Thursday, July 20, 2017

07/20/2017

The Dance Party Crew

As always we are very grateful for 
everything you send to the kitties. No matter if 
it is from our Amazon Wish List, or something
you made yourself or if you are just doing 
the daily quiz, sharing and liking our posts and 
clicking in any contests we might be in. Thank you
so so much.
Also a big Thank You to everyone that came last week
and worked and played with the kitties. Open House 
was this past Saturday so there were a lot of people from
out of town staying at the guest house or the hotel.
We even had Colin come back from Australia. 

If you would like to send the kitties something you 
can do so using the link below:



Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the socks!
Thank you unnamed for the litter!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for all the food and dishwashing soap!



Thank you Ann Mary for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the big box of crystal litter!
Thank you unnamed for the syringes!
Thank you unnamed for the towels!
Thank you Christina Gangley for all the food and paper!


Thank you Jenna for the syringes!
Thank you Linda for the sticky notes!
Thank you Cherie Paulissen for the litter!
Thank you unnamed for the amazon gift card!
Thank you to the many kind unnamed people who sent food, litter and syringes!


Thank you unnamed for all the dish soap and bleach!
Thank you Linda for all the laundry soap, glass cleaner and office supplies!
Thank you unnamed for the syringes, dish soap and litter!
Thank you Cherie Paulissen for the litter and syringes!
Thank you Stacy Smith for the gift cards!

The love of a man and a cat. 

Thank you Melissa Jones, Pickles and Cocoa for food, syringes, and gloves!
Thank you Dawn Naska for all the food and beds!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Jackie Williamson for the gift cards!
Thank you unnamed for the syringes and bleach packs!


Thank you to all the generous unnamed people for all the food, hand soap, cat litter, syringes!
Thank you Joanna and Mando Nunez for the cat litter!
Thank you Kendra and Saffy for the syringes!
Thank you Marsha McGlamry for the gift card!



We currently are running a contest.
Name these kitties. 


You can go here :
to read about them and if you want to help
name them you can donate and post your names. 
They are both about 4 months old and FeLV +

Thank you so much for your support as always. 
Please share the blog with your friends, sign
up for our newsletter and blog reminders. 





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

07/11/2017


Miss Abby wants to thank everyone for the great gifts that
where sent to us last week.
Remember if you want to send something to the kitties
please use the link below:
Amazon Wish List

Simba taking a nice nap
Thank you Linda for all the office supplies!
Thank you Joanne Hentschel for all the food and syringes!
Thank you Christina Gandley for the food!

Des and Mack

Thank you Nanette Mendez for the food!
Thank you unnamed for all the gloves, laundry soap, hand soap, food, bathroom cleaner, dish soap,
Thank you Kimberly Bryan for the food!

Bear has the top bunk and Simba has the bottom

Thank you Robert for all the food!
Thank you Christina Gandley for the litter!
Thank you Robert for all the litter!

Odie, one of our newest kitties

Thank you Lauri Chupka for the food, litter, and syringes!
Thank you Irie Stuerzenberger for the food!
Thank you Pam Lancaster for all the litter!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Martha Chapman for all the food, bleach and syringes!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for all the food!

Pretty Olivia
Thank you unnamed for the syringes!
Thank you Linda for all the bird seed, paper towels, and syringes!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for the air conditioners!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for the cat litter!

The kurandas, normal fit 2 or more cats, unless on
of them is Griffin, then it fits one cat. LOL (Thanks Amy)
Thank you Christina Gandley for the batteries!
Thank you Amanda Green for the foods and dish soap!
Thank you unnamed for all the dish soap!
Thank you Melanie Tipton for the food!

video
Greta
Thank you Mark for all the food and syringes!
Thank you Linda for all the office supplies and bird seed!
Thank you unnamed for the paper towels and hand sanitizer!
Thank you for all the laundry soap!
Thank you to the many unnamed people for all the food!


video
and Nigel, as we always say 

Thank you unnamed for the sponges!!
Thank you  Kathryn Wall for the bleach!
Thank you no name for the dish soap, litter, and food!
Thank you no name for the gift card!

Sweet Penny in her fav spot.

Thank you to the several generous people not named for the litter, hand sanitizer and dish soap, gloves, food, syringes, batteries.
Thank you Michaela Taylor for the bleach packets!
Thank you Dorothy Stead for the bowls!

