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Cat Pheromone Spray – Does It Really Work?

August 23, 2012

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We love our pets, right? So why do we turn red-eyed and start foaming at the mouth when the blasted critters destroy the house? Furniture and carpets are MIGHTY expensive. The reason I threw my two previous housecats out of the house was because they scratched, clawed and destroyed everything. That $500 wallpaper in the hallway? It’s in ribbons. The $300 reclining wing chair and $200 love seat? In tatters. Every my fake-suede desk chair is pocked with claw and teeth marks. Why is it so darn difficult for the cats to restrain themselves to the scratching posts?!

Livvy our Tabby-Point Siamese is not nearly as destructive as the tabby cats were, but she is still a champion scratcher. comfort1She’s the one who has marked up my desk chair and she’s starting to eye the new love seat, too. I won’t get the cats declawed, just because I read that cats walk on their tiptoes (their claws) and it’s mean to take that away. So I endure. Barely.

I’ve heard about this cat pheromone stuff, but honestly, I treated the news like it was just another one of those “infomercial” type of products. It sounded too good to be true.

I THINK — I just possibly think!!! — that I have found something that works! It’s called Comfort Zone® with Feliway. A month ago, ComfortZone sent me several samples of their Feliway diffuser and sprayer products. They also included a few cute stuffed animals for Livvy– sweet! I’ve been trying them out for about 3, 4 weeks now. I actually have started to notice a difference in Livvy.

First, we tried the diffuser. It plugs into the electrical outlet and is good for one month. There is no discernible odor.

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It takes a while for the stuff to have an effect. Livvy is by nature a sweet-tempered kitty, but she’d been going through a rough time and had been pretty grumpy all spring and summer. I don’t know if it coincidence or not, but about 2 weeks after I plugged in the diffuser, she’s been so much better!

But the real test came with the spray. I did not want her to shred the love seat. So I saturated the couch with the spray! The directions say that to prevent or stop scratching, spray the Comfort Zone® Feliway once a day over the area. I did it last week.

SHE HAS STOPPED SCRATCHING THE LOVE SEAT!

I’m incredulous. She actually used her scratching post!

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Does she look like her stress levels are down, or what?

Here’s the scoop about the Comfort Zone® with Feliway:

  • Comfort Zone® products not only help reduce scratching, they helps reduce urine marking, spraying and other destructive behavior. The product contains pheromones, the same hormones that your cat makes and rubs all over things when she nuzzles things with her face.
  • Comfort Zone® says that most pet owners see a 96% reduction in urine marking within 4 weeks and 95% reduction in scratching in 7 days.
  • Because the product contains the stress-reducing hormones that cats produce, Comfort Zone® Feliway helps reduce all kinds of stress-related behavior. Besides reducing the scratching-everything-in-site behavior, Comfort Zone® also helps reduce cat spraying, urine marking, frightful hissing, and other stress-related behavioral problems.
  • The spray bottle is small– perfect for traveling. To help calm the pet before a visit to the vet or other car trip, spray the Comfort Zone® Feliway in the carrier about 20 minutes before the cat goes in. It makes the trip much better!
  • Comfort Zone® products are clinically-proven and veterinarian-recommended for helping reduce stress in pets!

Now if you have a dog, don’t despair. Comfort Zone® makes a product for canines, too: Comfort Zone® with D.A.P. for Dogs. Instead of stuffing the dog in one of those Thundershirts, try the D.A.P. stuff first. The spray is great for helping puppies transition to a new home, and helps reduce whining, chewing and other stress-related problems.

You can check out both products at the Comfort Zone® website. Just so you know, I did get some free samples in exchange for this review. I think I got the better end of the deal because the product has saved my love seat.

By the way, about those housecats I threw out of the house… They’re OK so don’t start crying. They became “outdoor” cats and sleep in heated cushy cat cubes in the basement and the garage. They eat canned tuna and get Temptations treats, vet visits, and are regularly furminated. Some days, I envy their posh lifestyle, haha.

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Fuzzy Masters the Art of Relaxation

May 30, 2012

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Can this cat relax or what?

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All she did was rub his shoulders, and he melts into a bag o’ fluff.

