Meet Simba
Simba arrived at BCR in 2011. He came to us from animal control in Raleigh.  We do not know how he ended up there but we are glad we had the opportunity to help him.  Simba is FIV+.   He is also a super friendly fellow, gets along well with the other cats and very playful.
Simba and his buddy Bear
Simba is now in the fight of his life for his health.  He has been struggling for the past month.  Blood work, ultrasounds, x-rays - all do not give us the answers.  We have strong suspicion of lymphoma but without doing a biopsy we do not have a definite diagnosis.  He has been losing weight,  this weekend he was vomiting and stopped eating.   He is home with a feeding tube while we try a last hail Mary.   Unless he rallies we will have to accept that his time with us is coming to an end. He is so grateful to all of you that support the cats and made it possible for him to have 6 more years of life.  The shelter he came from was a kill shelter and he was at the top of the list because he was FIV+
Should your Cat go Outside?
Cats inside or outside is one of those subjects that many people have a strong opinion of.   There is a compromise :) Strong reason to not let them out: Diseases they can pick up for other outside stray cats:  Examples FIV, leukemia, distemper or upper respiratory infections. Parasites: Although not usually life threatening, they can be picked up. Examples: Fleas, ticks, ear mites, intestinal worms, ringworm Parasites can be difficult to eradicate from your pets, from humans and from your home. Safety: The world is not always a kind place, some people have been known to shoot cats with BB guns or arrows.  Our cat crystal has 6 pellets in her from being shot by someone. Humans that do not like cats have been known to poison loose cats. There is also the danger of loose dogs, wild animals, coyotes, owls. How to keep indoor cats happy You could consider building an outside room for your cats to go out and enjoy fresh air but still be safe.  I have a small one for my cats on my deck.   Or you could cat proof your fence if you have a tall fenced in back yard. There are hundreds of pictures on pinterest.  I thought I would share a few of them with you.   I found a great blog post someone made and instructions how they made their enclosure.  I also found many PVC rooms for the cats that may be less expensive to make and be something easier for people to make.  I made one like these years ago at a former residence.  CLICK HERE for the blog post
You could also purchase a cover for your cats to be inside while you are there to supervise them. This came from Amazon
Isn’t this wild?  someone was very creative and their cats are outside and happy. Look how far it goes!
I hope you enjoyed :)  Our cats have their outside catios to go outside and enjoy.
When it rains it pours!  Hyperthyroid again
We went years without having any one becoming hyperthyroid.  They say things go in threes, apparently with this, they are right.  Manxi has developed hyperthyroid also.  She will go in 2 weeks to Raleigh to have the same treatment that Keller & Ginny had. Ginny had her blood retested and the treatment cured her hyperthyroid.  Keller goes next week for his retest.
This is a simple dog kennel with a tarp on top. A nice inexpensive way to give them a place to come outside.
If you have a tall fence,  you could add cat fence to the top and let them inside your back yard.  This one is really nice you can also make less expensive ones from PVC
One of our supporters has a screen room company, you may see other rooms on their website :)    CLICK HERE
Meet Taffy
Taffy is a FELV+ kitty who came to live with us in 2012.  She was found living as a stray, begging door to door in a neighborhood.  Some one took pity on her and took her to the vets office.  She was going to give her a home until she test leukemia positive.
Taffy is quite the character.  When she first arrived she had a strong dislike of the other cats.  We thought we would try letting her be a lobby cat.  On her first night out of the cage we had a bad thunderstorm and a near by tree was struck by lightening.  If you have ever been near a lightening strike you know how loud that is!!  Taffy was scared to death and ripped the side of a window air conditioner and escaped!  We saw her once or twice but could not recapture her.  It was winter so I did not want to try to trap her for fear of her freezing in the trap.  We always kept food down for her.  A month later we were having open house and who came out of the woods to one of the employees that was outside on her phone?  Yeap, little Taffy Houdini.   Finally we had her back inside! She has never made an attempt to go outside again. Taffy is a funny kitty.  She loves to play swat the toy with the humans.  Below is a video we hope you enjoy :)
Taffy is very grateful for all you do for the cats!!  She gets to have a warm home, plenty of food and car because of YOU!
Do you like to do knitting projects?
If you know how to knit, I bet your cats would love this bed! Someone brought one into my vets office and I wanted to figure out how to make one.  Here are the instructions so you can make one for your cats!  (ours would not turn up their noses at one either, I can not knit)    CLICK HERE Here is a fantastic video on how to knit with this material,  maybe I will learn how to knit after all.   Click HERE
Thank you so much to our wonderful eBay sellers and buyers for sharing your auctions so generously with the cats!!!
We hope you will check out all their wonderful auctions  HERE  
  If you do not use your points, please consider donating them to the blind cats.  Freshstep lets us cash the points in for a free pallet of litter!  We use over 60 boxes each month.  A pallet is $1000 we do not have to spend! Link to donate points ==>  http://ow.ly/lPoF302ojhP
Do you use Freshstep?
When you support Blind Cat Rescue,  these are the faces that owe their lives to you.  Thank you so much for all you do for them!!
