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Pasteurella. Cat and dog bites can be serious

Credit: Deviantart user Mattlex

Credit: Deviantart user Mattlex

I’d like to give a shout-out to the sweet little kitty who morphed into Infected Fangs of Death when I tried to pick her up recently. I have several exciting new puncture marks in my right hand and a probable case of Pasteurella.

Cats and dogs carry Pasteurella bacteria in their mouths. If you are bitten you should immediately clean the wound with alcohol, put antibiotic cream on it, then monitor it. Chances are it will get red and swollen. If so, go to a doctor. Pasteuralla is easily treatable with antibiotics. However, if you were bitten on the hand and wait too long before seeing a doctor, it will start creeping up your arm. That’s when it gets serious.

Cat scratch disease can be transmitted by bites or claws and can lead to swelling, headaches, and fatigue. The adorable Miss Infected Fangs also clawed me. Not to worry, the antibiotics the MD gave me are working. The important thing is to clean the wound immediately then see a doctor if there is swelling or infection.

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Lucky, the cat that would not die

Credit: Wasco Animal Shelter

Back from the dead twice. Credit: Wasco Animal Shelter

We just transported 4 cats from the Wasco CA Animal Shelter to Maine Coon Adoption in Oakland. One of the cats is rightfully named Lucky.

He was found by Wasco Animal Control, presumed dead, and put in the freezer. The next morning they heard scratching. He was alive, but in such bad shape they decided to put him down. Instead, the shot revived him.

Here’s what probably happened. The shelter used potassium chloride to put Lucky down. He was probably severely dehydrated with low potassium – so that’s why the shot brought him back.

He is almost certain to be adopted quickly. We’ve seen lots of municipal shelters. The Wasco Shelter is tiny, has limited funds, and does a great job with what they have. Maine Coon Adoptions is currently adopting out 8-12 cats a week and is no-kill. It’s almost kitten season. Maybe you need one.

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automatic cat feeder

Automatic cat feeder allows us to sleep peacefully

automatic cat feeder

No one told our cats we went off daylight savings. They would squeak at us very early in the morning for food. Squirting them with a squirt bottle didn’t help because a) you have to be awake to do that and b) they hide in areas where we couldn’t squirt them, like under the bed. Then we got this automatic cat feeder. Problem solved. No more squeaking.

The feeder has two trays and an ice pack. Put the ice pack in the freezer and a can of unopened wet food in the refrigerator. At night, I put in the ice pack and chilled wet food in the feeder and set the timer for 4:30 AM. They are now happy kitties and we don’t get woken up early.

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Cat adoption this weekend, SF Bay Area

You can still adopt cats this weekend in the SF Bay Area through Maine Coon Adoptions, including these two cuties, who will probably get adopted fast.

We’ve been fostering these adorable sister kittens, Madeleine and Michaela. They were part of a colony found at the Wasco CA prison, taken to a shelter, and then shuttled to Maine Coon Adoptions. They are at the run-around, play pounce-and-bounce stage and are affectionate and fun.







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Cats and their protocols – The Bandit Blankie


Bandit, like many cats, has certain protocols which must be followed before she, for example, will sit on Sue’s stomach when Sue in lying down in bed. We have a certain small blanket, called the Bandit Blankie, which must be on Sue’s stomach first before Bandit will get on. If Sue forgets to put the blankie on first, Bandit will get agitated and pace back and forth until it is put in its proper place.

Further, if I pick up Bandit and put her on Sue’s stomach, she will get off, walk around a bit, then get back on. The decision needs to be hers.

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Our mother and daughter foster cats, have been adopted!

Our mom and daughter foster cats, Hippity and Monkey, just got adopted out as a pair to a great home. Live well and prosper, little buddies. We fostered them for six months.  It’s always a little sad to see them go. However they are now in their forever homes. No more cages, no more shuttling around from place to place. We fostered them for Cat Connection in LA and placed them via Maine Coon Adoptions in Oakland.


