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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!

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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!!

 

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Fighting Feline Dental Issues!

A few weeks ago, Miss. Kitty had a vet appointment for her yearly vaccines! She was a great little patient and didn’t even flinch when she got her shots. Her weight was perfect (same as last year! Vet said I am a great cat mommy! Yay!), her coat is exceptional and her overall health is great! EXCEPT………. for some plaque on her back teeth!

OK, OK, it’s not as bad as I am making it out to be! During last year’s check up, Kitty had some plaque. I was advised to try brushing and use some dental treats to keep it from getting worse or look into getting her teeth professionally cleaned. This year, it is still the same. Luckily, it has not gotten worse, thank goodness! However, now I am being a bit more proactive in getting her used to the brush!

So, in this post, I am going to give a few tips to anyone who is interested in trying to brush their felines teeth!

First thing is to find a toothbrush that your cat will tolerate. I have tried the ones that you put on your finger but I found that those are not as effective as an actual toothbrush. No cat wants your finger in their mouth!

I got this toothbrush and toothpaste at the vet office. The brush has soft bristles and the toothpaste is poultry flavoured. Both got two paws up from Kitty! DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE! Please check with your vet or local pet store to get a toothbrush and paste made especially for cats!

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Before you actually attempt to brush, let the cat get accustomed to the toothbrush. I would let Kitty just bite on it and get used to it being close to her mouth. Then, I would put a bit of paste on the brush and have her lick it and taste it. She will try to chew on it which is great because she is slowly getting used to the toothbrush!

The problem area for Kitty is her back teeth. You can probably see the plaque! This is not an easy place to try to brush. She is more comfortable having her fangs brushed than me trying to get to that pesky back teeth!

It is very important to keep the cat in a comfortable position. For Kitty, it is sitting on my lap. I would  hold her very gently and lift up her lip to reveal the teeth that needs to be cleaned. With a very calm and gentle hand, slowly rub the brush on the teeth. You can massage the gums gently as well.

Do not put pressure on the neck or hold on too tight. You know your kitty the best so as soon as you feel that they are getting stressed, stop what you are doing. Leave it for another day!

In the photos above, you will see that I am holding her neck VERY gently. It is just enough to support her head while I get those teeth cleaned.

You will soon learn that you can’t brush it all in one go. So take your time and focus on the problem areas first. Kitty tries to bite on the brush and I let her do that as much as she wants. Then, I brush a bit more. It is never more than a minute or two at a time.

Patience is key! Try to brush a bit everyday, even if it’s just one small spot. Use slow, gentle rotations. Kitty is a very patient cat so I have had better luck with her. If your kitty is not too enthusiastic at first, give them a dental treat and let them go on their way. Try again tomorrow!

It is important that you keep trying. Not many pet parents pay much attention to the health and condition of their pets’ teeth until something serious happens. Be proactive and pay attention to their dental health. Watch for bad breath and bleeding gums! Talk to your vet about it at your next appointment. Dental issues will cost you thousands of dollars so best catch things before it gets to that point.

As always, make sure your kitty is on a healthy diet and has access to lots of fresh water. Avoid food and treats that have artificial flavours and colours. Look for all natural, crunchy treats and use them in moderation. Dental treats are not a substitution for a good cleaning routine!

If you have any tips, experiences with your own pets’ dental health, please share them in the comments!

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Katdid Konversation With Lando

Hello furriends!

Welcome to another great edition of Katdid Konversation with your host, Me! Kitty Mojito!

Today I am talking to a very special furriend of mine! Please say hello to Lando! He just turned 2 yesterday, September 9th!! He tells me his hometown is Mos Eisley on Planet Tatooine (Nomadic)!

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KM: Welcome to Katdid Konversations Lando! Before we start, I would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day with your family. Shall we start by talking about how you came to find your human? 

