Fall 2019 Reflections: Can This Year End Already? Horrible Vets, Shady Finland’s Post, And The Darkest Month

Hi, everyone! I thought this could be a fun, interesting, and maybe a bit intimate topic to explore every quarter of the year: one for winter, one for spring, one for summer, and one for fall. I am not big into all the reflecting at the end of the year, because I have bad memory, and also we’re wired to remember more hardships than good times. And I want my life to be filled with as many good things as possible!

These last few weeks (or months, rather) have been challenging. They always are when you’re a small business owner, and the busy holiday times hit & you’re trying to keep up with everything, but this fall has drained me already. Don’t get me wrong – I have NO problem with the amount of orders I’ve been receiving – after being in business for almost 5 years, I am pretty used to the high volume of orders during the fall season, so all is good in that department. The main things affecting my poor mental and physical health are the outside factors.

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Sleepy Queen Beliza.

Let’s start with one of my cats having a slight ear infection (plain yeast infection, nothing big, should be over in no time). Or that’s what we thought. Our usual vet has retired, so we’ve been on the mission to find a new one. Well, we thought we found a decent vet – she spayed Vampiria, and has said that she loves working with fearful animals, to which I thought “Awesome! Bacha always freaks out when she goes to the vet, so this lady might be a good fit!” Uhm, ABSOLUTELY NOT.

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My beautiful green-eyed princess Bacha.

So, we bring the cat in to get checked for ear infection. She takes swabs and brings them to the lab, comes back, tries to take a closer look into the cats ears – one ear is fine, but she shakes her head a couple of times, when the vet tries to look into the infected ear. What our previous vet would do in these situations? He’d just tell us how to hold her, or would invite his assistant to hold the cat properly. What does this new vet do? She sedates the cat without a second thought. Yep, she sedates the cat, because the cat (completely not aggressive, very friendly, has never scratched anyone) shook her infected ear couple of times. The vet CLEARLY has no idea how to properly hold the cat, and it seems she’s also a bit afraid of it. Then she takes a look at the ear, when the kitty falls asleep, complains about some gunk in the ears (hm-hm, the cat has an ear infection on top of being an oily Sphynx – shocker, she has some gunk!), then invites her assistant to clean out the ears. Ok, assistant comes, all is fine, until she starts digging all over the ears using this huge cotton bud. And she’s being rough! The cat is not completely sedated, only to the level of where she can barely move, and oh man, you can see she feels everything! She started trying to get away, digging, scratching, trying to cry while she was “sedated”, and she was clearly in a lot of pain. I give a few mad looks to the assistant, she calms down a bit. Oh, and can we just talk about the fact that she had the most disgusted face, when Vampiria shook her head (again, while “sedated”), and some of the ear cleaner got on her? It seems like all of these people are in the wrong profession.

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A beautiful moment from Vampiria’s first ever photoshoot. She loved every moment of it!

So, after paying a hefty bill, we came back home. And now we need to deal with a cat, who is absolutely terrified of us touching her ears. She used to snooze and purr while her ears were being cleaned, and after the vet visit we HAVE to make a purrito out of her, because otherwise she would injure herself and scratch our eyes out while trying to get away. She was never afraid of vets, she loved people, and would purr and give headbutts whenever we brought her to vet. She’s a completely different cat now. And it breaks my heart so much.

Oh, but there’s more! The “amazing” check up appointment a week later. The vet who checked and treated Vampiria for the first time, was busy in surgery, so another vet took her in. There was a slight hope, that was quickly destroyed. I wasn’t there, but my husband was. So, he brings Vampiria in, and the vet is already preparing the medicine to get her sedated. My husband says a firm “No” to the sedation (after Vampiria was so traumatized, there was no way we’d put her through that again). The vet tries to argue, but gives in, and comes to check her ears without sedation. And it went completely fine! The infection was gone, the ears looked fine, and she had absolutely no trouble checking everything.

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Playful Bacha, as always!

It seems like sedation is a common practice there. Easy to brag about being good with fearful pets, when you just sedate them, right? While living here in the capital for almost 7 years, we had luck of trying out about 9-10 different vets. This usually would happen if we needed a follow up appointment, and our usual vet was away, we’d need to go to a different one in his clinic. We also tried 3 or 4 different clinics over the years, in hopes we could find some vet who’s closer to our home (our usual vet was about 45 minutes away). Now, no shade to female vets over here in Finland, cause I am sure there are good ones out there, but we had an absolutely awful experience with EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Our usual vet? An experienced man, who was always quick, super professional, knows how to handle the animals properly, and had a great customer service. Our cardiologist? Again, a man, very professional, handles the cats quickly, gives accurate diagnosis, etc. Pleasure to work with.

