Meow and welcome. We have a real eye opening treat fur ya’ll today. Some of you may remember back when sis Raena came to live with us she had a little infection what purrduced a lot of gunk in her eyes and nose. Poor thing purrobably couldn’t smell very well and we know her eyes bothered her a lot cuz she was always washin’ ‘em. Of course mommy talked to da VET ‘bout it and put her on medicine to clear it up. Raena got better, but cuz of da poor breeding purractices of da breeder, sis Raena will always have a runny eye. Now she isn’t sick anymore, but one eye still gets a bit gunky and has to be cleaned regularly.
This “gunk” or tears as they’re more commonly called can stain an anipals fur. This is an issue most commonly found in the flat faced breeds of cats and dogs. But it can occur in any anipal. In a recent post where Raena explained the origins of Ragdolls, she pointed out that the Persian kitty had been included when creating our breed. She also pointed out that altho’ the Ragdoll breed is no longer cross bred among reputable breeders, it still goes on in the more disreputable breeding programs like the ones we came from. And that altho’ our lineage is Ragdoll to Ragdoll, DNA from those other breeds is still part of our make up. All those factors add up to explain Raenas’ more flattened face and teary eyes. This is one reason to do your research and understand what pawssible traits may occur in any animal you want to adopt, but certainly those who come from breeders. Certain traits can lie dormant fur generations before suddenly occurring in one or more babies in a litter.
a foto that looks “good”.
Anyways, mommy had us ask all of our furiends what they used to clean, clear up and/or keep at bay these tears and the stains they leave behind. More often than not, mere water isn’t enuff, so we began our search to find something that would help sis Raena. Mommy wanted something that would clean around her eyes naturally and safely. Stains are caused by bacteria. And bacteria growth so close to the eye, could cause a re-infection, or other ailments that could lead to blindness. So, leavin’ it alone, just wasn’t an option fur mommy. And the staining, thus the bacteria moves. Every time Raena would clean her eye, that gunk was depawsited on her paw that would also stain and begin the growth of bacteria. And we use our paws fur a lot of things.
This is a sponsored post. We received compensation in exchange for an honest review about Eye Envy for Cats. All opinions are our own and the truth as we believe it to be. As always we only bring products we have tried or use ourselves and believe would be of interest to you, our readers and friends.
Well, a couple of our furiends mentioned something called Eye Envy. Mommy did some research into the product and liked what she saw; so she contacted the company. The Eye Envy peeps were very nice and sent us a Starter Kit for Cats. The Eye Envy Starter Kit fur Cats includes: a 2 ounce bottle of cleaning solution, 1/2 ounce jar of application powder, and a jar of non-woven application pads. And of course a pawsum instruction sheet, all in a cute shimmering Gingham bag. We’re girly girls, so we all loved the bag. But what about the products? Mommy read the instructions, and it all seemed pretty simple. Well, ifin ya’ don’t count the part about holding kitty down to clean around the eyes. MOL This product is intended fur External Use Only!!!
The Eye Envy cleaning solution is safe and natural. It doesn’t contain bleach, purroxide or any other harmful ingredients. It does include: Water, Witch Hazel, Boric Acid and Colloidal Silver. It also comes in 2 formulas, Original, which requires refrigeration, and a non refrigerated option. We received the non refrigerated formula. The Eye Envy Powder is to be used in conjunction with the cleaning solution to help repel future tears and bacterial staining. Mommy used a small extra soft toothbrush fur applying the Eye Envy Powder. The toothbrush actually allows the powder to penetrate below the top surface fur by brushing the area gently.
