December Is Cat Lover's Month
Scientists once concluded that cats were first tamed by ancient Egyptians about 4,000 years ago. However, the recent discovery of the 9,500-year-old remains of a human and a cat carefully interred in a grave in Cyprus have led French archaeologists to conclude that this cat had a special place in the villager’s daily life and afterlife and is possibly the world’s oldest known pet cat.
We are a proud affiliate of Friends of Madera Animal Shelter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting trap-neuter-return, commonly referred to as TNR, to humanely and effectively reduce the number of feral, stray, and other types of “community” cats. On behalf of Friends of Madera Animal Shelter we are happy to declare that December is Cat Lovers’ Month.
Most feral cats are too afraid of people to be adopted into homes, but they come to trust the people who care for them. On the other side of these relationships are the people love the feral cats they care for, despite not being able to handle or cuddle them. That’s what we call true love.
At its most basic, TNR consists of community cats being trapped, spayed, or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and ear-tipped to identify them as sterilized. Because healthy feral cats are too afraid of people to be adopted, they are returned to their outdoor home where people provide food, water, and shelter, and then monitor the cats for any illness or injury. Ideally, trapped kittens who are young enough can be socialized — another way of saying “taught to like people.” Meanwhile, strays — friendly cats with no known owners — can be adopted or placed into loving homes.
People who love cats think of their cats as best friends, soul mates, surrogate children, and members of the family. Our cats bring us comfort, constancy, pleasure, laughter, beauty, and a sense of wonder. They make us feel loved, needed, safe, and trusted. They are also good medicine.
Petting and brushing your cat can help lessen the pain of arthritis, and it takes less than 10 minutes with your cat to feel less anxious or stressed. In fact, a study conducted at the University of Minnesota found that cat owners were 40 percent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than people who didn’t have a cat.
In addition to the medical benefits of cat companionship, we love cats because unlike other family members, cats are happy to see us no matter how late we come home. They don’t criticize our taste in clothes, and they don’t complain about eating the same thing every day.
Cats also enjoy reading magazines, books, and newspapers. After all, it’s harder for cats to lie down on a computer screen while you’re trying to read. In addition, they’re experts at giving massages, making sure we get up on time, and getting rid of dust bunnies behind the couch. They’re also good listeners. They come running when they hear the can opener, disappear when the doorbell rings, and can’t be found when they hear you bring out the cat carrier.
Let’s not forget that they’re good on the computer. They like lying on top of the monitor, walking across the keypad, and playing with the mouse. Cats have a knack for turning almost anything into play. Who needs expensive cat toys when there are pencils to push off desks, boxes to get into, and strawberry hulls to chase?
People love cats, and cats love people no matter their size, how much hair they have, or where they come from. Some people choose their cat from an animal shelter or rescue group, and some cats choose their people. If you’re a hardcore cat lover you probably celebrate Cat Lovers’ Month all year round. Here’s to all the cat lovers out there and the cats they love.
We all love Happy Endings!
Discarded, mistreated and malnourished, Sunshine in need of a loving home!
On October 10th, Officer Gray responded to a call to pick up an abandoned dog on Avenue 21. Upon arrival, Officer Gray found a friendly, super skinny, but frightening looking medium sized dog. The paws were swollen, over half the hair was missing, the skin was oozing blood and covered in scabs. The dog smelled with the infection.
Upon closer inspection, this female dog was very young (less than a year) had one blue eye, one brown eye, and was very friendly. This friendly young dog was easily transferred to the Animal Services truck for transport to the Madera County Animal Shelter. Upon arrival, it was determined she was suffering from Demodectic Mange and a secondary skin infection.
Puppies and young dogs are more prone to Demodex than adult dogs. Dogs that are stressed, ill or have a compromised immune system, can develop demodex infections as well. The secondary bacterial infection subsequent to the demodex can be life threatening if not treated properly.
If you have a pet with skin problems, please contact your veterinarian immediately. The treatment is simple and effective. Prevent the suffering and help your pet that only wants to provide you with unconditional love.
Sunshine is a very lucky and loved dog today in foster care awaiting a new family. Her mange and skin infections are being treated, she is being well fed, and most importantly wanting to be adored and loved by a new owner.
THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN FOR WEATHER CHANGE
COLD WEATHER PET SAFETY TIPS!
Brrrrrr – Grrrrrrr
How cold is too cold for your pets? Since the cold weather is on its way, consider your pets as they are in need of extra attention. The rule of thumb is, when the temperature is below 50 degrees, your pet can be cold and needing help.
All animals are not created equal. Coat type is a big factor for enduring cold temperatures. Huskies, Samoyeds, and other double layered coats are more acclimated to cold temperatures. Greyhounds and Chihuahuas with short coats suffer the most in cold weather.
Color, size, weight, age, and health also factors into how cold tolerant a pet can be. Small animals and thin animals get colder quicker than larger heavier animals. Sick and aged animals get colder quicker as well.
Take into consideration, wind chill, dampness, and activity level to determine if your pet is comfortable outside as cold nights last longer.
How to help your pet: The best option is to bring animals into the house. Animals love to be with their owners, socialize, and snuggle in during cold damp weather.
For other animals not housebroken, a barn, garage, or other weather proof enclosure will help a lot. If the animal has a dog house, the house should have a solid floor and have soft bedding to snuggle into. Old blankets, towels, and straw all make good insulating bedding.
If you notice your pet shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching warm location, holding up a paw, it’s time to get your pet inside, help them get warm, and show them the love they give you!
A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it's deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.
Madera Animal Services Mission
Madera County Animal Services is a county agency whose purpose is to provide humane and professional solutions for animal related problems, to encourage responsible behaviors, and to create a safer environment for people and animals to co-exist.
Through the collaborative and sustainable partnerships, we strive to improve the lives of the animals in our care through the community outreach and education, providing veterinary treatment and preventative care for animals in our shelter. Reuniting lost pets with their families and ensuring positive outcomes through adoption, rescue, or foster programs.
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