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Friends of Feline’s Rescue Center Live Chat Code of Conduct

Live Chat Code of Conduct

Here are a few common sense guidelines to make everyone’s experience more enjoyable.

This is a fully moderated chat that is strictly G rated for the benefit of children and adult members. We want you to feel welcome to chat while remembering that posting is a privilege, not a right.

Potential adopters, visitors, and volunteers in the Rescue Center can see the cam view and chat on a monitor just as you are seeing them, so your chat should be as polite and respectful of them as it is to fellow posters.

• If you see something on chat that is inappropriate or if you view actions by a visitor that are inappropriate, bring it to the attention of a moderator (mod). Do not post any negative comments on the chat about what you read or see. If the mod feels a phone call to the Rescue Center is needed, the mod will make that phone call. Let the mods do their job. Please respect the mods who are volunteering here. They are here to make sure all viewers have a good experience. Mods will delete inappropriate posts and ban chat abusers as they deem necessary.
• Please do not use CAPITAL letters except for abbreviations. This is considered yelling and not very respectful. Your comment(s) may be removed. Also, links are not allowed on YouTube chat except by mods.
• Use of language that is deemed inappropriate, including inappropriate words with characters replacing letters, will be removed. Do not use profanity, personal insults, or other inappropriate comments.
• Continuously posting the same word, phrase, icon, etc., in rapid succession is not permitted. YouTube has rules in effect that limit the number of emoticons you can post to not more than 3 or the bot will remove your post and put you in a 5-second time out. YouTube also limits the number of posts you can make within a certain time frame. While good- natured ribbing from established friends is acceptable when appropriate, behavior that makes other chat members uncomfortable is not acceptable.
• Please keep the negative news of the world, religion, and politics out of our chat room. While we all have our opinions on things, we want to keep our chat neutral and friendly.
• Please realize we are an international group of friends and words you deem suitable may be removed due to cultural meanings. Please do not be offended by this.
• Please help protect mods a little! The moderators are human and do make mistakes that may not have been intentional. Please send a polite message to the mod if you feel their action was unfair. It is possible a simple explanation can resolve the issue.

This is a safe and enjoyable site, so let’s protect its environment. Please avoid all comments regarding animal abuse, declawing, alcohol or drugs, religion, and politics or your comment may be removed.

For your safety, don’t post your email address or your Facebook name in chat as they can be viewed by the general public and non-members of FFRC chat. This could result in unwanted e-mails or contacts. As in all internet activities, be conscious of what personal information you post.

Do not solicit donations to private parties or to other organizations. This chat is for Friends of Felines’ Rescue Center only! Please do not make posts in regards to personal need of funds. These types of posts should be put on your own personal FB page.

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Live Chat Code of Conduct

Here are a few common sense guidelines to make everyone’s experience more enjoyable.

This is a fully moderated chat that is strictly G rated for the benefit of children and adult members. We want you to feel welcome to chat while remembering that posting is a privilege, not a right.

Potential adopters, visitors, and volunteers in the Rescue Center can see the cam view and chat on a monitor just as you are seeing them, so your chat should be as polite and respectful of them as it is to fellow posters.

