Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday Selfie

Mom Paula found out she has a spondylothesis in her lower back and she's trying to take it a little easier with the use of heat and cold. She begins PT this week. While resting the afternoon of the diagnosis, Truffle climbed onto the bed with Mom Paula and rested beside her with her paw on Mom Paula's arm. She stayed there a long time and it was the perfect selfie!

Truffle and Mom Paula
When Truffle decides to sleep next to Mom Paula, she insists on one of her paws touching Mom Paula.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Finally...A Use For All That Fur - Pet Tolerance Test

Truffle and Brulee were pretty healthy cats the first four years of their life. Beginning in 2015, Brulee was rushed to both Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital and the South Carolina Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Care with respiratory issues several times and it's occurred 1-2 times a year since then. Persians tend to have respiratory issues because of their brachycephalic faces and small nostrils. Brulee and Truffle are both considered "doll-faced" Persians and not "extreme-faced" but Brulee has much smaller nostrils and a flatter face. After Brulee's respiratory issues, Truffle began having some problems with her eyes. The vets think it could be either the herpes virus or allergies. Brulee also tends to sneeze throughout the year, but she's not sick!

Brulee's sample of fur that was submitted for the Pet Intolerance Test

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Together on Tuesday

Mom Paula loves waking up to this view in the morning. No matter how bad she feels or what is happening, seeing Truffle and Brulee first thing always brings a smile to her face and warmth in her heart.
Truffle and Brulee resting with Mom Paula

There's been a lot of sadness in the Cat Blogosphere this month. We've lost a lot of our feline friends to the Bridge and others are ill. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Caturday Art

It's Caturday and time to celebrate and have a little fun. It's also time to get creative with your photos and produce some Caturday Art.

Brulee and Truffle using the Picasso effect in LunaPic

For our Caturday Art creation, we used the Picasso effect found in LunaPic. The photo above is of Brulee and Truffle behind their Sleepypod® Air carrier which is located in the living room. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Eating with Jackson Galaxy

Everyone knows we are pampered Persian cats and have grown accustomed to being catered to. This doesn't stop when we are eating.

We've talked a lot about the challenge of feeding Truffle and Brulee because of their flatter faces. We've reviewed several bowls that successfully helped with whisker stress, especially for Brulee. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

International Cat Day

Today is International Cat Day (aka World Cat Day) and is a celebration which takes place on August 8, every year. It was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.  World Cat Day is celebrated on February 17th in much of Europe and on March 1st in Russia.
Truffle and Brulee reminding everyone that every day is cat day!

Of course, Truffle and Brulee want to remind everyone that every day should be Cat Day! 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Selfie

Do you wonder what Brulee and Truffle are saying to Mom Paula as they look at her from behind their Sleepypod® Air?

Brulee and Truffle dare Mom Paula to take them back to the vet

June and July were pretty rough for both Brulee and Truffle with illnesses. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Lift Away Stains #ChewyInfluencer

Have you ever wanted to tear up all of your carpet because of stains left by your fur children? Mom Paula has considered just that with us being sick so much lately. Short of ripping up the carpet, there is a solution that may work.

Truffle and Nature's Miracle® Oxy Formula

As many of you know, both Truffle and Brulee have had illnesses the last few months and both had some reactions to medications that caused them to get sick.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Truffle's Latest Vet Visit

As many of you know, Truffle has been going to the vet about every three weeks since April when she had her bladder surgery to remove bladder stones. She's had 3 urinalysis tests since her infection from the surgery and we've had difficulty getting her pH levels down with normal range and her getting her urine more dilute. She went back to the vet last week for another test.
Truffle in the red Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed before being strapped in

I think the girls have been going to the vet too much lately. They are a little more hesitant to get into their carriers the last few weeks. It's time to do some things to give them more positive feelings associated with their carriers again (we'll talk about this next month for Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday Selfie

Truffle poses for her Sunday Selfie

Truffle had a better report at the vet last week. We'll share more this week.

Friday, July 27, 2018

National Creme Brulee Day

Creme Brulee... Just what is this interesting sounding name? Creme Brulee is a mouth-watering creamy dessert. Creme brulee is also known as burnt cream, crema Catalana, and Trinity creme.  It is a dessert that consists of a rich custard base that is topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel and served at room temperature. National Creme Brulee Day is observed annually on July 27th!  Our own little Crystalpurrs Creme Brulee believes this day is set aside for her.

Head Shot of Brulee
Brulee - July 2018

We thought we'd have a little fun today and celebrate our quirky little beautiful Silver Shaded Persian, Brulee.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

Brulee and Truffle in their Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Beds

Quick note: Truffle goes back to the vet this morning for another urinalysis test. Please send positive thoughts for good results today.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

National Tell an Old Joke Day

We love these weird and funny celebrations on the calendar. Today is National Tell an Old Joke Day. Who doesn't remember the "Knock Knock" jokes and the "Why did the chicken cross the road?" joke? 

