Retirement Home For Cats

It’s an all to familiar sight, an elderly person passes away or is sent to a residential care facility and no one is willing to take on the responsibility of caring for their cat. In the case of senior cats it’s not an ideal situation to have them enter the shelter system, but what if there was an alternative that, with a little planning could give someones beloved cat a place to retire?

If you live in the UK the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats provides just that, an ideal place for kitty to retire and live out the rest of their lives with all the love, comfort and care they will need.

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All Images from Lincolnshire Trust for Cats unless otherwise stated

The retirement home is set in seven acres and is south-facing, which gives the residents lots of opportunity to sunbathe. The accommodation comprises, three centrally heated sitting rooms, enclosed outdoor areas…and several insulated houses for the less social cat.The cats are fed a top quality food and individual diets are catered for.

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“I don’t think anywhere else does it because people come all the way from London with the cats to come here” – BBC News

The Trust is connected to a feline rescue which houses 400 cats 80 of which are in the special “Retirement” facility. Cats have round the clock care and founder Jain Hills tells the BBC News that she believes the retirement home is “unique” in the fact that no other charities seem to be doing it on the scale that they are. Besides providing a home for your cat it gives owners something that is priceless – piece of mind.

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All the cats get lots of attention from staff and a cozy fire-place.

There is a one time booking fee of eight hundred and fifty pounds, and the Trust then will take on any and all future costs for treatment/surgery that the cat may need. Since they are a charity they rely solely on monetary donations or money raised through their charity shop, in order to keep providing this amazing service.

Hopefully most of us won’t have to think about a retirement plan for our cats, but if we do it’s good to know that places like this exist and that our feline family members have the option of living out their golden years having their every whim catered to.

Looking for more info on retirement placements for your cat?

The Zimmer Feline Foundation provides tips on estate planning and helping choose the right place for your cat and, If you live in the US or Canada The Sunshine Home offers both temporary and permanent long-term care to clients from all over North America, while F.A.T. Cat Haven located in California offers both a retirement home and adoption center for cats.

 

Fate on the 427 a Rescue Story

Mandi Howard, a nurse from the Humber River Hospital’s emergency department, was in the right place at the right time, you might even call it fate. In this case Mandi’s timing would prove to be life saving.

Last week Mandi Howard was driving along Toronto’s busy Highway 427 when she noticed something being thrown from a car, at first she thought it was just fast food trash, but very quickly realized it was fur – it was an animal.

Howard pulled over just before the Gardiner Expressway and carefully got out of her car, walking along the shoulder of the highway as cars whizzed by. Halfway towards the animal, she realized what it was.” 

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The kitten, named Pedro was rescued from the side of Highway 427 and taken in to the Toronto Humane Society, where he’s been recovering.

She pulled over to the side and walked along the shoulder of the highway, waved to slow drivers down and quickly scooped up the kitten who was in bad shape.

“His poor little mouth is busted open and he’s got a tooth missing in the front and his paw was really deformed.”

Mandi cradled and supported the tiny screaming kitten who started to quiet down as soon as she began to sing along to Taylor Swifts Blank Space on the radio, while she rushed him to the Toronto Humane Society where he received emergency vet care. Little Pedro was treated for scrapes, the vets sewed up his split lip and put splints on his back legs. All of the toes on the kitten’s back paws were broken.

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Pedro the Kitten after treatment looking better. -via Toronto Humane Society

Mandi, who had lost her own cat named May a week earlier, plans to adopt Pedro and said that it was May who guided her to Pedro “This was my day off. I wasn’t even supposed to be there,” she said. “She brought me there for a reason.” via the Toronto Star

Mandi is no stranger to animal rescue as she also runs Mama Meows Cat Rescue based in Oshawa, Ontario where her current list of cats up for adoption come from the high-kill New York Shelter (NYACC). The rescue specializes in very sick and orphaned kittens but is looking to expand and be able to help all cats and kittens. If you would like to become a foster parent, donate or volunteer your time to the rescue please contact them here.

An Indiegogo campaign has also been started to help pay for Pedro’s medical costs called The 427 Kitten and as of today has raised $5,885 in donations, well above what was required. The remaining funds will be put to good use and be donated to the Toronto Humane Society to help other animals in need.

The OSPCA is investing and looking for leads, if you were traveling on the 427 last Wednesday December 3 and witnessed the kitten being tossed from a car window, or saw anything that could help with this case, please call Constable John Ennis at 416-235-4981 of the Ontario Provincial Police. It is hopeful that a witness will come forward to help catch the abuser who committed this horrible crime.

 

 

The Monroe Montage

My friend’s had been taking care of a couple of strays in their neighborhood when a small group of black and white cats showed up at their back door. They started feeding them and proceeded to have all the cats vetted and adopted out, all except this extremely intelligent and soulful male which they had named Monroe. He obviously loved being in their backyard, getting three meals a day and lots of attention, however he showed little interest in coming inside.

