Thursday, October 30, 2008

Adoption Sat., Nov. 1, 11-1 p.m.

We'll be at the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S this Sat. with lovely kittens and cats.  
Looking for a pair?  How about Nestle and Morsel?  Or Widget and Baker?  

Want an only cat?  Riley is looking for a woman to love whom she can keep company with and have playtime.  Holly is Ms. Social and loves being an only girl also.  

Baker is peeking down the cat tree hole.  He wants to know if you are going to attend?

Norma says she has turned into a busy, playful, active young lady and invites you to visit her too.  

Sunday, October 19, 2008


This petite (just 5#) little girl will be a year old in Dec. 2008.  She was fostered by a very small rescue group in International Falls that had only 3 foster homes and the one she was in was moving away.  

Norma needed some additional help when she came to Pet Haven.  She had very bad gum disease which wasn't recognized by the vet where she was seen.  Norma soon had an appointment with a vet who specializes in dentistry.  Norma had been eating all her life with pain.  She had had 10 teeth just fall out, others were hanging by a thread.  

Her foster and the vet talked the dentist into removing all her teeth in one trip.  Usually this is done in two visits with time to heal in between but we promised to keep her eating through a full mouth extraction and recovery.  

So Norma went for her appointment and came home (having had blocks just as you do to have a tooth worked on or pulled) and ate 1/2 can of cat food that evening.  She has had oral pain meds for 4 days and is eating up a storm.  Can you imagine having the remainder of your teeth  pulled and finding that even though teeth and roots had been taken out and sutures put in that your mouth would feel SO MUCH better than you'd be able to eat and eat the day after surgery?  Frankly - I can't, but Norma knows what it is all about.  

Within a few weeks she'll be allowed to have dry kibble also and will eat it up quickly too - and will never again have to worry about infection and pain in her mouth.  

And what is Norma like?  She's quite a smoocher.  This little girl is a bundle of love so you have to want a cat who will always like to be with you.  She also has a cute little trick of letting her tongue hang out of the left side of her mouth some of the time!  After awhile she remembers it and in it goes but comes peeking out every now and then!  She's playful and attentive and loves to help if you like to crochet.  Here she's making sure the yarn is holding just the right tension as catnip strawberries are crocheted.   Good girl, Norma!

Cookie - a tough cookie?

Cookie was owned (if you  use the term loosely) by a family in N Mpls.  She was allowed outside to roam, find some food and not allowed in the house very often.  She was provided with very little food and regularly howled at the windows of neighbors to come in, get some pats and be fed. When the owners moved, what do you think happened? 

It wasn't too much of a surprise to the neighbors when Cookie wasn't included in the items that were valuable and that would go with them but left behind with the rest of the unwanted items.  

Cookie has been taken in by one of the neighbors and is being fostered inside as a Pet Haven cat. She would really like to be an only cat - she's not appreciative of the two other cats in the house or the dogs.  Surely a gal like this should be able to be an only girl in her forever home.  

Cookie is a little rough around the edges - she is easily overstimulated and then gets 'nippy'.  She wants and needs attention but when you weren't raised with gentle and considerate treatment, it is hard to learn when it is time to be loved and when it is time to play.  Many people think it is cute when kittens get all riled up with rough handling by the owner and then when the cat is more of an adult, it isn't quite as cute.  You can extend your hand and she will rub against you - when she's done, she quits.  Same for getting on your lap or being held - she needs a few pats and then to have your hands removed or to be put down.  She'll learn better ways of getting attention with patience and consistency and hopes that that 'only' cat home sees her soon - she's quite the character with lots of tricks up her sleeve.  

And she loves toys - if you like playing interactive games with a cat, she's up for it.  'Pole' toys are special favorites.  

Friday, October 17, 2008

Adoptions Saturday, 11-1 p.m. AND Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

will be held at the PetCo in Richfield.  

We have kittens, adult cats, teenagers - some will attend on Sat. and some on Sunday.  

Looking for a brown tabby?  We have those!  

Looking for a long hair?  We have those!  

Looking for a cat good with children?  We have those!  

Looking for a one person cat?  We have those!

Looking for a cat good with other cats?  We have those!

Looking for a cat who wishes to be an only cat?  We have those!

Looking for a cat good with dogs?  We have those!

They're all in foster homes and we know what their personalities are like - take a few moments and welcome a loving cat into your life this fall.  

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Update on the doorstep kids

                                                                             and                                                                                                                                                                                                      Widget have been to the vet.  Both were tested for feline leukemia and fiv and were negative.  They have had their first distemper combo vaccinations, been dewormed several times and are waiting to be spayed and neutered, the third week of Oct.  Once that is done, they will be ready to be adopted.  

Widget is still the silliest, goofiest and most active but Baker has developed an energetic streak and chases her all around the house.  Sometimes they need to wrestle and bite each other.  

Widget has the loudest purr - talk to her, pick her up and she starts in at once!  You won't need a hearing aide to hear her purr.  

Baker continues to be the lap cat of the pair and has a lovely motor also.  

Ms Holly Berry

Holly is one of the cutest girls we have - she's an almost white calico with just a splotch of color on her head and a fancy, colorful tail.  

Holly loves people - newcomers and old friends.  She's sure to greet friends and family at the door and welcome them in for a visit and to offer her assistance in warming their lap.  

