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Join us for Coffee at Starbucks

Join us for Coffee at Starbucks

Come and join us tomorrow from 4-7 pm at the grand opening of Starbucks in Erin Mills Town Centre. Make a donation to Ninth Life Cat Rescue and get a free drink!

Thank you Starbucks for picking Ninth Life Cat Rescue to be there to help you celebrate your grand opening! Join us near centre court, look for our volunteers! Read More →

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Meowloween Party ~ Sunday October 29th

Meowloween Party ~ Sunday October 29th

Join us for our 2nd Annual Meowloween Party! We’ve got two fantastic chefs cooking up a storm for us in the kitchen so we can raise much needed funds for Ninth Life Cat Rescue of Ontario! These two wonderful people are strong supporters of the rescue and are super excited to share their talent with us.

Chef Tom and Chef Kim have crafted a wonderful and fun meal with meat and vegetarian options. This ‘perfect for fall’ menu features a chili, taco and baked potato bar… with more than a dozen creative and delicious toppings. So excited to sample all the delicious fixings! Non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of your ticket and the Legion will run a cash bar. Remember to drink responsibly.

Date: Sunday October 29th, 2017

Time: 4pm to 8pm, dinner served around 5:30

Location: Royal Canadian Legion 609

Address: 1133 Queen St. E, Brampton, Just East of Hwy 410 Read More →

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Adoption Weekend at PetSmart Locations

Don’t forget to stop by one of our adoption centres from September 15-17th to find your furever friend (or two)! We will have volunteers on hand all weekend, at all locations, to answer your questions and introduce you to your new furry family member!

Meet the kitties looking for furever homes!

PetSmart Burlington (on Brant St.)


PetSmart Etobicoke (across from Sherway)


PetSmart Oakville (Dundas/Hwy. 403)


Click the pictures below to meet them all by name…



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Fundraising Social at Emma’s Back Porch

Fundraising Social at Emma’s Back Porch

Join us for a social evening with food and friends at Emma’s Back Porch in Burlington, supporting Ninth Life Cat Rescue of Ontario.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm, and food will start flowing throughout the evening at 7 pm. Kids welcome until 9 pm. Dinner will be buffet style with food added throughout the evening. Seating at regular tables and standing at high top tables so we can mix, mingle and get to know our supporters.

Limited number of tickets available!
Adults $25, kids under 12 are $15, under 3 is free! Read More →

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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

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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