Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cool and Fresh Water

There's nothing like cool and fresh water.  Henry David Thoreau may have said that water is the only drink for a wise man, but plenty of water is also a necessity for us kitties.
Truffle drinks some refreshing and cool water from her Drinkwell Fountain.
This is not a sponsored post, but we have links in our post that connect to one of our pet fountains.

We received the Drinkwell 360™ Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Fountain from PetSafe® last month as part of Pet Hydration Month.  At first, Truffle wasn't drinking from the fountain (she usually drinks from a fountain with a stronger flow), so Mom Paula put the fountain in front of the AC vent during the hot summer days we've experienced this year.  Now, both Truffle and Brulee both love drinking from the fountain.  We like the cool water with the cool breeze blowing on us.  Mom Paula is pleased because she knows how important it is for us kitties to drink plenty of fresh water.

We don't know what we're going to do when the heat is turned on.  MOL!

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Little Taste of Hawaii #ChewyInfluencer

Truffle eating the Tiki Cat® Aloha Friends
Disclosure:  As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received a case of Tiki Cat® Brand Cat Food Aloha Friends for free in exchange for our fair and honest review.  Chewy.com 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 has always dreamed of going to Hawaii.  Everyone in her family has gone except her and she says it is on her bucket list once she retires.  We don't know what Hawaii is, but we were happy to receive a case of Tiki Cat® Brand Cat Food Aloha Friends to try this past month from Chewy.com.  We've had Tiki Cat products in the past and always liked them.  The first ingredient in the new Aloha Friends is fresh tuna.

The Tiki Cat Aloha Friends is available in five different flavors combined with fresh tuna.
  • Tuna with Shrimp & Pumpkin
  • Tuna with Calamari & Pumpkin
  • Tuna with Ocean Whitefish & Pumpkin
  • Tuna with Pumpkin
  • Tuna with Tilapia & Pumpkin

We don't eat tuna too often, but Mom Paula does give it to us once about every two weeks. We received the Tuna with Shrimp & Pumpkin in the pouch to sample this time. It will be obvious to your humans (and to us kitties) that tuna is in this food because the aroma of tuna permeates the room as soon as the pouch is opened.  Mom Paula likes that this food has pumpkin in all of the flavors because it's a gentle source of fiber that aids in digestion. The tuna is wild-caught, dolphin-safe that's been mercury tested for safety.  This food has no grains, gluten, or GMOs and is handpacked in human-grade facilities.
Truffle thinks the food tastes delicious

We wish we could show you photos of Brulee eating this food because she had "tuna stain" all over her cute little white mouth when she first began eating it.  She chose to eat her food under the kitchen chair behind one of Mom Paula's sweaters during the photo shoot.  Even though Brulee had "tuna face" she didn't eat too much of this food (everyone knows she is a little finicky).  Truffle ate about half of the food and then walked away.  We don't know if it was because of the shrimp or the pumpkin in this particular variety, but we didn't clean our plates. We're definitely going to give it another try.  Both of us have begun eating a little bit, walking away, and then coming back for more.  Mom Paula plans on donating any remaining pouches to a local shelter or to her nephews who have cats.

The Tiki Cat Aloha Friends come in pouches (case of 12) or cans (case of 12).  Chewy.com also offers a variety pack so you can try the different flavors.  They are both currently priced at $10.16 per case.  Chewy.com also offers 20% discount if you set up your first Autoship.  If you combine this with other cat supplies that total $49+, Chewy.com offers free 1-2 day shipping.  The customer service is excellent and we always enjoy the box!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - Sunday Selfies

Our Sunday Selfies today are in memory of all of Mom Paula's fur children who've left for the bridge.  We're are participating in Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, (sponsored by Zee and Zoey).  Mom Paula grew up with pets her entire life.  She's had birds, a turtle, fish, chickens, dogs, and cats.  Each has made an impact on her life and she can't imagine her life without them.  The first 19 years of her life were mainly spent with dogs and the last 40 years have been with cats.  We hope you enjoy our little trip down memory lane.
Sweet Praline, Muff, and Beignet

Mom Paula recently shared detailed posts remembering Sweet Praline and Beignet  since this year was the 5th anniversary of them leaving for the bridge.  We really haven't shared much about Muff, but she was Mom Paula's first cat. 

Muff was the first kitty Mom Paula ever had.  She'd grown up with dogs the first 20 years of her life. When she got married, she wanted a pet, but her husband didn't like dogs, so Mom Paula said she wanted a cat, but the cat would stay indoors to stay safe.  Muff was "rescued" from underneath a mobile home in rural South Carolina.  She wasn't feral, but was the kitten from a mom kitty who belonged to of one of Mom Paula's college classmates. Mom Paula immediately fell in love and wondered why she never had a cat.  Muff was a destructive little kitty and never agreed to use a scratcher for her claws.  She preferred to destroy two different sofas, but we're proud to say Muff kept her claws. As Muff became a senior kitty, she would lay down beside Mom Paula for an afternoon nap after Mom Paula would get home from a long day of teaching.  When Mom Paula and her ex would get into fights (verbal), Muff would always walk in between their feet, look up at them, and meow loudly.  That usually gave Mom Paula a laugh and their focus went to Muff.  Muff developed chronic renal failure (CRF) at about 15 years old.  When Mom Paula and her ex separated, he asked who would get Muff.  Mom Paula's exact words were, "if I'm going to lose both of you, then I'd rather it be at the same time."  She said this because the vet had only given Muff a short time to live.  Muff fought the valiant fight for almost 5 more years before leaving for the bridge one month prior to Mom Paula's divorce (after 21 years of marriage).  Mom Paula never got to say goodbye and that always makes her sad, but she does remember that fun times with her first little fur child.  Muff was 19 years old when she left in 1996.