I don’t often talk about Fuzzy because he’s an outdoor cat and because he hasn’t hung out around the house very much during the day, until recently. Our other outdoor cat, Milo, died about a year ago and since then, Fuzzy hangs out with us more often. Fuzzy and Milo hated each other. They barely tolerated each other’s presence on the property, and we always had to have two separate beds and foods in separate locations. But since Milo is gone, Fuzzy is oddly lonely! I think he liked the excitement. :-p

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Review of Adams Flea & Tick Spot On for Cats

May 22, 2012

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I don’t often talk of him because he’s the shy, retiring type– our “outdoor” cat, Fuzzy. Fuzzy is all tabby, so he never comes in the house. We do have a nice little apartment for him in the basement, however, which is where he stays during the night. Because he is an outdoor cat, I can’t have him in the house. I am horribly allergic to fleas. I swell up and my glands go beserk. Fuzzy is a very affectionate cat, though, so he loves to sit on our laps and sleep on our fabric-covered patio furniture. A part of me dies when he does that… I envision a brigade of razor-teethed fleas marching from his fur onto our clothing. It’s not that I don’t want to cuddle him, it’s just that I know he has fleas and ticks just from his exploits in the tall grasses (and from befriending raccoons).

We’ve tried Frontline, which is “OK.” It’s pretty expensive and the applicator stinks. I usually wind up with more on my hands than on the cat. And Fuzzy has this vicious aversion to ANYTHING that remotely resembles a vet tool.

Well, the folks from Adams have seen my pitiful position, and took mercy on me. They sent me their new Adams Flea & Tick Spot On for Cats. It has a fancy applicator. Fuzzy is blissfully unaware what’s about to happen! Muahahhaa!!

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It’s wonderfully easy to do. I was actually amazed at how easy. I am the kind of person who *hates* giving cats any kind of vet care– pills, meds, grabbing them by the scruff and stuffing them in carriers– it just goes against my sensibilities. But I actually thought the applicator tool was pretty easy.

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You pop the plastic liquid tube into the plastic applicator. No need to tear the tube open, no scissors, nothing. Just put it in.

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Then, bend the applicator top over. The action will snap open the tube! I loved this. I didn’t get ONE DROP on my hands.

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That’s it. Now go rub and squeeze the stuff on the back of the cat’s neck.

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Fuzzy thought nothing of it, he figured I was just scritching his neck like I usually do. I couldn’t believe that he didn’t run away! I was even able to take a PHOTO while doing it. Unbelievable. If you have feral cats or outdoor cats, you know what I mean– these cats don’t like NOTHING. They’ll run away of they even suspect you of trying to help them. But the applicator has this small lip that probably feels pretty good, like a back massager. What cat ever ran away from a massage?

All done!

The Adams Flea & Tick Spot On for Cats says it kills fleas (YAY), deer ticks (YAY), flea eggs, flea larvae, and mosquitos. It also has a natural coat conditioner. The application must be repeated every 30 days. Don’t do this more than once a month, and MAKE SURE you get the proper potency according to your cat’s weight. There’s Adams Spot On for dogs, too.

It’s also affordable. I saw a 3-month supply of liquid tube refills on sale at Wayfair for $10. Walmart carries this stuff, as does Petco and others.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the product. And Fuzzy is, too, because now he can snuggle all he wants without me grimacing at him.

Note: I received a free sample of this product for this review. My opinion on the product is 100% mine. It is not intended to substitute any professional advice or opinions from your pet’s veterinarian. Before applying this product to your pet, consult your vet. Never apply this product to weakened, sick, or very young cats. Thanks for reading!

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Our Review of the Amazing Cat Sitter “As Seen on TV!” DVD

April 12, 2012

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Well, I know you’ve been waiting with BAITED BREATH our review of a cool cat video we picked up recently. It was vigorously advertised, claiming to entertain your cat for hours! Gee, you could almost leave your home for a week’s vacation and the cat would be riveted to the TV screen, right?!

We decided to get Livvy, our Tabby-Point Siamese cat, to give her personal opinion of the video. I won’t bore you with a text transcription of her review results, I’ll just post the video here. Enjoy!

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Find the Kitty Friday: Scrub a Dub

November 10, 2011

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What IS it with cats and laundry? At least, with THIS cat and laundry.

