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Giving Tuesday November 27

Giving Tuesday November 27

Giving Tuesday is November 27th. Help us win $2500 through Canada Helps!
For a chance to win, simply fill out this  form  and select “Ninth Life Cat Rescue”

Donate via Canada Helps

All donations we receive will be used directly to pay our vet bills. We can’t continue to help all the cats and kittens we do each and every year without the generous donations we receive from our supporters. Your donations will help us to help more cats and kittens.

Meet Henry: Henry is approximately nine years old. He was a newcomer to a colony, and was emaciated when he was found. Skin and bones. Henry is a very friendly guy who needed medical care immediately. When Ninth Life Cat Rescue was asked to help, we did not hesitate. Henry is not the only cat that comes to us requiring more than the standard vetting. Many require dental, additional testing, and sometimes even surgery. Unfortunately, our adoption fees alone do not cover these additional costs. That is why we need your help.

Thank you!

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Lost Cat?

Lost Cat?

Lost Your Cat?

It can happen in a blink of an eye. Suddenly your indoor cat is outdoors and has disappeared. Time to act. Most cats, especially indoor ones, will not go very far but they will hide.

Here are some things you should do, the sooner the better.

—Assuming your cat has a microchip, check that your online information is up to date. If your cat is not chipped, that is something you should do as soon as your cat returns.

—Make a poster with your cat’s picture and details and include your contact phone number. Photocopy to post in your neighbourhood. Having one or more photos of your cat is always a good idea. You can make your own poster or some sites (check the Lost Pets of Ontario link at the bottom) will create a poster for you.

.—Call your local vet and animal shelter to let them know the cat has disappeared and leave your contact number.

.—Ask neighbours to check garages and sheds in case kitty is trapped inside and let neighbours know you are looking for kitty. Show them a photo (preferably in colour) of your kitty.

—If you live in a house, trying leaving your garage door ajar and kitty may sneak back in there.

Be absolutely sure kitty is not hiding somewhere inside. He/she may have made a dash for the door and was scared back inside and is now hiding.

—Once it starts to get dark, start walking your street calling for kitty. Don’t call frantically-use your normal voice as if you were calling kitty at home for attention. Shake kitty’s treat jar. Don’t forget to look up in case kitty climbed a tree or is on a fence. Keep listening for sounds of your cat meowing outside.

—If you have moved recently, check your old neighbourhood too in case kitty returned there.

Put out food (the stinkier the better) and water for kitty and monitor to see if the food is eaten (also keep an eye on the food as it might also draw racoons and other critters).

—You might borrow a humane trap and set it in your yard.

—If your cat does not have a microchip, visit local humane society and rescue shelters and look for your cat. Vets and shelters will always check for a microchip.

There are many online lost and found websites, including kijiji and Facebook – Lost Pets Ontario in an example. Search for sites in your area and post there. Don’t forget to search “Found” cat reports on these sites as well. Post to your personal Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.

Do not lose faith because cats are resourceful and have been known to return after very long periods of time.


Article & Photo: Grace Robertson
Former Stray Cat: Harry

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Adoption Weekend at PetSmart

Adoption Weekend at PetSmart

All locations will have kittens but please look at the other wonderful cats we have. Cats and kittens will continue to arrive during the weekend but here are some of them. Many of the adult cats are featured on our Adoptions page.

Kitties are $195 CASH each (or $350 for a bonded pair of adult cats). You must have a carrier to transport kitty to your home. The fee includes neutering and all cats are vet checked, up to date on immunizations, and have a microchip.

Visit our Articles section of the website for information on what you need for your new kitty, how to introduce your new cat or kitten, or find out about our “two kitten rule”.

Oakville PetSmart
2501 Hyde Park Gate
Oakville, ON L6H6G6
(905) 829-9999

Etobicoke PetSmart
158 North Queen Street
Etobicoke, ON M9C1A8
Ph: (416) 620-4648

Burlington PetSmart  
1200 Brant Street
Burlington, ON L7P5C6
Ph: (905) 331-5454

Are bunnies your favourite? Sheldon was adopted this week but two of his friends, a male and female, will arrive for the weekend.

For dog lovers, in addition to our Ninth Life cats and kittens, two dog rescue groups will also be present on Saturday afternoon at Oakville PetSmart on Hyde Park Gate.

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Meowloween 2018

Meowloween 2018

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble! 

Yes it’s almost that time of year and although Shakespeare wasn’t actually referring to Ninth Life Cat Rescue’s Meowloween Party, we think he would approve. So tap into your inner ghoul, be creative, and come and join us for our 3rd Annual MEOWLOWEEN PARTY. Our two fantastic chefs will be busy bending over their cauldrons in the Brampton Legion’s kitchen to concoct devilishly delicious dishes for whatever beastie you are (carnivore or vegetarian).

All funds raised goes to help cats and kittens in need. And with the cold months quickly approaching these little fur babies will need all of your help. So make sure you buy your tickets NOW!


As Dracula says, “Won’t you come in for a bite?” Chef Tom and Chef Kim have have conjured up a fang-tastic meal and a spooktacular dessert bar for your ghoulishly delightful! Non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of your ticket and the Legion will run a cash bar. Remember to drink responsibly.

The Wolfman howls for you to get your “BOO-gie” on and rattle your bones with our special line dancing. This could get very scary!

