Wednesday, September 6, 2017

09/06/2017


Casey is a sweetheart. She is blind and has been here with us since
2015 when we got her from Wake Co. Animal Control.
You can read about her story here : Casey



Thank you so much for the goodies you sent the kitties last week.
We always need the usual things like food of course. If you 
go to our Amazon Wish List you can see what foods
we use along with other items we need.
Also we love Amazon Gift Cards because we
use those to buy things we do not put on the wish list or
things that most people never think about sending.
You can click  : Amazon Smile Wish List
to see what we need each week as it does change.

Also please if you shop on Amazon alot like we do, please shop
Amazon Smile and pick us as your charity of choice. People
ask do they really send us money and they really do. We get
a check every quarter from people that use Amazon Smile and
have us as their charity. Every bit adds up and we really 
appreciate it. 


Sterling is our Prince Flufferbutt. He is a big beautiful we think Ragdoll
mix and also blind. He came to us in 2012 and was from a 
hoarding situation. He is a very sweet, lovable boy.
Read about him here : Sterling



Thank you Kendra and Saffy for the food!
Thank you Nancy Walkord for the foods, nose drops and water filters!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the saline drops!
Thank you Sandra Tannenbaum for the foods!


Lisa is our party kitty. She loves to play. That has alot 
to do wit her being mostly Norwegian Forest Cat breed.
They do not mature until they are 5 years old as well.
You can read here story here : Lisa


Thank you Fiona and Gena for the beautiful grave markers!
Thank you Dixie D for the gift card!
Thank you Sara Marie for the food!
Thank you Eric Laskowitz for the water filters!


Camille is another sweet girl who came to us in 2007. She does
have some eyesight but we are not sure just how much. 
You can read about her here :Camille


Thank you Lisa Troutman for the food, IV set, Litter and saline drops!
Thank you Mallory Ronan for the food, syringes, and litter!
Thank you Joy for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the cases of paper towels!
Ella Bella has grown up into a very pretty girl. She is 
fiesty  and full of Catitude but still loveable.
You can read about her here : Ella


Thank you unnamed for the case of paper towels and toilet paper!
Thank you unnamed for all the food!
Thank you Cynthia McCray for all the food!
Thank you Marilyn Rutsky for the food!

Odie is one of our new kitties. He looks 
like Stitch who is in the other room. Odie is FeLV+
He is a very sweet cat that loves everyone and his roommates.
You can read his story here : Odie


Thank you unnamed for the batteries
Thank you unnamed for the Needles!
Thank you Nancy Damrow for the cube!
Thank you unnamed for the toilet paper!
Thank you Linda for all the bird seed!
Thank you Karen Cook for all the food and litter!


Izzy is a busy little girl who loves to help with tours.
She is very friendly and loves everyone.
You can read her story here : Izzy


Thank you Elise and Opie for all the food, litter and needles!
Thank you Marilyn Rutsky for the syringes, saline drops, food, filters, and needles!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Marlo is also one of our newest kitties. 
She looks like Frankie who is also in the same room with her. 
As you can see she loves to climb on things.
You can read about her here : Marlo

Thank you Debbie Wass for the food, filters and dish soap!
Thank you Ione Brown & Tinky for the ear cleaner, paper and food!
Thank you Ashleigh for the drops and syringes!
Thank you Erin Noe for the litter, food and beds!
Wifi also came in as a kitty. He came from NYC and was
hit by a car which left him blind.
Today he is very happy and healthy and very playful.
You can read his story here : Wifi

Thank you James Ward for the food!
Thank you Diana Aird for the food and IV lines!
Thank you Kendra & Saffy for the food
Thank you Dawn Naska for the cat cubes and saline drops!
Thank you Doreen for the cat pods!
Molly has the prettiest color fur of any of our cats here at BCR.
She is also a blind girl and gets along with most of her roommates
and loves people.
You can read her story here : Molly


Thank you Carey Rich for the litters and food!
Thank you Christina Gandley for all the food and litter!
Thank you Louise Blair for the hand made blankets!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Miss Bunny is also a sweet girl. She loves people but is not very 
fond of other cats. She actually shares the lobby with Mr. Snicker.
They get along fine and respect each others cat space.
You can read about her here : Bunny


Thank you so much to everyone that sent all these wonderful kitties
goodies. We are currently restocking the pantry now with food and 
other items so if you would like to send them something please





Thursday, August 24, 2017

08/24/2017


Chris and Griffin want to thank everyone for all the gift they sent last week!
If you would like to send something you can do so from the link below:

We had another amazing Open House last Saturday.
Tons of people turned up to visit and play with the kitties.
Below are some of the pictures from Open House.
The kitties love it when people come to see them.

