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I’ve Adopted a Cat, now what? I’m so glad you asked! Ten tips to prepare your home for your new feline.

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on becoming an even better, more amazing human being!!! Bringing a cat into your family will not only make your kids healthier, but also will make you healthier, less stressed, and definitely more attractive (mainly because you are healthier & less stressed!! – DOUBLE ME-OW LOL!)

First Tip. Bring a cat carrier for the ride to pick up your new cat. Us cats don’t like moving vehicles – they are scary, they are fast, and they are smelly. Having your new cat in a carrier will help with some of the anxiety that will most likely occur when in a scary, fast, and smelly car.

Second TipHave a nice, “safe” room for your cat. It doesn’t have to be a suite like I have, with an amazing mountain view no less!  But, a room that has a litter box, bowls for food and water, a toy or two please, a scratching post of course, and a shelf or somewhere high for your cat to perch or rest. 

Third Tip for us sound sensitive cats (which are most of us!).  If your feline friend chooses to hide for awhile, no worries, let him hide. He will come out eventually. He is just getting used to all of the new smells and sounds.

Fourth Tip, although I can’t believe I need to share this one. The litter box and food and water bowls should NOT be in the same area. You wouldn’t want to do your business where you eat would you? We aren’t talking about dogs here, us cats are refined and have manners! 

Fifth not so messy Tip. If you can, use the same brand of litter that your feline friend had at her animal shelter. You don’t have to use the same brand forever, but just until she acclimates. You will be REALLY glad you listened to me on this one!

Sixth tummy Tip. Also, use the same food she was eating at the shelter. When starting to introduce a new food, it should be gradual. Our tummies can be sensitive at times.

Seventh fun Tip. A toy or two or three please!  Although, the best toys are toys that my humans play with me. 

I LUV my stuffed animals to play with!

Eighth super fun Tip. A cat tree would be awesome for your new feline. But, if you don’t have a cat tree available, a tall shelf in your cat’s new room would be helpful for them to have a place to jump up and feel safe.

Ninth very important Tip. If you are bringing a feline friend home to a home that already has a cat or dog, please be patient. While most of us felines get along well at the animal shelter, being in a new place can be very stressful for both resident animals and new cats. It may take only days but could take weeks or even months to have them all get along. The best introductions are very brief, and monitored interactions with humans involved.

Tenth very VERY important Tip. Never let your dog chase your cat very uncool!  Also, when you are not able to supervise the new feline family member with your other household animals, please keep them separated. Honestly, we might never become friends, but we can surely coexist.

Oh, and one more thing, get ready to BE AMAZED, at all things FELINE AND FABULOUS!

Cheers,

Norman

“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” – Bill Dana

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Prince at El Refugio

PRINCE

Hi, my name is PRINCE.  I am an adult male. I am a little shy around other cats, but I LOVE my humans. I love ear scratches and just hanging out.  Let’s chill out together!  Come meet me at El Refugio. xo Prince

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Black Cats – the envy of us all!

In the shelter life, us shelter cats are soo envious of our feline friends that sport an all-black coat because of the good fortune they bring with them. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan, black cats are known to bring good luck and were even worshipped by the Egyptians. But there are many more reasons being a Black Cat or adopting a Black Cat is just plain lucky!

Black Cats NEVER have bad hair days. Their coat always looks so shiny. I just don’t understand it. Take a look at Bandit at El Refugio. She is drop dead gorgeous all of the time. Look at how shiny her coat is. Oh, I am so envious of her!

Bandit

Their color is slimming! This is no secret of course. We have known for the ages that wearing black is slimming. One of my human’s favorite Netflix shows Queer Eye’s fab Five, illustrates to us that All-black is one of the strongest palettes you can wield (but make sure that your shades match up). Take a look at sweet Dulce (another El Refugio fashion diva) sporting an almost all black attire. She even has had kittens and she looks strikingly slim. Way to go Dulce!

Dulce

Black cat hair doesn’t show up as much as other fur colors! Really, I’m serious, I have the research to prove it! But, if you have white carpeting or are wearing a white suite (aghast!) black fur would not be your friend. But wearing an all white suit would probably not be your friend either (lol). Black really does go with everything!

