Requirements for Adoption...
? At least 18 years of age & have a valid photo ID
? Allowed to have a cat where you live - check with
? Able and willing to spend the time and money
necessary to provide the medical treatment and
proper care for the cat
? Provide an indoor home, if you want an outdoor cat,
let us know.
? No declawing, if you require a declawed cat , allow
us to find you one that has already been declawed. It is a cruel and painful surgery.
Choosing the Right Cat...
Cats make wonderful pets. They tend to be less demanding and can easily adjust to a variety of lifestyles and living spaces. A cat's personality, age, and appearance, as well as the kinds of pets you already have at home, are all things you should keep in mind when making your selection.
Keep in mind that, because they are in an unfamiliar environment, some cats who are usually quite social may be frightened or passive while at the adoption center - these are the cats that may need extra TLC to come out of their shell-but in the end make loving pets.
Adopt a Cat for Life...
Finally, remember that you're making a commitment to love and care for your new pet for his or her lifetime—which could mean 10, 15, even 20 years. So choose your new best friend carefully and be a responsible pet owner. In no time at all, you'll know how wonderful sharing your home with a cat can be. TOC
Your kitten from TOC will already be spayed or neutered.
Your kitten has been fed a premium cat food. We do not recommend a
particular brand, only that the first ingredient be chicken, fish, or
lamb. Avoid corn, corn by-products, & chicken by products. Royal
Canin is probably the finest food out there, but Purina One Kitten Food,
PetSmart's Authority Kitten Food, & Science Diet are all good
choices for your kittens first year of life.
• All kittens are litter box trained, they normally learn fastidious hygiene from their mother.
• Your cat has received the vaccinations appropriate for his or her age. Kittens may require additional vaccinations when they reach a certain age.
• Before you bring your new kitten home, have ready food, dishes, scratching post or box, litter box and litter, and a carrier or crate.
Playtime is fun for both you and your kitten(s), and it's a great way to ensure that he gets important exercise! Interactive toys, such as laser pointers (avoid shining in the eyes!) and feather wands are a great way to bond with your kitten while having a fun time. Safe play involves a few common sense precautions; If you notice your cat breathing heavily or panting, stop playing until her breathing returns to normal.
Remember to "kitten proof" the house. Do not leave toys out that your cat could choke on or swallow - this includes any string or toy containing string, elastic parts, or small possibly detachable parts. Never let your cat play with rubber bands or items smaller than a ping-pong ball. Do not leave string, yarn, or thread out, if swallowed it can wrap around intestines, requiring surgery or causing severe internal damage
How Should I Introduce My Kitten to My Other Cat
A short isolation period is necessary when introducing a new kitten. It would be ideal to have a separate room for the new kitten, your new little pet will need her own litter box, and food and water bowl. Some kittens will hide out under furniture for some days, more adventurous ones will be eager to explore their new home almost straight away. Do not try and force kitty to leave the room, you will know when she is ready.
Allow your new kitten to explore around your home while your older cat is in another room. Make the introduction, slowly, bit by bit, it is a good idea to let your existing cat sniff your new kitten's blanket a few times before they actually meet. Make the initial periods of contact short. Gradually increase the time that they spend together as they get used to one another. It is not unusual for there to be a few spats in these first meetings, so do not leave them alone together until they get on. If a fight does break out, distract the combatants and get them into separate rooms as soon as possible, never punish either cat.
The process of introducing a new kitten to an older cat, can often be relatively stress free and need not be full of problems. The key is in making the introduction slowly, and perhaps the best tip of all is to give your older cat just as much attention and affection as you give the newcomer.
My Kitten is Already becoming destructive - What can be done? Can I Discipline a Kitten?
If you wish to train your kitten not to jump on counters or observe other "house rules", it is possible to train a cat through POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT. Cats respond to rewards for good behavior.
Positive reinforcement is the best training aid, because it is effective and it encourages the cat to view you as a source of reward and not punishment. For example, reward your cat with treats, catnip, or praise for using her own scratching post - rather than punishing her for using something else.
