WCFA Pets Needing People

Beamer

Zayn

WCFA’S featured pets are Zayn and Beamer.  Both of these cats have been with us for awhile.  Zayn has made a complete turnaround and has turned into an affectionate, loving cat, when shown in a home environment.  Beamer is a quiet, mellow cat that loves to be brushed and have his belly rubbed.  Both of these cats would make great family pets.  Please consider one of these wonderful cats if you are looking to add a feline to your family.

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 July 21, 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  Some of our sweetest cats can come across as cranky or withdrawn when they are placed in the crate for viewing.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.

 Taylor is about 2 years old. Taylor has come a long way in foster care. She enjoys a quiet home and would be fine as the only cat or with another cat or two.  She is currently in a foster home with other cats and is doing fine. She is very loving with her foster humans. Taylor shows best in a home environment setting rather than in a kennel at pet adoptions. She likes to walk around on leash and is very curious. She is altered, current on vaccines and micro chipped. 

Beamer is a 4 year old orange tabby.  He is a sweet boy that might do best in a home where he is the only cat.   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 loves to have his belly rubbed and 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 was lucky enough to spend a few days with a very nice couple. While there, he became very loving and sought attention from the couple. 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.

Two of our four kittens have been adopted.   Simba (orange) has someone interested in him and Rafiki (calico/gray stripe) is still available. They have received their first vaccines and been checked thoroughly by the vet.  These kittens have been well socialized and are very sweet.  If you are interested in a kitten you can complete our pre-adoption application.  We can do a home check.  The kittens will not be released to their new homes until they have been altered.  

We have another litter of kittens, all black and all female.  They are about six weeks old.  If you want to see them, please contact us.  Like all of our young pets, they will not be released to a new home until they are altered.

DOGS: 

Marley is about 4 1/2 years old.  She is a schnauzer/wheaten terrier mix.  She is a sweet girl, shy at first but very loving once she feels comfortable. Marley is a medium size at 27 lbs. She does fine with other dogs and with older/respectful children. She has a sweet and goofy personality. Her cross-eyed gaze just adds to her great character.

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.

My cat likes to hide under our couch and claw at the underside of it. It’s driving me crazy. Can I get him to stop?

You absolutely can teach your cat to not use your furniture as a scratching post — but before we delve into the specifics of how to change your cat’s behavior, let’s start by talking about why he may be doing this in the first place.

Since cats often scratch to shed their outer nail sheaths, regular nail trims might help reduce the scratching. But there could be something more serious going on: Retreating beneath the sofa could indicate that your cat isn’t feeling well, either physically or emotionally. A cat who is fearful, anxious or stressed may take shelter under a couch or bed to escape an upsetting situation — for example, a new baby or new pet in the home. And cats will often mask pain or illness, so your cat may be hiding, because he’s sick or injured.

In either case, the first step in dealing with the behavior is to schedule a visit to the veterinarian to determine if your cat is suffering from an undiagnosed medical condition, is in some type of physical discomfort, or if he’s anxious or stressed about something in his environment. Your vet may also refer you to a veterinary behaviorist for extra help as needed.

Redirect the Scratching

Once your cat has a clean bill of health, you can start to address the behavior. The goal is to redirect your cat’s scratching away from the furniture to something more cat friendly, like a designated scratching post.

Cats will frequently scratch furniture, because they lack acceptable replacement activities and spaces that suit their tastes. Teaching your feline to stay clear of the furniture will require providing cat-specific spaces that are more desirable than the area under your couch.

Create resting and play spaces that cater to your cat’s preferences, including spaces where he can sleep, hide and survey his surroundings. Burrow beds, tunnels, cat trees — especially those with covered areas and den spaces — allow your cat to watch the action in your home — or escape from it, if needed. Tunnels and boxes also provide spaces to play or just chill. Your cat’s crate or carrier can also serve as a quiet resting place when he wants to be alone.

Offer your cat scratching posts in a variety of materials. Some cats prefer carpet-covered posts to sisal, for instance, while others like corrugated cardboard best. If your cat really enjoys lying on his back while clawing and pawing, consider a covered bed or box made of a sturdy claw-worthy material like corrugated cardboard.

A scratching post should be sturdy and able to support your cat’s weight as he digs, scratches and paws at the surface. Many cats like to get a full stretch and prefer posts that allow them to extend their limbs fully while clawing. Consider scratching posts that offer both horizontal and vertical options for scratching and stretching. Your cat may enjoy a horizontal scratching post, especially if he’s already scratching horizontal spaces.

Teach Your Cat to Love His Scratching Post

To help deter your cat from scratching your furniture, place his scratching post near your couch. This makes it easier to distract him from off-limits spaces and redirect him to more appropriate surfaces.

At the same time, teach your cat to associate your couch with activities other than scratching. Feed him his meals near the couch and spray pheromone spray in the space to encourage him to rub the area with his facial scent glands. This can help decrease his desire to use visual markings to make others aware of his presence. You can also invite him to snuggle with you on the sofa and reward him for sitting peacefully.

Encourage your cat to explore the cat trees and scratching posts with draws of toys, catnip and treats. Channel his excess energy and scratching toward other acceptable activities as well, including food puzzles and toys, particularly toys compatible with solo play when he is alone. Reward your cat for using his cat-specific spaces with petting, play, treats and praise.

You may need to use a temporary barrier to prevent your cat from utilizing the space beneath the couch as his hideaway. Citrus scents, double-sided tape and overturned floor mats with the prickly side facing upward can serve as potential deterrents as needed. But before you block his access to the sofa, be sure he has adequate replacement spaces where he can safely get away and hang out.

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