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Special Alert...
Schedule Change

 

 

We will NOT HOLD ADOPTIONS MARCH 15th, 2015

 

ADOPTIONS will be held MARCH 8th, 2015

Evans...


Adopt your own Leprechaun!



 

Evans is one of Zephyr's sons, and Patrices' brother*. He is a "shoulder rider" and chooses the people he wants to ride on. Evans would prefer being an only cat but accommodates other cats if he has to. He tends to be possessive of his "chosen" persons.

 

As he has grown his coat has become a beautiful burnished.

His is independent and very loving. Evans does get his feelings hurt when he feels ignored and will sometimes leap on your shoulder to get your attention. He should make a loyal and active companion for some lucky person or family.

 

Evans in greenery

You are in Luck!
EVANS will be at our adoption site starting this Sunday, March First

Lively, Curious, Loyal, Determined little boy!

 

*Visit our NEW BEGINNINGS page to meet Patrice!

Meet ZEPHYR, Evans mom, on our ADOPTIONS LIST


If you would like to meet any of the animals listed on the FFF or Petfinder sites,

you can contact Sally.

 


Talking Cat

F.F.F. NEWS...

 

F. F. F. has enrolled in the SAVE MART S.H.A.R.E.S. PROGRAM !

(Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education, Sports)

 

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

 

With a swipe of each S.H.A.R.E.S. card issued at any participating supermarket , a portion of the qualified purchases will automatically be donated to FFF in the form of S.H.A.R.E.S. points.


The more points FFF earns, the more FFF earns.! Up to 3% of the qualified purchases made is credited to FFF's account with each swipe.

* (Some exclusions apply; purchases not eligible for points are: postage,gift cards, event tickets, ticket master,BART, lotto, fuel, check cashing fees, liquor discounts , charity icon sales, sales tax. S.H.A.R.E.S. cards cannot be combined with other discount cards i.e. gas cards.)


WHERE CAN I GET MY S.H.A.R.E.S CARD..?


Just contact FFF and we can issue your S.H.A.R.E.S card .....FREE.

There is NO registering of your personal information, credit card,etc

You can start using your card immediately at the participating stores...
SAVE MART , LUCKY, FOOD MAXX..

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We will distribute cards at our adoption site on our adoption days...the FIRST and THIRD SUNDAYS at Lafayette Pet Shoppe AND/OR we issue them to you via the mail.
CONTACT Sally at (925) 808-8364.

 

LOOK for F.F.F. throughout the community for other distribution sites.


P.S. Save your shopping bag, your cat will love you for it! Free instant cat toy!

Announcement

INTRODUCING...

Petunia Says

Announcement

 

PETUNIA, our FFF cat liaison and my kitty soul-mate, finally has her own column!

 

Petunia

The idea for this column stemmed from comments my husband, and kitty Santa, made one day when PETUNIA seemed to be more in charge than we did...and we found ourselves" living on Petunia time "!

As he pointed out, PETUNIA has very definite ideas about things...and definitely has a mind of her own...and lets us know about things from a cat perspective. It just made sense to give her a chance to " educate" us humans about " all things CAT".

PETUNIA SAYS... will give us an opportunity to share and learn about a variety of topics that can benefit both human and kitty. She hopes to share information on kitty health issues, entertaining , enrichment, alternative medicine and vet care, emergency preparedness, problem solving and many more.

If you have a topic you would like for her to cover, please feel free to email her
in care of sally@fffcatfriends.org. Indicate " Petunia Says" in the subject box.

FFF, and PETUNIA hope that you enjoy this new resource. See her new page at
Petunia Says...

SALLY

P.S.    PETUNIA sends her regards.

Nursing Kittens Petunia Says Mom

The Natural History of the Cat

Did you know that just 60 years ago, few cats lived entirely indoors at all? In fact, for more than 10,000 years, cats have lived outdoor lives, sharing the environment with birds and wildlife. Understanding cats’ place in history and human evolution reveals how very recently domestic cats came indoors and how millions of this species—feral cats—continue to live healthy lives outdoors today, as all domestic cats are biologically adapted to do.

 

Origins of the Domestic Cat

 

Cats began their unique relationship with humans 10,000 to 12,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, the geographic region where some of the earliest developments in human civilization occurred (encompassing modern day parts of West Asia). One such development was agriculture. As people abandoned their nomadic lifestyle and settled permanently to farm the land, stored grain attracted rodents. Taking advantage of this new, abundant food source, Middle Eastern wildcats, or felix silvestris lybica, preyed on the rodents and decided to stick around these early towns, scavenging the garbage that all human societies inevitably produce—just as feral cats do today.

