Cat-Tales Rescue

.... Cat-Tales, because EVERY cat comes with a 'Tale' about when, why and how it became a rescue cat or kitten.


For all cats 3 years of age or older, the adoption fee is $35.

Click here to download Adoption Application

Stray and Feral Cats - How to know the difference
A FERAL cat is a cat that has literally 'gone wild', reverted to a wild state. It may be a domesticated cat that has had little/no human contact or a kitten that was born to a feral mother cat. They can rarely be tamed without months or years of work. They are happiest living outside in colonies (family groups). Colonies form near water and food sources. A feral cat is silent(won't meow), will not approach humans. They are well groomed - as they're used to living outside. If you feed a feral cat, they will wait until you've moved away before approaching the food bowls. May only be seen at dawn and dusk(out looking for food all day). It will not approach you, keeps its distance
A STRAY cat is a domesticated cat that has become lost, abandoned or strayed from its home. They can usually be resocialized and rehomed or returned to their owner. A stray cat will meow/vocalize, it most likely will start to eat as soon as food is put down (if hungry), It may look disheveled, as its not used to living outside/outdoor conditions. May see it at all hours of the day. It may come close, but probably not close enough for you to touch it.

Click HERE to see LOCAL low cost spay/neuter clinics.

PLEASE - SPAY/NEUTER your pets!!!

A cat can get pregnant at 4 months of age and have 2-4 litters per year. There are NOT enough homes for everyone. Having your pet spayed/neutered at a young age(before they have their first heat cycle ), usually makes them more lovable, affectionate and also reduces their chances of contracting cancers. (especially mammary cancer in females)

Look into the petition by Alley Cat Allies: The national feral cat resource. To support humane trapping, spay/neutering of stray and feral cats and kittens. Oppose the killing of Cats

The Image Gallery at Animal which shows a variety of subjects on every type of animal welfar, animal rights issue that we all need to be aware of for the animals with no voice and no choice. Select other subjects from the dropdown menu. Animal Control Picture Index

If you feed stray cats around your house, please fix them or have them looked at to know if they are already fixed...fixed cats will hold their territory, preventing new breeding strays from entering. A stray(once owned cat/used to humans) usually will allow you to get within a few feet of them, they also 'talk' to you quite a bit. A feral (wild) cat will not allow you to get close - they usually run, they rarely talk to you (unless you possibly are the regular care taker).

TheWish List/Donation List of Cat-Tales Rescue

....give to the animals in the coming Holiday season, to THEM.... it's just another day.

If you'd like to donate please make a donation to Towne Square Animal Clinic in Blue Ash - to be applied to the account of Cat-Tales Rescue. This will help us to treat any resuce cats with health problems, illnesses or injuries. Pet food donations are something that we can always use. As we try to help people we know trying to make ends meet & feed their animals. Towne Square Animal Clinic vet Dr. Zekoff is the founder of United Pet Fund - a non profit fund established to assist ALL rescuers in Cincinnati.

LOCAL Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics

United Coalition for Animals (U.C.A.N.)

New in the Queensgate area as of Monday April 23, 2007: 1230 West 8th Street Cincinnati, OH. [Phone number: (513)721-PETS] in downtown Cincinnati. Call to schedule an appointment. It is open to all rescues/shelters and the public.

Ask your local vet to work with you on costs if you are Spaying/Neutering stray/feral cats. [Many vets see this as community service and give as much as a 20-50% discount on care of stray/feral cats. This is community service of your own initiative, it saves cats lives and decreases unwanted pets in your community.. Just ask, the least they can do is say "no".

O'Bryonville Animal Rescue
5619 Orlando Place in Madisonville ~ the low-cost spay neuter clinic. Opened December 2008 in Madisonville, OH. Please call the clinic at 513-871-0185 to reserve a spot....a reservation is required. Feral cats must be in traps.

Our Featured Pet...

Click here to see our Happy Tails/Successful Adoptions of the past few years!