Yes this water is so good. 




♥♥ PRIME DAY IS HERE on AMAZON ♥♥
When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Inc. Shop for great deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3410498 


Our amazon wish list is located at http://ow.ly/R0wT309ht69


How many kitties are in the banana bed



Lisa wants to let you know about the
Lisa the Cow Kitty Dance Party this Saturday night.
Open House is this Saturday so there will be a lot 
of guests here so we are doing a FundRaiser.
You can go here to read about it
Thank you everyone for your support as always.
Without you there would be no us. 

Also thank you to everyone coming to help out this week.
Volunteers visiting the cats and petting, playing and brushing them.
All the people there helping work this week. 


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hyperthyroidism in cats




Mandy Cooper

Always take your cat to the vet if you notice any changes in them. Usually cats try to hide symptoms as it is in their nature to do so. When you notice something it might have been going on for a while. Take your cat to the vet so and have them fully examined. 

What is Hyperthyroidism?




Your cat's thyroid glands regulate the speed at which your cat's body metabolism works (much like the accelerator on your car regulates the speed of your car). It does this by producing a hormone called thyroxine that regulates the speed of all body processes. When your cat produces too much of it and their metabolic rate soars, your cat has become hyperthyroid. Hypothyroidism is quite uncommon in cats. When this does occur, it is usually in a kitten that was born a dwarf.

Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormone abnormality in cats. It is very rare in dogs. It is a disease of older cats. The average age at which it is first diagnosed is between 8 and 13. Nine out of ten cats that develop hyperthyroidism are over ten years old.

The thyroid gland is a pair of glands in cats. In humans, it is a united two-lobe gland. They are located on the underside of your cat's neck along their wind pipe.

Is this a form of thyroid cancer?

It very rarely is. Less than 3 percent of the cats that develop hyperthyroidism develop malignant thyroid tumours. In over 98 percent, the cells in the whole gland or portions of it are just producing too much thyroid hormone.

What kind of cats develop this problem?



Hyperthyroidism is typically a disease of older cats. It can occur at an earlier age but that is quite rare. We think of pampered cats when we think of this disease but it could well be pampered cats just get more frequent vet examinations. Although it's traditionally thought that it affected males and females equally, often, it may be considerably more common in female cats just as hyperthyroidism in humans is more common in women.



A bit about your cat's thyroid gland

Your cat has two distinct thyroid glands on either side of their windpipe midway down their neck. In humans, it is a single gland with a left and right lobe. The gland is responsible for regulating the speed of all chemical reactions that occur in your pet's body. This is called your cat's basal metabolic rate (the number of calories required to keep your body at it's normal rate). The thyroid gland produces a hormone that it sends to every cell in the body through the bloodstream. This hormone is called thyroxine. The more thyroxine the thyroid gland produces, the higher your cat's metabolic rate is and the more calories it burns.

How does the thyroid work?

When the hormone is first produced by the thyroid, most of it is in a form of levothyroxine. Before this form can work, it must be converted to T3 which is the form that the cat's body cells can recognise. Most of this is done in the liver.

What signs would I see if my cat is hyperthyroid?

When your cat's thyroid glands are over producing thyroxine hormone, every organ in their body is affected. The cat's kidneys, liver, muscles, heart, nervous and digestive systems are all over stimulated. This leads to a number of physical changes you can see. Rarely does any one cat show all of the listed signs we associate with hyperthyroidism. The signs that do occur all begin very slowly. As time passes, they gradually become more severe.

Weight loss

The most common complaint that takes hyperthyroid cats to the vet is weight loss. Perceptive owners notice that although their cats are losing weight, their appetite is normal or increased. This is because the cat's metabolism rate has accelerated and it is using up food calories just as fast as it can consume them.








Increased appetite

Most hyperthyroid cats are eating more to meet their increased need for calories. You will hear them munching more and complaining when their food dish is empty. However, when they have reached late stages of this disease, their general health deteriorates to the point that they don't have much appetite. Occasionally, cats have a form of this disease called masked hyperthyroidism in which they appear listless and disinterested. Those cats may have less of an appetite than they once had. Many of these are late cases or cats with other coexisting illnesses.




Increased activity and restlessness

Many hyperthyroid cats are “wired” as if they are taking stimulants. They are overly restless or hyperactive and they may be more cranky and aggressive. Some have disturbed sleep patterns.


