Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Getting Into Mischief

Even though we are indoor only kitties, all of this rain is making us "stir-crazy" and Truffle is up to her mischievous self.  Mom Paula had a major report due last Friday and finally completed the 2016 Cat Calendar yesterday, so there was all kind of "junk" where Truffle usually supervises.
What do you mean I can't get into this?  It's in my way!

There are still problems surrounding us with flooding because many of the damns from the local lakes and ponds are giving away.  Much of Columbia doesn't have water and those who do are told to boil it before using it.  Mom Paula's office is closed again today due to the danger of the roads and the lack of water.  We like having her home with us, but she also needs to make the green papers to keep us in the life style we're accustomed to living.
Graphic compliments of Ann from Zoolatry

Update on Brulee:  

We did not go to the vet yesterday because of the dangerous roads.  To our surprise, our vet, Dr. Keisler, called Mom Paula yesterday to check on Brulee.  She was reviewing the x-rays and bloodwork and said there was really nothing to worry about and there was no need to bring us in unless things got worse.  Dr. Keisler is going to order some l-lysine for us to take to see if we can get rid of this virus.  Thank you for all of your purrs, prayers, and good thoughts.

2016 Cat Calendar

Mom Paula completed the cat calendar yesterday and has submitted it to the publisher.  She's ordered a proof copy and it should be here in about 7-10 days.  Once everything is finalized, we'll share the link to order your full-color weekly planner.  Here's a sneak peek at the cover, which was designed by our friend, Ann, from Zoolatry and a couple of the collages in the calendar.  Mom Paula added the gold frame around the cover so it wouldn't blend in with the background.  We're really excited to share this with everyone in a couple of weeks.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Big Flood

First of all, we want everyone to know that we are okay.  Our house is on a little higher ground, so we didn't have any flooding or damage.  However, the flood in the Columbia and Lexington area in South Carolina was of historic proportions.  You can read more about the record-breaking floods here.
Isn't this an abnormal amount of rain?

We only had a few puddles around our yard, but the ground is really wet.  So far, we've only had spurts where the electricity went out, but we're so thankful we're okay.
Front Yard

Back Yard

Here are a couple of photos of roads within five miles from us.  Mom Paula's office is closed tomorrow because of flooding, roads being closed, and concern for rising rivers under major bridges leading into downtown Columbia.  The weather service is calling for more rain today.
These photos came from people in the Columbia and Lexington area posting on Facebook.

Pee ess - If the vet's office is open today and the roads are passable, Mom Paula is going to take us both in for a check up with this virus.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Selfie

It's been an exhausting week this past week, especially the last few days.  Brulee is slowly feeling better and things are beginning to calm down at the house.  Truffle is still a little apprehensive about the "new" smells of Brulee, but she is okay if she can rest in front of Mom Paula at the computer.  So, for our participation in The Cat on My Head's Sunday Selfie, Truffle is combining Easy Sunday with a Sunday Selfie.
Truffle has found the purrfect way to keep Mom Paula from working

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Caturday Art

For today's Caturday Art graphic, we showed Brulee getting her steam neubulizer treatment.  Mom Paula turns on the shower to totally hot water and sits with Brulee for about 10 minutes to help clear up her URI.  We added the little hearts from PicMonkey to show the love Mom Paula is giving to Brulee to help her get better.
Brulee:  Just as long as you don't put me IN the shower.

Thank you for all of your purrs, prayers, and good thoughts.  Brulee is beginning to feel a little better.  Truffle is still in hiding because she doesn't like Brulee's "vet" smells yet.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Purrs for Brulee

Mom Paula got home last night and noticed Brulee was sneezing and was having some difficulty breathing.  Brulee wouldn't eat a treat, vomited, and then hid where Mom Paula almost had a heart attack trying to find her.  Mom Paula knew this wasn't normal, so she immediately scooped up Brulee, put her in the PTU, and off to the emergency vet they went at 10:00 PM.
Poor little sick Brulee waiting in her SleepyPod in the examining room.

