The Scratching Post – 2014 Issue No. 3

Back to Newsletters

2014 – Issue No. 3

Please enjoy this edition of the Tails High newsletter. We can always use help creating more content so please email Beth if you can volunteer to write an article. We would really like to hear stories about your foster kitties or your adopted Tails High cats.
Spring2Action Annual Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Spring2ACTion fundraiser campaign on April 9, 2014.  We had 24 hours to raise as much money as we could online from our supporters, volunteers and their friends and family. The 2014 campaign yielded Tails High approximately $6000!


Tails High Purr-Raiser

Unfortunately, we have had to reschedule our Tails High Purr-Raiser. The new date will be announced shortly, and we hope everyone will be able to join us. In the meantime, if you would like to help with this event please send an email to Mindy. We will need volunteers to help secure items for the silent auction and to help the day before and the day of the event.


Kitten Season Has Arrived!

Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters. Kitten season is really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall. Because so many kittens are born each year it always seems like we can never fully prepare even if we start our planning early.


How can you help?

  • Get the word out to spay and neuter before thousands of kittens are born!
  • Form a team of neighbors and compare notes about all the stray cats you are feeding; and make sure they’re already “fixed”.
  • Look for an “ear tip” – Eartipping is a commonly used procedure that helps us identify feral cats that have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If you see a cat whose ear tip is missing it is a sign that the cat has already been neutered/spayed and vaccinated–this is extremely useful when working with feral cats who are difficult to get close to.
  • Be careful and smart – do everything you can not to be bitten, scratched, or otherwise injured. If this happens, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Trap the cats if necessary so they can go to the spay/neuter clinics. Talk with us or other groups first as there may be a timeframe during which they may be able to offer help or an appointment may need to be made to take care of the cats that you trap.
  • There are low-cost clinics that charge less than $75 per cat for the surgeries and $10-$15 for each shot. Regular veterinary clinics can’t compete with these prices.
  • There are seasoned trappers in the area who have received grants to cover the cost of spay and neuter surgeries, and can sometimes include strays.

What if we find friendly cats and kittens?

  • Call rescue groups like ours to see if we’re able to help at that time.
  • Strays should be spayed or neutered and then may have to be returned to where they were found unless a group like ours is willing and able to accept the cat(s).
  • We do not unconditionally accept all cats as we don’t have the space or financial resources to do so but if you find yourself in this spot, give us a call and we’ll discuss possible options.
  • What if we see kittens? Call us and we will advise. By all means do not remove them without talking with us or a similar group first. Maybe the mom is out scouting for food and will return to care of her babies. Watch before taking.
  • Start handling them as soon as possible but take into account how friendly the mom is and how comfortable she is with you nearby. If she’s spooked or threatened, she may move or abandon the kittens. If mom is comfortable, she will not abandon them solely because you’ve touched them and they must get used to human touch or they will become un-adoptable.

    Ask the Kitties

    Q. Do I need to clean my cat’s ears?

    A. Monitoring their ears once per week for wax, debris and infection will help reduce the incidence of ear infection and keep your cat healthy and happy.

    Ear infections are a common, painful and potentially expensive problem for cats so it is important to inspect and clean your cat’s ears.


    Inspecting the ear – Bring your kitty into a quiet room where there are no other pets. Gently fold back each ear and look down into the canal. A healthy feline’s ear flap has a layer of hair on its outer surface with no bald spots, and its inner surface is clean and light pink. If you see any discharge, redness, dark particles, or swelling, your cat’s ears should be checked by a veterinarian. Healthy inner ears will be pale pink in color, carry no debris or odor and will have minimal or no earwax. If you find that your cat’s ears are caked with wax or you detect an odor, please take the cat to the veterinarian for an exam. Here are some other signs that your cat may have an ear problem; persistent scratching and pawing of the ear area, sensitivity to touch, head tilting or shaking, loss of balance and disorient ation, hearing loss or bleeding.


    Cleaning the ear – We will let this video show you the proper methods for cleaning your cat’s ear. Good luck!

    How to clean a cat's ears.mp4
    How to clean a cat’s ears.mp4



    In This Issue
    Kitten Season Has Arrived!
    Ask the Kitties
    The Scoop
    Rescue Story

    The Scoop

    The following Tails High felines have recently found their forever homes:

    Cherry Blossom
    Mickey D


    Rescue Story
    By Jewel Mootz
    I’m 10 years old and volunteer with my mom for Tails High at Petco when she feeds the kitties there. I found a cat named “Tang” at Petco one day. I found him in a carrier with a piece of a McDonald’s fish filet…..gross! The carrier was on the floor next to the Tails High cages. I showed my mom and we told a Petco employee. I felt like a hero!
    So we found out that he was dropped off and left by someone. I have cats of my own, and I can’t even imagine just dropping them off someplace! But I knew it was better than leaving that poor cat on the street.  I loved the feeling of finding him. He’s adopted now, but he’ll be in my heart forever.


    Wish list

    Tails High is looking for an Access Database expert.  Our records database needs some revamping. If you or someone you know are interested in helping please let us know.


    Tails High, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity  so your donation is tax deductible and we will send you a receipt by mail.