You know – The usual

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I did my pet chores this morning, hung out for fifteen minutes, and then thought ‘Where’s Yue?’.
Yue is my ten year old cat, who MEERs every day, has huge crazy blue eyes, and a pink nose.
I went to go find her, and I found her hiding spot. She did not meer. Her blue eyes were gazing distantly. Her nose was not as pink.
I brought her a treat to make sure she would eat, and she took her time. She eventually ate it.
I picked her up a few minutes later and placed her on the pet heating pad next to the window. I checked her gums for color, and I felt inside her ears. Everything seemed okay. I watched her for 30 seconds, and her respiratory rate was fine. I waited 2 1/2 hours and then picked her up and put her in the MeowSpace to go eat. She ate a tiny bit.

This afternoon she is totally fine. 0.o

There was no salad for Murphy this morning at the pig pen. I gave her a blackberry, a piece of red bell pepper, a carrot stick, and a vitamin C cookie. She did not eat the blackberry. The reason there was no salad is because the last container of spring mix I got was very heavy on spinach. Murphy has no appreciation for spinach. I dumped the rest of the spring mix in there yesterday for her to pick through, and it looked like she hadn’t touched it. It was a lonely pile of spinach.
Murphy is my four year old guinea pig. She gets what she wants. She now has an appropriate spring mix I picked up at Target next to Petsmart.

At Petsmart there was a woman with a giant bag of guinea pig food. I inquired. She said her female ended up being pregnant, and then was pregnant again, and she currently has 6. I told her about the local rescue group that does small animals, and that maybe she can get some resources. I also ran into a woman with a small dog that had the exact same build as my departed dog, Lila. This dog was black, and 8 lbs, with the very same figure although Lila was 11 lbs. Her dog was mixed with Shih Tzu. It was always suspected that Lila was mixed with Shih Tzu, but I had no prior experience with the breed. Lila came from a smash face rescue in Palm Springs CA, that picked her up from Bakersfield animal control.

I spent too long at Target today. I did. I wandered. I ended up finding some wool laundry balls on clearance. You’re supposed to be able to use these to shorten dryer time and/or beat the crap out of your load in the dryer instead of using fabric softener. Either way I can use them in the human laundry, or I can use them in the guinea pig laundry. You’re never supposed to use fabric softener on fleece guinea pig laundry.

My boyfriend took one of the balls and gave it to my male cats.
Alright. They work for cat toys, too.

I had to sit around with a movie on as I was waiting for the stock update on the rabbit I needed to order from Hare-Today. Stock updated by 4:55 pm ET. I had advance notice that there would be short supply today because our weather has been too erratic this winter for the breeders to provide any regular supply. By 5:15 pm all the rabbit they posted was sold. I got 44 lbs as well as 10% off with code Springfever2019 for orders over $100 through April 12. My click-thru is posted under links at the top of the page if you’d like to see what they carry.

Ah. I almost forgot. The Petsmart App on your smartphone shows that there will be new coupons to earn on the Treat Trail game in three days, and I received 2x the points for litter through 5/5, so check your offers.

Polly’s Pet Products Tooty Fruity Bee Pollen Bird Perch #chewyinfluencer

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This is our last one from Chewy. We were able to choose a bird item (no charge) to get our parrots’ honest opinion.

Surely you know how opinionated birds can be? Yeah. I know. It’s hit or miss, even if you check off all the right boxes.
They like boxes, too, some days.

We have three green cheek conures, and they are about 75 grams each. We chose to get Polly’s Pet Tooty Fruity Bee Pollen Perch in SMALL. The colors/flavors are random, and we received a Goofy Grape. “Oh noes.” – My birds don’t usually like purple at all. But, it turns out it was okay. Idris uses this a lot. She waits for me to take her out first thing in the morning, because it’s mating season and I’ve conditioned her to accept me as her bird right now so she’ll leave everyone else alone. My other two girls are bonded.

However, I’ll repeat : IT IS MATING SEASON

All my birds are DNA’D female, but last year we ended up witnessing Koi laying ten eggs for Jak. If my birds would chew on this (it’s chew-able) it is an excellent source of nutrients they need to keep up with the egg laying.

Give your pal a perch he can actually eat with the Polly’s Pet Products Tooty Fruity Bee Pollen Bird Perch. It’s made with all natural, 100% highly digestible calcium and bee pollen for a tasty, nutritious treat. The calcium is essential to keeping your bird healthy, and bee pollen is packed with nutrients like active enzymes, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins. Plus, it also doubles as a perch that gently trims nails as your pal walks on it, and his beak as well! It’s easy to set up either on the side of the cage or on the top, and is proudly made in the USA by a family-owned company with a passion for birds.

My girls never chew these things and they never trim their own nails. No one was afraid of it, they did use it, and it’s an appropriate size for them. Thanks for modeling, Idris!

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Ethical Pet Shimmer Glimmer Fish with Catnip Cat Toy #chewyinfluencer

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Chewy sent us this cat toy at no charge in exchange for our cats’ review.

