Cat Enrichment

Animal VillageNM: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Your gift was used to purchase two catios, allowing our adoptable house-lions to finally and safely experience the fresh air, sights, and sounds of the outdoors.

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

We adopt only to indoor homes, so this is also a fabulous opportunity for us to market the safety of catios! We “preach” providing long, happy lives for adopted cats as an alternative to letting them roam the streets and encounter the dangers of the outdoors. Now we can SHOW what we mean, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s generosity.

How many pets did this grant help?

22-40 cats will have daily access to their catios.

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

Finn is our house-lion mascot, a lovely longhaired senior who is a total movie star-looking lap cat. But twice, after years in each home, he was left behind at [open-intake] facilities when his military adopters received Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. We have now re-rescued Finn twice, and rescued him as a kitten, so three times, he’s been abandoned.

With the generous gift of $1,000 from the Petfinder Foundation, Finn will now show off his beauty and sweetness in our newly remodeled cabin with two catios: “Finn’s Place.” He’ll become famous on social media and help THOUSANDS of house-lions be adopted to safe, loving, INDOOR homes!

You can meet Finn here.

Nuzzles & Co.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funding from the Petfinder Foundation’s Cat Enrichment grant was used to purchase enrichment items for the cats housed at Nuzzles & Co.’s Rescue Ranch in Peoa, Utah.

Item breakdown:
-Assorted-color pipe cleaners, 1,000 count: $23.98
-Mousin’ Around Hide ’n Treat cat toy & treat-dispenser cat toy: $41.56
-Vinbee Cat Snack licking sugar ball: $53.67
-Blackhole litter mat interactive swimming robot fish toy: $14.95
-Petstages Hunt ’n Swat tumbler treat-dispensing cat toy: $12.78
-Silvervine natural catnip sticks: $17.98
-Feliway cat diffuser refill, 3 pack: $66.99
-Feliway travel spray: $104.32
-Two Thundershirts: $79.90
-Lickimats: $15.98
-Two puzzle toys: $29.98
-Feather toys with catnip: $35.97
-Small canvas from the dollar store: $2.00

Total: $500.06

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

Many of the cats at Nuzzles & Co. got a rough start in life, and are often skittish, stressed, shut down, or overstimulated when they come to us. The items purchased through the Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment Grant gave these cats the chance to have a break from being stressed or scared in a shelter environment and just be cats. They get the opportunity to decompress, have some fun, and build trust with the humans caring for them. As they become more comfortable, their true personalities really start to shine, giving them a better chance of finding their perfect forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

136 cats and counting

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

One of our long-term cats, Tumeric (first photo), is a sweet boy who enjoys affection from humans (on his own terms). He was very overstimulated and stressed when he arrived at Nuzzles & Co., making him more challenging to handle. His behavior turned around when he got the chance to relax and enjoy some mental stimulation through playing with the toys and the other enrichment items purchased with the Petfinder Foundation grant funds.

Tumeric has particularly enjoyed the interactive toys like the swimming robot fish (second photo) and the catnip canvas (third photo). Tumeric is now easier to handle and has a calmer demeanor. Though Tumeric hasn’t found his forever home just yet, we know the adorable pictures and video of him playing with the enrichment items will help him attract just the right humans for him to call his own. Meet Tumeric here.

Tri-County Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to purchase a CRIJO AdoptME unit. This unit has one bed and two platforms as well as five areas for scratching. It is on wheels, so it is easy to move around, and the material used makes it easy to clean.

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

Prior to purchasing the AdoptME unit, our Cat Colony room was fairly bare. We had some small structures for the cats as well as a blanket or bed on the floor; however, it was just the basic needs. This unit took the cats off the floor and allowed them to lounge freely on any level.

We place cats from the same families in the Cat Colony room, where they can all spend their stay at the shelter outside of a cage. The unit is tall enough that it put them in line with the outside window, which is their FAVORITE place to hang out. They lounge in the sun all day!

There is also a viewing window for the public from inside the main cat area, and with the AdoptME unit, the cats are brought right into view. The public LOVES having the ability to watch the cats through that window and thanks to the AdoptME unit, the cats in this area do not stay at our shelter very long.

How many pets did this grant help?

This AdoptME unit has enriched the lives of more than 70 cats already.

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

Tia (first photo) and Rascal Jack (second photo) are a mother and son who arrived at Tri-County Humane Society in October 2020. They were surrendered to TCHS because their owner’s health was declining and they were unable to care for them.

When Tia and Rascal Jack first arrived, they were placed in a cage together. There wasn’t a ton of space for them in the cage and they were limited to just lying around. Shortly after, the Cat Colony room (with the AdoptME unit) was made available and they were moved in there.

After their move, we saw them become entirely different cats, and thanks to the AdoptME unit, we saw the playful and happy side of both of the cats come to life. They also were a little on the heavier side as far as their weight, so the AdoptME unit allowed them to be more active.