Over thousands of years, a new species of cat eventually evolved that naturally made its home around people: felis catus. Today, pet, stray, and feral cats belong to this species that we call the domestic cat.1

 

Cats Travel the World

 

Cats formed a mutually beneficial relationship with people, and some scientists argue that cats domesticated themselves.2Especially prized as mousers on ships, cats traveled with people around the globe:

    • A burial site in Cyprus provides the first archaeological evidence of humans and cats living side-by-side, as far back as 9500 BC. Cats must have been brought to the island intentionally by humans.3
    • In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped, mummified, and—artwork suggests—kept on leashes as part of the cult of the goddess Bastet.
    • In 31 BC, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire. Cats were introduced into Roman life, becoming truly widespread in Europe around the 4th century AD.4 A cat skeleton from this period shows the shortened skull of domestic cats today.5
    • From Europe, cats boarded ships to the Americas, reportedly tagging along with Christopher Columbus, with the settlers at Jamestown, and aboard the Mayflower.
    • In Europe, Sir Isaac Newton is rumored to have invented the cat door in the late 17th or early 18th century.
    • Cats continued their service as mousers throughout history, even serving as official employees of the United States Postal Service as late as 19th and early 20th century America.6
    • Towards the end of the 19th century, more Americans began to keep cats for their company as well as their utility. The first cat show was held at Madison Square Garden in 1895. By the end of World War I, cats were commonly accepted as house pets in the U.S.

Throughout all this time, cats were allowed to come and go freely from human households—even President Calvin Coolidge’s cat had free rein to wander to and from the White House during the 1920s. As Sam Stall, author of 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization and The Cat Owner’s Manual, writes, “Back in Coolidge’s day no one thought of confining cats indoors—not even one belonging to the president of the United States.”7

 

Catering to Cats: Inventing the Indoor Cat

 

Keeping cats indoors all the time was not possible—nor was it even a goal—until several important 20th century innovations: refrigeration, kitty litter, and the prevalence of spaying and neutering.

Even though these changes to our modern lifestyle make keeping cats inside possible, biologically, cats are the same as they were thousands of years ago. Their role in our society has evolved and broadened over the last hundred years, but their basic behaviors and needs haven’t changed.

 

Cat Food

 

Unlike dogs, who have undergone many physical changes since domestication and evolved to survive on an omnivorous diet, cats haven’t changed much, and still require a high-protein diet. Before the development of refrigeration and canned cat food in the 20th century, feeding indoor cats who could not supplement their diets by hunting would have been impossible for most Americans, who could not afford extra fresh meat or fish.8

 

Kitty Litter

 

Up until the 1950s, cats roamed American neighborhoods freely, using the great outdoors as their litter area. Pans filled with dirt or newspaper were used indoors by a few cat owners, but it wasn’t until the first clay litter was accidentally discovered in 1947 and the subsequent marketing of the Tidy Cats® brand in the 1960s that litter boxes really caught on. With the invention of cat litter, cats rocketed to popularity as indoor pets, but their outdoor survival skills remain.9

 

Spaying and Neutering

 

Until spaying and neutering pets became available and accessible around the 1930s, keeping intact cats indoors was messy business during mating season. Techniques had been developed for sterilizing livestock, but American households would have had a hard time finding a veterinarian trained to safely neuter pets before this time.10 Just as cats found their own food and litter areas outdoors, 20th century cats bred and gave birth outdoors as they have done since their origins in the Fertile Crescent 10,000 years ago. While some of those cats’ offspring have since been brought indoors through neutering and other modern developments, many cats stayed outside, living the same outdoor lives they always have, with or without human contact. Although adult feral cats—cats that are not socialized to people—cannot become indoor pets, neutering and returning them to their outdoor home improves their lives.

 

Cats are Part of Our Environment

 

In the thousands of years that cats have lived alongside people, indoor-only cats have only become common in the last 50 or 60 years—a negligible amount of time on an evolutionary scale.

Throughout human history, cats have always lived and thrived outside. It is only recently that we have begun to introduce reproduction control like spaying and neutering to bring them indoors. And also, bring the outdoors to them: using canned food and litter boxes to satisfy biological needs developed over thousands of years of living outdoors.

