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! 😊

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! 😊

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 3 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.

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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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The softest sweaters in the world are here!

Well hello there! The last time I posted here almost a year ago… How crazy is that?! Life happened I suppose. Sometimes we just get so invested in our works, and routines that we (unfortunately) forget about the things we enjoy. And blogging is one of them for me! But enough of rambling – that’s not what you came here for! Let’s dive into this new super soft fuzzy blog post and many adorable pictures of my hairless monkey cats are to follow!

I am pretty sure that if you checked out my shop, or Facebook, or Instagram at some point this spring, you’ve probably seen these fuzzy sweaters already. You may ask – well why you keep on posting about them, what’s so special about it? Well, firstly, now this style sweaters are available in 9 (yes, NINE!!!) different colors. How awesome is that?!

But colors is not the only (or most important) thing I want to emphasize here. I just… I just can’t get enough of these super awesome sweaters, and neither can my cats! They feel so cozy wearing them when it’s chilly outside. And you know what else is awesome? These sweaters are made from yarn meant for babies. They’re literally the softest thing you will ever touch in your life (besides your Sphynx, if (s)he happens to have a peach fuzz). They’re VERY soft, VERY warm, VERY cute, VERY stretchy, and the best of all – ANY and EVERY cat will love one of these sweaters. They are definitely the most comfortable and soft sweaters I’ve ever made, and believe me – that’s a huge statement considering I made almost 300 (288 to be precise) different designs since 2015.

I just love these sweaters so much! I think you can see in the pictures as well that my cats are feeling really comfy. Beliza was constantly half asleep, because they’re so warm and cozy! #photoshootproblems, haha!

All of these sweaters are available in few sizes, and soon I will restock them in even more colors and sizes. Why? Because they’re that awesome!

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Now here are the links to all the sweaters (just click on the color!):

White & Pink

Pastel Lavender

White & Blue

Light Beige

Medium Gray

Pink, Purple & White Marl

Blue, Lavender & White Marl

Light Camel

Bright Coral

I hope you enjoyed this little blog post, and I wish you all a fabulous day!

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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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Summer vibes in snowy Finland

Hello everyone! Are you feeling the summer vibes already? Over here in Finland the summer is felt only in my colorful cat sweaters as it’s snowing behind my window as I am writing this blog post right now… Let’s just say summer definitely isn’t in a rush to visit Finland this year! And talking about cat sweaters, you’re probably wondering: hey, Asta, we understand it’s snowing in Finland in the mid May, but come on – other countries have normal climates and are baking in the sun already, so… where are all the summer goodies, huh? Well, they just arrived! The new collection was released last week in my PurringPyjamas shop on Etsy, and now I finally found a few free minutes to quickly introduce it. Are you ready?

The first 3 sweaters are super cute, super colorful and super soft. They’re also very light, stretchy and give that oh so needed protection from the sun for your hairless family member. These sweaters let the skin breathe very well, so your kitty will feel comfy while wearing them. The yarn is 70% cotton & 30 acrylic, which means that the sweaters won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Because they’re so light and stretchy, they’re also good for the first time wearers and cats who don’t like thicker sweaters!

I also decided to decorate these cute stripey sweaters with some beads I bought last year. I really like the little spicy vibe that they give to each sweater – from very sunny and bright yellows to more subtle brown hues. If you want to get any of these sweaters, you can find them here: Yellows & Blues, Blues & Reds, Blue Hues.

Now this sweater doesn’t really belong to any collection, but I loved the yarn, so I thought to myself – “Why not to make something cute with it?”. So I did! I hand crocheted this cutie from cotton yarn and added a few white rose beads. There are only two sweaters available in sizes XXXS & XXS, so if your kitty is on the smaller side or you happen to have a kitten, grab it! You can find it here: Pink Rose.

If you’re interested to take a look at all of the summer sweaters available in my Etsy shop, you can find them here: Summer Clothes.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day!

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Bling The World: New Super Soft Swarovski Sweaters Are Out!

Hello! I hope you’ve been doing well and the spring has been showering you all in nice and warm sun! Today I come here with a new post about the very new release in PurringPyjamas shop – it’s super soft, cute, very high quality and it blings… Yes, it sounds like a dream, right? Well, because it is a real dream for your precious kitty!

These sweaters are made from a very high quality Alpaca and wool blend yarn (70% alpaca, 23% polyamide & 7% wool). The sweaters are extremely soft, very light and super warm. Here’s a little more info about this magical yarn:

“A new and exciting “blow yarn” made from soft baby alpaca and cozy and warm merino wool. Its construction is unique, based on the newest yarn technologies, where instead of spinning, the fibers of baby alpaca and merino wool are air blown into a tube, which makes the garments made in this yarn about 30-35% lighter than those made with conventional spun yarns of the same thickness.”

“But why you chose to make the sweaters so… simple?” – you might ask. Fair question! I think that beauty often is in simplicity. I see so many beautifully made sweaters out there, with all these intricate ornaments and patterns, and sometimes it’s just a little bit too much. I think it’s important to be creative and try out new things, but we also should remember the very roots where we came from. Yes, it is a very basic pattern, but hey – the gorgeousness of the yarn and the little tiny bling of some Swarovski crystals make these sweaters so beautiful!

Again, you may ask another question – but why these Swarovski crystals are almost the same color as the sweaters? Why didn’t you put dark blue crystals on a white sweater or light pink crystals – on gray? Well, there is an answer to this question too – I wanted this collection to be subtle. For this reason, all the sweaters have bling, but it doesn’t shout from the distance. It is meant to give a little something special to this beautiful yarn, but not to overpower it. Over time, I released many different sweaters – some with very bright colors and complicated patterns, while others were subtle and minimal. These sweaters are an ode to simplicity.

If you’re interested in checking out this collection, you can find it here: High Quality Sweaters.

I hope you all are having a fabulous Monday!

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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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