Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Just a very quick blog to give you an update on a couple kittens.

We had two adoptions yesterday!  Nairobi and Liris who are siblings were adopted together. Their new mama is super patient and will further bring out the confidence in them. They enjoy being held and have great purrers.  

I've heard from the family that adopted Nyla.  She is doing great and has explored.  She and Aimee are working on being friends. But, it sounds like Nyla is quite comfortable.

Vincent.  I'm very sorry to let you know that Vincent has passed away.  He was with us approximately 4 weeks.  Remember....he arrived with a poo-ball on his bum and tummy that was like nothing I've seen before.  Once that was off, he had major healing to do to all of his skin in that area. He's been progressing on this healing very nicely.  However, he always appeared to be "slow" to me. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but he wasn't as active as most kittens are.  Thursday he ate very well and I saw him playing.  Friday morning he was in trouble---that quick. I wrapped him in a towel and took him inside.  We have emergency meds we can give in these situations, but he collapsed and passed very quickly.  I have a feeling his problem was respiratory but not sure. We are having a necropsy done and will learn lots. I'm just so very sorry this happened. He was a happy little boy. We will retire his Vincent name and always remember him with love. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Back to cold temps.  We had plummeting temps yesterday. First rain, then sleet followed by snow. We only have a couple inches of snow though.  The Porchies, Firecats, Barnies and Covies are all doing great.  Most of the snow in the playground for the Covies is untouched. They are basically staying in their The House that Jonah Built and the Covie Haven.  The furnace is set at 55 degrees.  Every cat outside knows where every heat lamp is! 

We had BOXES last night--love those boxes! Many thanks to you all.
Scott W - Beanie Baby TY phone holders Owl & Fox  very cute!

Janice & Randy P  for Ramsay--lounge scratcher, Case of Royal Canin 4-12 mos. Kitten Food
Nice Winter hat for Donna & Jacci to share!

Jo & Huffy - Losts of spoons, Pretty Purple Rug, 8 lg cans of Tuna

Jan - TX  18 hand crocheted blankies, lots of assorted soft blankies all for FFRC Kitties

Mary G/Mollybobo - VA00 Note, Crocheted Kitty Toys, Potty Bags, Freeze Dried: Chicken, White Fish, Tuna & Sardines, 6 Very nice Cat Spot Bed for Kitties

Vicki B - 4 boxes of 6  Dryer Balls

Nona - 5 Medium heated pet bowls, 2 Hurricane Spin Mops

It's happened.  Two of my favorite kittens have been adopted (ok, ok, so I tell ALL that cats and kittens that, but these two really had my heart). Clay and Brenna were adopted together--that's the only way they could go, together, as they are certainly a bonded sister/brother twosome. The family that adopted them fell in love and took them home! I'm quite sure all involved in this home will be happy. 

And we had two other adoptions too.  Another sister/sister twosome.  KaeKae and Kota.  The family that adopted them was very excited about having them in their home. Two great cats.

And we have more thanks!
Ronnie & Marie--donation as a congrats for Clay And Brenna being adopted & in honor of the feline friends still at FFRC
John B--donation to FFRC
Lana H--donation to FFRC
Gill H from England--donatin to FFRC, happy about the UK radio talk
Nancy A from NY--donation to help with veterinary bills
Shanna H from TN--donation for chicken for the kitties!

We've had two public events that have been fun.  The first one was having our kitties and cats streamed on KSDK NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis Missiouri.  They came in this past week and streamed the morning time on their facebook page!  Welcome to those folks!

Yes, Coralie did a bit of vomiting last night.  She had finally stopped doing this but has now stated again.  I've been in contact with Dr. Darcy about this a couple weeks ago.  It's time to see what is going on.  She will go to the vet this coming week for lab work.  She is trying to tell me--no pokies, no pokies.  But I told her she will be just fine--maybe just one pokie from Dr. Darcy. 

The second event was a UK Radio station found our cam.  They did a talk show and they sure did their homework by reading up on our website! It was wonderful.  You can check it out at:

Marcus continues to improve.  While he still has severe heart disease, his condition is being monitored nicely with his 3 medications.  He's feeling better and is starting to be back to Marcus.  We will see if he feels comfortable enough to come up in the Main Area.

