Road Trip – Part 1 – Orange County Stopover

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Whew! What a wild week. I don’t even know where to start so I guess I’ll just start at the beginning!

Some of you probably know that mom wanted to take me to BlogPaws last year but she felt she didn’t get me out enough, then I had that awful experience with the woofies next door. She was worried that I would be too afraid with all the dogs around and boy, am I glad she made that decision after what I saw the past few days.

This year, we worked at it much more diligently. I started spending lots of time out in the yard once the weather got better and I really got into that. Our yard is totally fenced and mom was always out with me so she let me out without a leash! Woohoo! I didn’t even worry too much when the woofies next door came out. I explored farther and farther away from mom. She started calling me Dora the Explorer – and then came and got me and made me go back on the deck! What’s up with that? Did she want me to explore and broaden my horizons or not?

In the grass exploringI went lots of places in the car. At stores where I was allowed, mom put me in my carrier in the shopping cart. She would open the top so I could pop my head out. At Petco, I saw dogs and they didn’t bother me up in the cart. With each outing I got more confident and less scared.

When mom finally got my stroller, that was the bomb! I really loved having it open so I could stick my head out and see what was going on. Mom could tell if I was getting a little scared. She would close it up and it was like I was in my own little cave – like my paper fortresses that I love to build.

Even with all this, when it came time to leave on our trip, mom said it still wasn’t enough to prepare me for the craziness to come but that it was what it was. All we could do was see what happened. She promised that if I was too scared and unhappy, I could just stay in the room. She brought flat me just in case.

So, on Monday morning, we loaded into the car and headed out on the first leg of our road trip. I sang for a while but eventually got tired of it. After six and a half of what seemed like never ending hours, we arrived in Orange County. I was ready to get out of the car and check out our temporary home but my sneaky mom took me to the vet instead! There was no mention of this to me and I did not approve! I was so annoyed, I hissed at the vet before he even came in, but mom told me everything was okay, so I got back in my carrier to wait.

Hissing at vet
Waiting for vet

Instead of the vet, this young lady came in. She seemed like such a nice young lady at first, then she started doing such rude things to me. When the vet came in, he felt me all over and looked in my mouth. He and mom talked for a while and, finally, we got to leave.

I have to tell you, by the time we got to our hotel, I was a bit frazzled. While mom brought in the luggage and unpacked, I hid under the edge of the bedspread. I’ve learned that beds in hotel rooms are strange. There’s no UTB, at least not in the ones I was in. I tried to sleep with mom that night but every time I heard a noise outside, I was back on the floor, under the bedspread.

The next day, mom and I went downstairs to breakfast. I got to meet the really nice lady who is the manager of the La Quinta Inn where we stayed.

After breakfast, mom left me alone for a long time. She said she had to go to the groomer, I mean hairdresser. I did a lot of cat napping and caught up on some sleep. By the time she got home, I was getting much more used to the noises. I even ate dinner with mom and played some afterwards.

The next morning, we were up bright and early. Mom packed the car before 6, got her coffee and we were on the road shortly after six.

Hope you’ll come back to read the next installment of my road trip to BlogPaws!

Christy Paws

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Stroller Selfies

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017Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve meowed at you all here so I hope you’ve been following me on social media. If you have, you know that mom has been crazy busy getting ready for our trip to the BlogPaws pet blogging conference in Phoenix. Who knew there would be so much to do! Just watching mom makes me tired.

Since I have such a sensitive tummy, one of the things mom did was can some meat for me to take on the trip. I have pork and beef. She mixed up dry supplements that she’ll add to each meal. She just hasn’t found a canned food that I can eat without getting diarrhea. That’s why mom started feeding us raw way back so many years ago. She says she’ll tell you all about canning the meat on her Savvy Pet Care blog when we get back.

Stroller selfie sqWe’ll be on the road at the crack of dawn tomorrow so that we can arrive in Orange County early in the afternoon to try to beat at least some of the heat. It’s going to be hot in Orange County but not as hot as Phoenix! Is it hot where you live? We had a few really hot days a couple of weeks ago but it cooled down again. It has been just about perfect for me lately.

My Stroller Selfies

Since today is Selfie Sunday with my friends the Kitties Blue, I took some photos in my stroller. I really love that thing. Mom is a little bummed because I’ve been sleeping in it instead of with her. She says the good thing about it is that she is taking my happy place with us. I guess she thinks that will make me more comfortable while we are away from home.

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Stroller selfie 1
Stroller selfie 2

While we are gone, Echo and Ocean will be holding down the fort with the house sitter. Mom says she made sure she left them plenty of treats. I guess that’s good, just as long as she has plenty for me!

