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BLOG: Adopt a Friend - Fritz the Cat

Introducing Fritz the Cat. He came to the shelter in poor condition with a rubber band embedded around his head, has received the care and attention to prepare him for a wonderful furever home.

Fritz the wild and crazy cat!

Little Fritz the cat came to the County facility as a stray on June 2nd, 2012 with a rubber band embedded around his head.  Fritz was adopted on July 12th.  The new human companion loved Fritz very much but unfortunately discovered that he had a very serious allergy and had to return Fritz to County on August 8th.  He is now waiting for someone who is ready to have their life enriched with a sweet little boy!

GENDER:  Neutered male

BREED:  Domestic Medium Hair

COLOR:  Orange and white
AGE:  Approximately 8 months old
WEIGHT:  Approximately 7 pounds.
HOBBIES:  Playing with teasers, wrestling, tumbling, eating, chasing his tail, climbing

PERSONALITY:  Happy Go Lucky kitty that loves company.  Loves to play and wrestle.  Always interested in what you are doing.

If you or anyone you know is interested in adopting the wonderful pet featured this week, please call the Prince George's Animals Management Facility in Upper Marlboro at 301-780-7200 to check on the availability.  You may also visit www.pgamd.petfinder.com or www.petharbor.com to see many more wonderful pets available for adoption.

Ask for information about FRITZ (ID number A372426).

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TIP OF THE WEEK

Important Things You Should Know Before Bringing a Cat Home

Cats make great companions. Not only do they look good, they also keep mice away and have built-in motors. That's pretty cool.

But there's more to owning a cat than having a cute, soft, purring companion. Before you get one, there are a few things you should think about, and a few things that are just plain good to know.

PetMD shares 10 tips for cat owners:

1. Cats are indeed independent by nature, but they're not quite able to take care of themselves. Before you adopt, make sure that your lifestyle can make room for a feline. How busy you are and the amount of time you spend at home will dictate the kind of cat you should get -- very busy people may find it difficult to find the time for a cat that needs a lot of grooming and attention, especially the highly intelligent and active cats. But, there are cats that are ideal for the working lifestyle. Do your research.

2. What if your circumstances change after the adoption? Or if you work long hours and still want a friendly face to greet you at the door at the end of the day? Adopting a buddy for the cat to play with can be an excellent solution.

3. Do you have any allergies? If you do suffer from severe allergic reactions, consider testing yourself for feline allergies before bringing a cat home. Then again, some people with allergies might adapt to their own pet, but still be allergic to other cats. A safe bet is to choose a cat with low allergens. Consult your vet, books, or animal shelter employees for suggestions.

4. Before you bring your cat home, take it for a checkup and immunizations. Also, schedule it in to be neutered as soon as age permits. This can mean the difference between a healthy and happy cat, and a miserable cat trying to claw its way through the windows or spraying your furniture.

5. Get a good litter box and quality litter. Covered boxes can allow you and your cat more privacy, and clumping litter is easier to maintain. Keep the box clean, for the comfort of your cat and your nose. Also, make sure you buy well-balanced, age-appropriate food for your cat. Ask your vet, the representatives at your local pet store, or take a look at "Smart Shopping for Cat Food" for some advice.

6. Cats love to play. Toy mice, string, feathers, and even empty boxes make for great amusement. Playthings needn't be expensive (they can even be homemade), just make sure there's enough to keep your cat happy, active, and mentally occupied.

7. If you don't want your sofa shredded, or your new Louis Vuitton bag ruined, invest in a scratching post.

8. Catnip, and those little freeze-dried chicken nuggets are excellent tools for cat bribery and training.

9. Get pet insurance. We hope you won't need it, but like they always say, "It's better to be safe than sorry."

10. If it's a kitten you're bringing home, make sure you start a grooming routine early. Bathing, brushing, and trimming claws will be an event to look forward to, rather than something to dread.

And there you have it. These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when you get yourself a new companion. Another important consideration: Cats often live for around 20 years, so you and your furry feline friend will be together for a long time.

 

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Linda Lachman August 16, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Fritz is a little piece of eye candy. I certainly hope this precious boy can find a great family.
Connie Carter August 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Great News!!!! Fritz, this little diamond in the rough has been discovered and now has a new FUREVER home! Congratulations to the lucky family.

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