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Cat Care for Newbies

Getting a Cat

General Cat Care

Cat Basics 101the beginner’s guide to being owned by a cat


Helping Orphan Kittens

Raising Orphan Kittens

Hand-raising Orphaned/Rescued Kittens

Kitten Rescue Handbook

Hand-raising Orphan Kittens

Helping Feral Cats

Know about a growing feral (or a barncat) colony? E-mail us. We’ll discuss your concerns and strategize with you to see how we can all pitch in and do something.

Alley Cat Allies (ACA)proof that two women on a shoestring budget can make a difference in the lives of feral and barn cats worldwide.

Amby’s Feral Cats

Drop Trap Design Bankcatch multiple cats at one time

Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition (FCCC)see their Feral Zazzle stamp!

Feral Cat Coalition (FCC)from the definition of “feral” to raising and taming orphaned and feral kittens

Feral Cat Network (FCN)

Feral Cats in the News Blog

Global Impact of Feral Cats

Iowa Humane Alliancethis group provides a network of support for other Eastern Iowa humane organizations committed to eliminating the pressing problem of domestic animal overpopulation.

Neighborhood Catsferal cat experts

Winter Cat Shelter Ideas for Feralsgreat ideas

Graphic: trap, neuter, release just makes sense for feral cats

Disaster Preparedness

American Red Crossoutlines how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes

American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)has educational materials to assist veterinarians, animal owners, and others interested in the well-being of animals to prepare for animal safety in the event of a disaster

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Iowa Homeland SecurityInfectious Animal Disease-Quarantine & Isolation

Johnson County, Iowa Emergency Preparedness Information

Red Rover (formerly Emergency Animal Rescue Service [EARS])began filling the “who is there to help the animals void” over 15 years ago, responding to wild fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. When Red Rover arrives, trained volunteers shelter and care for animals displaced by other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada.

Driving With Pets

Car Safety & Travel Tips for Animalshas some great links for travelling safely with pets in your vehicle

Health Care


Graphic: Cover of Animal Wellness magazine.

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Graphic: cover of ntegrative Veterinary Care Journal

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)issues and policy statements

Animal Wellness Magazine

Best Cat Food: Safe and Healthy Formulas for Your Feline Friend

Best Dog Food: It's All About Quality Ingredients

Defeat Diabetesblog

Directory of Pet Animal Groupssearchable archives and instructions for joining chat groups and listserves that focus in specific disorders (e.g., CRF, FIV, IBD, CHF, etc.)

Equine Wellness Magazine

Flea and Tick Productswhat you should know

Handicapped Petsproducts to help you care for elderly, disabled, or injured pets

Integrative Veterinary Care Journal

Martindale’s Virtual Veterinary Centerfrom on-line veterinary journals to genetics by species to clinical vetmed by area to animal diseases, viruses, and parasites to diagnostic testing and lab protocols

NetVet Veterinary Resources & the Electronic Zooone of the most complete animal sites on the web, period

Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Catsfrom the American Animal Hospital Association

Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Catsfrom the American Animal Hospital Association

Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Catsfrom the American Animal Hospital Association

Pet Diabetes Easy Reference ListDiabetes in Pets is NOT a Death Sentence!

Senior care guidelines for dogs and catsfrom the American Animal Hospital Association

Veterinary Laboratory Tests Explained

Alternative Veterinary Medicine

Center for Nature Researchfounded in 1977 by Machaelle Small Wright, the center’s focus is co-creative science:  the study of reality and how it works from nature’s perspective and by humans and nature working together in a peer, balanced partnership

Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicineholistic veterinary medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, and other alternative modalities

Little Big Catto help you keep your cats and dogs healthy and happy by preventing and resolving behavior, nutrition, and health issues through holistic, “mind-body” methods.

Natural Holistic Pet Centerprovides details on holistic care, referrals, and products

Cat Health

Feline CRF (chronic renal failure) Information Centerrenal failure is one of the leading causes of illness and death in older cats. This excellent site covers diagnostics, management, medications, nutrition, effects on the caregiver, and more.

Feline Life Stage Guidelinesfrom the American Animal Hospital Association

Jasper:  the big orange goodnessresources for diabetic Pet Care. Covers diabetic neuropathy, methylcobalamin, home glucose testing, and more.

