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Pet Book Reviews: Homer’s Odyessy

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 Book Review-Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper

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 If you only read one book about cats this year, this is IT.

If you are a cat lover, you are sure to remember this book, and this cat!!!! Homer’s Odyssey is a chapter book, about Gwen’s blind cat, Homer, and is comprised of 299 pages, which requires at least 10 hours to read. An uninterrupted 10 hours is the best way to read this, since it is painfully hard to put down. The story keeps a tight grip on the reader.

 Gwen takes care to tell the reader everything we would want to know about Homer, while also introducing us to her other two cats, Vashti and Scarlett, and describes how they interact amongst each other and with Homer. It is hard to believe Homer is blind, as we are taken on a journey of reading how Homer grows up. The descriptions and detail, in addition to the storylines, keep the reader thoroughly involved in this book.

 Gwen also entwines her love life in this story, so we can’t help but hope she eventually finds a man who loves her and her 3 cats. She sadly explains that a woman with 3 cats could never attract the kind of man she was seeking.

 Homer’s tale begins in Miami, but in order to be upward mobile, Gwen moves to New York City. Along the way, Homer thwarts a home intruder, and gets caught up in the events of 9-11. Any cat lover can picture our self in this predicament, and I found myself cheering for Gwen to find her way back to Manhattan and get to her cats before they starved or dehydrated.

 The beginning of each chapter has a small black and white photo of Homer, and there are more towards the end of the book.

 I promise you won’t forget this book or Homer. We bought extra copies for our facebook furriends, who are blind.

 On a sad note, Homer went to Rainbow Bridge the last week of August. He was 16. His facebook page is still up: https://www.facebook.com/Homerblindcatfans . Author Gwen Cooper also has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gwenandhomer?fref=ts . And there is also a facebook page for Homer’s Odyssey, the book: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homers-Odyssey-A-Fearless-Feline-Tale/109859678150 .

 You owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in this book!!!!! Buy it today on amazon.com .

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Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful Miss Sharon for the article and secondly thank the readers. My sincerest apologizes for not having anything posted the past week, a vicious cold struck me down and I was out on the couch for 3 days. I am slowly and steadily getting over this and returning to being a functioning member of the blogging community again. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and liking. Please check out Miss Sharon’s other reviews, You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

 

Pet Product Reviews: Rachael Ray Dog Foods – Nutrish

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RACHAEL Ray Dog Foods

By Sharon Mohr-McDermott

Ahhh, from the lady who brings us simple, tasty, nutritious, and wholesome meals in under 30 minutes, we have multiple flavors of tasty, nutritious, and wholesome dog food. I’ll admit, just because she’s a guru of human cooking, doesn’t mean she can master the art of dog food creation. But then, look how many other chefs have also created their own brands of what I call gourmet dog food. So I gave her a try. Rather, I let my dog, Bowzer be the judge.

First off, I thought she created only one flavor of dog food. Boy was Bowzer jazzed that he got 3 different flavors, granted they were only trial size, to test. And by the way, she refers to her dog food as “Super Premium Food for Adult Dogs”, and her line of dog food is called Nutrish.

We began taste testing with her ‘Real Chicken and Veggies’ bag. The veggies consist of peas, carrots, and tomatoes. Alfalfa, brewers rice, oatmeal and beet pulp round out the contents, along with chicken and chicken meal. There were also many minerals also included, along with vitamins A, C, D, D3, E, and K supplements. Of course dogs can’t read how healthy this food actually is for them. Instead, Bowzer smelled, than tasted how good it was.

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Next we moved on to the Just 6 recipe of her dog food. Like the title suggests, there are only 6 main ingredients to this blend, none of which are corn, soy, or wheat. The main items in this bag are Lamb meal and brown rice, but also included are chicken, carrots, ground rice, and beet pulp, along with all the same vitamin supplements listed in the first bag. Again, Bowzer smelled the excitement in this bag, so I had no problem introducing this flavor to him.

Our 3rd bag of Rachael Ray dog food was her Healthy Weight Recipe. This bag offers 33% less fat and 10% fewer calories than her other regular dog food. This is for older dogs, less active dogs, or overweight dogs. Believe me when I write that my dog didn’t even notice he was eating diet dog food!!!! The foremost ingredient in this bag is turkey, while rice, carrots, peas and tomatoes round out the list. Something called L-carnitine is added, which the bag claims is to promote an ongoing healthy weight in our dogs. A vitamin B12 supplement is also added, and the same other vitamin supplements are also included in this dog food. The bag explains that real turkey is used to maintain lean muscle mass, Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids are included to nourish our dogs’ skin and coat. Furthermore, she explains that that mysterious L-carnitine ingredient helps turn fat into energy. So there you have it.

