Monday, April 21, 2014

Black Spokescat Johnny Walker Starts #HillsPet Diet

"You can be jealous because I'm gorgeous. Just don't hate me for being overweight."

The spokescat for black cats that has graced the covers of Christmas greeting cards, countless Facebook postings, and sits with ease and grace like a professional for video interviews,  is officially on a diet! Yes fans, followers and pet parents, Johnny Walker is on a diet. Not the liquid kind full of whiskey. That's the other "Johnnie". Our Johnny Walker is officially starting the Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution.

Johnny Walker on cover of 2011 Christmas card


Johnny Walker has noticeably gained weight in the past couple of years compared to his siblings.  You see he was the latest rescue--dumped in our neighborhood.  Johnny Walker joined the indoor clan of rescued Riverfront Cats a year later. And he's the only all black cat.  Like kids, the others treat him like the black sheep.  So when the other cats play and wrestle, Johnny Walker is ostracized from every social and cat gathering--nap time, meal time, playtime, etc.  Maybe they are jealous of his looks?

"Hills Diet? Is it a South Beach diet for cats? Does it taste yummy?

But like all smart black cats, Johnny Walker leverages his wit, swagger, and handsome looks to charm his owner to indulge him with regular feedings and special treats--fait accompli.  However that compulsion to spoil our pets by overfeeding them is causing more harm than good.  Did you know:

1. In the U.S., 53% of dogs and 55% of cats are overweight?
2. Over the last five years the incidence of overweight dogs has increased by almost 40% in the U.S.
3. Over the same time period the number of overweight cats has increased by astonishing 90%.

The trend of overweight cats is a serious epidemic as this study points out:
 

Now you may think because Johnny Walker is a mini celebrity that the decision to embark on a diet program is due to borderline obsession with vanity here in Miami.  Sure the Magic City is brimming with beautiful people and the pressures of working in the spotlight demand personality figures look their best. But as the caretaker, it's my responsibility to ensure his optimal health and well being.  Pets are not "real" stuffed animals as I always tell potential adopters. It's time to take my own advice. Addressing eating habits and exercise for quality of life is the same for overweight cats as it for overweight dogs and humans. 

Johnny Walker poses on a pedestal. He's not thrilled with smaller food portions. 
Celebrities are used to getting their way and change is often more difficult.


Like many pet guardians, we erroneously think food is love and cutting back portions is not easy.  What to do? Well, the challenges are harder for cats than dogs. We can't play outdoors and throw a frisbee or walk an overweight cat on a leash like a dog. Our vet's solution for cat weight loss is the Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution.

Watch this video to learn more!


Johnny Walker and I have started his cat weight loss journey and will track his progress on this blog. It's harder to go it alone and we invite you to join us through the contest below!

Hill's® Prescription Diet®  GIVEAWAY

For your pet’s opportunity to try Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free we’re giving away 10 Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits. Please know this will require your veterinarian’s authorization*. It’s a $70 value! You can choose from the canine or feline kit which includes:

• 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
• 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
• 1 6lb bag of Metabolic dry dog food OR 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
• 2 (13oz) Metabolic cans OR 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic feline cans
• 1 (16oz) Metabolic treats OR 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic feline treats
• (2) $25 coupons



 HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post (Click on "Comment" and choose Anonymous or your blogging platform) and tell us about the pet that would benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:
  • Is your pet a dog or cat?
  • Pet’s age
  • Pet’s current weight or close guess
  • Your name
  • Your email address
*Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food. This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only. Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner. The giveaways ends on April 30th, 2014. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill's® PrescriptionDiet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, but Riverfront Cats only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


El Portavoz para los Gatos Negros Johnny Walker inicia Dieta #MascotasHill


"Puedes estar celoso/a porque soy hermoso. Pero no me odies por ser gordo."

