When you get to questions, I have one… with so many cats in the house you must have to deal with their water dishes in some way. Do you wash them weekly or something? I have a neighbor who told me her dog gets bladder infections if she waits too long between dish washings. On the one hand I thought this was weird, as the bacteria would have to survive the intestines without causing harm, then cross the intestinal wall into the bloodstream and pass through the kidneys without causing harm, which all seems pretty unlikely (water they drink doesn’t just go straight to their bladder!). On the other hand I’ve had three unexplained bladder infections in the past three years so I wondered… I use a water additive to help with teeth so I don’t necessarily dump out all the water super often, and I have to use big heavy casserole dishes because I have too many dabblers and spillers.
I don’t know enough about bladder infections to know whether she’s making a correlation that doesn’t exist or not, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to wash their dishes regularly. All of the dishes I use – food and water – are dishwasher safe, and I have extras, so while I don’t have a strict schedule, I would guess that everything goes into the dishwasher every 5 days or so. That includes the water fountain.
That toy [the Cat’s Meow] does get some bad reviews, but we bought some for our shelter cats, and they all enjoy it. My dad bought one for his cat, tied a lightweight feather on the tip….and it was the cat’s meow!
A while back everyone was talking about their favorite litter scoopers. I didn’t know the name of mine….I have had it for YEARS. I think it has been slightly modified since but looks mostly the same. The DuraScoop Cat Litter Scoop’s handle is rubber covered (mine is black) and it has never torn or anything. LOVE IT. It is made of aluminum and the handle is metal all the way up, so for those who complained about their handles busting through the cover because it wasn’t full core, here is your solution. The only complaint someone had was that it pitted and broke up. HOWEVER, it appears that they soaked it in a bleach solution. Bleach + aluminum = a NO-NO. ANYWAY, they now make it in colorful handles, I just ordered my second one Jet.com and it is retro-green. (Am buying a second one to keep up in my little cabin in the mountains.) I paid $11.47.
Now, for free shipping, I bought Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s Ultra Scented Scoopable Multi-Cat Cat Litter, 40 Pound bag. The more you buy, the cheaper it gets. SOOOOO, I bought three bags and ended up paying $13.98 a bag! Compare that to PetSmart ($16.99 a bag), baby!!! (And it is $23.68 a bag on Amazon and $16.69 on Chewy.)
Also, for new customers, there is a Welcome15 coupon code that you can use for your first three orders that takes off an additional 15% (prices above reflect this, I do believe.) The Triple15 expired Jan 1st. I have a new email account as I was a victim of the Yahoo email hacking, and Jet still accepted me as a new customer!
Thanks, GD! I can attest that the DuraScoop is a good, solid scoop. That was my go-to before I discovered the It’s the Scoop scoop.
While we’re posting about cat deals, Coupaw.com has those great wool cuddly caves for cats on sale for $37.95! That is as low a price as I’ve seen for the wool caves.
Thanks, Amy! I’ve been meaning to mention those. And let me helpfully provide a link to those caves with my referral id so that anyone making a first-time purchase at Coupaw through that link earns me a $10 credit (to use at Coupaw). 😉
Thought you all (or is that y’all) might like this video someone sent me. It’s from a cat rescue and amateurish, but that’s why I love it.
I love that video – I’ve watched it twice so far, and I’ll probably watch it several times more!
Yay Willa! Was this the quickest adoption of your foster, Robyn?
I think it’s a tie – Ralph from the Grocers was adopted within an hour of arriving at Petsmart!
The interesting thing is that two different people expressed interest in Willa beforehand, but the people who actually adopted her were neither of those!
will you ever nickname him Dewey Decimal?
We certainly might! Right now I’m calling him Dewbs and sometimes Dewbers (and occasionally I sing “Dewby Dewby Dew, where are you? It’s time to take our nap now! Come on Dewby Dew, ‘Fonnie too, climb up in my lap now!”) and Fred’s calling him Dewber, Dewbird, and Dewberg (and he likes to walk around the house singing “Mr. Dewbird on my shoulder.”)
Aw, Dewey! I love that name; it reminds me of Dewey from Malcolm in the Middle.
I think that part of what makes the name so perfect for him is that he reminds us more than a little, in looks and personality, of Angelo from the Players, whose nickname was Dewey – after Dewey from Malcolm in the Middle.
So which perms hang out over the cabinets now? I still think of that as sacred Stinkerbelle space, though I know some ventured up there when she was was with us. 🙂
Alice, Kara and Jake are the ones who spend the most time up there – more Alice than anyone. Newt likes to go up there and pass out just far enough back that we don’t immediately see him. Then he snores, and we walk around the kitchen saying “What is that noise? Do you hear it?” Very occasionally we’ll see Archie up there and sometimes Dennis. Joe Bob only goes up there if he’s inside and a stranger (or really anyone who isn’t me or Fred) enters the house. No one has been on the platforms in the front room in ages.
Did you not have any births in your house in 2016? The newest kittens looks to be the Fakers? You had two fake pregnancies and no births!
NO births – and I was DYING to have kittens born here, but nooooo. What are the chances I’d get two not-pregnant pregnant cats in one year? I’m a little bitter about that. The Fakers were SUPPOSED to be born here, but the guy didn’t get them delivered to the rescue fast enough. (At least they finally made it here!)
I kind of feel like the universe owes me a pregnant cat.
The last of the Willa pics!
2016: Shelton and the Deep Thoughts (would be an excellent name for a band!)
2015: Then she sat there, looking very very pleased with herself.
2014: “I yam large and in charge!”
2013: No entry.
2012: Poor Jax. Who will ever adopt such an ugly boy?
2011: No entry.
2010: (2) We DO NOT need any more cats! (Now that I’ve said that, we’ll probably have, like, six more before the end of the year!)
2009: Girl kitties on the bed.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: “Oh. Were you gone?”
2005: No entry.