Saturday, December 20, 2014

12/20/2014

Hypothermia in cats


 Cats can easily become hypothermic, body temperature below 100° F, with prolonged exposure to cold environmental temperatures, especially if they become wet.
Initially, shivering is seen and extremities, paws and ears, will feel cold. As body temperature continues to fall, all body functions slow. Shock and low blood glucose is followed by lethargy, collapse and coma. Death will be imminent if the hypothermia is not treated quickly.

Frostbite is common with hypothermia and caused by exposure to extreme cold. Frostbite damages skin and its underlying tissues. The most common areas are toes, ears, scrotum and tail which have less fur protection. Initially, frostbitten skin is pale and white with loss of blood circulation. When circulation returns, the skin becomes red and swollen, looking like a burn. The dead area will become dark, hard and brittle. The extent of damage may take a week or longer to be seen and the dead tissues will separate from viable tissues.
Do NOT rub or massage any frostbitten areas because the tissues can be damaged further. As sensation returns, your pet will feel pain so do not allow excessive grooming or chewing of the injured tissues.


If your cat has frostbite or becomes hypothermic, get him/her inside immediately and wrap in blankets.

CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN!

Dry their fur if wet. Gently warm with hot water bottles – if you cannot hold it in your hands, it is too hot. NEVER use an electric heating pad or hair dryer because these can cause burns!
While warming and drying, do NOT delay getting them to your vet!

Prevention of hypothermia is key! Keep your pets indoors during rainy or cold weather. If it is possible they may be outside during bad weather, ensure they have access to a dry sheltered area protected from wind, rain and snow. Put straw or blankets inside to retain warmth.





Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts from our Amazon wish list!!

Penny likes the new box!

Amazon often does not put packing slips in the boxes and they never give us your contact info so we are not able to personally contact you to thank you.  Please know that we deeply appreciate your kindness and are very grateful to you for your support!

This list is from several days of boxes :)

Thank you Anthony O'Dell for the cat food!
Thank you Barbara Patterson for the trash bags, cat food and fabric softener!
Thank you Gwen Hurt for the fabric softener and cat food!
Thank you Jennifer Kopp for the cuddle pal cat toy!
Thank you Karen Mullins for the cat tree, cat toys and trash bags!
Thank  you Kelly Shedlock for the cat food, cuddle pal cat toy and cat food!
Thank you Kerry Smith for the play cube!
Thank you Minerva for the karonda!

Cassie with her christmas gift!

Thank you Randall Rogers for the privacy tent and play cube!
Thank you Scottfield Bleakney for the cat food and cat toys!
Thank you Sharon Schlegel for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Shasta Standon for the rainbow cat toy!
Thank you Unknown for the holistic cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the cat food, cat toys and litter!
Thank you Unknown for the cat beds, cat food and cat toys!
Thank you Victor Sosa for the cat food!

Natalie would like to be a gift! (LOL) 

Don't forget tonight we open tour and boxes tonight at 6:30 P.M.


Please when getting gifts and other supplies off of Amazon, Please use Amazon smile.com and pick us for your charity. Amazon donates a percentage from what you buy to us. (it is a charitable donation from them not you)





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Here is a cute toy for cats/dogs to play with. They are donating 75% of the auction with the cats!! Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Frolic-Cat-and-Dog-Automatic-Interactive-Laser-Light-Chase-Toy-Bolt-/121518358265?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0




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Thank you for helping!!

Honey asks please vote for us!

New Contest (#3) Please Help the cats win 10,000 meals from Halo  (that is lots of food!!  http://tinyurl.com/k5kf2v9 )put in shelter name, Blind Cat Rescue, town St Pauls, NC Thank you for helping the cats!!!! 

Buddy, LT and Morris!!




Don't forget we have our annual Christmas tree decorating fundraiser! It makes a great gift for someone who has everything! Here is the link:  http://blindcatrescue.com





Do you walk or run?  The Droid app is finally ready.  If you pick Blind Cat Rescue as your charity,  every time you walk/run  they will donate to the cats!


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Friday, December 19, 2014

12/19/2014

Megacolon in Cats

Constipation is common in cats. It refers to prolonged time for food to travel through the digestive system. When food passage is delayed, the feces becomes hard and dry, making it more difficult to pass.
Obstipation refers to prolonged constipation. The colon is normal in size and function, but the stool is too hard to pass.The vet will need to perform “deobstipation”, under anesthesia the stool is manually pushed through the colon by external abdominal manipulation. Enemas may be given by the vet.
Megacolon is severe constipation in which the large intestine (colon) becomes physically enlarged and impacted with hard stool.

Idiopathic megacolon occurs in almost two-thirds of the cases and no cause can be identified, however, it is thought to be related to abnormal smooth muscle function of the colon.
Other causes:
Narrowing of pelvis, often related to pelvic fractures
Nerve injury
Spinal cord deformities (especially in Manx cats)
Rarely, inflammation and cancer

Constipation and megacolon occurs in cats of any age, breed and gender, but are more common in middle-age cats and domestic shorthairs. Male cats are twice as likely to develop these conditions. Sedentary lifestyle contributes to the development of constipation and obesity can affect the course of the disease.