Our Adoptable Pet List

Click here to download Adoption application

PLEASE answer ALL questions on the application, Please give COMPLETE addresses. Include: street and number and apartment number (if applicable) including city, state and zipcode. We get applications from Ohio, Kentucky, is NOT easy for us to know all the towns in three states...complete addresses just make everything easier for you and us. >^..^<

INCOMPLETE addresses will delay applications, for we have to email you to get the missing information. If a question doesn't apply to you please just enter N/A (Not Applicable). Thank-you! >^..^<

[If the application fails to open, please request one by email [E-mail address is listed at the end of the homepage]]. >^..^<

Allergies to Pets.............. It may be unnecessary to part with your pet. Its recommended that allergy testing be done to pinpoint the allergen. Pet allergies are not caused by fur, hair but by the saliva that sticks to the fur/hair. The saliva can spread a protein that causes sneezing, a runny nose and itchy throat. Cats groom themselves more, so some allergy sufferers react more to cats than to dogs. Some things to try : - Create an allergy free area........ prohibit the pet's access to this room(usually the bedroom) - Wash your hands after touching your pet......if not- you can spread allergens to your eyes, face, etc - Vacuum frequently, wear a dust mask while doing so, use a vacuum with a H.E.P.A. filter - Use furnace filters and change them regularly. They trap dander & keep it from circulating throughout the home. - Talk to your veterinarian about treatments to possibly reduce your allergic reaction. - Talk to your allergist about symptom relieving medications and changes you can make in the home. - Replace heavy curtains/drapes with items that can be easily washed. - Put an impermeable cover on your mattress, to keep allergen particles brought into the room on clothes, etc from penetrating/accumulating on it.

Declawing & Self-Education

Veterinary Parnters Website link - Declawing Surgery

We have old cedar fenceposts that we make into a scratching post with nice sturdy bases for sale for $20. They stand about 36-40 inches tall. We also make horizontal posts about 32" across and low to the ground. Some cats will scratch vertically, up on their hind legs, some prefer to be horizontal. We also have 6 foot posts that would be [slightly higher in price on posts taller than 36-40", depending on size].

Click here to download a photo of the vertical scratching post we make and have available to anyone

We train our cats to use them because they're economical, sturdy and solid. Some cats may not like Vertical scratching posts because they prefer a Horizontal surface (thus they may be using a carpet or other item that lies flat on the floor to scratch. We can make horizontal scratching posts as well.

Please contact us(our email address is at the bottom of this homepage). if you're interested in seeing our posts here at our home. You do not have to be adopting from us to buy a post. We can have a post ready in a few days Cost is about $20..

~^..^~ Click on the link below to see what a local Cincinnati Rescuer has done with her passion for Education about what De-clawing can do to cats. There are also links for many resources: scratching posts and trees as well as stories about individual pet owners experiences. De-clawing is the same as having all of a persons fingers and thumbs cut off at the first knuckle, it is major surgery should possible life-long pain and discomfort be thought of as impossible... A cat will show it's pain in different ways - read about it , self-education is priceless. Best Friends Network, Celebrate Claws

1)DE-CLAWING.COM A Clearinghouse for Information about Declawing on the Net.THE main source of information about declawing that you may not know about Self education is the only way you can decide what is best for your cat. Remember: if you declawed a human being, it is the same as having the tips of all your fingers and thumbs amputated...think about it before you decide to do this to your cat. >SIMPLY learning to trim your kitten/cats nails will make all the is a form of bonding and it is very easy to learn to do correctly, ask your vet OR Get a start at this weblink: How to Trim a Cat's Claws

2)Paws Need Claws More educational material, backed my veterinarians who believe that there are long term behavior and physical problems in declawed cats that people need to be told about. Paws Need Claws

3)Natural Scratching: If you are interested in finding alternative scratching posts that really work for your cats.
Try these websites: Sisal Rugs Direct, Purrfect Post, Cat Around , Arcatapet [Arcatapet has great cat nail clippers that stand the test of time and are a great price too! Cat Claw Clippers are item #1998]

4) The WHOLE CAT Journal lists facts, stories and information to allow cat owners to educate themselves. The Whole Cat Journal and also Why Cats Need Claws

5) The PAW Project: Read about how big cats[lions, cougars, servals, tigers, and more] are being restored to health after suffering from physical problems from being declawed. [There are videos of cats walking before and after surgery].

