Wednesday, April 30, 2014

4/30/2014

Thank you for all the gifts for the cats 
from our Amazon wishlist!

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

Thank you Robert Duarte for the toys!
Thank you Ema Tittensor for the freshstep!
Thank you Rachel P. for the food, Gain and cleaner!
Thank you Catherine Meredith for the food, toy and Q-tips!
Thank you Karin for the dishwashing soap, Q-tips and cleaners!



Chance hanging out on the Freshstep

Thank you Natasha Rios for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Tammy Scanlon for the fish bed and dryer sheets!
Thank you Helena McElhinney for the stinkies!
Thank you Kelly Pederson for the food!
Thank you Ema Tittensor for the laundry soap, dish soap and Q-tips!
Thank you Angus McDonald for the toys, foods, and cleaners!


Charlene visiting from Canada helped open boxes yesterday

Thank you unnamed for the foods, toys, catnip, swifters, cleaners, 
 cat cube, undercover mouse, freshstep, trashbags,  
scratch and rests,  paper towels, and  cat eggs!




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Toes, Paws and Claws, Oh My!

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. 


A polydactyl



A polydactyl




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. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

4/29/2014

Today's blog is about sweet Gina.   Gina was dropped off at the pound in Manhattan NY.  According to her paperwork from the pound,  she was 9 years old and this person had her for 1 year.  They put no longer want on her paperwork.    How sad is that?

She was posted on Facebook and we said we could take her if someone in NY could get her out of the pound and help get her to us.  2 people stepped up to the plate.  Giovanni picked her up at the pound and kept her over night,  drove her 1/2 way and Steven in Virginia picked her up and drove her the rest of the way.

Her pound picture

This poor little cat was in horrible shape!   She had never been spayed,  had 2 large uterine cysts,  hard glaucoma eyes and rotten teeth.

Day after surgery

We got her to the vet immediately.

It took a little bit of time for her to learn to trust,  Who could blame her! But now she is a sweet happy little girl who loves laps.




You may watch her and her room mates Live on http://ustream.tv/blindcatrescue  every Tuesday


The cats say Thank you for the gifts 
from our Amazon Wish list!!

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

Amazon often does not tell us who you are  and
they NEVER tell us how to contact you, 
Please know how grateful we are to you for your kindness!


Thank you Ellie Goodbread for the food, sponges, stinkeys, 
scratch and rests, trash bags, Q-tips, Gain, ear cleaner and Toys!
Thank you Erin Morris for the toys, sponges and cleaner!
Thank you Cindy Jordan for the tunnel and cube!
Thank you Ron Fleming for the stinkies!

Our guest openers from Canada  Gereen & Charlene
Thank you Janne Thayer for the food!
Thank you Dan Shamblin for the food!
Thank you Stephanie Mattesich for the food!
Thank you Cindy Jordan for the food!
Thank you Aleaha Travis for the tunnel, Q-tips and food!





Thank you Ms. KM Griffiths for the fish bed!
Thank you Cathy Good for the food!
Thank you Robert Duarte for the toys!
Thank you Ema Tittensor for the freshstep!
Thank you Rachel P. for the food, Gain and cleaner!
Thank you Catherine Meredith for the food, toy and Q-tips!


Thank you Karin for the dishwashing soap, Q-tips and cleaners!
Thank you Natasha Rios for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Tammy Scanlon for the fish bed and dryer sheets!
Thank you Helena McElhinney for the stinkies!
Thank you Kelly Pederson for the food!
Thank you Ema Tittensor for the laundry soap, dish soap and Q-tips!



Thank you Angus McDonald for the toys, foods, and cleaners!
Thank you unnamed for the foods, toys, catnip, swifters, cleaners,  cat cube, undercover mouse, freshstep, trashbags,  scratch and rests, and paper towels,  cat eggs,






Monday, April 28, 2014

4/28/2014

Joey, BCR’s Scottish Fold
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Meet Joey! He is BCR’s only Scottish Fold cat. Not all Scottish Fold cats have the folded ears, but Joey displays the lovable folded ears that make him look like a “Grumpy Cat.”



