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Katdid Konversation With Harvey

Welcome to another great edition of Katdid Konversations!

I am your host, Kitty Mojito!

It is a cold and snowy Sunday here in the Canadian prairies and I am chatting with Harvey, a 2.5 year old kitty from Cleveland, Ohio!

 

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KM: Thanks so much for joining me today, Harvey! Shall we start by talking about how you came to find your human?

H: My Mama fostered me when I came in as an injured kitten..3 weeks old…to the Cleveland Animal Protective League where she works.

KM: Can you describe a day in your life?

H: Most days, I’m playing with my brothers and sisters. We are all rescues. Mama saved us in one way or another. I have 9 ‘siblings’ ages 2 – 15. I love chasing my sister Grover the best. She’s fun. Occasionally, she hisses at me but most times she will chase me back. I love treats and before Mama goes to work and when she comes home, we all line up in the kitchen to get some. I was attacked by ‘something’ when I was a baby so I have half my left cheek missing. It makes for eating difficulties as food and water tend to fell out the hole in my face. But no matter what, Mama cleans it for me daily and even though I have ‘stink mouth’ as Mama calls it, she still loves me and makes sure I know it. 

KM: What a wonderful Mama you have! It is so lucky that she found you all! What is your most favourite kind of food?

H: I love Fancy Feast wet food. We all get a small amount for breakfast every morning. Catnip Temptations are my FAV treat!!

KM: OOh I love those treats too!! But I can’t eat much of them now due to my sensitive tummy! If you had to choose one toy to play with, what would that be?

H: Hard decision because I love all toys….but I’d have to say I love catnip toys the best and the Yeowwww Catnip Bananas are Pawesome!! 

KM: Yes! I call it an iBanana and use it to call my furriends! Do you have a specific sense of style?

H: Style? I just move on in and take over, mostly when someone else is on Mama’s lap!!! I just crawl on over and lay as close to her as I can. I am a talker so when I want Mama’s attention, I just loudly ‘Meowwwww’ and she calls me!

KM: That is definitely interesting. I was thinking more of personal style as in clothes but your personality style definitely gets attention for sure! What are your thoughts on dogs and other animals?

H: I’ve never lived with doggies…but I love playing with my kitty family. When Mama brings home other kittens to foster, I like playing with them too. Although, at times, I think they get too much of Mama’s attention!

KM: It is nice that you are so kind to your foster kitty family! I am sure they could use lots of love! If you could make one wish, what would it be?

H: I wish I had a full cheek on the left side of my face. It makes for some dental issues without having a ‘normal’ kitty face..and I always have to have Mama clean the ‘gunk’ off my cheek. It would be better if I could eat like other kitties. But Mama says she loves me just the way I am…and if I hadn’t been brought in with the injury, Mama might not have been there to foster me! So I guess it all happened for a reason.

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KM: Your positivity is very inspiring, Harvey! Everything DOES happen for a reason! And I think you are just perfect just the way you are! What do you do to relax and chill out?

H: Whenever Mama sits on the couch, I jump up on her lap!  She is always so warm and I love cuddling up there with her.

KM: Do you have any special skills?

H: Yes, if you count eating and spitting it out all at the same time? LOL!

KM: I don’t see why that can’t be a skill!!! LOL! What do you value most in life?

H: My Mama. She takes such good care of me and my brothers and sisters. We are all very lucky kitties to be with her. 

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KM: Most definitely! She sounds like a lovely mama! What is your opinion about social media?

H: I love watching and keeping track of all the kitties around the world. It’s fun and I get to know how others live and meet lots of nice humans and their kitties.

KM: Very true! There are so many kitty friends out there! Do you have a special someone in your life? If so, please tell us a bit about them.

H: Of course…My Mama..silly! But if you mean other kitties, Yes!  Grover is the one I love the most. She is a bit younger than me and is a Selkirk Rex/Scottish Fold. She has a lot of curly black fur. When we play, I love chasing her and when I catch her, I nibble on her curly fur on her neck!! Mama says she doesn’t like it but she doesn’t run and always continues to chase me back.

KM: She sounds like a fun gal! If you were to go on a date, what would a perfect day/night look like?

H: I would have a nice quiet dinner of Fancy Feast Grilled Chicken, some nice ice cold fresh water with ice cubes and then go curl up with Grover on a nice comfy blanket by the Electric Fireplace.

KM: Ooh! That sounds so cozy and romantic! What would you like to accomplish in the near future?

H: I’d love to meet other kitties from around the world. I love rescue stories of others that have been saved by nice humans.

KM: Do you have anything else you would like to say?

H: I feel honored that you asked to interview me. I love my life with Mama although it does have a few complications. I’m so happy you love kitties too because that’s how Mama met you. She likes being on that Instagram and Facebook thing, meeting new people and showing pics of us. I think she is going to start her own page with just US on it!  I like that idea! I think we are all Purrfect!!

