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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 20026
1077 North Service Road #39
Mississauga, ON L4Y 1A6


Note:  this is a mailing address only – it is not a shelter.
Our foster homes and cats / kittens are located all over GTA

 

Feline Wellness

Great articles here on health, nutrition, training and lifestyle

Do you know what's in your pet's food?

Truth About Pet Food
Little Big Cat

Clumping Cat Litter: A Danger?

Alternatives to Clumping Clay Kitty Litters

An important read if you are regularly using clumping cat litter. 
An eye-opening look at your feline's bathroom!

If you are considering declawing your cat, please read these articles below. 
It will only take a moment, and it will give you valuable information to help you in your decision.

Declawing 

There is another very interesting and compelling article in the Toronto Star (March 30, 2017) about declawing.
This one is written by John Cotter of The Canadian Press

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There is a very interesting and compelling column written by Duncan Strauss of The Washington Post 
in the February 25, 2017 edition of The Toronto Star


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This is what happens when you declaw a cat!


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Declawing Cats: Far Worse Than a Manicure
Humane Alternatives to Declawing Cats
Why Cats Need Claws
Soft Paws - Nail Caps For Cats and Dogs

The Cats Den

Safe healthy happy habitats for cats! 
Give your cat the free & easy life, a wholesome active lifestyle 
in a safe cat habitat by Home of Habitat Haven, makers of The Cat's Den.

Jackson Galaxy's Catification

Catification is about creating feline-friendly environments that cater to a cat’s natural instincts to climb, perch, rest, play, and own their space.

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Tips for Socializing a Shy or Timid Cat - From One of Our Experienced Foster Homes!

In the first few days, keep your new cat in a small, private room so she can gradually get used to her new home in stages (if you don’t have another separate room the bathroom would be fine). Keep any siblings in there with her for the first day or two to help her adjust. Keep her carrier in the room with a blanket in it, she will probably spend most of the first day or two in there, she loves small, safe spaces. The more adventurous sibling will want to come out and explore the rest of his new home soon, let him, but let him go back in with the shy cat's room regularly so they can play, etc. 

While  Shy Miss is in her own room, routinely visit her, for example, visit her about 10 times a day for about 20 minute intervals and sit beside her and talk to her. In the beginning, it is best to visit her one person at a time, so she can bond with each person individually and so as not to overwhelm her. Reach into the carrier, or wherever she is hanging out, and let her smell you, offer her pets, words of encouragement, toys and treats. At first she will likely be stiff and unresponsive to pets out of fear, but as long as she does not run away, continue to pet her, scratch behind her ears and under her chin and she will soon be purring and rolling over onto her side, wanting more! After 1-2 weeks of doing all this she may start to greet you at the door and flop onto her side for pets when you enter the room. This is a good point to let her out of her room, but keep her room door open so when she feels scared she can retreat to a safe place.

When you let her out to explore the rest of her new home, don’t be discouraged if she runs from you when you approach her in the beginning. Wait until she has settled and laying down to approach her and carry on with talk, pets, treats, and play.

The most important thing is to actively, routinely engage her with talk, play, treats and pets, otherwise she will isolate herself.
But what a reward when she first jumps on your lap of her own accord!

10 Subtle Signs Your Cat May Be Sick

Cats are masters at hiding illnesses, so it’s not always easy to know when something is wrong. 
To make matters more complicated, sometimes the signs are so subtle that they may be easy to miss or disregard. 
Here are 10 subtle signs to look out for and take seriously. 
Your cat’s health and life may depend on it.

Did You know that Essential Oils and Liquid Potpourri Could Be Deadly For Your Cats???

Below are a few articles to check out

Essential Oil and Liquid Potpourri Poisoning in Cats

Essential Oil Knowledge for Cat Owners

Essential Oil Safety With Cats

Essential Oils That Are NOT SAFE for Cats

Essential Oils for Cats | Aromatherapy & Diffusing Essential Oils Around Cats

Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils With Cats?


How Much Do Cats Sleep?
Learn All About Your Cat's Sleep Patterns

Curled up, stretched out, or with fluffy tails across their face, no one can deny that cats are professional sleepers.
Spending more than half the day asleep, our feline companions can count themselves among the ranks of sleepiest animals.


https://www.tuck.com/how-much-do-cats-sleep/



THINKING ABOUT LETTING YOUR CAT OUTSIDE???

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This article explains why it's best to keep your beloved pet indoors:

 Paris (AFP) - At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday.


Pet cats allowed outdoors, in fact, are nearly three times as likely to become infected with pathogens or parasites than those confined to quarters, they reported in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

Two-legged house-mates should also take note because cats -- a.k.a. Felis catus -- can transmit some of those diseases to humans, the authors said.

Intriguingly, the farther domesticated felines are from the equator, the more likely they are to be afflicted by some kind of bug or virus, if they spend time outdoors.

"Each degree in absolute latitude increased infection likelihood by four percent," said lead author Kayleigh Chalkowski, a researcher at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University in Alabama.

"You think of tropical regions as just having more wildlife, more parasites," she told AFP. "But it turned out that latitude had the opposite effect."

To settle the indoor-vs-outdoor question once and for all, Chalkowski and colleagues combed through nearly two dozen earlier studies in which the prevalence of one or more diseases was compared across interior and exterior environments.

All told, the new study looked at 19 different cat pathogens in more than a dozen countries, including Spain, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Pakistan, Brazil, the Netherlands and St. Kitts.

- 'Keep your cat indoors' -

"This is the first time outdoor access as a risk factor for infection in cats has been quantified across a wide range of geographic locales and types of pathogens," Chalkowski said.

The effects were consistent for almost all of the diseases, including feline roundworm and the single-cell parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, both of which can affect humans.

This held true regardless of how they were transmitted -- whether from soil, other cats, or prey such as mice and birds.

"Basically, no matter where you are in the world, keeping your cat indoors is a great way to keep them healthy from infectious diseases," Chalkowski said by way of summary.

This is especially good advice, she added, "considering that many of the pathogens cats carry can actually be spread to humans".

Other domesticated animals transmit disease to their caretakers -- dogs, for examples, spread rabies, and cattle carry Cryptosporidium parvum, a parasitic disease that attacks the intestinal tract.

Wild cats were likely first drawn to human communities in search of rodents, and were domesticated some 5,000 years ago. In ancient Egypt, they were associated with gods and prominently featured in hieroglyphics.

There are some 90 million pet cats in the United States, and an estimated 500 million worldwide.

 
 Why Kittens Should Be Adopted In Pairs

We have a great article explaining why kittens need to have a buddy

Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created kittens in litters! 

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