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The dental appointment that wasn’t

October 7th 2014 11:58 am
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This morning as soon as the stroller was taken out of the closet I ran to the bedroom and hid under the bed. Toffy wanted desperately to sit inside the stroller but it was all zipped up. I heard Mom calling me and telling me to hurry up. I stayed put under the bed despite being tempted by a little pink ball rolling towards me and the rattling of a container of kibbles (nice try, Mom, but I know what you’re up to!). Unfortunately, there was one thing that succeeded in making me come out from under the bed. I’d tell you what it was but I think I’ll save it for one of the questions in my next game.

At first when Mom put me inside the stroller I was meowing loudly in protest. I calmed down after a few minutes and quite enjoyed the cool but pleasant weather. We arrived just in time for the morning drop off period. The vet assistant weighed me. I weigh 3.45kg, which is 200g less than what I weighed at my last appointment in June. Mom filled out the paperwork, signed her name and went home, leaving me at the vet clinic.

About two hours later, the vet calls Mom and says she’s concerned about my weight loss and recommends doing a full blood panel so that it can be determined if there’s anything wrong with me. I’d go in for my dental appointment in two weeks. Mom agreed it would be safest to proceed in this manner.

I am a fussy eater sometimes and if I don’t like the food that’s being served I won’t eat it. Good thing we always have a variety of foods on hand so that if I won’t eat something (the usual suspects, which I won’t name here), I won’t have to starve. Some foods just have more liquid in them than others, which could mean that I’m getting fewer calories sometimes. Mom said she didn’t realize that I had lost weight and told the vet she’d feed me a few grams more at each meal.

One thing’s for sure: I’m not dieting. I did have to fast overnight due to the dental appointment, as did Toffy, to prevent me from eating his food. Mom fed Toffy this morning just before we left for the vet clinic.

So, to make a long story short, I got out of having to go to the dentist… sort of. I guess having your blood taken isn’t much fun either. Now I need purrs that my blood panel results turn out normal. If they don’t, I wonder… does that mean no dentist appointment?

Purrs,
Vanessa

 

Thank you, friends!

October 7th 2014 1:04 am
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Hey cats! Thanks for remembering me on my birthday! My page looks so much better with all the new rosettes and special gifts. I truly appreciate them and your friendship.

I do have some new photos to add to my page but have decided to wait until the issue with losing one’s CatsterPlus Photo Book is resolved. I don’t want to end up being a non-Plus member like Toffy. So you’ll just have to wait before you can see some cute new photos of me, including a few with Toffy.

Wish me luck and purr for me today (Tuesday, October 7th) as I have a dental appointment that I am not looking forward to. I shall enlist Toffy to assist me in making it difficult for Mom to get me inside the stroller in the morning. I can just hear Mom saying “What are those cats up to now?” MOL!

It seems that commenting on diary entries is not working. Too bad because I wanted to do a new game in my diary with some cool prizes to choose from. Let me know if you’d be interested in playing once things get fixed around here.

Purrs,
Vanessa

P.S. Here's a recent photo of Toffy and me.

 

My September meowbox finally opened!

October 5th 2014 12:23 pm
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My latest meowbox arrived last month but it wasn’t until this morning that Mom opened it for me.

There was something in the box that captured my attention instantly and I soon succeeded in chewing a hole in the package of Nutrience Natural Chicken and Herring kibbles. Mom took it away from me and transferred the contents into two small plastic storage containers. Then I proceeded to attack the bag of Pure Bites freeze dried chicken treats. Mom gave me a few to eat before storing them in a plastic container.

This meowbox also contained three different cat toys and a pink food bowl!

Two of the toys (one is a mousie and the other must be a snow leopard) are handmade in Mongolia by women in rural herding communities. The purchase of these toys “supports snow leopard conservation and provides support for impoverished families who share the cats’ habitat”. You can find more information at Snow Leopard Trust: www.snowleopard.org

There was also a pink fabric shrimp toy (the exact same colour as my ears!) filled with catnip from an Etsy store called “Crazy About Catnip”.

The most unexpected item was the pink food bowl called a BecoBowl. It is rather small but the sides are cut a bit lower to allow for whiskers. The labels says “perfect shape for rabbits". BecoBowls are made from bamboo and rice husks and are eco-friendly.

