Newsletter  3/30
Lots going on :)   You guys did good and moved Snicker up to the next level!!   The next vote is Tuesday March 31 Remember you only have that 24 hour period to vote. Here is the link again     CLICK  HERE TO VOTE
Snicker in a box with a red blanket and a smile. Worlds Best Cat Mom Shirt - White shirt, Cat face with big blue eyes, nose and whisker and the words  World's Best Cat Mom,  the O in the word mom is a big heart,  you can click the picture to go to order form too
World’s Best Cat Mom Shirt Fund raiser
Show your pride at being the World’s Best Cat Mom! Would make a great present for yourself or for upcoming Mother’s Day.  Comes in 5 colors  (white, blue, pink, yellow, green) International shipping is available. 100% of the next profits will go to our spay/neuter program.  We have helped over 300 cats so far with lots of appointments made now that the weather has warmed up.  The last day is 4/17 to order. Here is the link:   http://booster.com/bcrmd
Cat Update
It was a very sad weekend.  We said goodbye to Jake.  He was losing weight even though we had a feeding tube in and he was being fed high calorie vitamin packed food.  He was vomiting,  he was nauseous.  It was time. I promise the cats that we will love them and care for them the best we can and then when the time comes, we will love them enough to say goodbye.  I held him in my arms, sobbing as he left this earth.  You aren’t supposed to have favorites, but he was one of mine. He was such a sweet special boy and will be so very missed by us and the other cats. You may read his story and see more pictures on his page   http://blindcats.org/jake.htm
Wendy     
Wendy is curled up laying on Seth's chest with a look of pure contentment.  She is a brown tabby
Holly
Holly also has kidney disease.  Her blood work from 6 months ago and last week do not show that it has gotten worse.  She is still eating and doing reasonably well.   She does not need fluids yet.  She is having a much needed dental Wednesday,  she has a broken tooth.  ( have no clue how she did that)              KIDNEY DISEASE IN CATS Today’s article is about kidney disease in cats.  This condition is the leading cause of death in domestic cats and is very common in older cats.  We need to understand how the kidneys work.  The kidneys are made up of thousands of little funnel shaped tubes called nephrons.  Their job is to filter and reabsorb fluids. A young healthy cat has so many nephrons available that they are held in reserve.  As they get older or in case of kidney damage some nephrons stop working and then the reserve nephrons start working.  When there are no more reserve nephrons, the signs of chronic kidney disease will appear. When 2/3 of the nephrons are lost, the kidneys will no longer be able to conserve water and they will pass more diluted urine. By the time the creatinine levels are elevated on a cat’s bloodwork, 75% of nephrons in both kidneys are gone. There are so many causes, many we can not control and often the exact cause can not be identified.  FIV and FELV, Diabetes, Hypertension are on the list.    This is why I beg you to insist that your vets check your cats for hypertension.  Make sure you get full blood work on your cats.  For many,  kidney disease is the outcome from the under lying disease. Some symptoms can look like other things,  Increased thirst and urination, leaking urine, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, anemia, overall body weakness. Nutrition is important.  I can’t over come the damage done to the cats by the foods they were fed before they came to me but I can control what they eat once they get here.  There is lots of arguments and disagreements about pet food.  We feed grain free, no bi-products no dyes.  We feed both wet and dry.  We have some that will not touch wet.   We do encourage them to eat wet to give them more liquid, cats often do not drink enough water. After doing some more serious reading and research that is going to change.   Start reading this article www.catinfo.org/?link-urinarytracthealth if you have a cat that only eats dry (we have 2 or 3 of them and we have problems with them getting crystals because of it,  read this one http://catinfo.org/docs/TipsForTransitioning1-14-11.pdf We are going to start trying to transition our cats to all wet food.  I know there will be those of you that will say your cats ate nothing but dry and lived to 20 and that is ok :) We all have to do what we feel is right for us and our families :)  Some fun random pictures of the cats
Wendy I fully expected to be taking to the vet to say goodbye to today and she has surprised me.  She is FELV+ and also has kidney disease.  She has been on daily fluids for many months. I gave her an appetite stimulate, and she surprised me and started eating and put back on a few ounces.  She still does not have the look or behavior of someone in a hurry to leave us.  She has become so much more affectionate.  (She has always been friendly but even more so now)
Thank you Kate & Sherry for coming to visit this weekend and helping us clean!  The cats loved playing with you! Sherry fell in love with Marge and decided to Sponsor her! Thanks Sherry!!
Pepper says he will run a long time in place for you if you will click each day for the cats.  Just takes a second and is FREE for you :)  Here is the link: http://shopforyourcause.com/click-to-donate/donate?ctd=4
Can Blind Cats “See” a bird?
I hope you enjoy the video :)   Click Play to see it for our visually impaired readers, I describe it below
There are 6 cats sitting on the top 2 levels of a large climber.  There is a bird that has gotten inside under the roof area of the patio.  As the bird flies back and forth all the cats heads are turning in unison. They may be blind but they sure know where that bird is :)
Carrot
Carrot had his surgery and is doing well.  He will get his stitches out next week.
