Cat Safety Tips for the Purrrfect Holiday Season!

Cat Safety Tips for the Purrrfect Holiday Season!

The holiday season should be one filled with love, happiness, and (hopefully!) worry-free days. When sharing the holidays with your fuzzy friend, knowing the ins-and-outs of cat safety can help you have a safe, healthy, and most enjoyable holiday with your cat. Thinking Of Sharing Your Meal? Think Again While it can be tempting to share some turkey with your fuzzy friends, it would be best if you ignored those watchful eyes. A cat’s diet can be extremely sensitive. Just as is mentioned in Town Cats’ Seasonal Safety Advocacy tips, “While a small piece of boneless, cooked turkey or a lick of pumpkin are probably ok, too much Thanksgiving food can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, or pancreatitis.” Dispose All Bones: Make sure all bones and carcasses are thrown away securely. If your cat gets their paws on a bone, it could cause choking, digestive issues, or even salmonella poisoning. Create a Safe Place When Guests Arrive If you’re having family and friends over for the holidays, creating a quiet place for your more timid felines to retreat to could prevent potential escapes. Cats can get overwhelmed by the festivities and their flight instincts can kick in. All it takes is one open door for a cat to slip away unnoticed. Additionally, if any dogs may be entering your home that your cat may be unfamiliar with, keeping them apart will minimize your cat’s stress. Afterwards, try introducing them slowly. For more help on how to properly introduce cats and dogs, see American Humane Society’s Fact Sheet. Holiday Observances: Elevate Candles and Menorahs Although most adult cats understand a flame...
Sustainable Cat Bed Design Contest

Sustainable Cat Bed Design Contest

CALLING ALL CREATIVE TYPES! Our friends over at Tuft + Paw are having a super cool contest! Do you want to help design a cat bed for our furry, feline friends that’s not only comfortable and beautiful but also sustainable and affordable? Send in your design by September 31st for a chance to win $1,500 toward your education! Our kitties can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Good luck and happy designing!...
Club Feral/Albert cleanup Completed

Club Feral/Albert cleanup Completed

A big thank you to everyone who helped us say goodbye to our beloved Club Feral. Despite the hot weather and surprise hornet nests, our hardworking, energetic volunteers managed to clean up the entire property in only two days! A special shout out to Girl Scout Troop 61296 who carried us across the finish line during the hottest day of the weekend. Many fellow rescue groups also responded to our invitation to take whatever we no longer needed. We’re happy that all those cages, shelves, equipment, and even cat-themed decorations will be put to good use. It’s never easy to say goodbye but your camaraderie helped turn a difficult moment into a heartfelt one filled with good friends and warm memories. Thank you for an amazing weekend....

Go Orange for Prevent Cruelty to Animals Month

April is Animal Prevention Cruelty Month because that’s when the ASPCA’s charter was signed back in 1866. The ASPCA’s brand color is orange, so it only makes sense to “go orange” to raise awareness and help promote cat and dog rescue. Of course we think everyone ought to be thinking about preventing cruelty to animals every month, but we’re also into raising awareness any way possible, so we’re going orange in April! Sometimes it feels like there’s some kind of horrific animal cruelty news every single day — so much that you might feel like avoiding it all together. It’s easy to feel defeated and helpless, but here are some things you can do to help do your part in the fight against animal cruelty: Make a donation to your local animal welfare organization: Whether you donate money or your time, every little bit counts. Obviously we hope that you donate and/or volunteer with Town Cats (click here to donate), but we encourage you to find and support any organization that helps animals. Don’t support pet shops that sell animals from mills: Let your money talk. Encourage adoption: If you know someone who is considering a new pet, help them find a rescue or shelter to adopt from. Educate: Talk to friends, family, and your community about animal cruelty, and make sure to let them know there are ways they can help....
Tribute to Daisy

Tribute to Daisy

Unfortunately we lost one of our longer term cat residents last week. Daisy lost her ongoing battle with kidney issues, and we had to say good bye to her. Rather than mourn her passing, we wanted to celebrate her life and share her story. Daisy came to us when Town Cats took on a local hoarding case a few years back. When she arrived she was very timid and not in the best health. After a whole lot of TLC and socializing she came out of her shell and began to blossom. She loved cuddling with her gal pal and partner in crime Miss Eartha Kitt. She was an unbelievably sweet girl who loved to show her affection by purring – she didn’t even need to be petted to purr, sometimes just a look in her direction would elicit a purr-fect response. Daisy loved to play with string, bat toys around the room and didn’t let her age stop her. Temptations were her favorite treat, and she always begged the staff for them.   Daisy had been suffering with ongoing kidney issues for the past few years and being the tough girl she is was able to bounce back many times even when we were unsure if she’d pull through. Daisy never ceased to amaze us with her vibrancy and ability to overcome obstacles. Sadly, her kidney issues flared up again two weeks ago and after two days at the emergency vet she crashed very quickly. She was loved by everyone who was lucky enough to meet her, and will always be remembered. We love you so much Daisy Mae...
Feral Freedom Drivers Wanted!

Feral Freedom Drivers Wanted!

Town Cats is in need of Feral Freedom Drivers!  Will you chauffeur a feral cat on a one-way, road trip back home? Because they certainly can’t drive themselves home! As a member of the Santa Clara County WECARE Coalition, a partnership between local city shelters, Town Cats provides transportation volunteers for the spay, neuter and return Feral Freedom Program operating out of the The San Jose Animal Care Center on Monterey Road.  Community cats are driven back to their original location after they have been spayed/neutered at the shelter.   They are also microchipped and vaccinated.  The volunteer shifts run about 2-3 hours at a time and volunteer hours are flexible afternoons Tuesday to Saturday. Training and mentoring are provided. Requirements: Reliable car, cell phone, GPS, and team spirit. Must be 18+ and interested in a long term commitment. Volunteer at least 4 hours a month. (evenings mostly) Responsibilities: Volunteer reports for duty, picks up several cats in their crates with a list of addresses where each cat is to be released. Once at the location, the crate is opened in a safe area away from the street to deter the cat from running in the street and into potential danger. Return empty crates to the shelter in the designated return location with the required paperwork. DONE! Feral Freedom – Town Cats Drivers TOWN CATS NEEDS FERAL FREEDOM DRIVERS!Will you chauffeur feral cat on a one-way, road trip back home ?The San Jose animal shelter has a program to spay/neuter healthy community cats but the cats need a ride back to their colony. Are you available to transport them home back to their neighborhood? They...