Posted in Kittens

UK Bans Third-Party Sales of Kittens, Puppies


UK Bans Third-Party Sales of Kittens, Puppies that means that in the UK there are certain places you can or cannot buy kittens and puppies.

UK Bans Third-Party Sales of Kittens, Puppies

The United Kingdom (UK) has now banned third-party sales of kittens and puppies to help with animal welfare.

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This ban will help crack down on “Puppy Farms” and “Kitten Farms ” Etc. Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said the ban “is part of our commitment to make sure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life. ”

People wishing to adopt a kitten or puppy now would have to deal directly with a breeder or a re-homing center. They can no longer go to a pet shop or other commercial dealers.

This measure is endorsed by one of Britain’s best-known animal shelters, the Battersea Cat and Dogs Home.

I wonder if and when the United States will do this?

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Posted in Cats, Francis, Kittens

Spoon Sized Kitten Rescued


Francis a Kitten the Size of a Spoon Rescued

Spoon Sized Kitten Rescued

Francis the kitten was three weeks old and weighed four ounces (113 grams). He is a tuxedo cat.

This spoon sized kitten kitten was taken to NOVA Cat Clinic where Ellen Carozza, Feline Licensed Veterinary Technician, took over to foster him with his special care.

It was discovered that he had a heart murmur and losing fur.

Don’t let his little sass full year. He has a lot of love to give and cuddles. Not to mention, he has a powerful purr motor.

“After speaking to several specialists, he is not hypothyroid due to confirmed additional tests but may have a growth hormone deficiency,” Ellen said. 

“He has multiple issues we are working on, not just him being small.”

At six weeks old, Francis was about the size of a 3-week-old kitten.

Yes, the kitten is expected to grow some.

Kitten the Size of a Spoon Rescued
Spoon Sized Kitten Rescued - Francis

Look at him now

Kitten the Size of a Spoon Rescued
Spoon Sized Kitten Rescued - Francis now

Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on Francis on Facebook and Instagram @thecatlvt.

Posted in Happy Paws Kitten Rescue Cat Rescue, Kittens

Happy Paws Kitten Rescue Cat Rescue


Happy Paws Kitten Rescue Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for, providing medical treatment, and re-homing homeless, abandoned, and abused cats in East Tennessee. We are also dedicated to promoting proper care of animals through community education and to strengthening the human-animal bond.

Happy Paws Kitten Rescue Cat Rescue

Happy Paws Kitten Rescue Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for, providing medical treatment, and re-homing homeless, abandoned, and abused cats in East Tennessee. We are also dedicated to promoting proper care of animals through community education and to strengthening the human-animal bond.

 

They help provide these services:

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Posted in Cats, Kitten Cuddle, Kittens

Airline allows you to cuddle kittens before your flight


Airline allows you to cuddle kittens before your flight. To help calm your nerve of flying, you can cuddle a kitten just before you take flight on an airplane. How cool does that sound?

Airline allows you to cuddle kittens before your flight

Many airports like Charlotte Douglas International Airport allows a de-stressing of “Kitten Cuddle”. (Kittens are from from CMPD Animal Care and Control)

Even Denver International Airport is home to the Canine Airport Therapy Squad, or CATS, in which volunteers walk around with pups (and one cat!) with the words “Pet Me” on their vests.

Airline allows you to cuddle kittens before your flight

San Francisco International Airport, the Wag Brigade brings trained therapy dogs and a pig named LiLou

That is just a few of the many airports.

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Want healthier kids? Get a pet …. Um Cat!


Want healthier kids? Get a pet …. Um Cat! If youngsters have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters or pet stores, parents may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. Pets are added responsibilities, but the health benefits associated with pet ownership may be well worth the investment of time and effort. Pets can contribute to cognitive, physical and emotional wellness in children.

Want healthier kids? Get a pet …. Um Cat!

If youngsters have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters or pet stores, parents may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. Pets are added responsibilities, but the health benefits associated with pet ownership may be well worth the investment of time and effort.

photo of boy wearing camouflage shirt holding a cat
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Caring for a pet is sometimes viewed as a childhood rite of passage, but there’s much more to the experience than just learning responsibility. Experts say a child’s emotional, cognitive, physical, and social development can be enhanced through interaction with a family pet. Studies continue, but the effects of family pets on children was heavily researched by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson in 2003. Melson looked at literature on child-animal relationships and found that children who had pets were better able to understand biology and children who could turn to pets for unconditional emotional support were less anxious and withdrawn than their peers without family pets to turn to.

Data from a small study conducted by researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University reported that adolescents who had animal experience were more likely to see themselves as important contributors to communities and more likely to take on leadership roles.

Pets also can help children develop into well-rounded individuals.

Playing with a pet requires children to engage in physical activity and can help stimulate motor skills. An English study conducted in 2010 and published in the American Journal of Public Health found that children from dog-owning families spent more time in light or moderate to vigorous physical activity and recorded higher levels of activity counts per minute than kids whose families did not own a dog.

Pets may help with allergies and respiratory ailments as well.

A 2012 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered that children who have early contact with cats and dogs have fewer respiratory infections and ear infections and need shorter courses of antibiotics than children who have not had contact with pets.

A study from Dennis Ownby, MD, a pediatrician and head of the allergy and immunology department of the Medical College of Georgia, found that having multiple pets decreases a child’s risk of developing certain allergies. He found that the children who were exposed to two or more dogs or cats as babies were less than half as likely to develop common allergies as kids who had no pets in the home.

