Friday, February 28, 2014


Good morning,  31 degrees, windy and chilly.

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Thank you Eva Black for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Cynthya Petzen for the Laundry Soap, Dish Soap,  cleaner,  trash bags, cat litter,  toys and food!
Thank you Michele Tiner for the food!

Thank you Mark Whaley for the undercover mouse!
Thank you Debra Jean Ulch for the food!
Thank you Mark Whaley for the litter!
Thank you Beth Harrison for the food and bounce!

Thank you Heather Nelson for the babble ball!
Thank you Carole Kraehenbuehl for the babble ball!
Sadly, they did not tell us who you are!
Thank you unnamed for the senior litter,  miralax,  5 concealed motion toys, bag of toys!

Dental disease in cats
by Jill Anne Sparpany

How many of you can brush your cat’s teeth? How many of you would attempt to brush them with heavy-duty oven mitts and some kitty tranquilizer? Most people would not, yet feline dental disease and its complications are very common.

The American Veterinary Dental Society states 70% of pet cats show signs of dental disease by age 3. Signs of dental disease are bad breath, redness and swelling of the gums, changes in eating habits or pawing at the face or mouth. When eating, food residue called plaque sticks to teeth and over time, plaque hardens into tartar. If the tartar is not removed, gingivitis – irritation of the gums – leads to gum disease which is the most common cause of feline dental problems and tooth loss. Gingivitis causes gum recession and pocket formation, which traps bacteria. Infection weakens the lining of the socket holding the tooth in place, causing the tooth to become loose and drop out. Other dental problems include erosion of teeth, broken teeth, oral resorptive lesions, and stomatitis

Periodontal disease surrounding teeth of a cat.
Note red, inflammed and receding gums

The extent of dental disease is determined by type of food, systemic illnesses, oral inflammation and breed, and if any oral care or preventatives are used at home.
Some breeds, including the Abyssinian, Persian and Siamese, are more prone to oral resorptive lesions, in which teeth are broken down at the gum line and reabsorbed. Softening food with water and daily brushing will help manage the resorptive condition.

Caudal stomatitis in a cat

Stomatitis is inflammation of the entire mouth. Clinical signs include drooling, extreme pain, loss of appetite and weight loss. The cat may become more aggressive, act depressed or withdraw from normal routines. Treatment for stomatitis includes oral gels, routine dental cleanings, steroids, antibiotics or homeopathic remedies. Advanced stomatitis not relieved by conservative treatments may necessitate extraction of the cat’s teeth.
Viral infections, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), can make a cat more prone to dental disease.

Dental care can keep kitty’s pearly whites strong and healthy for his lifetime. Dental cleaning is a very quick procedure done under light anesthetic. The teeth are descaled, usually with an ultrasonic descaler that  shoots sprays of water, vibrating at very high speed, onto the teeth. This is the same type of ultrasonic cleaning your dentist uses. The tartar is shaken loose and washed away. After cleaning, surfaces are polished smooth to prevent tartar buildup from occurring too quickly. Any badly infected teeth may need to be extracted.

Light anesthetics administered for dental cleanings are safe for elderly cats. It is better to have your older cat’s teeth cleaned annually to prevent infection or worse health problems, especially if other pre-existing health diseases are present.

Examine your cat’s mouth for red, irritated gums, tartar buildup and bad breath. Observe if your cat has changes in appetite, eating or behavior. Gums should be pink and firm. The cat should not have bad breath or plaque buildup on his teeth.
Many vets have plaque and tartar control treats and water additives to reduce plaque buildup. Be sure to provide fresh water daily!

Special Note: Not all vets administer antibiotics with routine dental cleanings. During tartar removal, small bleeding may occur and provides a portal of entry for oral bacteria to get into the bloodstream.   ASK FOR THEM!  We have had several cats DIE from the bacteria from dentals.  Humans DIE from dentals from the same cause.  ASK FOR ANTIBIOTICS to give BEFORE the dentals.

Post-dental infection can cause sepsis, systemic bloodstream infection, or organ infections, such as hepatits or pancreatitis.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


Good Morning!   25 degrees this morning.  Supposed to be sunny and 50's today :)

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Feline Allergies
by Jill Anne Sparapany 

Did you know your cat can have allergies?

When exposed to certain everyday substances, the immune system can become over sensitive and “see” these substances, or allergens, as dangerous. The allergic reaction is caused when the body attempts to get rid of the allergens. Cats with allergies can have extreme reactions!