Some Litter Box ideas
-- Always rule out a physical problem - have a vet examine the cat. -- Have a box large enough for your cat to easliy turn around in, squat. -- Add or remove hooded cover, depending on what your cat prefers. A hood can be confining(scary like a cat carrier) to some cats. -- Decrease or increase the depth of the litter, depending on what your cat likes. -- Be consistent with using the same litter/same brand.....If you need to switch litter - do so gradually. Over a weeks time, gradually replace some of the old litter with the replacement litter. -- Put the box in a quiet, low-traffic the cat is not ambushed/trapped/ surprised by a child or other pet in the home. -- Scoop the box daily. -- Have an adequate number of boxes for the number of pets. Typically if you have 2 cats, 2 boxes is preferred. I usually have a third one just as back up. -- Clean the box inside and out. Using mild soap(no citrus odors or very strong bleach odors) a couple of times per month....completely dry it before refilling, litter will stick to the wet box. Bleach only needs to be about a 10% solution. -- Litter with perfumes may deter a cat, many times they are scented for the pet owners. Cats have extremely strong senses of smell and can easily be put off from a litter box due to litter odor or cleaning agent odors. -- Changes in the home can upset a cat. Any change: new baby, new spouse, family member leaving for college, moving or moving the box to a new place in the home.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (F.I.V.)
POSITIVE: Positive results indicate that the antibody to Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (F.I.V.)is present. In kittens less than six months of age this may be due to a vaccine for F.I.V.; passively acquired maternal antibodies, or an infection that has not presented itself yet [Re-Testing as 6 months of age is recommended, when moms passively acquired immunity is out of the kittens system. Positive tests in kittens over six months of age may be due to a vaccine for F.I.V. or infection. [in non-F.I.V. vaccinated kittens, a western blot test is required to confirm infection].
NEGATIVE: Negative results may indicate: No F.I.V. infection or F.I.V. Infection but no conversion to exhibiting the disease [these cats should be ReTested in 3-4 months].

CLICK HERE to see a GREAT video a take-off on the song 'HELP' by the Beatles made into a song for spay/neuter education. Pretty good work by the people who wrote the song! Great for the rescue world....pass it on!

Click here to view some videos that will move you and show you the reality that is today: Dirty Old Stray, also available: In Hope, An Animal Shelter Story The Tragedy of Stray Cats, Adopt for Life, and more availabe on You The following is a quote to think about, from one of the videos on

"Animal ownership has traditionally been a right, it needs to be a revocable privilege."

Don't buy pets while animals are still strays and dying due to overpopulation and human irresponsibility. The solution rests on ALL of our OUR shoulders When people complain "Why doesn't somebody do something about all of these stray, feral cats", Why don't you be that somebody? You just may be surprised at the rewards!

THE #1 reason to spay/neuter your pets and NEVER give a cat away for FREE!!!!:

An excerpt from MSN posting on June 4, 2007 on Dog Fighting:........................ dead cat or a live cat to one of the spokes and tie the dog to one of the other spokes and let him tug that around all day. They use weight training where they have the dogs pull weighted sleds. Then they have the spring pole, which is simply either a tree or a large pole with a spring or a cable or tire on it and the dog will jump up and grab it. He will actually hang on to it and bounce and have his own personal tug of war."

Problem solving weblinks:

1)Allergies: If you think you have to find a new home for your furry family members(cats and dogs) if family members develop ALLERGIES please read the very informative information at Allergies and cats coexisting in peace

2) Veterinary Partners on cats or type in anything you need information on. This site has multiple articles on subjects with varying degrees of techincal words. This is recommended by my vet as well.

