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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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Instagrammable Walls Photo Walk – 118 Avenue

We had the pleasure of joining 50 Edmontonians on a super fun photo walk on June 23rd 2018 to explore street art and wall murals along 118 Avenue in Edmonton. We decided to take Kitty along with us to make it a fun adventure for her.FB_IMG_1529796522852.jpg

We started driving out to the meet up point. It was a bit of a drive from our home and Kitty is not a fan of car rides. She whined and drooled the entire way there. She wanted to sit on Jesse’s lap (not safe while driving!). Eventually, she settled for just holding his hand LOL

Once we got there, we got Kitty into her stroller and joined the crowd that was gathered there. After a short introductory speech by the organizer Linda, we started to head up the street towards our first wall!

Below are some of the fabulous street art and wall murals we saw on our 2 hour walk! Enjoy!

It was so wonderful to see such amazing wall murals in our city. We have never seen any of them before! It goes to show that sometimes you have to walk off the beaten path to find beauty!

We all had a really great time and we hope to join the next Photo walk to explore another part of Edmonton.

 

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Kitty Mojito Goes To The Pond

Summer is one of my favourite seasons! When the skies are blue, the sun is out and the breeze makes the temperature just right, it brings me so much joy!

Kitty loves to be outside so this is the perfect opportunity to explore our neighbourhood and take her out on some adventures. And if you live in the Prairies, you have to take advantage of this weather as it doesn’t last long!

A week ago, Kitty took a morning stroll up to one of the many ponds in our neighbourhood. Here are some of the highlights!

We left home around 8am and hopped into the elevator to make our way out to the trail!

One of the great things about our neighbourhood is that there are so many wonderful trails with great ponds and water features.

Kitty really enjoys being inside the stroller as opposed to being carried in her backpack because the stroller allows her to move around a bit more freely and she has a 360 degree view of everything.

The closest trail is about a 5 minute walk from our home and along the way she likes to listen to the birds chirp and watch cars drive by. I usually take her through the back alleys in order to avoid the traffic on the main road.

We got to the pond in about 5 minutes and we sat on the bench, waiting to see if any ducks or geese come by.

We saw some geese just chilling out on the grass! (PS I couldn’t get a photo but if you watch the YouTube video, you can see it). Of course, we keep our distance and give them space. Kitty loves to listen to the sounds of the ducks and the geese. She is usually quite calm as we sit and enjoy nature.

It is important to state that I do not let her out of the stroller because the trails can get busy with people walking their dogs. Safety is key!

On our walk back home, we stopped to smell the beautiful flowers that have bloomed in vibrant colours. Her curious mind was going a mile a minute as she took in everything that was happening around her!

This was Kitty’s first real outing of the season and we hope to take many more adventures before this beautiful weather comes to an end.

Check out the YouTube video of our day at the pond!

 

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Putting Together A Pet Emergency Pack

As a pet parent, I always wonder what I would do if there was ever an emergency and I had to leave home in a hurry. I have emergency packs for myself and my husband, with a few basic supplies in it, but what about Kitty? I have a rough idea of what I would do if I have to leave home but do I have supplies to make sure she is safe on the road with me? The more I thought about this, I realized how important it is to have some pet supplies ready for her.

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The picture above shows you everything I have for Kitty. All these are packed into my own emergency pack so when it comes time to evacuate, all I need to do is put Kitty in her carrier and grab my own bag.

I wanted to keep it simple so I put together this list for easy reference.

Here are some of the essentials you may want to pack for your own pet.

  • First Aid Kit – This is a must have. You never know when you might need it and this particular kit is designed especially for pets. It comes with all the basic supplies as well as an instruction manual. You can find them online or in pet stores.
  • Freeze dried food and Serving dishes – I like to carry freeze dried food because it is lightweight and you can use it as a treat or just add water to make it into a meal. The silicone dishes are collapsible and easy to carry. I have one each for food and water.

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  • Plastic bags, Gloves, Litter Scoop – Since I am not carrying litter, I wanted to carry a scoop and some plastic bags so I can dispose of any waste easily. Gloves are always handy to have for any cleaning situation. (PS: You can always carry a collapsible litter box!)

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  • A lightweight blanket or throw – As you can imagine, being evacuated due to any reason is a stressful time for yourself and your pet therefore it is nice to have a small piece of home with you. Find a blanket or throw that they really like and take it with you. It could also be used as a makeshift pet bed. This minky blanket is really soft and light and it will provide some comfort for Kitty.

