Changes are coming!

I love to sing! Mostly musicals (who can forget my wonderful rendition of Something’s Coming from West Side Story just before The Orlando Cat Café opened!) but also classic rock too, and today I am channeling my inner David Bowie with “Changes.”
 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer cat
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There’s gonna have to be a different cat
Time may change me

 
But I can’t trace time Lots of cats (and people too) dislike change. Actually, cats love change, but only if it is the others who are changing to make life more comfortable for THEM! Like a warm blanket direct from the dryer instead of the room temperature one.
 
We have very exciting (and happy!) changes to talk about this month at The Orlando Cat Café as we welcome the SPCA Florida as our new cat adoption partner! Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. They are dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, just like we are at The Orlando Cat Café! SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering their doors each year. That’s a whole lot of cat and puppy chow!
 
They also operate the McClurg Animal Medical Center, which is open to the public and is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually! Imagine all the tongue depressors they must stock! Thousands more pets and people are served through their community outreach and education programs. I had a chance to visit them recently and was very impressed not only with their facility, but also with the wonderful and caring people that I met.
 
So what does this mean for The Orlando Cat Café? More kitties! You can expect a full house of fun loving felines all of which who are looking to be pet and coddled and cuddled while they await their purr-fect forever families.
 
Our dedicated team at The Orlando Cat Café will remain as is it. Samantha, Paola and Stefanie will continue to take care of us (yay!) and will continue to act as our Adoption Counselors for a whole new crew of fun felines who will be joining us. And you will still see a lot of our friendly volunteers like Chris, June, Kathie, Kim, Roz, Bob, Teri and Muriel and many others!
 
If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful organization, and maybe want to volunteer to help take care of the kitties and help our Adoption Counselors at the Orlando Cat Café, you can click here to visit the SPCA Florida website to get started. And of course if you want to see what kitties we have up for adoption at our cafe, visit our website and scroll on down our home page for the latest pics.

 

What else will change? CAKE!!!  Yes – we will soon schedule a GRAND RE-OPENING so we can celebrate joining forces with SPCA Florida. Stay tuned to this newsletter for more details – Jean Luc LOVES a good party!!!

 

All of us at The Orlando Cat Café are thrilled to welcome the SPCA as our new partners! Stop by and say hello! 

Looking for Love? Stop by our Valentine’s Day Meow Mixer!

Looking for Love? Spend Valentine’s Day with us! Join us for a special kitty meow-mixer to find the cat your dreams from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

You may even meet the animal-loving human of your dreams! Price includes admission into the cat play area, free beverage OR a free dessert option from Axum Coffee, door prizes and giveaways.

Space is limited so click here to R.S.V.P. online! $15 purr person or $25 purr couple.

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Once in a Blue Moon with Jean Luc

Some days I run through the house like a wild animal that has escaped his zoo pen. Other days I am just a quiet observer taking in my surroundings. Or perhaps I am in stealth ninja mode, watching you from under the bed or pretending to sleep atop my comfy couch all while sleeping with one eye open ready to pounce at any given moment. It all just depends on my mood, which can change by the minute with, or without warning.

Earlier this week, there was a Blue Moon. What is a blue moon? Well, it really means it is the second full moon in a month; but sometimes the moon can appear to have a bluish tint to it, hence the reference (I bet you didn’t know that in my spare time, I study astronomy…But, I’m a cat. And I have a lot of free time on my paws and access to Google).

But this Blue Moon really seemed to be making me act a little…strange. Cat behavior is something many humans have tried to study over many, many nine lives. Did you know there are “experts” on cat behavior? Pfft, what do they really know?

Something I know (because I’m a cat and I am purrfect), is that cats can improve a person’s behavior. True story! There have even been studies on it! For example, do you know just 15 to 30 minutes of quality time with a cat can calm your nerves and boost your mood? There’s even chemical evidence. Yes, CAT NIP LEVEL, chemical evidence!

