Private Parties Now Available!

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If you would like to reserve the lounge for 1.5 – 2 hours on a weekend for a small gathering we now have that available! You can reserve a block of time on the reservations page. Some things to note…

*Guests are limited to 6 people, including children and supervising adults. There must be one parent/guardian for every two children 13 and under.

*Waivers (adult and/or minor) must be submitted ahead of time for anyone who is visiting for the first time.

*We do ask that gatherings maintain a calm energy out of respect for the cats.

*You are welcome to bring in your own outside food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as plates, cups, napkins, etc. If you’d like, we can have bottled water on hand for you for $1 per person. Add that under “Extras” when making your reservation.

Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser – 2 Sessions 10/15/22!

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October 15, 2022
2 Sessions: 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Click on the event to see all the details and reserve your space! Note that the first session is for ages 6 and up and requires 1 parent/guardian for every 2 minors 13 and under. The second session is for ages 14 and up.

Some of Our Favorite Products

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We thought putting together a list of some of our recommended products might be helpful for current cat owners as well as prospective adopters. We have a list of suggested items in a wishlist at Amazon, too.

Scratchers and Towers

The Wharf (downtown Ventura) carries an excellent selection of cat trees in various sizes. They are sturdy and very well-made. Highly recommend taking a look at their selection. As pieces sell they get new items in so you never know what you’ll find!

This scratcher from Target has been very popular with kittens and adult cats alike, including some of our bigger cats like Jacob.

Our tall scratching posts get a lot of use both as scratchers and perches! This gives even the biggest cats a stable place to fully stretch out while scratching.

This medium-height tower is popular for sitting in the front window and watching the world go by.

Toys

Almost all of our cats can be coaxed into playing with a wand toy, but certain toys seem to be more popular. Da Bird and Da Bee are huge hits, as is a very simple toy with a long ribbon of fleece.

When it comes to chasing toys, little pom poms, springs, and “cat crazies” are perennial favorites with the kittens.

Kickers! We love kickers in all shapes, sizes and textures when it comes to giving feisty kitties a healthy outlet for that need to bite, scratch, and bunny kick. We sell some in our lobby and in our online shop. The Yeowww catnip brand of bananas and rainbows are huge hits as well.

From the Field makes appealing catnip toys as well as selling dried catnip. We love their catnip oil spray and carry their products in our lobby shop.

Food

We prefer to feed the cats and kittens wet food without “meals” and “by products” when possible. We want the first ingredient to be whatever meat is supposed to be in the food. There are many excellent brands to choose from now, including Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Weruva, Fussy Cat, Merrick, Purina Beyond, Instinct, and many more. Read the labels and look for quality ingredients. Same goes for dry food, and we do offer kibble to the cats but feed them wet food twice a day.

For food dishes stay away from plastic as they can harbor bacteria.

Water Fountains

Moving water is often more appealing to cats and staying well-hydrated is important for their good health. Different cats have different preferences. We’ve had good luck with several styles at the lounge including this one and this one.

Litter

We stay away from scented litters at the lounge. There are many good litters out there including litters other than clay.

Carriers

Carriers that can be loaded from the top and the front can be very helpful. Two we like include this one from Petmate at this one from Sherpa. A backpack-style carrier can be useful if you have to travel with your cat. And a large enclosure like this one can help on road trips.

August Updates

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Congratulations to Montebella, Steve and Sam (together), Jerry and Elaine (together), Kramer and George (together), Paris, Cassie, Mango, Chloe and Katy (together), Jasmine, Ethel and Rey (together), and Athena and Zeus (together) who all found their safe, loving, permanent homes in June and July! We are so grateful when just the right adopter finds just the right cat and agrees with us philosophically on what it means to provide the best life for the cat(s) they adopt.

Our yard sale in June was a terrific success and we raised nearly $900. One of our volunteers started a Facebook fundraiser on our behalf in July to celebrate his birthday and raised over $1100. If you have a birthday coming up we’d be honored to be your chosen nonprofit if you decide to start your own fundraiser. For perspective, we had 13 cats and kittens go to the Humane Society in Ojai in July alone for spay/neuter surgeries, microchips, and FIV/FeLV testing. Each appointment costs us an average of $90. We did some calculations and figured that very conservatively we are spending about $230 per weaned, underage kitten we take in and house for 5 weeks. Every donation (food, litter, and money) helps us help them. This coming weekend we are hosting 12 jigsaw puzzlers in a tournament fundraiser. Stay tuned for updates on that! We think it’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone.

We are putting the word out for makers and crafters who might like to consign with us in November and December. We’re hoping to expand what we can offer in our lobby shop to holiday shoppers. If you are interested please contact us with your ideas.

We currently have 10 cats and kittens currently in the lounge looking for homes (and 1 pending adoption for Violet) as well as 6 foster kittens looking for homes. We really prefer that kittens go home in pairs or to homes with young, playful cats. If you’d like to adopt from us please start at our Available Cats page.