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Summer Adventures 2019

In Canada, summer is precious. We wait all year for the few weeks of summer to come around and when it does, we cherish every minute of it.

Although my husband and I don’t go on any long trips during summer time, we take the time to enjoy many things that our city has to offer.

Edmonton is famous for festivals. The Taste of Edmonton and Heritage Days are two of our favourites. We love to eat so these two food festivals are our go-to every summer.

There is also the Folk Festival, Jazz Festival, Blues Festival and many, many more music festivals and outdoor activities.

We also love to include Kitty Mojito in our activities. This summer, we took her canoeing for the first time. She was a bit nervous at first but quickly got curious enough to leave her backpack.

We spent many hours on the lake, having lunch and enjoying the surroundings out on the water. Kitty explored the canoe, watched the ducks swim about and let the gentle waves rock her to sleep. We are very proud of our little girl as she was brave, curious and open to new experiences.

I think it is important to give your pet enrichment and excitement in a supervised manner. Many cat owners think that since cats are so independent, they can be left alone. But on the contrary, cats are social animals that require regular
attention and quality interaction. Take time to play with you cat daily and give them opportunities to use their natural hunting skills. We like to hide toys and treats around the house and Kitty Mojito will stalk and hunt them. We also take her out on the leash to many places cat safe places. This adventure taught us that Kitty is more open to trying new things than we thought!

If you follow Kitty on Instagram (@kittymojito), you will see all the places that she visits. She is still getting used to travelling by car however she has become more comfortable than before which is a step in the right direction.

Do you take your pets on adventures? Let us know in the comments below!

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Edmonton International Cat Festival

If you follow my blog, you know how much I love cats!

Therefore, The Edmonton International Cat Festival is one of my favourite events to attend every year. It brings all cat lovers together and each year, they donate 100% of the proceeds to rescues. This year, they raised $31,000!!

I was very excited to take Kitty Mojito with me this year. We took an Uber to the Robbins Health Learning Centre. Although we got there early, the line up was already down the street! Can you spot us?

Kitty attracted a lot of attention in her Fat Cat backpack. We were photographed constantly and everyone wanted to pet her! She loved the attention. We also got many questions about the backpack and how to introduce a cat to it.

 

There were many amazing vendors! Check out some of the items they had for sale!

We were also lucky enough to meet Suki the Adventure Cat and Gary. Both are amazing, adventurous Albertan kitties who travel to wonderful places.

Please head over to check out www.instagram.com/greatgramsofgary and follow his fabulous adventures.

Suki is a world travelling Bengal kitty. Head over to www.instagram.com/sukiicat and marvel at the amazing photos on her feed.

We were also lucky to be featured on the CBC Edmonton Instagram stories as they were fascinated by Kitty in her Fat Cat Backpack!

Kitty and I spent over 5 hours at the YEG Cat Fest. We took a short lunch break while taking in all the sights and sounds. After a quick selfie, Kitty stretched out for a snooze while waiting for Daddy to pick her up.

I am extremely proud of how well Kitty handled the crowds and the bustling atmosphere. An important thing to keep in mind when taking your cats out to crowded events is to make sure your cat is microchipped or tattooed. Safety of your pet should be your number one priority.

Invest in a good carrier and a sturdy leash that will keep your pet safe and secure. Take a few snacks and fresh water for your pet. Find a quiet place to take a break and make sure you let your pet know that you are there to protect them. New places and sounds will scare them so give them lots of pets and love so they know you are there for them.

 

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How To Throw A Birthday Party For A Cat – Kitty Mojito’s 7th Magical Unicorn Birthday

Have you every wanted to throw a birthday party for your cat (or dog or ferret or rabbit) and just didn’t know how to go about it? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

If you follow Kitty Mojito on social media (IG:@kittymojito), you know she likes to celebrate any chance she gets. This year, she celebrated her 7th birthday on the 1st of April. The theme was ‘magical unicorns’.

So what goes into making a pet birthday party a success? That’s an easy question.. Just like throwing human birthday parties, the first thing to do is pick a theme!

Not only will you save money this way (you will avoid buying random this and that), it also helps you stay organized and on budget.

Once you have a theme, now comes the fun part of shopping for décor. Unlike kids’ parties, when you are throwing a pet party, keep your décor in a designated area.

