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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

World’s Best: Blest Sunday #ChewyInfluencer

Well it’s time fur another Blest Sunday. You know me feels so blest to have a furever home with a mommy who luvs me more than anything and all our wonderful furiends. So when me can add a material blessing, me is always quadrupely blest. As you all know we luv Chewy.com and are thrilled to be pawrt of their blogging family known as #ChewyInfluencers. This month we got to try out a new litter. Well it’s new to us but some of you already use it. We’ve heard lots of good things ‘bout it so we couldn’t wait to receive it.

Dezi laying on the vanity

Me’s in da pawdee box room cuz me’s got a pawsum litter to tell you ’bout.

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So what litter is it you ask? It’s da World’s Best Cat Litter Scoopable Multiple Cat Clumping Formula. We received da 7 pound bag. As most of you know, me is a big kitty who has a big litterbox. World’s Best says it works best with at least 2 to 3 inches of litter in da pan. Da 7 pound bag would be adequate for a small to medium size box. So mommy layered da World’s Best over me’s other litter so me could give it a try.

 World's Best Cat Litter

Chewy’s website doesn’t really say what makes up the World’s Best Cat Litter, but ifin you scroll over da foto it says it’s made from whole kernel corn and is 100% natural. And it’s flushable. Dat’s always a pawsitive in our books. They do make several different formulas. They all appear to be clumping but some are made with pine and some are scented while da one we chose is not. Truth be told, kitties don’t like scented litter. Companies do dat to appeal to da humans who do da buying. Below is a list of attributes listed about World’s Best Litter.  

Key Benefits

  • Outstanding odor control
  • Quick clumping formula
  • 99% dust-free
  • Easy scooping
  • Pet, people and planet friendly

Dezi looking in the World's Best Cat litter bag

So what did me think about it? Well initially me kept smelling it and trying to taste it. So mommy had to mix it up with me’s current litter so me would use it fur it’s intended purr-puss. After mixing me used it without a thought. Me didn’t notice any dust so to speak when me was diggin’ so no sneezin’. It took care of me’s business so me gives it 2 paws up. Now let’s ask mommy what she thinks.

 Dezi looks in letterbox with the World's Best Cat litter

Dezi checks out the World's Best Cat litter

Is me supposed to eat this or pee on it?

Thank you baby. I’m glad you liked the World’s Best Cat Litter. I also didn’t notice any dust to speak of and love that it’s natural and flushable. I didn’t like seeing you trying to eat your litter, so there’s apparently a fragrance of some sort that you associate with food. But that was easily fixed by mixing it. And you made no further attempts once you had actually used it for its intended purpose. As you can see by the floor, it does track. The 7 pound bag is $6.99 and the largest bag at 28 pounds is $25.55. So pricewise it’s pretty equivalent to what we already spend on a bag of litter. It clumps nicely. So all in all I give it thumbs up too.

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Thanks mommy. So this week was full of blessings. Paws up and thumbs up fur da World’s Best Clumping Cat Litter. Me has a real tasty treat to tell ya’ ‘bout this week, so you’ll have to stay tuned. You can get your own bag or check out all da great stuff Chewy carries here. Remember Chewy offers free speedy shipping on all orders of $49.00 or more and a flat rate fur all other orders. And they offer an auto ship program so you never have to worry about runnin’ out of your pets food or favorite treats. Now dat’s a blessin’ too.

Dezi naps in the cat bed

Well it’s time fur a nap.

So take a few minutes today and everyday to give thanks fur all da blessings in your life. Me thanks you all fur bein’ me’s furiends. And no, me still doesn’t know what mommy’s secret is, but me will keep you posted.

 

Disclaimer: We received the World’s Best Scoopable Cat Litter in exchange for our honest and unbiased opinion. Neither Chewy nor World’s Best are responsible for the content of this post. As always we only bring you products we have tried or use and think would be of interest to you our readers and friends.

 

Do you use a scoopable litter?

Do you like scented litters?

Do you prefer natural litters to clay based ones?

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

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi

Fridays’ Straight From Your Kitchen 2

(Dezi sings and dances) ♫ ♫

WooHoo it’s finally Furiday. WooHoo it’s finally Furiday. Da sun is shinin’ and da rain has stopped. Me’s so excited me’s gonna blow me’s top. WooHoo

 Dezi laying on cat tree and meowing

Oh Meowllo everypawdy, are you all happy dat it’s da weekend? Well me has a special treat fur you all today. Yep, me’s treat recipe posty was a big hit and so we’s gonna post another one fur ya’ today. Now ‘member these are treats straight from your kitchen and NOT nutritionally complete. We had one negative comment ‘bout how da last treat wasn’t species appropriate. To dat we replied, Not any worse than most of da pet food and treats on da market, and you don’t have to make it. So anyways let’s get on with our new recipe.

Sweet Dezi on cat tree

Now me wants to remind you dat you can use different proteins (meats) in most of these recipes. Mommy doesn’t like to feed us fish, so she often substitutes chicken, rabbit or duck fur da protein source. And these treats are edible by all da carnivores in your family. Another trick me furgot to tell you ‘bout last week is dat mommy often adds catnip to da recipe. Today we’re gonna take a little trip down under to Australia fur our recipe and we’re gonna make Kangaroo Hoppers. This recipe makes approximately 20 – 30 small balls.

Kangaroo Hoppers

1/2 pound shrimp, cleaned 

1 Tbsp. Kelp powder or catnip

1/2 tsp vegetable or olive oil

1 Cup crushed Corn Flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°

1. Clean and de-vein shrimp.

2. Boil until pink and cooked through

3. When cool, Puree shrimp and add Kelp powder/Catnip and oil

4. Roll into small balls and then roll through the Corn Flakes to coat (Corn Flakes add a little crunch)

5. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet or parchment paper for 10 – 15 minutes.

6. Cool and Serve.

7. Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge

Alas, no kangaroo in da Kangaroo Hoppers, but they are good. Now some of you are saying…kelp powder? Yeah, kelp powder is actually full of minerals and Omega fatty acids. It’s also a source of protein. Now we all know there’s nothin’ nutritious bout da corn flakes, but they do help add a little crunch to da bite. Ifin ya’ try these, let us know how they went over in your house.

 Dezi lays in the cat bed

Me’s joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da weekly Pet Parade Blog Hop as always. Mommy told me last night dat she had some secret plans dat might result in a surprise fur me, so we’ll be ‘round to visit ya shortly. And me guesses we’s all gonna have to wait to find out ’bout mommys’ secret plans.

 Dezi coyly looks at the camera from her perch on the cat tree

Do you like soft or crunchy treats better?

What are some favorite proteins in your house?

Recipe edited from No Catnapping in the Kitchen by Wendy Nam Rees

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

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi

 

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