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Meet Hugo, the latest Millionaire sob story. This little lost sweetheart showed up on our doorstep, cold and starving. I haven’t been able to locate an owner, so it looks like we have kitty number 8.

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We seem to have acquired another cat. We waited several days, trying to locate an owner for this little lump of skin and bones we found freezing on the front porch. Now he has been named: Hugo. He’s scared shitless of anything that moves, but drum practice didn’t faze him at all. He’s super cute, but literally skin and bones. I can feel each bone in his body. I’m afraid to rub his fur too hard in case it’s tender to have your bones poking out so.

He’s not the kitty I would have chosen for our last baby, but he must have known which porch was the best. He’s hit the jackpot here. Isn’t he cute? He better be, ’cause we aren’t getting any more kitties for a long, LONG time.

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We have 7 cats. SEVEN. CATS. That means seven times the love and seven times the poop. It also means seven times the territorial disputes and night crazies. I would not trade any of my kitties, but hoo-boy I would trade the spraying, scratching and litter duty.

The lovelies at Ceva generously provided me with full size samples of their pet products Feliway and Adaptil. Feliway is for cats, Adaptil for dogs. (Since I don’t have any dogs, I gave the samples of Adaptil to my mom and a friend to try out on their dogs.) Have you heard of Feliway? Well, pull up a chair because I am about to tell y’all about it. It’s my new favorite product to help deal with behavioral and territorial issues at my cat farm (as my house is lovingly referred to by a family friend.) Feliway comes in a plug in diffuser and a spray that can be applied to specific places to ward off scratching or marking. For the last few months, we have used the diffusers in combination with the spray. Can I just say AMEN!

Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.

By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat’s local environment.

As a result, Feliway can be used to help comfort and reassure cats while they cope with a challenging situation and help prevent or reduce the stress caused by a change in their environment.

 

And just what does that mean in a house with seven cats? It means that Kitty Cat, the oldest most jealous kitty doesn’t hiss and fuss at the youngers as much. It means that Gus, the one who sits by the door and cries to go out ALL.DAY.LONG can be redirected to play or come away from the door. It means that LuLu the fat bottom girl who is averse to anything that doesn’t involve food doesn’t mind being held so much, that Miss Ellen (or the BeeBee as  we like to call her) only hides under the bed 12 hours a day instead of 23. Feliway in my house means that Phineas and Tag, who are about the most chilled out cats I have ever met, remain chill even when Kitty Cat is being a jerk. And it means that when we brought home the 4 week old abandoned kitten, Captain, the big boys didn’t feel the need to eat him*

We have less territory marking, less torn up furniture, less hissing and posturing. Calmer kitties mean I am calmer and that our family enjoys our pets even that much more. In short Feliway has been a game changer for us. It has been studied and proven to reduce stress in cats! (As for the Adaptil, my mother and friend report the same calming with their dogs.)

Lucky for you, my lovelies, I have prizes to give away! I took all my willpower not to keep these for myself because I am SO in love with this product. Two (2) winners will each receive a bottle of spray and two (2) single-use comfort wipes, and two (2) winners will each receive 2 single-use comfort wipes.

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In the sad, sad, event that you don’t win one of the prizes, Feliway can be found at places like PetCo, PetSmart and local veterinarians.

The full scoop: I was not compensated for this post. CEVA graciously provided samples to me and I will host the giveaway from the products I was provided. Postage is at my own expense. My cats like Feliway. It’s worth every penny!


Tag is our tuxedo cat. He has too much junk in his trunk. Taggy doesn’t jump higher than he can reach. Tag gets stuck in all kinds of places because he forgets that he is clumsy and that his back end is bigger than his front end. Last night this happened while some kitties were retrieving toys from under the stove:


My kitty babies like a blanket every now and then.

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With our furnace not working properly, we’ve all been finding ways to keep cozy warm. KittyCat got in the tower cube.

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I have so many things swirling around my head to write about. Sometimes dumping it in one spot helps me clear my mind enough to move forward. There. I admitted it. So here are the posts I’d love to do, but haven’t found a way to gel into coherent thoughts. My hope is that I can put this out there for accountability purposes:

  • More kitty introductions. The world definitely needs more cat photos on the internet.
  • Further discussion of the Deep Clean Extravaganza
  • My dysfunctional extended family and the emotional blackmail and abuse that come along for the ride – there’s so much I could probably write a book. Not even kidding a little bit.
  • Crafty shits. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten my craft on all year. That makes me sad. I blame a summer heat wave and no A/C
  • Gonerfest 9 photos.
  • My awesome Shutterfly cards & super duper adorable TinyPrints return address labels (just about my only creative efforts this year)
  • Product review for an awesome pet product that I LOVE.
  • An upcoming giveaway and blog hop – stay tuned because this one is imminent.


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