Anonymous Cats Anonymous 2011 Spring 2011 Another successful year of adoptions, rescues, growth and change. Here at Cats Anonymous we always strive to find more ways to help cats in need and to provide our cats with the best level of care that we can. I think our mission statement says it all: “To provide a clean, safe, comfortable sanctuary for stray, abandoned and unwanted domestic cats and kittens until the right adoptive home is found. Also to improve the lives of feral cats by providing an ongoing spay / neuter / vaccination program for them.” I would like to thank all of you for helping us to achieve this goal. We couldn’t do it without you. Tish NEW ARRIVALS PINKY & SCRUFFY: These 2 brothers came to us all the way from Taiwan! Their owner rescued them from the streets when he was living abroad. When he TABLE OF CONTENTS returned home to Canada, the cats came with him. Unfortunately, a few years 1. New Arrivals later his living situation changed and he was unable to keep the boys. Pinky & 2. Adoptions Scruffy are Japanese Bobtails. They are very affectionate and energetic. They are 3. More Adoptions also very bonded to one another and must be adopted together. 4. Insiders Report 5. Happy Tails HOBBES: Poor Hobbes is the poster boy for our motto at Cats Anonymous … 6. Upcoming Events “There are no bad cats, they are just misunderstood”. This is Hobbes third time 7. Fundraising at the shelter. For some reason, none of his adoptive families have bonded with 8. Cat of the Month him and when their lives got too busy, back he came. Hobbes is an independent 9. Luxating Patella 10. Our Wish List boy, but he enjoys company and loves to be brushed and to chase strings. He has one big issue … Hobbes is an over-eater, and recently ate his way up to 21 lbs in his last home! He is currently slimming here at the shelter and is down to 18 lbs. Our goal is 14 lbs. In the meantime, he loves to play “chase the kibble” at dinner time! That way we can slow down his eating, and he gets some exercise! POLLY: This lovely old girl showed up at one of our feral cat feeding stations. She was dirty and hungry, and is anything but feral. When she first arrived here we discovered that she was having some inappropriate urination issues. A trip to the vet revealed that Polly had a bladder infection. Antibiotics have since cleared up that problem, and Polly is not having anymore litterbox issues. We believe that her previous owner must have thrown her out for missing the litterbox, without bothering to take her to the vet to find out what was wrong. Polly is a very affectionate girl who follows you around like a dog. She loves to be petted and gives kisses. She also has a very unique feature …. she is a Polydactyl and CONTACT INFO has extra toes on her front paws .... she looks like she is wearing mittens! MR. BIG: When you’re this big, they call you Mr.! Big spent his life with a lady Cats Anonymous #063055 Dufferin Rd #3, who had bottle raised him from kittenhood. Unfortunately, when a new man R.R.#3, Orton, ON, came into the picture, her cats were cast aside. After loving Big for 11 years, she L0N 1N0 put her indoor cat outside and left him out there to wonder what he had done 519-855-6850 wrong and why she wouldn't let him in anymore. When she moved a few www.catsanonymous.ca months later, Big & his brother came to us for adoption. Big is an extremely Canadian Charity affectionate cat who loves to be cuddled. He gets along well with children, other # 86565-1319-RR0001 cats and dogs. ADOPTIONS ! KITTENS 2010: Thanks to our feral cat program, 53 kittens were rescued from life on the streets in 2010 and given a second chance at a better life. Buckwheat, Blueberry, Bing, Bear, Huckleberry, Currant, Marble, Mo, Maple, Maizy, Sunny, Summer, Sandy, Lutetia, Daisy, Duke, Ollie, Magnum, Puppet, Charlie, Tracey, Reuben, Jackson, Mya, A.J., Horace, Apollo, Athena, Helios, Seline, Rosemary, Gourdie, Quincy, Stella, Rollie, Ophelia, Tess, Tallulah, Theo, Maestro, Wesley, Abby, and Levi Brown are all happy in their new homes and enjoying the fringe benefits of a domestic life. TYE: Another misunderstood boy … Tye could be a bit difficult with some of the volunteers here and had a reputation for being a bit cranky. But if he liked you and was in a good mood, what a marshmallow! Tye was chosen to be a companion to one of our previously adopted misunderstood boys … the infamous Billy. The boys are still currently working on their relationship. Tye has charmed the mistress of the household, but has still only been deemed acceptable by King William! That Billy … he was always pretty particular about whom he liked. KICIA: When I got the call from a previous adopter, telling me that she had lost her beloved cat Viki and that she needed a new friend, I knew exactly which cat she should have. Kicia’s owner had recently passed away and she longed for another lap to sit on. She and Muriel were a perfect match. When I visited with them a month later, Kicia had made herself right at home and it was obvious that this match was meant to be. TOFFEE, POTTER, MURPHY: When a couple came to adopt a new cat after losing their beloved feline friend, who would have dreamed that they would leave with three. They were having a hard time deciding between our 3 boys