Saturday, April 23, 2016

We Love to Eat... Balanced Blends™, a complete and balanced raw diet! Read More Here!

Disco NoFurNo, Sphynx on a diet, baby scale

We like to eat! Some of us more than others, if the baby scale is any indication, and Teri has long been searching for the perfect diet for all of us, so she was pretty excited to have the chance to learn more about the new Balanced Blends™ raw diets!


Over the years, we kitties have eaten a variety of foods, but most recently Teri has been introducing us to raw diets, because she has heard how good it is for kitties, especially those with tummy issues like Disco and Kely have.

Kely Cornish Rex licking her lips
                                       
But she doesn't have the time to make the proper raw diet for us herself (it can be messy and time consuming). So she has tried various brands of prepared raw and freeze dried raw diets for us, with varying degrees of success with our acceptance of these new foods.

Cats are very texture and mouth-feel oriented, so cats that started out on dry kibble or on a canned food that is chunky or shredded will need some time to transition to a new form of food. Also, she was having a hard time finding a raw diet for cats that didn't have veggies in it.

Balanced Blends Cat Food ingredient photo

So she was very excited to be asked to try the new Balanced Blends™ raw diets, and to spread the word to our audience about the Balanced Blends™ Kickstarter pre-order campaign! What's not to like?! 

She had been searching for a convenient raw diet to add to our usual diet that she felt good about feeding and that was also made with the best practices. And ordering online and having  our food shipped directly to our house is something she likes, too!

Balanced Blends Raw diet for dogs and cats
(Note: Only the Balanced Blends™ formulas for dogs have vegetables in them)
Balanced Blends™ has formulated complete and balanced raw diets for cats and dogs with meats raised naturally, with no added hormones and antibiotic free. A well-balanced diet requires more than fresh raw meat, bones and organs (and fruits and veggies for dogs).

Coco, Disco, Brighton eating Balanced Blends raw diet

Teri felt good when she read none of their formulas ingredients are sourced from China--even the vitamins and minerals! Not many pet food companies can say that!

Balanced Blends raw cat food ingredients photo

Balance Blends™ uses chicken thighs instead of necks and backs as they believe the bone content is too high if the leading ingredients are necks and backs. They use egg yolks-rich in protein and amino acids that are essential for a well-balanced feline diet. They also do HPP (High Pressure Process) in the final packaging to eliminate the risk of re-contamination from repackaging.

Teri didn't know what HPP processing was, and you might not either, so here's an explanation. It is a water-based process that uses high pressure to kill pathogenic bacteria without heat or cooking.  Balanced Blends™ does not reopen their foods to be formed into patties, nuggets or bite-sized pieces and that eliminates the risk of re-contamination after the HPP process.

Balanced Blends raw diet for cats photo

Balanced Blends™ has answered all her questions about their foods-ingredients, operations, sources and she felt good that their formulas were developed with the help of a well-respected veterinarian who has done a lot of research in feline nutrition! 

                 

We have been eating Balanced Blends™ eagerly for a couple of weeks now and we have made the transition to eating 100% Balanced Blends™ raw diet just this week! We have had no tummy upsets and did not turn our noses up at any of the formulas for cats.

We don't often eat beef, so our preference was the chicken! But we are getting used to the taste of the beef formula now and Teri just mixes the two together sometimes and we gobble it up, even making slurping sounds when we eat, hahameow!

Kely Cornish Rex eating Balanced Blends raw diet

If you would like to learn more about Balanced Blends™ raw diets for pets, just visit their website at www.balancedblends.com. They are having a Pre-Order Special that will save you $$$ and it starts on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 and ends on May 30th. 

We want to let you know that if you would like to try Balanced Blends™, and get in on the 'Early Cat' special order pricing, just follow this link to their Kickstarter Project page!

Balanced Blends ™ Kickstarter Project


So for the next month, we will be doing a weekly 'Tasty Tuesday' blog post, with updates and photos and videos of us enjoying our Balanced Blends™ meals, just like Kely is doing here!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

ManCat Monday, Nolo Style

Rollo the Cornish Rex kneading

You all remember Nolo, the Cornish Rex kitty Teri has been fostering since springing from the shelter back in September?  Well, he has discovered the joys on makin' biscuits on the sheep wool rug on this cute cat tower Teri got at IKEA a long time ago...

