Pets of the Week

Tulip

Petunia

WCFA’S featured pets are Tulip, Petunia, Primrose and Violet.  These kittens are about 8 weeks old.  They are available for adoption but will not be released to any new owner until they are altered.  They have had their first vaccines. If you are interested in any of these four cute girls, please complete our pre-adoption application found at www.wecareforanimals.org.  We will then arrange a home check and follow our regular adoption procedures.

 

Primrose

Violet

If you are interested in any of our pets, please go to www.wecareforanimals.org  where you can see all of our adoptable pets and you can complete an adoption application. For more information call us at 702-346-3326 (voicemail), call Karen at 435-862-9574 or Linda at 702-376-1642. Next pet adoption is August 4, 2018,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Summer hours).   WE WILL BE AT 150 N. YUCCA, SUITE 1.  Questions? Email us at wcfanv@gmail.com.  Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/wecareforanimalsmesquitenv.  Please call us to schedule a visit with our pets at a mutually convenient time.

 

Other Available Pets: 

CATS: 

Cats do not enjoy being confined in a cage.  The cats we have for adoption show best in a home environment.  If you see a cat you like, to truly see his or her personality, you should ask us to arrange a time, at your convenience, to meet the cat in his/her foster home.  Some of our sweetest cats can come across as cranky or withdrawn when they are placed in the crate for viewing.  Please give these felines a chance by meeting them “outside the cage”.  Taking one of these felines for a sleep over is another way to get to know them better before adopting.  Ask us about our sleep over policy.

 

 

Beamer is a 4 year old orange tabby.  He is a sweet boy.  He is a quiet, mellow cat that loves to be brushed and have his belly rubbed. Beamer has been with other cats.   He is very non-aggressive and tends to be the one picked on.  Beamer is on a kidney healthy diet.  Beamer loves a cat tree where he can watch the outside world.  He will bond easily with his human.

 

 

Zayn is about a year old.  Zayn is a gorgeous looking cat, but is often overlooked because he appears so shy. Zayn has made a complete turnaround and has turned into an affectionate, loving cat, when placed in a home environment.  Once he feels secure in a home, his true, very affectionate personality comes out.  Zayn just needs the opportunity to show you how loving and sweet he can be.

DOGS: 

Henry is a big, sweet natured guy. He is a boxer/pitbull mix.  He needs to lose some weight. Henry would like a fenced yard and someone who will give him regular exercise. He lives with a small dog and would probably do well with any well mannered dog if properly introduced. Henry is about 4 years old, altered and current on vaccines. 

SPAY/NEUTER

WCFA offers a wonderful low-cost/free opportunity to spay/neuter your pets to prevent accidental litters and keep your pet happy and healthy. We will always alter feral cats to be released back in their environment.  Our target areas are Mesquite, Bunkerville and the Arizona Strip.  Spay/Neuter Assistance Applications are available at Mesquite Veterinary Clinic located at 371 Riverside Road and Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital at 660 Hardy Way.  You may also call WCFA at 702-346-3326 to leave a message or visit wecareforanimals.org to contact us by email.  Half of all litters born in the U.S. are accidents that overburden shelters and rescues.

BASIC INFORMATION ON CATS

Bathroom habits

One of the best things about cats is that they come to us already potty trained – cats already know how to use a litterbox at an early age and they require little, if any, training on the subject. However, urinating or defecating outside of the litterbox does happen on occasion and can be a major problem.

The following tips will help avoid inappropriate elimination.

  • Have multiple litterboxes throughout the house.
  • Have at least one litterbox per cat and at least one box on each floor of your house.
  • Cats prefer clean litterboxes, so be sure to scoop the boxes daily.
  • Some cats prefer unscented litter, and some prefer clumping litter over clay.
  • Covered litterboxes help contain odors, but some cats prefer an uncovered box.

Litterboxes should be located in safe, easy-to-find areas. For example, if your cat is afraid of the dog, don’t make her walk past the dog to get the litterbox. If your cat is old and arthritic, don’t make her jump over a baby gate to get to the box.

Scratching

Cats love to scratch, and they do it for many reasons. Scratching allows the outer, dead layers of their nails to shed. It also allows cats to mark their territory by leaving their scent behind from the scent glands in their feet.

Cats often prefer to scratch on vertical surfaces such as couches or door frames. It’s important to provide your cat with an appropriate scratching post (taller is better) or you may find that your furniture becomes a scratching post. And cats will love it if you sprinkle a little catnip on the scratching post!

Drinking

Unlike dogs, who tend to drink from anywhere (even toilets), cats prefer clean, fresh, running water. Some cats will beg for water at the bathroom sink or tub and will lap up the drips if you leave the water trickling.

There are a number of cat water fountains available that will provide moving water for your cat and filter the water before they drink it. Drinking enough water is important for overall health, but the urinary tract of male cats is especially prone to problems that are made worse by not enough water intake.

Jumping & Climbing

Cats love to climb and jump, and they’re very good at it. Young cats can sometimes climb curtains, jump on counters and kitchen tables and climb all over furniture.

Cats can be trained not to jump on certain surfaces like the kitchen counters, but they’ll be happiest if they have safe places where they are allowed to climb. Tall scratching posts are great for climbing. Window seats designed for cats are also a good option for jumping with the added benefit of watching the outside world, dreaming about birds, and sun bathing.

 

Playing

Cats, especially young ones, have an intense, instinctive prey drive. In the wild, they’d be out catching mice, birds and insects. It’s important to provide your cat with toys to play with that will satisfy their desire to hunt, but do it in a safe way that doesn’t endanger the cat. Pet stores carry a large variety of toys that serve this purpose. Your cat may also try to play with household items which may potentially be dangerous. Don’t allow your cat to play with string, rubber bands, ribbon, or tinsel. These items can cause intestinal problems if ingested and may even require surgical removal, which can be costly and risky.

Purring

No one knows exactly why cats purr. Cats generally purr when they are relaxed or being cuddled or petted. We tend to assume that it is associated with a feeling of well-being, but in my veterinary practice, I have seen many cats purr in times of stress or illness as well. One theory is cats purr when stressed to reassure themselves. Until the government raises the cat research budget, purring will remain one of the many mysteries of feline behavior.

Understanding a cat is sometimes easier than understanding your family or spouse, but it can still have its challenges. Read up on how your cat thinks, and you’ll be that much closer to a happy home with your new cat.

 

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