Thursday, March 23, 2017


Pretty Camille is very thankful to be at BCR
She ask that if you want to send some goodies to the kitties
to please do so using the link below:

Thank you Sharon Thiel for all the food!
Thank you Black & Bunnie & IG Arbachur for all the food!
Thank you Kara Dicecco for the litters and food!

Thank you Ashley & Neil Delaney for the litters and food!
Thank you Agnes DeArcos for the litter and clorox!
Thank you Stacy Smith for the foods!
Thank you Cindy in memory of Sheba, Niles, Georgie, Spooky and Simon for the litters and syringes!

Thank you Suzanna Coholic for the beautiful grave stone for Jerry!

Thank you Maureen Harrison for the food and for visiting!!
Thank you kara Dicecco for the litter!
Thank you Debbie for the dish soap!
Thank you Linda for the trashbags, food, bird seed and magic erasers!
Thank you Stacy Smith for the bowtie!

Thank you Melissa Strange for the food!
Thank you Erika for the dish soap!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the Petfusions!

Thank you Linda for the candy and dryer sheets!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the food!
Thank you Carl Wetterling for the gloves!

Thank you Debbie for the bleach, magic erasers and dryer sheets!
Thank you unnamed for the TP, paper towels and food!

This is a pallet of litter that YOU helped the cats get with your points!! 
We are so grateful to you!! This is approx. 5 weeks of litter!
Did you know you can donate your pawpoints to the cats? 
freshstep link ==>
We use over 60 boxes of litter each month and your 
paw points will help provide litter for the cats.

THANK YOU so much to every one that voted faithfully to 
help the cats win 5000 meals, You Did It!!! 
We are humbled and grateful for your love and support!!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

New Kitties 

This is Callie and she is FELV+
You can read all about her on her page here:
and if she touches your heart you can also
sponsor her. 

This sweet baby is Sylvester and he is also FELV+. He is a total
love bug. You can read all about him on his page here:
and he is looking for sponsors. 

Sad Goodbyes

Cole began dramatically losing weight and his behavior 
showed that he was in pain. 
X-rays and ultra sound showed his abdominal cavity 
was full of tumors. With him being Leukemia positive
 we knew we had reached the time to let him go.
 He was a very sweet kitty and is missed by all that knew him.

We knew when Matthew came to us he had pancreatic cancer 
and that his stay would not be long.
 We had hoped it would be longer.
 He was running a 105.5 fever, his abdomen was full
 of fluid, it was time to say goodbye. He was a very sweet fellow and is missed by all.

Once again thank you to everyone that has
sent food, litter, toys, and all the other
goodies to the kitties. Without your 
support we could not take care of all
these wonderful kitties. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Griffen is a big happy blind boy. He was actually rescued
by an American who was living in France. When she moved
back to the states, she knew that she would eventually
be taking care of a elderly relative who was allergic to cats. We
had a space open right before she was running out of time so
we took him in. He is very friendly, loves everyone and loves food. He is
kinda on a diet actually but we have not
told him yet. LOL
He is very thankful for BCR and ask that if you would
like to send goodies you can do so by using the link below:
However he has to eat the diet food.

Thank you Jack and Jewell Frost for the dish soap, printer ink
Thank you Charmaine Slider for the petfusion and cat litters!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the petfusions!

hThank you Linda for the dish soap, hand soap, kidney medication and toilet bowl cleaner!
Thank you Princey the cat for the litter and denamarin!
Thank you karen Heazlett for the litter!

Thank you Gigi Baggarley for the toys!
Thank you Kathy and Randy Raines for the food!
Thank you Carl Wetterling for the scratching posts, sponges and dish towels!

Thank you Martin Owen for the food!
Thank you Black and Bunnie the Cat & IG Arbachur for all the litter, food and petfusion!!
Thank you Black and Bunnie the Cat & IG Arbachur for all the treats for the humans!

Thank you Adriana Bachur for all the litter and all the food!
Thank you Mike for the food!
Thank you Amanda Green for the foods and treats for the humans!!
Thank you Nicolette for the food!

Thank you Danny Cook for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the wasp spray!
Thank you unnamed for the denamarin!
Thank you Linda for all the dish soap!

Thank you Jack & Jewell for the food, litter, batteries, denamarin & bleach!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Charmaine Slider for all the gift cards and renal support!
Thank you Jessica for the bleach!
Thank you Nancy Damrow for the ribbon, collars and tide pods!
Thank you Linda for the renal support medicine!

