Saying Farewell to Carolyn Cernea
On June 21, 2019 Carolyn Cernea
was met by her numerous cats at
the rainbow bridge. She was
greeted and ushered in as a hero.
Her love of animals, especially cats,
took most of her waking hours.
CC took excellent care of her
“PetSmart Rejects” (meaning
they didn’t get adopted
because they were too afraid).
Carolyn was President of the
Orange County Humane Society
at one time. More recently she
was Correspondence Secretary and a very active member of Cause 4 Paws. She
participated in fundraisers, selling raffle tickets, collecting prizes at local businesses
and whatever else she could do to help cats. We remember when she went all
over downtown Fredericksburg at the Heritage Festival with a sandwich board,
selling Raffle tickets. Whenever there was a Cause 4 Paws event, CC was there.
CC would always greet everyone she met with her great big smile and a
formal greeting. If she was calling you on the phone the greeting was something
like this. “Is this the remarkable, beautiful Mrs. Miller, who I am speaking to?”
After all she was an English Major in College and it showed throughout her life. If
she was writing a newsletter or naming a cat, CC had a special flare for words.
Some of her cats were named: “Millard Fillmore”, “General Zachery Taylor”,
“Silky”& “Moonbeam” and several other US Presidents. She enjoyed Poetry and
wanted it published where people would read it to enrich their lives. All of her
correspondence was in longhand, using snail mail. (She really didn’t like email.)
She did wonderful things for people. She was always leaving surprises, like
flowers and pumpkins in the fall by the driveway, or potted pansies in the spring by
the front door, or sometimes a bag of cat food would just show up and it was CC
who had stopped by. She had dinner parties and Easter Teas, making sure to use
fine china and lots of flowers. She loved taking people out to eat at restaurants.
Sometime she would order and eat her dessert first!
Her long-time friend, Vickie, sent us a letter recounting what an influence
Carolyn had in her life. Once CC took Vickie to lunch at Pinkadilly Tea, Smythe’s
Cottage. Vickie loved the lunch so much she enrolled in culinary school and
became a professional cook!
CC touched and changed so many lives in different ways. She will be
missed by both people and furry friends of this world. She was a wonderful person
who always signed her letters so cute. “Love CC and 14 unemployed cats”
Motto: “Making a difference one rescue at a time.”
CC’s Cats Looking for Homes
Twinkie Calico Cat
These are CC’s Cats that have not yet been adopted. If you have room in your
heart and your home, please consider adopting one.
A Big Thank You to all of CC’s Friends who took care of her cats while she
was sick and then managed to relocate them!!!
The Raffle Tickets are coming…..The Raffle Tickets are coming…..they will
be mailed out in September along with the list of prizes! Our Yearly Raffle
is one of the largest sources of income for Cause 4 Paws. If you do not
receive raffle tickets in the mail by the beginning of October, you can call
Mary Kay at 540-412-5764 or Darlene at 540-972-8038…Drawing Dec. 12
Fuji is my husband Johan’s shadow.
She is always interested in what he is
doing and begging him to play. She is
a very easy going cat and tolerates the
silly hats we sometimes dress her in!
She’s so Cute!
Priscilla is doing wonderfully! She has
such a sweet temperament and loves
playing with her little mouse toys around
the house. She is very cuddly and HAS to
be on my husband’s lap when he works
on the computer!
More Happy Tails!
This smush faced picture of Pickles is
my favorite. We had the window
open and she wedged her head
between the glass and screen. She
wasn’t stuck, she just looked
This is Micah. He loves to cuddle and
is definitely a lap cat.
We are having our busiest kitten season EVER!!!
Thank you SO very much for your support!
WHY CATS CRAVE, LIKE AND NEED MEAT
Unlike dogs and other omnivores, cats are true (so-called “obligate”) carnivores: They meet
their nutritional needs by consuming other animals and have a higher protein requirement
than many other mammals. Cats get certain key nutrients from meat—including taurine,
arachidonic acid, vitamin A and vitamin B12—that can’t be sufficiently obtained from plant-
based foods. Without a steady supply of these nutrients, cats can suffer from liver and heart
problems, not to mention skin irritation and hearing loss.
As such, a cat’s ideal diet is made up mainly of protein and fats derived from small prey such
as rodents, birds and small reptiles and amphibians. Some cats munch on grass or other
plants, but most biologists agree that such roughage serves only as a digestive aid and
provides limited if any nutritional value.
Of course, providing your domestic cat with a steady stream of its preferred prey is hardly
convenient or humane—and cats can wreak havoc on local wildlife populations if left to forage
on their own. So we fill them up on dry “kibble,” which combines animal products with
vegetable-based starches, and meat-based canned “wet” foods, many containing parts of
animals cats would likely never encounter, much less hunt and kill, in a purely natural
situation. Most cats adapt to such diets, but it is far from ideal nutritionally.
Veterinarian Marla McGeorge, a cat specialist at Portland, Oregon’s Best Friends Veterinary
Medical Center, argues that the problem with forcing your cat to be vegetarian or vegan is that
such diets fail to provide the amino acids needed for proper feline health and are too high in
carbohydrates that felines have not evolved to be able to process. As to those powder-based
supplements intended to bridge the nutritional gap, McGeorge says that such formulations
may not be as easily absorbed by cats’ bodies as the real thing.
Some would vehemently disagree. Evolution Diet, makers of completely vegetarian foods for
cats, dogs and ferrets, says that its meatless offerings, on the market for 15 years, are healthy
and nutritious, and, if anything, have extended the lives of many a feline and canine, even
reversed chronic health problems. Claiming that most mainstream pet foods contain artery-
clogging animal fat, diseased tissue, steroid growth hormones and antibiotics no less harmful
to pets than to humans, its website posts testimonials from loyal customers who claim happy
and long-lasting pets who look forward to their meals. ….Scientific American
The risk of feeding cats a vegetarian or vegan diet include inadequate total protein intake,
imbalance of amino acids such as taurine or essential fatty acids and deficiency in vitamin and
minerals. These dietary problems can lead to serious and sometimes irreversible medical
conditions, according to Jennifer Larson DVM, PhD, board certified veterinary nutritionist
and professor of clinical nutrition at the University of California, Davis Veterinary School.
July/August 2019 Catster Magazine. (Plant Based Options)
The Fool Who
Wants a Cat
(J. Luke Migliacci)
It wasn't very long ago,
Just about a year or so,
When I convinced my
He'd hardly notice one
He made his position
This kitten's yours,
I'm not the fool who
wants a cat."
She’s mine to care for
and to feed; I see to her
But when it's time for
love and a pat,
becomes his cat.
He loves "my cat" and
it's plain to see
That she loves him as
much as me.
At any designated time
You'll find her in his lap
I suppose I could
remind him that
He's not the fool who
wants a cat.
But in fact it pleases
Because love is better
shared by three.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUP