Saturday, November 29, 2014

11/29/2014


Cat body language: “What does that pose mean?”


Treasure


Cats are savvy communicators, using nearly every part of their bodies to “talk.” Being savvy yourself in interpreting their language can help you bond with your cat, alleviate frustrations, and even prevent accidents.

Affection: Did you know if your kitty “head-butts” or licks you, it means she really likes you? Rubbing on nearby objects is called “redirected affection.” If her tail pops straight up as she’s walking toward you, she’s happy to see you. If she’s grooming in short, rapid strokes, and looking at you, she’s saying, “all is well.” Bright eyes, perked up ears, and forward-facing whiskers mean she’s ready for some interaction.

Snicker and Chance


Aggression: Aggression can be defensive or offensive. A defensive cat is fearful, and reacting to a threat. She might be curled up in a ball, rolled to one side, tail tucked in close. Her ears will be flattened, pupils dilated, and she may be hissing. If the threat continues, she may launch an attack. If you see your cat in this position, don’t approach; stay several feet away and speak softly until she calms down — and let her come to you for reassurance afterward. Offensive aggression is the “Halloween Cat” — hair standing up, back and tail arched, pupils huge, tongue curled, hissing or yowling...a cat in this pose is ready to (but may or may not) attack. Nevertheless, get out of the way.

Simba and Bear
Boredom: If your kitty is bored, she may groom constantly, with long, intense strokes. Her tail might be low, at “half-mast,”or swishing slowly back and forth, telling you, “I’m not happy.” She may pace back and forth, sigh, or talk to you as if to say, “I need something to do.”
Illness: A crouched body and tucked tail may mean your kitty is in pain or ill. Look for half-closed eyes, downcast ears, or a blank expression. Obviously a kitty lying on her side but unresponsive or breathing funny needs immediate medical attention.

Overstimulation: Many owners end up bewildered (and bleeding) by a “sudden” attack during play, petting, or brushing session. Overstimulated cats sometimes respond with a burst of energy directed at the nearest object — maybe you. But there are warning signs: Her tail will begin to swish back and forth, ears will twitch forward and back, she may vocalize, or turn her head toward your hand. When you see these signs, stop the activity and give her a time-out until her adrenaline calms down. She may still strike out, however, so be prepared.

 
Boone

Relaxation: Cat owners have all seen (and envied) the postures of a relaxed cat. They just seem to melt into whatever surface they’re on. They roll onto their backs, or pose like a “J” with their head sideways and upturned, the rest of their body lengthened and still. Eyes can convey relaxation too, in slow blinks, normal-sized pupils, and soft gazes.

 Mack

Learning to interpret and respond to cat-talk can truly enhance your relationship with your feline. She’ll teach you — so be ready to learn.



                        





Simba

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

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 :)
Cora sleeping in the car bed!



Thank you Angelika Scheffler for the cat food!
Thank you Christopher Venning for the denamarin tabs!
Thank you Danny Cook for the cat toys!
Thank you Debbie Eads for the scratch kube!
Thank you Erica West for the cat litter!
Thank you Jennifer Gutsch for the cat food and steel bowls!
Thank you Julian Frisoli for the clorox bleach!

Mickey loves his food!

Thank you Katherine Izenour for the cat food!
Thank you Linda Blacken for the steam mop!
Thank you Matthew Silverman for the paper towels!
Thank you Sharon Chang for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Unknown for the cat toys, food, litter, denamarin tabs and beds!
Thank you Unknown for the paper towels!
Thank you Unknown for the trash bags, cat food, litter and weazel ball!

Sterling likes all the toys!!




Jake doing better!

JAKE UPDATE, he is doing so much better, still has the feeding tube but is now eating on his own. Will keep the tube for as long as we can for all his meds and until we are sure he can maintain his own body weight. Thank you for all your prayers!



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/      

Gina smiling to thank you for using amazon smile!



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 Quilt.  The seller is sharing 95% of
the auction with the cats!!   Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Animal-Planet-Quilted-Wall-Hanging-/111525694324?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0



$50,000 http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/alana-miller    One vote every 24 hours.

Chance hoping you will vote!


Taking pre-orders now for the Calendars!!!!
We will start taking pre-orders 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








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 28, 2014

11/28/2014



     Children of military families benefit from pets


Most of us know having a pet in our lives is beneficial to us and to everyone in our family. New research has shown that living with a dog or cat is especially positive for children from military families.

It’s a given that having parents serve in the military and be away for long periods of time is hard on children. A Tufts University study reveals that children with strong attachments to animals cope better than those who don’t have a family pet. The report in Science Daily supports the belief that “along with other key resources, strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits.”
“We were interested in seeing if the specific stressors faced by military-connected families could be mitigated by interacting with animals,” says Megan Mueller, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and research assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “We found that kids with deployed parents who had developed a deep bond with a family pet reported having better coping strategies in dealing with the stress than those without such ties to a companion animal.”
Close to 300 children in grades 6 through 12 with parents in the military took the survey study. About 70 percent of the youth surveyed had family pets and most of them had some involvement in taking care of those pets. Some of the children reported they fed, played with, and (if applicable) walked their pets.
The study also found that children who bonded with their pets were confident and caring, and that children with at least one deployed family member had higher levels of stress than those with parents who were home.
“It isn’t enough to be around animals,” Mueller says, “Children need to be engaged in that relationship. Strong attachments to pets may foster a more proactive attitude about handling stressful problems and could serve as a bridge to developing and maintaining peer relationships during stressful circumstances.”



A guest with Meadow and Pearl!

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

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 :)

Pixie laying in a box!

Thank you Aerial Williams for the cat litter!
Thank you Ann Shaw for the cat food and cat toys!
Thank you Anthony McFarland for the weazle ball!
Thank you Arden Myers for the scratch kube!
Thank you Diane Bullock for the cat toy, cat tree and charcoal filters!

 
Poppy sitting in the cat tree!



Thank you Denise Carpenter for the cat food and cat toys!
Thank you Jennifer Jackson for the cat litter!
Thank you Lindi Lagman for the cat toys!
Thank you Lorinda Davis for the cat toys and cat food!
Thank you Matthew Silverman for the cat litter and swifter extender kit!

Hermes laying in the scratch kube!

Thank you Rosann Hinz for the cat food, pet piller and cat toys!
Thank you Sharon El-Saadi for the dryer sheets and detergent!
Thank you Shirley Kelly for the cleaner, magic erasers, betadine, trash bags, paper towels         and neosporin!
Thank you Tina Garland for the cat food, kitty bed and cat toys!
Thank you Unknown for the bizzy cat toys!




Charity laying in her kitty bed!
Thank you Unknown for the cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the nutri-cal and liquid renal care!
Thank you Unknown for the safety cutter, laundry enhancer, cleaners, steel bowls, gloves, pet piller, cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the suture removal kit!
Thank you Unknown for the cat litter!


Holly drinking from her fountain!




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/      

Oreo loves his treats from amazon and the charitable donation they give us from people who use smile amazon!
     



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

Here is a cute picture from one of the ebay auctions going on!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-SIGNED-WATERCOLOUR-PAINTING-KATE-DANIELS-CHRISTMAS-KITTEN-/171557319063?pt=Art_Paintings


 One vote every 24 hours.

Popcorn is wondering if you voted yet!


Taking pre-orders now for the Calendars!!!!
We will start taking pre-orders 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

Cora under the Christmas tree!




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



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