So, there you have it, I do have one flaw. I am envious of my feline friends who have all-black coats because of their ability to NOT have a bad hair day, NOR a drab, dull coat, and YES, they are super lucky to have around.

Life is better with a beautiful feline by your side, or on your lap, or in your desk drawer (lol ME-OW).

Cheers,

Norman

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. – Groucho Marx

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Snickers at El Refugio

Snickers

Hi, I’m Snickers. I know I’m not a Black Cat, but Norman says I am the sweetest thing since sliced bread. I am not sure what that means, except maybe he is really hungry. Anyways, I would love to meet you. Come find me at El Refugio in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica. xo Snickers

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Kitten or Cat? Yes!!

Well, you have decided to adopt a shelter feline friend – congratulations! You are now a part of the Select SECRET group of beautiful humans called “Cat Lovers & Friends“, along with millions of others, but whose counting. All us shelter felines are so glad to have you in our midst. You will forever be loved, adored, and amused. Seriously, you will be!

Okay, so back to your question. Should you adopt a shelter Kitten or a shelter Cat. Here are a few questions to help you decide.

Professor Norman

Do you want hours of AMUSEMENT? Then Yes, adopt a kitten, because amused you will be! BUT, Catster suggests adopting two kittens because it will be the same amount of work, plus 2x the fun, and emotionally healthier for the kittens. They will also entertain each other preventing less possible destruction to your house (lol). Plus, it does seem that the introductions are easier when bringing a kitten (or 2!) into a household that already has a cat or dog.

Kittens Rosario & Ramona at El Refugio

But hold on now, before you go adopt Kit & Kat or Cheech & Chong or Sonny & Cher or (okay, I couldn’t resist!), answer these questions for me. Are you Patient? Are you quick on your feet? Are you home to supervise your new kittens? BECAUSE, kittens, which are hard to resist, and so dang adorable, don’t know the difference initially between chairs & scratching posts or electrical cords & play toys. They will need some training and supervision. Also, they often tend to “magically appear underfoot“. At the shelter, the humans are told to “shuffle” rather than walk when kittens are on the loose! But with some gentle supervision and kitten-proofing of your home, you will be all set!

On the other hand, are you LAZY? Ha ha, just kidding, but are you looking for a feline that is already trained to use the litter box, the couch as a bed not as a scratching post, and the drapes to keep the sun out not as a climbing tree? Then, an older cat is just your style! Plus, a cat tends to know how to entertain himself when left alone. But, make sure to leave him some fun cat toys.

Also, when adopting a shelter Cat, you can choose a personality. When you go to the shelter, sit with the cats for awhile. Observe and see which cat CHOOSES YOU! Now, at El Refugio Animal Shelter, it is pretty dang amazing, the shelter cats are not enclosed in cat condos or cages, but roaming about in the shelter’s very large rooms. Okay, well, mostly snoozing, depending on the time of day. Any who, you will be able to see which cats are lap cats, or are very independent, or playful, or very lazy. And, just ask the shelter volunteers about the cats. They will gladly give you valuable personality information on each of them. Also, before you bring home your new shelter Cat, read my 10 tips to prepare your home for awesomeness.

Bandita (aka Bandit) at El Refugio

Regardless, if you adopt a Cat or a Kitten (or 2!), you will be saving a feline’s life. Because when you adopt a shelter cat, a vacancy is opened at the shelter to save another feline! Also, you will be giving a home to a well deserved feline. You will also be filling your home (and your heart) with amusement, entertainment, and lots of FURever love. No one should go through this life or any of their other 8 lives (oh, that is just us cats I hear) without the love of a feline.

From all us shelter felines and members of the Select SECRET group of beautiful humans called “Cat Lovers & Friends“, WE THANK YOU!! You are PURRFECTLY awesome!!

Cheers,

Norman

“‘We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.

‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.” — Winnie-the-Pooh

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Bach and Chopin at El Refugio in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Bach
Chopin

“A kitten is in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden – Robert Sowthey”

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Holy Mackerel, look at those stripes!

