Aug 13 2020

Bringing Your New Cat Home

Change can be a bit scary for cats so acclimating them slowly to their new home is important to be sure they are comfortable enough to eat and use their litter box. Each cat is different in how quickly they become comfortable with moving to a new home so let’s start by understanding cat body language. Cat owners, especially new cat owners, may not understand that their new feline is trying to communicate with them and they can easily overlook signals that the cat is giving them. There are many physical cues of a cat’s mood such as their eyes, ears, body, and tail. Here a few of the basics you should be aware of:

-If your cat’s head and tail are high they are likely happy to see you.
-If your cat’s head and tail are down or tucked they are likely not seeking interaction.
-If your cat’s tail is down and bristled and/or you hear them growl, hiss, or vocalize this is a clear warning to back off and that your cat wants to be left alone.
-If your cat’s ears are flat and tail is raised and bristled, and you hear hissing or vocalization then they are likely scared.
-Cats may pant when they are excessively stressed, anxious or overheated which is a sign to give them
space and allow them time to calm down.

While your new cat is so fluffy, soft, and cute it’s important to interact with them on their terms, not yours. Start by offering your hand for them to smell. If they rub their cheeks and face on your hand they clearly want interaction. If they don’t and walk away then let them. Like the saying goes “if you love her, let her go” and your cat will appreciate you for it. Perhaps leave a yummy cat treat behind so they will start to pair you with something positive which will end the interaction on a good note. By not honoring your cats cues you are teaching them that they have to be direct and sometimes even defensive because you aren’t listening to them. Think of it like this, if there was a human 10 times your size that didn’t listen to your cues of wanting to be left alone and they insisted on picking you up, petting your tummy, and hugging you, would you enjoy that? Probably not. No matter how much intended love was behind these acts, it doesn’t matter. You must give respect in order to receive it and that starts by paying attention to body language and cues. 

Now that we’ve covered that, let’s get your new cat comfortable in their new home! Limiting your new cat to a smaller, quiet room in the home is the best way to ensure they don’t get overwhelmed in their new space. This room is ideally set up with their litter box, food/water bowl, toys, etc. before your cat comes home. Be sure to provide your new cat with hiding areas as well as vertical spaces and areas to scratch. Make sure the door to the room is shut before opening the door to your cat’s carrier. Once it’s open just give them some space. Maybe sit quietly and read a book in the corner or leave the room entirely so they can start to explore. While the cat you met at the shelter may have been sweet and confident, you may be experiencing a different cat now that they are unsure where they are. So give them some time to adjust and don’t force interaction. Allowing them to first get comfortable in this room will allow you to monitor their food/water consumption and that they are using their litter box. If your cat doesn’t use the litter box or eat on the first day that is normal as they are still getting comfortable. If your new cat hasn’t eaten and/or consumed water within two full days you should contact your veterinarian for an appointment. Cats can develop health issues within three days of not eating so monitoring this is critical.

Once your cat is confidently exploring this room, regularly using the litter box, and seems comfortable is when you can open the house up to them a bit more. If you have other animals in the home then reference our behavior articles on introducing your new cat to your resident cat(s) or resident dog(s). Your cat may prefer to remain in the room they have established as comfortable and safe and that is okay! Again, allowing them to explore at their pace is key.

If, after reading these tips, you are experiencing undesirable behavior from your new cat, click here to submit questions to our behavior team!

Mar 26 2020

Be Prepared with a Pet Medical Travel Kit

Since the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic, preparedness is more important than ever, for you and your pet.  We recommend building your own Pet Medical Travel Kit. It’s quick, easy, and gives you peace of mind.  

Pet Medical Travel Kits are perfect for your car, RV, or boat.  Throw it in a backpack and take it with you on your next hike or visit to the dog park.  You can take your Pet Medical Travel kit anywhere you and your furry friend go!

