Thursday, May 28, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I had the opportunity to take the kittens to work. It is always interesting when kittens get into a new place. Some take over and run like the wind all over the place, some hide, some seek me out and hang out with me the whole time, some seek out other people and get all up in their business. This time we had a little bit of all of that.
|Now where are we??|
|This place smells weird|
|Is this how we access the interwebs?|
|No.. this computer isn't even on..|
|Sully and Nessie thought hiding out in the corner was a good idea|
|The Kraken selfie|
|Hello? Kitten Central, how can we help you?|
|oooh, what's over there?|
|These shoes smell familiar..|
|All five kittens out and about|
|Zookie thought he'd help with the filing|
|but he was pretty bad with the paperwork|
I brought Mina back to the shelter last week to be neutered and put up for adoption. Mentally she was done nursing the kittens and every time they latched on she became annoyed. There was no real place for her to escape from them and she no longer took any pleasure in my visits, she simply sat at the door flomping her tail up and down. While I wish there was an easier way for her to find a home, going back to the shelter was the best way and soon enough she will be will be the pampered little house cat she deserves to be.
I am going to be scarce for the rest of the week as I am headed down to Nashville to attend BlogPaws. Paws crossed Eli and Jack don't miss me too much as they both have been under some stress lately and showing signs of having urinary discomfort and it is freaking me right out. My poor husband is going to have a list a mile long of stupid things to do for them..
Monday, May 25, 2015
|Is it Christmas?|
|Do I get to wear a fancy dress? (Nessie)|
|Do I get to be a flower? (Zilla)|
|HALLOWEEN!! I GET TO BE THE MONKEY!! (The Kraken)|
|I'm the mean vicious spider! (Sully)|
|I guess that makes me the bee (Zookie)|
|Trick or treat! give me something good.. buzz buzz|
|oooh shiney.. let's kill it!|
|well do we get a hamburger then?|
Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
|Where are we going now??|
My vet sent me an email late last week announcing they were having an open house this past Saturday. In the email they mentioned they were going to have a professional photographer take photos of pets that stopped by. I thought what a great excuse to get the kittens out and get them in the hands of other people.
The more you expose kittens to when they are young, the better off they will be in the end as it builds a lot of confidence and self esteem.
|These kitten things aren't staying.. right mom?? ~Jack|
|Photographer on the left, bounce house on the right |
(oh wouldn't THAT have been fun with the kittens)
|At the office|
|Zookie was perfectly happy being held|
|The Kraken was once again a huge hit, everyone loved him|
|Zookie kept trying to back up, and ended up backing himself up the wall|
I was hopeful that I could have gotten the photographer to take their weekly portraits, but it was outside, and there were a lot of people there so I felt uncomfortable asking him if he would do it inside - even though the vet said it would be okay to ask. I was really there to expose the kittens to more things, and despite their being very nervous, they did very well. They were giving away catnip toys, and Muffin (and eventually Eli) were thrilled!
|Muffin sat on it to make sure no one would steal it|
|oooh, look at all the goodies!|
|Muffin inspects the winnings|
|I'll take this.. thank you very much|
|an hour later Muffin was still in the house|
|an hour after that, some how Skippy got it.|
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This post is sponsored by Vet on Demand, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Vet on Demand App, but Tails from the Foster Kittens only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Vet on Demand is not responsible for the content of this article.
Vet on Demand™ connects pet owners with licensed veterinarians conveniently via an online video chat. You download the app, sign up with all of your and your pet's information and when you want to talk to a vet you can for $2.50 per minute. This is currently only available in iOS format at the iTunes store but they are looking to roll out an Android version soon
In order to properly review the service, I was given 30 minutes of time with a vet. I was then given a time when a vet would be available and asked to check in. I had downloaded the app a few days before and entered my information. I have an old 4s phone and it worked well enough for me; I heard others used an iPad and connected in with it as well. Once I connected in, I had a small wait and I am not sure if that is because the vet was on another call or simply wasn't at his desk when I connected. The vets work off a computer and use a website and connect with you via a web cam, not with the app. I think that is very helpful for them because they will have both hands free and won't worry about having the camera face an appropriate angle while they might be looking something up.
|Waiting for the vet to pick up|
|Dr. Baxter. Like most video conferencing your image |
is in the upper corner so you know what they are looking at.
|You can turn the camera to the rear facing camera to show the vet something. |
In this case it was blood work as we were talking about the option of giving a second opinion
The app costs $2.50 per minute, but they do offer a free five minutes with your initial download. This means if you have a 20 minute conversation the cost would be $37.50 with the code and $50 without.
I think of this app as being like having a vet as a good friend of yours, who isn't your primary caregiver. Someone you could go to and ask questions of when you are unsure if it is something you should be concerned about and you would rather get a real-time, reliable professional answer your question instead of relying on "Doctor Google" and hope you found accurate information. Someone you could turn to when other options just are not available to you, like those reasons I mentioned above.
When listening to the developers talk about their hopes for this app in the long term, I heard several options I REALLY like the idea of. They plan to implement a review system for the doctors so you can see what other people think of them. They also plan on allowing you to schedule time with specific vets, so if you want to do a consult with a holistic vet, that would be an option for you.
I think this app has a lot of potential and could service a need that so many people have. You can also check them out on Facebook.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Once again it is Chewy.com blogger outreach program sponsored post time. I get a free product of my choosing out of a list of five or six items in exchange for blogging about it. This month I chose The Honest Kitchen "ice pups" / "steamy pups"
Cleverly they market this product as something you can serve hot or cold. Each box comes with 16 packets of The Honest Kitchen type freeze dried product that you can either mix with 8 oz of hot water or cool water and then freeze in ice cubes. This is obviously marketed towards dogs, but with the ingredient list I thought it might be something my cats might like..
I admit I am a huge fan of The Honest Kitchen, as their mission statement is one I can fully support and get behind. Unfortunately I have never ever convinced a cat they should consume any of their products. My own cats won't eat their food, nor have several sets of fosters, and oh how I have tried.. I had high hopes that this might be difference but as soon as I mixed it up I knew..
Well it wasn't a total waste, Fleurp adores the packing that they send along with the product..
The remaining packets will be offered to my co-workers with dogs and then brought to the shelter for the dogs to enjoy this summer.
Thank you once again to Chewy for allowing us to try out different products.