Apr 272012
 

Furminator Fur Creature

You would think that, having an artist for a human, we would have been among the finalists fur the Furminator “Fur Creature” contest. You would be wrong.

When asked by Romeo the Cat to create a celebrity look-alike out of the fur from her fabulous five felines’ furminations, this is what BZTAT came up with. I am embarrassed to even show it.

While other creative cat ladies came up with interesting Lady Gagas, Angelina Jolies, Ellen Degeneres’, Katy Purry’s, etc., my human comes up with Anonymous the Hacker???

Yeah, well this is the same human who had the gall to put a bell around my neck.

Patrick FeltonI think that she was thinking her nephew Patrick was already the celebrity he one day will be. Hmmmm. Maybe Patrick is the infamous Anonymous

As big a FAIL as BZTAT’s celebrity fur creature was, though, the Furminator was not. We get regular furminations here, and it is a huge success.

The Furminator grooming tool is fantastic magic. Somehow, it manages to pull out that extra fur that otherwise would be pulled out by my tongue, and keeps it from getting in my belly. And that is a super good thing, because I hate hairballs, and I HATE HAIRBALL GOOP!

To celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day, the great folks at Furminator once again sent us a great Large Cat Long Hair deShedding Tool. We already have one, so we plan to give this one to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society Cat Shelter in thanks fur taking in some kittens from a feral cat colony.

The Furminator tools always get 10 paws up from the Fab 5 here.

Even if our humans celebrity fur creature was a FAIL.

You can see all the other creatures more creative humans made here.

Happy National Hairball Awareness Day!

Jul 072011
 

Brewskie-Butt-Nose-Offense-productI must preface this post with a clarification. My litterbox output don’t stink.

But I share boxes with 4 other cats. Noah and Who? OMC. PEEEEE-YOOOOO!!!

It must be the Maine Coon curse. No matter what food they eat, the output is quite odoriferous. I”m just meowin’.

So, when the good folks at Nose Offense sent us a bottle of their product, I was quite hopeful. And you know what?

It REALLY WORKED!

This schtuff is an odor neutralizer, not a stinky fragrance to mask a smell. And it really does clear the air of odors.

They also claim that:

The product is biodegradable.
The spray bottle is made from recycled plastic.
The flutes (wavy inner section of carton) are constructed using 100% recycled material and the entire carton is recyclable.
The plastic bags, paper filler and labels used in shipping are biodegradable and made from 100% recycled paper.

(I copied the info and the paw prints from their website. Clever, huh?)

I gotta share this product with ya, cuz it really does work, and you should consider emailin’ this post to yer human. As well as it worked fur litter box odors, I am sure it works well fur other odors too.

Disclosure: Nose Offense has generously provided free product for this review. We are happy to share our thoughts about the product, however, all of the opinions about the product are mine and my human’s and not dictated in any way by the company.

Just Meowin’,

The Brew

Apr 292011
 
fur creature

The "Fabulous Faux Feline" sculpture

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Every year, my pal Romeo the Cat and Furminator hosts National Hairball Awareness Day. This year they asked us to create funky creatures from our Furminated furs to celebrate.

Whenever BZTAT Furminates us, she always says, “There’s enough fur here to create a whole new cat!” So to meet Romeo’s challenge, she made the “Fabulous Faux Feline” from all five of us cats’ furs. Kinda creepy lookin’ creature if ya ask me.

You guys know how much I hate the GOOP. You know, that gooey hairball medicine that’s all sticky and messy. Some cats like it, but I am not one of them.

That’s why I am such a big fan of Furminators. These great de-shedding tools help to get all my dead fur out so it doesn’t go into my tummy and cause hairballs.

This year fur National Hairball Awareness Day, the great folks at the Furminator company

sent us a brand new tool – their new Long Hair Large Cat deShedding Tool. BZTAT gave us all a good groomin’ with it, and let me say, we were all pretty pleased.

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Okey's First Furmination

Now Slick and I are short hairs, and we have always kinda liked bein’ Furminated. Even though we have shorter fur, the long hair tool worked fine fur us.

