Friday, February 27, 2015

02/27/2015

Are You Your Cat’s Favorite Person? I’m ... Not, Unfortunately


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Chuck, the sleek black cat my husband Joe and I brought home after graduating from college, was sewn to my feet like Peter Pan’s shadow. It didn’t strike me as unusual that he followed me everywhere; that’s what shadows do, of course.

My shadow-cat, Chuck, disappearing into the lining of my coat.

Chuck was on his hind legs, with his paws on the other side of the front door, when I got home from work each night. He’d perform a rapturous dance of greeting across the kitchen counters as I set down my bag, my keys, our groceries. He’d leap into the refrigerator when I opened it to put those groceries away, slow-blinking at me from atop the crisper.

Chuck helping unload the groceries.



Visitors to our apartment would exclaim at how friendly he was, but they also observed that he seemed to be biding his time until his Host Cat duties were over and he could return from their laps to mine. That seemed perfectly natural to me as well: Thanks to early adoption by the marvelous cat my parents had when I was born, I spent my childhood secure in the assumption that all cats liked me and that the cats in our house probably liked me best.
The years rolled by, as they do for all of us who aren’t Peter Pan. We brought home another cat, Steve, an independent fellow who humbled me by preferring Joe. That was fine, though -- after all, Chuck and I had each other. Then, two springs ago, Chuck’s vet found a little lump in his abdomen during his yearly checkup; less than two months later, my witchy, wonderful cat died of cancer.
After a summer of mourning, we decided to adopt Matty, a shy kitten who spent his first night home under our bed. When I finally coaxed him out the next morning, he blinked his big blue eyes -- and trotted past me to the living room, where he assumed a televised-golf-watching position on the couch beside Joe that is now his signature.
Matty and his BFF, watching the US Open.
Matty perches on the edge of the tub as Joe takes his morning shower. He leaps to his feet and arches his neck like an Andalusian horse when Joe enters his line of sight. He is a Bromese, a Siamese deeply in love with the man of the house. Now, I am no cat’s favorite person.
To really appreciate how arrogant I’ve been, I had to admit that I was no longer the favorite, I had to feel sorry for myself about it, and then I had to realize how ridiculous the self-pity was. A cat’s affection, as anyone who lives with a cat is well aware, is meaningful because it is by no means a given. A feline best friend, in turn, is a peak life experience. Knowing that, how could I take my most-favored-human status for granted? I used to feel the twinge of a phantom limb when I watched Matty and Joe adore each other the way my Chuck and I once did. Joe is also my favorite person, though, and a little cat at my husband’s heels gives me a thrill of joy. It’s time he had a shadow of his own.
Does your cat have a favorite person? How do you feel when it isn't you? Tell us in the comments.

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Greta, Carrot and Honey enjoying their toys!

Thank you Amanda Spriggs, cats and family for the cat food and toys!
Thank you Amiee Hall for the Amazon gift card!
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Thank you Deborah Wass for the beanie caps!
Thank you Unknown for the cat food, litter, beds, treats and toys!
Thank you Unknown for the cleaner, food, bed pads and litter!

Oreo, Camille and Felix love their beds!



You can make your very own fundraiser and help the cats too!

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Take just a minute to click the link:


Pick click to save Rescue cats  and click the button that says Click It is Free
Return each day and it will add up :)


The cats ask will you please help mama Alana, Jill & Fiona raise $2500 to help spay/neuter 1500 homeless cats this year. They are going to shave their heads (not the cats) bald.  http://blindcatrescue.org/fundraise.htm?/operationbald
You will get to watch them take it off Live on ustream.tv/blindcatrescue 
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We have a auction of a very pretty quilt that was donated to us and we have put on Ebay, Please visit this link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331491851790?



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

02/25/2015

5 Ways You Might Be Shortening Your Cat’s Lifespan



We want our cats to live as long as possible, as it already seems like the time we get to spend together is far too short. But there are many things owners commonly do that might actually be shortening their cat’s lifespan. Want to make sure you’re avoiding them? Check out this list below!

#1 – Overfeeding


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Overfeeding is a very big problem for pet owners all over the world. While your cat shouldn’t be too thin, being overweight can not only make existing health conditions worse, it can create new ones. Obesity will shorten your cat’s lifespan greatly, as it puts excess stress on all of the body’s bones, joints and organs. If you need help getting your cat to a healthy weight, consult with your veterinarian.

#2 – Second-Hand Smoke


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While it seems like less and less people are cigarette smokers, it’s important to note that second-hand smoke affects our cats as much as it does other people. Not only can it increase their risk for cancer and upper respiratory infections, it can worsen their allergies and make them generally uncomfortable.

Read more at http://iheartcats.com/5-ways-you-might-be-shortening-your-cats-lifespan/#fo4D95QUeX3YtbVs.99

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


Amazon often does not give us packing slips and never gives us your contact info so
we have no way to personally thank you.   Please know how grateful we are to you
for your gifts!!

