Mummy thinks I’m handling the moving process really well so far. I’m still eating well, wanting treats and don’t seem moody. Even though right now we’re living in this…
And notwithstanding that a few of my favourite furniture/furnishings have been removed, I’m handling it like a real champ! Mummy’s very very grateful…
Even awesome cardboard box mountain is gone! My environment is totally being turned upside down!! But I am a strong beautiful…ummm…kitty. And I can do this!
Mummy has been feeding me meats I prefer (aka not chicken) and these few days I am going to be getting one of my favourites venison. Yummmyz…Mummy says she wants to get as much food into me as possible these few days because during the first few days at the new house I might be too freaked out to eat.
And I might have lost cardboard box mountain…but I have found a new throne.
So I mentioned to everyone some time back that we were moving house (see here) and it’s almost moving time soon!
Mummy started giving me Spirit Essences’ Changing Times and Stress Stopper a few weeks back and she’s been fretting over the logistics of getting the new place cleaned and aired out before I move in. The pawrents have been really busy…there hasn’t been much playtime because when they’re working on the new house and the move. There also isn’t much space around the house now for wand playing and running around because things are all over the place.
Boxes and packing material has been brought into the house as the pawrents prepare for the big move. And even though I really should be freaking out because the house is in chaos right now…I’m in cardboard box mountain heaven!
I’ve been lounging on this mountain of boxes…playing on it…scratching the sides of it…
I also explored this bubble wrap hill…not as exciting as box mountain though…
Hope everyone can help pray and send good thoughts over to us that the move goes well!
Mummy loves looking for puzzle/IQ toys for me. Clearly I am a species of the gifted variety and I need mental stimulation. I’ve had this wooden puzzle toy for a long time now and this toy is great for me because I’m very treat motivated. Mummy likes making me “work” for my treats…and she believes that mental stimulation is important for kitties because it keeps us from being bored and taking out of boredom on something else…like furniture.
It’s a solid wood toy. Not particle board or plywood crap. It’s a real heavy solid wood toy. Unfortunately, Mummy cannot remember what brand this toy is it doesn’t say so on the toy itself. She got it on Amazon and one that looks very much like it is this Trixie Hide n Seek Circle one. But we don’t know if the Trixie one is the same as the one I have. The colour is different but it looks very similar.
One side of it has round pockets all around and circle covers for the pockets with a little protruding fish “handle” so I can use as grip to push the covers around to uncover the treats. The covers move around very smoothly. This side of the toy was easier for me to pick up and figure out. Mummy still had to spend some time with me to teach me how the game worked though and she used the clicker to help me. She’d put a treat into a pocket and cover it, tap on it to bring my attention it and if I touched it/sniffed at it, I’d get a click. Eventually we progressed to me uncovering the treat on my own and getting clicks for it. Now the clicker isn’t necessary anymore. Mummy can’t hide the treats fast enough anymore. Initially she also used a stronger smelling treat like dried ikan bilis or freeze dried salmon treats so that I could smell which pocket the treat was under. That’s not necessary anymore either.
The other side has a tunnel with a wooden ball which I can push and chase for the fun of it and another puzzle with 3 pockets and wooden strips to block the pockets. This side was very difficult for me! It took me a long time to learn/figure out how to play this side. Don’t be fooled by how easy I made it look in the video.
This is a great toy. Really really wonderfully made. So solid and sturdy. Don’t ever drop it on your foot. It’s pricier than other types of puzzle toys that aren’t made out of solid wood and unfortunately because it is so solid, it’s also heavy. So shipping to Singapore will be expensive. There are a bunch of other puzzle toys in the market for kitties that are made from plastic or non-solid wood which would be cheaper to ship to Singapore. Pet Lovers Centre sells similar puzzle toys like these for doggies which might work for kitties too. Another option is the Cat Amazing toy which is made out of cardboard and ships flat.
One of the very few supplements I get on a “regular” basis is Omega 3. If you’re not feeding grass fed meats, then Omega 3 is a recommended supplement to counter the fattier more Omega 6 rich non-grass fed meats. Omega 6 generally can cause more inflammation and Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory. So a balance of the 2 omegas is important.
Now I say “regular” basis because Mummy tries to give me Omega 3 supplements at least 2-3 times a week. But I have always given her problems with eating the supplements. I get grass fed beef and lamb in an attempt to lower the importance of Omega 3 supplements in my diet.
Omega 3 supplements can come in many different forms. Fish oils, krill oil, green lipped mussel oil, chia seeds etc. There are pros and cons to each one of Omega 3 source and I’ve tried fish oils, krill oil and chia seeds. There are pros and cons to each type of Omega 3 supplement. Here are my thoughts on each:
there is a general concern over toxicity and mercury levels in fish oils. Which is the same concern over feeding raw fish or fish as food for cats. With fish oils, you want to look for a supplement that is pure Omega 3 (i.e. no Omega 6 or 9) with no flavoring. You should always use a human grade supplement. Because the fish oils are so fishy, a lot of the human grade supplements tend to have lemon or some flavoring mixed in to make it less gross. Some kitties might really enjoy the smell of fish oils and some (like me) don’t care for it. Fish oils also tend to get rancid really fast which will make it even grosser. Also human fish oil supplements come in these giant capsules so it’s kinda hard to use. You can prick open a capsule and empty some of it out and then try to keep the rest for another day but all in all Mummy finds it to be quite an effort. Or you end up wasting the rest of the unused capsule.
I never took to fish oils. Mummy would drop 1-2 drops on my food and I’d either need a lot of treats coaxing to eat or I just wouldn’t eat.
Can come in smaller capsules than fish oils which makes it easier to use or less wasteful. It’s also less stinky and doesn’t seem to get rancid as quickly. It’s also supposedly more easily absorbed by the body so one may need less to get more nutrient. Downside to krill oil is that are some environmental concerns over the harvesting of krill and taking away food from whales, birds etc that eat krill for food.
My latest Omega 3 supplement is krill oil which I have been taking for a few months now. The oil is dripped on my raw meat. Initially I took to it wonderfully. Had no issues with it at all. But in the last week, I’ve started refusing to eat my food that has krill oil on it! Don’t like it no more!
These are a superfood. Gwyneth Paltrow loves them. They are very high in Omega 3 and antioxidants. The recommend way to feed is to soak chia seeds in water first as they absorb a ton of water and then add to food. The soaking in water makes it one good way to get more water into kitty. The uncertainty is whether chia seeds being a plant based Omega 3 is appropriate or easily digestible by kitties who are obligate carnivores. I don’t really have the answer to this..it may be a debatable thing…it may even be a case of even if it isn’t as easily digestible if it’s the only Omega 3 your kitty will eat then is it that bad?
If you feed a slurry based recipe raw diet, feeding chia seeds should be very easy because it is simply mixed into the slurry which your kitty will slop up as part of the entire meal. But if you feed in chunks like I eat and your kitty is not a “lapper” as Mummy likes to call me (i.e doesn’t really lap up water or liquids or semi liquids from the plate), then chia seeds might be a bit of a challenge. Mummy has tried them before. She places the soaked chia seeds on top of my raw meat chunks but most of it will slip off the meat and even more drop off as I’m eating the meat.
You can see how my fwen Chewy’s mummy feeds chia seeds here. Chewy’s a really good drinker and “lapper”.
Green lipped mussel oil
This one we haven’t tried. And it will be the next Omega 3 we are going to try now that I’m rejecting krill oil. It’s supposed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable and very very rich in Omega 3. The Moxxor brand green lipped mussel oil with Vitamin E seem to be well recommended (see Little Big Cat). They’re expensive though. USD60 a bottle *gulp*. But the pills look even smaller than a krill oil pill so Mummy might even be able to get me to eat the entire pill on its own without having to drizzle on my food (see how she tricked me here).
I’ll let everyone know if we do end up getting green lipped mussel oil and how it goes!
“I love you. We bought and planned the house with you in mind. I know you’re going to love the new house. It’s got to much more space and more climbing shelves for you.” – Mummy
So Mummy sounds slightly cuckoo with the “affirmations” that she has started saying to me everyday. But we’re moving house in a few months and Mummy has been terrified of moving me to the new place and whether I will settle in okay. Everyone who knows Mummy or has been following this blog should know that Mummy is a HUGE worrier.
Mummy and Daddy totally had me in mind when they looked at apartments to make sure the place was easy to kittyproof to keep me indoors and safe and that it would also be suitable for me. Most of the renovation ideas they think about when looking at these places were what they could do to catify the place (and also how big a wardrobe Mummy could get out of the space). So even though I didn’t go house viewing with them or go to meetings with the interior designer, I was completely a part of the process.
There’s going to be cat-holes for me to go from room to room, cat shelves for me to climb high and perch, pet screens over all the windows to make sure no insects come in and I do not go out and custom made pet gates to guard the front door so that I cannot dash out.
So even though the catification of the house is going to be great…Mummy cannot help but be super super fearful and anxious of moving me. Mummy isn’t what one would call an optimist. She purchased Jackson Galaxy’s Changing Times and Stress Stopper Spirit Essences to use when the time for the move comes. She keeps working out in her head how the move should be organised. She has even laid out a new rug and a cushion that they bought for the new house in our current house so that I can start getting my scent on it so that when we go to the new house, there are already things there with my smell.
Mummy knows that she needs to calm down and think very positively about the move so that I don’t feed off her anxiety. She watched an episode of My Cat From Hell recently and it was about a girl and her boyfriend who just moved in and her cat was so mean to him that she was really afraid he was going to leave her. And Jackson Galaxy made her do daily affirmations of saying to her kitty that she loves him and she sees a future for all 3 of them together. The daily affirmations were probably more for her than for her kitty. She was holding onto so much fear and worry.
So Mummy has decided to try this daily affirmations thing. She wants to start getting me prepared and ready for the move. And she also wants to get herself to stop worrying and thinking of the worse. Think POSITIVE! POSITIVE! She can’t help me by worrying and stressing me out more right?
“You’re going to love the new house….right Hubs? She’s going to be okay right?” – Mummy
*roll eyes* – Daddy and Misty
Neko Flies is a cat wand toy with interchangeable attachments of different bugs (and one mouse). For those that are familiar with the Da Bird toy, it’s similar to it. Before I get into the details of the toy, I’m just going to say it’s been a HUGE hit with me so far. It’s my favourite toy right now and I really do leap into the air for this toy. The things that amaze Mummy the most is that I actually do try to catch this toy in mid air (and succeed) and I will carry the toy in my mouth and drag it halfway across the house so Mummy has to drop the rod and watch me drag the rod away from her.
I’m really sorry you can’t see too clearly from this video…the lighting in the house is not great and I am a ninja so I camouflage into the sofa
At first Mummy was very apprehensive about buying the Neko Flies cos the attachments really do kinda look like bugs and Mummy no like bugs………..but since I had already caught several roaches, moths and a dragonfly in the balcony and brought them into the house, Mummy figured I might actually like this toy. So she bought the Kittycada because it was the least freaky looking to her and it has feathers on it and I like feathers.
The Neko Flies toy is basically made up of a 21.5″ very sturdy and solid feeling, I think, acrylic rod with a little metal loop at the tip of it where you attach the various attachments. Mummy likes this rod much better than the Da Bird rod because it’s a nicer shorter length and much better for our small apartment. The Da Bird rod is probably more than twice the length and it’s thinner and bendier and doesn’t feel as easy or nice to control and handle. Another good thing about the shorter rod for everyone in Singapore is that it will be cheaper to ship to Singapore as compared to the Da Bird rod which is really long.
The attachments are made up of a well made green braided rope, a metal clip at the end to attach to the rod and the toy itself.
The bug toys REALLY do look like bugs. They use this rubbery string thingy for the legs of the bugs and the way they move when the toy is dragged on the floor or flying through the air is probably what really attracts me to it. And what creeps Mummy out a little. Spindly bug legs.
Really sturdy and well made is how Mummy feels about this toy and what she really appreciates about it. They’re not super cheap but also not expensive and given how well made they are Mummy thinks they’re worth the price. The rod is USD9 and the toys are USD11 (on the Neko Flies website). Even with all the swatting, catching, chomping, chewing and dragging across the house…nothing came off or broke. No leg or wing is missing. I’ve had the toy for about 2.5 weeks now.
Yesterday as Mummy was dragging the toy across the living room, I was racing towards it and somehow the rope got caught around the coffee table leg and the whole toy got pulled really hard and flew out of Mummy’s hand. The rod and loop on the rod was fine. The rope and toy was fine. But the clip did break. Given how hard a pull it was, Mummy’s really impressed that the only thing that broke was the clip and that’s something we can easily replace on our own. And the toy didn’t break because of my rough playing. It was kind of a freak accident.
Given the good response to the Kittycada, Mummy went ahead and ordered the Karantula, Kattipede and Kragonfly. So far I’ve played with the Karantula and Kattipede and yes yes love. The Karantula and Kattipede really “bug” Mummy though (hurhurhur). The only other toys I don’t have are the Kitticatterfly and Foxifur which we probably won’t be getting. The Kitticatterfly is really similar to the Kragonfly which I have. The Foxifur is too obvious a toy for me…I kind of like a challenge.
I do seem to get bored really easily with my toys though. And after 2 weeks of chasing the Kittycada around the house daily like a maniac I don’t seem that keen on it anymore. So Mummy has been alternating between the Karantula and Kattipede for now and trying to switch things up so that I don’t get bored of them so quickly. She also wonders whether I might be bored of the Kittycada cos it smells of me now after all the chomping I’ve been doing to it.
You see these videos of kitties chasing their wand toys like crazy and going round and round and round in circles non stop..I’m not like that. Mummy and Daddy thinks it’s because I’m too smart (for my own good) so they have to work a little harder at play time. And playtime has to be made interesting otherwise I’m not..well..interested.
The major downside to the Neko Flies for all of us in Singapore is that you cannot buy them here and you have to order them online and ship internationally to Singapore. Mummy ordered the rod and Kittycada on Jackson Galaxy’s website which ships directly to Singapore. The other toys were ordered on Amazon and brought back to Singapore by Uncle L who was, luckily for us, in the US.
Quail is not new to me. I used to get it a few times a month. Mummy would buy frozen whole quails for me and they’re pretty much the closest thing to whole prey you can find in Singapore.
I haven’t been getting quail for a while now because Mummy noticed I didn’t seem very keen on quail after a while. But recently she was at the Marketplace at 112 Katong (which is where she used to buy my whole quails) and she saw that they had frozen boneless quails!
By the way Mummy does this…every supermarket, wet market or butcher she goes or passes she will go in and search their meat sections just to see what they have that she might be able yo buy for me. Because you never know…they might have started bringing some new stuff you didn’t know they had before or they might suddenly have something for a short period of time. Mummy has seen frozen rabbit at the Marketplace before but yesterday they didn’t have any. And sometimes Cold Storage has chicken hearts and liver. It’s not that easy to find variety in Singapore so it’s always good to keep a lookout.
Anyhooooo…so Mummy saw the boneless quail and decided to buy that for me to see if I might be keen on quail again. She got the boneless quail because it isn’t easy to find boneless quail..goodness knows how they managed to debone the quail when their bones are so tiny! And they were being sold in a pack of 2 pieces (which could be 2 quails) as compared to whole quails that come in packs of 4 or 6. In case I’m not to keen on quail we won’t waste so much. For calcium, we can use chicken neck/ribs/bones or eggshell powder.
Always excited to find new stuff for me!