You may not be aware but Toffy needs a new food bowl and Mom has been unable to find anything appropriate. So she visited the www.becothings.com website and yes they do have a food bowl designed especially for cats! What puzzles me now is why I got a food bowl for rabbits when I’m obviously a cat! It’s true that I do kind of look like a rabbit at times but how would the people at meoxbox know that?

Anymeow, I think this is a pretty pawsome meowbox!

Purrs,
Vanessa

 

Thank you, Diary Gal!

September 6th 2014 11:31 pm
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I just want to meow a big “thank you” to Diary Gal who noticed my special diary entry on “Subscription Boxes for Cats” and deemed it worthy of attention on Diary Central yesterday. Thank you also to the kind cat families that gave me some nice “big hugz” and congratulated me on being a daily diary pick! And thank goodness that we are finally able to access Diary Central again!

Until yesterday, it was impossible to access diaries unless you visited a cat’s profile page, which allowed you to read only the entries on that page. I thought that problem had been fixed, which is why I decided to publish my diary entry, but it must have been a temporary fix. I-5 Publishing techs have a lot of hard work to do as they rebuild the Catster and Dogster websites after they were neglected and about to be cast-off by SAY Media.

I would love to add some more photos to my page, but I’m not sure that’s such a good idea right now. Toffy uploaded a few photos the other day and they didn’t even show up on his page. Not only that, he no longer has a CatsterPlus Photobook and lost all of his photo captions! One of our Catster friends was able to see one of the new photos that Toffy uploaded, which is really strange, because we can’t see it ourselves. I don’t want to lose my CatsterPlus Photobook too, so for now I can’t share any new photos with you. I’m sure that the I-5 techs are figuring out how to fix all sorts of glitches. We cats (and dogs too) have to be patient while all the behind the scenes work gets done. It sounds like a challenging and interesting job and I’m so glad that I-5 Publishing stepped up to the plate!

Purrs,
Vanessa

P.S. After visiting all the websites mentioned in my diary entry, I decided to sign myself up for a subscription box for cats. Here I am posing with my first box, which I received a few weeks ago.

 

Subscription Boxes for Cats

August 26th 2014 10:45 pm
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Imagine receiving a box filled with cat toys, treats, accessories and other goodies every month for as long as your humans will let you or even just for one month? Pretty pawsome, if you ask me! One such subscription box for cats was featured in Catster Magazine recently and there was even a giveaway for a free box. After perusing the website, my curiosity was definitely piqued and I decided to search the Internet for other subscription boxes for cats.

When checking out the websites listed below, here are a few things to consider:

What are the different types of subscription options available and how much do they cost? Often you can save money by subscribing for a longer period of time and paying in advance, but know what you’re getting into before committing for several months. A warning: some of these companies may be here today but could be gone tomorrow. Do some research, not only on the company’s website but also on their Facebook page and on other social media sites. Read reviews on blogs and watch some videos on YouTube to find out if customers are generally happy with the subscription box you are considering signing up for. You’ll want to make sure that there’s recent activity on social media sites and that what you see and read doesn’t give you any second thoughts.

Browse the customer service section of the website and read the FAQ. You’ll want to look for answers to any questions you may have about the service, including stuff your humans consider important such as billing and payment options, cancellation policy, and shipping (Where is the company located and does it ship to your country? Is there an extra charge? Will the box be delivered by the post office or a courier company?)

Before you sign up with a subscription box service, search for coupon codes and special offers on the Internet. Some bloggers will feature discount codes for subscription boxes that they have reviewed (usually only valid for a limited time). It’s always nice not to have to pay full price.

Although the element of surprise is part of what makes receiving a subscription box so much fun, you’ll want to have an idea of approximately how many and what types of products you can expect to find in your box. The website should mention some brand names and where their products are sourced or made. Purrsonally, I would be disappointed with a subscription box that includes the same brands you can find at any grocery store. There has to be something special about the contents of a subscription box, otherwise what’s the point?

Another thing that you might consider important is whether the company donates part of the proceeds to animal shelters and rescues. That’s always a good thing in my view.

So cats, let’s get to the list, shall we?

Subscription boxes for cats listed in alphabetical order; visit the websites of those that you’re curious about to find out more about them!

Name: Bunny’s Furr and Feathers FunPacks
Website: www.bffpetpack.com
Location: Texas, USA
As the name suggests, this company caters not only to cats but also to dogs, birds and “pocket pets” such as rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs.

Name: Cat Hampurr
Website: www.cathampurr.co.uk
Location: UK
This company ships to the UK only.

