Guest Post with Cat Scout Maggie

Hi everyone ! We are lucky to have Cat Scout Maggie here today.

32-Maggie-Cougar-Nov-2015  Greetings, all!

Today I’d like to share with you some information our mom brought back from the recent  Taking Action for the Animals conference in Arlington VA, hosted by the Humane Society of the U.S.  This biennial conference brings peeps from around the world to discuss the latest tools and techniques for making our world a more humane place.  Two trends this year that were bigger than last time around: more people are embracing the Vegan lifestyle; more wildlife sanctuaries from around the world are getting financial support and publicity.

My interest was in the Alley Cat Allies information!  As you know, they are a very proactive group which advocates on behalf of community cats; informs public policy and institutions so that our feline brothers and sisters have a better chance to live out their lives, and corrects many misconceptions about spay, neuter, community cats and the peeps who care for them.  If you are involved with a rescue group, or are trying to start a community cat sheltered area, Alley Cat Allies has a wonderful website filled with tips, resources and peeps you can connect with. They are there to encourage and help you!

Feral Friends Network has nearly 1600 representatives throughout the country to help with your community cat issues. It’s like having a purrsonal friend in your neighborhood or town! http://www.alleycat.org/FeralFriend

Kitten care is a huge effort.  ACA is working with local shelters and rescue organizations to start kitten care programs which use the “Wait Until 8” slogan.  Kittens found or turned in to shelters can be fostered and provided with formula, bottles and information kits.  Once they reach their 8th week, they are ready to to back to the shelter, be spayed or neutered  and adopted out.  Without this type of program, many kittens are euthanized because shelters simply don’t have the room or the resources to care for the huge numbers that show up every Spring.

ACA also intervenes on behalf of chained cats by providing or working with others to install a Purrfect Fence which protects the cats in an airy and safe enclosure that enables them to move freely and yet not escape.  These fences would be great in your backyard, too!

Another effort of Alley Cat Allies is working with local and state governments to adopt Trap/Neuter/Return policies.  These ordinances include protections for community cats and their caregivers, and also prevents ear-tipped cats from being admitted to shelters.

Ear tipping identifies cats as having been spayed or neutered, and should alert shelters that these cats probably belong to a community and do not need to be held in a shelter where they might likely be euthanized if not quickly adopted.

ACA also advocates on behalf of cats in other countries.  Recently the government of Australia announced it would cull and kill 2 million cats by the year 2020, in order to save endangered wildlife. They plan to use poison and other inhumane methods.  You can sign a pledge calling for Australia to address the real threat to its wildlife – the destruction of their habitats.  Visit alleycat.org/Australia to sign the pledge!

.National Feral Cat Day

Alley Cat Allies is holding its 16th annual National Feral Cat Day (2)National Feral Cay Day on October 16 of this year.  If you would like to pawticipate, visit NationalFeralCatDay.org  You can sponsor an educational program or community effort right where you live!  Please get involved and help save our fellow felines!!

 

 

 

On a last note, many of us know a kitty that may have gone missing and has not yet returned to its home.  If your cats go outdoors, please have them micro-chipped!  This could save their life.  Collars and I.D. tags can often come off or be removed by others, and then your cat loses his identify.  Microchipping enables cats to be easily identified by vet offices, shelters and even some police departments so that their owners can be contacted and their kitties can be returned to their loving homes!

Happy July 4th, everyone!  Remember, we cats don’t like loud and startling noises. Some cats will leave their homes and yards in order to avoid the deafening sound of firecrackers and fireworks.  Keep us inside and safe while you celebrate!

Thank you for this informative post Maggie. And don’t forget, today is the last day to enter Phoebe’s 4th of July Giveaway. DSCF1673 (2)

Tummy Tuesday

Hi everyone! Happy Tummy Tuesday!

DSCF1696 Joanie wanted to show off her tummy again this week. Either her head is getting smaller or her tummy is getting bigger. She has discovered Brody’s food upstairs. And she wonders why he chases her sometimes.

Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win Phoebe’s 4th of July Giveaway ( comment once a day for more chances).

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To Catch a Cat

Hi everyone! I have a great book to recommend today. We were given a copy to review  of To Catch a Cat How Three Stray Kittens Rescued Me by Heather Green. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

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I love memoirs, especially ones that include cats so this was the perfect combination. And as an added bonus, it didn’t make me cry, it was very uplifting. The author tells of how when she was first dating her future husband, they rescued 3 feral kittens from a neighbor’s backyard. This brought them closer together as a couple and helped her see what was important in life.

They were very smart about the rescue and didn’t just try to grab these kittens. Her boyfriend took a class to learn about ferals and they borrowed a trap from a woman involved with TNR. From these first kittens, they continued on to save 65 total. I don’t like to give away many details, but I highly recommend this book to all cat lovers.

I wish I had gotten to read this before dealing with Brody. I am hoping this book will help people understand feral cats and want to join in with TNR and socialization of kittens.The book’s release date is July 5th, but you can preorder on Amazon.

*Disclaimer- we received the book for free in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.

We are joining in Comedy Plus’ Awww..Mondays Blog Hop and The Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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DSCF1673 (2) Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win this catnip mat and 2 crocheted firecrackers.

Phoebe’s 4th of July Giveaway

Happy Sunday everyone!  I got to see my Grammie on Friday. I love her so very, very much. I hope she visits me again soon.

We are all proud of Sammy, he passed his exam at Cat Scouts University and got a Certificate of Excellence.

DSCF1679  Purrsonally, I think the frame is a little much, but no one asked my opinion ( they should have though).

I want to let you know about some books you can get for free today through Amazon  from our friends at Random Thoughts and Observations. They have a poetry book, one on paying off debt and one on homeschooling.Just click here to go to their blog, you will see the links to the books on the right.

And now, my 4th of July Giveaway: DSCF1673 (2)  You could win a catnip mat with fireworks printed on it and 2 crocheted “firecrackers”- don’t worry, they are not the loud kind. Just leave a comment, you can comment daily from now until Wednesday- I will announce the winner on Thursday.

We are joining The Cat on My Head Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. Cat4-001

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Happy Thursday everyone!

001I love this photo, you can see what a pretty shade of green my eyes are.

Grammie stayed with us while Mom and Dad went to the movies. She gave us lots of treats, she hasn’t given me a dollar in a long time, but that is OK. I love her so very much.

Mom joined another hop where you answer a question in 6 words, this time it was what are your plans for the summer? https://coachdaddyblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/official-kickoff-to-summer-in-6-words/

A few readers wanted to see a photo of Lionel, the clinic cat so Mom asked her niece to send her one of him with a bow tie:lionel

He is a cutie!

Spooky is feeling much better already. He jumped on Dad’s lap and stuck his head in the potato chip bag- MOL.

I am having a 4th of July Giveaway! You can comment today, tomorrow and Saturday for more chances to win. The prize is a chicken leg, an ice cream cone, and a “firecraker” and beach ball. I will also include 2 mini flags so you can decorate your dinner like we do:https://15andmeowing.com/2015/05/memorial-day-monday/ . My friend Christy Paws recently won an ice cream cone and look how much fun they are: http://christypaws.com/my-pawsome-prize-from-15andmeowing-crochet-cat-toys/

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Tomorrow we are having a guest post from Cat Scout Felix. And Saturday we will be hopping.