Mom Paula keeps searching for her old photo albums to share photos of the dogs she grew up with.  She was lucky to find some of them and scanned them for today's special post. We know there are some better photos of Tiny, but this is the only one she could find.  Fond memories of:

Tiny - Collie (1960s)

Chin - Pekingese (1970s)

Cheena - Pekingese (1970s - 1980s)

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You can see more Rainbow Remembrance Day (Zee and Zoey) posts and Sunday Selfies (The Cat on My Head) posts by visiting the links.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Brulee!

Today is Brulee's 5th birthday!  Our cute and quirky little girl has grown into a beautiful ladycat.
Graphic courtesy Zoolatry

Mom Paula:  I told you the story a few days ago of Truffle's little brother, Beignet, leaving for the bridge at 11 weeks of age.  I was so depressed.  I'd been on an emotional roller coaster for the past 6 months:  Sweet Praline's diagnosis of cancer, losing her one month later, making the decision to bring two new kittens in my life, having Truffle and Beignet choose me, the anxiety of waiting for the new furchildren, and then losing Beignet one week before he was scheduled to come live with me.  Even though it was a sad time, God knew what he was doing because little Brulee was born 4 days later and would eventually choose to come live with Truffle and me.
Photo courtesy Terri Rogers
August 27, 2011

Brulee was in a litter of 4 silver shaded kittens who were born to Mikayla.  Mikayla is a beautiful golden shaded Persian, which is in the same color classification of shaded Persians with the silver shaded Persians.  Brulee had the same daddy cat as Truffle, so they are half siblings.  I think it's so amazing that the silver shaded Persians are born looking like little tabbies.
Photo courtesy Terri Rogers
Brulee - 3 weeks old

To be honest, I still wasn't quite sure I was going to get  a second kitten.  I think I was so afraid of losing another one that I hesitated.  Terri was very patient with me and told me that I had first choice and we could decide by the time they were 6 weeks old.  I received Brulee's first glamour photo at 3 weeks of age.  Her darker coat was beginning to lighten and she had that Persian pout.
Photo courtesy Terri Rogers
Brulee- 5 weeks

Brulee's glamour photo at 5 weeks was a big surprise for me.  I hadn't seen a photo of her in a couple of weeks and I couldn't believe how much she'd grown.  Her fur was gorgeous, she had the round face of a Persian, and she had the cutest little brick red nose (which is standard for the silver shaded Persians).
Photo courtesy Terri Rogers
Brulee - 6 weeks

By the time Brulee was 6 weeks old, I finally told Terri that I did want a second kitten.  When I went down to visit, Brulee really wasn't my first choice.  I didn't take any photos of the kittens that day because it was the first day they'd been out in the front of the house after going to their first vet appointment.  I was the first person (besides the vet) who'd been around the kittens except for Terri's family. I played with another female kitten who looked very similar to Truffle and had Truffle's personality and the little male kitten, who was adorable.  I stayed about 3 hours with the kittens and towards the end of my visit, I told Terri I had no idea which kitten would come home with me. However, Brulee did something about 10 minutes before I left to make an impression on me.
Mom Paula and Brulee - October 21, 2011

There was a little kitten who was off to the side sleeping the entire time I was visiting.  Towards the end of the visit, she walked over to where we were sitting on the floor and rolled over and let Terri rub her belly.  I commented to Terri that she looked different from the others and Terri said she had a flatter face.  I reached over to tickle Brulee's little belly and she reached over with her paw and tapped me on the arm.  I said, "you want to make sure I remember you, don't you?"  I told Terri I had no clue and she stressed that a decision needed to be made soon because other people were waiting to choose their new fur children.  I told Terri I would let her know within a couple of days.

It was a two hour drive back home that day.  The whole way back while I was thinking about the kittens, Brulee kept popping into my mind.  Little did I know, but she had already chosen me as her mom with that tap on the arm.  I poured over the photos of all the kittens once I got home and I kept going back to Brulee's photo.  Two days later, I emailed Terri that I'd chosen kitten #2.  Let me rephrase that, Kitten #2 chose me!
Brulee - 5  years old

Brulee has the cutest personality and can make me laugh with her little quirkiness.  She grew into a beautiful silver shaded Persian who is a challenge to keep groomed because of her cottony-soft fur and big eyes that drain all the time.  She gets along with Truffle about like you'd expect sisters to do. At times I think they tolerate each other because both love me.  They aren't real cuddlers to each other, but they do seem to enjoy each other's company and tend to stay near me.  Brulee is becoming more of a love bug this past year, but on her terms.  I'm so happy she chose to be part of our little family.

Happy 5th Birthday, Cutie Pie!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Flashback Friday - Brulee

Brulee is a gorgeous silver shaded Persian now, but she has such a cute and quirky personality.  She can look at you in that special way and make you smile.  Her mom, Mikayla, is the same way.  We wanted to revisit this video we shared back in June 2012 (Brulee was still a kitten).  Brulee reminds Mom Paula of a Jack-in-the-Box the way she pops up from the trashcan.  We hope we can bring a smile to your face as you watch it.

Mom Paula:  Both of the girls always loved playing in this trashcan.  It got to the point where I couldn't keep trash in it because they were always jumping in and turning it over.  I finally put it in a tight space behind my chair and now it's full of papers.  Perhaps, I should rethink this because I'd love to look down and see this cute face staring up at me again.
Brulee at 8 months - 2012