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September 2023

It's September!

September is Happy Cat Month! Well, they certainly make us happy! They’re fluffy, funny, mysterious, and mischievous. They come into our lives and take charge, often treating us like their servants – and we don’t mind at all! Happy Cat Month is a great time to pay homage to these wonderful additions to our lives, and it also serves as a reminder that we need to take care of our cats to keep them happy and healthy. In fact, Happy Cat Month was created by the CATalyst Council to educate cat owners about the importance of health and welfare of cats. Their objective is to bring awareness to cat owners to provide their pets with quality veterinary care, preventative medicines, and caring interactions.

When was the last time you took your cat to the vet? Wellness visits are important, as are vaccinations and preventative medications like flea treatments and heartworm meds. Cats tend to hide their pain and discomfort, so an annual wellness check can be critical to identifying troubling issues your cat may be experiencing, albeit not showing.

To keep your cat happy, check your cat’s diet. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require a meat-based diet to survive. By contrast, a carnivore is an animal that flourishes on a meat-based diet, but may eat other sources of nutrients, such as plants and fungi. Obligate carnivores are unable to get the nutrients they need from plants and fungi so a meat-based diet is essential. What this means is that cats must eat food rich in protein. Make sure that your cat food lists wholesome ingredients and not just fillers. Talk with your veterinarian about your cat’s diet and whether any changes are warranted.

Cats are inaccurately described as self-reliant and independent. They are, in fact, incredibly social animals and require the same level of care and attention given to other household pets. Cats love to play and enjoy human attention and interaction, so spend time with your cat and show the love! Play time is good for your cat’s physical and mental health. Toys are a great way to keep your cat entertained and happy. Playing with your kitty also strengthens the bond between cat and human. Experimenting with different kinds of toys can be fun for both of you. And when your cat is looking for ways to play solo, even a simple box or packing paper are great options for play and amusement.

Cats have unique and fascinating personalities. They can do the weirdest things for no apparent reason. Take the time to observe and get to know your cat. Knowing your cat’s likes, dislikes, and personality can help you cater to their needs – which is their ultimate desire anyway. Spend some quiet time with your cat every day; talking to and petting your cat can reinforce your bond. It also gives your pet a sense of security and allows them time to give, and receive, love. Identifying your cat’s boundaries are essential to enhancing your cat’s mental health. Some cats like belly rubs, others do not. Some enjoy being cradled in your arms, and others prefer just to chill next to you or at arm’s length. If you know your cat isn’t a fan of something, don’t force it. Cats are not people pleasers. Allow your cat to have space to relax without worry. Some cats like to lounge under the bed or in the closet for some peace and quiet. Let your cat be a cat.

Consider adopting a new friend for your furbaby. Cats love to play and having a playmate can improve their quality of life. There are so many adorable cats waiting for their forever home, you can surely find one that fits the bill for your household.

We can all agree on one thing — a healthy cat is a happy cat. And studies show that having a cat can have mental and physical benefits for your health too, including boosting your happiness. 

So, celebrate Happy Cat Month with your furry feline in September and every month of the year. You’ll both feel better for it!

Featured Pets

Ginger Cats

September 1st is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day. We just love our gingers and we have several ready for their forever homes. With their bright orange fur and striking golden eyes, ginger cats have an engaging, lively nature. 

Ginger cats’ coats come in five different varieties. The patterns include classic swirl, striped ‘mackerel’, spotted, patched or ticked. The orange color comes from a specific pigment gene known as pheomelanin—the same pigment that produces red hair in humans!

The “ginger gene” exists on the X chromosome and comes from the mother. Females have two X chromosomes and so need two copies of this gene to become ginger, whereas males need only one. For this reason, it’s way more common to see male orange cats than females – about 80% of gingers are male. Two ginger parent cats will produce all ginger kittens and ginger tom cats tend to father female ginger or tortoiseshell kittens.

Ginger cats have unique personalities that range from laid back and chill to more active and playful. Humans with ginger cats claim they are the most sociable and wacky, so if you're looking for a BFF to keep you company, adopt a ginger cat!

