Friday, February 5, 2016

CatLadyBox Review

Carmine is curled up on a box with his new catnip drumstick from Housecat Club.
All the way back in November, I received a CatLadyBox to review.  I got a little behind during the holidays, and that's why I'm only getting to it now.

What is CatLadyBox?

There are lots of subscription boxes for cats and dogs, but CatLadyBox is the first subscription box for cat ladies themselves!  Each month, you receive a box of awesome cat-themed items, which can include jewelry, mugs, T-shirts, office or home decor, art, books, accessories, and limited-edition items.  

CatLadyBox's mission is to change the "crazy cat lady" stereotype.  Cat ladies are beautiful, compassionate, intelligent, fun, and successful women.  With CatLadyBox's unique cat-themed items, cat ladies can show the world how awesome being a cat parent is.  

About Dorian Wagner

Dorian Wagner founded CatLadyBox, and she is one amazing woman!  Six years ago, Dorian founded Your Daily Cute, a blog featuring adorable cat videos.  A year later, she began the Santa Paws Drive, which is an annual treat and toy drive for animal shelters.  Next, she started the Cute Transport Network, a network of volunteers who drive cats to no-kill shelters and new homes all over the country.  Most recently, she founded CatLadyBox.

Our CatLadyBox

CatLadyBox collage: Two photos of the CatLadyBox after it has just been opened, a photo of the Cats Are my Bag tote bag, and a photo of a leopard-print watch.
I was so excited when I received my CatLadyBox in the mail!  I love getting surprises, and knowing that this box contained cat-themed surprises was even better.  Of course Carmine had to give it his paw of approval before he allowed me to open it.  

Everything came nicely packaged as you can see in the top two photos of our collage.  

What came in my CatLadyBox:

Leopard Cat Watch: The leopard cat watch is an adorable cat accessory.  The watch features a stainless steel case, gold-toned hardware, and quartz movement.  It is water-resistant, not water-proof, so it's receomended that you not dunk this watch in water.  You can find the watch at The Tiniest Tiger Studios.  I love the adorable cat face on this watch.  

Cat Outline Keychain by the Emporium: The adorable cat keychain is made of vinyl and contains a split ring.  It holds up to normal wear and tear.  Each keychain is made by hand by Britany, The Emporium's owner.

Black cat keychain.
Cats Are My Bag Tote by Xenotes: This black canvas tote bag features the words, "Cats are my Bag," in gold sparkly letters.  Each bag is screen-printed in Philadelphia at Xenotes.  I use my tote all the time - I take it with me nearly every time I go out!  

I received the Crazy CatLadyBox, so my box contained two additional items for my kitties!

Catnip Drumstick by Housecat Club: Each drumstick is hand-sewn, made with 100% recycled materials, is vegan, and is stuffed with organic catnip.  Carmine enjoys catnip, but it is Milita that really goes nuts for the drumstick!  It's so adorable to watch her find it where she's last left it and rediscovers how much she loves it.

Cloud 9 Cat Treats: Cloud 9 treats are high in protein, low in calories, and grain-free.  They contain no by-products, preservatives, or fillers.

Cloud 9 treats


How Can I Get a CatLadyBox?

You can subscribe to CatLadyBox by visiting the CatLadyBox website.  Regular CatLadyBoxes start at $31.33 a month, and Crazy CatLadyBoxes start at $36 a month.  Boxes ship for free in the United States and for $6.95 per box outside the 48 contiguous states or to Canada.  A $12.95 per box shipping fee is applied to orders to the UK.  You can cancel or change your subscription plan at any time.  The boxes also make great gifts for your cat-loving friends!

Five percent of the proceeds from CatLadyBox are donated to cat rescues.

You can find CatLadyBox on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

FTC Disclosure: I received a Crazy CatLadyBox for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the box did not influence my (or my cats') opinions in any way.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my (and my cats') own.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jewel's Journey

This photo was taken a couple of weeks before Jewel made her way to the Rainbow Bridge.  I had been to the dentist that day and because of my overwhelming anxiety when it comes to dental appointments (fillings, root canals, etc.) I had taken some medication my dentist gave me to calm my nerves.  By the time I got home, I was beyond exhausted, so I decided I'd take a little nap on the couch.

I saw Jewel wandering by the couch and decided to pick her up and give her a hug.  I didn't figure she'd stay with me very long, but I wanted to enjoy a moment with her anyway.

As you can see, she decided to make herself comfortable on my arm.  She ended up staying there for about a half an hour!  I felt quite special; she always used to lay on her former owner's arm at night when he slept.  It's just what I needed after the dreaded dentist.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wordy Wednesday: Milita Update

Milita lays in her cat carrier in the exam room at the vet.
Hi everyone, it's Milita today.  

Last week the Mom noticed I was having symptoms of a UTI so she took me to the new vet place.  She was anxious about how I might react given how stressed I was going to the former vet clinic.  

Carmine came, too.  The Mom made him get out of his carrier first, MOL.  They weighed him, and he gained three ounces!!  The Mom was so happy about that.  Why isn't she that happy when I gain weight?  

Then it was my turn.  My visit wasn't as simple as being weighed, though.  They did weigh me, and I weighed in at 14 pounds, 2 ounces, so I only gained one ounce since my last visit.  The Mom said that was good.  