L: I was born to a feral mother in Fresno, CA and at one month old, I was cold and scared so I climbed into the warm engine bay of a car. The next morning, that car drove to the county fair with me still in it. The person who owned the car heard me when they arrived. I thought they would help me but instead they pulled me out and tied me to a chain link fence just high enough that I couldn’t get down. A really nice woman and her children heard me crying and rescued me from the fence. First they took me home but their dogs didn’t like me and my savior was scared that they would hurt me. So she took me to the place where she got her dogs fixed. They don’t take stray animals and told her to take me to the shelter. She knew that if she did that it would be a death sentence for me. In Fresno and most of California they automatically put down black cats from the end of September to the first week of November. My savior called a friend who put her in touch with a rescue that my Humon volunteered with. The rescue called my Humon to ask if they would pick me up from her. The Humon agreed and asked where they were and the rescue said that she was in the parking lot of the Spay/ Neuter clinic. It just so happened that the Humon was sitting in the very same lot waiting to pick up Master Skywalker who was getting spayed. The savior was actually parked two cars over and the Humon went to their car. My savior pulled me out of an old dog bed and as soon as the Humon saw me, they knew that I was meant to be with them. I was big for my age and they thought I was two months old. I was a big, black fluff ball and covered in oil and break dust. After they retrieved Master Skywalker, they took me to their home, cleaned me up, and we’ve been together ever since.

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Baby Lando

KM: Oh my! What a story to start off with! It is just heartbreaking that so called ‘shelters’ put down black cats (or any cats!) just like that. Describe a day in your life.

L: Nap in da sun or behind da monitor. Eat breakfast and smack around da Padawans for a bit. Take a nap in da shade in da afternoon. Have a midday snack of either whatever da Humon is having for lunch or Temptation. Climb my favorite tree and smack da Padawans around some more. Take another nap in da sun. Beat up my BroFur Finn and run around chasing da Padawans. Help da Humon eat their dinner, den sleep behind da monitor. Once the Humon goes to bed, I plot world domination.

KM: That is one busy day you have going on! What do you REALLY think of your human?

L: Dat they belong to me and dey are da best Humon minion a cat could ask for.

KM: What is your most favorite kind of food?

L: Sheba cuts!  I won’t eat any other brand! Temptation treats, cheddar cheese, chicken and tuna, goat’s milk anything.

KM: OOh sounds delicious! I have never had this Sheba cuts before! They sound yummy! If you had to choose one toy to play with, what would that be?

L: My BroFur

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Lando with Brofur Finn

KM: Haha! You are too funny Lando! Not sure how Finn feels about being your toy! LOL! How would you describe your sense of style?

L: I’m sexy and I know it.

KM: Definitely! What are your thoughts on dogs and other animals?

L: Well I mez Papa is a pug so I be good with almost all doggiez. I really, really hate birds! Dey only be good for eating. Az long az dey know I iz in charge I iz good wit other catz.

 

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With Papa Pug

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

L: Dat da Humon could raise enough money to start dare Sanctuary so dat other Black and Feral Cats dat are not az lucky az me can be saved and have a safe place to live out dare lifez.

KM: That is a very special wish indeed! I think if we all help spread the word about it, we can help the Humon raise the much needed money. The sanctuary sounds like an amazing place. Do you have any special skills?

L: I iz a Je’Daii and Iz usez mez mind tricks to control da Humon.

KM: Oooh ! Mind control!! I don’t have that kind of skill sadly! What do you value most in life?

L: My Humon and my BroFur Finn.

KM: Considering the political climate today, how do you feel about more cats getting into politics and making the world kinder?

L: Sure, if dey want too! Whatever floatz dare boat be okay wit mez.

KM: Instagram is a great place to make friends. What do you like/ don’t like about social media?

L: Iz meet mez girlfriend, Tilda on IG so dat be mez most favorite ting. Dat people usez it do harm be mez least favorite ting.

KM: Sweet Tilda! You guys make an adorable couple! Tell us a bit more about her!

L: Mez girlfriend Tilda, she be the SisFur of @godric_and_jojo_show. Mez favorite ting about her iz her eyez and her fierce attitude. She’z got lotz of spunk and iz strong enough to control her BroFurz. Her Meowmy iz da Humon’z pawtner in saving unwanted kittiez. Datz how wez meet.

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Lando’s favourite edit of him and Tilda!

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

L: Dat be between mez and Tilda. Diz cat be a gentlecat and dare are sometings dat Iz just don’t share.

KM: Fair enough! You don’t want to ruin any surprises 🙂 What would you like to accomplish in the near future?

L: In da nearest future, another nap but after dat I’d like to help change how peoplez see Black Catz. Show dem our beauty and dat dare superstitions are unfounded. In many placez in diz big world, Black Catz be good luck not bad luck but in America, people still believe dat wez be bad. Black Cats be the most overlooked and unwanted catz and kittenz of all da different color of catz. Black and Feral Cats are da first to be euthanized in shelters all across da US. Diz will only change when people realize da uniqueness and beauty of both typez of catz.

