Monday, March 31, 2014

3/31/2014

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

Thank you Lisa Anderson for bag of chocolate for the humans!,
 the cats balls, play cub, toys and catnip!
Thank you Monica for all the foods, toys and blankets!



Thank you Stephanie Drotter for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Anonymous for the Amazon Gift Card!





Thank you Amanda Shafer for the foods and toys!
Thank you Christina Stemler for the blanket and toys!
Thank you David Nikielski for the cat cube, lysol & freshstep!
Thank you Dorothy Lewis for the trash bags and cleaner!




Thank you Christine Houlihan for the toys, bird feeder and cover!
Thank you Lawrence Smith for litter and toys!
Thank you Homer Coldiron for the toys, privacy tent and food!






Thank you Vibeke Foss for the trashbags, cleaner, food and cleaner!

Thank you Sandi Wolfe for the trashbags!
Thank you Angelika Conner for the toys and magic erasers!

Thank you unnamed for the food and trashbags!








WE WILL JUMP FOR YOU! Please BUY A TICKET!

You Do NOT have to be there or jump! If you are out of state, out of country, scared of heights, YOU can still help the cats win!! 
Please email me that you bought ticket: alana@blindcatrescue.com Please consider helping team Raleigh Rock the money! Please LIKE & Share







Sunday, March 30, 2014

3/30/2014


WE WILL JUMP FOR YOU! Please BUY A TICKET!  http://dareme4charity.com/campaign/630 You Do NOT have to be there or jump! If you are out of state, out of country, scared of heights, YOU can still help the cats win!! 

Please email me that you bought ticket: alana@blindcatrescue.com Please consider helping team Raleigh Rock the money! Please LIKE & Share





FUN LOVING JUMPERS NEEDED 
Help the cats win!! Please LIKE & Share





Thank you for the wonderful gifts
 from our Amazon wish lists!




Thank you Katie Severud for the food and toys!
Thank you Kimberly Ferguson for the food!
Thank you Cynthia Hampton for the food!




Thank you so much to the many unnamed people for the following gifts from our Amazon wish list 

  http://amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH

Toys, springs, cleaner, magic erasers, bounce dryer sheets, food,  softener,  Giuseppe Cuddly Cave for Pets.     Sadly Amazon did not tell us who you are or how to contact you!




Thank you Donna Edwards for the privacy tent and food!
Thank you Terri Scofield for the toys and bird feeder!
Thank you Marcia Current for the foods, paper towels, cleaner and Toilet paper!!
Thank you Edward Wood for the catnip track toy!






Poisonous Foods and Foods
 Your Cat Should Never Eat
By Jill Anne Sparapany


Alcohol, including beer, liquor, wine and foods containing alcohol
Apple seeds
Apricot seeds and pits
Avocado fruit and pits
Caffeine
Candy and gum *
Cherries, fruit and pits
Chocolate
Chives
Dog food
Eggs, raw
Eggplant, the greens
Elderberry
Fat trimmings and bones, table scraps
Garlic
Grapes and raisins
Liver
Milk and all milk products, incl cheese, yogurt, ice cream
Mushrooms
Onion, all forms including onion powder
Potato
Raw meat and fish
Rhubarb, leaf
Tobacco (or any inhaled substance, such as marijuana or hashish)
Tomato, greens
Too many treats
Tuna as a steady diet
Yeast dough

Your medicines





Alcohol has the same effect on a cat’s liver and brain as a human’s, but it takes far less to cause its damage. Two teaspoons of whisky can cause coma in a 5 lb. cat – one more teaspoon could kill the cat! The higher the alcohol proof, the worse the symptoms.

Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal to a cat…there is no antidote! Caffeine poisoning symptoms include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors and seizures. Caffeine is not only found in tea and coffee – it is also in cocoa, chocolate, colas and high energy stimulant drinks (i.e. Red Bull). Caffeine is also in some cold medicines and painkillers.