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  • Harness & leash, Pet wipes, Grooming brush and Doggy bag dispenser – It is important to make sure your pet is clean and groomed while you are away from home. I use the wipes to get any dust or dander off her after using the grooming brush.

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  • Important Information and Toys – It is SO important that you have information related to your pet written down in a separate book. Not only will this come in handy when you are on the road and you need access to this information, but you can also provide them to a friend or family member if you end up having to leave your pet with them. Details such as vet information, microchip, insurance, medication, allergies, emergency contacts etc should all be included here.
    You can also carry a few of their favourite toys. I have added some pipe cleaners here as they are one of Kitty’s favourite things to play with!

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  • Life jacket, Rain jacket, Sweater – Many people are surprised by the addition of a life jacket to the emergency kit. But I think it is an excellent idea! What would you do if you had to evacuate by boat or had to spend time by the water? The life jacket could save your pet’s life! The sweater and rain jacket are good to have so you are prepared for any kind of weather. Note: make sure your pet fits into these clothes first and that they are comfortable wearing them!

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Don’t forget to add any medications, supplements, prescription food etc that your pet is currently taking to your emergency pack.

I hope this helps you get started on your own emergency kits and make sure that yourself and your family (pets included!) stay safe!

Check out my YouTube Video on how to put together an emergency pack and don’t forget to subscribe! Click Here For Video.

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Edmonton International Cat Festival 2018

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The Edmonton International Cat Festival is an event I look forward to every year! It’s THE place to be if you are a cat lover! 100% of the proceeds from this event goes towards helping local rescues! What a great cause!

This year’s event was held at the Robbins Health Learning Centre at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton on May 26th 2018. I was lucky enough to meet celebrities such as Nala (the most popular cat on Instagram with 3.6 million followers!) and her adorable sister Luna Rose as well as Travis DesLaurier (model, actor and he works out with his cat, Jacob!) who did meet and greets with fans as well as Q & A sessions.

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I would like to say that the event was well organized and had many activities such as yoga with cats, cat themed escape room, puzzles, face painting, a pop up cat café to keep everyone of all ages well entertained. There were also tons of vendors selling the most adorable cat themed items as well as several rescue groups with the cutest adoptable cats.

I spent all day at the YEG Cat Fest! I took transit there since driving downtown Edmonton on a Saturday is not ideal (if I could drive that is! LOL) and after checking in, I went to line up for the Nala and Luna meet and greet!

After the meet and greet, I got interviewed by the news station, CityNews Edmonton. (Click here to see the interview segment) Next, it was off to check out the vendors and activities!! Here are some of the vendor tables I looked at!

There were also many rescues with adoptable cats! Check out that awesome cat enclosure!

After spending a few hours here, I stepped out to grab some lunch at Wendy’s (which was right across the street!). There are so many lunch options around this venue but I wanted an inexpensive lunch so I can keep more of my dollars to buy cat stuff! LOL

Once lunch was done, I came back and sat in on some Q & A sessions with Nala’s moms, Shannon and Pookie as well as Q & A with Travis. I ran into Bing Clawsby of Cats of Instagram and managed to snag a photo of him looking so sharp in his purple necktie!

There were cat videos playing throughout the day. I sat in on a very informative session with an AMA travel agent who talked about places that cat lovers need to visit as well as travelling with your cat! Finally, I wanted to stay for the Mr and Mrs Purrfect photo contest where Kitty Mojito was one of the contestants!

All the contestants were cute beyond words!! Finally the winners are announced!

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AND DRUMROLL!!!!!

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YAY! Kitty was crowned Mrs. Purrfect 2018! So happy!! She received a certificate as well as a wonderful prize of a Vesper Cubo Tower sponsored by Homes Alive Pets!

I had so much fun at the Edmonton International Cat Festival. If you are a cat lover, you need to check this out next year. You can pre purchase tickets ahead of time (it’s a few dollars cheaper if you do!) or you can buy them at the door. Just follow them on Instagram @yegcatfest to keep up on the details for next year’s event!

A huge thanks to the founder and organizer, Linda Hoang and her team as well as volunteers, sponsors, vendors, celebrity guests and everyone else who had a hand in making this event a huge success.  A total of $21,000 was raised and donated between this year’s recipients, The Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost and Zoe’s Animal Rescue!

 

 

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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