Sterling is so happy for all the gifts!!

Thank you Chris Kuhar for the cat litter!
Thank you Deborah Wass for the beanie cap!
Thank you Doreen Colonello for the dry cat food!
Thank you Ellen Power for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Emily Maschauer for the cat food!
Thank you Emily Trammel for the cat food!
Thank you Joan Grasamke for the do rags!
Thank you Lillian Gano for the clorox!
Thank you Linda for the birdseed and worms!
Thank you Lisa Mikula for the cat food!
Thank you Melissa Ochoa for the cat toys!

Shelly resting in the scratch and rest!!!

Thank you Mia Dravis for the cat toys!
Thank you Pamela Lasselle for the cat food!
Thank you Patricia Albert the cat litter and clavamox!
Thank you Regina Favarote for the litter and clorox!
Thank you Sarah Baker for the cat toys!
Thank you Sheila Massoni for the cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the cat food, litter, beds, treats and toys!
Thank you Unknown for the cleaner, food and litter!
Thank you Vicki Roberts for the cat food and purex!




You can make your very own fundraiser and help the cats too!





Do you like to shop or sell on ebay!  With the fast click on the link
http://tinyurl.com/bcrebay
You can easily help the cats.  List an auction or buy a treasure :

Mack will roll over if you will help :)

An easy Fast Free way to help the cats each day...

Take just a minute to click the link:


Pick click to save Rescue cats  and click the button that says Click It is Free
Return each day and it will add up :)






The cats ask will you please help mama Alana, Jill & Fiona raise $2500 to help spay/neuter 1500 homeless cats this year. They are going to shave their heads (not the cats) bald.  http://blindcatrescue.org/fundraise.htm?/operationbald
You will get to watch them take it off Live on ustream.tv/blindcatrescue 
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Monday, February 23, 2015

2/22/2015

Thank you so much for your gifts from our Amazon wish list!!
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Amazon often does not give us packing slips and never gives us your contact info so
we have no way to personally thank you.   Please know how grateful we are to you
for your gifts!!

Thank you Ashley Greg for the cat litter, toy and cleaners!
Thank you Ashley Gregg for the foods!
Thank you Chris Kuhar for the toys!
Thank you Christina Kaberline for the food!
Thank you Douglas Polhamius for the toys!




Thank you Duncan Bramlett for the laundry soap and foods!
Thank you Jan Parry for the toys!
Thank you Linda Carden for the ear cleaning solution, paper pads, note pads,grass seed and fertilizer!
Thank you Lynda Orchard for the foods and trashbags!
Thank you Marie Maher for the foods!






Thank you Martin Duran Ramirez for the foods and trashbags!
Thank you Mary Ann Bryant for the charcoal filters, and toys!
Thank you Melissa Ochoa for the toys!
Thank you Patrick Sullivan for the food and catnip toys!






Thank you Patrick Sullivan for the food and catnip toys!
Thank you Paula Grossi for the food!
Thank you Scott Cirlin for the food!
Thank you several unnamed people for the cleaners, qtips, treats, slumber cat mats, sponges,
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the scratch and rests!
Thank you unnamed for the kuranda climber!
Thank you Victor Sosa for the toys, food, brush scratcher!






Friday, February 20, 2015

2/20/2015

Cat behavior: How to deal with calling, meowing, and howling




This article courtesy of Pet Insurance 101.


If you allow it, cats can be talkative. This is especially true if you own a Siamese cat. During the day, Siamese cats are quite capable giving you an earful of meowing and howling.

The following are tips on how to stop excessive cat calling and meowing and how to stop the howling:
Give them the cold shoulder. We know that cats are big time attention grabbers. They will continually call and meow until they get your attention or whatever it is they want. If you want to stop this act, ignore them. Only turn back to them once they are calmed down and quiet again.
Proper feeding. One of the reasons cats call: They are hungry. Make sure they have enough food.
Check on your cat for any pain. If it seems your cat is meowing for no reason at all, it might be that your pet is in pain. Check your cat's entire body. If the meowing persists, and you still can’t find the source of pain, it's time to bring your pet to the vet.
Spay your cat. At the age of 5 to 6 months, a cat will reach sexual maturity. As a result of going into heat, cats howl and meow. For this reason, and many others, spay or neuter your cat.
Cat doors. A lot of cats, even those that are pampered and well-loved, still want to be allowed to go out. And then, once they are out there, they will meow to be let in again. Invest in a cat door and your cats may go in and out as they please.

(We Strongly disagree with this statement,  my cat Brian was accidentally hit by a visitor with their car at the end of open house because he was pestering me to let him go out and I caved in.  He died)

Older cats. At night, older cats seem to meow and howl for no reason at all. This can be attributed to an illness similar to humans' Alzheimer’s. They howl simply because they experience disorientation, and sometimes, they simply cannot find their way on their own turf. Consult your vet if your cat appears lost or disoriented, and stay tuned to her whereabouts if she roams outdoors.