  Are you in the Fayetteville NC/St Pauls area? If you are, we need you! Volunteers to help us in the mornings with the morning chores and in the afternoon to play with the cats. Please email me if you are available volunteer@blindcatrescue.com Please share
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
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5-6-2017
Meet Simba
5-6-2017
Simba arrived at BCR in 2011. He came to us from animal control in Raleigh.  We do not know how he ended up there but we are glad we had the opportunity to help him.  Simba is FIV+.   He is also a super friendly fellow, gets along well with the other cats and very playful.
Simba and his buddy Bear
Simba is now in the fight of his life for his health.  He has been struggling for the past month.  Blood work, ultrasounds, x-rays - all do not give us the answers.  We have strong suspicion of lymphoma but without doing a biopsy we do not have a definite diagnosis.  He has been losing weight,  this weekend he was vomiting and stopped eating.   He is home with a feeding tube while we try a last hail Mary.   Unless he rallies we will have to accept that his time with us is coming to an end. He is so grateful to all of you that support the cats and made it possible for him to have 6 more years of life.  The shelter he came from was a kill shelter and he was at the top of the list because he was FIV+
Should your Cat go Outside?
Cats inside or outside is one of those subjects that many people have a strong opinion of.   There is a compromise :) Strong reason to not let them out: Diseases they can pick up for other outside stray cats:  Examples FIV, leukemia, distemper or upper respiratory infections. Parasites: Although not usually life threatening, they can be picked up. Examples: Fleas, ticks, ear mites, intestinal worms, ringworm. Parasites can be difficult to eradicate from your pets, from humans and from your home. Safety: The world is not always a kind place, some people have been known to shoot cats with BB guns or arrows.  Our cat crystal has 6 pellets in her from being shot by someone. Humans that do not like cats have been known to poison loose cats. There is also the danger of loose dogs, wild animals, coyotes, owls. How to keep indoor cats happy You could consider building an outside room for your cats to go out and enjoy fresh air but still be safe.  I have a small one for my cats on my deck.   Or you could cat proof your fence if you have a tall fenced in back yard. There are hundreds of pictures on pinterest. I thought I would share a few of them with you. I found a great blog post someone made and instructions how they made their enclosure.  I also found many PVC rooms for the cats that may be less expensive to make and be something easier for people to make.  I made one like these years ago at a former residence.  CLICK HERE for the blog post
This is a simple dog kennel with a tarp on top. A nice inexpensive way to give them a place to come outside.
You could also purchase a cover for your cats to be inside while you are there to supervise them. This came from Amazon
Isn’t this wild?  someone was very creative and their cats are outside and happy. Look how far it goes!
If you have a tall fence,  you could add cat fence to the top and let them inside your back yard.  This one is really nice you can also make less expensive ones from PVC
I hope you enjoyed :)  Our cats have their outside catios to go outside and enjoy.
One of our supporters has a screen room company, you may see other rooms on their website :)    CLICK HERE
Meet Taffy
Taffy is a FELV+ kitty who came to live with us in 2012.  She was found living as a stray, begging door to door in a neighborhood.  Some one took pity on her and took her to the vets office.  She was going to give her a home until she test leukemia positive.
Taffy is quite the character.  When she first arrived she had a strong dislike of the other cats.  We thought we would try letting her be a lobby cat.  On her first night out of the cage we had a bad thunderstorm and a near by tree was struck by lightening.  If you have ever been near a lightening strike you know how loud that is!!  Taffy was scared to death and ripped the side of a window air conditioner and escaped!  We saw her once or twice but could not recapture her.  It was winter so I did not want to try to trap her for fear of her freezing in the trap.  We always kept food down for her.  A month later we were having open house and who came out of the woods to one of the employees that was outside on her phone?  Yeap, little Taffy Houdini.   Finally we had her back inside! She has never made an attempt to go outside again. Taffy is a funny kitty.  She loves to play swat the toy with the humans.  Below is a video we hope you enjoy :)
Taffy is very grateful for all you do for the cats!!  She gets to have a warm home, plenty of food and car because of YOU!
Do you like to do knitting projects?
If you know how to knit, I bet your cats would love this bed! Someone brought one into my vets office and I wanted to figure out how to make one.  Here are the instructions so you can make one for your cats!  (ours would not turn up their noses at one either, I can not knit)    CLICK HERE  Here is a fantastic video on how to knit with this material,  maybe I will learn how to knit after all.   Click HERE
Do you use Freshstep?
  If you do not use your points, please consider donating them to the blind cats.  Freshstep lets us cash the points in for a free pallet of litter!  We use over 60 boxes each month.  A pallet is $1000 we do not have to spend! Link to donate points ==>  http://ow.ly/lPoF302ojhP
When you support Blind Cat Rescue,  these are the faces that owe their lives to you.  Thank you so much for all you do for them!!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
  Are you in the Fayetteville NC/St Pauls area? If you are, we need you! Volunteers to help us in the mornings with the morning chores and in the afternoon to play with the cats. Please email me if you are available volunteer@blindcatrescue.com  Please share
Thank you so much to our wonderful eBay sellers and buyers for sharing your auctions so generously with the cats!!!
Thank you for reading!
Did you know that if you click the previous button,  you may read older copies  of the newsletters?
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