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Black Cats Black & White Cats

People have been fascinated by black cats for centuries – and as a result many superstitions evolved throughout history and across cultures. So many Americans are superstitious about black cats that they have the lowest adoption rates. Shelters often must host special black cat adoption months and offer steep discounts on black cats as an extra incentive for someone to choose one over a tiger tabby or calico, With that said, did you know?

Black is one of the three basic “pure” colors of cats.” The other two are red and white. All other colors and color patterns of cats are a combination of any two or three of these basic colors. The differences are all a matter of genetics

  • In Asia and the U.K., a black cat is generally considered lucky.
  • The cat’s color is also linked to its temperament and health. Solid black and black and white cats are extremely healthy, have good genes, and are resistant to a variety of diseases. Their temperament is loving and calm.
  • The Egyptian goddess Bast was thought to take the form of a black cat, so many ancient Egyptians owned black cats as a way to court her favor.
  • According to British lore, a black cat’s presence in a house will bring a young woman many suitors.
  • Black cats often have white markings. The most common is a white spot on their necks, known as a locket. Black cats with white “bibs” are called Tuxedos.
  • The Bombay breed is a short-haired black cat known for its affectionate temperament and strong build. Maine Coons, Manx’s, Persians, and other exotic breeds can also be black

Black cats are loving, fun, calm, and beautiful – their fur can go from auburn shaded black, the blue black, the black with tiny white, they can be sleek or fluffy, have yellow eyes, green eyes or blue eyes – in other words “Black is Beautiful” and no different from any other cat.

Join us at Petopia Animal Rescue for our Formal Cat Adoption Event

Feline Fables

By Debbie Regal
Valley Cats, Inc.

Feline Fables

1. Cats are “no-maintenance” pets. Because cats are litter-trained, some people think that simply giving their cat food and water is enough. Not so. Cats also need regular veterinary care and, just as important, lots of love and attention.

2. Cats always land on their feet. While cats can often land on their feet after a short fall, falling from heights is another story. Upper-level windows and porches, unless securely screened, should be off-limits to cats, particularly in high-rise buildings.

3. Cats can’t be trained. Cats will, of course, do things their way if left to their own devices. But most cats can be taught to obey simple rules like not scratching the couch, eating plants or jumping up on the kitchen counter. Repeated, gentle and consistent training gets results. Also, if a cat understands the rules and has an approved outlet for her scratching impulses, such as a sturdy scratching post, there will be no need to have her declawed, a painful and unnecessary operation.

4. Cats aren’t happy unless they can go outside to roam and hunt. Cats like to play, prowl and pounce, and they can do all those activities indoors with you and a few toys-without being exposed to predators, disease, traps, poison and traffic. Indoor cats are healthier, happier-and safer!

5. Cats become fat and lazy after they are spayed or neutered. Cats, just like people, generally become fat because they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise. The fact is cats that are spayed or neutered live longer lives and make better companions. And they don’t contribute to the pet-overpopulation problem in this country, where millions of unwanted cats and dogs are destroyed every year. There’s no need to wait until a female cat has had a litter to have her spayed; it can be done before her first heat cycle.

6. Cats can see in the dark. Cats cannot see in total darkness any better than a person can. They can see better than other animals in semidarkness, however, because of their eyes’ anatomy.

7. Cats don’t need to wear a collar and tag. An identification tag is a lost cat’s ticket home. Every cat, even an indoor cat, should wear a collar with an ID tag to help him come home if he is lost. Many cat owners believe a collar can injure a cat, but a breakaway collar lets a cat escape if the collar becomes snagged.

8. Cats who disappear for a couple of days are just out hunting; there’s no need to worry. The prolonged disappearance of any pet is cause for alarm. Cats are no exception, and as domestic animals, they cannot cope with the dangers posed by the outdoors. For their own safety and well-being, cats should always be kept indoors, but if your cat does somehow become lost, he needs to be looked for immediately-before it’s too late.

