Saturday, August 29, 2015

08/29/2015

Hey everyone !

Snicker here!  After a little time off and taking some writing and journalism classes, I am back with my interviews!


Today, I am pleased to interview Greta:

Snicker:    Hello Greta and thank you for talking with me.

Greta:  My pleasure Snicker and thank you, too.  You look really good - are you well now?

Snicker:  I am feeling great, Greta!  Everyone has been saying prayers for me and sending lots of love.

Can you tell me how you came to BCR?

Greta:   Well, my story starts in 2007.   I owe my life to Vicki, a very kind volunteer with the Horry County Shelter in South Carolina.  A lot of kitties that go there dont leave and I was scared.   She took me home to live with her  until she could find a home for me.  She loved me even though I was born blind and was really sick at the time with an upper respiratory infection.  I was so sick that she said I was at the top of the Bad List, whatever that means.  Vicki contacted Alana and asked if I could go live at BCR.  I am so happy she said yes and that there was room here for me!  When I remember Vicki I purr a lot.

Snicker:  Wow, thats amazing, Greta.  If youre like me, youve been very happy here at BCR!

Greta:  I am!  Alanas vet gave me an exam and gave me some medicine to make me feel better and made a world of difference for me.  I got well and got to know my roommates at BCR. 

I love to play and cuddle.

Snicker:   Do you have sponsors?

Greta:   I sure do!  I want to thank Jane, Maureen, Stephanie and John & Robin!  You all make me purr!!

Snicker:  I have to ask, what is that around your neck ?

Greta:  Well, Ive been feeling kind of bad lately and havent felt like eating.  This is a collar and feeding tube.  Kitty & Stephanie noticed right away when I stopped eating and told Alana and she took me to the vet.  Theyve been trying to figure out whats going on with me.  Until they do and I feel better so I'm eating on my own, but when I don't feel like eating Alana will feed me threw the feeding tube.

Snicker:  I hope you feel better soon, Greta, we all do.  Thanks for talking to me!

Greta:  Youre welcome, Snicker!  I love BCR and want to help Mom Alana and my other friends who come see me every day to tell everyone how great it is here for us kitties.


Written by Seth,  inspired by Snicker


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Friday, August 28, 2015

08/28/2015

FIV
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
FIV is one of the fairly common cat viruses, that is much misunderstood....

Cats with FIV need everyone to understand the realities of the virus.

We have had many cats with FIV in our sanctuary, several with us for ten years or more and, in general terms, they have been both healthy and happy and living a full (but protected) life.
We know that FIV is a much misunderstood virus and, over the years, this misunderstanding has resulted in many otherwise healthy cats being euthanased - quite unnecessarily.
The FIV virus reduces a cat's immune system, slowly (over several years) this can leave it more vulnerable to other feline infections,
that is all - in itself FIV is not life threatening.

FIV CANNOT be transmitted to humans
What is often misunderstood, is that a cat with FIV will usually have a strong immune system for several years after infection, it is only with time, that the effects of the virus may start to show, and even then, most infections can be handled by appropriate medications.

The FIV cats that do suffer, are those that are long-term strays, who have survived on a poor diet and probably been involved in fights, with subsequent injuries going untreated - this is the scenario that leads to the suffering that is wrongly thought to be common to all FIVs.
In our experience, FIV positive cats can have, and deserve to have, a long and healthy life. They need careful attention to their general health and diet, but this is no more than any cat should receive. A properly cared for FIV cat need not have a shortened life expectancy. The effectiveness of all cats' immune systems reduce with age. Not many would recommend euthanasia just because a cat is getting elderly, so why so with FIV?
The main problem is that the virus can be transmitted to other cats (only cats - no other species). In the vast majority of cases, it is transmitted through biting. Cats fight for three main reasons: food, territory and mating. By providing a regular food supply and neutering, the need to fight is dramatically reduced, making the transmission of FIV far less likely. Euthanasia of FIV cats is a vast over reaction due to a lack of understanding about the true nature of the virus.
There are many unidentified FIV cats everywhere, and most cats will come in contact with ones carrying the virus at some point, but, without fighting, there is no reason for them to become infected.
Eradicating the virus is not currently a realistic objective; and, putting to sleep a few individuals, identified with the virus but otherwise healthy, seems to us to be a futile reaction.