Poor hair coat

Many hyperthyroid cats appear unkempt. Some no longer groom themselves the way they used to while others over groom themselves to the point where their hair coat is thin or ragged.





Fast heart rate

It is very common for hyperthyroid cats to have an abnormally fast heart beat. Your cat's normal relaxed heart rate at home should be 140 to 200 beats per minute. It will often be faster at the animal hospital or vet due to fear. Many cats with hyperthyroidism have heart rates over 200 even when they are relaxed at home.



Increased drinking and increased urination

This is also a common occurrence in hyperthyroidism. Your cat's increased thirst is due to the increased thyroxine in their system. Their increased urine production is due to their increased water intake.  













Vomiting


We do not know why some cats with hyperthyroidism vomit. It occurs in hyperthyroid humans as well. Perhaps it's due to the increased amounts of food they eat or perhaps to the direct effects of their high thyroxine levels on stomach motility or portions of the brain.





Diarrhea

The increased level of thyroid hormone in hyperthyroid cats causes their intestines to be more active. This is why many of these cats have bulky or loose stools. The odour of your cat's litter box may be considerably worse than It used to be.

Panting or difficulty breathing

Cats that are hyperthyroid generate more body heat and may pant as they try to get rid of it. They are more sensitive to heat than they once were. If they get to a point in the disease where their heart is weakened, panting and difficulty breathing is more likely due to problems with not getting enough oxygen.

Weakness and listlessness

In later stages of hyperthyroidism, multiple factors often cause cats to become weak. Muscle tremors and a weak meow can all be symptoms of advanced hyperthyroidism. Supplemental vitamin B6 has helped somewhat with this problem in humans.

Low grade fever

The high metabolic rate of hyperthyroid cats sometimes causes them to have a mildly elevated rectal temperature. But a rectal temperature can easily occur during a visit to your vet due to the stress of the visit.

Lumps and nodules in the neck in the area of the thyroid glands

In healthy cats, the lobes of the thyroid gland cannot be felt with ones fingers when you examine your cat's neck. In hyperthyroid cats, at least one lobe is often larger than it should be and can be felt. You and your vet may be able to detect this or small, pea sized nodules, within the glands. Many older cats do have lumps in their thyroid glands but not all of them are hyperthyroid (yet). If your vet detects any mass in the thyroid area, it is crucial to fun the T4 test and a blood calcium level. Some of these masses turn out to be located in the parathyroid glands (a potentially serious calcium imbalance) that are next to the thyroids. The parathyroid glands are involved in regulation of body calcium.

How is hyperthyroidism diagnosed?

If you or your vet suspects hyperthyroidism, a thorough physical examination and some blood tests will be required by your vet to confirm the diagnosis. On examination, one or two enlarged thyroid glands can often be felt as a small, firm mass in the neck (these are often the size of a pea or a baked bean in cats with hyperthyroidism).




However, in some cats, there is no thyroid enlargement and this can be because the overactive tissue is present in an unusual site (often within the chest cavity).The diagnosis is confirmed by determination of thyroid hormones in the blood. A blood test looking at thyroxine (T4) concentration is usually all that is required for the diagnosis as this is usually raised in clinical cases. Other lab tests may also be abnormal, for example, live enzymes are commonly increased secondary to hyperthyroidism and assessment of routine blood and urine tests is usually advised to help rule out any other diseases, such as renal failure. Where possible, blood pressure should also be checked in cats with hyperthyroidism and if secondary heart disease is suspected, an ECG (electrical tracing of heart activity) and a chest x-ray or ultrasound might be helpful.

In occasional cases, hyperthyroidism may be strongly suggested on the basis of the clinical signs but blood testing may reveal a normal thyroid hormone (T4) concentration. There are a number of reasons for this and usually on a repeat test, it will be raised. If not, additional tests may need to be done to confirm or rule out hyperthyroidism.

How is hyperthyroidism treated?

Several treatment options for hyperthyroidism exist, each with advantages and disadvantages.

        Oral administration of antithyroid medication. Methimazole has long been the drug therapy for feline hyperthyroidism. It is highly effective in correcting the condition, often within two to three weeks. Some cats will suffer side effects though like loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy and occasionally blood cell abnormalities. Rare but more serious side effects include severe facial itching, blood clotting disorders or liver problems. Most side effects are mild and eventually resolve although some cats may have to stop the medication if the side effects are too severe. Lifelong daily medication is required and CBC and T4 levels need to be rechecked regularly for the remainder of the cat's life.