9. Cats will suck the breath from sleeping infants. Curious by nature, a cat may want to climb into the crib to see what new manner of squalling creature her family has brought home. But she won’t suck the baby’s breath. She may feel a little jealous, however, so introductions should be gradual. Lots of lavish attention will also help reassure her that she’s still an important member of the family. Cats can suffer from sibling rivalry too!

10. Cats are aloof, independent animals and don’t really want a lot of attention from humans. Cats are domestic animals because they live in the home. They crave human companionship and establish loving bonds with their human families. They may not always show it, but that’s just the feline way. If you toss the cat outdoors, or spend little time with him, you’ll never know the rewarding-and very special-relationship that comes from making a cat a true member of the family.


Special Needs
Need Special People


Millions of cats and dogs are put to death across the US due to age or illness. Petopia Animal Rescue is a no kill organization and we want to find homes for special needs or older animals too. If you have the love in your heart and patience to care for a cat or dog with special needs or a senior, Petopia has a program to help you.

Petopia is a multi-rescue adoption center and we partner with rescue organizations to meet their needs in the community. Our no-kill policy means that every cat or dog should find a home and not be put at a special sanctuary or put to death just because it is old or has special requirements. Many of these animals are housed in off-site facilities but are available for viewing by appointment. We’re happy to send biographies and pictures.

This program allows a person 55+ to adopt a senior animal (9+ years) at an adoption discount

  • When senior pets are adopted, they know they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
  • A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • Senior cats are already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
  • Research tells us that pet, can help improve our physical and mental health. By adopting and spending time with a animal friend, you can lowered stress levels, blood pressure and reduce depression
  • Cats and dogs provide friendship and open opportunities for interacting with others
  • Senior animals are often gentler, calmer companionship, and often are already trained
  • Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, and make great napping buddies.
  • Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for – so when you adopt a senior cat, you are truly saving a life.

Seniors for Seniors adoption program is all about senior humans rediscovering the joys of having a cat or dog in their lives.


For 30+ years humans have fought against AIDs discrimination. FIV – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is the cat world’s version of HIV. The decades of human phobia has passed that stigma on to cats and the fear of the unknown is just a lack of good information. Testing FIV positive is not a death sentence. With proper care cats labeled FIV+ can live long, healthy, happy lives.

FIV+ cats do not have to be isolated. Many people live with cats infected with FIV together with cats who are not. In fact if asymptomatic and healthy they can be co-mingled with non FIV+ cats as long as they do not fight or mate they will not spread the virus. It is extremely important that the cat be spayed / neutered and kept indoors to prevent exposure to illness and decrease risk of spread to other cats. For an FIV positive cat to transfer the virus to another cat, there has to be blood to blood transmission. For this to occur there would have to be a deep scratch or bite wound where both cats bleed and the FIV infected blood enters the non-FIV infected cats’ body. A playful nip or light scratch from an FIV positive cat to another cat will not transmit FIV.

There is now also a vaccine to help protect cats from FIV, (however it does not provide complete immunization and spay / neuter is always strongly recommended as the best protection against FIV).

FIV is not a death sentence, it simply means adjusting your cat’s life style to support him or her to live with this virus. Through appropriate vet treatment and loving care an FIV positive cat can lead a long and happy life.

With the increasing prevalence of diabetes in cats, more owners are discovering that their pets are afflicted with this very manageable health condition. If left untreated, diabetes can drastically lessen your pet’s quality of life and shorten its lifespan. It is very important to see your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your pet has diabetes.

Fortunately, diabetes can be treated and does not mean a death sentence for your beloved pet. By working with your veterinarian, your pet can continue to live a long and healthy life.

Each diabetic responds differently to different therapies. Some are easier to regulate; others require more complex types of treatment. Some can be treated successfully through changes in diet and with oral medications. With more severe diabetes, insulin injections may be required for the remainder of their lives.

In general, treatment for diabetes falls into three categories:

  • Insulin injections
  • Oral hypoglycemic medications
  • Diet

Perhaps you are diabetic or know a diabetic and can relate to their challenges and how they meet them. Won’t you help an animal with the same challenge live a longer, healthier, happy life?

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