Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Selfie

Mom Paula bought these awesome catnip bubbles for us.  When Grandma Faye came over last week, we had a great time playing with them.  Truffle even stood on her hind legs to try to catch them.  We hope everyone has a very restful Sunday.
Truffle trying to capture the catnip bubbles

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Giveaway

Don't forget to enter our current giveaway by visiting the links below.  Stay tuned for more exciting 5th blogoversary giveaways this week.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Staying Hydrated in the Southern Heat - #PetHydrationMonth

July is one of the hottest months in South Carolina.  We've already had six days that were 100+ degrees and the forecast is for at least four days in the 100s before July ends.  When it gets this hot, it's very important to stay hydrated.  PetSafe® has designated July as National Pet Hydration Month to help educate pet parents about the importance of proper hydration year round.
Turn on the faucet - I'm thirsty!

Did you know that 80% of a cat's body is made up of water compared to 55-60% in a human?  Pets need to drink one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day?  It's important for us to get proper hydration each day to maintain our heath and avoid trips to the vet.  Getting proper hydration can help

  • prevent urinary tract infections and urinary disease
  • aid with energy levels and temperature regulation
  • speed recovery time from sickness or surgery

PetSafe brand has developed a infographic to help pet parents determine how much water their fur children need each day based on their body weight.  The infographic also outlines four easy steps to keep pets hydrated in the heat of the summer.
Infographic courtesy PetSafe

Living in the South is even more difficult for us because of our long fur, which we keep all year (we are not shaved).  We turn on our AC in March (sometimes earlier) and it stays on until November (or later) and our ceiling fans run 24/7 all year.  During the hot summer months, you can find us resting directly below the AC vents or the ceiling fans. We have little direct sunlight, but Mom Paula usually keeps the blinds closed during the day to provide shade in the house.  Cats are notorious for not drinking enough water, so pet parents should consider adding water to dry food and provide provide plenty of wet food because of its moisture content.  The most important thing is to have plenty of water available for pets to drink.  We encourage pet parents to consider pet fountains.  We were lucky that our first mom had pet fountains in her home, so we were introduced to them as kittens.  There are many varieties of pet fountains on the market and you should choose the fountain that meets the needs and desires of your kitties.
Brulee likes to drink from her Drinkwell® Sedona Fountain from PetSafe®

PetSafe brand offers a variety of fountains to meet the needs of pets.  Mom Paula had a Drinkwell® Platinum® Pet Fountain ready for us when we arrived five years ago.  It was humorous watching Truffle learn to drink from the fountain because of it's water flow.  The Platinum was our favorite because Truffle could drink from the waterfall and the bowl was wide enough for Brulee to drink. We had to stop using it because we developed feline acne from the plastic.  We received the Drinkwell® Sedona from PetSafe earlier this year to review and it's Brulee's favorite water fountain.  The water flows over the dome and the motor is extremely quiet.  The bowl is wide enough for Brulee to drink with her flat face.
PetSafe Drinkwell 360™ Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Fountain

Truffle prefers drinking from a stream of water.  We received the Drinkwell 360™ Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Fountain from PetSafe free to review as part of Pet Hydration Month.  The 360 Multi-Pet fountain is made of stainless steel (to help avoid feline acne) and holds 1 gallon of water.  The fountain comes with interchangeable spout rings that provide 1-5 water streams.  Mom Paula began with the four streams so we could drink water from any side of the fountain.  This fountain has a submersible pump for almost silent operation and a replaceable activated carbon filter to help remove bad tastes and odors.  The fountain is dishwasher safe (excluding the pump) and it best for cats and small/medium dogs.  The 360 Multi-Pet fountain is a large fountain, so you will need to find a good location in your home.  We have the PetSafe Pagoda Fountain that we shared with you in a previous blog post last year.  Mom Paula makes sure we have fountains in almost every room of the house to help us stay hydrated, especially during the hot months.  If your pet doesn't get enough water, she is in danger of dehydration.


Dehydration can occur when fluids in our bodies drop to less than the normal 80% as a result of reduced water intake or an increase loss of fluids.  Pet parents must be aware of the symptoms of dehydration that can occur anytime during the year.  Common symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Lack of energy
  • Excessive and ongoing panting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sunken, dry eyes
  • Dry and stick gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity
PetSafe brand has developed a how-to video (see above) to help pet parents administer a test to determine if their pet is dehydrated.  If dehydration is suspected, pet parents should take their cats and/or dogs to the veterinarian immediately where they can be closely monitored and receive IV fluids.  To get more information about proper pet hydration, please visit www.petsafe.net/water.
Truffle and Brulee, as kittens, with their Drinkwell Platinum® Fountain

We strongly encourage pet parents to consider a pet fountain for their cats and/or dogs.  We have a variety to satisfy our individual drinking preferences and the room location.  Even if you don't have a pet fountain, please have plenty of fresh drinking water available for your fur children.