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More playtime! It’s always so much fun to do photoshoots!

Now, the female vets. There are very few male vets in comparison to females over here, so you usually end up with a female vet. Some of the things that many female vets share (from my personal experience when visiting about 8 different ones over the years):
– lack of knowledge on how to handle and hold the cat;
– being VERY afraid of getting scratched – once the cat moves even a bit, it needs to be sedated, cause it’s a killer cat;
– lack of education in the medicine that is out there. Now, hear me out on this one. I noticed that a lot of female vets tend to try to modernize the field a bit too much. I remember maybe 4 years ago, one of our cats got flu. Simple to treat? Well, not really, as we found out later! So, our vet is on vacation, we go to this female vet we’ve never been to before. She checks the cat, confirms it’s a simple flu, prescribes the meds. What kind of meds? Some kind of antibiotics, that are very fancy and new, and cost almost a €100/pack. OK, we suck it up, and buy two packs as per her recommendation. We give the meds for two weeks, absolutely no improvement, if anything, the cat’s getting worse. Finally, our vet is back from vacation. We pack up the cat, and go to him. He checks the cat, asks what meds she was given. We tell the name (can’t remember anymore as it’s been a while), and he just gets this look on his face like “Yeah, I know the meds, but…really???? It’s a new medicine, but older ones work just fine”. So, as his usual straight forward self, he prescribes meds that cost €15/bottle, and the cat is healthy within a week. Never again!
– Making the situation sound worse than it really is. You know how usually when you go in to get some kind of diagnosis, and the doctors keep everything to themselves until they know what’s wrong? Well, not when it comes to vets over here! Imagine, you had a headache for a while, go to the doctors office, and the doctor behaves something like this: “Oh my gosh, how long has this been going on??? A week? You had headache for a week?! You’re so irresponsible!!! We need to do an X-Ray, a cat scan, heart scan, do all the blood and allergy tests, flush out your intestines, check your bladder, and checking your eyes would be good too. If we don’t do that, you may die within 24 hours!”. So much for not freaking out the people, right? That’s how many vets we’ve been to behave, by suggesting all the possible tests, even though they may be completely unrelated to the actual problem. Oh, and add the slight freaked out face!
– Being afraid of any type of dirt. “Eww, there’s a piece of grass in your dogs fur”, “Ugh, your cat’s ears have some gunk”, “Oh, I see you haven’t brushed your pet’s teeth today, looks awful” are just a few things I have heard over the years.
– I won’t even start about the lack of knowledge when it comes to Sphynx breed.

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Pretty lady in red.

So, we keep looking. For a vet, who’s a man, and not a woman. We think we found one not too far away from us, and they seem to have good reviews from other cat owners, so that definitely gives us some hope! We will have to vaccinate Bacha and Beliza next month, so fingers crossed it will be a good experience!

Now, Finland’s Post aka Posti. Very shady! It’s crazy how a government owned company got so corrupt. I mean, sure, it’s not shady at all that the company’s directors salary increased by over 60% in mere 3 years, where he’s been earning about 84k/month in 2019. This has caused a public outrage (righteously so), and so he resigned. I mean, sure, when you keep on cutting workers’ salaries, and increasing prices for your crappy services (the prices increased by 25-30% in the past 4.5 years), you become a millionaire. The whole management team there is just as shady – at least the director apologized. And so they have yet another strike. Can’t say I am surprised – they want to cut off workers’ salaries by 30%, completely ignoring the original work agreements that were signed. Uh, bye Felicia!

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Baby boy rocking pastel rainbows!

It’s just such a mess. They tried to hire additional workers to do the job during the strike (which is illegal, because Posti is a government owned company), they threatened to fire the wokers if they don’t come to work because of strike (which is again, illegal). Road deliveries just shut down, international airport that’s responsible for mail, is shut down, railroad and ship companies will join the strike too. Many other unions have already joined. It’s mindblowing that a government owned company even has a right to negotiate. They’ve been “negotiating” the whole week, now they will meet again on Monday, aka today. I wish this sh*tshow would end already, I am so done with it.

It’s stressful, cause my customers’ packages will be delayed yet again as this is the second strike this fall. And while 99% of customers are absolutely amazing, and understanding, and patient, there will always be that 0.1% that will be rude, outraged, and will blast me all over the place for it. But that comes with the job I guess! It’s crazy how nowadays some people don’t know how to communicate with others without being mean and vicious.

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Vampiria’s second photoshoot. Still loving it!

All the strikes probably aged me by 5 years, and added like 200 gray hair on my head! I haven’t been able to sleep well either, which makes my fibromyalgia flare up even more. I am trying to get back on the straighter path though!

And, of course, the dark autumn. November is the darkest month over here in Finland. It literally looked like nighttime the whole day today. Can’t wait for the snow, so it will at least be brighter, and we’ll get some sun, hopefully.

73187900_10212374906807351_3734771949918748672_n2019 has been such a wild ride. Good things happened, bad things happened, but we’re all trying to stay alive in this sinking ship I guess! I still wait for the new year, and am looking forward to starting things fresh. In order to end this on a positive note, here are a few things I’ve been really grateful for this fall season.
– Cats, of course! Those purring balls of warmth and softness are the best things ever. They’re so loving, and always keep me company, no matter how great or bad I feel. Cats really do make the world a better place!
– Awesome customers! For every not-such-a-nice-person that I meet, there are 100 amazing ones! I love reading lovely reviews, chatting to people privately, and see all the beautiful pictures of their kitties. Whenever I feel down, stressed, or unsure, all the heartwarming reviews and messages make my day.
– Music, that I used to enjoy as a kid and teenager. Looking at you, Robbie Williams!
– All people, who are close to me, and are trying their best to be helpful during these challenging times!

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Aether wishes you a great fall season!

So, this is my reflection on the fall of 2019. Will we talk on this blog more, or will this be the last post of the year? Only time will tell. But for now, I wish you a wonderful week ahead, and stay cozy wherever you are!

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Introducing Vampiria: A New Fluffy Family Member

Hello! I hope your week is going well – mine sure is! Lots of work, lots of ideas – always good times when you’re excited about all the new things coming your way. 🙂

As you already understood from the title, we got a new kitten. And no, she isn’t a completely “fresh” member of the family – she’s been with us for 3.5 weeks (will be 4 weeks this Friday; we brought her home May 17th). As much as I wanted to, I decided to not introduce her “officially” yet, and rather concentrate on her quarantine time, and later – focus on introducing her to our other 3 Sphynxes.

Let’s start from the beginning. Vampiria was born on January 5th, 2019 – a tiny Sphynx baby. I found her breeder on Instagram, and immediately fell in love with her kittens. As soon as I saw the “V” litter (they were maybe 3-4 weeks old at a time?), I knew I had to have one of the kittens. She said that Vampiria was the only one left unreserved from the litter – and she was perfect. We reserved her asap, and then there was the looooong waiting until May when we could pick her up. Thankfully, the breeder updated her Instagram often, and sent pictures and videos of Vampiria, which made the waiting a whole lot easier!

Vampiria is seal point with white, in case you’re interested in her color. She is pet class kitten, and has some hair on her body, and very soft fur on her face, ears, paws and tail. And, of course, beautiful blue eyes, which suit her color beautifully.

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She’s very playful, loving and overall amazing kitten. She eats raw diet, but I will talk more about it in a different blog post – it’s always an interesting topic to explore!

So, you may ask how is she getting on with the other cats? Honestly, exactly, how I expected. Beliza is a “mommy” type of cat – she’s gentle, friendly, and always behaves like a mom towards kittens. She and Vampiria stopped hissing at each other after about 3-4 days when introduction started (just a note: once you bring a new kitten home, you should have 2 weeks of quarantine period, where the kitten is kept separately from other cats, but I usually see if there are any signs of illness, how the kitten and other cats are adjusting, and wing it. The minimum for me still usually is about 10-12 days, but I’ll talk more about it in a separate blog post).

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Well, and then there’s Bacha. Don’t get me wrong – she’s an amazing cat. She’s very loving, however, she’s been quite fearful of other animals since we got her as a kitten. She was fearful of Aether, when we brought him home two years ago, so I knew we will have to take special precautions when introducing Vampiria as well. We made sure to keep them at distance, we always watched out that Vampiria wouldn’t spook Bacha, wouldn’t playfully jump on her, etc. Bacha is NOT aggressive – however, she may react in a negative way if she gets spooked. Now that Vampiria has been out and about for almost 2 weeks, all is good. They hiss at each other a tiny bit here and there, but I am 100% confident they’re both in a good place. Bacha usually completely ignores Vampiria, and Vampiria learned that Bacha does not want to be her play buddy. They both have a healthy respect for each other (for now at least), so all is going well.

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Then there’s Aether. He’s a gentle soul and my love – he has a very special place in my heart as I feel we have a very special connection. Now don’t get me wrong – I love all my cats to bits, and they all get equal amount of love and attention, but I think we all have that special someone, who’s there when hard times hit. It’s normal. He was abused as a kitten by one mean spirited cat, so he always clung to me. BUT! This article is not about Aether – as I mentioned, he’s a very gentle boy, and I wasn’t sure how he was going to react to Vampiria. Well, he was very curious, but shy and a bit scared of her. However, you know the saying where curiosity killed the cat? Well, that’s what happened to Aether, haha! Vampiria isn’t shy, so she tried to play with him a few times, and now they’re best friends! I am very happy about it as Bacha and Beliza are sisters, and they always automatically just stuck to each other, and Aether was a bit left out. Also, they’re older, so they can’t (and don’t want to) play all the time with him. Aether and Vampiria are both very active and love spending time with each other – they always play together, run around, share toys, etc. They both seem to be very happy, which makes my heart sing. Even now I can hear them playing in the bedroom – they’ve been doing so for the past hour. 🙂

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I think I talked about everything, more or less. Getting a new kitten when you already have other cats can be quite stressful as you need to go through all the quarantine and introduction process, but it’s so worth it! In case you’re interested, here are Vampiria’s breeder’s Instagram pages (the breeder is based in Saint Petersburg, Russia):

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Sphynx My Gremlins Cat

I hope you have a great week ahead of you, and talk to you soon!

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New Sweaters In PurringPyjamas Shop + Aether’s Debut As A Model!

Hello! How are you doing? Maybe you’re having a break from this heatwave? ‘Cause we sure have! It’s still warm, but we’re not melting at least! And while winter isn’t on your mind right now (or maybe it is? I can’t wait for cooler weather!), let’s talk about it as it will come in no time. Today I want to talk about the new additions to PurringPyjamas shop!

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Being cute and very purrfessional!

The first sweater is blue and white, which can stand for many things. Over here in Finland it would stand for the saying about Finland being a country of snow and a thousand lakes (believe me, we have waaaaay more than a thousand of them, haha), to someone it may associate with white sandy beaches and sea, and to someone else it may remind about the dark blue skies and some white clouds – I am sure I am not the only one who used to try to find different shaped clouds that would remind of some animal or something. Whatever you associate these colors with, they are always fun to add to anyone’s collection!

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Looking cute!

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Curious about what’s going on.

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Oh, and what’s there?

 

You can find these awesome blue and white sweaters over here: Blue & White Sails

Now the next sweater is something that will always be a load of fun! These stripes look sunny, bright and will keep your little Sphynx feeling like it’s forever spring! I love spring, and what about you? I think it’s amazing to finally get more sun and see the nature being reborn and blossoming. What a wonderful thing to see!

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Hello!

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Thoughtful.

So yes, as you guessed already, these minimalistic sweaters were inspired by spring. As cheesy as it sounds, a lot of the time we really do forget to just stop and smell the flowers around us. But cats never forget the little things in life, so it’s something useful that we can learn from our little friends. There’s beauty in simplicity, and for this reason these sweaters are what one might call “plain”. But I say they’re just enough! 😊

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Bacha showing off her best poses. 🙂

 

You can get these super fun sweaters over here: Striped Spring

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Looking for those toys!

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Still looking!

And yes, we always have to have something pink! This pastel color striped sweater will fit many people’s tastes. It’s minimalistic with only 3 little beads attached to the neck, so this sweater isn’t for the flashy ones!

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Where did all the toys go?

 

You can get the striped sweater here: Pink Stripes

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Oh, that’s where the toys are!

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Mom, what’s up there?

Now this pink is the complete opposite of the pastel striped sweater – it’s in neon coral pink color! The sweater is very bright (as I’m sure you can see from the pictures) and not suitable for the faint hearted! 😊 It also has a nice modern mixed with a classic touch to it – a beautiful decoration made from classy pearl and silver tubes.

