Cat Enrichment

Paw Warriors, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment toys to help socialize many cats to become more adoptable. Giving them rich, loving lives by being able to accept love and care from people. Our volunteers were able to work with many of the cats individually and in groups (not only helping the cats but also the volunteers by helping them learn more about cats. These toys will continue to give us very meaningful opportunities to help our cats to get great homes. Some of our most feral cats are starting to come around by trying to figure out what is so neat about these people and toys. It’s great to see these results and we are thrilled. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for allowing us this great opportunity to help these cats to attain a much fuller and brighter future with these products. It’s amazing to see the results!!

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

It helped and is still helping so many to become more socialized and learn that life has so much joy and love in it. The volunteers were amazed by how effective these toys were with so many of the cats and kittens. It gave the less-social cats more opportunity for stimulation and gaining trust with people. They loved the puzzle with treats; several cats are becoming great with this activity. They are following people now, where before they would run away. The scratching posts helped Stewy know there is more fun to life with people now! The butterfly, feather whirl, and flitter-fly toys were very effective and fun. The effectiveness of socializing with people and these toys has been just amazing. I truly believe that overall these enrichment toys have been and will still be so beneficial in the days to come to help more of our cats become people-socialized and much more adoptable — awesome!

How many pets did this grant help?

We believe that, out of 150 cats that we have on the property, at least 100 of them have been affected by becoming better socialized.

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

Billy Willy (first photo) is a one-eyed cat who became much more socialized with the enrichment toys, and was adopted by a wonderful family yesterday, Sept. 16, 2018. We were thrilled. He learned to be much more social and lovable, and the family just loved his personality.

Peace (second photo) is one of our most feral cats and no one could get near her. She loves getting in one of the tiny houses that you all provided for enrichment. She goes in there, looks around and feels safe and caretakers and volunteers are able to get close to her now, almost to the point of a pat on the head. We feel that will come about soon. Peace lived in a cage most of her life and we obtained her from animal services. She absolutely loves that little house and it is so effective for her.

Gizmo has a dislocated leg and loves playing; he gets stimulation effectively with the toys by playing gently with our volunteers. We’ve truly gotten more older cats adopted since the enrichment toys arrived, for a fact! Thank you so much!!!

Twin Cities Pet Rescue: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to purchase cat trees with scratching posts for our cats in foster care. This will help our foster cats over and over, each time a new foster cat is placed in one of our foster homes.

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

This grant helped provide appropriate exercise (climbing), calm resting spots to decompress, and appropriate places to scratch. We do not believe in declawing cats at TCPR, so we need to ensure we are giving our cats proper opportunities to scratch to care for their nails. Note that not all the funds have been used yet, so the full impact to our cats isn’t fully reflected in the count below.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Butter, a 4-year-old orange male tabby, was rescued off of a euthanasia list at a shelter in Texas. Upon arrival in Minnesota, Butter was noted to be fractious. His first foster was unable to manage his behavior, so we moved him to a new foster home better equipped to help him in the transition. We began an enrichment plan for Butter that included a brand new cat tree, which gave him a safe space to decompress and settle into his foster home. He was adopted after 83 days in rescue!

Paws for Life Utah: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to purchase cat trees, toys, an outdoor run and cat beds for our cats to play in while they are waiting for their new forever homes. We purchased these items with the intention of using them for our cats and kittens to make their temporary home more enjoyable.

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

Because they were allowed to be in the adoptions building, free and playing on cat trees and with one another, the cats and kittens in our care were much less stressed and happy. In turn, they were much more friendly and easier to handle when potential adopters came to see them. These items directly helped us to adopt out 62 cats and kittens so far, and many more to come!

How many pets did this grant help?

62 to date and still counting!

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

Sweet Honeycomb was brought in to our Heber Valley shelter, scared and shy, just as they were about to close one evening. She was a stray, tired and hungry. After her stray hold was up, Paws for Life Utah had her examined, spayed and given her immunizations. She was still scared and shy, but starting to trust the shelter staff. A beautiful 2-year-old domestic longhair, she just needed time and space to get her out of her shell. She did not show well to potential adopters at the shelter in her tiny kennel. We moved her to our adoptions center, where she had room to roam and cat towers to play in, and she came out of her shell! Her true spirit shined as she was so much more relaxed in her new environment with her new comfy bed, toys and tower. The first photo shows her just prior to her adoption.

