Tortoiseshell Cats

Tortoiseshell Cats

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles
  By Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones For a long time, I thought tortoiseshell cats were a specific breed. Recently, I learned that the term refers to cats among various breeds who have a particular coloring pattern: typically black with patches of gold or orange. Tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. They are often known for being highly sensitive to stimuli and being vocal about their needs. These are generalities, and every individual cat is different, but there is something to the notion of tortoiseshell attitude or “tortitude.” Growing up, my family owned a tortoiseshell cat named Firefly, who we had adopted from the animal shelter in San Martin. I think we gave her the name because the patches of gold on her black coat reminded us of brilliant…
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Cat-Dog Relationships

Cat-Dog Relationships

Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
By Tom Hewitt Edited by Alexis Meehan Most of the time, a cat will be wary of a strange dog, but if they have the chance to get accustomed to one another (usually as pets inside a household), cats and dogs can become the best of friends. Here’s a picture of Gaby (cat) and Charlie (dog), who belonged to my family. They were introduced to each other when Gaby was an elderly cat and Charlie was in the middle of his life.Their maturity probably helped keep the meeting safe and low-key. Charlie was more enthusiastic about meeting Gaby than the other way around, so we made sure Gaby was safe when first exposed to Charlie. Gaby seemed a bit overwhelmed by Charlie at first, but she didn’t seem actually frightened…
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Keeping Outdoor Cats

Keeping Outdoor Cats

Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
by Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones In the late 90s, as I was finishing up high school, my mother found a stray kitten while on a walk in Gilroy. The kitten didn’t have a collar and was near a busy street. After asking around to see if the kitten had an owner, my mother brought the gray tabby home to become friends with the two cats we already had, Furball and Firefly. As it turned out, Grant (that's what we named her) wanted to be outside nearly all the time, only disturbing us by pawing at the back door when she was hungry. She found an area underneath our pool deck to hide in, and rarely left the backyard. Grant lived a long time—about fifteen years—and only became an…
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The Great Litter Box Mystery

The Great Litter Box Mystery

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Happy Tails
by Alexis Meehan Edited by April Jones For fifteen years, I never once had litter box issues with my two cats, Melanie and Sheila. I used Ever Clean Multi-Cat Unscented litter in both of their standard-size litter boxes, and I kept them fairly clean. One morning, I noticed a small puddle on the floor next to one of the boxes. It was pee. I was a little surprised, but I figured that one of the cats must’ve had a small accident before she was able to jump into the box. I just mopped it up and wasn’t too concerned about it. My cats got regular checkups, and other than being aging kitties, they were both in good health. The next day, the small puddle was back. This time, I wondered…
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Bringing a New Cat Home? Follow These Tips to Make the First Few Days as Stress-Free as Possible

Bringing a New Cat Home? Follow These Tips to Make the First Few Days as Stress-Free as Possible

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews", News & Happenings
By Tara McNabb Edited by April Jones Introducing a new cat to your home can be an exciting experience for everyone involved. But it’s important to remember that your new friend may be feeling the very opposite of excitement; cats are incredibly sensitive to changing environments, and they often experience heightened anxiety when put into a new living situation. The last thing you want to do is unknowingly cause more stress for your new friend due to a lack of preparation. By following these simple tips, you can make the transition process easier for both of you. 1. Cat Proof the House Before you bring them home, do a walk-through of your house from a cat’s point of view. Although it may be impossible to eliminate all potential trouble areas…
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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

Cat Blog Articles
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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Five Easy Ways To Bring The Great Outdoors To Your Indoor Cat

Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews", Happy Tails, News & Happenings
Five Easy Ways To Bring The Great Outdoors To Your Indoor Cat by Tara Mcnabb Are the winter blues taking a toll on your indoor cat? For the owners of strictly indoor cats, coming up with new enrichment activities can be a challenge. Without fresh stimulation to keep things interesting, an indoor cat can quickly become bored and depressed. But with a little creativity and effort, you can create fun and challenging exercises that encourage your cat’s natural curiosity. Here are five different ways you can bring the outdoors in.   1. Grow Your Own Indoor Grass Bed This is one of the best ways to give your cat fresh grass to wallow in on a regular basis with a little bit of planning. All it takes is some potting…
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Legacy Cat #6 (ADOPTED!)

Legacy Cat #6 (ADOPTED!)

Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews", Happy Tails, Meet Our Pets, News & Happenings
LEGACY CAT #6! Meet Pearl! Here is a little haiku about Pearl: Spirited, playful New beginnings set to start I will own your heart Come and meet her today! Starting Monday, you may have read about our Legacy Cats. They are all from the days of our founder, Rosi, and they need special heroes like yourself to open up your heart and home for them. Remember adoption fees are waived, and they all qualify for our “In it for Life” program where all basic medical costs are covered by Town Cats for the duration of their lives. Akira was first, and went home!!! Is Pearl next???
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