Recommended Medical Kit Items (For Cats & Dogs)

Throw your Pet Medical Travel Kit in the back of your car
  • Medical gauze
  • Sterile pads
  • Small scissors
  • Medical Tape
  • Stretchy gauze wrap
  • Disposable gloves
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tongue depressors
  • Tick remover
  • Instant cold compress
  • Alcohol-free hand sanitizer
  • Bottled water
  • Clean towels or strips of clean cloth
  • Digital Pet Thermometer
  • Eye dropper or large syringe without needle
  • Muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, small towel may be used)
  • Cloth Blanket (to use as a stretcher)
  • Tweezers
  • Thermal Foil Emergency Blanket
  • Spare leash & collar

Don’t forget to include important contact information:

cat in a stroller
Kitties can go on adventures too!
Be prepared and bring your Pet Medical Travel Kit.
  • Your pet’s medical record (including medications and vaccination history)
  • Veterinarian contact information
  • Emergency veterinary clinic contact information
  • Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) (there may be a fee for this call)

Eric Kelley, DVM and Chief of Veterinary Medicine at Wayside Waifs reminds us “In an emergency situation the most important thing is to contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic”.  First aid care can improve your pet’s chances of a full recovery but should never be a substitute for veterinary care.  

Post your DIY Pet Medical Travel Kit to social media and tag us! @waysidewaifs

Apr 8 2019

How to Pet-Proof Your Plants

With spring finally here and summer on the horizon, our indoor and outdoor gardens are growing. Protecting our plants from our pets is one thing pet parents deal with regularly, but it’s also important to protect our pets from our plants. Not all plants are made equal when it comes to how safe they are for cats and dogs, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to keep your home green and pet-safe.

As a rule of thumb, do your own research on each individual plant you’re considering for your home. Ask the folks at Lowe’s or your favorite plant nursery if they carry any pet-safe plants, and when in doubt, a quick Google search should give you some peace of mind before purchasing. Your veterinarian should also be able to give you information about how to keep your home pet-friendly.

Popular plants toxic to cats and dogs include:

  • Asparagus fern
  • Aloe
  • Daffodil
  • Azalea
  • Tulip
  • Dumb cane
  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Sago palm
  • Certain herbs, like lavender and oregano
  • Certain succulents, like jade

It may be disheartening to learn that some of your favorite plants aren’t safe for cats and dogs, but a little extra time and research is worth the health and well-being of your furbabies. We’ve found some alternatives that are just as beautiful:

  • Boston, maidenhair, staghorn, and bird’s nest ferns
  • Air plants
  • African violet
  • Hibiscus
  • Spider plant
  • Prayer plant
  • Phalaenopsis orchid
  • Lace flower vine
  • Parlor palm
  • Certain herbs, like basil, sage, and thyme
  • Certain succulents, like hens and chicks, echeveria, and rosettes

As an added bonus, many of these alternatives are relatively low-maintenance plants, some only requiring low to medium light and weekly watering.

Still, if you must plant fairy rings of daffodils, or if you can’t let go of the healing powers of raw aloe, remember to closely monitor your pets around these plants. If possible, find locations for toxic plants that are inaccessible by your pets, giving special consideration to cat abilities.

The ASPCA keeps an index of the most-commonly reported plants toxic to pets. Common signs that a cat or dog has ingested a poisonous plant include difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking, and an irregular heart beat.

If you think your animal has ingested a poisonous plant or other toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Pet Adoption Center Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon – 8 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.

Jul 13 2018

Long-Term Residents: Charlie and Ryland

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Ellery and Oreo, and we have some good news. Ellery has found her forever home! This month, we are going to feature Charlie and Ryland.

“Thank you for reading about me! My name is Charlie, and I’m a handsome, dapper black and white shorthaired boy with one of the cutest, pinkest noses you’ve ever seen! I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. You might have noticed that I am 7 years old. That is just barely middle age for a cat! In fact, I am right in my prime—well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to focus my time, attention and affection on you! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Secret Admirer! That means that I tend to be a little shy and timid in new situations. However, I am a people-oriented cat and need to be around people. I am keeping my paws crossed for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time and space to get acclimated to my new surroundings. In return, I promise to fill your home and heart with beauty, purrs and love.”

Learn more about Charlie here.

“Hi there, I’m Ryland!  I’m an active, playful, happy boy searching for a home and family to call my very own.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that before…at least not that I remember.  So I’m still learning and experiencing new things and I’m a work in progress, trying my best to figure out where I fit into this crazy world.  Sometimes I’m skittish of new things and sometimes I get so excited that I forget my manners.  But I’m smart and eager to learn, so I’m positive that with time, I will become an incredible companion and member of the family. I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 59 pound bundle of love and muscle.  And I seem to be at least partially housebroken or crate trained, because I keep my kennel clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a stray after a kind stranger found me wandering alone along the highway in Grandview, MO.  I was happy to be safe, but I also felt confused and sort of afraid, especially of men.  So I got busy, enrolling in all the programs Wayside has to offer.  Some of the volunteers worked with me on my confidence while others taught me manners and focus.  It all started to come together for me and now I’m ready for you! I’m strong and athletic and I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I love to go for walks and I do really well on my leash, especially when I use my harness.  I’m curious and social and playful and I never pass up a good game of fetch.  Please stay patient and calm with me and help me learn the rules and boundaries, so that I can figure out what you expect from me.  You can see my wheels turning as I think about and evaluate new things.  I already know several commands, but I’d love to learn more, so teach me!  My friends at Wayside have been using NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) training, which teaches me that I need to work to get what I want, like sitting for a treat.  That’s been very effective for me and I hope to continue my training with you. I think I’ll fit in just fine with most active families.  I enjoy playing with all different kinds of dogs.  I’m patient, tolerant, friendly, and polite with them.  In fact, I frequently get to participate in doggie playgroups at Wayside.  If you have another dog that’s looking for a buddy, I might be the perfect match for you.  Since I can be jumpy and mouthy when I get excited, I might do best without kids under the age of 5 or so.  I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone.  You can bring the family to meet me, if you’d like, and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I’m a sweetheart and I have such a zest for life!  I’m happy and I enjoy attention and I appreciate each day.  I just need someone to share all of that with.  I hope it’s you!  I can’t wait to get out of the shelter and get settled into my new home and my new life with you.  I’m ready!”

Learn more about Ryland here.

You can visit all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

Jul 11 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Leigh, Chardonnay, Starr!

“Hi there! I’m so happy you are reading about me! My name is Leigh. What’s yours? As you can see from my pictures, I am a beautiful, dainty, shorthaired orange tabby girl with expressive golden eyes. I came to Wayside, as young mom with kittens, from another shelter that was low on space. My kitten-rearing days are over, and now I am ready to enjoy life as someone’s baby! I’m a sweet girl with a nice purr. I may be just a little shy when you first meet me, but I warm up quicker than a summer day in Kansas City. I enjoy attention and affection. I will let you know how much I am loving it with my soft purr and some gentle headbutts. Doesn’t that sound heavenly? It sure does to me! I’m so thankful to be here at Wayside, but I’m really excited, and ready, for a home to call my very own.  Do you think it could be with you?”

Learn more about Leigh here.

“Well hello there. Thanks for clicking on my photo. My name is Chardonnay. As you can see, I’m a large dog with a brown coat with some speckles on my chest. I am 4 years old. I am an excellent walker on leash. I am friendly and enjoy human companionship. I’ve been known to crawl into a lap or two and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting petted on my head and a few belly rubs as well. I know how to “sit” and “come” but would love to learn some more commands. I also love toys and do a pretty good job of releasing them when asked to “drop it.” I’d love to be part of a family that likes adventures as much as they like lounging around. I’m a great running partner, and I can also see myself getting into a Netflix binge session.  I think I do a pretty good job of both. If you are interested in meeting me, please come see me today. I can’t wait to join my new family!”

Learn more about Chardonnay here.

“Hello there! I’m an adorable little kitten! I am a bundle of fun in a small package and I am so ready for a new family to call my own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do we love to play! I will need some work on training but we will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster I will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help me stay well rounded. Give me some fun and interactive toys in the mix and we will have the time of our lives! I think I should also tell you that I love to cuddle. Curl up with me and I will purr to show you just how happy I am; cuddles are my favorite! If you are looking for a new buddy to bring you smiles and cheer, come on out to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Starr here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

Jul 6 2018

Heat Wave

Our summers are hot, muggy, and wet, while our winters are chilly, dry, and windy. Being in the midwest, you get a little bit of everything here, apart from tsunamis and hurricanes. You can learn a little more about weather in this metro area here. You can also view the weather monthly here. With the upcoming heat wave, we figured now would be a good time to provide tips for protecting your pet from those harmful rays, while giving suggestions for safe fun in the sun!

1. Visit the vet for an early spring or summer checkup.

My animals coincidently have their appointments in the summer, but it helps me out because I can see how bad allergies are and my dog always gets her yearly heart-worm test. These worms are spread from host to host through mosquito bites, and are more common in the summertime. It’s also recommended that you get monthly prevention if you are in an area that has a high mosquito rate. Your vet will have the prevention to purchase at their office.

2. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

3. Know the symptoms of heat stroke in your pets.

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse are all symptoms of heat stroke. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. You’ll want to watch out for these during our high heat and humidity days! Do not leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle, it can cause a fatality!

4. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

5. Check the pavement before you go on a walk.

Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn. You can still go on walks, but staying in shaded areas of grass is really the only way to go in the heat.

Now for some fun ideas in the sun that will be both entertaining and safe for you and your furry friend!

1. Kiddie Pools

It’s summertime, and some dogs love being in the water, so why not invest in a kiddie pool?! My dog is forty-five pounds of love, and on Sunday we usually get her pool out and she has the time of her life. Always supervise your animals near water, but it’s a cheap and fun way to stay cool outside! Our first picture above is a Waif here that is enjoying their kiddie pool!

2. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

3. Anything you can throw or toss. 

Now is the time to break out that frisbee or rope. Keep in mind that during the heat of the day, you and your dog should be inside for safety reasons, but two or three throws wouldn’t hurt. You can even do this indoors if you have the access. That way they can get ample amount of playing time while still staying cool, and you as well!

4. Sprinkler toys

Once again, some dogs really enjoy the water, and sprinklers are a cheap entertainment option. There are sprinklers you can purchase for your yard, there are dog specific sprinklers, so many different kinds! If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, they may want to sit this one out, but sometimes the price is worth it!

There you have it! Hopefully these tips for surviving in the heat and enjoying the summertime with your furry friend! Always check the weather so you nor your pet will have to suffer in the heat! Follow the links above to check Kansas City weather patterns. From all of us here at Wayside Waifs, enjoy your summer, and have a safe Fourth of July!

Meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

Jul 6 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome the Waifs of the Week: Phish, Rosemary, and Zaiden!

“Hi there, I’m Phish!  I’m happy, playful and I like to stay busy.  I was so happy at first that I hurt my tail by wagging it so hard (they call that happy tail).  I just got that all fixed up though.  I am learning my manners and new commands here at the shelter so I know I will be able to show you what I have learned. I’m always ready for a lot of physical and mental stimulation!  I’m looking for a forever family who wants to play and hang out with me.  I hope that’s you! I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 40 pound energetic dog with shiny gray and white fur.  I’m already crate trained too.  I came to Wayside as a stray, after I was found by a nice person that works here.  I was VERY skinny when I was found but I am putting weight on now and feeling so much better. I still feel nervous sometimes when I meet new people,and can also be a little jumpy..I’m just excited to start my new journey. I’m young and active, so I will need daily exercise in my new home.  I love to go walking and I’ve been practicing my leash skills.  Sometimes I still feel a little anxious when getting leashed up, but with practice, I’ve become more comfortable each day.  A harness also works great for me during walks.  Since I can be jumpy at first, I will need a home without kids under the age of at least 10.  Why don’t you bring the whole family, canines included,  to meet me and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I can’t wait to meet you!”

Learn more about him here.

“Thanks for reading about me! My name is Rosemary, and I’m a beautiful, dainty tortoisehell girl with lots of lovely black and gold swirling through my soft fur. It really brings out my beautiful golden eyes, or so I have heard. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I was a young mother and did a terrific job raising my two wonderful kittens in a foster home. My babies have found their forever families. Now, it’s my turn to be somebody’s baby! My former foster mom says I have a cute personality and love to play, especially with pingpong balls. She said I am talkative and very tidy. So if you are looking for a good conversation buddy who is not messy, I just might be your girl. Here at Wayside, I’ve become known as a pretty, friendly girl with a nice purr who gives great headbutts. The Felineality assessors here say I am a Private Investigator. That means I tend to be timid in new situations, and I like to get to know people and feel comfortable with them instead of jumping in with all four paws. But hey, a little caution never hurt anyone, right? I’m hoping for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time to warm up to my new home and family. Also, I need a home with no other cats and no kids under the age of 10. I promise to be the only feline you need. If you could use a little spice in your life, please hurry to Wayside and ask for me, Rosemary!”

Learn more about Rosemary here.

“Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Zaiden and I’m a four-year-old fella looking for my forever home. I’ve moved around a bit and I know that this is my last stop before I find people to share my love with. Let’s get to the important stuff. I’m a confident and interesting guy. I’d do best in a home without cats. I don’t care much for them. I also request that I meet any canines before going home. I want to make sure we all get along. In exchange for these requests, I promise I’ll be your best pal. I’ll always be there for you, no matter what life throws our way. I’m friendly with people. I love making new friends! I’d do best in a home with kiddos over the age of five. I’m a strong fella and I don’t want to accidentally hurt someone. I’m hoping to find a family who can give me plenty of physical and mental exercise. Throw a me a Kong toy with some peanut butter or let’s leash up and go for a walk together! I do well on a leash but sometimes I get a little jumpy. I’m excited to improve my leash skills with you! I’m part of the running program at Wayside and I’ve done well! If you’re looking for a running dog, I might just be the pup for you! I’m a husky, through and through. I’m looking for a family who is comfortable and knowledgeable about the kind of care huskies need. I sure can’t wait to meet you! Come to Wayside! I’ll be waiting!”

