Saturday, November 10, 2018

Happy Autumn

Misha, Cole and Odin share a heated bed in the sunshine on a cool autumn afternoon.
As the weather turns chilly and we start to think about the upcoming holidays and new year, it's both a time to prepare and look back. With Election Day behind us, we can be proud as Americans that Florida will enact a ban on greyhound racing and 11 tracks in that state will close forever. Like animal based circuses such as Ringling Bros., attendance was down making it unprofitable to continue to exploit animals. Even China closed it's only legal dog track earlier this summer and volunteers are working on getting the dogs placed into loving homes. In California, Prop 12 passed by a landslide, and will require that eggs, veal and pork sold in that state come only from cage-free animals. This historic law will hopefully set a precedence for the rest of the country as more consumers become educated to the atrocities of factory farming and demand changes. (In Washington State, a 2011 bill eliminated a total phase out of battery cages for egg laying hens along with mandatory enrichment, such as having perches available, by 2026.)

November is often a busy month with preparation for either traveling, house guests, or both. It's definitely time to book for pet sitting if you are going to be away. Choose a professional sitter who pet sits as a career and not just a part-time job, has years of animal care experience along with references from folks whose companion animals she has cared for over the years, and has insurance in case something in your home gets accidentally damaged or your pet gets injured while in her care. If you will be home and hosting guests, be sure to put your dogs and kitties' collar and tags on - splurge on a cute, new collar so they look their best for the party! Some kitties may do best however not actually attending but lounging in a quiet room closed off from noisy guests. Be watchful that your dogs or cats do not get into food or drinks that will make them ill. "People food" isn't necessarily bad for them, but ingesting rich, fatty food, alcohol, sweets (especially xylitol and dark chocolate) and cooked poultry bones could require a trip to the emergency clinic.

I'm sure your kitties will be tops on the list of everyone and everything you feel grateful for in your life. Our companion animals provide us with unconditional love, help us relax (petting a sweet, furry animal can actually lower your heart rate), and entertain us with their antics and expressions. They truly are "our sunshine" on dark and stormy Northwest days.

Have a cozy autumn!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Help Support the Kitties!

Visit our our table at the Holiday Gift & Craft Bazaar on November 17th, from 9am-4pm at the Camano Center. We will be selling unique greeting cards featuring KittyStar and Flower Feline kitties, organic catnip pillows, and beautiful handmade earrings with semi-precious stones and silver or gold filled wire. Buy gifts or a little something for yourself and your kitties while helping artisans do their creative thing!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Flower Feline Sanctuary is live!

Flower Feline Sanctuary is officially open, just ask Ellie, Bramwell, Christina, Bunny and most recently, Riley. The FFS website and blog are ready for viewing too. How can you help the kitties? You can list Flower Feline Sanctuary as your dedicated charity when you shop on Amazon Smile. We also have an Amazon wishlist if you would like to donate supplies. If you are interested in seeing our catio structures for ideas on how to build your own secure kitty enclosures, contact me for a tour. Thanks for caring about kitties!

Co-founders Diane, Geri and Misha, our most senior feline family member

Monday, September 3, 2018

So Long Summer...

As our first summer on Camano winds down, the kitties are still enjoying sunshine and dry days. However, heating pads are plugged back in and extra fleecy beds are employed as the nights have grown chilly. My efforts at vegetable gardening paid off with a great crop of sugar snap peas, green beans, chard, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. I'll continue with squash, kale and onions through winter. I've wanted to grow dahlias for years but lacked the space and sunshine (and ability to kill slugs), so I'm very excited about how easy it was to grow dahlias here. It is so dry here that there are never any slugs in my garden beds!

Kitties will always take priority over my gardening (I do that while they nap). I've been working on Flower Feline Sanctuary as well. Stay tuned for my next post featuring the Flower Feline Sanctuary website and blog! You'll get to read about our new residents and see their cute photos. Hint... Bramwell, pictured below, is one of four new kitties.