We have ginger cats available – including one female (Peanut Butter)! Check out these cuties and apply to adopt!


September is Self-Improvement Month. It marks the end of one season and the beginning of a new one. This is a good time to reflect on all you've accomplished this year and check on those goals still on your list. The term self-improvement reminds us that we all need to improve just as much as we need to care for ourselves. Eating healthier, reading more, reducing screen time, learning to cook, volunteering.

Volunteering provides a great sense of fullfilment and purpose. Working with pets and other animals has also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. We are looking for volunteers to help with pet store animal care, data entry, computer admin, website maintenance, transportation, to name a few. Apply today to volunteer with the Rescue. You'll be helping animals and yourself.

Come Bowl Your Heart Out!

We had so much fun last year,we decided to do it again! Limited number of tickets available. Tickets include three hours of bowling and rental shoes. Come to bowl, meet people, and make friends. We will raffle some great basket donations and have light refreshments as well. Pike Lanes, Southampton, PA. Hope to see you there!

Is My Cat Happy?

How do you know if your cat is happy? It’s easy to tell when your cat is angry or upset. We’ve all heard the screech, growl and hiss, seen the claws come out. But, happy cats show their joy in much more subtle ways. Look for cues from their eyes, body language and behavior. Cats may not be able to tell us how they feel, but they do show us – if we pay attention.

Purring is the most widely recognized indication of a cat’s happiness. But don’t jump to that conclusion based solely on this sweet sound. Cats can also purr when they are in pain or stressed, such as at the vet’s office. Purring combined with other signs do show that your cat is feeling happy.

Of all cat expressions, the slow blink is considered to be the closest to a human smile. Cats give slow blinks when they are happy and have even been known to respond if you slow blink at them.

Check out your cat’s tail. If it is sticking up straight and flicking just a bit, it’s an indicator that your cat is content, eager to play, or interested in what’s going on. A question-mark shaped tail can also indicate happiness. Upright and forward-pointing ears can also signal your cat is happy. Cats let you know they are happy when they arch their back while being pet or lean into a good scritch.

Not all cats chirrup, but when you hear this trilling sound, you can assume your cat is happy. In addition, cats don’t meow to each other, but a happy cat will meow and talk to their humans.

When your kitty bunts you they are letting you know they like you. Kneading, or making biscuits, is another way your cat is telling you things are good.

Your cat tells you in many ways, every day, when they are happy. Eating regularly, grooming in front of you, using the litter box, playing, snuggling, greeting you, rolling over and exposing their stomach, showing a relaxed posture. All these clues are your kitty’s way to say “thank you for giving me a forever home! I am happy to be here with you!”

Here are some resources for more in-depth information about cat behavior: 

Wet Nose Pet Fair

Join us at Warminster Community Park Saturday, 9/9/23 for some fun!

Adoption Event

Pet Supplies Bensalem is having a grand opening and we will be there on 9/16/23!

Basket Fundraiser

JoAnn, our volunteer is running a raffle basket fundraiser to suppor the Rescue! Details here!

International Day of Charity is September 5th

There are few more effective ways to support a cause that is important to you than donating funds. Every contribution, no matter how small, can create a significant impact. Medical costs are our largest expenditure, and we never know when a Rescue animal will require emergency medical attention. During the month of August alone, two emergency vet visits for Rescue animals cost over $900. 

Your donations help cover these sudden expenses. Thank you for your support!

Happily Ever After

Amanda & Wednesday

Short story about how I got (Babydoll) now Wednesday (after Wednesday Adams). Wednesday is a sweet girl, who I bonded with at one of the Hart2Heart pet store locations. We instantly connected. 

The adoption process was smooth and simple. The cherry on top was the sweet girl I got to bring home. On the day of the adoption, Wednesday walked herself right into the carrier with no assistance. She has adjusted nicely to her new environment and has been nothing short of a love bug. Wednesday enjoys cuddles, playing with her toys, and her feeding time! My thank you goes out to Hart2Heart for all they contributed to this adoption process.

Stay Up To Date

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Hart 2 Heart Animal Rescue
P O Box 15323, Philadelphia
United States of America

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