Fall for Felines

The fall season is upon us and here at JHS we are “Falling for Felines”! Now through the end of November you can adopt a cat 6 months or older for only $25! You will also receive a cat blanket and goodie bag. For more information call or come in today! We’ve listed some helpful tips so you can be prepared for your new furry-faced family member.

HOMECOMING

Your Cat Needs a Tag

Remember, a visible ID Tag is a lost pet’s BEST chance of getting home. All City of Jacksonville resident cats are required to have rabies vaccinations on an annual basis. JHS inoculates all of our animals and will provide the pet owner with the paperwork required to submit your Pet License Application to the Tax Collector. Visit www.coj.net for more information, including fees and office locations.

Cat Carrier

Bring your new cat home in a cat carrier. Cat carriers are a safe and familiar place for your cat when you visit the veterinarian or travel, and can keep your curious cat (at any age) out of trouble. JHS requires that your adopted feline must leave our property in a cat carrier. We sell temporary cat carriers for a small fee of $7.

Litter Box

You can help your kitten (12 months and younger) to understand what is expected by placing her in the litter box after feeding. Kittens do not need a full-size litter box and might do better in a box with lower sides (about 1 inch).

Grooming

Look into your cat’s ears, eyes, nose and mouth regularly. Look at her paws to prepare her for claw trimming when she needs it. Brush or comb your cat regularly.

Diet/Nutrition

Kittens can benefit from a different kind of diet than adult cats, as their stomachs are smaller and their nutritional needs are somewhat different. Feed your kitten food that is specially designed to meet her nutritional requirements. Feed her in small amounts, several times a day.

Socialization

The experiences of kittens during their first few months of life are important in helping shape their temperaments and personalities as adults. Socialization can be enhanced by frequent petting and handling, as studies show that petting a young kitten can make your pet more responsive as an adult. Exposing kittens to as many people as possible, including children, is important in helping lessen their fear of strangers as adult cats.

Playing

Providing appropriate toys for exercising your cat’s natural predatory instincts of pouncing, stalking and chasing will ensure she has a safe and healthy outlet for these behaviors. Scratching posts are an excellent investment – it will allow your cat to scratch, stretch and exercise all at once.

SAFETY

  • Be aware of the plants you have in your house and in your yard. The ingestion of a poisonous plant may be fatal.
  • Never allow your cat access to the area where cleaning agents are used or stored.
  • Never give your cat any medications unless under the directions of a veterinarian.
  • Many common household items have been shown to be highly toxic or lethal in certain species, even in low quantities. Some of these items include pennies, mothballs, potpourri oils, fabric softener sheets, automatic dish detergents, batteries, cigarettes, coffee grounds and alcoholic drinks.
  • All automotive products should be stored properly.
  • Sharp objects, small objects and children’s toys should be kept out of reach as they can be swallowed and cause choking or worse.

 

To get more information on the above topics, we encourage you to visit www.purina.com.

 

(All information above has been sourced from Purina.com)