Did you know you can start your own fund raiser to help the cats?  Donate your birthday, anniversary for any other reason you would like to help the cats :)
We Hope you will join our Birthday Club and start a fund raiser for the cats with your birthday!   Alana’s birthday is Apr 4th.  She is asking you donate to the cats spay/neuter program CLICK HERE
Do you shop at Schwans?  If you use our link HERE
If you like to shop at Amazon,  please use http://smile.amazon.com and pick Blind Cat Rescue Their foundation will make a donation to us each time you do :)
Bear - FIV+
Manxi - blind with hypertension
A visitor giving treats to a mob :)
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Do you like to walk/jog?  Download the resqwalk app, pick BCR and they will donate tous for every mile you walk :)  apple and droids http://resqwalk.com
Earnest, our FELV+ polydactal
Hope you enjoyed  :)
Newsletter  3/30
Lots going on :)   You guys did good and moved Snicker up to the next level!!   The next vote is Tuesday March 31 Remember you only have that 24 hour period to vote. Here is the link again     CLICK  HERE TO VOTE
Snicker in a box with a red blanket and a smile.
Cat Update
It was a very sad weekend.  We said goodbye to Jake.  He was losing weight even though we had a feeding tube in and he was being fed high calorie vitamin packed food.  He was vomiting,  he was nauseous.  It was time. I promise the cats that we will love them and care for them the best we can and then when the time comes, we will love them enough to say goodbye.  I held him in my arms, sobbing as he left this earth.  You aren’t supposed to have favorites, but he was one of mine. He was such a sweet special boy and will be so very missed by us and the other cats. You may read his story and see more pictures on his page   http://blindcats.org/jake.htm
Wendy     
Wendy I fully expected to be taking to the vet to say goodbye to today and she has surprised me.  She is FELV+ and also has kidney disease.  She has been on daily fluids for many months. I gave her an appetite stimulate, and she surprised me and started eating and put back on a few ounces.  She still does not have the look or behavior of someone in a hurry to leave us.  She has become so much more affectionate.  (She has always been friendly but even more so now)
Wendy is curled up laying on Seth's chest with a look of pure contentment.  She is a brown tabby
Holly
Holly also has kidney disease.  Her blood work from 6 months ago and last week do not show that it has gotten worse.  She is still eating and doing reasonably well.   She does not need fluids yet.  She is having a much needed dental Wednesday,  she has a broken tooth.  (I have no clue how she did that)
Carrot
Carrot had his surgery and is doing well.  He will get his stitches out next week.
World’s Best Cat Mom Shirt Fund raiser
Show your pride at being the World’s Best Cat Mom! Would make a great present for yourself or for upcoming Mother’s Day.  Comes in 5 colors  (white, blue, pink, yellow, green) International shipping is available. 100% of the next profits will go to our spay/neuter program.  We have helped over 300 cats so far with lots of appointments made now that the weather has warmed up.  The last day is 4/17 to order. Here is the link:   http://booster.com/bcrmd
Worlds Best Cat Mom Shirt - White shirt, Cat face with big blue eyes, nose and whisker and the words  World's Best Cat Mom,  the O in the word mom is a big heart,  you can click the picture to go to order form too
Can Blind Cats “See” a bird?
I hope you enjoy the video :)   Click Play to see it
                   Today’s article  Feline Kidney Disease Today’s article is about kidney disease in cats.  This condition is the leading cause of death in domestic cats and is very common in older cats.  We need to understand how the kidneys work.  The kidneys are made up of thousands of little funnel shaped tubes called nephrons.  Their job is to filter and reabsorb fluids. A young healthy cat has so many nephrons available that they are held in reserve.  As they get older or in case of kidney damage some nephrons stop working and then the reserve nephrons start working.  When there are no more reserve nephrons, the signs of chronic kidney disease will appear. When 2/3 of the nephrons are lost, the kidneys will no longer be able to conserve water and they will pass more diluted urine. By the time the creatinine levels are elevated on a cat’s bloodwork, 75% of nephrons in both kidneys are gone. There are so many causes, many we can not control and often the exact cause can not be identified.  FIV and FELV, Diabetes, Hypertension are on the list.    This is why I beg you to insist that your vets check your cats for hypertension.  Make sure you get full blood work on your cats.  For many,  kidney disease is the outcome from the under lying disease. Some symptoms can look like other things,  Increased thirst and urination, leaking urine, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, anemia, overall body weakness. Nutrition is important.  I can’t over come the damage done to the cats by the foods they were fed before they came to me but I can control what they eat once they get here.  There is lots of arguments and disagreements about pet food.  We feed grain free, no bi-products no dyes.  We feed both wet and dry.  We have some that will not touch wet.   We do encourage them to eat wet to give them more liquid, cats often do not drink enough water. After doing some more serious reading and research that is going to change.   Start reading this article www.catinfo.org/?link-urinarytracthealth if you have a cat that only eats dry (we have 2 or 3 of them and we have problems with them getting crystals because of it,  read this one http://catinfo.org/docs/TipsForTransitioning1-14-11.pdf We are going to start trying to transition our cats to all wet food.  I know there will be those of you that will say your cats ate nothing but dry and lived to 20 and that is ok :) We all have to do what we feel is right for us and our families :)
Did you know you can start your own fund raiser to help the cats?  Donate your birthday, anniversary for any other reason you would like to help the cats :) http://blindcatrescue.org/fundraise.htm?/Account/Register
We Hope you will join our Birthday Club and start a fund raiser for the cats with your birthday!   Alana’s birthday is Apr 4th.  She is asking you donate to the cats spay/neuter program CLICK HERE
Some fun random pictures of the cats
Do you shop at Schwans?  If you use our link HERE
If you like to shop at Amazon,  please use http://smile.amazon.com and pick Blind Cat Rescue Their foundation will make a donation to us each time you do :)
Do you like to walk/jog?  Download the resqwalk app, pick BCR and they will donate tous for every mile you walk :)  apple and droids http://resqwalk.com
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