to hide their pee in a corner, behind furniture, in closets,…
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