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Boat Kitten Update

All of the "boat cats" have now been adopted!

In August 2006, workers at a boat dealership in Austin discovered a litter of seven tiny tabbies, aboard a boat that had been delivered from Houston. We imagine the mother cat was away hunting, or was startled, when the boat was hauled away. One of our volunteers brought them to Thundering Paws, and most of the kittens were in foster care before being adopted.

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Hanging Around the Sanctuary

The days are quiet for most of the kitties here at Thundering Paws. Occasionally someone needs to go out for a checkup or other medical attention, and on weekends there are a few candidates for adoption who go out to Petsmart.

But for the most part, they hang around, lounging on the cat trees, and wait for someone to come over and choose them for a new home. Would you like to come over and meet them?

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Big Tail, Little Tail, Curly Tail

Our newest kitties available for adoption: three kittens, about four months old, each with a different tail. There was obviously some Manx in the mix for this litter, plus a little bit of Siamese. These kittens all came from a family of abandoned cats southwest of Austin. They are spayed and neutered, have their first set of shots, and are ready for new homes.

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Chatoyancy: Shining like a cat eye

Cats do not see the world the same way that you and I do. Their vision is adapted to night hunting, so they have a much better ability to see in dim light than we do. They are also adapted to detect even the slightest motion, in order to spot prey.

A cat's eye has a reflective layer behind the retina, not present in human eyes, that bounces light back. You've probably seen a cat's eye shining in dim light, a result of this reflection.

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Inside the Box

There's nothing like a nice snug box to make a kitty feel secure. At Thundering Paws, we have plenty of boxes, carriers, beds, and even some open cages for cats to rest in. Edward is fond of this special pyramid-shaped box. Is he grooving to the supernatural resonance of pyramid power? Probably not, he's just naturally a very happy cat -- but it does make a good spot for a nap.

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Sleepy Kitties

Did you know that cats sleep more than almost any other mammal?

Vangie and Abe napping
Vangie and Abe having a nap (photo by Scott Haywood)

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Feral Cat Relocation

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Kay Rolfes

A feral cat is a cat who has not been socialized with humans.

At Thundering Paws, we often assist in caring for feral cat colonies, helping with trapping, spaying/neutering, and management of the colonies. Generally, a feral cat is returned to the colony after recovering from the surgery. But once in a while, that is not possible.

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Tabby Town

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Kay Rolfes

Some of my favorite Thundering Paws cats are tabbies. Tabby cats are also called tiger cats, for their beautiful stripey coats. The tabby coloring type is thought to be the original coloring of domestic cats, and is the most common coloring type found in the wild. Tabby markings are an advantage in the wild, as the variegated shading provides excellent camoflage.

Celine
Celine, blending in with the fallen leaves

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Two is More Than Twice as Nice

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Kay Rolfes

Two cats are ever so much more fun than one. They can keep you entertained with their interactions, running and playing together, or snoozing side by side.

Marilyn and Tantoe
Marilyn and Tantoe napping together

They can keep each other company when you are out at work or on vacation. No need to feel so guilty leaving your cat all alone when he or she has a kitty pal to hang around with while you are away.

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Peace

Jeanne
If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. ~Barbara L. Diamond
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