Happy Tails! Holly’s Furrever Home

Happy Tails! Holly’s Furrever Home

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Town Cats adopters Kyle Carbone & Lynze Silfies shared with us how Holly has settled into their home since being adopted to them 2 months ago: "Since the day she got here, she has brought so much joy to our everyday lives. She really enjoys working from home with Dad during the shelter in place and is always happy to greet us with the cutest little squeaks upon return from wherever we may have gone - even if it was just a 1 hour trip to the grocery store. When Mom & Dad cook dinner, she's usually right there behind us making sure we cook our meals to perfection accompanied by more squeaks. And anytime the TV is on and Mom & Dad are watching, she can be found within…
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What Does It Mean to Foster a Cat?

What Does It Mean to Foster a Cat?

Cat Blog Articles
Why Foster a Cat? Fostering cats can be beneficial for both you and the cat. While a fostered cats benefit from the care they receive, a foster will always benefit from the unique experience of every cat they foster. Fostering isn’t just for mama cats and kittens. Many cats of varying ages and medical/ psychological issues benefit greatly from a foster home, as they receive one-on-one care that would be limited in a shelter environment. From shy to the medically intensive, cats of all types need a home to grow in health, maturity, and love. Cats Needing Foster Mama Cats & Kittens Most mama cats and their kittens come into the shelter after having been found by good Samaritans. Catching mama and her kittens as a whole allow mama to…
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Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

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By Tom Hewitt Sometimes it’s clear when your pet cat needs to be taken to a veterinarian, but other times the clues are more subtle. If your cat shows a change in their typical behavior—such as eating less, sleeping more, becoming shy or hiding more, scratching or sneezing more, or becoming much more or less vocal—it might be a sign that your cat could be ill or injured and they should be examined. It’s an inherited instinct for cats to want to hide physical weakness because in the wild, predators might identify signs of illness or injury as signs of an easy prey. If your cat displays such changes in behavior, make sure they have plenty of food and water, a clean litter box, and a comfortable, quiet place to…
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Tortoiseshell Cats

Tortoiseshell Cats

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  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

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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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