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Apparently Rachael Ray knows her way to a dogs’ heart, much in the same way she knows her way around a kitchen!!!!

I had no idea that Rachael Ray had an animal rescue charity she formed, in which she donates a percentage of her Nutrish line of dog food income to. Her charity is called Rachaels Rescue, and it can be found online at www.rachaelsrescue.org. .

Another thing I didn’t know was that she has her own “store” or online outlet for pets.  Here’s the link so you can go directly to her pets section of her online store:  http://www.rachaelray.com/pets/index.php

I also found coupons for dog food or pet accessories for use at her online store:  http://www.discountcodedance.com/apparel-accessories-coupons/rachael-ray-store-2013-discount-code?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Coupons%2B-%2BLC&utm_content=Rachael%2BRay%2BStore&utm_term=rachael%20ray%20store%20coupons.

Needless to say, Bowzer thoroughly enjoyed all 3 flavors or recipes of Rachael Ray dog food. It didn’t matter if I mixed two of the 3, all three together, or served the chicken and veggies alone. According to Bowzer, on a scale of 1-10, each bag of Rachael Ray dog food was a 10, so he gives this product 4 paws up. He’s also waiting for her or her chefs to whip up another healthy blend recipe!!!

Before I conclude this weeks column, let me just say that Bowzers’ vet kept announcing he was overweight every time I brought him in for the past 4 years. I claimed he was large boned and very muscular (being half Pit Bull and half Chow), and I wrote our vet off, in the weight department, figuring he’s never met a PitChow. But then recently, a neighbor happened to bring a rather large bag of Lamb and Rice over, claiming her Golden Retriever was allergic to Lamb, and wondered if Bowzer would like it. At that time he was eating Kibbles N Bits. After looking over the list of ingredients on both bags, I ditched our Kibbles N Bits (paid it forward and pawned my bag off onto another neighbor!!), and Bowzer has been on Lamb and Rice since then. I immediately noticed how lean, fit and or trim he began looking. The main ingredient in common dog food is corn, which humans and dogs find hard to digest, and some of the other ingredients in common dog food create or further induce allergies. Bowzer is allergic to red dye #5, so I had no problem ditching our old brand. Thank goodness Bowzer cooperated, and he is now more energetic and active since beginning his doggy health food diet. Bowzer loves his new Lamb and Rice Super Premium Adult Dog Food!!!!!

It should be noted that healthy natural dog foods are more expensive to buy, HOWEVER, you can decrease your dogs quantity by at least 1 cup per meal, because these dog foods offer no “filler”, thus your dog is eating smaller quantities of a healthier food, so in the long run—how often you restock—is actually cut down, so you actually save money!!! And your dog looks and feels better too!!!

Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful Miss Sharon for the article and secondly thank the readers. My sincerest apologizes for not having anything posted the past week, a vicious cold struck me down and I was out on the couch for 3 days. I am slowly and steadily getting over this and returning to being a functioning member of the blogging community again. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and liking. Please check out Miss Sharon’s other reviews, You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

Pet Product Reviews: Friskies Crispies Cat Treats

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Friskies Crispies Cat Treats

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My deaf white cat, Neptune, absolutely loves Friskies Crispies. Cheese is his favorite flavor, although these tasty little morsels come in a variety of yummy flavors.

 

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 I have found Crispies at Target for $1.37 a bag, while PetSmart carries them for 1.52 a bag. Target carries two flavors, neither of which is cheese flavored. Both PetSmart and PetCo carry more of a selection, both of which include Cheese.

 

 I found a few stores online selling them for $1 a bag, but by the time I pay shipping, Target is still my best buy. I found the best deal to be from Wal-Mart offering bags at $1, so if you live near or shop at Wal-Mart, this is the cheapest place to get a bag of Crispies. I don’t have this option.

 

Crispies comes in 4 flavors: Cheese, chicken, milk and salmon. Neptune, my deaf cat will eat the salmon, but only if he’s out of Cheese. Neptune is addicted to cheese flavored Crispies. He doesn’t care for the chicken at all, and we’ve never even seen or tried the milk flavor, though I bet he’ll like it. I’ll have to look for a bag of milk flavored Crispies!!!