Anyways, Mommy took out one of those non-woven applicator pads and wet it with the Eye Envy solution and began to clean around Raena’s eyes. Kittens, mouses and rats!!! You shoulda seen all the yucky brown stuff on that pad. There are some things we just don’t take fotos of. MOL And of course it’s just mommy and us, and she needed both hands for this application. Once the area was clean, mommy moved on to the next step. There was still a light stain, but remember this had been building up fur a little over 6 months. Eye Envy or any other tear stain removal product is an ongoing process. So, mommy dipped the top bristles of the small extra soft toothbrush into the Eye Envy Powder and began to apply around Raenas’ eyes. Please remember to hold kitty/doggys’ head very still. You will be working very close to the eyes, and altho’ the Eye Envy is safe, try to avoid getting it directly in the anipals eyes. And you definitely don’t want to poke kitty/doggy in the eye with the brush. The area dried quickly with the application of the powder, and lightened even more. Mommy applied some of the powder to sis Raenas’ paw as well, and Raena was off and playing as ifin nuffin’ had happened.
The first couple of times the process from start to finish took between 5 and 10 minutes. Mommy now has a system , and the whole process only takes a couple of minutes. That includes time to gather the products and Raena, apply Eye Envy, and put it all away. And even apply a little around mes eyes. Ya’ know, ya’ can’t leave anykitty out. Ifin Raena’s getting something, me wants some too. MOL Anyways, mommy repeated these steps once a day fur the first week. And now repeats these steps a couple of times a week to maintain the area and keep the bacterial staining away. Raena is much happier now that she doesn’t have gunky eyes constantly. And mommy says it’s a very easy process, and is so happy that Raena’s more comfortable. So we give the Eye Envy system 4 paws up each and 2 thumbs from mommy.
You can buy Eye Envy directly from their website, chewy.com and many other pet supply stores. A starter kit runs about $20.00. The Eye Envy Powder will last quite some time, as a little goes a long way. You will need to replenish the Eye Envy solution and non-woven applicator pads more frequently. The solution runs from $10.00 for a 2 ounce size to $72.00 fur a 32 ounce size with sizes in between. The replacement pads can be purchased in a jar or you can just buy the pads and reuse the jar from the starter kit. If you have an anipal with a tearing issue, we highly recommend the Eye Envy system. And we’d like to thank the peeps at Eye Envy fur sending us the starter kit. It was just what we needed.
All cleaned up and lookin’ good. Raena does have some color
around that eye that isn’t stain and looks really nice now.
Well, we’re gonna wrap it up fur now and try to get some visitin’ done. Mommy has a doctors’ ‘pointment tomorrow. Fankfully she purrtended she lost her ‘pointment card and called to confurm her ‘pointment cuz Doc’s gonna be gone Furiday which is when her ‘pointment would have been. And nope, da office hadn’t called mommy to reschedule. As a lot of you ‘member, this isn’t da furst time this has happened recently. (shakes head) What are ya’ gonna do? Anyways, we’ll be ‘round as soon as we can. We hope ya’ll are stayin’ warm, and havin’ a great day.
Till da next time…………………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle.
Meowllo everypawdy, we hope you all had a good weekend. It’s December and Christmas will be here befur you know it. Ifin you missed our Gift Guide, you can see it here. We know you’ll find something for everyone on your list there. And don’t worry, there’s purrlenty of time to get it befur Christmas. (wink) Today is also Service Cat Monday, and we know you’ve all stopped by fur a Service Cat posty. As with all our educational posts the following will be written in human English. Ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, purrlease click on the links at the bottom of this post. We’re kinda not sure what to post today. As a lot of you know, mommy fell da other day and we wrote ‘bout it last Service Cat Monday. Everypawdy cheered as Raena’s furst respawnse was to run fur da fone. Mommy and me are very purroud of her as well. But we also got a few questions via comments and email ‘bout trainin’ kitty to dial 911/call fur help. So, here’s our quandry. We’ve already written dat post and we’ve linked to it in every Service Cat Monday post since.
We’ve re-read that post and are quite satisfied that we covered 911 training sufficiently and trying to re-word it wouldn’t do any good. So, ifin you missed that post or would like a refresher, please click here to read it. Our question to those of you who asked the question is, Did you want a training post or did you want a story about Raena’s phone training? We call them “stories” not because they aren’t factual, but because they don’t really explain how to train. They are for entertainment purposes only. And entertaining they can be. They can also be frustrating, as training is all about repetition. Anyways, assuming, (and we all know what that word means) that you wanted a story, then sit back and enjoy.