These cats crack me up. You think you know them, and they do this:

Small enough to be carried around the house? YES (The dimensions are 4.5 inches in length, 3.5 inches in width, and 1 inch in height)
Crinkle sounds? YES
Catnip? YES



There are at least four cats on Chewy that love this thing. It’s been unloved in my dining/living room area for weeks. I even put catnip on another toy and this one, and left them both out (to make sure our catnip is still good). The boys played with the other toy.
This crinkly shimmer glimmer fish is still in the floor.

On the plus side, they got a new cardboard box from Chewy.
Check out the Shimmer Glimmer Fish Cat Toy (colors vary)

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Murphy : 4 year old guinea pig

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I realized I hadn’t given any update for March. Her blood came back and appeared negative for lymphoma. Her weight went up, then back down, and we went to the local vet and she was put on antibiotics because she was doing this weird huffing. They wanted to do a few tests, but that would have maxed the CareCredit out again, and I need it open for emergencies.

She’s received 2 of 3 Lupron injections, and her 3rd is next month to have these ovarian cysts treated non-surgically.

Murphy is laying around today, not asking me for treats every time she sees me, and only ate half her offering of carrot. I decided to weigh her to make sure she’s not going into a slump again. Surprise, surprise… She’s up to 960 grams.

She is a little pissed with me not dropping a hay bomb on her like we usually do. I want to put in a 9 lb order of her Oxbow Orchard Grass to, but in the meantime I picked up the Timothy Hay Stacks at Petsmart. She firmly believes that I am screwing with her.
As well she should; She’s 4 years old and should get what she wants.

#BasePaws DNA CatKit update #8 – IMAGE HEAVY

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I tried to think of a few ways to present the new version of the report, but a PDF would be most useful. I’m just not sure if I know how to put PDF files on here, so I printed out the reports for both Princess Yue Pants and Tommy Gargoyle, and adjusted the photos. Go ahead and click on them, and they will blow up so you can read them. The cats they listed as being in common with my cats has updated, with about half of them being eliminated from this Alpha report. I’m guessing it’s because they grouped my two cats into either a “Western” breed or an “Eastern” breed, and while their percentage was favorable towards Eastern, they were both designated Western, so I guess the other ones drop. I was hoping for more insight into health issues, but they only provide the one top breeds and the issues that those breeds typically present. These reports will be updated at a later time, as they expand their research. My guess is that they have to build a decent database for purebred cats, and then go into the mutts we, which most all of you with cats have as well. Breeding cats started much more recently than the breeding of dogs, so this isn’t as easy as you might think. They also request cats with certain health issues and traits and study their genes as well, like cats with asthma. It’s a slow going process getting your feet off the ground as a company ready to present to consumers.

For reference I am providing a few photos of these cats of mine:


This guy

Tommy favors the Russian Blue breed in attitude and looks, but Yue has more predominance to that breed than he does. Yue favors Ragdoll and Norwegian Forest Cats, but she’s only 10 lbs, and those two breeds were further down in her list.

The vomit Princess

I am looking forward to future updates. P.S. Tom does have FLUTD. He came down with it when he was 7.

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INNX Dog Barrier with Storage Net

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INNX sent me this item at a discount so that I could check their product out for you. I’ve written a spot on a seat belt strap that buckles in while connected to your pet’s harness, and now we’re trying out a barrier. I ran into some confusion during install, because the product insert said there are three different sizes recommended for different sized vehicles. The product link that I am about to show you will state this “Universal for Cars, Jeeps, Trucks, Suvs, Vehicles, Dogs, Pets, Seatback, Front Seat, Heavy Duty and Portable, 11.8″W x 23.6″H

Oh? I drive a sedan. The better fit would 12.6″ H
I dug a little. I found there is another listing with the smaller and medium nets listed here: clickclickclickclick

c’est la vie

There are two larger hooks and two smaller hooks. The large ones connect at the bar of any adjustable headrest, both driver and passenger. The two smaller hooks connect to the bottom of each of those seats, anywhere available. There are tips that you should not stretch this more than 100% to avoid injury. It also seems to indicate that you will see best results with well behaved dogs between the weights of 10-50lbs. Your dog can get tangled, but this stretches to hold items between the layers of net, such as water bottles or food bowls or you can even stuff your leash in there.

Mr Bakkenthief was not amused

The sulking view from Mr Bakkenthief.
“I really want to jump into human’s lap but this thing is in the way.”

“Human could put my squeakers in there.”
– Mr Bakkenthief

Personally, I love #5. This is a pet accessory, not a cargo net. The connecting pieces are all plastic. I don’t know how well this would perform back in Phoenix, when temperatures inside your vehicle are consistently LAVA. But, I’m in Maryland, where it’s currently highs of 35 and 75, twice a week.

INNX does provide a 1 year warranty. If you notice in their Amazon listings, there are no visible plastic hooks. I see carabiners!