 

 The two best features of Crispies are their price and the fact that Friskies workers’ fill the bag up the the point where they barely seal closed. I like getting a lot of cat snacks for an affordable price, especially when its from a proven company, like Friskies.

 

 A portion of the bag is clear, so you can see the product. Of course the best way to know if your cat will like them is for your cat to go shopping with you, and let it sniff the different flavors. I take both my dog and my deaf cat pet shopping with me, and they pick out their toys and treats, by themselves, as if they were kids. It’s much easier and cheaper than me picking things out for them, and having them never get played with or eaten.

 

Neptune gives Crispies RAVE reviews as well as 4 paws up.

 

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Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful Miss Sharon for the article and secondly thank the readers. My sincerest apologizes for not having anything posted the past week, a vicious cold struck me down and I was out on the couch for 3 days. I am slowly and steadily getting over this and returning to being a functioning member of the blogging community again. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and liking. Please check out Miss Sharon’s other reviews, You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

Pet Product Reviews: Lamb Lung Dog Treats

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I have had dogs most of my life, and I have never heard of Lamb Lungs being used for dog treats. In fact, the concept seems rather gross to me!! And they don’t smell good. Who would have guessed?

My bag sat around for 3 weeks, as my dog, Bowzer, and every dog on our street turned their noses up at them. Finally, the day I found a dog who actually liked them, and was ready to hand over the bag of remaining lamb lungs, Bowzer decided he liked them. I guess lamb lungs have to hang around the house awhile, aging a little longer, to get really stinky, before your dog will take a liking to them!! It worked for me.

I don’t know why the initial introduction got a nose turned up, or why later Bowzer decided he should widen his taste bud range. But he now eats them like dog biscuits.

A few different companies manufacture lamb lungs, and Jones Chews advertises they are made in America, with lambs from the U. S. Other companies didn’t specify where their lambs are from, so I thought this info was valuable, as a consumer. Our bag was a Jones Chews product.

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I found the best deals to be online, where they sell for as low as $7-$10 (on sale) for small bags, and up to $125 for a 10 pound container. 5.5 lbs was $57. A few companies offered free shipping with orders over $69. I would recommend buying a small bag the first time, that way if your dog doesn’t like them, and you end up giving them away, you’re not out too much money.

Also, IF your dog turns its’ nose up the first time you offer lamb lungs, reseal the package, hang onto it, and try again a few weeks later like I did, and just maybe your dog will come around. As a last resort, tell your dog you found a neighbor dog who likes them, so you’re on your way to give the rest of the bag to that dog, and then offer your dog a lamb lung, one last time.

Baci, a Bolognese (Italian breed), and Bowzer, a Pit Bull/Chow mix, give this product 4 paws up each!!! One of my cats Dodger, also enjoyed a few bites.

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A mastiff, a golden retriever, and a mutt all turned their noses up.

Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful Miss Sharon for the article and secondly thank the readers. My sincerest apologizes for not having anything posted the past week, a vicious cold struck me down and I was out on the couch for 3 days. I am slowly and steadily getting over this and returning to being a functioning member of the blogging community again. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and liking. Please check out Miss Sharon’s other reviews, You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

Pet Product Reviews: Memories of Pets

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     Memories of Pets

 One of the most unpleasant thoughts in our lives is often put off until we can ignore the subject no longer. I am referring to the memory of our beloved 4 legged family members—our pets—after they depart Earth. I know because I am guilty of this same affliction, and I lost my feline furriend earlier this week.

 There are a few things you can do before your pet reports to eternal life.

 Call your local photographer and ask if they photograph pets. Most photographers will charge an extra sitting fee, but this is a minimal fee, and most worth it, considering you are preserving the memory of a loved pet. Photo studios accustomed to shooting pets have accessories, like boxes, crates, suitcases, tables, chairs, a bale of hay, etc, as well as clothing such as shawls, ties, glasses, or tennis shoes. I have seen many amazing portraits of animals in such garb. If your pet has its own special toy or items, ask if you may bring them. If you can’t afford a professional studio, you can tackle this yourself, or ask a friend or a friend of a friend if they will take pictures. If someone else is shooting, you can jump in some photos too. Shutterbugs seem to abound everywhere these days. A decent digital SLR (DSLR) is all that is required. You will thank yourself, or me, for doing this. The more creative you can think the better these portraits turn out.

 You can take this theory a step further, and take your pet to a scenic place such as a lake, forest or beach or even your backyard garden, and take photos there.

 These photos should reflect how happy and healthy your pet was, as well as showing his or her personality

 If you are a crafty person, you can take a small patch of fur from underneath where it wont be noticed, and tie it nicely with a ribbon in a bow. Then somehow add your pets name with sequins, paint, paper and glue, or whatever you have in your craft bins or can think of.

 We captured my Neptunes’ paw print in plaster of paris. We found this kit online. It was designed for use as a Christmas ornament. So we made one for an ornament, and since the mold is reusable, we made another as a keepsake. The instructions are on the kit, or if you have talent, you can buy craft plaster (not hardware plaster) at a craft retailer, find your own bendable plastic mold, and create your own custom paw print impression. Let the plaster harden or set up about 2-5 minutes, then add your pets’ paw. Don’t smash or smoosh it in, because it will look like it was smashed or smooshed. Gently apply pressure, then remove paw. Check the print. If it looks smashed or your not happy, smooth it out and try again. You can do this over and over until you’re happy or the plaster completely hardens. The instructions say to keep it safely aside for 24 hrs.  Our kit online cost $14.95. Needless to say, I’m not crafty.

 As far as final resting places, basic options include burial in your backyard, or at a pet cemetery, cremation or taxidermy.

 My city frowned on me burying Tiger in my backyard, and the gas company suggested I get a copy of schematics showing gas pipe layouts for my yard. I didn’t want to blow up while creating a resting spot for my cat. In my book, I explain that in the country, at our ranch, I had a designated pet cemetery. I could go out and visit with my whole crew any time I wanted to.  But that was in the country. If you live outside city limits, this may be a preferred option for you. Custom head stones and grave markers are available online

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 Here, in the city, I didn’t want to drive anywhere to visit her and I didn’t like the feeling that I’d be abandoning her by choosing burial in a pet cemetery, even though one is within a two miles of my home. If you choose burial at a pet cemetery, inquire about custom head stones.

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 So I opted for cremation. Not only did we get a cedar box, they added a metal nameplate, with Tiger etched on it in black. We also got a very nice paw print in plaster with her name stamped on it in blocks, with 2 colored fish on it. There is also a hole at the top like on Christmas ornaments, with a nice ribbon bow tied to it. We also got a lock of her hair also wrapped in a ribbon bow. Lastly, we received a small plaque, proclaiming “A pet’s love is forever in your heart.”

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 My white cat Neptune, who is deaf, and the subject of my book, “Neptune the Special Cat”, is indeed sooooo special, that he will be taken to a taxidermist. Call me a crazy cat lady, but I want to SEE Neptune everyday.  This is the only way to preserve him in such a manner as to fulfill my wishes. He hangs out in my office, so this will be his final resting place.

 After your beloved pet enters perpetual life, your opportunity to create keepsakes, is limited.

 There are a few clever people on facebook or online websites who create different items to remember your pet. Memorybeads.swr happened to be a follower of ours on Neptune’s facebook wall, and followed Tiger’s odyssey. She offered to create something for me, free, since we work tirelessly in the name of animal rights. Stephannie creates all kinds of jewelry—earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings, as well as belt buckles, keyfobs, out of about 1 tsp. of your pets’ ashes. We chose a keyfob. She also works with clay and resin. This was the most creative site working with pet ashes I’ve seen. We have ordered a key ring with a photo of Tiger on one side and her ashes on the other side, all melded together with resin and metal. If you go to Memorybeads.swr you can see what all she is currently working on.

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 Shutterfly.com will create a set of 4 refrigerator magnets featuring photos of your pet, while other companies can manufacture drink coasters, coffee mugs, and a variety of other items with happy faces of our dearly departed furriends on them.

Petmarkers.us makes custom headstones in a variety of stone materials for $158.

 Memorials.com offer a wide and interesting variety of items, some of which are made from your pets ashes. Click on their pet section, you’ll be amazed. Etchedinmyheart.com offers a wide array of keepsakes, and they accommodate horses, rabbits, and any other kind of pet you can think of. I found wind chimes, a garden bench, candles, garden stakes, a photo vase, and a few other nifty products at personalcreations.com.

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Google Pet Keepsakes, or get specific with pet headstones, pet memorials, pet urns, pet gravemarkers, or pet gravemarker pictures, pet memorial jewelry, pet keepsake pendants,  pet cremation jewelry, etc..

