Friday, January 20, 2017

Feline Friday - Romeo!

Meet Romeo! He is a 9 month old golden brown ticked tabby.  He has 3 white socks and 1 boot.  He hasn't been at StreetCats for very long and I suspect that he will be adopted quickly because he is such a sweetheart!

Romeo is very friendly and playful.  His foster mom said that he loves to play hide and seek, chase anything on a string, and then, when he is all tuckered out, he will sit on your lap to be petted and adored.  

He found his foster mom, one of StreetCats' volunteers, this past Halloween. His foster mom said that he came running across a field, crossed a busy street, and then ran right up her driveway to her.  He did this amid many costumed trick-or-treaters and a yard full of Halloween blow up decorations on the lawn!  She said that he was very brave!

The romantic little Romeo, being a little shy and new to StreetCats, has kept to himself.  After he begins to feel more at home we'll see whether or not he will get along well with the other cats.  His foster mom said that he's not sure whether or not he likes dogs.  He may do fine with children, but has been known to give a little warning bite when he is through playing or is being loved on too much.  

Romeo is a healthy kitty!  He has been examined by a veterinarian, has been given all of the tests needed for a cat and has received all of the vaccinations that he needs.  He has also been neutered and micro-chipped!  His chip will be registered with Home Again and his new owner's contact information will be added to it.  Micro-chipping is a great way to have your pet returned to you if he/she is ever lost. 

If you are interested in meeting Romeo feel free to come by StreetCats at 6520 E. 60th St., in Tulsa, 10:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or call our message line, 918-298-0104, with any questions that you may have.  We would love to show you around and introduce you to Romeo, and I'm sure that he would love to meet you, too!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

January means staying warm!

Which do you think is the coldest month of the year?  Hi, this is Smokey, and I can tell you that I think it's January.  I've been around for a long time and I remember flowers blooming sometimes in February, so I vote January.  And that is why, I think, we at StreetCats had so many adoptions in December . . . because people needed mammals with fur to help keep them warm when January got here!!

You know it's not just our fur that enables us kitties to help keep our humans warm.  We're just naturally warm critters.  Our body temperature is 102 degrees so we're very useful in helping humans stay warm . . . that is if we're lap cats.  And think about this . . . we kitties have to use a lot of our energy (metabolism) to keep that high body temperature.  So maybe, just maybe, when we sit on your lap, it's not ONLY because we love you.  Maybe, just maybe, were using you!!  Oh my, could it be?!

Yep, we kitties, being the incredibly smart creatures that we are, know how to use fuel to help us heat our bodies!  That's why you might see us not only on a human's lap, but by a fireplace, on the hood of a car, or lying in the sun (our favorite!).  When we conserve our energy in this way then we have more energy for being the super hunters that we are!

I wonder why we have such high body temperatures.  Perhaps it's because our origins are in the deserts of the Middle East and we had to adjust to high temps.  I don't know the answers to all these hard questions, but here's one little thing I do know.  Newborn kittens have heat receptors on their faces.  Since they are born blind, with closed eyes, this enables them to locate their nearby mom and their food!  Smartness from the very beginning!

CAUTION!  Kitties, we don't actually feel pain from heat until it reaches 126 degrees!  So please be careful when you're lying close to that fireplace!  You could get burned before you even know what's happening!  That human lap or following the sun rays across the rug or bed might be a safer way to conserve energy!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Feline Friday - Adopted Favorites

I want to share with you all some photographs of some notable kitties who were adopted.  This entry is a little long with all of the pictures, but I hope you enjoy seeing some of our friends.







and last, but in no way least.....Adam!