* Candy and gum that contain xylitol. Toothpastes may contain small quantities of xylitol. Baked goods and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. In sufficient quantities, xylitol can cause an increase in circulating insulin in the bloodstream, resulting in lowering the blood glucose. Extremely low blood sugars can lead to unconsciousness, coma and death. It can also cause liver failure. Early symptoms are vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Liver failure can occur within days of ingestion.

Chocolate can be fatal to cats. The toxic substance in chocolate is theobromine, which is found in all chocolate, even white chocolate, and unsweetened baking chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for the pet cat (and for pet dogs). Symptoms include abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and death. See BCR blog, Chocolate Toxicity in Cats, Feb. 4, 2014.

Dog food. Occasional bite of dog food will not hurt your cat, but they do not have the same nutrition content. A cat needs food formulated specifically for a cat’s needs, which includes more protein and certain vitamins and fatty acids. Feeding your cat a steady diet of dog food can cause severe malnutrition in your cat.

Eggs, raw. Two harmful conditions can occur with feeding raw eggs to your cat. The possibility of food poisoning from bacteria, salmonella and E.coli, can cause serious illness or death. There is a protein in raw egg whites, avidin, which interferes with the vitamin B biotin absorption and can cause skin or coat problems.

Fat trimmings and bones. Fat, cooked and uncooked, can cause GI upset, including vomiting and diarrhea. DO NOT FEED YOUR CAT ANY BONES! Bones can splinter and cause severe injury or death. The splintered bones can cause obstructions or perforations in the cat’s esophagus, stomach or intestines – all can cause death!

Grapes and raisins are sometimes used as pet treats. It is not known why grapes and raisins cause kidney failure in cats. A very small amount can make a cat sick. Early signs are repeated vomiting and hyperactivity.

Liver. Small amounts of liver are okay, but feeding too much can cause vitamin A toxicity. This affects your cat’s bones causing deformed bones, bony growths on the elbows and spine, and osteoporosis. Vitamin A toxicity can be fatal.

Milk and dairy products. Adult cats cannot tolerate milk or milk products because they lack the enzyme, lactase, which breaks down lactose, milk sugar. It can cause GI upset with diarrhea.

Onions, garlic and chives can cause gastrointestinal upset.

Onion – powdered, raw, cooked or dehydrated – can break down the cat’s red blood cells, causing anemia.

Raw meat and fish. Like raw eggs, they can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. Also an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, an essential B vitamin. Lack of thiamine causes serious neurological problems, leading to convulsions and coma.



Too many treats. Eating too many treats can lead to obesity and diabetes.

Tuna. Strict diets of tuna can cause malnutrition in your cat because it does not have all the nutrients required. Too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.

Yeast dough needs to rise before it is baked…and that is what it would do in your cat’s stomach. As dough rises, it stretches the abdomen and causes severe pain. As the yeast ferments to make the dough rise, it produces alcohol that can cause alcohol poisoning.

Medicines prescribed for humans are one of the most common causes of poisoning in cats. Make sure your medicine bottles are out of reach with secure bottle tops. Teach your children to never give your pets ‘medicine’ or candy. Never give your cat any over-the-counter medicine unless advised to do so by your vet. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are common pain relievers, also contained in cold medicines, and can be deadly for cats.

Cats can open cabinets to pantry foods. Keep food items where your cat cannot get to them or in containers that your cat will not be able to open. Be sure to keep cabinet and pantry doors closed.

What can cats eat? Cats are carnivores and eat meat. Read the labels of your cat food. Meat should be the first item listed!  Commercial cat foods are formulated to have a balanced amount of vitamins and minerals your cat requires to stay healthy. An occasional treat of cooked meat is okay.
  
If your cat eats what it shouldn't, you need to get your cat to the closest emergency veterinary clinic! 



3/29/2014

Thank you so much for the gifts from our wish lists!

