Tender Loving Cats, Inc.: Cat Enrichment

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

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