Our first 2018 Fun-Raiser is coming up and we are excited!  It starts this Monday and ends on the 18th, Thursday at 9:00 am.  BOXES will be Thursday at 4:00 and the FunRaiser will be at 4:30 (FFRC time).  Check out the fb pages to see the items and also there will be a video in the corner soon, of the kitty cam. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

We've gone from very cold temps to a moderate 50 degrees. Our windows are actually open in the Rescue Center today and it feels quite nice! The snow has melted tremendously--rivers will be full. The farmyard is rather soggy.  We have towels down in the buildings that belong to the cats to help keep their tootsies dry. What a change. But.not for long--back to the cold temps soon.

We had BOXES last night. I am forever grateful for the help you give to us. 
Susan G - NH  6 Claptor Fruitcakes made in the Deep South
PackerBacker--Box Tops, Pop Tabs, Kitty Rings, Doggie Christmas stocking,  2 cans Sardines
Annie & Debbie - 4 - Mewingtons Kitty Watches for Flash Sale
Mr & Mrs Medic - 2 Cases Fancy Feast
Pat L - Case of Fancy Feast Broth
KathyB/Kathy831 - Mylar balls and 2 boxes 200ct. Potty Bags
Franky & the Girls from New York - for Ramsay a pop up Cat Cave (he can share!)
Pat L - 4 Pks 36 ct. Spoons
Nona - 3 Large Heated Pet Bowls, 4 microwavable pet bed heaters
Stephanie W/Lollymop - Long handled pooper scooper, 2 boxes 768 ct. Kitty Wipes
Fran B - OH  Thank You Card
Diane K/LadyDi6060 - Christmas Card with 4 chicken $5
Purrmich6 - Thank You Card with Donation to buy FFRC a Leggydew
Rich & Rose/RoseSF6cats - IA  Kitty Chirstmas Card with Donation
Sheila G - CT  - Donation
Joy & Don - NY  Card with Note & Donation
Meggie318 - NY - Sponsorships for Cutie, Coralie, Ramsay & Spiker
Melissa - NY  Donation
Martha & Grover, TX  For Spiker - Paw Prints, Donation & From Mr. Whiskers a Chicken $5
Friday Mary from Archabold - Lots of Kitty toys--they will love them! 
Brent T - Friend of Friday Mary - Donation

Alan & Elaine B - FL  in Memory of Little Kat, 40lb Precious Litter, Case of Fancy Feast, Case of Appetizers, 3 cases 24ct. Friskies, 1 case 32 ct. Friskies

Becky W/SnickersandInkysmom - Potty Bags, 5 pkgs Sheba Sticks, Mew Mix Soft Snackers, Bag of Purina One, Pkg of 3 Scotch Brite Sponges

Madisonpepper & Kitties-monthly Cat Lady Box - Kitty Toys: snowman & ??, 3 Winking Kitty Pens, Cat Mug, Zippered Kitty Hoodie

Francis S - ME, with Headlight, Daylight, Buglight & Starlight - Donation in memory of our Mod Schinns kitty Cleo

Markus is hanging in there! His respirations are almost where the vet wants them to be! At that time, once he is stabilized, there's a possibility of decreasing one of the meds.  He's eating and seems quite happy. 

Remember..if there's ever a mistake or an omission, please feel free to email me!

Just an FYI about John.  Many of you have noticed his one eye is very red.  Yes, you are seeing that correctly.  We are on the healing side of this now. He's eating, playing like crazy and is everyone's friend! The eye orbit appears to be intact so hoping that eye will continue to heal. He's a good sport and is so very happy. He's got a great purr. He's been on meds for this for over 2 1/2 weeks.

A week from this Saturday is our surgery day. I believe we will have all those not already spayed and neutered done that day, except perhaps for Bloom, Brielle and Bambi.  They are still a mite small.  Next week we will do a weight on all those having surgery.

An adoption! Don't you just love those big ole boy cats with the big feet?!!  That would be Adrikk.  And he has found a home!  He was adopted because he's so very much a big guy! He clicked with the family and off they went. He's going to be spending alot of time at their slider, watching the birds and squirrels that the family feeds!

