2021 | Lola The Rescued Cat
Saturday, October 16, 2021

Five Ways You Can Help Feral Cats - National Feral Cat Day 2021

Thank you for joining us for another post in our Community Cat Awareness series. Today is National Feral Cat Day and we're joining Alley Cat Allies in advocating for the lives of cats. 

Some people believe you have to be an "expert" in rescue to intervene in the lives of feral cats, but that's not true. Read on for five ways you can help feral cats. 


Monday, October 4, 2021

Maintaining Feeding Stations for Community Cats

So far in our Community Cat Awareness series, we have discussed building shelters for outdoor cats, helping community cats in cold weather, debunked five myths about community cats, and more. Today’s topic is feeding stations.

Every town is different, and it’s not possible for every colony caretaker to have feeding stations. In many municipalities, it is against the law to feed community cats. For the safety of the cats, and themselves, they need to blend into the environment and keep a low profile. In other instances, the colony may be on someone’s property who does not want a visible station, or someone could be feeding cats in an urban area where it just isn’t practical to have one. (I know someone in Manhattan who feeds cats through a fence because it’s the only way she can get food to them.) Most of these tips are for people who are lucky enough to be able to have a feeding station for their community cats, or perhaps someone who feeds cats in their backyard.


feeding stations for outdoor cats

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Cat Pawsitive Pro Program Helps Cats Get Adopted - #RememberMeThursday 2021

One of the things I enjoy about being a writer is having the opportunity to promote pet adoption and encouraging people to support their local shelters and rescues. Although I’m currently not able to physically volunteer at a shelter, be a foster, or do TNR, I can help by volunteering my time writing. 

I have been volunteering for the Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro (CPP) Program for about three years now. For those of you not familiar with CPP, it is a groundbreaking program developed by Jackson Galaxy and a team of animal behavior experts that helps cats in shelters to find their “mojo” and their forever homes. Cat Pawsitive training applies positive, reward-based clicker training that positively reinforces good behaviors which helps cats in many ways. A shy cat can learn to feel comfortable coming to the front of its cage to meet a potential adopter, a feisty cat can learn to play nice, and an outgoing kitty can even learn to give an endearing "high five" to his visitors. The training also reduces the stressors that might keep a cat from connecting with a potential adopter and can help seal the adoption deal.


Monday, September 20, 2021

Mark Your Calendars! Our #RememberMeThursday Blog Hop is Thursday!


Hello, and Happy Monday! Lexy and I are popping in today to remind everyone that Remember Me Thursday is this Thursday! We hope you'll all stop by our blog to join the blog hop.



It's easy peasy to join the blog hop. Here's how! 

  • Grab the badge below and insert it into your post. 
  • Publish your post on or before Thursday, September 23, 2021.
  • Visit our blog and submit your post link to the blog hop list. 


Then start hopping! Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in the hop to read about how others are shining a light on orphan pets!





We can't wait to read all of the wonderful post for Remember Me Thursday! See you then! 

Lola
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Remember Me Thursday is 9/23/2021 - Here's How You Can Participate

Hello, and Happy Thursday Purrsday! Lexy and I are very excited that it's September. Can you guess why? Never mind, I'll just tell you. One of our favorite things to celebrate and participate in, Remember Me Thursday, is right around the corner and we're super excited to partner with Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) to host the fourth annual Remember Me Thursday Blog Hop. (Don't forget to scroll to the bottom to see how to join.)

We've been participating in the Remember Me Thursday movement since 2016 and hosting the Blog Hop since 2018. This day is very important to us because we want to use our voices to be advocats to save animals in shelters. You can catch up on all of our Remember Me Thursday posts here


Monday, August 23, 2021

5 Myths About Feral Cats Debunked

Welcome back to our Community Cat Awareness series. In our last post, I gave readers some pointers on how to tell how old a kitten is. Today I’m going to debunk five myths about feral cats. 


Monday, August 16, 2021

The 2020 Cat Writers' Association Certificates of Excellence

 A few weeks ago the Cat Writers' Association announced the Certificates of Excellence Winners in the 2020 Communications Contest. Similar to last year, I was blown away by the results because once again I was the top Certificate of Excellence winner. This year I was honored with 13. 


Monday, July 26, 2021

Reduce Your Cat's Stress With the RelaxoPet PRO (Giveaway!)

Many cat parents are familiar with situations that cause stress for their cats: vet visits, car rides, getting in the carrier, thunderstorms, changes in routine, fireworks, moving, etc. These scenarios not only stress out our cats, but they can cause us to be very anxious as well.  

A lot of cat parents, including me, prefer not to use medication to sedate their pets. If you're looking for a natural, medication-free way to reduce your cat's stress, then the RelaxoPet PRO is just what you're looking for. 



