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Review – NHV Naturals Multi Essentials For Cats

I came across NHV Naturals via Instagram. At that time, I wasn’t really looking to add any supplements to Kitty’s health regime but I kept it in mind in case I needed to look into it.

NHV MULTI ESSENTIALS digestive aid and energy support for cats and dogs

Well, the need came sooner than later when Kitty started to get sick. If you read my previous blog post, you would know that Kitty had some stomach issues and was throwing up frequently. After visiting the vet and learning that there isn’t really anything wrong with her, I did some research and reached out to the lovely people at NHV Naturals to see if they can provide me some tips to help her tummy.

I must say I was very impressed with the time they took to chat with me about Kitty’s condition, her symptoms, etc to try to figure out what is causing her to throw up.  After a lot of discussion, I decided to add the Multi Essentials to her diet.

Multi Essentials for Cats is a herbal multi vitamin, digestive and energy booster. According to their website, it helps in the following ways;

  • Stimulates metabolism
  • Promotes healthy skin and coat
  • Aids effective digestion
  • Reduces fatigue and increases energy levels
  • Helps fill nutritional voids

One of the reasons I picked this product is that last point ‘filling nutritional voids’. I was concerned that Kitty was not retaining any nutrition from her food because she was throwing it up.

Once I got my order in, I was instructed to introduce it slowly. I started with a few drops twice a day. After a few days, I increased it to 0.25ml.  Once Kitty got accustomed to it (which took about a week), I began the recommended dosage of 0.5ml twice a day.

I found the dropper bottle easy to use as the dosage amount is already marked on it so there is no guess work.

As a serial label reader, I was happy to learn that the supplements are made with natural ingredients and no artificial flavours or preservatives are used. One bottle would last about a 100 days.

I suppose the biggest test is to see how she responded to it. I started the supplements on the 24th of October 2017. She took to it fairly easily. For an entire month, she didn’t have throw up incidents. I believe this was a combination of her new food, limited treats and the supplements.

I was really happy to with how things were going with her. She was eating well and her skin and coat was looking better than ever (side note: She did have some dry skin which has now cleared up!)

To end this review, I would encourage every cat parent to look into adding Multi Essentials to their cat’s diet. It will provide great support to your cat’s overall health. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure you give the supplements AFTER meals. Kitty had a couple of throw up incidents a few days ago so I am now mixing the supplements with her wet food to help her digest it better.

For more information on a variety of supplements, please check out www.nhvnaturalpetproducts.com.

(This is an independent review based on my own experience with this product which was purchased for the use of Kitty Mojito’s use. It was in no way influenced or sponsored by the company mentioned)

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When Your Cat Gets Sick – Are You Ever Ready For It?

Several months ago, Kitty started throwing up her food. It started out as an occasional thing but soon progressed to a daily occurrence. I was very worried! Eventually, once a day turned into several times a day. A vet appointment was quickly made. Upon taking a closer look at her throw up, I could see that it was mostly undigested food. She would start to hack, then throw up the food and continue to puke until there is just bile and sometimes blood. I tried everything to help her little tummy, from feeding her small portions to making her dry food moist. I gave her chicken broth, pumpkin puree and limited ingredient food but nothing helped.

Once I got her to the vet, it helped that I had kept track of when and how much she had thrown up and any behavioral changes so I was able to provide the vet with details of what had happened. We talked about the reasons why cats throw up such eating too fast  and food intolerance to more serious conditions such as kidney issues and infections. After further discussion and a physical examination, it was evident that Kitty was physically in good health. There were no visible issues nor has she displayed any behavioural changes. I was given the option to do further testing to which I gladly agreed. I wanted to get to the bottom of this so Kitty was taken away for blood work and x-rays.

I was eager to know the results.  The x-rays turned out to be normal (such a relief!) and I was told that I will be informed of the blood results the next day. They also sent in for additional set of blood work to test her pancreas. It was a long 24 hour wait but it was worth it as the news was good! ALL her blood work was normal! Hurray! Even though it cost over $425 for all the testing, it was worth the peace of mind.

In the meantime, the vet had suggested looking into switching her food into a gastro – friendly vet food. I was not too thrilled about pursuing that path so I did a bit of research to find something that could provide some relief for sensitive stomachs. I found that Halo pet food had a blend for sensitive stomach (Halo Food). The kibble was much smaller than usual kibble so it could help Kitty chew it better. I also found a food tree from Catit (Food Tree) which I figured would help slow down her eating.  As I slowly transitioned her to her new food and food tree (it took her a good week or so to get used to it!), I was fortunate enough to connect with a company called NHV Natural Products. They helped me figure out what I could add to Kitty’s diet to help her get more nutrients. I purchased their Multi Essentials For Cats. I also stopped giving her assorted treats and only give her a couple of freeze dried salmon or Greenies occasionally.

Fast forward several weeks, I am so happy to say that she hasn’t thrown up since the end of October. She has been enjoying the Halo food. To keep things consistent, I have also gotten her on the Halo wet food. She takes 0.5ml of the multi vitamin drops twice a day which has helped her greatly.

Having to deal with this situation only reiterated the fact that it is so important to know your pets. Paying attention to their habits and routine will really help you in times like this. Also, please get pet insurance! Even though the vet visit and testing  was only $425, insurance covered 90% of the testing (THANK YOU, TRUPANION!). I had to pay a little over $200 (the deductible of $100 and the examination fee).

 

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One Year On Etsy – Am I Crazy?

Exactly one year ago, on November 1st, I started my journey towards becoming an entrepreneur. After years of working at jobs that were unfulfilling, jobs where all I cared about was the paycheck, I wanted to find a way to make money by doing something that I loved.

If you had told me a few years ago that I had the potential to create fun accessories for cats that would also provide me an income (however small it may be!), I would have laughed in your face. But the past year has taught me that no matter how crazy you think your ideas are, there is possibility for greatness in each and every one of them.

When I started the Etsy journey by creating Crazy Cat Lady Corner, I only had a couple of listings to work with. The store would be an extension of my blog (which I started in 2015) and be geared towards cat lovers. I had no business plan or any set ideas on how my store would look. I just knew I wanted to create and share my ideas and products with the world. By not having a plan, I opened myself up to creating anything and everything that popped into my head. I wasn’t restricting myself to stay within any boundaries.

So I jumped in headfirst. Life works in strange ways sometimes. Once I took the plunge, I started having more ideas and I was able to bring those ideas to life. Yes, there were many failed attempts and also many great successes with products. I guess that’s part of being in business for yourself. You are responsible for your successes and failures and you end up learning from everything that you do.

Fast forward a year later, I am a stronger, more confident person. I may not have replaced my ‘traditional’ job income just yet but I am richer in many other ways. My skills in marketing, PR, product development and communications have greatly improved and I have had the chance to connect with amazing people online.

My goal is to my ‘Crazy Cat Lady Corner’ a household name. I want my stuff to be in the hands of famous felines like Nala and Grumpy Cat! I want it to be the go to place to find unique gifts for cats and cat lovers. I have no doubt that I will succeed with it. It is all just a matter of time and effort.

I need to mention that I could not do any of this without the support of the amazing Cats Of Instagram community!

So here’s to one year and many, many more amazingly successful years ahead!! Cheers!

 

If would like to check out the etsy store and grab a few goodies for yourself or your cat check out CrazyCatLadyCorner on Etsy.

 

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Hooray For Halloween!

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Halloween is just around the corner! And this year, I had Kitty’s costumes ready to go since July! Since I kind of dropped the ball on it last year, this time around I started looking on swap pages and garage sales for some fun costumes for her a few months ago (I refuse to pay full price at the pet store!).

Luckily, I went to a yard sale hosted by a local rescue organization awhile back and managed to find some super adorable costumes for a few dollars.

So let me start by introducing ‘Wonder Kitty Mojito Woman’ !

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POWER.     GRACE.      WISDOM.      WONDER.

Like the original Wonder Woman, Wonder Kitty Mojito Woman oozes style and grace. She is strong and powerful (like when she battles with the evil mousie), wise beyond her years and is full of love and wonder (why else would she let me dress her up?) Yes, I know Wonder Woman wasn’t blonde but hey! why blend in when you can stand out?

 


Next, we move on to the Mad Hatter! Not sure what’s with the bunny ears but it is adorable!

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One of my favourite costumes this year is the Little Witch. She looks absolutely adorable in this costume and with a little coaxing, I was able to get her to sit long enough for these super cute photos!

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We also had a little fun with Batty Mojito and a simple pumpkin scarf that can also be worn as a skirt!

 


And what Halloween without a good ol’ pirate lass!

Arrr, so ye be wantin’ t’ go to sea an’ ye don’t be wantin’ t’ end up in Davy Jones’ Locker. Then ye best be learnin’ t’ be talkin’ like a buccaneer.

 

I’m sure Kitty would love to hear your thoughts on her outfits! Please leave a comment and let her know!

Have a super scary and fun Halloween!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I love Thanksgiving! It is the perfect kickoff to the upcoming holiday season!

However, unlike most people, I am the least stressed when it comes to thanksgiving dinner. Why you ask? It’s because I am a planner 🙂

I try to keep it super simple so it gives everyone more time to socialize!

Let me run you through a few things I do when I am prepping thanksgiving dinner for 2 or for 6!

  • The first thing I do is make a meal plan. This makes life so much easier when it comes to grocery shopping! Once I have my menu set out, I will make my grocery list. A simple tip to keep in mind is to stick to the basics. This is not the time to try out fancy recipes (unless you want to!)

My menu usually includes a protein (turkey, beef, chicken whatever!), some vegetable sides (salad, yams, potatoes, carrots, beans etc etc) and a nibbler. A nibbler could be something as simple as some fresh bread, buns or a fruit and cheese platter. See how easy that is?

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The photo above was from last year! We had gotten through most of the meal before I remembered to take a photo!

This year it was just me and my husband. So we did a beef roast and mini potatoes in the slow cooker and had it with some steamed vegetables. It was delicious

  •   Another thing that helps with keeping entertaining stress free is to pull out all your serving dishes, plates, cutlery, glasses etc the night before. Wash, dry and set it all out on your table. This way, you are not running around looking for a steak knife at the very last minute!

I find a buffet style is so much more easier than doing individual place settings and gives it a more casual and homey feel.

  • Drinks and dessert – No meal is complete without them! One of my favourite items is a large dispenser as shown below. I like to fill it up with juice, water and add fresh fruit to it. You can set your glasses next to it so your guests can help themselves. For those who prefer a boozy drink, set up some shooters next to the dispenser so that they can add it to their fruit cocktail! Same goes for dessert.

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If you are anything like my family, once the meal is all done and everyone has filled their bellies with all the deliciousness that was offered, it is time to relax! Have a board game or some sort of after dinner activity ready.  We usually play dice and it is a lot of fun! This is a great time to chat and just be thankful to be around people that you love.

So there it is.  You have just hosted a stress free thanksgiving dinner! Congrats!

For me, this is one of the few times in the year that I actually run my dishwasher lol. So once all the guests leave, I start cleaning and tiding up. I cannot rest until my home returns to it’s previous state! So once all the dishes are done and the place is tidied up, I make myself a cup of tea, put my feet up and chill!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

 

Here is Kitty with some of her Thanksgiving treats!

 

 

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The Joys Of Giving

If you have been following my blog since I started it in 2015, you may have noticed that I enjoying fundraising for various causes. If you follow me on Instagram (@kittymojito), you would see me holding raffles, toy drives, etc to raise money for sick cats, pledges to get cats out of kill shelters and various other causes.

A few days ago, someone asked me why I go through all this ‘trouble’ to raise money for people/cats/pets that I don’t know and if I am sure that the money I raise for them are actually used for the said cause. The question caught me off guard but I found myself responding without hesitation.

The reason is very simple. It is because ‘I WANT TO’.

I live by a very simple mantra and that is ‘Stop wishing and start doing’. If there is something that I want changed, I don’t wait for something or someone to make that happen, I try to do something about it myself.  If I see someone that needs help, I do what I can to help them. It may be with time, talent or maybe even money.  To me, the most important thing is the effort. The fact that I TRIED to do something nice for someone, that effort may even be life changing for that person.

I am not that good with words (I know right? A blogger that is bad with words??? LOL) and there is no flowery way to describe the feeling of making a difference in someone’s life but let me tell you, it is the best.

Here are some of my favourite quotes about giving!

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So the next time someone reaches out to you for help, don’t overthink it! Just say yes! If you cannot help financially, share their story with a friend, a colleague, on social media etc. It will not take up too much of your time to listen, show empathy and share!

My passion is cats. When I see a cat that needs help for surgery or to be saved from a horrifying kill shelter, I do not hesitate for a second. Those stories get shared on all my social media outlets and to date, we (the Cats of Instagram) community have saved the lives of hundreds if not thousands of cats! That is something I am very proud to be a part of.

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I Was Interviewed!

Hello everyone! It is I, Kitty Mojito!

I am very excited to share with you all that I was interviewed by The Wondercat Crew for their brand new blog!

If you follow this blog, you already know that I spend most of my Sundays interviewing my fellow felines for ‘Katdid Konversations’. When I was invited to do this interview, I was quite excited because now I get to be in the hot seat, talking about my life! I am part of the #wondercatcrew on Instagram.

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So head over to www.thewondercatcompany.com/blog/a-cat-with-big-dreams-kittymojito-interview to learn a bit more about me and what my life goals are! Let me know what you think about my interview!

Don’t forget to give both blogs a quick follow so you can be in the know of what we are all up to!!