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Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Amy Hsueh, Town Cats Volunteer Interested in volunteering?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anybody who has ever owned a cat knows that cats cannot be bossed around. Even the friendliest, cuddliest cat in the world comes to you for affection, not vice versa. Cats are aloof, independent free thinkers - and it turns out, there's good reason for that. Pet cats are, essentially, wild animals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] The Wild Cat According to a study published by Nature Ecology & Evolution, domesticated cats - our cute, cuddly pets that sleep with us every night - are almost genetically identical to their wildcat counterparts. There are very few differences in the two species' DNA: one of the main ones being the iconic tabby stripes of the pet cat. They look and act the same, which is why you…
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Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Vomiting in Cats

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Vomiting in Cats

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, News & Happenings
Vomiting in cats is the most common problem seen in adult cats of all breeds and sexes. While it can be easy to think that vomiting is “just” due to hairballs, vomiting and nausea is not normal and should not be ignored--You wouldn’t want to be nauseous all the time, so don’t let your cat feel sick! Vomiting can be a sign of an underlying medical condition and your veterinarian should rule out the common causes during a physical exam or with lab testing. Different age groups of cats are prone to different diseases. In cats over 7 years old, vomiting is often caused by kidney disease, thyroid disease, cancer, or other serious conditions. On the other hand, kittens can have vomiting due to parasites, bacteria, viruses, eating something they…
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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

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, News & Happenings
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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Is The Feeling Mutual?

Is The Feeling Mutual?

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16982" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]So you are lucky enough to be the proud parent of a cat. Or two. Or three. Or however many (no judgment here as long as they are all safe, happy, and cared for). You are enamored with their cute little faces, the whiskers that tickle when they come to push your head off of your own pillow, their plaintive little meows when they are buttering you up for a treat or to play with them, but is the feeling mutual? How can you tell for sure if your kitty who can be as standoffish one day as s/he is seemingly affectionate the next truly care for you as much as you do for it? Here are some likely signs that you have won a special spot…
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Car Travel with a Cat

Car Travel with a Cat

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16978" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]By Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones Many cats do not like being in a moving vehicle because it’s an unusual and disorienting experience for them. Even short trips, such as going to the vet, can be problematic because the cat might act out in a way that could be distracting to the driver and potentially dangerous. If you have a kitten, you might consider driving with it a few times for short periods to introduce it to the experience of riding in a car so that it won’t be upset later in life when it’s transported. If your cat is mature, though, and unfamiliar with the experience, there are steps you can take to ensure your own safety and your cat’s wellbeing: Place your cat in…
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Cat Deities

Cat Deities

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16855" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]By Becky Reape Cats have a knack—usually after you have allowed them into your heart and home—of sometimes acting like they are holier-than-thou. I mean, it’s with good reason. They are adorable, brilliant creatures so it makes sense that on occasion they will feel superior. Or in some cases most occasions. However, they are not to blame for this because we humans have been worshipping them for years. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When we think of societies that have worshipped cats, the ancient Egyptians are usually the most well-known. Not surprising since they worshipped a half-woman, half-cat goddess called Bastet. They also had other cat-centric deities including Mafdet and Sekhmet. The ancient Egyptians viewed cats as magical creatures and often lavished them with jewels. Penalties for injuring or killing a cat…
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Sweets For Your Sweet

Sweets For Your Sweet

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16849" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]By Becky Reape Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so why not brush up on some ways to show your feline friend that you love them? Here are some ideas to bond with your kitty.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Treats. Who doesn’t love an indulgent little treat for Valentine’s Day (or any other time if we are being honest)? Did you know that you can make little treats for your cat at home? Mix a light sprinkle of catnip with a little pinch of canned tuna (you can even form it into a heart shape if you like) and bake it in the oven until it’s warm. But don’t forget that this is a special treat, so only give kitty a small amount. Too much fat or sugar in 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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