Hello Pet Parents,

Happy New Year! Gosh 2015 already and the new year has brought such joy as we have had our very first adoption!

Two of our three adorable kittens sisters found a wonderful forever home together on Saturday 10th.

Now we just need to find a home for the remaining gorgeous girl. She is the one on the left waving her paw!

Please spread the word by clicking the image and sharing the post on your Facebook page.

Some of you may have seen on Facebook our other two kittens Calvin and Callie. They were returned to Cat Protection Society last Tuesday and were also adopted on Sunday by a lovely couple.

Our Charity day on the 6th December was a real hit this year! We raised a lot of money from the Cat Raffle for Cat Protection Society and a smaller amount from the dog raffle for Oscars Law.

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the following winners:

Cat Raffles: 1st Prize: Ann Brockbank, 2nd Prize: Catherine Mason, 3rd Prize Justine Morton

Dog Raffles: 1st Prize: Francoise, 2nd Prize Vicky Cricy

 

Prize winners:

A huge THANK YOU to our suppliers whose donations were incredibly generous:

Pet Pacific, MasterPet, Cenvet, Rogue Rogality, and Doog

The generosity this year was overwhelming. So many of people over the month purchased and donated to the Christmas Wish Tree or offered their prizes to the wishing tree. Each month Divine Creatures donates to 5 different charities and it is beautiful to see the charitably in others as well 🙂

Bree has had a promotion! Bree is now the General Manager ensuring customer service is kept to a level of excellence,  coordinating all the bookings and Bree coordinates daily check ins and check outs . Jules hasn’t gone anywhere! She is still at Divine Creatures every day, ensuring the guests are also kept at a level of excellence and over-sees the day-to-day cat hotel and pet shop operations.

Now with the expansion, it certainly takes a large amount time coordinating check ins and check outs for 52 rooms. At times we only have a couple of hours to turn a room around in preparation for the next admission, therefore we just ask for you to run on time for your prearranged check in or check out time. If you are running late, please call us so that we can organize around the plans for the day and not disadvantage the next guest scheduled into that room.

We also only have Condo’s left for Christmas next year! We do try to provide ample notice in these newsletters regarding availability so please try not to get disappointed with the staff if we can not get you in over Christmas.

With the growing capacity so does our staff levels! We welcome the fantastic Emily to our dedicated team! Emily was also a client at Divine Creatures and ever so keen to become a volunteer. Emily has volunteered since October and after seeing her outstanding performance Jules offered her a part-time weekend position.

Lastly you probably noticed the newsletter was sent out a little later in the month this month. We will be changing our newsletter delivery date to mid month as most mail (and bills) are sent to your inbox end or beginning of the month. We hope this will help you manage your inbox mail!

We hope you also have a fantastic start to the New Year!

All the best,
Jules & Dr Katie;
Robyn, Bree, Emma, Silvie, Luisa, Laura and Emily.

Click here to read article: New Year New Beginnings – how to deal with change

New Beginnings, How Cats Cope With Change in the Home

Cats are the ultimate creatures of habit. They are generally happiest seeing the same people each day, living in their familiar territory, and eating the same foods from the same bowls (preferably at the same time). Unfortunately for our cats, life is rarely this orderly. As good owners we can help our cats cope with change.

Cats have a few “tell tale” signs that they are not coping well. Cats often groom themselves as a way of calming themselves. Stressed cats may overgroom and start pulling out hair. These cats often have bald bellies and sometimes patchy hair loss from other areas of their bodies. Other cats will start urinating in inappropriate places. Outgoing cats may become reclusive. Friendly cats may become aggressive. Some cats will seek to find a quieter place to live.

So how do we help our fussy little hair balls?
Try to make changes gradually. A common change in households is the introduction of a baby. For cats this can be a delightful addition or a monumental catastrophe – and we are the ones that determine the outcome. Many pregnant mums with cats worry about catching toxoplasmosis. This is a disease that is actually very hard to catch from your cat. You are in fact much more likely to catch toxoplasmosis from eating raw vegetables, unwashed salad or gardening. Follow these guides and just get the dad to be in charge of changing litter trays. It is totally unnecessary and very unfair to get rid of Puss. Next, Puss should not be excluded from all the areas of the house that she has seen as her territory. I do believe it is reasonable to keep cats out of a nursery. Set up these boundaries months before baby comes home and it will be an easy change. Remember to give Puss periods of attention and play – chances are Puss was the original “baby”.