3)About Cats - All About cats and kittens - Cat Care - Cat Behavior - Cat Health[Franny Syufy a well know animal welfare advocate and author runs this site] Information on kittens and cats: behavior, health, care and so much more!
AND Another link for Cat Ailments : FAB Cats [Feline Advisory Beareau]

4)Supplies:If you are looking for some cat items at great prices. Try: Revival Animal Health They have low, low prices on "Snuggle Safe" warmers(about $25/warmer), my cats love the hairball remedy "Cat Lax" (about $2.80/tube). It has codliver oil as the first ingredient, so most cats think it's a yummy treat and lick it right off the tube....thus, it's easy to give to your cat. ................. Revival has the best prices, that we can find, on KMR(about $3.45/can) it ships quickly too!

5) Positive Reinforcement and tips for cat behaviour problems. Positive Reinforcement :Training your Cat with Treats and Praise

6) Some listings for finding a lost pet or reporting a found pet : *Wildwood Pet Network and *Missing Pets

Support Our Local Businesses

1)One great Cincinnati Cat-lovers store: Confetti Cats Confetti Cats in Oakley. Cheryl has everything you could think of : toys, T-shirts, books, pictures and more!! Open Tuesday thru Saturday.

2) Meow Mart at The Scratching Post The Scratching Post Meow Mart Hours

3)Here is a great website for Rescue/Shelter Animal T-shirts, Spay/Neuter, Totebags, Posters mugs, shirts for Spay/Neuter, Feral or Stray cat items as well as cute kitten things. There is a variety of subjects, some may even be designed by some organizations locally.

If you'd like weblinks for: educational material on strays [how to trap, how to feed, how to be a caretaker, how to get funding, etc] or please contact us.

Who We Are

We started to spay/neuter the strays that came to our backdoor for food in fall of 2002. We cared for that first mom and her 3 kittens, they were feral so we released them and continue to care for them. We then spay/neutered all the feral and stray cats that came to our yard for food. All were vaccinated(in order to have a fighting chance in a world). We then, without searching, rescued a mom and her 7 kittens that next fall. We then started to work with a friend and use petfinder to try to find homes for all of them, we did. Since then we've taken off, with at least 2-3 rescued litters/year. The volume of requests seems to grow each year. We have no grant money. Since the start, we've paid for everything out of our own pockets [spay/neuter, vaccines, health care of cats of over 4 strangers we've met [a total of over 25 cats total there], let alone the cats we take in and rescue/adopt out.]. There never seems to be a shortage of cats in need.

In 2006, we spay/neutered approximately 48 cats. Of which 19 were owned by people who were in need of assistance. They were able to keep 7 of the adults, the rest were found homes by us and by them. We found loving 'for'-ever homes for 28 cats and kittens.

2007 started off very quietly but when March came, so did the litters of kittens. We spayed/neutered approximately 41 cats, the majority were done at the Cincinnati U.C.A.N. clinic. By years end we had 27 adoptions (many were animals that were previously owned). We rescued 9 litters of kittens for a total of 34 kittens. We took in 4 mom cats and were able to find a home for one. We had 21 of the 34 kittens adopted and 12 previously owned cats adopted. All but one was under 3 yrs of age.