Thank you everyone who sent things.
There is another blog update coming a little
later with more goodies and news.
Please make sure to do your daily click:
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Plants that are toxic to your cat and what to do if ingested

Mandy Cooper

Cats will chew on plants, and because they love to climb and explore, it's difficult to keep plants out of their reach. Therefore, it you want to keep plants inside the house or let your cat outside, you need to be able to identify plants which are potentially dangerous. If in doubt, it's better to remove plants from your home. If a plant is poisonous, assume all parts of the plant are poisonous. Many toxic plants are irritants causing inflammation of the skin, mouth, stomach, etc.

Since many plants are irritants, especially for the gastrointestinal tract, most symptoms seen will be as a result of inflammation such as redness, swelling or itchiness of skin and mouth. Some symptoms to watch out for is difficulty breathing, drooling or difficulty swallowing, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking and peeing, fast, slow or irregular heartbeat.

Most cats are picky and are careful about what they eat. Poisoning in cats is generally rare. It is the young or inquisitive kitten that is more at risk of eating harmful plants, particularly household ones. Boredom also has a part to play. When a kitty is kept indoors, hazardous plants should be removed from the environment. All plants, even grass, can have an irritating effect on a cat's gastrointestinal system causing him or her to vomit. Given the opportunity, though, cats like to nibble on grass.

Particularly dangerous plants are dieffenbachia (dumb cane) and lilies (popular in bouquets and flower arrangements). While it's easy to remove household plants, outdoor plants are not so simple, but if you are aware of which plants are dangerous to cats, you can remove these from your garden. Make a list of all plants as this can help vets if you suspect your can has been poisoned. You can also ensure that any new additions to the garden are safe. Most garden centers or nurseries label plants that are toxic.

Plants are grouped into 3 categories:

1. Poisonous

2. Toxic if eaten

3. Harmful if eaten

Poison Ivy is a classic example of a poisonous plant, and category B plants should be avoided. If you like gardening, never leave hedge clippings or uprooted plants near cats. Sap from damaged stems can cause skin irritation as well as be being poisonous. Bulbs, rhizomes, and roots can be the most dangerous parts of some plants.

What to do if you suspect poisoning or you see your cat eating a hazardous plant

Diagnosis depends on to a large extent on the background you provide your vet. To accurately determine your cat's health condition, you will need to list your cat's symptoms and how long they have been going on. A vet should be contacted immediately if your cat suddenly collapses, has repeated vomiting, severe diarrhea or shows signs of excessive irritation of the skin of the mouth or throat. Cats that are lethargic and off their food for a day or more should seek professional help immediately too. Take your cat to the vet with a sample of the plant or a plant label if you have one.

This will help the vet to find a treatment or antidote to the poison. Make a note of the time of eating and any symptoms. Several days can pass between eating the undesired plant and the effects. Contact with leaves of food plants such as tomato, strawberry, rhubarb, parsnips, carrot, celery, marrow, and cucumbers may all affect cats causing them to sneeze and have eye problems. 

The following is a list of plants that are potentially poisonous or harmful to your cat when eaten. It is often the fruit or seeds of plants that are potentially dangerous. Deadly Nightshade is a common plant that carries toxic berries and only a small quantity of these need to be eaten for it to be fatal for your cat. In daffodils, bulbs in the plant cause harm when eaten. 

A final word: do not induce vomiting on your cat if it is unconscious, is having trouble breathing, or is exhibiting signs of serious distress or shock. Keep your cat calm by wrapping it in a warm blanket if signs of impairment to the nervous system are evident. Do not wait if you think your cat has ingested something toxic. Call the ASPCA number (888) 426-4435 if your vet is not open. They can tell you if you need to seek treatment with an emergency vet facility. 
For people outside the US look up the local number for your poison control in your country as well.

Examples of house plants
  •  Azalea
  •  Castor oil plant
  •  Chrysanthemum
  •  Devil's ivy
  •  Dumb cane
  •  Elephants ear
  •  Ferns
  •  Holly
  •  Ivy
  •  Mistletoe
  •  Umbrella plant
  •  Zebra plant
Examples of garden plants
  •  Anemone
  •  Angel wings
  •  Apricot
  •  Iris
  •  Ivy
  •  Lily of the Valley
  •  Avocado
  •  Azalea
  •  Bird of paradise
  •  Marigold
  •  Monks Wood
  •  Nightshade (deadly and woody)
  •  Onion
  •  Peach
  •  Peony
  •  Poppy
  •  Cornflower
  •  Daffodil
  •  Snowdrop
  •  Foxglove
  •  Tomato
A full list of plants can be found at :

Always consult your vet if you are in doubt about any plant in either your home or outside and work out a strategy to find out what plants are what in your garden and home so that you know what to do should your cat ingest a poisonous plant. Also, most of these plants are also dangerous for your dogs as well. 

