Saturday, May 31, 2014



Pixie is a super sweet 2 year old little girl.  She came  to us 
from The Bladen County Animal Control Center. 
(a very high kill shelter)
When she arrived she was a bit of a mess.  
Look at her now!!   She is a beautiful little girl who loves to run
the wheel.  You can always watch her on Saturdays live

With Diane when she was a little baby

Little girl after surgery

Pixie now fat and sassy with Catherine

Thank you so much for the gifts from our Amazon wish list!

Thank you Danielle DeCaprio for the trashbags, food and toys!
Thank you Ingrid Brignoni for the bird seed!
Thank you Wendy Barnes-Thomassen for the bird seed!
Thank you Lisa Cox for the food!
Thank you Thomas Lehner for the food!
Thank you Lisa LeGault for the toys!
Thank you Jill Weiss for the laundry soap!

Thank you Jerry Schwalb for the food!
Thank you Carolynne Van Houten for the fans!
Thank you Wendy Sardella for the fan!
Thank you Patricia Hall for the fan!
Thank you Michelle Graham for the fan!
Thank you Kathy Smith for the fan!
Thank you Dawn Latshaw for the food & sponges!
Thank you Ingrid Brignoni for the paper, envelopes, toilet paper and paper towels!
Thank you Serie Ruko for the gain!
Thank you Brenda Doman for all the cleaning supplies, batteries & toys!

Friday, May 30, 2014


Ernest Hemingway and His Cats
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Personal Quote by Hemingway
A cat has absolute emotional honesty:
human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.

The Hemingway House is a Historical Landmark

Ernest Hemingway was a famous American writer who suffered with many demons in his lifetime. He wrote many novels and short stories. His well-known works include “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Old Man and the Sea.” Hemingway had several homes in the U.S. but the most famous home is his Key West, Florida, estate. Today, his estate, known as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, is maintained as directed in his Will and is home to 50-60 cats living freely on but confined to the estate. His Will stated the Key West cats would be allowed to live on the estate and the colony of cats would have lifetime homes and complete vet care.

Cat lounging on the Hemmingway Estate grounds

While living on his island estate, a ship’s Captain gave Hemingway the gift of a white cat that had extra toes. Snowball, a six-toed cat, was the original polydactyl cat and had sired many offspring, all of which exhibited the polydactyl trait. Because the Key West estate is on an island, it is assumed that most of the cats on the island are related to the Hemingway Cats. There is a high rate of polydactyly on the isolated island to support this theory.

The Hemingway Cats population is controlled by a spay-neuter program to keep their numbers to around 60. All the cats receive scheduled routine vet care from a visiting veterinarian and flea control products. At one time, some of the cats were adopted out but this is no longer allowed due to the spay-neuter program which keeps the population under tight control.  

Polydactyl cats are also called mitten cats

Early in the polydactyl breed development, most were Maine Coons. Up to 40% of Maine Coon cats had the polydactyl paws. Sailors considered having cats on board to be good luck and cats were used on ships to control the rodent population. Polydactyl traits are a common genetic mutation found in cats on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and Canada and South West England and Wales. Most of these cats lived on the ships sailing between these locations. The polydactyl breed is a very mellow cat and the larger paws made them excellent hunters and mousers so they were well suited for travels on the ships. The extra toes also helped the cats maintain their balance on the ships during rough weather at sea. When the cats settled into the Northeast U.S., the big paws helped them survive in the winter snows, acting like snowshoes for easier travelling in deep snow.

The genetics of the polydactyl trait is not completely understood. Inheritance of a “dominant” gene means a kitten has one single copy of the polydactyl gene, either from the mother or father, and will have the extra toes. The inheritance is thought to be “incomplete” as clinical observation shows 50% of the cats show the extra toe trait. This explains why the all Hemingway Cats, which most likely have the polydactyl gene due to isolated inbreeding, only demonstrate a 50% expression of extra toes trait.

Many people feel the extra toes are an endearing characteristic in their pet cats. Their cat’s paws need to be monitored closely for potential problems related to the extra toes. The extra claws are usually situated between and beneath the normal toes. Because of this placement on the paws, these claws cannot be sharpened normally by the cat. This increases the chances of these claws growing into the paw pad and becoming infected. Occasionally, the claw can be growing outward so it tends to snag easier and is prone to infections. Therefore, it is critical the claws of polydactyl cats be trimmed on a regular basis. 

Some use Soft Paws vinyl nail caps that fit over the clipped claws. If you use Soft Paws, you should order two different sizes to accommodate the claw diversity. Also note that your cat is polydactyl when you order the Soft Paws nail caps.

Thank you so much for all the gifts from our Amazon wish list!!

This list is for several days!

Thank you Denise Maehara for the freshsteps!
Thank you Shelie Ann Badi Kopp for the freshstep, food & toys!
Thank you June Henry for the freshstep!
Thank you Elizabeth Shaw for the freshstep!
Thank you JoAnne Morris for the freshstep!
Thank you Patricia Hall for the freshsteps!
Thank you Nancy DeConcini for the freshstep!
Thank you Lisa LeGault for the freshsteps!
Thank you Charlie Hill for the freshsteps!
Thank you Jennifer Alquijay for the freshstep!
Thank you Monica Bellucci for the freshsteps!
Thank you Nancy Drais for the freshsteps!
Thank you Patricia Hall for the freshstep!
Thank you Kira Zielinski for the freshstep!
Thank you Jerry Wayne Quarles for the freshstep!
Thank you Kate Shifman for the freshstep!
Thank you Brenda Doman for the freshstep!
Thank you Jill Pusateri for the freshstep!

Thank you Patricia Hall for the freshstep and baby scale!
Thank you Courtney Moore for the foods, freshstep, blanket and sponges!
Thank you Patricia Haddock for the birdseed and freshstep!
Thank you Paul Shuster for the freshstep and Gain!
Thank you Jennifer Alquijay for the freshstep and catnip toy!
Thank you Janay Compton for the freshstep, crystal litter and Gain!
Thank you Veronica Perkins for the freshstep, cleaner and Q-tips!
Thank you Edie for the scratch kube, Gain and rainbow catnip toy!
Thank you Maria Machado for the tunnels and scratch and rest!
Thank you Nancy DeConcini for the trashbags!
Thank you Candace Righetti for the sponges, Q-tips and swiffers!
Thank you Nancy DeConcini for the toilet paper!
Thank you Josh & Kaci Lecheler for the catnip toys!
Thank you Michelle Graham for the car bed!
Thank you Leanna Klingsplr for the Snicker Stamp!

Thank you Kimberly Jones for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for all the cases paper towels and food!

Thank you Lesley Cartledge for the Q-tips for the scratch and Rest!!
Thank you Kimberly Ferguson for the tower of track toys!
Thank you Chrystal Carr for the toys and sponges!
Thank you Ingrid Brignoni for the bird seeds!

Thank you Paula Rockwell for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Nancy Drais for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Allen Johnson for the toys!
Thank you Dawn Latshaw for the Q-tips!
Thank you Kimberly Tischer for the bird food!
Thank you Maria Derrick for the cat bed!
Thank you Kimberly Jones for the catnip!
Thank you Carolynne Van Houten for the baby scale!

Thursday, May 29, 2014


RIP Pooh

Pooh had been diagnosed with kidney disease a few weeks ago when he went for his yearly checkup. We hoped to manage it with fluids and medication. Tuesday he returned to the vet because he was not eating and obviously doing worse. His blood values were worse, phosphorus so high the meter could not measure. He also had a secondary infection. IV antibiotics etc were started. 2 days later his blood values were much worse instead of improved. Pooh had the look, he had enough. I held him as he returned to his maker. The vet felt he was approx. 14 years old. We were blessed to have him with us for 6 years.