        Surgical removal of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism is usually caused by a benign tumour called a thyroid adenoma that involves one or more often, both thyroid glands. Fortunately, most hyperthyroid cats have benign tumours that are easily removed.

        Radioactive iodine therapy. This is probably the safest and most effective treatment option. Radioactive iodine, given by injection, becomes concentrated in the thyroid gland where it destroys the hyper functioning tissues. No anaesthesia or surgery is required and only one treatment is usually needed to achieve a cure. Hospitalisation may be prolonged and cats may be kept at the treatment facility for 10 to 14 days until the level of radioactivity in their urine and faeces decreases to an acceptable level.

        Technetium scan. This is a technique that is available at some centres and can be useful in the investigation of some cats with hyperthyroidism. The technique can be used to diagnose hyperthyroidism and also to locate exactly where the abnormal tissue is. With this technique, a very small dose of radioactive chemical is injected into the cat's vein. This is taken up by abnormal thyroid tissue and this can be detected using a special camera. This is a simple, safe and easy procedure that may be recommended in some situations.


Hypertension (high blood pressure) is another potential complication of hyperthyroidism and can cause additional damage to several organs including the eyes, kidneys, heart and brain. If hypertension is diagnosed along with hyperthyroidism, drugs will be needed to control the blood pressure to reduce the risk of damaging other organs. As with heart disease, following successful treatment of the hyperthyroidism, the high blood pressure will sometimes resolve and permanent therapy may not be necessary.

Kidney disease (chronic renal failure) does not occur as a direct effect of hyperthyroidism but the two diseases often occur together because they are both common in older cats. Care is needed where both these conditions are present as the hyperthyroidism tends to increase the blood supply to the kidneys which may improve their function. Blood tests are taken to assess kidney function in a cat with hyperthyroidism may show normal or only mild changes but potentially more severe renal failure may be masked by the presence of the hyperthyroidism.

For this reason, it is usually advisable to start on medical treatment (tablets) initially and to monitor the response with repeat blood and urine tests to look at thyroid function and kidney function. Just occasionally, successful treatment of the hyperthyroidism results in a dramatic decline in kidney function. If this is detected, it may be necessary to reduce the dose of therapy so that the hyperthyroidism is not fully controlled but renal function is not too severely compromised.

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)

T4 (total thyroxine levels)

T3 (active form of thyroid hormone)

Levethyroxine ( a medication prescribed to dogs an cats to treat conditions associated with hyperthyroidism.

Methimazole (used to treat cats with hyperthyroidism in the form of tablets)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July from BCR



Everyone here at BCR wants to wish you and your family a safe and fun
4th of July.
Please remember to keep your pets safe and inside tonight
because of the fireworks. 


Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook






Monday, July 3, 2017

07/03/2017

Odie is one of our newest kitties and is FELV+
and came to us from Florida.
You can read all about him here :
Odie

He is very grateful for everyone that has been sending all
these boxes full of food and other goodies to us.
You are the reason we can help Odie have a 
good life for as long as it is.
If you would like to send something to the kitties
you can use the link below :

Some things that are great to send are the
Amazon Gift Cards. 
We use these to buy thing we need that we do not 
put on our wish list.
Also cat litter, Fresh Step.
We use 70 boxes a month.
We are very grateful to everyone that is donating their
Paw Points to us, because when we get enough we 
get a whole pallet of litter which is around 70 boxes.


Thank you Gary and Chrissy Belton for the scratch and rest and foods!
Thank you Deanna Gertz for the foods!
Thank you Linda for the stamps!
Thank you Diane Chiacchio for the food!
Thank you Sunetra and Nishant for the food!
Thank you Ann Mary for the litters!

Tough life being a cat at BCR. 

Thank you M. Watson for the toys, treats, bowls, liners, nail clippers!
Thank you Pete for the fountain cleaning brushes!
Thank you Jackie Williamson for the food!


Thank you Dawn Naska for the scratch and rests!
Thank you to the several unnamed people (there were no packing slips) 
for all the food and cat litter!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for the food! (there were no packing slips)
Thank you Debra Johnson  for all the foods, litters,  bleach, fountain cleaning kit and syringes!
Thank you Pam Lancaster for all the litter!
Thank you Jenny & Stuart Schafer for the food and litter!

