Friday, August 28, 2015

Remembering Jewel on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Dear Jewel,

I cannot believe that exactly one year ago, I held you in my lap for the very last time as I helped you cross to the Rainbow Bridge.  It is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life.  I miss you so much everyday and wish you were still here with us.

You didn't have an easy life for your first 14 years, and it is no secret that I did not agree with how your former owner treated you.  It often broke my heart to watch you desire your former owner's love and attention and not receive it.

I only knew you for four short years, but you changed my life and taught me some important lessons.  You taught me that love really does conquer everything.  You did not have an easy life, Jewel, and when you claimed me as your human, you did not readily trust and love me for a very long time.  But I kept loving you, and eventually, you let me break down the walls you had built up and accepted my love.  I am truly amazed by your strength, perseverence, and bravery.

You taught me that being stubborn is not necessarily a "bad" thing.  In fact, I believe it is because of your stubbornness and your perseverance that you were able to surivive so long and live so well with your chronic renal failure.

I hope and pray that in the four years I knew you that your life was happier.  I hope that for the last two years of your precious life where you claimed me as your human that I was able to give you even a fraction of the love, care, and attention you deserved.


Do you know what the biggest lesson I want people to learn from your story is, Jewel?  I want others to not be afraid to adopt senior kitties into their homes.  When you claimed me, I knew your time was likely pretty limited here on earth with us, given that you had chronic renal failure.  I tried to distance myself from you emotionally so I wouldn't bond with you.  I didn't want to hurt so much when it was your time to leave us.  But try as I might, I couldn't help falling in love with you.

Yes, it hurt me to help you cross the Bridge when you told me it was time for you to go.  It hurt more than I ever could have imagined.  It still hurts so very much.  But I don't regret taking you into my home and heart one bit.  I only wish that I could have given you more time to be loved and cared for the way you deserved to be.

I want others to know that it is worth it to adopt senior kitties, special needs kitties, and terminally ill kitties.  All kitties deserve love, and in my opinion, the elderly, special needs, and terminally ill kitties need love the most.  I hope that your story will inspire others to step outside their comfort zones and adopt a kitty they might not have otherwise, Jewel.

You are my little angel, Jewel.  I know that you visit me sometimes.  I say "hello" to you when I see you.  I hope that you'll continue to visit me and maybe even stick around longer than a fraction of a second so I can see you more.  I always love seeing you; it makes my day.  I only wish I could hear and pet you again.

Thank you for trusting me and loving me, Jewel.  It is the greatest gift I could have ever asked for.  I will never forget the lessons you taught me.  I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to know, care for, and love you so deeply.

You are always in my heart, Jewel.  I will never forget you, and someday we will be together again.

Jewel
June, 1998-August 28, 2014
I love you, my angel.

Today is the first annual Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, created by our dear friend, Deb Barnes.  You can learn more about this very special day and why she created it at her blog, Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles.  Deb has an amazing blog, and I am so blessed to be able to call her a good friend.  

I hope you'll take the time to visit other blog posts in today's blog hop.  Today is a very special day for so many of us to remember our beloved furry friends.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much Book Review and Giveaway

Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much book cover
Are you constantly covered in cat fur?  Do you reek of Feliway?  Or perhaps you stand in line for six hours to get your cat an autographed copy of Grumpy Cat?  Do you love your cat too much?

Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much written by Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Nicole Hollander examines the relationship between women and the cats they love too much with laugh-out-loud examples of the lengths you might go to if you're addicted to pleasing your feline friend.

