Thursday, December 14, 2017

Not a creature was stirring



At least until I opened up the treat jar.. then it was all "I am so awake and want those!"


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I have about forty holiday cards left. If you would like one, fill out your address on my Postable account and I will send one out to you.  🐱

and if you want to send me a card my new address is
PO Box 554
Grantham, NH 03753

Monday, December 11, 2017

A cat tree forest



Our new house comes with a bonus room that the previous owners put on the back of their house where there would usually be a deck. When we were moving in we ended up putting all of the cat trees out there until we could figure out the best place to put them for maximum use. We have moved a few out into the house, but we still have to move a few more (obviously)

FYI, we have eleven cat trees. Yes.. eleven.. In my defense, we used to have eight cats, so you know.. that totally justifies having almost twice as many cat trees than I have cats.. especially since two of them can't climb them anymore..

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My holiday cards should be here on Friday. If you would like one, fill out your address on my Postable account and I will send one out to you. Since my blog has been so quiet lately, I only ordered 100 of them. If for some reason I get more requests than that I will order some more but that means it will take a little longer for you to receive it. I hope you don't mind. 🐱

and if you want to send me a card my new address is
PO Box 554
Grantham, NH 03753

Friday, December 8, 2017

Momma, you need to open that drawer..



You know the one.. the one with the treats and stuff for a pretty little Fleurp like me.. You know you wanna..

(it was either that or you may kiss the paw, but she's not that kind of cat)

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My holiday cards should be here on Friday. If you would like one, fill out your address on my Postable account and I will send one out to you. Since my blog has been so quiet lately, I only ordered 100 of them. If for some reason I get more requests than that I will order some more but that means it will take a little longer for you to receive it. I hope you don't mind. 🐱

and if you want to send me a card my new address is
PO Box 554
Grantham, NH 03753

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Additions to my work desk #chewyinfluencer


Now that I have moved, I am working from home. My "office" is upstairs away from the kitchen and where I am storing all of the cat treats.

Momma, the treats are too far away!!

Chewy.com offered me some cat treats in their November Influencer offering where they offer a number of things for me to chose from for free in exchange for a review. I chose Vital Essentials Cat Treats Freeze dried chicken and I decided that it would be in my best interest if I had a little stash of "distractions" in my office.


So yes, now I have a container of nip, a wand toy and a package of treats for when my cats show up and start meowing at me.

This is relevant to my interests

You may not watch me eat

And when you give a Fleurp a treat, you have to have others to share..


Everyone loved these and they will be sad when they run out. And I am starting to fear that I have trained them to come up here and beg for treats.

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My holiday cards should be here on Friday. If you would like one, fill out your address on my Postable account and I will send one out to you. Since my blog has been so quiet lately, I only ordered 100 of them. If for some reason I get more requests than that I will order some more but that means it will take a little longer for you to receive it. I hope you don't mind. 🐱

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fleurp says Hello



My husband picked up Fleurp to snuggle her. It was so cute I wanted to get a photo and as soon as I said that Fleurp "waved" at me. I turned, grabbed my camera and asked her to do it again.

The smirk on my husband's face is because he couldn't believe that she did it after I asked her to. Me? I just expected her to, that is why I asked.

I am working hard on getting the kitten room set up and once I do I will go to the local shelter and beg for kittens offer my services. I am hoping I don't have to wait until spring, but it is very rare to have kittens up this way in the winter unless they import them from down south. If I have to wait until spring, you'll just have to put up with Fleurp carrying the blog.

I have created an end of year 'holiday' card. If you would like one, fill out your address on my Postable account and I will send one out to you. Since my blog has been so quiet lately, I only ordered 100 of them. If for some reason I get more requests than that I will order some more but that means it will take a little longer for you to receive it. I hope you don't mind. 🐱

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tiki Cat After Dark #chewyinfluencer


When I was planning for the move, I knew that the cat's appetite would be off due to the stress of moving, and it totally was. Everyone (well not everyone *looks at Jack*) lost a little weight, so I will occasionally put down a can of cat food to encourage their appetite. My cats often act like I am giving them desert when I do, so I knew that it would be welcome - well that is if the can of food I am offering is acceptable.

The Chewy.com Influencer program offered me Tiki Cat After Dark in October Influencer Program (where they offer me free product in exchange for a review) and I grabbed it because I really liked the ingredient list.