Costume Contest: Think outside the crypt and bewitch us with your original costume. The best look will be awarded with an eye of newt (or something much better)! And our famous NLCR sorceress will capture your Meowloween spirit at our spooky photo booth.

Hang around for a spell as throughout the evening a raffle/auction table will summon you to try and win some awesome prizes donated by our generous supporters. Invoke the spirits to bring you luck in a 50/50 draw.

So where and when is this ghoulishly delightful event happening?

Date: Sunday October 21st, 2018

Time: 4pm to 8pm, Dinner served around 5:30 p.m.

Location: Royal Canadian Legion 609

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

ADVANCE Tickets at a hauntingly low price

—Adults $25
—Kids under 12 $15
—Kids under 3 are FREE

Advance tickets will ONLY be on sale until midnight on Saturday October 20th, 2018.
DOOR Tickets – Above prices go up $5  

Please purchase your tickets well in advance so we have enough spaces set at the tables and enough food to feed everyone! You won’t want to anger the demon spirits floating around.

For questions about vegan options or other food restrictions and allergies, please contact the organizers at



—Appetizers: veggies, dips, nachos and variety of cheese and crackers
—Main Meal: Lasagna – meat and vegan/vegetarian
—Meatballs and “Beetballs”
—Garlic Bread
—Green Salad and Cesar Salad
—Dessert Bar: Variety of cakes, muffins, cookies, and other treats
—Flavoured Water: Fall-themed
—Beverages: Coffee/Tea, Pop

Want to help out in another way?
We would gladly accept in-kind donations of the most needed items for our foster homes, such as Royal Canin Babycat, kitten food, wet food, litter and kitten milk replacer. Also appreciated are gift cards for pet stores and gas stations for our volunteers who run errands. Cash and cheque donations are also welcome the night of the event or when purchasing your tickets.

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Don’t Fear the Diabetic Cat

Don’t Fear the Diabetic Cat

Just like humans, cats can develop diabetes. And diabetes can be managed in a cat as it can be in a human. Diabetes can strike at any age but is more common in middle aged obese cats. Diet changes may help a cat with diabetes or they may require insulin. Some cats go into remission short or long term. They will often live into their teens, a normal life span for a cat.

From the Canadian Veterinary Association:
From Cornell Feline Health Centre:


Kenny, a friendly black long haired adult cat, was surrendered to Ninth Life along with his companion, Dexter. As beautiful as he was, the volunteers noted that Kenny’s coat appeared greasy but assumed he simply needed a good brushing. The coat, however, remained greasy and Kenny appeared to be losing weight and drinking too much water. A few days later, they discovered Kenny sitting in his urine soaked bed. And it happened a couple more times. Kenny was taken to our vet and diagnosed with diabetes. One of our foster moms, agreed to take him even though Kenny would be her first diabetic cat. The foster mom admits she was terrified when Kenny first arrived. If that was not enough of a challenge, ten days later she took on a second diabetic cat, eight year old Charlie!

Kenny is given an insulin injection twice a day (every 12 hours). He, and his buddy, Charlie, also are given a B12 injection once a week as the foster believes it is helpful. It may sound like a lot, but giving the injection is quick and routine (often easier than pilling a cat). B12 is inexpensive. Both insulin and B12 are available in a regular pharmacy. Vets usually recommend human grade insulin as the veterinary version, Caninsulin, although appropriate for dogs, metabolizes too quickly in cats.

At first I really didn’t like all that poking with needles, but I am used to it now and I am way better than in the beginning. Just have a treat or two and I will let you do anything as long as you are quick. I said I am getting used to it, NOT that I like it, so you take too long then I will run. I come with instructions, my foster mom’s info and a link to a great diabetic support group that my foster mom found for us. You will not be alone. There will be lots of help for you. Please give me a chance and take me into your family. I do know what it feels like to be in a family and be loved.


I’ve been diabetic for many years now, I have been passed on to so many homes that I forget if there was ever anyone that ever loved me? I was pretty much a messed up fur ball of emotions, not knowing what I did wrong, for so many people to NOT want me. I know my foster mom does, she tells me and shows me every day how much I am loved now. Mom has explained to me that if she could she would keep me but there are so many other cats out there that need her help, also I would get so much more attention in my own home. She has to juggle many cats and kittens each day, finding time for each of us. We all know she has loads of love but just not the space. She promises that she will make sure I am loved for the rest of my life once they find me my furever home. My foster mom already had her hands full with my diabetic buddy Kenny, when she agreed to take me on as well. The stories were that I was this vicious attack cat and it took two people to do my insulin and tests. If you just say NO to me and BE NICE Charlie, I will drop my attitude and you can finish what you were doing. Oops I guess I can’t fool her anymore. I guess if I’m telling you all my secrets I won’t be able to fool you either. Oh man!!

Every cat needs to have a veterinarian but it is especially important with a diabetic cat. Your veterinarian will monitor your cat and support you both when needed. It is daunting taking on your first diabetic cat but you will learn how to inject and monitor insulin and very soon you and kitty will be into a comfortable routine. Cats like Kenny and Charlie are worth it!

For more information, Kenny and Charlie are both featured on our Adoption page.


Article written by: Grace Robertson, with input from Carole-Anne Hughes.
Photos: Grace Robertson and Carole-Anne Hughes
Ninth Life Cat Rescue Volunteers
Feature image rescue cat: Kenny

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