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April 23, 2014 / mymeowz

Guest Post: Kitty Shopping in Hong Kong

Here it is everyone!! Our very first guest post from my beautiful fwen Morgan and Gaia about shopping for kitties in Hong Kong!! Everyone please give them lots of love!

IMG-20140225-WA0003Mummy you don’t need to give Gaia that much love…

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Hello, I’m Morgan, and I live with my Mummy and little sister Gaia, in a tiny apartment in Hong Kong. I was adopted by Mummy from Lifetime Animal Protection Charity in December 2012, and Gaia was adopted from a Singapore-based breeder in September 2013. Misty’s mummy, Aunty M, invited Gaia and me to post on Misty’s blog to talk about kitty shopping destinations in Hong Kong – where we get our food, toys, scratchers, cat trees and so on and so forth. Aunty M thinks that readers will love to know more about this since Singapore is just a few hours away by plane, and Hong Kong has so much to offer kitties in terms of shopping!

We originally agreed that Gaia and I will write this together, but as you can see, she is currently unavailable *rolls eyes*. So I’ll do this by myself.

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The biggest secret to pet-supplies shopping in Hong Kong is that you don’t even need to leave your apartment – just go online.

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Our favourite online shop for cat food is Whiskers N Paws, because it has a good selection of high-quality brands (e.g. Almo Nature, Ziwipeak, Weruva, Merricks) at some of the best prices in Hong Kong. Besides kitty food, Whiskers N Paws also has a wide selection of cat supplies such as cat litter, cat toys and other cat accessories. Gaia and I love to surf the website with Mummy, pointing out items that we want. Whiskers N Paws has a bricks-n-mortar store front at Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau (1013, 2 Lee Wing St, Hong Kong) and Mummy loves to go there every few months, just to pick up toys and accessories for us. We always wait impatiently for Mummy to return from those trips to see what Mummy brought back, as not all the items in the shop are listed on the website. Our favourite window perch was the result of one such visit, and Mummy told us that she has seen the Sleepypod, the Lotus Cat Tree, and various Nina Ottosson toys during her visits there too! It’s almost enough to tempt me to leave the apartment to go shopping with her!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMisty has a Red Sleepypod!

Another website that we love to frequent is Petistore. Like Whiskers N Paws, Petistore has a huge selection of high quality cat food that are not easy to find elsewhere such as Bravo, Dear Deer, Thrive, Sunday Pets, Whole Life Pet, Nature’s Variety etc. What really impresses us about Petistore, however is sheer range and quality of cat accessories they carry. We were sooooooo excited when we found out that Petistore carries THE Modkat. We already have one Modkat which Mummy bought in Taipei, but I wanted a second one as Little Ms. Kay Poh loves to stand on her hind legs to peer at me when I am inside the Modkat doing my business. Mummy was so happy she could just order one from Hong Kong, rather than carry it all the way from Taipei or NYC. Petistore also carries the full range of Catswall products, including the Catwheel which I’m not too impressed by – I’m a cat, not a hamster! Maybe Gaia can be tricked into using that contraption, but not me!

about-row2_scenePhoto Source: Modko

catwheel-large-02Photo Source: Catswall

There are other online shops (many many others!) but these two are our absolute favourites in Hong Kong.

As for bricks-n-mortar shops in Hong Kong, besides Whiskers N Paws, Mummy frequents the pet supplies stores in Causeway Bay. There is a huge concentration of pet supplies stores in Mongkok, but Mummy doesn’t like to go there because many of those stores sell live pets, almost all of which are young animals living in deplorable conditions.

Patty House (Flat 3J, Po Foo Bldg, 39-47 Lee Garden Rd, Causeway Bay) is a bit difficult to find, since you need to find the entrance to the building which is somewhat hidden on a side street. The ancient-looking elevator doesn’t improve your confidence – Mummy felt she was on the set of an old Hong Kong movie when she first visited, and frankly might have just left if not for the security guard who reassured her that there is a very nice pet supplies store upstairs. Patty House provides cat grooming services which Mummy has been threatening to send us for each time shedding season comes around, and a limited though high quality range of cat food, feeders, scratchers, cat trees, supplements and toys. I adore the quail feathers that Mummy always buy from there, and the BFF brand of cat food (Mummy doesn’t feed us enough tuna!!).