As you can see, she likes to put on her harness and leash and go check out where the chipmunks might be feeding any day.  She looks up the drainpipes and down in a hole by the foundation and sometimes they come out from under the deck!  You have to be very quiet and stealthy to see them at their work.  

And did we mention lap time?  Sometimes it appears that Holly might have gotten into the wine - but don't tell anyone! Really, she doesn't - but her expression can make it appear she's a little tipsy.  
Perhaps she is simply pleased as punch to be in a foster home that loves her until she finds the perfect forever home for her.  Someone who will enjoy her soft and silky coat and love her always.  

Come and see her - we'll have an adoption on both Sat. the 18th and Sun. the 19th at the PetCo in Richfield.  Holly shows off her winning personality much better at home but she'll be at one of the adoptions at least.  

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Meow Off! A Fun Time

Everyone had fun and laughs at Pet Haven's first ever Meow Off! Most of the cats meowed on cue and received awards for Funniest and Most Unusual Meows Some also dressed up for the Best Accessorized Cat. Here are some pictures of the contest participants.

All the kitties did very well and loved their prizes. Oreo and Tiger Boy were in full costume and Juliet is enjoying the new play tent won by her brother and fellow contestant, James. The program included co-emcees Lori Ann Paulsen and Allen Chapman, judges June Byrne, Julie Daily and Heidi Vars, and video cameraperson Jennifer Ray Bertheussen. Four of the cats that participated in the Meow Off! were Pet Haven fosters: Nestle and Morsel, brothers and best buds and VERY TALKATIVE AND ACTIVE. They loved looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows in the Doubletree Hotel Atrium. Taylor and Lucy also paraded their outfits in the "cat walk".

There will be videos via live streaming airing few times a week for a few months by logging on to and clicking on Channel 12 live streaming. Check back for when the videos will be airing.

A project

Bart has been owned by someone.  He has been neutered, he has been front paw declawed.  He hasn't been groomed in sometime.  

He was found in the outside dog run area of a veterinarian clinic one Monday morning in Sept. The fence is secure, it is tall and fits very close to the ground.  Bart had to have human help to find himself inside this area.  

Luckily a staff member found him before a dog or dogs were sent out into the run from the boarding area.  

Bart was taken inside.  His coat was shaved off and came off in one piece.  It takes a lot of matts to have a coat come off in one piece.  He's been tested for feline leukemia and fiv and is negative, he's had his shots updated and has been settling into a new foster home so he would feel at home before having his teeth cleaned and any necessary extractions performed.  

Bart is dealing well with the two owned cats in his foster home (both of them are persians but he thinks he's the best looking!)  He likes his foster mom but is drawn to his foster dad.  We think Bart is a silver shaded Persian.  He has a few gray hairs in his very short coat - he got to keep his fluffy face with just a little trimming and also most of his tail hair.  His hair is growing back quickly.  

Soon this boy will be looking for a new home and it needs to be one that likes a lap boy!

A handsome pair

Nestle and Morsel are two very attractive black brothers, born in March of 2008. They are going to be big boys. At almost 7 months of age they are over 8# in weight. Nestle has a few white whiskers, a narrower face and is longer and leaner. Morsel is more of a round boy-both in face and body!

They are good boys, well matched in their play styles and make a wonderful pair that we hope to keep together in a forever home. Their foster home has two medium sized dogs and the boys like them too. They have recently found out how to open the cupboard under the sink.  PSST -  "do you think that is where our food is kept?"

 AND the kitchen garbage basket has had to be moved to a more secure location too. Despite these spells of mischief, these fellow delight and amuse. They love games together, alone and, especially, with you. If your job is stressful, these fellows have plenty of love and games to keep you thoroughly amused.

Friday, October 3, 2008

TWO adoptions!

Pet Haven will have two cat adoptions this weekend!
Sat. 10/4 from 11-1 p.m. we will be at the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Sun. 10/5 from 1-3 p.m. we will be at the PetCo on S. Roberts St. in W St. Paul.
Come out and see who is looking for a home!

Nick is a great fellow.  He loves people, loves activity, loves dogs.  He'd make a great cat for a family with a dog who would like an active playmate.  Nick also likes other cats but his social skills are dubious and he barges in to make friends rather than taking introductions slowly and gradually.  If he is to go with another cat, he will want a partner who is a wild and crazy cat who also likes to romp, play games of chase and wrestle.  

Maris is a pretty girl with a very busy personality too. She loves to interact with you and needs lots of toys to play with on her own and to play with with you. Fishing pole toys work well and she might learn to play fetch if you throw a mouse or ball for her. She's pushy for attention - just the kind of charming young lady who would like a busy family to live with and she'd do well with a dog also.

Riley is a woman's cat by preference.  She loves to have her chin and head scratched.  She is more laid back than Nick and Maris and loves her window seat and a soft bed on the couch.  She's a loyal companion who is curious and calm.  

We have lots of cats and kittens, mostly above the age of 5 months who are looking for homes. All cats have been tested for feline leukemia and fiv and were negative, they are up-to-date on vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered, treated for fleas or earmites and microchipped. Pet Haven pays for registration of the chip in your name and in your vet clinic's name. Our adoption fees range from $130.00 - $150.00 . We have several declawed cats now but most are not.