Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Bittens is now JINX!  (or I call him Jinxy!).  :)  He is adorable, and bonding with his sibs at his foster mom's house right now.  I am hoping to get the little red one Jules over for the weekend.  I need a kitten fix.  That makes FIVE kittens I've rescued in the past month.  Here are four, and the fifth went to a friend's house who has a friend that is getting him adopted.  Cheetoh is going to be adopted.  From feral kitten living outdoors, to adoption.

Jinxy, Jules, Lucy and Jace
I had to let Barack and Pepper back out onto the streets this morning after having them both neutered.  The doctor believes Barack is deaf, due to most white cats being that way.  And he is blue eyed.  It was very hard to let him go, he nuzzled his head against my hand each time I reached into the large carrier that he spent the night in on my porch.  He was very confused when I opened the door in the hood this morning to let him out.  He didn't want to go.  The good news:  Someone has offered to take him if I can get him tomorrow.  She felt bad she didn't notify me sooner.  But lets pray he is there.  Pepper didn't eat a bite or move all night.  He ran fast when I let him go this morning back out onto Parsells.

There are SO MANY raccoons out there.  I am chasing them daily.

Is anyone Spanish speaking that can write me a letter with a message, or something like it that states I hope the dog is being paid attention to, and is cared for.  There is a dog behind the house next door to the lot on Fourth and Pennsylvania where I have my garden and shelters.  Its a very large, old pit bull.  It just sits in the dark, in a large carrier, and doesn't move or make a sound.  I want to make sure these people are caring for it, loving it.  No dog should be left like that without a walk, without attention, without anything.  Why have a dog?  They don't speak much English.  I don't want to sound threatening, but I want them to be aware I am watching this situation.  I think the dog is friendly.  Not sure.  Its a big one.  Please let me know if you can help me write a note in Spanish? Thank you!

Thanks Carole, for sending me the following.  Interesting!

Study: How important are gradual introductions between newly-adopted and existing cats?

August 2, 2016 / by - Blog Categories: Adoption, Animal Behavior, Research

Does your shelter or rescue group counsel adopters on how to carefully and gradually introduce a new cat into the family? If so, many of your adopters may well be ignoring your advice — and things work out anyway.

A couple of weeks ago, Million Cat Challenge co-founder Dr. Kate Hurley of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program opened a study, forwarded to her by Maddie’s Fund® Director of Research Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, on aggression that might arise between cats in a family when a new cat is adopted. Dr. Hurley reached out to the Million Cat discussion group with her thoughts on the findings, and agreed to share them with us here as well.
First, some background. The study was based on a 62-question survey sent to 375 people who had adopted a cat from an animal shelter in New York State. A total of 252 households responded, of which only 128 had multiple cats. Around half of those households reported fighting between the cats when the new cat was introduced, and half also reported they had simply put the cats together without any introduction period.
Here are Dr. Hurley’s comments:
Perhaps surprisingly, the method of introduction (gradual versus waiting a few days versus immediate introduction) did not correlate with the likelihood that the cats would fight. The author is skeptical about this finding, suggesting that the “gradual” introductions reported may not have been sufficiently gradual or performed correctly. However, the fact remains that there was no effect reported from this sampling, which may well reflect what adopters are capable of/likely to do in real life, despite our best counseling efforts.

Another key finding was that half the adopters introduced the cats to one another immediately, suggesting this practice is common even in those cases where the adopter may have been advised otherwise. To be totally honest, I’ve been guilty of this myself, feeling sorry for my latest foster cat hanging out alone in my guest room and letting him out to join the family the very same evening I brought him home.
Another notable finding is that fighting between cats was common, occurring about half the time. The good news was that over half the cats had accepted one another within a month, and over 90 percent had accepted each other within a year.
Although not mentioned, perhaps a hopeful finding is that all these cats were still in their adoptive homes, even though conflict with the resident cat(s) was so common.
Dr. Hurley’s “takeaways” included:
  • Setting realistic expectations may be the most important component of a successful adoption of an adult cat into a multi-cat home – letting people know that cats that don’t get along initially are still very likely to accept each other reasonably well over time.
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with adopters so that if fighting occurs they will reach out for help is likely to be more helpful than hanging our hopes on preventing intercat conflict through sufficiently gradual introductions.
  • Recognizing that in a few cases, cats simply won’t get along with another cat at least under circumstances that can be realistically provided by an average adopter. In those cases, a return can be seen not as a failure, but simply as a lesson learned about two cats and what they prefer.
The study abstract can be read, and the complete study purchased, at the link below.
Levine, E. et al., Intercat aggression in households following the introduction of a new cat. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, March 2005, Volume 90, Issue 3, 325 – 336. DOI:

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  1. Lisa Sanchez and her husband both speak and write fluent Spanish. I am sure they would help you. Want me to ask? -Kristin And great job on Jinxy!! I will add him to the list! :)

  2. Do you ever get any updates on Poppy and Birdie?!

  3. Janine please note that when I sent that to you I said that i personally think it is far less stressful on the new cat to be separated in its own room till it gets a bit acclimated. And I personally think that a slow intro is better and will typically get better results (And LESS RETURNS!) I dont agree with this article I just thought it was interesting. It cant be good for a terrified new cat to be hiding out someplace lost in a n ig strange house!!

  4. I am so glad that someone offered to take Barack (I thought that name was really funny too) white cats seem easily adopted plus a deaf cat is exceptionally unsafe on the streets. And Jinxie is adorable!