Meowsterpiece Monday: Candles

Have you ever thought “Gosh, my cat smells great and I’d love it if my house smelled more like cat?” You have? Then, according to my personal research, you’re like most of the world.

Check out this video catering to everyone who wants their house to smell like cat. Watch all the way to the end to see the cute little adoptable candles from Kitty Bungalow Charm School for WaywardCats.




#CATbaret, the Celebrity Spectacle of the Year!

You guys!

Now,  I believe you’ve heard me say in the past that Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats is having a CATbaret celebrity cat fundraiser. Well, they’re doing it again! It’s time for:

KB catbaret logo 2015

CATbaret 2015! :::Cue the dancers:::

I’m sorry. I’ve just been informed that the dancers are NOT showing up for this blog post. However, they WILL be showing up for the show on August 1st at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood!

And who, WHO is going to be there? Why, there will be Fred Willard, Wendi Clendon-Covey, Elaine Hendrix, Mo Collins, Billy Boys, Elisabeth Harnois, Autumn Resser, Keith David, Jon Huertas, and the So You Think You Can Dance dancers (who I thought were going to be dancing in this blog post, but whatever.)

And you know who else will be there? MomFOD. That’s right! MomFOD! She’s going to be in attendance and you’ll even be seeing her on the big screen in CATastrophes. But wait, there’s more! A few years ago, MomFOD composed the piece for Nora the Piano Cat and five-piece jazz band called “Call Me Charm Cat.” It’s being repeated due to popular demand! MomFOD is also working a bit on the back end here, donating her time as the blogger coordinator to help spread the word about the event. Therefore, she’s bowing out of the giveaways for the tickets and gift bag, but if you are interested in entering a Rafflecopter giveaway to win a pair of tickets to the event and VIP afterparty, leave a comment and MomFOD will tell you where to look to enter the giveaway! (hint: other blogs)

Keith David cats fred willard and siamese KB

If you don’t know about Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, then you’re missing out, because they are an awesome LA rescue that’s helping to provide TNR services for feral cats in LA while rescuing and socializing feral kittens and then placing them in forever homes. KB is funded entirely by donations and volunteer support, so we need all decks on hand for this event! Or is that hands on deck? Well, that last one sounds a little risque so we’ll go with the former. Anyway, buy tickets here! catbaretAP2

And if you can’t go? You can always buy a ticket to donate back to the rescue OR just help spread the word with a tweet or share. Why? Because kittens.



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What To Carry In Your Car For An Unexpected Cat Rescue

You guys!

Have you ever been out and about and, perhaps you see a cat and think, “If only I had the ability to help him right now…”

Well, I’m about to get you ready to do just that! I’ve spoken with three experts in the rescue field and am about to share with your their tips for what to carry with you in your car in case a rescue is needed.

This kit sucks for rescue. Shoes will not help you help a cat. Read on to find out how to pack your kit.

This kit sucks for rescue. A sparkly bathing suit and sunblock will not help you help a cat. Read on to find out how to pack your kit properly.

First up, we have Shawn Simons, the Headmistress at Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats in Los Angeles, a rescue with a heck of a story and a special focus on trapping feral cats in the LA area. Here’s her advice:

I would always carry is a towel.  It is a very good way to grab a sick or injured cat while protecting yourself. Make sure you have a carrier to put the cat in. A humane trap may be useful but I find successful trappings often need a bit more prep, although a hungry cat may not need it. If you are trapping, our kits always include newspaper, tuna, can opener and a trap cover (like a blanket or large towel). We use baby food a lot for semi ferals. For night time, you’ll need a flashlight, of course. Also if you are not able to get straight to a vet, flea meds and clavomox would be good to have on hand.
Towels: A necessity!

Towels: A necessity!

Next up, we have a list of things that you might keep with you, provided by Liz Houtz, the Community Cats Program Manager at Tree House  (who happened to be the person that helped trap Louie and Sprinkle, the two “fosters” here that never seem to want to leave.) Here’s Liz’s list for what to bring with you when you plan to trap a feral kitty:
  • KMR kitten replacement milk
  • Kitten feeding bottle
  • Hot water bottle to keep kittens warm
  • Towels
  • Canned cat food and tuna for trapping
  • Can opener
  • At least one carrier (medium) and one trap
  • Newspaper for traps
  • Wire ties for broken carriers
  • Flashlight
  • Trap covers
  • Tarp to protect car
  • Duct tape
  • Trap divider

And finally, we have Tammy from Feral Fixers, an organization in DuPage County, Illinois that focuses on trap-neuter-return programs and works to support colony caretakers by providing traps and spay/neuter resources to help control the feral cat population. She says:

One of the most frustrating parts of rescue is not being able to go somewhere yourself. But having volunteers who CAN go there and do what needs to be done is priceless! We make it a habit to learn whatever we can about our volunteers so that we can call on them in a pinch and they come thru time and time again! A drop-in carrier, two towels, a small throw, some canned food – stinkier the better and a small sample size bag of dry food that you can shake to stimulate interest in food are the very basics and all can be stored and carried in that carrier. One towel to go in carrier, other towel or throw to drop on top of the cat to wrap and drop in carrier and then the throw to go on top and cover whole carrier to keep it quiet and safe. Just the very basics for cat pickup.

The Can Opener:  A Must Have for Resscues and The Already Rescued, Well-Fed House Cat

The Can Opener: A Must Have for Rescues as well as  The Already Rescued, Well-Fed House Cat

And there you have it! The basics (and then some) of what to carry with you so that you’re prepared in the event of a much-needed rescue! A hearty thanks to all of these wonderful experts in cat rescue. As a follow up to this article, we’ll be talking to Tammy again regarding how to know if kittens really NEED rescue and what exactly to do if you see some out and about.

Stay tuned!