Name: Dr. D’s Pet Packages
Website: www.drdspetpackages.com
Location: Southern California, USA
Packages are available for both cats and dogs, but the Fun Pet Package is for cats only.

Name: KitNipBox
Website: https://www.kitnipbox.com
Location: USA
This subscription box is currently only available in the continental US.

Name: MeowBox
Website: www.meowbox.net
Location: USA
MeowBox.net currently only ships to the US.

Name: meowbox
Website: https://meowbox.com
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Meowbox.com features free shipping to Canada and the US via Canada Post and USPS.

Name: PawPost
Website: https://www.pawpost.co.uk
Location: London, UK
PawPost offers subscription boxes for both cats and dogs and ships to the UK and Europe, and if you believe their Facebook page maybe even worldwide.

Name: PawPack
Website: https://pawpack.com
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Featured in Catster Magazine recently, this subscription box service is available for both cats and dogs. The company promises that their products will always be either organic, all-natural, or eco-friendly. Shipping is free in the US but costs $10 to Canada.

Name: Paws & Play
Website: www.pawsandplay.ca
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (I found this out not on the website but on a blog.)
Subscription boxes are available for both cats and dogs and are shipped to Canada and the US and soon (Fall/Winter 2014) to the UK.

Name: PetBox
Website: www.getpetbox.com
Location: San Diego, California, USA
PetBox offers subscription boxes for both cats and dogs and currently only ships to the US.

Name: PurrBoxes
Website: www.purrboxes.com
Location: UK
PurrBoxes are available only to cats in the UK.

Name: Purr-Packs
Website: https://purrpacks.com
Location: California, USA
Purr-Packs are not yet available internationally.

Name: Spoiled Rotten
Website: www.spoiledrottenbox.com
Location: New Jersey, USA
This subscription box service is offered in conjunction with PetFlow.com, with boxes available for both cats and dogs in the US.

Name: WhiskerKits
Website: www.whiskerkits.com
Location: USA
WhiskerKits boxes are available only in the US and shipping is included with the subscription. Unfortunately, you have to have a Facebook account to see their FB page.

Thanks for reading, cats, and I hope you find something that you like!

Purrs,
Vanessa

 

The last word

May 24th 2014 10:50 pm
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Toffy and Vanessa are sitting beside the base of the cat tree, on opposite sides, having a discussion.

Toffy: Vanessa, you have to learn not to tell lies! Haven’t you heard of the boy who cried wolf?

Vanessa: The boy who cried woof? What? Did he turn into a dog? But seriously, Toffy, I’m telling the truth when I say that I was a daily diary pick yesterday!

T: Catster was down yesterday. We couldn’t even get in, remember? The Community pages, including diaries, were Not Found, and every time we tried to get in the following message appeared: The requested URL "/cat-community/" was not found on this server. Did you actually see your diary on Diary Central yesterday?

V: Um, well… no…. but that’s because the website was down.

T: Did any cat congratulate you on supposedly being a daily diary pick? What I mean is, did you get any pawmail messages, comments on your diary, rosettes or special gifts, or did some cat maybe leave you a few treats?

V: Yes, as a matter of fact, I did. I got a pawmail message from Angel Buddie!

T: But if the website was down, how would Angel Buddie know that you were a diary pick?

V: He’s an angel. Don’t you know that angels have special powers? They see and know things that others don’t. More importantly, angels don’t lie. If Angel Buddie says that my diary was one of yesterday’s picks then absolutely it was, just like I’ve been telling you all along! It looks like the Toffster stands corrected. And I’m having the last word!

Purrs,
Vanessa

 

Fun with invisible toys

May 18th 2014 9:38 pm
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It was Christmas Day and Mom was unwrapping some gifts that she had received. As she did so, a piece of straw-coloured string from one of the packages fell to the floor. Mom didn’t notice, but I did. Immediately I pounced on the string and started playing with it in the living room and in the hallway. What fun! Mom saw me playing but she didn’t see the string, so to her it looked like I was playing with an invisible toy or maybe she thought I was a little nutty.

“Vanessa? What are you doing? Are you okay?” There was concern in her voice.

“Look at what Santa Paws brought me!” I exclaimed.