Sugar Catsfeline diabetes info

Tally’s Cat Health & Illness Linksa very complete group of links that cover abcesses through zoonoses, and more

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Dog Health

Canine CPRThe ABCs are Airway, Breathing, and Cardiac compression

Canine Diabetesmake the best treatment decisions for your dog

Deaf Dog Education Action FundEvery year thousands of dogs are killed simply because they are deaf

Dog Healthan alphabetical index of descriptions of canine conditions from Addison’s Disease to Wobbler Syndrome

Dog Owner’s Guide Topic Listfollow the link to Health and Veterinary Information. From hot spots to arthritis to heartworm disease

Help Your Dog Fight CancerEvery day, 10,000 dogs are diagnosed with cancer

Pet Health Insurance

North American Pet Health Insurance Associationan independent source to help those interested in insurance for their pets determine what pet insurance should be providing

Poison Control

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centerthe American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals compilation of toxic plants, drugs, and information about making your home poison safe

Sources of Financial Aid for Veterinary Health Assistance

How about these ideas...

• get online and search for variations of "veterinary financial aid" (that's where we found all of these!)

• ask your employer for a salary advance

• make yourself a Go Fund Me crowdfunding page

• use a credit card (ask for a higher credit limit or a cash advance)

• ask if your local animal shelter or humane society has a veterinary assistance fund (Johnson County Humane Society does)

• borrow from your life insurance policy, vacation savings, kids' education fund, or retirement program

• Make your plea to friends on Facebook

• ask family, friends, neighbors, etc. for a $30 loan

• have a garage sale or pawn some of your belongings

• ask your bank about loans, second mortgages, etc.

• get a part-time or temporay job

Care CreditA credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget. But it’s 21% interest

Pet Owner Aid, Spay/Neuter Resources, and Rescue Group Assistance

Trouble Affording Vet Care?good ideas from HSUS

American Animal Hospital Association AAHA Helping Pets Fundveterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship

Assistance Dog United CampaignOperated in association with The Assistance Dog Institute, this nonprofit helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs. Phone: 800 284-DOGS (3647)

Big Hearts Fundcardiac condition related care for cats and dogs

Brown Dog Foundationbridging the gap between the cost of medical care and saving your pet

Canine Cancer Awareness Org

Cats in Crisis
helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance

allows individuals to create a page to raise funds for veterinary care

Cody’s Club
When facing radiation for your companion animal, this group may be able to make a tough decision easier. Cody’s Club provides financial support for those who face radiation treatments on a limited income, and also emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.

Diabetic Pets Fund

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
to help cats with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS), also referred to as Injection Site Sarcoma (ISS).

Friends & Vets Helping PetsFinancial aid is intended as a supplement to family resources. All applicants must be prepared to show financial need. Funds treatments for curable (lifesaving, not life-prolong) diseases such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication, or post-surgical prosthetics such as a K-9 cart, etc.

Handicapped Petswheelchairs, products, sservices and support for disabled, injured, and aging pets.

God’s Creatures Ministryhelps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.

Handipets Haven
for posting information about disabled, injured or elderly animals in need of homes or financial assistance for medical care

Ian Somerhalder Foundationveterinary medical emergency grants

The Magic Bullet Fund
helps people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment costs.

Modest Needsyou can INSTANTLY change the life of a low-income family by clicking 'Learn More or Invest Points' and authorizing Modest Needs to make the grant of your choice. If you do, we'll fund that application instantly.

The Mosby Foundationnationally recognized for caring for dogs in need.

Onyx & Breezy Foundationto help each animal reach tomorrow

Paws 4 a Curededicated to helping families that are in need of non-routine veterinary financial assistance for their dog or cat

The Pet Fund
financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care

Pet Assistance, Incfor you and your pet in times of a medical crisis

Pit Bulls Against Misinformationthe grants to cover costs of LIFE SAVING veterinary care for owners who are otherwise unable to pay. Dogs of any and all breeds and mixes are welcome and encouraged to apply.

RedRover Relief
Helps homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.

