People for Cats is still officially closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have been conducting contact-reduced adoptions via appointment. Once a cat becomes available for adoption it is advertised on Petfinder and our Facebook page. Prospective adopters should contact us via Petfinder or leave a message for Barbara on our hotline. We will send you a brief questionnaire followed by a telephone interview. If it looks like you might be a good match for the cat an appointment will be made for you to view the cat at the shelter, with minimal contact.

As we head into the coldest part of winter, it’s a good time to talk about how winter weather affects cats. Obviously indoor cats stay safe in our heated houses, but even they may need a bit of extra TLC during the winter months. Longhaired cats may love the cooler temperatures, but should get regular brushing to avoid mats and remove loose hair. Shorthaired cats are likely to gravitate toward warmer spaces, including sunny windowsills, radiators and comfortable laps. Senior cats may benefit from a heated mat specifically made to keep them warm and ease aching joints. All cats may appreciate a soft bed or cat cave to keep out drafts.

We should also be aware that not all cats have the benefit of living indoors. If you see a cat you don’t recognize outside in bitterly cold temperatures, first take a look at its ears. If one has been clipped, then it is likely a feral cat that has been spayed or neutered. These cats do not want contact with people, but could use some extra help to get through the worst of the winter. If there is no obvious shelter nearby (for example, under a shed or inside an abandoned barn) you can construct one, using directions found on numerous internet sites. Providing dry food and water (in a heated bowl, so it doesn’t freeze) consistently in a secure place can be very helpful.

Once you establish the outside cat is not a feral cat, determine if it looks healthy and if its fur is in good condition. It may be a neighborhood cat or a lost or abandoned cat. Check local lost cat notices, newspaper ads and websites to see if you can find the owner. Call the PFC hotline for advice and help to ensure the cat’s safety. If the cat appears to be malnourished or injured, call Animal Control and they will get the cat the care it needs.

For the sake of all animals who spend time outdoors, use pet-friendly ice melt products and do not leave chemicals such as antifreeze (which is deadly in small amounts) where a cat or dog might drink them. Finally, if you park your car outside, be aware that cats often gravitate toward the warmth of the engine. A quick toot of the horn before you start the car (to startle any possible hitchhikers) can save a life.

Our cat of the week is a beautiful senior redhead named Zoey. This 11-year-young lady has a bright orange/red tabby coat and a sunny disposition. She is likely to chat you up as you are gently stroking her luxurious fur coat. She came to PFC, along with her housemate Misty, when their previous owner’s baby developed a cat allergy. Zoey has been loved a bit too much and could benefit from being put on a diet. Misty is a pretty 7-year-old dilute tortoiseshell girl. She is a shy little lady who is very sweet when she is given just a little bit of time to adjust. Zoey and Misty are not bonded, so they do not need to be adopted together. Our independent young gray tabby Shiloh is still looking for an “angel” who has the patience and experience to allow her to overcome her defensiveness. She is sweet and affectionate one minute and swats the next, yet she really craves attention.

Our census is again quite low, but we are in the process of admitting a few new cats that will be available as soon as they are finished with their vet appointments.

The PFC shelter is at 44 Beagle Lane, Teaticket. Our mailing address is PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

If you need to get in touch with us, 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 help from our Veterinary Care Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance for veterinary care and spay/neuter for qualified residents of Bourne, Falmouth and Mashpee. Press #3 if you must surrender a cat or kitten. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your support and enjoy a healthy and safe holiday season!

All for the love of cats…

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