Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How To Help Pet Angel Without Volunteering In Person

Looking for a way to help Pet Angel but cannot volunteer your time to come into the rescue to help in person? We have PLENTY of different ways you can help us!

1) Set up an account with our online fundraiser website and fundraise money to help us pay our vet bill! The adoption fees are not able to cover the entire cost-of-care for our animals, so we need additional help! Go to to get started!

2) Mail us donations. It doesn't have to be money, we accept anything that will help the kitties! Today, I noticed that we're running low on kitty treats! We love to give out free collars when one of our fur-friends find their forever home, but we don't have anymore! Sparty lost his favorite ball last week and none of us can find it. The kittens loved the scratching post in their room so much, they ripped it to shreds. Send the kitties some new things! Anything from bedding, toys, treats, accessories or furniture can be used and will be appreciated!

3) When shopping on Amazon, for personal items, birthday gifts or even to mail something to us, use! It's Amazon, except a portion of your total is donated to a non-profit of your choice. When you check out, click on us! The kitties get some help, and you didn't have to do anything but shop!

4) Are you a runner? Do you walk long distances? Do you play Pokemon Go? Download "rescue walk" to your smart phone and run it in the background while you are walking! It tracks how much you walk, and donates money to the non-profit you choose! How easy is that?! All you have to do is run the app! Pick Pet Angel, and get to walking!

5) If you're local, hold a cottage party! A cottage party is a dinner party that you hold in your home to raise money for Pet Angel! Message us if you would like more information on having a cottage party!

6) We currently have a cookbook in the works, and are accepting pictures of pets for our calendar! If you would like to purchase a month or a day to have your animal be featured in our calendar, message us! We can explain the prices and tell you how to mail us the image of your pet!

7) Sponsor a cat! Set up a reoccurring donation to sponsor the care of one of our kitties each month! To do this, go to this link and scroll to the bottom. Click on "set up reoccurring donations" an ideal fee for this would be $25 a month, to cover food, litter and vet care that month.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

5 Reasons Your Kitty Might Not Be Using The Litter Box

Sparty here. Lets talk litter boxes.

Sometimes, we kitties don't use the litter box. On behalf of all kitties, I would like to apologize. We're not doing it just to be funny or rude, there's a reason behind the reason we are using the floor as our box. So, from a kitty perspective, this is why we might not be using the box.

1) A change at home made me mad.
You started new hours at work, your niece is staying with us this week, the guys doing the landscaping outside really scare us, or the new baby is taking away from me. That makes me unhappy. I either don't want to leave where we are hiding to go to the box, or I'm not using the box to show you that I'm unhappy and to get me attention. Give me some extra attention to show me that I still matter.

2) The other cats scare me when I'm in the box.
If your box is covered, the other cats trap me in there when I'm in there. So, of course, I'm NOT going to go in there and get trapped. If you box is uncovered, the other cats are getting in the box when I'm in there and they can see me, I can't go in there when they're watching me! Try putting a cover on the box, or taking the cover off.

3) I don't like the litter.
If you didn't change the litter, you should try using a different kind. I might suddenly no longer like it. The texture might be wrong on my feet, it might be too dusty and hurt my nose, the smell might be too "man made" or citrusy for me (cats don't like the smell of citrus, guys!) Try changing the type of litter it is. If you want to stick to clay, try different types of clay litter. It might just be the type and smell. If you're using clay and its just not working, try pine litter! Thats what the Angel's use here at Pet Angel; they're pellets made out of pine trees. Its natural, and its not dusty! 

4) The location of the box is not ideal.
There might be something near the box that I don't like. Machines that make noise, toilets are sometimes scary, the door by the box might open and scare me! The dog kennel is pretty close to my cage an that freaks me out. I'm getting too old to walk down the stairs now, so I can't get to the basement. Sometimes, lets be honest, the house is to big to get to the box in time! Try moving the box someplace else. Even try getting another box and put it someplace else, as well as leaving the other box to where it is. 

5) I'm sick.
We have to do things sometimes that are wrong to get you to pay attention to us when we need to tell you something. When we're sick, we hide it. Its a cat thing. But when I'm sick, I can't tell you that I'm hurting. The way we tell you is by going out of the box. We know that will get your attention, so that's why we do it. 