Rose's Fundfor situations where the pet or found animal has a good chance of being well, but the owner or Good Samaritan can’t afford it, this fund will help cover the cost

The Semper Fi FundGrants unite injured service members with service dogs, and ensure the dogs are properly trained and continually cared for despite the financial difficulties that often arise while an injured service member is transitioning back to civilian life and dealing with physical rehabilitation.

STARelief to provide life-saving pet food, veterinary care, emergency boarding and foster care to individuals and families in need.

Violet's Friendsfinancial assistance for urgent or critical veterinary care, surgeries, therapies or mobility solutions that are too costly for pet parents

Wag! Community Pet Surgery Donation Programto help dogs in need

Walkin' Pets.comrecognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help


Breed-specific Assistance Programs

Akita Club of America Rescue Fundfinancial assistance to individuals or groups caring for adoptable, homeless purebred Akitas

may have cart loans for corgis

Special Needs Dobermans
helping senior and special needs Dobermans. That need may be financial or it may be only information and/or moral support for the owner of a Doberman with a serious illness or injury

Disabled Dachshund Society

Goldstock Fundfinancial assistance for transportation, boarding, evaluations and medical costs of rescued golden retrievers and “golden hearted” dogs

Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation
financial aid for medical expenses of rescued Keeshonds in foster care

Labrador Harbor


Labrador Lifeline

Land of Pure Gold assistance for Golden Retreiver working dogs with cancer

Pit Bull Rescue Central
financial assistance for medical care; spay/neuter assistance

PYRAMEDIC Trustfor Great Pyrenees

for West Highland White Terriers

Cruelty-free Lifestyle

Yes, you can eat low on the food chain (vegetarian or vegan) in Iowa City! Check out the Happy Cow for local places to go. Many restaurants are willing to leave the “animal” out. Just ask your server. Explore! Check out these favorite:

Trumpet Blossom

310 E Prentiss St
Iowa City, IA 52240

All for Animalsa Santa Barbara based pro-animal, educational organization dedicated to raising awareness about cruelty-free living and the importance of compassion to all animals

Alternative Outfittersyes, eco-friendly fashions; non-leather footwear; cosmetics; and I-heart-Tofu tees

Caring ConsumerPETA’s guide to kind living, ranging from companies to charities to investing

Choose Cruelty-Freecheck out their policy on animal-derived ingredientsit’s strict. This is a great site for learning about animal testing for consumer product “safety”

Earth Friendly Productstheir mission is to provide high quality cleaning products that are absolutely safe for your family, pets and the environment, made with replenishable ingredients

Go Greena Milwaukee-based company that specializes in environmentally friendly products. Shipping for orders up to $99.99 is only $6.95!

Leaping Bunnycheck out the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ online guide to products not tested on animals, including cosmetics, personal care and household products. Get your own free pocket-sized shopping guide

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean DayAhhhh, the lemon verbena cleaning supplies...

Pangea’s Vegan Storefood; body care; cleaning products; clothes; books; and more (like cruelty-free glue and correction fluid!). They’re vegans (all eight of them) and they don’t carry products manufactured under oppressive labor conditions.

Veg Familycheck out their list of companies; vegan cooking tips and recipes; health and fitness; book reviews and recommended reading; and the shopping guide

Vegan Essentials this is a one-stop shopping destination for all things veganmore than 1,200 items (like nail polish and remover). And they list customer reviews.

Who Tests on Animals?credible answers for a cruelty-free world from NAVS, the National Anti-Vivisection Society. Another great site on alternatives to using animals for product testing. They have published Personal Care for People Who Care, every year since 1995 and it continues to be a classic.

Cat Art & Pet Portraiture

Alice Scott-Morrisetchings and prints

Dog & Cat Artpet portraits

Drew Strouble’s Gallery of Watercolor Catsoriginal fine watercolor art for cat lovers

Larry Welohis cats!

Lowell Herrerohis official website

Lucy Bilodeaucats, dogs, wildlife, fantasy

Mary Reilly Creative Brush Studiooils and prints

Animal Stuff for Humans

Animal Dentheir cat stuff is displayed by coat color

Animal E-cardsfrom ASPCA

Animal Kingdom Scrubs100% cotton

Cat Collectibles Webringa listing of sites offering cat stuff

Catsterno barks, all byte! Make your cat a free web page now.

