THE SCRATCHING POST
~ Fat Cat Hall of Fame: Garfield Edition ~
Fall, 2002, Issue 13 - by Barbara Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org
Home2Cats, P. O. Box 752671, Memphis, TN 38175-2671
ews You Can Use:
Just as we do our children, we all want our pets to live healthy and illness free. That’s why it is so vital that we protect our pets from any infectious disease.
Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. Many are transmitted by other infected animals. What many don’t know is that humans can unknowingly spread infectious animal diseases by carrying the disease-causing germ on hands, clothing and shoes.
There are even bacteria, viruses and fungi that can remain infectious in the environment for very long periods of time without an animal host. This means that even your indoor pets can be exposed unwittingly to numerous disease causing organisms.
Vaccination is the best and least costly way to prevent disease in your beloved pet.
Rabies is a fatal viral disease affecting the central nervous system of all mammals, including humans. It is spread by bites or saliva of infected animals. There is no cure for the disease once the symptoms appear and it is always fatal.
Feline Leukemia (FeLV)—
This virus suppresses the cat's immune system, leaving it susceptible to many life-threatening infections. FeLV is spread through close contact. Outdoor cats are at a higher risk.
A simple test will determine if your cat is infected. Vaccinations should follow in all healthy cats.
Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper or FPV)—
FPV is common and can affect cats of any age. Transmission of FPV occurs most commonly by direct contact with infected cats. Fleas may transmit FPV from infected to susceptible cats during the acute stage of the disease. The virus may also be spread by contact with contaminated objects or by people through hands and clothing.
It's almost impossible to prevent exposure, so all cats should be vaccinated.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR)—
FVR is the most severe and widespread upper-respiratory virus to which cats are susceptible. FVR is highly contagious and also has a chronic carrier state, in which recovered cats become carriers for life. FVR carriers may or may not experience signs of the disease and will shed the virus intermittently.
An early and ongoing vaccination program is recommended.
Feline Calicivirus (FCV)—
FCV is an upper respiratory virus that is widespread and highly contagious. FCV also has a chronic carrier state, in which recovered cats become carriers for life.
Protect your cat through early vaccination.
Feline Chlamydiosis (Pneumonitis)—
This acute respiratory disease is caused by bacteria. Like FVR and FCV, cats with chlamydiosis will chronically shed bacteria with or without signs of disease.
Vaccination can be an important method for prevention.
Word From Home(2Cats):
Looking to adopt a cat or kitten? Check out our current pet list and our adoption day calendar on Home 2 Cats home page on petfinder.com under shelters/organizations. You may also access our home page directly by http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/TN159.html
If you are concerned about the environment, recycling is a must. We invite you to join the recycling team of Home 2 Cats. You may bring your aluminum cans to Aluminum Can Recycling, 4662 Lamar-Hwy 78, Memphis, TN. (Phone 901-366-9405 - David Steward.)
Just tell them that you would like to donate the cash from your cans to Home 2 Cats. They will track donations and send us a check quarterly.
The residents of Home 2 Cats believe in recycling. They may not be able to recycle aluminum cans, but they do their part with other items. For instance a box can become a bed for two … or a bed for one 'fluffy' cat (that's a polite way of saying large or overweight!) A bag or envelope makes a cozy hide-a-way.
Our residents are doing their part to save our planet. They ask that you do the same and they thank you for all your love, compassion and support.
Breed: Cat of the Hood
Toby showed up for a free meal at one of our feral colony feeding stations. He was pretty rugged and thin and appeared to have been a 'street cat' or 'cat of the hood' for some time. Not only was he extremely thin, he was also sneezing and covered with fleas and ticks.
Toby acted like a rough and tough tomcat but we could detect that beneath his tough-guy exterior was a kitty desperately in need of our love and our help. We just had to convince him of that!