and when the husband said “why not take them all … what’s one more if you already have two?” it didn’t take his wife long to agree! Each of the boys have such unique personalities … Murphy is the wild hunter; Potter is the clown; and Toffee is their momma’s boy. A well rounded family, don’t you think? OAKLEY: From semi-feral kitten to happy house cat! Oakley was living outside a factory when we took him in. He tamed down easily and became a very affectionate boy. He was adopted by one of our volunteers when she was looking for a friend for her older cat. Oakley was a good choice, due to his gentle nature and the respect he showed here to the older cats in the shelter. He is living the good life now … indoors, well cared for and totally enjoying his new domestic life. CAMEO & LIATH: This is a real rags to riches story. Cameo & Liath were two of our feral kittens, rescued and tamed. Cameo started her life in a dumpster behind an apartment building, while Liath was born in a trailer park, under one of the trailers. The girls struck up a great friendship here and were always chasing each other around the shelter. They were adopted together and are now living the life of Riley, eating their dinners of tuna or warmed chicken on a Persian rug. MAUDE: Just like Bea Arthur in the 1970’s comedy show, our Maude was a very opinionated little girl! But because of her “cattitude” she was also a very fun little girl. Her new mom is just thrilled with her and tells us that Maude is one of the best cats she has ever had. BERNIE & AL: These boys were surrendered for fighting and urinating out of the litterbox … they weren’t neutered, so this behaviour came as no surprise to us. The boys were neutered shortly after their arrival here and both settled into the shelter easily. Neither one had any further aggression or litterbox issues and both were quickly adopted for their gentle, easy going natures. SCORO & TYRONE: These brothers attracted a visitor’s attention last summer, but she was planning a trip in the fall and didn’t want to commit until she was back home and settled. She told us that if the boys were still here when she returned, she would know that it was meant to be. True to her word, when she arrived home from her trip a few months later she called to see if the boys were still available. I told her they were here, just waiting for her call. It was meant to be. THELMA & LOUISE: These lovely teenage mothers were so busy tending to their kittens in the abandoned barn we rescued them from that they never really had time for a proper childhood of their own. But all that has now changed. Thelma & Louise were adopted together and their new owner reports that they are doing well, playing and chasing each other around the house, and taking turns on her lap. MORE ADOPTIONS ! SCHWEPPES: This gentle orange boy is happy at last. Schweppes was a very sensitive cat and was quite depressed here at the shelter. The stress of shelter life was actually making him ill. His lucky day came when a mother and son visited and he immediately struck up a bond with the young boy. His mother reports that they are best friends and that their new house finally feels like a home now. TIGGER: At last, our Tigger is happy and appreciated for who she is. Tigs was surrendered a few years ago when her owner grew tired of dealing with her mood swings and ongoing diabetes treatment. With the help of a new diet here we were able to get Tigger off Insulin and her diabetes went into remission. Without her blood sugar rising and falling, Tigger was a much happier, healthier cat. She is great company now to a senior gentleman, curling up on his lap to watch TV or cuddling up beside him at night on the bed. SCOTTIE & GINO: Sometimes nice guys don’t finish last …. Scottie and Gino were both strays who had lived their lives on the streets, fighting to survive. Somewhere along the way, they fought with the wrong cats, and ended up with FIV. That greatly reduced their adoption prospects. Both boys were in pretty rough shape when they arrived here. Gino had a large wound that spanned most of his back. Due to his FIV status, it took months to heal, even after surgery. Scottie’s ears had been so badly infected in the past that they had scarred over, leaving him with the appearance of a Scottish Fold cat (hence his name). Lucky for these boys that one of our volunteers has an FIV positive cat at home and decided she could make room for two more. The boys have taken over the house and both of them just can’t get enough lovin! WINNIE: This is Winnie’s new life – part two. Winnie is now living in the main house with Jodie and I. Sadly, after almost a year of trying to get their original cat to accept Winnie into the household, her new family had to admit defeat. Simon had been urinating all over the house since Winnie’s arrival and the situation had escalated to him stalking and attacking her. We couldn’t bear to send her back to the shelter after all she had been through, so she came to live with us. Within 24 hours of Winnie’s departure, Simon was happily using his litterbox again. Winnie is settling in here and has struck up a romance with one of our shy cats, Hook. Funny how things turn out, isn’t it? CONNOR: Two days after arriving at our shelter, this poor boy