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Gi’ Me Cat Shelter from the Cold

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

This is an old post from last year that I’ve asked my human to repost for the approaching winter season. It’s good to get started early so you don’t have to panic at the last minute like my human did last year. You can skip down to the helpful & informative links below… 

This was from 2009 – Well, winter is setting in and the human is thinking about building a cat shelter for Kitty, the stray, semi feral black cat she had neutered a few months ago. My favorite human is a good ol’ crazy cat lady, but as you can see she is not very creative with stray cat names…Kitty, Bow Tie, Tiger, Little Cat, and of course our Little Kitty who was abandoned by neighbors about 5 years ago. She must have had a brainstorm when she named me Violet…  

It’s going to be 29° tonight…my favorite human is a little late with the bright ideas, but it’s never too late to give a cat some shelter. Here are some shelter ideas to help the kitties make it through the winter, be they stray, feral or your own outside cats (some of these web sites have the same ideas, but you get the picture): 

DIY Shelters

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An inexpensive, yet effective shelter from PACT Humane Society in Chicago, Illinois  

Plans for building a cat shelter from Ally Cat Allies  

Several more shelter ideas from Ally Cat Allies  

Excellent shelter ideas from Neighborhood Cats in New York, New York  

Some excellent advice for feeding & sheltering feral cats from the Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition in Los Angeles, California (yes, it can get cold even in California)  

Shelter idea and some good info from Coolest Cat Care

 

 Premade Shelters

Heated Outdoor Cat Shelter – this shelter has radiant floor heating and requires an electrical supply. It’s very nic and also has a backdoor for quick exits.

The Feral Villa a simple, pre made, wooden cat shelter at an affordable price  

Shelters from Cats Play (wooden cat {and dog} houses, rather pricey but very groovy)

 

Heating & Warmth

Be sure to raise all shelters and feeding station off the ground with bricks or pieces of a 4×4, and put a nice thick layer of straw in the shelter to keep kitty off of any moisture that might accumulate inside. Don’t forget the mylar blankets (also known as Space Blankets!) which are a really cheap way to hold in the heat (line the inside of the shelter with them). You can get them from Amazon.com or at Walmart in the camping section).

Another thing to consider for keep kitties warm is a Snuggle Safe heating disk which provides heat for about 10 hours (microwave required to heat the disk!). If you use a Snuggle Safe be sure to wrap it with a blanket or towel before putting it in the cat shelter. Lowest prices for Snuggle Safe as of 11/06/2011 (these come with a cover. If you know of lower, please let me know!): 

Purr Pads – also known as Mysterious Purr Pads, are supposed to retain the cat’s own body heat. We just got a couple of them so I can’t tell you how effective they are yet, but you get 2 in a package and they are cheap.  They are 20 x20 and made of polyester fibers which are supposed to also be recycleable. You can get them at any number of cat supply stores, but the owest prices online for Purr Pads that I’ve found as of 11/06/11 are:

There is also the Mysterious Kuddle Kup which comes in 2 sizes and is made out of the same stuff as the Purr Pad.

 

Also check out Kyle Kitty’s Cat Fence!

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Dental Blues

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Woe is me. Yesterday, before I had any breakfast…and I was hungry… my (formerly) favorite human put my collar on me so I thought I was going for a walk with my harness and leash, but then she shoved me into one of those plastic box things (with my fleece blanket thankfully, although it didn’t help much), loaded me into that scary car, and drove for hours and hours while I squeaked and meowed in fright. Then she took me into this room with other cats and ladies…and left me. “Don’t worry, you’ll be alright” she says…yeah, right.

I was scared and just sat watching something called Marco the Maine Coon. Apparently he is the biggest cat around, but he is actually a nice kitty and very beautiful. There was also Chip, another really big cat and very handsome. They sat quietly watching me in my plastic box. I was scared, but curious, too. Chip and Marco live at this place, and sometimes Chip donates blood to other cats who need it. Their human is called Veterinarian. Funny name for a human, but she’s OK, and she doesn’t let those dogs come in this place so that makes her even more OK.

Then, a lady whisked me away into another room and put me in a cage. Later they took me into another room and started poking me and then I was really scared. I just wanted to run and hide. Next thing I knew I woke up inside a nice warm fleece sleeping bag inside a warm cage, and my mouth hurt and I was a little woozy. What happened??? I wanted to go home.

A few hours later my (not so) favorite human finally showed up to take me home. I was so happy to see her that I clung to her (uncharacteristically) when she took me out of that plastic box. Then I heard someone say that they had taken 6 of my teeth out. I’m only 5 years old, but I had something called Feline Tooth Resorption. My human paid a lot of money for this, and it’s because she loves me, even though it didn’t seem like it at the time. Those teeth were causing me a great deal of pain, and we didn’t even realize it until Veterinarian said it could change my personality, but I had become a different cat in the last few months, a little on the grouchy side…but hey, my mouth always hurt so what do you expect.

Now my human is shoving a bunch of nasty tasting things into my mouth twice a day so I don’t get infections and so I don’t feel the pain. I’ll be glad when this is all over, and I hope it never happens again.

My human says something about brushing my teeth, but I don’t think so! I’m not sure what that means, but I do not like the sound of that at all.

For the record, Violet’s veterinarian is the most excellent and highly recommended cat doctor, Dr. Nan Moses of 4 Season’s Cat Hospital in Charlotte!

Life Imitating Artz

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

kitteh noir

This is not one of my family members above, but of course we’ve all often been the subjects of my human’s interpretation of art while she tries to pose us for photos with silly toys and colorful blankies! Below are some of my favorite human’s favorite kitteh artists.

Susan Fey 365 CatSusan Feye makes wonderful custom portraits of pets and their people. Her website is called 365 Cat Ladies!

 

Leslie Newcomer emerald eyesLeslie Newcomer makes cats in fantasy, dream-like scenes and she’ll also do custom work when she has time. Her website is called Fantasy Cat Art!

 

PurrPrintsEtsy
 Rebecca makes some very cute cat art prints and cool things for cat lovers. Her web site on Etsy is called Purr Prints!

 

Cat in St. Paul de Vence by Isy OchoaIsy Ochoa makes lovely paintings of cats in various settings around the world, and also in still life poses with flowers and such. Vist her web site at Isy Ochoa

Photo Op

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Ok, so this is a cat blog and there are DOGs in this photo.

Well, this is a very cool pic of our friend Terry’s husband, Mike, and their dogs. Terry rescues a lot of kitties so I, Violet, am giving some space to her family, including the dogs! And besides, these dogs like cats!

Wednesday, Cole, Mike, Charlotte & RosieFrom left to right we have Wednesday, Cole, Mike, Charlotte & Rosie. Terry & Mike also have 7 cats. The cats, however, declined a ride in the car. All the dogs & cats are rescued.

You can read more about Terry and her kitty rescue work here: Feline Urgent Rescue & Rehabilitation