Saturday, November 22, 2014

11/22/2014

Amazing cat facts

Holly

Cats are amazing animals — full of beauty and grace. How much does the average cat-owner really know about his feline friend? Check out these amazing cat factoids and see for yourself:

  • Just like humans have fingerprints, cats have nose prints. The nose pad of each cat is unique.
  • Purring is not always a sign of contentment; cats also purr when they experience pain and discomfort.
  • Compare cat age and human age. A six-month-old cat compares to a ten-year-old human. Sixteen years in cat age is equivalent to 80 years in human life.
  • America adores cats: Americans spend more on cat food than they do on baby food.
  • Cats are amazingly successful hunters. One in three pounces of a domestic cat result in a catch.
  • Cats cannot taste sweet foodstuffs and chocolate is poisonous to cats.
  • neutered cat lives two-three years longer than unaltered cats.
  • White cats with blue eyes are invariably deaf.
  • Cats have personality, and the way you bring up your kitten will determine its personality for the rest of its life.
  • Cats are capable of a hundred different sounds. The dog’s vocal capacity is limited to only ten.
  • Cats are amazing jumpers; they can jump up to seven times their height.


Earnest thanks everyone for their gifts!


Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts from our Amazon wish list!!
http://amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH

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 :)

Stevie claiming the box as his!


Thank you Amanda Stuckey for the cash donation!
Thank you Edeltraud Skipp for the cat treats and cat toy!
Thank you Ellie Goodbread for the trash bags and cat food!
Thank you Jennifer Jackson for the cat toy!
Thank you Kevin Carpenter for the cat food pouches!

A visitor give some treats!

Thank you Paul & Michelle for the cat toy, cat treats, litter and weasel ball!
Thank you Robin Gordon for the denamarin and fortiflora!
Thank you Rosann Hinz for the sponges!
Thank you Sara Johnstone for the litter!
Thank you Victor Sosa for the denamarin and cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the trash bags!

Smudge says if I fit I sit/lay!

Gina, LT, Nicky,Sterling and Scotty enjoying their food!

As you do your Christmas shopping we hope you will use smile.amazon when you shop at amazon, they will donate money to us from them not you for everything you buy from them.
Here is the link:   http://smile.amazon.com/           

Pepper is happy over all the gifts from amazon (please use smile to have amazon donate to)!


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


Another adorable ebay auction being shared so generously with the cats! 


 One vote every 24 hours.

Sandy would like for everyone to vote!


Please hold on to your money, Calendars
Coming Soon!!!!
We will start taking preorders soon for calendars and will try to ship them by  the 1st of December. 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

Chester and Greta says Happy Holidays!




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




Friday, November 21, 2014

11/21/2014


  WHY SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR CAT
Article Written by Nomi Berger







The problem of cat overpopulation is a global one and requires a solution on a global scale. But like every journey that begins with a single step, this particular journey must begin with every cat owner in every community, town and city in the country. Those conscientious owners who act responsibly by spaying and neutering their cherished family pets.

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of a female cat's ovaries and uterus, while neutering (castration) is the removal of a male cat's testicles. To minimize discomfort and pain, both procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Most cats are back to their “normal” selves within a few days, the surgery site usually heals within two weeks, and any skin stitches removed by your vet at a follow up appointment.

Did you know that in seven years, an unspayed female and unneutered male cat (and their offspring, if none are spayed or neutered) can result in the births of a staggering 781,250 kittens?

And the inevitable outcome? Hundreds of thousands of cats being euthanized each year through no fault of their own. Why? Because they are the tragic, but avoidable, results of over breeding and overpopulation. Why? Because there are too few shelters to house them and too few homes to either foster or adopt them. Why? Because there are still too many cat owners unwilling to spay and neuter their family pets.


Both intact male and female cats may try to escape their homes in order to roam outside. Neutering your male will eliminate roaming, urine spraying, and fighting with neighborhood cats. Spaying your female will eliminate the estrus or “heat" behavior of yowling that attracts and invites mounting by roaming males.

Despite some owners’ fears, spaying and neutering will not alter their cat's basic personality – except many males will be less aggressive and more docile. Their playfulness, general activity levels, excitement, and vocalization will remain the same. Although neutered males and spayed females may gain weight due to decreased roaming and other sexual behavior outdoors, keeping them active indoors and managing their weight through diet will keep this potential problem under control.


Spaying and neutering cats before the age of six months is growing in popularity and the benefits to their health and well being are well documented. Spayed females are less likely to develop breast cancer and won’t be at risk for either ovarian or uterine cancer. Neutered males won’t develop testicular cancer, and without the need to roam, their risk of being injured or infected by other cats is drastically reduced. And males neutered prior to puberty (six months) won’t develop the large head and thick skin of intact males. Early spaying and neutering may also prevent problem behaviors before they occur and may either eliminate or reduce certain behaviors in older cats.

