People for Cats is still officially closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have been conducting contact-free 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 kitty, an appointment will be made for you to view the cat outside the shelter and potentially adopt it.
During the past few months we have witnessed many dramatic changes in our world, but a few things have remained constant. The changes in the seasons have occurred on schedule and once again it’s kitten season.
Kittens develop in their mothers for approximately nine weeks, somewhere between 58 and 72 days. They are born even more helpless than human babies, being unable to see, hear or even move their bowels without help. For the first few weeks, they cannot walk or regulate their body temperature, and their mothers must do everything for them.
What they do best is eat and sleep (good practice for when they’re adults!). In a week, kittens double their birth weight and nearly double it again by the end of the second week. By the third and fourth week, their ears, which were folded over at birth, have become erect, their eyes are open, their teeth are coming in and they are starting to move around and explore their environment.
Between the time when a kitten is two to seven weeks old, they are most able to become socialized. During this short window, they learn to be comfortable around humans through gentle and consistent handling. This is an extremely important period in their development because it can shape the type of pet your kitten becomes. New kitten owners should never use their hands to play with a cat. This teaches the cat that scratching or biting hands is acceptable. Wand toys, laser lights and catnip mice or balls to throw are much better choices for playing. It is sometimes possible to socialize older kittens, but they will usually remain less comfortable around people than if they had been socialized at an earlier age.
Kittens continue to grow and develop through the next few months and reach puberty at around six months of age. If it has not been done earlier, this is the time they should be spayed or neutered. Most cats will continue to “fill out” until they are about a year old and fully adult; this is normal, but it’s important to be vigilant in case your cat is putting on more weight than is good for him or her.
While the People for Cats shelter remains closed to the public, we are fostering a few kittens who will be listed on Petfinder and our Facebook page when they are ready for adoption. All kittens are spayed or neutered, have had all age-appropriate vaccinations and have been well-socialized by our experienced kitten foster families.
We finally have a cat available for adoption, and her name is Roxie. This pretty lady is eight years young, sports a brown coat with dark chocolate tabby/tiger markings and has big gorgeous pale hazel eyes. She is a sweet lady who adores company, especially children, and wants to interact but is just a bit skittish when you first meet her. Roxie was brought to People for Cats after she and her housemate were abandoned by their previous owner. Sadly, the other cat disappeared. Roxie is an active girl who passed her vet visit with flying colors. Why not make an appointment to meet this pretty lady and see if you’d like to give her a second chance at a “fur-ever” home of her very own?
We have a stray cat at the shelter who is tentatively named Monty. He is a long-haired pale orange/buff and white male who was found in Monument Beach. This fellow had been hanging around the Howard Avenue/Clay Pond Road area since December. He was terribly matted and in rough shape when People for Cats trapped him last week and brought him to a vet. Monty has since been checked out and vaccinated, and his mats were removed. If you suspect he is your missing cat, please check our Facebook page for photos and call Jean at 617-645-4019 as soon as possible.
While we have not had many cats available for adoption, our census has been changing weekly, so keep checking Petfinder and our Facebook page for available cats.
Are you looking for something to do that lets you stay outside, socially distanced, and also benefits People for Cats? The Heritage Museums & Gardens and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society are hosting the annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. On Saturday, July 18, the garden at 65 Willow Field Drive in North Falmouth will be open for touring from 10 AM to 4 PM. Rain or shine! Admission is $5, and proceeds go to People for Cats. Please wear a mask.
The People for Cats shelter is located at 44 Beagle Lane in 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 and 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. Please call 617-645-4019 (rather than pressing 3) if you must surrender a cat or kitten. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.