2008 started out with rescuing 2 adult cats. A young Russian Blue and the other appears to be a long hair maine coon. The Russian Blue is less than 1 yr of age. The Maine Coon cat has already found a forever home after just one week. The Russian Blue found a home in May. Grayson was adopted to a home w/ lots of a family with lots of love to give....he's in heaven!. We took in two kittens, both about 6-8 months old. One is adopted, the other (Emmie) was pregnant. We found forever homes for 2 of last spring kittens that are almost 1 yr old [CoCo and Charlie]. We took in 2 kittens [JJ and Julie] that were born to a house of 4 breeding cats [3 male, 1 female[Junebug](who's had 4 litters in the last 18 months)]. We also took in her 1 yr old son - Gizmo. In mid summer J.J. and Gizmo were adopted togther. Junebug was adopted in mid-fall and Julie was adopted in early winter. We rescued Susie and Sunny at 6 weeks of age. Their mom was extremely feral. Mom was spayed, vaccinated and returned. She has a caregiver/feeder. Susie and Sunny were adopted in the fall. The end of July brought Gypsy and her 7 kittens(just 10 days old when we rescued them). Tabby and Siamese/Tabby mix kittens: Gomer, Garfield, Grover, Goober, GiGi, Giselle, Georgie. We took in Opie (a wonderful loving, interactive small kitty who'd be great with new cat owner), then Lucky was rescued from the middle of Montgomery Road in Norwood, lying there exhausted and starved. We got Sidney and Winnie fixed(2 breeding female strays in our yard and a new stray showed - Louie (obviously owned at one point) now fixed and happy. As of November, we've spay/neutered about 36 cats; this includes cats in our rescue or foster homes. November saw Junebug get a lifelong home, as did Opie, Grover, Garfield and Gomer. We also rescued Hank from our area and Ronny kitten from the west side. Lastly, Trixie and her 3 calico kittens were rescued.

2009 began with 2 calico kittens getting adopted together and Hank getting a great home. Two calicos were saved from a Kill shelter, one was 4 paw declawed but NOT spayed[Josie]. Edward was saved from certain death and recouperating very well at a foster home, for a second chance at life, literallly!!! Josie was adopted, as was Emmie. Ricky was adopted - a 5 yr old cat with a great personality. Becca and Becky were taken in in late March. Pierre, an adult declawed cat was taken in & adopted out in less than 2 weeks. Louie and B.J. - 2 friendly outdoor cats were taken in due to neighbors threatening their life. We'd helped one person with a breeding colony left when their neighbor died, get them fixed. We used vouchers from SCOOP: Another stray male was trapped & fixed in our yard. Darcy was adopted. At the start of summer, we assited a fellow local rescuer & trapped a local feral mom cat was fixed & released. The mom cat had 2 ten week old kittens, tuxedos: Squiggy & Scooter, that could not be left outside. A person who had a feral cat colony & has one unfixed cat left, had 4 kittens. The mom was fixed & returned to them. The kittens were taken in for fear of giving away free kittens & having them breeding before anyone ever thought to fix them. There are 2 males & 2 females & a mix of long hair, medium hair[Snowbell, Smudgette, Sooty and Snowball]...great personalities!! A local person was giving kittens away for free again, so we had the mom cats fixed, tested & vaccinated. A feral mom cat was trapped/fixed and returned and 5 kittens [Purrcy, Purrdy, Pumpkin, Phoebe and Pebbles] were taken in and raised at 5 weeks of age. The feral colony is no longer breeding and being cared for daily. Snider and Snickers -brothers - from Blue Ash were taken in when someone was to take them to the SPCA without giving these great kittens a chance for a lifelong home. The mom remains unfixed & hasn't been seen in many weeks- possibly moved to another area & had more kittens. The brothers were adopted together in the winter of 2010.

2010 started with Pebbles and Phoebe being adopted together. An adult cat that had been with us for 5 yrs was adopted, Angie. She's now officially in the best home a cat could ask for!. Many strays in our yard are being fixed and returned - to stop needless litters in the area. This is also being done in many areas that ask for help. 'Snowball' was adopted in Spring. He's now a king in his new home and getting tons of attention.....although his siblings miss him. Clementine was adopted.

2011. Tricia was adopted to a great family. Gigi was adopted as was Goober. Snowbell was adopted in September as was Blondie. Joanie, a DLH calico was taken in - found to be starving at a campsite. Jeremy and Joselle are 2 siblings from a stray mom cat who had 5 kittens total. The mom cat was fixed, all kittens were adopted. A feral mom cat in reading was fixed and her 5 beautiful kittens were taken in by a rescue to be adopted.

