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Featured Pet: Asher at Bloomington City Animal Shelter!

Asher is a 2 year old domestic shorthair cat with a big personality. Asher has been at the shelter for nearly a year, having arrived at the shelter in December 2021. Life at the shelter can be stressful for many animals, and that has been true for Asher. For a few months, he has been in a foster home because he is overstimulated by life at the shelter.

Shelter staff believe Asher suffers from neurological hyperesthesia, due to his behaviors and the marked changes that come and go. Without obvious triggers, he will have “fits” that occur body-wide, but primarily on his left side. These cases may consist of twitching of the ears, simultaneous contractions of several muscle areas of the body, and unilateral flexing of the whiskers. These spells can last for more than 24 hours. It doesn’t hurt itself, but it gets hyper high during these times. He can become much more reclusive: hiding in the pantry, sleeping more, and when he interacts, it seems to cause more symptoms.

Asher’s healthcare team is currently trying strategies to help Asher — as well as medications, like gabapentin, to manage the symptoms. Asher is under veterinary care and needs a calm, patient family who is willing to continue the care Asher is currently receiving.

Although he may take a little time to adjust, Asher gets along well with people, children, dogs and other cats. Asher is a sweet and fun cat! He is doing well in his foster home, but patiently awaits his forever home. If you are interested in adopting Asher, please contact Bloomington Animal Shelter.

Asher- photo source: City of Bloomington Animal Shelter

Topic Featured: Community Chats

“Community cats” is a term used to describe ownerless cats that roam outdoors. Community cats can be wild or friendly, modified or unmodified, healthy or sick. Many community cats may live together in an area, often referred to as a cat colony, and have a dedicated caretaker who helps them get them neutered and makes sure they have what they need to live safely at home. the outside.

Many well-meaning people trap community cats and bring them to their local shelters. But sometimes it can do more harm than good. Many community cats are not adoptable and the shelter environment is not the best place for them.

The widely accepted best practice for caring for community cats is TNRM, which stands for Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor. This method starts with humanely trapping cats in the community, getting them the vaccinations they need, neutering and neutering them, then returning them to where they were found.

One way to tell if a cat is a community cat is if its ear can be tilted. This means that the top quarter inch of the left or right ear has been safely removed surgically, which is often done when a community cat is spayed or spayed. Flipping the ears helps you know the cat is spayed or neutered and you don’t need to trap it or bring it to your local shelter; it’s good where it is.

Most communities have at least one or more groups working in the TNRM. You can contact your local animal welfare groups to find out who does this work, and if you want to get more involved, consider becoming a cat sitter or a volunteer.

TNRM has proven to be the most humane and effective way to stabilize community cat populations and, over time, reduce the total number of cats in an area. TNRM helps cats live healthier longer lives.