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  • November 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: Scaredy Cat or Feral Cat?

    In the shelter, it's hard to tell the difference between truly feral cats and those who are tame but acting frightened and reactive. The way you handle these cats can make all the difference'with time and TLC, they will show their true colors.

  • November 1, 2009

    Creating Pro-Kitty Cities

    Using new thoughtful and unique adoption campaigns, two shelters try to draw attention to and increase adoptions of their feline residents.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Catnip Conundrum

    While the subject of catnip has provoked the occasional heated discussion on shelter listservs over the years, the experts interviewed for this story agreed that, for the majority of cats, there's nothing to ponder: Life is much more interesting with catnip.

  • November 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Let's See Some ID

    Although failing to identify animals properly in the shelter environment can have dire consequences, many agencies continue to overlook this crucial task.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Clicking with Shelter Cats

    Did you know that clickers can be used to benefit cats as well as dogs? A handful of volunteers, armed with clickers, fresh treats, and a few simple instructions, can reduce feline stress and bring shelter cats out of their shells.

  • November 1, 2009

    Mouthpieces: Why Are the Kitties Sneezing?

    This installment of Mouthpieces provides information on the prevalance and relative innocence of upper respiratory infections in shelter cats, and encourages potential adopters to look past the sniffles when seeking their perfect feline companion.

  • September 1, 2009

    Seeking Many Happy Returns (To Owners)

    Missing pets pose a daunting challenge for animal welfare workers: Frantic owners want nothing less than peace of mind, and ideally they'd like a miraculously returned family companion. There's plenty that shelters can do to aid searches and refer owners to effective resources.

  • July 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: The Best Medicine

    Upper respiratory infections in cats are an ongoing challenge for shelter staff seeking to keep their kitties healthy and adoptable. Brenda Griffin, D.V.M., lays the groundwork for an approach to keep cats wheeze-free.

  • May 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Too Cute for the Room?

    Chinchillas are insanely cute'and that can prove to be a problem if infatuated new owners fail to research the exotic rodents' substantial care needs. Learn what's out and what's in when it comes to advising someone on adopting a chin.

  • May 1, 2009

    Feline Good

    There's a growing movement in shelters around the country to provide innovative enrichment programs to their feline residents, putting kitties on par'for the first time, in many cases'with dogs and the quality of care they've long received. Want to get in on the trend? It starts with shelter staff, volunteers, and potential pet adopters changing their overall understanding of cats.

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