First me has to tell you that we have cordless phones and each handset has a speakerphone option and all calls sent to voicemail are screened through the handsets. So for all intents and purposes, the handset is the phone to us. Now me told you all that Raena was quite the little helper from her first day, so mommy began to introduce her to the phone right away. She wasn’t nearly big enough to push the buttons, but she could learn to be interested in it. Mommy lets most calls go to voicemail initially, so we can get used to unknown and known voices coming out of the handset. So ifin you’re calling us, don’t hang up, leave a message. Or at least start to, ya’ never know when mommy might be reinforcing our training. Anyways, Raena loved the phone almost as much as me did.
She would bite the phone, whacky paw the phone and lay on it when it rang. When somebody called she would sit and cock her head one way and then the other. All good signs and mommy reinforced her interest with lots of love and cuddles. All of which Raena ate up. You all know she’s a little love bug, right? The day finally came when she was big enough to actually push the buttons down, so mommy began training. She had programed the emergency call to go to her cell phone which didn’t get a signal at our house. So mommy was pretty comfortable that Raena wouldn’t be calling anybody by “mistake” or getting us in trouble with the law. Remember, it’s a Crime to call 911 ifin you don’t have a real emergency. Well, training went on as usual, till this one afternoon when mommy fell. Falling for mommy is normal, the bad ones like the other day, aren’t.
Anyways, mommy fell. Yep, there she sat on the floor all sprawled out, looking for something to grab onto to pull herself up when she heard a strange ringing. She looked around and there me was, sitting by her as always. But where was Raena? Nothing scares Raena, so we knew she wasn’t hiding out. Mommy kept hearing this strange muffled ringing sound coming from the living room. Mommy looked around once more and then called for Raena. Raena came running down the hall from the living room with the phone hanging from her mouth. Hmmmmm Now it all made sense. Raena had pushed the emergency pre programmed number and for some reason, we actually had cell service and the cell phone was ringing. The thing is, mommy and Raena weren’t at that part of her training yet. Mommy hadn’t actually trained Raena to make the full call.
Anyways, the little stinker laid the phone at mommys feet, just outta reach, and began to meow at the top of her lungs. The ringing had stopped now as the voicemail mommy never set up hadn’t answered and the phone disconnected the call.
What? No sense in setting up a voicemail if you don’t have service and rarely give the number out. Thankfully Raena hadn’t reached the “somebody answers” part of her training, so once mommy called her, she believed the “exercise” to be over. Yes, mommy in the floor is another training technique mommy uses. It’s got to kind of sort of look real right? Anyhow, mommy knew then that Raena was going to be too smart for her own good and she was going to have to figure out something new to do with the phone. Raena made her first official training call to 911 later that evening, and we’ve never looked back.
Our emergency pre programmed number is once again set to 911, so that’s why mommy was certain to stop Raena from making the call the other day. And that’s the first time Raena’s gone for the phone since officially ending her phone training. But remember, training is ongoing. Raena has now learned the difference between the “normal” daily falls and a “serious might need help” fall. So there ya’ have it. A day in the life of a Service Cat in Training.
This will be our last Service Cat Monday post for the year 2016. With the holidays upon us and so many things going on, we thought we’d let everybody including mommy rest. We have our annual nursing home visit coming up and festival of lights, where mommy takes us around to see the lights peeps put up. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year. So we’ll be writing more Service Cat posts in the New Year, but for now, we want everyone to enjoy the season.