El Portavoz para los gatos negros que ha aparecido en las portadas de las tarjetas de felicitación de Navidad, un sinnúmero de anuncios de Facebook, y se sienta con facilidad y gracia como un profesional para entrevistas en video, está oficialmente en una dieta! Si, fans, seguidores y dueños de mascotas, Johnny Walker está en una dieta. No es la del tipo de líquido lleno de whisky. Esa es la otra "Johnnie". Nuestro Johnny Walker comienza oficialmente Solución Metabólica Avanzada de Peso Prescripción de Dieta® Hills®
Johnny Walker en la portada de la tarjeta de Navidad del 2011
Johnny Walker ha subido de peso notablemente en los últimos dos años en comparación con sus hermanos. El fue el último rescatado- abandonado en nuestro vecindario. Johnny Walker se unió al clan de los gatos de interior rescatados Riverfront un año después. Y él es el único gato completamente negro. Al igual que los niños, los otros lo tratan como la oveja negra. Así que cuando los otros gatos juegan y luchan, Johnny Walker está condenado al aislamiento de toda reunión social - tiempo de la siesta, la hora de comer, tiempo de juego, etc Tal vez ellos están celosos de su aspecto?

"¿Dieta Hills? ¿Es una dieta de South Beach para los gatos? ¿Sabe deliciosa?
Pero al igual que todos los gatos negros inteligentes, Johnny Walker aprovecha su ingenio, fanfarronería, y su atractivo aspecto para encantar a su propietaria para complacerlo con la alimentación regular y regalos especiales. Sin embargo esa compulsión a mimar nuestras mascotas consobrealimentación les está causando más daño que bien . ¿Sabía usted que :

1 . En los EE.UU. , el 53 % de los perros y el 55 % de los gatos sufren de sobrepeso?
2 . Durante los últimos cinco años la incidencia de los perros con sobrepeso se ha incrementado en casi un 40 % en los EE.UU.?
3 . Durante el mismo período de tiempo el número de gatos con sobrepeso ha aumentado en un  alarmante 90 %?.

La tendencia de los gatos con sobrepeso es una epidemia grave como este estudio señala :


Ahora usted puede pensar, que porque Johnny Walker es una mini celebridad la decisión de embarcarse en un programa de dieta se debe a la obsesión al límite con la vanidad aquí en Miami. Claro que la ciudad mágica está llena de gente guapa y las presiones de trabajar siendo el centro de atención demanda que las personalidades luzcan lo mejor posible. Pero como su cuidadora, es mi responsabilidad de garantizar su salud óptima y bienestar. Las mascotas no son animales de peluche "reales" como siempre les digo a los posibles adoptantes . Es el momento de seguir mi propio consejo. Controlando los hábitos alimenticios y la práctica regular de ejercicio para una vida de calidad es lo mismo para los gatos con sobrepeso, que para los perros y seres humanos con sobrepeso.

Johnny Walker posa sobre un pedestal. Él no se emociona con las porciones de comida más pequeñas. 
Celebridades están acostumbrados a salirse con la suya y a menudo el cambio es más difícil.
Al igual que muchos dueños de mascotas, que erróneamente pensamos que la comida es el amor y reducir porciones no es fácil. ¿Qué hacer? Bueno, los retos son más difíciles para los gatos que los perros. No podemos jugar al aire libre y lanzar un frisbee o caminar un gato con sobrepeso con una correa como un perro. La solución de nuestro veterinario para la pérdida de peso del gato es Solución Metabólica Avanzada de Peso Prescripción de Dieta® Hills®

Vea este vídeo para aprender mejor!


Johnny Walker y yo hemos comenzado su trayecto hacia la pérdida de peso y le daremos seguimiento a su progreso en este blog. Es más difícil hacerlo solo, por lo que le invitamos a unirse a nosotros a través del concurso debajo!

