Cat Enrichment

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.

Mission Valley Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The monies from the grant were used to purchase the following cat enrichment items:
Lossky automatic LED light interactive cat chase toy
Kastma electric yo-yo cat toy
Trixie 5-in-1 cat activity center
Catit 2.0 food tree
32″ cat scratching post
Ito Rocky interactive cat food puzzle toy
Petsfit outdoor cat house
Petmaker kitty condo
33″ corner cat furniture
Petmaker two-story cat condo
8′ x 8′ synthetic grass rug carpet
One Fast Cat exercise wheel
Laser pointer

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

Prior to receiving the grant, the two cat rooms, adult and kitten, were not particularly stimulating or enriching to the cats, especially the long-term residents. Their enrichment was provided by volunteer contact, which is important, but not enough. The new items have added much to the cat environment, and the cats are much happier and more content and active. Happy, active cats are much easier to show and get adopted more quickly. The enrichment has been especially important recently, since volunteers have not been allowed to come to the shelter due to COVID-19 restrictions so human interaction has been limited to shelter employees.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help all of the cats taken in by the shelter, approximately 100 annually.

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

Coltraine (first and second photos) benefited the most from the cat wheel. We posted a video of him in the Facebook post thanking the Petfinder Foundation. He was a very active cat and he loved that wheel. He has been adopted. The new cat cubbies were great as we have a few bigger cats such as 17-lb. Etta (third and fourth photos) who could not fit in the smaller ones we had, and two of the ones we ordered were specifically for larger cats. Etta has also been adopted.

Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase a durable and disinfectable cat tower for one of our cat community rooms.

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

This grant provided a safer type of enrichment for our cats. It allows us to keep the community room clean and provides an area for cats to climb, scratch, stretch, and play. All of this makes them more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three so far

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

We received the cat tower right before the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. Most of the animals in our facility were adopted out the last day we were open. The remaining cats were still able to utilize the cat tower during the lockdown. One of our cats in particular, Agnes, really enjoyed it. The tower is the perfect height to see out of the window in the room she was in. I encouraged her up to the top of the tower a few times, and after she got comfortable with it she rarely came off of it. Agnes has pretty green eyes and the staff and I refer to her as a dragon at the top of her tower. She is currently still waiting for her forever home. You can meet Agnes here.

McKamey Animal Center: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With our enrichment grant money we purchased 700 individual Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers.

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

Because of this grant we were able to purchase cat scratchers for individual cat kennels. On average we intake about 3,000 cats per year, so by receiving this grant we are able to provide natural enrichment to our feline population. As we all know, shelters are scary places for cats. By allowing them the freedom to express their natural scratching behavior, we tend to see happier, healthier cats in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far this grant has helped just over 100 cats, but will continue to help many, many more over the course of the summer! We are just on the brink of kitten season, and this grant will allow us to place scratchers in 600 more kennels. Sometimes we will house three to four kittens per kennel, so there is potential to help almost 1,500 felines! Happy cats = healthy cats!

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

Kelly Clarkson is a sweet, active 2-year-old kitty who has found herself at the shelter three times since May 2019. She is super playful, high-energy, and thrives in a home that understands her energetic behavior. Since Kelly is not a fan of other cats, she awaited her new home in an adoption kennel – no fun for a playful kitty! Her personal cat scratcher provided her with so much joy, and allowed her to express her natural behaviors while waiting for her final forever home. Kelly Clarkson found a new home last week, with a family with respectful children and without cats. Her personal cat scratcher went home with her as well. It was her favorite!

Tender Loving Cats, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thanks to a $1,000 enrichment grant that Tender Loving Cats, Inc., was awarded by the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to purchase many different cat enrichment toy favorites, including the One Fast Cat exercise wheel, Go Cat Wand Teasers, Tunnels, an easily disinfected wooden scratching post by Designer Pet Products, a Catit Vesper cat tower with replacement pads, and Stretch & Scratch disposable scratchers for all our kitties in suites at the adoption centers.

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

These items have helped to stimulate our cats’ minds and teach them where it’s appropriate to scratch in a home, making them more adoptable and more prepared to enter their forever homes. In a shelter-like environment, it’s important to have items that can be easily washed and disinfected in communal play areas. This grant has enabled our grass-roots shelter to provide such items to our cats and kittens that we otherwise would not have been able to.

How many pets did this grant help?

300

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

Marky Mark was with us waiting for a forever home since he was 12 weeks old. He was finally adopted after eight months. Four long months he spent waiting for the perfect forever home at PetSmart Adoption Center, but he loved to run on the One Fast Cat exercise wheel all day! Without it he would not have had an outlet for his energy and he could’ve potentially learned bad habits because of that. He is now happily living his best life in a home where his adopters report that he is the sweetest, most loving boy!