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She’s always skulking around the dirty and clean clothes. She likes to hide behind the mounds surrounding the washer. Then she likes to try to hop in the dryer while I’m pulling them out. Finally, she jumps in the basket of warm unfolded clothing or plops on top of the piles of folded laundry. What a silly girl.

It’s hard to believe she’s 3 1/2 years old now. She’s still such a baby. A big baby. A big laundry-loving, laundry-mooching baby.

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Find the Kitty Friday: What’s Mine Is Mine…

September 2, 2011

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…and what’s yours is mine, too.

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Livvy! I was going to drink that! :|

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She Needs a Buddy

August 13, 2011

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We’ve been away from the house so often this summer (a roofing project) that Livvy has spent long periods of time alone. I’m starting to get a little concerned. LOL

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Seriously, when we leave, she moans and howls quite loudly out the window. As we drive away, we can hear her pleas through the window. Sheesh!

So the husband turned to me the other day and said quietly, “She needs a buddy.” I looked at him, my eyes shining. I knew exactly what he meant. No, not another stuffed animal buddy— another KITTEN!!!!! This from the guy who has to hold me back from becoming a crazy cat lady! :D

We *may* get another kitty, then. I’ll keep my eyes open for a Siamese or Siamese mix. Maybe by winter, Livvy will have a pal. And I’ll have another tiny feline to squeeze!!

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Find the Kitty Friday July 15

July 15, 2011

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I wasn’t planning on having any Find the Kitty post today, because she’s not been hiding AT ALL lately. It’s been so hot that usually she’s sprawled entirely across the floor, stretched out so every bit of fur is not sticking to another.

That makes me wonder– do cats sweat? How do they perspire extra heat??

Anyway, here’s the photo. Can you find here?

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Sorry it’s so dark. She caught me quite by surprise in her new hiding spot, and even stood still for a few seconds to let me snap the photo!!!

Have a blessed weekend, folks.

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Deer in Garden

June 27, 2011

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Well, well. This will take care of the weeds in the garden.

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I came right up to the thing, about 3 feet away. It’s a young buck, can you see his stubby antlers? He kept rubbing them on his leg. When I tried to touch him, he jumped out of the garden and wandered around the backyard for a while.

The deer here are incredibly tame. He sat in the grass, swishing flies from his tail and munched on my lawn.

Later, I was sitting in the screened gazebo with Livvy when the deer came around again. My other cat, Fuzzy, was with us, too. Fuzzy was oblivious to the deer, because he was facing Livvy with his back to the deer. The deer spotted Fuzzy and for some crazy reason, started to approach him quietly. It looked like the deer wanted to play with Fuzzy! Slowly, slowly, the deer gingerly crept closer to Fuzzy. Livvy and I watched, spellbound, from only about 3 or 4 feet from them.

Suddenly, Fuzzy turned around and saw the deer. BOING!!! His tail exploded into a bushy rod and he sprinted for the basement doors (where he sleeps). The deer snorted several times and chased after Fuzzy!!! It was pretty wild! I’d never heard a deer snort, and I don’t think Fuzzy had, either. Fuzzy peeped his little head up from the basement steps as if to ask, “Is the coast clear?” The deer stared after him, wondering why the pretty kitty didn’t want to come out and play. It was a “Bambi and Thumper” moment. LOL.

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Well, the deer eventually gave up and wandered back into the garden to eat more weeds.

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Domestic Cat Chart

March 24, 2011

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I stumbled across a really neat chart recently. It’s the Domestic Cat Chart. It’s a guide to housecat coats and colors. VERY COOL! Where does your kitty add up? You can check out the flickr.com/photos/74875296@N00/5557665456/sizes/l/in/photostream image. Click on the largest size possible to read all that print.

I’m sorry, I can’t remember where I found the chart. :( I would link to it if I knew. If you own the original site and want attribution for the chart, please leave me a comment. I’d love to give you credit!

I guess Livvy is a “mackerel” print. She’s half Siamese, half tabby. She’s got a lot of the Siamese personality (she’s like a family member– very lovey and personable), but she has inherited a bit of the tabby look.

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She had a lot of white to her when she was a baby. OH how I miss those days.

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Here’s a good photo of her mackerel stripes. I don’t think she would mind being compared to a fish. Not as long as she could eat some for dinner, too.

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This is her Sphinx look. SO Siamese.

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My baby is special. :D And I love her to little bits.

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