Holy Mackerel, is that a tiger I see? Whew, it is just a Tabby cat that looks like a Tiger. I think I might have lost a few lives there!

Here kitty, kitty

As I wrote in a previous blog post “Why “M” stands for Tabby, and also for Marvelous, and well ME”, there is more than just one type of Tabby cat, not just us beautiful, original, purrectly everything Orange Tabby Cats. So, I guess it’s only fair for me to introduce you to a non-Orange Tabby cat with some purrty stripes – the Mackerel Tabby. I know, do you feel it too, that hairball feeling coming up? Let’s try to see the beauty in another type of Tabby cat. It will be hard, but let’s try.

So, the Mackerel Tabby does look a lot like a tiger, a much smaller version. Because of the stripe pattern on most Mackerel Tabbies, they do resemble the big-in-the-wild-cat, the African Wildcat (double wow ME-OW ME-OW).

African Wildcat

But then why aren’t they called Tiger cats? Well, actually many times they are, but their correct description is Mackerel Tabby because of their coat pattern made of orange or gray background banded hairs and darker vertical stripes. These vertical stripes are highly reminiscent of fish bones, similar to the mackerel fish. Hence why they are called the Mackerel Tabby.

The Mackerel Fish

Okay, I see it, I guess. Seriously, I did not make this up, who could!! Oh, some mackerel fish does sound really good right now. I wonder what time it is? Breakfast time? Lunchtime? Snack time? Dinner time? Mackerel Time? It must be one of those times!!!

Mackerel time????? Please!

Oh, okay, where were we? The Mackerel fish, no I mean, the Mackerel Tabby. Another common marker on a Mackerel Tabby is a pink nose color with a black pigmentation around it. Look at Rosario & Ramona below. They definitely have some pink noses with black pigmentation around them. And here I heard they were brown nosers (just kidding). These two are the sweetest kittens ever!

Rosario & Ramona at El Refugio

Even though these Tabby cats aren’t the beautiful orange tabbies we ALL so greatly love and adore, they do have some awesome characteristics. They are similar to us Orange Tabbies where we are highly intelligent, very playful, highly curious, and can hypnotize you to sleep (okay the last one is just me!).

You are getting VERY sleepy…

Rest assured, any type of Tabby cat is the BEST type of cat. So, get off of your lazy sofa, go down to your nearest animal shelter, and let a Mackerel Tabby adopt you! If you are in the Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica, El Refugio has quite a few purrfect Mackerel Tabbies for you!

Until we meet again dear humans.

Cheers,

Norman

All I do is eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. There must be more to a cat’s life than that. But I hope not. – Garfield

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Tony the Tiger at El Refugio

Tony at El Refugio
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My favorite 4 new words – “My Very Own Home”

So, its been 3 weeks since I came to my new home. Oh, I still love the sound of those four sweet words, MY VERY OWN HOME!  Now don’t get me wrong, the El Refugio Animal Shelter was a nice shelter, with wonderful human volunteers, and other beautiful feline friends, but MY VERY OWN HOME – yes, I love it!  Days filled with napping on my own sofa.

I love my comfy sofa for catnaps!

A comfy place to sit high and watch the birds all day. And a cozy place to watch the sun rise from the mountain and then watch the sun set through the trees. 

Its going to be a nice day!
Its a beautiful sunset tonight!

Oh ME-OW, can you hear my purrs. They are contagious. Remember, feline purrs are healing – free medicine for your heart AND for your soul.  

Now, in these 3 weeks I have taught my humans and my new dog roommates ten very important lessons. I thought it would be good to share these FREE valuable lessons with you for when you adopt a feline friend for your family. 

Okay, so what are some important things to do before bringing home a new purrfectly extraordinary feline? I am so glad you asked!

First lesson. Bring a cat carrier for the ride to pick up your new cat. Us cats don’t like moving vehicles – they are scary, they are fast, and they are smelly. Having your new cat in a carrier will help with some of the anxiety that will most likely occur when in a scary, fast, and smelly car.

