Siamese and Special Needs Cats

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We’ve been talking about adopting cats and the decisions you need to make in order to provide a smooth transition for you and for the cat. A Labrador or a Rottweiler can be an equally wonderful pet, providing the dog’s needs and temperament mesh with the owner’s. If not … look out. The same holds true regarding cats, and “breed specific” rescue groups are now a major trend in feline as well as canine rescue.

Today, let’s take a look at the Siamese breed. The reason I chose this breed is because they are one of the first adopted, but also the first to be brought back! Why is this? That’s because these pretty faces are typically “in your face”.

Siamese Cat

I can relate to this since my Sammy has many Siamese qualities. His body build, the shape of his head, and his incessant talking are all Siamese traits. Siamese are high maintenance in behavior because they get involved in everything you do! However, they are low maintenance as far as grooming due to their short, sleek hair.

Siamese have been one of the most popular cat breeds in America ever since they got a lot of publicity, good and bad, with leading roles in two hit 1950s movies, “Lady and the Tramp” and “Bell, Book and Candle.” The breed originated in Thailand (formerly Siam).

The Siamese Cat Rescue Center has just one shelter facility, in Locust Dale, Va. But it has some 400 volunteers throughout the Eastern U.S., from New Hampshire to Florida and as far west as Indiana and Tennessee. At last count, SCRC has rescued a total of 9,303 Siamese cats since its 1998 inception. Along with four affiliate Siamese rescue organizations, one each in Texas and Colorado and two in California, the rescue total is 21,189. None of this would be possible without the Internet. Click on Siamese Rescue to connect with volunteers and resources across the U.S., or to peruse a parade of photos of cats and kittens available for adoption and appreciate all the variations within the breed: Seals, Blues, Lynx torties, Lilacs, Chocolates, and Snowshoes.

Here are stories about two special rescue cats that will warm your heart. The first is about Blaze, a rescue who lost his eyes at a very young age. Even though he has special needs, his “mommy” gave him a forever home.

Blazing Blind Trails

The second story is about Pippa, a rescue cat, who appears to have the special ability to detect when her eight-year-old owner is about to suffer a hypoglycemic episode due to her diabetes.

Rescue Cat Makes Sure Diabetic Owner is Feline Fine

We’re talking about adopting cats, but these following thoughts apply to any pet! Be responsible, please.

I Am a Forever Cat

When You Rescue

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

Choosing the Right #Cat For You

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Last week we talked about the wonderful reasons for adopting a cat. Before you actually adopt, the most important decision you will make is choosing the cat that’s right for YOU! We’re going to talk about some of the general choices today that you should consider. Circumstances and families are all different; your new pet needs to be able to fit into your life without causing stress to it or to you.

1. Sleek or Fluffy

Cats wear coats ranging from the nearly naked to long and elegant. If you like a long, luxurious coat, keep in mind that it requires daily brushing. Most cats aren’t equipped to keep long hair from tangling or matting even though they groom themselves many times a day. Long hair also creates more housekeeping; your vacuum and lint brush will get a workout. Finally, long-haired cats tend to be more prone to hairballs. Not all long-haired cats enjoy being brushed. You might end up having to take yours to a groomer.

Hair All Over the Couch

Short-haired cats don’t require as much brushing, but it helps to remove loose fur, stimulate the skin, and distribute oils through the coat. A cat who likes being groomed will come running when it sees the brush. Kirby does this. Can’t even show it to Sammy, let alone brush him.

2. Pink or Blue collar.

Some people have strong opinions about which sex makes the best pet. Having had both, I think the individual cat is more important than the sex. I do agree that both sexes need to be “fixed” to control the population of unwanted pets.

You're Saving Me

3. Kitten or Adult

Kittens are cute and wrap their paws around your heart in seconds, but there are disadvantages too. They need extra care, supervision, and a bit of training. Since they are fragile little creatures, they’re vulnerable to many dangers.Although most cats are easy to train to use a litter box, kittens—like all babies—do have accidents. At around 6 months, most kittens go through a wild stage and seem to have endless energy and springs for legs. A kitten is susceptible to disease and will need to visit the veterinarian several times for vaccinations and checkups. A kitten is an unknown entity—you really don’t know what kind of cat you’ll end up with once they outgrow their kitten personality.

Aiz Gonna Misbehave

Finger Says Bad Bad Kitten

If you can’t devote the time and effort or spend the money necessary to raise a kitten properly, consider adopting an adult cat instead. Most adult cats adapt quickly and become part of the family as easily as kittens. When you adopt an adult cat, you can already see the size and the coat as well as evaluate its personality. They’re past those crazy kitten stages that require you to do major kitten-proofing in your home. If you adopt from a rescue organization, shelter, or breeder, your cat will probably have been examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, and brought current on vaccinations and other health care. If your adult adoptee is a purebred from a responsible breeder, you will get documentation of any health clearances its  had as well as the health history, and you’ll be able to ask about behavior, habits, and quirks. Cats retired from showing and breeding are often quite young and are usually very well socialized to people.

Adopt A Black Cat

4. Personality

Cats, like people, are individuals. No two are exactly alike, whether they’re from the same breed or even the same litter. Some cats are very mellow and will tolerate any kind of handling, including being dressed in clothes. These cats are perfect for young kids or older people who want and appreciate this type of cat.

Gangsta

My Fishing Hat

The Pet Store

Other cats don’t like being picked up or held and will only come to you for petting when they feel like it. There are cats who live to nap and cats who are perpetual motion machines.

Only Slept 15 Hours Today

Next week, we’ll talk some about the pros and cons of a certain breed, as well as special needs cats. (They want a forever home too!) In the meantime, here are some more stories of successful adoptions.

Branwell, the Cat Who Came In From the Cold

Memieux’ Story

Catherine Bussiere: Cats

 

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

 

 

Have You Adopted a Pet Recently?

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If you have, you’re one of many. That’s seems to be a very popular thing to do around holidays and birthdays. Unfortunately for some of these pets, it’s not a good situation once the newness wears off. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons to adopt and some good-ending stories about people that did adopt.

Life is better with pets in so many ways. In addition to being loving companions, pets teach us many valuable lessons, help keep us healthy, and provide unmatched fun and cuteness. Here are just a few of the best reasons to adopt a pet:

1. Pets give your life balance so you don’t have to work so hard.

Changed Your Facebook Status

There's Something More Important Than Me

2. Caring for a pet can teach your child about compassion, sharing, and the joy of playtime.

Get a Human They Said

3. Pets make excellent couch potato pals.

I'd Hug You Bigger

4. Your pets will always save a spot for you and keep it warm.

I Should Do Something With My Life

5. Pets can make the mundane tasks, like paperwork, even more fun.

Office Assistant

6. Everyone can use a snuggly cuddle, but did you know that owning a pet can have health benefits?

Kitty Creation

7. They will greet you at the door like you’ve been gone forever, even though it’s only been five minutes!

You're Late Slave

 Here are two stories about kittens being adopted that will touch your heart. Do you have a rescue story to share? If so, let us know.

Meet Satin, the Amazing Cat With Nine Lives

Meet the Two Sisters

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667