Friday, March 27, 2015

Sponsored post - It's Chewy Time once again

Chewy's blogger outreach program has reached out to us once again and I get a nice little gift to talk about.This month I got the Halo Liv-a-Littles 100% Wild Salmon treats.

Muffin! Get out of the way.. Fine.. we'll turn this into an enrichment exercise.

It is good to find ways to mentally stimulate your kitties and if your kitty is food motivated - like six out of the seven cats I own - using a toy to hide food in so they have to forage for it is a good way to get their brains working.

Every time I so much as touch this toy I immediately get a lot of interest because they are pretty sure that my just touching it makes it issue forth yummy goodness.

Yes, this is relevant to our interests.. 
Muffin and Jack, quality control experts
Muffin Kit and Fleurp checking out the puzzle
I'm just going to wait for them to do all the work ~Queen Diva Muffin
Fleurp is no fool, she runs off with hers once she digs it out
Kit's Turn.. 
And Muffin swoops in for the steal.
I gave Kit her own piece, she decided to mark it before eating it
(not sure that would prevent the others from stealing it though)
I like these Halo treats because the only ingredient is salmon, and wild salmon at that. A few of the other varieties come with a few extra ingredients. They are also a freeze dried treat so the pieces, while initially large can be easily broken down to fit in to enrichment toys or simply into smaller pieces for easier consumption. I like Chewy for their prompt service, fast shipping, and wonderful offerings each month. They seem to always be on the look out for new bloggers to ply with goodies in exchange for an honest review, so if you are interested let me know and I can get you the contact info.

**Standard Disclaimer so it is clear.. I did get these treats in exchange for an honest review, all photos and opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mirror Affirmations with Mirror Jack..

I see the beauty in everything and everyone, always..

well except maybe Fleurp when she ruins my special time with my favorite kitty ever..

(yes, my cats decided to play with the crinkle ball toys I bought them while they were still on the cardboard hangcard.  I know I should pick it up and take them off but it was just so amusing to watch them do it I can't bring myself to do it just yet)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Meet the Momma Kitty

Well as of 10 PM last night we still do not have kittens, and she was eating up a storm so if we have kittens in the morning I'll be horribly shocked.

Yes, she is heavily pregnant, yes, she has double toes (and dewclaws in the back) and a little something something going on over her right eye. She won't let me get a good look at it, and even balked pretty badly when I went to wipe the eye goobers out of her eyes last night, so I don't know what it is. Considering how long her nails were when she got here (she clicked when she walked) it very well could be she tagged herself when attempting to scratch her ear.

I was able to clip her nails, which is good because she really really needed it. She wasn't happy about it though and I think I might have missed one or two on one of her back feet. I didn't want to stress her out by forcing the issue..  She is also have some 'back end' issues, mostly because she can not reach to clean herself. She has been pooping up a storm (mostly because I don't think there is any room for it in there so once it is formed it is pushed right out) and not all of it comes off so she has been boot scooting when she comes out of the litter box. Fortunately she doesn't mind if I take a wash cloth and wipe her down.

Yesterday she gave me all kinds of indications that she was about to pop, including checking out every cubby and crevice where she could give birth and giving them the once over..

I really hope she chooses the basket in the last photo to give birth since I bought it from the shelter yard sale with the sole purpose to be used by a pregnant or nursing mother. I suppose if she doesn't give birth in it, we can eventually move them into it and see how it goes..  The basket wasn't in the best of shape when I bought it so I bought some suede cord and wrapped it around the edge.. that was NOT an easy task and it took me four or five hours since it is one continuous piece and there were five spots where the edge was broken so I had to use a skewer to hold the wrapping in place. I think it came out beautifully though and it was totally worth the effort.

Anyway, after checking everything out she came back for some more belly rubbin. Her nipples are all coated with dead skin and probably milk residue because they were kinda gross. I found out she also has a false nipple under one of her lower nipples.. (her head is below the image and her tail is above it)

I find this fascinating. I do think I will keep an extra eye on it in case there is any milk production to it. If there is and there is no draining of that milk we could run into a case of mastitis.. but we will cross that bridge if and when we come to it.

Pregnant mothers are always so affectionate.. they have got to be super uncomfortable and seriously who doesn't love a good massage when they are uncomfortable? This one hugs my hand though I mean how cute is this??

No names have popped up yet. I was thinking Talulah, but it hasn't seemed to work out. I was also thinking of trying to do a non-human name set, but coming up with sets of names isn't easy when you don't know how many and of what gender you are working with.  I suppose I could just go with soda names and it won't matter if it is male or female *wink*

So, anyone want to make any guesses as to when and how many??