Cat Enrichment

Habersham County Animal Care & Control: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased individual cage scratchers for ALL the kitties in our isolation room, overflow holding, and kitten cages. We also purchased a FUN One Fast Cat wheel to exercise some of our more energetic felines. We were also able to purchase Feliway diffusers and refills for all three cat rooms.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The cage scratchers helped the kitties stay busy and be able to perform natural scratching behaviors. The One Fast Cat wheel helped to exercise some of our more energetic felines. The kittens had a BLAST learning how to use the wheel, and it got staff and volunteers involved “training them” to learn to use it. The Feliway diffusers and refills helped reduce stress in our cat population.

How many pets did this grant help?

300+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Renegade was a sad little abandoned kitten who came to us. She despised being in the cage all the time. We decided that even though she was small, she might be spunky enough to enjoy the cat wheel. This little lady sure surprised us! She had a blast running on the wheel, and the video we took of her landed her a home within 24 hours!

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant funds to purchase a variety of enrichment equipment for the cats in our care. We purchased toys, interactive feeders, safe scratching products, durable cots, and calming products.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped our cats to have a better, lower-stress, more relaxed experience throughout their stay with us. We also saw a decrease in length of stay for our cats! Their time with us was both better and shorter!

How many pets did this grant help?

503

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One of the cats this grant helped is Hope (first photo). Hope stayed with us for more than 60 days! That is six times our average length of stay! However, because of this grant, we were able to ensure that Hope received the proper daily enrichment she needed. When we first met Hope, she was unhappy with us. She did not want to accept our presence, let alone our affection. With time and committed enrichment, Hope came around to be one of the most loving cats. And she got adopted!

Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased three cat wheels to put in three of our six community cat rooms.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We are always looking for ways to provide different enrichment to our cats while they wait to find their forever home. All of our cats live in community cat rooms and in order to keep them busy and entertained, we are always rotating out the type of toys that are in their rooms.

Despite always introducing new toys, we were still having trouble getting some of them to get the adequate amount of exercise to keep them at a healthy weight and keep them active. We also felt that if we could provide more ways for the cats to get exercise, it would help reduce the cat fights that sometimes go on in the community cat rooms because the cats would be able to expel some of that pent-up energy in a more positive way.

We always wanted to get cat wheels, and being awarded this grant made that possible much sooner. We have several cats who will use the wheel and our volunteers are working on trying to get more cats interested in it. We have a hunch that more cats are using it than we know because as soon as we come around the corner and they see us watching, they tend to hop off.

How many pets did this grant help?

30+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Those of us in the animal-shelter or rescue community know that black cats are some of the hardest cats to adopt. This can be because of the superstitions around black cats or just because their fur doesn’t have any interesting variations or markings to make them stand out, so oftentimes these cats are picked last.

This has been the case for Beauregard and Amos, who came in last summer as kittens and are still in our shelter a year later. These boys have great dispositions and always interact with everyone who comes into their room.

They have found that working out in pairs is better. We always need that friend who is going to be there for us and encourage us every step of the way. I think that is what these two are for each other. So now, while they wait for their forever homes, they can continue to work out together and continue to live their healthiest lives.

Meet Beauregard here.

Meet Amos here.

Sand Springs Animal Welfare: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cat cages and accessories

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to expand our number of cages by 20 and put away all the flimsy fold-up crates we were using. The cages are much nicer and more sturdy and we were able to get hammocks and beds for further comfort. The cages have a middle divider, so when we aren’t at full capacity, the cats can have much bigger cages.

How many pets did this grant help?

We handle about 450 cats per year. These cages help them all!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lilly and her two kittens were in a small wire crate before this grant enabled us to purchase some bigger, nicer cages. They LOVE the bigger cage and their hammock!

Brown County Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Granted funds were used to purchase enrichment items for our shelter cats — items such as toys, food puzzles, and training supplies as well as hidey beds and feral boxes to provide a sense of security for shy cats.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant was even more beneficial than we could have imagined when we originally applied. During the past few months, our shelter has been operating by appointment only due to the COVID pandemic. Because of this, our cats are not getting the same level of human interaction that they have gotten in the past. This can quickly lead to boredom and loneliness for the cats, which can lead to even bigger mental and physical health issues.

However, because of this grant, we were able to buy additional items that keep the cats stimulated and provide entertainment during times when there are no people for them to socialize with. Having multiple types of items (food puzzles, toys, cat scratchers, etc.) allow us to mix up the enrichment each cat receives daily. This way they are not becoming bored by having to play with the same toy over and over.

These items also provided the ability for some of our shyer cats to come out of their shells. A cat’s natural curiosity can sometimes overpower their timidness, and enrichment items can help this process. Watching another cat play with a toy and enjoy the interaction can entice a shy cat to come out and give it a shot. And, over time, they begin to come out of their shell and even begin playing with the other cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 cats so far, and more expected in the future

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Rooster (first photo) arrived as a stray after being found running loose at a resident’s home. When he came in, it was obvious he had been on his own for some time. He had a broken tooth and his fur was so matted, he had to have several areas shaved in order to clean him up. But once he received a few days of care, his loving, playful side quickly came out.