To try to find homes for cats and kittens is a challenge. Sadly, too many people are not open to anything other than an 8-12 week old kitten. Many do not realize at that age: you don't know the animals personality (they do look cute though) and you have a much larger vet bill than a rescue person can get (we do pass the savings on to the adoptee, believe me = no rescue person makes a profit) Sadly, like old people - too many do not want anything to do with a cat that is grown into a young teenager (at 6 months of age) or a spunky 2, 3 or 6 year old cat. Cats, like people, have their body grow larger and age faster than their personality. Too many times adoptees overlook the adult with a wonderful 'purr'sonality for a kitten that looks 'cute'......sounds pretty superficial when you think of it.? Take the time to get to know a 1 or 2 year old cat, most times they are a kitten in an adult body. Our 16 yr old cat is very kittenish alot of the time. Looks are fleeting, 'purr'sonality is forever!

We do NOT take in animals from peoples homes(due to moving, etc) - please do not call us/email us asking us to take your pets{as this would have us end up with over a dozen calls/day! If we did we'd have hundreds of cats, the numbers are unbelievable. We would be able to help you with finding them a home(providing information on what works, resources to utilize, etc.), but they would have to remain in your home until a new one is found. If you are interested in this, see further down the homepage for contact information.

Sadly, there are thousands and thousands of animals across the U.S. and the world that need help every day of the year. In many countries, they eat their domestic animals [yes, dogs and cats!] and use the skin and fur to make wares(i.e.: fur trim on clothing etc); to name a few things. All because animals are not spayed/neutered, there are too many. Every person would have to personally own 45 cats for there to be enough homes! That means a family of 4 people would care for 180 cats in order for there to be No More Homeless Pets (NMHP).

No More Homeless Pets (N.M.H.P) is everyones goal. There is a Yahoo site for this group. TNR. T.N.R. (Trap, Neuter, Return) stray and feral cats throughout the city and collectively tackle the pet overpopulation.

Adopting a friend

Pay it Forward!!

How to give back to the animal community with very minimal effort. Always contact the rescue/shelter or vets office to see what they need, if you're thinking of making a donation, so as to not overload them with items they have plenty of.

** Save your aluminum soda & beer cans as well as your aluminum pet food cans & lids [please rinse to control odor] and donate to our rescue. We can take the aluminum to a local recycling center and get about 60 cents/ all adds up for extra funds for the cats.!
1) Donate your unwanted and gentely used old towels, blankets, comforters/quilts, Fleece, bed pillows(yes those old flat pillows you don't need make great cushioning for some cat houses), sheets and rugs to a rescue/shelter. Even vet offices always have a need for used towels and blankets.

2) Donate your unwanted/unused pet beds, leashes, collars, petbowls, brushes and cat trees to rescues/shelters - these items are very useful.

3) Take the time to keep your aluminum cans [lables removed & washed petfood cans {include the lids, those are aluminum too!} & soda cans] out of the recycling bin = keep a separate large trash can for the cans. When it is full, take them to the Aluminum recycling center (there is one in Oakley) to get CASH....use the cash to buy dry food for the rescues/shelters. Aluminum cans do NOT have a magnet stick to them...some pet food cans are still steel, be sure to test if you're not sure. During the summer months, maybe you can make this a project for your kids - to see how many soda cans they can collect all summer.

4) Take pillow cases and fill them with the polyfill from a craft store [Soft n' Fluffy is what we like best]- soft enough to make a nice bed for a cat to nestle into....tie them with large trashbag winders and donate to a rescue/shelter that can use them under larger blankets, etc. for a cushion.

5) Take the extra money you'd use from a 'night on the town' one night a month and put it in a jar to use to buy some needed items for a rescue/shelter. Call them to see what is on their 'Wish List' that that money can be used for.... OR ...tell them to use it to Spay/Neuter a rescue animal!!

6) Make a donation to a low cost clinic and have them use the money to assist anyone coming in with animals ! It decreases the cost to a rescue/shelter. Cash in all your jars of pennies and other change and donate that money to a rescue/clinic. It may just help get 1 or 2 more animals Spayed/Neutered, that wouldn't otherwise be done now!!