Best Pedigree Cattery (30 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay) has a good range of high-quality cat food, accessories, supplements, and toys, though the prices are not always the cheapest. One brand that Mummy found here and nowhere else so far is Schesir, which she gives us once in a while to vary our diet. They also have the most adorable kittens, usually British Shorthairs, Scottish Folds or American Shorthairs and American Curls. Now we don’t like the idea of live pets sold in pet shops, but Shirley, the lady who owns the shop, provides the kitties (all of whom appear to be 12 weeks or older) with reasonable play areas and also does re-homing for homeless kitties. There is word that Shirley has sold the business though, so we need to observe the new owners’ business model and philosophy before deciding whether to continue shopping there.

Across the street from Best Pedigree Cattery is Moggy’s Pet Supplies (Flat 1/F Hoi To Court 275 Gloucester Rd Causeway Bay). This can be a little tricky to get to, since the shop is on the first floor of a residential building that is accessible only by entering a door code or calling the unit and getting the owner to unlock the gate for you. It is totally worth it, however. Moggy’s may be small, but it has some of the best selection of high quality cat food and cat supplies on Hong Kong Island, including items stocked on the Jackson Galaxy online store such as Spirit Essences, Neko Flies and Cat Buddies etc. It also sells some of those giant cardboard scratchers from Imperial Cats, and some very pretty cat trees that resemble castles made for the princesses that we are! Mummy can never resist bringing back a toy for us when she visits that shop.

There is another place in Causeway Bay that I don’t like Mummy going, because it gives her too many ideas – it’s called Paw Palace, which is in the same building and the same floor as Patty House. It’s really a place for dogs, who go there to be bathed and groomed and dressed up silly clothes. Unfortunately Mummy has taken a liking to some of the dresses they sell there and has bought some for us. Gaia prances around in those frilly dresses, I just hate them. Even worse, Mummy has found the website for her favourite brand of pet clothes, Wooflink – fortunately they are so expensive that Mummy doesn’t really splurge on them often since it is clear that I, for one, don’t like wearing them. If Gaia acts like the clever kitty we all know she is very deep down inside, instead of putting on this ditzy blonde facade, we might have convinced Mummy not to waste money on these frilly things altogether.

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Outside of Causeway Bay, Mummy always scores interesting finds in Stanley and, believe it or not, in the New Territories!

Stanley is one of Mummy’s favourite chill-out places, as it is such a lovely bus ride there from Central, and has a really relaxed vibe. There are lots of doggies running about with their families too! Dogaroo (Shop 404 & 405 Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley) caters primarily to dogs, but sells some really great pet accessories and furniture that can be used for both cats and dogs. It also has a decent collection of cat toys, scratchers, food and litter boxes. Mummy has found Nina Ottosson toys, pet prams and once, a Cat Ball Chair. Rather interestingly, it also sells Hello Kitty wine, which is labeled as “For Human Only”.

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The other shop at Stanley Plaza that Mummy always stops by is G.O.D, which is on the ground floor of Stanley Plaza. G.O.D. has other outlets (including a huge one at Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau), and it carries a small but good quality collection of pet supplies, such as pet bowls, pet beds etc from the Canadian brand One For Pets. Our food bowls were bought at G.O.D. even before I arrived home for the first time, and we use them till today.

Finally, Mummy discovered some small stalls at the street market outside Kam Shing Road MTR Station in The New Territories. This is not the most central part of town, but Mummy has a good friend who lives in that area whom she visits from time to time, and each time she does, she’ll browse through all those little stalls for little knick-knacks, accessories and toys that she hasn’t seen in the bigger stores!

And that is that, there are loads more pet supplies stores in Hong Kong, including some pretty nice ones at Mid-Levels, but there just isn’t enough space to write about all of them. As you can tell, Mummy strongly believes in buying high quality, well-designed items as she believes that they are more durable and hence more value for money. It also helps that she is a sucker for good design and loves us to bits.

I hope this helps all of you cat parents out there in Singapore when you visit Hong Kong! A little something should go some way to make up for the fact that you have left your poor kitties behind right?

I reserve my cuddles and headbutts and purrs to Mummy only, so I’m just signing off with my trademark glare!

Happy shopping!!!
Morgan

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April 22, 2014 / mymeowz

Yay for Good Poops!

I have a history of diarrhea or soft stools and a sensitive tummy…so it always makes Mummy happy to see nice poop in the litter box. Especially long tootsie roll like ones because those are apparently the target for good poops!

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And this poop had ZERO smell! Didn’t stink AT ALL. Probably the all time No. 1 benefit of a raw diet from a hooman’s perspective.

This made Mummy so happy today she just had to share…yeps. That’s my Mummy. Who probably should get a proper hobby….but she’s sure that other raw feeders will totally understand her obsession with my poop!

