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Consider the Possibilities

Consider the Possibilities

Congratulations, you have decided to adopt a rescue cat! You want to help save a life and give a rescue cat a deserving home.

You walk into the adoption centre and then what happens? Like most people, your eye will be drawn to the kittens bouncing around or the unique long haired white cat with the sparkling green eyes. Or maybe it is the energetic one year old orange tabby. The younger or more interesting always catch everyone’s eye first. This is natural.

However, what about the others? Read More →

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Surprise Auction Item

Surprise Auction Item
Are you a golfer or know someone who is?

SURPRISE Early Bird Auction Item !
Friday, April 6 to Friday, April 20, 7:00 pm

Our Spring Auction at www.32auctions.com/kittens does not start until June 1st but the best value for this item is before then, so we are offering it now.

ITEM: Brae Ben 18-Hole Golf Course: 2 Green Fees

Until the end of May, may be used Monday to Friday, anytime, or after 11:00 am on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. Effective June 1st, may be used after 3:00 pm. seven days a week.

For more details and to bid, go to Ninth Life Cat Rescue Online Auction page on Facebook:

 

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Introducing Kitty to Your Home

Introducing Kitty to Your Home

Introducing Kitty to Your Home

You are excited to bring home your new furry friend. The carrier is opened, and kitty races for the nearest place to hide, often under a bed where you cannot reach them.

Patience! Some cats adapt quickly to their new home but it is far more common for the cat or kitten to hide initially. As great as your new home is, this is a major adjustment for kitty, who may have had a not-so-good experience in a previous home.

Initially, even if your cat is the only pet in the house, it will help to confine it to a pet-safe, smaller area like a bathroom or laundry room. A bedroom also works well, especially if kitty has a window where he/she can look out. Take a look around the location for areas that might not be a good. Cats are excellent climbers and like heights. At the shelter, a kitten once managed to leap up, dislodge a suspended ceiling tile, and get into the duct work above. If there are no hiding spaces, provide a box (or even your carrier) for kitty to retreat to. Water, food, a litter box should all be nearby.

What can you do to settle kitty and let him/her know she is safe?

– Give your new cat or kitten time to adjust. How much time will vary but two weeks is an average, during which time you will see slow but steady progress. Make sure kitty can reach water, food and the litter box. Probably when it is quiet at night they will venture out.

– Spend short periods of quiet time with your new kitty, talking to them or simply being near, but do not attempt to pull them out of their hiding spot. Kitty must decide when it is safe. Kitty might find classical music calming. Keep direct eye contact to a minimum.

– When you feel kitty has calmed somewhat, try luring them out with treats, a wand toy or piece of string but, as always, let kitty decide if he/she is ready.

– Try to limit loud noises that might scare kitty and wait until kitty is comfortable before introducing him/her to others.

– Feliway is a calming spray that can be obtained from your vet, Amazon, or some stores carry it as well. It is also available as a diffuser. You spray the area, not the cat!
https://www.feliway.com/us/Why-Use-Feliway/Cat-hiding-why-and-what-you-can-do

If you are worried, call the shelter where you adopted and speak to a volunteer, especially if you believe kitty is not eating and drinking after the first day.

Before you know it, kitty will be comfortable and truly at home.

 

Article written by: Grace Robertson
Photography by: Darren Rutherford
– Ninth Life Cat Rescue Volunteers

Rescue cats featured: Lena and Mystic

 

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Canned Food versus Kibble: The Great Debate

Canned Food versus Kibble: The Great Debate

“Won’t canned food make my cat fat?”
“Isn’t dry food higher in protein?”
“My cat drinks plenty of water so why should I give canned food?
“Isn’t kibble the best for keeping my cat’s teeth clean?”

These are just some of the questions that cat owners ask when trying to decide what to feed their beloved feline. These questions come from both novice adopters as well as experienced cat owners. There are many misconceptions about canned food and its importance in a cat’s everyday diet. Let’s look at some of the myths about canned food.

Myth: Canned food will make my cat fat.

Reality: Canned food has high moisture content, around 78% is water. This not only helps keep your cat hydrated but as we all know, water does not contain calories. Therefore canned cat food is lower in calories than kibble. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, dry cat food contains between six and ten percent of water.

Of course, not all canned foods are created equal and those with gravies have more carbohydrates, upping the calorie count.

Myth: Canned food has less protein than kibble.

Reality: Because cats are obligate carnivores, it is important for them to have a high meat-based diet. By looking at the cat food labels, you would think that kibble has a higher protein level than canned food and would be the best source of protein. However, labels are complicated and the actual amount of protein in canned food can be higher. Typically kibble will contain 30-40% carbohydrates and some of their protein is plant-based instead of meat-based. Even the grain-free dry foods use starchy vegetables such as peas and corn which adds carbohydrates but no additional meat-based protein.

According to the Feline Nutrition Awareness Effort, the amount of true protein is assessed by something called a Dry Matter Basis (please see http://fnae.org/food.html for more information and link to a DMB calculator to determine protein).