Welcome  Earnest

Sweet Earnest is an FELV+ cat from Georgia.  He will joining the FELV cats in a few weeks.
He is very sweet.   He is also a Hemmingway polydactyl.  You can read about polydactyl's blow :)

Toes, Paws and Claws, Oh My!
by Jill Anne Sparapany

Cat’s paws! You know your cat is unique, but do you know how uniquely specialized Fluffy’s paws are? They are a very important part of feline anatomy adapted to silent walking, climbing and jumping with strong protractable claws used for hunting and self-defense.

Cats are digitigrades, meaning they stand and walk on their toes (digits). They can move more quickly and more quietly compared to other walking animals.
There are five toes in the front paws and four toes in the hind paws. The innermost toe of the front paw functions in grasping, similar to the human thumb. Some cats have a congenital genetic mutation resulting in polydactylism or extra toes.

Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature winner for the novel, “The Old Man and the Sea” and American author of the classic novel, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, Ernest Hemingway is well known for his love of cats. He lived in the heart of Old Town Key West, Florida, surrounded by the island’s beautiful turquoise waters. Hemingway was given a white six-toed cat, named Snowball, by a ship’s captain and he was very fond of the cat. Visited by thousands from around the world, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 60 cats, about half of which are polydactyl (six toed) cats. All the cats enjoy the estate’s lush grounds and gardens year round. Some of the polydactyl cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of original Snowball. Hemingway named all of his cats after famous people, a tradition that continues today at his Home and Museum. Half the cats at the museum have the physical polydactyl trait but all carry the polydactyl gene in their DNA, so the all the cats can still produce six-toed kittens.
Many polydactyl cats are called “Hemingway Cats” referring to his love for these special felines.

Paws are adapted for survival and highly developed hunting skills unique to the cat’s environment.
The Snow Leopard lives in cold mountainous areas of Asia. They have tails as long as their body for balance and speed when chasing prey down steep rocky inclines. Their paws are very wide for distributing their weight on snow and the furry underside increases traction on the unstable rock shale.
The Sand Cat lives in hot deserts, like the Sahara and Arabian Deserts. Its paws are covered with long fur to protect them from hot sands. They have excellent digging skills, used in digging burrows to escape the heat of the sun.

The paw’s tough-skin pads protect when walking through rough terrain and improve traction on slippery surfaces. Paw pads have numerous nerves and are very sensitive, allowing the cat to feel the texture of the terrain.
The pads can crack, become inflamed or infected. Cracks may look like fine lines or flaking skin.  Some cats with allergies get itchy feet and will lick, bite or chew at their feet to relieve the itch. This requires a vet visit ASAP to treat the allergy, ease pain and prevent infection. If not treated, infection risks your cats health and may necessitate amputation of the foot or leg. Any injury to the paw or paw pad warrants a trip to the vet.
Some illnesses present as paw pad problems, including immune system or liver disease and zinc deficiency.
Obese cats have so much pressure on their paws and the pads, they can become sore with every day activities. Fat cats are not extra ‘cute and huggable’ and the extra weight is not healthy for the cat. Obesity can lead to diabetes and other health problems.
Cats have sweat glands in their paw pads that help regulate their body temperature. Many cats will exhibit ‘sweaty paws’ during a vet visit. Between the foot pads, the paws have sebaceous glands, which secrete a scented oil only detectable by other cats and keeps the paws moisturized. Scratching paws on trees leaves the scent for other cats to say “My home!”