I could definitely relate to some of the examples in the book.  I don't know whether to be amused or worried by that, haha!  For instance, you might love your cat too much if:


  • You throw away fifteen or more catnip toys until you find the one your cat prefers.  I don't throw away the toys Carmine and Milita don't go for, but I definitely go through a lot of toys to find the ones they love best (and donate the ones they aren't interested in).
  • Your dinner consists of discount peanut butter and peas while the babies eat from specialty menus prepared by Rachel Ray and Bobby Fay.  The babies definitely eat better than I do sometimes!
  • You won't turn over during the night no matter how uncomfortable you are because you might disturb the cat.  I've done this so many times, especially with Jewel because she rarely slept near or on me.  
  • Spend your bonus on a compound that makes her thyroid pill taste like caviar.  I have spent an incredible amount of money over the years to have the kitties' medication compounded to taste better.  In fact, Carmine and Milita both take Prednisolone tablets made to taste like chicken liver. 
Other examples in the book are ridiculously over-the-top and hilarious!  A few that really made me laugh are:

  • You carry your work around the office in your mouth, meowing plaintively, until someone pays attention to you.  
  • You get passed over for a promotion because you test positive for catnip.
  • Your kitties hypnotize friends so that they forget what they came for when they gather for your cat-addiction intervention.
Zobel Nolan is a professed cat addict.  When asked if she considers herself a "crazy cat lady," she answered:

"You know the stereotypical image of the crazy cat lady is of a spinster, in slovenly clothes, who lives with hordes of cats in a stinky house that looks like a bomb hit it. Other than the messy house, I don't fit that category. Some may consider my over-the-top treatment of my cats “crazy.” But I believe if you are blessed with the care of an animal, you should do all you can to make it happy and comfortable...everything."

You might wonder if Zobel Nolan has done any of the over-the-top behaviors she writes about in Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much.  When asked what the most bizarre thing she's ever done for her cats was, she responded:

"Well, I don't consider anything I've ever done for my cats “bizarre.” The book notwithstanding others whose involvement with their puddies may not run as deeply as my own, may think I spoil them – what with insisting on fresh, wild caught (never farmed) salmon for their meals, or hiring a vet technician to come in to the house six times a day to make sure they are okay when I'm away for more than two hours. Also, when I'm cuddling my newly-rescued baby, Nolan Nolan, I also run my face up and down his fur, imitating the licking gestures a mommy cat makes when she cleans her puddy. I do that because he is under a year old and may be missing being groomed by his birth mom. But I don't consider any of that “bizarre.” However, I read on the web of some woman who actually “married” her cat. Now, to me, that's bizarre. That's like marrying your child."

I can relate to Zobel Nolan's answers to these questions.  I'm sure that some people think what I do for my cats is "over-the-top," but I strongly believe that when we are so blessed to have a cat choose us for their companion, it is our duty to spoil them and make them as happy and comfortable as possible for as long as they are with us.  

If you're a cat lover, you will love Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much.  

The book is set to publish on September 29th.  You can pre-order a copy right now on Amazon.  

Giveaway

Allia Zobel Nolan has graciously offered to give TWO of our readers a copy of Women Who Still Love Too Much.  Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

You must be 18+ and live in the United States to enter.  Winners will be contacted by email.  Winners must provide Fur Everywhere a physical address where your prize can be shipped within 48 hours of email notification that you've won.  If no response is received within 48 hours, another winner will be randomly chosen.  




About the Author: Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published award-winning author of over 200 children's and adult trade titles. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from my Cat, Cat Confessions: A Kitty-Come-Clean Tell-All Book, The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, The Worshiper's Prayer Book and Whatever: Livin' the True, Noble, Totally Excellent Life.



Zobel Nolan lives and loves her puddies way too much in Connecticut with her with husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their feline children, Sineady Cat, the Fraidy Cat, and Nolan Nolan.

About the Illustrator:   Nicole Hollander created and produced the syndicated the cartoon strip, Sylvia, for a gazillion years. She blogs six days a week at www.Badgirlchat.com and offers a Sylvia archival strip every day – as well as links to politics, cultural commentary, and of course, more cat videos than you can shake a stick at!

Connect with Allia Zobel Nolan on her website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of "Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much" free of charge for an honest review.  Receiving the free book did not influence my opinions in any way.  All opinions shared on Fur Everywhere are my own.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Opt to Adopt Marino

Marino

Angels with Paws
Lakewood, CO


Marino is a handsome black Angora/domestic longhair mix waiting for his forever home at Angels with Paws.  He loves attention and enjoys being brushed.  He has a little separation anxiety and tends to groom himself a little too much at times.  He is a very sweet mancat who gets along with his feline roommates as long as they don't annoy him.  Angels with Paws isn't sure if he gets along with dogs or not, but they suspect he might be okay with cat-friendly canines.  He gets along fine with children.