I’m laughing. Can you laugh with me? I LOVE this concept, but I see a few things you can do with it to improve your performance, and obviously, so have they! All three nets are Prime eligible, so you can receive yours quickly, and if you’re concerned over the safety of the open net itself, this is still great for storage, and you can lay a blanket over it.

PS – I just checked that discount code, and possibly there is a language barrier here – It reduces your cost down to $5 for one barrier, no matter the size.

Weruva Stick a Spork in It Stews! Duck with Salmon Dinner in Gravy

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We were introduced to Weruva around 2017, and it keeps impressing my cats.
Weruva provided us this new flavor for an honest review. There is no compensation and I can’t afford paid actors; these were real cats.

My girls have lots of success with Cats in the Kitchen, but today the Stew! went to our boys. Hydration and Omega 3s are very important to them in particular, because of the backstory. Tommy is a FLUTD cat. He’ll get unspecified inflammation, and we took Tom and Stewart off kibble when Tommy started having urinary blockages. He’ll be eating wet food for the rest of his life, and the only treats he gets are freeze dried. Omega 3s are a natural anti-inflammatory and support a healthy heart.

Weruva Stews! are carrageenan, gluten, and grain free. Pleasantly surprised that the first three ingredients in this flavor are Duck Broth, Duck, and Salmon. It’s not just “water sufficient for processing”. Neat.

Here is a tip: Any of these small slider chip clips may work for the pouches, but we prefer GripStic. It creates an excellent seal and they make a size that are perfect for these pouches.

I would also like you to know you can recycle the empty pouches with TerraCycle. More information on the program here.

Yes, Stewart got to have some, too!

No Means No – The Video Tutorial

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Mating season and Parrot trouble

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Idris turned 7 and decided to be the nastiest bird to our middle fid, Koi Monkey. Koi has a wife named Jak. Idris doesn’t have a wife, and decided this year would be hers.


They had to be separated. Idris has been in the poquito hotel for about two weeks, but I couldn’t be sure. I split her up from the flock somewhere between taking Murphy to the vet, coming down with a head cold, taking Murphy back to the vet, getting over the head cold, keeping all appointments this week, grocery shopping…

But today there is a sleepover for Dismal’s youngest child. I came home with Child #2 from doing a run to fill a cardboard box with sushi rolls from $5 Friday, and also came back with the turkey thighs I need to make my males’ cat food next week…


“Where’s Idris’ cage?”

He’d put it away and put all the birds back together. I was horrified. Today is not the day to test me.

I now realize why at 9:33pm ET my back is hurting again. As soon as I saw the birds, I was doing all kinds of contortions rearranging their cage. I moved everything, and I was prepared for this day to come. JUST. NOT. TODAY.

The girls have always slept together in a medium Happy Hut. It’s gone into storage. I ordered Kings Cozy Hideout Large from Kathie with MySafeBirdStore two weeks ago. I also put a new seagrass play mat on the opposite wall from where I normally hang them. Tonight, I went couponing and got one of these to hang from their java stand. They even got a new boing last month.

Jak was the first to go enjoy the Kings Cozy. She was so excited. Eventually everyone checked things out and were chirping about it all.
Idris hasn’t attacked Koi, and Koi isn’t running away from her in a panic, asking for human intervention.

This was four days ago when I had to play birb for Idris again during her time out.


#chewyinfluencer all about kitties this month: Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Goldie Lox and the 3 Fares Variety Pack

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And you know what I did? I didn’t display all 4 flavors.

This a 4 flavor variety pack. See: 1, 2, 3…. ah man.

Chewy let us pick this heavy variety pack of chicken blends to try with the girls for free, so long as the ladies remain brutally honest with their feelings.

Goldie Lox and the 3 Fares went great. Here’s where you order yours: click

By the time I noticed I didn’t snap all four cans, it snowed, the guinea pig got sick, I got sick, the guinea pig got sick again, one of my parrots is now a homewrecker after trying to steal someone’s wife, both cars went to the shop, and I was an irresponsible photographer. 24 6oz cans. It would seem like ton of food if your cat has a waist to manage, but these are very light in calories all around. “Recipe contains no grains, gluten, potatoes, GMO ingredients, MSG or carrageenan, so it’s great for cat with allergies.” They didn’t stuff it with carbs and vegetables. Yay!

Caloric Content
Chicken Frick A Zee: 147 kcal/can

Funk in the Trunk: 95 kcal/can

Goldie Lox: 101 kcal/can

The Double Dip: 124 kcal/can

Let’s talk about Goldie Lox. These ladies of mine do not eat fish. Shellfish, yes. Fishy fish? No. But all these are poultry blends from
(I’m going to go layman here): chicken chicken, chicken pumpkin, chicken beef, and chicken fishy. Any option may come suspended in an au jus, or a consomme, but they all need a good stir w a fork and to me seem like they are in a gelee.

Amalie and Princess Yue Pants

And lastly, the first thing I noticed *I should be a filmmaker* is that these larger cases of canned food are now being protected by a heavy cardboard shell over the top of the cans.

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