• If you see something on chat that is inappropriate or if you view actions by a visitor that are inappropriate, bring it to the attention of a moderator (mod). Do not post any negative comments on the chat about what you read or see. If the mod feels a phone call to the Rescue Center is needed, the mod will make that phone call. Let the mods do their job. Please respect the mods who are volunteering here. They are here to make sure all viewers have a good experience. Mods will delete inappropriate posts and ban chat abusers as they deem necessary.
• Please do not use CAPITAL letters except for abbreviations. This is considered yelling and not very respectful. Your comment(s) may be removed. Also, links are not allowed on YouTube chat except by mods.
• Use of language that is deemed inappropriate, including inappropriate words with characters replacing letters, will be removed. Do not use profanity, personal insults, or other inappropriate comments.
• Continuously posting the same word, phrase, icon, etc., in rapid succession is not permitted. YouTube has rules in effect that limit the number of emoticons you can post to not more than 3 or the bot will remove your post and put you in a 5-second time out. YouTube also limits the number of posts you can make within a certain time frame. While good- natured ribbing from established friends is acceptable when appropriate, behavior that makes other chat members uncomfortable is not acceptable.
• Please keep the negative news of the world, religion, and politics out of our chat room. While we all have our opinions on things, we want to keep our chat neutral and friendly.
• Please realize we are an international group of friends and words you deem suitable may be removed due to cultural meanings. Please do not be offended by this.
• Please help protect mods a little! The moderators are human and do make mistakes that may not have been intentional. Please send a polite message to the mod if you feel their action was unfair. It is possible a simple explanation can resolve the issue.

This is a safe and enjoyable site, so let’s protect its environment. Please avoid all comments regarding animal abuse, declawing, alcohol or drugs, religion, and politics or your comment may be removed.

For your safety, don’t post your email address or your Facebook name in chat as they can be viewed by the general public and non-members of FFRC chat. This could result in unwanted e-mails or contacts. As in all internet activities, be conscious of what personal information you post.

Do not solicit donations to private parties or to other organizations. This chat is for Friends of Felines’ Rescue Center only! Please do not make posts in regards to personal need of funds. These types of posts should be put on your own personal FB page.

Welcome to FFRC

If you are new to FFRC, this is the place to start. The next place to visit is ‘About Us FAQ’s’. Also on the ‘About Us’ menu there are links to the cats that are residents in the three main areas and a floor plan of the main area. This is very useful as it contains the names of all the rooms, pens etc.

Please explore the whole site thoroughly as there is much useful information here. You can see pictures of many of the cats as well and that will help you to learn their names. As a starter, underneath the blue menu bar are links to other places where you can find FFRC, from Facebook and our Blog to places where you can purchase FFRC-related products. FFRC also has its own PawMart store. Most of these places give a percentage of money back to FFRC if you follow the links from here. These include Amazon and Zazzle. The FFRC also participates in the Scrip Program. Check out these helpful programs in the “Ways To Help” menu tab.

A recent venture is the Kuranda Donate-a-Bed Program. This program enables the public to send beds and cozy fleece pads directly to their favorite shelters and rescue organizations at discounted prices. In addition, a percentage of every sale will be donated to FFRC. Kuranda beds are comfortable for the cats and easy to clean, thus helping to prevent disease transmission. Jacci has joined FFRC to this program and she already has some of these beds in the center. To order a bed, click on this link, on the right hand side of the page select state – Ohio – click on the purple Go button and find Friends of Felines RC. Finally, click on Donate a Bed.

A few helpful links are included below –
Live broadcast – Kitty Cams
Chatters Code of Conduct – Please read this!
For updates from Jacci – Please read the blog
Our main Facebook page – can be found here
A long-time friend of FFRC has written many stories about the cats you can read them here

Live Webcam Broadcast
This runs 24/7 on YouTube and will give you a real insight into how the rescue operates.
Join us for breakfast at 4:30 am each day and for box opening of donations from supporters at 5:30 pm most days. Times are US EST or FFRC time!

FFRC has many unique features which you will discover in due course.

Chat
If you wish to join the chat, and we have many watchers who do as well as others who do not, you will need to create a Google/YouTube user account so you can log in. Keep your user name reasonably short and it is best not to use your real name. There is a Chatters Code of Conduct so please read this very carefully. The chat is G rated and family friendly so it is important to follow these rules. Classes of students also visit from time to time on the chat. Many countries are represented in chat so please be aware of language and cultural differences.

YouTube chat does not have the ability to send or receive Private Messages (PMs). This means you cannot have a private conversation with anyone else, including a moderator if you need help. Moderators can be identified by their names highlighted in blue with a blue wrench next to it.