My fun with the piece of string continued until I got tired of playing and went to take a nap. Later as Mom was cleaning up she saw it: the piece of straw-coloured string was lying on the floor underneath the table in the dining area. She had found my new toy. And I never saw it again after that day. :(

Several weeks later another of my new toys met with a similar fate. This time it was a piece of clear plastic packing tape that had fallen to the floor from the table where Mom was occupied with some sort of project. I think she was wrapping a parcel with the tape. She didn’t see that a piece had fallen off the table, but I did, and before long I was batting it about and playing like a kitten. :)

Then Mom saw me. Like the other time, to her it must have looked like I was playing with an imaginary toy or like I was chasing something invisible. She must have been thinking: Is Vanessa going nuts? She picked up one of my cat toys from the floor and threw it in my direction. Usually when she does this I chase after the toy right away, but this time I completely ignored it and continued playing on my own with the piece of clear plastic tape, which to Mom was invisible and therefore a figment of my imagination. She threw more cat toys in my direction but failed to engage me in any way. Later when I had tired of playing, Mom found the piece of tape lying on the carpet, but instead of leaving it there for my future enjoyment, she threw it away. :(

I like most of my cat toys but sometimes the simplest toys that are really supposed to be something else are the most fun to play with, don’t you think?

Purrs,
Vanessa

 

A big breakfast

February 20th 2014 3:46 pm
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Toffy has this really bad habit of sneaking up on me when I’m eating and shoving me out of my food bowl. What bad manners! Can’t he eat his own food and let me eat in peace? After all, we’re usually eating the exact same thing and he always gets a bigger serving than me!

His strategy is to come over to my food station after he has eaten more than half of his own meal. He pushes me aside and eats what’s left of my meal. Mom does try to stop him if she’s there but Toffy is a persistent cat and often, like this morning, she does not succeed. I usually have no other option but to go and eat his food.

This morning I didn’t feel like eating anymore and went directly to the living room. I think Mom felt bad that I had my breakfast ruined, so she picked up Toffy’s food bowl (which still had plenty of food in it) and put it down in front of me on the carpet.

“Here, Vanessa, eat this!” she said.

This morning’s fare was Go! Grain Free Duck Pâté served with Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Fowl Ball (chicken and turkey au jus recipe). It was okay but nothing special, which was why I had bypassed Toffy’s food station on my way to the living room.

Well cats, guess what? I approached the food, sniffed it… and ate it. All of it.

You’re surprised? So am I. And so was Toffy. He returned to the kitchen and saw that his food bowl was missing. When he found it in the living room, it was empty. Ha-ha! That teaches him a lesson! I think I ended up eating a bigger breakfast than he did!

Purrs,
Vanessa

 

My hairball got the laundry done

February 19th 2014 9:43 pm
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Today I threw up a hairball. It took Mom a while to notice it but when she did she immediately went into cleaning mode.

Mom might not agree, but I think my hairball was a good thing because after cleaning the affected area on the carpet with Nature’s Miracle, she gathered up the cat mat on which my hairball had landed (it’s the cream-coloured one with the sheep on it, which you can see in a few of my photos), as well as some other things of ours that were getting kind of grubby (let’s see… the snooze sack that Toffy is always lying on these days, the mat that Toffy barfed on a few weeks ago and that kept on being left at the bottom of the dirty laundry basket, and the old beach towel that’s currently in my carrier), and after applying stain remover to a few specific areas, she tossed them all in the washing machine. They later went in the dryer and came out nice and clean.

So, yeah, Mom can thank me because my hairball got the laundry done.

Purrs,
Vanessa

P.S. I almost didn’t catch that I had written “snooze snack” instead of “snooze sack”! MOL!

 

Zealies!!!

February 17th 2014 8:32 pm
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Hey, cats! Guess what? I just earned 25 Zealies by playing the Dog Breed Photo Game over on Dogster! What a cool surprise! And to think that I’m not even a very good player!

Here’s a chance for you to earn 25 Zealies too! All you have to do is guess my current longest streak (the highest number of correct answers I got in a row before getting an incorrect answer) on the Dog Breed Photo Game.

Rules of the game:

- To win the 25 Zealies, you have to be the first cat to guess the exact number of my current longest streak on the Dog Breed Photo Game.
- Each cat can have 3 guesses.
- For each guess I’ll say either “higher” or “lower” or “You win!”

Since you’ll also see the other cats’ answers in my diary comments, this should make the game easier. If you have more than one family member playing your chances of winning will be greater… or maybe not.

Good luck and have fun playing!

Purrs,
Vanessa

Update: I'll now be giving away 100 Zealies to the cat with the winning answer!!

 
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