I’ll be posting about my trip all along the way so be sure to follow #TrippinWithChristy on Twitter or Instagram. I’ll be popping in on Facebook too!

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads and cat daddies.

Your excited furiend,

Christy Paws

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Benefits of a Pet Water Fountain

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I’ve been saying for the longest time that I want a water fountain. Ever since mom went to BlogPaws last year and came home telling me about all the cool fountains she saw, I’ve wanted one.

Kitties don't have a strong drive to drink water which can lead to serious health problems. A pet water fountain can encourage them to drink more water.I know how important hydration is for us kitties and how hard it is for some of us to drink enough water. We don’t have a problem at my house because we get most of our moisture from our raw food, but clean, fresh water is still so important. Getting kitties to drink is especially important for kitties who eat dry food. I wrote a post about hydration last year with ways you can help your kitties drink more water. A water fountain is just one of the ways.

Lots of my furiends had giveaways for water fountains last year but I never won. But, guess what! A few weeks ago, I won a PetSafe Sedona Pet Fountain from my furiends Truffle and Brulee at Sweet Purrfections. It took mom a while to get her act together and get it put together. It took her even longer to help me write this post, but, finally, here it is.

When mom opened up the water fountain box and saw that it had quite a few parts and the instruction booklet was many pages long, she set it aside saying she was too busy to deal with it.

Parts of the Sedona water fountainTell your moms not to let that dissuade them. Once mom started actually putting it together, she found out it was really very quick and easy. The instruction booklet has so many pages because it is so thorough and easy to understand. Of course, I supervised this process.

Filter in place on Sedona water fountainTower in place on Sedona water fountainOnce the fountain was put together, mom invited my brofurs, Echo and Ocean, to come check it out too. Well, even though the water fountain is whisper quiet, we just really weren’t too sure about it. This is pretty common, furiends. You know how suspicious we can be and how we don’t like change! Just give your kitties some time to adjust. You might need to put their regular water bowl near it for a while.

Ocean and Echo investigating the water fountainMom really likes this fountain because it is quiet and the clear bowl is unobtrusive no matter where it is located. She also liked that it was so easy to put together and the instructions were so clear.

Benefits of a Pet Water Fountain

  1. The running water passes through a charcoal filter keeping it cleaner and fresher
  2. Water standing in a bowl can grow bacteria and fungus
  3. Running water stays cooler
  4. Running water has more oxygen dissolved in it and may taste better
  5. Water fountains usually have big, wide bowls making it comfortable for your kitties whiskers
  6. Many cats like to drink running water — you’ve seen videos of them drinking from faucets

As convenient as water fountains are for your humans, remind them to refresh your water every few days and to thoroughly clean the fountain about once a week. The carbon filter needs to be replaced every 2-4 weeks and the foam filter every one to two months. PetSafe offers a filter subscription that will help your human remember to do this. Also, the pump needs to be taken apart and thoroughly cleaned every two weeks. So, a water fountain does require more care than a bowl of water but mom thinks it is worth it.

Do you have a water fountain? If so, did it take you a while to adjust to it?

Kitties don't have a strong drive to drink water which can lead to serious health problems. A pet water fountain can encourage them to drink more water.

Have a great weekend!

Christy Paws

P.S. I was not compensated for this post in any way. I am just reviewing the fountain I won.

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BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards — I’m a Finalist!

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Oh my cat, everyone! This is definitely not a post I expected to be writing. I am so excited to announce that one of the photos on my blog has been selected as a finalist in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards. The winners will be announced at the awards banquet at the BlogPaws Pet Bloggers Conference in June.

I was going to go to BlogPaws last year until I had a bad experience with a woofie. Mom was concerned that BlogPaws would be too much for me so, instead, she took a flat me. I’ve been planning to go this year, so being nominated for the award makes it all the more exciting. There are three other great photos in my category, including my friends at Glogirly, and I am so honored to be among them.

Here is my photo that was selected. It was for a Wordless Wednesday post way back in January, 2015.

WW Two level sleeping - finalist in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards 2016I’ve been working hard getting prepared for the trip to the conference. I’ve been resting up, eating healthy food and getting more exercise. I’ve been learning some new behaviors, including getting in my stroller on command. My stroller is pretty new so I haven’t actually been outside in it yet, but I’ve been spending a lot of time in it.