Rooster’s favorite item purchased with the Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant was the food maze (last three photos). Rooster had once spent a lot of time having to hunt for his food in order to survive. While we love that he no longer needs to hunt to eat, the puzzle maze provides the mental stimulation he was getting from hunting. So items like food mazes and puzzles allow Rooster to still receive the mental stimulation he needs to be a happy cat.

Rooster was adopted and is now settling into his new, loving home. He will never have to hunt to survive again!

Brown Animal Rescue/Miracle House Animal Rescue: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cat food, cat litter, and cleaning supplies

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We always struggle to make ends meet. Because of the coronavirus, we are not able to get the cat food and cat litter at a discount. We buy in bulk. It’s hard to even find cat food and litter. We also have a horrible time getting cleaning supplies and the cost of everything has just gone up so much. With your help we were able to get cat food, cat litter and cleaning supplies.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The food and litter we got with the grant help all the cats, but they especially helped a malnourished mama cat and her two kittens. We are very happy that we were able to get them all adopted together.

Animal Rescue League of Iowa: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To purchase individual cat scratchers for enrichment for cats in our care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The shelter environment is stressful for the homeless animals, and cats are typically the sensitive and most likely to experience stress while in the shelter no matter how nice the shelter and staff are.

The ARL is committed to providing adequate space and enrichment for the cats in our care to exhibit natural behaviors; one of their natural behaviors is scratching. The cat scratchers provide enrichment for the cats while they are in the kennel environment and provides a familiar smell/belonging for them to take with them to their adoptive home.

How many pets did this grant help?

900

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lamb came to us as an owner surrender. They suspected he was born to a feral mama and his people were unable to keep him due to lifestyle changes. He enjoyed his cat scratcher and the opportunity to exhibit normal behavior while in the shelter. I love to see the creative ways the cats use the scratchers! Lamb enjoyed working on the top of his! He is now adopted and living a wonderful life in his new home.

Living the Dream Rescue: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase cat habitat platforms for our PetSmart adoption centers. We purchased 12 of them.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Kuranda beds are able to re-used and sanitized. They also allow for more usable space in the kennels. The cats love them!

How many pets did this grant help?

100+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Marnie was a very shy kitty who is very cat-friendly. Since Marnie was very shy, she was in the adoption center a while before getting comfortable. She actually decided to move in with another kitty, Daisy. Since there was added space in the kennel due to the Kuranda bed, Marnie and Daisy were able to share. Marnie was adopted after she blossomed thanks to being in a bigger kennel with Daisy!

Spay the Strays, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thankfully we were able to get several bags of cat food, several cans of KMR for the kittens, and several bags of cat litter and are able to use the remainder of the funds for spaying two cats in foster care named Fig and Newton.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We are able to feed many of our cats in foster care as well as provide the bottle babies with food and provide food for some of our feral colonies the organizations takes care of on a daily basis. In addition, we are able to supply some of the volunteers with litter. We also purchased much-needed cleaning supplies for several of the volunteers. Lastly, we are able to have two of the kittens who are residing in foster care spayed and neutered.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This helped us to have two of our precious babies named Fig and Newton receive all their medical treatment and get sterilized before they go to their forever home. These two have been preadopted today on June 7, 2020, and before they go to their new home they will be fully vetted, as it is our policy to have every adopted cat or kitten fully vetted before the go to their new forever homes.

Stray Cat Relief Fund: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped save Birdie’s life. Without the surgery, she wasn’t expected to live for very long and would continue to have seizures that would ultimately take her life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Birdie was a kitten who was rescued in a junkyard and initially seemed like a normal, playful kitten until she started having major medical issues. Her wonderful foster mom notified us that Birdie had been having some seizures. She was immediately taken to vet and was diagnosed with hepatic encephalopathy caused by a congenital portosystemic liver shunt.

What this means is that Birdie was born with an extra blood vessel that goes around her liver. Therefore, her blood wasn’t getting passed through and filtered by her liver like it was supposed to. As a result, toxins from normal gut bacteria were remaining in her bloodstream instead of being filtered out by her liver. These toxins built up in her brain, causing brain swelling and serious neurological symptoms. If untreated, hepatic encephalopathy is lethal. Therefore, liver shunts must be located via ultrasound and then surgically closed off in order for cats like Birdie to live a normal life span.

A day after Birdie’s surgery, she was back to her usual self — playful, cuddly, energetic, and so incredibly adorable. We are forever grateful for the generous donation that the Petfinder Foundation supplied.

Birdie was adopted in March of this year and she is adored and loved so much. Her mom says that everyone that Birdie meets instantly falls in love with her. Birdie is a special girl who needed a miracle. From the generous donation from this grant, Birdie was able to get her the surgery to save her life. Without this surgery, Birdie would not have survived. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Birdie is living her best life.