Picture of Pearl

Blessings To Pearl From Community Animal Network

 We Stood Outside, Our Hands Reached For One Another
As I Read Pearls’ Blessing….

There Was A Gentle Breeze And The Sound Of Birds Chirping.

“We bless Pearl’s life as she passes today. Her pretty green eyes were the window of her soul which will be cherished by her caregiver Lee.

Sing Soul of Pearl! Sing!”

Pearl’s “event” took place April 6, 2018 at “The Care Clinic” in Orange where she was euthanized with the caregiver Lee in attendance. Immediately following Pearl was driven to “Only Cremations for Pets”, Newport Beach, where a “grieving room” was waiting for Lee and her final moments shared with Pearl. Lee will receive her ashes in a pretty box with her Pearl’s name engraved next week.

We are thankful that our rescue kitty Pearl came back to Community Animal Network to be cared for in her final days and loved by her foster parent, Lee Turner.

Lucy aka Pearl’s Story: A tiny microchip led her back to Community Animal Network after being impounded at the Orange County Animal Care Center in June of 2017.

Lucy was her given rescue name in 2008 when adopted as a kitten by a Huntington Beach Family for their daughter. The person that found the cat Lucy and called animal control lived on the same street as the owner, but, we doubt that she knew the cat belonged to a neighbor.

Community Animal Network called the owners and was told that Pearl went missing in March of 2017 and was presumed killed by coyotes and that they adopted another cat and did not want Pearl back.

After many months of being with Community Animal Network Pearl suddenly became unable to stand, or walk to the litterbox. It was initially believed that when foraging to survive that cat Pearl ingested a rat, mouse, or bird infected with the parasite toxoplasmosis that caused symptoms of neurological issues and lead to the diagnosis.

Pearl’s first attempt of recovery from toxoplasmosis was a long term antibiotic treatment with the antibiotic clindamycin which proved to be unsuccessful.

Information about Toxoplasmosis and the use of antibiotics.

Because Pearl’s blood titer level for exposure to toxoplasmosis was low and it had been a long time since her rescue back, Dr. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell had concern that Pearl’s original diagnosis by one of her associates was incorrect and therefore diagnosed a tumor on her spine that mimicked the neuroglial signs of toxoplasmosis.

Community Animal Network posted on March 5th that we were scheduling Pearl’s euthanasia and that the foster parent needs to feel it’s the right time to schedule the “event”.

Those eyes will no longer be looking back and with hope always in our minds, it takes time for the rescue caregiver to prepare mentally for the last days. Today, Lee says good-bye to the rescue cat she came to love.

Donations accepted in Pearl, aka, Lucy’s name welcome.

Our vet bills, euthanasia and cremation costs are over $1,000.00.


Community Animal Network
P.O. Box 8662
Newport Beach, CA 92658
Memo checks: In Memory of Pearl
Contact DiAnna at 949-759-3646 or [email protected]

Ring in the New Year With Tip #12 From a Cat Expert – pine litter smells fresh!

Economy Cat Litters

Clay litters have been cat approved since 1948 and are the cheapest and available even at grocery stores. The problem is they smell!

In my opinion, pine pellet cat litter is the most cost effective. It controls odors well, it’s affordable, and needs less scooping than a clumping litter, and is pretty much dust free of all the biodegradable chemical free litters. I highly recommend it to rescue people who cage cats upon arrival.

Rescue people with lots of free-roaming cats that use pine pellet litter have been known to use food service gloves and a bucket to hand-pick the feces from the box and toss the buckets remains in the toilet. All that is left is the urine soaked sawdust to dump in the trash another time.

With some people more sensitive to the smell of the used pine’s sawdust, I recommend in Community Animal Network’s multi-cat rescue houses to use a six inch kitchen frying tool called a skimmer. It works well to sift to separate the unused pine pellets from the urine soaked sawdust to toss out to keep a home from selling like a cattery.

