Monday, February 27, 2017

Why do cats spray?

ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VET IF THIS IS A NEW BEHAVIOUR TO RULE OUT ANYTHING MEDICAL FIRST

Why do cats spray and what is spraying?

Mandy Cooper

Spraying is when a cat leaves a small amount of it's wee on a surface. Spraying isn't always noticed with your eyes. Most of the time, the spots are too small to even notice. The problem lies within the smell. It's a common misunderstanding that female cats aren't capable of spraying but this isn't the case. Times they might spray is if they are in heat to signal to nearby males. Spraying often begins in cats when they are about 5 to 6 months old and cat be a habit that they can carry with them for life if it isn't appropriately addressed.

Both male and female cats can spray to try and protect their humans or their home. Cats are clean by nature and very fastidious about their toilet needs. If a cat starts spraying, it's definitely a cause for concern. Spraying is no different from rubbing themselves on you or the furniture. They are making you and the environment feel safer.


Cats don't need technical devices to communicate. In addition to body language, vocalizing, scratching and rubbing, they use their urine to show their intentions and emotions. It can be tricky to tell the difference between peeing and spraying because some cats stand instead of squat while peeing. The smell and amount of urine indicates whether it's them peeing or spraying. Spray is highly pungent because it contains pheromones.
One thing to note is that less urine is produced when cats spray than when they wee. When male cats spray, it tells potential girlfriends that they are ready and available.
When female cats spray, chemicals in their urine indicate where they are in their cycle.

Most cat lovers are aware that UN-neutered male cats spray on walls, furniture and anywhere else to mark their territory so why do cats spray? It's not about dominance or territory, it's more likely to be because of an underlying medical condition, litter box issues or anxiety. Possible medical reasons could include cystitis  or sterile cystitis ( a bladder infection not caused by infection). In order to understand the behaviour of spraying and stop it, it's suggested that you think like a cat.

 Cats are control freaks and like to feel in charge. If a cat is stressed or anxious, they could spray to try and feel more secure. Spraying makes cats feel more content although it's a tricky behaviour for us humans. It's suggested that cats are very good at hiding things and there is commonly a feeling of anxiety or stress leading to spraying. Sometimes the stressor is outside the cat's window. This can lead to them spraying near doors or windows. Spraying can also be caused by disruption of a cat's daily routine, for example, kitty might be anxious that you aren't there (if you work or go away), so they pee on something you always use like your bed or your favourite chair. It's also suggested that the state of your cat's litter box could make them want to wee elsewhere.



Many people misunderstand the reasons behind spraying behaviour and some cats are sadly returned to shelters or giving away. People understandably label the behaviour as territorial but this isn't the only reason cats spray. When a cat sprays on a horizontal surface, there is usually a medical cause or the little box may be unappealing. If a cat won't use the litter box, they may not feel safe. Spraying should be viewed as a cat telling you something and should not be viewed as a bad or spiteful behaviour. There is always a reason why a cat behaves in a certain way.


 Some common reasons for spraying in cats

    Cats like to create a familiar scent in his/her territory
    Spraying family members things is a way of self soothing by mixing scents
    Spraying familiar things as a way of creating a bond
    Cats my spray if a carers routine or behaviour has changed
    Cats may spray new things that are brought in to find familiarity
    A cat may spray if they are prevented access to another cat they see as a threat
    They may spray because they are anxious
    They may spray to challenge another cat

Confident cats may spray as a grand display of victory after a confrontation with another cat and a less confident cat my spray as a form of hidden aggression when they want to give a warning without risking a confrontation.

Sprayed urine also gives an indication of a cats age, sex and sexual availability. Not all cats spray and if you slowly ease your cat through changes like an introduction to new cats or new environments, you'll greatly reduce the need for your cat to want to spray. It's also suggested that if you allow your cat outside, that may be contributing to the spraying behaviour. Your cat may feel threatened by unfamiliar scents he/she encounters and may be bringing spraying behaviour inside as well.

Neutered or spay cats can enforce a “leader” when there is more than 1 cat and will not usually spray if their dominance is recognised by the other cats. Cats like to have a routine and are more sensitive to changes than most people realise. You might need to reassure your cat that they are loved and that all is well. Some cats can be very nervous, often for no reason, but could be because they were re homed, were feral or have been mistreated. These cats are more likely to spray because they are scared and want to mark their home to feel safe.