Christy in her new strollerI’ve been getting out in the yard without a harness under mom’s strict supervision. She thought I would be a scaredy-cat but I have become quite the adventurer. Our font and back yards have one big fence around them. She takes me out back on the deck but as soon as she is a little distracted I head for the front where there is more action. I use the word action very loosely here. We live on a private road with no traffic except for the residents, all eight. The action I see is maybe one or two of the ferals. If I’m really lucky, a squirrel. Mom says if I keep going out of her sight like that I will have to be on my harness when I’m out. Rats!

Look at that crazy, tall grass. We've had so much rain and it didn't stop long enough to mow!

Look at that crazy, tall grass. We’ve had so much rain and it didn’t stop long enough to mow!

Now that my stroller is here, mom says I get to start going places. We’ll see how that goes since I don’t like being closed in the stroller any more than I like being closed in a carrier.

Here’s the link to the complete list of winners in all categories of the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose awards. Check them out. They are all awesome blogs! I wish all the nominees the best of luck.

Have a great weekend.

Christy Paws


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I’m a Tabby, Too! – Happy National Tabby Day

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A tree full of tabbies - Christy, Echo and Ocean, three tabby cats in the cat treeI may not be a "real" tabby but I do have tabby markings. Since today is National Tabby Day, I wanted to share our tabbiness with you.Oh, OK, I may not be a “real” tabby but I have tabby markings. Actually, all three of us do and since today is National Tabby Day, I wanted to share our tabbiness with you.

My brofur, Echo, is our “real” tabby. He has long fur so it is a little harder to see his stripes but he has the markings of the original, mackerel pattern. He has stripes on his sides that look like the bones in a fish. His are pretty broken and not solid like some. He also sports the double necklace and a fairly dark M on his forehead.

our real tabby cat, EchoHe’s supposed to have a double row of vest buttons down his belly but you won’t find me looking for them! Mom says she can’t even find them in all his floof.

Mom doesn’t have many photos of his body because she loves to photograph his beautiful face and eyes.

Echo's faceOcean is a Siamese mix with what is called lynx points. The lynx point Siamese came from an accidental mating of a pure bred, seal point Siamese with a tabby cat. An offspring from that litter was mated to another seal point Siamese resulting in the first seal point tabby.

Ocean showing off his tabby stripes on legs and tailOcean’s body has Siamese coloring but the points are tabby instead of solid. You can see the stripes on his tail and legs.

Most people associate blue eyes with Siamese cats but did you now there are lots of other breeds with blue eyes? The typical ones are Siamese, Ragdoll, Birman, Snowshoe, Tonkinese, Balinese, Thai cat (the traditional Siamese), Javanese, Turkish Van, Himalayan and Ojos Azules. Even more breeds can have blue eyes depending on their coat color. So, even though my blue eyes probably came from being part Siamese, it is not a given.

You can see my tabby markings in my striped legs and tail.

Christy's leg and tail stripes and faint tabby MHere you can see more stripes in my body and I even have an M on my forehead.

Christy and faint tabby M I'm a Tabby TooCats with blotched coats of red and black are called tortoiseshell or tortie for short. If the blotches are striped they are called torbies. Since I have so much white, I’m really a calico and not a tortie. When the colors are faded out like mine, it is called dilute, so a light blotched, striped cat would be called a dilute torbie.

Mom says I’m quite a conglomeration. My coloring is part dilute calico, part tabby and somewhere I got blue eyes. Oh, and I can’t forget my white feet that might mean I’m part snowshoe. That could also be the origin of my blue eyes. I don’t think my pattern or color has a name. I guess it doesn’t really matter. Mom says I’m beautiful and that’s all that matters to me.

Do you have a tabby in your house? Do you have one with an unusual color like me? If so, I’d love to know about him or her.

Chat with me in the comments!

Christy Paws


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It’s Spa Day — Our Special Grooming Day

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Spa Day -- Our Special Grooming Day - cat being brushed and freshly trimmed nailsToday is spa day. It’s our special grooming day and mom tries to schedule one every week. We all get a thorough brushing and our nails trimmed. Thank catness baths aren’t included! That reminds me, mom read recently that baths are not necessarily a bad thing for cats. I hope she’s not thinking that means me. I’m an indoor cat and do a find job of bathing myself. Sometimes I wish she wouldn’t do so much research.

Echo waiting his turn to be brushed on our special grooming day

Echo loves being brushed the most. Here he is waiting for his turn!

I really enjoy the brushing half of our grooming routine. I love being brushed but I’d just as soon mom leave the nails alone. I just get them nice and sharp and she chops them off. I sit there, all indignant like, while she cuts. She says it makes us both happy in the long run. I don’t feel so much of a need to scratch on things and I don’t poke or scratch mom accidentally. None of us really mind the trims since mom has been doing them since we were little, but still, a girl likes her long nails.

