Today is the 10th annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day. This awareness event is designed to encourage the adoption of shelter pets by having owners tell their pet adoption stories on social media using the #CelebrateShelterPets hashtag.
An organization of cat care professionals in the UK called The Cat Group has created a very helpful “Kitten Checklist” for anyone thinking about adding a new kitten to their family!
This user-friendly checklist was designed to help owners choose a happy and healthy kitten, whether it comes from a shelter, rescue organization, friend, or breeder.
Besides checking for signs of poor health, the creators of the checklist also note the importance of assessing temperament. “Many people don’t understand that in order to become a good pet cat, kittens need positive interactions with people and need to get used to the human environment and lifestyle before they are about 8 weeks old,” they report.
The checklist guides potential owners through a series of questions. These include things to consider before visiting a shelter or breeder to see kittens and what to observe when you are visiting and interacting with a kitten.
The health section includes an easy way to evaluate the different parts of a kitten’s body: eyes, ears, nose, coat, etc.
You can download or print out the Kitten Checklist pdf by clicking HERE.
We’ve heard a lot about what makes a city dog-friendly, such as amenities like parks and restaurants that welcome dogs. But what makes a city cat-friendly?
Since we don’t normally take our cats out and about with us, are there other factors that make a place cat-friendly? Turns out, the answer is yes!
Trupanion and Redfin recently teamed up to create a list of the top 25 cat-friendly cities in the U.S. The criteria used include good access to feline-specific services such as veterinary clinics, hospitals, and shelters/rescues.
They also looked at homes for sale that had cat-friendly features like enclosed outdoor patios, room to climb, and extra bathrooms for litter boxes.
Another element considered was a lack of environmental hazards for cats with access to the outdoors (fewer parasites and poisonous plants, etc.)
Factoring in all these cat-friendly elements, the top cites for felines are:
1) Corvallis, Ore.
2) Spokane, Wash.
3) Orlando, Fla.
4) Bellingham, Wash.
5) Tulsa, Okla.
6) Raleigh, N.C.
7) New York, N.Y.
8) Dayton, Ohio
9) Clarksville, Tenn.
10) San Antonio, Tex.
11) Albuquerque, N. Mex.
12) Eugene, Ore.
13) Boston, Mass.
14) Allentown, Penn.
15) Dover, Del.
16) Columbus, Ohio
17) Boise, Idaho
18) Louisville, Ky.
19) Tacoma, Wash.
20) Lincoln, Neb.
21) Portland, Ore.
22) Minneapolis, Minn.
23) Knoxville, Tenn.
24) Santa Rosa, Calif.
25) Oakland, Calif.
The folks at Trupanion and Redfin remind pet owners that when searching for a new home in a new city, be sure to look at both the features of the house and the nearby facilities to maintain your pet’s health.
Banksy and Hamilton were best canine companions, doing everything together until Hamilton passed away. Banksy was deeply affected by the loss of his best friend. His owners became very concerned, as Banksy became depressed and spent most of his time sleeping.
They decided that adding a new dog to the family might be the answer. Enter Mochi, an adorable fluffball from Jindo Love Rescue, an organization that saves and adopts out dogs from the Korean dog meat trade.
Mochi also just happens to look like a miniature version of Hamilton! After a successful introduction, Banksy and Mochi have become inseparable, sharing everything from toys to walks to Puppuccino drinks side by side.
Watch the adorable video from The Dodo below. You can also follow the adventures of Banksy and Mochi (with their new friend Bowie) on their Instagram account!