In 2013, Joey came to BCR after being rescued from a cattery in Missouri. Many of the cats in the cattery tested positive for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Fortunately, the person that rescued him wanted to find a safe home for Joey and they flew him to BCR.




Joey was very shy when he first arrived. He tolerated being handled and loved to be scratched bbehind his ears. After his initial time in quarantine, he joined the other cats in the FeLV+ room. Working with Joey has brought him out of his shyness shell and he loves to play with the other cats and chase toy feathers with the BCR staff.



Joey is one of the cats in the room who will use the big exercise wheel. He has the type of “workout” that all of us would love to do – he will walk on the wheel for 15-30 seconds, then lays down on the wheel.



You can watch him LIVE on Ustream  http://ustream.tv/blindcatrescue on Monday's.


video
 

A cute video of Joey playing

Thank you for your gifts from our Amazon Wish list!!


Thank you Marla Bureau for the stinkies and lingerie bags
Thank you Brandon for the toys and cube!
Thank you Joseph Sipari for the scratch and rest food, and toys!
Thank you Jeff Oglesby for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the food,  toys, water filters!




Thank you Patrick Kever for the toys!
Thank you Andrew Trovinger for the ear cleaner!

Thank you Carol Dahir for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Madelyn Fiorucci for the play cube!



Thank you Stephanie Zuchowski for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Fadwa Idelah for the food and Gain!
Thank you Caroline Fiore for the gain, toys and sponges!
Thank yoU Cathy G for the food!
Thank you Peter Staack for the food!






Sunday, April 27, 2014

4/27/2014


Bear
by Jill Anne Sparapany




Bear is one of the favorite characters at Blind Cat Rescue...and Bear is a CHARACTER! He lives in the room with other FIV+ cats (Feline Immune Deficiency Virus). Bear lived in a home with other cats and when his owner passed away, the family didn't know what to do with “all of granny’s cats.” Unfortunately, for cats who are FIV+, adoptive homes are limited and many shelters will not try to find homes for “sick” cats, even though they are not having health problems. A shelter stepped in to get granny’s cats placed and Bear was welcomed at BCR. At first, he was very shy and unsure of the sudden changes in his life. I’m sure granny spoiled all her sweet cats! Now, Bear is one of the first cats to approach you for petting and for his famous “Bear Hugs.” He loves attention and will photo-bomb during webcam tours, gently requesting more lovings. Bear is very gentle and gets along with all the other cats and can be found sharing a bed or blanket with roommates. Bear looks like a little bear cub. He doesn't look like he can run very fast, but everyone will tell you he is very strong and can run extremely fast!






Bear is a Manx cat, a breed that does not have tails. Some Manx cats have rump stumps, some don’t have any stump. Because of the breed’s physical characteristics, Manx cats lack some or all the rear end anal muscles like cats that have tails. Since Bear doesn’t have any rump stump, he doesn't have full control of his anal muscles and needs assistance with rear end maintenance. 



One of the funniest escapades by Bear happened at last summer’s Open House events. I went into the FIV room to visit and take photos of the cats. Bear was nowhere to be found in the room so I went to the catio. Looking in the fenced backyard, Bear and Domino were playing on the lawn! Apparently, they made an escape through the lobby and isolation room into the backyard. I called to Sabrina and couple of the other staff and asked, “What is Bear doing in the backyard?” They ran out to the backyard and, immediately, Bear ran and dove into a bush! Domino ran back inside. Three of them surrounded the bush and knowing he was caught, Bear bolted to the open catio door and into the lobby. As soon as his room door was open, he ran inside then sat looking so innocent! 

Bear and Jill





Thank you for the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!



Thank you Stephanie Mattesich for the freshstep!
Thank you Scot Kaeff for the freshsteps!
Thank you Kelly Pederson for the trashbags and cannister of toys!
Thank you Amy Krosky for the toys!
Thank you Jody Butler for the food!
Thank you Marilyn Rumschlag for the laminating sheets and food!





