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August 2008 Newsletter

Why Every Cat Needs to Climb

Many cat owners see their cat furniture as an extra - nice to have, but not really essential. Consider for a moment your cat's instinctual behavior, and then take a look around your home. Does she have a place to climb and explore different heights? Does she have a safe place to scratch and establish territory? Does she have opportunities to hunt? If your furnishings and furniture are not acceptable places for her to display these behaviors, then cat furniture is an acceptable alternative - and a necessity to your cat's well-being.

Give Her an Outlet for Instinctual Activities
Cat Furniture is made to address the instinctual needs of cats and helps relieve the stress your cat can develop when sharing her environment with humans and other pets. Take, for instance, the need cats have to climb and seek different heights. Cat trees address this need with a design that incorporates maximum vertical range; most cat trees are constructed for floor-to-ceiling installation. Cats can paw at toys on ground level, or go to ceiling level to examine their indoor surrounding or to get a better look out a window.

Most cat furniture is assembled with posts made of carpet or sisal. These posts are no accident in design. They provide structural integrity while inviting instinctual scratching, which trims claws and leaves behind cat scent to establish territory. The need to establish territory is especially important in multiple-cat homes, and may even help prevent urine marking as a method of establishing territory.

Encourage Challenges
Though indoor cats live longer, healthier lives than outdoor cats, they face a health risk rare to most outdoor cats - a sedentary lifestyle.  When cats aren't given opportunities to hunt, explore, and exercise, they risk not only excessive weight gain, but also emotional problems linked to boredom, inactivity, and lack of challenge.

For proper physical and emotional challenge, have an assortment of toys to help your cat stay fit and active.  Remember that indoor cats need play time with their owners every day, which stimulates them socially and helps thwart boredom and troubling behaviors.

Cat Furniture - an Easy Solution
Simply stated, cat furniture addresses the instinctual needs of cats. Within the limited confines of the indoor world, our cats' natural behaviors can often seem exaggerated or destructive.  In response, we are often tempted to shoo or scold a cat for a behavior that is very normal.  Cat furniture offers a place for her to vent all of these behaviors, safely and without destroying your furnishing or belongings.  Cat furniture lets your cat climb, scratch, explore, and be herself - without the shooing and scolding.  Give your cat this precious and necessary gift.

How to Remove a Tick
To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments.  These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body.  This is important, as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet's bloodstream.

  1. Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.
  2. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.
  3. Using methods such as applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to 'back out.' In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.
  4. After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.
  5. Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.
  6. Wash your hands thoroughly.

Please do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. You do not want to come in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick.  Do NOT squash the tick with your fingers.  The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

Once an embedded tick is manually removed, it is not uncommon for a welt and skin reaction to occur.  A little hydrocortisone spray will help alleviate the irritation, but it may take a week or more for healing to take place.  In some cases, the tick bite may permanently scar leaving a hairless area.  This skin irritation is due to a reaction to tick saliva. Do not be worried about the tick head staying in; it rarely happens.

Folsom Dog Park Grand Opening
FIDO Field is located at Cummings Family Park at the corner of Creekside and Oak Avenue Parkway.  The Grand Opening is Saturday, August 16 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon.  The Grand Opening will consist of vendor booths, canine demonstrations and dog park etiquette.

Pets of the Month
Congratulations to Cinders, Briquette, Onyx, and Amber!  Cinders and Briquette are cats and Onyx and Amber are Chinese Cresteds.  They were recently interviewed by their mom, Yvette, and had this to say.

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Cinders & Briquette

How we met our family:

Cinders is the oldest and was found abandoned in our stored boat.  Luckily she had only been there for a couple of days when we brought the boat home to use - and how she was put there is still a mystery. Briquette was rescued from the pound and was immediately affectionate and started ruling the roost.  Onyx and Amber's littermate is companion to a relative, so they got to join the family through her.  They are still very excited when they get to see their litter "sister" occasionally.

What we have to say about the companion human(s) we share our home with:

Cinders and Briquette are indoor kitties and love to laze the days away until it's Mommy lap time in the evening.  Sometimes Dad feeds us tuna, which is our favorite treat.  Onyx and Amber say Mom and Dad smother they with lots of hugs, even though Onyx is hard to catch and Amber always wants up to go find a cat to spar with.

Our favorite hobbies:

Onyx loves to twirl around and around and play with his reflection in anything.  So much so that his reflection has been named "Bubba".  Amber is still trying to win the alpha war in the household with Briquette and the jury is still out, but Briquette is in the lead.  Cinders is very mellow and just watches the action around her.

Our favorite foods:

Everyone but Onyx in the house has been on a diet.  Onyx is too busy twirling to put any weight on, but everyone else has to watch what they eat.  Occasionally we get a "goodie".

Our favorite toys:

Cinders and Briquette love to chase the long fluffy toy on a stick that their pet sitter gave them.  Onyx has "squeaky time" with his squeaker toy every evening after dinner like clockwork.  Amber's favorite toy is Onyx.  She likes to pounce on him.

Our most exciting adventures:

Cinders and Briquette don't get out much, but prefer to be homebodies and look out the window into the woods behind the house.  Onyx and Amber frequently travel on airplanes with Mom and Dad to go see the grandparents in Arkansas and family in Washington.  They get lots of attention in airports.

Our idea of a perfect day:

Cinders - sleep.  Briquette - annoy Cinders.  Onyx - play with "Bubba".  Amber - conquer Briquette for "alpha-dom"!!!

Secret skills or abilities that few people know about us:

Onyx provides lots of entertainment to people he just met by twirling and twisting around on his leash.  One lady called him "Mr. Twister".  And Amber was "Mr. Twister's sister".  Amber invented tummies.  When you ask for tummies she drops and rolls over on her back baring her belly for it to be rubbed. 

What I like most about my pet sitters:

We get very excited when our pet sitter comes to give us T.L.C.  She gives us lots of loving pets and sits on the couch and lets us wallow on her.

Service Announcements

There is room still for pet appointments during Labor Day Weekend, so please let us know if your furry family needs visits from their favorite pet sitters!

Focus on Fundraising

Folsom Feline Rescue is holding their annual spay/neuter fundraiser, the CatWalk, on Saturday, September 20th. This is a fun, 5-K walk-a-thon throughout Folsom and children and dogs are welcome, but ironically no cats! Funds will be used for their low-cost community spay/neuter programs for both dogs and cats. Registration starts at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10:00am. More information and pledge forms can be found at If you can’t attend, online donations can be made at

What Your Pets Do While You’re at Work

This makes me want to hide my toothbrush!

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