Dear Christopher Cat I live with my cat, Sophie, and three dogs. Sophie seems content as an indoor cat, but I think she needs contact with other cats. Will she welcome a new cat if I adopt one? Christopher Responds It may be hard to determine whether Sophie’s choice is to live as an only cat or have a feline friend. However, most families with a single cat eventually adopt at least one more, and the cats usually get along. Although I head our five-cat family, the dominant female usually is in charge. Therefore, I suggest you adopt a male cat. Within a few days of the adoption, take your new cat to the veterinarian to ensure that he is healthy. Give Sophie and the new cat time to get acquainted, by confining your new family member to a room of his own for about a week. He and Sophie will introduce themselves under the door, and he will grow accustomed to the household noises. When he seems confident enough to leave his room, open the door and let him explore the house. Don’t pick up either cat to introduce them, or you’ll get scratched as the cat you’re holding leaps from your arms. Feed treats or small amounts of canned food when the cats are at opposite ends of the kitchen but within eyesight of each other. Over the next few weeks, gradually decrease the distance between their bowls, and very soon, they will be friends.
Interested in becoming a member of the Friends of Berks County Sheriff K-9? Contact Teresa at 610-478-6240 extension 3262 or go to: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Sheriff/Pages/FriendsoftheBerksSheriffK9.aspx
September 28 is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention. Every year hundreds of thousands of people like you organize and take part World Rabies Day. All over the world people take part in local, regional and national events, held to raise awareness about and/or prevent the spread of rabies. Please help us spread the word and make sure you are current on you pet’s rabies shots!
Pennsylvania Law requires that dogs over 12 weeks of age have and display a Pennsylvania dog license. You can purchase your dog’s license at the Berks ARL during normal business hours. Costs for a Yearly License
- Male $8.95 Male neutered $6.95
- Female $8.95 Female Spayed $6.95
- Senior Citizen Discount: $2.00/license
Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may visit the shelter to read to the cats in their adoption room. Similar programs at other shelters across the country have seen the benefits the program has to offer. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. Program Rewards Children can complete “book tickets” while participating in the program. Each ticket will require the child to complete 5 books (length does not matter). After each ticket is completed, they can begin a new one. The completed ticket can then be saved and turned in for a prize (there will be different prize levels) or enter a monthly drawing which will be displayed at the front desk. The choice is theirs. For more information regarding the program, please contact program coordinator, Kristi Rodriguez at 610-373-8830 x 120 or via email. http://www.berksarl.org
Dr. Pickett was featured in a Reading Eagle article this past weekend! The article is below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Berks vet weighs in on how to keep down costs when caring for a dog or cat ——————————————————————————– By Susan Shelly Reading Eagle correspondent Anyone who has ever rushed a sick dog or cat to an emergency vet in the middle of the night knows how expensive health care for pets can be. And although routine care also can be pricey, there are ways to minimize the costs of caring for your animals, said Dr. Lee Pickett, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School who practices with Bernville Veterinary Clinic. Pickett, whose pet advice column runs weekly in the Reading Eagle, talked recently about keeping down costs when it comes to caring for domestic animals. Pets may be expensive to care for, but Americans love them. Collectively, Americans own: – 70 million dogs & 74 million cats Of all American homes: – 36.5 percent have at least one dog – 30.4 percent of homes have cats present. Cat owners are more likely than dog owners to own more than one. The cost breakdown:
- $248 for routine vet visits
- $407 for surgical vet visits
- $419 for food, treats and vitamins
- $274 for boarding
- $78 for travel expenses
- $73 for grooming
- $1,499 the average cost of keeping a dog in 2012.
To learn more about our friends in the Keystone Band of Rehrersburg, and their upcoming concerts, go to: http://www.keystoneband.com/keystoneband.com/Welcome.html
Join the Animal Rescue League of Berks County this Saturday night for dinner and drinks! Proceeds benefit the Berk ARL. For more information, go to: www.berksarl.org