Why Every Single Sweater Is A Trial And Error – And Some Cute Pictures Of my Cats

Hi, everyone! It’s been couple of weeks, and it’s time for a new blog post! This one was planned already a week ago – I knew I will be writing about the new sweaters I will be adding to the shop (yep, it’s that time of the year already!). And I am writing about the sweaters I originally planned, just that they turned out to be… a fail. Yes, you heard me right – I am writing about the sweaters that failed, which also proves that not everything that looks good is actually practical.

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Pretty in pink.

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Curious.

So I got these super cute faux fur pompoms couple of months ago. They definitely were bigger than I thought when originally purchasing them, but I was like “Well, you know – go big, or go home! Bigger ones will look even cuter on the hoodies!”. And they DO look cute! However, they are very impractical simply because they’re too big, which results in them being too heavy.

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Being lazy.

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Oh, but what’s there?

What I mean by saying “too heavy” is that they would fall on the side of the cat’s neck, which means that the hood is in an uncomfortable position. It also would annoy the cat if they want to eat/drink. For this reason these sweaters definitely won’t be something I will be adding to my shop! Because even though they look cute, I wouldn’t be selling something I think is uncomfortable.

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Not bothered by the hoodie falling in weird positions.

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Activating playmode!

Everything is always tried out by my cats beforehand, and if I see that something annoys them, then it means it will most likely annoy other cats as well. I will definitely be making some kind of sweaters (maybe will stick with hoodies, just no pompoms?) from these green and pink yarns, cause they’re beautiful!

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Thoughtful.

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Typical Beliza – curious, but too lazy to do anything.

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Hello, pompom, my old friend.

I hope you enjoyed some pictures of my cats and failed sweaters, haha! Talk to you very soon!

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Review: Catit Flower Fountain – Did It Work For Our Cats?

Hello! As always, Wednesday is here, and so is another blog post! Today we’re talking about dreams coming true – this product sure is Aether’s favorite thing that he “owns”. 😊 However, let’s not forget about the other 2 Sphynxes! Did it work for them? Let’s see, but first let’s get a little bit technical!

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Catit Flower Fountain, third flow option

About the fountain. Catit Flower Fountain can hold up to 3 litres of water (about 100 fl oz/6 pints). It has a triple action filter, which removes magnesium, calcium, odours caused by bacteria and chlorine that can be found in tap water, and also retains stray hairs and any debris. Replacement filters are available for purchase, which is a great thing (a set of 2 filters costs €12.99 over here in Finland in Musti ja Mirri store).  The fountain is made of plastic, but catit.com website claims that the plastics are BPA-free (BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics since 1960’s, and is associated with possible negative health effects on brain, behavior and prostate gland).

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All parts of Catit Flower Fountain

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Catit Flower Fountain, third flow option

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Catit Flower Fountain, third flow option

There are 3 different flow options available, which you can see in the video below. My cats prefer the third option called “calm streams”. It is very easy to put together, and it also causes no problems when it comes to cleaning – it’s quick to take it apart, rinse, and dry; taking apart and cleaning takes under 5 minutes. Here’s Catit’s video about their Flower Fountain:

The price. Over here in Finland Catit Flower Fountain is available at Musti ja Mirri, and it costs €39.99. However, I bought it “used” (using the term “used” very loosely as the person bought it for their cat, she hated it and the person resold it) for €25. I think it’s definitely worth the price! I’ve had it for almost two months now, and it’s been working great. Also, it makes me feel better knowing that my cats drink cleaner, more fresh water.

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Bacha trying to play with running water. 🙂

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Aether is looking suspicious of the fountain.

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Trying out the running water.

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Finally getting it!

How did my cats react to it? Well, I KNEW Aether would love it (he loves running water), and he sure did! At first he was a bit suspicious, but a minute later he was onto it! Bacha tried to play with it at first, but now she’s loving the fresh water as well. Beliza doesn’t like it whatsoever. She’s what I call “an old fashioned grandma, who is grumpy at everyone and everything”. So true! 😊 Considering it’s such a hot summer, it makes me more than happy that 2 out of 3 Sphynxes drink more water than they would if I had only bowls available. It’s some food for thought for you as well – what could encourage you pet to drink more water? A fountain like this could be a great option! Another nice thing – while I am sitting at the computer and working, it’s very nice to listen to the sound of running water, so it’s a win-win situation!

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Can’t stop drinking!

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Got distracted for a bit, but still not going away!

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It’s been almost two months, and still loving it!

I hope you liked this week’s blog post, and I’ll talk to you in couple weeks’ time again! Have a great week!

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You Think Your Cat Hates Pet Clothes? How To Turn A Nay Into A Yay!

Hello, everyone! I hope you are doing well! In this post I will talk about what you can do if your cat hates pet clothes. A lot of the time I receive messages from customers, who even before receiving the sweater ask what is the best way to make sure the cat will love the sweater. And I am not surprised they ask it! I am sure we’ve all been in the situation where your cat becomes paralyzed, cannot run or jump, or is falling on the side while wearing a sweater. Yes, even one of my lovely cats, Beliza, who is now loving the warmth the sweater gives, was one of those cats. So how did she go from hating cat sweaters to enjoying and modelling them? Well, here’s some advice!

Lots of treats. Treats are the power, and you’re the one holding them! Cats love treats just as much as dogs do, and they can be used for a good purpose. When putting on and taking off the sweater, always be very affectionate towards the cat and give them their favorite treats. This way your lovely pet will associate wearing clothes with something positive, which is exactly what you want. A little bit off topic – still to this day I can’t understand why there are no freely available cat treats at the vet’s office? There always are treats for dogs, but never for cats. Double standards, considering cats need to associate the vet with something positive as well. We always take our own treats with us! 😊

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My cats love wearing clothes! Over the years I figured out the best styles and materials that are stretchy and comfy. My cats not only feel comfortable wearing the clothes around the house when it’s chilly, but also modelling them. I think you can see how comfy they feel in these pictures! 😊

Beliza rolling

My cats love wearing clothes! Over the years I figured out the best styles and materials that are stretchy and comfy. My cats not only feel comfortable wearing the clothes around the house when it’s chilly, but also modelling them. I think you can see how comfy they feel in these pictures! 😊

Keep it short. If your cat isn’t used to cat clothes, don’t keep the sweater on for long. First time, put it on for 5 minutes, while giving affection and treats, like I mentioned in the previous paragraph. Next day you can prolong it by 5 minutes and keep the sweater on for 10 minutes total. Keep on repeating it until your kitty seems to be comfortable wearing the clothes. It may look like a bit of a hassle (believe me, it isn’t!), but it’s totally worth it.

Do something your cat enjoys while (s)he is wearing a sweater. Does your cat love a certain game? Or maybe (s)he has a favorite toy? Do something your kitty enjoys while they’re wearing pet clothing, and they will forget they even have it on! 😊

Before investing in good clothing, try out the sock. Now you may think: “Hey, aren’t you writing this article in order to make us buy your clothing?” While I appreciate each and every single person who supports me and my 4 cats, I would never trade my dignity or fairness. For this reason I will give you a simple advice – before going all out and spending hundreds of dollars on (hopefully) well made pet clothing, try out the oldie goldie sock. Just cut off the thumbs part, cut out two holes for the front legs, and ta da – you got yourself a simple kitty sweater! It’s great for training and also doesn’t cost a thing. You can also do the same trick with old shirt/sweater sleeve, it works just as well!

Beliza playing

My cats love wearing clothes! Over the years I figured out the best styles and materials that are stretchy and comfy. My cats not only feel comfortable wearing the clothes around the house when it’s chilly, but also modelling them. I think you can see how comfy they feel in these pictures! 😊

Always keep an eye on your pet. I personally have never ever heard anything happening to cats while wearing clothes that fit them well, but I always say: better safe than sorry! For this reason I always suggest not leaving your kitty alone for longer periods of time while they’re wearing clothes. You have no idea, how many times I’ve heard people be like “Oh, I buy from this or that seller, they make clothes for cats, and I am leaving my pets alone for the whole day while I’m at work; (s)he makes clothes for cats specifically, so nothing will ever happen, I feel safe leaving my pet like this”. Honestly, this makes me really angry, because IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO MADE THE CLOTHING FOR YOUR CAT OR IF THE CLOTHING IS MEANT SPECIFICALLY FOR CATS – THINGS CAN HAPPEN ANYWAY. I personally think it’s irresponsible to leave your pet completely alone for a very long period of time while wearing pet clothing/accessories. Let me tell you a quick story as to why I have such a strong opinion regarding things like this.

When I was a kid, maybe 12-13 y/o, we had a cat we loved a lot. And because we loved her, we’d buy her cute accessories, including collars, that are MEANT FOR CATS. That was until one day our lovely kitty decided to climb up the tree as we would let her out to the yard. It was a beautiful day, so she was outside, and I was near her just talking to my dad. Suddenly I saw this happen: our beloved cat climbs up the tree branch, slips, her collar gets stuck on the branch and she hangs on that branch choking. I ran to her as soon as I could, grabbed her and tried to get her loose, but she was stuck. She was in shock and didn’t know what to do, and she ended up grabbing and biting my wrist (I still have the scars to this day). It was a bloodbath! Thankfully my father had a pocket knife with him, and he managed to cut off the collar. By the time we freed her, the cat was unconscious, so my mom performed a CPR, and thankfully she was able to revive her, and the kitty was fine afterwards, just very shook for a while. And so was I – I was literally traumatized for life after this. Now I do not put any collars on my cats (only sometimes for photoshoots, when they’re sitting still), and for this reason I am extremely cautious with clothes as well. Like I mentioned before – I have never heard anything happen to cats while wearing clothes, and I would prefer it to stay that way!

My scars

Sometimes seemingly harmless things can leave both physical and emotional scars.

Start with sleeveless sweaters. Sleeveless sweaters give more freedom than the ones with sleeves. It does not matter how well the sleeves are put in, sleeveless ones will always be more appropriate for a first time wearer. Not having the sleeves also gives less coverage, which is great for a kitty that’s not used to wearing clothes.

Bacha

Sleeveless clothes are always good for starters! 🙂

Make sure the fabric is stretchy. One of the reasons I knit clothes is not only because I love it, but also because they’re one of the most stretchy things you will come by! While fleece is nice and soft, it is nowhere near as stretchy as knit fabric. That’s one of the reasons why my handknitted sweaters also have no seams – I try to make the sweaters as less bulky as possible, because every little bit counts. Especially if you own some active cats like I do!

I hope you liked this week’s blog post! Next time I will talk about the process of buying cat clothes and how to choose the most suitable ones for your kitty’s needs. Have a great day everyone!

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Review: Flying Tiger Pet Food Catapult – Does It Work?

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re doing great! This blog post was written a little bit impromptu, because I was planning to write on a different topic, but yesterday I was doing a little bit of shopping, and decided to visit Flying Tiger. While over there, I noticed something I thought was quite hilarious – pet food catapult! On the package they show a dog as an example, but I was wondering if it would work for cats as well. It’s called “Pet food catapult” after all! I just HAD to try it out. Let’s see how it went!

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Price. It was cheap, just like most things in Flying Tiger – I paid €4 for the pet food catapult.

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Looks & how it works. It’s made of plastic, and the front part (the little see-through part) comes off easily with a little twist, so it’s easy to clean and/or load the catapult with pet food. Then you simply push down the black button (see the picture) and press the black button next to it to “shoot” the food in the air.

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How my cats reacted to it. Well, the thing is that they didn’t. But no, really! They could not care less about the food flying out of that catapult. They were sitting in front of me with those huge eyes asking for treats, but they just couldn’t understand that the food was flying out of the catapult and they need to go pick it up. I loaded it with quite big cat treats (Dreamies to be precise), but I think the main issue was that the food would fly out at a very high speed, and the cats simply wouldn’t notice it. If the treats landed on the floor, they’d react to the noise it made, but that’s all.

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Some final thoughts and is it worth it. It’s hard to say whether it’s worth it or not. All of my cats didn’t understand it, but maybe they’re just not very smart, haha! 😀 It was only €4, so I don’t feel robbed, and, well, cats are beings that are very picky in general. It did not work for my cats at all, but it MAY work for your cat. Or maybe it works only for dogs. Or maybe it works for some pets only, while it also may not work at all. If you feel like trying it out – give it a go, but I personally won’t be using it.

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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! 🙂

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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. 🙂

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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!

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