 Frankly, I was surprised by the quantity of companies and the wide variety of pet keepsake items they create. Many of these items are actually affordable. I also discovered since they didn’t have many of these offerings when my previous pets passed away, I can back up and order these things with past pets’ names, dates and photos!!!!

 As long as I am writing about parting ways, there is one last thing left. As responsible pet owners, we should think about our pets care, in case we enter perpetual life before them.

 Many people include their pets in their wills, and or create trust accounts, to guarantee they will be taken care of, in the event their human caretaker dies before them. Other people designate friends or relatives as caretakers, especially in cases which involve special needs pets. I agreed to be the designated caretaker for a friend with a deaf and blind ginger cat, because I know how to care for a deaf cat.

 There are many sites online and some catalogs which offer a will kit. We got ours for $9.95, from a catalog, and they are legal documents. These methods and prices are much cheaper than a lawyer or even legalzoom.com .

Additionally, Staples office supply carries living will kits, online and in the store, for $18.

 Yes, the topic of losing a beloved pet is one that we don’t enjoy thinking about, but eventually, we all must visit. Hopefully, I’ve made this reality a little easier to endure or cope with.  Remember, it is far better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.


Author’s Note: This pet product review is the sole work of Miss Sharon Mohr-Mcdermott, she was not compensated in anyway for her review.  You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

Pet Product Reviews: Collapsible Pet Dish

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 If you and your canine companion or feline furriend lead active lives, I have the perfect product for you!!!!

Soooo many uses for a collapsible pet dish come to mind.

 We recently acquired ours and we used it as a water dish for our sick cat Tiger, because it was tall, and she didn’t need to further strain herself trying to get a drink from a dish too close to the floor. It worked perfectly.

 My dog, on the other hand, unfortunately, LOVES long walks. He gets nightly walks, but he can easily cover a mile, and if given the chance maybe two. So he now carries his dish on his collar, while I carry OUR bottle of water. We actually share a bottle now!!!!!

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 These collapsible pet dishes are great for dogs who get to jog around lakes or cities, or go for long walks. Backpacking, hiking and camping are excellent activities where a collapsible pet dish would be ideal. Service dogs, dogs on show circuits, or those participating in agility competitions would benefit from these, as well. Traveling in a vehicle or rather, stopping at those rest stops is a perfect use for them. Off to the dog park? Another perfect use!

 I find these to be a rather valuable, yet unique invention. They are made of nylon, so they’re lightweight. Your dog can carry it himself, because they clamp onto a collar just like a leash does. They clamp to training or chain collars, as well as permanent collars. Once they’re collapsed, 2 Velcro straps and hooks keep it closed.

 Ours stands 3 inches tall by 6 inches wide, and collapses down to 1 1/2 inches.

 Two drawbacks I found are A) If you have a small dog, the dish may drag on the ground, so luckily, they also clamp onto human belt loops, or on a key ring or Karabiner Clip; and B) 4 velcro straps and hooks would be better, and would make it even thinner when not in use.

 These dishes come in handy for cats too. They are, after all PET dishes. Several of our facebook cat furriends are therapy cats at care centers, compete in shows, travel by car, RV and plane, go camping, to the beach, walk on a leash or with a harness, or stay at kitty motels while their owners are away, and I’m sure every one of them would love to have and benefit from their own travel pet dish.

 Our dish is made by SONY, that electronics company, and when I googled “SONY collapsible pet dish”, nothing came up. So I’m guessing this was a promotional item offered to employees. I have researched other brands and prices.

 Several other companies make collapsible or travel pet dishes, and the prices all range from $3-$15.

 PetSmart carries a variety from $3-10, in store or online.

 Jardin makes a dish with a sturdy base for $14.95, one of the better, heftier brands.     Coleman (as in camping gear) also makes a dish with a sturdy looking base for $7.50.

 There are several colors available and a variety of manufacturers and sizes, to choose from.

 My canine companion, Bowzer, and my feline furriend, Tiger rate our collapsible pet dish 4 paws up.

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(This article is dedicated to Tiger the Talking Tortoiseshell, who now resides at Rainbow Bridge.)

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This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Tiger the Talking Tortoiseshell, who now resides at the Rainbow Bridge.

Author’s Note: This pet product review is the sole work of Miss Sharon McDermitt, she was not compensated in anyway for her review.  You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

Pet Product Reviews: Kitty Collage Products

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Collar Bandannas Made by Kitty Collage

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First off, it is important to note  that all proceeds from every crafty cat item created by the artisans at Kitty Collage benefit Kitties in Need.