Marino is approximately eight years old.  He has tested positive for FIV.  FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs and is only transmitted to other cats through penetrating bite wounds.  Cats with FIV can live long and happy lives.  

Marino is already neutered, litter box trained, and up-to-date on his vaccinations.  Please stop by Angels with Paws, located at 2540 Youngfield St. in Lakewood, CO or call the shelter at 303-274-2264 for more information about Marino.  


Monday, August 24, 2015

Catit Bench Scratcher Review

Hi everyone, it's mes, Carmine!

This month, Chewy let us try out the Catit Bench Scratcher with Catnip.  The scratcher is made out of corrugated cardboard and measures 19 inches long.


Of course mes had to check out the box before the Mom opened it for us.


Milita came to check out the Chewy box, too.


Mes loves my new Catit Bench Scratcher!  The Mom got it out of the box and sprinkled catnip on it for mes.  Mes jumped right on it and started checking it out.

The Mom put my new scratcher by the couch.  Mes loves to scratch it.  Mes also loves to hang out on it and watch what the Mom is doing.  It makes the perfect place to sit and beg for dinner, too!

The Mom loves the stylish design on the sides of the scratcher.

Milita prefers to scratch on vertical scratchers.  That is fine with mes!  Mes loves having the Catit scratcher all to myself!  

If yous likes horizontal scratchers like mes, mes would recommend asking your human to get this one for you.  It is really pawesome!

FTC Disclosure: We received a Catit Bench Scratcher with Catnip free of charge from Chewy in exchange for an honest review.  Receiving the free scratcher did not influence our opinions in any way.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are our own.  Chewy is not responsible for the content of this post. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cat Skills: Loving Care for Cats Book Review & Giveaway

Cat Skills: Loving Care for Cats book cover
Your cat deserves the very best, and as a dedicated pet parent, I know you want to give your companion all the best life has to offer.  Cat Skills: Loving Care for Cats by Leslie Goodwin will help you do just that!

Whether you're a first-time cat owner or an experienced one, you'll find valuable information in this book.  The book covers a variety of topics, including dental care, nutrition, litter box issues, household dangers, and tackling problem behaviors.  Goodwin also provides great tips on bonding with your cat, interactive playtime, and medicating your kitty.

I love that Goodwin shares her personal experiences in this book and tells readers about things that have specifically worked for her.  She also makes recommendations of products that have worked for her, which I appreciated.  I found the section on nutrition especially helpful.  Cat food labels can be quite confusing.  A section on common toxins and poisons for cats as well as a catalog with resources you can check out for further information on topics covered in the book are also included.

Cat Skills is a well-researched book, offering cat owners a lot of practical advice.  The book offers so many great cat care tips that I think it would be really awesome if shelters would give copies of the book away with cat adoptions.

Unlike a lot of other cat care books, this book has a conversational style.  I felt like Goodwin was sitting down and talking to me while I read it.

I highly recommend Cat Skills: Loving Care for Cats to all cat owners.  You will undoubtedly become an even better pet parent to your kitty by reading this book.  You can purchase the book here on Amazon.

Giveaway

Leslie is giving away one copy of Cat Skills: Loving Care for Cats to a Fur Everywhere reader!  This giveaway is open to EVERYONE!  If you live within the United States, you will receive a print copy of the book.  If an International reader wins, they will receive a Kindle/ebook copy of Cat Skills.

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You must be 18+ to enter.  The winner will be notified by email.  Prize winner must provide Fur Everywhere with a physical address (for a print copy) or an email address (for an ebook copy) within 48 hours.  If the information is not provided, I will randomly select another winner.  

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of Cat Skills: Loving Care for Cats free of charge for an honest review.  Receiving the free book did not influence my opinions.  All opinions shared on Fur Everywhere are my own.