My Valentine’s Date And the Quickies Winner Are….

I won’t keep you in suspense much longer. I have a number of fine Valentine’s choices, and really, all were lovely and it was hard to choose. Keep in mind, it wasn’t just about looks, it was about wooing me, and woo me, he did. World, meet my date: (scroll down and pretend you hear a drum roll)

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My Date.

My Date.

This is Mr. Ankh Star. And here was what he wrote to woo me:

i am mr Ankh Star , sleek funny,love fine dining and sunning myself on my balcony, and im very stylish too, hey princess be my valentine xxx

His punctuation and capitalization could be a little better, but I’m not looking to have him write me a novel.  Congratulations, Mr. Ankh Star! You have bragging rights to tell everyone you are my date! (thanks to Margaret B. for the photo!)

Now, I do have to say, there was another fellow that intrigued me. He was a bit verbose, but seemed rather well-meaning. Being  a red head, I was wondering if he would like to be my St. Patty’s day date for this year.

ZZ

ZZ

Here’s what ZZ had to say:

My name is ZZ. I don’t drool, but purr very often, use my box, eat anything you feed me, love flowers so I will send you some, am very kind to everyone I meet, am not “carrying” so no need to worry about pregnancy, am clean (bathe several times a day), smile often, and am good at licking (myself, you, your head and ears, mom’s face, hands, arms, feet). For a good time, you’ll pick me for your Valentine! By the way, this smile is for you!

ZZ, would you be interested in going out for St. Patty’s Day? Let me know! (thanks to Roni Harvey for the photo!)

And… the winner of our The Honest Kitchen Quickies Valentine’s Day treats giveaway is:

Layla Morgan Wilde of CatWisdom101, as chosen by Random.org.

 

Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway. Have a beautiful weekend!

Love,

Crepes.

Giveaway: The Honest Kitchen Steamy Pups!

You guys!

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d start off with a Monday treat!

Inside the box

Inside the box

From today until Wednesday night, you can enter to win The Honest Kitchen’s Steamy Pups, a tasty treat for cats and dogs. I know, these look a lot like the Ice Pups I gave away a few months ago – and they are. It’s true! In summer, they’re Ice Pups because you can freeze them. In winter, Steamy Pups!

I’ve tasted these things in the past, and I have to say, they’re pretty good! Mix in a little warm water and you have a tasty, grain-free broth. ***We were not compensated in any way for this post, other than to have The Honest Kitchen provide a free box as a giveaway to our readers.***

Enter with Rafflecopter now! I’ll announce the winner on Thanksgiving Day!
Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway now!

Also, here’s another photo from Disney World, just because I thought you’d enjoy it.

I met a bear in Canada (Epcot)

I met a bear in Canada (Epcot)

I trusted him for one second too long.

I trusted him for one second too long.

 

Love,

Crepes.

Constipated? Try A Pumpkin Latte!

I know, it sounds awful to think about constipation, but some cats deal with it on a daily basis. Rocky, for instance, is always constipated. He’s seen several doctors for it but it still remains. Recently, he visited a holistic vet here in Chicago named Dr. C  (she’s fabulous, FYI) who suggested that we give him more water and even more pumpkin than we’d been doing, up to a tablespoon daily. Well, we tried, and it seems to be working. He strolled right up to momFOD and pooped in front of her. On the floor. Proudly.

The much happier camper Rocky, thanks to pumpkin.

The much happier camper Rocky, thanks to pumpkin.

Anyway, if your cat is suffering from constipation, first make sure that there aren’t any other problems. I’m not a vet (just a really well-educated cat), but here’s what we learned from our vet during our recent visit:

  • check your cat’s kidney function. If there are any problems there, the kidneys may pull water right out of the body and excrete it, causing your cat’s poop to be too dry and, therefore, difficult to pass.
  • check your cat’s thyroid function. Constipation can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Constipation can also be caused by:

  • dehydration
  • intestinal blockage
  • certain types of medication
  • diets low in fiber

All tests show that, in Rocky’s case, the cause is a low-fiber diet (he eats raw food, 2x per day, plus a dehydrated raw snack in the evening) and is remedied by adding more water and more pumpkin (fiber). MomFOD was giving us an afternoon pumpkin snack with a side of goat’s milk, which we enjoy just fine. However, we just received an email from The Honest Kitchen, the company that sponsors some of our giveaways, that had a wonderful recipe that’s perfect for fall and for helping relieve Rocky’s ailment. We thought it sounded tasty and wanted to share it with you! (We have not received any reimbursement for posting this recipe and do not plan to. You can see our original review of Pro Bloom goat’s milk here)

Cinnamon Pumpkin “Latte”

Recipe:

Mix 1 pack of Pro Bloom with 1 cup of warm water

Wisk in 2 tbsp of pure canned pumpkin

Lightly sprinkle the top with a smidgen of cinnamon*

*Do not use nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to pets, so please keep that in the “people only” cabinet.

 

Sounds tasty, right? This recipe makes a cup, which is usually enough to give to our four cats and dog in two portions. You may need to adjust the amount of pumpkin. Since Rocky is allowed 1 tbsp a day, per his vet’s instructions, we put a little more in his portion. As always, if you have any questions about your cat’s health, please see a veterinarian and rule out anything more serious before trying to change your cat’s diet.

We hope you’re enjoying the fall and our Halloween programming. Stay tuned for more great Halloween fun, all month! And if you’d like to get little thoughts from my kitty head throughout the day, follow me on Twitter @refrigeratorcat

Love,

Creeps.

 

Sources: Constipation in Cats

Hypothyroidism in Cats