Getting Involved in Ventura County

While you may not see it there is a cat overpopulation problem in Ventura County. Too many unaltered cats are allowed to have way too many kittens and there is not enough space to take them all in. If you would like to be a part of the solution there are ways you can help. Two of the biggest ways to make an impact? Learning to trap/fix/return and learning to foster.

Here are some links to organizations around Ventura County with ways you can get involved!

Fostering with Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC in Ojai)
Feral cat program at HSVC – this page also lists additional resources for trapping and fixing feral cats

Fostering with Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS in Camarillo)
TNR program at VCAS (scroll down)

Volunteering at Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC in Santa Paula) – they don’t have a specific foster or TNR page but they always need help with both!

Trapping with Ventura County Feline Trap & Rescue – a two-person team as of this writing

Trapping with Cats Cradle Rescue (Ventura) – they have traps to lend (they may need fosters, too!)

There are more cats being born than there are homes. Combine that with people giving up their cats for various reasons and there simply isn’t enough space in our local shelter system to care for all of the cats and kittens who need it. We need more trapping and fixing as well as more fosters, especially in summer but really, all year long.

Information for Prospective Adopters

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We hope this collection of articles and their resources will help you as you prepare to bring home a new cat or kitten!

Home Safety Check – this article is very thorough and this article has a nice checklist. If you have house plants consult this article from the ASPCA to be sure your plants are safe. Find a toxic one? Make a plan to re-home that plant.

Introducing a New Cat to a Current Cat – We love Jackson Galaxy’s advice and this article will walk you through it step by step! Absolutely worth the time to read through it and watch his videos as you get ready to bring home your new cat or kitten.

The Ride Home – most of our adopters have short rides home, thankfully, but any trip in the car can be unsettling and downright scary for some cats and kittens. This article has suggestions for minimizing the stress.

A Room of Their Own (to start) – even the most secure and extroverted cats can be scared when they get to their new home. Everything is different! This article talks about the benefits of starting them off in one room and how to set that up.

Food and Litter – we will let you know what kind of food and litter your new cat or kitten has been eating and using so that you can have that on hand to make the transition home easier for your new family member.

Suggested Products – this post has a collection of items that cats at the lounge have liked and that various volunteers have experience with.

Pet Retention Help and Resources

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Adopting a pet should mean a lifetime (theirs) commitment with the best quality care you can provide. Sometimes life throws a curve ball and it may feel like you can’t keep your fur baby anymore. We hope these suggestions and resources can help pets stay with their loving owners.

Local Resources

Financial Help
There are ways to get help with food, spay/neuter surgeries, and vaccinations. Check the links above for help.

Purina sells a food called LiveClear that can be purchased without a prescription. It can help reduce allergic reactions in people living with cats. Other suggestions: HEPA air filters (clean them regularly) and vacuum rugs, carpets, and furniture. Keep cats out of the bedroom of the allergic person. For mild to moderate allergies talk with your doctor about possible daily medications to help.

Cats naturally want and need to scratch. Keeping their nails trimmed will minimize damage and injuries. Ask your vet or your local rescue to show you how. Providing scratching posts and other options gives them places to scratch without damage. There are things you can buy to protect furniture like these and these.

Wild Behavior
Accept that younger cats will have bursts of energy, and some may be more energetic than others. It is something that they will grow out of. Put away fragile or precious items temporarily. Consider replacing expensive drapes with less expensive options. Cover cords and charging cables with covers specifically made to protect them from biting. Engage in active, vigorous play sessions multiple times a day, including before bed, to help give your cat what it needs. Offer sturdy/substantial toys for biting and scratching and not your hands or feet.

Litter Box
Make sure the litter box is kept clean. If you decide to change litters, do so gradually. Strong smells can keep a cat away from its box so be careful what you choose for cleaning. If your cat is peeing outside of the box get it in for a vet exam to make sure there isn’t a urinary tract infection, crystals, or some other medical issue.

Pet-Friendly Rentals
Sites like and have search filters and one of them allows you to search for places that allow pets. Talk with your doctor about the possibility of having your cat designated as an emotional support animal (ESA), which landlords must reasonably accommodate.

Some of Our Favorite Products

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We thought putting together a list of some of our recommended products might be helpful for current cat owners as well as prospective adopters. We have a list of suggested items in a wishlist at Amazon, too.

Scratchers and Towers

The Wharf (downtown Ventura) carries an excellent selection of cat trees in various sizes. They are sturdy and very well-made. Highly recommend taking a look at their selection. As pieces sell they get new items in so you never know what you’ll find!

This scratcher from Target has been very popular with kittens and adult cats alike, including some of our bigger cats like Jacob.

Our tall scratching posts get a lot of use both as scratchers and perches! This gives even the biggest cats a stable place to fully stretch out while scratching.

This medium-height tower is popular for sitting in the front window and watching the world go by.


Almost all of our cats can be coaxed into playing with a wand toy, but certain toys seem to be more popular. Da Bird and Da Bee are huge hits, as is a very simple toy with a long ribbon of fleece.

When it comes to chasing toys, little pom poms, springs, and “cat crazies” are perennial favorites with the kittens.

Kickers! We love kickers in all shapes, sizes and textures when it comes to giving feisty kitties a healthy outlet for that need to bite, scratch, and bunny kick. We sell some in our lobby and in our online shop. The Yeowww catnip brand of bananas and rainbows are huge hits as well.

From the Field makes appealing catnip toys as well as selling dried catnip. We love their catnip oil spray and carry their products in our lobby shop.


We prefer to feed the cats and kittens wet food without “meals” and “by products” when possible. We want the first ingredient to be whatever meat is supposed to be in the food. There are many excellent brands to choose from now, including Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Weruva, Fussy Cat, Merrick, Purina Beyond, Instinct, and many more. Read the labels and look for quality ingredients. Same goes for dry food, and we do offer kibble to the cats but feed them wet food twice a day.

For food dishes stay away from plastic as they can harbor bacteria.

Water Fountains

Moving water is often more appealing to cats and staying well-hydrated is important for their good health. Different cats have different preferences. We’ve had good luck with several styles at the lounge including this one and this one.


We stay away from scented litters at the lounge. There are many good litters out there including litters other than clay. This litter scoop is incredible at keeping the dust down.


Carriers that can be loaded from the top and the front can be very helpful. Two we like include this one from Petmate at this one from Sherpa. A backpack-style carrier can be useful if you have to travel with your cat. And a large enclosure like this one can help on road trips.

Trimming Claws

We prefer little scissor-style clippers when we trim claws at the lounge (similar to these).