Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thrifty Thursday: Flocked kitty toys

I continue to hit the local thrift stores (one store in particular). Do any of you remember Calico Critters (also known as Sylvanian Families)? They are little flocked animals with joints and clothing.

When I was about 11 or 12, my dad gave me one he bought as a gift during a business trip. It's special to me because my dad rarely bought me anything--it was usually my mom--and I liked that it was a "dad" cat.

It's showing its age, but I still love it.

I recently found three "kittens" and thought they would make a good family.

Now my dad cat has some company on the shelf. :-)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lucy and the fleece sweater

Jim gave me this Pussyfoot fleece sweater for Valentine's Day. Lucy decided she would pose with it for you.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 review: Frisco scoopable cat litter #chewyinfluencer

This month's review is of Frisco scoopable cat litter, 40 lb bag.

Litter is an important part of cat ownership. You want something that is affordable, easy to use, and that works well. But the cats must like it too, or all of that is moot.

This litter is very fine in texture.

Our regular litter is Dr. Elsely's Precious Cat. The small container contains that for comparison.  You can see the PC is lighter in color and not as fine as the Frisco.

I put 1/4 c. of water in each litter. The Frisco caught it immediately and made a ball shape. The PC sort of spread out more into a pancake shape.

After about one minute, I scooped each one. Here's the PC. 

Here's the Frisco. 

The cats did use the box overnight after leaving it. After a day or two of less usage in the "main" box, they are back to using it as normal. After a few days of use, here are the pros and cons:

Pros: Clumps cleanly, doesn't seem to track more despite that it's finer textured, no added scents or fragrances, a good value for the price

Cons: Doesn't control odors as well as the PC we use. Someone had a #2 that smelled for quite a while, though it was covered. It is much dustier than PC so perhaps not a good choice for people with allergies.

Overall, this seems like a decent litter, and the cats seem to like it. I hope the manufacturer can improve the odor control. If that happens it would be something I use regularly.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ringo + Lucy = BFFs

Ringo and Lucy are really bonding and becoming good friends. They took a nap together on my lap, and Jim got a couple of photos.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cuddly Benny

Benny just waits for the moment when either Jim or I sit down on the couch. He loves pets and cuddles.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

First photos of the cats

I was thinking of the cats' first photos, and thought I would share them all in one post.

Tucker (1998) with me, the day I brought him home. Taken by my sister. Tucker was leftover from a litter from my brother-in-law's relatives. He was about four months old.

Benny (2000), drinking from the water bowl. He was adopted at 8 or 9 weeks of age from a local shelter.

Sadie (about 4 weeks old, 2008) in Jim's hands. Sadie was an abandoned kitten found by my parents.

Ringo (2014), about 11 weeks old, adopted from a local no-kill shelter.

Lucy in late November 2016. This was before we trapped her, and she was near the food bowl in the playhouse in our backyard.  The photo is grainy because I had to zoom in from the back door of the house. I couldn't get any closer to her at the time. She would stay in our backyard for hours.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Three kitties in the sunbeam

Peace reigns when it's the three cats in the bedroom.

Sadie shows no interest in leaving the bedroom. Over the weekend, I tried putting her in the office downstairs (where Benny eats). She wedged herself under the sofa sleeper and was quite upset, so I moved her back into the bedroom.

Jim and I wish she would rejoin the household, but so far, she is not wanting that. 
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