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Here’s Why You Should NEVER Declaw Your Cats!

Here’s Why You Should NEVER Declaw Your Cats!

While it’s becoming increasingly uncommon, one question we’re often asked by pet owners and potential adopters is “should I declaw my cat?”

The short answer is NO – you should never declaw a cat or kitten!

The surgery is extremely invasive, painful, and has many long-term repercussions for both you and your pet.

Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should never declaw your furry friend.

#1. It’s an extremely painful surgery

While you may think declawing a cat is like trimming your nails, the surgery is equivalent to a human having their fingers removed up to the first knuckle.

#2. Claws are a cat’s main defence mechanism

If your cat ever finds itself in trouble with another human or animal, claws are their first line of defence. Without them, your cat will feel clumsy and helpless, and may not be able to take care of itself should a problem arise when you aren’t there to protect them.

#3. Declawing cats can change their behaviour for the worse

When a cat’s claws are taken away, it’s common for them to become nastier, and more aggressive as a way to compensate.

Often, cats who come to the shelter without their claws tend to bite or hiss more, and are much less social than those with their claws.

#4. Clawing is an important behaviour for cats

Not only are claws important for cats in terms of defence, but clawing is also a huge part of their daily lives! Cats and kittens claw to exercise, maintain their nails, and stretch their muscles. It can also be a main form of comfort for cats in stressful situations.

Claws are an integral part of a cat or kitten’s lifestyle. Taking them away is not only painful and intrusive, but it could have long-term effects to your pet’s behaviour.

What can you do instead?

#1. Provide scratching posts

Cats need to be able to stretch and scratch on a rough, stable surface. Choose a scratching post or surface that is 3 feet or higher and made of rough material. Make sure the post has a stable base so it doesn’t fall onto your cat while it’s being used. Soft carpeting won’t necessarily fulfill a cat’s need to scratch. Sprinkle catnip on the scratching post periodically to encourage them to use it.

#2. Keep their nails trimmed

Build trust with your cat so they allow you to trim their nails regularly. When your cat is relaxed, use nail trimmers to trim the hooked part of their nail. Gently press the pad of their paw until the claws extend and you can see them clearly. Be careful to only cut the tip of the nail while avoiding the ‘quick’, which is the part that can bleed if trimmed too short.

Looking for more information about declawing your cat and strategies to manage this behaviour? Learn more on www.catscratching.com

Are you interested in adopting a cat or kitten? If so, see our adoptable animals here!

 

Written by: Shelby Andrews & Danielle Kramer, Ninth Life Cat Rescue Volunteers

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Adoption Success Stories

Adoption Success Stories

Share Your Adoption Stories

Every year hundreds of cats travel through Ninth Life Cat Rescue. Their new life starts on the day they are rescued and move into a foster home. In Foster care, they received love, affection, warmth and security. Our foster parents care deeply for the cats entrusted to them. Many cats also spend some time in one of our adoption centres. Here, more volunteers socialize and play with the cats while getting to know their personalities even more to help them find a perfect home match for our kitties. And then you come along! You make the decision to provide a forever home to these fur-babies who have already received so much love. All of the volunteers thank you for loving them as we have, and we would LOVE to see how they are doing in their new home.

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Pizza for Paws Fundraiser

Pizza for Paws Fundraiser

Join us for a great evening of delicious food, friends and support a great cause!

Thank you!! Fantastic night and so great to see past adopters, friends and family and supporters. Together we raised just over $1900 and had fun doing it. See you at the next dinner!

Many of you know about the recent cat hoarding situation that Ninth Life Cat Rescue was involved with and that we were able to rescue 18 cats, including 4 pregnant young females. It’s also a super busy kitten season!

Regarding the recent mass rescue, the condition of the cats is quite poor and many will need expensive vet care including dental, medications, vaccinations, and spay/neuter procedures. Their ailments include: tooth resorption, diarrhea, severe stomatitis (a dental/gum disease), cracked teeth requiring extraction, matting, dehydration, severe ear mites, our lovely Holly who is both pregnant and suffering from an eye condition yet to be determined, as well as Ivy our special girl who was born with congenital deformities affecting her mobility. Out vet bill estimate isn’t totaled yet, but it will be far more than adoption fees and donations to date will cover.

Did you also know how many pregnant cats and kitten litters are currently in the rescue? We have at least 18 litters of kittens and 4 pregnant mommas. But we probably have even more! During kitten season, some items our foster families use such as babycat and other wet kitten food, kitten milk replacer and litter are used in huge amounts. These foster homes sometimes wish they could register these babies for a baby shower! Let’s shower our foster homes with love and support while caring for this spring’s kittens.