Correcting some of the basic misconceptions about FIV:
1     FIV is not in itself a life-threatening disease
2     FIV is not 'Cataids'
3     FIV does not necessarily shorten life expectancy.
4     FIV cannot be transferred to other species (animal or human)
FIV is a virus that affects the cat's immune system, it acts very slowly, and it is often several years before the cat shows any signs of a damaged immune system, - many never suffer at all!

FIV can make a cat more susceptible to other infections, which means they need care and protection.
It is like when humans are 'one degree under'. When 'run-down' we tend to pick up colds and suffer from minor sores, mouth ulcers etc, more so than when in top condition. It can be the same with FIV cats if they are not cared for.
In any animal (and human), their immune response varies in effectiveness from time to time depending on their general health. When we get run-down what do we do? - We take  a tonic, get more sleep, have better food, take a holiday, we then regain our strength. The same is true of FIV positive cats - with good care, good food, and security, and preventing stressful circumstances, they seem to recover from most secondary infections just like non-FIV cats.
The FIV cats that have problems are the strays who have no-one looking after them - these can fall prey to all the other infections around, usually brought about through fighting for food, territory or females, and without treatment, these can escalate. It is mostly the un-neutered toms that fight, and therefore pick up and spread the virus. When one of these gets captured and taken to a vet, suffering from all manner of secondary infections, it is often too late. These cats are the ones that have led to the undeserved fear about FIV. It is the nature of a vet's work, that they will see many more ill cats than healthy ones, whereas in fact, there are very many more healthy FIV cats than ill ones - they just don't need to see the vet! - take a look at the photos of the FIV cats in our sanctuary (on the sanctuary page) and decide for yourself whether they look healthy or not - most have no need to see a vet from one end of the year to another.
Visitors to our sanctuary often express surprise "We expected to see loads of ill cats, but they all look so happy and healthy!" - Yes, that's because they are!

FIV is not the terrible thing it is made out to be, it is no more than a weakness!
To read more visit: http://www.v63.net/catsanctuary/fiv.html


Domino is FIV postive!



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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

08/25/2015

She Transforms A Tree Into A Classy Cat Playground


by Elyse Wanshel


As a pet owner, I know firsthand that pet supplies and tasteful interior design don’t always, well, go together…
Take for example the litter box. Sure, our feline friends need them — but they’re not exactly a pleasant thing to have around the house. Same goes for yucky crates and messy dishes.
Yet, thanks to some very crafty folks out there, icky pet care products can sometimes double as beautiful decor and useful furniture! Examples of this include a beautiful dresser that disguises a litter box and food and laundry rooms that fulfill all of a dog’s needs.
This project, by Imgur user sliphur, is one of these gorgeous feats. When she needed to cut down a tree in her yard that was preventing others from growing, she decided to use this landscaping debris to make something her pets that would love to use — and she would love to look at!
And I have to admit, looking at these gorgeous photos, she definitely accomplished that goal!
This is the tree she started with. After she chopped down the tree, she trimmed the branches and plucked the leaves. She also got some “strange looks from neighbors, wondering why I was cutting down a tree... then awkwardly dragging it into my back yard.”

This is the tree she started with. After she chopped down the tree, she trimmed the branches and plucked the leaves. She also got some “strange looks from neighbors, wondering why I was cutting down a tree... then awkwardly dragging it into my back yard.”

Now she had to think about her limb selection. She wanted the branches to resemble “a spiral staircase.”

Now she had to think about her limb selection. She wanted the branches to resemble “a spiral staircase.”

“Finally an excuse to use my circle jig!” she wrote. “I doubled up two circles for the base to give it more weight and stability.”

“Finally an excuse to use my circle jig!” she wrote. “I doubled up two circles for the base to give it more weight and stability.”

Then she glued and screwed everything together and attached the base with some lag screws.

Then she glued and screwed everything together and attached the base with some lag screws.

Once it was assembled, she did a final trim of the branches.

Once it was assembled, she did a final trim of the branches.
To read more  on the finishing piece please visit: http://cat-tree.littlethings.com/cut-down-tree-cat-toy-diy/


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Liza!

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