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Review – Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

My reason for looking into the Catit Sense 2.0 Food Tree started when Kitty Mojito started to throw up her food sometime last year.

We tried everything from changing her food to giving her smaller portions but the throwing up continued. After vets visits and extensive testing, we came to the conclusion that there was nothing physically wrong with her! She was just eating too fast and not really chewing her food well enough for it to digest (P.S her throw up would just be chunks of undigested dry food!)

Anyway, we finally resorted to the fact that we need to rethink her food situation. We switched to a smaller sized kibble especially designed for sensitive stomach issues from Halo Natural Dry Cat Food, Sensitive Stomach Seafood Medley, 6-Pound Bag and we added a great supplement from NHV Natural Pets. Just a side note, these supplements are wonderful to add to your kitties wet food (or just drop it directly into their mouth) for overall well being!

We researched and found that it is best to give her the opportunity to ‘hunt’ for her food. Not only does it help her practice her hunting instincts, it greatly aids in slowing down her eating.

The Catit Food Tree is very easy to set up. It literally just clicks into place. This makes cleaning up really easy as well since you can just pop out the sections and give it a good rinse.

The idea is to get the cat to paw at the kibble in the different levels and get it down to the wide base where they can eat it. I really liked the fact that the base was nice and wide which help reduce whisker stress for the kitties.

When I set this up for Kitty Mojito, she was a bit hesitant at first. She would sit by it and stare at it. She knew the kibble was in there but I think she was expecting me to get it for her LOL.

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I must admit that she did try to climb on to it and then tip it to get more food out but eventually learnt that she has to put her paw in and actually work to get the food out. Now she is a pro and just goes in there and gets what she needs.

What I love about this is that the sections are not too wide which prevents the cats from sticking their whole heads in there! I have caught Kitty trying to put her face in there with her tongue sticking out, trying to lick at the kibble (epic fail!). But it is not wide enough for that so you wouldn’t have to worry about that happening. All you need to do is to put their regular serving of dry food on to the top section and let your kitty get it down to the base (remember, this is for DRY FOOD ONLY!)

I am very pleased to say that her throwing up has greatly reduced since we started using this food tree. If you have a cat that gorges on food and eats too fast, I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try. It is definitely worth it.

Feel free to leave your comments and let me know what you do to help your kitties stay happy and healthy.

To purchase in Canada, Catit-43151-Senses 2.0 Food Tree

To purchase in the US, Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

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Kitty Mojito’s 6th Birthday!

I, Kitty Mojito, celebrated my 6th birthday on April 1st 2018!

Mama asked me to choose a theme for this year’s party so I picked a Pink and Turquoise “Sparkle and Shine” party!

I was super excited to go to PetSmart to pick my party dress and Mama got some great decorations to set up a wonderful party table! I had 3 of my friends over on the 1st of April and we had cake and treats and even some goodies for the humans!

Enjoy some photos from my epic party!

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos from my party!

Thank you to everyone who sent me lovely gifts, wishes and love!

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New Kid On The Block? – Your Guide To Cat Introductions

Bringing in a new furry friend into the family is a very exciting time for us all. Along with this excitement comes unexpected surprises and stress, especially if you already have a resident pet.

In this post, we are going to explore a few tips and tricks to make this transition less stressful for yourself as well as all cats involved.

You will also hear from a few pet parents who have successfully introduced their cats to new siblings.

First, check out these slides which gives you some great insight on transitioning a cat into your home. To download the ebook, click here Figo eBook (New Cat) 2.0

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(credit: https://figopetinsurance.com)

  • Setting Realistic Expectations

Just like people, you cannot force pets to like each other. Although there is no way to predict whether or not your pets will learn to like each other, it is important to set them up for success by choosing a cat(s) with a similar personality and activity level to your current pet.

Take your time and don’t throw your pets together hoping they will just work it out. That is a recipe for disaster. Understanding that this will take time and patience will keep you from pulling out your own hair! It could take days, weeks or sometimes even months so be prepared.

  • Good First Impressions

Cats are territorial and most often do not like to share. Your resident cat may show annoyance and displeasure about the newbie by acting out, like fighting with the other pet or by marking the territory like peeing on the floor etc.

Cats are generally not too fond of change so give your new pet time to adjust to you and the new surrounding. Keeping them separate in a room with their litter, food, water and toys for several days will help them feel a bit more at ease.

Here are some handy tips to help make the introductions go a bit smoother for everyone.