Claws are normally retracted in a skin sheath under the toe pads, which prevents wearing down of the claw. This allows for soft and silent walking while stalking prey. The claws are made of protein, called keratin, and grow continuously. They will scratch to keep claws sharp and ready for hunting, climbing, pouncing, and defending themselves. The scratching is normal self-maintenance of the claw and also lets the cat stretch and tone their back and shoulder muscles.
Many cats will scratch on anything desirable in the home and yelling or getting angry with your cat confuses him because he is doing what comes naturally! You must redirect the cat at the time of the ‘crime.’ Delay of a few minutes will not help your cat understand why he is being rebuked and the lesson is lost. NEVER use physical punishment, hitting or shaking your cat because that only teaches you are a bigger bully and may lead to worse behavior in the future.
To get kitty to scratch on appropriate furniture, you need to give him/her their own furniture! Encourage and reward desirable behavior and discourage undesirable behavior. Consistency and repetition are crucial in any re-training program.

NEVER, repeat NEVER, declaw your cat! Declawing would be the same as amputation of the tips of your fingers! Do not get rid of your cat for inappropriate scratching! There are several options to remedy problem scratching.

The most obvious solution is to provide appropriate furniture for your cat! The scratching post should be tall enough for full vertical stretching and scratching, sturdy for the cat’s full weight and covered with rough material, such as sisal.
Personal Note: I have two 3-ft tall scratchers and several 2-ft scratches scattered throughout my home. My cats have always used their scratchers instead of my furniture. They prefer sisal over sofa fabric because it gives their claws the work out they desire. I have always believed this is their home too and they need their own furniture.
You can encourage scratching post use with catnip appeal, playing with your cat by scratching the post yourself and teaching your kittens or newly adopted cats how to use the post. Reward good behavior.

Trimming claws does not stop clawing furniture but does make the tiny weapons less deadly. Your vet can show you proper claw trimming. If you are not able to trim them, vets will trim claws for minimal fee. You should know how much to trim, avoiding the quick and what to do in case you trim too much and the claw begins to bleed. It is best to get kittens used to claw trimming early. If your cat does not hold still very long for trimming, try to trim one paw at a time. They may feel more secure if they are wrapped in a towel, but do not chase the cat to get him into the towel or corner them to catch them for claw trimming. They will associate this with claw trimming as a bad experience. If you are anxious, the cat will sense this and become anxious too. Do their claw trimming when you are calm and not rushed for time. Praise and rewards for trimming cooperation will help increase your cat’s tolerance.
There are plastic nail caps placed over the claws, that are available in four sizes, natural and ‘fashion’ colors. Application is fairly easy once you and kitty get the hang of it. They may be purchased from some vets and at pet supply stores. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Thank you for the gifts from our Amazon wish list!

This is a video of Abbey showing you how much she loves the catnip rainbows!

Thank you Wendy Sardella for the catnip Rainbows!
Thank you Debi Cull-Pearce for the catnip Rainbow and sponges!
Thank you Julianna Walo for the catnip Rainbow!
Thank you Melanie Kremkau for the sponges and cleaners!
Thank you Kourtney Culver for the Gain!

Thank you Kimberly Sliney for the ear cleaner!
Thank you for the toys!
Thank you Linda Costello for the catnip rainbow!
Thank you Janay Compton for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Paula O'Brien for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Shelie Ann Badi Kopp for the ear cleaner!


He is receiving a feeding tube today and will remain hospitalized for a few more days.

Nepeta – The Catmints
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Almost all cats love catnip! What is catnip? Why do cats love it?

I was watching the “My Cat From Hell” marathon last weekend and I knew every Trivia Question! How? By writing the BCR blog articles, I learned a lot about cats and cat stuff! But, my cats were thankful and happy I wasn’t totally clueless. I knew Nepeta cataria is the scientific name for catnip because I have it in my wildflower garden. It is also known as catswort and catmint. Every scientific name for animals and plants is comprised of two names – the genus and species. The genus is the first name and species is the second name.