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Are you impressed by my agility and balance?

That all changed last summer when I was visiting and Monroe decided to follow me inside the house and proceeded to sit with me on the couch like it was all routine…my friends, who became his official pet parents, were in awe. Monroe, aka Tori’s cat because I was the one who brought him in, got a wonderful home and now I get to cat sit for him whenever my friends are on holiday.

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You don’t mind if I stretch out beside you?

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Renovations and Kitten Rescue

If you watch HGTV here in Canada you may be familiar with a show called Income Property, it’s about home renovations and…a little kitten rescue on the side. Host Scott McGillivray and crew found a stray kitten on the side of the road while heading up to cottage country to do some work so they picked the kitten up, had him vetted and found him a home.

I think I like this show even more now. 🐱

National Cat Day

To celebrate National Cat day I thought I would share a story I came across about a special needs cat named Budd who is CH or “Wobbly” kitty, born with the neurological condition Cerebellar Hypoplasia. I think this story embodies what National Cat Day is all about. Enjoy!

He was unable to stand or walk when he was found at 8 weeks old and brought to Cat Depot, a caring rescue, adoption, education and resource center in Sarasota, Florida. Budd started to make progress with baby steps … building muscle strength in a custom made cart under the guidance of his very special foster caregivers, Jill, Kay and Jim, who gave him constant care and love. Budd had help learning to eat from the bowl and he learned to use the litterbox all on his own.” – via Life With Cats

Lanai’s Little Lions

On my recent visit to Hawaii I made sure to take a day trip to Lanai, a place with less crowds, beautiful beaches and where the cats, also known as Lanai’s Little Lions, live.

Kitty paradise awaited at Lanai Cat Sanctuary a non-profit community service organization, founded in 2008 whose mission is to assist animals by “providing sustenance, foster homes, shelter, adoptions, veterinary care, spay/neuter services and humane education.”

Lanai Cat Sanctuary is reliant on awesome volunteers, staff and donations to help pay for food, supplies, medicine and the shelter, which is growing since they built their “permanent” structure in October of 2009.

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The greeting committee at LARC

What greets you upon arrival is something made of cat lovers and feline dreams. The warm climate allows for an amazing outdoor space full of cat cubicles for sleeping or hiding in, jungle gyms, bridges, baskets and lots of natural elements conducive to kitty happiness like trees and tall grass.

The 15,000-square-foot space is enclosed by a perimeter fence which ensures all cats remain safely inside. All are free roaming except those being newly acclimatized to the group or ones with FIV, who get their own special accommodations within the generous enclosure.

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Special accommodations for cats waiting for a vet visit

A separate house exists strictly for cats that are being treated for an illness or that will be getting a vet check, this ensures they get the help they need and are easier to find among the 300 – 400 cats currently housed at any time at the rescue center.

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Yes we all get along! One of the many cat approved resting areas.

Lanai Cat Sanctuary is a place where abandoned, abused and stray cats find refuge in peaceful surroundings and where you will find a multitude of cats just hanging out… and getting along. The “litter box” along the perimeter of the enclosure is brilliant, it consists of a home-made mixture that includes local pine tree needles which means there is no odor.

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Practicing my cat herding technique with a little help from some treats.

As a tourist visiting Lanai you can opt to get your cat fix daily, no appointment required, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are staying at the Four Season on Lanai they can arrange these visits for you through the resorts volunteerism program, or you can arrange an individual visit like I did and be lucky enough to have the cats all to yourself. If you live on the Island then becoming part of the their community as a regular volunteer is also an option.

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The cat tree with baskets makes a perfect spot for an afternoon nap

If you fall love with one or more cats, this is almost guaranteed, you can elect to adopt/sponsor a cat in place or adopt and bring a cat home. Be sure to visit their wish list to see what items are needed and you can always opt to bring cat toys and treats in your suitcase like I did.

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Splendor in the grass – the cats make a nest in the long grass

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Founder Kathy Carroll with Slater girl who is a really snuggle bug! She is also available for adoption.

Founder Kathy Carrol is supported by many dedicated volunteers and staff who are key to helping Lanai Cat Sanctuary run smoothly and who also give the cats lots of love and attention.

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Be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates and events and, follow them on Instagram for your daily dose of tropical feline photos.

Whisker Wednesday

On my recent visit to the Hawaiian Island of Lanai I made a few feline friends including this delightful, sweet rescue kitten named Puna Hou.

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Kitty Kisses

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A little cuddle

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Paw to nose

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Final tummy rubs before saying goodbye

This little guy was one of the many cats I met at the Lanai Cat Sanctuary. Stay tuned for more on this amazing feline paradise 🐱