  • Once you have the new pet set up in a separate room, feed the resident pet and the new pet on each side of the closed door so that they get used to each other’s smell.
  • Don’t put the food so close to the door that the animals are too upset by each other’s presence to eat.
  • Gradually move the dishes closer to the door until your pets can eat calmly while standing directly on either side of the door.
  • Getting some toys involved is a great idea! Tie a toy to each end of a string, then place it so there’s a toy on either side of the door. Hopefully, they’ll start batting the toys around and maybe even batting paws.
  • Make sure you spend plenty of time with your new kitty in their room as well as your resident cat.
  • Get your pets used to each other’s scent before they meet face to face. Swap blankets or any other individual items so the scents will be familiar.
  • Once your new kitty is eating regularly and using the litter box, let them free roam around your space while the resident pet stays in the new kitty’s room. It is recommended that you introduce the new cat to a room or two at a time.
  • One of the most important things to remember is that you are home to supervise! If you have to leave, put the new kitty back in their room.
  • Next, after you’ve returned the cats to their designated parts of the house, use two doorstops to prop open the dividing door just enough to allow the animals to see each other.
  • Repeat the whole process over a period of days (or weeks!)—supervised, of course.
  • Have your cats examined by your vet before introductions to make sure they are all healthy.
  • Have one litter box per cat plus an extra one.
  • Try to keep your resident pets’ routine as close to what it was before the newcomer’s arrival.
  • Make sure all cats have a “safe” place to escape to.What do pet parents have to say?

Cassie (cat mom of 3)

One of the most important parts of introducing cats together is knowing their personalities. I knew when I saw Sofia that she had the same personality as Earl. So it’s more important to match the cats than go out and choose a cat just because you like the breed.

Diana (cat mom of 4)

Slow and gradual! Baby gates are a must. Try introductions around mealtime, the food is a good distraction. And make it special treats!

Jess (cat mom of 2)

Use a soft washcloth, blanket, towel or sock to help them acquaint their scents. Let one use it and then give it to the other. This will help reduce anxiety and make introductions smoother.

Elizabeth (cat mom of 2)

Use scent as the first form on introduction. If possible, swap rooms for an hour or two so that they can roam each other’s space without fear of attack! Feeding them on opposite sides of a closed door, then an open door with a gate and eventually removing all barriers only once the cats are calm enough to be around one another. Patience is key and calmness is mandatory. Some negative behaviour may be exhibited like hissing but if a full on fight presents itself, start the steps again.

As with everything, time will make things better. So don’t be alarmed or disheartened if your cats don’t seem to like each other. They will learn to like (or tolerate!) each other. It will happen, sometimes sooner than later. Just don’t lose hope or take out your frustrations on the pets. Remember that this is a huge change for all pets involved so your reactions will help set the tone in your home.

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Katdid Konversation With Rory

Today we are chatting with an adventurous 3 year old from Nelsonia, VA.

Please say hello to Rory!

This is Katdid Konversations and I am your host, Kitty Mojito! 

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KM: Welcome to the show Rory! Shall we start by talking about how you came to find your human?

R: Her boyfriend found me in the ditch by her house. I almost went to a cat rescue, but the last week, I cuddled her 24/7 and she kept me!😸😻
 
KM: Yay! So glad she did! Describe a day in your life.

R: Usually starts with me singing the song of my people for breakfast. After that, a short cuddle session before mom leaves for what feels like forever. Finally she comes back to feed me and worship me the rest of the night.

KM: Sounds like you have her wrapped around your little paw! What is your most favourite kind of food?

R: I LOVE ALL FOOD! I really love peanut butter too!

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KM: I have never had peanut butter…. Maybe I should try some! If you had to choose one toy to play with, what would that be?

R: I have so many toys, but probably my west paw fuzzy caterpillar toy or my Jackson galaxy wand toy!

KM: Rory, you are known to wear some pretty fashionable clothing. You are, after all, a meowdel for Crazy Cat Lady Corner and several other clothing lines! Do you have a specific sense of style?

R: Everything looks good on me!😉

 
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KM: Haha! They sure do! You wear them all so well! What are your thoughts on dogs and other animals?

R: I don’t mind most dogs unless they are too pushy. I did eat my mom’s gerbil so don’t leave me unattended with the small furry toys.

KM: OMG! you ate her gerbil???? Oh no! I don’t know how to react to that!!! If you could make one wish, what would it be?

R: For every kitty to have a loving home and be treated like the royalty they are!

KM: I wish the same! What do you do to relax and chill out?

R: Cuddle time

 
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KM: Do you have any special skills?

R: I do some tricks and I walk on a leash purrfectly.

KM: Oh you must show me some of those tricks sometimes! What do you value most in life?

R: Food and my mom.

KM: What is your opinion about social media?

R: I love making new friends and seeing all the magnificent cats in the world.

KM: Do you have a special someone in your life? If so, please tell us a bit about them.