We have more thanks to give! 
Phyllis B--donation to FFRC, just because!
Gusti--for Rita, when she gets adopted, a leggydew or biggydew and some toys
Helen C--donation to FFRC
Tsakani's new family--donationed blankets, pillowcases and towels
Carol B--for FFRC with Happy New Year wishes
Charlotte T--donation for Ramsay
Yvonne from Germany--donation for FFRC
Kelly I--donation to FFRC
Karen C from CA--donatin to FFRC

Good update! Tracker is doing great in his new home!  It's always nice to hear how our cats and kittens are doing.

Here's some things going on for next week.
Jan. 15, Monday--our Advisory Board meeting
Jan. 17, Weds.--HumaneOhio surgery transport 
Jan. 18, Thurs.--Lucie (dental) and Shirley Mae (ear) are scheduled for surgery at Dr. P's
Jan. 20, Sat.--FFRC surgery day

Have a wonderful day! 








Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Markus is a miracle for sure. He has beat the odds for right now. His heart condition is very serious but he obviously is responding to his medicines.  He is receiving a diuretic 3 times daily to keep the fluid out of his lungs and heart. A new medication is also being used with great success. In the past, it was only used for dogs with cardiomyopathy. But recently is being tried on cats. It helps to regulate his heart--to help a diseased heart to work better.  And it's working! And he's a good pill taker. Here's what he is doing--he is ea-[[5tting fairly good, pottying often (which is very good) and he's up walking about. This morning I actually saw him bat a ball and watch it roll! Markus was not expected to survive Friday night---I asked for prayers and good thoughts from you all and I thank you for this. We don't know what his future will be but for right now, we are encouraged. He will always have this severe heart disease but if we can keep the complications of this at a minimum, he can enjoy life again. For now, we are enjoying every minute with him. 

We have thanks to give--know that you are very appreciated!
Melvin S--donation to FFRC
Maribel from Zaragoza, Spain--donation for FFRC
BillieK--donation to help with Marcus 

Adrikk is doing good. He seems to be thinking of coming up to the Main Area. We will let him decide when he's ready.  Natima and Cas are coming along--both are a little shy but we're working on that!  

We have lots of places other than the cameras which can be set up to give you alerts to coming events.  If you subscribe to them it is totally free and all you do is choose to follow us. 
  Facebook chatters. For this,  please send an email to Jacci asking to be added, with your FB name and chat name.  A description of your fb picture is helpful too. 
All set correctly and they will even send alerts to your Mobile. Adoption about to happen! Get alerts. New videos. 

And in case you are new to FFRC, we have other sites too that give lots of info---
Website: fofrescue.org

Petfinder: www.petfinder.com/member/us/oh/defiance/friends-of-felines-rescue-center-oh572/     Our cats and kittens do not go into Petfinders until they are spayed or neutered. So if you are looking for a pet, remember there are many more here that 

It's happened! Nyla has a home! She was adopted on Saturday. She already has an FFRC cat in the home--Aimee Crocker. Such a great home! We even sent her special bed that she loves with her. Nyla was begging for a home. And it's finally happened! 

The temperature is warmer today and to remain above freezing for a couple days. Now we have rain on top of the snow--great slushy mess.  But....it's nice to have the better temps.  Our propane company had to come yesterday and will return today to fill the tanks again--these frigid temps have caused a huge amount of propane usage. 

Eclair is wonderful. She is comfortable here now and would love a home. Her ideal home is where she could be in a lap and be loved on. She is a meeter-greeter type cat---loves people. 

Coralie is going to have her picture in the newspaper again. It's to remind people what can happen to animals that are outside in this very cold weather. For those that don't know about Coralie, she was severely frostbitten upon arrival. She lost both of her back legs, her ear tips, her tail and a few toes on her front feet. But...she is a survivor and is so very happy. She goes wherever she wants. And yes, sometimes she doesn't make it to the litterbox--she prefers those nice warm towels or rugs right out of the dryer to potty on. And that is ok with us. Our washer and dryer are meant to take care of this! She loves her cushie beds and especially the bed that is under Dodger's Pen--it belongs to her! So when you don't see her on the cam, just think of her in that cozy bed! 

