Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Help wanted: Kitten Season




Kitten season. If you love cats that probably sounds like a magical time of year. Kitten season is real and while it does indeed produce wonderful, loveable kittens, too often they are unplanned and unwanted. 

So, what is kitten season?

Female cats mate and give birth from early spring to late autumn. With a gestation period that averages just over two months, cats can have two-to-three litters per year producing between three and five kittens per litter. When you consider a cat’s typical 10-year breeding span, one female cat can produce up to 150 kittens!



Kittens, kittens and more kittens
When kitten season arrives, shelters across the country are overrun by an influx of kittens. At Feline Rescue, we are busy preparing for the incoming kitten take-over, but we can’t do it without your support.


How can you help with kitten season? There are several ways you can make a difference:


Make a donation

The easiest way is to make a donation online.

You can also ship or drop off supplies at:

  • Our adoption center at 593 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.
  • Between now and May 5, one of two Chuck and Don’s: Edina (6821 York Ave S, Edina 55435) or Woodbury (265 Radio Drive, Woodbury 55125). 
  • Between May 21 and June 1 at Bone Marché (3777 Park Center Blvd, St. Louis Park)

Supplies needed include KMR or Breeder’s Edge kitten formula, Royal Canin BabyCat wet and dry food, wand toys and much more. See our entire wish list on Amazon.


Attend a Kitten Shower
Do good while having fun! Bring the family for games, treats and a guest appearance by the very kittens you can help. We are hosting Kitten Showers to raise funds and gather supplies for homeless cats and kittens. 
  • Saturday, May 5, between 10am-2pm
    Chuck & Don's Edina (6821 York Ave S, Edina 55435
  • Saturday, May 5, between 10am-2pm
    Woodbury (265 Radio Drive, Woodbury 55125) 
  • Friday, June 1, between 4-7pm
    Bone Marché (Next to Lunds & Byerlys,
    3777 Park Center Blvd, St. Louis Park)

Adopt a cat or kitten

If you are looking to add a new furry member to your family, Feline Rescue is the place to be! You can review our eligible kitties online or stop in and let our friendly volunteers help you find the purrfect companion at our adoption center.



At Feline Rescue, cats and kittens always come first. We are grateful for any and all support you can offer during the wondrous time of year that is kitten season.


Written by Tara Fahey
Photography by Kris Kaiser

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A big THANK YOU from Freddie



Hi, I'm Freddie! I'm a Feline Rescue foster guy who you may have seen featured on the Facebook page to raise funds for my medical care in December. I want everyone to know that I’m alive and feeling better than I have in years!

I’m grateful to supporters and volunteers for their help and their belief in Feline Rescue’s core values and mission to a lifelong commitment to each cat,and also that cost is not a factor in the decision for whether to provide medical care to a Feline Rescue cat. Volunteer experience and veterinary partner expertise are more priceless than the freshest tuna, if you ask me!


I’m enjoying a pampered life in a foster home. I receive the best of care. I’m playful, silly, maybe even a little bossy - just as any self-respecting cat should be. It’s wonderful to feel strong again. I explore. I get treats. I take naps. I do all the things people love their cats to be able to do.

Before Feline Rescue I had a loving home with a person who tried to get me treatment for diabetes but wasn’t able. When my person died, I was brought to the impound in December 2017. I was depressed and critically ill. No one there knew I had been an unregulated diabetic for over a year. When the nice impound people saw that my glucose level was 522 and I was in diabetic crisis, they asked for rescue group help.

When Feline Rescue volunteers brought me to Southview Animal Hospital, they never imagined how ill I was, the care I would need, or how much it would cost.


I was severely emaciated, dehydrated, and my ketones were super-high. My phosphorus and potassium were dangerously low. I got pancreatitis, and my calcium levels were dropping, all because I was starving before I was found alone. I developed fatty liver disease and a long list of other health issues. You’d think I was going for a world record! I was so weak I couldn't walk or lift my head. My condition was touch-and-go. Just when the team thought there was no hope, I would show some improvement.

