Monday, February 12, 2018

My Cats are my CoWorkers

Not having kittens and working from home now that we have moved, I found myself creating a new Facebook Page to amuse myself. Cats generally show up and make a spectacle of themselves and lend themselves to amusing photos and captions.. Like this one.

Skippy has taken on the role of Boss Cat and he quite often takes me to task, like here when he chided me for being late for work.

Fleurp tends to sit there bright eyed like she has something to tell me, so I have labeled her the Office Gossip. She also likes to do a lot of collaboration.

Muffin has been dubbed my tech support because she taught me that the laptop I was given to work on has a touchscreen

and Jack is always inviting me out to eat..

If you would like to check it out, you can click on the link below

Friday, February 2, 2018

Momma.. come back to bed..

I was working the other day and came down for lunch and went into the bedroom for something and I found this..

Notice how my side of the bed is all primed and ready for me to just climb in there and take a nap?? I swear my cats were just aching for me to crawl in there and snuggle down - or maybe I'm just projecting..

Jack checks out my side of the bed just to make sure there was no reason for me not to lay down..

Join us woman.. or not. whatever..

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Art of Paws - Heated Pet Mat Product Review

I was recently contacted by Art of Paws to see if I would be interested in doing a review of their Heated Pet Mat if they sent me one for free. After checking out their website, I immediately replied yes. I was kinda hoping they would throw in a few of their cat shelves too, but it looks like I'll have to buy those on my own 🐱

Anyway, back to the heated bed. I had all kinds of ideas when Maya offered to send it to me. I was told it would fit two regular sized cats, so I thought I would put it on the guest bed for Eli and Skippy who tend to hang out on that bed more than our bed. When it arrived I didn't think it would fit two regular cats as it is 23 x 17 inches. I put it on the guest room bed, but no one was interested.

So then I moved it to the office.

What kitty doesn't love a heated bed. And as I suspected, it appeared to be the right size for one cat.. but then:

Muffin decided she wanted to be the new spokeskitty for Art of Paws and did her best to flirt her way into a good photo.

I didn't tell her that the mat wasn't made specifically for her, so she has totally claimed that to be the truth and she is loving having a nice warm soft place next to me to nap while I work. Just don't tell her that when she wanders off to make sure the house is still in one piece that someone else uses it.

Now usually when I do reviews, I tell you what I don't like about a product... the most negative thing I can say about this is I don't have a good plug to plug it in. Thankfully it comes with a six and a half foot cord so it reaches to the plug on the other side of the room. I like that it has bite protection from the switch to the mat and that the fleece cover is removable and washable. My cats like everything about it. When I forget to turn it on (I turn it off when I'm done working because my cats don't hang out in my office when I am not working) they still use it. It uses very little electricity according to their website - only 10w. Bonus: it comes with a three-year 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Thank you to Art of Paws for the opportunity and for the mat.
If you would like to check them out you can go to their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Cats love Core with #Chewyinfluencer

This month in Influencer Program (where I get to pick one or two items out of a set list for free in exchange for an honest review) I picked the Wellness Core Simply Shreds. I chose the Wild Salmon and Tuna flavor because my cats do not get a lot of fish and I would like to get more Omega 3s in my cats as the vet recommended them for Muffin's arthritis and her kidney issues.

Fleurp is quite excited to give it a try.

They are not meant to be a meal, but a snack or even an enticer if your kitty isn't interested in eating your regular meal for some reason.

Each package is quite small only 1.75 oz and it is mostly liquid (there is one ounce in each one) so opening it is an adventure in not getting fish broth on your hands. It comes in four flavors, three are fish based: the one I tried, Tuna and Shrimp, and Chicken and Mackeral. Because they have two types of proteins, these flavors have four ingredients. The protein sources, broth, and water. There is also a chicken flavor which only has three ingredients.

Despite being in a pouch, I found it hard to get the fish out so I had to use a spoon to pull the rest of the fish out. Fleurp wasn't a fan of waiting for me to dish it all out.

I let them have four packages among the six of them. I'm not sure how much Twee got because she tends to wait until the feeding frenzy slows down.

