Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Adding Lamb and Rabbit to Our Diet with Ziwi® #Chewy Influencer

When Mom Paula first had cats, she fed them the same thing all the time and it was usually a bag of food from the grocery store.  When Sweet Praline came to live with Mom Paula, she slowly added canned food to her diet, thinking it was something extra that should be fed occasionally. As Praline aged, Mom Paula realized Praline needed the wet food as a good source of hydration.  She didn't feed fish to Praline because she'd read somewhere it was not good for cats to eat all the time, so she tended to stick with chicken.  That was fine until the recipe was changed and then discontinued. It took a long time to find a food that Praline would eat, so when we came to live with Mom Paula, she decided she would vary our food so we wouldn't become bored.
Truffle introduces the Ziwi® cat food

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jackson Galaxy® Collection by Petmate® - Review and Giveaway

Jackson Galaxy is our hero!  Every Saturday night, all of us sit in front of the television and watch him work with cats and their humans who are having some problems.  The majority of the problems tend to stem from litter box issues and aggression.  We've learned a lot about our daily lives by watching Jackson work with cats who are having problems. We've discovered that many times, the litter box isn't located in the right location or isn't large enough with tall sides.  Many times, the aggressive cats need outlets for their energy and interactive toys help.  Each product speaks to natural cat behaviors – Hunt, Catch, Kill, Eat, Groom and Sleep

Brulee with some Jackson Galaxy® cat items from Petmate®

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Selfie

There's nothing like taking advantage of a little sun puddle in the middle of all this rain we've had.  If you look closely in the background, you'll see Truffle taking a nap.  We need it to dry out a little bit because we've been invaded by millipedes. They are driving Mom Paula crazy. Believe it or not, we tend to ignore them.

Brulee taking in a sun puddle

You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cat World Domination Day

Today is Cat World Domination Day sponsored by Summer over at Sparklecat.  We know, just like Summer, that we dominate the world everyday and our humans know it. However, we needed a special day to let everyone in the world know that we've taken over the world.  Just look at all of the images of cats on the Internet and on Facebook.   To celebrate this day, Mom Paula got a little nostalgic and went back to this day six years ago (2011).  Truffle was three weeks old and Mom Terri sent these photos to her.

Photo courtesy Terri Rogers

Truffle at 3 weeks old

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Friday

This has been a long week and we're glad it's almost over. The computer files are finally downloaded to our new computer and the process of reloading software is ongoing.

Truffle and Brulee

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Brulee is such a calm influence

Mom Paula:  I'm so thankful I have Brulee and Truffle in my life where they have a calming influence on me in these times of stress.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SHERPA@ Ultimate on Wheels - Review and Giveaway

Do you travel a lot in the car or on airlines with your human? Does your human always have a lot to carry in addition to you when walking places?  Has your human had shoulder surgery like Mom Paula?  Do you need a pet carrier that is predetermined to fit under the seat on airlines?

Brulee outside the SHERPA® Ultimate on Wheels
Brulee presents the SHERPA® Ultimate on Wheels Soft-Sided Pet Carrier

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Cat is My Therapist

I've always known my cats had a 6th sense about my moods, but it was made more clear to me this weekend.  I've suspected Truffle and I had a unique emotional connection since the first day I met her.  Even a pet astrologer (several years ago) said that Truffle thought I was the center of her world.  Mom Terri told me I was getting a very special kitty because of the way Truffle supported her emotionally after Beignet (Truffle's litter mate) died.  Truffle was only 12 weeks old, yet, she followed Terri around and stayed close that first week instead of playing with the other kittens (from another litter). I feel that when I look into Truffle's eyes that she sees inside me and knows what I am thinking and feeling.

