Thursday, November 27, 2014

Animal Shelter Behavioral Differences

Applied Animal Behaviour Science Home

Behavioral differences between owner surrender and stray domestic cats after entering an animal shelter:

ABSTRACT: Animals entering a shelter environment may behave differently upon arrival depending upon their previous experiences and life history. To examine this, 86 domestic cats were scored using a seven-level behavioral measure for the first 3 days upon entering an animal shelter. Data were then grouped according to cats surrendered by their owner (OS) or found stray (S). Results indicate that OS cats showed the greatest behavioral measures of stress and arousal compared to S cats. Of the cats that were euthanized due to illness or disease, the mean behavioral stress rating was significantly higher in the OS group versus the S group. Examining archival data from 260 shelter cats that developed an upper respiratory infection (URI), the OS cats became ill significantly sooner than the S cats. These findings suggest that OS cats experience greater behavioral stress after entering a shelter environment, which may subsequently influence their health and well being.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Winter Weather Tips!

Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter!

Alley Cat Allies:

ASPCA

 Humane Society of United States

Remember, if you're cold
so are they!

November Cat Adoption Event

We would like to thank everybody for attending and submitting adoption papers at our November Cat Adoption Event which was held at our Cat Adoption Center in Fresno, CA


These are some of our beautiful kitties:
All are fully vetted by our Rescue Veterinarian.
 Austin, 3 yr old male

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Meet Kevin - 20 years old
He runs free inside our Senior Cat Room
at our Adoption Center.
He's very healthy + lovable!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall: Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Keeping Thanksgiving Happy: 10 Pet Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful and meaningful holiday. Families and friends excitedly gather to show their gratitude for all they are so fortunate to have. Ovens are working overtime and delicious holiday aromas fill the air. 
During this happy time of family, food and giving, people tend to become overly generous with their pets. This means that dogs and cats will get a lot of table food scraps. Sometimes, however, too many treats can lead to injury or illness for our pets.
North Shore Animal League America would like to offer some important tips to help keep your pets safe this holiday – and to keep the “Happy” in Thanksgiving!

1. Fatty Foods:  Too many fatty, rich, or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be very painful and even life-threatening.
2. Diet and Exercise:  Maintain your pet's regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.
3. Bones:  Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets' insides. Save the bones for the broth - not your dog.
4. Onions:  Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat's red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
5. Grapes and Raisins:  Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
6. Chocolate:  Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.
7. Food Wrappings:  Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.
8. Fresh Water:  Make sure your pet always has fresh water. When there are more people in the house, there's more chance to bump into the water bowl leaving your pet dry.
9. Quiet Time:  Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for him. Watch his behavior to make sure he is not stressed.
10. Garbage:  Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened! If your dog gets into it, he may think he's hit the jackpot, but all he'll be winning is health problems from something as simple as gastric disturbance, vomiting and diarrhea to the worst-case scenario - death.

via North Shore Animal League.org:
http://www.animalleague.org/expert-advice/health/articles/seasonal/thanksgiving-tips.html 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 2014: Cat of the Month!

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My Story:
Meet Sassy!

I am a one-year-old spayed, female kitty.
I'm super friendly and
I love human attention and like other cats.
I have also been around dogs, and like them, too.
I will do well with other animals, or by myself.
I'm quiet and casual in temperament.
I've a small body type, with beautiful blue eyes.
I've been vetted by FPRG rescue Vet:
chipped + up-to-date with shots.
I was rescued from Lancaster Shelter in So. CA.
It would be my Thanksgiving wish to be
part of a loving, safe home.
Truly... a home for the holidays!

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