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Spa Day, Spay Day, Raena’s Growing Up

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me RaenaBelle. It’s so ugly and dark here today. We had some really loud thunder boomers last night. But I’s kept sis Dezi busy playin’ so she wouldn’t notice. Wasn’t dat nice of me?

 Dezi and Raena on cat tree

       Playin’? Is dat what you call jumpin’ on me from da top of da chair, da tree, da scratchin’ post, and anywhere else you could find to jump off of from?

 

 

Sure sissy, wasn’t it fun? 

 

 

       Uh…Did me’s hisses and growls sound like it was fun Raena?

 Raena playing with wand toy

Hisses? Growls? Hmmmmm I’s didn’t hear any of dat sissy. I’s just thought it was da thunder.

 

 Dezi sniffing the catnip mat and toys

       (Dezi shakes her head) Well Raena are you gonna get to your question? 

 

 Raena lays on floor resting during playtie

Oh yeah, fanks fur remindin’ me sissy. As ya’ know, mines spa day is tomorrow. Mommy goes to see hers doctor today and then I’s goin’ fur a spay, whatever dat is, tomorrow. Mommy says this is completely routine and dat most all mines furiends have been thru it, but as always there are risks. So, I’s would fur sure purreciate your purrayers dat all goes well and I’s back to bein’ me in no time. Mommy will be stayin’ right by mines side da whole time, and she plans on takin’ fotos, ifin allowed. She used to volunteer with this clinic but doesn’t ‘member their pawlicies. She does ‘member a lot of da folks don’t want their fotos posted, so she might have to do a lot of blurrin’.  Anyways, we’ll keep ya’ll posted. We won’t be ‘round a lot this weekend, cuz of these things, but mommy did purromise to try to post at least an update after da deed on facebook. We of course will be here fur our regular Blest Sunday to tell you all ‘bout it. Anypawdy not followin’ us on facebook and wantin’ too, you can click da blue “Like” button on our facebook feed on da left sidebar here.

 

 

       Me will be purrin’ and purrayin’ fur ya’ sissy. You may be a pain’ in me’s behind, but you’re me’s pain, and me wants you back home soon.

 Raena in cat tree house with toy

Aaaaaaaaw Fank you sis Dezi.

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       Besides, it also means extra good treats. Anyways, we’ve gotta go so mommy can get ready fur hers ‘pointment. She could use some purrayers too. Da State mandated dat mommy and her doctor don’t know what’s bestest fur her and it’s been a really tough month fur mommy. So we’re purrayin’ somethin’ can be done to help her today. Anyways, we’re joinin’ Rascal and Rocco and their pawsum co-hosts fur da weekly Pet Parade. Check it out. We’re purrayin’ fur all our furiends, ‘specially those in da path of da storms. Stay safe and have a furtabulous weekend.

 Dezi on the cat tree looking down

 

 

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

 

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Raena: Navy Blue

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Deztinee and RaenaBelle 

Is That Tent For Us

Well it’s time to tell ya’ ‘bout a pawsum playmat you can pick up at Chewy fur Christmas. This month we were one of da lucky ones dat received da Kong active playmat tent. It’s made by Kong, so you know da quality is good and you can get it at Chewy so you know da purrice is good.

#Dezi the #serviceanimal sitting pretty with Kong play tent

This is really cool mommy. Me luvs da color.

 

Now da KongTriangle Playmat fur Cats is smaller than we ‘spected, but it’s still a lot of fun. And it’s purrple animal purrint. Dusn’t get much better than dat right? There’s a cute little mousey dat be attached and dangles when da mat is in da tent pawsition. And let me tell ya’ a little sumfin’ ‘bout da attachments on toys. They’re not all da same quality. But this little mousey is really a stand on it’s own toy. It’s a nice big nip filled soft mouse. Da mat/tent itself is very sturdy. It has 3 panels what fold to make da tent. There awe 2 velcro closures dat make it hold da tent shape. Da velcro holds very nicely. Now cuz we be a little on da larger side, we like it laid out flat too. Da inside is soft and plush and makes fur a gweat nappin’ spot. And hey, there’s dat little mousey in case you wanna whacky paw in your sleep. MOL  Sis Lexi and me give it a 4 paws up each. But what ‘bout mommy you ask?

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Well mommy sez it’s smaller size wuld lend itself to bein’ a gweat furst mat fur da new kitten, but it’s still gweat fun fur da bigger cats. And because of it’s size, it dusn’t take up a ton of room on da floor. As you know all kitties regardless of age and size can manage to fit themselves into da smallest of places. We’re a house full of purrple and animal purrint luvvers here, so we luv it’s look. And it’s made by Kong, so mommy knows it’s good quality. So mommy gives it 2 fumms up too.

#Lexi the #Serviceanimal with the #Kong Triangle Mat

Chewy has lots of gweat items fur all da furries in your life. And always at gweat purrices. They offer furee 1-2 day shippin’ on all orders of $49.00 or more. And don’t furget da auto ship purrogram. Never run out of your anipals food or supplies again. And we still say Chewy has da bestest customer service round. We sure do thank ‘em fur sendin’ us this pawsum mat to twy out and review. As wiff everythin’ we bwing you, we think your kitty wuld just luv it.

