How much are your adoption costs?
Our regular adoption fees vary according to the age of the cats. Purebreds or mixes are often a little more. All animals up for adoption have been spayed or neutered. The adoption fee also includes: testing for leukemia and FIV; distemper, leukemia and Rabies shots; fecal exam, worming, and treatment for any other condition or parasite seen in the animal.
What do I do if I want to adopt a cat?
Please call us at 248-549-4381 if you are interested in adopting one of our cats for more information.
My cat is having litter box problems. What can I do about that?
First, remember that your cat is a feeling being that
may have a physical problem just like any other family member, and
should be given the same benefit of treatment. To simply pass on a cat
with problems to someone else is not doing a service to the person or
the cat and may result in abusive treatment of the animal or
2. Do you have enough litter boxes? Usually, at least one for each cat is suggested.
3. The litter boxes should be placed in a location convenient for the cat to access, but NOT in a busy traffic area. A timid cat may shy away from using a box in a busy area. Also, don’t let children or pets bother the cat when it is using the litter box.
4. There are many types of litter available and some cats have definite preferences about the type of litter they prefer. You may have to offer several boxes with different litter types to determine what your cat prefers. In general, cats do not like perfumed litter. Try to stay with unscented litter. Many cats don’t like “novel” litters (pine, wheat, etc.). For especially difficult situations try using “Cat Attract” litter, which has a special blend of herbs added to the litter to attract cats to it.
5. Some cats like a covered box; some will not use one. You will have to try both and see which the cat prefers. The box should be big enough for the cat to fit its entire body in and turn around.
Sometimes cats have litter box problems for emotional reasons. Perhaps it is being intimidated by another cat; perhaps it can’t adjust to boisterous children; maybe it doesn’t like the new dog, etc. Declawed cats are more likely to exhibit these problems as the loss of their fingertips makes them feel more vulnerable and insecure. It may be possible to get a peeing cat through a difficult time by temporarily using a psychotropic drug, e.g., Prozac.
Sometimes an anxious cat can be soothed by using a Feliway spray or plug-in. This is a feline pheromone diffuser that tends to calm anxious cats. These can be purchased at a pet supply or online.
Occasionally, a peeing cat can be retrained by putting the cat in a dog crate with a litter box, food and water, for a minimum of two weeks to “retrain” the cat to use the litter box. This is to be done in connection with the other above suggestions. Physical punishment and yelling at the cat will not help and will only make the situation worse and make the cat fearful of the owner.
Most peeing cats can be turned around by using the suggestions above and giving the cat time, love and patience.
I want to give up my cat or a found cat, what do I do?
First, be aware that millions of cats are being killed
in pounds and humane societies in this country. Even kittens are being
euthanized in the summer, simply because there are not enough homes for
them, and because some people STILL don’t bother to sterilize their
If you are giving up your animal for a reason that is of questionable
importance, please rethink your decision. Many people think there are
homes out there just waiting for an animal like theirs. Nothing could
be further from the truth. There are millions more homeless cats than
there are potential adopters. If you are giving up your animal for a
behavioral reason, please make an attempt to solve the problem instead
of just abandoning the animal.
How do I introduce a new cat into a household with established cats?
In general, it is best to introduce a new cat slowly
and indirectly. This is best accomplished by putting the new cat
immediately into a separate room with its own litter pan, food, water
and scratching item (e.g. a Turboscratcher). Place the dishes near the
door on either side so the cats will come close to the door and get
each other’s scent. Keep the cats separate for at least 48 hours. After
the first day, rub each cat with a towel and place it in the other
cat’s area to increase the scent. If there is any hissing or growling,
keep the cats separate until that ceases. When everything seems OK, put
the cats together for a short time, staying in attendance with a squirt
bottle and blanket or towel to throw over one cat if there is a fight.
If everything is OK, separate the cats after an hour and put them
together later for a longer period. If there is still any negative
reaction, keep them separate for a longer period and try again when
they seem calmer.
Also, you can bathe all the cats with the same shampoo to make them all
smell the same, if you’re feeling brave. I’ve also heard of rubbing
Catnip on the cats to make them more attractive to each other, but have
never tried it.
• the dryer door is kept closed. Many cats and kittens are killed in dryers
• large appliances are checked to make sure the kitten can’t get inside and get shocked
• don’t use clumping litter for small kittens, they may eat it and die
• you remove strings, metal pins, tinsel, other small objects from toys, they may be eaten
• check online to see if your plants are non-toxic. Lillies, e.g., can be fatal
• check electrical cords, which can be chewed and give a shock
• you are aware that the underneath parts of recliners are usually very hazardous
• dogs are leashed and in control when introducing a kitten or cat
At first, when you are gone, keep the kitten in the room where its litter pan and food are being kept so that it will not make any mistakes and will learn the location of the box, and be safe from any accidents or other pets. Also, so that if it hides, you will be able to find it easily.
How can I Scratch-Train my Cat?
It is important to realize that scratching is a natural instinct that cats have from infancy. Cats scratch to mark their territory via the scent glands in their paws, for exercise by stretching their muscles, to maintain the condition of their claws by removing the dead nail cells and for fun.