Fleurp says thank you to Chewy for the yummy treats. She just wishes I wasn't so stingy with them.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hanging with the Catman

My husband has come down with a cold so there is a whole lot of this going on.

In case you can't tell, the Catman is back there covered in blankets and then cats. I'm sure he'll be better right quick, but it is always fun to remember that cats really want to hang out with you when you aren't feeling well.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A chair for Fleurp

Momma bought me a new throne to sit on, and I must say I think it makes me look good.

Just pay no attention to Muffin trying to ruin this perfectly good photoshoot I had going on.


Our new living room is much smaller than our old house, and so the sectional we had doesn't fit. We have a love seat and a big comfy chair (Eli's throne) in there now but we could use a new chair or two. We stopped by a Pier One and saw the Addyson Chair and we bought it. I'm contemplating buying a second one and might have if they had it in the store.. but we still have decisions on what we want to do with that room in general, so I haven't bought it yet. We'll see.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Working in the kitten room

I was working in the kitten room this weekend going through several rolls of fabric I was given when I was still in Maine. I like having large pieces of fabric to make backgrounds to take photos of kittens and my office was right next to a business that made custom upolstry fabrics. They would often order samples and no longer need them and instead of throwing them out they would come to our office and offer them to us. I grabbed everything that was left over from what the other women wanted and I ended up with a few decent sized pieces that would work as a backdrop.

Skippy thought he would help me test the out.. but I am not sure he thought they were really appropriate..

Mom, are you sure this isn't too busy? and where is my bowtie?

I have a new bow tie? COOL!

IDK, stripes just aren't my thing.. 

What do you think Fleurp? 

I agree, we look much better without the backdrop

They totally refused to sit still, even with the promise of treats, until I removed the backdrops. Just something you have to deal with when photographing cats I guess. I was quickly running out of daylight and there is no light fixture in this room yet (we are going to hire an electrician to put one in) so I didn't really have time to wait for them to cooperate.

I now have a total of nine different backdrops and a nice pile of fabric that was just too small to work that I am going to try to turn into something.. either catnip toys or cat beds. We'll see. Since right now I don't have anywhere to set up my sewing machine, it will be a while before I get to it.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Off on an adventure with Fleurp

Remember last week when I mentioned how I thought my new blue walls were great for photoshopping?

Two of my readers took me up on that challenge. First there was Rene:

and then I received one from Debra:

Looks like Fleurp had a lot of fun! 🐱

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sisters - Fleurp and Muffin

I find it interesting that these two hang out together. They both have such strong personalities I would have thought they would prefer to avoid each other. They don't hang out a lot, but they do regularly..

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Don't these walls scream photoshop?

Every time I try to take a photo in the bedroom which we ended up painting a nice bright (TARDIS?) blue, I think about how awesome it would to photoshop something interesting in the background.. except my photoshop skills leave a lot to be desired..

Anyone else want to give it a shot?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The cleanest mouse in the house

You know it was bound to happen with six cats in the house.. one of the cats put a toy in the laundry and we didn't notice until it came out the other side.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Eli's great disappointment with #GoogleArtsandCulture

We were watching the news this morning and they were talking about the Google Arts and Culture app where you take a selfie and they show you what artwork looks like you. Eli really wanted to play

I downloaded the app and sadly it just doesn't work on kitties. Neither does so I did a google image search.. Google thought I wanted to learn about whiskers. I kept digging and eventually got google to tell me that Eli looks like Penelope Pussy Cat

But I wasn't sure how he would react if I said looked like a girl.. I try to get my cats to be accepting of diversity and not be insulted by such things, but google wasn't really committed to saying he looked like Penelope so I thought I'd tell him he looked like Pepe,

but at this point, he had completely lost interest and wandered away

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wordless Wednesday - random photo from the blog

(this photo isn't 100% random. the first image I chose was something I didn't really want to share again, so I picked again. This one is from June 2015)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A look at FeLV aka Feline Leukemia

When you spend any time around cats without homes, you run into the illnesses that affect them. Most of them are described in acronyms; FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus), Felv (Feline Leukemia), FIP (Feline infectious peritonitis), Feline coronavirus (FoCV), just to name a few. Today I want to take a look at FeLV commonly known as Feline Leukemia.