7) Take any usable building materials: 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or even full sheets of plywood, unwanted exterior insulation, 2x4's and materials that would be very handy to build a winter shelter. Slightly used Aluminum roofing, chain link fencing, old dog houses etc. These will not go to waste at any shelter/rescue!!!

8) Become of FOSTER person! Foster people are very much needed and valued. Working with a rescue directly to save a kitten/cats life is a very rewarding experience. OR Volunteer. Too many times there are too many things that need to be done at one time. You would be valuable should a family emergency arise/ out-of-town death in the family etc. Give of yourself and it comes back to you two-fold.

9) Use your imagination next time you're thinking of getting rid of something, maybe instead of giving it away = tell folks it's for an animal rescue and ask if they'd like to "Make a donation?"........ Have a garage sale to raise money for any animal rescue/shelter of your choice. Find out which ones do not have grant status and maybe help out the 'litte guy'.

Why TWO kittens are better than ONE...........Kittens are more likely to entertain themselves with the other kitten, than to be destructive in your home (climbing drapes, unrolling tolietpaper) and they do most of their biting, wrestling with their buddy, instead of your fingers.. Kittens are active at night...with a buddy, they won't keep you awake Its best for their social development, learn to be a cat; keeps them company for all the time the owner is out of the home.

Why a Senior cat may not like a kitten for a companion. Senior cats may be overwhelmed by the energy and the level of interaction a kitten needs from another cat. The senior cat may become stressed, irritated by the kitten and exhibit behavior problems (aggression, litterbox problems, destructive household behavior). Most senior cats are best suited with a cat that is near its age/activity level.

Tips to Introduce a cat to another cat. Keep them separated by setting up a separate room/bathroom for the new cat. There is alot of stress for the new cat: new home , traveling, new smells, new owners. Introduce them by SMELL first: Rub a clean/unscented towel on the cat already in the home, give it to the new cat. Rub a different towel on the new cat and give it to the cat already in the home. Don't be surprised if they hiss/growl....that is normal - don't scold them. Encourage them to interact under the door...they can smell and glimpse one another. give some treats to show them its a positive thing. Let one cat roam the house alone, then switch and let the other cat roam the whole house alone. If you let them do it alone - they'll be exploring and smelling without having to have the added stress of actually seeing the other cat. After several days - open the door of the room the new cat is in a crack...just to give a bit of interaction...doe this many times. Finally - after a week or so - let them interact, watch them closely. The cat already in the home may hiss, growl - give him positive reinforcment(pet, talk to it, give treats) so it doesn't feel treatened. They may not become best friends(or maybe they will) - but eventually they'll learn to tolerate each others space and get along.

Tips to introduce a cat to a dog. Dogs can kill a cat very easily. Kittens can be mistaken for favorite toys and be shaking it by the neck. Dogs have Prey Drive..... ask your vet about this. Your dog should be trained to simple commands (sit, stay, down, come, stop/no) Exchange their scents - rub a clean unscented towel on the cat and give to the dog, rub a separate clean unscented towel on the dog and give to the cat. Their meeing should be in a controlled environment - the dog should be on a leash and have someone sit with the cat in their lap (have treats for both the cat and dog to reward positive behavior). they should be far apart and the visits should be short. Do several short visits with them on opposite sides of the room and slowly increase the length of the visits and shorten the distance. If one of them becomese uncontrolled/extremely aggressive....end the visit & start over. They should eventually tolerate one anothers presence and have no fear or aggression/undesirable behavior. When visits are great and there is no undesirable behavoir, time to let the cat go but the dog should still be on a leash and able to foillow commands. The cat needs to explore it new home and all the scents without feeling followed by the dog. if the cat runs/ hides or becomes aggressive...things are moving too fast go back a few introduction steps. POSIITIVE reinforcement. (if a dog is always punished in the presence of the cat, it may redirect aggression towards the cat) Supervise ALL interactions between them. Be sure the cat always has a safe escape route should it feel cornered, threatened. Be certain the cat is safe with the dog before you leave them alone while you are not home..........til them leave them separated.