Sorteo Dieta de Prescripción® Hill®

Para la oportunidad de que su mascota pruebe Solución Metabólica Avanzada de Peso Prescripción de Dieta® Hills® gratis vamos a regalar 10 kits de Solución Metabólica Avanzada de Peso Prescripción de Dieta® Hills®. Por favor sepa, que esto va a requerir la autorización de su veterinario *. Tiene un valor de $70! Usted puede elegir entre el kit canino o felino que incluye:

  • 1 Bolsa de Mano Pérdida de Peso Exitoso
  • 1 Guía de Pérdida de Peso Exitoso
  • 1 Bolsa de 6 libras de comida seca metabólica para perros O 1 bolsa de 4 libras comida seca metabólica para gatos.
  • 2 (13 oz) latas metabólicas o 2 (5.5 oz) latas metabólicos felinos 
  • 1 (16 oz) antojitos metabólicos o 1 (2.5 oz) antojitos metabólicos felinos
  •  (2) cupones de $25




CÓMO PARTICIPAR EN EL SORTEO

Para entrar en este sorteo, por favor dejar un comentario en esta entrada ( Haga clic en " Responder " y seleccione Anónimo o su plataforma de blogs ) y digános acerca de la mascota que se beneficiaría de la Solución Metabólica Avanzada de Peso Prescripción de Dieta® Hill®. Asegúrese de incluir toda la información requerida a continuación:

  • ¿Es su mascota un perro o un gato ?
  • La edad de su mascota
  • Peso o cierre actual conjetura de mascotas
  • Su nombre
  • Su dirección de correo electrónico

* Autorización de su veterinario es necesaria antes de iniciar la Solución Metabólica Avanzada de Peso Prescripción de Dieta® Hill®. Este sorteo está limitado a un ganador por hogar y es para residentes de Estados Unidos solamente. Asegúrese de utilizar un correo electrónico válido dejar su comentario para que podamos contactarlo/a si usted es elegido/a como ganador/a . El Sorteo termina el 30 de abril de 2014. ¡Buena suerte!

Este post está patrocinado por Hill . Estoy siendo compensado por ayudar a difundir Solución Metabólica Avanzada de Peso Prescripción de Dieta® Hill®, pero Riverfront Cats sólo comparte información que considere relevante para nuestros lectores. Nutrición de Mascotas Hill , Inc. no es responsable del contenido de este artículo.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Riverfront Cats is now part of BISSELL’s Partners for Pet



Riverfront Cats is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too!  When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization!

·       Shop pet products on www.bissell.com
·       Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
·       Then select our organization!

It's that simple! If you want to learn more about Bissell Partner for Pets Program please visit www.bissell.com/partnersforpets.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Forget Hypnosis, Try Cat Attract #PreciousCatLitter

Inappropriate elimination is the number one reason many cats are surrendered at shelters. Owners are frustrated and immediately give up. There's always a solution. Step one is to check the litter.  The right cat litter could save many cats!



So what tricks do you use to attract your cat to the litter box?

Do you lure them with treats?
Do you hypnotize them?
Do you seduce them with sexy cats? 




To attract cats, leave it to the experts! Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract cat litter! [ Is there an echo in here? ]

 For this special post, we used Cat Attract to test this new litter which has many benefits. Odor control, texture, natural scent, solid clumps are all important factors for a safe and healthy litter for your cat.

Our testers were several cats but we caught Jean Pierre in action.  Thankfully Jean Pierre is not camera-shy and comfortable with humans and other cats around while going about his daily "business". While we often show cute, adorable and sexy cats--their face, lounging, bodies contorting-- we must advise that the following photos feature the derrier of cats.  Yes cat butt is a good sign they are using the litter! 


Cat Attract brings cats to the box by smell.  It works on a scent premise.

A blend of natural non-toxic herbs in the litter entices Jean Pierre.

These granules are soft on sensitive cat toes. Very important!



Super tight clumps is a good thing.
Remove the clumps and you eliminate bacteria and odor.

Minimal tracking--another plus!

Jean Pierre immediately falls asleep. 

Jean Pierre showed no signs of indifference to the new cat litter. He did not turn around and the sign of his butt is a good sign! He kept moving forward into the litter box.  After making his "deposits", Jean Pierre easily resumed his other important daily activities.


CAT ATTRACT CAT LITTER GIVEAWAY
We're giving away one 20 pound bag of Cat Attract Cat litter to one lucky. Although the prize can only be shipped to a US address, readers outside the US can enter to win for a friend or US shelter. The Cat Attract giveaway, across all participating blogs, is limited to one winner per household. Winners must be 18 years of age. Winners will receive an email to provide delivery instructions. Prize delivery can take 6-8 weeks.