Monday, July 19, 2021

How to Tell How Old a Kitten is and Why It's Important to Know


Welcome back to our Community Cat Awareness series. In this post, I discussed some helpful tips to use if you find a kitten. Today I’m going to talk about how you can tell how old the kitten is and why it’s important to know that. 



Monday, June 28, 2021

What is the Difference Between a Stray and Feral Cat?

Our Community Cat Awareness series is well underway, and I enjoy bringing our readers information they can use to help cats living outside. In this post, I discussed what the term "Community Cat" means, but I felt it was important to delve a little deeper.

Some people think that all cats living on the streets are feral, but that is a misconception. Today I'll discuss how you can tell the difference between a stray and a feral cat.




Thursday, June 24, 2021

Cat World Domination Day 2021

Hello, and Happy Thursday Purrsday! Today Lexy and I are celebrating Cat World Domination Day with our good pal, Summer. Today is a day to celebrate how cats dominate the world! Lexy and I thought about it, and we decided that since we dominated our mom's home office throughout the pandemic we would share some of our favorite work at home moments. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

How to Adopt a Cat From a Shelter

Welcome back to our Adopt-A-Cat Month series. Many people want to adopt a cat from a shelter but are unsure how to go about it. (Especially since there are still COVID-19 restrictions in many places.) Today's post will give you some advice on steps you can take to find your perfect purring family member and how to go through the process. 

how to adopt a cat from a shelter

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rescue Stories - Trixie: She Finally Found Her Forever Family

Hello, and Happy Tuesday! Today we have the rescue story of Trixie. Trixie found herself going from home to home after her humans became elderly and could no longer care for her. Today, she is happy in her forever home with a wonderful family. So without further ado, let's meet Trixie. 



Lola

Monday, June 7, 2021

Cat Adoption Checklist – 8 Essential Supplies for Your New Cat

Welcome back to our Adopt-A-Cat Month series. Adoptive cat parents need to make sure they have everything ready for their new furry family member so the transition from shelter to home is smooth. If you're celebrating Adopt-A-Cat Month by adding a four-legged member to your family, we have a checklist with eight essential supplies you'll need for them. 

Black and white cat on a scratcher lounger

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

5 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Cat

June has arrived and Adopt-A Cat Month has begun. Adopt-a-Cat Month is brought to you by American Humane, the country's first national humane organization. It is celebrated each June, which coincides with prime kitten season. During this time millions of kittens are born, and shelter intakes increase tremendously, putting a huge burden on already limited resources. American Humane is proud to encourage pet lovers to adopt a cat. 

In celebration of Adopt-A-Cat Month, we will have a three-part series on the blog this month with information on adopting a cat. Today’s post discusses five things you should consider before adopting a cat.



Friday, May 28, 2021

Alley Cat Rescue Announces Their Global Feral Fix Challenge

Hello, and happy Friday! I'm here today to tell you about a very important campaign that can change the lives of community cats. Our friends at Alley Cat Rescue have officially announced  The Feral Fix Challenge, an annual initiative to save lives and promote the spaying and neutering of community cats. Let me tell you more about it. 


Alley Cat Rescue

Monday, May 17, 2021

Rescue Stories - Jackson & Benny: Two Stray Cats Who Became Best Friends

Hello, and Happy Monday! Today we have the rescue story of Jackson and Benny. Jackson and Benny are brothers from different mothers, who became family and best friends. And more than that, they were angels sent from heaven to their new family. So without further ado, let's meet Jackson and Benny. 


Lola

Cat Rescue Stories

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

What To Do When You Find a Kitten Outdoors

Welcome to the fifth post in our Community Cat Awareness series. Last time we delved into the topic of kitten season, explaining what it is and what you can do to help. During kitten season it isn’t uncommon to find kittens in your backyard or perhaps during your daily travels. In today’s post, we share some helpful information you can use if you do find kittens.

I found a kitten. What do I do?

Monday, May 3, 2021

An Interview With a Specially Abled Pet - Meet Bifford!

Hello, and Happy Monday! Did you know that today is Specially Abled Pets Day? This special day is celebrated every year on May 3 to educate the public about pets with disabilities. I am so excited to take this opportunity to introduce you all to one of our new friends, a pawesome guy with Cerebellar Hypoplasia, Bifford Langer! 

Bifford is a spokescat for specially-abled cats and dedicates his blog to educating people about Cerebellar Hypoplasia and taking care of pets with special needs. He agreed to sit down with me for an interview so our readers can learn more about him and his cause. So let's get into it. 




Thursday, April 22, 2021

Simply Kind Hearted Functional Treats for Cats (Giveaway)

Lola and Lexy love their treats, and if left up to them, they would have treat time several times a day. I admit I'm a little picky about the treats I give them because I want to make sure they remain healthy. When I recently connected with Simply Kind Hearted at Global Pet Expo, I was interested to try out their treats for holistic health. 

