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Ten Lives Club: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers Grant Report

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

The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers were used in all the cages at our shelter. While Ten Lives Club is a free roaming shelter, cages are necessary for in our Veterinary Office, Holding Rooms, and in our Infirmaries. They were also used in our satellite adoption locations, where they helped cats to feel as comfortable as possible while awaiting for their forever home.

The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers were very beneficial to most cats in our care while they were staying in their cages. Many cats dislike being in cages and "Cage Rage" can occur. After introducing the Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers to the cage, and sometimes adding some catnip, we found many cats calmed down. Being able to stretch and really make use of their claws seemed to make the cats more comfortable.

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One such case is Queenie, a beautiful 2 year old calico that came to us from the City Of Buffalo Animal Shelter due to space restrictions at their shelter. Queenie, while friendly, was very scared and stressed out when she came to our shelter. She had to be caged while she was awaiting processing, and as with our other caged cats, we introduced a Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratcher. Queenie began to rub against it instantly and began stretching as much as she could. Anytime Queenie was removed from her caged and placed back in it she would go back to her cat scratcher and rub against it almost as if it were her security blanket. We know that having the Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratcher made Queenie much more comfortable and at ease during her stay at the shelter, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity!

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