As cat guardians at Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, we strive to make every month “Happy Cat Month” for our shelter kitties, but September is especially designated as the month to celebrate cats and ensure that they are happy, healthy, and valued.
Cats are often viewed as self-reliant loners who don’t need much beyond an appropriate diet and a place to sleep. However nothing could be further from the truth! Cats need companionship, environmental enrichment, daily play, and most of all, they need us to love them just as much as they love us.
Hello! My name is Mercury and I’ve been at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter for well over a year. Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s a great place really. It’s just that my friend Venus and I would really like to find our forever homes. We’re getting older – we’re at least 8 years old - and we’ve been through quite a bit. It’s possible that we’re sisters but no one really knows for sure. You see, before we came to the shelter, we lived with many many cats in a house where people couldn’t really take good care of us. So we know how lucky we are to have been brought to this wonderful shelter where we have plenty of food and clean water each day, and nice soft beds and a lot of friends to play with. And because we’ve been here so long, we’ve met so many other kitty friends, and we get along just fine with them. We can even get along with dogs! We’re a little bit sad though because all of our cat friends that came with us from that house have all found their forever homes and we’re still here. We just don’t know why someone doesn’t choose us to go home with them. Maybe it’s because we’re older, or because we don’t have teeth. But that doesn’t stop us from playing and cuddling and purring. And we eat any food you want to give us! Whether it’s soft canned food or crunchy dry kibble – we gobble it right down! We’re both quite pretty, I think. They call our coloring Tortoise Shell and we look quite unique. Won’t you consider taking one or both of us home with you? We don’t need to go together to the same home, but kitties are quite social creatures and we love having a friend. We’ll spend a lot of time just being happy to be with you. We’ll cuddle when you want to and then we’ll just play together and relax.
June is Adopt-a-Cat Month and PMFAS always has a variety of kitties - cats of every size and color - awaiting their new forever home. The staff at PMFAS is ready and eager to help you adopt your very first cat, or bring home a friend for another beloved feline!
In considering bringing a new furry friend into your household, give some thought to these ideas and suggestions offered by American Humane (www.americanhumane.org)
May 6 to 12, 2018
With the arrival of some well-earned spring weather, May also brings National Pet Week and National be Kind to Animals Week. Both are celebrated at the same time, May 6 to 12, 2018.
In acknowledgement of National Pet Week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (www.avma.org) offers some basic ways to help your furry friend enjoy a happy and healthy life. For example, it’s important to give some thought to selecting the kind of pet that is best for your family and household. This means assuring as much as possible that family members can be responsible for meeting the various social and health needs of the pet you choose.
Living in northern New England, most of us assume that heartworm disease is not really a problem up here in a climate where much of the year is relatively cool or cold and several months are snowy. We tend to think of heartworm disease as being a big problem in warmer southern states. The fact is that heartworm disease can be found in all 50 states, and risk factors vary, including climate conditions, wildlife carriers such as foxes, coyotes and wolves, interstate travel of dogs and other pets, and extent of disease-carrying mosquitoes which thrive throughout the US. Furthermore, because infected mosquitoes can come inside, both outdoor and indoor pets are at risk. In sharing the information in this article, we thank the American Heartworm Society, www.heartwormsociety.org, for their educational resources.
Heartworm disease is serious and progressive. The earlier it is detected, the better are the chances for your pet’s recovery. Unfortunately, there are few, if any, early signs of the disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms. This emphasizes the importance of an annual heartworm test for all your furry friends. The test is done through a blood sample that can most likely be processed directly at your veterinary clinic.