I had heard several reviews of this food that said it was full of liquid. I found this to be true. I also found it mighty impressive that there is a half a quail egg in the Chicken & Quail Egg flavor.


You can see how much liquid there is in the product. This is good for cats who like a brothy food. It is a little hard on us humans when opening up the product. Despite knowing that this was an issue and being careful, I still ended up spilling some on the counter.


The question becomes, did the cats like it?


Very much indeed. It was a welcome break from the stress of attempting to make the house smell like them. Bringing as many soft items that they spent time on in the other house (aka scent soakers) helped, but there is still a lot of shedding and rubbing to do to get the house to smell just right.

And a whole lot of napping to do..

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Moving was made a little easier with Chewy.com #chewyinfluencer


As I mentioned last month, I was offered a few items in October through the Chewy.com Influencer program that I thought would be beneficial to have when we finally moved. I must say I do believe they both helped a lot.


After the two hour drive to the new house and realizing that Eli now has a meep meow that sounds a lot like a meepy car horn that is a few car lengths back, I carted all of the cats into the house. I originally was going to set them up upstairs but I quickly realized that was not going to work. Which is sadly why I don't have a great photo of the Feliway Comfort Zone which helps with stress behaviors by calming cats. When I moved the cats and put them in the master bathroom, I moved the plugin down there.


You can see it in the outlet by the sink. You can also see a plate of the Tiki Cat Food. I know that cats won't eat when they are stressed but since several of my cats are highly food motivated I was hoping that this would also be a "good thing" and it would help calm them.


They all came out of their carriers pretty quickly - thankfully because I didn't think six would fit in that bathroom - and were investigating. When they were finally released from the bathroom the bed was up and they were feeling better about things, but they were not ready to leave the bedroom. Jack would often go back to the bathroom where the Feliway was and sit in the carrier underneath it. It felt like he wanted to "go home".

So, I unplugged it and moved it into the kitchen where we wanted to feed them.


In fact, I liked the Feliway so much I bought a second one - along with a whole bunch of litter


Monday, November 27, 2017

Moving with Cats



It has been a week since I packed up the cats and we traveled to the next stage of life. .. wait, really? how has it been a week already.. goodness, gracious..

Anyway.. We still have a lot more to do. We are still not out of Casa de Gato. I still haven't come up with a name for the new house, We still need to put CdG up on the market and sell it (*fingers crossed that goes well*) and you shouldn't be shocked to learn we still have a ton of boxes to unpack and that doesn't include the ton of boxes I don't plan to unpack for several months or more (they belong to my craft room and I don't have one of those yet)

We have several huge plans for this house, most of which require an engineer to see if the structure of the house can handle it. We also need to do something about the spot on the floor that is causing the ceiling above it to crack. All of this needs to wait though.. we have to finish moving first.


About the actual move..

I packed up the cats and attempted to get them out of the house before the movers showed up. Because the movers showed up half an hour early, I didn't quite pull that off. I was able to secure Eli and Twee first - very important - and got them in carriers and then usually everyone else is pretty easy. This time, however, Muffin decided she didn't want to go and found a way to open up the closet in my office that was hiding behind a stack of boxes that took up the entire length of the sliders. I had to move all kinds of boxes to get to her. When I finally got her out, the movers walked into the house freaking her out even more. She does not like being seen by company... I think she thinks they are going to steal her away.

I finally got them all in the car along with important things like litter and medications and we headed off. Interestingly, they quieted down really quickly. Normally we have to take the highway north to get to the vet half an hour away and they have words the entire way. This time by the time we got to the highway headed south they were fairly quiet. I would hear them occasionally, but in general, they sat and listened to my audiobook.  About halfway, Eli developed a new trick. He found he could mew in such a way to sound like a car horn. I was on the highway all by myself, so I kept looking in all of my mirrors to make sure I wasn't missing something.I had to shake my head when I realized what he was doing.

When we got to the house I originally intended to set them up upstairs, but I quickly realized that was not going to work (the floor has not been cleaned and was full of drywall dust) I had to cart them all back down the stairs and I put them in the master bathroom. Unfortunately, the bathroom door didn't latch and the knob came off when I tried. Fortunately, they had no intention of leaving, but even so, I found myself checking on them quite frequently and sitting with them trying to calm them. Once the movers were finally gone we made the bed and opened the door. They came out and investigated the bedroom and then went and sat in their carriers as if to say "Okay, let's go home"

It took several days for them to feel comfortable enough in the room to try to investigate the hall. Twee, Fleurp, and Skippy were quicker to adapt to new rooms than Jack, Muffin, and Eli. Muffin has had the worst time of the six. It hasn't been too bad but she was the most resistant to eating in the kitchen and it took her the longest to climb up on the bed and sleep out in the open.