We try to interact with chatters whenever we can, but, as a working rescue, responding to requests or queries in the moment is not always possible. The chat/live stream remains a public forum. While our moderators strive to make it a friendly place for all visitors, staying ahead of trolls is not always feasible. Please use all due caution as with any internet forum. We want to make this a safe place for all.

Volunteers
You will see many volunteers at the center but there are many others behind the scene covering such things as web design and site updates, videoing events and uploading to YouTube, Cat Stories, Facebook Admins, Chat Moderator, and supporters who make items for sale at the shop and/or auction.

Blog
Jacci posts a blog often. There is a link on the bar at the top of the web site and the blog is also posted on Facebook. It is useful to read this as it will keep you up-to-date with all the happenings at FFRC such as adoptions, new arrivals, contents of boxes, visitors, and projects, along with many other things.

Facebook
FFRC has a presence on FB with a Public page (Friends of Felines Rescue Center). There is also a secret group that you can join called FFRC Chatters. You will need to friend someone and ask them to add you to the group. An Admin will then approve your request. This group is secret to keep the posts positive and fun.

Twitter
The FFRC Twitter account has undergone a recent facelift. You can catch all the tweets here

Pinterest
You can now share images from FFRC’s website with your own Pinterest account. FFRC also has a Pinterest account that you can look at or pin from.

Events
Defiance Dance Studio Annual Recital Concessions
The FFRC has the privilege of selling concessions at the annual recital, scheduled for June 7-9, 2019. The rehearsals are Friday evening and Saturday morning. The dance is Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. We are happy to have this opportunity!

Catathon
This is the main fundraiser for FFRC. It is a lot of fun and many cam viewers visit for the day. The Catathon is a huge bidding auction all afternoon of many many Baskets and Big Ticket Items. It all happens right on the cam. What fun! Baskets usually have a theme. This is an event that supports FFRC. Following the Catathon is a big pizza supper for all that are here! This year, the 8th Catathon is June 23, 2019.

Catstock
This is a celebration in honor of all the volunteers who give of their time so freely during the year and in appreciation of our community. Without them, FFRC would not be able to survive. Catstock is a fun day in the early fall. Lots of carnival games with prizes, good food, clown, face painting, Horse Poo Bingo, small tractor rides–just a huge assortment and an awesome band called Strawberry Hill that fits right in with our theme of Cats, Love, Peace! What a fun day. We even dress for Peace! We look forward to our 7th Catstock, which will be September 12, 2020. Come join the fun!

Kitty Christmas
An annual special donation drive of food and supplies to support the FFRC. Delivery to FFRC is December 5, 2020.  Many ways to participate!

Visiting
Many people visit FFRC not only to see the cats in person but also to help out where they are able to. It is best to contact the center well ahead of time especially if you are visiting from out of town. We (people and the cats) certainly enjoy the visitors!

About Us F.A.Q.’s

How many volunteers do you have?

We generally have 40-45 different volunteers. Many come a specific day and time each week. Some of them “pop in” whenever they can, to do whatever is needed at that time. Some of them specialize in picture taking, grooming, or helping with bookwork.  Every person has something different to offer. We become a sort of family together! To view some of the volunteers, look for their pictures on the website under Ways to Help > People Who Help

What do the volunteers do?

Here are a few of the things that volunteers may do: scooping the litter boxes, cleaning the rescue rooms, laundry, dishes, restocking supplies, holding cats for treatments/ear cleaning/nail trims, feeding the cats in Kitty City/Cat’s Cove, weigh-in of the cats, filling adoption bags, organizing the food shelves, cleaning the sunporch, preparing meals for the gang, feeding the “specialty” cats, sweeping/mopping the floors, cleaning the air purifiers, etc. There are also volunteers that are behind the scene covering such things as web design and site updates, videoing events and uploading to YouTube, Cat Stories, Facebook Admins, Chat Moderators, supporters who make items for sale at the shop and/or auction.   There is never a shortage of things to do! Of course, we encourage everyone to spend time playing and petting the cats and kittens. That’s most important!