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April 11, 2014 / mymeowz

HK Shopping Haul

I’m really excited to announce that we will be having a guest post really soon from my beautiful fwens Morgan and Gaia who live in Hong Kong!

Mummy went to visit them (and their mummy, Auntie EC) in February and she totally cheated on me while she was there with them! But I forgive her because she spent most of that weekend shopping for me with Auntie EC and Auntie W.

Auntie EC knows all the great places to go in HK to shop for kitties and she brought Mummy and Auntie W around. Mummy went NUTS!! There is so much more variety in terms of products and toys in Hong Kong for kitties! Mummy has always felt that Singapore is more of a “dog” country because there are a lot more stuff for doggies in pet shops than for kitties. The toys, furniture and treats that you can find in Singapore for kitties are really limited. A lot of my stuff Mummy has to buy on Amazon and get them shipped to Singapore.

You can find Imperial Cat scratchers, Whole Life Pet treats, the Modkat, Drinkwell fountains, Pioneer fountains, SmartCat scratchers…even the Lotus Cat Tower which is totally Mummy’s dream for both me and her!!!

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Mummy was so jealous that kitties in Hong Kong can get all these wonderful kitty products…some of them are so big and bulky that buying them online and shipping to Singapore would just be too expensive so it’s really not possible for kitties in Singapore to get a chance to enjoy them.

So Mummy totally wasn’t going to miss this opportunity to get me as much stuff as she could while she was in HK. She made sure she had plenty of spare luggage bags to be able to buy big bulky stuff for me and look what she got!!

IMG_0268let me inspect my loot

Unfortunately…she could not pack a Lotus Cat Tower into her bag. Sob…

So I’m sure everyone really wants to know where they can go in HK to shop for their kitties too which is why I told Morgan and Gaia they absolutely have to share the info with everyone so they agreed to write a guest post on HK shopping for kitties (our first guest post)! I’m so excited! It’ll be up really soon so everyone please keep a lookout for it!

April 10, 2014 / mymeowz

Mi-views: Moving bug toys

Hi everyone! This is going to be a mi-view of a certain type of toy (as opposed to a particular brand) – the vibrating “bug” toy. The toy is basically a small rectangular shaped toy with a rubber textured cover over the top and sides. The sides look like little bug legs. It’s powered by a small round battery. You turn it on and it starts vibrating. Then it moves all over the floor or table top etc and will change directions if it bumps into anything. If it accidentally gets turned over, it can (sometimes) flip back on its own from the vibrations.

Before I go any further with this mi-view. WORD OF CAUTION. This toy is small enough that your kitty could grab it in its mouth and bite it. It could be a choke hazard. You should NEVER leave it anywhere out in the open that your kitty can reach/get to it and you shouldn’t let your kitty play with it unsupervised.

Mummy first bought one of these last year from Loving Pets. Loving Pets told Mummy it was Japan’s No. 1 toy for kitties at the moment! It’s called the Wild Mouse! Even has a little rubber tail….I don’t know why they called it a mouse. It’s really more the size of a bug. Maybe to differentiate itself from the Hexbug (which is the other similar toy I just got).

20131005_120347Japanese version – about SGD18(?)

20131005_124323plastic body with a rubber cover and tail!

20131005_124331bug like legs fir a mouse though…switch on the underside

We lost the Wild Mouse when we moved house. So Mummy recently bought the Hexbug Nano from Amazon. The Hexbug is not actually a cat toy. I think it’s a kids toy. But it’s almost exactly the same as the Wild Mouse so I don’t know who copied who. There are many different colours and different models for the Hexbug.

20140409_214542USD8 on Amazon before shipping

20140409_214615Like a sci-fi bug

20140409_214627looks exactly the same as the Wild Mouse

One difference Mummy noticed between the Wild Mouse and Hexbug Nano is that the Wild Mouse seems to move more in circles and a pretty tight circle. The Hexbug Nano doesn’t seem to move in a circle or maybe it moves in a bigger circle so it travels more instead of just going round and round the same spot. I think the Hexbug Nano movement could be more interesting…….less predictable maybe?

Let loose in the house, this toy really almost like a bug moving all over the floor. It’s small enough that it even goes under our wine fridge, the sofa, our book shelf, behind boxes etc which makes it kinda fun for me. Although the downside is that if it gets stuck underneath the sofa, Mummy has to go on her hands and knees to dig it out.