Spraying as a way of communicating to you, so listen to your cat and try to find out what they are telling you.

Sources:
Caster

Tomorrow we will have the 2nd part of our article which is about things you can do to help stop your cat from spraying.
Remember as stated at the beginning of the article always take your cat to your vet if they start doing anything out of the ordinary to rule out any medical problems.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2/26/2017

Carrot wants to thank everyone for all the goodies 
they got as well. 
If you would like to send the kitties something please use
our Amazon Wish List Link:

Thank you Betsy Snider for the diabetic test strips!
Thank you unnamed for the diabetic test strips!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Pretty Cassie 
Thank you Sharon Fothergill for the food and litter!
Thank you Carmie Sucher for the food!
Thank you Heather for the food!


Thank you Nicole Noonan for the food and gas drops!
Thank you Dawn and Rabecca for the food!
Thank you Linda for the litter, peroxide and gas drops! 
Thank you unnamed for all the hand sanitizer!


Thank you unnamed for the foods!
Thank you meredith Hamblin for the food!
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Thank you Gianluidi for the diabetic strips!
Thank you Loretta Ora for the food and gas drops!
Thank you Kendra for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Cherie Paulissen for the food!
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Thank you Kelly Beauchesne for the foods!
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Thank you unnamed for the gas drops!

Thank you once again to Cheryl for letting me use her pictures she takes
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Stay tuned tomorrow as we have a 2 part article from Mandy
about why cats spray. Everyone that watches our tours knows we have 
a spray room which has cats in there that spray on everything.
We also have a cat named Colonel in another room that has 
decided that one of the employees Chris, is his own personal
property. He tries to spray her all the time when she is
in the room and during tours. It's really very funny although I do not 
think she thinks it's too funny. 

02/26/2017

Smudge wants to thank everyone for the gifts they sent last week.
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Sweet Felix 

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

2/19/17




Jewell wants to thank everyone for the gifts
that they sent last week. She is a older kitty we 
are guessing about 10. She has had at least 2 homes
that we know of. BCR will be here last and forever home.
She will never have to worry about being dumped in a 
Animal Control again, not having food or medical care.
She is just one of the 90 cats that we can help because
or your generosity in sending food and donations. We
can never thank you enough for all you do for us so 
we can do everything we can for the kitties here at BCR. 

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Jamie

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dear Snicker-Feb 14th


So I got this letter a while back and thought I would also do some research for all the people
that love cats. I mean who would not love me..errr cats? *Grins*

I desperately want to adopt a cat, particularly a black one since they are usually last to be adopted, and maybe even one that might have special needs! I've heard that cats can be very good for your health and I suffer from anxiety and depression and I thought a kitty companion might be just the thing to maybe help turn my frown upside-down.

But there is only one problem; I'm allergic to kitties! Not just fur but dander and saliva too! Do you know anything that might help me out? Perhaps suggest a breed or some ideas on how I can lessen my chances of having an allergic reaction?
Many thanks,
An allergic kitty-lover



First I thought I would tell you a little bit about cat allergies. Sadly many of my friends end up in the animal control because people get a kitten and then discover that someone in the home is allergic to it. Many times they just dump us off at the animal control because they do not know they have other choices.

Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. Many people think they are allergic to our fur, but that is not true. What they are allergic to are the proteins in the cat's saliva, urine, and dander(dry flakes of skin)
So if you have allergies, you have an oversensitive immune system. You mistake our harmless cat dander as something dangerous and start attacking them like you would if you had a virus. The systems you have are the side effects of your body attacking the dander. 

Also, you do not have to be allergic to me to have an allergic reaction. If you let your cat outside and they get things on their fur that you are allergic to such as pollen, mold or other things and bring them inside this can also cause you to have an allergic reaction.


Symptoms 
  • Coughing and Wheezing
  • Hives or a rash on the chest and face
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Redness of the skin where a cat has scratched, bitten or licked you
  • Runny, itchy, stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
These allergies can develop in a few minutes or may take hours to appear. People that have allergic asthma also may have severe flair ups after coming into contact with a cat.
Also its not always the cat that causes the allergies so you will need to go to a Dr to have allergy tests run and then it may take a while to figure out what you are allergic too.