Thank you Jacque Taylor for the Walmart gift card!
Thank you David Nikielski for the Walmart gift card!
Thank you Jen Coates for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Darian Mark for the litters and shots!


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Thank you for the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!

Thank you Michael Nelson for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Sharon Sekhon for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you anonomyus for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Laquel Anthony for the Amazon Gift Card!


Penny checking out the packing


Thank you Karen Mahoney for the dry food!
Thank you Tacy Trump for the litter!
Thank you Karen Moran-Klimi for the food, toys, treats, and erasers!
Thank you Kathleen Rutherford-Prine for the food!


Molly being queen of the mountain

Thank you Nancy Gibson for the food!
Thank you Gene Winters for the tunnel, privacy tent and sponges!
Thank you Colby Reed for the blanket!
Thank you Heather Mahler for the toys!


Honey helping hold down the boxes


Thank you Suzi Patton for the blanket!
Thank you Vicky Ellis for the blankets, treats and chocolate!
Thank you Hannah Mohler for the trash bags and food!
Thank you David Spillers for the foods!


Penny holding down the boxes

Thank you Jane Farrell for the foods!
Thank you Arlene Barr for the food and play cube!
Thank you Gail Mitchell for the catnip!
Thank you Romona Hudson for the food!



Poppy loves the scratch and rest


Thank you Suzanne for all the Ghirardelli chocolate!
Thank you unnamed for the foods, tower of tracks, catnip,
 trash bags, privacy tent, scratch and rests, under cover mouse, and toys!

Friday, March 28, 2014

3/28/2014

Good morning!  Supposed to be 70 today!!

The cats ask Will you Please buy a ticket and help us win!


 WE will jump for YOU!
You do not have to You do NOT have to be there or jump!
 Please email me that you bought ticket: alana@blindcatrescue.com
 If you are out of state, out of country, scared of heights, 
YOU can still help the cats win!! 
Please help team Raleigh Rock the money! Please LIKE & Share 

Penny

Penny is Blind Cat Rescue’s only blind and deaf cat!
One day Penny showed up on the front porch of a home in the mountains and wouldn’t leave. She lived at that home for about a year while the lady who lived there tried to find a home for Penny. Sadly, no one wanted her!
As with many BCR cats, it takes a village to save them. Sometimes, the village may have only one person who makes a difference in the cat’s life. The lady’s friend contacted BCR about taking Penny. And the rest is history!

Penny is all white with light green eyes. Although, she lives in a dark and silent world, Penny loves to play and is extremely fond of being on the highest perch in the room!


Penny has a beautiful purr when you pet her. Approaching her is different from the other cats since she cannot hear you call her name. We tap on the climber shelf that she is laying on and let her sniff our hand so she knows we are not another cat. She will push her head into your hand for you to pet her. If you watch Penny playing, you know in your heart she is very happy to be at BCR!










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



Thank you Christopher and Stephanie Cuomo for your cash donation and toys and treats!!
Thank you Peter Markall for the food and toy!
Thank you Gabrielle Bowen for the undercover mouse, batteries and trashbags!





Thank you Daria Rotondo for the toys, food and scratch and rest!
Thank you Dana Cohen for the boxes of trash bags!
Thank you Patrice Ames for the scratch and rests!
Thank you Millie Agrawal for the food!




Thank you unnamed for the foods, under cover mouse, rainbow toy!
Thank you Karen Krause for the food!
Thank you Kimberly Freels for the food, toys and cleaner!
Thank you Kelly Jo Miller for the food, toys and tent!




Thank you Michelle Graham for all the flovents!
Thank you Dr. Gutterman for the foods!
Thank you Kayla Swab for toy and dishwasher foam!
Thank you Brenda Reed for the food!




Than you Karen Krause for the freshstep!
Thank you Lisa Nottoli for the cleaner!
Thank you Andrea Brisse for the food!
Thank you Linda Kelly for the food!