suffered a urinary blockage and had to be rushed to our vet clinic for emergency surgery. His previous owners had complained to me about him missing the litterbox, and although their vet had recommended further urine tests, they refused. Had Connor not been here and received that necessary surgery he could have died. He was spotted on our website by a couple with a cat who had similar issues. I’m pleased to report that Connor settled in quickly and made fast friends with his new kitty companion. We are so grateful to his new owners for recognizing him as a special boy, not just as a special needs cat. PIANO: This lovely long-haired boy was living on the streets of Hamilton for a year. A kind couple were feeding him, but felt that he had the potential of becoming a housecat. He was live trapped and brought to the shelter for assessment. Piano turned out to be a very gentle boy. He must have belonged to someone at some point, as he was already neutered and quite friendly once in our care. He was spotted here by a lady who had accompanied her friend for a visit. She was not thinking of adopting at the time, but there was something about Piano that drew her to him. She returned a few weeks later to make it official and take him home. LOUIS: This gentle boy never even made it into the shelter! He was staying in our boarding cottage until we had space for him in the main room of the shelter. When a couple came looking for an older companion cat who would be a friend to their aging Sheltie, I knew just the right cat for them. Louis quickly settled in to his new home and now follows their Sheltie around the house. They tell me that “he is absolutely gorgeous, and a perfect match for us”. GLOBAL PET FOODS – CLAIRFIELD COMMONS – GUELPH: Our thanks to Marilyn and her staff for having some of our adoptive cats on display in their store. Thanks to the exposure these cats received at the store, they are now all in happy homes. Wesley, Maestro, Oliver, Rosemary, Gourdie, and Horace are all grateful for your efforts! RUFFINS PET CENTRE – GEORGETOWN: Our thanks also to Monica and her staff for hosting an array of our adoptive kittens at their store. Thanks to their efforts Theo, Tallulah, Tess, Stella, Quincy, Ophelia, Rollie, Abby, Levi Brown and Gloria are all now enjoying their happy new homes. Insiders Report – by Tom Jones This fall, after much thought and deliberation, I decided to make it official and declare myself semi-retired. Worry not dear friends! I will still write and share little tidbits of news with you, but as I enter my golden years I feel the need to take it a bit easier on myself. In the winter I moved from the boarding cottage into the main house, with Tish & Jodie and their furry crew. I had heard rumours of a wonderful roaring fire inside, and as I dictate this column to you I am laying on my pillow in front of that very fire, enjoying the warmth. How did I live all these years without the comfort of such a wonderful thing! I am a happy cat indeed. The other cats in the house have learned to accept me …. Bert is especially envious of my visits to the great outdoors ( I still patrol my territory every morning and secure the premises from intruders!) Bert longs to join me, but he lacks the “street smarts” that I have, and is not permitted beyond the house. Hook & Winnie are quite comfortable with my presence on the bed, but Queen Sprockett will not allow me anywhere near her mother’s pillow … she’s rather possessive! Old man ‘Mokes has finally decided that I can lay on the fireside pillows, as long as I don’t get too close to him, and Cranky Pants Dori just ignores me and swears if I happen in her direction. My greatest accomplishment is winning over the old girl …. Lala. She is 23 years they tell me, and is a force to be reckoned with. The others fear her, but for some reason she lets me sleep in her chair from time to time. I am honoured. Syd and I have not been formally introduced, as he is lord of his very own room and will share with nobody …. I hear he bites, so I’m quite happy to view him only from a distance. Life is good in the main house, but I do long for spring and the beginning of another season of construction Sundays. I’ll keep you updated on our work over the summer, and in the meantime, Jackie has been working hard on honing her literary skills and is looking forward to keeping you informed on the latest shelter news. I’m off for a wee nap now by the fire …. the girls tell me I snore …. but I don’t believe them! TTFN Tom Jones “I Spy ” ... by Jackie Hello friends! I’ve been busy studying journalism and am anxious to share my first official column with you. So much has been going on here in Marsville I hardly know where to start … We’ve had a lot of adoptions lately and the shelter seems calmer than usual, but I know it won’t be long before the babies start arriving again. Kitten season is always an extra busy time around here. We’ve had a few new volunteer helpers join our little family. It seems like every week I turn around there is a new lap for me to sit on … I love that … laps are my favourite thing! The girls here call me a “lap magnet”. All us cats are so grateful to the volunteers for giving so freely of their time and love. They make our stay here so much better. The biggest