9/25/2015
Heatstroke (Hyperthermia) in cats
Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body’s temperature in a safe range.  They do not have efficient cooling systems like humans who  sweat and get overheated easily.  A cat with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104-106F) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and vet care. (Normal temp is 99.5-102.5F) Severe heatstroke (body temp over 106F) can be deadly and immediate vet care is needed. Signs: A suffering from heatstroke will display several signs: * Rapid panting * Bright red tongue * Red or pale gums * Thick, sticky saliva * Depression * Weakness * Vomiting - sometimes with blood * Shock * Coma What should you do: Remove the cat from the hot area immediately. Prior to taking him to your vet, lower his temp by wetting him thoroughly with lukewarm water, then increase air movement around with him with a fan. CAUTION:  Using very cold water can actually be counterproductive.  Cooling too quickly and allowing the temperature to become too low can cause other life-threatening medical conditions. Once the rectal temp is 103F the cooling measures should be stopped, cat dried thoroughly and covered so he does not continue to lose heat.  Even if the cat appears to be recovering, take him to the vet ASAP.  He should still be examined since he may be dehydrated or have other complications. PREVENTION: Any pet that cannot cool himself off is at risk for heatstroke.  Following these guidelines can help prevent serious problems. * Keep cats with predisposing conditions like heart   disease, obesity, older age, or breathing problems   cool and in the shade.  Even normal activity for   these pets can be harmful. * Provide access to water at all times. * Do not leave your cat in a hot parked car even if   you’re in the shade or will only be gone a short time.   The temperature inside a parked car can quickly up   to 140 degrees. * Allow your cat to have access to shade and cooler areas   of the house.
New Contest
We are raising money to buy an F-series Heat Alert System for our local k-9 officer.
Every year dogs die from being left in unattended and overheated vehicles. Police vehicles typically leave the car’s AC running if they are not in the vehicle with their K-9. These K-9s dutifully protect their communities and handlers without hesitation and do it happily. But what happens if the AC starts to push out hot air? What happens if the engine shuts off? The horrific reality is that the vehicle will overheat rapidly and the K-9 will be trapped  inside with no way to get out. Tragically, K-9s die from these heat-stroke related accidents every year.
Here is the unit we are buying
http://rayallen.com/product/f-series-k-9-deployment- and-heat-alert-systems/ray-allen-f-series
New Fundraiser,  will you help us make this happen?
A video of many of the cats you help each time you donate, click, vote and share!
FREE WAYS to Help The Cats Click every day:   http://shopforyourcause.com/click-to-donate/donate?ctd=4 Do you shop with Schawns?  Use our link and it helps the cats: http://schwans-cares.com/campaigns/21909-blind-cat-kitty-care    NEW LINK! Do you shop with Amazon?  Shop through  http://smile.amazon.com  and pick Blind Cat Rescue as your charity and their foundation will make a donation to the cats Make your own fund raiser for the cats.  Share your birthday, anniversary or anything else you would like.     http://blindcatrescue.org/fundraise.htm?/Members?cards=1 Do you like to run, walk, jog?  Download the resqwalk app, pick Blind Cat rescue and then will donate to us for every mile you walk.  Apple and droids :)    http://resqwalk.com
Our annual raffle will start 10/1!!  You can check out some of the awesome prizes on our raffle page http://blindcatrescue.com/raffle.htm TV’s, scratchers, wine, jewelry,  climbers, our collectible cookbook, cat toys and more! I hope you like our selection this year!  68 prizes.
SNEAK PREVIEW
Need your feedback What do you want to see in the newsletters? What can I do to make you really want to read them? What kind of really cool stuff can we do to help make this a better world for animals?? Email me, I really want to know :)  alana@blindcatrescue.com
We are so grateful to our wonderful eBay sellers and buyers for sharing so generously of their auctions with the cats.  We hope you will check out all their wonderful auctions  HERE
Thank you so much to you that have rated us! Your ratings will help us with future grants! We hope you will take a minute to rate us if you have not done so yet :) 
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Taffey is a funny girl.  She was a stray that turned up in a neighborhood picking up food where ever she could.  A concerned citizen took her to the vet  (She spay/neuters all the strays that turn up)  Sadly  Taffey tested FELV+ (leukemia) twice. She had cats and did not want to take a chance on exposing her cats and because Taffey is very friendly, she did not want to put her back outside. She contacted us after we built our FELV house and we had room so we agreed to take her. At the time we did not have any cats in the lobby so we were letting her be a  lobby cat instead of being in the quarantine cage (she was really stressed out in the cage).  We had a thunderstorm come through a couple of days after she started staying in the lobby and a huge clap of lightening struck  a tree near by.   She got very scared and tore out the plastic sides of the window A/C and escaped! We saw her twice but she ran from us.  We did not see her again. We would search every day and call her but she wasn’t buying into that.  We put food  and water out for her in hopes that she was still around. 30 days later, at open house, an employee was standing outside on her cell phone and Taffey walked up to her meowing.  She snatched her up and carried her inside.  We could not believe it! Finally she was back inside.  Since then she has never made an attempt to get out of her room.  I think she has decided being warm and dry with food and water wins out. She is a playful cat, loves to swat catnip toys, is not overly fond of other cats.   You may watch her live on Monday’s on Roku & http://ustream.tv/blindcatrescue
Meet Taffey
One Vote A day,  $1,000 prize!
Thank you for helping!
