April 2019 Newsletter

Greetings Fans!

The weather is starting to finally cooperate a little bit and the grounds are starting to dry, but it is still very wet at the sanctuary and that is making it more difficult to do the much-needed work of clearing our land. We are trying to find someone that could do the clearing, and leveling, of the property so we can decide on how we can make an even better facility for our cats.

BAKE SALE: Don’t forget our upcoming bake sale on April 13th from 11a.m.- 3p.m. at Petco on Youree Drive, Shreveport. These bake sales are very important in helping raise much needed funds for our cats, as well as educating the public about FIV/FeLV.


FINN: Finn had his follow-up with our vet on the 25th and he continues to improve. The vet decreased his Prednisolone from 3.5 ml, down to 2.0 ml. We are pleased with his progress and watch him closely for any changes to this positive outcome.

MITTENS: Mittens, the cat that fractured her canine, doesn’t show any signs of infection or other negative issues as a result of the fracture. We are happy about this since many cats end up getting sinus infections, or need a root canal, after a tooth fracture. We will still bring her in to have the vet recheck the tooth to make sure there is no hidden problem.

NATASHA: Natasha, the cat with a spot she kept licking that developed staph is better. She does not need further treatment at this point.

MAMA: Mama kitty is a sweet, about 11 or 12-year-old, Calico, that is not FIV/FELV positive, developed, or possibly hadn’t completely healed from, a urinary tract infection. The last time we had her treated she had a great deal of blood in her urine, and some crystals. I heard her crying when she went to use the litter box and noticed there was not a lot of urine present, and she made multiple attempts. Since I am very familiar with the signs, I immediately took her back to our vet. An ultrasound revealed a large bladder stone and her bladder walls were very inflamed. She needed surgery, which cost us $1200, to have the stone removed. Fortunately, the pathology revealed it was not a cancerous stone, but was material the same as the crystals. She is on the prescription urinary diet. She has her follow-up on April 2nd to have her staples removed.

Urinary tract infections (URIs) are not an uncommon issue for older cats and usually requires the more senior cats needing a change in diet. When a cat develops crystals in their urine it can lead to a dangerous blockage, and it is painful for the cat. Therefore, water is critical for cats. We keep multiple water fountains, as well as water bowls, throughout our cat houses. It’s another reason we are working hard on finding a better diet, preferably NOT a dry kibble diet. It is more difficult since we have 66 cats we are caring for, but in the long run it’s all about the cats and we will do what is needed for them.

FLEA CONTROL:  We are still trying to get Seresto Flea collars for all our Yogie cats. Someone recently purchased three off our Amazon Wish list, and we thank you for that. We have 66 cats at the sanctuary and hope you will help us get collars for ALL the cats. These collars last for 8 months and that makes it around $7 a month for preventative, versus the pricier topical flea meds we get at our vets.to death. Prevention is key. If you can help us get these items, then please let us know. We want all our animals to be comfortable and parasite free.

AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list, we have added the Seresto flea collars, and some other much needed food items. Also, when you shop via Smile.Amazon.com you can select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice and they will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.


We also have an Amazon wish list to help feed our cats and kittens. We need you!


SPONSORSHIP:  Sponsorship is a very important way to help our animals. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. If each cat had a regular, monthly, sponsor, it would help ease the burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for. Would you please consider sponsoring one of our animals? We really need you.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

CRITICAL NEEDS: Vet care is always a primary need. Scoopable cat litter, preferable unscented, but we will take any, as well as cat food, are a given. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, or Purina Cat Chow complete. We do have some on an expensive urinary tract formula that we have to get at the vet. If you can help with a monetary donation, please do. We really hope you can help us in this area.

PAYPAL: Did you know you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends via PayPal? This is an easy and effective way to help our fundraising for the animals. You can also choose to pay the fees by selecting the Friends and Family option in PayPal ensuring we would receive the entire amount of your donation. Our PayPal is: yogieandfriends@hotmail.com

CHEWY: Do you shop for pet food and supplies at Chewy. Well, we are a pet partner with Chewy.com. Enter the Chewy website from the link on the Yogie and Friends website and we will get a portion of the sales. This is a great way to help our cats and we hope you will select us as your charity. You can use this link with our partner number:  www.chewy.com/rp/6019

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:


Non-Positive Cats:

Miss Kitty
Grayson (Pending Snap Test/Neutering)

This is just a partial list of the cat’s names. We are working on making the list an easier one to post, read, and for you to select who you would like to sponsor. We are also trying to put photos of each for you to see them better.

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you link your Kroger Community Rewards to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice. NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Donations of cash can be done in several ways, online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal. Or you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027

Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

Facebook: Please like and follow us on Facebook at Yogie and Friends FIV+ Cat Sanctuary. It is a strictly controlled page so that nobody is every bullied or threatened on our page by others. It’s a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.

Upcoming Events:

13 April 2019  11am – 3 pm
Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

7 May 2019 All Day
Give for Good Day On-Line Giving Day

11 May 2019 10am – 6pm 
Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting (On-Line/In-Store)

Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar – Tasting Bar
1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107 Shreveport, LA    


PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop!

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!

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