Disclosure:  We received the Drinkwell 360™ Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Fountain for free as part of National Pet Hydration Month and in exchange for our fair and honest review.  PetSafe is not responsible for the contents of this post.  Sweet Purrfections only shares products and information we feel will be of interest to our readers.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Say Hello to Ciao™ Cat Treats - Review and Giveaway

We have some excellent treats to tell you about today!  Do your kitties like real strips of chicken or tuna?  Do they like a smooth puree they can eat directly from the package?  If so, say hello to Ciao™ Cat Treats.
Brulee and Truffle liked the puree so much, I couldn't get a clear photo of them eating it.
Disclosure:  We received samples of Ciao Cat Treats for free in exchange for our fair and honest review.  Ciao Cat Treats is not responsible for the contents of this post.  Sweet Purrfections only shares products and information we feel will be of interest to our readers.

Mom Paula attended Global Pet Expo this past Spring and heard about this exciting and new cat treat for cats.  Of course, she had to visit the booth to hear what all the commotion was about.  Ciao is one of the best selling brands of premium wet food and treats for cats in Japan and is now available in the United States.  Ciao is manufactured by a company who has been in business since 1834 and began launching pet brands in 1989.  The Ciao treats are prepared exclusively with human-quality ingredients are are grain-free and preservative-free.  Each treat contains green tea extract for antioxidant benefits.  The deep ocean tuna used in the treats is sustainably harvested and certified dolphin-safe.  The cage-free chicken is naturally raised on closely supervised farms.  Ciao treats come in two different forms that should satisfy even the finickiest of cats.
Photos courtesy of Ciao

The first form is the Ciao Churu™, which is a puree that you squeeze from a tub for us to lick like a popsicle.  Churu purees are made with chicken or ocean-caught tuna as the first ingredient.  The consistency is similar to yogurt or baby food, which would be great for kitties with tender mouths or as a topper for food to entice us to eat our food.  As soon as Mom Paula opened the tube (in fact, before it was fully opened), we immediately began licking the delicious puree.  Truffle couldn't get enough of the delicious puree and began biting the tube to get to it.  Mom Paula may consider serving this on a plate next time or on top of our food.  The Cio Churu purees come in five flavors:  tuna, tuna with chicken, chicken, tuna with scallop, and chicken with scallop.
Truffle and Brulee think the Churu purees are delicious.  Can you see the bite marks on the tube?

The second treat form from Ciao are the grilled fillets, which were Truffle's favorite.  This treat is made from hand-cut, responsibly harvested Pacific Ocean tuna and farm-raised chicken that has been lightly grilled and vacuum-packed in a savory broth.  The treat is a real strip of meat that is easily recognizable as chicken or tuna  (reminds us of some of the human commercials for chicken tenders).  The grilled chicken flavor looked so good that Mom Paula was tempted to taste it.  Mom Paula had to pull the strip apart into smaller pieces because because Truffle was eating it so fast, Mom Paula was afraid she may choke.   Mom Paula didn't feed us the whole fillet to us at one time because it was a large fillet.  She refrigerated the remaining portion for us to eat later.  If you have more than one kitty, the grilled fillet is the purrfect size to split among them.  There are eight varieties/flavors of the grilled fillets.  Ciao also has an "extra tender" version of the fillets for kitties who may have difficulty chewing. 
Photos courtesy Ciao
   
Mom Paula was able to get a video of Truffle eating the Grilled Chicken Fillet in Chicken Flavored Broth.  Truffle loved the taste so much that she literally sat up and begged for more.  


If you would like to learn more about Inaba Ciao cat treats, visit Inabaciao.com.  There is a store locator feature on the website to help you find a pet store near you that sells the treats. Ciao is also found on social media (links can be found on the website).




Giveaway


As a part of our 5th blogoversary celebration, the lovely people from Ciao™ have to let us host a giveaway for two lucky readers to win each of the flavors of both the Churu Purees and the Grilled Fillets.  This means you will receive 13 different flavors/varieties of the Ciao treats.  No purchase necessary.  Giveaway is open to residents 18+ years, who live in the United States, except where prohibited by law.  The giveaway will begin July 22 and end July 29 at 11:59 pm ET. Two winners will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and notified via email. There are several entry options once you complete the required entry of leaving a comment.  Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and new winners will be randomly chosen.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book.  Good luck!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thankful for BlogPaws Swag

It took Mom Paula long enough to get our BlogPaws swag.  She attended Blogpaws June 22-27.  She had our swag shipped, so it didn't arrive until a week later.  She then let it sit in the front foyer until this past weekend!  But, we have to tell you, it was definitely worth the wait!  We have new food and treats to sample and lots of kitty toys to play with.  Brulee liked one of the cat food pouches that she bit into it and Mom Paula had to serve it immediately because it was leaking on the floor.  We cleaned our bowls because it tasted so good.  Brulee quickly found the feathers and let Grandma Faye play with her.
Grandma Faye and Brulee testing out a feather toy

We have many more items to share with you, but we'll hold off for a little bit until we complete our 5th blogoversary celebration.  Stay tuned for more exciting giveaway opportunities.

Giveaway

Don't forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to receive a $50 credit for an AAHA-accredited veterinary practice of your choice (located in USA or Canada).  Giveaway ends July 24, 2016.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wordless Wednesday





Dr. Catsby's Whisker Relief Bowl Winners

Congratulations to Rebecca C, The Island Cats, and Linda S.  You can expect an email from us within the next day.

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