It is common knowledge that cats live longer and healthier lives if kept indoors. Still, there are many hazards they might encounter right in their own home. Medications are at the top of the list. Cats may gobble up pills accidentally dropped on the floor or they may knock a pill bottle over, spill the contents and help themselves to one or two, thinking they are treats. It is important to keep pills in a safe spot in your home where pets or children will not have access to them. Many human medications are toxic to pets.
Many plants commonly found in the house are also toxic to cats. The list is far too long to print here, but includes amaryllis, chrysanthemums, daffodils, hyacinth, lilies, day lilies and tulips. Before bringing a plant into your home, it’s best to check if it’s toxic, as cats often like to nibble on plants. Cats may also be poisoned by a variety of chemicals that are found in household cleaners, insecticides, antifreeze and various people foods. Grapes, raisins, avocado, chocolate and products that contain xylitol, such as sugarless gum, are among the foods most commonly reported in cat poisonings. The safest course is to feed your cat only food specifically made for cats.
Cats love to chase after strings, but they, too, can be quite dangerous to a curious feline. The strings that operate blinds may get tangled around a cat’s neck; this is especially a hazard to kittens. Cats may accidentally swallow tinsel, thread, dental floss or rubber bands, which can cause severe intestinal damage and may require surgery for removal. Some cats like to chew on electric cords, which can cause burns or electrocution as well as being a fire hazard. If you have a cat with this propensity, keeping your electrical cords inside plastic or PVC tubes or coating them with a substance like hot sauce or citrus juice may deter chewing. A little bit of cat-proofing can make your home a safer place for your beloved feline.
As luck would have it our cat of the week June is already safely ensconced in her new home. This little 2-year old black beauty promptly found her new “fur-ever” home as a companion for another rescued kitty.
We do still have a number of other friendly cats waiting for their “fur-ever” homes. Hunter, our handsome 8-year-old big orange tabby is still with us, and we can’t understand why. This guy is a complete love bug who is sweet and outgoing and would make a lucky someone a great companion kitty. Another sweetheart is debonair Mittens, a friendly and outgoing 7½-year-old tuxedo boy. This striking fellow has a cute white mustache and, if you ignore him for a while, he will gladly crawl into your lap begging for some attention. He is also very playful and sweet. Then there is a very special 4-year-old gray tabby ex-street cat named Tom. He is a favorite among all our volunteers because despite his tough-guy appearance, he is a real “mellow fellow!”
On the female front are two young ladies who would prefer to be only pets. Missy is a cute 1-year-old brown tabby who is very affectionate and sweet, while Raven is a 1-½-year-old black beauty who is quite spicy and independent.
Orange and white tabby Sam and his tortoiseshell sister Trixie are still awaiting their “fur-ever” home. These two siblings are a 10-year-young bonded pair that needs to find a home together. They are both initially quite shy, but are sweet and gentle and would make great companions for someone wanting a pair of cats.
We have three new kids on the block that came in recently. Elsa is a pretty 5-year-old dark gray medium-haired girl with big golden-colored eyes. She will quickly worm her way into your heart and is looking for a quiet home where she will be the only pet. Alfie is a handsome 2-year-old black domestic shorthair who is also quite a friendly and sweet guy. And last, but not least, is Finley, a striking 8-year-old dark gray and white domestic longhair. This boy is friendly, gentle and the biggest purr-mobile you’ve ever come across. He is okay with other cats but is definitely not fond of dogs.
A big shout of thank-you to all our followers who made the PFC Annual Flea Market such a success last Saturday.
The PFC shelter is at 44 Beagle Lane in Teaticket. Our mailing address is PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.
The shelter is open for adoptions and visitors Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you need to get in touch with us when we are closed, call our hotline at 508-540-5654. Press #0 if you have cat-related issues, questions, are interested in volunteering or for additional information about People for Cats. Press #2 if you need financial assistance for veterinary care or spay/neuter assistance. Press #3 if you have a cat or kitten to surrender and be sure to leave your name, telephone number and a brief description of the cat. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.
Check us out at www.peopleforcats.org, look for our available cats on Petfinder and like us on our Facebook page.
All for the love of cats…