I heard that you have volunteers that are also internationals. How can this be?

FFRC also has an international team of volunteers spread around the world who tend to be unseen. We have people who provide the web work, videos and art for projects.
We have moderators and administrators who try to ensure that the chat and Facebook experiences are enjoyable and child friendly and others who monitor the camera to ensure it is working 24/7. All these people may not be in the center, but freely give their time to support FFRC and help show us to the world through our kittycam. We also have many webcam friends who are very crafty and provide our store with some of their items!

How do you become a volunteer?

Just call the Rescue Center at 419-393-2400 and ask for Jacci. You can also e-mail your questions about volunteering to [email protected].  We generally have a new volunteer tag along with a seasoned volunteer for the first couple of visits.

Is the Rescue Center attached to Jacci’s home? 

The Rescue Center is attached to the north side of the house.  At one time, the Rescue Center was actually a working mechanic’s garage! It could hold 3 1/2 cars. When we started the Rescue Center, much scrubbing was needed to get the grease and oil off the floor! Maybe that’s why we like light and colorful things. Since the beginning, the front office, Kitty Kabana, bathroom, Thumper’s Rooms, Storage Room, Welcome Room, our mail room and store have all been added to the outside of the structure. Two doors from the Rescue Center go into the main house. We also have a gazebo and shelter house for our visitors to enjoy.

Where is FFRC located?

We are at 14597 Power Dam Road in Defiance, Ohio, which is in the northwest corner of Ohio.

What determines if a cat is to be an indoor, Sunporch or Cats’ Cove cat?

FFRC: ALL cats that are adopted from the Rescue Center MUST be 100% indoor-only cats. We want them to be considered part of their new family, a true house cat member. The contract that is signed implies that the family will keep them indoors only.

Sunporch: Occasionally, some of the cats that come our way are cats that obviously have never been inside a house and panic at an in-house situation. So, we may consider them as a Sunporch cat. That simply means they get to live outside, but still have a feeding station on the sunporch, along with heated beds for winter, fans for the summer, and cat furniture to sleep/lounge on. There is a cat door so they can go in or out as they please. The Sunporch is located immediately out the back door. These cats seldom leave the property and are fully vaccinated, wormed, have flea prevention applied monthly and, of course, are neutered/spayed. They also have their Porchies Haven which is a wonderful shed, with a kitty cut-out door. In the winter, there are heat lamps. On the sunporch, in the winter there are heat beds. Lots of coziness. In the summer, heaters are replaced by fans.

Cats’ Cove/The House that Jonah Built: Currently, we have a group of permanent resident cats that reside in these two structures. Cats’ Cove is their home for spring, summer,and fall, and The House that Jonah Built is a year-round home. Cats’ Cove is a very large building that is 17 feet tall and the sides are open slats to allow plenty of air and light in, with catwalks and ledges all the way up.  In the spring of 2015, it was decided to change the idea of the Covies, for their safety. Three times a week, we were letting them out to cruise about for the whole day. Then, come evening we would call them back for supper. They knew the routine well. But, it was always a bit of a worry–because they also liked to run across the road.  The parking lot is also a worry–so busy with cars in and out.  An idea was born! Let’s build The House that Jonah Built–a big 16 x 20 building, complete with hot water, sink, electric, four windows, furnace, and insulation!  It’s a great building for year-around use. We also enclosed a huge playground called LJ Playground that used almost 500 foot of fencing. It’s wonderful. They can go in and out of Cats’ Cove and The House that Jonah Built at will. The Playground is full of picnic tables for visitors, benches, and play furniture for the cats. It’s a great addition and all about safety.  Both buildings have catwalks, big bed areas, cushie table areas, cat furniture, etc.  These cats are also fully vaccinated, wormed, have monthly flea prevention applied, and are neutered/spayed. For winter, they too have heated beds and are quite comfortable. In Cats’ Cove, they have two powerful fans for their summer comfort.

