Category: Product Review

It really sucks being an only pet.

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It really sucks being an only pet. Take it from the guinea pig.

I can only imagine the loneliness felt by this little dude.

I am lucky. Except fur that brief time when I was a small kitten lost on a country road before I was rescued, I have never been alone.

I have 4 other fur pals who, along with me, are pets that add life to my human’s existence.

Five cats sleeping on bed
Brew’s Crew

My human never really intended to have 5 of us. Three would have been a more ideal number. Stuff happens.

Still yet, she has been committed to having more than one pet fur a long time.

My human once had a cat named Beezie (from whom she took the moniker BZTAT) who became overweight and lazy when she was a single pet. Although Beezie was not particularly fond of Bub and later on Slick, Beezie became more active and entertained when these cats came into her life.

Ever since then, my human has never had just one pet. When Beezie and Bub went to the Bridge within a year of each other, leaving Slick alone, my human went out and found Noah and me to keep her company.

The Pets Add Life (PAL) Campaign is “designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of pet ownership, thus driving increased adoption of pets and responsible ownership of pets.” They asked me to talk about it, because my life is all about what the campaign promotes. I was adopted. I bring lotsa joy to my human, and I live in a multiple pet household.

So here’s the thing. Your human can be like mine and make a commitment to these same things. Get yer human to take the pledge!

PAL Campaign pledge

As of this writing, 223 people have pledged to adopt their next pet; 118 have pledged to volunteer at a shelter; and 165 have pledged to share a photo of a homeless pet with others to help it find a home. You could add to those numbers by getting yer human to sign on and by sharing it with others.

Whatcha waitin’ fur?

Oh yeah, and lets help some homeless turtle get connected to this guinea pig. They really need each other.

This post is sponsored by the Pets Add Life campaign and the American Pet Products Association. I am being compensated fur my efforts in helpin’ spread the word about the benefits and joys of pet ownership. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it.

Cats and computers and things that can go wrong.

Brewskie Butt cat oncomputerI learned an important lesson last week. Strange things can happen to computers.

Now humans will have you believe that cats are to blame when something goes wrong. I beg to differ.

Here’s the scoop.

Our web host where we register our domains starts sendin’ us emails to re-up several months in advance. BZTAT knows that they save the good deals up until a week before yer registration is about to expire, so she puts it off. But this time, she was really busy the week of the expiration, and she furgot. Oops.

That meant all of our websites went dead fur a time. Now she was on it fast, and she renewed before any damage was done. But fur some reason, my site didn’t come back up right. Her site came back up instantly, but mine didn’t.

So she called them, and they said wait 48 hours. We did. No luck.

Finally, I complained on Twitter, and they got it runnin’ again in a blink. Hmmm.

I apologize fur the downtime and I will try to make sure this does not ever happen again.

But there is a point here. Ya gotta be careful with yer stuff when yer really dependent on computers.

That brings up another issue that is separate, but similar.

Saving data. You know, all those gorgeous photos that humans take of you and other important documents you have.

My buddy Romeo the Cat told me about this great new product Surdoc that can help you do that, and they actually are sensitive to cat people. They came up with this cleaver infographic to explain how you can protect your computer.  One little catveat – we know that that they are projecting human behavior on us. WE are not the ones damaging computers.

 

Cat Proof Your Computer infographic

That last part about backing up online is a really good idea. And to give a paw to cat peeps to use it, they will give you a free 30 GB account, too, if you use the code CATPROOF. We are going to give it a try – you should too!

Although if ya ask me, I think the code should be HUMANPROOF. Just meowin’.

My interview with BZTAT about BlogPaws

View from the Salt Lake City Sheraton
View from the Salt Lake City Sheraton

My human, Artist BZTAT, abandoned Noah, Who, Slick, Okey and me for four days.

Four days!!!

BZTAT went to Salt Lake City, UT for the annual BlogPaws Conference where she met up with other pet loving humans.

To tell you the truth, it was not so bad having her gone (Don’t tell her I said so). Our next door neighbor Ed came over and kept us company. He played with us some and made sure that we had plenty of food and water. I liked spending time with Ed.

BZTAT had a special job at BlogPaws.  Temptations Cat Treats sponsored her trip and asked her to share information about their products. She enjoyed being a part of the Temptations Team.

Although some cats, lotsa dogs and a few ferrets went to BlogPaws, I did not go (Remember, cats hate cars and airplanes). BlogPaws is THE biggest and most important pet event of the year though, so I figured that I should write a story about it. Once BZTAT got unpacked and rested from the trip home, I interviewed her about her experience.

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Brew: This was the fourth time that you ABANDONED me and went to BlogPaws. Was it worth it?

BZ: I miss you and the rest of the Fab Five every time I travel away from you guys.  But BlogPaws was certainly worth the sacrifice. I met up with old friends and I made new ones. I learned many new things and I was inspired by great speakers. I came back a changed person, full of ideas and purpose.

Brew: Um hmmmm.

The Temptations Cat Treats Team at BlogPaws
The Temptations Cat Treats Team – L to R: BZTAT, Jason Heilweil, Joann McGonagal of the TiniestTiger.com

Brew: What was it like representing Temptations at BlogPaws?

BZ: It was great to be a part of the team representing such a well-loved pet brand!

Brew: Other than getting lotsa treats to bring home, what didja like about it?

BZ: We heard a lot from various speakers about the sad circumstance of people surrendering their pets to shelters because humans fail in their efforts to bond with the animals. This happens to cats all too often because people fail to understand the feline “independent nature”. Using treats like Temptations, humans and cats can overcome barriers to bonding.

My hope is that better bonding can lead to fewer surrenders and more happily bonded pets and humans. THAT is a message that I was proud to share with other bloggers on behalf of Temptations.

Brew: That is an important message to share! And even though we are pretty well bonded, I do like you better when you give me treats.

Bz: Not all those treats I brought home were for you, Brew…

Brew: (changing the subject) What was the most interesting session that you went to?

Laurie Ruettimann at BlogPaws 2012
Laurie Ruettimann, mom to Mister Scrubby

Bz: All of the sessions were fantastic! A few stood out, though, as really amazing. The keynote by Betsy Saul, Petfinder.com‘s Co-Founder, was very inspiring, as was the keynote by Lena West. I also found the presentation by Laurie Ruettimann, mom to you cyber twin Mister Scrubby, very motivating.

Brew: What was it like meeting Scrubby’s mom?

She was a lot of fun, and she liked the Brew mug sculpture that you gave her and Scrubby. And since you guys are twins, it was like meeting family!

Brew: I heard that you got catified in the Moderncat Catification Lounge. Are you a cat now?

BZ: No, but the Catification Lounge was simply pawsome! I won a prize that will be shipped to us soon, and you are going to LOVE it!

Brewskie Butt Art Gift Package by Artist BZTAT
Brewskie Butt Art Gift Package

Brew: Yay! Who won my art and gift package that was in the Lounge as a special prize?

BZ: Dusty Rainbolt, a well-known freelance writer and Vice President of the Cat Writers’ Association won your prize. She loved it and was thrilled to win!

Brew: I know that you brought back all kinds of swag and Temptations Cat Treats. Why are you keeping them behind this DOOR??? (scratch, scratch)

BZ: Because you have so many goodies already, Brew. I want you to share these with others.

Brew: Oh. I guess I could do that…

Brew: Is there anything else you’d like to mention about BlogPaws 2012?

BZ: Just that I can’t wait for BlogPaws 2013!

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Well folks, that’s a wrap on the BlogPaws story. Once I get this closet door open, we’ll see about sharin’ some of those treats that are behind it in BZTAT’s suitcase.

Maybe.