Thank you Mary White for the food!
Thank you Sonya Glass  for the foods!
Thank you unnamed for the cleaner!
Thank you Melody Klumph for the food, toy and catnip!


Congratulations to Our Top Fans!!

Patti (3rd place) will win the shirt this week
Only one win per person in 6 months time.
Gives everyone a chance to win,  so keep commenting
liking and sharing :)




Thursday, March 27, 2014

3/27/2014

Good morning,   chilly 26 today  Supposed to be in the 60's today,  YEAH!


The cats ask,  Will you please 
buy ONE ticket and help them win!   :)



Here is the link:    http://dareme4charity.com/campaign/630

 WE will jump for YOU!  You do not have to You do NOT have to be there or jump! 

Please email me that you bought ticket: alana@blindcatrescue.com If you are out of state, out of country, scared of heights, YOU can still help the cats win!! Please consider helping team Raleigh Rock the money! Please LIKE & Share


Jumpers needed for 

Team Tampa http://dareme4charity.com/campaign/633

Team Sacramento http://dareme4charity.com/campaign/774


Please Share with your friends!





Cat Whiskers


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’.














Tour today LIVE on http://ustream.tv/blindcatrescue at noon EST







Stay after tour and we have a special surprise for you!  Will last approx 20 minutes :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3/26/2014

The cats ask you to please buy 1 ticket


 http://dareme4charity.com/campaign/630 

WE will jump for YOU!  You do not have to You do NOT have to be there or jump! Please email me that you bought ticket: alana@blindcatrescue.com If you are out of state, out of country, scared of heights, YOU can still help the cats win!! Please consider helping team Raleigh Rock the money! Please LIKE & Share

If you are in the Tampa area and would like to Jump for the cats,  here is the Link for team Tampa   http://dareme4charity.com/campaign/633


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

Thank you Debbie Buchanan for the Giuseppe Cave!
Thank you Karen Duffy for the toys!
Thank you Meghan Rader for the toy

Thank you Debbie for the food, litter and cleaner!




Thank you Linda Nichols for the food and cat litter!
Thank you Maggie Riegel for the food and toy!
Thank you Stefanie Wolicki for the foods and toy!
Thank you Edward Nagel for the food and bird feeder!


Ray with a scratch and rest


Thank you Cliff Meek for the food!
Thank you Jennifer Reince for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Traci Hulsey for the bird feeder!
Thank you Bonnie Davis for the cat litter!

Oreo loves the banana beds!


Thank you unnamed for the trashbags, cat litter, carriers, toys, big banana bed and for the Petfusion scratcher!


Jamie loves the petfusions!



Thank you for the gifts from our wishlist  
 http://blindcatrescue.com/wishlist.htm


Thank you Tara McArdle for the clavamox, freshstep, bleach, and bleach clean up!
Thank you Steven Robinson for the brick of vaccines!
Thank you Maribeth James for the freshsteps, cloroxs clean ups and bleaches!
Thank you Ciaramello for the dry food!
Thank you Shanon Orrock for the bleach and Clavamox!


Honey
2012  Honey was brought into the Dillon, SC, Animal Control Center when she was a kitten.  She was adopted to a home that did not want a cat in the house so they put her outside.  She was hit by a car that caused her blindness. They spent a lot on vet care to save her.

A few months later they returned her to the pound stating their child was allergic.  The pound felt this family did not want an inside cat and since she was blind they could not leave her outside.
To keep Honey safe, she was taken into the BCR family. Honey fits her namesake and is a honey of a sweet cat. She has beautiful colors and her fur is as soft as silk. Honey loves visiting during Open House events.




This is a video of her when she first arrived.




Honey has one toy that she absolutely loves – one where a mouse peeks out and goes back in. You can watch her playing Thursday on the BCR webcam!












Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3/25/2014



Please help the blind cats win the prize! If you would buy JUST ONE ticket, it is only $15. 

WE WILL JUMP FOR YOU!

