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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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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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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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I have the PURRfect medicine for you!

Purring. Yes, you heard me right, you lucky devil. And, when you hear my purring, you are being given therapeutic health benefits for your bones and muscles. And, might I add, this healing method is FREE!

If you don’t believe me, read this article The Healing Power of Cat Purrs. Cats create purr vibrations at a frequency of 20-140 HZ, which is known to be medically therapeutic for many illnesses.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to pet a cat and hear her purr, then check out this video and try not to become calm and peaceful Happy Cat Purring Smoothly. You might even fall asleep. (I do, often, when I listen to myself purr.) I’d say this is definitely the PURRfect medicine for you.

A FREE cat therapy session at El Refugio, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

If you are in the Costa Ballena area, please stop by our shelter. Come sit with us feline beauties for awhile, try NOT to smile, and enjoy the free healing medicine! Your heart, your mind, your body, and especially us felines, will be so glad you did!

Now, as you were reading this, yes, I was being petted by this amazing volunteer at the shelter, and my purring has put her to sleep (don’t tell her boss!), and I can barely keep my eyes open. But, while she is sleeping I think I will find those cat treats I saw her hide. Until we meet again.

Cheers,

Norman the cat

“Avoid fruits and nuts: after all, you are what you eat. – 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

Rolo at El Refugio Animal Shelter, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Rolo

Hi, my name is Rolo. I am a young male cat. You know what they say about Tuxedo cats, don’t you! Come meet me at El Refugio and you will see I’m the PURRfect size for you. xo Rolo

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Why YOU Should Own a Cat!

by Norman the Cat

First things first, I don’t like the word “own” but for all practical human purposes, this word will be used.  But, I am telling you now, I don’t like it, with a triple loud MEOW MEOW MEOW.  We don’t own each other, we  nurture each other.  Any who, here is one very important reason why you should bring one of us amazing shelter cats home with you – YOU WILL LIVE LONGER!  Now, rumor has it, I have nine lives, but you my dear human friend only have one life I hear, so listen up to this very important blog post! 

You will live longer with a cat.  Did you know that owning a cat lowers your risk of heart disease?  I’m serious, there actually are studies that show I will save your life!!  A US National Library of Medicine 2009 article says that there is a decreased risk for death due to heart attacks and all cardiovascular diseases (including strokes) among persons with cats. Wow, now I knew all along that I had amazing super powers but to have it in writing, well, that confirms it all! 

Now, if I didn’t convince you to run down to the nearest animal shelter to find your furry cat friend, read on. This next study confirms that owning a cat can reduce your risk of a stoke by a third!! 

Did you know the World Health Organization said in 2016, “Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes, of those causes, Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.”  Double MEOW MEOW!!  I hope I didn’t scare you into a heart attack or stroke with that last bit of information, but don’t worry, here’s some tantalizing catnip for you, please read on. 

An article by The Telegraph shows that a cat can actually reduce your risk of a stroke.  Even, just the simple act of petting your cat can lower the stress-related hormones in your blood, thus lowering the stress and anxiety in your body and in your life. Can I say it again – double MEOW MEOW!!

So, my human friends, take HEART (and stroke) of these very important research articles and go get yourself a cat at your nearest animal shelter.If you are in the Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica, please stop by the El Refugio shelter.  You will live longer, and you will save not only your life, but a well deserved cat’s life too!

Now, its time for my catnap before dinner. So, stay tuned for my next blog post where I will continue to share with you even more health benefits of owning a furry feline friend.

Cheers,

Norman the Cat

“If you want to look thinner, hang around people fatter than you. – 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

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

Havy is Heartsome

Hi, my name is Havy. I am a female cat and I love to give kisses and cuddles. I get along with other cats and even dogs. Come find me at El Refugio in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica. I’ll be waiting for you with open paws.

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Welcome to Norman’s Corner

by Norman the Cat

 Well, here we are.  I’m living at the El Refugio shelter in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica writing about my fellow cats, and you are sitting at home reading about cats.  Here’s to us and our demise.  No, seriously, here’s to us and our nine lives! I’m still on my first (life that is) so I have plenty of time to share with you some very valuable information about the amazing, unforgettable cats of the feline world. And you, my lucky reader, are in for some yummy catnip.  You will be mesmerized and captivated by every blog post written by me, your one and only top hat shelter cat (okay, you got me, there are lots of us shelter cats).  I will share with you information on all things felines, most importantly, why you should have a 4 legged fur ball in your family.  If I get adopted (I mean, WHEN I get adopted), no worries my human friend, I have other fellow shelter furry friends that I am training to step right into my paws.  Also in every blog post, I will have a Paws Spotlight where I will introduce a Feline Favorite of the day (or dare I say it, dog) to my readers. 

So, find a sunny spot to stretch out, curl up with your favorite feline friend, and read my very first blog – “Why YOU Should Own a Cat”  

Cheers,

Norman

Rosario is waiting for you at El Refugio, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica.
“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Leonardo da Vinci
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