Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kitten Purrlooza this weekend!

Come by King Street Cats this weekend
for our Kitten Purrlooza (sm) event!

Many cute kittens will be on hand,
blinking their big, cute eyes,
so that you cannot resist taking a few home with you!

Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-4:30 PM,
25 S. Dove Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

See all the cats available for adoption by

>^..^<  Mew!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Volunteering for a Shelter


Cat rescue organizations get a myriad of kitties 
that are of different breeds and needs.  

If you have ever volunteered for one, 
you know it's the most rewarding thing you will ever do.

Some of you find it difficult to actually set foot in a shelter, 
but there are plenty of other things you can do 
to help the kitties and the shelter.
Food drives, fostering, towel drives, laundry, distribute donation boxes, answer e-mail inquiries, social media, etc.  

The list is endless.  

Contact your local shelter today and see what you can do.

Need other ideas?  A great read:

***Photo taken from Simon's Cat

Monday, March 19, 2012

I Rescued a Human Today

I Rescued A Human Today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the cages. 
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. 

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my cage I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that my box had not been cleaned. 

Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. 

I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. 
I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. 

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. 
Soon my cage door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. 
I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side.
 I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. 
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. 
So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors.
 So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Taken from:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Oozing Kitten Cuteness

Yup, it's that time again...Kitten Season!!!
Cute little fluffy critters, crawling around, 
with big eyes and soft little mews.

Put King Street Cats Kitten Purrlooza SM
on your calendar,
and be prepared to have your heart strings pulled
(and batted, and bunny kicked, and rolled on, and...).

March 31 & April 1
1:00-4:30 PM
25 S. Dove Street, Alexandria, VA  22314

Want to see all the kitties up for adoption?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kitty's Purr


Over the course of evolution, purring has probably offered some selective advantage to cats. Most felid species produce a "purr-like" vocalization. In domestic cats, purring is most noticeable when an animal is nursing her kittens or when humans provide social contact via petting, stroking or feeding.
Although we assume that a cat's purr is an expression of pleasure or is a means of communication with its young, perhaps the reasons for purring can be deciphered from the more stressful moments in a cat's life. Cats often purr while under duress, such as during a visit to the veterinarian or when recovering from injury. Thus, not all purring cats appear to be content or pleased with their current circumstances. This riddle has lead researchers to investigate how cats purr, which is also still under debate.
Scientists have demonstrated that cats produce the purr through intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. Cats purr during both inhalation and exhalation with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing.
This association between the frequencies of cats' purrs and improved healing of bones and muscles may provide help for some humans. Bone density loss and muscle atrophy is a serious concern for astronauts during extended periods at zero gravity. Their musculo-skeletal systems do not experience the normal stresses of physical activity, including routine standing or sitting, which requires strength for posture control.
Because cats have adapted to conserve energy via long periods of rest and sleep, it is possible that purring is a low energy mechanism that stimulates muscles and bones without a lot of energy. The durability of the cat has facilitated the notion that cats have "nine lives" and a common veterinary legend holds that cats are able to reassemble their bones when placed in the same room with all their parts. Purring may provide a basis for this feline mythology. The domestication and breeding of fancy cats occurred relatively recently compared to other pets and domesticated species, thus cats do not display as many muscle and bone abnormalities as their more strongly selected carnivore relative, the domestic dog. Perhaps cats' purring helps alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions that are more common in their canine cousins. Although it is tempting to state that cats purr because they are happy, it is more plausible that cat purring is a means of communication and a potential source of self-healing.

**Article taken from The Scientific American (TM)
***Picture taken from The Dancing Cat on Etsy

Monday, March 5, 2012

St. Croix Kitties come to Alexandria!

Check out cute little St. Croix Susie, bringing a touch of paradise to her furrever home.

King Street Cats participates in the 
Pets from Paradise Program, 
organized by the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center.  
If a traveler is coming to the DC area and is willing to bring a kitty with them, King Street Cats makes every effort to find a foster home for this kitty through our organization.  
With time, the new kitty can come to our orphanage, 
but they first need time in a foster home 
to better acclimate to a new environment.  
One of KSC's volunteers, Allie Phillips, has been instrumental in executing and organizing this effort 
for KSC and the Pets in Paradise Program.

Check out this write-up released in a recent article from the Alexandria Gazette/Connections Newspapers:

And learn more about the Pets from Paradise Program, working with shelters in many locations 
around the United States:

Want to donate money or carriers, leashes, puppy pads (all to help with travel)?  E-mail Allie at  She will provide you with more information and a receipt for your donation.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March "What About Me (TM)?" Campaign Kitties

Check out these precious kitties being featured 
this month in our "What About Me (TM)?" Campaign!  
How lucky would you feel if one (or more!) 
came to live with you?

Stop by this weekend
to see these featured kitties and many others!
25 Dove Street, Alexandria, VA,  22314
Sat/Sun: 1:30-4:00 PM

Check out all our kitties
looking for their furrever home here!