When you spend time with a cat, your production of serotonin, a chemical that boosts feelings of well-being, goes up, and your cortisol levels go down. Cortisol, along with high blood pressure, is a result of stress, and can lead to high cholesterol and hypertension. This means that spending time with a cat can keep you healthier in the long run. Luckily, boosting your mood and lowering your stress levels can be as simple as interacting with a cat. And for many cats (not all), we like to interact with humans, too!

Mind blown, right?!

So, the point of my story is a trip to the Orlando Cat Café could very well save your life. Ok, ok, that may be a little drastic, but I haven’t ever seen anyone leave in a bad mood! My furry friends and I are a blast and we are spreaders of joy and happiness! And since it is the month of love and hairballs (oh, no to the hairballs? Sorry…), we hope you will stop by, lower your stress, relax, and have some fun with our kitties.

More often than once in a blue moon…

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Enter the JEKCA Cat Giveaway!

Just in time for the holidays! Enter to WIN your own JEKCA Cat today!

Would you be interested in winning your very own JEKCA cat? Are you wondering WHAT a JEKCA cat is? JEKCA cat is a lego-style cat that is approximately 1.5′ H x 1.5 L and we have put together some handy points you should know about owning a JEKCA Cat.

JEKCA cat WILL be a good conversation piece.                      JEKCA cat WON’T leave hair on clean laundry.

                                          

JEKCA cat WILL take hours to put together.                              JEKCA cat WON’T poop outside of the litterbox.

                                             

JEKCA cat WILL make friends envious.                         JEKCA cat WON’T wake you up at 6:00 am wanting breakfast.

                                        

We just want to be clear, JEKCA cat WILL take hours of time and extreme patience to put together…

But after all that, who wouldn’t want to WIN a JEKCA CAT?!? But, wait! Now you can! How? It’s as easy as 1-2-no 3, it is just that easy! 

  1. Click here to like the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook Page (if you got here, then you probably already HAVE liked our page!).
  2. Read and agree to the rules by filling out the form below. CONTEST HAS NOW CLOSED! 

BOOM! You’ll be in the running in no time!  One random winner will be chosen. Contest ends Thursday, 12/7, and the winner will be announced on Friday, 12/8. Good Luck to all!

THANK YOU ALL FOR ENTERING! THE JEKCA CAT CONTEST HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED! STAY TUNED FOR OUR ANNOUNCEMENT ON OUR WINNER! 

 

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Dear Jean Luc…

 

Jean Luc loves email! This month, I answer some questions that I have received from both our Human Friends as well as Kitty Friends. Since I speak feline fluently, it’s not hard to do!

Q. Dear JL, The Kitties at the Orlando Cat Café have such exotic names. Do you name them all? -Alicia S.

A. Dear Alicia, All our cats are named by our the Animal League and they do so by theme. All the cats that come in on the same intake have themed names (Christmas, Famous Authors, Sports, etc.). When they get a litter, they all get names that start with the same letter. Like the new “Y” kitties who will be joining us soon at the Orlando Cat Café.

Q.  Dear JL, My human keeps trying to dress me in an alligator costume for Halloween. I really don’t want to dress up as an alligator, or anything else for that matter. Other than vomiting on the costume, what’s the best way to tell her that I don’t want to participate? – Precious G.

A. Dear Precious, I’m with you. At this time of year, it is important to remind our humans all over the world that we will not tolerate any costume. It isn’t cute or funny, but it is irritating. If you want to give us some extra treats for Halloween, fine, but please – no costumes! Dogs, on the other hand, look hilarious in Halloween costumes. Feel free to wrap them, dress them, put them in doggy make-up, whatever you got to do!

