Paws On Your Heart is a non-profit sanctuary for feral and stray cats with special needs, part of the larger Hillview Acres Animal & Nature Preserve. The sanctuary’s brand new facilities are located on a spacious property owned by our family in beautiful rural Saskatchewan, and for decades we have been providing food, shelter and love to homeless cats. We love every one of our residents, and are committed to promoting cat welfare around the world. 100% of the donations we receive at Paws On Your Heart will go directly to the cats.

We also strive to help cats in our community and around the world through community outreach, education, and promoting cat welfare. For more information, see our About Us page.


Famous Friday: Macavity the Bus Taking Cat

by Paws on Your Heart on June 17, 2016

Macavity is a cat who is famous for taking a local bus in the British Midlands. It was in 2007 when the drivers of the Number 331 bus noticed a white feline really enjoyed taking rides on the bus. The cat would catch the bus two or three times a week at the same bus stop, sit quietly on the bus, and get off the bus about 400 metres down the road (which happened to be near a fish and chips restaurant).

Nobody ever checked the cat’s collar to find out his real name, and instead, they began calling him Macavity, after the mysterious cat in T.S. Eliot’s poem “Macavity – The Mystery Cat”.

Whatever the cat’s real name was, his ability to understand public transit is a true testament to how smart cats really are.

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Our Top 10 Favourite Cat Songs

by Paws on Your Heart on June 6, 2016

It may surprise you to find out that there are many songs written about cats, and some songs that are even written for cats. The following songs are our top 10 favourite cat songs that should be on every cat lover’s playlist (in alphabetical order). Read More…

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Famous Friday: Faith the Cat

by Paws on Your Heart on March 25, 2016

Faith the cat was one of the most remarkable mother cats we’ve ever read about. She lived in London during the late 1930s, and her story really puts into perspective how incredible cats really are.

This story takes place at St Augustine’s Church in London, England. During the late 1930s, the priest at the church, Father Henry Ross, noticed a cat kept sneaking into the church day after day. After much consideration, Father Ross decided it was a good idea to adopt the homeless cat, whom he later named Faith. Faith routinely attended the church services, often sitting right on Father Ross’s feet as he preached. Read More…

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Is your cat keeping you awake at night by running around your home in the middle of the night? Perhaps you’re well accustomed to hearing your kitty clumsily climb onto your bedroom dresser or desk during the wee hours of the night. Or maybe you are lucky enough to have a cat scratching at your door, pawing at your face, or walking around on your bed begging for food at 5:00 am.

Cats are nocturnal animals by nature, which is why they tend to sleep the day away and cause havoc during the night. This behaviour causes many owners to lose valuable sleeping hours, so how can you stop it? Read More…

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Famous Friday: Room 8

by Paws on Your Heart on March 4, 2016

Room 8 is the name of a feline who lived in California. Although Room 8 sounds like a strange name for a cat, once you hear his story, you will understand why this is a fitting name for him.

The story begins in 1952 in Elysian Heights Elementary School in Los Angeles. One day a malnourished tabby cat wandered into the school, and went directly to the grade 6 classroom – classroom number 8. The feline had no fear of being in the classroom, and simply jumped onto the children’s desks, and even opened up their lunch boxes for a bite of food. The students simply could not resist giving this poor cat food, and soon enough, the cat began returning to the classroom for a daily meal. Needless to say, Room 8 did not stay skinny for long. Read More…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Cat

by Paws on Your Heart on January 15, 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s mid-January, 2016 and you’ve probably made some important New Year’s Resolutions for your own life:  things like losing weight, getting a better job or spending more time with family.  But, have you thought about any New Year’s Resolutions related to your Cat?

The point of New Year’s Resolutions is to focus your energy in a productive direction.  So, what could be more productive than improving your relationship with your very special feline friend?

CAT-RELATED NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS IDEAS:

You might have all kinds of ideas for Cat-Related New Year’s Resolutions, but, if you don’t here are a few ideas:

1…SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR CAT

There is absolutely nothing that will make your cat happier than spending quality time with her.  Our days are so filled with important demands that often special time with our kitties gets overlooked. Take a close accounting of a regular week and see just how much time you actually spend focusing specifically on your cat.  This is not time where you might be watching TV and your cat is somewhere in the room, for example.  A better cat-focused example would be watching TV with your cat in your lap getting a full and loving pet from you.

Keep in mind that all cats are different and have special things that make them happiest.  Some cats love to play with you; others prefer to curl up on your lap or beside you on the bed; others still want to work happily beside you, with a pause in your work every now and then for a good pet.  Why not try various things discovering just what gives your cat the greatest pleasure?

2…GET TO KNOW YOUR CAT BETTER

Like all relationships in your life your cat’s and your relationship will evolve over time. One of the greatest joys in your life is your kitty relationship, so why not get to know her even better?  You might ask: “How do I do that”?

Here are a few simple tips:

  • learn the power of observation – taking time to just watch and listen to your cat can reveal any of a number of things about her.  If someone asked you right now, how well could you detail your cat’s colourings, movements, and sounds? Be as specific as possible. I once did an activity in school where the teacher asked us to detail our trip home each day, and it was amazing how many of us missed very important details in our descriptions. Observing your cat can be a lot of fun as you get to know her better.
  • try new things – You’ll never know if your cat likes something new until you try it.  This week test out a new game (eg. rope, ball, paper bag, laser), a new type of food (eg. shredded, pate, chunked or gravy wet food), or a new sleeping item (eg. newspaper, soft blanket, cardboard, or circle ring).  You may be amazed at how quickly they enjoy a new approach.  We once bought an expensive sleeping ring only to have our kitty rush to the packing paper instead.  The paper won!  It still sits on the floor in the dining room well loved by our POYH Spokescat Noodle.

2016 can be a wonderful year for you and your cat.  By creating Cat-Related New Year’s Resolutions that are fun and inspiring you can spend even more quality time with your kitty making you both happier!

 

If you’ve created any Cat-Related New Year’s Resolutions please share them with us in the Comments section.

 

 

 

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