Yesterday, I had a big chuckle. Elsie, Bonnie and Pania were in a circle of sorts. All three were sitting on their haunches, batting in the air at each other! It was so cute. They are of the opinion--we're soul sisters together but we like to swat at each other too! 

Today is Sevaun's birthday. I'm quite sure we see the pizza delivery guy coming with pizzas, all designated for the Covies! 










Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

There's alot of zooming going on here. Sometimes it's best just to stand still while they zooming cats race by you---it's safer that way! Energy level is high and appetites are good.  

We had an adoption yesterday! Tracker went to his new home. His sole purpose---to be a companion to this couple and be loved on. He's such a good kitten. 

We took on 3 new cats (1 adult/2 kittens). 
Siblings Natima and Cas--These two kittens came in due to the ill health of their dad. Their birthday is 10/20/17, which makes them 11 weeks old. Cas is a light grey tiger and Ntima 
(n-TEE-ma) is all black.  They have a tiny bit of a cold but is responding quickly to antibiotics. They are so having fun playing---they are in the top two pens in the back Thumper's Room.

Adrikk--a big boy, beige and white with a white face. He was hanging around in Defiance, outside in the cold. A man had been keeping track of him and didn't want him outside another night in our frigid temps, so he was brought to FFRC.  He's 21 months old with a birthday of March 6, 2016.  HE's a great cat---seems very happy to be inside and warm. Eating good. A big handsome boy! 

We had BOXES yesterday.  We've been doing BOXES frequently at 4:00.  This time seems to suit my schedule better so I can get my mom's supper at the time that works for her. We will try and post the "4:00" sign to let you know the scoop on those days.
Gerri (Barb W's) sister - 5 Pretty Pillow Covers for Flash Sale
Walter L - Batteries  2 boxes C's, 2 boxes AA's, 2 boxes of D's and a box of AAA's
Snoopybaby with Preakness & Sisters - 18 Single pks of Pringles
Beth/Eaglewatcher - 2 cases of Tuna, and a Huge box of Spoons
Anony - S scratcher for kitties--already being used!
Carri-Bags of:  Nulo Freestyle food, Science Diet Sensitive Stomach, & Snuggle Pet,  Probiotics 
Judy W - OH - Chief Tapes
Tom C - IL  Donation for FFRC
Mariann - Donation from her friend Allison C, for Name a Cat Name 
Craig & Shirley T - OH Donation in memory of Keith R
Nancy L - MA  with Sugi, Pika, & Timo - Christmas Card  
Eleanor S/elskates - CT  8 Purina Weight Circles
Gary & Audrey P - WA  Christmas Card with a note  Donation in Honor of the Moine Family
Susan C - OH - Donation for FFRC
Jeanne S - FL  Donation for FFRC

Debbie & Annie - Flash Sale - 3 Pretty Cat Scarves, Mandala Cat Beach Towel, Kitty Shower Curtain,  3 bags of Elsies Litter, Box of Weruva Variety, Box of Sheba pkts, Case of Fancy Feast & 12 cans Blue Wilderness

Art & Charlotte J - 200 6" environmentally friendly plates, Bag of Temptation Snackers,  case of Meow Mix cups, Box of Arm & Hammer Litter, AAA Batteries, 110 13-gal Glad trash bags, 50 30-gal Glad trash bags

Alexandra B-Washington DC - 2 bags Purina One, 4 pkts Broth, 8 bags of Temptation Snackers, Homemade Cookies!  Yummmm

Vixanna/Bagobear - Kitty Chirstmas Card - Donation in memory of Ming, Sea Turtle & Camie
and also in Honor of Pam/Belltime & Beth/Eaglewatcher

Suzanne Dr - OH  New Year Card & Donation with Bobby, Davey, Eddie, Fergus, Gabby, Little Boy, Rufus & Orangie

Eddie & Rita M - Scotland - Christmas Card for FFRC, a gorgeous card for the Vols and one for Jacci & Steve  and a Kitty Calendar

