Join us for Wild Love 2016!

WildLove_2016-KaraAs Valentine’s Day approaches, it is time for another Wild Love fundraiser! This has become a tradition for us at Fabulous Felines, since it honors the role of love in helping the often frightened, sometimes feral cats we help. We believe that even the wildest of rescued cats will respond to enough love and patience, and because of their struggles, the love they return is extra special.

A few days ago, we introduced Kara, the beautiful girl in our Wild Love Valentine. If you haven’t learned about her, check her posting. Who knows, you may even welcome this sweet animal into your home!

Wild Love is simple: anyone who donates $25 or more to Fabulous Felines in either January or February is automatically enrolled in a drawing for our Valentine’s gift package. If you have already made a donation this year, you are all set! If not, don’t wait too long, since we will have our drawing on March 2.

bracelet smallThanks to some very generous local businesses whose names are synonymous with romance in Albuquerque, we have put together a special Valentine’s package of jewelry, dinner, flowers, and chocolate.

Shelton Jewelers has donated this lovely aquamarine and pearl bracelet. Shelton is a long-time supporter of Fabulous Felines, and enjoys the twin distinctions of being a locally owned, family operated business, and the finest jeweler in Albuquerque. The Artichoke Cafe, easily our most romantic restaurant, has donated two $25 gift certificates, good in March and April, so you can keep the love going well into spring! And, since Valentine’s day would be incomplete without beautiful flowers and fine chocolates, we round this out with gift certificates for a bouquet from The Flower Company and a box of chocolates from Buffett’s Candies.

So please join us for Wild Love 2016! You can donate through PayPal using the button on the right of this page, or send a check to the address listed on our support page. Be sure to get your donation in by February 29. Also, we hope you will patronize this very generous local businesses, and when you do, don’t forget to mention Fabulous Felines!sheltonlogo-90x167

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Kara is Ms. Wild Love 2016!

WildLove_2016-KaraValentine’s Day is approaching, and with it, one of our favorite events: Wild Love! We will be announcing more about the event in a few days (we’re working on some special surprises), but we do want to introduce this year’s poster girl!

Kara is a beautiful, affectionate cat who came to us through tragedy. She was the companion of a loving man who doted on her. Sadly, her world was torn apart when her friend died suddenly of a heart attack while the two of them were home alone together. When he did not come to work, and friends went to his home, they found Kara laying beside his body.

We have placed Kara in a loving foster who is helping her recover from her loss, but she needs a forever home. Because of the trauma she has suffered, and because she was used to living alone with an older person, she needs a quiet home with one or two understanding adults. But if you have space in your home and your hearts, she would be a beautiful, loving companion. If your are interested, please contact us.

Here are more pictures of Ms. Wild Love 2016:

Kara with toys Kara on lap

And, finally, here is a pic of her relaxing on her couch after a hard photo shoot, legs crossed in a most lady-like manner!

Kara relaxing on couch

If you are interested in giving Kara a home, please contact us. And, check back in a few days for this year’s very special Wild Love Celebration!

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2016 is Coming!

AIMG_0895nd we’re just as pooped as little Lucy here. Between all the work at Fabulous Felines, and the celebrations with friends and family, the Holidays have been so busy, that we too may be asleep by 7:00 on New Year’s Eve.

So, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support in 2015, and to wish you the best for a prosperous and joyful 2016!

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The Perfect Gift: A Donation to Fabulous Felines in Honor of Your Favorite Animal Lover

card frontAre you having trouble finding the perfect gift for a friend or loved one?

Do you worry about finding the right size or color?

Does your friend already have everything they need?

Would you rather stay home and clean cat boxes than face holiday shopping crowds?

If so, consider making a donation to Fabulous Felines in your loved one’s honor.

Just donate $25 or more to Fabulous Felines, and let us know the name and address of the recipient. We will send them a Holiday Card featuring the beautiful picture shown to the left, and the message: “Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season. <your name> has made a donation to Fabulous Felines in your honor.” The card also has the url of our web site, so your recipient can learn more about our work.

To make a holiday donation, send a check and the names and addresses of your recipients (and your own email or phone in case of problems) to:

Fabulous Felines
P. O. Box 14841
Albuquerque, NM 87191

Or, just fill in the form below and click on the donate button to make a donation through PayPal, then sit home with your favorite cat and drink a nice hot cocoa.

Now, wasn’t that easier than going out shopping?

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The Joy of Cat Grooming

The following article was written for us a few years ago by Angie Gonzales, a long-time friend of Fabulous Felines. We would like to share it once again as a sort of early Holiday Present, and hope it will introduce more people to the joys of grooming a feline friend while watching TV, listening to music, or just relaxing in a favorite chair.

Notes on Cat Grooming

Grooming is not only an important element in the bonding of a cat and his/her person but it also provides the opportunity, especially with adult cats, to do a general check on the coat, skin, paws, nose, ears and so on.

Why should owners groom their pet cats?

Grooming is a show of affection
Grooming is a show of affection

First, it is a good bonding experience because a cat being groomed by his/her person echoes the caring attention experienced from its mother during early kittenhood. Second, brushing or combing removes loose hair from the coat. If not removed, that hair may end up as a hairball in the cat’s stomach or intestine. Grooming also provides the opportunity for a regular check on the general condition of the cat’s coat and other areas like ears, eyes, nose and paws. Grooming is very important in spring and sometimes early summer, it’s the time when most cats, except breeds like the Sphynx and the Rex, will shed their winter coats. Third, as part of the grooming routine, it is important to check the cat’s ears for dirt, wax buildup and parasites. Same thing with the nails, if they grow too long they can ruin furnishings, hurt the owner and, what’s worse, the overgrown nail will get inside the pads of the cat’s feet and cause an infection. It is important to be careful not to cut the nails too short; this can cut into the quick causing pain and possible infection. A groomer or veterinarian can show you the proper way to trim nails.

What tools are needed to groom a cat at home?

The only tools required for a good “home grooming” are a brush with long and soft natural bristles and a fine-toothed metal comb. If there are mats, they should be teased out with the fingers or with a comb, taking care not to pull at the skin.

When is it a good time for a grooming session?

It can be any time of the day, usually when the cat is relaxed and comfortable. When the session is over, you can reward your kitty with his/her favorite treat or even a super treat like a small piece of ham, the size of a dime (all cats love ham but it’s very high in fat). You can also treat kitty to a session of playing with his/her favorite toy so he/she will learn to relate being groomed to something positive. Short hairs will do fine with one session of grooming every week or even every 10 days, long hairs need more attention, particularly when they are shedding the old winter coat. It is recommended that their coat be checked at least a couple of times a week.

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