We hoped that Tia and Rascal Jack would be adopted together, but we know that it doesn’t always work out that way. We believe that because they were placed together in our Cat Colony room along with the AdoptME unit (third photo), they were able to display their true personalities and playfulness, which we believe was the reason they were adopted together. Tia and Rascal Jack were adopted in December 2020.

Nikki (fourth photo) and Kako (fifth photo) were two bonded ladies who came to TCHS after their owners had to move and couldn’t bring them along. They arrived in January 2021 and only spent a couple weeks here, which is always heartwarming. Kako was a little on the heavier side so, as with Tia and Rascal Jack, the AdoptME unit played an impactful role in helping her maintain some level of exercise and exploration during her stay at TCHS.

Also as with Tia and Rascal Jack, we had hopes that Nikki and Kako would be adopted together and, thanks to the AdoptME unit, Nikki and Kako were able to show their personalities and friendliness through the Cat Colony windows. Nikki and Kako were adopted to a loving couple who are now RVing across the country with them. These two are now out seeing the world!

Kingdom Cat Rescue: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased items to build two cat climbing stations. We wanted to highlight cats’ natural physical abilities, and potential adopters absolutely LOVED seeing the cats playing on the bridge and climbing all over the wall fixtures.

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

This grant helped showcase some incredible animals. Potential adopters saw cats climb all over both items, and we truly believe that seeing them play in such a cool environment helped sway some to adopt.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Hannah and Marlena are two shy calico kittens who took some time to warm up to humans. They tended to scurry and hide when someone wanted to interact with them, but once we added these items to their location, they spent all their energy climbing and playing. It made two shy kittens come out of their shell and helped showcase their true, playful spirit. These bonded sisters were adopted together after their furever family saw them!

Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant monies have covered the purchase of scratch pads — with catnip! Since the grant covers usage needs for about six months, the monies are in reserve for the spring increase in cats and kittens.

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

The cats and kittens in our care all receive a scratch pad unless they’re declawed. A scratch pad helps with boredom and the frustration of being inside. This grant allowed us to be flexible with funds and allow for lifesaving surgery on Bumbles, whose story is below.

How many pets did this grant help?

Adoptions for the period from November 2020 through January 2021 are approximately 70. A purchase to replenish stock was made for half that number.

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

All of the cats pictured are adopted except for Bumbles (first photo), who is still in rehab. Bumbles was found with swollen belly and sneezing lung worms. The surgery removed rubber mulch, which Bumbles had been desperate enough to eat. He is only 11 months old.

The story for DJ (second photo) and Nash (third photo) is the same, but they are 10 years apart in age. Both were found sick and emaciated. After medical treatment, proper feeding and lots of petting, DJ and Nash vented their newfound energy on their scratch pads.

Libby (fourth photo) became BFFs with her scratch pads — yes, her scratch pads — when she had a protracted fight against worms.

Wayne County Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to purchase Kuranda beds for cats.

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

Many of our cat cages aren’t equipped with ledges or shelves. Being awarded this grant allowed us to purchase raised beds, which significantly increased the floor space for our cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

We save more than 1,000 cats a year. Since the beds are sturdy and reusable, the number of cats this grant helped is endless.

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

In late October, we took in 29 cats from a single-family home. Most of the cats were sick and somewhat fearful. However, after having these beds to climb, play and sleep on, many of them came out of their shells. One cat in particular used to sit in her litter box. Her name is Charity and, although she hasn’t been adopted just yet, we are positive her new profile photo of her standing proud on her Kuranda tower (first photo) will get her adopted in no time. She is now the sweetest, most loving little girl ever! Meet Charity here.

RSQ Dogs+: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase four cat trees.

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

Cat World at RSQ Dogs+ provides a whimsical environment for our cats who are waiting to find their forever homes. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to purchase several cat trees. Sixty-plus cats roam free in Cat World and need places which provide safety, stress relief, exercise, and entertainment.

The cat trees provide a safe, vertical place for multiple cats to relax or catch a cat nap at the same time. The timid cats now have a place which allows them to stay relatively out in the open but still have a sense of security. These trees also give them the opportunity to fulfill their natural instincts to climb, jump, and stretch out. Trees purchased also had scratching posts so the cats have a designated scratching spot. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for enabling us to purchase cat trees which allow us to maintain harmony in Cat World.

How many pets did this grant help?

60+

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

Darla (first photo) is a feral who was trapped and brought to the rescue shelter. She has been slow to warm up to humans, often hiding in out-of-the-way spots. The cat tree has brought her out into the open and the volunteers can now work with her on trusting humans. She is not ready for adoption yet.

Sasha (second and third photos) is a senior cat with spinal arthritis. The new cat tree in the senior room allows her to get to higher spots without significant discomfort. She now has a place where she can look out the window for entertainment. Sasha is still waiting for her forever home. Meet Sasha here.