Nepeta plants are known as the catmints. They are very hardy perennial herbal plants that are easy growing and are drought and deer resistant. With very few pest problems, they are natural repellants for certain insects in the garden, such as aphids and squash bugs. On the pleasant side, Nepeta is grown for its highly attractive qualities to house cats and butterflies. My catmint plants come up every year without fertilizers, have weathered our hot Southern summer droughts, not required any pruning and have solid dense plant bases that have not let weeds grow in them. They have tiny lavender flowers on tall spires that are favorites of butterflies and big fat bumblebees. The flowers have a gentle pleasant aroma.
The catmints have beautiful lavender blooms that flower from early summer through autumn with repeating blooms all season. Other varieties have white flowers delicately dotted with pale pink or purple. They boast beautiful leafy foliage that range from dark green to light green to bluish-green hues. When the fresh leaves are plucked and gently crushed between your fingers, you can smell the faint, pleasant scent of catnip. The leaves have a pleasant taste and many use the dried leaves to make tea.

Several varieties have tall 30-inch billowing spikes of blooms and others are lower varieties reaching only to 18-inches. Nepeta plants are excellent for full sun and, as “wildflowers”, do not require the high maintenance of other flowering garden plants. Wildflowers provide excellent root systems that prevent soil erosion, especially on hillsides and areas susceptible to weather-related erosion, and grow well in poor soil conditions, such as clay.

My Catnip (middle plant)

catnip leaves

Deep Purple blooms Siberian Catmint

A friend I worked with had two large dogs and a cat. Several times a day, the dogs and cat could enjoy outdoor time in their fenced backyard. She would call the dogs that would come immediately and she would tell them, “Go get the cat.” Off the dogs would go to encourage the cat to come inside – anyone who’s owned cats knows, you can’t tell a cat anything! Every time, the cat would come trotting back with its canine friends. One day, she told them to go get the cat. Several minutes later, the dogs showed up at the back door and no cat. She told them again to go get the cat but the dogs sat there, looking up at her. When she stepped outside, the dogs lead her to the cat, which was lying on its back, paws outstretched over its head, smiling, after rolling around in the middle of the catmint plant enjoying the high from the freshly crushed leaves! Talk about cat heaven!

What’s so special about catmint? This beautiful ornamental garden plant contains nepetalactone, the main chemical compound in the essential oil of Nepeta cataria.
·         Nepetalactone is a natural mosquito and fly repellent. In vitro studies have shown it to be ten times more effective as a mosquito repellent than DEET, but not when applied to skin. It is also an effective repellent for cockroaches and termites. 
·         Historically, catnip has been used medicinally for a variety of ailments but is not used with the advent of today’s pharmaceuticals.
·         Catnip can be brewed as an herbal tea and is used a culinary herb in cooking.
·         Catnip has behavioral effects on cats. Domestic cats are not the only cats that react. Tigers, leopards and lynxes react strongly in the same way as our domestic cats. Lions did not have the same strong reactions and reacted less frequently.

Catnip is the “recreational substance” of choice for our feline friends! Reactions include rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing, licking and chewing on it. When the cat has consumed large quantities, observed behaviors are drooling, sleepiness, anxiety, leaping around and purring. Other behaviors can include growling, meowing, scratching or biting the hand holding onto the catnip. Not all cats react to catnip in the same way or with the same strength of responsiveness. It is a hereditary trait and up to two-thirds of cats react to the plant. The time period of the cat’s response to the catnip scent is between 5 and 15 minutes. After this time, the scent does not produce the strong behaviors due to olfactory fatigue, in which the chemical receptors in the nose are saturated.

Playing with your cat with catnip toys is an excellent bonding activity. It allows you to play with your pet cat without teaching the cat your hand is also a cat toy! Using catnip will help teach your cat the appropriate scratching areas, such as sisal posts, in your home. If your cat mellows out after catnip exposure, it may help diffuse your cat’s high energy when it’s your bedtime.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Pooh needs your prayers.  He is at the vets today, not doing well.  His blood work last week was not good and has been on medication for the last week. 