Till da next time……………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
When the Handler Dies Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Hey, are ya’ll there? Actually, are ya’ here? It’s RaenaBelle, and we’ve got a real treat for all of you today. We’re going to post the Purrfect Gift Guide for 2016. Yep, that’s right. Ifin you were here Furiday, you know that sis Dezi and me had different ideas ‘bout what to call our guide. Well, we meowed about it yesfurday and came up with what we think is the purrfect name for our guide. Now, we’re not saying the other guides, especially those posted by our furiends aren’t great; we’re just saying there are some peeps and anipals that can’t afford items on those guide lists. Like us. So, we put our heads together and came up with gifts we think everybody and furry would like. Okay, so maybe there are a couple things that some of our furry feral furiends might not appreciate, but there’ll for sure be some things on our list that even they will like. You might have noticed that for the most part, I’s been writin’ in human English. Well that’s because we want all our furiends and followers to be able to read our guide. Right sissy?
That’s right Raena. We have put together the purrfect gift guide for peeps and anipals alike and we want everyone to choose at least a few things from our list. We know the posty looks long, but it’s a lot of fotos. Purrlease stay till the end, because we have a real surprise for all of you. So Raena, are you ready with your first gift?
I is sissy, sure enough. I’s want to start the list with a freebie but goodie.
1. A Big, Gigantic hold on with both arms, hands and paws HUGGY. No air hugs allowed. Only the real thing. You can hold on as long as you want. The longer the better, right?.
I’s know, we have a few furiends who be a little on the feral side and won’t really like this one, but wait, there’ll be something for ya’ll too.
Kissy kiss mommy?!!
2. Pucker up and KISS the one(s) you love.
Mommy kisses us all the time, and we love it. Again, No Air Kissing allowed. Well unless you’d get your face scratched off. In that case, we’re all for Blowing those anipals or peeps a kiss.
Kiss me mommy!!!
Oh sissy, I’s do love a big mommy kiss. That’s a great gift for our guide. And, another freebie. That brings me to the third gift on our list. And, even our more feral furiends will like this one.
3. Say I Love You from your heart.
Look into the eyes or face of your anipal or peep and tell them how much you love and appreciate them. Us kitties will probably respond with a loving slow blink, doggies with a body shaking tail wag and peeps might actually say it back to you. And by the way, this is another freebie. It won’t cost you a cent.
I’s luvs you too mommy.
Me luvs you too mommy.
Oh Raena, that’s a great one. Me so loves it when mommy tells us she loves us. That goes well with mes next item on our gift guide.
4. Call, Email or Text your loved ones and let them know you’re thinking about them.
Say it even ifin ya’ get their voicemail. Sometimes a message from a furiend, can really make your day. Of course you could also send a snail mail card, but most of the time, we don’t even have money for a stamp, so calling, emailing or texting works better for us. Some of you travel and leave your anipals behind. We know your voice, and find it comforting, so calling up and telling us you love us lets us feel close to you.
Meowllo? I’s just called to say…
Oh sissy, at less than .50 cents or free that’s another great idea. I’s couldn’t imagine mommy leaving us behind, but I’s would sure love to hear her voice ifin she wasn’t with us. Mines next item is a biggy.
5. Clean Up. That’s right, help somebody by cleaning their house. Anipals, put your toys away in the toy box.
You know, there are housekeeping tasks that be really hard on mommy, and we’re having a lot of trouble finding a helper, so she would really appreciate somebody helping her out. And guess what? It’s another Freebie!!!
Let me help you mommy.
That’s a good one Raena. Me has another pawsum idea for our list.
6. Volunteer. Pick a day/days and head over to your local animal shelter and help clean cages, socialize kitties, walk dogs, or better yet, foster and/or adopt.
Oooooooooooooh sis Dezi, that’s a pawtastic gift. Anytime you can give to those less fortunate is a true gift of love. They could even volunteer at a spay/neuter clinic like mommy. Peeps could also take photos and share anipals on social media to help them find their furever homes.
Yep Raena. And they could even go through their toy boxes and donate any unused or gently used toys, beds, blankys, scratchers, outgrown collars/harnesses or food to the anipals in the shelter. Another freebie that takes advantage of your time and things you have around your house already.
Speaking of volunteering and time, I’s have another great gift idea sissy.
