Let’s Talk About Your Cat!

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Today, Let’s Talk About Your Cat features a trio of rescue felines who found their home with Toronto artist Melanie Lowe.

Thanks to Melanie for sharing her story and her adorable cats!

Q What are your cats/names/age/color/breed

Tobias – 4 years old, cream tabby, domestic short hair

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Tobias, aka the goof, you can see why. That’s his sister Sid he is sitting on.

Sid – 2.5 years old, all black, domestic short hair

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Sid aka the sweetie, aka Tobias’s pillow

 Poppy – 1 year old, tuxedo, domestic medium hair

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Poppy aka the shy guy

Q Describe your cats personalities

ML Tobias is a quirky cat. He is pretty hilarious at times and very particular about certain things. Sometimes he can be a little bossy with the other cats. He has become very chatty and will ask you to turn on the shower for him, even though he has fresh water in his dish.

Sid is the sweetest cat I’ve ever met. She has a sleek black coat and loves to play fetch with a little pink ball. If you don’t throw it when she wants you to, she’ll tell you. Quite often she will carry her toys upstairs and onto the bed on the middle of the night for play time.

Poppy adores Tobias…he looks up to him like a big brother. They play together all the time and snuggle in their favorite chair for hours. He is still sometimes kind of shy, but he is coming out of his shell. We named him Poppy because he looks like a small old man with his long white whiskers and ear tufts.

Q How did your cats come into your life?

ML All adopted. Tobias is from Toronto Animal Services. Sid and Poppy are both from Toronto Cat Rescue. Adopt, don’t shop!

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The cat cave

Q What made you choose each cat?

ML Hmm, I think it most cases, the cat chooses you, but there has to be something that draws you to them. There is always something in the interaction when you first meet, like they fall asleep in your arms.

Q What is your first memory or experience with cats?

ML I can’t be sure as I have always lived with at least one cat!

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Tobias with Poppy for some quality snuggle time

Melanie will be combining her love of cats and art for a project called They Choose You which aims to help homeless felines get adopted. The show runs at Artscape Youngplace November 22-23.

🐱 If you would like to have your cat featured on Let’s Talk About Your Cat, share a story some pictures and the cat love, contact me at purrandroar(at)gmail(dot)com

Wordless Wednesday Volunteer Edition

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Hermione ID#A632219

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Dolly ID #A690664

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Jerome ID #A693250

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Helen ID# A689040

All cats are available for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South region. For more adoptable cats be sure to follow me on Instagram

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

Let’s Talk About Your Cat!

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For the first post of Let’s Talk About Your Cat  I am very excited to feature a cool kitty that I cat sat for a few weeks back, a cat that before our meeting was “cat-napped”, returned home and became a local celebrity in the process!

Thanks to pet mom Tamara S. for sharing!

Q What is your cats name/age/color/breed

A Margaret, Male (but I didn’t know that when I named him), 8yrs, black, medium/long-haired domestic.

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Handsome Margaret the cat who came in for Christmas

Q Describe your cats personality

A Friendly but street smart, Margaret has a legion of fans at the senior’s apartment building up the road. He is an indoor/outdoor cat since he came to me from outdoors.

Q How did your cat come into your life?

A Margaret belonged to one of the seniors in the apartment building up the road. I’m not sure whether his person died, or went into care but Margaret was left out in the parkette across the street from my home where he lived for a summer. Apparently a couple of different people tried to adopt him, taking him away to their homes, but Margaret was all about location and would return to the parkette after each adventure. In the fall of that year, as the weather grew colder, Margaret started coming to visit me in my place. At first he would come in just for a snack and leave again or sometimes he’d stay for a nap. Finally on a cold snowy Christmas eve, Margaret came in and stayed for 36 hours straight and the rest as they say, is history. Obviously, he chose the house, I just came in the bargain.

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Looking dapper

Q What is your first memory or experience with cats?