Thank you Jack and Jewell Frost for the food, syringes and clorox!
Thank you Becky Magnuson for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you unnamed for all the food!

As you can see one of our new kitties Marlo
loves to climb up on the shelves 

Thank you Dawn for the beautiful blankets
Thank you unnamed for the food and litter!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the syringes!

Thank you unnamed for the syringes and food!
Thank you Nancy Danrow for the cube!
Thank you Laura Spreitzer for the gift card!
Thank you Kendra Cooley for the food!


Thank you unnamed for the paper towels!
Thank you Jodie Egbert for the IV sets!
Thank you unnamed for the syringe needles!
Thank you unnamed for the water filters!
Thank you Linda for the nasal spray, ear cleaner and needles!
Thank you unnamed for the foods!


Thank you unnamed for the food and litter!
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the food!
Thank you Kendra and Saffy for the food, litter, ear cleaner!
Thank you unnamed for all the dish soap and syringes!
Thank you Sandra Tannenbaum for the food!
Thank you unnamed for all the TP!


Thank you Dawn for the beautiful blankets and cube!
Thank you unnamed for the paper towels!
Thank you unnamed for all the syringes!

Thank you Sara Marie for the food!
Thank you Dixie Patch for the amazon gift card!
Thank you unnamed for the IV sets!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Thank you Kim Hickey for the food and IV sets!
THank you Sunetra Banerjee for the water fountain filters and IV sets
Thank you unnamed for the dish soap!




Thank you unnamed for the bleach packets!
Thank you Dawn for the cubes and beautiful blankets!
THank you Linda for the glass cleaner and Q-tips!
Thank you unnamed for the IV setups
Thank you unnamed for the big box of dryer sheets!



Thank you so much for all your support.
Without you we could not do the things we 
do for these wonderful kitties!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

08/09/2017



Candy wants to thank everyone for the goodies this past week.
You guys are so good to the kitties.
As usual Amazon is not sending packing slips
so many times we have no idea who to thank.
Just know that we do thank you so very much.
Below is a link to our wish list if you want to send 
something to the babies. 


Thank you Ione Brown for the grave markers!
Thank you Laurie James for the wind chimes!
Thank you unnamed for the bleach!
Thank you Debbie Wass for all the food!


Thank you unnamed for all the food!
Thank you unnamed for the glass cleaner!
Thank you for all the utility buckets!
Thank you unnamed for the case of gloves!


Thank you Sarah Carr for the syringes and bleach!
Thank you unnamed for all the syringes!
Thank you Amanda Green for the beautiful pet bed!
Thank you Dawn Naska for all the beds!!
Thank you Sarah and Sergio for the gift card!


Thank you Gavin for the gift card!
Thank you Karen Cook for the food and bleach!
Thank you Christina Gangley for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the food!


Thank you Amanda Green for the beautiful bed and food!
Thank you Jack and Jewell frost for the batteries!
Thank you Judith Hinton for all the food!
Thank you Ione Brown for the fluid lines!


Thank you Linda Carden for the fluid lines!
Thank you Sandra Tannenbaum for the litter!
Thank you unnamed for all the foods!



Great way to help Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary 


This super cute Cat emoji Sticker app will donate 0.50 USD from every app install. 
Let’s start texting!  
Here is the link==> Cat emoji for apple
Apple products only, android is coming soon! 

Thank you so much again for supporting BCR.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hypothyroidism in cats


Mandy Cooper

The thyroid glands are a pair of tiny organs located near the larynx in the neck of your cat. In all mammals, the thyroid plays a vital role in regulating the basal metabolic rate by producing a hormone called thyroxine. Although hypothyroidism is a common condition for humans, hypothyroidism in cats is rare.