After taking several days to catch this street-smart cat of the hood, he was off to the vets for a thorough examination. The bad news was that Toby tested positive for feline leukemia. The good news for Toby is that he was destined to become a permanent resident of Home 2 Cats.
Toby has proven that even a tomcat can clean up nicely. He turned out not only to be a diamond in the rough but proved to have personality plus. This tough boy we thought was feral was just a lovable little cat once he let his guard down. Toby says "Never judge a cat by its cover." This pauper has definitely turned out to be a prince.
Toby's favorite pose is with his head tilted sideways. We
suspect he is practicing for a spot on the RCA ad. Toby says "Anything a dog
can do, a cat can do better!"
|Fave Job||Toy Inspector.|
|Un-Fave Job||Protecting the Hood.|
|Un-Fave Food||Leftover biscuits from chicken boxes. (The chicken would have been nice!)|
|Fave Activity||Looking in the mirror, practicing for RCA commercial break.|
|Un-Fave Activity||Animal Control hide-and-seek.|
|Fave Movie||"A Street Cat Named Desire."|
|Un-Fave Movie||"The Littlest Hobo."|
nimal and People Recognition:
While losing a companion is one of life's greatest sorrows, never having one is to miss out on years of loving companionship.
If you would like to honor a pet or loved-one by making a donation, please send your donation to Home2Cats, PO Box 752671, Memphis, TN, 38175-2671.
We will include your name in our next newsletter and also here on our Home2Cats website. Thank you!
In Memory of People:
Adoption of feral colony for one year.
--Ruth Blann Cartledge
--Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Ke
In Memory of Animals:
Beloved cat of Nancy and Dick Cochran.
--Susan and Kimbrough Gregory
--Barbara and Larry Stanley
A wonderful feral from Ted's colony.
--Barbara and Larry Stanley
Scobey Doo Kitten
--Barbara & Larry Stanley
In Honor of People:
--Bill and Rita Vandenburgh
Ray & Tina Osborne
Loving thoughts for all their 'babies' that have joined my Fluffy.
In honor of Animals:
Phoebe and Holle
For giving up their cat toy allowance to neuter 3 kittens in Ted Cartledge’s feral colony.
--Phoebe & Holle Cartledge
rom The Litter Box:
C O N S U M E R A L E R T !
Cats are susceptible to phenols.
A toxic dose can be ingested as a cat grooms itself after contact with items that have been cleaned or disinfected with a product containing phenol.
Lysol derives its disinfectant action and characteristic odor from phenol.
Lysol should not be used to disinfect litter pans, bowls, or bedding.
Cats seem to have taken over the World Wide Web! They're everywhere! Some have their own webpages; others simply dominate the webpages of us humans. My favorite form of net cat, however, is the "funny" cat photo. Here's a particularly sweet example that I received as an email attachment:
Support Our Paws --
Won’t you please help?
When you purchase an Entertainment Book, you’re not only giving yourself a valuable gift but helping Home2Cats. The Entertainment Book contains half-off and two-for-one savings all over town. You will enjoy discounts on travel, dining, shopping, movies, attractions and much more.
Enjoy the savings and at the same time support our fund-raising efforts.
n The Cat Trail:
Friends 2 Feral Program --
You can stay on the cat trail with us by adopting a feral cat in our Friends 2 Feral program. You may specify your wish to adopt a male or female. We will send you a picture of your adopted feral cat along with updates of your feral’s progress and the colony. Along with his/her photo we will supply you with as much information as possible about your feral’s personality so you may name your cat.
Feral Cat Adoption
$25 donation will spay/neuter a feral cat. You will receive picture of the cat that benefited from your donation.
$50 donation spays/neuters and feeds a feral cat for a year. You will receive a picture of your cat along with a quarterly progress report. You also get to name your special adopted cat.
$200 donation feeds a colony for a year. You will receive a picture of your colony along with a quarterly progress report. You also receive a cat blanket with our logo embroidered on it for your favorite pet.