The CATNIP Promise

At Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue (PPCR), the number of cats we save depends heavily on the number of foster homes we have available. Right now, we are lucky to have enough foster homes for kittens, but what we really need are more foster moms (or dads) willing to care for… Read More

What Is Your Return Policy

When PPCR places a cat into an adoptive home, we always hope that the arrangement will be permanent. For a cat who has already been abandoned once, each additional move increases the sense of unease. But now and then, things do not work out as expected. We assume that, after… Read More

For a Limited Time Only

Moby got a nice new cat tree for his birthday. He is eight years old now, and I adopted him just over a year ago, right after the one person who had inquired about him, in the course of three months, had decided not to adopt him. “My husband and… Read More

Don’t All Rescue Cats Have Something Wrong with Them?

Although we do rescue some cats who are ill, or who exhibit behaviors that their owners could not effectively manage, the majority of cats in our care are healthy and have no particular behavior “problems.” Here are several of the reasons cats are placed into our care: The owner lost… Read More

Do You Disclose Health and Behavior Problems?

Yesterday, I got a very short electronic mail message from a dear cousin of mine. Earlier this year, she had lost her beloved dog, a rescued Golden Retriever mix that had been very much the center of her life. My cousin has never had children and has never worked outside… Read More

Brush My Cat’s Teeth? Really?

Periodontal disease is the most frequently diagnosed illness in cats and can cause all manner of other health problems from infection to organ failure and heart disease (specifically the dreaded bacterial endocarditis). In rescue we occasionally receive cats who need tooth extractions or who suffer from chronic dental problems or… Read More

How Can I Keep My Cat from Biting Me?

Cats bite for several different reasons, and the best approach to curbing the behavior depends on the reason for it. Overstimulation This common term refers to cases in which a cat tolerates a certain amount of patting or handling before suddenly chomping into the hand that pats him. For… Read More

Why Doesn’t He/She Love Me Yet? It’s Been Four Days!

You find yourself in an unfamiliar room. No one has explained to you why you are there or how long you can expect to stay. The room has several doors, none of which you are able to open, and beyond them you hear noises: rustling, scraping, music, and voices speaking… Read More

Can a Person with Allergies Live with a Cat?

Almost everyone has at least one friend or family member who is allergic to cats. The severity of such allergies can vary quite a bit, with symptoms ranging from sniffles to life-threatening asthma. Some allergy sufferers react only when a cat is quite close to them, whereas others react even… Read More

Bringing Kitty Home to a New Litter Box

“Inappropriate elimination”…the politically correct way to say Fluffy thinks your entire home is a litter box. When bringing a newly adopted kitty home, some will hesitate to use a new litter box. The Internet is filled with articles on the subject. Most concentrate on three major categories: Medical issues, Litter… Read More