Heidi's Village: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cat enrichment items

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

We used the grant to purchase enrichment items for our cats, including cubbies for their kennels, cat grass, scratch pads, and a music player. These items are providing lots of enrichment opportunities for the cats we have waiting for adoption. The idea behind the cubbies was to give fearful kitties a place to hide, and they do work for that purpose! Having that safe spot is so important to reduce the cats’ stress levels. However, there are also plenty of kittens who prefer to use their cubbies as jungle gyms or launching boards from which to hop around their kennels. Whatever makes them happy!

The scratchers are GREAT for the kitties, both for their claws and to help them stretch their bodies. They also like to “mark” their scratching posts, so once we’ve given a cat a scratcher (we’ve been giving them to every kitty who comes in), that scratcher moves with them wherever they go in the Village to provide a sense of security and familiarity, and then it goes home with them when they get adopted! We also like to rub dry scents like catnip, lavender and chamomile onto the scratchers to provide some fun scent enrichment.

The cats LOVE the cat grass. We’ve had our shyest cats (even Freddy!) come out to check out the cat grass. We regularly spread a little in their kennels, but we also keep a cat-grass plant growing in the window in our adoption suite. I think it gives them a little something to grab their attention and help them relax during meet-and-greets, since so many of them get nervous in those situations.

How many pets did this grant help?

225

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

Yzma was one of our most energetic kittens! She was constantly bouncing off the walls of her kennel, or trying to “door dash.” We all thought she was hilarious, so she was a favorite around here. She thought the cubby was the best thing ever — she had so much fun climbing it, bouncing off of it, or just dashing in and out of it. The scratcher was also super great for her — she loved to scratch, but I also caught her climbing it on a pretty regular basis. We rubbed lots of calming lavender on it for her too, which she seemed to love! Yzma was adopted into her forever home recently, too!

Arizona Animal Welfare League: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $400 received from the Petfinder Foundation was used to buy cat-enrichment items to build out a full cat-enrichment plan for our cats in the shelter. With these funds, we were able to purchase Happy Habitat play tents, kitten harnesses, target sticks and clickers, agility hoop jumps, and puzzle feeders and toys.

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

In order to reduce the amount of stress for our cats and kittens housed at the shelter, we implemented an enrichment plan that will provide overall enrichment to the cats and kittens in our care and provide special, targeted training and activities for cats and kittens whose enrichment needs are not met by general enrichment alone. This enrichment plan would be in addition to our current socialization and reading-to-shelter-animals programs.

Targeted populations of cats (kittens, teens and active adults, geriatric cats, and shy and unsocialized cats) also had enhanced enrichment plans that targeted the use of specific items purchased with this grant for their specific needs.

By providing enrichment activities that lower the animals’ stress levels, we are reducing our incidence of illness and helping our cats and kittens put their best paws forward when meeting and interacting with potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,800

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

This is the story of River, one smart and bored 6-month-old kitten. River is a Bengal cat who had known personality traits that made it harder for him to find his right adopter. He stayed with us for almost three weeks before being adopted.

These enrichment items came at the right time for him. Cats who are both smart and bored face special problems in the shelter environment. They require an enhanced level of enrichment activities to keep them engaged and to prevent their boredom from becoming destructive behavior.

River used the puzzle feeders and puzzle toys to keep his mind occupied by a learning activity. We also harness-trained him, so we were able to take him for walks around the main shelter building, giving him the opportunity for exploration and interacting with the people he met on his walks. The volunteers were able to use the target sticks and clickers to work with River, teaching him basic behaviors and simple tricks that kept River engaged while also increasing his chance of adoption.

Because of his breed, it was very important for River to have opportunities for both physical and mental enrichment. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to offer River suitable enrichment by providing him with appropriate toys like the Kick Stix, a puzzle feeder, and a harness and leash for taking walks outside his room.

River finally did get adopted into a great home. His new adopter has already shared pictures with us and says that she believes he was just lonely in the shelter, as he now is living with many animal friends and is a great addition to their family. He even has his own Instagram page, @RiverMonster2020.

Golden Belt Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds received for the Cat Enrichment Grant were used to purchase a laser light, a battery-operated butterfly toy, cat balls, string/feather on a stick toys, catnip and grass, a battery operated feather on wheels, and individual cat scratch pads for the kennels.

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

The Cat Enrichment Grant helped nearly 350 cats with socialization among each other in playgroups, to learn trust with humans, and to provide something to keep them busy while in their individual kennels.

We are very grateful and thankful to have been awarded this grant, as it has helped make the cats’ socialization much better.

How many pets did this grant help?

350 cats

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

Fritz Kitty (first and second photos) was brought to us when he was merely three days old. He was placed with a pregnant cat who was releasing milk and about to pop herself. She was such a great mom and Fritz thrived with her. He hit some rough patches when an upper-respiratory infection took over, but after medications, he was on the road to recovery. He remained shy and timid for most of his stay, even with being handled on a daily basis. After he was well enough to hang out in different playgroups, the different toys that were either battery-operated or used by human hands helped Fritz to interact more with other cats, and with humans. He started coming out of his shell and asking for pets instead of running away to hide. After nearly six months at the shelter, he finally landed himself a forever home and has become a lap kitty (third photo)!