Anything can be an allergy trigger for your cat so you will need to keep note of the home environment, food and treats and when symptoms are seen.
Allergies can occur in cats at any age and all cats are at risk. Allergens can be airborne, in food, applied to their skin or transmitted by fleas. Cats that spend time outdoors are more prone to flea and pollen allergies. Overweight cats and cats exposed to cigarette smoke can develop asthma.

Symptoms of allergies:
Sneezing or wheezing. Coughing may be seen if the cat has asthma.
Itchy skin and increased or excessive scratching.
Itchy runny eyes.
Itchy back or base of tail. Most common in flea allergies.
Snoring caused by throat inflammation.
Swollen paws. Paw chewing.

A flea allergy can be triggered by the bite of only one flea! 
 The intense itching can last for 2 to 3 weeks.

Tree, grass, mold and mildew.
Fleas and flea-controlled products.
Prescription drugs.
Cleaning products.
Cigarette smoke.

Fabrics, rubber and plastic materials.

If you suspect your cat has allergies, visit your vet. Complete history and physical exam will be done. Taking notes of symptom occurrences and what your cat was doing and its environment can help narrow down the allergens. Your cat may also have skin or blood tests. Intradermal skin testing is the test of choice.

A special elimination diet may be recommended to find out if it is a food allergy. To diagnose food allergy, your cat will be fed a prescription or hydrolyzed protein diet exclusively for 12 weeks. This diet is free of potential allergy-causing ingredients that your cat has never been exposed to. No flavored medications or treats!

Reintroduction of foods will start after symptoms have resolved. Careful notes of foods eaten and recurrence of symptoms will be valuable information for your vet and to prevent future allergic reactions.

Many cats with food allergies may require home-cooked meals. The meals must be done under the supervision of your vet because it requires special protein and supplements for food balancing.

Treatment of cat allergies:  Prevention is the best treatment!

Prevent flea exposure. Start flea control program for all your pets before the season begins. It only takes one outdoor pet to be exposed and carry fleas inside. Your vet can recommend flea control products. (Note: Certain flea control medicated collars have been associated with excoriated and burned skin.)

Do NOT under any circumstances use the cheap Hartz flea treatment from Walmart.  Many cats have DIED from it!    Read this page for stories on the product!

Use dust-free and unscented litter. Most litters have some dust but you can minimize the dust with careful pouring of the litter. Your cat may be allergic to the chemicals in scented litter.

If dust is the allergen, frequent vacuuming will reduce allergy flare-ups. Clean pet’s bedding once a week and vacuum your home, including rugs and dust furniture, at least twice a week.

Bathing your cat one or two times a week may help relieve itching and removes any environmental allergens and pollens from skin and fur. Since frequent bathing may dry out skin, ask your vet for shampoo recommendations.

What about allergy medications?

For airborne pollens, cortisone or steroids will help control the allergic reaction. Care must be taken in long-term steroid use! These are by vet prescription only – do not use any Over-The-Counter or prescription medications without full knowledge and consent of your vet!
Allergy injections are the best way to treat allergies. Medications treat the symptoms.

Antihistamines (Benadryl) may be used and work best before exposure to the allergen. Do not medicate your cat without your vet’s approval!    Liquid Benadryl often has alcohol.  Talk to your vet about using benadryl pills instead.

Fatty acid supplements can help relieve itchy skin. Many products, as shampoos, aloe-based, and other natural products, are available. Check with your vet as your cat may also be allergic to ingredients in these products!

Discuss flea prevention with your vet. There are many products that are applied once a month to the back of neck (so the cat does not ingest it while grooming).

Allergy-related asthma: Any stress, pollen or allergen exposure can trigger an asthma attack.
For short-term relief, your vet will prescribe meds that will quickly open breathing passages. For long-term management, corticosteroids may be used. These will be given via inhalers. Have your vet practice with you on giving inhalers.

**  Read the BCR blog from Feb. 11, 2014 on asthma and inhaler administration. There is a brief video on inhaler use!

Always follow your vet's instructions on how much and when to give allergy meds!  Do NOT give more than instructed.  If your cat's symptoms are not relieved, call your vet!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Good morning!  Temps are 39 this morning... supposed to rain.


