March 2019 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

Well, we are still a bit behind on getting the outside catio built for the new cat house. The weather has been crazy. We get a day, here and there, that isn’t raining, but it isn’t enough to be able to build due to the wet grounds. In fact, the new building is settling more than expected, so it messed up the door closing properly. Gemco did come out to work on the leveling, then it started raining too much to finish. They did get it level enough to make the door a little better, but we must wait for the ground to dry more and they will put some better leveling pads under the building for us. They said it is common to need releveling on larger buildings, but there has been far too much rain over the past couple of months and that is delaying things. Hopefully we can get the outdoor catio done for our cats to enjoy a safe, outdoor, playground.

Finn, the cat with the ruptured eardrum is responding well to steroids, which is a very good thing. But, how to prevent something like this from happening again is the issue that concerns us. There was no trauma that caused this, but apparently, he has waxy ears and chronic infections that he doesn’t present with. The vet said there is no approved ear meds for cats, and we were hoping there was something preventative we could do to help keep his ears clean. We are researching this issue with some vet schools.

Just a couple of nights ago another cat, Mittens, went to jump up on a nightstand and somehow missed. She apparently hit her mouth on the side of the stand and fractured a canine. She was brought into the bedroom where Finn is recuperating to watch her. She was acting like she had something stuck in her mouth and kept pawing at it, but she didn’t act like she was in pain or distress. We did get her to our vet the following morning. The thing we worry about is any infection developing in the pulp of the tooth and causing severe sinus infections. We have seen this happen. We will watch closely to ensure there is nothing serious happening. If there is any worsening, they will remove the tooth.

We had to get another cat, Natasha, seen for a sore she kept licking to the point it caused her to develop staph on the sore. She is one of our oldest cats, at about 16 years old. She is otherwise healthy for her age.

The biggest issue with cats is missing signs of illness. Since they are such experts at hiding illness and injury it presents us with more serious medical needs when they do present. We realize its nature’s way of preservation for the animal, but it sure makes it difficult for us. We want only the best for them.

FLEA CONTROL: Louisiana is horrible for flea problems. Even our veterinarians agree that many of the preventatives are no longer effective and new treatments are coming out. We usually wait a while before trying any of the new releases due to any possible side effects. We treat the property with food grade diatomaceous earth, which is very safe and effective, but messy. With all the rain we have had we are not able to treat the property right now. We treat all year long. Fleas have a cycle of the eggs, larva, and adult, that all need to be killed, and that is over a period of time. Meanwhile, we are trying to get Seresto Flea collars for all our Yogie cats. They vary in price, but we are doing our research for the best price. We have 66 cats we are caring for. Our vet highly recommends the collars or Bravecto 3 month topical for the cats. Both are pricey options, but not as costly as flea related illnesses that can often lead 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.

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:

CHEWY: Do you shop for pet food and supplies at Chewy. Well, we are a pet partner with 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:

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. 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!

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:



Non-Positive Cats:

Miss Kitty
Grayson (Pending Snap Test/Neutering)


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).

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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