Good Things Come in 3’s!

Update:  Jean Luc is purring with contentment to report that all three of these special kitties have found their forever homes!

Jean Luc here – roving reporter for Orlando Cat Café with an urgent plea for help.  As fans of all things feline, I think we can all agree that: ALL cats are special and ALL cats deserve a good home.

But some cats have a story that makes them even more special. Today I would like to introduce you to 3 of my new feline friends at The Orlando Cat Café who are in desperate need of a loving home. Maybe it’s you? Maybe someone you know?

Velvet

Velvet – Female – 17 Years Old

At 17 years old, Velvet is our most senior resident at The Orlando Cat Café. As you can see from her picture, she is a beautiful girl, but her life story is anything but.  Prior to her arrival at Orlando Cat Café, Velvet was rescued by Hillsborough County Animal Services from a hoarding house where there were (literally) 100’s of other cats. From Hillsborough County, she went to Orange County Animal Services and then transferred to Purr Another Day who got in touch with our partner, SPCA Florida, and they felt that the Orlando Cat Café would be the perfect place for her to wait for her forever home. Although she is very happy at Orlando Cat Café, this senior gal is most deserving of a stable, loving family who will allow her to live out the remainder of her life.

I love Velvet – she’s like my grandma!  Here are 10 reasons why Senior Cats Rule (as told me by Velvet herself):

  1. When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it. While I enjoy being at the Orlando Cat Café, I know that I will be super thankful to find my forever home where I can be with my forever family!
  2. A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  3. Unlike dogs, you can teach an old cat new tricks! Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to give a high paw – maybe you can teach me?
  4. A senior cat may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night). That’s so kittenish!
  5. In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is. I have excellent litterbox skills!
  6. A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting. I’m purr-fect just the way I am!
  7. Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored. Ah, kittens!
  8. Speaking of relaxing, senior cats make great napping buddies!
  9. Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting. I learned that a long time ago!
  10. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for – so when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life.

Do you know someone who could adopt Velvet?  Are you that special someone?  SPCA Florida has generously lowered the regular adoption fee to help find Velvet her forever home.  We ALL want Velvet to finally have a loving family to call her own.

Hope and Pepper

Hope and Peppers are both 6 years old and come to us through our partners at SPCA Florida.  Because they are black, they had to wait a long time to find their first home. Their owner recently suffered a stroke and sadly is unable to care for them. They loved their home, which was completely designed for them with fun kitty pathways and miss their old life but desperately want a new home to call their own. They love each other dearly and would like to stay together since they have lost so much already. They already had to say goodbye to their rabbit friend who lived with them. So much loss for these kitties to deal with in such a short time.

Hope loves belly rubs and snuggling under the covers. Pepper likes to lick his brother but will not allow Hope to lick him back. They are sweet, cuddly boys who love to sleep in bed with their owner.

Their owner loves his babies and is hoping they will find a wonderful home together so that their rescue story can continue to be a happy one. Do you know of someone that would like to adopt Hope and Pepper?  Is that someone you?

Please help spread the word about these three special cats all at the Orlando Cat Café and let’s all work together to get them to their forever homes THIS WEEK!

*Velvet is currently at the Orlando Cat Café and Hope and Pepper will arrive this Friday afternoon (7/13).

 

 

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‘Feline First Friday Contest: Georgia’s Gifts

Purr-senting our inaugural Feline First Friday contest, where you have the chance to win grrrreat prizes on the first Friday of each month. Are you ready to win? Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for more info on how to enter! 

 

ABOUT THE CONTEST
The Facebook and Instagram contests are limited to the continental United States.

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
On Facebook and Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe accounts and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site between July 6 -9, 2018.

PRIZE DETAILS
One (1) Winner will be selected at random from all the entries. The one (1) Facebook Prize is one (1) Georgia’sGift.com Gift Card valued at US$25 and the one (1) Instagram prize is one (1) Cat Head Recycled Rubber Coasters, Set of Four, valued at approximately $6.99.

CONTEST STARTS
July 6, 2018

CONTEST ENDS
July 9, 2018. Winner will be announced on the applicable social site contest post on or about July 10, 2018.

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY
Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. All other entries will be disqualified. This contest is limited to participants in the continental US.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by the Orlando Cat Cafe, 532 Cagan Park Avenue, Clermont, Florida, USA 34714, (352) 989-4820, www.orlandocatcafe.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Contest limited to the continental US. Employees and Volunteers of the Orlando Cat Cafe and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

3. TIMING: Contest begins at the Start of Day (CST) on July 6, 2018 and continues until the End of Day (CST) on July 9, 2018. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (CST) on July 9, 2018 to be eligible.

4. ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook and Instagram, Entrant must “Like” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Facebook nor Instagram, or any other social site. One (1) random Winner per applicable site will be selected from the entries. Entrants must meet all conditions of this section; Sponsor is not responsible for any technical difficulties which prevent Entrant from meeting any or all conditions.

5. PRIZES AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will be selected randomly from all the entries and will win a prize valued at approximately US$25 (Facebook) and US$6.99 (Instagram). Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and shipment instructions must be sent within sixty (60) days of win. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem package within the time period required, the prize will be forfeited. Odds of winning shall be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prize will be awarded if properly claimed. Unfolded will assume delivery costs and Winner(s) are responsible for any taxes due.

6. DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about July 10, 2018. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

7. NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by private message and/or email within two weeks following the drawing. Winner notified must respond within ten (10) days of notice of award.

8. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) name, city, state and country, and prize awarded, for the purpose of advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law.

9. LAW: Subject to all country, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with any drawing or award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Florida, without regard to conflict of law principles. Any cause of action by you with respect to the offer (and/or any information, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in above.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media site, including Facebook and Instagram.

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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! 

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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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121 Adoption Paw-ty!

One year, 121 adoptions! Come celebrate with us all day on Friday, November 10th for our 121 Adaption Paw-ty! Bring a donation for the kitties — scoopable kitty litter and Purina Complete preferred. Thank mew!  Click here to make a reservation. 

(*Rescheduled from our original date due to Hurricane Irma.)

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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!

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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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