KM: It has been so much fun chatting with you Harvey! I am so glad your mama found you and gave you a wonderful life!

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If you want to see what Harvey and his siblings are up to, follow them on Instagram @kamohiocat

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Katdid Konversation With Oliver

Today we are chatting with a handsome and dashing kitty from Bronx, New York. Please say hello to 3 year old Oliver!

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KM: Thanks so much for joining me today, Oliver! It is so exciting to chat with you today. Shall we start by talking about how you found your human?

O: My human sister came across my siblings and I in a lot. I was cradling my sibling that had passed when she was finally able to get in and pick me up.

KM: Wow, what a way to be found! Describe a day in your life.

O: My day starts with breakfast, followed by some baby talk and cuddling. In the afternoon, I get in a good play time for about 15 minutes, then it’s lunch time followed by a nap. At 5pm-ish, I’m looking for my kibbles and a dog to chase. Then repeat for the rest of the night..(true story)!!

KM: Sounds like a pretty exciting day! What is your most favourite kind of food?

O: Chicken!!!!

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KM: Haha! I love chicken too!! And tuna and salmon and shrimp……..! If you had to choose one toy to play with, what would that be?

O: It would have to be one of my toys on a stick. I love the play time with Meowmy and the stick toy.

KM: Oliver, you are known to wear some super stylish outfits. Do you have a specific sense of style?

O: Yes! I love dressing up with bows and ties.

KM: Fantastic! You sure look very dapper in them! What are your thoughts on dogs and other animals?

O: I grew up with dogs. They are fun to have chase you and then jump where they can’t and just taunt them 😹Other animals, I’m not too thrilled, unless its a fish.

KM: I had some fish once. I would watch them for hours and tried to reach into the tank on more than one occasion! LOL! If you could make one wish, what would it be?

O: For every homeless cat to have a warm place to call their own with a human to love them as much as I am loved.

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KM: That is so beautiful! I wish the same! What do you do to relax and chill out, Oliver?

O: I enjoy bird watching!

KM: Ooh that sounds like fun! Do you have any special skills?

O: I am trained to sit, stand on my hind legs and give meowmy my head when she asks for a kiss.

KM: Wow! So talented! What do you value most in life?

O: Besides that bank card I use to buy my treats, I’d say love. Love is misused, and when it’s real, it has to be valued. So I value the love I get every day.

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KM: That is so true! What is your opinion about social media?

O: It’s fun. I’ve made some really awesome furry friends.

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

O: Don’t tell anyone, but my mom is my special someone. I have a girlfriend on IG but I flirt way too much to mention names 😹😹

KM: SHHHH! Your secret is safe with me! If you were to go on a date, what would a perfect day/night look like?

O: I’d take meow lady to an all you can eat tuna bar with an open meowgarita bar. Then we will head out under the clear sky so we can bird watch as we sit on the grass, full from all the tuna.

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KM: That is certainly tempting! I can already hear the ladies lining up to meet you!!! What would you like to accomplish in the near future?

O: I would love to bring awareness to rescued cats. There is a bad misconception of what a “rescued” cat is capable of..as far as loving, compassion etc. Oh and I’d like to take over the world..lol

KM: Rescue cats are the greatest! Do you have anything else you would like to say?

O: Yes, thank you for the interview. Do I get treats now?

KM: You are most welcome! It was my pleasure! (hands over a giant bag of chicken treats!!)

If you would like to follow Oliver in his adventures, check out his Instagram @0liverandc0mpany

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Katdid Konversation With Finn And Ellaria

Welcome back to Katdid Konversations!! 

It’s a brand new year and we have some wonderful interviews lined up for you!

I am your host, Kitty Mojito!

We are starting off the 2018 line up with a wonderful couple from California!!

Please say hello to the most adorable QuiGon Finn (1 year and 5 months)  and Ellaria Zafrina Rey (9 months)!

 

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KM: I am so excited to chat with you guys today! Let’s start by finding out how you came to find your human.

F: MY HUMON FOUND ME ON INSTAGRAM. THEY WERE GOING THROUGH THEIR FEED AND SAW A VIDEO ON @KITTEN.SMITTEN.RESCUE WHERE I WAS STANDING ON MY BED, IN MY CRATE SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS.

MY BROFUR LANDO SOLO HEARD ME AND CAME RUNNING FROM WHEREVER HE WAS CAUSING TROUBLE AND JUMPED ON THE HUMON’S LAP AND STARTED PAWING AT THE IPAD. LANDO WAS JUST A YEAR OLD AND LONELY BECAUSE THE OTHER CATS WOULDN’T PLAY OR INTERACT WITH HIM. LANDO WAS ALSO STARTING TO BECOME MORE PUG THAN CAT BECAUSE PAPA PUG WAS THE ONLY COMPANION HE HAD. SO THE HUMON LEFT A COMMENT ON KITTEN.SMITTEN’S PAGE ASKING IF ANYONE HAD PUT IN AN APPLICATION. THE HUMON DID NOT EXPECT A RAPID REPLY BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY GOT. SHE TOLD MY HUMON THAT NO ONE HAD PUT IN A APPLICATION YET AND WHERE TO GO TO APPLY.