It would be futile to try to stop a cat from the act of scratching; even declawed cats continue to exhibit scratching behavior. The reasonable thing to do then is to provide the cat with appropriate items to scratch on. We recommend using a Turboscratcher for horizontal scratching and a scratching post for vertical scratching. The Turboscratcher is a large round plastic disc with a “track” around the outer edge with a plastic ball that can be batted around the track. The center has a circular cardboard insert for scratching. Most cats take to this item quickly. The scratching post should be at least 32 inches tall with a large stable base. Most cats prefer a post with sisal rope wrapped around the post for scratching and carpet on the top and bottom. It can be helpful to rub or spray catnip on these items to make them even more attractive to the cat. Make the scratching items readily available to the cat, do not hide them away from view. You want something appropriate handy in various parts of the house. In an especially large house you will need several of each item so the animal can easily find something when it feels the need to scratch. Be sure you have something available from the beginning so the animal doesn’t start getting bad habits.
Tell the cat “no” when it is beginning to scratch inappropriately and move it to the desired item. When the cat is using the appropriate items, praise it for doing so. Once the cat has figured out what is acceptable, you can use a water-filled squirt gun to deter the cat from the undesirable behavior. Physical punishment is not effective on cats and should not be used. It will only result in the cat being fearful of the person doing it and may cause the cat to develop other undesirable behavior problems.
Cutting the cat’s nails on a regular (two week) basis can cut down on damage as well. Cat’s nails are normally retracted and can be extended by pressing on the toe pad. Cut off the pointy tip, being careful not to cut into the pink “live” part, which will bleed and hurt. Do not use the “Guillotine” type of cutters used on dogs for cats. (These are the ones with the sliding blade.) You can buy regular cat nail cutters at a pet supply store.
In cases where a cat is especially attracted to scratching on a certain item or surface type, try spraying that item with a repellant such as Boundary, e.g., until the animal learns to keep away from it.
What about Declawing?
Declawing involves cutting off the last joint of the toe. It is NOT just a matter of removing the nail. It is serious and very painful surgery involving 10 separate amputations. Unlike humans who walk on their soles, cats walk on their toes. The toes are, therefore, very important to a cat when moving to keep the back, leg, shoulder and joint muscles in proper alignment. Declawing drastically alters this alignment causing chronic pain in the back & shoulders when walking, running or climbing.
There are many possible complications to declawing, often resulting in more surgery and frequently, life-long pain.
Declawing is outlawed in 25 countries, most of Europe, and in West Hollywood, California. There are veterinary societies in most states made up of vets who will not perform the surgery for ethical reasons.
Some cats are so shocked by the trauma and pain of declawing that they experience a permanent negative personality change. The majority of declawed cats are anxious, fearful and insecure, often becoming aggressive as a defense and biting. Most declawed cats become intolerant of any change in their environment, e.g., a new baby, new pet, new home or person.
The main problem occurring in declawed cats that causes them to be abandoned in great numbers by their owners is their frequency of inappropriate urination. They blame their painful feet on the litter box and avoid it, or they hold their urine, thus getting bladder infections and peeing around the house. Since we have started doing urinalyses on all declawed cats, we have found that the majority of them have bladder infections.
Obviously, we do not recommend declawing. We recommend training the cat to scratch appropriately. This is successful in the majority of cats. In the case of the occasional cat who is untrainable, we recommend using “Soft Paws’ instead. See the next section.
What are Soft Paws and how do they work?
Soft Paws are a soft, smooth vinyl cap that is glued over the trimmed nail of the cat to render the scratching motions non-damaging to people or property. They are available at most vets, pet supplies or from the company directly. You can order from the company by calling 1-800-989-2542, or online at www.softpaws.com. At present, it costs $17 to order a package of 40 nail caps (incl. S/H). Since the caps stay on for approximately 6 weeks, 40 caps will last about 6 months. They will naturally fall off as the nail grows out and the outer cell layer is shed.
This is a much more humane way to solve the scratching problem than declawing, and is very affordable.
What is a CH cat?
The cause of CH may be a viral infection during gestation or in
kittenhood. Distemper is the most common cause of intra-uterine infection.
However, CH can occur in-utero or at a later date due to injury, poisoning or a
virus. The symptoms of CH generally DO NOT worsen as the animal ages and
most will learn to compensate to some degree. However, this will be a
lifelong condition. There is no treatment for the condition. The
animal can have a good quality of life if given protection from accidents.
These cats will be clumsy and must be protected from stairs, for example.
They absolutely MUST NOT be declawed as they need their nails to help them hang
on when they slip or fall. Cushions should be placed under places from
which the cat may fall (window sills, etc.). It is a good idea to
use untippable food and water bowls and a litter box with high sides but a low
entrance area. These cats MUST be kept indoors for their own safety.
CH cats seem to be unaware that they are different in any way and therefore may
attempt feats that could be dangerous for them, but they seem to lead very happy
Last Updated: 01/13/10