 

#Dezi the #Serviceanimal playing with the Kong Triangle mat

 

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi and Lexi

 

 

Sterile Cystitis: De-Stressing and Supplements

Well here we are with da final part of our mini series on Sterile Cystitis. In our furst post we talked ‘bout da pawssible causes. Our second post innerduced you to meez new food. We discussed da pawssibility dat Sterile Cystitis was partly caused by food, both dry and those containing too many carbohydrates which kitties systems can’t break down. Seems Veterinary medicine doesn’t actually know what causes Sterile Cystitis. But thru comparin’ da lives of those cats purrsentin’ with it they’ve made sum assumptions. Another of those is dat it be caused by stress.

Dezi on cat tree with paw outstretched

Get yous coffee, tea or whatever and sit back and let us splain what be workin’ fur us.

 

Well anypawdy who knows kitties knows dat we can get purrlenty stressed purretty quick over nothin’. And as most cat peeps know a kitty offen shows their stress thru their urine habits. Anyways, stress can be caused by numerous things like funder boomers. Or maybe a change in our house hold. You know, did you move dat chair from da livin’ room? Or did you bring home a new kitty or doggy? A new baby, a move, a new man or woman in your life, new work schedule or just plain ole boredom can cause your cat stress among other things.

 

So mommy changed meez food and gave me a supplement dat we found at Wysong to help lower meez urine pH, and then we had to work on meez stress levels. Meow mommy dat’s a lot of stuff to do.

Wysong Biotic pH- for urinary pH in cats

Well baby there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you. And yes, we did start with getting you off the Blue Buffalo kibbles, but knowing you were in pain, hurt me too and I wanted to get your urine pH down as quickly as possible. When I started my research we ended up at the Wysong website but not because of their food. That was a bonus. Wysong makes 2 supplements for urine pH. Both are called Biotic pH. There’s one for acidifying the urine and 1 for alkalizing the urine. Since Dezi’s urine pH was around 8-9 we needed to get it back down to the normal range. Having a urine pH that high meant she was at risk for developing stones and blockages. Ideally I would like to have Dezi do fine without any additional supplements, but as with medicines and supplements, sometimes you give something to get over a problem and then reassess. Thankfully the supplement is a powder that was sprinkled over her food and readily accepted. She ate it like a kid eats candy. But how do we know if it’s working?

Simple Solution Urinary Health Risk Indicator

To determine if Dezi’s urine pH was returning to normal we needed to test it. That meant either going back to the vet and paying for another urinalysis or testing it myself. Thankfully many advancements have been made in urine testing for cats because Dezi is the cat that would refuse to pee if I were standing there holding a test strip under her while she used the litter box. I researched testers extensively as well as ways to collect the urine and finally settled on a litter additive. Simple Solution makes a product that specifically tests urine pH when mixed with any litter you currently use. Since Sterile Cystitis can be an ongoing issue, and we’ll need to keep an eye on Dezi’s urine pH, I bought a couple of bags to start.

Litter box with Simple Solution and Swheatscoop

Those little green things be da Simple Solution.

I poured some Simple Solution crystals in the area where Dezi urinates and waited (they are now mixed in throughout the litter which will happen with the cats’ digging and does not affect the accuracy of the crystals or their ability to work). I didn’t have to wait long because the additive seemed to intrigue her. When she left the box, I was holding my breath. Dezi had been on the new food and supplement for a couple of days. I know you’re all thinking it was too soon and I was expecting a miracle. Maybe I was. I believe in miracles and so many people had been praying for her, so I checked the litter. Alright, it wasn’t perfect. It was a nice shade of lilac, not the color I wanted. But it had only been a couple of days, and at least it wasn’t deep purple which is where it would have been the day she was diagnosed. Another meal down, more fluids and the next time Dezi used the litter box the crystals didn’t change color at all. We were there. Her urine pH was finally normal again. My little girl was no longer in pain. Insert in your mind, a photo of mommy smiling from ear to ear with tears of joy streaming down my face.

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The next step was and is to work on Dezi’s stress levels. To do that we’ve been taking some days off the computer to hang out together and play and go for strolls. Dezi loves to play and she really likes to go out and see people and things. Kitties that lay around and sleep all the time can be stressed. Altho’ cats do sleep more than most species, they need enrichment during their waking hours. Their ancestors had to hunt for their food, so a little playtime before a meal can be beneficial. And altho’ I don’t believe any cat should be outside unattended, there’s a benefit to fresh air and sunshine. So invest in a good harness and leash and take the time to train your cats to use it. I have always preferred those harnesses made more like clothing as opposed to the strappy ones. A cat feels more secure when wrapped and even tho’ they may not like the harness at first, they will grow accustom to it and even someday enjoy it. We also use a stroller for going out. I’ll tell you they are a great investment. A way to take kitty out while keeping them completely protected.