Second homey lessonHave a nice, “safe” room for your cat. It doesn’t have to be a suite like I have, with an amazing mountain view no less!  But, a room that has a litter box, bowls for food and water, a toy or two please, a scratching post of course, and a shelf or somewhere high for your cat to perch or rest.   

Third lesson for us sound sensitive cats (which are most of us!).  If your feline friend chooses to hide for awhile, no worries, let him hide. He will come out eventually. He is just getting used to all of the new smells and sounds.

For example, I live in the southern coast of Costa Rica in MY VERY OWN HOME. My humans tell me that I am in a rainforest with mountains all around us. So, let me tell you a not so funny story. The first night I was here, guess what I was introduced to? I was introduced to a HUGE, HAIRY, black, did I say HUGE animal. Well, I was introduced to his sound. My humans call them Howler Monkeys

Thankfully, their home is in the trees at the other end of our property. But, I could see him, I knew he was there. Did I say he was HUGE!  And, his howl, it was nothing like the cat howls or dog howls I am used to at the shelter. And, boy, some of my old feline friends and shelter dogs, they were howlers!  Okay, I digress. My human tells me we are safe because the monkeys stay in the trees. I am definitely going to keep my eyes on them! But, again, double ME-OW WOW, they are loud. If you don’t believe me, check out this video of them https://youtu.be/xxzbqmFkXwU

Fourth basic lesson, although I can’t believe I need to share this one. The litter box and food and water bowls should NOT be in the same area. You wouldn’t want to do your business where you eat would you? We aren’t talking about dogs here, us cats are refined and have manners! 

Fifth not so messy lesson. If you can, use the same brand of litter that your feline friend had at her animal shelter. You don’t have to use the same brand forever, but just until she acclimates. You will be REALLY glad you listened to me on this one!

Sixth tummy lesson. Also, use the same food she was eating at the shelter. When starting to introduce a new food, it should be gradual. Our tummies can be sensitive at times.

Seventh fun lesson. A toy or two or three please!  Although, the best toys are toys that my humans play with me. 

Eighth super fun lesson. A cat tree would be awesome for your new feline. But, if you don’t have a cat tree available, a tall shelf in your cat’s new room would be helpful for them to have a place to jump up and feel safe. 

Ninth very important lesson. If you are bringing a feline friend home to a home that already has a cat or dog, please be patient. While most of us felines get along well at the animal shelter, being in a new place can be very stressful for both resident animals and new cats. It may take only days but could take weeks or even months to have them all get along. The best introductions are very brief, and monitored interactions with humans involved.

Tenth very VERY important lesson. Never let your dog chase your cat very uncool!  Also, when you are not able to supervise the new feline family member with your other household animals, please keep them separate. Honestly, we might never become friends, but we can surely coexist.

Norman and Oscar Co-Existing!

Now, its time to watch the sunset before my catnap. So, remember, before you bring home that purrfect extraordinary feline family member, follow these 10 very important lessons. The love of your life is waiting for you at your nearest animal shelter.

MY VERY OWN HOME!

Cheers,

Norman

“If there were a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. Barbara L. Diamond.”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Cadbury at El Refugio Animal Shelter in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Hi, I’m Cadbury. If you like sweets, I’m your cat!  With my purrs, my eye kisses, and my paw tickles, you will be the happiest human ever. Let’s make chocolate together! Hugs Cadbury

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Everyone looks good in a Tuxedo!

Well, not every human, but CATS look GREAT in a Tuxedo! Stay with me here, you will be entertained with some very cool facts about who we call Tuxedo Cats! I have lots of fun facts to share with you about the 2nd most amazing cat breed (Orange Tabby cats of course are the 1st!).

Interesting Cat Fact. Tuxedo Cats are NOT a breed. Just like the Tabby Cats, their color pattern is the reason they are referred to as Tuxedo Cats. They are mostly black with a white chest, kind of like a Tuxedo (hence the name LOL). Meet Jorge. He lives at El Refugio too. He is a Tuxedo Cat with a mustache! Very distinguished indeed!

Kind of Interesting Cat Fact. There are an equal number of male and female Tuxedo Cats. No discrimination here, both males and females wear Tuxedos!