Thank you Kristen Morales for the toys, cube and scratch and rest!
Thank you Nancy Armstrong for the food!
Thank you M. Reed for the freshstep!
Thank you Sharon Woodruff for the toy!
Thank you unnamed for the cases of paper towels, toys




Thank you Barbra Dawson for the gain, and cleaners!
Thank you James Schwendinger for the foods and toys!
Thank you Marianne Kanfer for the food!
Thank you Barbara Svoboda for the cleaners and broom!
Thank you Glendora Bronder for the dish soap!
Thank you Jessica Stroud for the litter!
Thank you Crystal Sylvester for the toy!



Thank you Wendy Weintraub for the strawberry beds and toys!
Thank you Dennis and Heather Crossland for the Gain, sponges, foods, Q-Tips and dryer sheets!
Thank you Scott Grant for the dish soap and Q-tips
Thank you Sally Howard for the cleaner!
Thank you Barbra Dawson for the food, toys and cleaner!
Thank you Wendy Weintraub for the foods, toys and scratch and rests!
Thank you Kimberly Henriksen for the gain, dryer sheets and blanket!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

4/26/2014

Today's story is about Autumn

Autumn came to us as a 6 week old kitten from our vets office.  She tested positive for FELV.
She was going to be put down because they had no place for her to go.   We were
pretty sure she was not really positive because her whole litter was negative.
Since she did qualify for admittance, (she test positive) we accepted her.

We retested her a few months later with the right test,  and she was of course negative.  Another bad nap test almost cost her her life.  NEVER EVER accept a positive Snap test from a vet,  always INSIST on an IFA test being done!!

Autumn has developed nasal cancer.  She is lucky that it is actually a kind that is curable if caught quickly.  (which we hope we have)  She has had radiation,  and now is doing 16 chemo treatments.  She is handling the chemo well.  The pictures below are interesting.  The radiation changed the color of her hair.


Before radiation

After radiation

You may see her page at  http://blindcatrescue.com/autumn.htm

You may watch her life on ustream on Saturdays.
She likes to run the giant wheel :)


Thank you for your gifts from our Amazon wish list!


Amazon never gives us your contact information so we may 
thank you personally,  but please know how grateful
we are to you for your kindness and generosity to the cats!

Thank you Richard Massingale for the food and scratch and rests!
Thank you Carrie Stark for the crinkle toys!
Thank you Susan Schenosky for the food!
Thank you Heahter Adrion for the play cube!
Thank you Megan Kittelson for the play cube!

Boone with a crinkle toy

                          Thank you Kimberly Friedman-Mowry for the food, sponges and trashbags!
Thank you Kathleen Groux for the trashbags!
Thank you Denise Maehara for the floor cleaner!
Thank you Tracy Sims for the food!
Thank you Crystal Sylvester for the toys and Q-tips!
Thank you Francisco Vera for the clock!

Sweet Angel loves the catnip toys!

Thank you Jakub Tejchman for the floor cleaner!
Thank you Mary Clare Cahill for the foods and toy!
Thank you M. Reed for the food and toys!
Thank you Nigeljude St John for the whack a toy!
Thank you Judith lane for the blanket!
Thank you Deobrah Ball for the food and cleaner!


Penny,  both blind and deaf


A video of Penny with the boxes:




Thank you Carl Weigel for the food!
Thank you Jessica Hegwood for the food!
Thank you Andrew Trovinger for the toys and food!
Thank you Lynn Molitor for the cleaner!
Thank you kathleen Groux for the cleaner and toys!
Thank you Ema Tittensor for the freshsteps!


Honey playing with a catnip puff ball

Thank you Jeff Oglesby for the freshstep and fish bed!
Thank you Ken Koch for the foods!
Thank you Sara Gamberini for the ear cleaner!
Thank you Sharon Woodruff for the ear cleaner!
Thank you so much Michelle Graham for the flovent and albuteral!
Thank you Kaci & Liam & family for the beautiful blankets!

