In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How do you introduce a new cat to a resident dog? “Cinder, look what we brought you!” Allison exclaimed, entering the spare room where I was resting on the window ledge. Andy placed a post covered in rough material on the carpeted floor. I sat up and stared at the new object, uncertain why it should interest me. Then because they said … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: How Do I Teach My Cat to Use a Scratching Post?
There are an estimated 100,000-200,000 in stray cats in Jerusalem, with the population growing every day. The co-founders of Street Cats of Jerusalem aims to reduce those numbers through a Trap-Neuter-Release program. One of those founders is Hindy Pearson. Her … Continue reading The Street Cats of Jerusalem
P: Tell me, Leo. What’s this protest you are staging today? L: Well, it’s about finding a home. Tree House is great, but I’m searching for more permanent floors to sit on. P: And where does the chicken hat come … Continue reading Cat Vows to Wear Chicken Hat* Until Home is Found
A year ago, my husband and I started fostering kittens through The Cat House. We started with a spare room and some hand-me-down cat supplies. TCH provided food and litter. As our friends and other TCH volunteers became aware that … Continue reading Growing into Kitten Foster Care
Until Elaine Capps adopted Cooper in August of 2018, Cooper had spent most of his life in a cage at an animal shelter. Now ten months old, the orange and white kitten was adopted briefly when he was three months … Continue reading Saving The Aggressive Cats
The Comedy Kittens came to us from The Cat House to foster when they were about seven weeks old. At this age, it’s important that kittens are socialized. It was even more important for these particular kittens, as they had … Continue reading Socialization and The Comedy Kittens
Animal rescue came to Dawn White’s attention after she adopted two shelter cats named Lola and Lexy. Since that time, she’s been an advocate for animal rescue and rights. Dawn runs the blog Lola the Rescued Cat and a Facebook … Continue reading Interview with Cat Advocate Dawn White (of Lola the Rescued Cat)
With the arrival of three new foster kittens to our home this spring, I’ve been thinking about the best way to integrate foster pets into a home while also keeping in mind the needs of resident pets. What should happen … Continue reading Introducing Foster Pets to Resident Pets
A backyard adventure! An outing to PetSmart! Visitors to see agility! After a long cold winter, Rainy and I have been looking forward to spending time together outside of the house. Wet weather has hindered us somewhat, but we have … Continue reading Therapy Cat Series: Rainy’s Spring Adventures
May is a bittersweet month for Rochelle. Thirteen years ago, on May 7, she adopted a shelter dog named Baby. “She was a cute little chiweenie,” Rochelle said, “and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend through the hard times.” By hard times, Rochelle is referring to her years in an abusive relationship. Baby brought laughter and happiness into Rochelle’s otherwise unhappy life. Rochelle giggled as she recalled, “One day Baby jumped into a police car to say hello to the cops. I was embarrassed, but they laughed and gave her love.” Rochelle also has a favorite memory involving … Continue reading Thank You Baby
“Who rescued who?” is a well-known sentiment in the animal rescue world. Indeed, the Center 4 Research points to studies that have found people who have a pet are less depressed, stay home sick less, and make fewer visits to … Continue reading Who Rescued Who?
Back in my February article about our former feral cat Bootsie, I wrote about teaching her practical skills as well as pure tricks. The practical skills included training her to enter a crate and allow me to close the door, … Continue reading Feral Cat Series: A Tornado and A Contest