Community Needs Addressed and Our Goals
Decrease Relinquishment and Euthanasia Through Behavioral Modifications Programs
A common reason cat guardians surrender, abandon, or even euthanize their cat is due to a behavioral problem. We continually hear from frustrated guardians whose cat just broke the last straw by scratching the couch, biting them one too many times, or urinating outside the litterbox. These cats are usually slated to be surrendered to a shelter, abandoned by their guardian, or even euthanized. Most guardians don’t know that behavior problems are treatable with a little time and effort. Many cat guardians who were ready to get rid of their cat are often very excited to know that there may be something that they can try first, and they are often shocked to find out how ‘easy’ it is to train their cat. Thoughtful training almost always alleviates the problem, allowing the feline to stay as part of the family!
Raise The Level Of Care For Felines Through Better Understanding of Health Issues
Cat guardians have questions about their cats, and they don’t always want to pay for a vet visit to find out what they need to know. Often times guardians don’t realize the extent of their cat’s symptoms, that their cat needs veterinary treatment sooner rather than later, or that their cat’s medical problem has a simple and treatable solution if caught early enough. Guardians may not know about the latest breakthroughs in veterinary medicine or new treatments that have been recently discovered for common diseases. And lastly many guardians aren’t aware that as veterinary medicine progresses that cats can live to be 20 years or older! Treatment of common senior diseases like hyperthyroidism or kidney disease is now becoming more feasible and prevalent. By providing guardians with health, disease and care information we help guardians understand how to better take care of their cat. Whether it is through knowing when to take their cat to the vet, how to help a pregnant cat give birth, how to treat a feline disease (Hyperthyroidism, FIP) to extend or even save the life of their cat, or how to keep their cats healthy so that they may live a longer and happier life, 21Cats is about supplying fast and reliable information.
Improve The Treatment And Adoptability of Feral Cats Through Socialization and Behavior Modification Programs
Shelters and cat guardians often run into the problem of having a cat that is too feral to be considered adoptable. Most shelters, upon trapping or receiving a feral cat, will simply put the cat to sleep since they do not have the resources to properly resocialize a feral. Many times guardians see a stray in the neighborhood that they take in or adopt a stray cat from a shelter, only to find out that the cat is a little *too* wild to be part of the family. Most guardians faced with this situation surrender the cat to a shelter – and the cycle continues. We feel that through education on behavioral programs that we can help communities understand what feral cats are, how they get to be feral, and what steps can be taken to resocialize the cat so that he may someday be a good house cat or at least live in a feral cat colony. At 21Cats we believe that no healthy cat should ever be euthanized due to a behavioral problem. We believe that through education and understanding we can help feral cats lead better lives.
Raise Awareness Of Methods To Reduce the Cat Overpopulation Problem
There are a lot of myths about spaying/neutering and stray cats. Many cat guardians don’t realize that even if their cat is an indoor cat that they still should be spayed or neutered just in case. Many guardians think that spaying or neutering will make their cat fat, lazy and change his/her personality; this is untrue. Many cat lovers also aren’t familiar with the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program which has been shown to help reduce the cat overpopulation much better than simple euthanization of all strays. The more guardians that know to spay/neuter their cat and consider trapping-neutering-and releasing strays that they see in the area, the better chance we have of dramatically decreasing the cat overpopulation problem.