Pets also may foster social interactions, which can benefit children who are shy.

Inviting others over to meet pets can help children make friends and find others with similar interests. Children may also confide in pets and develop their self-esteem.

Studies have indicated that the type of pet a family has, whether it’s horses, dogs, snakes, etc., does not matter, as all companion animals have the potential to benefit children.

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Posted in Cats, Fostering, Kittens, Wolfe the Kitten

Meet Wolfie the Kitten


Meet Wolfie the Kitten – This kitten will give you a toothy smile. He might look fierce! #WolifetheKitten

Meet Wolfie the Kitten

Just recently we blogged about Frakenkitten, another rescued kitten. We plan to blog about more special rescues of cats and kittens. Today we are sharing about Wolfie the Kitten who was also rescued.

Meet Wolfie the Kitten - This kitten will give you a toothy smile. He might look fierce! #WolifetheKitten

A note on Facebook stated …

When Wolfie the kitten was rescued, his adorable toothy smile made his foster mom fall in love immediately. But he was sick and weighed less than a pound and vets said he didn’t have a chance. Today on Little But Fierce, watch Wolfie get feistier and feistier one ounce at a time, and thank his foster mom for saving his life in the sweetest way possible 😍

I am glad to see people adopt kittens despite deformities, handicaps, etc.

In mid December, 2017 there were three little kittens rescued behind a building. The property manager contacted Friends for Life Rescue Network (a volunteer based rescue group founded by Jacqueline Santiago and Cristina Figueroa) for help. They were able to rescue two of the kittens, Wolfie and Foxy. Sadly one of them didn’t make it. They named that one Bear.

It is said that people just abandon animals like that. This is one reason why spaying and neutering your pets is very important.

As mentioned above Wolfie was very small and didn’t weight much when rescued. He has a terrible overbite as well, just like Frankenkitten. At one point Wolfie seemed to be doing well. Then he stopped doing well. Test ran and showed blockage in his esophagus. The Animal ER wanted to euthanize Wolife. They said if you have a diagnosis, then you need to save him. They were able to flush out debris.

Then he started to gain wait and bounce back. It was also part to special foster hoomans who helped to take care of him around the clock. Those different foster hoomans took turns with him.

Wolfie sure does like showing off his fangs. It might look intimating, but he is not!

Wolfie also has an Instagram account. wolfie_smiles

Tell us your adoption story!

Do you have a special cat or kitten? We would love to hear your story. Feel free to share with us the story of your special cat or kitten and we may just feature it here on 2 Cats and a Blog.

Posted in Cats, Kittens

How To Save Kittens from being Killed


How To Save Kittens from being Killed – With kittens across the U.S. in danger of being killed in shelters, Alley Cat Allies is offering its Wait Until 8 program to help animal shelters, humane societies, and communities work together to save kittens’ lives instead. #Kittens

How To Save Kittens from being Killed

Many kittens are born between early spring and late summer, a period known as kitten season. During this time, well-meaning people find kittens outside and attempt to help by bringing them to shelters. However, they often don’t realize that most kittens brought to shelters, especially those who are less than eight weeks old, will also die there. The reason for this is that newborn kittens require intensive, round-the-clock care. Most shelters are ill-equipped or unable to provide such care, so too often, these kittens are “euthanized.” The smallest neonatal kittens sometimes can’t even survive for more than a few hours without intensive care.

How To Save Kittens from being Killed

Wait Until 8 (Weeks)

The Alley Cat Allies Wait Until 8 program addresses this problem. Instead of admitting young, unweaned kittens, shelters participating in the program harness the compassion in their community and give inexpensive tools to care for kittens to the people who find them. These tools come in a Kitten Care Kit that includes formula, a nursing bottle, a syringe for food and medications, canned food for kittens who start weaning, a foil pan and kitty litter for a starter litter box, cleanup pads, and a cat carrier to transport supplies or kittens. This kit is literally their life-line. This kit is literally their life-line.

Wait Until 8 also encourages people who are already motivated to help. With the help and guidance these programs offer, people can save lives themselves. Even if caregivers don’t have an active program nearby, they can still create their own Wait Until 8 kit. Simple, do-it-yourself ideas on Alleycat.org offer guidance on how to make homemade kits that people can assemble quickly and inexpensively.

Using these DIY kits, these instant foster homes then care for kittens until they are eight weeks old or weigh two pounds, when they come back to the shelter for a veterinary checkup, where they are spayed or neutered, and vaccinated. The kittens can then enter the shelter’s adoption program or be adopted by the caregivers who found them.

Shelters Teaming up with their Community

Becky Robinson, the president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, said that the Wait Until 8 program encourages partnerships to save kittens’ lives.

“Shelters need help to save the kittens that come in the door, especially when they don’t have the ability or staff to care for them. Wait Until 8 promotes the same type of shelter-community partnerships necessary for any community cat program to succeed,” Robinson said.

Wait Until 8 has proven successful in Hillsborough County, Fla., where the number of kittens “euthanized” dropped by 80 percent from a peak of 3,200 five years ago.

“Our citizens are helping to care for kittens they find, which allows our foster care volunteers to care for those we find in the field,” said Scott Trebatoski, director of the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Trebatoski, director of the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.

In addition to fewer cats being killed, Wait Until 8 helps to limit shelter population numbers, which keeps adoptable pets healthy and allows staff to spend more time caring for them.

Find more information about the Alley Cat Allies Wait Until 8 program at alleycat.org.

About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 650,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is http://www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.

Press release from Alley Cat Allies