Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Age for Litter Boxes - Giveaway

Let's talk privacy issues when we kitties need to go do our business.  There are all types of litter boxes available for our preferences and it's important to find a box that is satisfactory for both kitties and humans.  We know some of you prefer open litter boxes and some of you are like us an prefer the closed boxes.  The problem with many of the closed litter boxes is that they are small and dark!  We have an enclosed wooden litter box that Mom Paula bought for Sweet Praline that blended into the carpet and decor of our house when she moved in.  Mom Paula loves this litter box because it does blend in and it's easy to clean.  The disadvantages are that it's very heavy, dark inside, and we love to scratch on the carpet so it's wearing out.  The box is not longer made, so Mom Paula began the search for a new litter box about a  year ago.

ecoFLEX Habitat N’ Home Jumbo Litter Loo

Disclosure:  We received a ecoFLEX Jumbo Litter Loo and a Scoopy the Cat Litter Scoop Holder from New Age Pet for free in exchange for our fair and honest review.  New Age Pet 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.

While Mom Paula was attending Global Pet Expo last March, she met the wonderful people at New Age Pet.  They make a lot of enclosures for animals for both indoors and outside.  She was impressed with the Habitat N' Home™ line of products, especially the ecoFLEX™ Habitat N' Home Litter Loo, which is a fancy litter box that also serves as a piece of furniture. The ecoFLEX Habitat N' Home Litter Loo and Jumbo Litter Loo are made of a blend of recycled polymers and wood by-products known as ecoFLEX.
Truffle inside the Jumbo Litter Loo and Brulee beside the Scoopy Cat litter scoop

What is ecoFLEX™?  ecoFLEX is made through a process of reducing clean, recycled polymers and reclaimed wood by-products from the manufacture of hardwood furniture frames into a flour-like consistency.  This material is mixed with UV inhibitors and color blending compounds and granulated into a form that is used to mold the parts that are used to make the various ecoFLEX-based products.  The recycled polymers are imported from the United States and Western Europe where prior use can be verified or they come from the ecoFlex factory's post industrial scrap.  The wood is predominantly Poplar, which is a hardwood.
Photos courtesy New Age Pet

The ecoFLEX Habitat N' Home Litter Loo is available in two sizes as seen in the photo above.  The Jumbo Litter Loo is approximately 6-7 inches taller and 6-8 inches wider than the Litter Loo.  Both products are made from ecoFLEX which keeps moisture from absorbing into the wood if your cat misses the litter box.  All you need to do if this happens is to wipe the moisture away.  Both products double as a functional end table and can be used as an enclosed pet house (Truffle and Brulee loved resting inside the Jumbo Litter Loo prior to placing the litter box inside).  The materials of the Litter Loo help make it resistant to moisture, warping, cracking, and splitting.  The Litter Loo features a fold down front door (easy for cleaning) and two side vents on each side for proper ventilation (also allows light inside).  There are no tools required to put the Litter Loo together and it took about 30-45 minutes for Mom Paula to get it set up.  The Jumbo Litter Loo accommodates most self-cleaning litter boxes and includes a cord protector in the back to hide the cords.  There is a limited manufacturer's 10-year warranty.
Truffle exits the Jumbo Litter Loo

The Litter Loo is available in three colors:  espresso, russet, and antique white.  The smaller Litter Loo will hold a standard litter box and the Jumbo Litter Loo can hold some of the self-cleaning litter boxes.  Mom Paula put a high-back, large litter pan inside the Jumbo Litter Loo and there is plenty of room on both sides.  She'll probably purchase a jumbo litter pan in the future.  Even though the product advertises it doesn't soak into the floor, we'll probably add a small mat under the litter box to catch loose litter.  To find retailers near you who sell the New Age Pet products, you can visit the webpage for a list.
Inside of the Jumbo Litter Loo

We currently have the Jumbo Litter Loo in the middle of our living room until Mom Paula finishes cleaning out her home office.  The Jumbo Litter Loo is a large piece of furniture, so you'd need to measure to find the the perfect location in your home.  As you can see from the video below, Truffle has plenty of privacy to use the facilities and it's easy for her to exit the box.  The front door attaches by two magnets at the top.  If you have a kitty that is hesitant entering the smaller entrance or who needs a more open litter box, you could leave the door open or not put it on when assembling.

We also received the Scoopy the Cat™ Litter Scoop Holder.  This litter scoop holder is in the shape of a Siamese cat and comes in black and white.  If you're like us, we tend to put our litter scoops on top of the litter box, which is not very attractive.  The Scoopy the Cat litter scoop holder includes a high quality scoop.  It's made of plastic and is washable.  There is a one-year warranty that covers workmanship and material quality.

We're extremely happy and impressed with our Jumbo Litter Loo and highly recommend this for the felines in your life.


We are thrilled that the wonderful people from New Age Pet are allowing us to host a giveaway for a Litter Loo of  your choice (size and color) and a Scoopy the Cat Litter Scoop Holder of your choice of color as as  part of our 5th blogoversary celebration.  No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to residents 18+ of the United States, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from July 26 - August 2, 2016  at 11:59pm ET. A single winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book! Good Luck!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Taking it Easy on the Ess

Brulee loves to relax on her Ess scratcher.  She literally sits on the bottom curve and rests her front paws on the top.   Mom Paula can always depend on looking down at the floor (when watching TV) and seeing Brulee resting there staring at her.  We can't get a good and clear photo because our chain that turns on the light in the ceiling fan is broken, so we have to use the flash or the iPhone for most of these photos.  So, you can't get an idea of her beautiful green eyes and silver fur here.  However, Mom Paula promises she'll learn how to use her new camera and get the light switch fixed.
Brulee taking it easy on her Ess scratcher


  • Congratulations to Robin Mudge from Playful Kitty for winning the $50 credit to an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital of her choice.
  • Enter our giveaway for a prize package of Ciao Churu Purees and Grilled Fillets for 2 winners. Giveaway ends July 29.
  • New giveaway celebrating our 5th blogoversary tomorrow!  Stay tuned!

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

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


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).


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!