Liam,  isn't he adorable!!!

Some of the beautiful blankets she made!!







Thank you unnamed for the food, floor cleaners, brooms, freshsteps, trashbags, batteries,

Friday, April 25, 2014

4/25/2014

We hope you will visit the cats today LIVE on
http://ustream.tv/blindcatrescue

You will get the opportunity to meet Boone


Boone is a big friendly fellow.  He is approx. 10 years old and came
to us from Animal Control in Boone, NC...thus the name Boone :)
He also is the only boy in his room.  Can you imagine living with 
11 girls?  (smile)

A cute video of Boone  :)





You may see his story at http://blindcatrescue.com/boone.htm

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



Thank you anoymouse for the power washer!
Thank you Wendy Fellows for the toys!
Thank you Linda Carden for the batteries!
Thank you Natasha Rios for the gain and Q-tips!
Thank you Martin for all the toys and sponges!



Thank you Victor Sosa for the food and cleaners!
Thank you David Borton for the food!
Thank you Katherine Hamilton for the laundry soap!
Thank you Wendy Fellows for the toy!
Thank you Ariel Wert for the toy!
Thank you Melinda Simon for the cleaners!




Thank you Judith Ingles for the toys, food and cleaner!
Thank you Cheryl Rawlings for the toys!
Thank you Callie Merritt for the toys!
Thank you Kimberly Friedman-Mowry for the freshstep!
Thank you Mary Cahill for the broom!
Thank you Aaron Simek & Melinsa Lacovone for the food, (Happy Birthday Christie!)



Thank you Joanne Madigan for the fish bed!
Thank you Brenda Bruch for the food, tunnel, cat litter, play cube and fish bed!
Thank you Sandra Fixell and Winston for the blanket, beds, towel, and toys!
Thank you Ellie Goodbread for the freshstep!
Thank you Elizabeth Westcott for the foods!



Thank you Fiona Dudley for the camera!!
Thank you Joanne Madigan for the food!
Thank you Lynn Molitor for the broom!
Thank you Amelia Brady for the food and freshstep!
Thank you Eileen McClure for the freshstep and food!






Thank you Anne for the handmade blankets!
Thank you Katie Bates for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the floor cleaner,  food, freshsteps, catnip toys, batteries!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

4/24/2014

Thank you so much for your generous gifts to the cats from our Amazon wish list! We are so grateful to you for your kindness and generosity!!

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


Thank you Terry Carter for the food and cleaner!

Thank you Ann Mary Quarandillo for the freshsteps!

Thank you Francisco Vera for the broom!
Thank you Robert Sult for the swiffers!
Thank you Scot Kaeff for the freshstep!





Thank you Sam for the food!
Thank you Scott Allan  for the food!
Thank you Sally Howard for the brooms!
Thank you Rosemary Newman for the food and cleaner!
Thank you Judith Ingles for the freshstep!
Thank you Wendy Fellows for the foods and play cube!




Thank you Sally Howard for the broom!
Thank you Traci Quinones for the food, tower of tracks and toys!
Thank you Cassandra Chandler for the toy!
Thank you Crystal Sylvester for the broom!
Thank you John Resch for the freshstep!
Thank you Marianne Neville Kanfer for the freshstep!




Thank you John Resch for the freshstep!
Thank you Thomas Gradisek for the freshstep!
Thank you Stephanie Zuchowski for the freshstep!
Thank you Lynn Molitor for the freshstep!
Thank you Mary Clare Cahill for the freshstep!
Thank you Wendy Weintraub for the foods and gain!


Thank you John Huckabay for the Gains!
Thank you Patricia Wilson for the food!
Thank you Crystal Pierson for the foods!
Thank you James Schwendinger for all the foods!
Thank you Denise Maehara for the food and cleaner!
Thank you Heather Adrion for the Gain, food and dryer sheets!
Thank you unnamed for the food,  dryer sheets and toys, toilet paper, freshstep and the brooms!





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