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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 about 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

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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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  • 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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