Noah and Who, however, have long, thick fur, and they have never cared fur the process much. their fur tends to get tangles, and grooming is not so fun fur them. Eating a premium food has helped control the tangles somewhat, and the new long hair cat de-shedding tool really seemed to work fur them. It also was easier fur BZTAT to do the grooming, because it held more fur than smaller tools, and the ejector button seemed to repel the fur more easily than previous tools.

Okey even had her first Furmination! As you can see, she didn’t have a lot of shed fur yet.

Why is it so important to Furminate cats? I’m glad you asked. Here’s some info from Furminator to illuminate:

  • Cat hairball problems are just naturally common in cats, all cats, because of their self-grooming habits. Their rough tongues are made to clean themselves thoroughly and, in doing so, they ingest a lot of hair.
  • Up to 2/3 of a cat’s shed hair can be ingested as they self-groom. These loose hairs can pack together in a cat’s stomach and form a hairball.
  • Hairballs generally consist of compacted fur, but they often also include food and a coating of mucus.
  • Hairballs aren’t just a messy inconvenience but a sign of discomfort and potential serious problems. They can lead to a number of problems including regurgitation and vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, intestinal obstructions and loss of appetite.
  • Hair ingestion equals roughly 0.011 ounces of hair for an outdoor adult short-haired cat weighing 6.6 pounds. This can add up to 1.24 ounces of ingested hair a year.
  • The most important and most effective way to prevent hairball formation is frequent grooming to remove the dead undercoat before it is swallowed.
  • Traditional hairball treatments (lubricants, diets, etc.) address the problem after the hair has already entered the cat’s body. A FURminator® deShedding tool PREVENTS the problem by preventing the hair from getting into the cat’s body in the first place. FURminator stresses preventative care and that is the true definition of good health!
  • Cats and hairballs and shedding problems are all connected.
  • Using a FURminator just 10 minutes twice per week gently removes 90% of the loose hair and undercoat without damaging or cutting the topcoat. This is a safe, effective and non-invasive way to prevent hairballs from forming before they cause serious problems.

If you do not have a Furminator yet, I highly recommend them. And the new Long Hair Large Cat deShedding Tool gets 4 paws up from each of us cats here. That’s 20 paws! They cost $43.99 from the Furminator website, but they are well worth the cost.

Happy de-shedding!

Just Meowin’,

The Brew

Disclosure: Furminator has generously provided free product and other benefits in exchange for our participation in the National Hairball Awareness Day campaign. We are happy to be a part of this awareness campaign, however, all of the opinions about the product are mine and not dictated in any way by the company.

Apr 042011
 

Brewskie Butt

I know. You don’t have to tell me. I have been a lazy butt of late, pondering all sorts of things but not writing much about it.

I haven’t blogged much. I don’t tweet as often as I used to. I hardly ever get on Facebook anymore. It’s not that I don’t have much to say or that I don’t want to visit with folks. I’ve just been in a thinking mood lately.

And a sleeping mood. And a playing mood. And a chasing all sorts of interesting and curious things mood.

But I guess it is time that I came out of my slumber. We have my pal Romeo the Cat’s Hairball Awareness Day coming up and we got a new Furminator to celebrate. (They have a new tool fur long hair cats like Noah and Who!) And we got some new litter to try out from World’s Best Cat Litter. We’ve got some other goodies to try too.

And BZTAT took the ‘puter to the ‘puter V-E-T so our technological woes have improved a bit.

Guess I’d better get busy. Right after my nap. ZZZZzzzzzzz…..

Just Meowin’,

The Brew

Dec 032010
 
Five Cat Cuddle Pile

BZTAT's gonna hafta go sleep somewhere else.

So my pals Pimp and Moo over at Your Daily Cute have this thing they call “Two Cats Tuesdays”, where their post on Tuesdays is all about the two of them. I enjoy their posts, but I also admit to bein’ a bit competitive. Now that there’s five of us, I decided I would outdo them with “Fabulous Five Cat Fridays”.