TO ENTER:
Simply click on the  "Comment" link below and tell us why you would like to win. If you do not have a Google or blogging account, just click "anonymous" and type any name. Be sure to to leave an email address in your comment. Contest ends Tuesday, April 9 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

Cat Attract on Facebook
Cat Attract on Twitter
Cat Attract Solutions
Cat Attract to Purchase
Cat Attract Testimonials

This post is sponsored by Precious Cat on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about Precious Cat's Cat Attract formula, but Riverfront Cats only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Precious Cat is not responsible for the content of this article.

Olvídate de Hipnosis, Prueba Atrración de Gato #ArenaGatoPrecioso



Eliminación inapropiada es la razón número uno de porque los gatos son llevados a los refugios. Los dueños están frustrados y se dan por vencido. Siempre hay una solución. Primer paso es revisar la arena. La arena correcta puede salvar muchos gatos.



Entonces cuáles trucos usas para atraer tu gato hacia la caja de arena?

Los atraes con antojitos?
Los hipnotizas?
Los seduces con gatos sexy? 


Para atraer gatos, déjaselo a los expertos! Arena de Gato Atracción de Gato del Dr. Elsey! [ Hay un eco aquí? ]

Para esta publicación especial, nosotros usamos Atracción de Gato para probar esta arena la cual tiene muchos beneficios. Control de olor, textura, esencia natural, cúmulo sólido son todos factores importantes para una arena segura y saludable para tu gato.

Probamos con diferentes gatos, pero captamos a Jean Pierre en acción. Afortunadamente Jean Pierre no es tímido ante la cámara y se siente cómodo con seres humanos y otros gatos alrededor mientras hace sus necesidades a diario. Mientras que a menudo mostramos gatos lindos, adorables y sexy - sus caras, descansando, cuerpos retorciéndose - debemos informar que las siguientes fotos muestran la parte de atrás de los gatos. Sí, el trasero de un gato es una buena señal de que están utilizando la arena!



Atracción de Gatos atrae gatos a la caja por el olor. Funciona en una premisa de olor.




Una mezcla de hierbas no tóxicas naturales en la arena atrae a Jean Pierre

Estos gránulos son suaves en los pies de gatos sensibles. ¡Muy importante!
Cúmulos súper duros es algo bueno.
Retire los grumos y se eliminan las bacterias y el mal olor.





Seguimiento mínimo - otra ventaja!



Jean Pierre no mostró signos de indiferencia hacia la nueva arena para gatos. Él no se dio la vuelta y mostrarnos su trasero es una buena señal! Él siguió avanzando hacia la caja de arena. Después de hacer sus necesidades Jean Pierre reanudó fácilmente sus otras importantes actividades diarias.


SORTEO ARENA PARA GATOS ATRACCIÓN DE GATO
Estamos regalando una bolsa de 20 libras de Arena para gatos Atracción de Gatos a un afortunado. Aunque el premio sólo puede ser enviado a una dirección de EE.UU., los lectores fuera de los EE.UU. pueden entrar para ganar para un amigo o un refugio en EE.UU.. El sorteo, a través de todos los blogs participantes, se limita a un ganador por hogar. Los ganadores deben tener 18 años de edad. Los ganadores recibirán un correo electrónico para proporcionar instrucciones de entrega. La entrega del Premio puede tardar 6-8 semanas.



PARA PARTICIPAR: 
Simplemente haga clic en el enlace "Comentario" abajo y díganos por qué le gustaría ganar. Si usted no tiene una cuenta de Google o blogs, simplemente haga clic en "anónimo" y escriba cualquier nombre. Asegúrese de dejar una dirección de correo electrónico en su comentario. El concurso termina el Martes, 09 de abril a las 11:59 pm EST. ¡Buena suerte!

Atracción de Gatos en Facebook
Atracción de Gatos en Twitter
Atracción de Gatos en Soluciones
Atracción de Gatos para la Compra
Testimonios de Atracción de Gatos

Esta publicación está patrocinado por el Gato Precioso en nombre de la Red de Blogger BlogPaws. Nosotros estamos siendo recompensados ​​por ayudar a difundir la palabra acerca de la fórmula Gato Precioso Atracción de Gato, pero Riverfront Cats  sólo comparte información que considere relevante para nuestros lectores. Gato Precioso no es responsable del contenido de este artículo..