Initially this toy didn’t interest me too much. I’d watch it move around..but I didn’t really chase it very much or try to swat it. But after a few sessions of Mummy letting it loose, I’m starting to show more interest. I’m still not trying to swat or bite it (which is kinda good because Mummy prefers I don’t put it in my mouth since it has a battery inside and all) but if it moves out of sight, I will run to find it. I will follow it around…..flatten myself in hunting/pouncing stance…..search for it if it goes out of sight.

Mummy wonders if this counts as an “interactive” toy. Hee…for the lazy hoomans.

Some cats may like this toy a lot more than others. Auntie EC bought a Wild Mouse for Morgan and Gaia and they were instantly interested in it. They just kept following it around the house, looking for it…Gaia would very tentatively try to touch it. And they looked like they could just watch it for eons.

 

Morgan and Gaia are SOOOO pretty!

March 14, 2014 / mymeowz

Freeze dried venison organ treats

Recently Mummy went to the Pet Expo and there was a stall selling Dear Deer Venison treats. This was the first time Mummy has seen or heard of this brand of treats and was quite happy to see that there are now freeze dried whole meat treats being sold in Singapore because it really is a sign that more people in Singapore are recognising the benefits of a raw diet and also whole meat treats which are much better than overly processed treats.

The Dear Deer website says that the Dear Deer treats come from a New Zealand deer ranch and has no additives or preservatives. And all treats are vacuum freeze dried.

The treats come in the following options:

  • Deer Liver
  • Deer Heart
  • Deer Jerky
  • Deer Kidney
  • Deer Nugget

Mummy bought the Deer Kidney, Deer Liver and Deer Heart for me to try. We already get the Whole Life Pets Venison freeze dried treats (see mi-view here) so Mummy didn’t bother considering the Deer Jerky. She wasn’t so keen on the Deer Nuggets because they are made of a mixture of deer sinew, grinded bone, jerky and liver. Mummy just doesn’t really like the idea that it’s a mixture of stuff which might make it hard to assess how much liver I’ve been given and just generally not a fan of grinding.

IMG_0304Small sample packs of the deer liver and deer heart were sold at the Pet Expo. Deer Kidney in the original packaging.

The kidney, liver and heart treats all come in pretty substantial sized pieces and you definitely should not feed your kitty an entire piece of the treat. But they can be easily broken or cut up for your kitty or smaller sized doggies. They look like sliced pieces of meat which is great because it really looks like they just sliced up the liver or kidney and freeze fried them. They’re recognisable as actual organs as opposed to mystery meat. The liver and kidney really look like actual liver and kidney. Not so sure about the heart yet because we haven’t opened the packet.

Mummy breaks the liver and kidney treats and feeds me very small amounts because too much organs can cause diarrhea. These organ treats are a great way, and probably the only way in Singapore, to supplement my raw venison meat meals. We can’t get any venison organs in Singapore at all so for raw feeders in Singapore we can only use liver or kidneys or other organs from other types of animals. But Mummy tries not to mix proteins anymore and tries to keep the different types of animal proteins I get in a day to a minimum as far as possible (see here). So these venison organ treats seem like a good way to be able to give me venison organs for my venison meal days. They’re nowhere close to getting fresh raw organs but we do what we can in Singapore!

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IMG_0306deer kidney. really looks like a cross section of a kidney.

You can’t see from the photo but Mummy is using one hand to hold me away from the treats just so that she can get a clear shot without my furry black head in the way. So yep…I really like these treats so far. I even managed to grab the liver treat packet in my mouth and almost managed to run off with it! Some kitties who do not like to eat fresh organs at all might want to give these freeze dried treats a try. Since they’re freeze dried they don’t really have a strong smell which might be the reason why some kitties refuse fresh raw organs. Taking these photos of the treats were a real challenge for Mummy because I was ALL over them.

We also recently got another Venison liver treat from Only Natural Pet. This one was ordered online and shipped to Singapore using VPOST. We haven’t tried it yet but from the packet it looks different from the Dear Deer liver treats. It’s shinier looking and reminds Mummy of beef jerky in terms of looks and texture (from what she can feel through the packaging).

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But it seems like I will seriously like this treat too because…I was also all over the packet while Mummy was trying to take a photo and I even tried to bite through the plastic. When I finally get to try this I’ll let everyone know what I think.

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March 13, 2014 / mymeowz

Keeping toys interesting

The wonderful and sometimes also frustrating things with us kitties, is that you never know what new quirk and preference we’re going to throw at you. But it’s really the same for humans isn’t it? One day you’re totally into a particular topic or new hobby or new gadget and soon you get bored of it and move on.