Google Earth reveals that you are located between a river and another waterway, called a backwater. Is flooding ever an issue?

The Auglaize River is directly across the road from the Rescue Center. The riverbank is very steep and high. It would take a catastrophic flood for the rising river to get to the Rescue Center. We live on 5 acres of land, and at the rear of the property is what we call the backwater. It has the potential to flood, but the highest it has ever been is to cover the island that is at the back of the property. So….the cats are safe!  Now, where we do have trouble with flooding is the roads. We live in a rural area where the roads dip and curve along the river. The roads occasionally flood over, making a visit here impossible until the waters recede. This has only happened twice in the history of FFRC and then only for a day!

What is this that is called the Backwater?

At the far back of the property, is what we call an island. It’s about 3/4 surrounded by water. We have recently turned this into a great family and friend fun place. Fishing is great. There’s a big fireplace where marshmallows can be roasted and pudgy pies made over the fire. It’s very peaceful and sometimes just simply sitting and watching the river and listening to all the sounds is very relaxing. There’s also lots of bird watching there! Visitors are always welcome. Often the Barnies (barn cats) will follow us to the Backwater.

Are there places to have a picnic if our family should come?

Oh, yes! We have a gazebo that has lots of benches to sit and enjoy the outside, with a great view of the farmyard. We also have a large Memorial Shelter House with many tables. It’s right behind the Mail Room/Store. It’s a good place to watch what’s happening outside, visit with the Porchies and enjoy a picnic! We also use this for meetings, Catathon, Catstock, and just fun sitting while visiting with our friends and volunteers.

Is this the Memorial Shelter House where the plaques are?

It is indeed. People can purchase a plaque with a couple lines of wording. They can be “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” or say anything you’d like. The plaques are made with outside material and will always look nice. It’s great to walk around and read them! The cost is $25 per plaque. Check it out in our online PawMart Store.

How can I send a donation?

It’s easy and so appreciated! We receive no local or federal government funding. We operate solely on the kindness of private donations. On the website is a list of items that we always need. If you’d like to help with these and are local, you can easily drop these items off. If you are not a local person, you can order from different places (Amazon, Walmart, etc) and they will send them to us. Or you may want to help us financially with a donation. You could send a check (made out to FFRC) or you could make a donation to us though PayPal. There are links periodically on the website to click on. Anyone who donates $250 or more will get their name on a plaque (with their permission). Gift cards from Meijer, Walmart, Pet Supply, Amazon, Lowe’s, and Menards are also appreciated. You may also spot a “Donate $5 through PayPal” button on our sites. This lets you easily donate $5 (or more) through PayPal to FFRC. We are an extremely money-conscious organization and use every penny wisely.

Why do some cats wear collars?

We put collars on some of the cats to show visitors that these particular cats are not up for adoption. Some may be oldsters (geriatric cats that are here for retirement), some may be on a medical hold, or some may simply be one of our permanent residents. All collars that we use are safety collars, of course.

What are all those dings and bells we hear at times?

There are many sources for those sounds. The washer and dryer have a reminder bell. When either office door is opened, there will be a bell sound. If anyone walks into the sunporch, we can hear a bell here in the Rescue Center. We also have a driveway alarm that sounds for each car coming and going. And to add to all of that, even the microwave has a sharp beep sound. You may also hear one of the cell phones. One of the ring tones is a loud “meow, meow” sound. And don’t forget some of the toys chirp and squeak!

Why is the sound off at times?

Generally, the sound is on 24/7. But should there be a conversation that is private, we have the ability to turn the sound off for a bit. Don’t worry! It won’t take long to get it back on! There are times that we need some privacy. Sometimes if the noise volume gets too loud here in the Rescue Center, we will also mute the sound for the cam.