Truffle is my special therapist kitty

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

We're lucky we know who our daddycat is, so we can share photos of Jayden with you.  Jayden is a handsome silver shaded Persian.  We have different mommycats, but Jayden is daddycat to both of us.
Photo courtesy Terri Rogers

Our daddycat, Jayden

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Caturday Art

Our computer crashed Wednesday, so we have a limited number of photos available to us right now. Our new computer has been in the process of downloading our files from Carbonite since Wednesday and it's only 35% complete! We took a couple of photos in our newly decorated guest room with the 2017 Calendar of Cats because we are going to be requesting submissions soon for the 2018 calendar, so stay alert so you can be included (only 52 blogs can be included).
Brulee reminding everyone to get photos ready for 2018 calender
Brulee and Truffle using the Picasso effect in LunaPic

We used the Picasso effect on LunaPic for our Caturday Art creation today.  You can see more Caturday Art creations at Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Start getting your photos selected to be included in the 2018 calendar and stay tuned for an announcement!

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Sneak Peak

The guest bedroom is beginning to take shape.  The comforter is on the day bed, the curtains are hung, almost all the furniture is in the room, and Mom Paula is working on setting up the TV.  We thought we'd give you a sneak peak of the color scheme in the room today.
Truffle in Yellow - a sneak peak of the guest bedroom color scheme
Truffle providing a sneak peak of the new color scheme

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thankful Thursday

We are really late with our Thankful Thursday post today! Our computer crashed!  Luckily, Mom Paula had already purchased a new computer a few months ago, but she had left it in the box as long as the current desktop was working! We woke up Wednesday morning and it had died during the night.
Truffle tries to wait patiently in her Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed on the computer to be fixed

We're also lucky Mom Paula purchased a subscription to Carbonite a couple of years ago, so all of our files are backed up.  It takes several days to download the files again, so we're having to wait until photos are downloaded before posting!  We had to remind Mom Paula last night that she can take new photos!  Duh!  We think she's getting a little scatterbrained since she retired.  We're still thankful she planned in advance for this computer crisis!

You can see more Thankful  Thursday posts by visiting Brian's Home.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bed Built for Two

We shared with everyone last month that Mom Paula is redoing the guest bedroom.  We were quite surprised to learn that the daybed is a bed built for two!  We don't think Mom Paula had this in mind when she purchased the bed, but we've already claimed our mattresses.  
Brulee on top and Truffle on bottom

The mattresses are a little thicker than we thought on the bottom, so Mom Paula has pulled out the "trundle" and is going to put the mattress pad on each and rest on it some so it will flatten so it can do back under the main bed.  We bet Aunt Vicky will be surprised when we can pull out the trundle and sleep with her.  MOL!

Can't wait to show you the new color scheme for the room.  It was blue and white for over 14 years. It's going to be different now!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Guarding the Box

Truffle believes there's nothing like a box, especially when it's a Chewy.com box! Stay tuned to see what was inside this large Chewy.com box!
Truffle guarding the Chewy.com box

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Selfie

It's not often Mom Paula gets a photo of the girls side-by-side, but they both wanted a treat!  Have a great Sunday!
Brulee (front) and Truffle (back) waiting for a treat

You can see more Sunday Selfies by visiting The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Caturday Art

Every once in awhile, Brulee will post for a photo and Mom Paula is thrilled she was able to capture a photo.  However, when she looks at the final product, it wasn't quite in focus enough or the lighting wasn't good and Brulee's fur is yellow instead of white/silver.  That's when she takes the opportunity to mess with graphic effects with apps, such as LunaPic.  This photo of Brulee was one such photo. It was early one morning and she actually looked at Mom Paula with her eyes open.  The lighting wasn't great, so Brulee came out looking yellow.  Using the beauty effect on LunaPic, we came up with this stunning piece of artwork of Brulee.
Brulee using "beauty" effect in LunaPic

We admit Brulee is more beautiful in her natural furs, but this artwork is something Mom Paula would frame and hang in the house.

You can see more Caturday Art at Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Guarding the Luggage

I came home the other day and neither of the girls met me at the door, which was unusual.  I did the usual search:  the cat tree in the living room, my bed in the master bedroom, the cat trees or windows in the home office, and no Truffle and Brulee...
Truffle and Brulee sleeping on the luggage

Thursday, June 8, 2017

National Best Friends Day

Brulee and Truffle may not look like best friends by their expressions, but they have each other when I'm not around.

