An important part of our mission at Purrmaid Cafe and Adoption Center is education. By providing information and resources to the community, we are able to increase awareness of all that goes into responsible cat care. We hope that the links below are helpful; please reach out to us should additional information be necessary.
Shelters and Rescues in Ventura County
Purrmaid often receives calls from people who need to find homes for cats and/or kittens. Unfortunately, we can only take in cats who are fully vaccinated (FVRCP and rabies), who have tested negative for FeLV/FIV, who are spayed/neutered, and who are microchipped. We also require complete medical records that include spay/neuter and rabies certificates. If you find a litter of kittens, know of friendly cats who have been dumped, or need to relinquish a cat, here is a list of county shelters and rescues who may be able to help.
Supplies for Your New Cat
When you adopt a Purrmaid kitty, you will be given some of the kibble it has been eating so that it may transition to its new food. We will also help you with picking out litter and other essentials you may have questions about. First time cat owners usually have more questions regarding care and feeding, but it never hurts to review what goes a cat owning you (besides love, of course). This list was made to help with supplies and preparing your home for its new member.
Plants That Are Toxic to Cats
Kitties are curious by nature, and one of the ways they explore their environment is by tasting. Unfortunately, many of the beautiful plants we keep in our homes are toxic, even fatal, to cats. Here is a list of some of the most common ones. As a side note, be aware of the artificial plants in your home as well-- kitties could also ingest sharp blades of plastic grass.
Essential Oils that Are Toxic to Cats
Essential oils are aromatic compounds extracted from plants that are used in fragrances, cleaning products, and air fresheners. They are also often diffused as a form of aromatherapy. Many popular essential oils can be toxic to our feline friends, however. This list, although by no means comprehensive, indicates the essential oils that can make your cat very ill.