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Lando at 6 months old!

KM: A great message to share indeed! Do you have anything else you would like to say?

L: Adopt don’t shop and pick a Black Cat or Kitten because you will be saving a life and getting da best companion youz could ever ask for.

KM: That is so important! Never shop! Always adopt! There are so many animals in shelters, desperate for a forever home! Lando, thank you so much for chatting with me! You and your human does so much life saving work! We are all very proud to call you friends 🙂

If you would like to follow Lando and his family on their amazing adventures or would like to donate towards their sanctuary fund, please connect on Instagram @landosolofund

 

 

 

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Review – Weruva BFF (OMG-Oh My Gravy!)

I’m so excited to be given this opportunity to try this brand new product from one of my favourite pet food companies, Wevuva!

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Before I found Weruva, I have tried so many different brands and types of wet food with not much luck. One thing I did find out is that Kitty Mojito loves gravy based food! So my mission was to find her the best quality wet food out there and I found that in the B.F.F line!!

 

I learned about the Big 3 by partnering with Weruva (www.weruva.com)– a luxurious, natural pet food dubbed “people food for cats” who just launched a full line of gluten, grain, and carrageenan-free cat food in honor of International Cat Day. It’s called B.F.F. OMG! (that stands for Best Feline Friend, Oh My Gravy), and it’s all about preventing these Big 3 Cat Concerns ; picky eating, weight gain, and urinary tract issues.

There are so many yummy flavours to choose from!!

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With International Cat Day that happened on August 8 and Happy Healthy Cat Month coming in September, now is the perfect time to address the ‘cat in the room’—and that’s your feline friend’s diet.

Here are some useful nutritional information that I learnt from Weruva!

Keep these in mind when it comes to our feline’s food!

If your cat has any of these, you might want to consider changing their diet:

>> Is your cat picky? Picky eating is usually a problem with texture, since cats are carnivores whose tongues and teeth are perfectly evolved for meat-eating. It’s easy to see why a cat might dislike something without real shreds of meat—would you eat a steak with the texture of tapioca? Weruva’s food features these shreds of real meat right off the bone, which is why Kitty Mojito took to it like a duck to water (or a cat to gravy)!

>> Got a fat cat? The problem is in the kibble. It’s filled with unnecessary carbs, which are almost impossible for cats to process (they don’t produce amylase, an enzyme which helps humans digest their food). Weruva’s B.F.F. OMG! has no kibble to worry about because it’s 100% real meats in their true form.
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>> UT-why? Urinary tract issues often stem from dehydration—even if you’re giving your cat plenty of water. In the wild, cats stay hydrated through the food they eat instead of what they drink. Cats are used to ‘eating’ their water—but most wet foods don’t have nearly enough hydration to keep them satisfied. All of the products in Weruva’s B.F.F. OMG! line are over 85% hydration, which satisfies Kitty’s hydration needs.

 

I love Weruva because they are considered ‘people food for pets.’ The new line of B.F.F. OMG! cans and pouches feature land proteins like boneless and skinless white chicken breast, salmon, beef, duck, lamb and more. All recipes are grain, gluten, and carrageenan free. And if you are a BPA-free home, check out the pouches because they are BPA-free. Best of all, my kitty loves it!

(PS: Carrageenan is a thickener and emulsifier made from seaweed, that while natural, induces gastric inflammation when processed by the intestinal tract in isolation from its natural state)

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I am a very fussy pet mom who spends a lot of time researching pet food and reading labels at the pet stores. It is very important to me that my pet eats quality food. It could cost $0.50 a can or $3 a can, all that matters to me is that the list of ingredients are filled with the nutrients that Kitty actually needs.

Of course, the taste test is the most crucial. Kitty just gobbled up the BFF OMG as soon as I put it in her bowl! Her favourite so far is the ‘CRAZY 4 U’ chicken and salmon in gravy and ‘DATE NIGHT’ which is duck and salmon in gravy!

As I shared about this on Kitty’s Instagram (@kittymojito), I have had several requests to let readers know about the actual texture and consistency of the products as well as how Kitty reacted to it.

Here are my thoughts (along with Kitty’s great taste testing skills!) on some of the flavours we tried!

