Cats for Adoption;

5165 Broadway # 230

Depew, N.Y. 14043

(716) 683-6213

Cat Haven of W.N.Y.Text Box: This page was updated on: 
28 Jan 2017

Daisy, Bonnie & Olivia–   these three other young female cats (probably born in April or May of 2016), were born outside. They were trapped and then spayed. There are two calicos (light –Daisy & dark– Bonnie) and a black girl (Olivia). They are shy and need someone who is experienced with owning cats. They need to be in a calm home environment. It is not recommended that they be in a home with a first time pet/cat owner or with small or young children. They appear to be ok with other cats, but probably should not be in a home with dogs. They have not had an easy life. Once their trust is earned they will make awesome pets too.

    Can you give them the love they have never known & show them that humans can be trusted? Or do you know of someone who can? If you do or if you need more information, please contact us.

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     Due to the passing of our founder CatHaven Of WNY we will not be accepting any more cats into our shelter but we will attempt to match anyone looking for a cat or kitten with others who have cats & kittens looking for homes;

 

                                                                                  5165 Broadway # 230

                                                                              Depew, New York 14043

                                                                                      (716) 683-6213

 

                                                             E-mail:  CathavenOfWNY [AT] roadrunner.com

 

 

Our “March Madness” 50/50 split raffle is now in progress the drawing will be held on Sunday March 19th, 2017. Chances are $1.00 each—OR— SIX chances for $5.00.

    Go to our RAFFLES page for details or to our CHANCES page to print up tickets from this website. Winner and amount will be posted on this website after the drawing date

Cayenne & Spice–   these two young tortishell female cats (probably born in July of 2016), were born outside with their two brothers. A concerned cat lover worked with “Feral Focus” to get them and their mother all trapped and fixed. These girls are currently in a temporary foster care until this Spring of 2017 learning to socialize with humans and other cats. Beautiful semi-longhaired with lovely golden eyes. Their brothers have already been adopted and are doing awesome in their new home.\

    These girls need their first “fur-ever” home, can you help them find it? They do will with other cats and adults who are experienced cat people. Due to their limited interaction with humans it is not recommended that they be in a home with small or young children or first time pet/cat owners. They are just learning to trust humans and need someone who will be patient and calm with them.

    They will make great pets if someone will only give them a chance and patiently work at earning their trust. We’d like to see both girls stay together as they can emotionally support each other and find comfort in each others presence. We’d like to see them in an indoor only home, we do not want to see them released back outside.

     Can you give them the love they have never known & show them that humans can be trusted? Or do you know of someone who can? If you do or if you need more information, please contact us.

My story, Adopting a FERAL (or semi-feral) Cat —— Part 1

 

     Many folks want cuddly loving cats for pets, this is understandable. Many feral (or semi-feral) cats are overlooked and never get adopted. I would never recommend adopting a feral (or semi-feral) cat unless you have solid years of experience dealing with cats and understand them and their behaviors completely, these cats are NOT for first time pet owners. I also would not recommend bringing a feral or semi-feral cat into a home with children. For those who aren’t aware when feral cats are trapped to be spayed/neutered and then released back into their original cat colony their “left” ear tip is clipped  off. This helps to visually make others aware that the cats are fixed and feral should they ever be trapped again. I’ve been around cats since I was 6 years old. Making friends with stray cats was common for me as a child. I have an instinctive understanding with them. I think my years of experience with cats is what makes me comfortable with stray/feral cats. It’s just a matter of earning their trust. Some cats will “choose” to trust and others will never cross the line and will be permanently wild and distrustful. I can usually distinguish between the types of those who can be approached and those who will never be accepting of humans. It takes TIME and lots of patience to earn the trust of these cats. Many have had hard lives and may have dealt with humans who yelled at them, threw things at them, shot at them with pellet guns or possibly worse. They may have come from a situation that forced them to be mistrustful of humans.

