Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review Day: Stella & Chewy's Sea-Licious Salmon & Cod Dinner Morsels from Chewy.Com

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Hi Everyone,

This will be a quick review because it is 2:00 in the morning when I wrote this. Check out the product here.


This is a freeze dried raw cat food and one of the reasons why I like this food is because it is a good option for people who are too busy or too lazy to make their own pet food. There is 3.5 oz, 9 oz, and 12 oz. I was sent the 9 oz. It was $19.99















Pros:

* All the cats like it.

* Made in USA.

* Grain free.

* No added antibiotics or hormones.




Cons:

* This smells like fish that is rotting and sat in a trash can in the sun for 3 weeks...the smell makes me want to vomit. Blah!

* Expensive.



The cats rate this 4 stars. Unfortunately, I'll give it a 2.5 because the smell is so repulsive. I'll probably be buying this, but not until I forget about the smell.





Ragdoll Mommy~




Monday, September 26, 2016

Nico and Renato Monday

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Ragdoll Mommy~

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Baloo!

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Happy 1 year anniversary (sort of) to Baloo! Yes...I had to get him back. But I still love him bunches! More of a Baloo update next week.





Ragdoll Mommy~

Friday, September 9, 2016

We're On Tour! : Purrball Meets Burrball Book, Review Sample, by Ann Zoet

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Anne Zoet.
From the publisher: Visiting Brazil, an earthquake hits and separates a family from their beloved cat, Purrball. Purrball's mad dash leaves her lost in a jungle where she becomes fast friends with a very clever sloth named Burrball. The two quick-witted animals embark on a journey to find Darryl, the loving and loyal boy who longs for his adorable missing cat. Witty word rhythms and rich illustrations makePurrball Meets Burrball in Brazil an engaging read-aloud story. An alluring tale of friendship, family, ingenuity and persistence.



What Inspired You To Write The Book?

Author Anne Zoet: The story hit me on a day that I took out for myself away from my high tech work. I was having a massage, which is when I zone-out and don’t think about anything. Oddly, this time, I started creating the Purrball and Burrball storyline the more and more I unwound. I was so relaxed that the whole thing unfolded start to finish.


How Would You Describe The Characters Of Purrball and Burrball?

Smart, kind, resourceful and they’re team players. Animals are invariably way more clever than we humans give them credit for. I’ve seen my cats use incredible logic to alter a situation they’re in. I once had a cat run away in a place she didn’t know (the worst weeks of my life searching every day) but she found her way back, though completely unfamiliar with the surroundings. I have another cat, my outdoor cat, who you can see trotting alongside opossums and raccoons in evenings. That scared me so much at first, but eventually we’ve come to see that he has a real relationship with them. He’s so smart and the more I see the wildlife interact with him, the more I see them as clever and accepting and even friendly. The Purrball and Burrball characters came to me before I moved to this area and could witness my cat and his outdoor adventures. But this experience really solidified how Purrball and Burrball should be portrayed as a team. I think that my cat’s experiences with wildlife show that animals are capable of very unexpected bonds with one another.


Why Did You Choose to Write About a Cat and a Sloth? 

I’m crazy about both domestic and wild animals and it is a passion that just gets deeper all the time. I’ve done a lot of research on cats (on nutrition and behavior) as well as love to build cat structures and make toys for them. And, I do not know who could look at a sloth and not smile! They have the sweetest faces and they have so much more to them than the “sloth” slowness we think of. They’re rather industrious buggers and have some funny quirks, like the wildlife that grows in their fur. I firmly believe they should never be pets and should be kept wild. While the story is pure fantasy (as are stories where animals communicate with phones!), I really want to keep one a pet and the other wild and be true to my feelings about that and it would be so lovely to pass all that along to children!



How Does Purrball and Burrball Use Technology in The Book 

Purrball, the cat, is unable to send a critical text message, so she asks Burrball, the sloth, if he could tap with his toes to write it. Maybe that’s my wish: I wish my cats would find a way to text me what they’re thinking, haha.



Why Did You Decide to Set The Story in  Brazil?

It had to be set in the natural habitat of a sloth. I’ve always wanted to see a Brazilian rainforest, so I just created my own. It is roughly in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil and their plane arrives in Sao Paulo. Earthquakes are incredibly rare in that region, so all the more surprising that one happens when they arrive. After setting my sights on this area, I’ve seen dozens of photos of both Sao Paulo and the Atlantic Forest that make me long to go there! It is on my bucket list.





Do Any of Your Three Cats Influence Purrball in Appearance or Personality?

All three: one has the coloring of Purrball (I love grey kitties, although I suppose Purrball is a bit blue, really) and she has some cute characteristics—the scene where Purrball is looking up curiously at Burrball is so her! I have another onn who is a squat and roundish cat with intense eyes and sitting frontally she looks like a black and white version of Purrball. And the last cat is the most clever cat you could imagine. I rolled them all into one.






Will We See The Duo Return in a Future Book?

They have many adventures ahead! If a picture book were not a short thing, I’d probably be just finishing up chapter 18 at this time because I have so many ideas for Purrball and Burrball. But yes, there’s one in the works already as well as a few other animal adventures that are rattling around in my head.







