Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

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September 11, 2018 By Nikita Lero Founded in 1997, Town Cats has been saving stray, abandoned, unwanted and feral cats in Santa Clara County, California, since day one and hopes to save even more with the help of The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro (CPP). They had learned about CPP and its benefits when they looked into having Jackson Galaxy host an event at the shelter. Samantha Sullivan, Executive Director at Town Cats, explains just how important CPP is to their community and shelter. “There is nothing like this in the area and it truly will revolutionize the way we work harder to adopt cats,” says Sullivan. “By working closely with our network of shelters and implementing CPP, we will help these cats gain confidence and get them adopted,…
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Celebrity Cats

Celebrity Cats

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By Tom Hewitt Who is America’s best-known cat? Leaving aside fictional felines like Felix, Garfield, and the Cat in the Hat, the answer might be the unusual-looking Grumpy Cat, whom you may have seen online, sometimes featured with humorous captions. Grumpy Cat What a sourpuss! Actually, Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) only looks grumpy— her appearance is caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism. She was born in 2012 and has been featured in advertising—she even has her own webpage, licensed merchandise, and social media presence. Lil Bub There is also Lil Bub, another current celebrity cat who starred in a 2013 documentary called Lil Bub and Friendz, which won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film award. Like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub has a distinctive appearance caused by feline dwarfism.…
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Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

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By Tom Hewitt Edited By April Jones How many cat breeds would you guess there are in the world? I didn’t have much of a clue until I investigated. I pretty much thought of all cats as just cats. But it turns out the answer isn’t totally straightforward—it depends on which authority you consult and how they define a breed. Plus, the answer often changes because new breeds are constantly being developed. The International Cat Association (TICA) currently recognizes seventy-one cat breeds for championship competition. Other bodies might answer the question differently; for example, the International Progressive Cat Breeders’ Alliance (IPCBA) lists, by my count, seventy-two breeds. At any rate, it’s safe to say the number of cat breeds is much lower than the number of dog breeds, which is in the hundreds.…
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Cat-Dog Relationships

Cat-Dog Relationships

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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

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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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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

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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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Jackson Galaxy Event Recap

Jackson Galaxy Event Recap

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the Jackson Galaxy event on March 24. We had a fantastic event, and it was great to see everyone there. We'd like to give a special thanks to our sponsors:   Also, thank you so much to all of you who volunteered at the event and helped with the setup and cleanup! It was inspiring to hear Jackson speak about the progress in the United States since he has been working with shelters and rescue organizations over the past 20 years. We at Town Cats are proud of the role that we have played in saving cats in Santa Clara County, and thank all of you for the support you give us that makes it all possible.   [caption id="attachment_3689" align="alignnone" width="600"] Getting…
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Five Easy Ways To Bring The Great Outdoors To Your Indoor Cat

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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 #7

Legacy Cat #7

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LEGACY CAT #7! Meet Simba! Here is a little haiku about Simba: Wise and thoughtful cat Treats will make my heart sing out Love my feline pals Come and meet Simba today! He’s a young senior, at only 6 years 9 months. Starting last week, 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 Simba next???
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