Get your tickets HERE!! >>

When: Wednesday June 14, 2017

Time: 6-9pm

Where: Boston Pizza

Address: 2011 Winston Park Dr, Oakville

What: Dinner, door prizes, 50/50, ticket auction table

Adult Tickets: $25

Kids under 12: $15

Kids under 3: Free

If you have a large party more than 4 people and would like to guarantee that you are able to sit together, we STRONGLY recommend making a reservation with the restaurant directly. Just mention you are attending the Ninth Life Fundraiser that night and how many seats are required. Don’t worry, there is lots of seating for up to 140, but we don’t want anyone to be disappointed if they can’t sit together.

***Please print or have your e-ticket available to show on your mobile device to check in at the door!***

If you have any dietary restrictions, please email us directly with the details to fundraising@ninthlifecatrescue.org and we will do our best to accommodate.

Menu:

Salads

House Salad (with dressing selection on the side -includes at least 1 vegan dressing)

Caeser Salad (Tossed)

Entrees

Pepperoni Pizza

Vegetarian Pizza (*vegetarian)

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Penne with Marinara (*vegetarian)

Desserts

Selection provided by Volunteers

Drinks

All drinks are a la carte

People often ask how they can help other than financial donations. Our vet bills are the most important cost for us to stay on top off, but many of our foster homes would also welcome many of these items below. During kitten season, some of these are even more important!  We thank you for any support.

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The Day We Rescued 19 Cats

The Day We Rescued 19 Cats

We Need Your Help

On Saturday May 27, 2017 the Ninth Life family grew by 18 cats, plus 4 tummies full of kittens. Last week some of you may have heard about a cat hoarding situation. In response, Ninth Life Cat Rescue, along with several other rescue groups, rallied the forces and stepped in so save these precious lives. It is estimated there were more than 70 cats living in a two bedroom apartment.

The amazing foster network and volunteers of Ninth Life came together to respond to this urgent situation in about 24 hours. We are so glad to have rescued 18 of the most gentle, desperate for love, and innocent souls. We want our supporters to be able to have a glimpse into a day of rescue. It can be so heartbreaking, and yet, so rewarding. This is why we created this short video to help you understand what a day like this is like. Emotional, teary, and moving. We don’t want to focus on where they came from as it not our place to make judgements, but we prefer to focus on the bright future we hope they will have in our care.

Of these cats, many are: polydactyl, have significant dental issues, severe stomatitis, upper respiratory infection, most are not spayed or neutered, 4 young females are currently pregnant, one has some major leg deformities, 1 has either a major eye infection or she is blind (she is also pregnant), dehydrated, 1 poor boy was very matted and needed a full shave, plus a whole host of other health issues. They were treated for fleas, ear mites and dewormed. We are so grateful to one of our partner vets and her team who stayed from the afternoon late into the evening to help with intake by getting them assessed, sorted, bathed and nail trimmed as needed, and give them much needed medications and vaccines to those who were healthy enough.

The vet costs associated with treating all of the above is yet to be determined, but their adoption fee will not come close to covering it all. I know we ask so often for financial support, but if you can donate financially, even a few dollars, every little bit helps.

The 19th was a little white kitten found outside and alone.

You can Donate on Canada Helps:
https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/25254

 

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Yard Sale June 3 in Carlisle

Yard Sale June 3 in Carlisle

 

Come visit us! Lots of stuff including clothes, housewares, furniture…tons to choose from! All proceeds to Ninth Life Cat Rescue. Thanks for checking it out!

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Charity Pub Night

Charity Pub Night

Join us for an evening of great food, mixing and mingling, games, auctions, and dancing! Plus, you’re supporting a great local charity!

Featuring the fantastic DJ Lulu from MissMix Music Professional DJ Services

Date: Saturday April 1st, 2017
Time: 7pm to 1am
Location: Hosted by Gabriel’s Restaurant
Address: 6501 Mississauga Road, Mississauga

Cost: $40 per person

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Buffet Dinner inclues: Caesar salad, Chicken Wings, Chicken Fingers, Spring Rolls, Assortment of Gourmet Pizzas, Penne in a Rose Sauce, Shrimp Cocktail Platter, Smoked Norwegian Salmon Platter, Cheese Platter, Assorted Desserts.

**CASH BAR**

Thank you everyone! Fantastic turnout and we raised $4500 towards vet bills, absolutely incredible. 

Join us on the Facebook Event Page for updates!

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Pasta for Paws Dinner Fundraiser

Pasta for Paws Dinner Fundraiser
Ninth Life Cat Rescue Presents “Pasta for Paws”

A fun filled evening of good eats, good company and a great cause!