On a personal note- I have a cat that is crazy about anything green. When I got him, I had to throw away most of my house plants. Now I can have only plants that are non-toxic. He will even run if I bring lettuce in the house to see what it is. LOL. Since my favorite outdoor flower is Pansi, I am ok because they can munch on those. LOL. Inside I have mostly Orchids and African Violets which are ok as well. 
Also remember this includes cut flowers that you put in a vase. Many people love to have cut flowers in water during the spring and summer and most of those are very toxic to cats. Lilies are one of the most dangerous of all the plants and can kill your pet if they ingest them.


Bunny is a sweet little blind girl that loves people but does
not like other cats. That is why she shares the lobby 
with Snicker. She is very thankful to be at BCR
because she would have been put to sleep otherwise.
Your donations help us help kitties like Bunny. 
If you would like to send something you can do so
from our Amazon wish list link:

Thank you Linda for the books!
Thank you Sharon Dreyer for the beautiful handmade blankets and beds!
Thank you Cookie Ambler for the gas drops!
Thank you Martin Owen for the foods!
Thank you Dawn Naska for all the food!

Thank you Alistair Norwood for the gift card!
Thank you Cookie Ambler for the food!
Thank you Sherry Tegeler for the food and towels!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Thank you Karen Cook for the memorial stones!
Thank you Craig Smith for the cat litter!
Thank you Lisa Brown for the food, Q-tips and syringes!
Thank you John Ruzicka for the foods in honor of Yar! 
Thank you unnamed for the foods!
Thank you Gabrielle Smith for the food!

Thank you B. Lufkin for the food, clorox and test strips!
Thank you Laurie Turcotte for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Shokkou for the foods!
Thank you Christina Gandley for the foods!

You can vote every hour now, so please vote as
much as you can.
Scroll down the page until you find BCR. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to vote.
This can feed alot of kitties here at BCR

I want to thank Nancy Schodowski for the pictures I used
for the blog. She goes to Open House every month
since she lives only about a hour from BCR and
she takes great pictures of the kitties.

I have another blog post coming out with more thank yous
to people that sent goodies to the kitties and I will be using some
more of her pictures.

We also have another article coming out later today 
from Mandy about plants that are dangerous
to both cats and most of them are also
dangerous to dogs as well. We thought since spring is coming,
well maybe it does not seem like it this week (LOL), but 
we thought we should do a article just to remind everyone
of how dangerous many plants are to your animals.
Some plants can even kill them. So that will
be posted later today. 

Also don't forgot to do your
This money really adds up also in helping us buy food for the 
kitties every month. They have a new website, it's really nice,
does not cost you more than a few seconds of your time every
day to just go in and click for BCR. 

Also  Today OnlyAmazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI!
Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate)
 of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to
 Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Inc.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

High blood Pressure in cats.

Brought to you by Blind Cat Rescue

 Mandy Cooper



Manxi is blind from hypertension

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. It's important to know that hypertension in cats is a relatively common but severe threat to the cat's health. If left untreated, it can cause serious illness and even death.
Blood pressure is measured in cats by the same method that is used in us humans. It can typically occur as a secondary disease to another illness like kidney failure and or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland). It's suggested that hypertension occurs in over 60% of cats with renal failure and about 90% of hyperthyroid cats. Less frequently, the condition can be linked to adrenal gland tumors. There are also cases of idiopathic hypertension (high blood pressure with no known cause) as well as rising blood pressure resulting from stressful situations like a trip to the vet for example.

Hypertension can result in damage to 4 major organs:

       Nervous system
       Cardiovascular system

Many cat owners aren't aware that cats can develop dangerously high blood pressure. Hypertension does major damage to a cat's body. It causes small blood vessels to leak and in some cases, rupture. The result can be a detached retina or a stroke. Hypertension also takes its toll on the heart and the kidneys, causing further problems for cats already suffering with poor kidney function or thyroid problems. Hypertension is more common in older cats. There aren't really any early warning signs of hypertension to look for but if you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, take your cat to the vet immediately. Similarly, if you are unsure about changes in your cat, take your cat to the vet. Symptoms to look out for can include:

       Loss of appetite
       Increased thirst and urination
       Weight loss
       Dull coat
       Blood in the urine
       Bleeding from the nose
       Swollen kidneys
       Heart murmur
       Weakness in the legs 

If your cat has regular check-ups, your vet might notice a difference in the heart or eyes during examination, and this should prompt a blood pressure check. Make sure your cat has regular vet visits, especially if your cat is older.

