Review: CATNIP SILVER VINE STICKS – Worth It Or Not?

Hello, everyone! Another month, another review is here! Today we’re talking about our kitties’ dental health. As some of you may know (or if you don’t – now you do!), I love browsing the wide oceans of the internet searching for things for my cats. I love trying out new things, so one day I accidentally came by these things called “Catnip Silver Vine Sticks” while browsing on Ebay. I got confused for a moment as I’ve never heard of thing called Silver Vine. I did some reading online and decided to purchase the sticks. If you’re just like me and wonder what on Earth that Silver Vine is, here’s a great article about it:
4 Reasons Why Catnip and Silver Vine Are Important to Your Cat’s Health.

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Where I got the sticks & the cost. I got them at ebay.co.uk. Now here’s the thing regarding the cost. I saw some Asian websites selling them & also some people from the UK were selling the same kind of sticks. My thought process was this: OK, UK must have better quality stuff, so I’ll pay more and get it from there. WRONG! So, I paid about £3 (about €3.40 or $3.90) for the sticks + about £3 for the shipping. I received the package and… surprise! There’s a nice Asian package of Silver Vine sticks, meaning that the seller simply purchased cheap Asian sticks and is reselling them for ridiculously high price. You can see the packaging in the picture below.

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Meanwhile the Asian shops they were selling these sticks for £0.99! Some were with free postage, while in some cases you would need to pay the P&P, which is £0.99. So even with the postage it would make under £2, which is less than the price of the sticks itself from the UK sellers. Never again! 🙂

More about the sticks & my cats’ reaction. The sticks come in 2 sizes: one thick, another one thinner. Both measure about 12.5 cm (about 5 inches) and are made of the same material.

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My cats really liked them! They were playing with the sticks for a while, they like poking them, rolling them around and biting them.

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How do the sticks look like now and would I recommend them. It’s been about 3 months since I got them, and they still look pretty good! They have some bite and scratch marks, but that’s completely normal. Cats play with them every now and then, so it wasn’t a waste of money. Do they really help to keep teeth in better condition in any way? I am not sure, but it’s definitely good to have something like this for your cat to chew on – in order to prevent them from chewing other things or to simply make their jaws stronger.

 

 

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Shop wise, I’d definitely advice to just get it off Ebay from some Asian shop! It is an Asian product, so there’s no need to pay 3 or 4 times more than you need to. Here are some example of Ebay search in ebay.co.uk (I’m sure you can get them just off any Ebay or even Amazon!):

Option No. 1
Option No. 2
Option No. 3

I hope you enjoyed this little review! Have an amazing week ahead of you! 🙂

asta

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DIY Cat Treats: Easy, Quick & Yummy

As a crazy cat lady, I always looks for something new for my cats. New toys, new scratching posts, new blankets, new beds… You name it, I got it. 😀 I also have quite a few books about cats, and I finally decided to get it together and make some use out of them. I flipped through one of the books I bought back in December of 2016 – it’s called “Treats for your cat”. Basically, there you can find a lot of DIY toys, pet carriers, etc. There’s also quite a few recipes with different meals you can prepare for your cats, and one of them caught my eye – it’s simple, quick and doesn’t require 15 weird and fancy products. It’s called “Christmas Cookies”, but believe me – your cat(s) will love these treats all year ’round.

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These cat treats have fish in them, and I know that there has been a little bit of a fuss about giving fish to your cat. Generally, moderate amounts of fish will provide your cat nutrients, however, it’s best to serve it cooked as raw fish contains thiaminase. It’s OK to give it to your cat as a treat sometimes, but it shouldn’t be a big part of your cat’s daily diet. With that little bit out of the way, let’s get into the recipe!

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So, I tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my cats’ wishes, so I am sure that there will be no harm if you use something different too. The basic recipe for these treats is:
-225 g/8 oz plain wholemeal flour
-1 x 200 g/7 oz can pressed cods roe (I used tuna fish instead)
-90 g/2 oz vegetable fat
-1 egg

I think that unless you have 10+ cats, you should split all the amounts in half – I have 3 cats, made half of the amount written and there will easily be enough treats for quite a few days. These treats are yummy and cats love them, but they’re also very filling and your cat probably won’t be able to eat more than 2-3 treats at once (all depends on the size of treats of course).

So, you have the recipe, what do you do next? Well, firstly, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the baking tray with a parchment paper (baking sheet). While the oven is heating, make the treats: mix together flour, your fish of choice, vegetable fat and egg. You can add a little bit of water if the mixture is too stiff. And here comes in the creative part of this process: you can choose what shape treats you want to make. I simply took little balls, pressed them a bit and made little button like treats, but you can do something more creative! In the book, it suggests to roll out the dough and cut out the treats with a cookie cutter. Put the treats on the baking sheet, and once the treats are all made and the oven is heated, put them to bake until golden and crisp. I baked them for about 15-20 minutes.