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Who said boys can’t wear pink? Aether looks fabulous rocking his pink sweater!

 

The sweater is available here: Modern Coral Pink

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Curious little creature.

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Is that catnip that I smell?

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Hearing the toys jingle.

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And what’s up there?

 

And now… Welcome to the bow kingdom! These sweaters are not only cute, but they’re also warm! They’re perfect if you want to add some bling to your daily life – the teal color sweater has blue shiny thread running through it, while the pinky beige has a holographic one. Whichever one you choose, you can be sure about your kitty shinning bright like a diamond!

 

 

You can check out the teal sweater here: Teal Dreams

And you will find the beige one over here: Holo Fantasies

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Looking cute dressed in purple.

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Come here, toy!

Continuing with the shiny theme, here’s another sweater. It’s beautiful metallic purple, which you don’t see everyday. The sweater is super soft, very light and stretchy, but still very warm. The yarn itself cost me a small fortune, but I liked it so much that I decided to ignore a pretty big price tag. And I am surely happy I did!

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A moment of silence.

 

This unique metallic sweater is available here: Shades Of Purple

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Cute!

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This sweater is basically the same color as her eyes. 🙂

And last, but not least is this super fluffy, bluish gray sweater. It’s pretty hard to describe it’s color – in some light it looks bluish gray, while in other situations it seems to be more of a grayish blue. However you look at it, the sweater is still just as beautiful! It’s very warm, thick and has a nice softness to it making it a really good option for cold weather. It also has some multicolored beads attached that make the sweater even cuter.

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Calm.

 

You can take a closer look at the sweater here: Bluish Gray Softness

I hope you enjoyed this short blog post and a few of the new designs that had been just added to my shop! Have a great week ahead of you, and talk to you soon!

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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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A Short Guide To Buying Cat Clothes: What To Look For?

Hello! I hope your week wasn’t too harsh, and you’re ready for a quick dose of cats! As I mentioned in my last blog post, today I will talk about buying cat clothes, and how to make it an easy and positive experience. So let’s get into it, and see what things you should consider before buying cat clothes! 😊

Safety. Yes, I am starting with the most important one! And it is going to be a different kind of safety than what I spoke about in my last blog post. This time we will talk about the actual design of the shirt/sweater. A lot of the time I see sweaters that are covered in beads, little buttons, etc, from the bottom to the very top. Or sometimes sellers incorporate some beads in their cable knit that goes throughout the sweater. And it looks very beautiful! BUT! Have you ever thought that your cat can actually reach them? And chew on them/rip them off? Have you ever thought what would happen if the cat would swallow those beads? That’s one of the main reasons why I attach the buttons only at the neck using a special stitch, which: 1) it assures that the cat won’t be able to reach and chew on the beads/buttons, 2) the button is attached so strongly, that the sweater will wear out before the button comes loose (tried and confirmed by my cats!). So whenever you see something cute, think if it is also well thought through and safe for your pet, as that should always be your priority.

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Always make sure that the clothes are not only cute, but also safe for your kitty!

Sleeves or sleeveless? Or maybe one opening for both legs? I talked about this a little bit in my last blog post, but this is my opinion in short: if it’s your first cat sweater or your cat is not comfortable in clothes, choose the sleeveless option. If your cat is OK with wearing clothes, you’re free to choose whatever you want. And what about one hole in front for both legs? That tends to be pretty comfortable as well, just like the sleeveless option, I have made sweaters with only one hole as custom orders before. But make sure that they’re made from a very stretchy material (like knit is, for example), otherwise your cat may and will feel restricted.

Always check a size chart. I can’t stress this enough – always check a shop’s size chart! Every single shop has a different one, and if in one shop you buy size M clothing for your pet, it does not mean that your pet will be size M in all the shops. Just an example – my sizes run big, so if your pet is a size M somewhere else, it’s a big possibility (s)he will be size XS or a S in my shop. If you check the reviews in my shop, you will see that most of those couple 1 star reviews that I have come from people complaining the sweater was too big/too small. That’s why you have to check a size chart! And this leads me to my next point.

 

Bacha

Sleeveless sweater is always a good choice for beginner!