Why are some names high-lighted on the chat?

These are our moderators and their names are always high-lighted. They are a carefully selected group of people who watch out for the Rescue Center–our web angel guardians! There is a Chatters Code of Conduct that is posted below the webcam video. This is designed to keep the chat G-rated, fun, and safe for all ages. If someone violates this Code, that person is subject to being banned from the webcam by the moderators.

What is this Box Time I hear about?

Many nights at 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time/FFRC time), we open boxes if any have arrived. These are boxes that may come by UPS, USPS, or FedEx, from the webcam viewers and supporters.  We sometimes also have envelopes or packages that we open at the same time. We enjoy sharing the opening of these gifts with our viewers.  If you want to check and see if there will be box opening, we usually put up a sign by the washer and dryer. We show a big letter B with Zelda’s picture to let our viewers know if there are BOXES to open. Sometimes, if there are no deliveries, we have fun by doing a Kitten/Cat Parade and show some of the cats that are at the Rescue Center. We always try to do cat updates at this time too!

Do you have fundraisers?

Our major fundraiser is our Catathon.  This is a great event, very similar to a telethon.  We have many items that go up for auction and people can call in to bid on the items. You can join us for the Catathon on the webcam. We also have various ongoing fundraisers throughout the year, such as Auctions, Flash Sales, AdSense, Amazon, etc. We also recycle aluminum, collect Chief tapes from our Defiance grocery store and collect Paw Points from Scoop Away litter.

But don’t you have outside cats?

The answer is yes, we do. We would prefer that they be inside cats, of course, and we have tried with each one to make them be inside cats. Sometimes, it doesn’t happen. Too often, people drive up and dump cats here that have never been anything but outside cats. So, we get them neutered/spayed, tested, vaccinated, wormed, and flea free and let them live as a barn cat, or a Sunporch cat. They are well cared for, no matter the season. We would prefer people did not dump them off here. If we were to miss even one drop-off, that could lead to a problem of kitties being born that we could not catch.

Where do your FFRC cats come from?

From everywhere! Some are found on the roads, some are found in parking lots, some are born in a house where they are living and then are unwanted (mamas must be spayed before we take kittens, as it doesn’t do us any good to keep taking those kittens from that mama if she doesn’t get spayed–she’ll just keep on reproducing), some come from homes where they no longer can be cared for due to finances, some families have health issues that prevent them from keeping their cats any longer. So many reasons why cats are unwanted and not enough homes.

Does your Rescue Center have any cat odor?

In one word–NO!!  This Rescue Center is kept clean and litter boxes are scooped frequently. People can walk in here and NOT tell there are many dozens of cats here!

Why do we clean so much?

We like being clean! By cleaning, it also reduces the number of disease particles; reduces the dust, dander, and odors; presents a good image to the public; and protects the health of animals, volunteers, and the public.

Who is watching the kitties at night?

The webcammers! We do not “kittysit” over night, but Jacci is only one minute away should a moderator call and say there’s a need to check on a problem. If we have a cat that is sick, injured, etc., she will check on them during the night and if there are little kitties that need a nighttime feeding, we will also take care of that.

Where does your cat furniture and wheel come from?

We now have gotten away from carpeted furniture which is hard to clean. Some items are donated!  The Cat-Go-Round Wheel came from catwheelcompany.com.  Our cats absolutely love this wheel! Fun to watch and good exercise for the cats. The resin/vinyl cat towers are Kuranda beds, from kuranda.com We also have a couple pieces of Feline Snoozers that the cats love and are very easy to keep clean. Some of the items are made from creative people.

The cats are always going into the cabinets. Why?