Karen enjoys a summer day

Jane dozes in the warm sun

Bramwell nibbles on grass

Monday, July 23, 2018

Double the Fun

 Thinking about adopting a kitty? Don't let Single Kitten Syndrome happen in your home! Kittens adopted as only cats can end up with a host of issues that may not be life threatening but are rather sad when this can so easily be prevented. Most people want their house cat to be friendly and cuddly, but think about how much time the average cat is alone.  It's a conundrum - the free-roaming feral cat who might do quite well by himself does not make a sweet companion in your home. Many folks adopt a kitten for their child, but the child will hopefully grow up and leave home during the cat's lifetime, and in the meantime is busy going to school and leading an fun, active life. People also must often work away from home, leaving the kitten home alone. Even if new pet parents are retired and home a lot, the new kitty still misses out on cat-to-cat contact and playtime. 

Fortunately there is a simple solution - adopt two kittens or a mom and one or two of her babies! Watching cats interact is SO much better than TV. Most shelters give you a deal on more than one as well. Read more on the Seattle area Feline Rescue  blog.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tabby Twins Turn 10!

The Tabby Twins lounging on their sunny kitty deck

Hard to believe but Adian (left) and Odin are 10 years old this month. I started my blog with them in mind after employing nearly every person I know to come over and socialize with them. People wanted to know how they were doing and would they find their forever home? They had a daily calendar with friends bringing their friends and moms along just to expose the boys to new people and let them know that it's okay to like humans. (Odin only bit one person.) The boys are still very shy with people they don't know, especially Adian. Their favorite thing when there is someone they don't know in the house is to let themselves into a cupboard that closes behind them. There is plenty of space inside and I never disturb them when they are in their cupboard because that's their safe spot. They also enjoy their giant, covered kitty deck with a pot of fresh catnip and their cushy chaise. So yes, they found a home!

Monday, June 4, 2018

It's Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat month! Many folks find a cat adopts them by parking outside their home and slowly maneuvering their way into the household routine. However, if you want to add an additional kitty to your family there are many wonderful shelters in Western Washington. Shelters in our area are constantly networking with other shelters and small rescue groups to find homes for all kinds of kitties. Shelters in the greater Puget Sound area are now mainly no-kill except for instances when a kitty is truly suffering and euthanasia is the kindest option. It wasn't always so rosy and 1.5 million animals are still killed every year in shelters across the U.S. 30 years ago when I volunteered at a large shelter with municipal contracts to act as "animal control" a large number of cats were unfortunately killed due to space. (Two of my most precious kitties ever were adopted from that shelter and I started my career fostering litter of kittens there so I don't regret that experience.)

Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, has had a profound impact on showing shelters how to dramatically reduce the number of traditionally animals killed in this country; in certain areas of the country there is a glut of small dogs for instance so they will be transported to areas where small dogs get adopted quickly, community cats are now recognized as deserving of resources in order to be spayed/neutered and returned to their outdoor home, neo-natal kittens immediately go into a 24 hour nursery if one is set up or into foster homes where they are bottle fed around the clock, then weaned and eventually entered into the shelter system as adoptable kitties. Volunteers are now an integral part of every progressive shelter so if you cannot adopt perhaps you can you can use your special skills to help your local shelter. Foster homes are always needed and all you need is an extra room in your house to sequester off for a short time (shelters can provide all other supplies). Do you sew as a hobby? Make kitty beds or toys for the shelter to sell at fundraisers. Celebrating a birthday? Ask guests to bring high quality/grain free cat food or kitten milk replacer, or donate via the shelter's wish list. This is great for kids' parties too and fun for them when they deliver the goods to the shelter. If you own a business perhaps you can donate your products or services to the shelter and get a great tax deduction. 

No matter how trendy a specific breed of dog or cat is, there is absolutely no excuse for purchasing a companion animal when so many animals are waiting for their forever homes in shelters right now. We know better and can do better for these sweet fur babies.

Purrfect Pals, a no-kill, non-profit private feline only shelter , 230 Mc Rae NE, Arlington, WA 98223,, 360-652-9611

The NOAH Center, adoptions and low cost spay/neuter clinic (free for free-roaming cats), 31300 Brandstrom Rd., Stanwood, WA 98292,, 360-629-7055

Everett Animal Services, adoptions and pet licensing, 333 Smith Island Rd., Everett, WA 98201,, 425-257-6000

CASA, adoptions, low-cost micro chipping, pet licensing, 198 Can Ku Rd., Camano Island, WA 98282,, 360-387-1902

Gorgeous adoptable kitty at CASA in February 2018. He was a hugger!