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City Line Happy Hour!

City Line Happy Hour!

Join OSC and the great folks from City Line Bar and Grill for our first Happy Hour! There will be drink specials, small bites, raffles, and lots of fun! And a $5 wristband purchased at the door gets you 20% your dinner bill!

Thinking About Fostering or Adopting an FeLV+ Cat?

Thinking About Fostering or Adopting an FeLV+ Cat?

We at Orange Street Cats are thrilled to hear that you’re investigating fostering or adopting a FeLV+ cat. FeLV+ cats can live great lives. They deserve your love and affection as much as possible. Here are some things you should know about welcoming a FeLV+ cat into your home and keeping your cat healthy.

What is FeLV?

FeLV stands for “feline leukemia virus.” Despite its name, FeLV isn’t cancer. It’s a cat-specific virus that suppresses a cat’s immune system, which in turn makes a cat susceptible to illnesses that might not affect a FeLV- cat, including cancers, eye diseases, and stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth). It is estimated that 2-3% of cats nationally are FeLV+. In the Northeast, that figure is estimated at 2.9%.

How does a cat get FeLV?

The FeLV virus is transmitted via an infected cat’s saliva, urine, and feces, but it is not highly contagious, as the virus cannot live in the environment longer than a few hours. Cats can become infected through biting, grooming, mating, or sharing food, water, or litter boxes with a FeLV+ cat. Pregnant cats may transmit the virus to some or all of their kittens, although not all kittens born to a FeLV+ mother will contract the disease. Healthy adult cats are less susceptible to the virus; cats with weakened immune systems and kittens are more so.

FeLV Positive Cats

What does it mean to have a FeLV+ cat?

While FeLV+ cats may have shortened lifespans, adopting one means the same as adopting any other cat; companionship, affection, and joy for as long as the cat is part of your family. They require no special environment and can live safely with dogs, kids, and other FeLV+ cats. Ownership requires a commitment to regular vet care, a quality diet, and an indoor-only home, with an increased responsibility to monitor the cat’s health and behavior to ensure any illness is dealt with promptly. Most importantly, FeLV+ cats need someone who believes even a shortened life has value, and cats facing that possibility are as deserving of loving homes as any other cat.

What are the Symptoms of FeLV?

• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Lethargy
• Fever
• Diarrhea
• Unusual breathing patterns
• Pale gums or yellow around the mouth and whites of the eye

Can FeLV-negative & FeLV-positive cats live together?

FeLV+ and FeLV- cats shouldn’t live in physical contact with each other, as the virus is transmissible among cats that groom each other and that share food, water, and litter boxes.

Can FeLV be cured?

There is currently no cure for FeLV, but your cat’s symptoms and secondary infections, like respiratory illnesses or dental problems, can be addressed.

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Is There a Vaccine?

A vaccine is available that is effective for older cats, but its efficiency is only 75-80%, depending on the vaccine. Therefore, it is recommended that FeLV+ cats are kept separate from FeLV- cats.

How is FeLV diagnosed?

FeLV is diagnosed through blood tests performed by a veterinarian. It takes more than one test to confirm a positive diagnosis.

How long will a FeLV+ Cat live?

Predicting the lifespan of any cat is almost impossible; it varies by cat as well as overall health and daily care. FeLV+ adults can live healthy lives for many years; a FeLV+ kitten may not survive more than one or two years.

FeLV Cat

How can I keep my FeLV+ Cat as Healthy as Possible?

• Keep all household cats indoors.
• Have all cats spayed/neutered.
• Don’t allow your cats to interact with stray cats.
• Have your cat examined by a vet every six months.
• Keep your cat up-to-date on routine vaccinations & preventatives, such as flea treatments.
• Treat illnesses promptly!
• Bring your cat to the veterinarian as soon as you notice he/she is not feeling well.
• Feed a high-quality diet and avoid raw diets due to the increased risk of bacterial infection.
• Discuss the use of dietary supplements with your vet.

The Bottomline?

FeLV+ cats can live great lives. They deserve your love & affection as much as possible. 

Orange Street Cats thanks Dr. Kelly L. Spence, DVM for her expertise and The Binky Foundation for their generous support of this educational campaign.

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Trivia for Kitties

Trivia for Kitties

Bring your friends and your love for trivia to Albany’s best new Irish pub, Loch & Quay (pronounced “Lock and Key”) on Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 for trivia, hosted by well-known local trivia host Jared Reed! Tickets are $20 per person, and you can come as a team or join a table when you arrive. Enjoy door prizes, raffles, and drink specials. Tickets benefit Orange Street Cats, www.orangestreetcats.org.

Mocktails & Desserts

Mocktails & Desserts

A sweet night to benefit some sweet cats and kittens! Join us for “mocktails,” desserts, 3 card tarot readings and more!

Cocktails for Kitties

Cocktails for Kitties

Say goodbye to Spring and hello to Summer with Orange Street Cats at Roux! Special guest bartenders Lori, Kim and Rob will be serving up your favorites and working hard to earn your tips, which they will donate to OSC! Joining us this year is Lauren, who will provide 3-card Tarot readings, with proceeds donated to the kitties! We will have elegant raffle baskets, a beautiful hand-made quilt raffle, live music, and so much more!

The 6th Annual Kitty Bowl at Spare Time Latham

The 6th Annual Kitty Bowl at Spare Time Latham

Join OSC for the 6th Annual Kitty Bowl

Orange Street Cats, Inc. is excited to announce their 6th Annual Kitty Bowl fundraiser at Spare Time Bowling in Latham, New York.