Q. Dear JL, My family is giving serious consideration to getting a kitten. I’ve always been the only cat in the house and I am concerned that I will now have to share my toys, litterbox and most importantly, I will have to fight for my family’s attention. Any advice? – Snowy from Seattle

A. Dear Snowy, I absolutely understand your concern. Kittens are cute, but mostly when they are in other people’s houses. Instead of concentrating on the negatives, think about the positives. You can take all of your experience and teach the new kitten how to best train your family. Remember how long it took you to teach your family how to cater to your every whim? Now it is almost your duty to help the next generation do the same thing. You will now be the elder statescat in your house, and you can use the kitten to do your bidding. As an added bonus, now you have someone to groom your ears, because we all like having our ears groomed. Keep an open mind – you might actually like the little guy!

Q. Dear JL, I am thinking about opening up a Cat Café in Bora Bora and was wondering if you might be able to help me. Do you do consulting work? Regina P.

A. Dear Regina – I am very flattered however my work with The Orlando Cat Café and as Editor of this Newsletter keeps me very busy. Plus, I am bound by contract. And I don’t really like to travel. I do, however, wish you success in your new venture.

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The Dog Days of Summer

The phrase “Dog Days of Summer” describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year. But where did the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs?

Many people believe the phrase stems from the fact that dogs tend to be sluggish during the hottest days of summer (aren’t we all?), while others say the days are so hot it causes dogs to go mad (how could you tell?). But the name is actually a reference to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star.

In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time “dog days.” Thus, the term “Dog Days of Summer” came to mean the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of Sirius with the Sun — July 3 to Aug. 11.

All of this science can make me want to take a nap, but it also got me thinking about how cats are shortchanged – they can put a man on the moon but no one can invent some sort of sciency name having to do with a Cat? Not to worry – I am taking it upon myself to declare the purr-iod between February 15th and March 11th the “Cat Days of Winter”. The sciency name will be “Feles Brumalis” which if my Latin is correct (according to Google anyway) means “Cat of the Winter”. I feel smarter already!

This new holiday period, which I just invented, doesn’t have anything to do with science and more to do with stuff that we like and, with those parameters, I suggest “celebrating” this period by doing the 5 things that I enjoy the most:

• Sleeping – Increase your Sleeping Time from 16 hours to 18 hours or more!
• Playing with Random Objects – Shoelaces, Paper Bags, Boxes!
• Pestering People at the Worst Time – Bathroom! Laptop Computer!
• Hiding and NOT Coming When Called – An added benefit is the exercise that your human will get by walking around calling and calling you
• Eating – Extra cookies every day from February 15th to March 11th!

Feles Brumalis is coming soon – we just have to get through these hot days first…

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Mulberry’s BACK!

Mulberry’s BACK and filling in as Guest Blogger for Jean Luc 

I’m back!  After a little bit of an absence, for a teeny tiny tummy issue which has since resolved, I’m now back at the Orlando Cat Cafe, and ready to be adopted by my new forever family.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who asked about me during my absence — your cards, phone calls, texts and emails were much appreciated as well as the several balloon-o-grams I received (ok, just one of those!).

While I was away, I was thinking about something that was told to me when I was a kitten.  In the ’80’s, around the time that my Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother was alive, Pantene (the shampoo company) had a commercial with the tag line “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful.” As I grew up, my mom told me about that commercial, as her mom told her about it and so on and so on and so on….

The ladies in my family are all beautiful and that goes back for multiple generations.  That commercial described us well.  But our beauty goes beyond just being skin (in my case fur) deep.

Today I want to talk about looking beyond my good looks, which admittedly will be hard to do, but try.  Because, beyond my gorgeous green eyes, luscious white fur, and adorable black splotch on my nose, lies the heart and soul of a feline who wants to do some good in the world — using both my external and internal beauty.

The Animal League has made this easy for me to do!  They’ve made me a Sunshine Fund Pet Ambassador, which is like a UNICEF ambassador, but for animals!  Broken bones, puppies with parvo, skin diseases, and even tummy troubles, are all part of everyday shelter life. With rising veterinary costs and so many pets in need, a “beautiful” pet, such as myself, can help defray some of these costs, through the Sunshine Fund. My beautiful looks, can help save animals that require extensive and costly veterinary care.  External beauty meets internal beauty!

When you adopt me, you help 1) me and 2) a less fortunate pet find our forever homes.  As an bonus, anytime someone comes to visit you, or you take me to the vet for my annual checkup, you’ll hear “what a beautiful cat”, which, frankly will be good for both of us!  Just because I have inner beauty doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about my outer beauty too!   Because, come on…just look at me!

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful — instead adopt me and let my both my inner and outer beauty help change the world — one kitty at a time!  Come visit me at The Orlando Cat Cafe — where all the cool (and beautiful!) cats hang out!

A Fabulous Day

Thank you to our feline friend, Jodi Ziskin for stopping by last month for her seminar and the nice follow-up article! Jodi will be back on May 25th to discuss the Importance of Feline Enrichment and Play. Register here!

A FABULOUS DAY AT THE ORLANDO CAT CAFÉ
April 13, 2017
By Jodi Ziskin

On March 21, I held my second seminar at the Orlando Cat Café. It was the evening before Global Pet Expo, so the beginning of three days of pet-everything. Since so many cat bloggers, product designers, behaviorists and other cat-centric professionals were in town, the expo provided the Café a great opportunity to attract cat lovers from afar. Click here for more…

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OCC Hosts Group from Children’s Home

The sounds of “oohs” and “ahhs” fill the air as 12 very excited, wide-eyed children enter the cat play area of the Orlando Cat Café. Mesmerized by fuzzy tails and whiskers, the children eagerly approach the cats and gently toss toy mice across the floor. At any given time, the Orlando Cat Café is home to 15-20 cats seeking their forever home; however, today’s visitors are different. They also long for a loving, forever home.

The children are current residents at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home located in Leesburg, an emergency shelter for children who have been removed from their families and homes for various reasons. “I figured the cats and the children were in the need of love and comfort and they would help each other,” says Jamie Scher, Shelter Supervisor. “I believe animals serve as a great tool of comfort and recovery and I am excited to see how the children and the cats bond with one another.”

Scher heard about the Orland Cat Café while he was adopting a cat of his own. “It sounded like a fun place for the children to visit and I thought I would reach out,” Scher states. “Many of the children had pets of their own before coming to the shelter so I really thought this would be a great experience for them.” The Children’s Shelter was established in 1985 as an emergency shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children and is a children’s shelter licensed through the Florida Department of Children and Families. Children between the ages of six and 13 are placed in the shelter by the Florida Department of Children and Families after being removed from the custody of their current caretakers, frequently with only the clothes on their backs. It was originally licensed for only five children. It currently serves up to 12 children at any given time. The program has shifted over the years to accommodate children for longer periods of time with a staff trained to help those with elevated behavioral issues.

The shelter can also house larger sibling groups, allowing them to stay together and feel more at ease in difficult times. A group of four siblings residing together in the shelter came along for the visit to the cat café. The only visitation they had was from their grandmother who, sadly, passed away earlier this year. They have been in the shelter for three years and currently do not have family members willing to take all four children together. A shelter caregiver states, “We don’t like to split up the siblings. Sometimes all they have is each other and keeping them together helps them cope with what they are going through.” Other children have lived in the shelter longer and it is estimated there are more than 10,000 children throughout Florida who need loving and stable homes.

“The work that the Florida Baptist Children’s Home does is absolutely amazing. We were honored to provide an exciting outing to these great kids,” says Jessica Whitehouse, Director of Community Relations. “We have successfully adopted 65 cats to new homes since opening in September. We want to remind the community that there are plenty of ways to get involved in helping the children and animals in your own backyard and we hope people will be inspired to step up and help in whatever capacity they can. The need it there.

Thank you Clermont Newsleader for the write up!

 

 

ABOUT FLORIDA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is a nonprofit organization on a mission to bring love and compassion to one more child. Thanks to your help, we were able to serve 106,278 children and families last year. Join the cause! Together, we can give hope to one more child.

 

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