Can’t keep your cat?

Maybe there’s hope!  Here are some helpful tips that may solve some of the issues that you may be having with your cat.

Medical Assistance

Is your cat in need of medical assistance?  Cat’s Cradle can often help with these types of issues.  Please call us at 540-433-1135 to discuss the issue and we will work to help as best we can.

If your cat is having issues with fleas or worms, we can also help.  Please call us at 540-433-1135 to discuss arrangements.


Cat Behavioral Issues

Guide to Litter Box Problems

Inappropriate Elimination in Cats

Urine Marking in Cats

Destructive Scratching

Aggression in Cats

Aggression to Other Cats

Aggression to People

Socializing Very Shy or Fearful Cats

Allergic to Your Cat?

Decontaminating your house is a costly hassle, and may not be effective. But there are easier ways to decrease allergy and asthma reactions to cats. Give this a six week trial if you can, before deciding to get rid of your cat. You wouldn’t want to find out that you have lost a good friend and are still having allergies from pollen, dust, molds etc.

  • Make the bedroom the cat-free room – you’ll need to give up sleeping with your cat, at least until your symptoms are gone. 

  • Start wiping your cat down once a week with Simple Solution Allergy Relief Cats or Allerpet/C – available at PetSmart. These products have an enzyme that inactivates the cat dander. 

  • Once you’ve started the weekly wipe-down, it will take about six weeks for the dander already around the house to lose its “ouch”. If you want to speed up the process, ask a good friend to use a HEPA filter vacuum on the whole house, including furniture and drapes.

If you are the vacuumer in your house, even with a HEPA filter you might want to consider an allergy mask while

  • Wash the cat’s bedding in HOT water regularly. Use bleach if you can. 

  • Use dust-less unscented litter. 

  • You can wipe the cat down mid-week with plain warm wash-cloth. 

  • Wash your hands after petting the kitty before you touch your face, which is the most sensitive.

It takes a while for the dander to settle down – use your human allergy medicine regularly for the first few weeks, then see if you can cut down. (If you have asthma, make sure you do this under careful medical supervision!)

If your doctor recommends getting rid of your cat, make sure he/she is willing to have a discussion about alternatives. If he/she doesn’t seem to like cats and care about your relationship with your cat, consider a second opinion.

Pregnancy & New Baby

With the arrival of a new baby comes a new set of concerns you may have about your cat.  These are some helpful articles on how to manage your pregnancy and new baby while also taking care of your cat.

Pregnancy and toxoplasmosis

Preparing for baby’s arrival

Once baby has arrived

Helpful articles on keeping a dog:

Comprehensive Dog and Cat Care and Behavior Site

Separation Anxiety


Chasing children

Destructive Chewing

Teaching To Not Pull On A Leash

Food Guarding:

House Training/Urine Marking:

Training Your Adult Dog 

Urine Marking in Dogs

Animal Behaviorist

Dr. Ruth Chodrow, DVM

At Home Pet Care

811 Selma Blvd

Staunton, VA 24401


Dog Specialists

Contact one of the following specialists to call the client back with more detailed information:

Melissa Bahleda

Partners Canines


Partners Canines


Michelle Carter

Leader of the Pack



Love on a Leash


Danielle Dundas, LVT

Westwood Animal Hospital


Teaches classes at the Park & Rec Center at the Augusta County Government Center at lower cost


Sick or Injured Animals

Rule #1:  Call the vet!  They are the most equipped and knowledgeable people that can help you with any sick or injured animals, and should always be your first choice to contact.

Emergency Trauma, Strays only:  The Shenandoah Valley Regional Veterinary Emergency Services hospital (after hours only) has a small fund for strays found injured.  They may euthanize or keep the animal.

They are located in Verona at the Rite Aid Shopping Center


Worms and Fleas:

Anicira Veterinary Center has wellness clinics Mondays-Wednesdays, as well as some Fridays.


Financial Aid Referrals

Cat’s Cradle offers financial aid to pet owners who are struggling to afford veterinary care and other necessities. Please contact us if you need help. If you need assistance with special veterinary needs or financial assistance with veterinary expenses beyond what Cat’s Cradle can provide, please see the Veterinary Assistance Resources organizations on our Resources page.


The Mosby Foundation

P.O. Box 218

Deerfield, VA 24432 (preferred, quickest method)


The Mosby Foundation

Lower-priced Veterinarians

Rockingham County

Valley Vets

498 University Blvd # A  Harrisonburg, VA 22801


Copper Ridge Animal Hospital

840 Dinkel Ave

Mt Crawford, VA 22841



Augusta County

Raphine Animal Clinic

81 Vet Dr

Raphine, VA 24472



Westwood Animal Hospital

15 Miss Phillips Rd

Staunton, VA 24401