Plus, we have more thank yous!
Hallie G--donation to FFRC
David D--donation to FFRC
Tracy L--donation to FFRC
Kris M--donation for Eddie White's birthday
Jakesmeowmy--donation to FFRC
Andrew G--donation to FFRC

We need some prayers and good thoughts for our Covie boy, Marcus. He is having some health troubles right now. We noticed on Weds. that he didn't want to eat his breakfast. He's the kitty that would zoom onto "his" shelf and request his breakfast---actually he would get two helpings.  He didn't want to eat on Thursday either which then sent up red flags. His breathing was accelerated. We brought him up to the rescue center and put in a pen for monitoring. His respirations were very high.  I talked to Dr. Darcy about him and she, another vet and I was very concerned with the possibility of heart trouble.  He went to the vets yesterday for an x-ray which confirmed this. It's called cardiomyopathy. It simply means a diseased heart. His heart is very very large and filled with fluid as are his lungs. This is a condition that strikes especially young male cats. The muscular heart walls are thickened which decreases his heart's efficiency. You may have heard of a young male cat dying suddenly for no apparent reason. Those are many times cardiomyopathy. The heart can send out embolisms/clots to the brain or lungs which can cause a fast death.  Or can settle in the pelvic region, called a saddle clot. This causes paralysis of the hind legs.  I just want you all to understand what is going on.  This is a very serious condition. His respirations are still extremely fast this morning. The lasix helped remove some of the fluid, but not enough. We will do another round of that this morning. But.....the outcome to this is not promising.  The dreadfully horrible part of this is that he is so young and so full of love. The cause for cardiomyopathy remains unknown in many cases. Sometimes it's a genetic mutation and predisposition. We are keeping a sharp eye on him as we do not want him to go into respiratory distress.  He has a treatment plan by our vet. There is no cure for this--we are just hoping to give him some more good quality of time and support to where he can function somewhat normally.  All cats are important to us but Marcus is so young. He arrived on 10/9/16. He's just 2 1/2 years old.  

Purrlissa is doing awesome from her eye surgery. She's running around, making up for lost time.  If you see a blur of fluffy colors running by, that would be her!  Her suture area looks good, her appetite is great. Her mama-to-be ha visited her several times. 

Jones update--he is doing good. I know he missed Sea Turtle. He's doing much better now though. His appetite is good and for right now, his urinary woes are at a minimum. He's a constant "watch" for his urinary tract problems. If you come for a visit, be sure to stop in at PawMart and spend some time with him---he loves it. 

Bambi, Brielle and Bloom continue to feel good.  Each day they improve. They sure love to play. 

Take care, stay warm and enjoy this wonderful weekend. 




Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2017

Brrrrry cold.  Icicles.  Snow.  See your breath.  Frozen river.  Below zero.  Shivery.  Yep---it's that cold out! On next Monday, the temps are suppose to start warming up.  We'll have had 2 weeks of this frigid temps.  The farm animals are doing good.  We make sure they have water and good food. The Barnies, Covies, Firecats, Porchies---all are eating good, have warm dry beds, furnace is working in THTJB, the heat lamps are all shiny red and warm. I'm betting they are dreaming of spring!

A good way to start the year--a spay/neuter day!  We sent 25 cats up to HumaneOhio.  This included 20 public cats, 3 from FFRC and 2 from Fort Defiance Humane Society.  The breakdown is 9 males and 16 females. We have two more surgery dates for January.  

Our 3 kittens that FFRC sent to HumaneOhio were Liris (spay), Nairobi (neuter) and Annet (spay). All 3 are doing super this morning and are playing like nothing happened! 