Now that shedding season is here (yuck for all of us) mom tries to brush us every couple of days. She says when the first hairball gets upchucked, it is her reminder to start brushing more often. Since we get brushed on a pretty regular basis, we hardly ever get hairballs, but when the hair starts coming out by the handfuls, it’s time for more action on her part. Even though hairballs are a natural thing, preventing them is more pleasant for all concerned.

National Hairball Awareness DayFor the longest time, longer than I can remember, mom has used a FURminator on us. It gets through the top coat and pulls out all the loose, dead undercoat. It feels so good getting all that hair out and I don’t have to lick it out with my tongue.

Next Friday is National Hairball Awareness Day. In support of the day, mom is giving away a FURminator on her Savvy Pet Care blog. Just click the link to enter to win. I know you’ll love it as much as I love mine.

Today is also selfie day over at The Cat on My Head and we are joining in. My photo in the National Hairball Awareness Day graphic will have to do as my selfie. Click on the link or badge to see more.

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Spring Adventure

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It has been warm and sunny here and the doors and windows have been open a lot. Mom says that means spring is here. She has been working outside a little, getting the herb garden cleaned up and starting to re-pot the potted plants that survived the winter. She cleaned off the deck, put away the chair covers and brought out the cushions. She puttered around for a long time, rearranging furniture and plants.

We watched the birds on the garage roof from the dining room window and door. They weren’t deterred from gathering the seeds dropped by the big tree by mom’s bustling around.

Bird on garage roof gathering seeds in springMom decided it was so beautiful out when she was done that she needed to sit out there with a glass of wine. She saw us staring at her through the screen door and she decided to let Ocean out. She always thinks she can trust him not to run away. Not much of anything scares him and he moves pretty slowly. Not that he’s old or anything, we are the same age, he is just lazy and unobservant. Echo and I watched him roll around in the sun and disappear out of our sight as he explored. I wanted to be out there, too, but I was a little nervous about it.

Ocean rolling on patio After Ocean was out for a while and she saw how much he was enjoying it, mom decided to let me come out!! I looked around to make sure no dogs were about then smelled and rubbed on all the nearby furniture.

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Smelling and rubbing all the furniture

Of course, I had to roll around in the sunshine, too, and then check out all the wonderful smells. Once that was accomplished, I ventured a little farther out and even went into the grass.

Christy and Ocean exploring on a beautiful spring dayChristy in the grass on a beautiful spring dayOcean went to say hi to Echo who was still watching through the screen door. He is a scaredy-cat so mom won’t let him out without being on a harness. She said he can come out next time. I think she was just too busy relaxing and drinking her wine to go get his harness.

Echo and Ocean looking at each other through screen doorOcean and I really enjoyed our time out, but guess what. It is supposed to start raining again this afternoon for the whole weekend. Mom says she has to put the cushions back in the garage and we have to wait to go out again. Mom says that means spring is here!

Christy in chair enjoying the spring sunshineI hope your spring is beautiful.

Christy Paws


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Easter Selfies and Art

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Hi friends and furiends! I’m so glad to be here today. It’s been really quiet around here for us kitties. Mom has been so busy that I haven’t been on any adventures and she hasn’t even spent much time playing with us. Don’t feel sorry for us, though. We’ve still been getting lots of loving and have had plenty of time to do our favorite thing — snooze, as evidenced by the following photo.

Three kitties on the couchIn fact, this is how this post came about. Here we were, having a great snooze in a splendid sun puddle and along comes mom with the camera. I think she took several photos before I woke up and noticed her. Sometimes, she can be pretty sneaky. Once I saw her, of course I had to move. And look! Now we are ALL awake.

Christy in the windowsillThe windowsill was toasty warm from the sun so I tried to settle in there. Mom took a few more photos then had a brilliant idea — NOT! She said I should do some selfies. Here was my response.

Not interested in taking Easter selfies
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A little less than enthusiastic, you might say. But then she told me if I took some selfies I could write a post and say hi to you all. Well, that was a pretty good incentive. It’s been a while since I’ve done selfies, so it took a few tries, but here’s what I came up with.

Christy selfie with lamp on her head

Uh oh! I have a lamp on my head. Better try again.

Better selfie

That’s a little better.

Nice selfie of Christy

Whoa! I think that’s the best selfie I’ve done in a long time.

Yesterday was Caturday Art day and I am late but I am joining anyway with this little Easter card mom helped me make. Happy Easter to all my friends who celebrate it.

Happy Easter cardI hope everyone is having a wonderful day with loved ones, both human and furry. See you all later.

Christy Paws

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