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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

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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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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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7 Inexpensive Ideas for Cat Toys

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7 Inexpensive Ideas for Cat Toys by Rachel E. Nichols When you bring your furry baby home, along with the proper food for their dietary needs, a cat brush/comb, litter boxes, blankets, and other basics your cat will need daily exercise and stimulation. This is true even for a senior cat, though youngsters will get into more mischief. These toys don’t have to be expensive. For that matter, they don’t even have to come packaged as pet toys from a store. Here are some out-of-the-box ideas: 1. Milk rings. The kind that come whole off milk bottles. Some cats will even play fetch with these like a dog with a miniature frisby. 2. Old stuffed toys. Roll these around in loose catnip and the fun increases. 3. Old socks that…
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Monthly Goodies: Cat Subscription Boxes To Love

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Monthly Goodies: Cat Subscription Boxes To Love by Tara McNabb If you’re anything like me, the idea of having a box full of toys and treats delivered to your doorstep every month is enough to make you dizzy with delight. These unique cat subscription boxes take the stress out of enrichment by delivering fresh new products to your house every single month. And really, what could be easier than that? Unboxing each new package is only half the fun; just wait till your kitty gets their eager paws on the enticing toys inside, which are designed to encourage interactive play with your cat. The best part is getting to discover new brands and products, since each box is specially designed to provide inspiring and energizing experiences every time. Here are…
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Jackson Galaxy Event Recap

Jackson Galaxy Event Recap

Current "Mews", News & Happenings
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

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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