Myth: My cat drinks plenty of water so there is no need for canned food

Reality: Cats originated in desert locations and have been designed to adapt to this environment. Therefore cats have a naturally low thirst drive and rely on their food source for the majority of their moisture content. Out in the wild, their prey would provide them with a perfect package of nutrients “… rodents, rabbits, lizards, insects, and birds… consist primarily of water, protein and fat, with less than 10% carbohydrate (starch, sugar and fiber) content… Their ultra-efficient kidneys are able to extract most of their moisture needs from their prey.” (http://www.littlebigcat.com/health/why-cats-need-canned-food). With kibble providing between only six and ten percent moisture, this is not enough to keep your kitty fully hydrated. Canned food helps keep your cat healthy with higher water content. According to Dr. Lisa A. Pierson, a California veterinarian and creator of CatInfo.org, “When cats present with urinary tract problems, the recommendation is to get them on a water-rich diet…Why not practice preventive nutrition by feeding them [moisture-rich] canned food before they end up with urinary tract problems?” ( https://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/mistakes-people-make-feeding-cats#2). Good hydration also reducing the possibility of kidney disease and helps with diabetic cats and those with IBD.

Myth: Kibble is the best for keeping my cat’s teeth clean

Reality: Cats’ teeth are designed to tear and shred their prey. Small kibble pieces are often just swallowed and therefore do nothing to help with dental hygiene. Out in the wild, cats of all sizes and subspecies rip and gnaw on the bones and flesh of their prey which keeps their teeth ‘brushed’. Unfortunately a diet of high carbohydrate kibble can interact with a cat’s saliva and create plaque which can cause dental disease. Canned food has much lower carbohydrate levels and does not adhere to the teeth to create the plaque.

Canned versus Kibble

Let’s face the reality of the situation. Kibble is less expensive and easier to feed and store. It is not going to disappear from our cats’ diets. There are advocates for kibble diets, raw diets, and canned food diets. As author of this article, I just want to suggest that canned food has an important role in your cat’s diet and I want to offer you some tools to do your own research into feline nutrition.

References:

http://www.littlebigcat.com/health/why-cats-need-canned-food

http://feline-nutrition.org/nutrition

http://catinfo.org/commercial-cat-foods/

https://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/mistakes-people-make-feeding-cats#2

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_feedingcat.cfm

http://fnae.org/food.html

http://feline-nutrition.org/answers/answers-what-dry-food-does-to-your-cats-teeth

 

Article Written by: Patti Altridge
Photos: Grace Robertson
-Ninth Life Cat Rescue Volunteers

Rescue cats:  Muffy, Amber & Ronny

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The Two Kitten Rule

The Two Kitten Rule

The Two Kitten Rule

Visitors to our shelters are immediately drawn to kittens and their antics, and who can blame them! There’s no doubt kittens are adorable—they’re playful, lovable and oh-so-much fun. However, what people sometimes tend to forget is that kittens are also come with quite a bit more ‘work’ than an older cat.

At Ninth Life Cat Rescue, we insist that kittens be adopted in pairs, or to a home with another (not too senior*) cat or dog. We do this not only for the kitten’s benefit but also for yours.

Despite what most people often believe, cats really aren’t solitary creatures. In fact, most cats favour a playmate around to keep them company. Cats who prefer to be a ‘one and only’ usually have had a tough life in some way or other.

Before being placed in our shelter, mama cat and her kittens are fostered in a home environment where they can be socialized and learn to behave. Kittens grow up best with their siblings and mother, and sometimes other cats in their home, but it is an ongoing process that does not suddenly stop when they are weaned from mom. They need more time to learn from their siblings and also appreciate the wonderful bond that can form with humans. Getting two kittens together is much easier than introducing a second cat later on.

The shelter is at first a frightening place and kittens rely on one another even more. Strong sibling bonds form. Newly arrived kittens have never been alone and are terrified without a sibling or young partner. As much as they might like humans, they still need another of their kind.

Leaving a kitten alone while you work is asking for trouble, and the lone kitten will find it. They get bored and look for entertainment, often in the wrong places. Kittens learn from each other and burn off energy playing. They are calmer, happier kittens for having one another. Do not worry, however, your kitten(s) will still want to snuggle and play with you too.

We often hear from our adopters and seeing a photo of two kittens or cats asleep with their paws wrapped around one another is heartwarming. Two kittens are twice the fun.

* When we say ‘not too old’, we mean that your senior pet will not appreciate an energy filled kitten play fighting with them all the time. Before long, the grumpy senior cat will be hissing and batting at the kitten. They need to enjoy their senior years in peace and quiet.

Written by: Shelby Andrews and Grace Robertson
Photo images: Melissa Sue Visentin and Grace Robertson
-Ninth Life Cat Rescue Volunteers

Featured rescue cats: Bonnie, Abby, Sawyer and Maverick

 

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