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Feline Friday: Ask Amy, Cute Kittens & That BITES!

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kitten clawing feather

Gimme the FEATHER!

It’s Adopt-A-Cat Month! Are you in the market for a new kitten? There’s sure a bumper crop this year. In fact, my friend and colleague Lynette George hosts a kitten adoption event tomorrow at Sherman Petco, starting at 10 am. I plan to visit for some SQUEEEEE! kitten photo ops, and hope to see you there. Likely my Seren-kitty will make me sign in blood that I won’t bring home an “interloper” but the Magical-Dawg would welcome a new furry friend.

(WARNING: blatant self promo…) You can find all must knows on adopting and raising kittens in the award-winning book, Complete Kitten Care, updated and available in all Ebook and print formats. Or if an older furry friend strikes your fancy (gosh, I hope so!) discover the rewards and special issues of these golden oldies in Complete Care for Your Aging Cat, also updated and in all Ebook and print formats.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be a special month for y’all to adopt a cat. Shelters and rescue organizations do the work of the angels every day, all year long, and some go the extra mile.

CWA colleague Mary Anne Miller routinely takes in furry waifs and finds them homes, but the expense both in $$ and emotional trauma can be an issue when not all have happy endings. She’d taken in 10 needy cats from a colony, and despite above-and-beyond medical effort, most died. *sigh* To recoup the expenses so other cats can be helped, Mary Anne hosts a one-week-long fund raising auction of donated items (BLING ALERT!) so visit and if you’re of a mind, support with a bid.

Should you adopt a kitten, try to adopt an older baby–one 12 weeks old or more so s/he’s already been taught how to inhibit claws and teeth. Or adopt a pair, so they can use each other as kitten punching bags! Otherwise, you’ll run into problems like the owner in the Ask Amy question!

Did you plan your kitten/cat adoption? or did your cat find you? Seren showed up on the back porch of a friend. Have your “free” found pets cost you more than expected (like Mary Ann?). But weren’t they worth it! Please share.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant, award winning author, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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  1. All of my cats are rescues, all loved. One came from a bad home, another was from the pound, one’s mom was a rescue, one was a feral cat caught behind a pizza place, and most just showed up at the door looking for a forever home.

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  2. Angela, I had a friend (who has since passed on to RB to be with her fur-kids *s*) and she used to say the cats had “marked” her home as a safe place. She’d actually see strays and ferals lead kittens up onto her porch, and then dash away and watch from the bushes to make sure Junior was taken inside.

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    • I actually saw that happen, too. Except it was a momma, now known as Shades, who did it with her kittens. We put a trap out and she put her first two kittens in one by one then she disappeared for a couple of hours and showed back up with another kitten and put him in. When we brought him in and put the trap out she climbed in.

      It was amazing to watch. Shades absolutely knew she and her kittens were in trouble and gambled we were going to help them.

      They were all sick and Leonardo Da Vinci, the last one, would have died had we not taken him. He had a huge abscess on the side of his neck. My daughter nursed him and named him. She says he is a work of art, hence his name. He does have gorgeous blue eyes.

      For one reason or another I didn’t think they were adoptable so they’re all four still with me and it’s amazing to watch how much they all love one another to pieces. It’s made me realize how much harm is done when babies are taken from the mommas too soon.

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