THE HUMON DID NOT HESITATE AND GOT THE APPLICATION IN RAPIDLY, THEN WAITED TO HEAR BACK FROM THEM. WHEN MY FOSTER MOTHER @KITTEN.SMITTEN POSTED THAT I WAS GOING BACK TO THE SHELTER TO BE FIXED AND THEN TO MY FOREVER HOME, THE HUMON WAS HAPPY BUT THOUGHT SOMEONE ELSE WAS APPROVED INSTEAD OF THEM.

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The photo that caught the Humon’s attention about adopting FINN

A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE POST, THEY GOT A CALL FROM THE SHELTER SAYING THAT THEY HAD BEEN APPROVED TO ADOPT ME AND THEY COULD COME PICK ME UP THE NEXT DAY. THE HUMON DROVE OVER THREE HOURS FROM FRESNO, CA TO SANTA BARBARA, CA TO COME AND GET ME. I WAS MADLY IN LOVE INSTANTLY AND SO WAS THE HUMON. ON THE CAR RIDE BACK, I SLEPT ON THEIR LAP AND PURRED MOST OF THE WAY.

WHEN WE GOT BACK TO THE HOUSE, THE HUMON HAD PLANNED TO SLOWLY INTRODUCE ME TO THE PRIDE BUT I HAD OTHER PLANS. I RAN STRAIGHT UP TO MY BROFUR LANDO AND PAPA PUG. THEY BOTH INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH ME AND ACCEPTED ME RIGHT AWAY. MASTER BUBBA CERSEI SKYWALKER WAS NOT SURE OF ME FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS. THEN SHE DECIDED THAT I WOULD BE HER APPRENTICE NOT LANDO’S. SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE A STRONG AND INDEPENDENT CAT AND IN TURN, I TAUGHT MY BROTHER HOW TO BE A CAT INSTEAD OF A PUG. NOW I AM THE ONE WHO TEACHES THE FOSTER KITTENS HOW TO BE CATS.

Ellaria: I was a feral foster kitten that turned into a foster fail. The Humon got a call from a fellow rescuer one day on their way back from the shelter. Their friend had four feral kittens that they couldn’t even handle and knew that the Humon was already working with another group of feral kittens.

The Humon wasn’t sure at first if they could handle four more kittens but after their friend pleaded with them, the Humon decided to go ahead and take us. What the Humon didn’t know was that the house had been contaminated with the Panluke Virus. When we first arrived, we were very feral and the Vet said she wasn’t sure we could be converted to friendly. The Humon worked with us everyday little by little to gain our trust. It didn’t seem to be working. Then the first kitten from the other group of fosters got sick. Within a week, we were all infected with the virus and we required around the clock care and maintenance. This meant that we had to be handled regardless of how we felt about it and we definitely didn’t like it.

After a few weeks and the death of my twin sister Obara, I started to relax around the Humon and would constantly beg to be with one of the kittens from the other group who is named Ash Wren. She would beg just like me to be together. Finally, the Humon realized that four of us were so much healthier than the others and decided to put us healthy ones together and the sick ones together.

That’s when Ash Wren moved into mine and my brother Gendry’s crate and our brother Ramsay moved into Ash’s group. Ash likes the Humon a lot and was always asking to be held and play with the Humon and the big kitties. Finally, one day the Humon decided to try letting me out to play with Ash and Papa Pug. I love Papa Pug and would follow him around and let him clean me. One day, Finn got into our playpen and it was love at first sight. He was so handsome and strong and he instantly fell head over heels in love with me and I with him.

The Humon wasn’t planning on keeping me and they were already talking to people who were interested in adopting me. When the Humon saw how much I love Finn and how much he loves me, they knew that they could never separate us. We have been inseparable ever since. We are star crossed lovers who are meant to be together forever.

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KM: Wow, what an amazing story! I am so happy that you both found each other! Describe a day in your life.

FINN: SLEEP, EAT, HUNT, GROOM MYSELF AND ELLARIA, REPEAT.

Ellaria: Snuggle with Finn, practice lots of Meowga, play with my SisFur Ash Wren, get in lap time with the Humon, then lots more snuggling with Finn.

KM: Sounds heavenly! What is your most favourite kind of food?

Both: Homemade Wet Cat Food, Temptation treats, and Traders Joe’s cat tuna.

KM:Ooh homemade wet food sounds interesting!! If you had to choose one toy to play with, what would that be? 