NEVER punish your cat physically for any reason - cats do not associate such punishment with misbehavior, they only associate it with you, and will learn to fear you. A spray bottle filled with water (a clean one bought for the purpose - NOT an empty cleaner bottle) or water pistol can be used to discourage behavior such as scratching furniture, jumping on surfaces, etc. The cat must not see the bottle in use, they must think the water spray is a direct result of the misbehavior. Otherwise, the cat will know she is safe as long as she does not get caught! Training by water correction is only effective if you apply it immediately and consistently! If you are gone all day, do not expect your cat to stay off counter-tops. Cats are mischievous and curious by nature!
Preventative care will minimize your cat's chances of developing disease or illness, but nothing can guarantee her safety. Being alert to changes in her behavior and body will help you identify potential problems early, and bring her to the vet. With any illness, your cat stands a much better chance if the problem is diagnosed and treated immediately.
Emergency vet care can be an unexpected expense. It is a good idea to set aside some saving for such emergencies. Or, keep a special credit card empty for an emergency. Veterinary health insurance is also available, ask your veterinarian for information about a recommended policy.
When Should My Kitten Be Vaccinated?
Why Does My Kitten Need More Than One Vaccination?
quality kitten foods
may cost more per bag, but they are more digestible and therefore
your cat needs to eat less of the food, costing less money overall.
These foods have higher quality protein and less filler that is
present in the supermarket brands such as Friskies, Whiskas, Atta-Cat,
etc. If a cat eats a food with low quality protein (often derived
from beaks, feet and heads of animals or from corn gluten) they
absorb less usable nutrients. This not only causes poor health,
it leads to greater volume of stool in the litter box and foul-smelling
feces due to all the undigested matter. Supermarket brands often
contain artificial colors and preservatives that can cause liver
damage and allergic reactions. Feeding high quality food helps
avoid medical problems such as urinary crystals and intestinal
disorders. Feeding your cat the best quality food is an investment
in their health for life. Your kitten has been
fed a premium cat food. We do not recommend a particular brand, only
that the first ingredient be chicken, fish, or lamb. Avoid corn, corn
by-products, & chicken by- products. Royal Canin is probably the
finest food out there, but Purina One Kitten Food, PetSmart's Authority
Kitten Food, & Science Diet are all good choices for your kittens
first year of life.
Some cats may be fed free-choice, meaning that the food bowl is always full. This works for some cats, but many will over-eat given the opportunity, and become obese. If your cat is consuming more than the recommended amount (read the bag) or if your vet says that your cat is overweight, you may need to ration the food.
Obesity is unhealthy and can lead to musculoskeletal and heart problems in later life. However, NEVER starve a cat! Cats must eat on at least a daily basis, or they will experience permanent liver damage. If you feed controlled amounts, it is best to feed in 2 or 3 meals a day, but you must feed your cat at least once each day.
Canned or "wet" food is beneficial because it increases your cat's water intake and generally contains a higher percentage of meat than dry food, which requires a higher carbohydrate level to allow the food to bake into kibble. You may have heard the old information about dry food cleaning cats' teeth and being good for them - but recent research shows that dry food does nothing at all to clean cats' teeth, it crumbles upon the slightest pressure and cats' teeth are not designed for grinding, they tear and swallow meat. In fact, dry food with its higher carbohydrate content is more likely to stick in between your cats' teeth and cause tartar and decay!
How about Water?
Cats need constant access to fresh, clean water. They should be encouraged to drink as much as possible. Increasing your cat's water intake helps flush the kidneys and urinary system, reducing the risk of urinary tract infections and disease. You can encourage your cat to consume more water by; feeding wet food, always keeping the water fresh, and putting out multiple water dishes - especially in a larger house. Experiment to determine what type of container your cat likes to drink out of - flat, wide dishes; cups; bowls. Also available are pet water fountains which circulate and filter water, and many cats love to drink from these.
How Do I Insure my Kitten is Well Socialized?
What Can Be Done about Fleas on My Kitten?
Keeping your cat indoors will avoid most instances of infestation by internal and external parasites. However, there is a chance that your cat can pick these up, especially if a dog in the house brings in fleas. Fleas must be dealt with immediately, or they may infest the house, causing great discomfort to pets and humans. Fleas also spread tapeworms and diseases.