R: Nope, don’t have time with my meowdeling career.

KM: What? A handsome cat like you is single?? If you were to go on a date, what would a perfect day/night look like?

R: Anywhere with all you can eat treats and lots of wand toys!

 
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KM: Wouldn’t that be just perfect! What would you like to accomplish in the near future?

R: Make it to 1k followers on my IG.

KM: Oh I bet that will happen in no time. You are so awesome! Do you have anything else you would like to say?

R: Thanks for interviewing me! I love everything I get from Crazy Cat Lady Corner!!!

KM: You are most welcome! It was so much fun chatting with you! We are so happy to have you as part of the Crazy Cat Lady Corner meowdelling family!

If you would like to follow Rory’s adventures, make sure to check out his Instagram @rory_the_amazing

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Cleaning Stainless Steel Pet Food Dishes

There is nothing more frustrating that trying to clean hot water and calcium buildup off any stainless steel products. It is even more annoying when that item is something your pet uses every and you try your best to keep it in drink-worthy condition!

Fear not pet lovers! I have found a safe and effective solution that is guaranteed to clean all stainless steel pet dishes safely and effectively. Not only does this ‘magic solution’ get rid of the hot water buildup, it also makes it shiny and beautiful 🙂

What is this magic solution you may ask?

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………….VINEGAR!!!

Yes! Good ol’ white vinegar is all you need to keep those pesky buildups away for good.

As a pet blogger, I get asked numerous times about the best type of materials to use as pet food and water dishes. My first choice is always ceramic however if you can find a good quality stainless steel product and can commit to keeping it clean, it is also a good option. Plastic is a BIG NO NO!

You don’t necessarily have to go to the pet store to buy food bowls. I have found wonderful dishes at stores like Home Sense and Marshalls.

I would like to use those post to share with readers that it is not hard to keep your pet’s food dishes clean and safe. One of the first things you should do before you open that can of cat food is to give the dish a good scrub with hot water. You will be surprised as to how quickly bacteria can build up on dishes with old, leftover food sitting on it. Would you eat out of a plate that had yesterday’s food still stuck on it?

It is not just enough to feed your pet good quality food but it is even more important to pay attention to how you store that food and what you use to feed it on.

Ok, back to the stainless steel water bowl…… This particular bowl is the Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design , 60oz. You can purchase it on Amazon (links below).

Here you can see the buildup that has already formed on top of this water fountain (the white stuff!!) One time, I had really crusty white buildup which required a lot of soaking in vinegar!

First you remove the filter and take apart the fountain (minus the wall plug in! – DO NOT PUT THAT IN WATER!). Next, fill the sink with hot water, add about 2 cups on plain white vinegar and soak all the pieces in it, including the plastic insert which holds the motor).

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Ideally, you would let this soak for a few hours. The more you let is soak, the easier it is to scrub away the buildup. Once the soaking is done, take a scrubbie or washcloth and give it all the good scrub down. Use an old toothbrush and a Q-Tip to get into those hard to reach corners!

Once you have gotten all the gunk out and rinsed everything, drain out the vinegar water and fill up the sink again with cold water. Add everything back in and let it soak again. This is to ensure there is no left over vinegar lurking around. While household vinegar is not harmful to animals, they are not overly fond of the taste of it in their water!

Voila! Now you have a extra clean water fountain with no buildup, ready to be used! (extra bonus is that your sink gets a good clean too!)

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PS: We are big fans of this water fountain as it circulates the water really well and Kitty Mojito drinks so much water now than before when she just had a water bowl.

How to you keep your pet’s food bowls clean? Share your thoughts in the comments!

To purchase in Canada, click below:

Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design , 60oz

To purchase in the US, click below:

Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design , 60oz

 

(This is a personal review and is in no way sponsored by the above mentioned company)
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Review – Katsville Kats Catnip Cat Toys

I had the pleasure of learning about Katsville Kats a few weeks ago via Instagram.

This is a Canadian company based in Maple Ridge, British Columbia and they focus on making catnip toys from upcycled denim, filled with organic and locally grown catnip.

Here is a bit about how Katsville Kats’ came to be from the owner, Cathy Chambers.

My family and I have always loved animals. We have a special affinity for cats. I have 3 cats who love to play. The cat kicker toys are especially popular amongst them. However, the toys from the store would be shredded in a day. An idea manifested in my head in wanting to combine my cats’ need for play and my desire to do something good for the environment.

I really love upcycling, recycling and looking after the environment. So I designed cat toys made with sturdy upcycled denim and filled with organically and locally grown dried catnip. My designs have been cat tested and cat approved!