Now, some cats can resist the strange feel of the pine pellets on their pads in the beginning. People choosing a pine litter should slowly transition the animal over to use it exclusively by placing a few cups of the dirty used cat litter with the animals’ scent on top of the pellets and gradually increase the pine pellets. Another idea is to have two litterboxes next to each other and give cats a choice.

Ring in the New Year With Tip #11 From a Cat Expert – when it comes to kibble, proceed with caution

Dry Kibble Diet

While kibble is convenient, economical, and may meet the nutritional needs of our pets, most are higher in grain carbohydrates. If kibble is not proportioned a cat can gain weight and be at risk for diabetes.

To learn about better cat nutrition, I recommend that you take a tour of the products at a specialty pet food store in person, or on-line. If then, you consider changing brands, mix the old with the new food and slowly increase the percentage of the new product over several weeks to avoid upsetting a kitty tummy. In general, grocery store brands have less protein than premium and specialty brand foods and therefore changing the protein level and the brand abruptly can cause diarrhea, and or vomiting that could lead to an unnecessary vet visit.

Ring in the New Year With Tip #10 From a Cat Expert – microchip your cat for peace of mind in 2018

Protecting Your Pet

Last but not least, microchipping is a simple and permanent identification system. A microchip is the size of a tiny pencil lead and is implanted under the skin between the shoulders of an animal. If your cat ever goes missing and is taken to an animal shelter, is found injured or sick by a Good Samaritan and is admitted to a vet hospital, or rescued off the street, a scan for a microchip can help your pet find its way back home to you!

To prove the point, just recently a kitty adopted from Community Animal Network in 2005 was found after having been missing for three years. It found its way back to us when the owners’ phone numbers were found to be disconnected. A life was saved by this life-saving implant!
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than 2% of the cats gone missing are returned to their owners as compared to 15- 20 percent of dogs because they lack identification.

Microchipping is for both dogs and cats and even for “indoor only” cats, too! Why not make an appointment today with a veterinarian to get all of your pet family member’s microchipped, because life is full of uncertainties!

But, don’t just walk out of the vets office with all the microchip papers and file them away, there’s one more step that too many people forget…. There’s a fee to register your contact information with the chip’s national recovery database. Make sure you remember to keep the chip numbers with your veterinarians’ records and keep the registry contact information current.

Ring in the New Year With Tip #9 From a Cat Expert – size matters, bigger is better!

Roomy Jumbo Litter Boxes Needed

Did you know that every kitty has a little different posture in a litter box? Some cats prefer to have their front paws on the edge and rear down and some kitties get creative in a small box and straddle the box with their front paws outside. Oppositely, some bottoms just go right to the edge and the urine can splash over the side!

To accommodate all sizes of cats and their comfort keep an eye out for large roomy litter boxes. What I see in common with cats that inappropriately eliminate in a home is that the box is too small and not scooped regularly. So, why not search for a roomy new kitty box this year? But, don’t forget to scoop!

Don’t have a place for a large box you say? Consider angling a piece of furniture in a corner and hiding the litterbox behind, under a side table, or purchase a pretty room divider and hide the visually ghastly thing.

Ring in the New Year With Tip #8 From a Cat Expert – don’t be fooled by the “World’s Best Cat Litter” line

Why Choose a Top Premium Brand Litter When There’s a Better Choice

“World’s Best Cat Litter” in my opinion is named appropriately, but, is “World’s Best Cat Litter” worth its premium cost? The brand is biodegradable and clumps on contact with urine and the box is easier to clean than with manufactured litters that are sold with a clumping additive. Although, what is “Worlds’ Best Cat Litter”? It is in fact ground corn and it is also used and sold as chicken food!

Wouldn’t you want to know why ground corn sold as a cat litter is so costly? Hmm…ground corn found at a feed store isn’t expensive at all! In my pet-parenting classes for felines I recommend ground corn “known to be chicken food” to be used as cat litter! The industry term for the product is called, “Lay Crumble”. It is sold in 25 and 50lb bags. Fifty pounds of the stuff is just $22.99 in my coastal California town and it may be much less in inland rural areas!

