Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12/2/2014




FERAL CATS DESERVE WARMTH THIS WINTER

As the thermometer plunges and the days grow darker earlier and stay colder longer, there are entire colonies of cats that could not survive without the compassion and warmth of humans.

With North American winters becoming increasingly more severe, feral cats are faced daily with the terrible reality of either starving or freezing to death. But there are solutions, if members of the human community act humanely to provide the homeless cats in their neighborhoods with the shelter, food and water they lack and need.

As snow rises, blocking their usual safe places to live during the warmer months, these homeless cats’ “homes” virtually disappear. Offering them alternative places to live is both affordable and easy.

New or used doghouses provide the best protection as long as the opening is narrowed (6 to 8 inches is best) or covered with a flap to both keep out the elements and other roaming animals. Rubbermaid and Tupperware storage bins are two excellent alternatives, as are heavily insulated meat packing cartons – all with small openings carved into one side

For added warmth, insulation and comfort, place fresh straw (no clothing, which can stick to the cat’s body and freeze) on the floor. Straw helps to retain heat and repel moisture. Because cats will huddle together for warmth, provide a colony of cats with several shelters that can accommodate from three to five cats each. If caring for fewer cats, use a smaller shelter that requires less body heat to keep it warm.

Make certain to raise the shelters off the ground and situate them far from foot or street traffic in as quiet an area as possible. And after a snowfall, ensure that you shovel out the entrances to these shelters to prevent them from clogging up with snow and trapping the cats inside.

Food and water are the next in this trio of necessities. And because most feral cats are terrified of people, leaving some food near the entrances to the shelters will, by their scent alone, entice them close, closer, closest. Then, only a few paw prints away are their new winter homes.

Establish a “feeding station” NEAR each shelter to provide easy access for both you and the cats, then try to establish a regular schedule for feeding and water changing. The cats will quickly become accustomed to this routine while also growing accustomed to and less fearful of your approach.

Feed them larger than usual portions of easily digestible wet food, and on the coldest days, provide them with dry food as well, since the wet food can quickly freeze. But spraying insulation foam onto the underside of plastic dishes will help to keep the wet food from freezing at all. For water, use deep rather than shallow bowls and warm or hot rather than cold water. If possible, change the water twice a day, adding a pinch of sugar each time, to both keep it from freezing as quickly and to provide the cats with an extra energy boost.

And so, simply by acting humanely, we as caring communities can help those most helpless and vulnerable in our neighborhoods stay safe and stay alive this winter.





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 :)


Thank you Anita Harris for the dry cat food, revolution, fel-o-vaccine and freshstep!
Thank you Anthony McFarland for the steam mop!
Thank you Anthony O'Dell for the cat toys!
Thank you Charlene Lauzon for the cat litter and cat toy!
Thank you Cheri Shubbar for the cat toys, milk thistle and cat litter!
Thank you Christine Houde for the cat food!
Thank you Danny Cook for the cat food!
Thank you Diane Kingsland for the cat toys!
Thank you Gloria Phillips for the cat litter!
Thank you Jacob Boehner for the fortiflora!

Thank you Jennifer Fuhrman for the cat food and trash bags!
Thank you Karen Croft for the cat litter and cat toys!
Thank you Lisa McDonald for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Lisanne Schloss for the tea and biscuits!
Thank you Marc Audette for the cat litter!
Thank you Marieke Bruss for the cat litter!
Thank you Mark Proulx for the cat litter!
Thank you Matthew Silverman for the cat litter, trash bags and senior litter!
Thank you Mr Steven Garnham for the dawn and gloves!
Thank you Orman Coonfield for the cat food!



Thank you Richard for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you S. Molly Green for the fabric softener!
Thank you series4000 for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Serkan Kutlubay for the cat litter!
Thank you Shirley Kelly for the dawn, denamarin tabs, sponges, cat food, bath tissue and litter!
Thank you Shufen Wang for the cat toys!
Thank you Susan Chervinko for the milk thistle!
Thank you Tamara Gedrose for the steel bowls!
Thank you Troy Obrien for the cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the cat toys!
Thank you Unknown for the cat beds, toys, litter and 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/      









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

This is a cute purse for the holidays from one of the auctions, go to the link to see more:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2pc-Santa-Suit-Purse-Handbag-Pocketbook-Christmas-Holiday-Claus-Red-NWT-/261683723146?pt=US_CSA_WH_Handbags



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


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!!



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

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