We have big thanks to give! You are truly appreciated by FFRC! 
Ju-in-ji--donation to help with Liris' and Nairobi's spay/neuter
Shannan W--donation to FFRC
Derek G--donation to FFRC, in honor of Nona S! 
Satoshi & Christina O--donation to FFRC, because they enjoy the cams!
LJ--donation to FFRC for Happy New YEar
Mauren M--donation to FFRC--best wishes for 2018
Josette M from France--donation to celebrate New Year for the kittens
Thomas W--donation to FFRC
Teresa R--donation to FFRC for sharing the New Years
Nancy L--donation to FFRC
Jodi M from MI--donation to FFRC
Joni W from IA and kittens--donation to FFRC
Michael S--donation to FFRC

The pain relief is tremendous. Our sweet Purrlissa went to the vet's yesterday for a left enucleation (removal of eye orbit). We've been trying to save that eye but a few days ago, it became damaged beyond repair. Our vets were wonderful in getting her in right away, especially due to the pain level. She is the sweetest kitten, but even with soreness meds, she must've had a horrible eyeache. We were still hoping to save the eye, but because of the smallness of the eye, a flap could not be done and the amount of damage that quickly happened, made it necessary to remove the eye. Her surgery was less than 24 hours ago and she's feeling so very good. She's eating, playing, running, chasing toys. She's back to her sweet, playful self!  Her sutures come out in 10 days.

The 3 kittens have been released! We had Bambi, Brielle and Bloom in the new condo pen when they weren't feeling well, to monitor their eating, give their meds and make sure they were snug and warm. Today they started banging on the door to their pen---a sure sign they are ready to join the rest of the kittens in the Main Area. 

I have a message from Vernon for you all.  He would like to apologize for his, ummm, behavior that he shows sometimes towards Marilyn.  And he wants to apologize in advance too in case it happens again.  You see, he's never had a true best friend before and Marilyn has decided that Vernon is her best friend. They bathe each other, nap together and generally enjoy each other's friendship. I've even seen them whisper secrets to each other. However, once in a while, yes, Vernon gets carried away with his "actions". No harm done, except it should be off-cam. So, while we will try and monitor this from our end, please know that it's wonderful that these two have become friends. Vernon is so happy to have a true good friend. 

Squeak, squeak, squeak!  Yep--that's our door doing that big rat-size squeak! I purposely haven't lubricated those hinges.  It's like a doorbell--I hear it and can tell someone is opening the door.

It's wonderful---we have so many new friends visiting our kitty-cam!  If you are one of the new folks--welcome to FFRC! We truly enjoy sharing the cats and kittens with everyone. If you have a question or concern, feel free to get in touch with me or a mod, as we are always happy to answer your questions. It's far better to ask and get a correct answer than to speculate! 

Thanks so much, to Goss! She has created two awesome 2018 calendars for FFRC.  They are now available on Zazzle. One is a collage of FFRC kitties, the other celebrates the Persian kittens. Take your choice or choose both! 

Next time you see a moderator or an admin--take a second a say a big thanks to them!  They spend countless hours taking care of FFRC! 

Wow--do we have the white cats now! Can you name them all?  There's Snowy, Snowball, Annet, Mitz, Farrah, Eddie White, Julianne, Nsuku, Joyful.  And they are all wonderful! 

Satori was just running the orange wheel--had it going so fast, he almost spun himself off! 

Have a great day.  By the way, Purrlissa is now on the high catwalks here in the purple office where I am. She has been running around the entire top part of the room--must feel so good to not have that eyeache today! Keep a-goin', Purrlissa! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A short blog to wish you all a Happy New Year and to let you know the lasta video of 2017 is now ready to be viewed. Thank you Derecho for all the wonderful videos! Please click the like/thumbs up button on u tube as it helps generate more $$ for FFRC.  Thank you!

We had one last adoption for 2017. Little Tres went to his new home. He will have lots of great sisters and brothers and a bunch of fun stuff for a big cat playground! This makes 28 adoptions for December. 

The door is now open to the Main Area from the Welcome Room and Front Thumper's Room.  Now, if Liris and Nairobi would like to come up and join the rest of the kittens, they are welcome to do so.

Tuesday is our next HumaneOhio surgery date.  Hoping to have a full load going up for their spays/neuters!

A couple thank yous! 
Eike S--donation to FFRC
Shannon S--donation for the care of Victor, Jackson, Markus and all of their friends, also in loving memory of Leonard.

The 5 new ducks out on the farmyard are doing good. They joined right in with the rest of the bird flocks!

And here's the link! Enjoy this last video of 2017! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McDUKBljCd8

Many thanks to you all for your support and friendship to FFRC.  YOU are important to this rescue center.