Decan and Dino (second photo) came to us when an elderly gentlemen found them with their mother outside his apartment. Having no transportation, he asked that we come and get them and bring them to the shelter, which we did. The mother was sweet and the kittens were semi-feral. Working with them alongside their mother in the new environment, with toys to play with, cat trees to climb and siblings to run around with, was a joy. They no longer had to scrap for food and were becoming more and more friendly each day. Decan is still available for adoption; his link on Petfinder is http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42743508

We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us to rehome more cats and kittens by providing them with a much more comfortable, playful and stress-free environment while they wait to find their forever homes!

Feline Foundation of Greater Washington (FFGW): Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $800 grant was used to purchase cat-enrichment supplies including interactive toys, comfortable bedding, and Feliway calming pheromone spray. In order to provide items with the greatest impact, we asked our volunteers directly: What products would you most like to have for the cats in your care? The response was quick and enthusiastic! They wanted and received cat trees, sherpa igloos, Cat Dancer toys, turbo chasers/scratchers, travel-size Feliway, catnip and wand toys. It felt like a surprise birthday party! The larger items are retained by the fosters for ongoing use, and favorite toys or beds go with the cats as they move to their forever homes.

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

The grant money allowed us to purchase items that had an immediate positive impact on the cats housed by our foster-based rescue volunteers. In addition to providing stimulating toys and comforting resting areas for the cats themselves, the grant also had a positive impact on our fosters. These funds allowed FFGW to be responsive to requests from fosters for items they need in order to provide the best possible care for animals who are often scared, timid, and anxious as they enter a new environment. By making the foster experience as easy as possible for felines and humans alike, the cats are adopted faster, and the fosters feel confident and are quickly ready to accept the next needy cat. This is clearly a win-win situation, as it increases our rescue capacity and saves more lives!

How many pets did this grant help?

40 and counting!

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

Patches was removed from a hoarding situation, weaned from her kittens, spayed, and housed in two foster homes. In short, by the time I met her she was tired, scared and withdrawn. I was warned that she would be a long-term project. My first goal was to provide a calm space for her to relax, so I set up a Feliway diffuser in a quiet room. After two days of her hiding under the bed, I wanted to encourage interaction, so I reached for the irresistible Cat Dancer. She started playing before the crinkly package was even open! Two days later, Patches was happily exploring the larger surroundings — the perfect time to introduce a catnip-infused cardboard scratcher. My “long-term project” was adopted on Day 7 and went home with a delighted 10-year-old girl! THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION!

Louisa Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To purchase cat/kitten enrichment toys for our foster program.

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

The grant allowed us to replenish and add to our enrichment toys for the cats of all ages. We care for more than 250 cats a year in our foster program, and refreshing the toys can be costly but is much-needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Cheri is a senior cat currently in our care. She arrived in foster care last year after her owner died. Cheri is a youthful senior girl at 9-10 years old who just LOVES that turbo chaser toy! She is incredibly fast and coordinated and entertains herself for long stretches spinning that ball. The enrichment toys purchased with grant funds have brought new life to this girl, and capturing her playing with the toys and engaging with the other cats in our care has been a joy. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41640047

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase Comfort Zone diffusers and scratchers that attach to cat-kennel doors, allowing cats to scratch while in their kennels:
Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Kits: $213.27
Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Single Kit: $21.69
Stretch and Scratch Pads (50): $295.80
Total: $537.76

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

This grant will help keep the cats at MCPAWS more content, relaxed, and stress-free while they wait to find homes. This grant has provided comfort to the cats in our care, which will help them be more social and healthy, and will ultimately help them find homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

320

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

Oscar is a feisty 5-month-old kitten who was found abandoned in a trashcan when she was just a few weeks old. She was brought to MCPAWS by a good Samaritan and was soon placed in a loving foster home, where she regained her strength. Today she is a little firecracker who loves to play and wrestle with other kittens. While she is in her kennel, her favorite thing to do is to scratch on her Stretch and Scratch cat scratcher! These scratchers help Oscar stay busy while she waits to find a forever home. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for providing enrichment to cats and kittens like Oscar! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42674021/

York County SPCA: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this wonderful opportunity to purchase Kat Portals from Shor-Line to transform our cat-intake cages into doubles for the cats that have a tendency to stay in intake longer for any reason. We used a small portion of the grant to replace our cat lasers that our volunteers use when socializing our condo residents.