Brulee was running a fever, sneezing, and breathing a little fast.  The vet came in about 1 1/2 hours later and examined Brulee.  The vet believes Brulee has an upper respiratory infection and when Mom Paula told her that Truffle had the eye infection in July, the vet thinks they are passing the Herpes virus back and forth, but have different symptoms.  The vet was concerned about Brulee's rapid breathing and recommended tests.  Even though they were expensive, Mom Paula agreed, since Brulee had the same thing about 6 months ago.
Brulee waiting on the examination table for the vet.

The x-rays and bloodwork and everything was pretty normal (a few levels were high or low, but she thought it may be stress).  Brulee was given medication for the nausea, some sub-Q fluids, and sent home three days of medication with instructions to sit in a steamy bathroom and use the humidifier again.  She recommended Brulee go to our regular vet Monday for followup.  Mom Paula will probably take both of us to make sure we're okay.  The vet recommended Mom Paula talk to our regular vet about giving us lysine to get rid of this virus.  Brulee and Mom Paula got home around 3:30 AM.

We'd appreciate your purrs, prayers, and good thoughts.

Pee ess - Mom Paula is having a nerve test on her left hand today.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's Toctober

Brulee can't believe Mom Paula had the nerve to buy something like this and then proceed to put it on her.  She was quick to give Mom Paula the back of respect.  But, everyone is able to see Brulee's cute little tocks just in time for Tocktober!
"Somebody needs to brush my tail"

Mom Paula hasn't tried to put it on Truffle yet...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Going Wild with #InstinctRaw

Mom Paula was a little "old fashioned" about our cat food when we first came to live with her. Originally, she only fed us kibble because that's what she thought cats were supposed to eat.  We slowly transitioned to eating canned food from once a week to everyday and eventually moved to healthy, no-grain, high-protein canned food.  As part of the BlogPaws community and Cat Blogosphere, we began hearing about feeding raw food to cats.  Mom Paula always thought feeding raw food to us was dangerous, so she was very surprised to hear that human parents were recommending feeding raw to their pets.  She knew she didn't have the time to grind everything herself, so thought feeding us raw wasn't possible until she heard about Nature's Variety® Instinct® Raw bites.
Instinct® Raw bites can be found in the freezer at your local PetSmart®

PetSmart® is now carrying Instinct® Raw Bites in the freezer at their stores.  We called ahead to see if our local PetSmart was carrying the cat Raw Bites before sending Mom Paula to get us some to try. She found two (Rabbit and Chicken) of the four flavors (Rabbit, Chicken, Duck, and Tuna) and brought them home for us to try. 
 Truffle was instantly drawn to the Instinct Raw bites

We've eaten other Instinct Raw products (treats and mixers) in the past, so Mom Paula thought this would be an easy transition for us.  We've heard about the benefits of eating raw, such as, healthy skin and coat, optimal digestion, healthy teeth and gums, relief from food sensitivities, and ideal body weight.  Since the Instinct Raw bites come frozen and don't require any preparation time, Mom Paula thought this would be an easy way for us to incorporate more raw in our diets and possibly move to a totally raw diet.
Truffle wasn't too sure about her new food at first

Since we'd eaten some of the Instinct Raw treats and mixers, Mom Paula decided to let us try the Instinct Raw bites as a little snack.  She pulled out a small amount and allowed them to thaw for a few minutes, just enough to make them palatable .  She even put the Instinct Raw bites on the fine china!  At first, we just looked at it, sniffed it, and walked away.  Mom Paula put on her thinking cap and decided to break up one of the bites and put it in her hand to see if we'd try it.
Eating out of Mom Paula's hand enticed Truffle to try the Instinct Raw bites

Truffle took a couple of whiffs and then began eating the Instinct Raw bites from Mom Paula's hand. After a couple more bites, Mom Paula put the plate back in front of Truffle and she began eating. The texture was a little different and it took her a little longer to eat, but she appeared to really like it. Brulee wasn't really too interested in the Raw bites, but Mom Paula is going to try to mix some in with Brulee's favorite wet food. 
Truffle picking up the Instinct Raw bites with her tongue to eat

Instinct Raw bites for cats is a great answer for humans who want to give their cats a raw diet, but don't have the time or tools to make raw food from scratch.  If you'd like to try Instinct Raw bites, you can get a $3 off coupon at http://www.instinctpetfood.com/getraw.  
You can find out more about Instinct Raw bites by visiting their website.  If you need to locate a pet store near you that carries Instinct Raw bites, you can search here.  