This is the most common reasons we may not be using the litter box, it doesn't mean that they are the only reason. If none of these work for you, try talking to your vet or looking up different ways you can help us. But please, don't give us up because we are difficult. Would you give up your kid if they kept having accidents? No. So why would you give us up?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life From The Perspective Of A Shelter Cat

I remember the day I came here, huddled in the back of a green carrier. The smell of other cats filled the air, music played in the background and I was scared. This didn't smell or look like the vet office. My humans handed the carrier to a lady, and peaked through the front of the cage door. "Bye, Kitty,"

Bye? Why are you saying bye? Where did you take me? When are we going home?

The carrier started moving again, and I didn't dare look outside the holes to see what was happening, I tucked my head in the corner and cried. The carrier stopped moving, and I heard the door open.
"Come here, buddy, lets get you out," I heard a sweet voice say. I felt a hand stroke my back and then scoop under me. I tried grabbing the carrier and digging in with my claws, but there was nothing to hold on to. She pulled me out, and I looked around, crying. I saw cages with other cats inside. Where was I? She plopped me into the cage and shut the door. The bed was fluffy, and there was delicious food and water next to me. The lady stood outside the cage door and looked at me, "You're safe now, Bud."

"Safe now?" I thought, "What's that mean? What is this place?"

That was 5 months ago.

Today, I lay stretched out on a different fluffy blanket that is sprawled out on the floor in Roshas' room. Next to me lay's one of my many fur-friends Bea, and we're both watching the broom of a volunteer as she sweeps throughout the room. Sometimes Bea and I get up and chase the broom, but today we both are too comfortable to get up off this blanket.

In the last 5 months, I learned all the answers to my questions. My human said goodbye to me because they didn't want me anymore. They took me to my current home, Pet Angel, and promised me that they would find me new humans that would love me endlessly. Until that day, they told me they'd care for me here. Here, I am safe. Every day I am cared for, I don't have to stay inside of a cage, I get to play all day, I have a lot of other kitties I live with and we get humans to come pet us every day! Different volunteer's come in and clean our room, give us new water and love us every day. I get to cuddle up with Bea and sleep every night, and I get lots of treats.

The girl from my first day here just walked through the door with a bright blue carrier. Behind her, at the door, are two smaller humans and a big human looking through the glass at me. I remember them from a few days ago! They pet me for HOURS and I liked the taste of the smallest humans hands because they tasted like peanut butter. I got up, stretched, and started walking toward the girl with the carrier, hoping she'd pick me up.

She looked down at me with a huge smile on her face. "Remember that home I promised you about?"
Yes, how could I forget that? I meowed in response. "Today's the day! They're taking you home!" I blinked at her, then looked at the humans behind the glass. They want me?!?! She opened the carrier, and lifted me in.

Its really happening! Its my turn! Today, I'm going home!

Through the door of the carrier, as I was carried away to my new family, I saw Bea looking back at me. I meowed at her, and let her know that today might be my day but tomorrow is hers.

Wish me luck! I've got a whole new life ahead!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yes, Indoor Cats Need Vet Visits

At Pet Angel, when you adopt an animal, you sign an adoption agreement. In the agreement, we require that you take your new family member to the vet within a certain amount of days of adoption. While discussing this, we often times run into potential adopters and current cat owners who do not understand that their indoor cat must go to the vet. It is vital to your animal that they have routine check ups, just like children require while growing. To explain this better, here are three reasons your cat should go to the vet, even though its an indoor cat.

1) Cats are very good at hiding illnesses

Cats hide pain. Its what they do. So when you discover that your cat is showing physical signs of being in pain, it means it is extreme. Often times they will not act themselves, staying away from the family and climbing up high on perches. They will not be as active, and will begin not to eat or drink as much. Their fur may change and become less shiny, and tuffs of it may begin to form from lack of grooming. They may begin to miss the litter box, or not use it at all. These are all signs that your cat needs to go to the vet. They aren't miss behaving, they aren't becoming lazy. They are sick. 
Check out this link for more information. 