Thank you so much for all the gifts from our Amazon wish list!!!

These are gifts opened over several days.

Thank you Stephen Wolfe for the food, trashbags and catnip toy!
Thank you Deborah Hingley for the batteries and cat nip toys!
Thank you Amy Gates for the trash bags and batteries!
Thank you Wendy Dean for the tixie cave!
Thank you Beverley Patterson for the Gain, foods and toy!
Thank you Diane Kaern for the Gains!
Thank you Kourtney Culver for the freshstep!
Thank you Linda Carden for the fan!
Thank you Monica Lowy for the freshstep!

Thank you Migeljude St John for the freshstep!
Thank you Carri Mallard for all the freshsteps!
Thank you Sauwah Tsang for the freshstep!
Thank you Jill Weiss for the catnip toy!
Thank you Nancy Taylor for the fan!
Thank you Linette Porterfield for the foods and cat dish!
Thank you Kourtney Culver for the food and rainbow toy!

Thank you Karen Henzey for the beautiful crocheted blankets!
Thank you Patricia Haddock for the bird food and toy!
Thank you Kira Zielinski for the freshstep and foods!
Thank you Angela Aslanska for the Q-tips, and catnip toys!
Thank you Minerva Gutierrez for the catnip toys!
Thank you Marianne Kanfer for the freshstep!
Thank you Janet Ward for the freshstep and cleaner!
Thank you Karen Littlejohn for the freshstep!
Thank you Kellie Hoff for the freshstep!

Thank you Sarah Greenwood for the gain!
Thank you Katrina Cropp for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the toys, food and paper towels!
Thank you Hellen Gable for the sponges!
Thank you Angela Aslanska for the Q-tips, and catnip toys!
Thank you Minerva Gutierrez for the catnip toys!
Thank you Marianne Kanfer for the freshstep!
Thank you Janet Ward for the freshstep and cleaner!
Thank you Karen Littlejohn for the freshstep!
Thank you Kellie Hoff for the freshstep!
Thank you Sarah Greenwood for the gain!

Thank you Katrina Cropp for the food!
Thank you Stephen Wolfe for the trash bags!
Thank you unnamed for the toys, food and paper towels!
Thank you Hellen Gable for the sponges!
Thank you Melissa Tolson for the trashbags, gain, dishwashing foam and sponges!
Thank you Laura Robinson for the litter, food and trashbags!
Thank you Dawn Ribacchi for the food and toy!
Thank you Debra Gale for the food!
Thank you Teresa Fifer for the foods!
Thank you Hellen Gable for the food and cleaner!
Thank you Donna Williams for the foods and undercover mouse!
Thank you Jeffrey Macfarlane for the undercover mouse!

Thank you so much to our eBay sellers that share so their auctions so generously with the cats!
Thank you eBay buyers that donate so generously and buy from our sellers!!
You can check out all the auctions here:


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Saturday, May 24, 2014


Summer Danger:  Heat Stroke in Cats
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Recently, there have been many stories of dogs or cats left in the car while the owner went shopping. The windows were closed or just cracked open – but that is still not enough to prevent hot temperature build-up inside the car! The temperature inside a car can reach 110˚F in less than 10 minutes on a sunny 80˚F day!

But heat stroke can happen anytime outside an enclosed car, in the right conditions. Dogs are more likely to suffer heat stroke, but cats can be affected and for both dogs and cats, immediate veterinary intervention is imperative to save the pet!

Signs of Heat Stroke:
Restlessness, excessive grooming
Sweaty paws
Bright red gums and tongue
Panting or rapid breathing
Stumbling, collapse
High fever
Extreme lethargy

What to Do if your Cat has Heat Stroke:

Get your cat (or dog) to the vet immediately!!
Do not delay getting emergency vet care!

While transporting your pet to the emergency vet, you can do some things to help reduce their temperature from the heat stroke –
Cover your pet with towels soaked in cold water!

