For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Live Nine Lives with Your Help!
? The popular adage, ?Cats live nine lives,? could
be true if they were kept indoors. Millions of cats
suffer and even die in the United States each year
due to guardians allowing them to roam outdoors.
One such example of a cat who leads a tough life
is Mac, a cat who was brought to the Wisconsin Humane
Society covered in tar. Mac is a free-roaming feral
cat who is believed to have once had a happy life
with a guardian, but found her way outdoors never
to return home again. Mac has since become a ?cat
of the wild? and is undomesticated, unsocialized
and not sterilized.
The Wisconsin Humane
Society recommends these steps to help your cat
live long, healthy lives:
· Keep your
cat indoors! Outdoor cats have a much shorter life
span than those who live indoors.
· If your cat
doesn't already wear a collar, invest in one and
make sure your furry friend also has an identification
tag. Also have your cat implanted with an identifying
microchip, which can make a difference between finding
your cat or not.
· Cats need
to get regular exercise. You can find plenty of
great toys to keep your cat mentally and physically
active. Spend at least 15 minutes each day exercising
· Spay or neuter
your cat. This surgery helps reduce overpopulation
and thus, prevents animal suffering. WHS spays or
neuters all its cats before they are adopted, and
also offers a Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP).
SNAP is an ideal solution for individuals who understand
the benefit of spaying or neutering their cat but
cannot afford to do so.
· Invest in
a quality scratching post and show your cat how
to use it. That will help to prevent your cat from
damaging household property and simulate the need
for your cat to use a tree to stretch.
· Since city
ordinances currently restrict a humane approach
to reducing the feral cat population called Trap-Neuter-Return
(TNR), WHS encourages members of the community to
voice their support by educating their friends,
family and neighbors about feral cats, cat overpopulation
and TNR. Also, people can tell their Alderperson
that they support changes to local ordinances that
would allow TNR in Milwaukee.
Manager Dezarae Jones Hartwig with the Wisconsin
Humane Society is available to talk about how to
help your cat live healthy lives. To schedule an
appointment, contact Michelle Pintar at