June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

The warm weather means that kitten season is here!  Kitten season is the time of year when unaltered cats allowed to roam outside will mate and produce litters of kittens.  Sadly, many of these homeless kittens (and their moms) will end up in animal shelters.

This is a great time to open your heart and home to a kitten or adult shelter cat.  Many shelters and rescue groups provide valuable cat adoption incentives in the spring and summer months.

It’s also a good time to remind cat owners to spay and neuter their pets and keep them safely indoors.

You can search for available cats and read more about cat adoption on the Petfinder website.

Need some inspiration?  Check out this adorable and funny “Prescription Cat” drug commercial parody video!

 

 

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Video: Pepper the Cat Safe at Home After a Week in JFK Airport

A tabby cat named Pepper was on her way to China with her owner when she escaped her carrier during check in at JFK Airport in New York.

Unable to catch her, Pepper’s owner took her flight without her beloved cat.  Pepper spent a week loose in JFK, despite the best efforts of some dedicated rescuers.

She was finally caught with the help of her owner’s roommate and her favorite food.  Pepper is safe and sound at the roommate’s apartment, waiting for her owner to fly back from China for a second attempt to fly her to her new home!

Here’s a local news video documenting Pepper’s airport adventure!

 

Heartwarming Video: Special Needs Cat Adoption

Grab a tissue before watching this heartwarming video from The Dodo.  A kindhearted couple has made it their mission to adopt special needs cats.

Members of this loving household include a sweet guy with a neurological condition that makes it hard to walk, a cat who lost her eyes to an infection, and another cat who was born with a cleft palate.

Just when they thought their family was complete, they added a fourth cat who’s missing an eye.  These sweet cats really do prove that cats are like potato chips…you just can’t stop at one!

 

Nutmeg, World’s Oldest Cat, Passes Away at 32

Many pet health experts consider cats to be “senior” after the age of 7.  If your cat has reached the age of 20, then he or she is definitely in the senior range.  But what about a 32-year old cat?  That’s roughly the equivalent of 144 human years!  One British cat named Nutmeg reached the ripe old age of 32 before passing on in late August.

According to Nutmeg’s owners, interviewed in a recent People Magazine article, this sweet guy enjoyed very robust health for most of his long life.  He lost most of his teeth and did suffer a stroke back in 2015, but he recovered and went on to live two more years.  His owners, a couple with no children, considered Nutmeg to be their child.  “We both feel like our hearts have been ripped out.  He was our little boy,” they said.  Anyone who’s ever lost a beloved pet, regardless of age, knows that feeling.

Here’s a video of Nutmeg from back in 2016.  His owner lovingly refers to him as a bit of a grumpy grandpa, but it’s obvious that he was a real sweetheart!

 

Image of Nutmeg from Westway Veterinary Group Facebook page.

Heartwarming Video: Seniors Care for Orphaned Shelter Kittens

Orphaned baby kittens need lots of tender loving care, and Tucson, Arizona’s Pima Animal Care Center has teamed up with the nearby Catalina Springs Memory Care Center in an amazing partnership that benefits both the kittens and the center’s resident seniors.  The shelter brings the tiny kittens to be bottle-fed and cared for by the residents.

The heartwarming result?  The kittens get lots of love and socialization, making them very adoptable and ready for their future forever homes, and the seniors enjoy cuddling and interacting with their foster fur babies.  Check out this adorable video of the program in action!