When: Wednesday February 22nd, 2017
Time: Doors at 6pm, Dinner at 6:30pm
Where: The Express Italian Eatery
Address: 349 Gray’s Road, Stoney Creek

Pasta for Paws is a fantastic night that includes a sit down dinner consisting of two choices of salad, two choices of pasta, a delicious vegetable side, lots of freshly baked bread and ending with coffee or tea and dessert. There will be door prizes for everyone, and raffle tickets for sale to win some amazing prizes!

Tickets are available NOW on our secure Canada Helps page   >> BUY TICKETS NOW

 

Adult Tickets: $25

Kids under 12: $15

Kids under 3: Free

Please print or have your e-ticket available to show on your mobile device to check in at the door! 


Buffet Style Menu

Starters: Oven Fresh Baguettes & Butter, Pepperoncino, Grated Parmigiano
Assorted Veggie Bruschetta

Seasoned Tossed Greens: assorted greens tossed in signature balsamic vinaigrette

Classic Caeser: crisp romaine leaves tossed in a creamy garlic dressing topped with in-house croutons

Penne in Tomato Basil Sauce

Farfalle with Mushroom & Spinach inaglio olio pepperoncino

Coffee and Tea

Mixed Desserts: wide variety provided by NLCR volunteers

*all beverages other than coffee, tea and water are extra, but are available

For any questions, email us at pastaforpaws@ninthlifecatrescue.org

If you have any dietary restrictions, please email us directly with the details to pastaforpaws@ninthlifecatrescue.org and we’ll be in touch to make arrangements. 

There are vegan options available. But if you have any specific concerns, please contact the restaurant directly to ask questions about their ingredients. 

 

Map to The Express: 

 

 

Thank you for joining us! Hope you had a fantastic evening. With your support, we raised $1968 to put towards the vet costs for cats and kittens being cared for by the rescue! It was a hugely successful night with 70 people coming out. We will DEFINITELY be doing this dinner next year. Let’s aim to fill the restaurant!

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Ongoing Fundraising – Gift Cards from FundScrip

Ongoing Fundraising – Gift Cards from FundScrip

Fundraising with FundScrip 

FundScrip is a fundraising program that allows you to pay for your everyday purchases with gift cards bought from FundScrip. A percentage of the cards that you purchase is then donated to Ninth Life Cat Rescue of Ontario. You can also purchase them for gifts for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. There are over 170 national retailers to choose from.

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Learn more about FundScrip under our ‘Donate’ menu, so you can always find the link to place your order again!

Learn More Now >>

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Pet Photos With Santa

Pet Photos With Santa

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Holiday Online Auction – Coming Soon!

Holiday Online Auction – Coming Soon!

Save the Date!

Our Online Holiday Auction is coming up for ONE WEEK from November 19-26.

All lots for auction and bidding will take place over on our NLCR Auction Facebook Page. Make sure to like the page now so you don’t miss out!

Volunteer elves are currently accepting donations, sorting, and preparing for our biggest fundraiser of the year. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate, contact us by email at fundraising@ninthlifecatrescue.org to arrange a drop off this week! Items need to be collected by Saturday November 12th for picture and sorting day!

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Gift Wrapping for Donations at Makeology Holiday Fair 2016

Gift Wrapping for Donations at Makeology Holiday Fair 2016

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What: Gift Wrapping for Donations
When: Saturday November 19
Where: Museum of Steam and Technology, 900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton
Time: 11am to 5pm

Live in the Hamilton area? You don’t want to miss out on the Makeology Holiday Fair 2016 where Ninth Life volunteers will also be wrapping gifts for donations! We are really excited to be working with this show that supports other local businesses, and they’ve welcomed us with open arms to join their event! Check out their website for more details on the beautiful handmade artisans you can shop from…seriously, you’ll drool over all the pretties!

Hope to see you at one of our gift wrapping fundraising partnerships this season.

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All Wrapped Up at Christmas in Georgetown!

All Wrapped Up at Christmas in Georgetown!

What: Gift Wrapping for Donations
When: Sunday November 13
Time: 11am to 5pm

Where: Gellert Community Centre, 10241 8th Line, Georgetown

Can’t wait to see all the handmade goodies we will be wrapping up at the 2nd Annual Christmas In Georgetown – Handmade Craft Fair! Volunteers will be on hand to wrap up your gifts for a donation while you support local businesses and check a few names off your list. This event is giving all around the community. It is a free event however please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated at the door in support of the Georgetown Bread Basket. Win win for everyone! Hope to see you there!

*also accepting gift wrapping supply donations before the event, feel free to email fundraising@ninthlifecatrescue.org to arrange pickup/delivery!*

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