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High Tea at Joshua Creek

High Tea at Joshua Creek

Gentle ladies, men,and feline lovers, adorn yourselves with your favourite hat and prepare to enter the pastoral elegance of another era. Ninth Life Cat Rescue requests the pleasure of your company for high tea at the charming Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville. Envision a Jane Austin country manor as you stroll through the lovely gardens or adventure into the labyrinth. Later partake in refreshments created specifically for this event by our special guest Tea Sommelier, Tracey Carr-Snyder, and amazing Chef Kimberly Ann Masko of Reds Restaurant. Delight your senses with fine food and delicious teas while surrounded by beautiful art and classical music.


When: Sunday September 9, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Where: Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd. East, Oakville

Tickets: $40 per person

Menu: Mouth-watering appetizers, fancy finger sandwiches, fresh fruits, and decadent desserts accompanied with specially flavoured waters for this event. Unique blended teas created by the Tea Sommelier.

Delightful Distractions to Entertain: Participate in our silent auction and raffles for lovely prizes.  Learn to pair teas with foods from our Tea Sommelier.

Each guest will have a small token of gratitude bestowed upon them for attending and supporting  the Ninth Life Cat Rescue.

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Can You Foster a Cat?

Can You Foster a Cat?

Right now we have two very friendly and very pregnant cats sitting in a shelter waiting to be rescued.Sadly, without more foster homes, they cannot be saved.

Can you help us?



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International Cat Day 2018

International Cat Day 2018

Started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, International Cat Day is an annual event, always held on August 8th.

Pamper you cat(s) today! If you are considering adoption, all our adoption centres are all very full and volunteers would be happy to introduce the kitties.

Cat Pictured: Minks, from Oakville PetSmart
Photo Credit: Elaine Robertson


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Pet Valu 10 4th Anniversary Party

Pet Valu 10 4th Anniversary Party

Pet Valu 10 is located at Highway 10 and Eglinton Avenue.
5029 Hurontario Street, Mississauga

This event features:

— free BBQ

— free snowcones

— $5.00 self-serve dog washes

— $5.00 nail trims

— $5.00 face painting

— in-store specials

— product demonstrations

— raffles

— giveaways

.. and more!


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Allergic to Cats? Catchoo!

Allergic to Cats? Catchoo!

Did you know that cat allergies are more common than dog allergies? Were you aware that being allergic is one of the top five reasons that people surrender their cats to rescues and shelters? It is also one of the top reasons that newly adopted kittens get returned within 24-48 hours.

If you are considering adding a kitty to your home for the first time, have all members of your family come to the adoption centre and spend time with the cats. Often, when a cat is returned, it is because a family member is allergic and that is the person who never visited the adoption centre with you. After spending an hour or so with the cats, go home and see if you experience any symptoms*. It is not a foolproof plan but someone who has a major allergy to cats will experience symptoms within hours. If you are unsure, repeat the process. If you have completed an application, we will hold the cat while you make sure everyone is okay. As a bonus, it allows you to bond with your potential new pet and get a better idea of their personality.

* Allergic symptoms can include: generalized itchiness, itchy and watery eyes, hives or redness of the skin, tingling of the lips, coughing/wheezing, runny/stuffy nose, sneezing,

No cat is 100% hypoallergenic. Some purebred cats are less likely to produce allergens. This Pet MD article lists some breeds to consider. It is not the fur that is the problem, it’s protein in the cat’s saliva and dander, as well as urine. It does not matter if the fur is long or short.

Allergies can be treated with antihistamines, decongestants and allergy shots, but they are not always effective. You have to ask yourself if you are willing to continually take medication. Cat allergies do not get better over time. Be especially careful if you have asthma or have experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction to some other allergen. Often people who are allergic to cats have another allergy as well.

The Mayo Clinic has a very good article on testing for pet allergy symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.

If the allergy is mild, there are things you can try to help the situation.
Clean your home thoroughly and often, try a HEPA filter, keep the cat out of your bedroom, wash your hands frequently, and, although hard to resist, try not to rub your face against the cat. Regularly bathing your cat is often recommended but not all cats will be happy being bathed! An alternative you might consider is a dander reducing wipe or spray such as Burt’s Bees (available on Amazon). For more in-depth suggestions, read this Petfinder article.

Before you consider adopting a cat or kitten, take the time to determine if anyone in the house may be allergic. Taking home a kitty and then having to return it is not only hard on the feline but can be devastating for the family, especially children. We have seen this too many times and we want everyone to be both happy and healthy. Gesundheit!

Article: Grace Robertson & Patti Altridge, Ninth Life Cat Rescue Volunteers
Photo: Grace Robertson
Rescue Cat: T-Rex

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