Monday, June 15, 2015

Hi I’m Mr. Boot’s, a big muscle man.  But don’t let my size fool you.  I’m really a big love bug once I really get to know you.  I was born into a feral community or some might say stray.  I was fortunately neutered but left to defend for food and shelter on my own.  Until one day I was traveling and met a nice woman that fed, medicated, and took me to the vet’s but most important she taught me that I could trust humans.  She also introduced me to a Mamma cat and her babies that she was feeding hoping we would bond so I wouldn’t be alone anymore.   Once I felt accepted by Mamma and the babies I started to protect them from all wild animals and feral cats.  I cleaned the babies and Mama as they were my own. Finally I belonged… And we became a pack.  We traveled together and protected each other such a nice feeling to finally belong for once in my life!  We would come over to the wonderful woman’s house that fed us wet & dry food, and temptations YUM!  And she even gave us catnip which I really love but not allowed to have currently at our new home at Cat Depot. I might get too wild!  Every night we would spend the night and enjoy a wonderful breakfast.  But she didn’t like us crossing the busy road after breakfast.  My new friend Mamma always wanted to cross in hopes where she use to live her owners would finally be home to let her in.  But it never happened.  I really don’t know what is worse never having a family or having a family that never cared enough to take you with them… But I would play along because maybe her dream would come true. 

But we all knew we had a new person that truly loved us.  But unfortunately she had other pets in the home and they didn’t have enough room for all of us.  She starting searching for the perfect place for us to live and that was Cat Depot!  Mamma’s babies were adopted and now it’s just Mamma and me.  While we are comfortable here, we really want to find a forever home with owners that will play and love us as much as we do them.  Come and meet us and remember the life we have had.  Introduce yourself calmly so we feel comfortable and safe.  If you are right for us we will love you unconditionally making you smile and laugh.  Mamma and I think you are the ones we have been waiting for.  Come see us and say “Let’s Go Home”!!

The lovely lady that took care of these babies and visits them at Cat Depot all the time is Susan Gowell who also wrote this post!

Friday, June 12, 2015

It's summertime! Choosing Non-Toxic Plants for your Balcony, Patio, or Yard

Guest blog post by Nancy Carson, Founder and CEO of Balcony Pets and the 
Apartment Pet Door™ 

How many times have you wandered around a nursery looking for plants but worrying about plant toxicity for your cat or dog?  The last thing you want to do is bring something home that would harm your furry family member!

According to the Humane Society, More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.
Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death.  Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant. Cats, for instance, are poisoned by any part of a lily.

Yesterday I was at the nursery on the hunt for plants that were pretty but not toxic to my cats. THIS time, I had my list with me!  I was looking for a climbing vine that wouldn't hurt my greens-loving kitty, Timmy.  Even though I grow lots of kitty grass on the balcony for him (which he loves), he also loves to chew on other plants.

Instead of frantically searching plant names on my iPhone in the bright sunlight, looking up toxicity information, I scanned the sheet of paper I had brought along, one that I printed out from the ....  I now keep this in my glove box in the car.

You can download and print the list at this link:  I  Keep this page in your car so you’ll have it when shopping for plants!

Confident with my list, I found a flowering vine called a 'Snail Vine,' something I had never seen before but it’s beautiful and will grow fast.  Many climbing plants are toxic to pets and this one isn't. It has beautiful purple flowers shaped kind of like snails.  The hummingbirds already approve!

So many flowering plants are dangerous to pets who love to chew on them.  But which ones?   The list is pretty long!

Have a fun, worry-free visit to the nursery or garden store!