Wednesday, September 19, 2012

King Street Cats in their Furrever Homes-Rexy

Love hearing about our kitties in their new homes, 
so here's an update on Rexy, written by Rexy himself!

My name is Rexy. I waited a long time for my family to discover me at King Street Cats. Now that I have a home of my own, I'm learning how to relax and play.

I spent a lot of time living outside. A nice person fed me and looked out for me, but when he went to jail, I was alone. Arriving at King Street Cats felt like heaven! I had plenty of food and friends. I could sit at the window all day, watching the world outside. But when my family came to adopt me last month, I was ready to go to my forever home.

My mom came to visit me for a few weeks so I could get to know her. She always brought treats and a little towel that contained the scent of my new dad, and my new brother and sister.

When they brought me home and opened the travel cage in me very own room, I didn't know what to do! I hid under the furniture, but I let my parents scratch my chin.. I loved the attention. Eventually, I learned to crawl out from under the buffet every time they came to see me, so they could brush my fur and give me hugs and kisses.

It turned out that my new brother and sister were old friends! Patches and Jasmine spent a lot of time with me at King Street Cats before they were adopted by mom and dad. They sat outside the glass doors of my room, everyday, waiting for me to come out and play. Mom helped us get reacquainted by feeding us dinner and treats with doors open just the tiniest crack. Day by day, the crack between my bedroom doors got a little bit wider until the three of us became real dinner companions.

My parents built me a clubhouse of my very own and filled it with a warm blanket and soft cat toys they bought for me. I'm not always sure what to do with all the toys yet. I see Jasmine and Patches playing with them. A few days ago I tried playing with one of the toys. I chased it under the dining room table!

Patches and Jasmine have a special game they play. Patches will run up to Jasmine and give her a kiss on the nose. Then they chase each other around the house. Sometimes Patches runs up to me and gives me kisses on the nose. He looks at me like he wants me to chase after him, but I'm still a little uncertain. Next time, maybe I'll try to give him a kiss back! Then maybe we can all play together.

My favorite part of the day is the evening. When my dad comes home from work, he brushes my fur. Patches, Jasmine, and I like to snuggle on the bed with our mom while she reads herself to sleep. I have my own special spot, snuggled under her right shoulder. Mom wakes up at night to give me some head scratches and tell me she loves me.

I stay there until it's time to get up in the morning and help her make breakfast. I especially like to help her collect all the food and water bowls, and I'm very good at pointing out where she needs to pick up a stray piece of kibble!


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pet Owner's Guide to Being Green

Living a lifestyle respectful of the environment leads to a better life
for your pets as well.  Here are a few things you can do
to reduce your pet's environmental paw print.

1.  New bag laws have made plastic grocery bags scarce in many households, which is not necessarily a bad thing seeing as we don't want those bags in our landfills.  Google biodegradable pet bags and many options come up. 

2.  When shopping for shampoos and grooming products for your pets, look for those that use natural ingredients.  Be aware of the packaging, looking for those sold in bottles that are made of recycled materials.  Look for products without harsh chemicals.  Harry Barker has a full line of eco-friendly cat and dog products.  Also consider natural products when cleaning up after that occasional mess your pet may leave so that harsh chemicals aren't being poured down a drain, and it will reduce the risk of your pet getting sick if accidentally ingested.  Simple Solution makes safe cleaning products for around the house.

3.  Pet toys are new made of amazing recycled materials these days (check out Modern Cat...great site for these sorts of toys).  Consider earth-friendly hemp when shopping for a collar.

4.  Feed you pet from a glass or ceramic bowl when possible.  Plastic bowls may leech (or harbour icky germs) and paper products just create more waste. If feasible, buy larger cans or bags of food so there is less waste than smaller or single serving packaging.

5.  Consider earth-friendly cat litter products, which are made of things such as wood chips, recycled paper, corn, or walnut shells.  Some litters are even flush-ablewhich will eliminate the need for pet waste bags.

What green pet practices have you implemented at your house?
Chime in below in the comments section.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mojito-A little taste of Paradise

Mojito, waiting for 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.

Mojito, pictured above, is waiting for her furrever home.
You can read all about this little sweetie here.

Recent St. Croix kitties who have found 
their furrever homes include Petey and Sea Salt.

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.