Abbey with the 8 track toy

Thank you Karin Burns for the cat carrier!
Thank you Annette Funseth for the foods, trash bags, dryer sheets, magic erasers!
Thank you Anita Wright for the foods!
Thank you Karin for the camera, case and carrier!!
Thank you DeAnna DeRosa for the eight track catnip toy, sardine cat nip toys!

Sterling playing with the sardine toys

Thank you Linda Carden for the Dawn dishwashing soap and cleaner!
Thank you Jo Anne Larson for the camera!
Thank you Kimberlee Binder for the beds!
Thank you Darian Mark for the foods!
Thank you unnamed for all the crystal litter!
Thank you unnamed for all the wonderful toys!

Gina and Nicky with the boxes

Let’s Chat about Cat Chatter
by Jill Anne Sparapany

Have you ever watched your cat when he’s riveted on a bird chirping outside the window?
Does he ‘chatter’?

There are some theories about cat chattering behavior. The most domesticated cat has retained their wild hunting instincts. When they are “on the hunt,” these instincts are naturally brought out. What purpose does the chatter serve on the hunt? Why does the cat chatter when he sees a bird or rodent?

A group of scientists doing fieldwork in the Amazon forest recorded vocalizations of a group of pied tamarin monkeys. A wildcat showed up and started making calls identical to the vocalizations of the monkeys! This was the first recorded instance of a wildcat in the Americas mimicking calls of its prey.
The scientists of the Wildlife Conservation Society, who worked on the monkey project, suspect all cats can copy the calls of their prey. Cats, well known for their physical agility and stealth, may bring an additional skill to their hunt – chattering.

Cat chatter usually begins when a bird is chirping loudly near a cat. The cat becomes intensely focused on the bird and the cat crouches down and its tail swishes from side to side, as if getting ready to pounce through the glass. Within a minute, the cat starts to tweet and chatter with its mouth moving in sync with the birds beak. It is thought one reason cats chatter when they see a bird is because they are attempting to imitate the bird call to lure their prey closer.
Other theories about why domestic cats chatter when hunting are from the anticipation of the hunt or from the surge of adrenalin and it’s how the cat controls his over-the-top excitement at spotting the bird. Others think it is when the cat is frustrated from not being able to get to the prey. If chattering is related to frustration, you can engage your cat in an interactive play session so your cat can go from feeling frustrated to fulfilling.

The monkeys were nearly fooled by the close presence of a predator. Many feral cats are successful in catching birds using the chatter technique. The chattering noises are not meaningless sounds but may mean much more to the intended prey.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Good morning   39 degrees this morning,  supposed to rain.


Thank you so much to all the generous people that share
so much with the cats!  Thank you for the gifts
from our wishlists!

Sadly,  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 gifts to the cats!!

Taffey enjoying playing

Thank you Victor Sosa for the catnip toys & Sardines in tin toys!
Thank you Anita Wright for the foods, shark pads and litter!
Thank you Victoria Nokes for the cat nip 8 track toy and food!
Thank you Gloria Ilarraza for the ear cleaning solution!
Thank you Valerie Glantschnig for the cat litter, clorox cleanup and clavamox!!
Thank you Laura Kavesh for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Mel GOoch for the cat litter!
Thank you Bob & Virginia Johnson for the cat bed!
Thank you Nancy & Joe Wilson for the food!
Thank you Lynda Duckworth for the cat bed!
Thank you Georgi Mortensen for the litter and food!
Thank you Cynthya Petzen for the food & batteries!
Thank you Tiffany Valdez for the scratch and rest!
Thank you unnamed for the sponges!

Baron keeping the boxes safe

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Famous Cats
by Jill Anne Sparapany

Binks – the boy who was turned into an immortal cat by three witches in movie, ‘Hocus Pocus’
Bombalurina – ‘Cats’, Andrew Lloyd Weber (Broadway musical)
Burbank – Danny Glover’s pet in movie ‘Lethal Weapon’
D.C. – Siamese crime solver in movie, ‘That Darn Cat’
Felix – ‘The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat’ (animation, TV show)
Fifi – constantly mistaken for a skunk by Pépé le Pew (animation)
Grumpy Cat – real name Tardar Sauce, internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression
Guido Anchovy – ‘Samurai Pizza Cats’, Saban
Jonesy – orange cat surviver with Sigorney Weaver in movie, ‘Alien’
Maru – internet celebrity cat famous for his love of boxes, Japan
Morris – rescued from a Chicago shelter 20 minutes prior to euthanasia and originally named Lucky, appeared in 40 cat food ads, 9 Lives cat food
Plato – brown and white kitten with habit of sneaking up on other cats, ‘Cats’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Tiddles – ‘she flies across the studio into a bucket of water…’ in Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Tiger – former record-holder for heaviest domestic cat, long haired part Persian weighing 43 lbs,                  ‘Guiness Book of World Records’

