The Scratching Post – 2015 Issue No. 4

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 December 2015

Please enjoy this edition of the Tails High newsletter. We can always use help creating more content so please email Ursula if you have an idea for an article. We would love to hear stories about your fostered or adopted Tails High cats.

We’ll be having an informal holiday get together during our adoption event this Saturday, December 19th at the Annandale Petco.
We’d love for you to join us for light refreshements and to just say hi. If your cats and dogs are good travelers, consider bringing them along for a visit. And, if you have any Petco shopping to do, please consider doing it on Saturday so we can let the Petco staff know we appreciate being their in-store partner.
We’ll be at the store from 11am until 3pm
Tails High will be holding it’s inaugural adoption event at the Springfield Unleashed by Petco 8070 Rolling Road
on Saturday, January 2nd from 12:00PM-3:00PM. Stop by and say hello!
There are more ways to give to
Tails High than just donating money!
Do you shop online? 
Visit —

and pick Tails High as your preferred shelter. 
Then browse the extensive list of participating businesses (including to see what donation that business will contribute back to us if you shop at their online establishment.
We know lots of people shop with
If you are one of those folks, there are two ways to help Tails High receive money back from your purchases:
Do you have an old car you don’t want?
You can donate it to Tails High and we will receive the proceeds of its sale or salvage. Send us an email and we’ll guide you through the process.
Donate to the CFC Government employees can designate Tails High for a portion or allof your CFC selection.

Our CFC number is 23910

We appreciate each and every donation no matter how small.  Every little bit helps us care for the cats we rescue.

Helpful Holiday Cat Safety Tips

Tips courtesy of the ASPCA
Post courtesy of Facebook**

As the Christmas holiday gets closer so do hazards to your feline family members. Here are some tips to help make the holiday not only a happy one but a safer one as well:
Christmas Trees are one of the biggest features of the holiday season. Always make sure your tree is securely anchored to a base so the tree can’t fall on your pet and cause a possible injury. This also prevents the tree water -which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset- from spilling. Tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea if he/she drinks water from the tree stand.
Mistletoe & holly make a great addition to the holiday decorations however they can be harmful to your pet. When ingested holly can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset as well and in addition can result in cardiovascular problems. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.  A great substitution is an artificial plant made from silk or plastic.
Poinsettias are very popular around the holiday season and make nice hostess gifts. Unfortunately they are not very friendly to cats. If ingested poinsettias can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach and can sometimes causing vomiting and diarrhea.
Holiday season is also cold and flu season which means more medication (OTC and prescription) is being used. Always be sure all medication is securely put away so your pet can’t ingest them. You may also want to ask guests (especially overnight visitors) to be sure to “lock up” any medications they may be taking while in your home.
When entertaining guests in your home be sure to provide your cat with a room of its own so it can retreat from the chaos of the holiday party. Providing your cat with a bed or blanket to snuggle in along with its favorite toy can provide just the security it needs to feel safe and sound.
Ribbon and tinsel may brighten up the holiday season but it can cause your cat severe gastrointestinal distress. If ingested these holiday decorations can block a cat’s intestinal tract and may require surgery to remove.
**Christmas decorations such as lights, garland, long dangling ornaments, and tinsel could easily become wrapped around your cats body.  This could result in serious injury or death.  Make sure to supervise your cat around the Christmas tree or refrain from putting these types of decorations on your tree all together.

If your pet has ingested anything that may be harmful to them contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA poison control center 1-888-426-4435 (You may be charged a consultation fee).

Black Ops Jack

“Jack” is a big, fluffy two and a half year old cuddlebug. He is an officially chill cat – laid back, easy going, friendly, and happy to meet new people. He has no objections to being brushed, and as a result of frequent brushings he has super soft fur.  Jack loves belly rubs and will often roll over to ask for them; and he also loves to cuddle up next to or on his people. Another of Jack’s favorite activities is perching on the window sill to watch the activity outdoors, and when it is nap time Jack has a preference for the back of the couch or another high perch. His easy going nature means Jack is comfortable with visitors, and he gets along with other cats.
Jack is looking for his new home — might yours be the right one for him?

