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I had the pleasure of meeting the super talented singer/songwriter/model Oriana Curls, who came to visit Lanzarote earlier this week, and spending two fun-filled days with her. As you can see, we got on like a house on fire! 😉
The Mad Cat Lady version of Lady Gaga’s “Meow of Glory”, as interpreted by @orianacurls, backing meows by yours truly. 😹😹😹😹😹🎶🐾🎼💖 #cats #tabbies #tabbycats #gatos #katzen #neko #ilovecats #kitties #cute #pets #animals #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catpeople #catlover #catlady #madcatlady #crazycatlady #catlife #meow #coicommunity #ladygaga #edgeofglory #badsinging #funny #lol #beingsilly #nevergrowup #girls #curls
Apart from getting up to no good and being silly and girly, I also did a few fantastic photo shoots with this beautiful girl out and about the island, and here are just a few of the pictures – you can see all the photos over at my Photography Website Catnip Camera.
I recently bought some cat stuff from a company that I met on Instagram called “Always Whiskered“. This is just a short review about my experience with them.
Ordering from their website was painless and quick. After that there was the wait for my cat items to arrive – since we live in an autonomous Spanish island community, things always take ages to get here, which is, of course, not the fault of the company who ships them!
After about 3 weeks the first item arrived in the post – an adorable little purse with the slogan “Home is where my cat is” – a freebie when your order comes to more than $15.
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The second freebie, which I received because my order came to over $30, was this cute little stainless steel cat spoon that sits over the side of your (cat themed!) cup.
Together with the spoon, this lovely 925 silver cat design ring arrived. I had intended for it to be worn on my middle finger, and it was an absolutely perfect fit, see photo below.
My favourite item was the 3D colour changing cat light though! I absolutely adore it, see the video below.
Throughout the whole process of ordering, waiting for my items to arrive, and afterwards, communication with Janice via DM and comments on Always Whiskered’s Instagram feed was amazing. I wasn’t treated just like a customer, but more like a friend and fellow cat lover. All my questions and queries were answered within a few hours.
All in all, I am extremely happy and impressed with Always Whiskered, and I think that many other companies should take a page out of Always Whiskered’s book on how to deal with their customers, because we should all be treated with the same respect and care that Janice gave me.
Still loving this gorgeous 3D colour changing cat gadget. I found that I can also plug it in the mains using one of my Samsung mobile cables, but it also runs on batteries or with a USB cable. Sooo purdy! Thank you @always_whiskered ! 😸💖💙💚❤💛💜😸 #cats #catstuff #catlight #3Dcat #gatos #katzen #katt #neko #ilovecats #kitties #cute #pets #animals #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catpeople #catlover #catlady #madcatlady #crazycatlady #catlife #meow #catphotos #coicommunity #alwayswhiskered
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A fun way to keep your cats entertained! 🙂
If you are owned by a cat or three, and as a responsible cat parent, you will know how important it is to have a good cat litter scoop to keep your house from smelling like that of a cat herder.
I have bought several bad ones over the years, but only found out too late that they are not doing their job once I tried them out at home. Well, at least they were cheap!
So here are my thoughts on 3 different ones that I had recently bought, and then the one that I found was the best one in the end.
Poop Scoop #1
Unfortunately, on this scoop the spaces are too wide and a lot of litter and waste falls right through it. Also, the rake-like spikes on the bottom will scratch your cat litter tray, and dirt will collect in said scratches, inviting all kinds of nasty bacteria (spikes shown only partly in the second photo below, after I tried to clip them off, which didn’t quite work!).
Verdict: 1/10 Stars.
Poop Scoop #2
The second one is similar to the one above, but a lot smaller in size. This one has no spikes at the bottom and will not scratch my litter trays. However, the spaces, as in Poop Scoop #1, are much too wide and a lot of kitty waste and good litter alike fall through the gaps too easily. Another issue I have with this one, is that the scooping end is not straight, but has rounded spikes (what is it with those spikes, eh?!), meaning that scraping hardened pee from the bottom of the litter tray will never be as clean and complete as with a scoop that has a straight edge.
Verdict: 3/10 Stars.
Poop Scoop #3
The third scoop is the one I like best. This also had spikes on the bottom, but I managed to clip them off with a pair of plyers, which worked quite well, followed by sanding them down so they disappeared completely (see second photo – spikes be gone!). This one has narrow gaps and most of the waste will easily be collected in it. However, my only gripe with this one is that the spaces are just a little too small and you will collect quite a bit of good, clean litter with it too that will go to waste.
Verdict: 8/10 Stars.
Go for a litter scoop that has: a) no rake-like spikes on the bottom, and b) has gaps not too big nor too small!!! HAPPY SCOOPING!
These are some photos of the late Spider, who passed away on 2nd September 2017, that I never got the chance to post. I also still have a backlog of videos that I have not yet had time to edit and put on our YouTube channel. I will put these up over the months to come.
I LOVE YOU, my sweet boy, and I MISS YOU SO DARN MUCH! :'( :'( :'(
As you can imagine, the last few days have been hell for me, after losing my beautiful furbaby Spider to cancer last Saturday.