Imagine if every conscientious cat owner in every community, town and city in the country took responsibility for spaying and neutering their family pets. Imagine what we, as part of the global community, could accomplish then.

Please help us spay/neuter 500 homeless animals in 2015,  Donate Now :)









Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts from our Amazon wish list!!
http://amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH

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!


Pixie always love the boxes!
 
This list is from several days of boxes :)

Thank you April Squires for the laundry detergent and dryer sheets!
Thank you Denise Smith for the cat tree!

Thank you Ellie Goodbread for the denamarin tabs, fortiflora, eliminator cleaner, dish soap, cat food and catnip!
Thank you Karen Brown for the fortiflora, cat food, detergent and towels!

Cassie love her toys!

Thank you Kathleen Clements for the cat food, cat toys, litter and sponges!
Thank you Pamela Meese for the cat toys!
Thank you Sabrina Chase for the denamarin tabs!
Thank you Unknown for the cat food!

Sterling like his toys!



As you do your Christmas shopping we hope you will use smile.amazon when you shop at amazon, they will donate money to us from them not you for everything you buy from them.
Here is the link:   http://smile.amazon.com/           



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


Another adorable ebay auction being shared so generously with the cats! 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171550281292?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


Gina having fun in the tunnel!


 One vote every 24 hours.

Morris would like everyone to vote!


Please hold on to your money, Calendars
Coming Soon!!!!
We will start taking preorders soon for calendars and will try to ship them by  the 1st of December. 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

Pepper waiting for your christmas wishes!



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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11/20/2014

The chemistry of CATS: Chemists reveal why felines go crazy for catnip and what causes their urine to smell so rancid

  • Compounds in catnip and litter were studied by American Chemical Society
  • In a video, chemists explain that catnip is made from a plant called catmint
  • Its psychoactive quality comes from nepetalactone, which binds to receptors in a cat’s nose
  • Highs last between 10 minutes to an hour and affect 70% of felines
  • Sensitivity is an inherited trait, and reactions have been spotted in tigers 
  • Meanwhile, litter is a mix of clay minerals, calcium bentonite and silica gels
  • These materials absorb urine, act as a deodorant and clump feces together to make it easier to remove

Ever wondered why cat urine is so pungent, or what causes felines to react so strongly to catnip? You’re not alone.
Now a video reveals the answers - explaining how the psychoactive plant used in catnip works as well as revealing how litter is able to absorb the smell of the urine and clump feces together.
‘One of the finest joys for cat owners is the feline insanity that comes from catnip,’ said the expert from the American Chemical Society.

For video please visit website:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2840763/The-chemistry-CATS-Chemists-reveal-felines-crazy-catnip-causes-urine-smell-rancid.html

The video explained that catnip is made from a plant called nepeta cataria, closely related to mint and, as a result, is often called catmint.
Its psychoactive quality comes from a compound known as nepetalactone, which binds to the olfactory receptors in a cat’s nose.
Cat drug? Nepeta cataria is closely related to mint and is often called catmint (pictured). Scientists don't know what it is about nepetalactone that makes cats react this way, but they do know that sensitivity to catnip is an inherited trait, and research has also spotted similar responses in tigers and leopards
This compound triggers a neurological response, similar to how cats react to sexual pheromones.
But scientists don't know what it is about nepetalactone that makes cats react this way.
They do know that sensitivity to catnip is an inherited trait, and research has also spotted similar responses in tigers and leopards.
The surprisingly complex chemistry of at litter is explained next. 
Cat urine gets its unique smell from a compound called felinine.

Cat urine gets its unique smell from a compound called felinine. Felinine is broken down into a sulphur called MMB, and male cats use MMB as a pheromone to let females know they are ready to mate. The scientists explain that kitty litter absorbs this smell using clay minerals known as Fuller’s Earth

Cat urine gets its unique smell from a compound called felinine. Felinine is broken down into a sulphur called MMB, and male cats use MMB as a pheromone to let females know they are ready to mate. The scientists explain that kitty litter absorbs this smell using clay minerals known as Fuller’s Earth
Bacteria in cat faeces typically converts uric acid into ammonia, which gives the urine its smell. Fuller’s Earth absorbs water from the urine that reacts with the ammonia to create a series of other acids. Artificial scents are typically used in the litter to counteract these smells, and silica gels are also added to absorb urine
Bacteria in cat feces typically converts uric acid into ammonia, which gives the urine its smell. Fuller’s Earth absorbs water from the urine that reacts with the ammonia to create a series of other acids. Artificial scents are typically used in the litter to counteract these smells, and silica gels are also added to absorb urine
Felinine is broken down into a sulphur called MMB, and male cats use MMB as a pheromone to let females know they are ready to mate.
The scientists explained that kitty litter absorbs this smell using clay minerals known as Fuller’s Earth.
These minerals were originally used to clean up oil on factory floors, and works as a partial deodorant.
Bacteria in cat feces typically converts uric acid into ammonia, which gives the urine its smell.
Fuller’s Earth absorbs water from the urine that reacts with the ammonia to create a series of other acids.

