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June 29, 2020 at 12:44 PM
New activity:  July 06, 2020 at 06:52 PM

Cat behavioral assessment form

Does anyone have a fairly simple form that our volunteers could use to assess the behavior/personality of a cat that is new to the rescue? The cat will have already been deemed friendly by our vet tech, but we are wanting to provide the adoption counselors with a better understanding of the cat's behavior after it gets into one of the adult...See More

  • We have just a little likes/dislikes form we use and ask the volunteers to fill out as we get to know the cat. Hoping it attached okay here!
  • ASPCA has a great resource called "Felineality", I've created a more simple form if you are a little short on time based off of how many you may intake. This is a google form, and google sheet that ...
July 03, 2020 at 09:35 AM
New activity:  July 06, 2020 at 01:22 PM

Feline bonded pairs

We currently have a large number of bonded cats at our shelter- more pairs than we have single cats, at the moment. Our shelter manager would like us to asses the pairs and determine 1) if they are truly bonded, and 2) which pairs we can separate. Do any of you have protocol for determining who needs to stay together that you'd be willing to...See More

  • Our shelter bonds cats who are one year old or older only. We do not bond anything under one year of age. We bond them for the first 30 days and heavily market them in hopes that they get adopted. Our ...
  • I really like David's answer as well; otherwise, I like to put 'bonded pairs' in the free-reign cat room if you have one (with other cats too). With more space to move around and other cats to ...
  • My shelter has this problem as well, and we don't have any easy solutions. Often bonded pairs are flagged to go to foster care earlier than single cats because we know they're less likely to be ...
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June 17, 2020 at 09:14 AM
New activity:  June 19, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Cat quarantine question

Hey guys, huge debate between our staff and the board on quarantine kennel design. We have a 10x10 room where we have particle board kennels where we keep sick cats. As we know, this is horrible for contagious cats! The cats only stay in this room while sick-so maybe 5 days or so , then they are moved to our community cat room.

So, the question...See More

  • I think giving them more space would lessen their stress, and thus may lessen the amount of time that they are sick.
  • Dear Amanda, Thank you for asking this very common question! The answer is very clear and scientifically based so we can resolve this debate. Square footage available for confined cats is directly ...
June 25, 2020 at 03:22 PM
New activity:  July 06, 2020 at 03:24 PM

Change of behavior after chip

Hello all - I adopted a rescue dog 2 months ago. He is a 5 year old terrier mix. Although he was very nervous, he settled in and had a sweet personality. I took him to the vet for a checkup, and then a week or so later, had them install a chip. Since then, he will occasionally nip me if I pet him. He has done that to several other people, as well. ...See More

  • Hi Laura, It sounds like you have a really sensitive dog and there's a lot we can do to help dogs like him. i'd love to hear more about the trainer's plan, how long ago did it start? How often is ...
  • Hi. I adopted my first rescue animal a year ago, a terrier mix approx 6 yrs old. I am 60, and have always had dogs, but had never adopted before. In past, we had always started from puppy. It has been ...

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