·         Use only cold water soaked towels!
·         Do NOT use ice cold water or ice packs – this could cause shock!
·         Do NOT immerse your cat in ice water – this could cause shock!

Prevent Heat Stroke:
Best way to prevent heat stroke is to keep your cat inside.
If your cat does go outside, ensure your cat has free access to fresh, cold water at all times and access to shady areas.
Watch for signs of heat exhaustion in indoor pets on very hot days in homes without air conditioning.
If you have a programmable thermostat that you adjust to higher temps while you are at work all day, remember your cat may be uncomfortable if the temp is too high.
If you don’t have air conditioning, you can use fans to cool the air. Keep ceiling fans running.
Free standing fans can keep air at your living level space cooler. Make sure the fans can’t tip over! Do not leave fans running when you are not at home.
Access to cooler spots at home. Basements are cooler so allow your pet to access them, if they are safe (no sharp tools,etc.) Hardwood and tile floors are cooler than carpets. Some cats may like to lay in the bathtub or sink in hot weather.
Be sure window screens are secure if you leave windows open for breezes.
Fresh cold water should be available at all times. Fountains are excellent. You can add ice cubes to the water bowl.
Grooming your cat will help keep them cooler – long hair cats that are especially prone to tangles and mats in their coats will not be able to stay cooler. Removing excess fur will keep your pet cooler.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke! If your pet exhibits any signs of heat stroke, get your cat to the vet NOW! Heat stroke is a life threatening emergency and your pet could die.
Never, repeat Never, leave your pet is a parked car – not even for a minute!

If you travel with your pet by air – there have been numerous pet deaths related to air travel, even when the pet parent has been assured their pet will be observed at all times and kept in temperature controlled conditions. When cargo – where your pet will travel with the rest of the baggage – is unloaded, they will sit on the hot tarmac in their pet carriers until all baggage is unloaded. Open baggage transfer buildings are not air conditioned and this is where your pet will wait to be transferred to another plane or delivered to you. Food, water and bathroom breaks are not always provided.
Some pets have been lost when their stacked pet carriers have fallen and broken open.
Some airlines state they are “pet-friendly” and have also experienced pet deaths related to heat stroke.

If you must travel by air with your pet, many airlines will allow you to take your cat (or small dog) in a secure carrier with you in the passenger area. You may have to pay a fee for this, but you will be assured your pet is safe because it will be in your constant care.


One very tragic pet death resulted when a stacked carrier was toppled and broke. The cat, named Jack, was frightened and ran. He was nowhere to be found and due to air security rules, his owner was not allowed in the baggage buildings to call for him or put out cans of tuna, Jack’s favorite food.
Jack was finally found after being missing for 61 days when he came crashing down through the ceiling tiles in the same building where he escaped! He was extremely malnourished and very sick. Jack spent 12 days in ICU care. He had several surgeries for skin grafts over his skin that was falling off. He was on tube feedings and despite all ICU care and medicines, Jack had to be euthanized. His owner started an organization to promote safety in air travel for all pets – she vowed this should never happen again! Unfortunately, pets have perished since Jack’s passing.

You can learn about safety in air travel at the “Where Is Jack?” organization’s website:


Thank you for the gifts from our Amazon wish list!

Thank you unnamed for the paper towels and food!
Thank you Julie Blair for the paper towels!
Thank you Kristy Blackburn for the trashbags, freshstep, food & rainbow!
Thank you Sheryl Harrison for the food, gain and q-tips!

Thank you Beth Byrd for the toys, sponges, and litter!
Thank you Sheryl Harrison for the trashbags!
Thank you Julie Blair for the turbo scratcher!
Thank you Ann Davis for the big shoe and playhouse!

Thank you Eri Okada-Berkeley for the trashbags and playcube!
Thank you Kyla Town for the batteries and rainbow toy!