I spent several weeks at the hospital. Tube-feeding became part of my life for months. I was on many medications. My medical team and volunteer friends put in countless hours tending to my extensive needs. Step by step my health improved and I built my strength back up. I was able to come off nearly all my medications. Regulating my diabetes was a big challenge but has become much easier. I kept the humans on their toes! They were so excited to watch me transform from a defeated looking wreck into the incredibly handsome dude you see pictured here.


Thank you to all who helped me and who improve the outcomes for cats in need. Many people joined together to make my recovery possible with their donations, time, and love. I could have been just another cat who didn’t make it. But here I am, snoozing on the couch in a warm home without a care in the world.

Story by Karen Dulski
Photography by Kris Kaiser

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Obesity in Cats: The Story of Q

Imagine getting winded when you walk across the room. Imagine not being able to bathe yourself because you can’t reach certain parts of your body. Imagine the stress on your joints from carrying more than twice your ideal weight.


Now meet Q, one of Feline Rescue’s newest residents. She is a beautiful tuxedo cat with soft fur and large, green eyes. Her very favorite thing is receiving pets, and she purrs in gratitude. Her former owner died and she wound up at animal control where one of our volunteers spotted her. Carrying twenty pounds on an eight-pound frame, Q was hard to miss. She couldn’t take more than a few steps without resting, she couldn’t clean most of her body, and she couldn’t make it over the side of the litter box.


Though Q’s condition is extreme, cat obesity is a serious and growing problem in the United States. Experts say that around half of domestic cats can be categorized as overweight or obese. And while chubby cats might seem cute, they are actually at risk for significant health issues. As little as two pounds of extra weight can increase your cat’s chances for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, kidney and liver disease, many forms of cancer, and osteoarthritis. That extra weight can even decrease your cat’s life expectancy by more than two years.


So how did a cat like Q, with loving human guardians, get to be so heavy? Just like people, cats need to expend more calories than they take in, and those calories need to be from the right sources and consumed in the right amounts. Like most cats, Q was probably given a bowl of kibble and allowed to “free choice feed” or eat whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. While that is convenient for humans, it’s not ideal for many cats! Some cats (like some people) will eat past the point of fullness or have a hard time recognizing when they feel full, while others eat out of boredom. Furthermore, cats have a harder time processing carbohydrates than humans, so the carb-rich, dry chunks of commercial cat food are more likely to be converted into stored fat. Though some cats can eat kibble and maintain their trim figures, cats like Q just gain weight. The extra weight leads to less activity, which leads to more extra weight.


It took Q a long time to get to twenty pounds, and it’s going to take a long time to get her back to her ideal weight. For now, she’s got a room of her own at the shelter where she gets regular, portion-controlled meals of protein-rich wet food. The volunteers tempt her with toys instead of treats, and she has her very own stylist who comes in to help her care for those as-yet unreachable spots. As the weight comes off (she’s already down to nineteen pounds!) we will increase her activity and adjust her meals accordingly.

If you are interested in making a huge difference in the life of an animal, consider adopting this sweet girl. Q will need a regular schedule and lots of attention, but imagine watching her become the playful, healthy cat she is under all that extra weight!

You can visit Q at our shelter, 539 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, any time it is open.

Sources: Cornell Feline Health Center, The Cat Community, PetMD

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

We Need You!!

Become a Feline Rescue foster caregiver! You'll be in great cat and volunteer company! Foster once, foster forever.. whatever works for you. Homeless cats and kittens are in greatest need of rescue in Spring and Summer months. 

Learn more about our Foster Program and apply online.

Not able to foster? Pass this along to a friend who might be willing. Every little bit helps!

Here's what people like you say is the best parts of being a Feline Rescue foster caregiver:

"Having the success stories. Seeing them grow and be comfortable in their furever home."



"Having all the kittens I want!!! Watching the transformation they go through. Learning to trust and love humans. To growing and discovering what it is to be a cat."



"CATS! SO MANY CATS"



"Having been the recipient of unconditional love by fur babies my entire life, I am humbled to be able to give that back to the forgotten and so called unadoptable ones who are on the euthanization lists. Watching their personalities shine after some acclimation is so wonderful. All we need is LOVE."



"Short answer - snuggles 
Long answer - seeing a cat that is consider a lost cause or unhandable find a loving forever home."



"Happy reports from forever homes."



