cats

WHY ADOPT A RESCUE CAT?

 by Nomi Berger Why adopt a rescue kitten or cat? Why not buy one from an ad on the Internet or from a pet store? There are many reasons — all of them humane. The growth of the Internet has spurred the growth of ads selling pets. But it also provides anonymity to a more insidious growth: that of kitten mills and “backyard” breeders,

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BE SPECIAL: ADOPT A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT

by Nomi Berger Their bodies may be imperfect, but their spirit remains intact. So it is said about the special needs cat. Although caring for one can be challenging, more and more people are opening their hearts and their homes and adopting them. For this reason, more and more cats that might otherwise be euthanized are being given a new lease on life. Experts

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ADOPTING CATS WITH FIV

By Nomi Berger A cat diagnosed with the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is still an ADOPTABLE cat. What, then, is FIV? FIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus. It is in the same family as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS in people. It is a slow virus that attacks the immune system over

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ADOPTING CATS WITH FELINE LEUKEMIA

By Nomi Berger A cat diagnosed with Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is still an ADOPTABLE cat. What, then, is FeLV? FeLV is a virus that weakens a cat’s immune system, predisposing it to certain infections, severe anemia, and potentially leading to cancer. Most at risk are kittens born to FeLV positive mothers, cats under the age of one, cats living with an infected cat, and

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THE DOWNSIDE OF DECLAWING CATS

By Nomi Berger Like many cat owners, you may be fed up with finding scratch marks on everything from your floors and furniture to your curtains and comforters, cushions and clothes. And skin. But before you consider resolving the problem by choosing declawing as your only solution, be advised that declawing your cat is NOT a matter of solely removing its claws. Nor is

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A CAT-PROOFED HOME IS A CAT-SAFE HOME

By Nomi Berger A cat-proofed home is a cat-safe home whether your new pet is a newborn kitten or a fully- grown cat. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former “outside” cats, who may never have walked on wooden floors,

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December Adoptions!

Congratulations to Rootbeer, Genny, Oscar, Rhudee and Ranger! We are so thrilled that you all found homes. Enjoy the new year, and your new lives! <> <> <> Thank you to everyone who supported TAGS throughout 2014. Our fundraisers, outreach events and social media campaigns would not have been successful without you! Thank you for helping us find homes for so many deserving pets.

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November Adoptions!

Congratulations to Hope, Samantha and Zoe! They were all adopted in November. > We are very happy for Hope, as she was our only senior adopted during Adopt a Senior Pet Month. (Bonus: Read A Tale About Hope and Hope’s Happily Ever After.) > We are thrilled for Samantha, who has overcome a lot of obstacles to get her where she is today. > We

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