Although human civilization and domestic cats co-evolved side by side, the feral cat population was not created by humans. Cats have lived outdoors for a long time—they are not new to the environment and they didn’t simply originate from lost pets or negligent pet owners. Instead, they have a place in the natural landscape.


[1] Driscoll, Carlos A. et al. “The Taming of the Cat.” Scientific American (2009): 71-72. 
[2] Ibid
[3] Ibid
[4] Donalson, Malcolm Drew. The Domestic Cat in Roman Civilization. The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, New York: 1999. 
[5] Ibid
[6] Weir, Harrison. Our Cats and All About Them. Fanciers’ Gazette, London: 1892. 
[7] Stall, Sam. 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization. Quirk Books, Philadelphia: 2007. 
[8] Bradshaw, John W.S., The Evolutionary Basis for the Feeding Behavior of Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris) and Cats (Felis catus), 136(7) J Nutrition (2006). 
[9] Rainbolt, Dusty. “The Best Idea,” Cat Fancy. (August 2010): 30-31. 
[10] Grier, Katherine C. Pets in America: A History. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill: 2006.

© 2015 ALLEY CAT ALLIES

 


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Buying a new one?
Know someone who is?



Real EstateOur pet friendly supporter / Realtor, Bonnie Andrews, has extended a generous offer to FFF referrals! For every FFF referral that results in a finalized contract with her, she will DONATE 10% of her commission to FFF!


A win win situation for all....a dedicated, pet-friendly Realtor, to work with you to meet your needs, and. you can help our FFF Medical Fund that helps needy FFF fosters and community animals. You can contact Bonnie Andrews at:

 

Bonnie Andrews

Windermere Realty
Email : bonniedanes@windermere.com
Cell Phone: 510-478-8266



S.O.C.K.F.I.P
EVENT...



SOCKFIP Presentation
The SOCKFIP Executive Board met with Dr. Niels Pedersen in a holiday meeting to present him with a check for $11,000 to contribute to his promising ongoing research on F.I.P.

 

Dr. Pedersen updated the Board on his current ongoing research and his partnership with University...

 

P.S. Petunia, in her Santa cape, attended to give us a festive flair and feline approval. However, she was nonplussed with the picture taking, preferring to attend to the admirers off camera... always the diva .

 

Dr. Pedersen's UPDATE:

Dr. Pedersen believes that a vaccine for FIP is not possible. Husbandry practices that can reduce the incidence of the disease have been implemented by many catteries and shelters, but will only have a limited effect. Therefore, his laboratory has concentrated on identifying anti-viral drugs that may prolong life, or hopefully bring about a cure.

 

Collaborations have been underway with researchers at Kansas State University on testing the first generation of protease inhibitors. Protease inhibitors inhibit virus replication and are part of the drug cocktail currently used to treat HIV/AIDS.  Preliminary testing of first generation protease inhibitors with activity against FIP virus appear hopeful. Dr. Pedersen is also negotiating with a large pharmaceutical company and researchers at another University to help screen and test a number of compounds that show activity against related viruses that cause SARS and MERS in humans. The goal is to identify several safe and effective drugs that will attack the FIP virus by different mechanisms, mimicking the approach that has been so successful for HIV infection.

 

His research team will also continue to study the nature of FIP immunity and the mechanisms by which the FIP virus is able to evade a cat's defense mechanisms and cause disease. This latter research may identify additional targets for drug therapy.

 

For more info, please visit the SOCKFIP.org website.

 

F.F.F. Recognition...

We are humbled and honored to have received the Rescue Award from SimplyCatBreeds.org for recognition of our efforts to provide rescue services to needy "formerly friendless felines". We have shared their commendation below.


We at SimplyCatBreeds.org are pleased to present you with a Cat Rescue Award for excellence in helping needy cats who just need a warm home and some love. We take pride in acknowledging the best organizations around the country with our special award emblem, recognizing them for their outstanding work - Friends of the Formerly Friendless is absolutely an organization we place among those that need recognition.

Thank you for all the work you and your organization provides for cats in need. We know exactly how difficult and thankless a task it can be, so we hope this little token helps even a little bit.


While we are honored to have received this recognition, our work and story would not be possible without our dedicated and hard working, fosters, community support, compassionate veterinarians and excellent web master/website designer. We will display the award medallion proudly on our websites in recognition of all their efforts to help Friends of the Formerly Friendless in their Rescue mission.


 



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