Stop by to meet Billy and Nikki Maru, who are both up for adoption!



Billy Boy is a 9 year old neutered brown tabby.  He was originally rescued at a year old and quickly made himself at home with his previous owners and their two canines.  Billy has a neurological disorder called Cerebellar Hypoplasia which affects his motor control and muscle movement.  This is likely a result of Billy's mother being exposed to feline distemper (either naturally or through vaccination) while pregnant with him.  Cerebellar Hypoplasia has been present since birth, so this is normal for Billy.  He LOVES to be held and petted, is an excellent moth hunter, and loves to play with toys.  When his family expanded, Billy became nervous around small children because they moved too quickly for his liking.  Billy would do well in a home with older children and calm animals.  A home without stairs would be ideal, but he has had experience using them.  This kitty is bursting at the seams with a huge personality and endless love.  If you're interested in adopting or meeting him, please contact us!




Nikki is an 8 year old neutered orange and white kitty.  He is WONDERFUL!  He loves everyone and gets along well with other kitties.  He is super friendly and loves attention - especially belly rubs! He has diabetes, so he gets insulin injections every morning and evening, and takes them like a champ.  Because of his diabetes, he walks funny - a little wobbly, which hopefully will improve with time and lots of TLC.  He loves everyone, and would like a home where he can be adored and doted upon all day long!  We are not sure if he likes dogs as he has never been around them, but he would likely be OK in a home with dogs if they are not active (he can't get away very fast!)  His previous owner was heartbroken to surrender him to CatTails because they did not have the time or resources to care for him.  Come and meet this handsome, wonderful kitty!





Local Adoption Agencies:


Wild Blue Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

5975 Burgess Road, Black Forest, CO

(719) 964-8905

http://www.wbars.org


Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905

(719) 473-1431    

http://www.hsppr.org


Teller Country Regional Animal Shelter

308 Weaverville Road, Divide, CO 80814

(719) 686-7707

http://www.tcrascolorado.com




10 Tips for Adopting Cats!

  

Courtesy of the American Humane Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, CATalyst Council and Petfinder.



1. Consider more than one cat.  Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction.  Two cats can provide this for each other.


2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours.  In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active.  Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the individual cat's personality with your own.


3. Schedule a veterinary visit within the first few days after adoption.  Make sure to bring along any medical records you received from the adoption center.  According to Dr. Larry Kornegay, president of the AVMA, getting your new cat to a veterinarian early will help make sure there are no underlying illnesses or injuries and allow you to develop a plan to help your new pet live the happiest, healthiest, longest life possible.


4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared for a new cat.  Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair.  When adopting a new cat to join your existing pets, discuss with the adoption facility or your veterinarian how to make a proper introduction.


5. Budget for both short-term and long-term costs.  A cat adopted from a shelter may be a bargain, considering many shelters provide spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip.  But make sure you're prepared for the routine expenses you'll incur throughout the cat's life.


6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.  Try to create a homelike environment for your new cat right away.  You'll need a litter box, litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush, and nail clippers.


7. Cat-proof your home.  A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out.  Food left on the kitchen counter will teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch.  Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on. Make sure the cat isn't chewing on electrical cords, and pick up random items like paper clips, which kittens may swallow.


8.  Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.  It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment.  It's a great idea to keep the new addition secluded in a single room with all of it's supplies until it's used to the new surroundings.  Socialization is important, but remember, take it slow.


9.  Include you new pet in your family's emergency plan.  Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your "in-case-of-emergency" call list, and be sure to have a several-day supply of cat food and medications on hand.


10.  Think twice before giving a cat as a gift.  While is a nice thought, surprising someone with a cat doesn't allow for a "get-to-know-eachother" period.  Remember, adopting a cat isn't like purchasing a household appliance or piece of jewelry -- this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being.