As with the ways of cats, they like to explore! The towel cabinet is below the working countertop. It’s full of towels and the cats take full advantage of the softness. Many of them go inside to nap. The doors are such that they do not latch. The cats can always go in and out without the worry of being trapped. There is another cabinet located under the sink area. We’ve been asked if that’s dangerous for them. There is nothing stored in there that a cat can physically get into, as all lids are screwed tightly on all bottles. Sometimes we’ll open the door to the sink cabinet and find a cat sleeping on a towel in the corner. All is safe! If there’s a thunderstorm brewing, you’ll see Kiara go in the cabinets–that’s her safe area.

Why do you leave the lights on at night? Don’t the cats need darkness during the nighttime?

If we did not leave the set of lights on in the room where the cam is, the webcam viewers would not be able to see anything! The lights in the front office and the large area on the other side of the Rescue Center are turned off at night to keep these areas dark. Besides, cats are experts at sleeping, even with the lights on!

What is written on the white cabinet doors under the countertop?

The right two door state:   “Tonio’s Den”  (In memory of Tonio, an oldster)  The cats know there are more towels in this cabinet for them to lay on.

Where are your dogs kept?

Jacci has one dog named Janie.  Janie is a Shih Tzu and came here as a rescue dog. She has a room called Meowcomer’s Room where she can bed down. It’s big enough to stretch way out and to play. She has blankies and quilts to lay down on. Outside, is a very large fenced in area with a giant doghouse and rubber mats to take naps in the sun. It’s a partially covered area for weather protection. The inside room has the glass door raised up so the cats can jump in and out to visit Janie. Now that Janie is the only dog in the center, she has the run of the entire center and can choose to sleep in her room or to stay out with the cats.

What type of baby food meats do you use?

The two most common ones we receive are Beech Nut and Gerber. The flavors that we use are: beef, chicken, and turkey.

What are Jacci’s house cats’ names?

There are 6 furry cats and 4 “naked” cats that are Jacci’s personal cats. Sherri (grey torti and has had 1 eye removed), Bonnie (grey), RoseMary, a white calico with 2 legs, and Endure, a torti with 3 legs, Debut, a torti/seal point Siamese, and Hope, a Siamese mix. There’s also Zaney, Zap, and Zest, and Zara. The four Z’s are Jacci’s Sphynx babies. Most of her cats have medical issues and were adopted through FFRC.

I have heard of a Feliz Medical Fund–what is that?

This fund was named in honor of one of Jacci’s cats, Feliz, whose real name is Feliz Navidad Grace Rhoda Moss. Feliz Navidad because she arrived at Christmas time, Grace because by the grace of God she survived, Rhoda because she was frozen to a road. It was set up to provide for the medical needs of all the kitties at FFRC. Feliz was one of Jacci’s house cats and passed on May 13, 2013 as a result of her ordeal, but her memory will live on. She will not be forgotten.

How many litter boxes are at the Rescue Center?

It always depends on how many rooms we are currently using, but generally, we have 15 litter boxes. Keep in mind that the majority of these boxes are huge, and that we scoop approximately 7-8 times a day.  In a normal house scenario, it is wise to have 1 litter box per cat, plus 1 additional box. The best thing to prevent a litter box problem is to have enough litter boxes and to keep them clean. Most of our litter boxes are large Rubbermaid totes. They work great as litter boxes.

I keep hearing about a cat with CH–what does that mean?

We actually have quite a few cats that have CH (cerebellar hypoplasia). This simply means a condition of a cat. CH is from a mama cat that probably had distemper while she was pregnant. This can cause the cerebellum to not develop fully. The cerebellum is the “balance system” for a cat. This disorder causes a cat to be off-balance. You may notice that these cats spread their legs and high step when they walk, which helps them to keep their balance better. Another characteristic of CH may be a “wobbly head.” There are various levels, it does not progress, and is not life threatening. Not all kittens born in the litter are affected. Some can walk fairly well, some may have only a head bobble, while some may flip flop to get to where he’s going. Our CH cats are Derecho, Walter, Jersey, Jackson, Alma, Vernon, Hensley, Spiker, Lucie, and Ramsay. You can read more about CH cats here.

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