Dezi playing with wand toy and standing on back legs

The last thing we added is a calming aid. Some of you know we’ve tried the Thundershirt, Feliway and Bach’s Flower Essences, as well as a few other brands of treats and drops to no avail. Dezi hates storms, the lawn crew, fireworks, and most other loud and obnoxious noises. I searched and read and even made calls looking for something that might work. I will say that we don’t know if any of the calming treats on the market actually work because Dezi won’t eat them. When it comes to treats, she only wants freeze dried meat and unfortunately nobody makes a calming freeze dried chicken breast treat.

Beaphar Calming Spot On for cats

Anyways, we found a spot on from a company across the pond on amazon called Beaphar. They make calming collars, pills, and a spot on that is supposed to work for a week, among other products. The only ingredient in this spot on is Valerian. It comes in a box of 3 tubes much like a flea treatment. Instead of applying between the shoulders, this is applied between the ears and becomes effective within an hour of application. We’ve had a few storms since we started using it, and Dezi did much better. She did finally hide, but not at the first sign or crack of thunder. And she came out when I called her. I didn’t expect a spot on to work miracles; and part of being calm during these stressful events is acclimation. If Dezi has something that can help keep her calm long enough she can become accustomed to them and eventually not hide at all.

 

So all in all I’m happy with the results. I don’t like the price, but is there anything we won’t do for our babies? Right now a box of 3 Beaphar Calming spot on is selling for $7.50 – $10.00. The first ones we bought were $14.00. So the price varies and is a bit high, but the product works. If you’re having trouble and the other calming products don’t work for you either, then you might want to give this a try. I would like to note that we purchased all of these products ourselves.

Dezi in beach scene, have a wonderful weekend

Fanks fur ‘splainin’ everything mommy. Me luvs da new food. And mommy wanted me to tell ya’ dat me dusn’t take da Biotic pH – anymore, but will again ifin me needs it. And da little green crystals in meez pawdee box awe kinda cool. As fur da spot on, meez not sure me likes havin’ an oily head fur a day, but hey, those storms don’t seem quite as bad anymore. And meez really luvvin’ da extra time weez spendin’ togevver. Me luvs you mommy, and fanks fur duin’ so much to make me well.

 

As we do every weekend, weez joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da Pet Parade. And stay tuned Monday cuz weez gunna be havin’ a give away.

 

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

 

Dezi = Blue

Mommy = Black

Red = Links

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi and Lexi        

 

 

 

 

 

National Cat Day in Pictures

It’s National Cat Day. We’re also celebratin’ at da Tabby Cat Club wiff a favorite foto. So we wrote our postys yesfurday and mommy even scheduled them. BUT, she furgot to tell them where to post. MOL  See we use dat Windows Live Writer we told ya’ ‘bout last year to write most all our posts. And weez connected boff Deziz World and da TCC to it. Ifin we only write one posty it automatically posts here by default, but parently when you write more than one dat be scheduled to go up at da same time…well catputers can’t think or read minds. MOL  You’ve gotta tell ‘em what to do kinda like a child. MOL  So here we are a little late, but we wuldn’t not celebrate a day set aside just fur da feline kind. Weez postin’ sum of our favorite moments in pictures. Check out da TCC fur more pawsum kitty cat fotos. 

Here sissy, lookit what we got.
Here sissy, lookit what we got.

You just saw this foto, but it’s already a favorite cuz it shows da two of us togevver.

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Close up and purrsonal wiff meez gawjus sissy. 

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Dat Lexi duz luv to travel.

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And of course no favorite foto post wuld be complete wiffout a foto of me duin’ meez favorite thing; Nappin’ in mommy’s lap.

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Dezi and Lexi

Technology Be Fun

Well while purrparin’ fur our quote posty yesfurday we wealized how offen we all use quotes in our ever day speakin’. And how little we may know ‘bout where they originated fwum. Mommy sez she members havin’ to do sumfin’ similar way back when she was in da fiff gwade. Back when dinosaurs roamed da earff and there was no such fing as da innernet. She members attwibutin’ all hers quote to hers birff father ‘cept da ones dat came fwum da Bible. Funny fing is, eever she was wight (NOT) or da teacher just didn’t have da heart to tell her she was wrong, cuz she got an A on da purrject. MOL

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In this new era quotes awe givin’ way to hashtags. What will da future hold fur kids comin’ up today? We figger lots of ya’ will member fings like, “Walk softly and carry a big stick,” or da ever famous, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” You know da weally famous quotes dat had a hand in changin’ our countwy. Now don’t get us wrong, weez weally enjoyin’ da catputer age; we just hate all dat be getting’ lost in da vacuum. But let me show ya’ sum fotos of me enjoyin’ da new technology. There’s a video too, but it’s weally dawrk and mommy didn’t have nuff time to edit it afur this posty. So weez’ll show it to you anuvver time.

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi and Lexi

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