7. Visit a hospital or nursing home.
The holidays are really hard on a lot of peeps and anipals, and sometimes those in nursing homes get forgotten. Just a few minutes of your time can bring a smile to their faces and really make their days. Ifin any of you furries are calm in nature, the holidays is the one time of year when the rules get a little lax and even though you’re not a certified therapy anipal, you might still be able to visit. Purrlease check with the nursing home before you visit to find out the rules/policies.
You’re right Raena, that is a good one. You and mommy will be heading to the nursing home before long. They’re going to love you. So far we’ve got a lot of great gifts in our line up. But maybe, you want something tangible to put under the tree, right? So here’s the next item for your gift giving pleasure.
8. Write it down and Wrap it up. Grab a post it, old bill envelope, old receipt, or any piece of scrap paper, and write a little note telling the recipient to redeem it for a HUG, KISS, or Whatever. Get Creative and then wrap it in whatever you can find.
Gentlemen listen up, mommy says whatever you do, don’t wrap your note in a small ring box or “the blue box”. Ladies get too excited with expectation. Even the most loving woman can become a total stranger when she doesn’t find a/”that” ring inside. MOL As for wrapping paper, mommy’s used old calendar pages (picture side of course), newspapers, brown paper grocery bags, old manilla envelopes, and that packing paper that comes in chewy boxes makes great wrapping paper. And a box in a box in a box can add fun to your hand written gift.
That’s a great idea for peeps Dezi. I’s have one now for the furries.
9. Filled and Tied Old Sock. Filling: Newspaper, Packing Paper, Garden Grown fresh dried Catnip, Foil, Parchment Paper, Another Old Sock. Paper Items will make a fun crinkle toy, while Material Items will make a fun bite toy.
Good one Raena. Peeps might even check their pets toy boxes for old balls, toys and squeakers that we don’t play with anymore and stuff them down inside that sock. The possibilities are endless. Just use your imagination. And mommy says every sock drawer has a mismatched sock left over from the washer eating it’s pair. Hmmmmm Me didn’t know we had to feed the washer too. No wonder we don’t have any green papers. MOL Me has another item that’s a favorite for lots of kitties.
Oh Dezi this guide thing is so much fun.
You’re right Raena. Me’s glad we did it.
10. MILK JUG RING.
Oh sissy, that’s the cool piece of plastic that locks the lid on the bottle of milk, juice, vitamins and jugs of water.
Yep Raena, and they can be wrapped up and put under the tree or even hung on the tree for decoration.
Hmmm What’s this? This blonky doesn’t taste very good,
but it sure looks like fun.
Decorations? Speaking of trees sissy, I’s love our tree. The lights are so cool. They blink off and on, off and on. I’s loved them so much, I even tried to eat a few.
Me knows. Mommy says ifin you can’t behave she’ll have to take the tree down. So purrlease sissy, leave the tree alone. Let’s just watch the pretty lights flash.
I’s’ll try sissy, I’s promise. Anyways, we hope ya’ll liked our Top Ten Gift ideas. We know you’ll find at least one thing for everybody/furry on your list. Now…
Everybody come in real close. We wanna give you all our gifts to you.
(Dezi, Raena and mommy A gather together and grasp arms and pull each furiend and furry/furless furiend in for a Huge Hug and a Big Kiss. They then look into each friends eyes/face and…)
“We Love you soooooooooooo much. We are soooooooooooo grateful to have you in our lives. We want to say Thank You for being You. You mean so much to us that we can’t truly express it in human words.”
(Dezi and Raena each slow blink and purr to each furiend. While mommy A takes each by the hand and in true Southern Belle fashion, offers a curtsey in honor of their greatness and furiendship.)