Allergy Treatments
  • Antihistamines available over the counter
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal Steroid Sprays
  • Allergy Shots are another option, they do not always work and can take years. 

Other things you can do 
  • Keep the cat out of your bedroom 
  • Don't pet hug or kiss the cat and if you do wash your hands right away. It would be kinda hard not have have a cat and not pet it. I mean look at me, you would want to pet me. *Grins* 
  • Make sure to clean your house often, vacuum, mop and clean the furniture. The less
  • rugs you have the better as its easier to clean hardwood or linoleum or tile surfaces 
  • HEPA cleaner in your home air conditioner systems or heating systems
  • HEPA vacuum cleaner used regularly 
  • Giving your cat a bath every 6 weeks can also help reduce airborne cal allergen.
There are also products you can buy that you can use to wipe down your cat instead of giving
them a bath which I myself might like better then a bath. Speaking for most cats I can tell you we do not like baths.
Quick Bath
*They have not tried any of these products on me here at BCR or the other kitties so you can try them at your own discretion* 

Cat allergies in infants 
There is ongoing debate among scientists whether infants who are exposed to animals at a very young age are destined to develop allergies, or if the opposite is true. Recent studies have come to conflicting conclusions. A 2015 study found that exposing infants to cats at home is associated with a higher risk of developing allergies during the first four years of a child’s life.

On the other hand, a 2011 study found that babies who live with cats, especially during the first year of life, develop antibodies to the pet and are less likely to acquire an allergy later.

Your doctor will be able to answer questions you may have about your baby and your cat. For children who are allergic, removing fabric toys and stuffed animals and replacing them with plastic or washable ones may help relieve symptoms.
Healthline
Circassia is a biopharmaceutical Company working on cures for many allergies , one of them for cats.

Cats that are better for people with allergies


Balinese: Often called a long haired Siamese. They produce less of the Fel D1 protein than other cats which is can cause fewer allergies.

Siberian: Has a nice pretty long coat but also has lower then average enzymes levels in their saliva.


Bengal: A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian Leopard cat, the Bengal is a stunning breed with hypoallergenic properties. Be prepared to pay handsomely for this kitty though, they usually start around $2,000.


Burmese: This American breed is soft and plush. They are a people-oriented and tolerant, making them great for families.


Colorpoint Shorthair: A cousin to the Siamese and subsequently crossed with them frequently, the Colorpoint is distinguished by its over 16 different “point” colors, while the Siamese only has four.


Cornish Rex: Known for their curly coats, the Cornish Rex has an energetic personality. Their coat may have something to do with their hypoallergenic status.

Devon Rex: Another rex breed with a curry coat, the Devons are considered the “pixies” of the cat world. They are great with children and other pets.

Javanese: While not recognized by every cat association, the Javanese is basically a long-haired version of the Colorpointed Shorthair mentioned above. They are considered a highly intelligent cat, that seems to understand what you are saying.


Ococat: Although the name sounds like they are from a wildcat cross-breeding (and they certainly look it!) The Ocicat is actually the result of an Abyssinian and a Siamese breeding. They are  known for being devoted to their family and love to play.


Oriental Shorthair: This exotic looking breed actually originated in England, not the orient. They have the typical Siamese personality and make great pets.


Russian Blue: An elegant cat with a neat Russian history, the Blue is an engaging cat. They will even learn to play fetch!


Siameses: The cat itself, the Siamese. A lot of the breeds on this list come from the Siamese, a cat that is easily recognizable to even those outside of the cat fancy world.

Sphynx: Not into hair? The Sphynx is your cat. Many may think this cat should be non-allergenic, but remember it’s not the hair, but the dander and saliva that cause allergic reactions. However, this cat is low on the allergy scale and has quite the personality, make him a good choice.

We actually have what looks like a Russian Blue here at BCR named Poppy and also a Siameses named Sandy here at BCR. 

So as a cat that came from a shelter and was going to be euthanized because I was blind, please if you find out you are allergic to one of  my fellow felines, do not just dump it off at a kill shelter. Try some of the alternatives there are out there now to help you keep your kitty. Do research online to see if there are other treatments that what I have mentioned above. My kitty paws can only do so much computer typing *Smiles* Make an appointment with your doctor and your vet as well to see what you can do. If you still can not deal with the allergies please find someone to take your kitty that will give them a forever home. There are so many of us in kill shelters now already that no one will adopt. 