Hippity, you will notice, has a clipped ear. She was found pregnant in a feral colony but wasn’t feral at all. She’d probably been a house cat and was dumped when she got pregnant. The woman who was trapping the ferals said Hippity ran up to her squeaking, as if to say, get me out of here. Feral cats are routinely trapped, neutered, then released back in the wild with one ear clipped to signify they don’t need to be trapped again. She accidentally had her ear clipped with the rest of them.


The photo shows Monkey with a bedraggled birdie on a stick. Chasing it is her favorite pass time. She picks it up in her mouth and brings it to you.

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You silly cat

Our cat Bandit had surgery and thus needs to wear the cone of shame. We took it off her briefly. Another cat, Harry, began sniffing and exploring it then suddenly started running around the room in panic. He stuck his head into it and couldn’t get it off. I was laughing so hard it took me a few seconds to get it off him

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Four cats for adoption. SF Bay Area

Sue and I do cat foster and rescue. These four cats, a mom and three kittens, are ready to be adopted! They have been fixed, have chips and all shots.


“I was a teenage pregnant mom abandoned by the side of the road”. No, not the best start in life for sweet Hippity, who is sweet and affectionate.

Don’t let the ear tip mistake fool you … This little lady is perfectly domesticated and is just looking for her forever home. She gets on fine with other cats.

Hippity is about 1 to 1-1/2 years old. She likes to play with other cats, and gets along very well with people.

She is possibly short haired oriental mix, says the vet.


What a character! Monkey lives up to her name. Playful, curious, and high energy. Got game? Then Monkey is first pick for your team. A 5 month old spayed female, she would be happy with other cats or all by herself. She has long proportions … The vet said she might be a short haired oriental mix. She plays mousie-toy soccer with her sister and brother for hours. Spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for her forever home.


Shadow is a 5 month old neutered male. He is very playful and energetic, and gets along well with people and other cats. He’ll follow you around and is a good buddy. He’s still small and has long proportions … The vet said he might be a short haired oriental mix. He has a gentle voice and a gentle personality. He loves his sisters but gets along well with adult cats. He travels well and is sweet with the vet. He plays mousie-toy soccer with his sister for hours, and likes lounge in a box top and watch the world go by. Neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for his forever home.


Lily is a 5 month old spayed female. She is playful but gentle, and would be happy with other cats or all by herself. She is very serene and loves to be wherever her humans are. If you are looking for a best friend and sweet companion then Lily is for you. She’s still small and has long proportions … The vet said she might be a short haired oriental mix. She plays mousie-toy soccer with her sister and brother for hours and is lots of fun. Spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for her forever home.

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Foster mom cat and kittens ready to be adopted. SF Bay area

Out latest foster cats. The kittens are Monkey, Lilly, and Shadow. They are about 5 months old and are snipped, chipped, and ready to go to their forever homes.

Hippity, the mom, is about a year or so. She has a clipped ear, which signifies a feral cat that has been trapped and neutered. Their ears are clipped to show they don’t need to be trapped again. However, she is not feral at all, is quite friendly and affectionate, and like the kittens, gets on fine with people and other cats.. She probably lived in a house until she got pregnant then was dumped outside to fend for herself.

They are healthy and have had all shots. SF Bay Area.

Hippity, the mom

Kittens Shadow and Lilly (male and female)

Kitten Monkey (female)

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Doing cat rescue

We do cat rescue and transported cats from LA to SF today. We took a mom cat and three kittens from Cat Connection in LA to foster ourselves and also transported two adorable kittens and Floyd, pictured here, to Maine Coon Adoptions in Oakland.

The SF Bay Area is doing better economically than other areas, including LA. so there’s a steady stream of adoptable pets that get shuttled by volunteers to the Bay Area from elsewhere to be adopted.

The kittens are totally adorable and will get adopted quickly. Floyd travels the best of any cat I’ve seen. He was happily looking out the window during the drive while most cats are scared. He was trapped and neutered from a feral colony but then it became obvious he wasn’t feral at all. He probably left an abusive home, or was dumped, or got lost. He’s super friendly and hence very adoptable.

The kittens were pulled from a kill shelter by Cat Connection to save them from being killed. The public shelters in LA  have very high kill rates, sometimes approaching 90%. That’s why cat rescue is so important (dog rescue too!)

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