Hypothyroidism in cats is usually caused by over treatment of hyperthyroidism, a much more common condition in cats. Your best bet in identifying the cause of any unusual symptoms in your cat is to head to your vet for an expert opinion.

Types of feline hypothyroidism

The most common type of feline hypothyroidism is iatrogenic hypothyroidism which is when a cat's thyroid function is too low because of treatment of an overactive thyroid. Other types that can occur are spontaneous hypothyroidism and congenital hypothyroidism.

Iatrogenic Hypothyroidism
When cats are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), they are four ways to treat the disease. These treatment options include:
  •  Lifelong treatment with methimazole, a medication that suppresses thyroid function.
  •  Surgery to remove the thyroid glands.
  •  An injection of a radioactive pharmaceutical that destroys the abnormal thyroid gland.
  •  A diet that is extremely low in iodine which is required for thyroid function.
While surgery is no longer done as often as it once was, radioactive treatment is a very successful technique and cats usually respond very well to it. After treatment for hyperthyroidism, your vet will need to monitor your cat's thyroid levels to make sure that treatment has worked. I the first few months after treatment, it is common for the thyroid levels to be below normal range. This does not necessarily indicate hypothyroidism but can result from any leftover thyroid cells recovering from the condition.
If your cat's thyroid function remains low for some time after radioactive treatment or surgery, your vet may decide to treat them for iatrogenic hypothyroidism. Symptoms of iatrogenic hypothyroidism that may prompt treatment include:
  • Lethargy
  • Weight gain
  • Elevated kidney values
Cats with iatrogenic hypothyroidism and kidney disease may have longer survival rates when treated with replacement thyroid hormones.

Spontaneous Hypothyroidism
When thyroid function decreases without other causes, this is called primary or spontaneous hypothyroidism. It is very rare in cats with only a handful of cases being reported although more may exist. Symptoms can include:
  •  Profound lethargy
  •  Low body temperature
  •  Poor hair growth
  •  Severe crusting of the skin
  •  A puffy face
  •  Weight gain
  •  Decreased appetite
  •  Ear infections
Congenital Hypothyroidism

This is also a rare form of feline hypothyroidism but is reported occasionally. In congenital hypothyroidism, a kitten is born with a defect in the thyroid gland that limits their ability to produce thyroxine. Symptoms of congenital hypothyroidism include:
  •  Stunted growth
  •  A round head and short legs
  •  Lethargy
  •  Mental dullness
  •  Constipation
  •  Low body temperature
  •  Low heart rate
  •  Persistent baby teeth
  •  Cold intolerance
  •  Persistent fluffy kitten fur

What else could it be?

If your cat has symptoms of feline hypothyroidism, there are more likely other causes because spontaneous feline hypothyroidism is very rare. Other causes of weight gain, lethargy or weakness, decreased appetite and changes to the skin and coat in cats could be:
  •  Diabetes mellitus
  •  Hyperthyroidism
  •  Cushing's disease
  •  Cancer
  •  Liver disease
  •  Kidney disease 
What To Watch For

A lack of thyroid hormone affects the metabolic function of many organ processes. As a result, the clinical signs are usually slow to develop. Although there is no one symptom that is diagnostic, several combined signs may make your vet more suspicious. Symptoms may include:
  • Lethargy, lack of interest in play, increased amounts of sleeping
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Cold intolerance – seeks out warm places to lie down, low body temperature
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite
  • Chronic skin disorders, such as dry skin, thinning of the hair coat, excessive hair loss
  • Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism in Cats
Hypothyroidism is not always a simple, straightforward disease to diagnose. Various tests are available to diagnose the condition and a combination of tests may be required. Proper diagnosis also includes a thorough history, documentation of clinical signs, a thorough physical examination, and diagnostic tests to assess various organ functions, including thyroid function. A diagnostic work-up may include the following:
  •  Complete blood count(CBC)
  •  Biochemical profile Urinalysis
  •  Thyroxine (T4) level, tri-iodothyronine (T3) level
  •  Serum Free T4 by Equilibrium Dialysis (FT4ED)
  •  Thyrotropin stimulation test
  •  Thoracic (chest) and abdominal radiographs (X-rays) in certain cases
  •  Other tests to rule out other hormonal disorders, such as hyperadrenocorticism (overproduction of cortisone hormone) and acromegaly (overproduction of growth hormone)
Treatment of Hypothyroidism in Cats

If the use of methimazole is responsible for the signs of hypothyroidism, the drug is stopped for several days or until the T4 level returns to normal. Methimazole may then be re-introduced at a lower dose.