Also something else you can do is visit a friend that has cats. Spend time at their house petting their cats and see if you have any reactions to them before you adopt a kitty. Go over a few times just to make sure. If you find or think that you are allergic to their cat, see if you can visit a breeder of one of the breeds I have talked about above. See if you are allergic to any of those.

All purebred cats also have rescues so you could contact them and tell them you would like to give one a forever home. So you can still adopt a kitty that needs a home. Just make sure you will keep them and give them a forever home. There are way too many of my feline friends already needing homes so please do not get a kitty if you are not willing to do what it takes to keep it. 


References:


I also want to wish all my human friends and feline friends a Happy Valentine's Day! *Purrr*
Love Snicker



Monday, February 13, 2017

Why cats meow with toys in their mouths.

I thought we would do a 2nd part to our article last week about why cats bring us presents
we sometimes do not want.
How many of you have cats that go around your house with their toys in their mouth, meowing?
I do. Molly one of my 2 cats,  loves her feather toy and will drag it around the house meowing. She likes to do this in the middle of the night though, which I do not always think is so cute at 2
am in the morning. LOL
Gena



Why cats meow with toys in their mouths and other behaviours

Mandy Cooper


There's no denying it. No matter how much you love your cat, there's still a bit of a
language barrier. You understand your cats “I'm hungry” meow and “wake me up and pet
me” meow so if you're wondering why kitty meows with a toy in their mouth, it's likely they
are bringing attention to them and their prized possession.

In the wild, cats tend to vocalise with their kittens and sexual partners. By changing the
tone and pattern of their meow, they can communicate a variety of intentions. If you watch
kitty when they see a bird out of the window, for instance, you will notice their meow is
very different to say a “let me outside” meow. Kitty is calling your attention to their prized
catch.

Mother cats will often teach their kittens to hunt by catching prey and bringing it back to
their kittens, giving the kittens something to practice hunting on. When kitty makes a big
fuss to having a toy in their mouth, they want you to pay attention to it. Making a fuss over
toys isn't a cats only part of cat play.

 If your cat drops toys in food or water dishes, your cat is not trying to bath the toys but is securing their toy in a safe place after playing with it. In a cats world, food and water dishes are part of their territory and a secure place to stash their prized boy away from possible predators as if they were in the wild.

This sort of play teaches your cat to show off their treasures through meows
and other noises and provides your cat with mental and physical stimulation. Play is a
huge part of why cats meow with their treasures as well as wanting your attention to
notice them and the toy in their mouth. The meow sounds like the cat is in distress but
they are actually quite the opposite and want you to notice what they are doing.

This behaviour seems to happen more when no one is watching and if you notice and pay
attention, your cat is happy with that, drops the toy and toddles off or settles down,
especially if your cat does this at night while you are asleep. It's an instinctual behaviour
learned from kittenhood. I “killed” my toy for you and I'm very clever. Notice me. It's quite
amazing how their learned behaviours come into play. Mum cat catches food and yowls for
their kittens to come and get it. It's no different to our own cats and their offerings for us.
We are “helpless” cats and need to be “taught” how to “catch” things and prove what
great hunters we are too.







Friday, February 10, 2017

2/10/2017

Wifi wants to thank everyone for the 
gifts we got this week for the kitties. 

If you would like to send the kitties something you can 
do so by using the link below:

You can also send things to the kitties from
Chewy
Your first order you can pick BCR and they will donate
20 dollars to our rescue as well.
They also have a program called
Chewy Autoship
On your first order you get 20% off. After that each additional
order you get 5% off. You pick your products and schedule
your shipments from 1 week to 6 months in the future.
You can change the items in your order or cancel at any time.
They have everything you need for your special
kitties here at BCR and your own kitties as well.
Thank you Second Hand Cafe for the big box of goodies!!
Thank you Brandi Reidenhour for the food and water holders!
Thank you unnamed for all the gloves!


Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Michelle DeWitt for the syringes and food!
Thank you Dorothy Smith and Luna for the gift cards!
Thank you Christina Gandley for all the food!


Thank you Crystal S for the bleach packs, food and syringes!
Thank you Casey Luke for the food!
Thank you Lorena for the food!


Thank you Linda for all the hummingbird food, bird seed and bee food!
Thank you J. Thompson for the joint supplement!
Thank you unnamed for the cat litter!