When children and toddlers enter a cat’s household, it is very important that they are taught to touch cats respectfully. Even very young children can be taught to pat a cat gently and not to pick them up. They can also be shown how to recognise if Puss is happy (ears forward and tail still) versus when Puss is unhappy (ears back, tail flicking, black eyes, possibly even growling). Children need to know that when they see Puss is unhappy, that they leave the cat alone.

Introducing a new cat or kitten is a topic for whole articles. It is likely to be a huge upheaval to your cat’s life rather than the delightful companion you hoped. Keep the new cat in one area of the house and let your cat slowly (days/weeks) get used to the smell, sound and look of the new addition. Expect some growling and posturing – cats are not designed to be a pack animal. Do not expect the cats to share food bowls or litter trays – you would not want to share your belongings with a stranger!

Very few cats relish travel and trips to the vets or to new catteries (of coarse everyone loves holidaying at Divine Creatures!!). Vets can be a scary experience. Help them by always letting them travel in a cage. It is actually illegal to have an unrestrained animal in your car. It helps to have the cage out a day or two before travel – its then becomes a fun box. Most cats travel best in darker cages or if a towel is over their cage. Make your cat feel as secure as possible. If you cat is staying somewhere new, take some familiar food and a security blanket or toy.

Cats need quiet places. Most cats when confronted will choose to run rather than fight. It is a great idea to have “bolt holes” or shelves up high for cats. This may be a high safe place to get away from a new puppy or a part of the house that children or guests are not allowed. These bolt holes or shelves allow cats secure areas where they can relax.

When a cat’s territory is in upheaval such as when removalists, painters or builders are present, it is often safest to arrange boarding for your cat. Too many cats escape through carelessly open doors or windows.

Even changes to food should be made gradually over a number of days to avoid upset tummies.

If change can not be avoided or you have tried to have modifications but Puss is still unhappy, we have products that we can use to help reduce stress. Most notably is a product called Feliway. This contains a synthetic pheromone that is similar to the pheromone cats spread when they nudge each other or people. It makes them feel calmer. Feliway is available as a spray or in a diffuser (like a Glades plug in). This is a product used every day at Divine Creatures to help the transition from home.

Extremely stressed cats occasionally need antidepressants. I have seen one of my cats become very stressed when the dear cat he lived with “Carmen” needed to be put to sleep. “Flash” did not just overgroom but he chewed through his skin. Cats that are not coping need veterinary attention. Sometimes a time on antidepressants can help decrease anxiety and help your cat cope.

Please be patient with your cats and realise that they are not being difficult just to annoy you. Try to think of the changes from a cat’s point of view and see what you can do to help.

Year of the: Horse

   Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003

   Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015

Cats born in the year of the horse:

  • Active and energetic.
  • Sexy and know it
  • Attention seekers but sometimes lacks confidence
  • Very smart often knows what’s on your mind even before you’ve expressed it.
  • Powerfully rebellious, often have a hard time belonging.
  • Hot-blooded, hot-headed, impatient, famous for suddenly losing interest in something.
  • Contradictions in their character: Horses are proud yet sweet-natured, arrogant yet oddly modest in their approach to love, envious but tolerant, conceited yet humble. They want to belong, yet they are burdened by their need for independence. They need love and yet often feel cornered, pressured. But the truth is, cat born in the year of the horse is an individual!

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Calming Collar

  • Sentry HC Good Behavior Pheromone Collar Cats helps cats in fearful or stressful situations (separation anxiety, visitors, other household cats, loud noises, new baby, vet visits, traveling)

Safe and Cosy Cat Dens

  • Perfect for the Scaredy cats who love to hide
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  • Cosy and comfortable for elderly, the young all inbetween
  • Fully machine washable

Feliway

  • An absolute must have for any cat going through change.
  • Great to even keep in your first aid box in case of sudden change
  • By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway® creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat’s local environment.

 

Pet Calmer

  •  Pet Calmer is an effective, safe way to help relieve the symptoms of stress in pets, calming them, without any fear of overuse.

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