news these days is the ongoing fundraising for the Partridge Family kittens. I’m so impressed with how everyone has risen to the challenge of finding new and creative ways to raise money to help cover the cost of the surgeries our little friends need. Doris has been busy growing her famous cat grass; Tina has a donation jar on her desk at work; Bonnie, Donna and the fundraising committee have been out spreading the word; and Bunny is trying to organize a few garage sales. Three of the Global Pet Food stores also raised money for us with their “Show us your Heart” campaign on Valentine ’s Day. Such great support! Our sincere thanks to Vanessa & Dave at Global Fergus, Marilyn at Global Clairfield Commons Guelph, and Debbie at Global Georgetown. I’ve started calling the Partridge kittens “the six million dollar cats” …. you know … like the old TV show with Lee Majors … “We have the technology … we can re-build them” ! They’ll be like brand new when it’s all done. Lucky little kids … who knows what would have happened to them if they hadn’t found their way here. Well, that’s all I have to say for now. I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at entertaining you. I’ll keep working on my style and talk to you soon. Love , Jackie Our Little Princess Nikita Nikita started her life here at Cats Anonymous … literally. Her mother Norma arrived in May 2008, heavily pregnant. She delivered 4 kittens the very next day. We named them Nikita, Nike, Nick and Noah. The kittens were raised in one of our foster homes and then returned to the shelter for adoption when they were weaned. Although Nikita was a very pretty kitten, she was also a bit shy with new people and didn’t take to strangers easily. For this reason, she remained with us for over 2 years. One of our volunteers fell in love with Nikita and was finally able to convince her husband that 3 cats really isn't too many. I delivered Nikita to her new home in early January 2011. We are so pleased that Fran & Frank made Nikita part of their feline family and are teaching her all the wonderful things about having a real home and a lap all to herself. Here are some of their progress reports. Tish Jan.8th: My agenda for Nikita was to introduce her to the house very gradually, but she has a totally different idea. She has not hidden since the first hour here and decided right away to live on top of the cat tree looking out the window. When Frank or I came into the room she would get down to sit on a lap. She is no longer afraid of the full length mirror and seems to enjoy admiring herself in it. She has explored the entire room and feels it's boring and wants out of there, so today I let her explore the other 2 rooms upstairs. Shera is very displeased at having a new cat and as expected spits and a couple of times growled when she caught sight of Nikita. It will be a long time before the 2 of them are properly introduced. I'm not sure Ripley is even aware that there is a new cat as he has never shown any interest in the closed door. Nikita has a good appetite and is braver than I expected her to be so things are going well so far but I think Nikita is the one in charge of when she is let out of her room, not me. Jan.11th: We had a big setback later on Saturday. We have a metal roof and when it heats up and the snow falls off it's like an avalanche and quite noisy. This happened late Saturday afternoon and Nikita was as usual on her cat tree. It scared her so much it took me 24 hours to coax her out from under the desk. Then she was spooked yesterday by the vacuum in the hall but she came around quickly this time. She is trying really hard to be brave. She likes to rub against me and purrs all the time. I spend a lot of time with her and Frank is very good with her as well. Jan.18th: Nikita seems to have made a routine for herself. She likes to sleep in her little cat cave most of the day and comes out at suppertime. From then on she spends most of her time on top of her cat tree looking out the window. Occasionally she has a run around her room and attempts to play with a little fur mouse. She is very affectionate with both of us and purrs nonstop. She is still reluctant to leave her room but will venture to the door and look out if I open the door and sit in the hall. I do this every evening so one day she will get brave and come out. I am letting her take all the time she needs. Jan.22nd: Today Nikita met Ripley. I thought he was the one that would be least likely to accept her but he was great. Nikita was a little wary but she seemed to like him. Shera is going to be a problem and she's the one I thought would be okay. If she is in the hall when the door to Nikita's room opens she spits even if she can't see Nikita. Now all I have to do is convince Nikita to come out of her room and see the rest of the house, but meeting Ripley is enough adventure for a while. Jan.26th: Well, Nikita has been here 3 weeks and she is making progress. She still prefers to sleep during the day but she has moved from her cat cave under my desk to the cat house on top of her new cat tree. We are now leaving the door to her room open during the day when we are home. Shera sometimes looks in and spits and then leaves. Ripley on the other hand is in love. He spends most of his time in the room with Nikita. He tries to sleep with her but she objects to that and at times finds Ripley a bit overwhelming. If he is banned from her room he lies in front of the door and sometimes cries to get in. This is the cat we thought would be the problem since he has never taken to any of our previous cats! In the evening we lock Ripley and Shera away and Nikita comes out of her room to explore. She will occasionally come up to one of us for reassurance and then continues her explorations. She stays out until we go off to bed and then returns to her room for the night. I often hear her playing with her toys in the night and Ripley scratching at her door to get in. I'm pleased that she is finally venturing out and we look forward to her becoming more comfortable with her home. Feb.22nd: Nikita is making great progress. She still likes her routine of having the other 2 cats confined in the evening so she can wander at will but she is now coming out of her room a bit during the day if I am close by. She stays mainly upstairs then as the other 2 are downstairs and she is still wary of them. Ripley still tries to win her over by sleeping on the cat tree next to her cat tree house and bringing her toys but she is not impressed. Poor Ripley. Nikita has discovered laps and likes to sit on my lap but she is still a bit A.D.D. and doesn't settle for more than a few minutes. She also likes cuddles. Who would have believed that? She is very affectionate with me and likes to rub against me and will pat me on the arm if she isn't getting enough attention. She loves her food and will come and get me to lead me to her food bowl if she thinks it isn't full enough. She also likes cheese … especially Havarti. She is really sweet and I am so proud of her progress. Fran & Frank Spring Open House, Craft Sale & Bottle Drive Come join us for our annual Spring Open House and craft sale at the shelter in Marsville. The cats look forward to seeing you … they just love visitors! The feral cat porch is almost complete and we are proud to show it off. We now have a place to house our feral cats pre & post-operatively before returning them to their colonies. Our volunteers have been hard at work preparing crafts for the big day. Once again, Kate has been sewing her famous cat nip mats; Cheryl has been busy making cat nip toys, and Bonnie has been packaging up Tom Jones’s home grown cat nip and has been putting together some lovely kitty and doggie gift bags for your furry friends to enjoy. We will be holding our third annual bottle drive*, so drink up and bring us your empty wine, beer and liquor bottles! This year our talented volunteers will be offering something new …. face painting for the children, or any adults who are still young at heart. We will also have a popcorn machine and a refreshments booth for all to enjoy. For directions and more details visit our website at www.catsanonymous.ca and click on the fundraising tab. Sunday, May 29th, 2011 - 10am – 3pm *bottle drop-offs this day only Auction/Dinner 2011 Pampered Paws They’re here! Our new kitty Nail Trim This year’s Silent Auction and Dinner is Days’ at Global Pet Foods in Fergus have full of changes. Our newly established arrived. Our experienced volunteers will fund-raising committee has chosen a brand be on hand to give your feline friend a new location and caterer. We are pleased manicure & pedicure for a $10.00 to invite you to join us at the Springfield donation to our shelter. Our first Golf & Country Club on Gordon Street in scheduled date is Sat. April 30th. Future Guelph. For further information and ticket dates will be posted on our website and at sales stay tuned to our website at the Global store in Fergus. Hope to see www.catsanonymous.ca or contact the you there! shelter at 519-855-6850 Sunday, September 25th 2011 Springfield Golf & Country Club - Guelph Please be sure to put safety first and bring your cat in a pet carrier. The Road Back Home: When Charly Kirkwood’s teacher asked Feral Cat Program her to complete her practical project for graduation, she undertook to write, We would like to thank you illustrate and self publish a book about all for your continued support the life she imagined her adopted cats of our feral cat spay/neuter program. Thanks to your lived before coming to our shelter and generous donations we were able to help 44 feral cats then to her. On top of that, she donated live healthier, happier lives in 2010 by having them all the profits to Cats Anonymous. This spayed/neutered and vaccinated. We also removed 53 limited edition book is a must read! It is kittens from these colonies and were successful in written through the eyes of the cats and taming most of them and adopting them into homes. is both heart wrenching and heart Here are a few testimonials from some of the caretakers warming at once. The illustrations are of these feral colonies: lovely. It will be available for $15.00 at the spring open house. Did I mention “I am one of the caregivers of a feral cat colony that Charly was graduating from grade supported by Cats Anonymous. Thanks to them, all the eight when she wrote this book? She cats have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They is truly an extraordinary girl who is also continue to give them any follow-up medical care going places. needed. I am so impressed with everything they do to help these cats.” Josephine Goss “As someone who daily feeds and monitors a feral cat Garage Sales: colony, I am very grateful for Cats Anonymous who stepped-in to spay/neuter and vaccinate these This summer a few of our volunteers wonderful, living free, happy cats. Cats Anonymous will be hosting garage sales to raise does great work and I am very thankful they were much needed funds for the Partridge there to help these cats live a much better life.” Family surgeries. We need your help! Viola Lausas When you do your spring cleaning this year, save us all the good quality, saleable items that you don’t want or “I volunteer with Cats Anonymous feral cat program and need anymore. Dates are still to be have seen first hand the terrific efforts with several feral announced, so watch our website for cat colonies. Live trapping the cats, spay/neuter and more information. If you have items vaccinations are part of their program. They always that you would like to donate, please make sure any feral cats trapped are in ideal health email us at email@example.com before being re-released. It is very rewarding to know or call the shelter and leave a message that Cats Anonymous are there when these feral and at 519-855-6850. abandoned cats are in need. Great Job!” Andrea Goss In 2010 our kitten program took in 53 kittens through our feral cat program. These kittens would have grown up wild, on the streets, and averaged a life span of 3-5 years. With the help of our volunteer foster families these Karisa’s kittens will now have a chance at a better life – pampered and cherished in Kittens loving homes. As kitten season quickly approaches, help us to help these little ones in need. Make a donation to our kitten rescue fund, offer your time as a volunteer in our kitten room at the shelter, or open your home to a frightened kitten in need of some socializing. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it! Patella (plural patellas or patellae) 1. (anatomy) The sesamoid bone of the knee; the kneecap. Luxate 1. To dislocate The patella, commonly known as the knee cap, is the bone located in the center of the knee joint which acts like a shield to protect the ligaments behind it. The patella rests in a groove at the end of the femur bone (the bone that connects the hip and the knee), and is held in alignment by the thigh muscles and the patellar tendons. The thigh muscles extend to connect with the upper portion of the patella and the patellar tendons attach the lower portion of the patella to the tibia (shin bone). When the thigh muscles contract, a force is passed through the patella and then through the patellar tendon, which results in straightening of the knee joint. This force pulls the patella against the inner groove that it is sitting in. When the leg is bent, the patellar tendon stretches and the force pulls the patella away slightly from the inner groove. These motions allow the knee cap to slide in an upward/downward motion as the muscles extend and contract. Some animals have bone structure abnormalities where the patellar tendons are attached too far in on the shin bone or the grooves in the femur bone are too shallow to contain the patella. When this occurs the patella can slip to the left or to the right of the knee joint when tension is placed on it. It is not fully known what causes this condition but is believed to be primarily a congenital defect that is more commonly seen in dogs than in cats1. Though this condition itself is not always painful, secondary issues often arise that can be very painful and even debilitating. Chronic arthritis, torn cruciate ligaments and bone chips or fractures are a few of these secondary problems. Some animals only have mildly luxating patellae and can go on to live their full life without having any serious consequences. Others have severe cases that require orthopaedic surgery to deepen the groove or reposition the tendons or both. After surgery the animal needs to rest for a period of weeks to months depending on their progress and should avoid jumping, running or climbing stairs until the leg has fully healed. Once healing is complete the animal can go on to lead a normal, active lifestyle and may only have mild arthritic changes as they age. There are also specialty diets and natural supplements available to help with long term joint health. 1 L’Eplattenier H, Montavon P. Patellar luxation in dogs and cats: Management and prevention. Compend Contin Educ Pract Vet. 2002;24:292–298. Jodie Abbott THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY KITTENS - SHIRLEY, DANNY, KEITH & LORI Once you meet Shirley, Danny, Keith and Lori, you are sure to be singing the popular 1970’s Partridge family hit “ I Think I Love You”. This lovely family was originally rescued from an abandoned barn. The owners of the farm had split up, moved out, and had taken all the horses with them, but left the barn cats behind. There were two very young mothers and 6 kittens, left alone to fend for themselves. When a kind neighbour alerted us of their plight, we went in to rescue them, and what a pitiful sight we found. The two mothers and 5 kittens were locked in a tack room. There was no food or water left and there was broken glass all over the floor. They were starving and terrified, running every which way, trying to hide, but also desperate for the food we had to offer. We quickly rounded them all up and loaded them into the car. Then we heard the wailing of a kitten from somewhere in the main barn. Everything was locked up tight, so I had to crawl under a hay wagon to get into the main part of the barn. I followed the kitten’s cries to an empty stall. She was cowering in a corner, an empty bowl beside her. She was so happy to be reunited with her family. Once in our care, the little family blossomed. They were all very affectionate and outgoing. The mothers were adopted together and are doing very well in their new home. Two of the kittens were also adopted. As the remaining kittens grew, we noticed that they had an odd gait and periodically would limp. When little Shirley came up completely lame one day, we had some x-rays done at our vet clinic and discovered that she had dislocated a hip and had a condition called “luxating patella” on both back legs. Upon further investigation, it was found that the other kittens remaining in the shelter also had the same knee problems. Without surgical intervention, these kittens would suffer terrible arthritis and be crippled at a very young age. There was no question in our minds what had to be done …. An orthopaedic specialist was consulted and surgery was booked. The kittens have undergone their first knee surgeries and are recuperating in our kitten room. In 2 months, when their “new knees” have healed, they will return to the vet clinic to have their other knees repaired. After that they should be able to live a fairly normal, happy, healthy life. These are very special kittens. Despite the pain and abandonment they have endured over the past few months, and the stress of the surgery they have just gone through, they are coping very well. They are always happy to greet us with big meows and lots of purrs. There is no doubt in my mind that we did the right thing, and that they are worth every penny spent. As you can imagine, this type of specialist surgery is not a cheap one. Our dedicated volunteers rose to the challenge and have been working on fund raising projects to help cover the cost of the surgeries. Our vet clinic has been very generous and they have donated a lot of their time and services towards this endeavour. It is so heart warming to see everyone banding together to help these little souls. It makes me so proud of who we are and what we do here at Cats Anonymous. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped to give these kittens the gift of a better life. Have a look at their pictures and I’m sure you’ll agree …. You can’t put a price tag on life. SHIRLEY DANNY KEITH LORI Special thanks to the Doctors and staff at Wellington Veterinary Services for their generosity and excellent care OUR WISH LIST These items are things that we use daily, and can always use more of: Canned Cat Food Pine Pellet Kitty Litter Clumping Pine Kitty Litter Bleach Hand Sanitizer Paper Towels, Shop Towels Large Garbage Bags, Kitchen Catchers Dish Soap, Scour Pads Laundry Detergent (must be HE) Canadian Tire Money (to purchase cleaning supplies) Staples gift card (to purchase office supplies) Medications - If you have medication from your vet that you have not been able to use for your pet, think of donating it to the shelter. Each year we spend thousands of dollars on medications for the cats in our care. These donated items are used as prescribed by our veterinarians. Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds. Cats Anonymous now has a brokerage account set up to receive these types of donations. Take advantage of the income tax savings! Building Supplies to finish the Feral Cat porch & Washroom facility: Eavestroughing Plexiglas Bags of Limestone Bags of Sand Volunteer Opportunities: As many of you know, we are a volunteer organization, with no paid staff. We are always in need of more volunteers to assist with the daily care of the cats in the shelter, paperwork, gardening, driving, ongoing renovations, and fundraising. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to lend a helping hand in any of these areas please call Tish at 519-855-6850 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The more helpers we have, the more cats we can help! With “kitten season” fast approaching we will soon be in need of foster homes for young kittens or nursing mothers. If you have a spare room where you could accommodate a mother and kittens or a few young kittens, please call us. We supply all the food, litter, supplies and vet care. All you have to supply is the love. It is such a wonderful, rewarding experience to know that you have helped to make a difference in the lives of these little ones. Help us to get these kittens off the streets and teach them the way to a better life. ICS Computers – Fergus – Website updating and hosting Global Pet Foods – Clairfield Commons – Guelph Global Pet Foods – Fergus Global Pet Foods – Georgetown Pet Valu – Fergus Ruffins Pet Center – Georgetown Creature Comforts – St. Jacobs Wellington Veterinary Services – Elora REMEMBER …. SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR CATS!