Very Interesting Cat Fact. They have TUXITUDE! While this fact might actually be a little bit more fiction than fact, many Tuxedo Cats are known for their sassy personalities. While many others are known to be more like a dog (I didn’t say it!), while following their humans around for love and affection. Meet Mickey from El Refugio.

I often see him following around the volunteers (he is such a flirt!) looking for affection and handing out kisses. We are all on to you Mickey!! Remember my post I’ll get you a date!, he really has pure Tuxitude magic!!

Scary Cat Fact? Green eyed monsters. Well, not really, I must admit they are more like angels. It is very common for Tuxedo Cats to have green eyes or greenish-gold eyes. You know what they say about a cat with green eyes don’t you? Really, do you? I have no idea!!

Sophisticated Cat Fact. For my distinguished readers, did you know that William Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Sir Isaac Newton kept Tuxedo Cats?

“This above all: To thine own self be true.” – Shakespeare -Hamlet.

Bragging Rights Cat Fact. Tuxedo Cats are famous. Remember Sylvester the Cat, and of course Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, and Felix the Cat. Actors and authors – definitely a bragging rights bunch of cool Tuxedo Cats!!

Now with all of these amazing facts about Tuxedo Cats, you might be wondering if you are the kind of person that would be worthy of adopting a Tuxedo Cat. Well, the short answer is YES, and the longer answer is YES, OF COURSE!! Now, go to your nearest animal shelter and adopt one of these interesting, male or female, tuxitude, green-eyed, sophisticated, famous Tuxedo Cats! If you are in the Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica, stop by El Refugio. They currently have 5 Tuxedo cats waiting for you.

Until we meet again dear humans.

Cheers,

Norman

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” 

Dr. Seuss

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Rolo

Hi, I’m ROLO.  I am a young male. I’m a Tuxedo cat with a bit of class and a lot of sass.  I’m ready to be your date for life.  I’ll be waiting at El Refugio. xo Rolo

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I knew it would happen!!!

Well, I told you in my very first blog post that I would get adopted – and yes, I never lie – I was adopted!

Now, don’t worry, as I said before, I will still be visiting the shelter with my human eyes (I can’t believe I have my furever human now!); and I have my shelter furry friends who are reporting to me with every exciting purrtastic happening at the shelter.

My foxy human – ME-OW AND DOUBLE ME-OW WOW

Now, I’ll be writing at my very own desk, with my very own lazy cat chair and my very own cat sofa. I don’t even have to share the litter box anymore – thank the lord!! I have my very own scratching posts now too – did you hear me – THREE scratching posts. And my very own dogs – well, they aren’t trained yet, but we are working on it.

Sometimes the drawer is a better place to be creative
A great view of my human as she works and I take a catnap

Sometimes litter boxes are best for a head rest

Did you know, I was the oldest cat at the shelter – over 2 years old! I was abandoned as a kitten at a bus stop – can you believe it? Thankfully I was rescued by a wonderful El Refugio volunteer and brought to the El Refugio Shelter where I waited two years for my foxy human to come find me. Now, as I lay on my cat sofa while my human scratches my ear, I gaze out at the Costa Rica mountains and think to myself, what a Purrfect life it is.

Now humans, go adopt yourself a shelter cat. There is one waiting especially for you. Don’t make him wait as long as I had to wait – did you hear me say I waited two years!! By adopting a shelter cat, you will gain a furever friend and save a furry feline’s life too. What a PURRfect life it will be for you!

Stay tuned, in my next blog post we will rock the world in a tuxedo.

Cheers,

Norman

“What greater gift than the love of a cat. – Charles Dickens”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Hunter at El Refugio Animal Shelter in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Hi, my name is Hunter. My shelter mates call me cool, and the shelter female felines call me James Bond. I’m one cool cat! I’m around 2 years old and want to finally be with my furever human. Let’s meet soon. Cheers, Hunter

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Shelter Volunteers are angels in disguise

In today’s blog, I am interviewing a beautiful shelter volunteer named Jennifer. So go find your favorite corner (Norman’s Corner!), curl up with your favorite furry purring friend, and get ready to be a little educated and a lot entertained or was that a little entertained and a lot educated. Well, anyways, enjoy!