Thursday, May 22, 2014



Sweet Greta has been with us since 2007.  She came to us as a young kitten with a very bad upper respiratory.  The eye infection with the URI took her sight.  Lucky for Greta,  she was such a sweet little girl the animal control people could not euthanize her (and being sick, she was at the top of the list)  One of the employees took her home with her to make sure she was not killed.  She contact us and brought her to us.

A sick baby, when she first arrived
Greta has grown up to be a beautiful young lady,  and is as sweet as they come. 
 You will see her today LIVE on 

All grown up

Thank you so much for the gifts from our Amazon wish list!

Thank you James Prokes for the gift card!
Thank you unnamed for the gift card, paper towels, trashbags, toys and food!
Thank you Virginia Wit for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Christine Ahern for the food!
Thank you Teresa Fifer for the food!
Thank you Sheryl Harrison for the ear cleaner!

Mikey & Madeline,  our guest openers

Thank you Julie Blair for the dish soap & Q-tips!
Thank you Sharon El-Saadi for the batteries, Laundry soap & dryer sheets!
Thank you Sarah Brooks for the play cube!
Thank you Michele Davis for the sponges!
Thank you Sabrina Chase for the turbo scratcher!
Thank you Laila Ali for the privacy tent!
Thank you Rosemary Cassese for the crinkle toys!
Thank you Virginia Witt for the cleaners!

A huge thank you to Madeline and Mikey for visiting the last 3 days!  They worked hard helping us cleaning and then spent their afternoons playing with the cats!!  We appreciate your spending your time with us!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Official State Cats of the United States
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Most people know their states have an official State Bird. Many states have an official State Fish, State Mammal and State Flower. Their official state mammals usually are native to the state, such as, Florida’s Official State Animal-Mammal is the Florida panther, California the California Grizzly Bear, and Missouri the Missouri Mule. Some animals are Official State Mammals for more than one state – the white-tailed deer represents Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

What about our beloved cats? Do any states have an Official State Cat? YES!

Maine’s Official State Cat should be no surprise – It’s the Maine Coon. They are one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, established more than 100 years ago. Of all the officially designated State Cats, the Maine Coon is the only one that is a recognized breed of cat.

They are large muscular cats with long, smooth, heavy water-resistant coats and long bushy tails. Ears are heavily furred inside and on tips to prevent hypothermic injury. Big round and tufted feet act as snowshoes to make travel in the deep snows of Maine easier. All these characteristics make them well-suited for the long, cold, snowy Maine winters! When curled up sleeping, they use their long bushy tails to protect their faces in snowy weather. Males weigh 13 to 18 lbs, but may reach up to 25 lbs.  Females weigh 9 to 12 lbs. 


Massachusetts’ Official State Cat is the Tabby Cat. Tabbies are not a breed as “tabby cat” refers to the fur color pattern. In 1988, in response to the wishes of the state’s school children, the tabby was officially designated the State Cat. There are five tabby patterns but one characteristic common to all tabbies is the “M” above their eyebrows.

BCR's Tabby Cat: Molly

Maryland’s Official State Cat is the Calico Cat. Calico is not a breed, but a very unusual color pattern. They are tri-color with the colors in distinct patches of the colors, not mixed like a tortie. The calico pattern is determined by a gene on the X chromosomes. Females have XX chromosomes so most calico's are female. If a male has the calico pattern, his chromosomes will be XXY and most will be infertile.


Colorado’s Official State Pets are Shelter Dogs and Cats! In May 2013, the Governor signed a bill designating shelter dogs and cats as the Official State Pet at the Denver animal shelter. The Governor was accompanied by his dog, Sky, which was a shelter dog. This proposal was made by Colorado school children. There was much controversy surrounding this proposal, but supporters said the school children learned about the legislative process.
At the signing ceremony, Gov. John Hickenlooper said, “these pets become a huge part of people’s lives.”

Colorado's official state pets are shelter dogs and cats!

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