If a cat's blood pressure goes unchecked, the most common and eventual symptom will be sudden acute blindness. Blood vessels in the eye will burst causing the retina to detach. Signs will be dilated pupils, disorientation and an unwillingness to move around. Less commonly, hypertension can cause bleeding in the brain. Symptoms of this could include head tilting, difficulty walking, disorientation, and seizures. These symptoms in your cat is a medical emergency requiring immediate vet attention.

Diagnosis of high blood pressure is when your vet takes your cat's blood pressure using a cuff placed on any leg or the tail. This procedure is painless, but if your cat is stressed, this can alter the reading. If this is the case with your cat, it's helpful to sit with your cat and soothe them until they are more relaxed. Several readings may need to be taken to obtain and accurate reading.

Treatment of Hypertension

Jewell - Blind from hypertension
Address any underlying disease like an overactive thyroid to make sure that isn't making your cats blood pressure rise. If hypertension is diagnosed before organ damage occurs and the reading isn't dangerously high, regular monitoring of blood pressure while treating thyroid or kidney failure may be all that is required initially. If your cat is in critical  shape due to high blood pressure, they will need treatment and close monitoring in an emergency or critical care vet hospital until the crisis passes and they become stable. 
Some additional suggestions to manage and treat hypertension include:
    Consulting a holistic vet who can help you design an appropriate diet to meet the special nutritional requirements of your cat. Proper nutrition will also help to address any underlying disease.
     If your cat is overweight, it's important to get those extra pounds off. Obesity causes high blood pressure and heart problems just as it does in us humans.
     Maintain consistency in your cats environment and routine. Cats can get highly stressed by changes, so cats who are already dealing with health problems need a calm environment.
     Medication could be introduced to reduce blood pressure, and your vet may recommend a low-sodium diet.

High blood pressure in cats can be managed to a certain extent with anti-hypertensive drugs. 
If hyperthyroidism is identified as the underlying cause of hypertension, treatment of the over-riding problem may also resolve the high blood pressure
It is often advised to feed a cat that has been diagnosed with hypertension on a low salt diet, avoiding ‘treats’ as these often have a high salt content. Most cats can still be fed regular cat food (and you should check the label and choose one with a lower salt content), although cats with chronic kidney failure will probably benefit from a special diet, usually available from your Vet, where protein and phosphate are restricted

These are all guidelines and suggestions for managing high blood pressure, and you should always consult your vet and take their advice about how to better manage your cat's health needs. 

Blood pressure should be regularly monitored by a vet. Close monitoring is vital. Cats can live a relatively normal quality of life with the proper treatment. It's important to remember that you should never ignore any changes in your cat. Get them help immediately. You could be saving their life.

Healthy Pets

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Manxi wants to thank everyone for the kitty goodies they sent us last week. Remember if you want to send something to the kitties you can do so by using our Amazon Wish List Link below:

Thank you unnamed for the gas drops!
Thank you Gabrielle Smith for the test strips, and foods!
Thank you Laurie James for the gift cards in honor and memory of her mother Donna Humphreys!

Thank you Ione Brown for the garden memorial for Jerry!
Thank you Loretta Ora for the gas drops!
Thank you Debbie for the forti flora!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Thank you Julianne Marrie for the gas drops, syringes and Q-Tips!
Thank you Paige for the gas drops and food!
Thank you Victor Pfluger for the food and syringes!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Thank you Cindy Smith for donating q-tips and insulin testing strips in memory of Niles and Sheba!
Thank you R. Cook for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Linda for the big box of gloves & 2 books!

Thank you to the several unnamed people for the foods, hand sanitizer, dish soap, syringes
Thank you Jaime Tafoya  for the food and syringes
Thank you Melissa Strange for the Amazon Gift card!

As you can see our kitties love goodies from Amazon, 
so much that they climb up on the boxes before they
are opened. They ask that if you can, please send more
boxes from our Amazon Wish list so they can climb
up on them.
Thank you so much for your support. Tomorrow we have 
a article coming out about high blood pressure in cats. 
Very informative and something everyone that has cats
needs to read and know about.