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.
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.
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!