Product: SEEYA SOONER – Chicken and Tuna dinner in gravy

Verdict: The consistency was great. It was quite runny so it’s wonderful for kitties that love gravy based food. You can still see some chunks of meat in there and the first few ingredients are chicken broth, chicken and tuna. I reduced the dry food and gave her this entire pouch in a feeding. Two paws up for this one!

PRODUCT: CIAO BABY – Chicken and Shrimp dinner in gravy

Verdict: This was an instant hit as the combination of chicken broth, chicken, tuna and shrimp was a definite winner. Like the previous flavour, you will find it has a very generous gravy base so it is very easily licked up.

PRODUCT: PURR-FECT PLANNING – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon dinner in gravy

VERDICT:  Turkey is not a favourite with Kitty. It’s a hit and miss. However, she really loved this one. It could be the fact that there was salmon in it but she ate it up in no time.


PRODUCT: LOVE MUNCHKIN – Chicken and Pumpkin dinner in gravy

VERDICT: Another favourite! I love to add pumpkin to Kitty’s food when I can because I find that it really helps with her digestive issues. It keeps her eliminations regular and normal.

 

In conclusion, I would like to say that I will continue to feed Weruva BFF Oh My Gravy line to Kitty as it is, by far, one of the best wet foods that I have come across. This is a great line of food for kitties that have trouble chewing as the gravy makes everything soft and palpable as well as for any kitties that prefer a more liquid consistency to pate!

Kitty and I give it two thumbs (and paws) up!

Please visit www.weruva.com to learn more about these amazing food items and to find out where you can get your hands on some of it!

(THESE FREE ITEMS WERE SENT TO CRAZY CAT LADY CORNER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW)

PS: The Skittles were sent for me !! 😉

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Pet Insurance – Yay or Nay?

I have been wanting to write about this for a while now…

Since I am on social media quite often on a daily basis, I can’t help but notice all the requests for help for pets who are ill or injured. It breaks my heart to see that money is sometimes the only thing keeping some people from getting the life saving treatments needed for their pets. They try their best but who has thousands of dollars laying around on a whim? Some treatments costs several thousands over a long period of time and this cost is not bearable for many people.

This got me thinking about insurance. I am a big believer in the preparing for emergencies. And since both myself and my husband have life insurance and critical illness insurance, why would I not look into the same thing for Kitty?

As soon as we adopted Kitty 4 years ago, the first thing we did was get insurance. She was a year old and the premium cost was around $30 a month. Sure, that was affordable and it covered a lot of ailments and injuries with the exception of any pre-existing conditions. We decided to pick Trupanion due to the previous mentioned reasons and also for the fact that they didn’t put a limit on how many times you can make a claim for the same condition and covered 90%.

Fast forward a few years……

Kitty is 5 years old now and although we never had to use insurance (knock on wood!), her premiums are now at $63 a month. Many people have asked me why I am paying so much for pet insurance. They ask me why I don’t just save that monthly $63 in a savings account for Kitty.

I will tell you why ….

  1. If I saved $63 a month for a year, I will have $756. If you know how much vet’s charge, this will certainly not be enough to cover tests, xrays, medication, vet fees.
  2. If, god forbid, Kitty has an accident and requires surgery or any extensive treatments, I will not have enough cash to cover things upfront if I didn’t have insurance.
  3. The $63 is a price I will gladly pay for my peace of mind knowing that if something were to happen, I will not have to compromise on getting her the treatments she needs. Her well-being is worth far more to me.

To anyone who is still not sure about getting insurance, I say please do some research and get the coverage that works for your pet. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Take time to do some comparisons of insurance companies. Don’t always go for the cheapest option. See what is and what is not covered.
  • Try to get insurance when the pet is young. Like human insurance policies, the earlier you purchase it, the most affordable the premiums are.
  • Don’t be put off by the premium cost. If your pet is 8 years old and the online insurance quote is $80, give them a call. They will be able to work with you to get the best coverage needed.

So, in conclusion, I would like to say that I am all for pet insurance. You can make it work for you. Even though it might seem a lot and you may not think it’s worth it, I say it is TOTALLY worth it! I have never had to use it and if I had to do it all over again, I would still pick having insurance over having none!

(This is just my opinion and have no way been influenced by any pet insurance companies)

The Importance of Pet Insurance