Recommendations

 

MOBILE VETERINARIANS

TORONTO MOBILE VETERINARY SERVICES

Contact: 647-389-4838
Dr. Tina Chou.  This service is totally mobile and run by a veterinarian that I worked with for a bit.

DOWNTOWN TORONTO CAT CLINIC

Contact: 416-479-0142
Email: info@torontocatclinic.com
Dr. Melanie Bonder.  This is my veterinarian.  It's a cat only clinic that also offers mobile services.  I found that for my oldest cat, who gets very stressed out and aggressive at clinics with dogs, the cat only clinic works well


PET SERVICES:

DOG SOCIAL TORONTO

Phone: 416-564-0409
Email: contact@dogsocialtoronto.com
Provides dog walking and pet sitting

OH MY DOG

Phone: (416) 705-6469
Email: info@ohmydog.ca
Provides dog walking, house sitting, cat visits and more

TORONTO CAT RESCUE

Phone: 416-538-8592
No-Kill, 100% Volunteer, cat rescue


BOOKS AND RESOURCES

General Cat Care:

  • The Cat Owner’s Manual by Dr. David Brunner and Sam Stall

Cat Behavior:

  • Is My Cat Crazy? by John C. Wright and Judi Wright Lashnits
  • Starting from Scratch by by Pam Johnson-Bennett
  • Cat vs Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett 

Other Cat Books:

  • The Character of Cats by Stephen Budiansky
  • Get Fuzzy, various titles by Darby Colney (daily comic strip collections)

CHARITIES

The Paw Project - working to ban declawing of cats in North America.  "Declawing is amputation; it is not merely the removal of the claws. To declaw a cat, the veterinarian cuts off the last knuckles of a cat's paw – cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. In a person, it is equivalent to amputating each finger or toe at the last joint."  In other words, please let your cat keep their claws - scratching is an instinctive behavior and part of what makes a cat a cat.

Big cats are vanishing in the wild.  Here are several charities working to stop them from disappearing.

National Geographic Big Cats Initiative
Panthera
Snow Leopard Trust
Global Tiger Initiative


WEBSITES

Informative:

Fun:

  • Simon's Cat  - amusing (and highly accurate) animated shorts about the joys of owning a cat  (This one in particular is quite familiar in my house: Shelf Life)
  • The Oatmeal - hilarious cartoons about both cats and dogs
  • Henri, Le Chat Noir - an existential cat tells us of his ennui
  • Geeky Pet - Great cat artwork.  It's adorable.  Cat Avengers is my favourite and one of the many pieces on my walls at home: