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July 9, 2014 / mymeowz

I am Cat. Watch me hunt.

A lizard got into our house the other day! I went into Hunter mode…i found a good spot to watch it, stayed SUPER still and didn’t blink. No matter how much Mummy called out to me I didn’t respond to her. I am CONCENTRATION.

But I did occasionally make these super cute chattering noises at the lizard.  Has anyone heard their kitties make chattering noises before and does anyone know what it means???

Mummy and I hunted the lizard the whole night. Mummy hunted to try to get the lizard out of the house and me just to play with it. Did I say play? I mean EAT it! I am a hunter! Hear me raaawwwwwrrrrrr…

We turned the living room upside down trying to get it. We moved the sofa..the rug…Mummy put on rubber gloves…she kept asking me “where is it Misty? where is it??” I found it a few times and even smacked it. All Mummy had to do was grab it and toss it out of the house…but all she did was stand there and squeal. Mummy is not a very good hunter….

June 30, 2014 / mymeowz

Misty Security Gate/Fence

This a long overdue catification/renovation post! We’ve moved for about 6 months now and I still haven’t told everyone about the 2 kitty gates/fences which we have in the new house.

A bit of background first. In our previous apartment, we lived on the 3rd floor and we shared a lift with 3 other units. So there was very little concern over opening the front door and me running out because there wasn’t anywhere I could really run to. I’d occasionally walk over to next door neighbour’s rug to sniff at it or to sniff at their shoes. But that was about it.

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In our current apartment, we’re on the first floor. Our front door opens out to the road and car park so a major major concern was making sure I wouldn’t be able to run out or escape outside because it’s not safe and Mummy and Daddy do not want to take any risk of losing me. But how to effectively prevent me from running out the door and also not make it difficult to go in and out of the house? And how to have the flexibility to be able to keep the front door open in case they bought a lot of groceries or have a lot of bags to bring into the house?

Introducing the Misty anti-escape/security fence!

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The pawrents are very proud of this because it is 100% conceptualised and made by them! Mummy was “inspired” by the a entryway of a restaurant she saw on TV. It was a restaurant in either the U.S or Canada where there is winter and it gets very windy. So the restaurant has one door along the street but people enter into a small enclosed area where there is a second door that goes into the restaurant proper. This is probably so that people can enter and then close the first door to keep the cold/wind out before opening the second door which leads to the restaurant.

So using the same concept, Mummy wanted a system which allows them to open the front door completely with a secondary door/gate that will prevent me from being able to run out. People should be able to enter the house and close the front door before opening the secondary door/gate. The goal was also to ensure that the secondary door/gate wasn’t too difficult or cumbersome to open and that it wouldn’t be an eyesore for the humans. It also needed to be sturdy enough and high enough to prevent me from knocking it over or jumping over it.

Thankfully, I am nothing like this cat and I don’t do things like this.

 

These were the plans that Mummy gave to Daddy.

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Together, they figured that the frame should be made of aluminium which is lightweight and sturdy and the centre part of the gate/fence covered with clear acrylic. The hinges needed to be 180degree hinges to allow the gate/fence to be folded flat if needed and kept aside. Daddy found the places to buy the aluminium frame pieces, the acrylic sheet and the hinges. He riveted the aluminium pieces together to form the frame and riveted the acrylic onto the frame and tadaaaaaah.

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So far this DIY security/anti-escape fence has worked really well. It is everything that we need it to be. It isn’t an eyesore (like most white plastic baby/pet gates which very often doesn’t match the decor of the house) and it allows Mummy and Daddy to go in and out of the house easily without fear of me escaping.

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The down side to the gate is that with the acrylic sheets and the overall dimensions being quite big, it is a little heavy. So folding it up and moving the entire gate around is a little cumbersome. And because the gate is not on any sort of rollers or “legs”/pegs or attached to the walls in any way, to open the gate, you have to lift one panel slightly and then swing it. The lifting and swinging is not difficult. It’s just that it doesn’t open like a super smooth door. It’s a little of give and take. If we had attached it to the walls to create a fixed fulcrum, we would not be able to fold up the gate and move it away from the door which sometimes might be necessary if we need to move something very large into the house.

The other Misty gate/fence in the house is at the top of the stairs (we live in a maisonette). There are times when we have visitors in the house and Mummy and Daddy may want to keep me on the second floor for a variety of reasons…to keep me safe in case people just leave the door open and don’t close the Misty anti-escape gate properly or if there are too many people and I get cranky. Instead of buying a white plastic baby gate which wouldn’t look very nice in the house, they asked the renovation guy to make a swing glass door at the top of the stairs which matches the low glass wall/railing of the second floor landing.

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We have lived with and tested what these Misty gates/fences for about half a year and we’re happy to report that it’s all working out really well for us. Mummy and Daddy are really happy and pleased  because these gates are both completely functional and more importantly look great in the house. They match the decor of the house and blend in perfectly!

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June 16, 2014 / mymeowz

Misty NightFury(?)

Mummy and Daddy were really looking forward to watching How to Train Your Dragon 2. Because they really wanted to see Toothless again. And since they came home from the movie…Mummy’s been calling me Toothless…raaaawwwwrrr!! I’m a Night Fury dragon!!

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We’re pretty sure Toothless was inspired by a black kitty. Although Toothless behaves like a doggy. But that is how amazingly cute, gorgeous and inspirational we are! See….black cats are adorable!

Mummy watched the first How to Train Your Dragon on the plane on the way back from their honeymoon. The first time they went for a vacation after adopting me. She criiiiieeeed because Toothless made her think of me and she missed me so much. It was a good thing she didn’t watch the movie on the way to their honeymoon…I think she would have begged to turn back.

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June 4, 2014 / mymeowz

Guest Mi-View of the Kong Cloud Collar

All furries out there will totally agree with me when I say I hate the e-collar/cone. When I got sterilised I had to wear one for 2 weeks and it sucked (i told everyone about it here)! P1020020copynot….pleased…not please at all.

Now there are alternatives to the e-collar which seem to be a lot more comfortable for furries. Thankfully I have not had to wear one since my sterilisation but recently my friend Haru had to put on an e-collar and his mummy bought him the Kong Cloud Collar. So we asked Haru and Henrie’s mummy to write a review of the Kong Kloud Collar for everyone! Thanks Auntie WL!!

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Hello there! I am the only girl living in a house full of adorable boys. Of the 3 boys, Henrie and Haru are decidedly furrier. Apart from that they act like any regular housemates- watch TV and hang out together in the living room while their less furry housemates clean up after them.

image2Haru and Henrie’s recent obsession with organically grown weed is rather worrying.

As with most housemates who hang out a lot at home, Henrie and Haru like to indulge in a bit of tag or wrestling like normal blokes do.

Check out our ferocious and manly wrestling matches here too.

Only on one particular occasion, Henrie probably socked Haru a bit too hard and one evening after work, I found Haru sulking in a corner:

image-4Haru’s injured eye

I rushed Haru to the nearest vet (doctors for very furry people) who was kind enough to open her clinic for me even though it was her day off. Turns out Haru’s eye injury was rather serious as he had a scratched cornea and eyelid… and the best remedy for this was the dreaded eyedrops and eye cream. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, given that Haru was a bit of a baby (and would always be), he would have to wear the dreaded e-collar.

The “e” in e-collars apparently stands for “Elizabethan” which frankly makes the actual Elizabethan collar look positively trendy and ultra comfortable. They will henceforth be referred to as “t(orture)-collars”.

Elizabeth_darnley_portrait_ruffPic of Queen Elizabeth I circa 1575, source Wikipedia: I reckon Queen E still looks rather regal with the e-collar.

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 That being said, when dealing with injured furiends, this accessory/contraptions is absolutely necessary. As this is the first time that any of my furiends has had to put on the e-collar, it was particularly traumatizing for me (and I suspect, more so for Haru- and Henrie who saw him in the t-collar after the vet’s visit).

When the e-collar was forced over his head, Haru started walking in reverse, which, if it hadn’t been at 11 pm at night and I wasn’t so tired, would have been rather funny. Depression set in as Haru’s peripheral vision was greatly limited. It was difficult for him to drink and poo/pee as everywhere he went and whenever he tried to drink from the bowl, the t-collar bumped into a table/chair/litter box.

It got to the point that I had to place Haru on his loo after I witnessed him staring at it longingly (evidence showed that he really needed to go).   Desperate for a more comfortable solution, I asked Misty’s mom if she knew of other more comfortable e-collars and she introduced me to the Kong Cloud Collar.

Aptly named “cloud” colour, the Kong Cloud Collar looks like a mini inflatable travel pillow. In fact, it works largely the same way- blow it up, put around neck, strap velco around furiend’s neck- done. The biggest plus other than how easy it is to wear- is that your furiend’s peripheral vision is not completely lost.

More details on how it works: attach a pet collar to the inside straps, blow up the collar, attach over neck of furiend as if you were putting on his/her collar. One word of advice, if you tend to leave 2 fingers’ space between collar and furiend’s neck- tighten it to maybe a small pinky space. The Velcro straps are very handy as well to help adjust the collar around the neck of your furiend.

Does it work? Haru could lick the tip of his paws but he could not reach his face and neither could he groom himself as the Cloud Collar got in the way. So insofar as preventing your furiend from getting to his injured parts (save if he injured his paw), the cloud collar works.

The biggest plus for me was the comfort. Once I switched to the Cloud Collar, Haru could go to the loo easier, drink and eat without the cone stopping him. He also looked much happier – well, as happy as an injured furiend can be. He could rest easier- it does work like a travel pillow!

image-3Haru rests on his new Cloud Collar whilst his attacker gloats in the background.

 In summary? The Cloud Collar appears to be more comfortable for injured furiends. They would probably be able to drink/eat with more ease as opposed to being shacked with the t-collar.

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pic of Kong Cloud

The cons? Although the packaging states that it is scratch/bite resistant, I suspect an aggressive and determined furiend could possibly be able to rip the collar off, especially if his/her collar has a safety buckle. One of the straps that secured the Cloud Collar was torn off by Haru- but this could have been caused by the fact that the pet collar was too loose.

So if your furiend has a serious injury that must absolutely be kept away from your furiend’s meddling or an injury to his/her front paws, I think the t-collar would be the safest.

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May 26, 2014 / mymeowz

Hello…I’m a model.

Recently I had my second Furry Photos  photo shoot session in the comforts of my own home. They had an offer during the Pet Expo and Mummy had been wanting to do another photo shoot for me with them for a long time so she grabbed the opportunity to get a nice discount for the session.

101211_Misty_NG_01One of the great shots Furry Photos took during my first photo session with Uncle N

Since I am extremely frightened to leave home, having the photo shoot at home has it’s benefits of being in my comfort zone so they could get shots of me in different parts of the home and also of me doing some of my tricks. Mummy warned Uncle N that our house has very little natural light coming in and I am very hard to photograph in poor lighting since I’m a dark mysterious girl but he didn’t seem worried so he must have a very powderful camera!

It is most tiring being a model and having to work for the camera. At certain points of the session I was slightly cranky with Uncle N but he had lots of patience for me. He knows that when you work with top models like me, you must give me what I want, never get mad at me, give me space when I need it and also never to talk loudly to me. I got “paid” with plenty of treats during the photo session…free flow treats…it was a good day.

Everyone can check out the results of my “hard” work at the Furry Photos youtube channel

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May 7, 2014 / mymeowz

New vertical scratcher

Mummy has been trying to find a vertical scratcher for me. All my scratchers are cardboard horizontal ones. She wanted one that was really high so that I could really stretch myself out. But she also wanted one that was just a vertical pole and not with houses or perches because she didn’t want one that would take up too much floor space. We already have the franklincat system as a cat tree for me.

The ones that she could find that were just a vertical pole were all too short – around 30 – 50cm. The most ideal one would have been the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post (32 inches (81cm) in height) but we can’t find it in Singapore and since it’s so big shipping it to Singapore from Amazon was just not an option because of the cost.

One weekend Mummy walked past Art of Pets@Frankel and happened to see this scratcher in the store!

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The scratcher has a square base which measures 40cm by 40cm and is covered with a soft brown fabric. The scratching part itself is a sisal rope scratcher. Height of the vertical scratcher is 68cm and the pole is 14cm in diameter. We like the neutral brown colour because some sisal cat scratchers and trees which you find in Singapore are IMO covered in really tacky colours which are really hard to match or fit into the decor of most houses.

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It is almost exactly what Mummy was looking for except that we wish it was even taller. As you can see from the picture a slightly taller one could let me stretch out even more. And if your kitty was larger, this wouldn’t be high enough for a full stretch.

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Another thing that Mummy doesn’t really like about this scratcher is that it’s pretty light. She tested it in the shop and tried to rock it to see if it might topple over and it doesn’t really seem like it would but Mummy wishes it was a little sturdier. She’d feel a lot better that way. Lately she’s been seeing too many posts on Facebook about people’s kitties getting injured or even killed by toppling cat trees. It’s scary. So everyone please be careful when you purchase cat trees and make sure the design is such that it will not topple even if kitty launches off from a high perch/level. The cat tress should be bottom heavy/wider/fatter.

But I guess this one should be ok because it’s just a pole in the middle and the base is about 2-3 times the measurement of the pole diameter. And so far it doesn’t rock or sway when I’m scratching it. I’m not super big or heavy (around 4kg) though so I can’t really say if it would be the same for a bigger/heavier kitty. A benefit of it being light is that it’s easy to pick up and move around the house if it needs to be relocated or when cleaning the floor.

All in all given that this scratcher was found in a local store (so no exorbitant shipping costs involved) and was SGD49, Mummy is pretty happy with it. If she goes to HK again she might seriously consider buying the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post there and lugging it back home though…

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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!

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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!

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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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