Simply Kind Hearted Treats

Monday, April 12, 2021

Kitten Season is Here – What You Can do to Help

Welcome to the fourth post in our Community Cat Awareness series. After a long winter, spring has arrived – flowers are blooming, the grass is greener, and the weather is warmer. But those aren’t the only things that are happening. Spring marks the beginning of kitten season, a time when shelters across the country are inundated with thousands of homeless kittens.

In today’s post, we’ll be discussing kitten season and things you can do to help cats and shelters during this time.



Monday, April 5, 2021

Rescue Stories - Clio: A Gift That Rescued Her New Mom

Hello, and Happy Monday! I'm very happy to bring you our first rescue story of 2021. Today we have the tail tale of a beautiful cat named Clio. Clio was on her way to the shelter because no one wanted to adopt the runt of the litter. Her adopter soon realized that they saved each other. So, without further ado, let's meet Clio. 

Lola


Cat rescue stories


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Lola and Lexy's Top 5 Cat-Friendly Plants for Easter

Hello, and Happy Friday! Easter is just around the corner, which means lots of households will be bringing in plants and flowers. Lexy and I want to make sure that all of your kitties are safe, so we decided to dedicate this "Top Five" post to plants and flowers that are non-toxic to cats. 

So let's get into it! 


cat-friendly plants for easter

Monday, March 29, 2021

Help for Lola and Lexy's Family

This isn't our usual type of post here on Lola The Rescued Cat, but one of my family members is in dire need of assistance.

My niece, Sylvia, had to have her leg amputated last week and my family is raising money for her living and medical expenses, especially since she'll have to relocate at some point to a home that is conducive to her new needs. She has been experiencing medical difficulties for the past several years (all details on the Gofundme page) and has just about exhausted all of her paid time off. She currently has less than two weeks of accrued time on the books.

In 1989 Sylvia was a victim of gun violence, and the femoral artery in her right leg was severed. At the time doctors were able to perform a bypass to save her leg, but over the years she had to have three additional bypasses. The doctors did everything they could at this point, but there were no other options or any other way to save her leg.



Sylvia, a single mother, has three beautiful children who are very worried about their mother's condition and the near future for not only her but themselves as well.

This is a devastating and traumatic experience for our entire family as we rally together to try to help her financially. 

I'm turning to our dedicated following to ask you to please share her Gofund Me campaign. It is anticipated that she will be out of work for at least a year at this point. 

This is the direct link to the campaign: https://gofund.me/04246c1b

Any shares are greatly appreciated as we try to keep her afloat and keep her home expenses paid.

Thank you!

Dawn, Lola and Lexy
Monday, March 22, 2021

Get Rid of Stains and Odors with Kids N' Pets All-Purpose Stain & Odor Remover (Giveaway)

If you have pets, you probably have messes. In my house, in addition to any hairball or other tummy issues that end up on the carpet, I have my own "oops" moments when I'm afraid something I spilled will ruin my furniture or floors. Kids N' Pets Instant All-Purpose Stain and Odor Remover is a great product to have on hand to clean up after the two and four-legged family members. 



Kids N' Pets Instant All-Purpose Stain & Odor Remover


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Save Kittens With Tailspring Milk Replacer

This post is sponsored by Tailspring. 

Orphaned kittens are fragile little beings who require around the clock care and feeding. Many people may not be aware that neonatal kittens cannot be fed just any type of milk. Because they lack the proper enzymes to digest lactose, feeding them cow’s milk can cause diarrhea and dehydration very quickly. The best replacement for their sensitive stomachs and underdeveloped immune systems is one that gives them nutritional benefits similar to their mother’s milk.

I am excited to be partnering with Tailspring and Mews & Merlot, an organization dedicated to saving the tiniest lives, to tell you about Tailspring’s milk replacer.



Monday, March 8, 2021

What is a Community Cat?

Welcome to the third post in our Community Cat Awareness series. In some of the webinars I have attended, one of the topics discussed was the fact that many people do not understand what a community cat is, or why they are in their neighborhood. For the cats’ health and safety, it is important to educate people on this subject.

In today’s post, we will be answering the question, “What is a community cat?”

what is a community cat?

Friday, February 26, 2021

Lola and Lexy's Top 5 Myths About Spay/Neuter

Hello, everyone, this is Lexy checking in. Welcome to another "Top Five"! In our previous post, Lola and I discussed the top five signs your cat may need dental care. If you missed it, you can catch up on it here

Many cat parents do not spay or neuter their cat because they believe some of the myths that are floating around, and they don’t fully understand the benefits of this procedure for their cat. Since February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, and today is World Spay Day, Lola and I think this is the perfect time to bust some of these myths for anyone who is unsure.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Lola and Lexy's Top 5 Signs Your Cat May Need Dental Care

Hello, and Happy Friday! It's me, Lola, and I'm welcoming you back to another of our "Top Five" posts. In our last post, we discussed the top five things responsible pet parents do. One of those things is making sure your cat gets regular medical care, which gave us the idea for today's post.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Both Lexy and I have had dental work. I had a cleaning and I had my canine teeth (plus a few more) removed, and Lexy had a cleaning with a few tiny teeth removed. We weren't very happy about it, but we know that it was important for our overall health. 