Cathy was kind enough to send over some toys to be tested by our resident product tester, Kitty Mojito.

This is the Cat Kicker Toy. Immediately, I was very impressed by the size and the sturdiness of it. Kitty was able to bunny kick the life out of it and it held it’s shape really well. Of course, we had hours of play with the “danglies” at the end.

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The next toy we tried out is called the ‘Bermuda Flannel Triangle’. It is definitely a good size for a triangle toy and is softer than the kicker toy. While it is too small for bunny kicks, it is great for throwing around and I think smaller cats will really enjoy kicking it about.

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What I found most impressive about these toys is the fact that they are very well made. As you know, cats can be quite aggressive in their playtime and most store bought toys don’t survive the clawing, kicking and ripping that the toys are put through. The fact that it is made with upcycled denim (hooray for reusing products and saving them from heading to the landfills!) is a huge plus. I am all for supporting small businesses that go the extra mile by making sure their products are eco- friendly and/or use their platforms to make the world a better place in some way.

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Of course, the most important feedback comes from the tester herself! As you can see, she wasted no time attacking the toy and ended up playing with it for a long time. She enjoys a lot of bunny kicking so this was perfect for her.

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She was more drawn to the kicker toy than the triangle which I assume was due to the size of it.

I would definitely recommend these toys for anyone looking for quality catnip kickers for their feline friends. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know what your cats favourite toys are!

If you would like to get your paws on your very own Katsville Kats Catnip Cat Toys, head over to their Facebook page and order one today!

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(These toys were sent to us free of charge in exchange for our honest review) 
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Review – Petsfit Comfort Carrier Backpack

I am very excited to review this new backpack that I got for Kitty Mojito recently.

Kitty Mojito is adventurous and likes to spend time outdoors. Even though she walks on a leash, sometimes I need to put her in her carrier to transport her to various places such as the vet, pet shop or the park. A good carrier is a must have in any pet household!

As someone with neck and shoulder issues, the traditional carrier puts a lot of strain on my body. The carrying handle on regular carriers are usually fairly thin and when you add a 10 pound cat to the mix, it just really does some damage to my already delicate neck and shoulders. I have tried out many carriers and finally learnt about this Petsfit carrier from a friend who takes her very adventurous kitty on hikes and trails! (Thanks Jude!)

Let me first tell you about what the product description says on Amazon.

1. Thick padded straps makes it easier to carry.

2. Features mesh window for safety, ventilation and visibility, sturdy adjustable shoulder straps and comfort grip handle.

3. A waist strap and a chest strap make it easier to carry.

4. Removable and machine washable pad.

5. Front and top entrance.

6. Soft fleece mat is comfortable for pets.

As you can see from the pictures above, there are two flaps, one on top and one in the front. This keeps the air flowing through the carrier to keep your pet comfortable.

One of my favourite aspects of this carrier is the fact that it is really roomy inside. Kitty was able to comfortably move around and lay down inside. This is a really important thing to keep in mind as you want your pet to be able to move freely and not feel constricted.

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You can also attach a harness inside the carrier for added safety. I made it extra comfortable by adding a small blanket on top of the fleece mat that comes with the carrier.

Now on to the real test….. many people who saw my posts and videos on Instagram asked me how comfortable it is to carry this around. Even though I was skeptical at first, I was really impressed by how easy it was to carry Kitty around in it. The padded shoulder straps were very comfortable and didn’t put any strain on me. The chest and waist strap kept the carrier from bouncing around on my back.


We took Kitty along some snowy trails and she really enjoyed chilling out inside the carrier when she wasn’t out walking around. I could tell she felt safe and cozy. Even though she meowed a little bit at the beginning, she got comfortable enough on our walk and eventually just stretched out and enjoyed the view 🙂

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Not sure if you can spot Kitty inside! (PS the green silicone bowl does NOT come with the carrier!)

We spend a good hour or so walking around and I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t end up with a sore neck and shoulders!

To end this review, I give this carrier a big THUMBS UP! Not only is it a great option for everyone who has a pet who weighs less than 15 pounds, it is the only carrier I have found so far that doesn’t give me severe neck and shoulder pains after carrying it!

It is sturdy and provides great support. Most importantly, it is the most comfortable carrier for Kitty Mojito!

You can get your own Petsfit Backpack by clicking on the Amazon links below.

Amazon.ca Petsfit 43cmx32cmx29cm Comfort Dogs Carriers Backpack,Hold Pets Up To 15 Pounds

Amazon.com Petsfit Comfort Dogs Carriers/Backpack, Hold Pets up to 15LBS,Go for Walk, Hiking and Cycling Black 17″H x13″L x11″D

 

Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts on your favourite carriers!

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