 Thyroid hormone supplementation is indicated for the treatment of other forms of hypothyroidism, and it is administered for the life of the cat

 Synthetic (man-made) levothyroxine (T4) is the drug of choice for treating hypothyroidism. The dosage and frequency of administration are determined by your vet. Levothyroxine is usually given once a day in cats

 There are both brand name and generic levothyroxine products available commercially. Using a brand name product rather than a generic product is usually preferred. Once a cat is stabilized on a particular thyroid medication, it is also better if the cat remains on that product consistently, rather than bouncing from one product to another.

Follow-up Care

Treatment requires a combination of home and professional vet care. At home it is important to administer all medication exactly as prescribed by your vet. With appropriate therapy, most of the clinical changes associated with hypothyroidism improve within four to six weeks.

Most cats tolerate thyroid supplementation very well, however, over dosage is associated with return of the signs of hyperthyroidism. Watch the cat closely for signs of hyperactivity, increased vocalization (meowing, howling), restlessness, weight loss and diarrhea, and report these signs to your vet promptly.

It is important to follow-up with regularly scheduled visits to your vet so that both your cat's clinical signs and thyroid concentration in the blood can be monitored. Generally, the first follow-up examination is within four weeks after the start of therapy. T4 levels are often measured six to eight hours after the pill is given. Adjustments in the dosage of medication are then recommended depending upon the results of these tests. Additional recheck visits are then scheduled based upon the test results, changes in clinical signs, and any changes in the medication schedule.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

07/29/17



Bunny and Snicker want to thank everyone for the gifts
that they got this week. If you would like to send
us something from Amazon you can use the link below:


Thank you to the many unnamed people for all the cases of food!
Thank you unnamed for all the boxes of the litter!
Thank you unnamed for the hand soap!


Thank you unnamed for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Lynn Tapella for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Debbie Wass for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Janna and Mando Nunez for the boxes of litter!


Thank you Ione Brown for the disney dome!
Thank you Bhavana Pai for the foods!
Thank you Roxanne for the food and litter!
Thank you unnamed for the paper and bleach!


Thank you Amanda Green for the food and litter!
Thank you Linda for the food, paper and syringes!
Thank you Barbara Kiss for the litter, syringes, ear cleaner and food!
Thank you Ngayan for the litter, bleach, syringes, ear cleaner, and foods!
Thank you unnamed for the food and laundry soap!


Thank yoU Barbara for the food!
Thank you Ngayan for the food and stamps!
Thank you unnamed for the food!


Thank you Linda for the bird seed!
Thank you unnamed for the buckets!
Thank you unnamed for the food!


Thank you Dawn for all the beautiful beds!
Thank you unnamed for the utility buckets!
Thank you unnamed for the food!


Thank you Linda for the stamps!
Thank you unnamed for the syringes!
Thank you unnamed for the gift card!


DID YOU KNOW
we have 12 live cameras and you can watch
the cats LIVE 24 hours a day!!??
We made a master account for everyone.
Works on desktop/laptop for phones and tablets go to your
app store and download the MeShare app and it works there
 Go to : https://user.meshare.com/user/login
Login: admin@blindcatrescue.com password: password
Hope you enjoy


We need sponsors for our 3 new kitties


To sponsor Loki you can go to his page here :
Loki


To sponsor Thor you can go to his page here :
Thor


and last but certainly not least we have Andy.
To sponsor Andy you can go to his page here :
Andy

Thank you so much for all you do for these wonderful kitties!
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Also we are now using Youtube for our camera that moves
to the different room every day. It has a great
chat function and works better than Ustream.
You can find our live feed here :
BCR You Tube Channel