Cat Enrichment

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!

Living the Dream Rescue: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase Kuranda beds for our pet adoption habitats.

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

The purchase of the raised beds adds space to the centers and eases cleaning and sanitation. They are durable and will last longer over time.

How many pets did this grant help?

400

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

Marnie takes some time to warm up to new people. When she entered into the adoption center, she was nervous and distant. She ended up finding a friend in Daisy, who invited her into her habitat. There was enough space in the kennel for both due to the additional room the Kuranda beds allow. Both kitties enjoyed their snuggle time but could also lounge separately. Marnie was adopted recently into a loving home!

Houston SPCA: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Houston SPCA used Petfinder Foundation grant funds to purchase feline enrichment toys. Specifically, the organization purchased 12 Catit Senses cat feeder trees and 40 Tower of Tracks cat toys. The items have been placed in Houston SPCA cat suites and get-acquainted rooms for adoptable cats to interact with during their shelter stay.

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

The purchase of cat-enrichment toys helps entertain felines while they await placement into new homes. Although the Houston SPCA provides ample space, food, water, and care to all animals, cats need mental stimulation in order to be happy and healthy. Toys such as Tower of Tracks – in combination with Catit Senses feeder trees that let cats “work” for their food – help keep felines occupied. Enrichment also allows potential adopters to see the unique personalities of each cat and makes choosing their new family member much easier.

How many pets did this grant help?

785 cats/kittens

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

Ari is a beautiful gray tabby who came to the Houston SPCA as an owner surrender. Her family developed allergies and could not care for her anymore. For both humans and pets, leaving home is difficult. Still, Ari’s bright personality shines through thanks to her new favorite toy. She can be found swatting at the tower balls in fascination — until somebody stops by to say hello, of course! Then, this social feline will greet visitors with a head bump. Ari was very quickly adopted by a new, loving family.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Hocking County Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received $580 and used it to purchase new Kuranda cat tiers for our three cat rooms and two more for a new cat area that will soon be under construction. These replaced old wooden ones we received as a donation decades ago that were starting to deteriorate and did not have as many spaces for cats as the new ones.

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

We house about 10 cats per cat room, so now more of the cats have their own personal space to relax, groom and sleep when they don’t feel like interacting with the others in the cat house. There is not as much fighting over which cat wants to dominate which space. They can play from level to level or get away and just be alone if that’s what they want. This also gives them more places to get up off the linoleum floor, which can get cold. Previously, they’d crowd each other off of shelves or window sills, but now there seem to be plenty of individual spaces for everyone.

How many pets did this grant help?

Thirty plus. There are about 10 cats per room right now and the other two tiers will be going into a new area that is going to be converted this spring.

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

Katydid (first photo) and Kitkat (second photo) were both long-term residents waiting to be adopted. Both had been with us about a year and were constantly getting overlooked. The tiers help spread the cats out more so adopters can view them individually better and gave these two girls something new in their environment to explore. Both have since been adopted!

Paws 4 Life Animal Rescue, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase various items such as toys, treats, scratching pads, scratching trees, hammock beds, pillows and exercise toys to enrich the cats’ time spent in Paws 4 Life Rescue prior to adoption/foster or to assist in extended stays. We can supply the list of all items in detail upon request.

The items selected assisted various cats, kittens and elderly cats.

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

Kittens: Microwaveable plush stuffed pillows helped in a great way to encourage cats to sleep in new places and heated stuffing is soothing and calming for stressed cats and kittens.

Elderly Cats: Thermal Cat warming bed mat helped the elderly cats to relax and soothes the anxiety on them when they are moved to a new places such as our rescue.

Overall, the grant helped us to:

1) Take better care of our animals by providing comfortable bedding.

2) Provide better nourishment through nutritional treats.

3) Help the kittens and other cats relax and ease into the new environment by providing interactive toys and scratching pads, trees and furniture.

How many pets did this grant help?