2) Cats Peeing outside the litter box can mean a UTI or bladder infection

Cats can not use words like you and your child can to tell you when they don't feel good. They have to communicate it to you in a different way. When your cat pee's outside the litter box, on your bed, on clothing or on the floor, they are not misbehaving. Do not try to re-home them or decide to get rid of them because they are being bad. Instead, take them to the vet. Odds are they had a bladder infection or a UTI. This can be treated with medication, and they will go back to using their box again. They stopped using the box because they know that will get your attention and thats what they want, to tell you they are sick! 
If this isn't it, check out this link to see other reasons they might not be using the box.

3) Your cat needs shots

Just like a child, your cat needs shots. What if your cat gets out and you find them three days later? Do you really want to risk them getting sick when you get them back? What if, why your animal is lost, it ends up in a shelter? At your home it might not be at risk, but in shelters it will be around other cats, and could catch something. A mosquito can get inside, bite your cat and give your cat heart worm, do you really wanna risk your cat getting a serious parasite? I can promise that if you decide, for whatever reason, that you can't keep your animal and call to bring it to us, I'm going to ask you why you didn't take it to the vet in the last 3 years and I'm going to be upset when you didn't care for your cat like you do your child. 

In Conclusion

Treat your cat as though it is a family member. If your kid is sick, you take them to the doctor. You don't try to re-home them or turn them into a foster home. Do the same for your pet, figure out ways to work around the illness and take care of your pet when its not feeling well. Shots will keep them from getting sick, and the love will keep them happy. Besides, you are that cats world, they love you more than you know.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

8 Cat Jokes for the Cat Lovers

Ending the month of June, and jumping into July, we figured everyone could use a summer laugh! Here are 8 jokes that only cat lovers will enjoy! Which one's your favorite?!

1) What do you call a pile of cats? 

A meowtian.

2) Where does the cat go after it lost its tail?

The Retail store.

3) Who are cat's going to vote for in November?

Hillary Kitten.

4) Why did the cat wear a dress?

She was feline fine.

5) What did the alien say to the cat?

"Take me to your litter."

6) Do you wanna hear a bad cat joke?

Just kitten.

7) What do you call a cat race?

A meowathon.

8) What do you call a cat that got caught by the police? 

The Pur-patrator.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TNR Basic Training

"There's some feral cat's in my neighborhood, and they're just multiplying! They get into the garbage, I'm scared my dog's going to get one, they keep fighting, my son's allergic and the lady next door feeds them so they're always around my house. I just can't have it."

Raise your hand if you've ever heard that. Now, raise your hand if you heard of the awful way they planned on getting rid of those feral cats.

We have a solution: Trap, Neuter, Release.

Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) is a humane way to get a handle on the community of cats in your neighborhood. TNR is exactly what it sounds like, trap the cat, fix the cat, release the cat. By using live traps and some canned food, you can catch the cat humanly and safely. They're feral, so throw a sheet or a blanket over the cage when you go and get it and take them to your vet. Vets are trained on how to deal with feral animals and  will put the cat under while still in the live trap. Once the cat is sleeping, they'll take them out, fix them (using dissolvable stitches so you don't have to take them back to have the stitches taken out) and clip the very end of their ear. A few days in recovery in your garage, and you can open the cage and let the cat back out to their colony. 

Most of the time, the two issues with feral cats are over-population and cat fights. Cat fights happen usually between males fighting over "territory" or mates. If males are fixed, they don't have a need to fight over mates because they no longer have mates. Females fight because they are protecting their young. If they are fixed, they will no longer have kittens. This not only stops the fighting but also stops the population of the cats. 

The clipping of the ear is important as well, saving the cat stress and saves you a lot of time. If you catch a cat and the tip of their ear has been removed, you know they have already been trapped and fixed and don't have to go through all the steps just to find out it was already done. 

Fixing a cat also improves their health. When a cat is fixed, it lessens the chance of them getting infections from wounds from fights, because they no longer fight. Illnesses of the reproductive systems, like cancer, also no longer become a worry for the animal's health.