I set up a table and had all my unicorn décor there. This makes it so much easier to supervise because you don’t want the pet getting into any tinsel or eating any ribbon etc. (Disclaimer: Please use caution and common sense here. If your pet likes to eat everything on sight, maybe use prints and canvases as your décor as opposed to small ornaments etc. Pet safety should the your number one priority)

All my décor came from Facebook Marketplace. It cost me about $60 for it. I highly recommend buying used items. Not only it is good for your pocketbook but reusing is so much better for the environment.

What’s a party without birthday cake?

I made this super simple cake for Kitty. It is salmon, flour, egg and water.

Recipe:

Take a can of quality salmon.
Add it (with the salmon juice) to a bowl with 3 tbsp. of all-purpose flour.
Add 1 egg.
Mix it all together until it is a thick batter.
Grease a muffin pan and the fill each section.
Bake in a preheated 350C oven for about 20 mins. Let it cool.
Once it is cooled, take a wet treat that comes in tubes (we really like Tiki Stix or Churu treats) and spread it on top like icing.
Sprinkle with catnip.
It is ready to be served!

Also, don’t forget to have some treats for the humans! I kept it simple with the non alcoholic cocktails, vegetarian appetizers, fruit and cupcakes.


Kitty had a few friends come over to celebrate. To avoid a cat fight, I invited each guest at a different time slot (Kalea came over in the morning while Oscar came over in the afternoon). This ensured that they each had a great time and was not overwhelmed with many cats around at the same time. Each party guest went home with a goody bag!

Finally, let’s talk about the party outfit! This lovely dress was gifted to Kitty by her friend Feona. I believe it was from Winners. The headband is actually a kids headband. I took out the plastic inside it and attached an elastic to fit her head. It took a few tries but it finally fit long enough for a few photos 🙂 Keep in mind that if your cat is not into wearing clothes, please don’t force it on them. Kitty is quite used to it so will cooperate but not all cats will like it!

It was a great party. We got lots of compliments on the décor! Kitty was thrilled with the gifts she got. She got toys, treats and gift cards to go shopping! We are very blessed to have people who love her enough to make time to come for her party 🙂 She was quite exhausted by the end of the day.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Kitty Mojito’s 7th Magical Unicorn Birthday Party.

Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts 🙂 We would love to know how you celebrate your pets.

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A Late Welcome To 2019!

Happy 2019!

Yes, I do realize that I am almost 3 months behind in wishing everyone a happy new year and I am slightly embarrassed about this being my very first post of 2019 but hey! life happens and sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

It is hard to believe we are almost at mid March! I mean, where did January and February go?? Since I went back to work full time, my days have been pretty busy. I love my job and I really enjoy everything I get to do there however it takes me 2 hours every day to get there and back! The commute is a bit of a buzz kill!

But, this year, I am focusing on being more positive so I take that the time I spend on the bus and the train to do nothing. I just stare out the window and try to shut off my brain.

I usually find it really hard to relax. My mind is always on overdrive. If I am not doing something, my brain is always planning to do something… whether it be work related or just making a list for chores and groceries. So, in a way, my commute gives me some quiet time to just watch the world around me. It’s kind of zen in a strange way.

So other than being busy at work, we did go for a short holiday to Sri Lanka in January. It was a nice trip, although exhausting.

I will make a new post with some pictures of the trip soon. The post will be focused on Kitty Mojito’s view of the trip (no, she didn’t go with us but we took #FlatKittyMojito and #MiniKittyMojito!) Stay tuned for that!

For now, this is just me saying hello!

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Halloween 2018

I know it’s been a while since I blogged and I really want to make a conscious effort to blog more!

Let’s start by sharing some Halloween photos of Miss. Kitty Mojito!

This is one of our favourites! She just looks so perfect in her poncho and sombrero!

This look is called Witchy Wonder Woman!

Are you sharking in your boots yet?

It’s Lobster Time!

A good ol’ pumpkin!

Just a few tips if you are dressing up your pet for Halloween.

  1. Do not force your pet into a costume. If they are uncomfortable or in any discomfort, remove the costume immediately.
  2. Stick to costumes that are not too complicated. Simple skirts or shirts are easy to wear. Head gear is complicated especially for cats since they don’t like things over their ears. Kitty Mojito tolerates it for a minute or two!
  3. Keep your cat calm by offering pets and treats!
  4. As soon as you get some photos, please take the costume off your pet!
  5. Most importantly, know your pet and their temperament. Some animals are more tolerant of dressing up than others. Don’t compare! Your pet’s comfort should be your priority!
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Review- VentiFresh Odor Eliminator

We are very excited to get the opportunity to review VentiFresh, a unique odor eliminating device.