 

     My original cat family of five cats (three females and two males), had dwindled down to just my 15 yr old female Siamese mix that I had since a kitten. I wanted to give a 2nd chance to a cat that would not likely get adopted & that was older. I am partial to the Siamese breed and I wanted a male, so I started my search by going to Petfinder.com. I wasn’t able to find any Siamese or Siamese-mixes at my local shelters or rescues. Most of the listings I saw were out of state. Many of the out of state rescues I contacted, wouldn’t consider me because they only wanted adopters within their own state/city. When I saw this father (MingMing) and son (MewMew) listed on Petfinder.com, I inquired about them, I had only wanted to adopt one cat, but I was told these two had to be adopted together. I was ok with this because it was another male and because I like black cats too. I was thrilled that the rescue (Precious Paws) would consider letting me adopt these two. While I was in the same state I was at the other end. My husband and I drove for over 5 hours from WNY to the outskirts of New Jersey to meet these cats at a small privately owned cat rescue. The caretaker of the shelter said the only reason she considered me was because I also worked with rescues in my own area and had experience with cats.

 

    Originally these boys were part of a cat colony that was being targeted and poisoned by uneducated humans, the entire colony was trapped and new homes were sought for them. My first introduction with the two wasn’t great, they both crouched back in a corner and wanted nothing to do with me. The father even hissed at me. Being a long time cat person I knew I would have to “earn” their trust and respect. I was confident it could be done, so I told their caretaker to put them in the carrier that I had brought with me. So that is how I adopted  these two feral males in May of 2015, ages 4 and 7 at the time. They rode fairly well for such a long drive, but one did poop in the carrier half way thru. When we pulled over in the rest area I used some paper towels and slowly I opened the door to insert my hand in to pick up the poop.  I spoke softly and calmly as I  went further into the carrier. They just watched my hand but didn’t attack me.

 

    I had already set up a large double tall cage in my large bathroom just in case I came home with new family members. While a little cramped, this cage was big enough for litter box, bed, feeding bowls and water dish. I also made additional wooden shelves at the top and covered the top half of the cage with a blanket. Covering the top part of the cage was crucial because I knew when cats are scared they like to hide in high and dark places. This created a SAFE dark place for them to feel secure while they adjusted to their new home. When we arrived home, I managed to shake the carrier to get them to go into the cage so I didn’t have to traumatize them by handling or touching them. For a couple of weeks I just let them get used to the cage and their new home. I talked to them but made no attempt to touch them. I wanted them to “choose” to approach me when they felt ready and comfortable.

 

   I changed the son’s name (MewMew) to Maui. He was the braver of the two cats, his father (MingMing) was more shy and nervous. If I extended my hand towards Maui he would sniff at it but MingMing would back away and hiss. After a month went by Maui was actively coming to greet me when I opened the cage door to clean the litterbox or put food in. He would even let me scratch under his chin and purred. I feel that my older female Sapphire was a key element in helping them to adjust. They were able to see how she would come up to me and be petted and that she wasn’t afraid of me. Even though she hissed at them I knew with time she would either accept or ignore them. At this point I decided to put a screen door on my bathroom, I felt it was time to open the cage door and allow them to explore their surroundings. Even though they were confined to my bathroom they had a large window with a screen that I leave open during the summer. They could both lay in the window (which faced over my backyard), to watch the birds and smell the scents of the outdoors. This would also allow them to see my other female on the other side of the door as she moved around the house. Usually they ran back into the cage whenever we opened the door to go into the bathroom. This was ok and normal, I would just talk to them and reassure them that I wasn’t going to hurt them and this was their new home now and they would be safe and loved. As the months went by we adjusted to each other. Within four months Maui was approaching me and allowing me to pet him. He wasn’t as nervous as MingMing. At this time I decided to take the screen door off and allow them access to the rest of the house. At first they were unsure and they would run back to the cage in the bathroom whenever they felt nervous, the cage was their “safe” spot. They did well with my female, they would bend their heads to her showing deference. She would either hiss or slap them then run away. They did not pick a fight with her but acknowledged her as the top resident cat. Eventually she ignored them.

 

                                                    (to be continued . . . )

                                  

 

 

Feral cats who are humanely trapped then spayed/neutered will have the tip of their left ear clipped off