TNR also helps control the population of cat's in rescues and shelters that are already full of cats. To help with this, many shelters and rescues offer programs to get TNR animal's fixed at low cost or for free and have traps available to rent or loan out. If you are interested in using TNR for your neighborhood, contact the rescues and shelters in your area for assistance. This was just the very basics of TNR, to learn more information you can go to Alley Cat Allies or Neighborhood Cats  Both of these websites are extremely helpful in learning everything there is to know about TNR! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Save A Paw, Don't Declaw!

Often times, potential adopters inform us during the pre-adoption process that they want to declaw their new fur friend. This is our chance to educate our future adopters on not declawing their cat and teaching them alternatives to declawing. "I have kids," "I don't want my furniture ruined" or "I don't want to be scratched" isn't a good reason to remove your cat's claws. Its not fair to put your animal through the procedure of removing apart of their body for your own benefit. Your cat cannot tell you what they want, and you must make the decision for them. We're here to give the cats a voice and tell you why you shouldn't declaw your cat, and what your other options are.

Why You Should Not Declaw Your Cat

The operation to declaw a cat is not humane. Pretend, for a minute, that you decided that you wanted your child to no longer have finger nails. So you bring your 2 year old into the doctor, they put her under, and they chop off her fingers at the knuckles, removing her entire finger tips. Thats what you are doing to your cat when you take her to the vet to get declawed.
The surgery does not just remove off the claw, but they also cut off the bone at the joint so that the claw does not try to grow back. Our fingernails grow from the bone, so if you just peeled your nail off, it would regrow. If you didn't want it to regrow, you have to remove that entire piece of the bone, and this is the same for cats. The pain that the cat will feel after the surgery is high. The cat may appear to seem fine, however, cats are extremely good at hiding their pain until it is nearly too late. It is difficult for them to walk, and hurts them when they do. There can also be complications to adapting without the tips of their paws.
Claw's are something that the cats are born with. It's natural for them to have claws, just like its natural for you to have fingers. When you declaw your cat, your making it easier on you and your lifestyle, but not your cat and their life style. Keeping your cats claw's is definitely one of the best things you can do for your pet.

Alternatives To Declawing

Alright, we convinced you not to declaw your cat. Awesome. So now you're probably wondering what you CAN do so your new family member wont wreck your favorite lazy boy. There are three different alternatives to declawing your cat.

Scratching Posts
Training your fur friend to use a scratching post instead of the furniture may take some time, but is worth it. Try putting the scratching post infront of the spot on the furniture that your cat has been scratching. When you catch them scratching, tell them no, pick them up and relocate them to infront of the scratching post. Getting multiple posts, the kind that are stands that go straight up and down, and the kind that lay down more flat are highly recommended for this. This way if they like to scratch on a rug, you can put them on the flat one, and if they scratch on a chair, you can put them on the vertical one.
Another way to get them to use the scratching post is with cat nip. Rub cat nip on the scratching post, or sprinkle it on the post. The smell causes the cat to scratch where it is, so they will get used to the post instead of your furniture and it will become a habit. When you catch your cat using the scratching post, reward them. They will catch on that it's a good thing to use the post if you give them treats or attention.

Nail Clippers
You can use the same type of nail clippers you use on your cat. To learn how to clip your cat's nails correctly, click on this link to take you to a video by Petco on how to trim the claws. They do not use finger nail clippers in this video, but it works the exact same way as the trimmers they use. It is important to pay attention to the part of the video that explains the "quick." Do not trim that high up on their nails, but do not let the risk of that take away from caring for your cat. Your cat is your family member, just like a child is. Taking care of their nails is a vital part of being a cat parent.

Nail Covers
Another way to protect your furniture and family members from your cat's claws are by using nail covers, such as Soft Paws. These are basically "fake nails" for your cats claws. It uses special nail glue in the cap, and you just slip them on your cats claws, wait a few seconds for it to dry, and then let her go. The covers fall off the cats claws on their own, and you can just pick them up when you run across them and throw them away. When you notice your cat is missing one, you can simply replace them. Soft Paws even come in fun colors that you can choose while ordering.
My family personally uses soft paw's on our cats. They work great, their fun, and they're easy! To learn more about Soft Paws, click here to be taken to their website.