The kind support from so many people on Instagram has been overwhelming and amazing, and Doug who runs his Weggieboy Blog also made a big difference by publishing this post honouring Spider, plus the comments from people on that post have really helped me. I still feel very much alone with my grief, because let’s face it, grief is very personal and nothing anybody says will make things better or bring my Spider back to me. But knowing that people understand is a great big help. Most “normal” people will think or say “oh, it’s just a cat” or “well, why don’t you get a new one now”, and I will just have to ignore these people without getting angry with them, because that is simply what they are like and I can’t change that.
The nicest thing a person, who appreciates animals but is nothing like us hardened animal lovers and animal rights activists, actually said to me was “I am very sorry to hear that B. It makes no difference who does or doesn’t understand, and the only thing I understand is that you are very upset, which is the only thing I see in your message, regardless of what the reason.” I have always thought in a similar way – it does not matter the reason why someone is grieving, or whether it’s a frog or an elephant they are grieving over, the fact that the person is devastated is the only important thing, and to give comfort to anyone in that situation is the only important thing!
So now I am slowly working through my grief, trying to put things in a positive way. Joy Marok (Queensugarbunny on Instagram) sent me a private message suggesting a book called “Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers” which is specifically for cat people, and not just a general publication about pet loss. I have not finished reading it yet, but so far some of the tips in this book have really helped me, creating something positive out of my grief over Spider.
I started with making up an altar for him in my bedroom, where I put all his favourite toys and other stuff – and I added the toy tarantula yesterday, which he loved playing with when he was younger. I talk to him there often, telling him what me and his bro and Ruby are up to each day. In a way, it feels like he is still there when I talk to his beautiful face in the photo.
The second thing, turning something so sad into something positive and creative, was to start writing a “Book of Memories” (pages of which I have now published >> HERE <<). Because all memories fade in time, I thought I should start with this immediately, also adding some photos to each entry. I find it hard writing by hand, and after half an hour my fibromyalgia pain started shooting down my whole right arm, but I am going to continue writing bit by bit over the next few days or weeks.
Rest in peace, my boy. I will never ever forget you or stop loving you, my sweet, gentle Spider.
Since I took these photos a few months ago, I have actually got a few more new cat jewellery items!
Loooook! Lugosi, Spider, Ruby and Janelle were featured in this beautiful video! Now all we gotta do is move to Ireland and get that job! 🙂
DREAM JOB ALERT!!!!! My babies were featured in this gorgeous little video ad! Now all we gotta do is move to Ireland and get that job… 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 (originally posted on The Scene’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSceneVideo/videos/1451489254918423/ ) . #cats #dublin #catcuddler #thescene #dreamjob #ireland #tabbies #tabbycats #gatos #katzen #katt #neko #ilovecats #kitties #cute #pets #animals #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catlover #catlady #madcatlady #crazycatlady #catsoflanzarote #gingercat #seniorcat #oldcat #mycats #catlife #meow
And the German version:
Deutsche Version… TRAUMJOB!!!! #cats #dublin #catcuddler #traumjob #katzenknuddeln #dreamjob #ireland #tabbies #tabbycats #gatos #katzen #neko #ilovecats #kitties #cute #pets #animals #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catlover #catlady #madcatlady #crazycatlady #catsoflanzarote #gingercat #seniorcat #oldcat #mycats #catlife #meow
Last year during a trip to Israel, I spent a day at the JSPCA Shelter just outside of Jerusalem, and was amazed how hard the volunteers all worked there to help care for all the homeless animals.
Recently, they have had a series of break-ins, where luckily no animals were harmed, but a lot of things were stolen from the premises or vandalised.
They have now launched a week long campaign for Jewish Giving Day on July 10th, in order to raise money to buy a security system for the Jerusalem SPCA shelter so that there will be no more break-ins in the future.
Please click on this link to go to their campaign page and donate to help them protect and secure the animals and the shelter. This campaign will succeed if they can count on you to share the campaign with your friends and on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media, as well as donate, and tell your friends and family that you donated and ask them to give too…
We are proud to be Instagram furriends with this amazing ginger and white tom called City. He and his mom, Lori, have been tirelessly campaigning and fighting against the outdated and barbaric procedure of declawing.
I’m so excited! @redandhowling has joined us to help protect kitties from being declawed! 😺Please give her a big thank you on her page. 😽❤️ She’s so awesome and helps the welfare of all animals! What do you think about the cartoon? Please tag a few friends to help spread the word about our cause! #PawsNeedClaws #cats
Most people think that declawing is simply a clipping of the claws, but the reality is so much worse than that… it’s actually an amputation of the last digit of each “finger” on a cat’s paw! Some cats are so unlucky to be declawed on all four paws, but it’s more common for vets to do just the front paws. Yes VETS! These are the people who take an oath and solemnly swear to do no harm to an animal! And yet, especially in the U.S., this procedure is done routinely, along with spay/neuter ops, and the only real reason being so that cats do not scratch/destroy people’s furniture.
Declawing is purely a cosmetic procedure and has no health benefits for the cat whatsoever (except in extreme and rare cases where the cat has severe epilepsy, for example, and could end up hurting itself).
Well, to the people who want pristine furniture, I say “DON’T HAVE A CAT THEN!” How dare they maim their kitty’s paws so it then walks around on the amputated stumps and in pain for the rest of its life just because you don’t want your sofa scratched?!
I could go on for days about this subject, but please visit City the Kitty’s website to get the inside scoop and detailed information on how you can help become a fighter against declawing too. There are petitions you can sign and congress people to write to who have the power to change the law, with your help.
PLEASE HELP US STOP DECLAWING!