Misconceptions about Cats They need to go outside: Outdoor cats have a shorter lifespan - exposure to cars, lawn poisons(fertilizer, weed killers), mean people, dogs that chase cats, worms, fleas, etc This will give you more vet bills and make the cat not so happy either. Enrichment in the home with cat trees, a great window seat into the garden, some shelves made just for them to climb up high on and toys will give you a cat to live a long healthy life in your home. Declawed cats are best with children and older adults. Many declawed cats become biters once they loose their only means of defense. Bite wounds are puncture wounds - infections are highly likely. Cats groom their anus - the bacteria there are easily transferred into the puncture wound causing a medical visit for the human that is bit. Learning to trim cats nails(handle/massage the cats feet as much as you can- especially when they're falling asleep in your lap - this gets them so used to bing handled that when you go to trim their nails, they just think its no big deal because you always handle their feet and teaching children the proper way to handle and interact with cats/kittens will give the cat a happier life. Cats can not live with pregnant women...... this is based on a fear of Toxoplasmosis(a parasitic disease that may be transferred to the pregnant woman and hurt the fetus) cat specialist once said 'unless a pregnant woman is going to scoop the contents of the litter box and dine on them, there is litter risk to the woman contracting the parasite. Cleanliness and avoiding the litter box are sensible steps to take. Cats can be on their own for a few days and are low maintenance --the commitment to the cat should be as if the cat is a family member, financial responsibility and interaction with the cat should be a priority. Cats are pros at hiding their symptoms if they start to feel ill.....a cat with an infection can need medical attention in a very short period of time. They need to be checked a couple of times per day.

IF your INdoor cat gets OUTSIDE

Indoor only cats do NOT wander until there is NO food or go searching to survive. Almost all indoor cats will find a place extremely close to home & then hide - as they're out of their element & scared to death = they have no idea how to survive, where to go, etc...... keep looking -as they are slow to move around- put a carrier out for them to sleep in - shelter + food/water is vital to getting him to find home again.....

Several things to do the moment the indoor cat is missing(hopefully pass this on to somene who has a similar problem.
1) - put something the primary caretaker has WORN outside the door the cat got outside through ( the garment has that persons scent on it - as cats have a very enhanced sense of smell!) - put food, water, shelter out(if its bad weather it keeps the garment of the primary caretaker dry & keeps the scent on it for the cat to find you). - this is a surefire way to show the cat where home is.......... it may only take several hours this way to get them back home. I know because it worked for me years ago.

2) - go out calling for them = is he microchipped? if found a vet office would then scan him if he's registered to you....... most people will not take time to look for cats - as they're too many & not enough homes.........


3) - Be sure to also call any other shelters, veterinary clinics and pet stores in the area to alert them of your lost dog or cat. Check to see if any neighbors are caring for stray cats, your friendly house cat may have been taken in by them.

4) - Place a lost ad in your local newspaper and be sure to check the found ads as well.

DO NOT GIVE UP! Some pets have been known to turn up months after being lost. Of course, once you find your pet, make sure they are microchipped and wearing current ID tags.

Here are some great weblinks for Cat Care & Education

1)Veterinary Partners

Health and Behavior information ona all pets - a huge variety of articles. It will answer questions you may have forgotten to ask your vet and be a good reference!

2)About Cats - All About cats and kittens - Cat Care - Cat Behavior - Cat Health

Franny Syufy a well know animal welfare advocate and author runs this site Common questions and concerns for any pet owner.

3)Alley Cat Allies

A major organization with information to TNR (Trap, Neuter , Return), etc. for feral and stray cats. Brochures to order for community education and documents to print off for education as well. This organization is out of New York City.

4) Neighborhood Cats of New York City

A major organization with information about FERAL and STRAY cats. Learn more about T.N.R. [Trap, Neuter and Return] the only tool that works for feral and stray cat populations... already a huge tool at work here in Cincinnati!! A huge learning tool for people wanting to know what they can do in there neighborhood.

Cat-Tales Rescue

Cincinnati, OH
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