Orange Street Cats is a 501(c)(3) organization who works to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out abandoned, abused and neglected cats. This includes mothers and their litters, orphaned kittens, senior cats, and cats battling sickness & disease. As a 100% volunteer-run organization, OSC works tirelessly, around-the-clock, to give these felines a fighting chance, that no other rescue will.

The 6th Annual Kitty Bowl is the agencies most impactful fundraiser helping to raise critical capital which primarily covers the veterinary expenses of their rescued cats. Businesses & individuals can both help in two ways; either by becoming an event sponsor or joining us as a bowler or team.

Participate in the 6th Annual Kitty Bowl

We’d love for you to join us for bowling! For just $20 per person or $100 per team, participants receive their bowling shoe rental and two free games. The event features raffles, a bake sale, door prizes, and music by DJ Shel-E. You can raise funds to support yourself or your team by registering on our event partner. There you can create your profile, share your link, and help us raise money in the name of yourself or your team.

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Sponsor the 6th Annual Kitty Bowl

We ask businesses to join our efforts by becoming a sponsor of the 6th Annual Kitty Bowl. For a $100 donation, businesses will receive a banner that is displayed over the bowling lanes for all participants and attendees to see. Additionally, event sponsors will be highlighted on the agency’s Facebook page, which has over 3400 fans, name announced during the event, and logo with their link placed on their website.

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More About OSC

Orange Street Cats is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency staffed fully by volunteers. All donations to OSC are tax-deductible and 100% of all funds are dedicated to caring for cats and kittens rescued by the agencies.

All of our rescues live in foster homes while we work tirelessly to help get them into their forever homes. We bottle feed kittens, are regulars at the veterinary clinic, and all cats & kittens are tested, up-to-date on vaccines, and spayed or neutered before they are adopted by their new families.

We hope you will choose to join or sponsor the 6th Annual Kitty Bowl and we’d love it if you could help spread the word with your friends, family, & colleagues. With your help, we can continue to save lives and help abandoned cats and kittens in the Capital Region.

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Check out how much fun we had last year!

Victorian Stroll Craft Fair

Victorian Stroll Craft Fair

Join Orange Street Cats at the 35th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll! We’ll have a booth at the Arts and Crafts fair that will fulfill all your kitty needs! Keep an eye on this event for the growing list of crafts that will be available!

OSC Adoption Clinic

Orange Street Cats will be holding an adoption clinic on Saturday November 25th at Healthy Pet Center on New Loudon Road in Latham. We have bunches of lovely cats and kittens looking for their forever home. Stop by and meet our beautiful kitties!

FIV: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

FIV: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Huh?  What?  It is 2014 already?!?  Where has the time gone?  It just seems like yesterday when we heralded in 2013.

2013 was quite a year for us!  We had a lot of firsts….

  1. First annual Bowl-A-Thon!  This event was a raging success!  We had amazing volunteers, raffle items, and support!  Special Thanks to volunteers Iris, Samantha, Ilene, Jeremy, Kathleen for the AMAZING baked goods, and Eric better known as DJ KDeuce for his time and energy.  We already have the second annual bowl-a-thon booked in April.
  1. Our first annual “Cocktails for Kitties” event at McGearys.  Another Raging success!  We had a great time and Tess just makes it happen!  Thank you Tess, McGeary’s staff, volunteers Chris, Sam, Sandy, Diane, Andrea, and Maria.  Special thanks to Kathleen for the incredible baked goods and DJ KDeuce for DJ service.  We had some very positive response for this event and we hope to do it again on 2014.  Stay tuned!
  1. We had our first meet and greet using Face Time!  Clyde met his new Dad that way.  Very cool!
  1. We attended PetaPalooza for the first time this year.  It was not a total success for us however it was quite a learning experience!
  1. Little Grace started her blog this year and wrote about her story as an Orange Street Cat.  We have had other adoptees write their story as well and we are always looking for more!
  1. We met new volunteers and now die-hard OSC family members Tina and Rob, Dave, and Kate.  How did we ever get along without them?

So, looking back, we had a great year!  We saved 86 cats and found incredible homes for 61 of them.  We spread the word about Orange Street Cats and our mission to over 2000 Facebook followers and we continue to meet new friends every day.   We love Benson’sHealthy Pet, and PetSupplies Plus.  These businesses open their space and hearts to us and we are FOREVER thankful!   (An extra thank you and hug to the folks at Benson’s who allowed us to put up a Christmas tree at the Colonie store for the 2nd year in a row!)  We also want to give Shout out to Travis of On a Limb Tree Care who has come to help us in the drop of a hat.  Frankly, we could go on and on…..we have had that many supporters!

There are many people that donate their time and energy to us….David Louis of Talk toYour Animals has done wonders with some of our cats.  We are so thankful for David!  Jennet Jones-Rau of Feathered Nest Studio has done some incredible design work for us.  Joanne Brady made sweet fleece blankets for us!  A very special Thank You to Tina and Rob who have opened their home to numerous fosters, hosted several successful garage sales, got us in touch with the “Albany Cap to Troy Tap” folks and spearheaded the NYS Tax and Finance year-end fundraiser!  Wow!  We absolutely love you guys!  So many people have come to help bottle feed and socialize the kittens and cats.  Our foster families could not continue without this group of tireless warriors!

And how can we forget, the magnificent folks who have adopted our cats!  We at OSC are huge believers in the “Magic”.  You all have found the magic with your new family member and we LOVE IT!

All in all, we would like to send a great big THANK YOU to all who have donated time, money, food, litter, beds, linens, toys, carriers, medicine, and raffle items.  You have shared our stories, participated in our online fundraising events.  You have sent us positive thoughts, prayers and kind and encouraging words.   We are so proud and thankful for YOU, our supporters.  We could not continue this journey without all of you.  We LOVE you and may you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year!