As a cat friendly home, litter odor is an ongoing issue. We have tried many products over the years with various levels of success. When we heard of VentiFresh, we wanted to give it a try! The best thing about this product is that it is multi functional! Not only can it be used on or by the litter box, you can also use it in other spaces like gym lockers, shoe cupboards, small kitchen spaces, by the trash can etc. It is small enough that you can take it with you!

What is VentiFresh?

VentiFresh is a high-tech odor eliminator that is 3 times more effective than baking soda. It uses UV photocatalyst technology to remove odors on a molecular level. The product requires no maintenance or filter changes. You simply plug it in and it will start working. It works best in small enclosed spaces.

The package comes with a micro USB plug, an adapter, a Gel Pad, two stickers to cover the light sensor if necessary and the main unit. It is very easy to put together!

We set it up in our laundry room where we have the litter box. If there is a lot of light in the space you want to use it in, you can cover the light sensor with the enclosed sticker and it will run continuously. You will see the blue UV light while it is running and hear a faint buzzing noise. It doesn’t bother my cat at all, in case you are wondering!

We have been using VentiFresh for about a week now and we are happy to report that there has been a significant decrease in the odor in our laundry room/litter room. Since there are no filters to buy, it will save us some money every month which is an added bonus!

 

 

If you would like to get your own VentiFresh, use the link below and use the code ‘MOJITO10 to get 10% off! They ship worldwide!

Discount:10% OFF
Code:MOJITO10
Dates: August 15th – September 30th

 

VentiFresh (@getventifresh) has also partnered with @pet.sanctuary and Pinball’s Cat Project (@pinballandfriends) on Instagram to raise money!

$10 from every VentiFresh purchased from their USA store will go towards Pinball’s Cat Project. Details here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmddohqFp73/?taken-by=pet.sanctuary

Leave a comment and let us know if you will be trying VentiFresh and if you did, what did you think of it?

 

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Dealing With Grief

It has been a while since I wrote so I wanted to pop in and share with you the reason for my hiatus.

A few weeks ago, I lost my dad. He passed away from heart complications. He was 68. His death shook me to my core. Not because it was unexpected but because I cannot comprehend life without him. Now that he is gone, I somehow seem lost.

The days after my dad died, many friends and family reached out to me, asking me if I was ok. How do you respond to this question? I know they are asking out of concern or maybe it is out of obligation, I am not sure. I still don’t know how to respond. I want to tell them I am ok but I am not. I want to tell them my heart is shattered into a million pieces. I want to tell them that there is nothing they can do or say to make it ok but I do the polite thing and tell them I will be ok.

I suppose, with time, I will be ok. With time, maybe I will be able to look at his photos and not break down. One day……. Maybe…….

If there is one thing I learnt from my dad, it is that everything happens for a reason. He was a kind and gentle man who never raised his voice. He was rational and patient and always believed that it is pointless worrying about things that are beyond our control. He lived a simple life and held on to his faith until the very end.

When a death occurs, it always reminds us that our time on this earth is limited. We are all born with an expiry date. It is not a best before date but it is an expiry date. When it is our time, we all return to back to where we came from. Regardless of what God you believe in (or not!), as we get older, we begin to contemplate on how we lived our life. Did all those trivial things we worried about matter now? Did we live a good life? Were we kind to others? Did we do things that actually mattered?

One thing I have learnt from this experience is that people grieve in different ways so it is important to give them the time and space to do so. Some may want to be around friends and family but some people, like me, do not want to be around anyone. I wanted to (and still do) be alone, with my cat. I wanted to cry and grieve by myself. I didn’t want to answer the phone nor did I want to talk about my dad. There is no one size fits all when it comes to grieving.  I appreciated all the people who didn’t get offended when I told them I didn’t want to talk to them over the phone. They just sent me messages on Facebook or via text.

For now, I will be focusing on living a more meaningful life. To honour my dad and his memory, I will try to live the best life possible. The best life for me and my husband and Kitty Mojito. I know my dad would have wanted that for us.

 

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