About Cats

Five Truths About Cats
1. Hawaii has a cat overpopulation problem.
2. Reducing the homeless cat population increases the perceived value of cats as companions.
3. Unsterilized, free roaming cats are a major contributing factor to cat over population.
4. As many cats as possible should be sterilized and have owner identification.
5. Cats are safest indoors or in a secure outdoor enclosure.


My cat is 7 years old and never been neutered. Is he too old?
It’s never too late to have a pet spayed or neutered – the most beneficial surgery a responsible pet owner can make possible. Spaying is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. Neutering involves removal of the testicles. The operation is performed under general anesthesia and your pet should be up and about within a day.

My cat always tries to escape. How do I keep him happy indoors?
Create an appealing interior from a cat’s perspective with plenty of toys and play time. Cats love a high vantage point so create ledges where they can climb. Sunny spots to nap, scratching posts and plush cat condos sold at pet supply stores can help too. Keeping him indoors is essential to a long, healthy life. But a rich life indoors requires more help from you.

What’s the most important tip the Hawaiian Humane Society can offer to cat owners?
Take him to the veterinarian for an annual check up. More than a third of cats in the U.S. have not had visited the doctor’s office in a year, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturer’s Association.

My cat Koa seems like she talks to me with her tail. What do the different tail movements mean?
If your cat is near you and her tail is quivering, she is expressing love. When she shapes her tail like a question mark, it means deep affection. If her tail starts thrashing, perhaps a little distance might be wise.

My cat is missing and I think it may have been trapped by our condo association that’s trapping ferals. How can I check to see if the Hawaiian Humane Society has her?
If your cat has a microchip and a collar with a tag with your telephone number, the Humane Society makes every effort to return him to you as quickly as possible. Without ID, cats are held a minimum of two days before being made eligible for adoption.

Is brushing my pet’s teeth really that important?
Periodontal, or gum disease is a common, serious problem in dogs and cats. It’s ideal to brush their teeth at least a few times a week. Introduce tooth brushing in small steps so that your pet doesn’t get overwhelmed and upset. Teach your pet that good things always happen when he gets his teeth brushed. They would benefit from an annual cleaning by a veterinarian as well.