Today we have a special interview with Winnie who also adopted a kitty from the rescue we got Kalista from called “Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue” which is located in Richmond Hill, Ontario (Greater Toronto Area).
Hey Winnie, thank you so much for taking part in Supawcute! Can you let our readers know a little bit about you?
My name is Winnie, I’m 25 years old, and I live at home with my family in Richmond Hill. I am a financial advisor; perks of the job include flexible working hours (which means more time with the kitty) and getting the opportunity to get more industry recognized qualifications at my own pace. In my spare time, I like to cook and play video games. I am of course an avid cat lover. A fun fact about myself is I used to be allergic to cats; I used to get rashes whenever I was in the vicinity of a cat, especially long haired cats. That obviously did not stop me from adopting one. Fortunately, my allergic reactions have disappeared since getting Beanie in 2015.
What got you to adopt from the Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue or how did you hear about them?
I heard about this rescue from a coworker of mine when I worked for the Town of Richmond Hill. He adopted five cats from FOCR. On a whim, I decided to check them out on their website and against my parents’ wishes, I filled in an application for a black cat named Shiloh. She was a long haired, young black cat. Fortunately, another family had already finalized an adoption for her, so FOCR’s Laura asked if I’d be interested in meeting another black domestic short hair named Beanie. I said yes, and visited her that week.
- Make sure that everyone involved (family, other housemates, significant other) are WELL INFORMED of the responsibilities of having another member join the household. My parents were upset that I didn’t tell them about the adoption but quickly grew to love Beanie. In retrospect, I should have told them about my plans and explained how I intended on taking care of her, affording her bills, and general daily care giving.
- Vet visits are incredibly important, not only to keep up vaccines but to ensure that they live a long and healthy life. Regular visits are much more effective and a better investment than having to deal with more complicated issues that could have been prevented from checkups. I am still shocked at how many pet owners do not take their pets for yearly visits. They may seem healthy to you and I, but we are not professionals. Beanie goes yearly for her checkup and vaccine, and this year we also took her for a routine dental cleaning. Fortunately, she is healthy on all fronts!
- Keep your pet at a healthy weight and feed them the right, high quality pet food! Talk to your vet about proper diet for your specific pet. For example, Beanie requires a special type of food called urinary s/o which helps prevent painful urine crystals (deposits of minerals from high PH in urine/low water consumption). Before we switched to this diet, she was eating high quality, grain free canned food, yet she still developed these crystals. So be sure to let your vet know which foods you are feeding your pet! Brands that I would recommend based on my own experience and research (for cats of course):
For cats: I always recommend dry food as an addition to their diet. Cats, unlike dogs, are not as prone to drinking water on their own. Canned food provides that needed water content and can help prevent urinary issues. Feed meals rather than free feeding; this will encourage them to associate food with their owner, rather than a location in the house, and help regulate their weight. Always read the labels of the food you are feeding. If possible, look for grain free alternatives, as they contain less fillers that are not nutritionally necessary for cats. High protein, high water content is usually my go to. And lastly, as a general rule of thumb, do not cheap out on generic brands of food! Go to a specialty pet store if necessary or order online!
4. Remember that you are giving the pet a forever home. Beanie is my first pet and I cannot imagine what life will be like when she leaves us, but I will take that pain and give her the best life I possibly can.
When you’re not around what kinds of things can your little one be found doing?
When I am not around, I’ve been told that she will wait for me by the door. She knows when people are not home, and will wait for them. Other than that, she will nap or look out the window into the back yard and watch the world go by.
What are Beanie’s favourite toys to play with?
Beanie is a simple cat; she enjoys feathery toys, crumpled balls of foil and paper, catnip mice, and my hands. Sometimes she plays with her own shadow and tail. She is a very easily entertained cat.
Have you always been a cat lover or a pet owner and if not, what got you to get these little ones?
As far as I remember I was always a cat lover.
Tell your parents.
If you could adopt another animal what would it be and why?
If I could adopt another animal that wasn’t a cat, I would love to adopt a bird. Birds have such amazing personalities. If I could adopt another cat, I would adopt 5 more.
What is the most important lesson you have learned as a pet owner?
You are all they have. Take time every day to work on your relationship with your pet. Whether that’s 20 minutes of quiet time before bed, or talking with them as you get ready in the morning, your pet is a family member that deserves all the love they can get.
What has the hardest thing been as a pet owner?
Accepting that one day they will leave you but knowing that you were the best thing that happened to them!
Who are these people and where do they live!? Pets have been proven to lower stress and anxiety, some studies even show prolonged life expectancy. Many people, especially if they live alone, have them for emotional support or companionship. In my experience when I’m having a bad day, just spending a few minutes with Beanie calms me down and improves my mood significantly.
Since we adopted our kitties from the same shelter (high-five!) I have to ask, what was your experience with them?
Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue has been nothing but kind and accommodating to me. I see them once in a while at Pet Smart during adopt-a-thons, and I always take time to say hi. They have improved my life in so many ways and the lives of so many others, both human and cats alike.
Would you recommend others adopt from the Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue?
Where can our readers find you to follow Beanie’s adventures?
You can find photos and videos of Beanie’s life on Instagram @beanietheblackkitty!
I want to take another moment to thank Winnie for being part of Supawcute! I loved getting to know more about Beanie and am so happy to have been connected to another pet owner from such an amazing rescue! Remember you can check out the Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue on Instagram and Facebook. Also if you’re a pet parent or a pet lover we have many ways you can participate and be featured on our site! You can check out how to be featured by clicking here. There are no prerequisites and you don’t need a blog or social media account for your pets to participate!