WHY ARE CATS OBSESSED WITH SITTING IN CIRCLES?
Internet users believe that a quirk of feline psychology means they will sit in circles because they identify it as new territory that requires protecting. It’s well known that cats enjoy the safety of enclosed spaces - such as boxes, carrier bags or cupboards

Internet users believe that a quirk of feline psychology means they will sit in circles because they identify it as new territory that requires protecting. It’s well known that cats enjoy the safety of enclosed spaces - such as boxes, carrier bags or cupboards
A group of cat owners claims to have found a foolproof way to get cats to do their bidding: simply by drawing a circle on the floor.
The cat, they say, instinctively feels compelled to go and sit inside it.
According to the theory, cats find circles or similar shapes on the ground irresistible. So if you mark one out - around 2ft (0.6 metres) across -  using chalk, string, masking tape or flex, a cat will enter the circle and refuse to leave. 
The reason behind this phenomenon, however, is unknown. 
It’s well known that cats enjoy the safety of enclosed spaces - such as boxes, carrier bags or cupboards - and equally like perching on high spots where they can keep an eye on the world. 
It’s also established that they have favorite spots in the home.
Animal behavior expert Professor Daniel Mills told Mail Online cats could be attracted to circles if they formed a barrier, for instance, if they were made of a curled-up draught excluder, tea towels or a row of socks.
‘Low barriers can give a cat a sense of security because the cat can cower down,’ says the Lincoln University academic. 
‘If you take a cat to the vet and it is put in an unfamiliar cage, it will often sit in a litter tray if there is one inside the cage.
‘The probable reason is that the sides of the tray are raised and they can get their eyes below the level. They don’t realize that their ears are sticking up.’
That could explain the lure of a raised circle, but not a two- dimensional mark on the floor. 
Artificial scents are typically used in the litter to counteract these smells, and silica gels are also included to absorb urine.
Calcium bentonite is added to create what the video calls ‘litter clump’, which, as the name suggests, it clumps feces together to make it easier to find and remove from the tray.
And when it comes to marking their territory, glands in a cat’s face, tails, paws and lower back are used to rub against objects.
This is also used to establish and feel familiarity with objects in the home.
For example, when cats rub up against a person, they are showing affection while telling other cats that the person belongs to them. 
 
And when it comes to marking their territory, glands in a cat’s face, tails, paws and lower back are used to rub against objects. This is also used to establish and feel familiarity with objects in the home.For example, when cats rub up against a person, they are showing affection while telling other cats the person belongs to them
And when it comes to marking their territory, glands in a cat’s face, tails, paws and lower back are used to rub against objects. This is also used to establish and feel familiarity with objects in the home. For example, when cats rub up against a person, they are showing affection while telling other cats the person belongs to them
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Lily likes her boxes!


Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts from our Amazon wish list!!
http://amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH

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 :)

 
April and Rose helping with opening boxes!

 
 

 
April helping out with boxes!
 
Thank you Ashley Yeager for the cat litter!
Thank you Cheri Shubbar for the cat food and towels!
Thank you Dana Kennedy for the fortiflora!
Thank you Gayle Blackham for the cat treats and trash bags!
Thank you Hixson General Contractors for the cat toys!
Thank you Kathleen Clements for the cat toy and fortiflora!
Thank you Kellee Sheahan for the pet fusion!
Thank you Kevin Carpenter for the cat tent!
Snicker on the pet fusion!
Mickey on the pet fusion!

Gina on the pet fusion!
 
Thank you Ki Kelly for the cat food!
Thank you Linda Carden for the dog pads!
Thank you Pamela Meese for the cat toys!
Thank you Patricia Odom for the cat tunnel and cat toys!
Thank you Sai Yamanoor for the cat food in memory of Saxon!
Thank you Unknown for the cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the liquid fabric softener!
Thank you Unknown for litter, toys, pet bed and cleaning kits! (these items came with no packing slips)
Thank you Unknown for the cat food pouches!

Shelly in the tunnel!

Poppy laying on the tent!

Annie in the hello kitty bed!


 
 
As you do your Christmas shopping we hope you will use smile.amazon when you shop at amazon, they will donate money to us from them not you for everything you buy from them.
Here is the link:   http://smile.amazon.com/           



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

Here is an auction with a beautiful Christmas kittens painting.  The seller is sharing 10% of
the auction with the cats!!   Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-SIGNED-WATERCOLOUR-PAINTING-KATE-DANIELS-CHRISTMAS-KITTENS-/171543878726?pt=Art_Paintings
 

 
 
                        $50,000 http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/alana-miller  
                                                            One vote every 24 hours.
Peanut would like for you to vote!!!
 
Please hold on to your money, Calendars
Coming Soon!!!!
We will start taking preorders soon for calendars and will try to ship them by  the 1st of December. 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
 
 

 

Popcorn under Christmas decorations!
 
 
 
 
 
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