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Thank you Linda Carden for the hand sanitizers!
Thank you unnamed for the cases of food!
Thank you Christina for the case of food!
Thank you Paula & Maya for the case of food!
Thank you Mr. Martin Willis for the food!
Thank you Michael Fine for the case of food!




Thank you Constantina Birica for the freshstep!
Thank you Babette Martin for the toys and donation!
Thank you Alberta Brett for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Mary Todd for the freshstep, bleach and clorox cleanup!
Thank you Deborah Zicha for the freshstep!



The cats ask will you please help mama Alana, Jill & Fiona raise $2500 to help spay/neuter 1500 homeless cats this year. They are going to shave their heads (not the cats) bald.  http://blindcatrescue.org/fundraise.htm?/operationbald
You will get to watch them take it off Live on ustream.tv/blindcatrescue 
We hope you will help smile emoticon Please share



Do you like to shop or sell on ebay!  With the fast click on the link
http://tinyurl.com/bcrebay
You can easily help the cats.  List an auction or buy a treasure :)




Bear will flip if you will help :)

An easy Fast Free way to help the cats each day...

Take just a minute to click the link:


Pick click to save Rescue cats  and click the button that says Click It is Free
Return each day and it will add up :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

2/16/2015

Changing your Life for your cats
http://cattime.com/changing-your-life-for-your-cats.html




From now on, the cat rules.
When bringing a cat into your household, expect a few things will change — both for your cat's safety and for her pleasure. We've all heard the comments: “You shouldn’t have to change your lifestyle for a companion animal." But how could that be? Bringing home a cat is not like adding a new throw pillow for the sofa. This is a living being with needs and desires; of course this requires change.
New cat people should prepare themselves for these changes and give serious thought to whether they are ready. Conveniences, or even luxuries, previously taken for granted can no longer be overlooked. People with their first cat will find themselves thinking about things differently than ever before. For example, kitchen counters are now dangerous ledges, tables are invitations to knock things over, and screen doors become climbing gyms.
Prepare in advance
It’s been suggested that new cat people actually get down on the floor and look around the rooms of the home from a cat’s perspective for hidden dangers. A curious kitty will always be looking for something new to get into — it’s their job; it’sour job to help protect them.
Here's how:
  • Don't leave string, rubber bands, or paperclips on a desk or countertop; your cat could easily ingest such items and suffer blocked intestines or tummy upset
  • Always make sure to close doors to the outside, especially screen doors that are easily overlooked in the summer
  • Keep the trash cans secure or out of the way
You may also find yourself making some home d├ęcor decisions that you never would have before the cat arrived, like:
  • Scattering cat toys everywhere (with your cats’ help of course)
  • Putting an extra sheet or blanket on your bed to keep the cat fur off your sheets
Litter boxes will need to be available and the litter will need to be scooped and dealt with several times a day. Once in a while the cats will need to go the veterinarian for a physical or shots, which should provide for a fun car ride full of high volume meowing in the most accusatory manner. You’ll also find yourself speaking in baby talk or sharing your innermost thoughts with your cat.
Life with cats
Once a cat gets older or sick even further accommodations may need to be made. It’s not unusual to have to clean up after a sick cat who vomits or does his business outside the box. Getting a cat to take a pill (or even use an inhaler!) provides another new experience. Some people face even greater challenges with sick or disabled cats and gladly go the extra mile for their feline friend.
That said, most cat people would agree: after a while, you don’t even notice the changes. It’s just part of life and what you do for love



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Thank you Annamarie Caruso for the foods, toys and trashbags!

Thank you Brian Moroz for the toys!
Thank you Carina Bergdahl for the food!
Thank you Carl Wetterling for the toys!
Thank you Connie Moreno for the food!



Thank you Constantina Birica for the food!
Thank you David Jahng for the freshstep!
Thank you Dawn Gilmore for the food!
Thank you Elizabeth Coble for the foods and toy!
Thank you Erin Palko for the foods!

Thank you Erin Palko for the scratch and rests!



Thank you Joann Keyes for the toys!
Thank you Judith Morris for the cat litter!
Thank you Kristy Galloway for the good, toys and scratch and rests!
Thank you Linda Carden for the scratch and rests, plates, cups, trashbags, dry food, silverware, tea, sugar and creamers!
Thank you Pamela Lasselle for the food!
Thank you Pamela Meese for the foods!
Thank you Sharon J for the amazing quilt!
Thank you Shirley Kelly for all the cases of food!

Thank you unnamed for all the good, filters, trashbags,shark bed and cleaning kits!


Thank you to everyone that came to open house on Valentines Day!   We posted a bunch of pictures on Facebook,  Here are a few more,  Hope you enjoy

Candy & Jeremiah

Jennifer and Popcorn


Gallie found a lap

Vince, Jennifer & Kitties

LT says HEY!


Do you shop with Schwan's?  They have a charitable program that makes a donation to the cats each time you place an order with them...  You can find out details here:  https://www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/12579-blind-cat-kitty-care




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