Jennifer with her dog Grizzly. She adopted him from El Refugio.

Norman: Hi Jennifer, thanks for agreeing to sit with me. Before we get started, can you please scratch behind my right ear for just a moment, one moment longer, purr

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Jennifer: Norman, Norman, are you asleep?

Norman: Sorry, just needed a little catnap. Okay, first question, who is your favorite cat here at the shelter – hint, hint, starts and ends with an “N”.

Jennifer: Ah, Norman?

Norman: Me? Oh, aren’t you sweet! Who is your second favorite cat – and why? Sorry, it can’t be me again.

Jennifer: Majica is my favorite cat right now. Her back legs are paralyzed but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying life. She scoots around pretty fast for food, to play with toys and other cats and to get love from volunteers.

Mágica

Norman: I was told I have to ask this next question… Who is your favorite Dog at the Shelter now and why?

Jennifer: My favorite dog currently is Lily a lively beagle. She arrived at the shelter with some medical conditions and her puppy that was just recently adopted. She loves to play with her doggie friends, but especially loves humans and receiving their love.

Lilly

Norman: How long have you been volunteering at the El Refugio Shelter?

Jennifer: I have volunteered at El Refugio since around January 17th of this year.

Norman: What time do you start and end your shift?

Jennifer: I start my shift at 8am and finish at 11am.

Norman: What do you do on your shift at El Refugio?

Jennifer:  Responsibilities at the shelter are shared each shift with one or more other volunteers. We feed all the animals, give meds if needed, clean/disinfect all areas where the animals live, walk the dogs, wash all dirty bedding and food bowls and then give lots of love to the animals.

Norman: What do you like the most about volunteering? How about the second most?

Jennifer: I love all animals so helping them in any way I can fills my heart with joy. My second favorite thing is meeting and becoming good friends with so many of the volunteers.

Norman: Who really gets on your cat nerves? Yeah, I probably shouldn’t ask that (tell me later). Let’s see, next question, don’t those dogs outside just drive you crazy? (okay, maybe I shouldn’t ask that either). Oh, here’s a good question, If you could be any type of cat, what would you be?

Jennifer: I think I would like to be a Siamese cat. I had one named Tinker when I was a little girl. She had the neatest personality and was very smart.

Norman: Last question, what does El Refugio need the most? Volunteers, catnip, money, catnip, fosters, catnip?

Jennifer: Catnip of course, but I would say  El Refugio needs all of the above plus more adopters!

Norman: Tell me about a recent adoption success story (I know there are so many).

Jennifer: I’ll tell you in a video. Here is one of my Favorite Success Stories at El Refugio. Here is a little more information on Canela.

Norman: Thank you so much Jennifer for this interview. You have been purrfectly awesome!

Can you believe how lucky Jennifer and the other shelter volunteers are to be spending time with us cats (and dogs too). All kitten aside, the El Refugio volunteers (board members, community outreach, shelter volunteers, adoption coordinators, fosters, social media/marketing, fundraising, spay & neuter volunteers, and many others – ME-OW and WOW) are truly angels in disguise. Please consider joining this amazing team of El Refugio Volunteers.

If you are not able to donate your time, how about becoming An Angel for Animals. Just $25 per month can care for one of us shelter cats for 1 year ME-OW (food, shelter, and preventative medications for fleas, ticks, and parasites). If that is too much from your kitty bank, even just $10 a month can buy a lot of catnip (or regular ole dry kibble). Any and every amount helps an animal (and community) in need.

Until we meet again beautiful humans.

Cheers,

Norman

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. Ellen Perry Berkeley

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Mágica at El Refugio Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

MAGIC HEARTS ARE MAGICALLY PURRFECT FOR YOU!

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Why “M” stands for Tabby, and also for Marvelous, Magnificent, Mesmerizing, Magical, you know where I am going with this…

Did you know that the Tabby Cat is not actually a cat breed but a coat pattern? Well, of course I knew this, BUT, I beg to differ on the point that we aren’t a specific breed. Especially when it comes to the orange tabby cat – ME. Saying we aren’t a cat breed somehow downplays the importance of us Tabbies and the role we play in the feline kingdom. Therefore, I say Tabby is a breed – not just a coat pattern.