Buy your ticket here:

 If you are out of state, out of country, scared of heights, YOU can still help the cats win!! 
 Please email me that you bought ticket: alana@blindcatrescue.com
Please consider helping team Raleigh Rock the money!!




Team TAMPA is still looking for people to jump




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

We are very grateful to your for your generosity and kindness!
Amazon NEVER gives us your contact information so 
please forgive us for not thanking you directly.


Pretty Joey

Thank you Debbie Buchanan for the Trixie Cave!
Thank you Victor Sosa for all the cleaners!
Thank you Carsten Ullrich for the food and trashbags!
Thank you Millie Agrawal for the foods, and catnip!


Katherina likes to ride in her red convertible


Thank you Al Morales for the catnip!
Thank you Kay Kimer for the cleaners and trashbags!
Thank you Jane Farrell for the food!
Thank you Stefanie Wolicki for the food!


Sheila loves Scratch and Rest


Thank you Megan Watkiss for the food!
Thank you Eva Black for the cat litter!
Thank you Gloreen Heft for the scratcher!
Thank you David Nikielski for the loop toys!


Baron hanging out on boxes


Thank you Isadora Moustata for the toys!
Thank you Alison Green for the toys!
Thank you Luca Lanini for the rainbow toy!
Thank you David Nikielski for the food!



The twins, Domino and Checker hanging out on boxes
Sadly Amazon did not tell us who you are but thank you so much for your kindness

Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the Gain!
Thank you unnamed for the Eraser pads
Thank you unnamed for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the litter!



Tabby Cats
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Cats are very unique animals and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Tabby cats, in particular, are very popular in American households. Some people believe the tabby is a specific breed, but the name "tabby" only refers to the pattern of the coat.

Tabby is the most common cat coat pattern. They share the same colors as solid color cats – the only difference is their stripes, called tabby markings. The patterns are more distinct on shorthaired cats than the longhaired ones. The color range includes cream, brown, red, blue and silver. They may also have combinations of these colors – red/brown and blue/brown.
Felines with the tabby pattern have thin lines around their face and the distinctive "M" shape on their foreheads. Common features are a white chin and the white around their eyes is called ‘eyeliner’. The white spot on their chest is called a ‘locket’.
The silver tabby is the only tabby that does not also come in solid. Silver is a variation of black that is only seen in tabbies. Within each of the tabby colors, there is a wide range of differences. Some reds have a deep, mahogany color while others are very light. Blues can have a very light, powdery blue shade or be almost a navy blue.

Many cats may not show the tabby patterns in all of their coats, but only in portions of their coats.

Here is a bit about the five different types of tabbies:

Classic – A classic tabby has wide swirled or bulls-eye patterns around its sides. Often, they have broad stripes running down the middle of their back.


Paul has wide swirls on his sides and back



Ticked – Sometimes called an Abyssinian tabby, this patterned cat doesn't have the signature stripes on its body but each hair is ticked – having bands of color on it. Some have the stripes on their legs and face, called ‘bars’. The “M” face marking distinguishes this cat as a tabby.



Molly's ticked pattern and bars on her legs


Spotted – This tabby has spot-like markings all over its coat. Sometimes the spots are large, other times they are small.


Taffey has the tabby spotted pattern




Patched – The patched tabby often has red and brown patches around its coat and sometimes is referred to as a "tortie”, which is short for tortoiseshell. Torties combine two solid colors – red and black – and the majority of torties are female. The primary color on torties is black and the amount of red can vary.

Every tortie has its own unique color pattern. Torties have been called Mother Nature's idea of abstract art. 



Great is a beautiful tortie

Shelly is a red and black tort




Mackerel – The most common tabby pattern is named after the fish! This type of tabby has thin parallel vertical stripes running down its sides. Some people also refer to mackerel tabbies as "the guys in the pinstripe suits". They are also nicknamed the "tiger cat" because of the vertical stripes on their sides.


Rudy in his handsome pin stripes