Binky – pet and mentor of Susan Becker, author of ‘All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat’
Garfield – comic strip by Jim Davis, Garfield
Boche – the cat Anne Frank found in the attic, ‘Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank
Rumpleteazer  – ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, T.S Eliot (book)
Bustopher Jones – the cat-about-town, ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, T.S Eliot (book)
Cheshire Cat – insane cat who could disappear, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Lewis Carroll
General – ‘Cat’s Eye’, Stephen King
Grimalkin – first witch’s familiar, ‘MacBeth’, William Shakespeare
Norton – fictional Scottish fold tabby in novel, ‘The Cat Who Went to Paris’, author Peter Gethers
Pangur Ba’n – first ever mention of pet cat in European literature, poem by unknown Irish scholar in 8th century
Para – legendary protector and provider in Finnish folklore
Rhubarb – pet cat whose deceased owner left him a baseball team, ‘Rhubarb’ by H. Allen Smith
Rodilardus – Latin for ‘I gnaw bacon’, large furry companion of Pardus, 16th century literature by                                Francis Rabelais
Taffy – thieving pet in the 1929 poem, ‘In Honor of Taffy Topaz’, Christopher Morley

Blackie – richest cat in history that inherited 15 million British Pounds
Brownie and Hellcat – became the richest cats in the world when owner Dr. William Grier left them
Dusty – holds the record for the most kittens in her lifetime, 420 kittens
Irusan – the legendary, huge King of the Cats, killed by a saint while punishing a poet for his cat satire
Creme Puff – world’s oldest cat who was 38 years old, (1967-2005), ‘Guiness Book of World Records’
Faith – London cat that  took up residence in St Faith & St Augustine's church (by St Paul's Cathedral) in   wartime, and received a PDSA Silver Medal for her bravery in caring for her kitten when the            church was bombed
Jack – cat lost by American Airlines baggage handlers at John F Kennedy airport, after his 61 day      ordeal, he fell through the ceiling, was severely dehydrated and malnourished, had 12 days of            veterinary ICU care before he crossed the Bridge, has Facebook page “Jack the Cat is Lost             In AA…” and his legacy is NEVER AGAIN, which had started public pressure for pet safety            standards in air flight.
Mickey – former record-holder tabby for most mice killed, about 22,000, ‘Guiness Book of World   Records’
Oscar – fitted with bionic hind legs following an accident in 2009
Nedjem – means ‘sweet, pleasant’, the first cat known to have had a name
Towser – as of 1997, tortie held record for most mice killed, 28,000+, ‘Guiness Book of World Records’
Scarlett – rescued her 5 kittens from a burning building in New York in 1996
Stubbs – cat who was elected mayor of the town of Talkeetna, Alaska in 1997, as write-in candidate
Sugar – his family left him behind when they moved, he left his new owners home and found his                   original owners’ new house 1500 miles away
Willow -  cat lost from a Boulder, Colorado home, who was discovered 5 years later and 1,800 miles    away in New York City, she survived owls, coyotes, criminals, and Manhattan traffic. She was          reunited with her owners with the help of her microchip.

Snowball – the most famous of Ernest Hemingway's cats, who was polydactyl and lived with Hemingway     at his house in Key West.
Humphrey – black and white mascot, retired, of the Prime Minister’s residence at No. 10             Downing Street,          U.K.
Nin – weather crew cat of Mt. Washington Observatory, N.H., named for Anias Nin and is short for           ‘Nincompoop’
Puffins – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s cat
Socks – stray cat adopted by family of President Bill Clinton, named by daughter Chelsea
Catarina – Edgar Allan Poe’s pet cat and the inspiration for his story, ‘The Black Cat’
Kitty Purry – Maine Coon belonging to singer Katy Perry

Ta-Miu – the  cat of Crown Prince Thutmose, after her death she was mummified and buried in a      decorated sarcophagus

Monday, February 24, 2014


Good morning!  47 degrees,  temps are supposed to be 60 today.  Supposed to be a pretty sunny day.