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Missing Cat in Coral Gables (Miami, FL)


Jack is a 17-year-old male indoor cat who accidentally got out on the evening of Tuesday, March 11.  He was lost in the vicinity of the Granada golf course in Coral Gables.  Specifically, around the area of Castile and Cordova.  He is all white except for a black tail and a black spot over his eye.  He has a thyroid condition so his fur often appears bedraggled looking, and he may appear very thin depending on how long he remains missing.  He was not wearing the tag or collar he is pictured with. Any information about Jack please email Ashley Kebrdle at jash300@aol.com.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Riverfront Cats Mentioned in News about TNG


Christine (founder and President of Riverfront Cats) feeding Leroy and Lion King

The subject of homeless cats and how to reverse the burgeoning population and decrease the rate of euthanizing healthy stray cats at animal shelters is gaining traction in Miami! But it also a hot topic. Not because of Miami's prevailing warm weather, but the subject of feral cats and how to address it always raises eyebrows and controversy nationwide. At least there is a growing discussion in our city. 

In Miami, Florida, the city is advancing efforts to overcome the plight of homeless cats.  In a new measure called TNG, (Yes that is letter "G" like giraffe) a program was launched where the county-run animal services is aiding efforts by residents with the sterilization (spay/neuter) of community cats in areas surrounding their home or work and returning the cats to their neighborhoods.

Recently an article was published in the Miami Herald that discusses some of the controversy surrounding the TNG program.  As established bloggers and educators on community cats, we anticipated the negative reaction by organizations such as the Tropical Audubon Society and other bird groups.  This is the usual cat vs. bird debate. 

Sure it's natural instinct for cats to chase birds.  But do they really kill millions of birds? In our expert opinion, no.  Our organization promotes TNRM--Trap-Neuter-Return-MANAGE.  The "M" is critical as managing the cats is similar to having outdoor pet cats where they are monitored and cared for daily.  We know the Riverfront Cats do not destroy property, or create noise disturbance by fighting or yowling, etc. In our observations, the cats are not chasing or hunting birds.  Perhaps because they are well fed.  If they show signs of sluggishness or illness, the cats are also taken to a veterinarian. 

Riverfront Cats was mentioned in this news article speaking to this issue as shown in the video below. The video is ten minutes long and demonstrates that managed cats are happy, healthy, do not create disturbance, and city officials and residents are thankful for our efforts. We are making a difference


Unfortunately our government-run health programs (Ie. Health Department of State of Florida) is often outdated and bird groups rely on antiquated and faulty science in their arguments opposing TNR and TNG. 

We turned to Peter Wolf, Cat Initiatives Analyst for Best Friend Animal Society, and founder/blogger for www.voxfelina.com  for his commentary:
  
Something you rarely hear from opponents of “community cat programs” is that no community has ever killed its way out of the “feral cat problem.” Lethal methods have been tried for generations—and have proven costly and ineffective. Not to mention publicly unpalatable. Rather than focusing their efforts on solutions, opponents tend to use scaremongering and pseudoscience to promote their agenda. Claims about the risks free-roaming cats pose to wildlife are often grossly exaggerated, or taken completely out of context. The same is true of many claims concerning the health risks these cats pose to other cats and to humans—lots of hype, but little basis in fact. What’s being done in Miami-Dade County is being done elsewhere, too. There’s a real momentum behind “return-to-field” programs—and for obvious reasons: the public is simply fed up with funding costly, ineffective lethal roundups.

We encourage readers to follow Peter on his blog www.voxfelina.com for important analysis and updates on the growing science behind TNR and other cat initiatives.  As an educated community and society, we believe this will only contribute to more discussion and solutions for all cats!



Monday, February 17, 2014

For Adoption: Diana The Superstar




Diana is a one year old long-hair, gorgeous Maine Coon type. Brown/beige tabby with beautiful white markings (chest, ruff, paws, tummy) & green eyes. Very playful, sweet, smart and affectionate. 