While there are many different colors and types of Tabby cats, let’s first discuss the most intelligent Tabby cat – the Orange Tabby (of course!)- ME. You will have to wait for a future blog post where I will spotlight the other types of less desirable Tabby cats (I’m kidding of course!).

Interesting Fact #1: Did you know every orange cat is a tabby, but not every tabby is an orange cat. Very interesting indeed!

Interesting Fact #2: Almost every tabby has distinctive markings above their eyes – the M. Look at ME – see the M above my eyes?

I know, I know, I am a handsome devil aren’t I. Oh, and did I mention the M stands for Marvelous, Magnificent, Mesmerizing, Magical….

Interesting Fact #3: There are many historical suggestions as to where the M above my head comes from, some suggest Mohammed, Mary, Mau, or just plain old Genes. Wow – Me-OW!

Interesting Fact #4: There are more male orange tabby cats than female – approximately 4 to 1. Interestingly, there are 4 of us male tabby cats at El Refugio now and 1 female tabby cat. Very interesting!

Interesting Fact #5: You might find this next fact hard to believe – Orange tabbies tend to talk a lot! I truly think all of this online research is on to something!!

Orange Tabbies at El Refugio Animal Shelter
Check out this short video on how NOT to take a picture of 5 Orange Tabby Cats
Taking Pictures with 5 Taby Cats – Oh My!

Now, go adopt yourself an Orange Tabby Cat. You will be marveled, magnified, mesmerized, and magically full of life and love from one of us PURRfectly beautiful cats. Until we meet again dear humans.

Cheers,

Norman

In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.” – Jim Davis (Creator of Garfield)

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Alicia at El Refugio Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Nurturing Old Soul

Hi, I’m Alicia.  I am a young adult female. I am a very UNIQUE Tabby because I am orange and I am female. I am the color of sunshine with a heart full of love. I am waiting for you. xo Alicia

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All about FUN, and a few fun facts!

This blog post is dedicated to the funny in all of us cats, especially us shelter cats. When I want a belly laugh, all I need to do is just look around at my fellow shelter cats. Whether it is Panda playing in the cat swing,

or ME Norman stealing a kiss from one of our beautiful volunteers while also checking out her nosepad (more on that later),

OR Jacob leaping to (and missing of course – haha) one of the cat trees in the shelter.

There is always something (some cat) to laugh at (I mean, laugh with). Of course I am laughing with them, not at them (at least that is what I will swear by if you ask me in front of any of them!).

Oh, and now to the facts I promised. Here are five amazing facts about us cats – plan to be amazed and amused!

  1. Every cat’s nosepad is unique, like a fingerprint.
Yes, Keylor, I know you have a very unique nosepad!

2. Cats can run 3mph faster than Usain Bolt! A domestic cat can run about 30 miles per hour; Usain Bolt averages 27 miles per hour. MEOW that is amazing!

3. Cats have more bones in their bodies than humans. Humans have 206 bones while cats have an average of 244 in their body. About 20 of these bones are in their tails for flexibility. Well, that is purrty spectacular!

Bandit is VERY flexible – must be because of all those bones. I thought it was because she practiced yoga!

4. Kittens grow when they are asleep! Their bodies release a growth hormone only when they are sleeping. So, that’s why we sleep so much! Well, actually it’s only why kittens sleep so much. The rest of us are just catnapping.

Alicia taking a catnap.

5. A cat’s MEOW is reserved to communicating with humans. Kittens do vocalize to their mamas but as adults they save the MEOWs for You humans. Aren’t you lucky. And, you didn’t think us cats could talk!

There are soooooo many more amazing facts about us cats, but I don’t want to bore you with too much purrfection today. Until we meet again dear humans.

Cheers,

Norman

“I’m not over-weight, I’m under-tall. – Garfield”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Bryan at El Refugio, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Hi, I’m Bryan. I was found in a trash can and saved by El Refugio. I clean up pretty nice, don’t I? I am waiting for you. xoxo Bryan

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