If there's a child in your life who loves cats, wild animals, and tales of adventure, then Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil is sure to capture their imagination.

Purrball the cat is moving to Brazil with his loving family, but when an earthquake strikes he gets scared and runs away. He runs into a strange legged creature, a three-toed sloth he names Burrball because he looks like the burrs that get stuck in the cat's fur. Burrball's claws are the purr-fect shape to text Purrball's humans to come and get him using the cellphone and charging cable that are still wrapped around his leg from when he fled! There's still trouble to be found before Purrball and his family are reunited, though.

The technology aspect of the story is especially clever in our tech-obsessed world, and the illustrations are adorable, the rhymes are clever, and the immediate friendship that forms between animals as different as a cat and a sloth is a great lesson for kids.




Buy It Here: Amazon


PR By The Books author link: Anne Zoet

Note: None of the text used in this review actually belongs to me. It was republished by me with permission from the person that asked me to tag along in this blog tour adventure. 





Ragdoll Mommy~



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cordoba Turns 4 Months Old

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Cordoba is 4 months old today. Still sweet as ever but a real pain in my ass 99% of the time. ;)




Ragdoll Mommy~

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Little Bundle of Short Joy Added to My Life 2 Years Ago

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Today marks 2 years ago since I got Renato. I remember picking him out from the rest of his 4 litter mates and choosing him - after all, he had Nico's eye color. He was the runt of the litter, but boy did that not stop him, he was a cat's cat. I went home from Maine with him lying in my lap the whole way, he would walk on a harness and leash out on the beach, to parks, he'd follow me from room to room, he'd join in while I'd shower, he'd play with flipping book pages, he loved fruit roll ups and yogurt, he would 'help' with the laundry (and when I say 'help', I meant lie in the basket), he didn't mind be lathered in yoghurt by a 2 year old, he went for countless rides in the little lego cart of the 2 year old's, he would sit in the 2 year old's exer-saucer, he would steal beef jerky and run away with it, he took after Nico's love of fetching, he would take hour long naps with the 2 year old, he would join in on me typing away into the computer for the blog, he'd ride joyfully in the car sitting on my shoulder looking out the sun roof of the truck, he was Anya's savior after Nico was put down, he mended my broken heart after Nico died, he was Nico and Anya's nephew and ended the same way as Nico. . . that's how short life can be.


Cordoba is in no way a replacement for Renato. But I feel blessed knowing Renato may still be with us - Cordoba was born May 1, 2016 (5-1-2016), Renato was born June 1, 2014 (6-1-2014). They were both born on the first of each month. Swap the '6' in 2016 for the '5' in May and you have 6-1 (June 1). . . all just almost 2 years after Renato was born. Renato has been reborn.








Life goes fast, its hard to make the good things last.



Ragdoll Mommy~

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review Day: Chewy. Com Catit Treat Ball

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for the comments on Star's bacterial overgrowth. She is almost healed! :-) Picking up her medicine refill today. She will finish the antibiotic for 10 days and stay on the probiotic for 20 days. Anyways, today the fluff balls are super excited because its time for our monthly Chewy.com  review! Yay! I was sent the Catit Treat Ball in the color blue - my favorite color. They know Life with Ragdolls so well! :-D Check it out here for yourselves: Catit Treat Ball



Treat balls are a great activity to keep cats slim and busy while you're away at school, work, vacation,  where ever you're staying! They keep cats intrigued and are a fun activity. They can keep your cats busy for hours (unless its Anya, who can get it all out within 2 minutes. . .) The Catit Treat ball comes in two colors; blue and pink. We received the blue. The blue one is $4.49 and the pink is $4.48 So if you're looking to save money, get the pink one! ;)



Angel says: "Come by and buy one of these!"

The size of it compared to a coffee mug.

Stuck kibble. :-(

This is upside down. Holds about 1\4th of a cup.

Cordoba's first review! She is sitting next to the Catit Treat Ball (left) and the Slim Cat Treat Ball (right). I reviewed the Slim Cat Treat Ball previously in April. Read our review of it at the end of this post.




Pros:

* Fast shipping.

* Great customer service.

* Inexpensive.

* Comes in two different colors.

* Has two different difficulty levels.

* All of the cats love playing with it.





Cons:


* Poorly made.

* Not sturdy.

* Kibble gets stuck in bottom. Almost impossible to remove.

* Too easy for my cats. Even Cordoba can figure it out way too easily. She is 3 months old.

* Non challenging. Kibble easily falls out - even with it closed to 'hard'.

* Drop it on the floor and its done for.





Overall, the cats and I rate the Catit Treat Ball a 3 star. I probably won't be getting anymore of these. The cats and I prefer the Slim Cat Treat Ball. Read our review of the Slim Cat Treat Ball in the color blue here.


Note: I received the Catit Treat Ball in the color blue for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and photos are my own. No part of Life with Ragdolls (that includes my photos!) may be rewritten, republished, or sold for without my permission.



Ragdoll Mommy~