Lovely Diana was scared, hissy, and focused on just one task when she was rescued: protecting her kittens. She was a loving cat mom; her babies William, Kate, Harry, and Pippa did well and were adopted, two by two. Then Diana went into rehab with her rescuer, a professional cat trainer who honored Diana’s innately gentle personality and set about winning her trust with Reiki, Tellington TTouch, play therapy, massage, slow blinks, and lots of love. Diana quickly turned around and gave the precious gift of her trust. 

Diana’s story is heartwarming because under her gorgeous fur beats a heart of gold. Beautiful Diana is living proof of the transformative power of love: By now she has changed from a sad little waif into a regal, gorgeous cat worthy of her namesake, Princess Diana. She has a world of love and fun to share with a special someone. She loves to play and is friendly with other cats. She likes watching TV and lap-sitting. She enjoys tummy rubs and brushing. She rewards attention and affection with big purrs. She is a superstar!

Anyone interested in Diana, please contact Foster Mom Karen at 305 205-4646 or email her at karen90new@gmail.com.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Let's Find a Home for Max





 
This beautiful black kitten called Max was abandoned in a dumpster in Coral Gables (Miami, FL) covered with fleas. Thanks to Graciela Downey who rescued him, he is totally out of the woods and has all his shots. He is six weeks old and is playful and frisky, very lovely. Max is now hoping to be adopted at the Coral Way Petsmart in Coral Gables. Anyone interested in Max please contact Graciela at gracielad@bellsouth.net.
(For anyone living in the South Florida area)

UPDATE: We are happy to share the good news that Max has been adopted. Thank you for all of you who shared our post.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#RecipeForMoments-Hansel the Cat Talks for First Time

A baby's first tooth, first steps, first words...these are small physical acts but in larger context, they are significant.

Working with feral, semi-feral and scared, rescued cats, whenever I can get closer or barely touch  a frightened cat, I want to jump with joy. More often it takes self control to hold still. Instead jumping jacks are replaced with tears of joy.

With six rescued cats, only one is terribly shy--Hansel. Recently, Hansel at the age of  four and half years of age, reached a new milestone. While the other cats are set in their ways, Hansel continues to emerge from his shell. Another year, another precious moment.


The story of Hansel & Gretel follows that of the story by the Brothers Grimm.The siblings were rescued from the evil clutches of wicked machines from the doom and gloom land of  The Construction Zone here in downtown Miami.

Hansel & Gretel arriving inside their new home


Hansel & Gretel as kittens July 2009


Their mother Midora gave birth to seven kittens. Sadly one was run over by a speeding vehicle in a parking lot. So Midora moved her nest across the street where new dangers lurked. Little Gretel was discovered  trying to scale a cement wall with her nails to reach her mother on the other side. Every fall produced a painful wail.   Gretel's fur was visibly ripped and dangling from her bone like a torn rag. I soon learned the excruciating pain was from a bone fracture. I could imagine the fear of the other kittens--the thunderous noises from bulldozers, automobiles, the wailing of little Gretel... 

Hansel play wrestles with his sister Gretel

I set out to capture her siblings with a trap and was successful.  The two sisters were adopted immediately, within days.  But Hansel was noticeably frightened and found comfort with his sister Gretel.  I secluded them in my oversized shower. Since Gretel could not walk, Hansel kept her distracted and played with her, licked her, and comforted her.  They became inseparable.

a few months later 2009

In time their personalities blossomed and Gretel gained confidence and in true Tortie fashion, emerged into a Diva, demanding attention and affection with her constant beckoning meows.  Meanwhile Hansel was clearly shy and reserved, frightened most of the times. Always quiet never a peep. I wondered why. Was he traumatized from the outdoor noises?  Or did he have birth defect to his vocal chords? Was it due to the fact that Gretel's daily treatment of her leg wound (cleaning, rebandaging, cuddling and cooing) afforded her more human- to- cat bonding?