Symptoms of constipation and megacolon:
Amount of stool is absent or reduced and consistency is hard and dry
Straining in the litter box
Long periods of time standing in the litter box without stooling
Continual return to the litter box to try to defecate without success
May defecate outside of the litter box
With severe straining, mucous or blood may be passed
Vomiting, even while straining to pass stool
With increased severity, decreased appetite and weight loss may be seen
If due to pelvic or nerve injury, urinary incontinence may occur







Diagnosis of constipation and megacolon:
Complete history and physical exam, may include neurological exam
Labs – complete blood count, chemistry panel and urinalysis to eliminate other health problems
Thyroid test may be done
Abdominal x-rays, which may identify pelvic narrowing or foreign bodies in the intestine
The abdominal x-rays may show large amounts of stool in the intestines

Treatment of constipation and megacolon:
Mild constipation responds well to increasing fiber in the diet, food change to one with more fiber or adding pumpkin, wheat bran or psyllium (Metamucil) to each meal. Ask the vet for recommendations on amounts of these additives to feed your cat.
It is very important to increase the amount of water your cat drinks when on these diets.

If the constipation becomes more severe or recurrent, the cat will need to be hospitalized to correct dehydration.

Medications can be given to prevent constipation:
Colonic prokinetic meds. Cisapride stimulates the movement of food through the GI tract. It is prescription only available through compounding pharmacies.
Lactulose is a laxative and stool softener. Other laxatives may also by tried.
Personal note: Carrot became very constipated due to fur-impacted hard stool. We have success with Miralax 1/2 teaspoon daily (no flavor, easy mix powder) and petroleum jelly (given mixed in wet food, which becomes ‘mineral oil’ in the GI tract per my vet). Adjust amounts of Miralax based on stool looseness. Also he needs regular brushing!

Dietary changes to prevent constipation:
Highly digestible foods will produce less fecal material and may be recommended instead of a fiber-supplemented diet.
High fiber diets should not be used with chronic constipation or megacolon! All meat diets are recommended.

If conservative treatment does not resolve the megacolon, surgery may be needed. Colectomy, partial or full removal of the colon, is done. Post-op prognosis is good but some cats may have diarrhea for weeks or months after surgery.






Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts from our Amazon wish list!!

Carrot likes the new comfy bed!

Amazon often does not put packing slips in the boxes and they never give us your contact info so we are not able to personally contact you to thank you.  Please know that we deeply appreciate your kindness and are very grateful to you for your support!

This list is from several days of boxes :)


Meadow wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

Thank you Denise Beech for the cat food!
Thank you David Family for the petit four treats(the staff loves sweets)!
Thank you Karin RosenQvist for the shark steamer!
Thank you Kathy Campbell for the cat food pouches!
Thank you Kathy Novakovic for the fortiflora, cat food and motion cat toy!
Thank you Kelly Shedlock for the cat food pouches and tiki cat food!
Thank you Leslie Palleria for the catnip toys!


Mack meows happy Holidays!

Thank you Lisa Donley for the cat food pouches!
Thank you Michele Tiner for the cat litter!
Thank you Thomas Anderberg for the candy and cat toys!
Thank you Unknown for the pinnacle cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the holistic cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the cat litter!
Thank you Unknown for the cat litter, pet beds, cat toys and cat food!

Domino trying to sneak a peek under the tree!


Don't forget tonight we open tour and boxes tonight at 6:30 P.M.



Thank you to the wonderful people who share their auctions with the cats! 
 You may find lots of them at 



Here is another auction of a cute cat pin. She is donating 10% of the auction with the cats!! Here is the link:



Buddy, LT and Morris hope you remember to vote this holiday season!



NEW CONTEST - Snicker says please Help the cats win $1,000 and You win a $100 package too  Please put Blind Cat Rescue under the shelter block   Here is the link: http://www.dailykibble.com/promo/SpreadtheLove2014/
Thank you for helping!!

Snicker loves all his gifts!!



New Contest (#3) Please Help the cats win 10,000 meals from Halo  (that is lots of food!!  http://tinyurl.com/k5kf2v9 )put in shelter name, Blind Cat Rescue, town St Pauls, NC Thank you for helping the cats!!!! 

Jellybean loves the holiday!!




We only have 39 calendars left!!
Please get your now!!

We are now taking orders for calendars and will try to ship them in December. We will try to get them to you by Christmas if your in the US if your international we hope you will get it by then (if not we are sorry), Please order by December 19th 2014. They make great Christmas gifts and what a great way to start the new year with one!




Don't forget we have our annual Christmas tree decorating fundraiser! It makes a great gift for someone who has everything! Here is the link:  http://blindcatrescue.com



Do you walk or run?  The Droid app is finally ready.  If you pick Blind Cat Rescue as your charity,  every time you walk/run  they will donate to the cats!



CFC #67324