Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sponsored post - Chewy.com and Primal treats

This month's sponsored post by Chewy they offered me some "Primal Treats" There were other options in this month's offering, but most were not an option for my household because of Jack's food restrictions.

I was a little hesitant picking out treats because of the lack luster love of the last batch we got as well as the fact that they went moldy before their expiration date but I was hoping something called "Chicken Shredders Dry Roasted Dog Treats" would be okay since the only ingredient was chicken.

Sadly there was no photo of the actual product on the website just the bag, so I didn't know what I was getting into.

The pieces were huge.. good for a large dog, but I didn't see me feeding these to the cats.  I think the label of "shredders" was a bit misleading as they were just large chunks of dried out chicken.

Not one to let a good treat go to waste, and having several large dog owning people with in my very small office, I offered them up to Shannon who took it home to her two labs..  Maverick and Jenga

"Gone in 0.2 seconds, they love them." - Shannon

I would say they were a hit. Thank you Chewy for the opportunity and thank you Shannon for allowing me to share such a happy tail wagging experience

If you too would like to join in the Chewy Blogger Outreach program, you just need to email svillegas@chewy.com for more information

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

Christmas at Casa de Gato

This is going to be a fun and photo intensive post.. I hope you don't mind..

I'd like to start out with my Secret Paws gift.  Cat bloggers get together and draw names and I've participated for a few years now.  This year my secret Santa was Stacy from Ms. Stella O Houligan's blog. She contacted me and asked me for an Amazon wish list to make things a bit easier, and I filled it up with things for the foster kittens and a couple of things for Jack... I guess I had Jack on the brain as The Crew would like me to remind you there are seven of them in total and that Muffin is just as deserving of fun things.. (MUFFIN! get off my blog)

Amazon.. you have to love them.. nice big boxes for small items and lots of brown paper for playing with.

See that long box in the middle there, all that was in there was that wand toy.. :) It was really nice to be able to restock the kitten room. Donations to the shelter are so slow this time of year and I generally have to scrounge for good things.

I also got some lovely gifts from friends.. Amy over at Seabasscat.com baked for me!!  YAY!!

JACK! those are human treats!!  back off!  The wonderful Lisa over at A Tonk's Tail.. or more accurately Faraday from A Tonk's Tail (according to the card sent with the gift) also sent me a gift that made me laugh and smile.

Then there was the annual dressing of the kitties for Christmas.. I adore clothes on cats, but I totally respect the cats in their willingness to put up with me. Eli is 12 years old and this is the first time I have even attempted to put something on him... he has come such a long way

Yes, there was bribery involved.. a lot of it.. I like to make it worth their while. Jack volunteered from the wrong side of the door that if Eli wasn't being co-operative he'd happily step in..

Seriously, that boy will do ANYTHING for food.. and love and attention.. he's "freakin awesome'. Muff and Fleurp are also highly food motivated so it went fairly well.. and it made me smile.

I did go down and tried out a few outfits on the kittens.. but we are all ready pretty photo intensive at this point, so I guess we are going to have a part two.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Morning Update

The kittens are growing like weeds.  It is a fine line between giving them enough food to get them through the day and overfeeding them.  I hate it when there is no food left when I go in because I fear they are left hungry, but I'm not a fan of throwing food away either.. *shrug* whatever I'm doing I must be doing something right.  Two of the three new girls are no longer afraid of me.  The white pawed tiger likes being patted, the tiger likes telling me I'm not feeding them fast enough and the black and white girl ... well she would strongly prefer I stop making her like me.  Each time I go in the room it takes five minutes or so of reminding her that I'm not the bad guy, and even then while she will purr when I pat her, she prefers the company of Lena.

The new girls are about two pounds now, so I'm not sure how much longer they will be here.. hopefully long enough for me to come up with some names for them.. I do really suck at that part of fostering.. I really wish I was clever in coming up with names like McFuzzlovin..

I really have no idea why I stress over the names.. so few people keep them.  Maybe next year I'll do an alphabet name theme.. start with A and work my way through and see how far I get :)

I still need to work on the few Christmas posts I need to get up.. Hopefully I will get them done before the new year.. looks like I better hurry up on that..

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Kittens

I thought I would bring some props into the kitten room for a little Christmas photo shoot.. when I found a toy mouse in the Christmas bobble bag. I had to laugh because it was sealed up so it wasn't like some kitty dropped it there by accident, it must have been enclosed when we put them away last year... because we decorate our tree with cat toys..

The little black and white kitten has a thing for Lena.. Lena constantly tells her that she isn't Lori, but I think they are growing on one another..

I still have to post about my Secret Santa gift.. but I will get to that tomorrow..

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Waiting for Santa

Hey Lena, what's up?

Happy Bear has been telling me stories of Santa.. 
and how he brings a sack full of goodies to all the good kitties.. 
This looks like a sack... 
Did he come early??

Is there anything in there?

Not quite what you had in mind was it Lena.. :)  I'm sure Santa will bring you something you'll love.

I just hope Santa brings me a name.. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah.. as soon as you start letting me see your true spirit young one, you will get a name, I promise.


I also wanted to share with you my newest project.. well technically it is the one thing that has been on my todo list since Juneish.. I ran into a recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding and since that is something I really love I wanted to make it. I had so many dates left over from my 'high fiber low fat' faze  and I wanted to use them and this sounded perfect. I unfortunately let this intimidate me so I put off making it until now. Do not let this intimidate you. The hardest part was chopping up my whole dates into small chunks. I was happy that I actually had all of the ingredients - except the whipping cream to make whipped cream which I decided to forgo.

It was freakin fabulous..
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