Thank you Glenn Croft for the gift card!
Thank you unnamed for the gift card!
Thank you to the many unnamed for the packages of food,
 amazon did not give us a packing slip or your names!


Thank you Michele for the food!
Thank you Melissa Green hut for all the food!
Thank you Lorna Ste. Marie for the syringes, dish cleaner and bleach packs!


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Bear wants to remind everyone about Open House tomorrow!


Princess Molly also wants to thank you for all your support
for her and the kitties here at BCR. 


As you might have noticed the blog is getting a overhaul.
I am still working on it so you will see changes
for a little while longer until I get everything
in it that I want. There are going to be more
Dear Snickers and also we would like for our fans 
to send in a little story about their pet(s) with a couple 
pictures. We are going to start posting those
as well. They do not have to be only cats
they can be any pet you have. You can send your story
into Snicker at: dearsnicker@gmail.com

As always thank you to Cheryl for some of the pictures I use
for the blog.  Also we have a new writer that is helping
me write some informative articles. Mandy Cooper is a
supporter, ustream chatter and part of the BCR family. If you are a member
or our Friends of BCR group on Facebook you will see
every day a cross stitch of the cat of the day.
 She also does those. 
You can also see a lot of pictures from Cheryl on there as well that you
won't see otherwise. 
Mandy ask me if there was anything
else she could help with so I ask her if she would be 
interested in writing some articles and she said sure.
Her first article was published yesterday and she did a 
great job and its a great help for me as well. 

We hope you enjoy the blog and please do not
forget to subscribe to our newsletter and also
share our blog with your friends. :)


Gena A

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Why do your cats bring you presents you might not exactly think are cute?


You open the door to let kitty in for dinner and what do they bring? An unusual present. Why would kitty need to bring in unwanted presents when they have their own food to eat?

Here are a few facts about what drives this behaviour.

Cats are natural born hunters. Though they were domesticated nearly 10 000 years ago. Cats retained their keen hunting instincts of their wilder ancestors. Female cats are the most likely to bring presents to their owners because in the wild, mothers teach their young how to hunt and eat their own food. By leaving a present on your doorstep, your kitty is acting out its natural role as hunter and teacher.



Consider what this behaviour means. Your cats habits are based on survival instinct. Cats evolved to become brilliant and efficient predators. They have sharp teeth, retractable claws, cushioned paws to silently creep up on their prey, night vision and they are fast and agile. Cats learn through experience which involves teaching the kitten to look after themselves. Given that female cats are most likely to bring back presents, the most likely explanation for this behaviour is that they are trying to teach you (their human) how to hunt. 

Next time kitty brings you a present, remember that they love you and are just trying to bring out your inner predator.

Many cats become expert hunters, be it a feather on a string, a moth or even a mouse. Cat hunting skills doesn't depend on hunger, even well fed kitties indulge in this behaviour. Cats wouldn't bother bringing presents to you if they don't have a loving relationship with you. Cats are different from dogs in that they can't have their hunting behaviours trained out of them.

Cats behave in this way is to appear as a gesture of giving. Your cat may also be trying to show off their ability to hunt. Maybe your kitty believes that you are their people and it's their job to take care of you. You don't want to hurt their feelings by running in horror but you certainly aren't going to eat what kitty brings you unless you enjoy eating mice and lizards. Act happy, make a fuss and praise your kitty and then dispose of the “present” when kitty isn't looking. No amount of training methods will make your cat stop hunting. The thing to remember is to not act negatively if your kitty brings in a present. Your cat is not being bad.

Kittens are programmed from birth to chase through play, they develop the coordination and timing needed to successfully capture a target. Play gives the kitten a chance to learn to make judgments by experience.



Why do cats appear to torture or play with their catch? One answer may be that kitty is wary of their catch fighting back or biting back. When they do finally catch their “present”, they prolong the great event as much as possible. Remember that kitty is showing they want to feed us, showing off their hunting skills and they expect a fuss.



Showing praise in a positive way through play with toys, mice and feathers will encourage kitty to show off their gifts in a way that will suit us better. It's a recognition of how much kitty values us and how good kitty is at taking care of their friends. We shouldn't punish kitty or ignore their gift or try other ways to get the kitty to stop doing it. It's just what they are born to do.


Mandy Cooper