So why do people not naturally think or realise that it’s the same for kitties. That we too can get bored of the same toy after some time. Whenever Mummy buys me a new toy that I like (and I don’t like all toys), she will play with me or leave it out for me to play with everyday. And I will be enthusiastic for a while. Super love! But after a few weeks, I will just lose interest and not want to play anymore.

Mummy couldn’t understand it at all for a very long time. All the mi-views I’ve written about all the toys that I love, I really did love them. But for most of them, I don’t really play them very much anymore. Only the puzzle toys which result in treats being in my tummy are still popular.

Then Mummy recently read Marilyn Kreiger’s Naughty No More and also came across other books or articles but she can’t remember what they are anymore that talked about rotating toys. Marilyn Kreiger even suggests at least 48 hour rotations. Then Mummy remembered many years back R&J’s Mummy also mentioned something about rotating their toys. You also should keep toys away after play so that kitty doesn’t have 24/7 access to the toys and get bored of them.

So Mummy has “ruined” many great toys for me (and also her) by using them non-stop for days. GASP!! Her fault!

Another recommendation is to reward for playtime. Jackson Galaxy always says that a cat lives to hunt, kill and eat. So playtime should mimic this natural instinct/activity of cats. We hunt the toy. And we have to have moments when we actually catch the toy to “kill” it. And after playtime we should get a meal or a treat as a reward for being an awesome hunter. This is why some cat “experts” don’t like the laser pointer as a toy for kitties. We may chase it but it isn’t rewarding for us because we can’t ever catch it. There is no “kill and eat” element to it.

I have one or two toys right now that I’m still interested in. And Mummy has been very careful not to take them out everyday and to try switching them every other day. All the other toys are now in the cupboard and Mummy hopes that one day they can see the light of day again when I’ve forgotten how awesome they are.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAok what are we playing with next?

March 5, 2014 / mymeowz

Mi-Views: Kyjen Paw Hide Dog Puzzle Training Toy

You guys know Mummy and me love puzzle toys. They’re great mental stimulation/entertainment and more importantly, they are a way for me to get treats! Since I’ve gotten pretty good with my Cat Amazing Puzzle Box and my wooden circle puzzle toy, Mummy decided to find me a new one. And she got me a dog puzzle toy.

IMG_0287ummm..Mummy..are you sure that toy is for someone my size?

Mummy decided on this toy from Amazon mostly because it was cheap (USD9 on Amazon) and made of plastic so she figured shipping would be much more affordable. It ended up to be a pretty good toy for me because luckily we found a way for me to play with it even though it was probably meant for a dog much bigger than me.

The Kygen Paw Hide Dog Puzzle Toy is in the shape of a paw and has many pockets for treats.The base has rubber on it so that it doesn’t slide so much on the table or floor.

IMG_0289Kygen Paw Hide Puzzle Toy – post modification by the pawrents

Each pocket has a cover with a tiny hole in it which I think is so that the dog can smell the treat.

IMG_0290original cover with that tiny little hole. ipod nano for size comparison.

The idea is pretty simple. Put treats in the pockets, put the covers over and let doggy lift the covers to get to the treat.

IMG_0288instructions on the back of the box

Once we took the puzzle out we realised the first obstacle to this toy for me. My mouth was not big enough to be able to bite the cover to remove it. And the covers fit into the pockets deep enough that it wasn’t really possible to use my paw to push the covers off. Oops. So Daddy cut bigger holes in some of the covers so that they would be big enough for me to be able to bite the cover to lift it off.

IMG_0291the covers shows how deep the pockets of the puzzle are

IMG_0293enlarged holes in the cups

But the pawrents had enough foresight not to cut all the covers in case once I got the hang of the game I would be able to “level up” and find a way to lift the covers with the tiny hole. And I did!! How you ask? Because I am a genius. And very little gets in the way of my treats!

I’m really pretty good at this game. I don’t even lift the covers that don’t have treats in them. Yep. I’m THAT good. You probably will need to help kitty with figuring out the game initially (my Mummy and Daddy helped me). Once I got the rough idea of the toy, I figured the rest out on my own.

The good thing about the toy is that it’s plastic and can be washed easily. I do get some saliva on the covers and base of the pockets so it’s good to be able to wash the toy easily by giving it a quick rinse.

More puzzle toys mi-views to come because Mummy recently went to HK and managed to buy from Nina Ottosson puzzle toys which we’re all very excited to try out!

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