Silly Charity shows you how she keeps her arms in good shape.  No flappy under arms for this girl :)
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9/25/2015
New Contest
One Vote A day,  $1,000 prize!
Thank you for helping!
Heatstroke (Hyperthermia) in cats
Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body’s temperature in a safe range.  They do not have efficient cooling systems like humans who  sweat and get overheated easily.  A cat with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104-106F) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and vet care. (Normal temp is 99.5-102.5F) Severe heatstroke (body temp over 106F) can be deadly and immediate vet care is needed. Signs: A suffering from heatstroke will display several signs: * Rapid panting * Bright red tongue * Red or pale gums * Thick, sticky saliva * Depression * Weakness * Vomiting - sometimes with blood * Shock * Coma What should you do: Remove the cat from the hot area immediately. Prior to taking him to your vet, lower his temp by wetting him thoroughly with lukewarm water, then increase air movement around with him with a fan. CAUTION:  Using very cold water can actually be counterproductive.  Cooling too quickly and allowing the temperature to become too low can cause other life-threatening medical conditions. Once the rectal temp is 103F the cooling measures should be stopped, cat dried thoroughly and covered so he does not continue to lose heat.  Even if the cat appears to be recovering, take him to the vet ASAP.  He should still be examined since he may be dehydrated or have other complications. PREVENTION: Any pet that cannot cool himself off is at risk for heatstroke.  Following these guidelines can help prevent serious problems. * Keep cats with predisposing conditions like heart   disease, obesity, older age, or breathing problems   cool and in the shade.  Even normal activity for   these pets can be harmful. * Provide access to water at all times. * Do not leave your cat in a hot parked car even if   you’re in the shade or will only be gone a short time.   The temperature inside a parked car can quickly up   to 140 degrees. * Allow your cat to have access to shade and cooler areas   of the house.
We are raising money to buy an F-series Heat Alert System for our local k-9 officer.
New Fundraiser,  will you help us make this happen?
Every year dogs die from being left in unattended and overheated vehicles. Police vehicles typically leave the car’s AC running if they are not in the vehicle with their K-9. These K-9s dutifully protect their communities and handlers without hesitation and do it happily. But what happens if the AC starts to push out hot air? What happens if the engine shuts off? The horrific reality is that the vehicle will overheat rapidly and the K-9 will be trapped  inside with no way to get out. Tragically, K-9s die from these heat-stroke related accidents every year.
Here is the unit we are buying
http://rayallen.com/product/f-series-k-9-deployment- and-heat-alert-systems/ray-allen-f-series
Meet Taffey
Taffey is a funny girl.  She was a stray that turned up in a neighborhood picking up food where ever she could.  A concerned citizen took her to the vet  (She spay/neuters all the strays that turn up)  Sadly  Taffey tested FELV+ (leukemia) twice. She had cats and did not want to take a chance on exposing her cats and because Taffey is very friendly, she did not want to put her back outside. She contacted us after we built our FELV house and we had room so we agreed to take her. At the time we did not have any cats in the lobby so we were letting her be a  lobby cat instead of being in the quarantine cage (she was really stressed out in the cage).  We had a thunderstorm come through a couple of days after she started staying in the lobby and a huge clap of lightening struck  a tree near by.   She got very scared and tore out the plastic sides of the window A/C and escaped! We saw her twice but she ran from us.  We did not see her again. We would search every day and call her but she wasn’t buying into that.  We put food  and water out for her in hopes that she was still around. 30 days later, at open house, an employee was standing outside on her cell phone and Taffey walked up to her meowing.  She snatched her up and carried her inside.  We could not believe it! Finally she was back inside.  Since then she has never made an attempt to get out of her room.  I think she has decided being warm and dry with food and water wins out. She is a playful cat, loves to swat catnip toys, is not overly fond of other cats.   You may watch her live on Monday’s on Roku & http://ustream.tv/blindcatrescue
Need your feedback What do you want to see in the newsletters? What can I do to make you really want to read them? What kind of really cool stuff can we do to help make this a better world for animals?? Email me, I really want to know :)  alana@blindcatrescue.com
Our annual raffle will start 10/1!!  You can check out some of the awesome prizes on our raffle page http://blindcatrescue.com/raffle.htm TV’s, scratchers, wine, jewelry,  climbers, our collectible cookbook, cat toys and more! I hope you like our selection this year!  68 prizes.
SNEAK PREVIEW
A video of many of the cats you help each time you donate, click, vote and share!
Silly Charity shows you how she keeps her arms in good shape.  No flappy under arms for this girl :)
We are so grateful to our wonderful eBay sellers and buyers for sharing so generously of their auctions with the cats.  We hope you will check out all their wonderful auctions  HERE
FREE WAYS to Help The Cats Click every day:   http://shopforyourcause.com/click-to-donate/donate?ctd=4 Do you shop with Schawns?  Use our link and it helps the cats: http://schwans-cares.com/campaigns/21909-blind-cat-kitty-care    NEW LINK! Do you shop with Amazon?  Shop through  http://smile.amazon.com  and pick Blind Cat Rescue as your charity and their foundation will make a donation to the cats Make your own fund raiser for the cats.  Share your birthday, anniversary or anything else you would like.     http://blindcatrescue.org/fundraise.htm?/Members?cards=1 Do you like to run, walk, jog?  Download the resqwalk app, pick Blind Cat rescue and then will donate to us for every mile you walk.  Apple and droids :)    http://resqwalk.com
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