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Nolo is going to be leaving us on Friday, going off to his new home to live with another one of our extended family. Her name is now Bianca, but she was Bebe when she was returned to us a couple of years ago...

Bianca the Cream Point Cornish Rex

We hope they will be very happy together, since some of us here tend to pick on sweet Nolo...guess we are kinda jealous cuz he gets a lot of lap and shoulder time with Teri. He helped her recuperate after her emergency appendectomy followed by the flu a couple of weeks ago!

Rollo the Cornish Rex napping with Teri

We hope to get lots of updates and photos of Nolo in his new home, and we will be sure to share them here! Oh, and his new name is going to be Rollo, after a Viking who became the first Duke of Normandy! Fancy and fitting for such a special ManCat!

Friday, March 4, 2016

#BlogPaws or Bust!


In case you didn't know this, Teri is a big procrastinator! In fact, she has left it til the next to the last day to enter the "#BlogPaws or Bust" contest!

By entering, she (and one of us cats) have the chance to win one of three Purrific prizes and the Grand Prize of an all expense paid trip to the 2016 BlogPaws Conference, being held near Phoenix Arizona at the fabulous Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.

BlogPaws or Bust!

Teri (and at least one of us cats) have been going to the Furtabulous BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Conferences every single year since the very first one in 2010!

Teri and Coco, the Couture Cat, at a BlogPaws Conference

When Teri gets excited about something, you can hardly shut her up. We know that's not reflected in the recent lack of blogging activity on our part, we truly are excited about blogging and the friends we have made along the way! And the BlogPaws Conferences are a huge part of that family of friends we now have!

BlogPaws Conference Memories

Teri started blogging way back in 2008, not long after our CatDad crossed the bridge. She did it to keep in touch with her family, but because she was writing about us (because we are family, too), along the way she started making online friends with other pet bloggers and that made her happy and sometimes she forgot to be sad ...

Teri and Disco NoFurNo at a BlogPaws Conference

When she read about the first BlogPaws conference to be held in Columbus OH and looked on the map and saw it was close enough to drive to in a day, she put out a question to our blogging friends to see if anyone else might be thinking of going.

Who's Going to BlogPaws?

Well, she heard back from a cat lady from Washington DC that she was thinking about it and maybe they could share the ride and expenses. And here it is, 6 years later and they are the best of friends now and do a lot of pet related fun stuff together!

BlogPaws friend, Carol, and her three cats

See, the BlogPaws conferences brought them together, because of their love for animals and their desire to help homeless pets and to be somehow a part of 'Being the Change' for animals. And that's just the 'making life-long friends' part of a BlogPaws conference. Life-long friends who are true animal advocates, who want to make a difference in the world! And each of them do!

BlogPaws 2010 Conference Cat Blogging Ladies

There's the learning part of it, too. Not counting the 24/7/365 online BlogPaws Community and the educational tools, videos, expert advice that one can get from that for free, all year round (unlike some other pet blogging conferences and communities--you know the one we're talking about), the BlogPaws conference brings to it experts who are there to help teach you how to be the best blogger you can be!

BlogPaws 2010 session in Columbus OH

Teri tells us cats that Team BlogPaws is a small group of passionate pet people who do amazing things and their site, their reach and their influence is growing every day. They all are truly an inspiration to her, and that they put on such a fantastic conference keeps us coming back every year!

Last year, when she was a BlogPaws Conference Ambassador, she learned firsthand how hard each and every team member works to put on a great conference and benefit homeless pets in the cities they hold the conference in!

Tom Collins, Co-Founder of BlogPaws

And every year they add something new--like the one-on-one sessions and the Pawject Runway fund raiser and joining up with The Cat Writers Association, who holds their conference and awards banquet at this years BlogPaws Conference!

