When TJ first joined CROW, something about him reminded me of Maru, the chunky round-faced Japanese cat with an unnatural attraction to boxes and getting things stuck on his head. At first I thought it was just the body bulk and the round cheeks: (Maru on left, TJ on right)
Then I realized it was more. (Again, Maru then TJ.)
This was not the first time TJ has done such a thing, but rather just the first time I was able to get a picture.
TJ is a hoot. He is playful and undignified and ridiculous and cuddly and silly and affectionate; he has made himself fully at home and is incredibly happy. Anyone would be lucky to share a home with him, and in the meantime I'm grateful to be so lucky.
In a recent study of 4,000 participants published in the Cancer Epidemology, Biomarkers and Prevention journal, researchers discovered that pet lovers are a third less likely to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the lymphatic system. The report is quoted as saying, 'This large study provides support for a decreased risk between pet ownership and non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. And it's possible this is related to altered immune function.'
(I haven't been able to find an online copy of the report. If any of you do, leave a link in the comments. Thanks!)
When TJ's humans became homeless, he ended up here with us at CROW. We kept his original name, since everything else in his world had been turned upside down. He's very large, has almost no teeth, and is declawed on his front paws. He getting comfortable in his new digs and made it into the giant human bed last night. His purr reaches the rafters, and as long as there is a human nearby to love on, he can take nearly anything in stride.
I once knew a cat who could not fully retract his front claws, so he sprained and twisted his leg joints repeatedly when he'd get snagged, until the day came that both front legs were injured and he could use neither. This is the only case of medically justified declawing that I've come across.
While some cats survive declawing without long term issues, many become aggressive biters, develop litter box problems, end up with health complications from the anesthesia or the surgical wounds, and some die. If you're concerned for furniture or safety, get some cat trees and Soft Paws instead of chopping off a cat's toes. Please.
Lucas went to his new home yesterday and we bid him a fond farewell. Much love to you, Lucas! Have a wonderful life!
My camera and computer are having an extended disagreement, so I can't post pictures of our new arrival yet, but will do so as soon as I am able. TJ is a large neutered and declawed male whose humans became suddenly homeless, so he ended up here with us at CROW. He is sweet and very attached to humans, but is less than thrilled to be surrounded by so many other cats. He's been here less than a week and is adjusting well. Close inspection revealed that he has very few teeth in his big round head, but that hasn't hindered his sizable cow-printed bulk in the least. He is quite a character.
Cats in the main CROW foster home are enjoying a new piece of furniture. Nice, eh? (I have pictures of it in use, but since my electronics won't end their spat, this manufacturer's photo will have to do in the meantime.) Just imagine all the furry goodness.
Sorry the blog is no longer daily--I hope it will be again someday. In the meantime, rest assured that the cats are doing well, the community is coming to know and love CROW, and the CROW blogger is keeping her sanity.
C.R.O.W.'s mission is to improve the welfare of cats and their caregivers in the San Luis Valley, with a special focus on cats who are disabled, abused, senior, feral, or whose humans have become homeless.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
CROW= Colorado Rescue, Outreach, & Welfare
Colorado Yeah, that.
Rescue Cats in the care of C.R.O.W. live cage-free (except for medical reasons) in a network of foster homes in the San Luis Valley. We strive to rescue and rehome as many cats as possible, especially those with special needs, those whose humans have become homeless, and those facing euthanasia from city shelter overflow.
Outreach C.R.O.W. networks with other animal welfare organizations in the area to best meet the needs of the community. We share educational articles in the newspapers, keep an active blog, offer free educational workshops and classes, and interact with the community at large on a regular basis.
Welfare Our rescue and outreach programs directly impact the welfare of cats in the San Luis Valley. We are in the early stages of building a Feral Cat Welfare Program to improve public acceptance of feral cats, to provide winter shelters for colonies around the valley, to trap-neuter-release (TNR) as many feral cats as possible, and to help the caregivers of feral colonies in any way we can.
CROW Cat Rescue is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit. Your donations are tax deductable. Thanks!