Take a Virtual Tour of The Cat House on the Kings
We are located on 12 acres along the Kings River in Parlier, CA
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The kitchen is where all the action is. Twice a day, Lynea prepares a mixture of canned and dry food that bring the cats, tame and feral alike, running to the kitchen. There's standing room only during this feeding frenzy! There is no place that is off limits to these hungry felines and any visitor will soon be surrounded by a bevy of new friends.
Every morning the staff prepares food that is hand-delivered to every feeding station and room/cage on the property. It takes six people two hours to prepare the food and deliver it throughout the 12 acres. Every cage, room and kennel receives a special diet. The majority of the animals receive a mix of L-Lysine, granulated garlic and brewer's yeast mixed with beef or chicken canned and dry food.
The Wood Stove
Around the wood stove is a favorite place for the cats. When it's cold outside this is the warmest spot in the house.
The Kitty Garden is a very large room with a sunny view and a loft. It was previously used to house kittens, but with the opening of the Joan Droge Kitten Quarters, we can now use this room and the Pink Room to acclimate new adult arrivals who have previously spent their lives indoors. Later they can explore the house and then the rest of the property as their fancy takes them.
The Pink Room was named for the painted color of its concrete floor. This 16' square room houses new adult residents who have previously been indoor only. To date we have not been able to afford linoleum, so painted concrete has to do. Can you make a contribution to help fix this?
The Condo Room is a transitional room for adult cats. It has a kitty door to the outside and access to the house. With plenty of beds, food, water and litter boxes, why ever leave?
Short-Term Moderate Quarantine Wing
The former ICU in the house (and formerly Lynea's bedroom) is now used to provide a quarantine facility for cats needing to be isolated from the general population.
Poppy Burger passed away in June 2013 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She named Lynea her executor and bequeathed her estate to The Cat House on the Kings. We have installed a bench in her honor at Lynea's favorite place on the property. Poppy's 15 year old cat came to live in Lynea's house, but has since passed away and is now buried at the foot of the bench. One of Poppy's Buddhas has been placed by the bench.
For some reason, when Lynea's tours arrive at the bench, the cats swarm the visitors to give and receive as much love as each can absorb. Poppy's spirit and love of cats is clearly still with us here. R.I.P.
The Pasture Project is a 75' x 100' fully fenced enclosure and quarantine area with two 2-story Tuff Sheds, patios, and lots of grass and trees. The houses have ceiling fans for summer and portable heaters for winter, and are used to house new cats prior to release. Every 6 months, the doors are opened and the cats are allowed to choose where on the property they wish to live. We have more pictures of the Pasture Project.
First, let's talk about FIV: FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. It's a lentivirus, meaning that it progresses very slowly, gradually affecting a cat's immune system. It is passed through blood transfusions and through deep, penetrating bite wounds — primarily by stray, intact tom cats. The most well-known lentivirus in humans is HIV. But the two are not at all the same, and you can't get FIV from a cat.
FIV is diagnosed by a simple blood test, and cats that test positive for the virus are referred to as FIV positive, or FIV+. Read more about FIV.
At The Cat House on the Kings, we care for 10-12 FIV+ cats in a beautiful, fenced-in yard and a Tuff Shed.
Our short-term boarding facility is made up of three huge enclosures, which can be configured to make any combination from 12' to 36'. These enclosures have ceiling fans, and are cooled in summer using misters and a water cooler; and in winter are heated by portable heaters or heated beds. Note: Plastic sheeting (shown in photo) protects the runs in winter.
We have renovated our "K12" enclosure for long-term boarding.
Sadie Malone Senior Center
We named this facility the Sadie Malone Senior Center thanks to the generosity of San Jose Mercury News readers and those who knew Sadie Malone as an irrepressible feral cat advocate and caretaker in downtown San Jose, CA. Sadie passed away December 26th, 2008, but her work is being carried on by other feral cat caretakers. Take a look at this video of the senior center (courtesy of Donna Jackel).
Joan Droge Kitten Quarters
The Joan Droge Kitten Quarters, our new kitten adoption center, opened in time for the 2009 kitten season. It enables us to limit kittens' exposure to anything which might make them ill while their immune systems are still developing. They have lots of room to run and play and otherwise entertain themselves and anyone who visits them. We have dedicated this new facility to Joan Droge, a long time supporter who left us a very generous bequest when she passed away in 2008.