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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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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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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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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!