Jack - exposed and diagnosed with FeLV in 2003/ FeLV- in 2004

Feline Leukemia is unlike leukemia in many ways, so the fact that they have the same name is very misleading. Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system.¹ Feline leukemia is a retrovirus, a virus that changes their genetic characteristics, that can cause tumors (mainly lymphoma), bone marrow suppression syndromes (mainly anemia), and lead to secondary infectious diseases caused by suppressive effects of the virus on bone marrow and the immune system.²

FeLV is less common now than it was twenty years ago. The experts believe it is due to better testing and proper management of cats who are found to be positive to prevent them from spreading the disease. There is also a vaccine for FeLV that is 80-90% effective so if your cat is free roaming and comes in contact with a FeLV+ cat their chances of contracting the disease is greatly reduced.

Our knowledge of FeLV continually evolves. When it was first discovered, many assumed it was an automatic death sentence. Unfortunately, many vets and shelters still subscribe to this philosophy thinking they are saving the cat from a painful death and preventing the spread of the disease. But with the information we now know, euthanizing a cat simply because it tests positive is happening far less.

We do know that the virus is communicable and that cats pass the feline leukemia virus to other kitties through saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, prior to birth from an infected mom or after birth from her milk, through bite wounds, via grooming of each other, and by sharing food dishes and litter boxes.³ It was once thought that the virus was quite hardy and that it would survive in the environment for a long time but they found out that it can only survive a few hours at most.³ and some people believe that it only lasts a few minutes.  So if you come in contact with a FeLV+ cat, it would be highly unlikely that you could bring that virus home to your cats.

We also know that cats who do test positive can live long happy healthy lives. Not every case of infection is active. While we can't say for certain they will survive their normal lifespan, we can't guarantee that for any cat. My cat, Kit, passed away at age nine from cancer. My other cat Ollie passed away from vaccine-induced sarcoma at age eleven.

As something to consider, there has been some work with FeLV and Vitamin C. Dr. Wendell O Belfield had some pretty interesting success stories regarding FeLV and FIV and vitamin C. I know that the veterinarian community as a whole is not convinced that it helps, but read Dr. Belfield's book, you will find it fascinating. If you are willing to think outside the box, it might help you as well.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dreaming of Spring

It is just too freakin cold here to do much of anything but hibernate.  While the kitties are enjoying that, my to-do list is not. Fortunately, it is supposed to warm up here this week. Fingers crossed it does.

Friday, January 5, 2018

A great big thank you

You have no idea how flippin excited I was to find this on my doorway yesterday. I was absolutely giddy with delight. I had seen this container posted on Facebook something like two years ago and I have been searching for one (okay, fine, not very aggressively, but actively) ever since. Apparently, Dee knew me well enough that when she saw it at her local store she grabbed one for me and it totally MMD!!  Thank you, Dee!! This freakin rocks (and it looks like Scottish kittens don't wear anything under their kilts either)

Now, for those of you who were wondering, as I totally was, if the cookies inside were kitten shaped..

They are not. I know the Walkers Scotty Dog cookies are dog shaped, but these kitten ones are not. I am surprisingly okay with it though, as I am not sure I could have eaten kitten cookies.

I also want to send a great big thank you to each and every one of you who sent cards to me. We were so light on Christmas decorations this year, because of the move, that it was nice to have something to brighten up the kitchen.

I loved each and every one and they are currently being moved from the kitchen to my secret stash of cards people have sent me.

...but I am giving bonus points to Amy J for sending me a card with a cat's behind prominently displayed. I laughed so hard, and every time I looked at it I smiled. I mean seriously, what is Christmas without a cat butt in your face?

For those of you who didn't request a holiday card from me, here is this year's card:

I had one returned to me for an improper address, and so if anyone who wanted a card didn't get one, you can just let me know by emailing me at connie @ as I still have plenty. Hopefully next year we can get back to kittens on my cards
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