A I grew up with dogs, and was terribly allergic to them. The advice was always that if you’re allergic to dogs you’re going to be twice as allergic to cats so I always stayed away from cats. Until I finally spent some time around one and found my allergy wasn’t nearly as bad as my dog allergy. So a cat was sort of compromise animal. I’m still allergic but manage-ably so, and I get all this love!! It’s a good deal.

Q Anything else people should know? 

A Recently Margaret failed to return home one night and while it is unusual for him to not show up at the back door at bedtime, it is not utterly unheard of. However when he didn’t return the next day either I started to worry calling all the shelters and rescue organizations and posting on facebook. I began walking up and down my alley calling for him and asking if anyone had seen him eventually running in to a neighbor who said she’d seen the strangest thing, a man and a woman had been chasing an animal nearby, trapping it in a cage and taking it away.

The neighbor said at first she’d though it was a squirrel but then began to realize that it was my cat, she then proceeded to tell them that there were other cats around and maybe they were taking the wrong one, but the “cat-nappers” told her that it was the cat they were looking for. So poor Margaret had been cat-napped!! Later with the help of a friend I made up a series of “Missing cat” posters and put them up all up and down my alley and on the main street nearby. They generated a lot of attention but no Margaret. It was now Saturday and Margaret had been missing for 5 days. This was serious.

I tried to imagine what the people had been thinking. Were they trying to be helpful? Had they thought Margaret was a stray? But he has a tattoo as well as a microchip. Surely if they’d been well-meaning cat rescuers they would have found that out by now and returned him. Did they take him just because he is so beautiful and they wanted him for themselves? Or for some nefarious purpose? This was just too terrible to contemplate.

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Please Bring Back My Cat – A case of mistaken identity

I decided to go big. I spent the weekend cutting out giant letters. A stencil that I intended to paint across the entire side of my building. And up I got on a ladder to tape up the big paper stencil. It read “PLEASE BRING BACK MY CAT”.

Anyone who had a heart wouldn’t be able to resist I reasoned. And no sooner had I taped the giant letters up for all the world to see, then a man walked up to me and said “I’m the man who took your cat”. He told me that Margaret bore a striking resemblance to a cat that a friend had fostered several years before, so he had purloined my feline and “returned” him to the person he believed to be the rightful owner.

I told him I was so relieved and that I hadn’t slept for days, both true, and he told me Margaret would be brought back that afternoon. The cat-napper also said that poor Margaret was so scared he had been hiding under the lazy boy for five days and that it had been uncertain as to whether this was their missing cat? No kidding, It wasn’t her cat!!! And so Margaret was returned, a little skinny from his ordeal but otherwise none the worse for wear. A happy ending to a very stressful adventure!

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Returned from his adventure looking a little thin

 More pictures of Margaret, after the incident, can be seen here.

🐱 If you would like to have your cat featured on Let’s Talk About Your Cat, share a story some pictures and the cat love, contact me at purrandroar(at)gmail(dot)com

Volunteer Wednesday

This weeks visit to the animal shelter included spending time with some felines that had been rescued from a hoarding situation. Thankfully the majority of the cats had been in relatively decent shape, although some had tested positive for the Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV for short. In a hoarding situation the virus had ample opportunity to spread.

Feline leukemia virus adversely affects the cat’s body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, it may cause various blood disorders, and it may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections…secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FeLV.” – Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine

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While some of the cats in the group tested positive for the virus, Bronx, Marvin and Starbuck all tested negative the first time around and will be tested again in a few weeks to ensure they are virus free. If it turns out they do have FeLV, they still have a chance at a good life and can live for years. The new family will have to educate themselves on the condition and do things like ensuring the cats  “have a stress free environment away from other ill pets, are kept indoors to avoid exposing other cats to FeLV and receive appropriate veterinary care.” – Pet Education.com

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Bronx, Marvin and Starbuck will make great companions and be content living out their lives in a loving home. If you live in Toronto and are interested in adopting one of these special cats, you can visit them at Toronto Animal Services South Region located on the CNE grounds. 🐱