Archives for April 2014
The head peep had the opportunity to meet the folks from Lupine at Global Pet Expo earlier this year, and she agreed that Pierre and Newton would love to try out their line of cat collars. It was a really exciting day when they arrived.
Newton: Whoa, what are these?
Ashton: I don’t think I like the look of this!
Newton: They’re not for girls anyhow, Ashton. These are mancatly collars, and I think I want this one!
Pierre: That leaves this one for me.
Newton: Check this out! This is my old collar on the top and my new collar on the bottom. See how much thinner my new collar is? That means it’s going to be more comfortable.
Pierre: And if you look really closely, you can see that the stitches themselves are colored. I have had collars where the design was painted on, and it rubbed off after a month or two. This collar is going to stay vivid and colorful for a long, long time.
Pierre: And the collar looks really handsome on me, too!
Newton: Not as handsome as my collar looks on me!
We did run into one problem with the collars. Pierre has always been bad about chewing his collar, and he took the first opportunity to chew his collar into a soggy mess.
This happened because the collars are sized to fit a large cat, so that even on a cat Pierre or Newton’s size, there is a fair amount of webbing that folds back over itself. You can see it gapping a bit in this photo of Newton.
The head peep talked to Scott from Lupine about why they hadn’t chosen to implement a little keeper that would hold the loop of webbing Pierre wanted to sample flat against itself. Scott said that they had not done so because they were worried about it being a safety hazard. The head peep suggested offering multiple sizes of cat collars to minimize issues with cats like Pierre in the future. We aren’t sure whether how seriously they will take her suggestion, but we hope they might implement it even though the core of their business is obviously dogs rather than cats.
But the best thing is that even if you do have a cat who wants to chew up his collar, Lupine offers guarantees their collars, even if chewed. We thought that guarantee was just because they mostly sold dog collars, but Pierre made it clear that the guarantee is for cats, too. Combined with the quality of the collars themselves, the guarantee makes Lupine collars something that your cat will be able to wear for many years. We give them our paws up of approval!
FTC Disclosure: We received these collars at no charge for evaluation, but all opinions expressed in this site are our own.
Earl: Does this mat make me look fat?
It’s been a while since we checked in with Cousin Earl. He is living a lot of the good life these days. Unfortunately, cats with three legs have to distribute all of their weight onto their remaining limbs, and that makes Cousin Earl’s weight a real concern. While everykitty should watch their figure for health reasons, we want to be sure that Earl doesn’t end with a higher chance of arthritis or other issues in his joints from the extra weight, so we’re discussing the best way to put a kitty who loves his kibble onto a diet that satisfies his big appetite. We’ll keep you posted how it goes.
Yesterday, the head peep drove a transport for the Cute Transport Network. 21 kitties from the streets and shelters of south Florida are making their way north to rescue programs who will find them wonderful forever homes.
How do you get 21 kitties into a catmobile?
With the back seat down so that they can ride in the rear hatchback! One carrier rode in the passenger seat, and we could easily have fit one more in back.
Here are some of the faces of the lucky kitties who are headed north to find new forever homes. Thomas and Belle were just spayed and neutered the day before, but they were ready to party.
Look at that Siamese face! This kitten and siblings were rescued from a Craigslist ad in Miami.
This photo was taken from the front seat, so it’s blurry, but we wanted to include it because one of these black kitties was so bold, he hissed at the head peep when she picked up the carrier. You tell her, buddy!
This carrier was full of quiet, well-behaved kitties who started out life on a Florida horse ranch and are going to find posh new homes up north.
These three little faces were intent because the head peep was part of the mid-transport snack stop. They could smell that food the moment the bag was opened!
This was the first time that the head peep drove kitties who were too young to “hold it” all day. These guys made a bit of a mess. These little faces are saying, “Who, us?” Yeah, you kittens!
The head peep says she feels lucky to have spent a few hours with these kitties on their way to to their futures.
She also said that she felt lucky to get home to us so she didn’t have to deal with any more kitten energy. Remember you said that when we get the 3 AM zoomies, OK?