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The Nasty Hackys: Hairball Prevention

Meowllo everypawdy, today is National Hairball Awareness Day. Ifin you have a cat, you no doubt know when kitty has a hairball. Mommy says almost all kitty luvvers know da sound of a hairball comin’ up; we call it da nasty hackys. And of course we kitties are so careful to place them fur maximum effect. While you sleep we may place one in your slippers or da path you take furst thing in da meownin’ when you still have sleepy eyes. Where ever we put them, we’re telling you somethin’. We’re telling you dat we need some help cuz our furs are sheddin’ like mad. Mommy says watchin’ me hack up a hairball is pawful and she’s never seen anythin’ like it befur. She says me’s face says me is terrified and me convulses till da hairball comes up as a purrjectile and lands across da room. Let me tell ya’, me may not know what me’s face looks like, but me can tell ya’ dat is some scary stuffs. Me doesn’t like doin’ it not one bit. (don’t worry, we’re not showing fotos)

Dezi grooming on the cat tree

Most cat pawrents just accept hairballs as one of the unpleasant things dat goes along with luvvin’ and sharin’ your home with a cat. And truth is, most hairballs move through our system just fine and either become da nasty hackys or go out da other end. But in rare instances hairballs can cause a life threatening blockage. Ifin you notice kitty exhibiting any of da following symptoms, purrlease take kitty to da VET. Always better safe than sorry.

  • Ongoing vomiting, gagging, retching, or convulsing without purrducing anything

  • Lack of appetite 

  • Lethargy

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

Thing is, me gets very few hairballs. And trust me, me’s very glad ‘bout dat. Sis Lexi used to get them almost daily, even when she was young and healthy. Mommy says in all da years she’s dealt with kitties, da short haired kitties seemed to have more hairballs than da long. Seems a little backwards, but it is what it is. So how can you humans help us with those nasty hairballs? Well Wellness purrvided us with this great infographic with some pawsum suggestions.

 

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Brushing always helps get out some of da loose dead fur dat would otherwise end up in our tummies and eventually in a wet slimy pile somewhere inconvenient fur you. Now me knows dat not all kitties enjoy bein’ brushed. Me is just one of those kitties. Fank da cats me’s fur doesn’t mat or me would be in trouble. But there’s a product out there dat your grooming challenged kitty will like; you just have to keep trying. Me luvs da grooming glove especially well. Now it won’t get out mats, but ifin you’re using it regularly, mats shouldn’t form. There are many other grooming brushes, combs and helpers out there, so keep trying, you’ll eventually find kitty’s sweet spot. Mommy says she’s even gone so far as to use a moist paper towel or microfiber cloth. Again, those won’t take out mats, but ifin used regularly they should take enough of da dead furs out so dat hairballs don’t form. As cats, we naturally groom ourselves. Ifin you notice kitty seems a little OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) about it, try to discourage this behavior. Ifin neccessary, see your VET; kitty may have other health issues dat need to be addressed.

 Dezi grooming on the cat tree

There are treats, and pastes, and foods to help with hairball control as well. Wellness has just one of those foods. They’ve been busy creating a new formula dat be good fur kitty and helps with those nasty hackys. It includes deboned chicken and turkey as well as vitamins and minerals to support skin and coat health. And a precise blend of natural fibers to help move those hairballs thru da digestive tract. This formula touts supporting whole body health and well being. At this time it appears to only come in kibble form. It’s available in 3 sizes and runs from about $12.00 to $34.00. As you know we don’t eat kibble here, but this could make a helpful treat.

Me has to go get some brushin’ and play in now. You know, gotta keep those hairballs at bay. Me’s joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da weekly Pet Parade.

Today would have been sis Lexi’s 17th birthday. It’s hittin’ mommy purretty hard. We’re also havin’ some storms, so we’ll be ’round to visit soon, but purrobably not today. But we would like fur you to ‘member sissy today and smile. She brought so much luv and happiness to mommy, me and so many of you, and she deserves to be remembered. 

Happy Birthday to angel Lexi in a heavenly frame with wings

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. We received compensation to share Wellness’s Hairball Prevention foods and infographics. We believe hairballs are a real concern for all cat owners and are always truthful when sharing products with you. Wellness is not responsible for the content or opinions in this post other than the infographic and claims regarding the nutrition and benefits of their food.

 

Till da next time……………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi

Yummy Drops Straight From Your Kitchen 3

Meowllo everypawdy. Me’s gonna switch it up a little this week cuz Furiday be Hairball Awareness Day and me has somethin’ special planned fur you then. So today you’re gonna get another Straight From Your Kitchen Treat recipe. Me’s really enjoyin’ sharin’ these with ya’ll and hope you’re tryin’ one or two out. We would luv to hear how any of da recipes worked out in your homes.

Dezi looking up on the steps

Now as me said, this is a treat recipe and therefur not nutritionally complete so it shouldn’t be da only thing you feed. And as with all these recipes, it’s purrfect fur all da meat eaters in your house includin’ da humans. You can substitute any protein (meat) that your furry purrfurs. As me’s told ya’ we don’t eat fish, so mommy replaces any fish in recipes with chicken, duck, lamb or beef. Me wishes she’d find a rabbit market, but alas…Well let’s get on with da recipe. 