Brulee and Plush Clone Truffle
Brulee reacting to the Cuddle Clones® Plush Clone Truffle telling a joke

We thought this photo of Brulee looking at the Cuddle Clone® Plush Clone Truffle was a perfect representation of the reaction people get when they hear an old joke.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday Selfie

It's Sunday and time to take it easy. Mom Paula has a lot of work to do for the Cat Blogosphere, our blog, and a presentation for an upcoming South Carolina Gamecocks event. We think we'll just sit right in front of the computer so she'll pay attention to us.

Brulee and Truffle in front of computer monitor
Brulee and Truffle

We have a few announcement and giveaways coming up this week, so we hope you'll come back to visit!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Meow for NomNomNow

We've tried a lot of cat food during the 6 years of being adult cats with some successes and some failures. We've eaten canned food, wet food from pouches, freeze-dried food, frozen raw food, and kibble. We've never eaten freshly-made food developed by a certified veterinary nutritionist until now.

Brulee eating NomNomNow in her Dr. Catsby bowl
Finicky Brulee eating her Chicken Chow-Meow recipe from NomNomNow

Mom Paula remembers the type of food she feed her first cat over 40 years ago. The food came from the grocery store and was basic kibble and little research was known about appropriate nutrition for cats. The knowledge-base and research on appropriate nutrition for cats has come a long way, especially during the last decade. We're turning this post over to Mom Paula to talk about a new homemade cat food from NomNomNow.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Staying Hydrated with a Pet Fountain

July has been named Pet Hydration Month. We've share numerous photos over the years of Truffle and Brulee drinking from one of the pet fountains throughout the house. Now that Truffle had the surgery to remove bladder stones, having plenty of fresh water for her to drink is extremely important to help her avoid developing future stones.
Truffle with fountain and box
Truffle presenting the Pioneer Pet® Big Max™ Pet Fountain

Did you know that 80% of a cat's body is made up of water compared to 55-60% in a human?  

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Caturday Art

We wanted to have a little fun today, so we've decided to participate in the Caturday Art Blog Hop by creating a unique piece of artwork from one of our photos.
Truffle and Brulee using the Beauty effect in LunaPic

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Celebrating History; Embracing Change - 7th Blogoversary

Can you believe we've been blogging for 7 years today? It seems like yesterday when Mom Paula posted that first photo of Chloe and Zoey's kittens to announce to everyone that she would have some new kittens soon.

Sweet Purrfections 7th Blogoversary Graphic
Truffle and Brulee celebrating a rebranding on their 7th Blogoversary

As we think back on the past 7 years and look forward to many years to come, a theme came to mind for today's celebration and the future of our blog: Celebrating History; Embracing Change.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Staying Hydrated on Tongue Out Tuesday

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 health and avoid trips to the vet. 

Brulee drinking water from Sedona Fountain
Brulee drinking water from her Drinkwell® Sedona Fountain from PetSafe® 

Truffle and Brulee are provided plenty of fresh water throughout the house with multiple pet fountains. We'll share more about Pet Hydration Month this week, so stay tuned.

Brulee says at least she is getting hydrated while she participates in Tongue Out Tuesday.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Selfie

This Sunday is so much better than last Sunday! Last Sunday Morning, Mom Paula received a phone call from the vet at the Emergency Animal Hospital and Brulee was still running a fever and not eating. Brulee is home now and finished her last antibiotic last night. She's not as clingy as she was when she first came home, but she is staying near Mom Paula. The hissing and growling have stopped from Truffle and we hope she is finally on the mend. Mom Paula wants to break out in song, singing "Oh What a Beautiful Morning!" because she feels her little family is slowly getting back to normal. Speaking of a beautiful morning, look how well Brulee is looking this weekend compared to last weekend.

Brulee posing for her Sunday Selfie one week after being in the emergency animal hospital

Brulee came home surprisingly clean from the emergency animal hospital. Mom Paula mentioned this to the vet assistant who was checking her out and the assistant told Mom Paula they always try to clean up the animals; even giving them baths, if needed. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Together As a Family Again

Mom Paula is finally feeling up to helping us with our blog post for this week. We'll let you know what's happened since our last detailed post from Sunday, 7/1/18. We're finally "putting up" with each other without a bunch of growling and hissing, so we're back to our little family again.

Truffle and Brulee back together again, even though there is still a little hissing happening

Mom Paula: I finished the last post on Sunday with the fact that I'd heard from the vet and Brulee's fever had finally broken and going high and higher over two nights and days. The last phone call from Dr. McCann indicated that the fever had finally broken and there was no long any discolored nasal discharge, and that Brulee was eating a little of the kibble and treats.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Celebrating the 4th of July

We're celebrating not only because it's the birth of our country, the United States of America, but because both Truffle and Brulee are at home together and feeling better.

Brulee and Truffle celebrating the 4th of July

This is the closest Truffle has gotten to Brulee since she came home Monday. There was a hiss from Truffle, but not the growling she's had since Monday. We'll update everyone on their current status tomorrow.

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Update on Brulee

We wanted to wait until we received an update from the vet this afternoon before posting on Brulee.

Brulee at Emergency Veterinary Hospital during Mom Paula's visit

After the phone call from Dr. McCann yesterday afternoon, I decided to take some of the canned food, kibble, and treats that Brulee normally eats (everyone knows how finicky she is). I forgot to ask if I would be able to see her, but when I arrived, the receptionist told me I'd be able to visit with her in a room to see if she would eat from me. Brulee was in the middle of getting a breathing treatment.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Purrs for Truffle and Brulee

We thought we were going to have a nice and relaxing Caturday, but our visit to the veterinarian yesterday didn't turn out too well for either of us.

Truffle and Brulee are both ill

Truffle went to the vet yesterday for another urinalysis and Brulee was scheduled for her 3-year FVRCP vaccination.

Friday, June 29, 2018

National Camera Day

Today is National Camera Day! 

Cameras have come a long way since Mom Paula was a child. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Safe Space at Home & On the Go

We've talked about the importance of helping cats get acclimated to carriers in order to help them feel more comfortable when you need to take them to the vet. We already have some special carriers we keep out all the time to use as our beds and it helps to let us travel to the vet with less drama.

Mom Paula was introduced to a new expandable cat carrier when she attended Global Pet Expo this year.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Selfie

Did you know that today is Cat World Domination Day? Head over to the Cat Blogosphere to read the guest blog post by Janiss Garza from to read about the history of this celebration.

Brulee, Plush Clone Truffle, and Truffle

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Caturday Art

Trying a little bit of creativity with an out of focused photo. We loved the pose of Truffle and Brulee, but it was a little out of focus and the coloring was off because of the light in the bedroom.

Truffle and Brulee using the Landscape Effect in LunaPic

We went back to LunaPic for our Caturday Art Creation.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Take Your Cat to Work Day

There are a lot of special celebrations on the calendar for today: Summer Solstice, National Selfie Day, and Take Your Cat to Work Day. Brulee wanted to combine all three of these days together to show you what a day in her life can be.

Brulee_Printer_Cat at work
Brulee  helps monitor the printing

Brulee thinks her daily routine needs to be shared with the world because everyone thinks she just sits around, waiting to be pampered and adored!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Veterinarian Appreciation Day

What would we do without trained veterinarians? We're sure people enter the veterinary field with the goal of helping as many animals as they can lead a quality life for as long as possible. Most vets put in countless hours and play a key role in helping our cats live long and healthy lives. Veterinarians deserve our thanks for this dedication, care, and love of animals.

Truffle looks at Dr. Boyette as he picks her up to go to the back
Dr. Boyette and Truffle

Friday, June 15, 2018

There's a Stranger in Our House

Brulee and Truffle are very curious about the new cat in our house...

Brulee, Plush Clone Truffle, Truffle

Monday, June 11, 2018

Too Real to Be True!

We have some funny stories to tell you about our Plush Clone Truffle from Cuddle Clones®. 

The real Truffle investigating the Plush Clone Truffle from Cuddle Clones®

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Selfie

Mom Paula is coming home today from the Cat Writer's Association (CWA) conference. We've been much better with our pet sitter, DJ, this weekend, but we're happy that Mom Paula is coming home.

Brulee on her Peggy Blankie

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Guarding the Luggage

Mom Paula left today for the Cat Writer's Association Conference. She's excited to meet a lot of cat writers she's admired the last few years. When she woke up this morning, this is where Truffle and Brulee were sleeping.

Truffle and Brulee guarding the luggage

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Truffle and her Cuddle Clones Plush Clone

What do you think Truffle is saying to her Cuddle Clones Plush Clone?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

National Attitude Day

Today is National Attitude Day. We don't know where this day originated, but we tend to think everyone should try to have a positive attitude about life. We cats tend to have "cattitude" which sometimes gives us a bad name. We're just independent little felines who like to live our lives to the fullest and don't like it when something interrupts our routine.

Brulee may look like she has a little "cattitude" but she's really a sweet girl

Brulee has that stereotypical Persian scowl, but she the sweetest little girl. She can show some "cattitude" with Truffle at times because she doesn't like to be bothered. 

Have a pleasant day today!