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Glitter Ball: Help us celebrate 20 years of cat rescue!




Join us Friday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. for our Paw-Purr-Azzi Glitter Ball. We’re celebrating 20 years at Feline Rescue and you’re invited. Volunteers and the public are welcome.

Get your tickets now before they are sold out. General public tickets are $50. Active volunteers pay just $25/ticket! You don’t want to miss this chance to have a great night out while also helping cats and kittens in need.

Special Meet & Greet tickets are still available with special guest, Hannah Shaw, the Kitten Lady! Chat, have a snack and have your photo taken with Hannah. Hurry, before they sell out! $50 Meet & Greet tickets are fully tax-deductible.

Your support means everything to our cats 

Your $50 ticket has a bonus: $35 of it is tax-deductible. This contribution helps our cats in so many ways. Thirty-five dollars will provide any of the following items:
  • 7 bags of Tidy Cat litter for kittens
  • 4 bags of scoopable litter for adult cats
  • 6 doses of kitten Revolution flea/tick treatment
  • 21 kitten distemper vaccine doses
  • 1 case (12 cans) of Royal Canin Babycat food
  • 5 microchips
  • 1 30-pound bag of Chicken Soup adult cat food
The remaining $15 covers your entry fee and food at the event. Guests may purchase alcoholic beverages at the cash bar.


Make a difference by coming to our party 

You’ll enjoy yourself even more by knowing that Feline Rescue saves over 1,000 cats and kittens each year. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers and other supporters, so we thank you!

A few of the things you’ll love about the Glitter Ball include:
  • Dozens of fantastic prizes
  • A hilarious (and adorable) kitten fashion show video
  • Booking signing with Kristy Abbott
  • Meet-and-greet with the Kitten Lady, Hannah Shaw (limited tickets, so buy early)
Dress up or down; all we ask is that you have a good time.
Buy your ticket today!

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The adventures of Wobblin Maude


Hello! My name is Wobblin Maude. I'm wobblin because I have a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH). Basically this just means that I weeble wobble when I walk. I am still plenty fast and playful and I can almost keep up with my best friend Agnes. She's a little faster than me and she can jump higher than I can. But we love to wrestle and snuggle together for naps.


I just love people. I have a real good purr motor and I will purr as soon as you pick me up. I also love to pose for pictures, so if you Instagram, you should check me out @WobblinMaude to see lots of photos and videos of me. Even if you don't have instagram, you can still check me out here: https://instagram.com/wobblinmaude/


You’re going to see a lot of me in the next year because I got the most votes in the Kitten Video Fashion Show this fall at Pints & Purrs. That means I’m Feline Rescue’s spokes kitty for 2018 and I’ll be appearing in lots of Feline Rescue’s ads and things. Pretty cool, huh?




Plus it’s a bonus that a special needs kitty gets to be spokes kitty. If you're wondering about Cerebellar Hypoplasia, there's lots of good information on this website: CHcat.org


My foster meowmy says I have mild symptoms because I can do whatever I set my mind to. I have no problems eating or using the litter box! I am a good climber and I like scratching posts and cat trees to play on and nap in! Carpet and rugs would help me have traction under my paws and also provide padding when I fall.


My ideal adopter would give me lots and lots of snuggles, wave wand toys around for me and Agnes since we’re young and have a lot of energy and would be willing to make the minor special arrangements that I’d need to be safe and happy in my new home. Things like padding at the bottom of the cat tower for instance since I’ll probably try to jump down from the top. CH kitties don’t always stick their landing very well.

Foster meowmy says she’d be really happy to see someone help me keep up my instagram account. Do you like to take lots of pictures of cute kitties like me and Agnes?

Come visit me and Agnes in our foster home. We'd love to meet you.

Maude is a pair adoption with her best friend Agnes. To learn more about them, call Joan at 651-705-6264 or submit an online adoption inquiry form.

Maude's and Agnes's combined adoption fee is $250.

For more information about Feline Rescue, Inc. and a complete listing of our available cats, go to the Feline Rescue website. If you'd like to hear more Feline Rescue stories and see more pictures of our cats, check out the Feline Rescue Blog!


Photos by Kris Kaiser | KrisKreativ Photography

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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