Today is National Best Friends Day.  The two of us are half-sisters and we keep each other company and play together. We do know that humans need other human friends to meet several emotional needs, so we're going to turn the blog over to Mom Paula today to let her share some of her cat blogging friends she saw at BlogPaws 2017 this year.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Cat Lounge

Mom Paula wearing a cat mask in front of the Cat Lounge sign
Mom Paula entering the Cat Lounge at BlogPaws 2017

We wanted to take a moment today to let you know about The Cat Lounge that was at BlogPaws 2017 in Myrtle Beach. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Selfie

This was truly a selfie of Truffle and Mom Paula.  This was the early morning hours (2 am) when Truffle decided to climb onto Mom Paula lap.  Mom Paula grabbed her phone and turned it on selfie mode and snapped the photo.  We hope you've enjoyed  Truffle's birthday weekend photos.
Truffle and Mom Paula

You can see more Sunday Selfies by visiting The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Caturday Art

This photo was from Truffle climbing onto Mom Paula's lap the other night, which is rare.  However, because it was a selfie at 2:00 am, it wasn't clear.  We went to LunaPic and converted it to black and white and then decided to make it a gif with reflecting water and sparkles.  It's different, but we like it.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday, Truffle

Happy Birthday Truffle - 6 years old

Truffle is six years old today!  I remember receiving the email from Terri announcing the birth of the kittens from Chloe: a little girl and a little boy!  Truffle weighed 2.9 oz and was the color of a dark tabby kitten.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Wow!  We're really late posting today.  We wonder if it could be that Truffle decided to climb onto Mom Paula's lap at 2:00 am this morning and stayed there for about 20 minutes?  For a lot of you, this isn't a big deal because your kitties may already be lap kitties. Truffle and  Brulee are NOT lap kitties.  They like to be near Mom Paula (resting in front of the computer, on the foot rest, or on the cat tree beside the computer) but they aren't lap cats.  Brulee has begun climbing onto Mom Paula's lap first thing in the morning when Mom Paula wakes up.  Truffle just doesn't do it!
Truffle being a lap kitty at 2:00 am 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Incentive to Stay in Bed All Day

When I wake up in the morning and see this cute face looking at me, it's difficult to get out of the bed.  Can't you see her saying, "Do we have to get up this morning?"
Brulee in the morning

I promise I cleaned her eyes after this photo!  Her little eyes run all the time.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2017

Remembering all who served and gave their all for our freedom.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Truffle was resting on the footrest yesterday when the afternoon soon began coming through the windows.  I was able to get this lovely photo of her, which shows her beautiful green eyes.
Truffle - May 27, 2017

You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Caturday Art

Since we introduced the BUSTER Cocoon Pet Bed yesterday, we thought we'd use one of the photos of Truffle in the bed for our Caturday Art Creation.  We used the colored pencil scribble effect in LunaPic for our artistic creation today.
Truffle in BUSTER Cocoon Bed using LunaPic

You can see more Caturday Art Creations by visiting Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kruuse BUSTER Pet Beds - Review & Giveaway

We haven't really used pet beds too much because we tend to sleep on Mom Paula's bed or the bed in the guest room. However, the last few months, especially when it was cold, we began sleeping in some of the beds designed specifically for us.  There are some beds we totally ignore and others we can't get enough of.  
Brulee and the BUSTER pet bed
Brulee introducing the Kruuse BUSTER Cocoon pet bed

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Throwback Thursday

I love looking back and seeing photos of the girls when they were kittens.  Truffle was definitely the motherly type when Brulee first came to live with us in 2011.  The would bathe her, put her paw protectively around her, and snuggle up to her.  They've been with me a little over 5 years now and things are different.  They truly act like sisters.  They don't cuddle like they used to, but they will still bathe each other. I thought this quote and the photo from December 2011 was perfect for my current mood.
Brulee enjoying a bath from Truffle (December 2011)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Out with the Old