If your cat is in between sizes, request a custom order. Yes, that can happen, and it does happen quite often to be honest! Most shops do custom sizes, so feel free to ask about it. Never settle for an ill fitting clothing! I do custom sizes free of charge, while some shops may ask you to pay additional fee for making a custom size sweater.

When in doubt, ask. If you’re unsure about the sizing, always ask! Believe me, the seller will not think you’re silly or something! I know how difficult it can be to choose the perfect size. For example, when buying jeans, I always need to buy like 10 pairs at once and cross my fingers that 1 or 2 of them won’t fit weirdly! Similar is with cat clothes. Better safe than sorry!

Length of the sweater. You might have noticed that I do not put length of my sweaters in the size chart. And that is because I would need to adjust my size chart all the time, because I have so many designs! Some clothing is longer, while some is shorter, but overall most of my clothes are pretty long (I am pretty sure you can see that from the pictures! 😊 ). I always gladly adjust the length of the sweaters that are made to order, so if you’d like the sweater to be made longer or shorter (or maybe you have a specific length you want to request?), contact the seller and I am sure they will be more than happy to work on custom size for you.

Bacha

Every design has a different length, so choose whatever you like the most. Or request a custom length – every pet is different and loves different things!

Difference between sewn and knitted cat clothes. If you had been shopping around for cat clothes, you may have noticed a few things: for one, those shops that sell hand knitted clothing have fewer items, and secondly, they’re often a bit pricier. And you may wonder why it is the way it is. As someone who lives in Finland – which is a pretty expensive country – I can give you a few points:

  • Yarn is often more expensive than fabric, especially fancy yarns like mohair or alpaca cost a lot more than a piece of fleece or jersey fabric.
  • Sewn clothes are significantly quicker to make. I am a quick knitter and I’m not that great at sewing, but even I can make a few sewn cat shirts in an hour. When it comes to knitting, depending on the sweater’s size and how intricate the pattern is, it can take up to 4 hours to complete a sweater. I am not talking about people, who use machines for knitting, but someone like me who hand knits and hand embroiders everything.
Beliza

Super stretchy and soft acrylic sweater will make any kitty happy!

Should I go for knitted clothing or a fleece/jersey one? Now that depends on you completely! Knitted cotton clothing is great for summer, and wool or thick acrylic ones are great for winter. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I chose knitting over sewing mainly because knit is much more stretchy than fleece, meaning that it will be a lot more comfortable overall. Warmth wise, bot fleece and wool clothing are warm.

Check shop’s reviews. Yes, that is important. What is even more important, it’s how the seller deals with negative feedback. We all are cute and lovely when we’re being praised, but how does the seller handle the criticism? If the review is 3 stars or lower, the seller can and SHOULD have a response, because 3 stars is not an amazing review. In other words, the buyer wasn’t satisfied with their order. If the seller has 1-3 star reviews, and there are no responses under them as to how the seller is going to handle an unsatisfied customer, that’s a red flag! That means there’s a big chance that when you receive your order and in case you would be unhappy with it, you will be ignored, and nothing will be done about it from the seller’s side. Also, if seller does respond, check how polite and helpful their response is. You wouldn’t want to buy from someone who is rude/unhelpful.

Reviews

Always check the reviews – they’re very important!

If there’s a problem with your order, always contact the seller first. Those few negative reviews I have in my shop were left without my knowledge. Person orders without looking at the size chart, the sweater arrives, it’s too small/too big, and the person leaves a negative review without ever even telling me about it. I mean, there’s no way for me to know whether the sizing the person orders fits their cat (only they know it), and if someone orders a size XS, for example, I make them a size XS and send it off. There’s no way of me knowing whether it is the true size of the cat or not. I always assume that the person checked the size chart, which is available in each listing, and if they had any questions, they’d contact me. I have a good return policy, which some people choose not to use, but leave a bad review and then even after I message them offering some options, they never respond. Oh well. So, don’t be that person, and be smart about it – you can always get your money back or the product that you originally wanted. 😊

Bacha

The only problem Bacha has is too few cat toys!

And last, but not least – don’t forget to leave a review! Always reflect on your experience regarding the shop. Were the products up to par? Was the seller helpful? Did the seller do their best to solve issues if there were any? These are just few of the questions that may help you reflect on your experience, and help others decide whether it’s the shop they want to go for.

I hope this blog post was helpful! I have something fun planned for the upcoming blog posts, so stay tuned and have a great week ahead of you!

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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! 😊

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.

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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