Once Gretel's leg healed, efforts were made to get them adopted.  Several people expressed interest in Gretel but no one wanted the pair. In many cases I separated siblings during adoptions. But Hansel & Gretel were extra special.  Hansel was part of his sister's recovery. But it was clear Hansel would suffer more without his sister, especially in a new home. The two remain together today with me.

But Hansel appeared more reclusive. As his caretaker, I could not approach him to pet him.  Sudden movement or noise frightened him. Perhaps because our home in the beginning was a merry-go-round of rescue kittens, strangers entering our home to meet them, decorating (this was a new home for me too) and weekly monsters by the  name of "housekeepers" and "vacuum cleaners", Hansel would remain distant. Keeping this in mind, and learning the benefits of routine for my own health, I finished home decor and furnishing, adhered to a set schedule, and hoped for the best. At least Hansel lived indoors, free of dangers and had plenty of places to hide, plenty of food, water and unconditional love.

A FIRST MOMENT
After one year, Hansel allowed me to approach him quietly and steadily and pet him. I wanted to shout with joy but remained a gentle giant.

ANOTHER FIRST
In the second year, he gingerly climbed the dog stairs to my bed and lay next to me at arms length! Hansel came to me willfully!   I looked up at the ceiling as if peering to the heavens and thanked God for this milestone.



Recently, as I sat at my office desk, Hansel stood in his regal poise, looked straight at me or my profile (which I found extraordinarily odd  for a shy cat) and meowed in measured tones. He did it again. HANSEL WAS MEOWING, TALKING FOR THE FIRST TIME.   I froze and slowly like the hands of a clock, rotated my head in Hansel's direction and asked "What is it Hansel?".  He kept holding my gaze.  This was amazing. He really was telling me something.  Gingerly I stood up and repeated "Yes Hansel, what is it?". He proceeded to walk over to his cat bowl.  It was empty. I poured some dry cat food and he began to eat. He was telling me he was hungry and that the food bowl was empty.  UNBELIEVABLE! None of the other five cats ever did this.  I could share a number of stories boasting about the level of intelligence of my other cats, but this was remarkable.(Despite having a high definition video camera next to me at all times to capture these moments, Hansel  is still scared of the unknown object facing him and the beep noises that I have not been able yet to record his meows, yet).

Hansel looking straight at me and talking, telling me to follow him

Hansel is indicating the food bowl is empty

A few days later, Hansel spoke to me again. I followed him and this time he walked to the black velvet Ottoman. This was the petting throne of the living room. He paused and looked at me waiting. This was a signal that I had to squat to his level and remain parallel to the ottoman, wait for him to climb the ottoman and pet him.  Common sense told me, this was a result of many naps he took on the ottoman and I would take advantage to approach him quietly, on my knees and began stroking him. In deep slumber, he awakened and when Hansel realized I was petting him he did not flinch or run away.  I had gained his trust on the ottoman while he slept and the surroundings were calm.

Hansel on the Ottoman, the petting throne

Hansel has found his voice, his way of communicating.   In a third communication, Hansel assumes the position, lets out a meow and leads me to my bedroom. At first I assumed he wanted me to pet him on the bed. But he often scurried under the bed as I reach out to him. Then it dawned on me. He came to the bed at night while I was laying in bed. So I slowly stretched across the bed, my head on the pillow and he proceeded to park parallel to me so I could stroke his fur.  Some languages take more time to learn. I am constantly learning Cat Speak! 

Two valuable lessons I learned:

1- All cats communicate through body language and/or vocal sounds; listen and observe
  intently and you'll learn to decipher and differentiate.

2- Routine, patience, TLC and TIME is the winning formula to gain the trust of a scared cat, any cat, even feral ones.  This is called "socialization". For most cats it happens sooner. Hansel just needed more time.

Hansel's progression has taken several years. He will be five years old this July and this past month was another first for him.  I'm gushing with pride and joy.




I share this #RecipeForMoments so you too can nurture that bond with your indoor pet cat or outdoor community cat and help them live humanely, happy lives. Just remember it takes time. Even years for cats.   All creatures, big or small, two-legged or four legged seek the same comforts--food, shelter, and companionship. These are moments for the scrapbook. In our case, our scrapblog.

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