 

Catfish Drops/Chicken Drops/Liver Drops

1/2 pound dried Catfish or Cod or Chicken or Liver (you can also combine 2 or more proteins) 

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 Cup Corn Meal or Cat Nip (mommy likes half and half)

1 Egg or Egg White beaten

 

Preheat oven to 325° Makes 20 – 30 Drops 

1(a) Fish only: Put fish in bowl and add boiling water and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes and then drain 

1(b) For Chicken or Livers: Cook Chicken or Livers and let cool (you may use canned chicken drained and dried)

2(b) Dice Chicken or Livers in kitty bite sizes

3. Mix Parmesan Cheese, Corn Meal and/orCatnip and beaten Egg in a bowl and add protein (fish, chicken or liver) and mix

4. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet

5. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes

6. Cool and Serve

Leftovers may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

 Dezi cleaning her face from atop the Liberty Cat Tree

Hmmmmmm Me thinks mommy needs to make me some chicken drops. Or better yet, some duck drops. Yummy Anyways, hope you all like this one. It’s purretty tasty. Me’s gonna wrap it up fur now. We had some really bad storms yesfurday and last night so me has some nappin’ to ketch up on.

 

Original Catfish Drops from No Catnapping in the Kitchen by Wendy Nam Rees. Alterations and substitutions by mommy (Audra High)

Till da next time…………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi

Did Somebody Say Rabbit #ChewyInfluencer

Meowllo Monday. You can’t get me down today, cuz me has some great treats to tell everypawdy about. As pawrt of da Chewy.com bloggin’ family me gets to try lots of great products dat me might not otherwise get to try. And da treats me’s gonna be tellin’ ya’ ‘bout today is just one of those things.

 Dezi looks coyly from the cat tree

Me’s told you lots of times dat me’s favorite treats be of da Freeze Dried nature, so we were really excited to see Halo Liv-a-Littles as an offering this month. Me luvs their chicken breast. So delicious. Anyways, mommy thought it would be good to mix it up and give me da chance to try another furmula. We learned real quick when me changed to a freeze dried diet dat me luvs rabbit. Not da pet bunnies kinda rabbit, but da “wascally wabbits” kind of rabbit. So me couldn’t wait to give these Liv-a-Littles Farm Raised Rabbit a try.

Dezi rubbing the Halo Liv-a-Littles treat jar

Halo Liv-a-Littles are grain free and farm raised. They come in a 2.4 oz. jar and da rabbit costs $8.94. Da ingredients are: Rabbit, Salt and mixed tocopherols (preservative). There are five different flavor choices. They are little squares and mommy says they’re too hard to “break” or crumble. Because they’re basically rabbit they’re good fur both cats and doggies. So ifin you share your home with a woofie, no need to buy different treats. And remember. they be 100% grain free.

 Dezi eats a Halo rabbit treat

So what did da actual taste test reveal? Well mommy worried when she took da furst treat out and couldn’t break it up into smaller pieces. Fur a big kitty me likes little bitty bites. MOL But mommy offered me a bite of rabbit and me eagerly took it and started to chew. Me repositioned and chewed some more and finally broke it up. Me spit out half of it and continued to chew up and swallow da other half. And then me asked fur another piece. Yeah me knows me still had half a piece on da floor, but it was all wet and slobbery and me wanted a fresh piece. Me’s not spoiled one bit. Two paws up from me. They could be a little softer or crumblier, but all in all they be yummy. Mommy, what do you think ‘bout da Halo Liv-a-Littles Farm Raised Rabbit Treats?

 Dezi eats Halo rabbit treat

Well Dezi I was very happy that you ate them, or at least some of them. Thankfully Buddy doesn’t mind your left over dried up slobbered on treats, so the part you didn’t eat didn’t go to waste and he liked them as well as you did. Buddy gives them 2 paws up as well. The rabbit formula is not good for crumbling over other foods as an enticement and doesn’t seem to reconstitute in water very well, so they have to be eaten in their current cubed form. They don’t have the stench some rabbit products do so that’s a plus. All in all,I’m glad you liked them, so I give them a thumb up.

Dezi eats Halo treat

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Fanks mommy. And me’s glad Buddy got to try them too. Even ifin they were me’s slobbered on left overs. Chewy has lots of great foods, treats, toys and everything you need fur your furry family member so paw on over and check it out. They offer speedy free shipping on all orders of $49.00 and over and flat rate shipping on all other orders. You can sign up fur their convenient auto ship program so you never run out of your furries favorite treats again. And you can always skip, cancel or delay at anytime.

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Disclaimer: We received the Halo Liv-a-Littles in exchange for our honest and unbiased opinion. Neither Chewy nor Halo are responsible for the content of this post. As always we only bring products we use or have tried and think would be of interest to you our readers and friends.

 

Till da next time…………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi

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