BlogPaws 2014 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort

Then there's the venues that BlogPaws holds their annual conferences at! OMC! Talk about Pet Friendly! Us pet family can go almost anywhere the humans can! Besides the comfy rooms, there's the sessions we can listen in on, and the socializing we can do over lavish breakfast, lunches and dinners!

BlogPaws 2014 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort

Teri plans her year around BlogPaws conferences, and feels that they are both a mini-vacation, a revitalizing retreat and an educational experience not to be missed! This year, the conference is being held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, and Teri is arriving early and staying after the conference is over, just to take advantage of all the resort has to offer - the grounds, the Phoenix Courtyard, the views of the mountains, cactus and maybe even a trail ride on one of the horses!

Teri and Coco, the Couture Cat at the BlogPaws Pawject Runway

What would it mean to Teri to win this contest?

It would mean she could attend the conference this year and not have to worry about the green papers part of going. Money is tight since our CatDad passed away, and then there is us cats she has to care for, and the car needs new tires, and the recent snowstorms caused Teri to miss many days of work, unpaid days. So entering this contest has her crossing her 4 paws, too...just like us!

And if in writing this blog post has any of you thinking 'I should go this year' ...

Yes, YOU SHOULD! And we hope to see you there! And if missed that very first BlogPaws Conference in 2010, here's our video slideshow of what the experience was like for us!

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wordless Wednesday, Disco Style!


Disco NoFurNo the Sphynx Cat in plaid shirt and straw cowboy hat

If you think this photo of Disco leaves you Wordless ...

Just take a look at the next photos! 

A good friend, Anji Martin of Potok's World Photography, agreed to take some photos of Disco to enter a contest, but we misread the contest rules and the voting was on photos the AAFP took, not personal submissions...

But we both knew these very unique photos needed to be shared, and what better day to share them than on the BlogPaws Worldless Wednesday Blog Hop!

Disco NoFurNo the Sphynx cat in Rasta wig PHOTO BY ANJI MARTIN, POTOK'S WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY©
PHOTO BY ANJI MARTIN, POTOK'S WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY©

Disco NoFurNo the Sphynx cat in Rasta wig PHOTO BY ANJI MARTIN, POTOK'S WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY©
PHOTO BY ANJI MARTIN, POTOK'S WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY©

For a naked cat, Disco NoFurNo sure is rockin' the Rasta vibe, isn't he?! We know his fans will be swooning, kinda like a 'Contact High', HaHaMeow!

And since it's Wednesday, Mon...Don't forget to Hop!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Dress It Up!

Brighton the Cornish Rex in Brocade Vest and Top Hat

Well, anyone who has attended a #BlogPaws conference knows that the ManCats of the Curlz and Swirlz blog know how to "Dress It Up" the above photo shows you just how fashionable we can be!

That's Brigbton, wearing a custom-made Brocade vest and lace cravat, with a handsome top hat to match!

Brighton can also 'Dress It Down' and be casual and kind of a hipster, too!

Brighton the Cornish Rex in red wig and tank top

And his partner-in-crime, Disco NoFurNo usually tries for a more "edgy" look, as the following photo of him in a tattoo print harness and punk styled wig hat shows!

Disco the Sphynx in FooFooFido Tattoo harness and red wig

The ManCats of Curlz and Swirlz have been to a couple of BlogPaws Conferences, the two that were held close to home, and it seems Coco gets all the limelight, they are also quite the fashionistas, too! 

These next photos were taken at BlogPaws 2012, when it was here in Tyson's Corner, Virginia. And just in case you needed more incentive to register for the 2016 conference, Teri always tells people "It's the most fun you can have while learning" and being around true animal advocates, many of them with their beloved pets with them...well, it's just the best experience in the world!

Disco the Sphynx in red plaid shirt and straw cowboy hat

Disco the Sphynx, Brighton the Cornish Rex in FooFooFido harnesses

Disco the Sphynx in brocade vest and lace cravat

Brighton the Cornish Rex in his Route 66 shirt

And every Wednesday, BlogPaws hosts a Blog Hop, which is a great way to meet other bloggers and start  forming friendships that are made even more special if you get to meet them in person at a BlogPaws conference!

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop badge

Sunday, February 14, 2016