October 29 is National Cat Day

 10  Tips to having a happy, healthy cat in your home!

 Like dogs, cats need to be fed good, nutritious food regularly, at least once a day.

 Cats need plenty of cool, clean, fresh water. Adult cats do NOT need milk, which might make them fat and give them diarrhea.

 Keep your cat inside your home with you. Keep him away from house plants, which cats may destroy. Certain plants are also poisonous to cats.

 Make sure your cat has an outlet for its natural instinct to use its claws. To prevent your cat from scratching or tearing your furniture, trim his claws regularly and provide him with a small rug or scratching post. Verbal scolding can also work wonders.

 Unlike dogs, cats do NOT need to go outside. Cats are almost always naturally housebroken and will use a litter box even at an early age. If allowed outside alone. Cats often get lost or hurt and sometimes get killed. Also, don’t leave your cat alone in a room with an open window.

 Make sure your cat always wears identification, even if you never let him outside. Agile and clever, cats sometimes manage to get outside by themselves. Provide the animals with a comfortable, expandable collar and an attached identification tag with your name, address and phone number on it. Also consider having your cat micro chipped by a qualified veterinarian.

 Unlike most dogs, cats do NOT need to be bathed. A healthy cat keeps himself clean and well groomed.

 Make sure your cat gets good veterinary care, including all necessary examinations and shots.

 Always have your cat spayed or neutered by a veterinarian or at a low-cost clinic once the animal reaches maturity (usually after six or seven months of age). Your cat will enjoy a longer, healthier life, there’ll be fewer strays on the streets and you’ll be spared the hassles of a cat in heat.

 Give your cat plenty of love and affection. Though cats are more independent than dogs, they thrive on your companionship.

 Enjoy your new pet and remember it is a lifetime commitment when adopting!

Featured dog- Ness

 Ness is a mix of dogs that has resulted i a happy friendly boy. He loves people and playing with toys. He will need a secure high fenced yard as he likes to go with people and be with you so he will jump a fence. He is learning his basic commands and to walk on a leash.

 Other available dogs

 Peanut- Senior border collie/beagle blend. He will do best in a quiet home with no children or other animals. He is happy to stay by your side and watch TV. Loves going for walks.

 Koda- He needs someone who will help him with his weight loss program. He needs to get plenty of exercise and a monitored diet. He loves going for walks and is very strong.

 Willie-Pit bull terrier. Likes to cuddle and get belly rubs. Likes being with people.

 Ziggy- Dutch shepherd. Beautiful brindle markings. Shy needs a little time to feel comfortable with surroundings.

Featured cat- Lover

Lover is a 12 year old beautiful seal point Siamese. He is very friendly, likes to be held or carried around. He is very talkative and will come when called. Lover has been around the other cats in the room but prefers to be by himself so a quiet home would be great for him. He will keep you company while you watch TV, read or relax.

 Other available cats

 Izzy- She is very laid back and shy and prefers to watch everything and everyone from the sidelines. She will come for attention and some love but is not a lap cat. She would do best in a quiet home.

Titan -3 month gray and white tabby kitten. Shy likes being held and petted

Sophia- 3 mo dilute calico. Very shy, would do best in quiet home.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268 

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The animals submitted to the media may have changed 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