This is our newest kitty Tommy.
He is a sweetheart with FELV. You can read about him here:
Tommy

Thank you Nancy for the beautiful grave stone for Pepper!

Thank you Irie Stuerzenberger for the cat litter!
Thank you Ann Shaw for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Sue Burtchett for the gift cards and sponsoring Jasmine!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Judith Hinton for the food!

Love bug Samantha. She is a super lover.
She will be in your lap in a second, loves to give
you kisses and rub on your face. 

Thank you Nancy for the food!
Thank you Lisa for the food and syringes!
Thank you Karen Cook for the food and gift card and sponsoring Marge and Simba!

Thank you everyone again that sent things to the kitties!
Also thank you so much for all the Paw Points.
We got a couple pallets of litter and even though
the contest is over we are over halfway to another one.
We so hope that one of our supporters wins the drawing.

Thank you for doing the daily quiz. There
are more categories being worked on, of course
some cat categories are coming. 

We have a 4th of July Smile box being posted tomorrow for everyone.
If you subscribed to our newsletter you got it yesterday.
If you have not subscribe to our informative newsletter you can do 
so right here on the blog on the right hand side. 

Also some more articles coming out this week from Mandy Cooper.
So please subscribe to our blog as well so you do not miss anything!
Thank you so much for all your wonderful support. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

06/19/2017

Bear is a sweet lovable Teddy Bear who will literally give you a bear hug. 

He wants to thank everyone for the gifts they sent last week. 
He also wants you to know that he loves to eat, so if you would like to send him something and the other kitties you can do so using our

Amazon Wish list link below:


Thank you Jack and Jewell Frost for the food, syringes, bleach and litter!
Thank you Betsy Snider for the scratch and rests!
Thank you Baby Sweets, Copperfield and Valentine for the foods!
Thank you Jill Sparapany for the foods!

Some of the many bird feeders in the 
memorial garden

Thank you Cathy Steinbuck for the food, dish soap, and scratch and rests!
Thank you unnamed for all the foods and laundry soap!
Thank you Danny Cook for the food!
Thank you Linda for the scratcher pads!


Thank you Connie H for all the food!
Thank you Amanda Green for the foods and cat litters!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for all the food!
Thank you to the unnamed people for the laundry soap, dishsoap, syringes and litter!


Thank you to the several unnamed people for all the food!
Thank you unnamed for the food and dish soap!
Thank you Nancy Damrow for the litter!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the syringes!


Thank you Scott for the food and litter!
Thank you  Sue Elliston for all the food!
Thank you Nancy Damrow for the litters!
Thank you Arthur White for the scratch and rests!
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for all the food!

Thank you Ann Mary  for all the food and litter!
Thank you Bonnie Cook for all the fluid supplies!
Thank you Dawn Naska for all the scratch and rests!
Thank you unnamed for all the litter!
Thank you unnamed for all the food!
Thank you unnamed for the paper towels and laundry soap!

This is how many bowls get washed several times a day at BCR
This is just one of the 2 houses. 


Open House was amazing last Sat.
The community really came out to support BCR.
Cars were lined up down the driveway out to the road.
We also had guest that came from out of town
that stayed the week, helped clean every day,
do tours and play with the kitties. 
If you would like to arrange to come stay at our
guest house please just email us so 
we know when you are coming.
We do ask that you work in return for staying there.


We have another Open House July 15th and I hear we
have more guest coming to spend the week. 

Thanks to Amy and other people that I used pictures from for the blog. 


Do not forgot to do the daily quiz. There are 8 categories now and more being added.


Also Thank you so much to everyone doing the Fresh Step
Paw contest. We have enough points for another pallet of litter.
The contest is still going to if you have not entered please do. 

YOU may WIN $5000!!! And Win $5,000 for the cats!!! ♥♥
Enter here ==> www.10KSplitSweeps.com
Please Pick Blind Cat Rescue as your charity!
We are in zip code 28384 (if it ask you, also set it as 2 miles away and you will see us :)
 Thank you for helping!!  

Also if you put the bonus codes :
LOVESHELTERCATS - location other for 100 point bonus
SHELTERBONUS116 - location other for 50 point bonus!