Spinner’s Tail

My friends at Katzenworld invited me to do my first ever guest post on my cat Spinner. Please be sure to check it out their blog and my post including photos that I have not previously shared! Enjoy.

Thanks to Marc for allowing this opportunity to share with his community of cat lovers 🙂

Spinner’s Tail.

 

Let’s Talk About Your Cat!

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Today, Let’s Talk About Your Cat features a 3 year old Bengal Cat formerly named Milow that had been surrendered by his owners to a veterinary clinic after being found injured. After receiving lots of love and care from the clinic he got a new name and found his forever home with my friend Angela.

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 Jenko (fka Milow), is one photogenic cat!

Q How did Jenko come into your life?

A Jenko came into the clinic where I work as an emergency case when he had been shot with an air rifle. The owners surrendered him to our clinic when they were unable to raise the necessary funds to pay for his care. While he was in the clinic, I would visit with him daily and give him hugs and scratches under his chin. Once he was fully recovered, I was fortunate enough to adopt him. His story was one of the inspirations of our Vets Animal Charity which was set up to assist owners with financial constraints in an emergency situation.

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The pellet that was removed from Jenko

Q How did you come up with the name Jenko

A Jenko was named after Channing Tatums character, who also got shot, from the movie 21 Jump street.

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Jenko stays close to mom

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One content cat

Q Describe Jenko’s personality

A Jenko is a very sweet boy, and is usually found right next to me.  He follows me into the kitchen where I think he would eat all day if I let him, and he loves water! He jumps up on the counter when I turn the tap on in the kitchen or when I am brushing my teeth in the bathroom. Sometimes I will fill the kitchen sink up a bit and put something in the water and he’ll play for ages, even standing with one foot in the water. He is very interested in the shower as well, and I think he may eventually go right in it. He also loves heat and sits directly on or in front of the heating vents in the house.

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Jenko has perfected his yoga moves

Q What is your first memory or experience with cats?

A When I was in high school we moved and I was very sad to leave my friends and the school that I attended. My parents bought me a cat to keep me company and to help with the loneliness. She was a long-haired tabby and absolutely adorable. That was the first cat that owned me and I have had cats in my life ever since.

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The perfect spotted belly

Q Anything else people should know?

A We also have a dog named Gertie that came to us from a rescue in California. We originally took Jenko home on a trial basis only to see if they would get along, and he never left. Within the first 24 hours, they were lying next to each other on the couch and Jenko was licking Gertie’s head. Now it’s almost like having two dogs, they run around the house like maniacs and greet us together when we come home. I can’t imagine life without them now!

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Jenko and Gertie fast friends

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Who is the boss?

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Jenko and Gertie a perfect match

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Napping buddies in their favorite spot

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When Failure Is A Good Thing

Meet Pippi, he belongs to a friend of mine and is a rescue cat from Toronto Animal Services. I remember him from the shelter but this is the first time I have seen him since my friend fostered adopted him…and you know how the story goes. I recently watched him overnight while she was away and thought there must be lots of cats that go to homes as fosters and end up staying. If you are going to fail at something this would be it.

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If you can’t adopt please consider fostering a cat from your local animal shelter or rescue group. It’s a great alternative and if you do happen become a foster failure, don’t worry it’s a good thing 😉

Whisker Wednesday

This is Fi, she puts the “Whisker” in Whisker Wednesday

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She loves her Fleece blanket

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…and is Fond of Fuchsia colored Feathered toys

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Friendly and sweet Fi is looking for her Forever home. You can Find her up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services ID 697332

Whisker Wednesday has been brought to you by the letter F 🐱

One Man’s Crusade to Help Feral Cats

Helder Da Silva of Toronto found and rescued a frozen kitten four years ago at his place of work, the compassionate act would become instrumental in changing his life and the lives of many homeless cats.

Da Silva who has six cats of his own has racked up over 140,000 km on his car over the past four years traveling to cat colonies everyday across the city providing about 35 homeless cats with donated food and water he told the Toronto Star.

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Helder Da Silva feeds cats daily at four locations in the around the city – Source Sadiya Ansari Toronto Star

“I’ve lost a lot of respect for the human race because this is all done by people — careless, ignorant, uneducated. It shouldn’t be happening,” said Da Silva.

While food is a concern for the cats so is the source of available water  “They’re dying of thirst” he told the Toronto Star, so when the temperature starts to drop, he leaves water in a steel bowl placed in an old cookie tin, which he keeps from freezing by lighting a small candle beneath the bowl in the tin.

Helder Da Silva is doing his part to help and has fixed about 100 plus cats, and like other cat colony caretakers has benefited by the free spay neuter clinics offered through the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services.

Unwanted cats are abandoned all the time, they are left in areas with existing cat colonies all over the city, the problem made worse by the fact that people do not spay and neuter their cats.

“If people don’t want their cats, just give them up for adoption,” Da Silva said. There are so many organizations assisting in adoptions now that just dropping off a cat curbside should never be an option, he said. “There’s no excuse for that.”

It is estimated that there are about 100,000  plus homeless cats in the city, anyone wishing to get involved and help should contact the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition a group that offers fantastic resources on TNR.

Feline Friday Volunteer Edition

These last couple of weeks while volunteering at the animal shelter I met a few cats that were exceptional superstars, having been rescued from hoarders or unsafe conditions.  Other than initial shyness or a distinguishing physical characteristic, upon meeting these gentle and affectionate cats one would never know they had come from less than ideal situations.

Sinatra and Ferdinand

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Sinatra had an ear hematoma but is all healed up now and looking as handsome as ever!

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This newly arrived trio of cats are beyond sweet and ready for cuddles and cat piles.

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Sinatra and Ferdinand both have found homes but the trio of orange and black cats are newly available and will be up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South Shelter this week.

The Catmas Gift List – Pillows, Art, Chocolate

For the third installment of the Catmas Gift List, I have picked a few of my favorite items found while visiting Blue Banana Market in Toronto. This store stocks lots of unique gift ideas and is a great place to pick up something for everyone on your list, from clothing to housewares to edibles! The store also ships across Canada and internationally when possible.

Mumoo Pillows – Owl Monkeys

My top pick for the worst Christmas ever is the Grumpy cat goes nautical pillows. I haven’t seen our favorite internet cat as a sailor before, but I can just imagine her saying something like “Your Ship has sailed? Good.”

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or  “I am the Captain of this ship. Except when it’s sinking”

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For the Glamor Puss in your life maybe a little Kitty Purry? Cats in wigs

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For Big Cat lovers – Lion in a Santa Hat  Mr. Claws

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Whimsical Wood carvings by Canadian Artist David Trant

Very adorable and the perfect Catmas ornament you can use year after year. I have to say I LOVE these cat carvings!

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For the stealthy and secretive person on your list the perfect cat as ninja combo

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Sports fan? The Rock-em Sock-em boxing ring. Cats as spectators are awesome!

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Celebrity themed chocolate bars by Choco stars

Stocking stuffers for chocolate lovers who also like cats. A little Audrey Catburn?

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How about a Western themed chocolate bar with Mr. Cat Eastwood?

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