We have featured products made by Kitty Collage in a prior article, here on P,L &W, so we thought we’d test their latest useful, homemade cat item—a bandanna which attaches to a cat collar.

Our test subject, Dodger, does wear a collar, and to make things a little more difficult, her collar utilizes several bells.

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Dodger wears a collar because I needed something to attach bells to. Dodger needed bells because she was harassing the birds I feed in my backyard, and I thought the birds needed fair warning that she is out and about.

All was great in our backyard, until Dodger learned to walk on eggshells, or walk very daintily, sneaking up on the birds, without the bells so much as touching each other. So I added more bells. I got 7 bells to fit on one collar. (She has to have the worlds’ record for number of bells on a cat collar!!! If this didn’t do the trick, I was going to add a small cowbell I saw at our local feed store.)

One day I found a package in my mailbox from Kitty Collage, and upon opening it, I discovered a bandanna. A note inside instructed me to slide a cat collar through the slot in the bandanna and reconnect the cat collar onto Dodger.

The fabric was new and stiff, so the collar WITH the bells slid easily through the slot in the bandanna. It took all of 15 seconds to attach the Kitty Collage bandanna to the cat collar, and another 15 seconds to readjust the collar, so it wouldn’t choke Dodger. That was it. The process was very quick and easy.

The fabric is thick because it is two different patterns sewn together, so I knew it would take up all the slack I had in the collar, and that I needed to readjust it. I was right.

Dodger wondered what this new thing was, and she wasn’t sure about it, but I reassured her she was a fashionista, and that she looked cute. She thought rubbing and crawling on the carpet or grass was going to get rid of it, but it didn’t. By the time she woke up the next morning, she was used to it.  She’s been wearing it now about 3 weeks, and she doesn’t even notice it anymore. And she does look cute in it!!!!

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The best thing about OUR collar bandanna is, that it’s bright red (with little kitty paw prints all over it), and it alerts all of our visiting birds as to Dodgers’ exact whereabouts. Even if she’s lying in tall grass, that red stands out. She may have outsmarted me on the bells, but the birds and I won with this handy dandy red collar bandanna!!!!

Another useful purpose I have found for our collar bandanna is that it helped build Dodger’s confidence. For cats who lack self-esteem, are scared/fearful, or smaller in size, these should help boost or build their confidence level too. Somehow these bandannas give cats the feeling of security and power. They work like the thunder shirt or tight wrap blankets some people use to wrap around their dogs. Animals feel more secure if they are “swaddled” like a baby. So now Dodger thinks she’s invincible

These Kitty Collage collar bandannas are the perfect size for any and all cats, and they look and fit like a bandanna, as opposed to a cape. These bandannas also accommodate breakaway collars and adjustable collars.

Dogs can get away with a bandanna tied around their necks, but cats are classier, and thus the collar bandanna is a perfect alternative for cats, and they look classier than run-of-the-mill dog bandannas. You can see the difference, just by looking at them.

The onkittycollageban2ly drawback to the Kitty Collage Collar bandanna is, if your cat roams, and loses its’ collar, you lose the bandanna, too. We had that happen, but luckily we found the assembly in our backyard.

These collar bandannas are also washable, though we haven’t tried that yet. You can feel the quality of workWOMANship, as well as their durability the second you first touch yours. In fact, this was my first thought, as I pulled mine from its bag. You just can’t get this kind of quality at a retail store.

Kitty Collage offers a pretty good assortment of printed cat related patterns to choose from, and they make custom orders. We just got lucky with the red, which also matches one of our Kitty Collage catnip pillows we received as a Christmas gift.

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If you are already familiar with Kitty Collage products, you can  place your phone order by calling 1-609-513-6072.

If you want to know more about Kitty Collage, here is their facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Neptune-The-Special-Cat/260978582681?ref=hl#!/KittyCollage?fref=ts

Here is a link to a short video explaining the purpose of Kitty Collage and the cats behind the company: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9PEB55Gvqw&feature=share

If you want to view Collar Bandannas, here’s a link showing various bandana fabric and patterns:

http://kittycollage.bigcartel.com/products

This is a new online store where all products will be featured, once it is up and running. They’re target date is July 4th, 2013. Right now it only features collar bandannas.

If you are interested in reading our previous reviews of Kitty Collage products, please click here .


Author’s Note: This pet product review is the sole work of Miss Sharon McDermitt, she was not compensated in anyway for her review.  You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

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