If you'd like to get social with Instinct Raw, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Convenient Way to Integrate Raw in Our Diet

We were contacted by Chewy.com to review Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers.  We are already fans of the Raw Boost treats, so were excited to see how we liked the food topper formula.
Truffle is guarding the Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

Instinct® Raw Boost Mixers are formuled to mirror our ancestral diet.  The Raw Boost Mixers make it easier to add protein-packed raw to to our regular kibble for health an vitality because they are in a convenient, safe, and delicious form.  These Mixers are all natural, grain-free, and freeze-dried.  They are available in two flavors:  chicken and rabbit. 
Brulee trying to get into the bag

The Instinct Raw Boost Mixers are really easy to integrate a raw diet into our mealtime.  All Mom Paula had to do was add the Mixers on top of our kibble.  The Mixers aren't required to stay frozen, which makes it easy to eat them without delay.  The Mixers were so much like the treats we eat all the time that we immediately at them with our kibble.  In fact, when Mom Paula came back to see if we'd eaten the Instinct Mixers, the only thing left in the bowl was the kibble.
Brulee and Truffle love the Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

The key benefits of enhancing our kibble with the Instinct Raw Boost Mixers are
  • Great topper for kibble
  • High quality, raw nutrition in a convenient and easy-to-serve form
  • Pure protein for lean muscles and strong bones
  • Natural ingredients for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Nutritious oils for healthy skin and coat
  • Freeze dried and all-natural for an irresistible taste
  • Grain-free and gluten-free
  • No artificial colors or preservatives
Brulee enjoying her Raw Boost Mixers

We were very pleased with the taste and convenience of the Instinct Raw Boost Mixers chicken flavor ($10.25).  We are looking forward to trying the rabbit formula ($11.96).  You can get both flavors at chewy.com. We'll add the Mixers to our orders from Chewy in the future.

The Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers were a huge hit with us.  We definitely give it four paws up!

We received Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers in exchange for our fair and honest review as part of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program.  All opinions are our own.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Selfie

Truffle is participating in the Sunday Selfie today.

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You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Caturday Art

We played around with pho.to.com and PicMonkey for today's Caturday Art Blog Hop.  We messed with so many effects and forgot to write them down, so we can't help you duplicate our design today. This photo was of Truffle checking out her new PTU, so we thought the cat claws scratching the photo were purrfect.

Here is the original graphic from pho.to.com prior to messing around with PicMonkey.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

It's Friday

It's Friday, so it's time to kick back and relax for the weekend.
Truffle playing with her kathy ireland® toy

Happy 20th Birthday at the Bridge

Sweet Praline would be 20 years old today.  We know she's having a blast at the bridge with all of our furriends who've left this Earth.  This photo is one of Mom Paula's favorites because it showed Sweet Praline's Persian "diva".  Happy Birthday to our special sister-before-us.

Note from Mom Paula:  It's hard to believe it's been 4 years since Praline left for the bridge.  There are times I still look for her walking down the hallway.  She sent me Truffle and Brulee, which I think is so special.  It took two kitties to replace her.  She'll always be in my heart.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Biting the Hand...

Mom Paula is having some problems with her paws!  Some of you may remember her fall on the rare ice storm we had in SC 1 1/2 years ago.  She landed on her left knee and hand.  Her knee was okay, but she messed up her wrist.  She went through PT for over 4 months and did great for a year.  About a month ago, she started getting extreme pain and some tingling in her fingers.  She's in a brace again and will have a nerve test next week.  Now, to add to this, she messed up her left knee bowling a couple of weeks ago.  There was an MRI last week and she sees the doctor today to see if she has a tear.  At least this brace doesn't interfere with scritches!
Truffle doesn't like this strange thing on Mom Paula's hand.