Learn more about him here.

Meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

Jun 29 2018

Fourth of July Safety Tips

It’s the time of year to celebrate Independence Day! It is an annual Federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and registering as a country, the United States of America. We typically celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and good times. However, our furry friends don’t enjoy the holiday as much as we do, so we here at Wayside thought it would be helpful to provide tips on Fourth of July safety for our four-legged family members.

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets. 

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

2. Leave your pets at home.

To avoid something like a lost pet happening, and to ease your furry friends’ stress, consider leaving them at home for the celebration. Most pets do not want to be near fireworks when they are set off, and find the most comfort at home. Please do not lock them in the car either, because they could suffer from heat stroke and/or brain damage. Consider creating a safe place for them. A downstairs area without windows or doors where they can relax and be away from loud noises.

3. Don’t put insect repellant on your pet.

This also should go without saying, but if your family is having a get-together and you would like to take your pets before the fireworks show, do not put insect repellant or sunscreen on your pet. There are certain ingredients in both that are poisonous for animals, and will have effects like neurological disorders and lethargy.

4. Never leave alcoholic beverages unattended to where your pets could reach them.

Dogs and cats are naturally curious, and if a beer or cocktail is left on the ground, they might consider knocking it over and drinking it. If consumed, the animal can get intoxicated and very weak, and could even go into a coma. Put those drinks on coasters on a high-rise table so they are unable to reach it, and provide fresh water for them to drink instead.

5. Keep your pet on their normal diet.

This is the time of year when people are barbecuing more and more because the weather is nice. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.

6. Play classical music.

Music can soothe an animal in times of stress, especially on the 4th of July. Having a CD playing on a loop can induce calmness and relaxation.

7. Don’t force your pet into a costume for the holiday. 

It may seem cute to dress them up in the red, white, and blue, but unless your dog (or even less likely, your cat) loves to play dress-up, don’t push the issue. If they have a medical condition, some sort of loose clothing is definitely acceptable. Also, if your animal shuts down during the fireworks, consider purchasing a thunder shirt, which can be found at our store Whiskers & Wags. They are proven to help make animals feel safe and secure, while keeping anxiety levels down.

8. Use a Crate

If your dog is used to a crate, allow them to utilize this area for a safe place to rest. Provide them with something they enjoy (bones, chew toys, kongs etc.) They can feel content and safe while you won’t have to worry about them as much. It’s a win-win!

9. Consider getting calming treats and Adaptil collars

Calming treats and Adaptil/anti-anxiety collars are both sold in our retail store Whiskers & Wags, and they have been helpful to ease stress for our animals here. The collar mimics the dogs’ natural pheromone that helps ease tension, and can help them relax during a fireworks display, as long as they are indoors. Calming treats will help do the same things, and will taste good as well!

10. Brush up on flea/tick treatment/ask your vet about anti-anxiety meds.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags. Does your dog really have bad anxiety? Ask your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medicine, because sometimes that is the best thing to do.

These are just some tips that help our furry friends, and you, prepare for the celebratory holiday! Enjoy, and be safe! Our retail store Whiskers & Wags is open during our adoption hours, provided below.

Adoption Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 12:00-8:00
Wednesday: CLOSED for Holiday
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10pm-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

Jun 27 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Besler, Emma, and Batman!

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Besler and I’m a spunky one-year-old looking for my forever home. Life hasn’t been easy for me so far. I’ve moved around a bit and I’m hoping to find a permanent, stable family. I’m a playful pup and I’m looking for a family who will be able to give me the mental and physical exercise I need to be happy and healthy. I’m a smart guy and I love learning new things. So far, I know “Sit” and “Shake”. I’d love to master new tricks and commands with you. My friends around here tell me that I do pretty well on a leash. I’ve actually joined the running program here at Wayside! I’d love to go exploring with you! I do request that you bring any canines to meet me before going home. Sometimes other dogs can scare me, so I might do well as the only dog as well. I sure can’t wait to find my forever family. I just know they’re out there. Come to Wayside and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Besler here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

“Pleased to meet you! My name is Emma, and I’m an adorable, chunky little black and white shorthaired girl with the cutest beauty mark on my nose. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space. I’m so excited to be here, where I can meet you! I’m a sweet, affectionate, friendly girl with a nice purr. I give wonderful headbutts. Hey, it’s like I am petting you! Playing with toys is OK, but I really prefer attention and affection from people. When I had my Felineality test here at Wayside, they told me I am a Sidekick. That means I tend to be moderately brave in new situations, and I enjoy the company of people. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I will want to be by your side, keeping you company. You will never be lonely with me around!”

