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By R. deLeon-Mims for Morena Pet Hospital
October 29, 2013
Category: Pet Adoptions

Every year on October 29th we pay an extra special tribute to our feline friends.  The National Cat Day organization started this event in 2005 to celebrate cats and to encourage adoption in hopes to save countless feline lives. 

Here are some interesting facts you may or may not know about cats:

-On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life!

-Cats can see anything up to 120 feet away.

-The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”

-A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

-Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

-A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.

-Cats spend nearly one-third of their waking hours cleaning themselves.

-Most cats give birth to a litter of between one and nine kittens. The largest known litter ever produced was 19 kittens, of which 15 survived. (Which is more of a reason to spay and neuter your kitties!)

-The biggest wildcat today is the Siberian Tiger. It can be more than 12 feet (3.6 m) long (about the size of a small car) and weigh up to 700 pounds (317 kg).

-The smallest wildcat today is the Black-footed cat. The females are less than 20 inches (50 cm) long and can weigh as little as 2.5 lbs (1.2 kg).

-A cat usually has about 12 whiskers on each side of its face.

-All cats have claws, and all except the cheetah sheath them when at rest

-Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (humans have only 6). A cat can independently rotate its ears 180 degrees.

-A cat’s nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human.

-Cats don’t have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.

Cats continue to be one the most popular pets here in the US and across the world.  If you are looking to add a feline member to your family, please adopt or rescue rather than purchase!


Frith-Macdonald, Candida. 2008. Encyclopedia of Cats. New York, NY: Parragon Books Ltd.

 “Cat.” Online Etymology Dictionary. Accessed: July 20, 2010.

 Viegas, Jennifer. “Female Cats Are Right-Pawed, Males Are Lefties.” Discovery News. July 23, 2009.


By R. deLeon-Mims of Morena Pet Hospital
October 15, 2013
Category: Pet Adoptions

Are you thinking about getting a new furry family member?

October is Adopt a Dog Month, so find your next pet at a rescue or a shelter. 

Over 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the Unites States simply because people give up their pets and too few people adopt from shelters.  Puppy Mills and irresponsible breeders add to the over population.  Unfortunately, because of limited space in shelters, staff members must make difficult decisions to euthanize animals that have not been adopted.  The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, breed rescue group, or the local animal control agency, you'll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

Why should you adopt rather than purchase a pet?

1.  You’ll save a dog’s life.

2.  Your new pet typically comes with all medical treatment done already, are spayed/neutered, microchipped and fully vaccinated.

3.  The cost of dog adoption is less than buying a pet.

What you should think about before adopting:

1.  Are you honestly ready for the responsibility of a dog?

Aside from considering who will take the dog for walks and what you’re going to feed him, are you ready for training your new dog? How he will fit in to your day to day schedule? That emergency vet bill you weren’t expecting because he ate last night’s leftovers? Try to consider all aspects of your family’s lives and be sure you will be able to handle the known and unknown responsibilities that occur when being a pet owner.

2.  Who will be the pet’s main caretaker?

It’s easy when you have a mom or dad that stays home during the day, to be able to take your new dog out on walks and feed him or her during the day.  But if you don’t have this luxury, please think about who will be mainly responsible for caring for your pet.  It’s great to start children out early with helping to take care of pets, but always have an adult backup so nothing is missed.

3.  How much can we afford?

Emergency vet bills are one thing, but consider the different costs that incur with just owning a pet; the cost of food, leashes and collars, toys, grooming, beds, flea and heartworm prevention, vaccines, and your regular vet bills.  Check out this link to see the average cost of owning a pet.

And remember, if you’re unsure if your family is ready for a pet, there are many shelters and rescue groups that are always in need of fosters!



Dear friends, a client of ours needs to re-home her two grey tabbies, a male (Tucker) who just turned 6 in April and Abbygail, who is 5. Both are amazing cats and are best friends, which is why we are trying to find a good loving home willing to take them both (If you can find a temporary foster home that would be great too!). Please read description below:

I need to rehome my two grey tabbies. One male Tucker who just turned 6 in April and Abbygail who is 5. They are fun, friendly, affectionate both with amazing personalities. Tucker loves to go outside, enjoys sunsets, and is an extremely handsome kitty. I love when Tucker sits in the driveway to greet you when you come home. Abbygail is very regal like and more of an old soul. She loves to hang out with the family, enjoys, sitting on your lap and feet while watching a movie or reading a good book. Both are amazing spirits and are best friends. The most important thing is to find a good loving home together.
This is going to be one of the most difficult things I have to do. I am currently in really unfortunate living circumstances and the only place I can live does not allow pets. If you can find a temporary foster home that would be great too!. I do not want to give them up but this is my only option for them and myself. I want them to be in a loving and stable home.  

Thank you for your help!  Please contact our office at 619-275-0888 or the current owner, Lindsay at 512-785-8826 if you or someone you know are interested in fostering or adopting this adorable duo!
By Morena Pet Hospital
August 17, 2012
Category: Pet Adoptions
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MPH's Adoption Star of the Week

Meet Marvel!

Meet Marvel. She is a 2-month-old Lab/ Border Collie/ terrier mix who weighs about 3.5 lbs at the moment. She has had her first vaccination in the series, has been dewormed, and is otherwise healthy.  She is your normal playful and curious pup with lots of motivation to learn the ropes around the household.

Her mom is a border collie/terrier mix (looks like a mini border collie but the size of a terrier, we expect the dad was some sort of lab mix).  FoxFace, the runt of the litter and sister to Marvel, is MUCH smaller and has a brother (much larger), thus we believe this litter can be anywhere between 25-45 lbs when full grown depending on which sibling is adopted. 

Marvel has more of a stolkier body and shorter legs with an amazing outgoing loving personality!

It appears that Marvel will be attending tonight's ARWOB Dog & Cat Adoption Event on Friday, August 17th, 2012.

Friday August 17th, 2012 6:00 PM until 08:00 PM
Location: Unleashed by PETCO in Hillcrest (619) 725-0850
Map: 308 Washington Street San Diego CA 92103

If you would like more information on Marvel or any of the other dogs and cats available for adoption, PLEASE contact ARWOB at 619-977-3593 or email at [email protected]

By Morena Pet Hospital
June 21, 2012
Category: Pet Adoptions
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MPH's Adoption Pet of the Week

Meet "Orejas"

Orejas is an adorable 11 month old male aussie/cattle mix.

Tracing back to his cattle dog roots, Orejas enjoys being around pets & people be it dogs, cats, or some playful children.  He currently weighs 30 pounds and will grow to a size of about 45 to 55 pounds.

We at Morena Pet Hospital work closely with ARWOB (Animal Rescuers Without Borders) to ensure each of their adoptable pets is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and microchipped.  Orejas is neutered and has plenty puppy love to share with a happy home.

If you would like to meet Orejas or any of the other dogs & cats available for adoption at ARWOB (Animal Rescuers Without Borders) and give them the new starts they deserve, please fill out an adoption application FIRST at

(Orejas' Photo Session by Oh My Dog Photography)

If you would like to contact ARWOB for additional information, PLEASE give them a call at 619-977-3593 or email [email protected]