The visible difference is that the brand is finer and the corn product looks more like the brand of cereal Grapenuts. Both can be flushed or composted. The only drawback I see to the corn product “Lay Crumble” is if not stored properly in a cool place, rising temperatures could cause grain weevils to appear.

Just like kitchen grain products, if products for baking are not stored properly over time bugs will appear. Many of you may wish you never knew this, but, larvae lay inside grain kernels and feed. The brand must use a process to kill the weevil larvae; freezing or a microwave would do the trick. But, proper storage in an air tight container in a cool room will also work.

To avoid weevils birthing in the feed store product known as “Lay Crumble”, I suggest bringing the natural food product indoors and pouring the whole bag in a large container with an air tight lid. In my bedroom I hide fifty pounds inside a white tub that fits inside a huge basket and on top I place a comfy pet bed. Buying the product rather than the brand will give you the qualities of a premium brand at the cost of an economy litter.

Ring in the New Year With Tip #7 From a Cat Expert – when it comes to litter, best to keep it natural

The Rise of Natural Cat Litters

All-natural cat litters over the years have been gaining momentum in the marketplace. Cat litters are more eco-friendly and bio-degradable than ever when made from corn, wheat, grass, walnut shells, and pine. Corn clumps naturally from the starches, wheat clumps mildly with its’ enzymes and better with the help from some potato starch. Natural kitty litters are also safe for use with kittens.

Isn’t it surprising the costs of some of the natural clumping cat litters? What is a cat lover, or an animal organization to do?

Ring in the New Year With Tip #6 From a Cat Expert – keep the litter box so fresh and so clean

Litterbox Etiquette – Ideas to Help You Keep a Clean Litter Box

No person would want to use a bathroom where the plumbing was backed up! I could describe it in cinematic detail, but I believe you readers get the picture.
If a box is deemed to be disgusting by a fastidious feline some cats will potty elsewhere and it can be very difficult to stop them once it begins. To help avoid inappropriate elimination, never change litter brands abruptly and always keep the litter box clean. Here’s how…

There are both, “Yeahs And Ney’s” on a product called “LitterMaid”; a self-cleaning litter box available at stores everywhere. However, it isn’t the product of choice for those that have a cat with soft stools I’m told by those that gifted LitterMaid’s to Community Animal Network.

For those in need of an extra set of hands with the unpleasantries of the litterbox, help is just a click away with Nextdoor. It’s a great way to connect with those in your neighborhood who are looking for odd jobs. The site was founded in 2011 and promotes itself as a free private social network. You can connect with the neighbors in your immediate area, register in your community, and post an ad.

Ring in the New Year with Tip #5 from a Cat Expert – odor repellent cat litter may backfire (no pun intended)

Odor Repellent Cat Litter

There are many choices of cat litters today. Some types of cat litter can be costly, dusty, track a mess, or just make the whole house smell!

Some cat-people seek to find an effective odor repellent brand simply because they don’t have time to keep up with scooping the waste. What the television commercials don’t tell you about buying pungent smelling cat litter that covers odor is that many cats will avoid strong scents and will eliminate far away from their box.

If you are spending a lot of your waking hours commuting to work, what could be your answer is to have several litter boxes for your cat to choose from.

Ring in the New Year With Tip #4 From a Cat Expert – feline specialist aren’t just for the rich and famous

Make a Vet Appointment with a Feline Specialist

Community Animal Network rescue cats have been seeing a board certified feline specialist since 2001. I highly recommend you experience a feline only practice this year and I believe you will discover they have a better knowledge of handling cats and enhanced diagnostic abilities.

Feline specialty vet hospitals are popping up all over the United States. To find a board certified feline practitioner in your area log on to