Finn: A dead mouse

Ellaria: My SisFur Ash Wren

KM:Haha! You guys are so funny!! Do you have a specific sense of style? 

Finn: Other than a harness, the only bandanas I wear are from Crazy Cat Lady Corner!

Ellaria: Same

KM:Mama and I are so happy to hear that you love our bandanas!! You all look so great in them! What are your thoughts on dogs and other animals?

Both: We love them especially Pugs.

 

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Ellaria’s first picture

KM: If you could make one wish, what would it be?

Both: It would be that the Humon can raise enough money to start their Sanctuary so that other kittens and cats can know what it’s like to be safe and loved.

KM: That is a wish we all have for your humon! I hope it comes true very soon! What do you do to relax and chill out? 

Both: Snuggle with each other, Papa Pug or the Humon.

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KM: Do you have any special skills?

Finn: I’m an expert mouser

Ellaria: Starting in February I will be teaching a Meowga class at @bensonandbitsy studio called #lapmeowga.

KM: Fantastic! I don’t do a lot of meowga but I will definitely check out your class! What do you value most in life?

Both: Each other, our siblings,Papa Pug and the Humon

KM: What is your opinion about social media?

Finn: IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO SHOWCASE MY CHEEKY MONKEY BEHAVIOR.

Ellaria: Without social media, I wouldn’t be here with my Pride and I wouldn’t have a place to teach Meowga.

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KM: And we wouldn’t have been furriends if we didn’t have social media!! Well, I already know the answer to the next question but I will ask it anyway. Tell us about your relationship!

Both: We are soulmates and you just have to check out our Instagram account @BS13INC to see everything about our relationship.

KM: If you were to go on a date, what would a perfect day/night look like?

Both: Just being together is purrfect.

KM: Aww you lovebirds are so cute. How romantic is that! What would you like to accomplish in the near future?

FINN: PURRFECT MY HUNTING SKILLS

Ellaria: Teach my first Meowga class.

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KM: I wish you the best! Do you have anything else you would like to say?

Both: Adopt don’t shop and love can change your world if you let it.

KM: That is an amazing and very important message that we should all share with the world! Thanks so much for joining me today guys! It was such a pleasure chatting with you both!

Note from Humom: I always hear Finn’s voice as having a proper British accent and he always speaks in all caps. Ellaria is definitely more reserved and rather shy with a Valley girl accent.
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Do You Have Any Plans For 2018?

A new beginning is so exciting! It is the perfect time to dust off those old goals that have been sitting on your brain for the past years and give it some new life!

As a serial planner, I love making new goals and giving it my best shot to accomplish them within the year. This year, I am doing things a bit different and focusing on one main aspect of my life. The goal for the year is to be a more effective financial planner.

For starters, I have gone back to work for the first few months of the year. This was not something that I was planning on doing as I wanted to focus on my business. However, life has a funny way for making you do things so I had to be responsible and take a full time job to be able to get my savings back on track. This does not mean I am not focusing on my business but it is making me think more strategically on how I want to use the time I have to devote towards it.

I am also taking on extra cat sitting clients which has been great. I love spending time with all cats and the fact that many people trust me with their homes and their beloved pets means so much to me.

So this year is going to be the year of taking a more responsible approach towards my finances, building up my cat sitting clientele and streamlining my business to be more effective!

It is going to be so awesome!

 

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Happy New Year 2018!

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Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope you all had a great New Years Eve ringing in the dawn of brand new beginnings with loved ones!

My hubby and I actually went out to a new year’s eve party! We usually stay in, order take out and watch movies but we were invited out by some great friends and it turned out to be a super fun night.

Looking back at 2017, I must say it was a pretty great year overall. I am not the type to dwell on things that didn’t got my way so I choose to look at the positive. Even though I lost a job in 2017, I gained the opportunity to work on my business, gather more cat sitting clients and spend more time doing things that I love. The lack of a steady paycheque was scary but with a supportive husband who was able to carry the weight of our living expenses, I was lucky enough to take that time to figure out what I wanted to do.

Kitty had a great year as well! She filmed a commercial for a brand new pet food company (waiting for the release soon!) and made many new friends and won several contests!

Overall, it was a great year which brought us good health, new opportunities and a lot of great friends!

For 2018, I am looking forward to working on my business. I will trying to streamline things a bit more as I will be returning to a full-time 3 month contract starting Jan 2. That will be keeping me busy for the first few months of the year. I will also be taking on more cat sitting clients as well as freelance writing assignments. The idea is to build a cash reserve so I can focus on the business once my contract is done.

It is also our 10 year wedding anniversary this year! We would love to be able to go on a small holiday to celebrate it! Considering we haven’t been on vacation since we got married in 2008, it would be a welcome getaway.

I am hopeful it will be a great new year filled with wonderful possibilities and opportunities to make our dreams come true!

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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 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!