Our guest bedroom has been blue and white since 2003 when Mom Paula moved back into her house after being gone for 10 years (Ph.D. and college professor).  Since her retirement, she's trying to purge, clean, and reorganize our home for our new life together.  The first thing she decided to do was to make more room in the guest bedroom.  We've gone from a full size bed and dresser to a daybed with a smaller chest and TV stand.  We can't wait to show you our new color scheme once everything is in place.  We're still waiting on a few items.  In the meantime, Brulee says goodbye to the beautiful blue and white comforter set.
Brulee will miss her blue and white comforter

Monday, May 22, 2017

She's Coming Home!

We just received notification that Mom  Paula is packed and coming home.
The swag from BlogPaws

Mom Paula:  I've really missed my girls.  The pet sitter kept me up-to-date on how they were doing and I could watch them through the PetCube Play.  However, I don't think Truffle has done too well while I've been gone.  I believe they've gotten used to me being home since the retirement. I can't wait to see them again and to share with everyone about BlogPaws 2017 this year.
Truffle waiting for Mom  Paula to come home

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Truffle decided she needed a little bath before posing for her Sunday Selfie today.
Truffle spiffing it up

You can see more Sunday Selfies at The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Caturday Art

Brulee tries to hide in the top of the cat tree to escape from Truffle and other people.  She thinks she is an illusion in her perch, so we used the "illusion" effect in LunaPic for our Caturday Art graphic today.
Brulee, using the illusion effect in Lunapic

You can see more Caturday Art creations at Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Brulee Cat Ears

Mom Paula spend some time in the Cat Lounge at BlogPaws yesterday making a pair of cat ears and they ended up resembling Brulee's ears and fur horns.  We'll share more photos about the Cat Lounge and the making of the ears later.
Mom Paula with her Brulee ears and Flat Brulee

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Pet is My Therapist

Can you believe Mom Paula almost forgot about posting our blog today?  We can't miss our record of posting every single day, so we thought we'd share a quick photo of Mom Paula with our Flats at the Bayer booth at BlogPaws.  We'll post more later.
Mom Paula, Flat Truffle, Flat Brulee - My Pet is My Therapist (Bayer Booth)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brulee's Grooming Session with the Pet Sitter

Mom Paula received this photo from DJ, the pet sitter yesterday.  DJ said she was able to groom Brulee everywhere except for the belly (that's normal with Mom Paula,too).  She said Truffle ate some treats but walked away when it was photo time.  We hope Truffle will get used to DJ this time since she's not getting medication.  We love this photo of Brulee with all of her freshly groomed whiskers!

Mom Paula also got her kitten fix with the three foster kittens Jeanne Kudich from Random Felines, brought to BlogPaws.  Mom Paula was spotted cuddling up next to Gucci, and adorable little ginger.
Gucci and Mom Paula

The BlogPaws 2017 conference kicks off this afternoon.  We can't wait to share all of the exciting activities with everyone.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Flats Have Arrived

Good morning everyone!  Mom Paula and our Flat Kitties have arrived at Myrtle Beach for a little rest and relaxation before the BlogPaws conference.  Since Mom Paula has stayed at this hotel several times, she asked for a special room with a view, and wow, what a view!
View of Myrtle Beach from the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Since we aren't used to traveling yet (except for vet trips), we sent our Flat Kitties to the conference with our special swag this year. Aunt Vicky made up these lovely sparkly netted swag bags that include a praline (made in SC) and a creme brulee truffle.  Praline was the foundation of Mom Paula beginning to blog almost 9 years ago, so it makes sense the praline is on the bottom.  Six years ago this summer, Sweet Purrfections was formed and our names were in honor of Praline and the sweet French/New Orleans desserts.  We couldn't believe we found a truffle that had creme brulee flavoring. There are a limited number of these delicious desserts in Mom Paula's room, so make sure you stop by and say hello.
Flat Truffle and Flat Brulee guarding the Sweet Purrfections Swag

In the meantime, we'll be guarding the swag!