I’s been learning so much about Christmas, and all the things that go with it. You’ll have to stay tuned for our letters to Santa. They’ll be coming up later this week. In the meantime, we’re joining the Kitties Blue for Sunday Selfies. And…
Till the next time………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
Hey, is there anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Sis Dezi has been meowin’ at me lately ‘bout all kinds of things. She says it’s December, da last month of da year. I’s didn’t know what dat meant, but she said it’s da way humans measure time. I’s asked her what all this Christmas talk was ‘bout, and this Santa Paws and why everypawdy’s postin’ gift guides?. I’s know what a gift is. I’s got a pawsum nip nanner fur Dezi’s birthday. But I’s didn’t understand what a gift guide was. I’s didn’t ask fur da nanner, but I’s sure was glad to receive it. Anyways, sissy says dat gift guides are each purrson/doggy/kittys’ ideas of things dat would make purrfect gifts fur others; and even themselves.
What else did me tell ya’ ‘bout those guides Raena?
Well sissy, you said there’s a lot of great guides out there but dat we couldn’t afford da things on them. And dat it’s fun to look at them, but dat we won’t be buyin’ any of them. So, I’s asked you ifin we could make a gift guide fur peeps and furries like us.
And me thought dat was a great idea Raena. Me thinks we should call our list, Da Mostest Affurdable Gift Guide on da Innernets.
What ‘bout Da Mostest Purreciated Gift Guide on da Innernet???
Well sis, me thinks dat’s a great title, but there are some peeps dat might want items dat would be outta our purrice range. In which case they wouldn’t really purreciate our gift guide. A long time ago, way befur you and me, mommy used to buy gifts fur kids whose name was on angel trees. She can’t afford to do those kinds of things anymore, but she still looks at da items they want and they fur sure wouldn’t ‘purreciate getting’ da gifts from our guide. So, you had a good idea, but let’s stick with mes suggestion fur a name, k?.
(Raena drops her head and shuffles her back paws) Okay sissy, you know bestest.
Me didn’t mean to hurt your feelins Raena. You can list da furst gift on our gift guide, okay?.
Fanks sissy. When are we gonna put up our gift guide. I’s wanna really think ‘bout da bestest things ever to put on our guide.
Well Raena, what ‘bout this Sunday? Me thinks dat would be da purrfect time.
Oh sissy, I’s think dat’s a pawsum idea. I’s already know what da furst thing should be.
Don’t say it yet Raena. We want our guide to be a surprise and fur everypawdy to want to come back Sunday to read it.
(Raena giggles with excitement) Me can’t wait sissy. This is gonna be so much fun.
Me agrees Raena. We’ve never posted a gift guide befur. We must let everypawdy know, there’ll be purrlenty of time to order your gifts from our guide and still receive them by Christmas. We also wanna give everypawdy an update on mommy. She’s doin’ much better, and really purreciates all your purrayers and support.
There’s one last thing we wanna do today. Our furiend Sammy, is visitin’ all over Blogville via his magic balloon. Altho’ sissy and me were born here in Oklahoma, mommy wasn’t. And since we don’t have many green papers, we haven’t really been anywhere and don’t know what there is to see here. But of course we wanted to visit with Sammy, so…
We just joined him fur a balloon ride across our state. It is with heavy hearts dat as Sammy travels this world, he will end his journey today in heaven. When sis Lexi and me arrived in Blogville, it was Sammy and his mommy dat helped us and our mommy learn how to navigate da world of blogging. We ‘member our furst Caturday art and how we had no idea how to “link up”. Quite furankly, we didn’t even know what dat meant. Mommy had miraculously entered us in da blog hop, but had no idea how to put da bootyful Athena’s link in our posty and certainly not how to put da badge on our sidebar. Sammy and awnty Pam to da rescue, and look at us today. Now we try to help other bloggers when we can. Dat’s da way of Sammy. His kindness and luv are what make up this sub culture we call Blogville. We do hope you will go by today and leave some luv fur awnty Pam and Sammys daddy. We’re sendin’ big hugs and lots of purrayers.
We’re also joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da weekly Pet Parade blog hop.
Don’t furget to come back Sunday fur our gift guide. We’ll have somethin’ fur everyone, furry and not. Ya’ don’t wanna miss it.
Till da next time………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue