Featured Shelter Animals July 24, 2015

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Petfinder’s Top Ten Tips for a Contented Cat

Play with Your Cat

Playtime is essential for your cat, so make time to play with her every day. Since cats love to hunt, look for interactive toys that mimic prey. During play, move the toy to mimic the type of prey your cat is hunting and be sure to end each play session by allowing your cat to capture the toy

The Scoop

Scooping your cat’s litter box at least once a day will help make you aware of any potential medical problems he may be having, such as a life-threatening urinary tract condition. If you notice a change in your cat’s litter box habits, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Odor Control

Cats are often put off by the odor of scented litters. They also don’t like air fresheners or room deodorizers near their litter boxes, especially citrus fragrances. To reduce odors scoop twice daily and put a small layer of baking soda in the bottom of your cat’s litter box.

Multiple Cat Homes

If you have more than one cat, it’s important that you have more than one litter box. The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat plus one extra.

Room with a View

Watching birds and squirrels can provide hours of entertainment for your cat. So make a window ledge available for your cat and hang a feeder out in the yard for some bird-watching fun.

All Cats Need to Scratch

It’s important to provide different types of scratching stations for your cat, including horizontal and vertical posts and scratching pads. Vertical scratching posts should be at least three feet tall and extremely sturdy. Look for posts made with natural fibers, like sisal and burlap. Also, place them near your cat’s favorite place to nap, where your family spends lots of time together and near objects you don’t want your cat to scratch.

Timid Kitty

Many cats will initially hide when brought into a new environment. You can help your cat during this adjustment period by giving him a safe, quiet room of his own. Once he’s comfortable, you can gradually introduce him to other areas of your home.

Night Owl

Nighttime activity for cats is common. To help your cat adjust to your schedule, provide him with interactive toys and multiple play sessions during the day, including one just before bedtime. This should help tire him out and get him used to your routine.

Keeping Kitty Safe

The estimated average life span of a free-roaming cat is less than three years compared to 1518 years for the average indoor-only cat. So keeping your kitty inside with your family is the best way to ensure he’ll be a safe and healthy cat.

Fun with Household Items

Cats love cardboard! So give your cat a few empty cardboard boxes in all different sizes. You can also give your cat some empty paper-towel rolls. They’re great for batting around and discovering the yummy treats you’ve stuffed inside.

Mike and MollyFeatured Dog: Mike and Molly

Mike and Molly are 8-10 week old pit bull terrier puppies. If you are home most of the day and have the time and patience, and you want a really cute puppy Mike or Molly will need a home that can provide for them the time and energy it takes raising a puppy. Puppies are incredibly cute but they need guidance, commitment and a whole lot of patience. They will need continued socialization, help with house-training and outlets for youthful energy. A puppy needs someone home most of the day because they will need to go out and go to the bathroom every 2-3 hours and go out at night during house training. A full-time out-of-home worker would not be around enough to take care of one of these puppies properly. If you truly are ready for a puppy then this great puppy is ready for you! THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE ADOPTED TOGETHER

Other Available Dogs:

Monica – F – 1 year – doxie mix

Carly – F – 1 year – pug mix

Mika- F 1 year Chihuahua

Sugar Bear- M 2-3 year old Shepherd blend

Ginger- F 4 3-4 month shepherd/beagle blend

DSCN3026Featured Cat: Miss Motor

Miss Motor is 1-2 years old. Her owner could no longer keep her because of allergies in the home. She lost her left eye due to an act of animal cruelty. She is friendly and loving. She has no problems getting around the cat room. She came in with another cat. White with black markings causing her to look like a small Holstein cow.

Other Available cats

Sheba- female 10 years old long hair dilute tortoiseshell

Miss Kitty- female 6 years old long hair gray

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl  and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER

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