Learn more about Emma here. She also has a video, which you can view here.

“Thanks so much for reading about me! My name is Batman and I’m a four-year-old fella looking for a forever home. I came to Wayside when my last shelter ran out of space. Moving around and being the new pup in town has been scary but everyone here is so nice. I know it won’t be long until I find my own family. I’m a smart, energetic guy and I’m excited to learn all sorts of new things. So far I know “Sit”, “Down” and “Wait”. Sometimes I can be a little jumpy but I’m getting better with manners every single day. I’m a confident guy and I make friends with just about anyone I meet. New friends are the best! I also love toys. Tennis balls are my favorite. I could chase one around for hours. I bet we could learn fetch pretty quickly too! I do request that you bring the whole family, including canines, to meet me before we go home. I just want to make sure we’re a good fit for each other. I sure can’t wait to meet you! Come see me today!”

Learn more about Batman here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.

Jun 22 2018

Cats, Kittens, and Felines, OH MY!

Kitten Season has arrived and Wayside Waifs is full with all kinds of adorable little ones waiting to begin a new adventure with a new family!

Kittens are sweet, cuddly, fun and….full of energy! You may have heard the expression “double the pleasure, double the fun.” Well, that applies to kittens. It is highly recommended to adopt kittens in pairs. “What? Why? Now there are two to care for. Wouldn’t that be twice as much work?” Actually, no. Having two kittens is very beneficial in many ways. The most beneficial part is that they will wear each other out! And, who doesn’t enjoy watching kittens chase, pounce and wrestle with each other, or share a toy together? It’s also nice to know they have company when left alone. 

“Do they have to be from the same litter?” No, although it is encouraged, since the kittens already know each other. If you do choose two kittens from separate litters, they do need to follow an introduction process in order for their interactions to be positive. You can find our article with proper introductions hereOtherwise, if they start off on the wrong paw, they might never be friends.  Sometimes kittens will adjust faster to another kitten they have never met, but there are times when it is very stressful. Remember, each of those kittens are adjusting to a new environment by coming into your home – new sights, sounds and smells.  Add to that, a strange kitten, and that can increase the amount of stress. Creating a positive association is key. Proper introductions does not guarantee a friendship, but there is a better chance of that happening rather than just letting them work it out themselves. 

This also applies to adult cats ( like one of our bonded pairs Wally and Bolt, pictured above). Cats may not be pack animals like dogs are, but they can enjoy each other’s company as well. Again, following proper introductions will be very beneficial and highly recommended. Some cats (or kittens) will want a snuggle buddy, or someone to wrestle with, or maybe they will just want to co-exist within the same home. 

“Should I adopt 2 cats or kittens of the same sex? Does age matter?” Not really.  What matters most is the personality and energy level of both cats. If you have an energetic and playful 8 year old, adding an energetic kitten might work. If one is laid back and the other is hyper, that might not be a perfect match.  

If you have friends or family with more than one cat, ask them what the pros and cons were for them and the cats.The following are quotes from people who want to weigh in on this topic.

“When our first cat was a kitten, she was lonely whenever we left for work or went away for the weekend. We adopted a 2nd cat around the same age. It took 3 weeks for them to adjust to each other, and they became good friends.  It was a great decision!”

“We adopted two sisters from the same litter. We didn’t know it at first, but it was the best decision ever. They were lifelong friends. When one of them passed away, her sister never left her side, and it was so endearing to see how wonderful their bond was.”

“I adopted a brother and a sister, and you’re never bored. I feel better leaving them alone for an 8 hour work day because they had each other. It’s nice to see them comfort each other when something scary happens, like storms or moving.”

Please check out all of our adoptable cats on our website here. We also have a special going on for cats. More info here.

Adoption hours:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Bonnie Still, resident Cat Behavior Specialist, edited by Teryn J.

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