Today we are sharing our top five signs that your cat needs dental care. 


Monday, February 15, 2021

Keep Your Cat Refreshed With the Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain (Giveaway)

Making sure your cat has proper hydration is so important for their overall health. One of the ways you can ensure your furry loved one gets enough fresh water is to have a fountain they enjoy. Lexy loves drinking from fountains, and I like finding new ones that meet both of our criteria. 

When the folks at Petlibro contacted me to review their automatic pet water fountain, I was very happy. I was sure it would check off all my required boxes. 

Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain

Friday, February 5, 2021

Lola and Lexy's Top Five Things Responsible Cat Parents Do

Hello, and happy Friday! It's me, Lola, and I'm welcoming you back to another of our "Top Five" posts. In our last post, we discussed household items that are poisonous to cats. Today Lexy and I have a topic that is very important to us.  

If you look at our About Page, you’ll see that one of the things we like to do on the blog is to promote responsible pet ownership. Too many pets in the world are abused, neglected, or just not taken care of properly. Lexy's first family (and I use that term loosely) moved away and left her behind. They put her outside and never looked back. In addition to being very mean, it was very irresponsible.



Monday, January 25, 2021

Keep Your Home Fresh With the Okaysou AirMax8L

When you live in an apartment, there are times when the air isn't very fresh. The space is small and odors tend to linger in the air. Cooking a delicious meal can result in smelling onions for days, and litter box odors can be a bit overwhelming at times. When pet hair and dust are added it can get very stuffy and smelly very quickly. I tend to experience winter allergies during the colder months, with a runny nose and frequent sneezes. I also have a sneezy cat (Lola), and her upper respiratory issues worsen when she's around dust. I had been wanting to try an air purifier for a while, so when the folks at Okaysou asked if I wanted to partner with them for a review I was happy to say yes. 


Okaysou AirMax8L
Monday, January 18, 2021

It's My 10th Gotcha Day! And I'm Having a Giveaway!

Hello, and Happy Monday! I'm very excited because I'm celebrating my 10th Gotcha Day! Okay, it was actually a couple of days ago, but I wanted to post this on a Monday so more people would see it. 


Time sure flies, because it feels just like yesterday that I came home forever. I was only about seven months old, and now I'm a mature cat (almost to be considered a senior! *shudder*) My life has been pretty amazing, and I'm grateful for every single moment of it. Mommy, Lexy, and I have accomplished so much and have helped so many cats and people over the past decade, and we're hoping to continue for the next ten years! 


Lola's 10th gotcha day

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Building Winter Shelters for Outdoor Cats

I always worry about the community cats in my area when the weather turns frigid. Luckily, there are many kindhearted people in my neighborhood who take care of them. Today, in the second post in our Community Cats Awareness series, we will be discussing building winter shelters for outdoor cats.



shelters for outdoor cats


Monday, January 11, 2021

Secret Paws 2020!

Hello, and Happy Friday!! Lexy and I have something fun to share with you today. Our Secret Paws package finally arrived! Who was our Secret Paws this year? I'll reveal that in a minute. 

The mail was SO slow this year! Our package took over three weeks to be delivered! Can you believe it? Well, the important thing is that it got here safe and sound, and Lexy and I had Christmas in January!  Now, onto the big reveal! 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Lessons I Learned From My Rescued Cat

Ten years ago this month I adopted Lola. Well, it’s probably more accurate to say that Lola adopted me. My life has changed so much over the past ten years, and everything that has happened is because I instantly fell in love with a skinny little cat with a snotty nose (that she wiped all over me) who was so sick she couldn’t even meow.

Lessons I learned from my rescued cat

Monday, January 4, 2021

Baby, it’s Cold Outside! Five Winter Weather Tips to Help Community Cats

Happy 2021 to all our readers! This time last year as I was brainstorming content ideas, I decided I wanted to focus more on community cats. I developed the idea to start a Community Cat Awareness series, but unfortunately, COVID-19 put the big kibosh on my plans. I refused to be deterred, though. 

Throughout the pandemic I attended numerous webinars, took copious notes, made connections, and learned so many exciting things that I cannot wait to share. I plan on writing posts full of great information on how to enhance the lives of community cats including colony care, TNR, TNR ordinances, and more. I am also hoping to interview some people immersed in the world of community cats. 

So, after that long intro, welcome to the first post in our Community Cat Awareness series; Winter Weather Tips to Help Community Cats.

winter weather tips for outdoor cats