Saturday, February 22, 2014

2/22/2014

Good morning!  38 degrees,   supposed to be mid 60's today  :)

Today is:

Today in history:
Frank Woolworth opens the first "Five Cent Store in Utica, N.Y. (1879)

Don't forget to watch the cats today LIVE on http://ustream.tv/blindcatrescue    It is crazy kitty day!

I took Autumn to Raleigh yesterday to talk to the oncologist.    They were pleased with the way she is recovering. 

We discussed our choices:
We could do nothing more and hope the radiation cured the cancer.
We could wait 3 or 4 months and then do a new CT scan & biopsy and see if all the cancer has been gotten.
We could wait a few weeks for her to put some weight back on and then start chemo.

We are going to do the last choice.  Common sense tells me that she is 3 years old and already has cancer.  The kind she has we have a good chance of a cure.  We are going to do the chemo to make sure there is not a rouge cancer cell out there looking for a place to grow. 




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Cat Whiskers
by Jill Anne Sparapany


Feline whiskers are specialized sensory hairs, also called vibrissae, on the cheeks, both sides of the muzzle, above the eyelid and on the wrists of the foreleg. The cat will have 8 to 12 muzzle whiskers, which are the longest of those on the face. Whiskers are two to three times thicker than ordinary hairs and are embedded three times deeper in the upper lip.




They have rich supplies of blood vessels and nerves for their very specialized functions in hunting and navigation at night. In darkness, the cat uses its whiskers to avoid objects by detecting the slightest change in air currents around objects so it can walk around them.

In hunting, whiskers are valuable sensory tools in providing information about the outline of the prey and the prey’s movements so the cat can bite in the right spot for quick kill. If whiskers are damaged, the cat will often bite in the wrong area and not kill the prey. Cats with intact whiskers can kill equally effectively at night as in daylight.
The foreleg whiskers assist in tree climbing and contact with prey.

Whiskers are the same width as the cat’s body which enables the cat to determine if a narrow space is wide enough to squeeze through.

The cat’s mood is expressed through its whiskers. If pulled back and flattened against the cheeks, the cat is angry or scared. Pointing down and slightly forward from the face indicates relaxation and happiness. When hunting or feeling aggressive, the whiskers point forward and are tense.

Cat whiskers should never be cut or trimmed! The cat will become disoriented, act dizzy and confused because it is not receiving essential navigation signals. Whiskers are shed from time to time and are replaced.

As the cat ages, the color of its whiskers changes. Cats do start going ‘gray with age’.





BOXES

Thank you so much for the gifts from our wishlists!

They often do not tell us your names and NEVER tell us your contact information.  
Please know how grateful we are to you for your gifts!

Thank you Sharon Harvey for the beds!
Thank you Ana Rodriguez for the goods & laundry soap!
Thank you Tiffany Valdez for the toys, food & heating pad!
Thank you Amy Midden Fleming for the toys, food & cat nip toys!
Thank you Marcia Current for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the bed!
Thank you unnamed for the litter & food!
Thank you unnamed for the laundry soap!
Thank you unnamed for the trashbags!
Thank you Kelly Barum for the bed and catnip toys!
Thank you unnamed for the laundry soap & cat bed!

We WILL do boxes tonight LIVE on