I have a pet I can no longer take care of what do I do?

Your first step is to contact friends and family they may be able to take your pet in. Make a flyer on your pet with age, personality, and what type of home you would like to place him in. Take these flyers to vet offices, pet stores, and local businesses. Try and place your pet before contacting a rescue. Many rescues have a waiting list to take in new pets. The more information you have on your pet a better chance they will have to get into a rescue. Locate rescues on line at Petfinder.com

  1. Have all of your pets medical records and a current health check.
  2. Have vaccinations up to date.
  3. Have a copy of spay/neuter certificate. If your pet has not had this procedure have it done as soon as possible. Please see our referral page for low cost vets. Prepare information that will help the rescue understand your cat’s personality, good with other pets, children, behavior issues (doesn’t liked to be picked up, tummy rubs, etc), health concerns, or medication that is needed.
  4. Be willing to make a donation to the rescue that will take in your pet. Rescues are on a tight budget and will be taking care of your pet for an undetermined amount of time.

My cat is not using his litter box what’s wrong?

If this is a new behavior he may have a bladder infection and is associating the litter box with pain. Take him to the vet to have him screened for kidney and bladder infection. If you have ruled out infection here are some other steps.

  1. Make sure the litter box is cleaned daily. Many cats will not use a heavily soiled litter box.
  2. Add an extra litter box. The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat especially in multi cat families.
  3. Is something chasing him out of the litter box while trying to use it? Place the litter box in a quiet place away from other pets and children.
  4. Using a Feliway pheromone diffuser can help if he is scenting his territory.
  5. Talk to your vet they will have guidelines to help.

Can you train a cat?

That depends who you ask! Consistency is the key for kitty to know what behaviors are acceptable. If you let kitty do the behavior once he will think its okay do it again.

Example: If kitty is jumping on counter tops remove him and tell him no each time. After the third time spraying with a squirt bottle is an effective way to stop the behavior.

My cat is scratching my furniture HELP!

Scratching is a natural instinct for a cat in the wild this is one way they scent their territory. It is a problem when we don’t want kitty scratching the furniture. Having ample toys, scratching boxes, and scratching posts are a good way to help curb furniture scratching. When kitty starts scratching furniture remove him immediately and take him to the scratching post (area). Again repeat this process for a few times telling him no each time. Spraying kitty with a squirt bottle is an effective way to stop the behavior. If kitty is being stubborn products we recommend are Soft Paws and Sticky Paws. Soft Paws come in a variety of colors and can be glued safely to kitty nails. One application usually lasts about two weeks and is great while your training kitty. Sticky Paws is a product you attach to your furniture where kitty has been scratching. It is a deterrent for kitty. Aluminum foil has also been known to work. ACCA and our volunteers are strong advocates against declawing!

How do I get rid of fleas?

Flea prevention is the best way to keep fleas out of your home. A product we highly recommend using before flea season starts is Flea Go “The Magic Crystal”. Flea Go is used on carpets and furniture and will be effective for up to one year. Adding a topical flea control product is also recommended. The combination of the two leads to a flea free home. If the home has already been infested vacuuming and laundering all pet/human bedding frequently will aid in ridding of flea eggs and larvae. Use a topical flea treatment. Use a flea comb have a cup of hot water and tweezers ready. Combing will help rid of flea eggs and live fleas. After combing each time dunk comb in hot water to clean. Make sure to vacuum the area after you are done. Treat bedding with Flea Go or a flea spray.

*Fleas can lead to intestinal worms and can cause skin allergies to pet and humans. Using a topical treatment is not enough to prevent these conditions.

What is de-clawing?

According to veterinarian Dr. Christianne Schelling, DVM, “declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat’s claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat’s claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat’s “toes”. When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing.” For more information and alternatives to de-clawing please visit http://www.declawing.com/. ACCA and our volunteers are strong advocates against de-clawing cats.

I have cat allergies but I don’t want to give up my pet what can I do?

Your best defense is keeping kitty dander under control. We recommend using bath wipes or waterless shampoo made especially for cats. Keep kitty out of human sleeping areas. Basic household cleaning helps keep dander under control vacuuming and dusting. Wash your hands after petting kitty. Launder pet bedding frequently. Talk with your doctor about your allergies and how to best treat them.

If your allergies are severe you may consider finding a new forever home for your pet.

A cat showed up at my door now what?

If the cat looks taken care of he could be missing and the owner is looking for him. If possible care for the cat until the owner is found. If the cat is friendly take him to the local vet they will scan him for free for a micro-chip. Take pictures and make flyers and post them in your neighborhood, vets offices, pet stores, and local businesses. Post the lost cat online on Craigslist, online newspapers, etc… Place an add in the local paper this is usually free. If the owner is not found contact local rescues and see if they have space to take the cat in. If you have cats of your own keep them separated.

My cat is missing where do I start?

Please see our missing pets page or visit missingpetpartnership.org. You can post your missing pet on www.missingpets.com.

Why should I adopt a pet from a rescue instead of buying one?

There is an over abundance of unwanted animals currently in all shelters and rescues. With limited resources many of these animals are euthanized due to no fault of their own. Sadly, there is no space or adequate funding to house and care for the homeless pet population. Buying pets condones cat and puppy mills to continue the inhumane caging and unsanitary living conditions. Often times “breeding animals” do not receive medical care and many are ill. The cages are so small animals can not stand, move, and they have to lay in their own urine and fecal matter.

*Did you know every household in the U.S. would need to own five pets to save the homeless pet population?

My cat had kittens . At what age do I find them a home?

Kittens need to be at least eight weeks of age and completely weaned from their mother. Kittens can be spayed or neutered by 2 pounds.