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

Adding the portals to our 3×3 cages allows us to award more space to larger cats who would otherwise have to live in the 3×3 cage for an extended period of time. Years ago, we were able to add the portals to our cattery so that our long-term residents were able to have more space. We are grateful to be able to finally provide the same comfort for the cats that are forced to remain in our intake cages due to circumstances outside of their control.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant was able to help nine cats maintain some comfort and have room to spread out while they are waiting to enter the adoption floor.

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

The portals have helped cats like Beachball (first photo). This adorable red-and-white tabby is a little on the larger size. She has been with us since July 24, 2018, and has been in entry/intake waiting for a spot to open up on the adoption floor. The portals ensured that she had room to play and lounge and didn’t have to share her space with a litter box. Look for her soon on Petfinder!

Paws Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $199 cat enrichment grant was used to purchase a cat exercise wheel for the cats in our shelter. We had one wheel already, which multiple cats enjoyed using. As we have cats in several rooms, we wanted to purchase a second wheel for our cats.

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

This grant enabled us to buy a second cat exercise wheel to help reduce boredom in our resident cats. Kittens are easy to entertain in a shelter, but cats who have been here for several months can become very bored, and this exercise wheel gives them a distraction that also provides needed exercise (shelter cats also gain weight very easily!). We truly appreciate this grant from the Petfinder Foundation. Thank you also for the article that you provided to us. We submitted this to our local newspaper, the Urbana Daily Citizen, and they published it for us (it’s one of the attachments below).

How many pets did this grant help?

There are currently eight cats in the adolescent cat room. We moved the old exercise wheel into the older-cats room, and there are usually 18-20 cats in there.

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

Boredom is an issue with cats in shelters, and the new wheel has been placed in our “adolescent” room (i.e. last year’s kittens). Pip (first photo) and Sparrow, in particular, enjoy using this wheel. I decided to take videos for this report on Saturday; I went into the adolescent room a few times, and each time Pip got on the wheel. Sparrow had surgery recently, so she is being fostered right now and I wasn’t able to get any video of her using it. However, when she returns to the shelter, exercise is going to be very important for her (she had surgery on her knees), so this wheel will be crucial in keeping her active and stretching her joints. You can see video of Pip on the wheel in her Petfinder profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40973355
Meet Sparrow: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41844412

Tender Loving Cats, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thanks to $1,000 enrichment grant Tender Loving Cats, Inc., was awarded, we were able to purchase many different cat enrichment toys, including tunnels, Go Cat teaser wands, a Vesper cat tree, Frontpet bubble cat tower and replacement pads, corrugated-cardboard cat scratchers, and a Stretch and Scratch for every caged cat or kitten.

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

Thanks to the $1,000 enrichment grant Tender Loving Cats, Inc., was awarded, we were able to purchase many different cat enrichment toys, easily disinfected scratching posts, scratching pads and perching towers! These items have helped to stimulate our cats’ minds and teach them where it’s appropriate to scent mark and scratch, thus making them more adoptable and 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 play areas. This grant has enabled our grassroots shelter to provide such items as these to our cats and kittens that we otherwise we would not have been able to.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since acquiring this grant, we have had 30 adoptions in 45 days!

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

Jax, a 1-year-old all-black male cat (first photo), has truly blossomed since he’s had the opportunity to run, jump and scratch! Jax is a very high-energy boy and a volunteer favorite. He now runs out of the free-roaming adult playroom to climb the scratching tower in the viewing room every chance he gets! His favorite pastimes include playing in the hidey tunnel, climbing the scratching posts and playing with the battery-operated feather wand toy. We can’t believe Jax is still searching for the purrfect home, because he’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of cat. He will even sit on your shoulder like a parrot! If you’re interested in adopting Jax, check out his Petfinder link here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41575213