It’s not easy to get us all to fit in one picture, but we did pose this once. As you can see, Okey is startin’ to feel right at home.  We had ourselves quite a cuddle pile.

Okey’s story has kinda inspired a lotta folks, so BZTAT is developin’ a big art project out of it called Okey’s Promise. Hope you will follow along with us on that. I don’t think Okey is gonna blog there herself, but I might let her guest post here now and then if she wants too.

Right now, she’s got enough new adventures to conquer before she takes up bloggin’. (I also hafta keep her away from Rumblepurr and The Birman.)

Oh, and one more thing. The Nu Campaign with Nulo is complete, but the good schtuff is still comin’. We are continuin’ with the Nulo as it really seems to have benefited all of us.

And did you hear? Noah was the biggest loser, or winner, dependin’ on how ya look at it! Of all the pets in the Nu Campaign, Noah lost the highest percentage of body weight (15%), going from 20 pounds to 17 pounds! I am so proud of him.

He is stayin’ steady at 17 lbs., but I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps losin’. Since there’s 5 of us now, I notice that he is playin’ a bit more. Okey really keeps us all stirred up in a good way. And the Nulo has really helped put some meat on her skinny little bones. She has really filled out, and her fur is real soft.

OK, nuff said. I go some nappin’ to do. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz….

Just Meowin’.

The Brew

Disclosure: Nulo has generously provided free product and other benefits in exchange for our participation in the Nu Campaign to fight pet obesity. We are happy to be a part of this awareness campaign, however, all of the opinions about the product are mine and not dictated in any way by the company.

Oct 142010
 

NoahHe’s never gonna be small folks. He never was, even as a kitten, so I am told.

I am happy to report, though, he is gettin’ smaller ounce by ounce.

At my last report, my big furry bro Noah was 18.8 lbs. Today he is 18.6. It is a gradual loss, but it is a loss.

He is gettin’ weighed daily, and he has not gone back upwards in awhile.

His portions of the Nulo food have been cut back a bit, and I have continued to be his personal trainer. I get him some good exercise chasin’ the squirrel on a string every day now.

Things are lookin’ up. Or down, as it may be, as in his poundage.

C’mon Noah! There goes that squirrel!!! Whack, whack, whack!

Sorry folks. Gotta run.

ZOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!!

Just Meowin’.

The Brew

Disclosure: Nulo has generously provided free product and other benefits in exchange for our participation in the Nu Campaign to fight pet obesity. We are happy to be a part of this awareness campaign, however, all of the opinions about the product are mine and not dictated in any way by the company.

Oct 112010
 

Crossed pawsOK, I am keepin’ my paws crossed that this time Noah really has made some progress.

Much to his chagrin, he gets weighed every day now (he hates it). His portions of his Nulo food have been decreased, and we have been exercisin’ every day too.

It isn’t a whole lot, but for 2 days, he has been at 18.8 lbs. That is the lowest he has been so far. He started at 20.0.

Doesn’t seem like he has lost a lot, but remember, he would be a big cat even if he wasn’t overweight. And just like humans, you hafta work up to exercise. He wears out fast.

We will keep on him, because we are committed to getting him back to a healthy weight. We sure are appreciative of all the support we have received from the Nulo folks in that endeavor.

We are likin’ Nulo fur a lot of reasons other than its weight loss benefits, too.

As I mentioned before, it seems to agree with my stomach better than the schtuff I was eatin’ before. I have not had any barfisodes after meals since we started the Nu Campaign.

It has made a big difference with all of our furs. We are all much softer now. BZTAT actually Furminated Noah yesterday and did not have any injuries!  He usually gets all upset and sinks his teeth and claws into her hands or arms. Noah was pretty chill about gettin’ groomed, cuz the Furminator and the comb went through his fur much more easily.

And we don’t eat as much, so the food lasts a lot longer.

All in all, we have good things to say about Nulo, no matter what happens with Noah’s diet. But we are gonna keep after him to lose his girth.

I got my paws crossed that it will happen sooner than later.

Just Meowin’.

The Brew

Disclosure: Nulo has generously provided free product and other benefits in exchange for our participation in the Nu Campaign to fight pet obesity. We are happy to be a part of this awareness campaign, however, all of the opinions about the product are mine and not dictated in any way by the company.

Sep 172010
 

We have been doin’ the Nu Campaign fur a little over a month now. Seems like longer than that cuz we have had a lotta schtuff happenin’ in that month.

Not sure that the timing was the best, actually, cuz my human, BZTAT, has gone travelin’ twice in that month.

And her travelin’ affects us.

She didn’t used to travel so much. Because of that, we’ve grown accustomed to her always bein’ here.

When she leaves fur awhile and someone else comes in to feed and check on us, it upsets our usual balance.

Noah gets especially freaked out. He is afraid of people other than BZTAT and he hides when our sitter checks in.

I hide too, but I have been gettin’ more used to the sitter and have been comin’ out to greet her. She is kinda nice, and she does bring me noms.

Noah had some extra troubles, though, this last trip.

Now, I don’t really like to go into detail about other cats’ personal matters. But since Romeo the Cat bragged about his “output”, I will touch on the subject just fur a moment.

Let’s just meow that Noah had output “issues” while BZTAT was in Denver on this last trip. And I am not meowin’ about the “pees” that Mr. Scrubby does when his human travels.

I am meowin’ about messy poop issues.

Nuff said.

We thought maybe it was the food cuz we did change flavors while BZTAT was gone. But since it hasn’t happened again since she got back, we are thinkin’ that it was the stress of her bein’ gone.

(I am workin’ the guilt factor on her, in case you wondered.)

Noah hasn’t lost anymore weight, but he hasn’t gained any either. He stayed steady at 19.8 lbs., even though he ate more while BZTAT was gone.

I am really likin’ the Nulo, as are Slick, Who and Noah.

And our furs are all much softer since we started it.

*Preens* The lady cats who couldn’t keep their paws off before just won’t be able to stand it now…

Just Meowin…

The Brew

Aug 292010
 

I hate GOOP. It is a known fact.

You know what I am talkin’ about. That gooey brown stuff that humans try to give you when you start ackin’ up hairballs.

Some cats like the schtuff. But not me.

And when you don’t like  it, humans get real icky about it. They squeeze it all over yer paw, thinkin’ you’ll lick it off. I rub it on the wall.

My pal Morris from Twitter is one of those cats who likes it. He felt bad that I didn’t, so he sent me some Beaphar Malt Bits that his staff Nellie Jean found to see if I would like them. Sent it via Royal Mail, no less, as they live in the UK.

I really didn’t think I would like them, but I felt I owed it to my pal to give it a try. Lo and behold, I found that they weren’t half bad!

Now, if ya watch the video, you will see that I crunch on the crispy outside, and kinda leave it half eaten, so I am not sure I am getting the full effect. But my human, BZTAT, thinks this is an encouraging sign.

The packaging is in a foreign language so we had to look them up on line to find out more about them. You can read about them here: Beaphar Malt Bits. They are not easy to find, apparently, so we will hafta order them online.

I do have a side note, though. Since I have been on the NuLo Simply Fit System, I have not had any barfisodes. BZTAT is thinking that my barfing is more because I eat too fast and I don’t chew my food well, and the NuLo kinda makes me chew better. This could be an added bonus to the NuLo food.

Anyways, I thank my furriend Morris for sending me the nommy snacks. I will keep nommin’ them to see how I do with them.

Just Meowin’,

The Brew

Disclosure: Free Beaphar Malt-Bits were sent to me from a friend not connected to the manufacturer. My thoughts about the product are my own. Nulo has generously provided free product and other benefits in exchange for our participation in the Nu Campaign to fight pet obesity. We are happy to be a part of this awareness campaign, however, all of the opinions about the product are mine and not dictated in any way by the company.