Catty Cornercat everything!

Classic Charms14 Kt gold, white gold, sterling silver, agate cat cameos, even diamond pavé.

Edward GoreyGorey cats!

Esquivel & Fees—sterling and gold pet jewelry, animal awareness ribbon and keepsake jewelry, too.

Harmony Kingdomadorable miniatures

Hep Catalways wondered where the “Real men admit they love cats” and the “Cats know all and reveal nothing” tee-shirts came from?

Holly Yashijewelery as art. She likes cats.

ihelppets100% of the profits go to help pets in need. All sorts of stuff, including animal-friendly books for children.

Johnson Pet Products“One sniff is worth a thousand purrs.” Just go there!

Laurel Burchher official website

Like a Catjewelry and crafts, cat symbolism, too..

NOVICAcool, way cool. Just go there.

Phoenix Orion Emporiumlots of stuff, but check out the carved gemstone cats

Purr-fections Catalog for Feline Fanciershousewares, collectibles, jewelry, yard/garden, clothing...

Sandicastthey do capture the spirit of the animal kingdom. Life size to miniatures.

Sherry’s Designscats of all kinds, all over. Check out the scrimshaw cats.

Snapdragon Giftseclectic collection of statues, jewelry, cards, bumper stickers...

The Cats Closeta cat lover’s emporium, even plus-size clothing

Top Cats by Mail

Unique Cat Arttiles, prints, clocks, crafts, jewelry...very cool

Wild Brydejewelry inspired by nature. Cool companion animal styles

Zarah Co.enameled jewelry that’s fun to wear

Animal Stuff for Animals

Betty’s Toy Shoppethis is the Cat Faeries’ site with pretty (and healthy) things for cats and people. Wonderful toys, flower remedies, cards, tarot...

Cat Claws Inc.T.H.E. corrugated cardboard scratchers, and many sure to check out the office cats

Cat Fanciers Websitebreed descriptions, show calendars, breed rescue...

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Catnip Farmsget your Iowa-grown Mr. Nipster’s Catnip here, or at an Iowa City Farmer’s Market

Kitty Hoochhand-made catnip toys in many, many styles...and cat furniture, too

CatsPlayOhhh, the beds, tents, sofas, condos, kitty gyms, and hideaways

Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Catalogfull line of veterinary supply products...

Furry-Baby FashionsJulie makes stellar collars and martingales

Handicapped Petsproducts to help you care for elderly, disabled, or injured pets

Cat Furniture

Angelical Cat Furnituresculptured carpet trees, posts, condos, rustic and contemporary styles

photo:  cat tower

Armakat Feline Furniturefree shipping in continental US! Sisal/carpet/faux fur/faux fleece. At least 20 versions.

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HHHELPCataround Corner Savera cat scratcher that protects the corner of furnture from being shredded

Cat Treesyes, solid wood

Feline Furnituremodular, portable, minimal use of fabric...

Felix Cat Treea great height of 32” tall

KatWallkscool walkways that attach to the wall

Natural Treecat furniture

Graphic: don't declaw--there are more humane options
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PurrFect Postscratching post and angle scratching pad

Sisal Design Cat Furniture

Photo: sisal scratching post

Ultimate Scratching Postwinner of the 2004 Cat Fancy Editor’s Choice Award. 32" tall with a seat on the top.

K-V Vet Supplygood prices on a full line of veterinary supply products

Lucky Petengraved metal and plastic ID tags, and embroidered collars and leashes

Metropolitan PetOooh, the cat toys (check out Bird on a Wire!), and even a cool feline walking jacket (special halter)

Graphic:  Two kittens playing with a wand toy.

Omaha Vaccine Catalogfull line of veterinary supply products...

PetCoproducts for all species, pet travel tips, photo contests...

PetEdge Catalogonline, easy, and great prices

PetSmartlowest prices guaranteed, products for all species

Tails by the Lakea specialty shop for d*gs and cats

That Pet Placequantity discounts, products for all species

UPCO Catalogover 15,000 items at wholesale prices, products for all species

Last update: 06/29/17

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