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cats

by Harvie Schreiber



We’re more than five months into 2020 and The Cat House on the Kings has already rescued more than 630 cats and kittens. Based on the seemingly endless calls we receive about pregnant cats and unexpected kittens, it’s clear to us that the cat population of the Central Valley isn’t social distancing nor are they sheltering in place. Fortunately for us, and for the cats and kittens that we’re rescuing, caring people are stepping forward to help us foster some of these rescues or we’d never be able to do what we do.

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by Jackie Dale



The past month has been interesting to say the least. I live in the country surrounded by orange trees, and every year the trees bloom for about a three-week period. During this time bee keepers bring their hives in so their bees can make the oh-so-luscious orange blossom honey. There are literally hundreds of hives in a one-mile radius of my home. Every year a bee keeper from Sacramento rents a piece of my land for his hives for which I receive a bit of cash and a gallon of honey.

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by Harvie Schreiber



If this were an ordinary year, I would be writing about The Cat House on the King’s Spring Open House which had been scheduled for April 18, before it was canceled due to the global pandemic. I would write about the beautiful weather, the myriad visitors, the dozens of vendors, our amazing silent auction, and how much money we raised to help us provide for the hundreds of senior cats, kittens, special needs cats, and injured cats in our care.

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by Sunny Frazier


Being Coronavirus stuck at home is a good time to start a new series. Check out three I’ve discovered. And, what better way to keep calm than the purr of a kitten (even if one is a witch’s familiar).

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by Jackie Dale



The month started out pretty brisk, rescue-wise. Until two weeks ago when our rescue had to cut us off until the Covid-19 crises is resolved. We made it in with the final transport by the skin of our teeth. The person we deal with had to literally beg the powers-that-be, to allow us to bring in the last batch of cats. They were out of cats and people were calling for cats, so they said “Ok” to the one last run.

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by Paula Hunsaker


Our rescue pulls cats from many high-kill shelters throughout California. Our rescue is known for not just looking for perfect cats that are at these shelters, but we also look for cats that just aren’t going to make it out of the shelter alive. I wish I could help all the cats that aren’t going to make it out of the shelter, but that is impossible to do. When we pull one cat, their empty shelter kennel is full within minutes. At times it’s like an endless battle that just keeps going with no end in sight.

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by Paula Hunsaker


During this unusual time in all our lives due to the Covid-19 virus, many of you are at home and now thinking it is a good time to bring a new cat or kitten into your home to spend time with while you shelter-in-place. But what happens when we all go back to work? Are you going to then think the cat/kitten won’t work because you’re busy again?

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by Harvie Schreiber



Life hasn’t changed for the hundreds of cats at The Cat House on the Kings. They still wander our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River, enjoying the sunshine, the breezes, and the fresh air. They sleep curled in warm beds near our pellet stove in the Big House, and in the dozens of smaller buildings scattered around the property. Every morning, they wait for the arrival of staff for their breakfast of canned food mixed with supplements, as well as for some petting, companionship, and activity. The sameness of their daily routine is comforting to them because they know what each day will bring. The same cannot be said for the staff and volunteers of The Cat House on the Kings, or for the rest of the world.

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by Jackie Dale



It has been a brisk month for The CatMother. I currently have two bottle babies, Chuck and Lola. Their mother had four kittens on someone’s lawn and then she got up and walked away. By the time I was contacted, only two remained. So far they are doing well, and I’m hopeful. However tiny newborns are quite fragile and things can go downhill quickly and suddenly.

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by Harvie Schreiber



Doesn’t your living room sofa need a splash of color and whimsy? We think so! This beautiful 62”x53” cotton throw/lap quilt called “Psychedelic Cats” is filled with vibrant, eye-catching colors. The drawing will take place at our Spring Open House on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Raffle tickets are just $1 each. For every 20 tickets you purchase in advance, you will get one free. To enter send a check/money order payable to: The Cat House on the Kings with “RAFFLE TICKETS” in the memo section.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


This week we have 3 more fun mysteries-one with cats, a food one, and a former TV star turned PI-Claw Enforcement: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Last Licks: A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery by Cynthia Baxter, and Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury: A Desert Flowers Mystery by Lee Hollis.

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by Sandra Murphy


The last time Charlie Harris got involved in a murder investigation, he almost got himself killed. He’s under strict orders from everyone who knows and cares about him to stop investigating. He’s promised—but will he be able to keep his promise?

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by Jackie Dale



I get lots of phone calls, emails, and texts about cats. So many in fact that when I received a call from an unknown phone number, I fully expected it to be about cats. When the call turned out not to be about cats, I started laughing which then forced me to explain to my caller. I’m pretty sure she was wondering if I was just a bit nuts. However, I do receive many calls.

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by Harvie Schreiber



2020 has arrived at The Cat House on the Kings in the form of more living space for the senior cats at our sanctuary. Cat House on the Kings Founder/Director explained that a few months ago (while giving booster shots to the seniors), they realized that they had close to 100 senior cats! Lynea explained that, “a few months ago we took in 40 more cats (mostly seniors) from a woman with health issues, and a rescue in the East Bay that was closing.

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