Flea control is easy with modern treatments. Consult your vet and obtain a monthly application of a product such as Advantage or Revolution, which are applied as a drop to the skin on the back of the cat's head, and kill all life stages of fleas for up to one month. These products are very safe when used as directed. Avoid all over the counter brands of flea control because some are very unsafe and have been implicated in pet deaths and illness. If the house is heavily infested your vet may also recommend a spray for the carpet and furniture, but it is not usually necessary.
Internal parasites are detected by examination of a stool sample. Your cat's annual exam should include a check of the stool, and if worms are detected your vet will treat the cat. Many parasites can be treated with a single dose. Left untreated, internal parasites can cause severe health damage and some parasites could kill your pet.
Cats scratch surfaces as a way of marking territory and to remove old claw sheaths. It is a natural part of cat behavior, and must be accepted as such. Declawing is a cruel and unnecessary surgery, banned in the UK and other countries because it is inhumane. The adoption contract you signed specified that the cat you adopted must never be declawed. Although many vets still provide this surgery, it is becoming more and more unpopular in the USA as pet owners become educated about the procedure, which involves the removal of the last bone and tendons in each digit of the paw.
In order to avoid the destruction of furniture or carpets, immediately provide your cat with her own scratching surface. You may need to try several types to find out which one she prefers. Some variants are; sisal rope, wood, carpet, and cardboard.
Most cats prefer a tall, vertical surface to stretch up against and scratch.
All pet stores sell scratching posts, but the small ones are usually ignored by cats, Much preferable are the "cat trees" that often include a nest or bed of some sort. By providing your cat with her own piece of furniture, you will help avoid having her claim yours!
If training and providing a scratching post do not solve your problem, there are many alternatives to declawing. Trimming your cat's claws is easy and need only be done once a month. Also a product called Soft Paws can be used - they are plastic covers that are glued to the claw using an adhesive similar to the one used for fake nails that humans wear. They are available in many pet food stores, or from your vet. Your vet can apply them if you are unable to do it.
What are Ear Mites?
Why and When should I have my Female Cat spayed?
Why & When should I have my Male Cat Neutered?
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• Grow "cat grass" (barley or wheatgrass) in a pot for your cat to chew. You can buy sprouted cat grass at most pet food stores, or you can grow seeds of barley, wheat, and/or oats. Some cats may vomit if they eat cat grass, if your cat does don't feed her grass.
• Build or buy a "cat tree" for climbing and watching the world. Cat trees provide fun and a lot of climbing exercise. They can compensate for a small apartment by providing vertical space. Ideally these can be placed near a window for a great view.
• Get a cat condo and/or bed so your cat has a safe "den" in which to sleep or just hang out.
• Provide lots of toys - both interactive (such as feather wands or cat charmers) and toys that the cat can play with safely herself, such as catnip mice or balls. It is best to "ration" toys or rotate them, if the cat loses interest you can hide the toy away for a while and use another one.
• Provide companionship - human or animal. Playtime and petting are very important. If your cats get along well with others, consider getting a friend - cats are social animal contrary to popular belief.
• Bird feeders can be placed in an area outside a window, to serve as a "kitty TV". Just be sure the screen and window are very secure (as they should be in any case), to avoid cats going through the screen! Fish tanks (sturdily covered) also provide great entertainment.
• Leave windows open (with very secure screens) for fresh air, sounds, and smells from outside. If possible leave a window partly open while you are away, too. But make sure the cats can't claw out the screen!
There’s a kind of understanding they share about growing older and wiser. Are you looking for a great companion? If so, consider adopting a kitty with a little silver in its fur. You’ll find that mature kitties make wonderful pets!
Though these cats still have long, healthy lives ahead of them, they have a greatly reduced risk of outliving their guardians (which is a major concern for many seniors). These cats may always return to The Oregon Cat if you become unable to care for them. Because our senior cats have their kitten years behind them, they make ideal companions in less active homes. And because they are without a home to call their own, they are especially appreciative of the love and attention that you can provide!
Factors for Seniors to Consider Before Adopting a Cat• Poor eyesight or balance can cause people to trip over pets. A brightly colored collar with a bell attached will increase awareness of a pet’s whereabouts.