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Rascal was diagnosed with lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, which does not always agree with him. He is a 7-year-old domestic shorthair who lives with his little Torti sister Catzee in South Carolina. He used to love going out into the garden and catching moles, but he as become (unfortunately for him), an indoor only cat.
You can keep up with Rascal and his battle with lymphoma at Welcome to Rascal's World.
Saturday is Caturday with the cats at Coats of Many Colors.
It's also Photo Hunt day. This week's theme is "I Spy."
(As in I spy Chey up to something she shouldn't be doing!)
Find Weekend Cat Blogging #145 (Mar. 15-16) is being held at Cat Blogosphere.
Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos #36 (03-16-2008) with Pet & the Bengal Brats at Pet's Garden Blog.
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7 Simple Ways to Help Cats in Need
Paolo scavenged for food, water and shelter to survive. The abandoned silver tabby domestic shorthair suffered a painful compound fracture in his leg, which he dragged behind him, lifeless and limp. Luckily, he was spotted by animal lover Nanette Plivoris who got him free veterinary care that saved his life, and helped by a rescue group that found him a permanent home.
Homeless, stray and feral cats live among us in the shadows and rely on the kindness of strangers for survival. "Even if you rescue just one cat, you're helping with the pet overpopulation problem, and you're part of a nationwide movement toward building a kinder world for animals," says Gregory Castle, one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, an international organization dedicated to humanely reducing pet homelessness and the largest animal sanctuary in the United States. "There's a huge sense of satisfaction in helping a cat in need. It's a wonderful thing to do, and it feels wonderful to do it."
Next time you stumble upon a stray, abandoned or feral cat, follow these simple steps:
1. Find the owner.
If the cat is friendly, look for a tag or have your veterinarian scan for a microchip. Put up fliers in your neighborhood, and post a picture of the cat in your local animal shelter's lost and found book. If the cat is not approachable, it's probably feral and still needs your help.
2. Take a trip to the vet.
Get a checkup to ensure that the cat is healthy and spayed or neutered. If you need financial assistance, ask your veterinarian if he or she can provide free or discounted services for the rescued cat, as many are willing to help their clients in these situations.
3. Find help if you need it.
If you can't look after the cat yourself, try to find a friend to help. "The next best thing is to find a no-kill organization to take the cat into its program, but keep in mind that they probably won't be able to offer instantaneous help, so be patient," Castle advises. You can find local rescue groups at www.alleycat.org and www.pets911.com.
Come back tomorrow for four more ways you can help!