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Cypress and Cinnamon -- Two Sisters Together in One Loving Home
By Dawn Nozicka
I previously fostered kittens and decided that I wanted one of my own. Originally I adopted a great kitten who was very loving, but she needed more attention than I could give her. With a full-time job, I was gone too much of the day, so I decided to return her to Folsom Feline Rescue.
Over the next couple of months, I checked back with FFR to see if any kittens had come in that would fit my lifestyle. One weekend I mentioned that I was interested in a short-hair tabby kitten who had six toes. After speaking with a volunteer I thought that it would probably be better to adopt two kittens so they could keep each other company while I was at work. The volunteer let me know that two kittens had just come in and were at the vet recovering from being spayed. They were littermates (sisters), both tabbies, and one happened to have six toes. It was exactly what I'd ever wanted in kittens.
Cypress and Cinnamon (a/k/a "Big Foot"), formerly known as Zha Zha and Eva, were adopted from FFR in November of 2002. They just celebrated their second birthday at the beginning of September.
Like any "twins," unless you are around them constantly, they are hard to tell apart. Even with Cinnamons' six toes, we couldn't always tell them apart right away. Different colored collars helped with identifying them. Now that they have grown so much and have their own individual characteristics, it's easy to tell them apart.
The kittens were raised with a chocolate lab and he was great with them. When they were about a year and 4 months old, we moved into our own home. The kittens really enjoyed running the house by themselves. Now they share a home with me, my fiancé Joe, his kids Libby (13) and Joey (9), and two new dogs, Sierra and Stoli -- and they all get along great.
Cypress and Cinnamon have been a great addition to my life. They are the best cats I could have asked for.
Folsom Feline Rescue has now exceeded the 1000 mark for number of spays and neuters performed for companion pets and feral cats! We have been spaying and neutering community animals for more than three years now and we're still going strong.
We've recently received grant funding of $10,000 to continue our SNYP (Spay/Neuter Your Pet) program for companion animals, plus another $10,000 for FSNP (Feral Spay/Neuter Program), for feral cats. Thanks to these grants plus donations from the public, we're able to continue these valuable programs.
There is a great need for spaying and neutering large-breed dogs, and our SNYP program will be focusing on these breeds in particular. Please visit our Web site and download an application at www.folsomfelines.org/snyp.shtml.
FFR volunteers go out "trapping" every first and third Monday and enjoy the social aspect as well. Our Trap-a-Long Café Social meets at Starbucks on East Bidwell at Glenn at 7:00 p.m. We set our traps, enjoy a steaming cup of coffee or another hot beverage, and then pick up the traps that have hopefully caught something. Please come join us and learn how to humanely trap a cat!
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