Pets Of The Week: Nutmeg and Itsy

There are many valuable lessons that I have learned managing the animals under the umbrella of Community Animal Network, and that is why Nutmeg is to be adopted with his sibling, Itsy.

The facts are disturbing to acknowledge, but the truth is that too many of the network's animals that were placed as single kittens into homes are no longer alive.

Why? Well, most of the people coming back to replace a kitten tell me that the animal was relentless about being let outdoors.

I was quick to realize that the best solution is to adopt kittens in pairs so they have an "equal energy playmate" to keep them happy and safe indoors. However, many tell me that their veterinarians suggest that if you have an adult cat to get a young kitten.

I do not agree. I suggest cats of similar ages and energy levels be adopted together to live happily indoors.

Handling difficult animal behaviors is what I do on a regular basis. That is why every weekend I teach in a feline pet-parenting class that covers successful introductions, house manners, command training cats and how better choices will lower the risk of certain diseases and medical treatments for any cat.

If you would like to adopt or enroll in a class, call (949) 759-3646. Meet our rescue lab mix Melody and other animals at the Fashion Island pet adoption event sponsored by Russo's Pet Experience weekends from noon to 4 p.m.

Thanks to you we are going shopping at Centinela Pet Supply with $725! If you can help boost this to our goal of $1,000 to "Feed Local Animals" before Friday, please send your contribution to: Community Animal Network, P.O. Box 8662, Newport Beach, CA, 92658 and memo your check "Feed Local Animals" nonprofit tax ID# 33-0971560.

DIANNA PFAFF-MARTIN is the founder of Community Animal Network.

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