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Once the treats are done, take them out of the oven and leave to cool down. Then give them to your cats and see if they like it! I am sure they will, because my Sphynxes generally don’t eat fish, but this time they made an exception!

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I store the treats in these little glass jars.

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If you have any questions regarding the recipe, please leave them down in the comments and I will get back to you! I hope you all have a wonderful day. 🙂

asta

Review: Zooplus Cat Den – Yay or Nay?

Hello, everyone! It seems like it’s been literally forever since I last wrote a post on PurringPyjamas blog. Mostly it’s because of a very busy holiday season. However, today I felt the need to do something I’ve been planning for a while – review this super cute looking cat den.

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I saw this cat den on zooplus.de website whilst shopping some cat treats, and I knew immediately I had to have it. I ordered it in November, so I truly believe that after having it for quite a while I can tell an honest opinion about the product.

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The den is made out of felt and has a little fluffy white cushion inside, which is soft and nice for your cat to lay on. It also has a cute little decoration that’s stitched on (see the picture above) which I was a bit worried about in the beginning. However, my worries were soon gone: it is stitched so well and is so close to the surface of the cave, that after few times of trying to bite it off, my cats just gave up and left it alone.

The cat den is INCREDIBLY warm. Because it is made of felt, all the warmth that cat’s body produces stays inside and circulates. Whenever you put your hand in the cave while cats are sleeping, you can feel that the air inside is quite a few degrees higher than the room temperature. And my cats absolutely love it!

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I also washed the den once, because Coco one day decided to throw up on it (yes, we all have experienced cats throwing up in the least pleasant places!). It was very easy and quick to wash: I gently hand washed it with warm water and laundry detergent. It dried up fairly quickly, and looked just like new. Sizing is also good: my 3 average size cats fit in it perfectly!

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So, all in all I can say that this den is definitely worth having! It’s soft, warm, easy to maintain, looks cute and is definitely worth the price! I can’t remember the exact price, but I paid about €20 for the den. I’ve had it since November, and it still looks like new, which is quite rare when I have 3 cats, who like to destroy things. You can find more information on the cave in the UK version website (I chose it because it is in English), however, Zooplus sells to many different countries: Information about the cat den (UK).

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments, and I’ll get back to you! I hope you all are having a wonderful day!

asta

Review: Zooplus Advent Calendar For Cats

Even though I don’t have an Advent calendar for myself, as soon as I saw this on Zooplus website while buying cat food, I knew I needed it in my life. You know how they say that many toys for kids are actually made for their parents to attract them? I’m telling you: that’s the case with me. Just my kids are my cats.

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Yes, I know I’m a bit late here, but I just received it yesterday! Finnish post offices were on strike for a week, so yeah… Everything got kind of stuck somewhere. But regardless of the fact that it’s already December, let’s see what this calendar has to offer!

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The calendar has 24 days in total (needed to clear that out, because apparently there exist calendars with fewer days). And can we just appreciate all this beautiful-crazy-cat-lady-like art on the cover? I mean, come on, even the snowman is actually a snowcat! It’s just so adorable.

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The back side of Advent Calendar.

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Beautiful little text.

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Types of snacks and ingredients.

Calendar has 4 different types of snacks: chicken, beef, duck and tuna. Everything is freezer dried and super healthy for your pet – I mean, what could be healthier than 100% meat treats with no additives? Each day you get different treats. For example, on December 1st we got a pack of 2 beef treats, while today (December 2nd) there were 4 small pieces of tuna treats. I wonder what tomorrow holds. 🙂

You might ask: OK, you like it, but what about your cats? Well, firstly, let me tell you, that Beliza doesn’t eat meat, so I knew immediately she won’t like this calendar. And yes, she doesn’t. Bacha eats meat sometimes, especially if it’s treats. Meanwhile Coco absolutely loves everything meat related. So yesterday she was the one to finish up both beef treats and then she thanked me by rubbing against me and purring as loud as she could. She is just so sweet ❤ Anyway, today there were tuna treats, so both Bacha and Coco enjoyed them. Overall, I think it’s a great thing to have – this calendar is fun and if your cat loves healthy meat treats, he/she will be beyond happy to get something like this. The price of the calendar won’t empty your pocket either – I paid for it around €5-€6.

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Sleepy Beliza.

If you’d like to get an Advent calendar like this one, simply go to Google and type in “Zooplus”. I advice to do it that way, because Zooplus has different websites for specific countries, so there would be no use if I gave you the Finnish version of it. But if you’d like to take a look at it and read more, here is link to the English website: Advent Calendar For Cats.

Let’s share the beauty of December with our purring friends too. 😉

P.S. Christmas giveaway is still up on Facebook! You can participate right over here: Christmas giveaway.

asta