Today is:  National Tortilla Chip Day

Today in History:

1839 - Mr. William S. Otis of Philadelphia, PA picked up a patent for the steam shovel.
1857 - The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government. Only imperforated ones had been used previously. When stamp sheets were issued years later for the first time, someone thought it a good idea to return to the non-perforated style so that folks had to cut the stamps off the page. That idea didn’t last long. Customer complaints brought the perforated stamps to the sheets of stamps as well.
1866 - The Capitol in Washington, DC displayed an American flag made entirely of American bunting -- another first.
1940 - Frances Langford recorded one of the classic songs of all time -- and one that would become a Walt Disney trademark. When You Wish Upon a Star was recorded on Decca Records during a session in Los Angeles. Many artists have recorded the song, including pop diva Linda Ronstadt (with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in the early 1980s). One can hear the song not only on record, but as the theme in the opening credits of any Disney movie, video and TV program and those “I’m going to Disneyland/World!” commercials, too.
1969 - Johnny Cash recorded his second live prison performance. It followed a concert the previous year at Folsom Prison. The LP Johnny Cash at San Quentin, with the hit single A Boy Named Sue, was recorded live as part of a British TV.
1973 - Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly with His Song hit #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad remained at the top for four weeks: “...Killing me softly with his song; Killing me softly with his song; Telling my whole life with his words; Killing me softly with his song...”
1976 - The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits became the first LP in the US to be certified platinum - two-million copies sold. It rose to number one in the U.S. on March 13, 1976.
1980 - The U.S. Hockey Team won its “Do you believe in miracles?” gold medal. Final score: U.S. 4, Finland 2. The drama had begun with the U.S. team’s upset win over the powerful Soviet team on February 22. When the U.S. polished off Finland for the gold medal, folks all over the U.S. decided to start believing, indeed!

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Chocolate Toxicity in Cats
By Jill Anne Sparapany

All cats, especially kittens, are known for eating things they shouldn't and it can be especially dangerous when there is chocolate around. Their excellent sense of smell makes it easy for them to find secret hiding spots for chocolate.

Chocolate is derived from roasted Theobroma cacao seeds, which contain two substances that can be toxic to cats – caffeine and theobromine. When these two ingredients are eaten, your cat can become very ill with various medical complications that can progress to death.

Increased body temperature
Increased reflex responses
Muscle rigidity
Rapid breathing
Increased heart rate
Low blood pressure
Advanced signs are cardiac failure, weakness and coma

The type of chocolate and amount ingested are the determining factors for the severity of the toxicity. The  three types of chocolate most often in the home are milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and baking chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more caffeine and theobromine it contains.

NEVER feed your cat anything that may contain chocolate and
always keep it out of reach of your cat.

If you suspect your cat has eaten chocolate, prompt medical intervention by your vet is imperative! There is no antidote to chocolate toxicity!

Keep your cat cool and calm in a quiet place will help to keep the symptoms from escalating too quickly.
Your cat will have a complete physical exam and lab work. CBC, chemistry panel and urinalysis will help determine the presence of chocolate or caffeine overdose.
The obromine blood levels can be done also. An EKG will show any abnormalities in the rhythm or conduction of heart beats. 
It is common to induce vomiting ASAP after ingestion to prevent the caffeine and theobromine from being digested and prevent seizures.

IV fluids will be given to keep your cat hydrated. Your cat will be fed a bland diet for several days so the digestive system is not compromised by additional stress.


Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts to the cats from our wishlists!

Amazon often does not tell us who you are and they never give us your contact information so we can not personally contact you to thank you.  Please know how grateful we are to you for your gifts!!

Thank you Gloria Llarraza for the foods!
Thank you Melissa Taylor for the cleaner!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Rosabel Lopez-Macias for the food!

Thank you Robert Johnson for all the beds!
Thank you Laura Johnson for the scratch and rest!
Thank you unnamed for the sponges!

Thank you Anita Wright for all the cat litter!
Thank you unnamed for the cleaner and food!
Thank you Marcia Ewing-Current for all the freshstep, foods, flea treatment & vaccines!
Thank you Alica Malinowski for the Amazon gift card!

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chat at 6 pm,  boxes at 6:30 pm EST    We hope you will join us :)