28

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

Jix (first and second photos) is a beautiful 12.5-year-old male long-hair cat. He LOVES to roll over and get neck and chin rubs. He also loves catnip and will knead and roll around in it. Jix does have a lion cut and really enjoys it. In his senior years, he gets a little lazy about grooming himself with all that long hair, so by having a lion’s cut, he can spend more time rolling around in catnip! Although he has been around other cats, he is cat-selective and may do better in a home where he is the only cat.

He became more friendlier and more relaxed because of the care and environment we could provide for him using the 2019 Cat Enrichment Grant. Meet Jix here.

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to purchase a year supply of Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Kit and Stretch and Scratch pads for cat kennels. These items will help enrich the lives of the cats here at MCPAWS.

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

This grant has helped pets in our care by providing each cat its own scratch pad and calm scent to keep them healthy and happy while they wait to find forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

370+

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

Zac has been loving his scratch pad! He is currently in a kennel in the front lobby at the shelter and has really been coming out of his shell. He is more playful and outgoing than ever before! He has not yet been adopted, but we know his day is coming soon! Meet Zac here.

Love Your Feral Felines: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money granted was used to open a new adoption center at PetSmart. We were able to purchase all the necessary supplies needed. We purchases beds, blankets, scratchers, cleaning supplies, toys, litter, food and many more items.

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

We were able to save 10 additional lives with the new adoption center. It will allow us to place many more adult cats for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

10, and many more to come

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

Tahiti was an adult who had been waiting for her forever home for a long time. She came to us with a litter of kittens in July. She was a super mom to her babies, and once they found their forever homes, it was her turn. Thanks to the new adoption center, her new mom was able to see her and fall in love. Tahiti was finally adopted on Dec. 17. Having a new adoption center where the public can come and view adult cats is a must to find their forever homes.

SOS Animal Rescue: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase toys, scratching posts, and cat trees to enhance the lives of cats and kittens in our foster program. We purchased items with the goal of using them for many foster pets.

The cat trees we chose have removable carpet and easy-to-clean laminate so we can disinfect them between use. The toys were chosen with the same goals in mind.

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

The grant allowed us to purchase toys, scratchers, and cat trees. All of these enhancements provided our foster cats with stimulation and variety. They love getting up on the trees. It also provided us the opportunity to work on appropriate scratching locations.

The reduced stress, increased training, and enhanced stimulation all make it easier to adopt the cats and kittens into new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

24

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

Francine had been in our foster program for four months. She is a curious, adventurous, playful cat. Our foster homes could get boring for long-term fosters due to lack of enrichment items. With this grant, Francine was able to experience new toys, cat trees, and posts to help reduce stress.

Francine has been adopted into a loving home. Thank you for making her stay with us more enjoyable.

Tails of Hope: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a monetary grant to purchase cat/kitten toys and furniture.

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

This grant really helped in several ways. First, we are a small rescue that is just starting out. Without this monetary donation, we would not have been able to purchase the bigger furniture items for our kittens and cats. Secondly, we believe that the kittens and cats that come into our rescue need an outlet to play and feel like they have their own space. The tree furniture gives them the opportunity to have space of their own to play and sleep. Since we have cats come into our rescue by either surrender or born into the rescue, these items will help them be socialized. The toys are a great way for our volunteers to interact with the kittens and cats so that they get that social interaction. Plus, it is so much fun to watch a cat chase a ball! I believe this grant will also help boost our volunteers. We are able to have the items needed to make sure we send lovable, socialized cats into their new forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 10 so far. The great thing about this grant is that it will allow us to help many kittens and cats. We recently took in three pregnant cats, so when those kittens are born, they will be able to use the items too.

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

We recently took in Mystery, a calico (first photo). Her foster family said that the toys and furniture have really allowed Mystery to come out of her shell and feel like she has a safe place to go. She has not been adopted yet. We have had several that have been adopted so far, with more to come!