The vet tech pet me and tried to listen to my heart.  I growled a bit at her, but she didn't seem to mind.  After she was done, she let me explore the room.  The Mom tried to give me a treat, but I wasn't interested in any.  I just wanted to go home.

We saw a different vet this time - Dr. H.  She came in and talked with the Mom a little.  She also pet me (imagine that!) and talked to me for a bit.  The Mom told her that I was traumatized at the former clinic and told her that I might scream when they tried to get blood and urine from me.  The doctor listened and seemed sympathetic.  Then Dr. H tucked my tail into my carrier and took me to the back.

When she brought me back, she told the Mom I did not scream even once (hmmmm.....).  She said I growled a little but that was all.  I have always growled at the vet, so the Mom wasn't too surprised to hear that.  The no screaming did confirm the Mom's suspicions that I was formerly traumatized, though.  

The Mom here - I'm not going to say much about this situation other than this.  Pay attention to your instincts.  If your gut tells you something isn't right, listen to it.  You know your cat better than anyone else.

Milita hunkers down in her carrier in the exam room at the vet.Dr. H called yesterday with the results of Lita's blood tests and urinalysis.  Unfortunately, she may have diabetes!!  Her blood glucose level was high, and she had glucose in her urine as well.  Dr. H wants me to get a urine sample here at home to test.  She said that sometimes stressed cats' glucose will be elevated.  Lita doesn't have any of the diabetes symptoms - if anything, she is drinking less than she used to, and she's not losing weight.  If she does have diabetes, I wonder if the Prednisolone caused it, and if getting her off the medication would reverse it?  It is a very scary thing to think about, so some purrs and prayers would be appreciated very much.

Lita also had some struvite crystals in her urine, so the vet wants her to eat only urinary tract food.  I am going to pick up antibiotics for her UTI tomorrow.

Dr. H also wants Lita to come in for an x-ray so they can check for stones.  As soon as I can get a sample of her urine, I will be taking her in for that.

I am very relieved that the new vet clinic seems to be a good fit for both Carmine and Milita.  I am impressed with how great all the staff are with the kitties.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Brody Hopes the Third Time's the Charm: Opt to Adopt

Brody

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue
Denver, CO


Brody is a handsome brown tabby mancat seeking his forever home.  Brody's story began when a nice veterinarian found him in a mobile spay/neuter clinic.  Even though he was tame, Brody was living with a feral community.  The vet took him to Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue where he lived for years before being adopted with another cat named Timber.

You'd think he'd found his forever home and lived happily ever after, but that's not what happened.  A few months after Brody and Timber were adopted, someone noticed that Timber was living with a feral community.  They contacted Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue who contacted the adopter to find out what was going on.  The adopter claimed that a friend had accidentally let Timber out a few weeks ago.  However, the person who had contacted the shelter told them she'd been feeding Timber for a couple of months.  When the shelter inquired about Brody, the adopter hung up on them.


Eventually the adopter moved into an apartment where cats weren't allowed.  The landlord discovered Brody and took him to Denver Animal Sehlter who returned him to Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue.

Poor Brody is a little nervous right now at the shelter, understandably so.  He enjoys being pet behind his ears.  When he's in the mood, he also enjoys a nice game of chase with the laser pointer.  

Brody is FIV positive.  FIV can only be transmitted to other cats through penetrating bite wounds.  It cannot be transmitted to humans, dogs, or other animals.  Brody is approximately nine years old.  He is neutered, up-to-date on his vaccinations, and microchipped.  He gets along with other cats well.  

You can find this sweet, handsome mancat in John's Room at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, located at 2390 S. Delaware St. in Denver, CO.  You can also get more information about Brody by calling the shelter at 303-744-6076.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews Review

Carmine sits on a box in the kitchen with a bag of Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews.
We know Mondays are usually the day we give an update about ourselves.  Lita had to go to the vet on Friday for a possible UTI, but they won't have her blood and urine test results back until today or tomorrow, so we will give you an update later this week.

Today we want to tell you about the Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews we had the opportunity to try in December as part of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program.

As you may know, there are many situations that can stress out cats.  Among them are veterinary visits, changes in routine, being boarded, visits to the groomer, having company over, parties, home renovation, fireworks, thunderstorms, and moving.  The Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews provide a way for you to relieve your cat's anxiety in a chicken liver flavored treat.

The ingredients in Calming Cat Chews include: brewers yeast, canola oil, chicken liver flavor, citric acid, glycerin, mixed tocopherols, propionic acid, proprietary blend (maltodextrin, sodium alginate, and calcium sulfate), rosemary extract, silicon dioxide, soy lethicin, vegetable oil, and whey.

Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews come in fun fish shapes.
I liked the cute little fish shape the treats come in.  But how did Carmine and Milita like them?

Carmine and Milita seem to agree that the treats taste good.  They both licked the treats a lot.  However, they seemed to have a little trouble eating them.  I noticed the treats are harder in texture than the treats they normally eat, so this may have been the problem.

Nevertheless, they both do occasionally manage to eat them.  I haven't tried them out before a vet visit, but I plan to in the future.

You can find Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews on Chewy.com right now for $2.59 for a 1.12-ounce (21 count) bag.  All orders of $49 or more also include free shipping.

FTC Disclosure: We received a bag of Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews from Chewy.com for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the treats did not influence my (or my cats') opinions.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my (and my cats') own.