Gypsy’s Letter Box
Gypsy is a senior girl who has a lot of experience being a cat. She has agreed to take questions from our readers in the hopes of educating everyone about the feline species. When she is not answering questions Gypsy likes to lie in a bay window, snuggle on a soft blanket, or play with her favorite cat nip toys.

Francesca from Alexandria, VA asks

Dear Gypsy,

I really like to chew on plants and think lilies are very pretty. My mom however won’t have any lilies in our house because she says they are very bad for me. Would you please tell me if she is right?

Dear Francesca,

You should listen to your mom as she is a very wise lady. Lilies are pretty to look at but most varieties are very dangerous for cats so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Each type of lily causes different problems such as low blood pressure, kidney failure, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures and coma to name a few. All of which can lead to death. A much better option than lilies are non-toxic house plants. You could also suggest some pet grass that is very safe for you to chew and eat. You will love it!
 Laura from Centreville, VA asks
Q: Dear Gypsy,
What Advice do you have for bringing a new cat into a home with cats who have lived there for a while?

Dear Laura,

Although I myself have found it very easy to adjust to new surroundings not every cat is able to do so. The most important advice I can give a human is to be patient. A slow introduction is the best kind. When you bring home your new cat confine it to one room with food, water, and a litter box for several days. Feed the new cat and resident cat on opposite sides of the door to this room and gradually move the food bowls closer and closer to the door. Next swap blankets and cat beds between the cats so they can get used to each other scents. Then allow the new cat to explore other parts of the house while the resident cat is confined to the new cat’s room. Lastly begin face to face introductions increasing the time together based on the cats’ behavior.   I have found these hints have been very helpful with other cats I have come in contact with. These are just some quick tips to get you started, the folks at Tails High can give you more details.

From the oven in Margo’s kitchen  — 
  “Savory Cheese Treats”
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup cornmeal


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a nice dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

They’re delicious but don’t eat them all at once!

In This Issue
Helpful Holiday Cat Safety Tips
Featured Feline
Gypsy’s Letter Box
Margo’s Kitchen
Happy Tails
Paws of Approval
Astounding Cat Facts
Stay in the Know
Article Title

Happy Tails

Some of the Tails High felines who have recently found their forever homes:

Bentley Lillington (Lilly)
Luxe Fuzzy
Rose Siren
Olive Lana
Martha Kent Billie Holiday
Suzzi-Q Hattie
Belair Luxor
Sparkle Pompom
Spice Harve (BW)
Nora & Castle Mimi & Orpheo
Luiga & Angie Max & Hairy
Snootie & Shania
Gina & Obi-Wan
Lois Lane & Clark Kent
 And a very special Happy Tails to
Matty Graystone!

Paws of Approval

Here’s a neat toy we just heard about.
The Temptations Snacky Mouse is
a small plastic toy with a compartment to hold treats.


As your cats rolls the mouse around the room the treats are periodically dispersed onto the floor for your cat’s enjoyment. It’s a great way for your cat to enjoy a few treats, and have fun getting them. The Snacky Mouse is very easy to fill so any human can do it. Just turn and remove the mouse’s head, fill the treat compartment with treats, and replace the mouse’s head. Then place the mouse on the floor near your cat and let the fun begin. That’s all there is to it!

Brinkley the cat gives the “Snacky Mouse” 4 PAWS

(based on a scale of 0-4 paws.
0 paws being the worst and 4 paws being the best).

Astounding Cat Facts
(from Chelsea Marshall of Buzzfeed)
1. Cats are the most popular
pet in the United States.
There are 88 million pet cats
and 74 million pet dogs.
A group of cats is called a clowder.
3. Cats have 20 muscles that control their ears.
Cats sleep 70% of their lives.  

A cat has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.


And one ran for mayor of

Mexico City in 2013.


Stay tuned for more Astounding Cat Facts in the next edition of the Scratching Post…



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Wish list
Some things that will help us with our goals:
● Web Designer
● Hand towels
● Non-cloud, older versions of Adobe software you may not want anymore: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
● Volunteers to set up our Gizmo for adoption events

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