We are at the point where all the food is being fed in the kitchen now (as opposed to in the bedroom or in the hall right outside the bedroom) and all six cats are currently in the bed with us (I mean literally, as I type this). I have opened the door to the upstairs and the 'youngsters' are thrilled when I let them up there. The "elders" are still a bit nervous. It will probably be a week or two before I feel comfortable letting them into the basement (not that there is anything wrong with the basement, it is quite nice, but too much territory too quickly can be overwhelming for cats)

So far, *knock wood*, Jack has been fairly stable. I was giving him supplements to help his bladder and he has yet to pee outside the box *knocks more wood*. Twee is currently having a bit of an issue. She was very quiet all day yesterday and had a small bout of diarrhea. I think she is upset because her daddy isn't spending a lot of time at the house yet and she misses him.. at least that is what I hope it is.

I need to get established at the local vet. I suppose I should call them and make sure they even want me as a client (you know, the whole raw feeding minimal vaccines owner)

Anyway.. so far, so good, and I'm glad things went as smoothly as they did. Once we are fully out of the other house and we have a lot more boxes unpacked, I'll introduce myself to the local shelter. Hopefully they'll have kittens..

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving



I am thankful that this Thanksgiving has us all together. Last year we had just lost Kit and the pain was so fresh. May this Thanksgiving find you will all of your loved ones and may you all still be together next year as well.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The calm before the storm



Today is the day. Wish us luck..


Because you *KNOW* they are going to sing the song of their people the ENTIRE two hours it takes to get them to the new house..

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Have we moved YET!?!



Jack is so over this moving thing. He is sick and tired of his stuff disappearing in boxes and he wishes that his people would just sit down and pay attention to him.


Muffin is enjoying the boxes and wishes we would just leave them alone.


Skippy is enjoying all of the 'new' things going around. I have a feeling he is going to LOVE the new house. At least I hope that is the case.


No one was freaked out by the quilt that I brought to the house to soak up the scent there for a week. In fact, they climbed right up on it and went to sleep.


Fleurp and Travelin Jack are having a conference about traveling so far. I hope that  Fleurp is prepared because it is happening in the morning. I've got everything they need (except the cat trees) ready to be packed into the car in the morning one they are in. Paws crossed that two hours isn't too hard on them.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jack by the Fire



My new house doesn't have a fireplace so I am spoiling Jack by running the fireplace whenever I can.
I think he appreciates it.


I am hoping to get one installed pretty quickly, but we have a number of other projects we need to get to, including replacing some windows that are askew and a set of French Doors that need to be rehung... both things Jack cares very little about.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Treat Time with Chewy.com #chewyinfluencer


This month's offering from the Chewy.com Influencer Program offered some cat treats. I have been wanting to restock my treat cabinet so I would have a bunch for the move, so not only did I choose to blog about two different types of treats but I bought two additional packages as well. Someone was well pleased.


Fleurp was very eager to be the star of this blog post. She is always up for trying new treats.


For this post, we are going to talk about VitalEssentials Vital Essentials Chicken Hearts Freeze-Dried Cat Treats. It comes in a 0.8 oz bag which contains eight hearts.


Fleurp was so enamored by hers that she took it and ran off as soon as Skippy showed up. I offered him one and he was quite interested in it, but he was unsure as to how to go about eating it. I ended up cutting it up into smaller bits


I wish he would have chewed on the whole heart like Fleurp did, but he is so timid and willing to give up his treat to whichever cat shows up and tells him to give it up that I wasn't going to push it. I wanted him to have some and enjoy it, which he did.

I like that these treats are a single ingredient product. I like that they aren't highly processed and aren't full of inappropriate ingredients. The downside is that they are gross to handle (not nearly as gross as freeze-dried minnows) and they are a little large for some cats. I totally recommend you give freeze-dried hearts a try.

Thank you, Chewy for the opportunity to review this product. The other Vital Essentials treat review will be coming soon, along with a discussion of how the calming product we got from Chewy last month helped with the move - which if all goes well should be happening on Monday. My husband is going to the house today and will plug it in so it has a chance to disperse the product into the room by the time we get there.
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