If They Won’t Give You Bacon, Get Your Own

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Furiends, I have a tale to tell you. I think my bacon loving furiend, Sammy, will especially appreciate it.

My Bacon Tale

Recently, mom made herself a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich for lunch. When she went to sit down to eat it, as always, I sat next to her and stared. That usually gets me at least one or two bites of whatever she is eating. I stared and stared but I got no reward. She ate the whole thing without giving me one single bite!

Strip of baconYou Have to Make Your Own Luck

Mom set her empty plate on the table and went to sit in the comfy chair to rest for a while. Lucky for me she fell asleep. I hardly ever get bacon and I wasn’t very happy that I didn’t get any this time. I decided to take matters into my own paws and get up on the counter to see if she had left anything there — and guess what!  She left the uncooked bacon out on the counter!

Now, admittedly, uncooked is not quite the same as cooked, but it wasn’t bad. Remember, I eat raw all the time so it wasn’t that much different. I pulled some of the pieces down on the floor and ate two or three half strips of bacon. They were pretty filling so I left three pieces laying there on the kitchen rug. I just couldn’t finish them. My loser brofurs didn’t even come check it out so they didn’t get any.

Mom looked pretty surprised when she got up and went in the kitchen. She obviously forgot she left the bacon out. Mom doesn’t know for sure I’m the one who did it but she’s caught me on the counter before. She told me she’s pretty sure it was me but I made no admission. I think she was even more certain when she caught me drinking water every couple of hours for the rest of the day. Who knew bacon would make even kitties thirsty?

Really, it wasn't me! Christy washing her face.

Really, it wasn’t me!

I hope you have some similar luck in the near future!

Christy Paws

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Can You Believe It’s My 2nd Blogoversary?

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Today marks two years that I have been a blogging kitty. That’s about 1/8 of an average kitty’s lifespan! Seems pretty hard to believe and time has just flown by. Mom and I talked about making a big deal and having a big party but we decided instead to just thank you all for being here and being our friends.

Christy and Ava Thank You Selfie for 2nd Blogoversary

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Most Popular for the Past Year

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Have You Heard of Whisker Fatigue?

You can easily see that my whiskers have plenty of room to stay relaxed

You can easily see that my whiskers have plenty of room to stay relaxed

Instagram Photo

I am absolutely mortified to see that this photo of my silly brofurs is my most popular post on Instagram for the past year.

 

If you are on Instagram, I’d love for you to visit me and like and comment on photos of ME to fix that! This is the most popular photo of me during the past year.

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The most impressions

The most likes and retweets

Facebook

My most popular Facebook post for the year was this video of Cole and Marmalade that I shared.

The most popular post from me was this one about our situation during the Butte fire.

Pinterest

This is one of my Power Pins on Pinterest from my post about fish

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I haven’t posted many videos on You Tube but this is the most watched and probably my favorite. Be sure your speakers are on for the full effect.


I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane with me celebrating my 2nd blogoversary. I look forward to seeing you on the little screen for another year. I haven’t been blogging very consistently and that will probably continue because I only write a post when I feel I have something to say. So I really appreciate those of you who continue to stop by, read and comment.

Love from all of us.

Christy, Echo, Ocean and mom Ava

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Why I Went to the Vet on My Road Trip

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I never did tell you why I went to the vet during my big road trip to the BlogPaws conference in Arizona. Mom was waiting for some information from my vet on stomatitis in cats but he hasn’t had time to put it together. Since today is Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, mom thought it would be a good time to go ahead and tell you about it anyway.

Why I Went to the Vet on My Road Trip - Stomatitis in Cats

Mom took this photo about a month after my surgery. You can see I have no teeth behind my fangs but my gums look nice and pink, not red.

Stomatitis in Cats

Mom has known for a while that I had gingivitis or probably even stomatitis. Stomatitis in cats is an inflammation of the gums and mucous membranes. It can be very painful. Mom tells me no one seems to know what causes feline stomatitis but that it may be an allergic reaction to the plaque on our teeth. All vets and researchers know is that it is an abnormal immune system response. They suspect that viruses play a part but no studies have proven that.

Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day InfographicThe treatment for severe cases can include frequent teeth cleaning, daily brushing (yeah, right!), antibiotics and steroids (which give no long-lasting results), and plaque-reducing water additives. This treatment is frustrating for everyone because it often does not work.

For the last couple of years I have had that telltale little red line on my gums. The red line was very narrow and would come and go. It never really bothered me. Some of the typical symptoms of stomatitis in cats are weight loss and reluctance to eat but, believe me, not much keeps me from eating.

Mom monitored my condition and it never seemed to get worse. When it would flare up a little, mom gave me l-lysine and that seemed to help. I would only let her see my front gums, though. I never let her open my mouth for a good look.

Several months before the BlogPaws conference, the red started getting worse and a few times I actually didn’t feel like eating for a couple of meals. I even woke up drooling once in a while. YUCK! How unladylike!

No More Putting it Off!

One day, I yawned a really super yawn and mom was in just the right spot to see my back teeth and she freaked. She said, “That’s it! No more putting it off.” Well, I wondered what “it” was but she didn’t tell me. She didn’t even tell me I had an appointment to see the vet when we were in Southern California. I thought we were on vacation so it was quite a surprise when she took this kitty to the vet!

Now, if I wasn’t happy with the first visit (I hissed at the vet when he wasn’t even in the room), imagine my shock when she took me a second time on our way home from BlogPaws. And she LEFT me there! They did all kinds of poking and prodding and then I got real sleepy. When I woke up, most of my teeth were gone! I did get to keep my fangs but sometimes kitties even have to have those removed eventually. Mom told me about this treatment for stomatitis a long time ago. We had two foster kitties who had to have their teeth removed but I had no idea that is what was in store for me.

Other than the surprise of the situation, I wasn’t too upset about it. I got some stuff for the pain and to keep from getting an infection. I went back to the hotel room that night and ate my dinner with no problems.

Back at the hotel room after my surgery for stomatitis

Mom and I just got back to the hotel room after she picked me up from the vet after my surgery.

So, why did mom put my surgery off? Well, it seems humans have a thing about not wanting to have their kitties’ teeth pulled out unless they absolutely have to. They think they won’t be able to eat or something but kitties can get along fine without their teeth. The sooner it is done, the more likely a kitty will have a good recovery and not continue to have problems.

Day after surgery selfie

The day after my surgery I was taking selfies

I even had KFC the day after my surgery!

I’m a new cat now. My mouth isn’t sore and I even like for mom to scratch my jaws and chin. I haven’t liked that for quite a while. So, kitties, if you hear your humans talking about stomatitis and getting your teeth extracted, don’t worry, you’ll be fine and happier for it.

Christy with Dr. Vedadi

Here I am with my wonderful vet, Dr. Vedadi, when I went for my check up just before we headed home

Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day is a good day to remind your humans to take you for regular vet check ups.

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Why I Went to the Vet on My Road Trip - Stomatitis in CatsHave a healthy and happy week!

Christy Paws

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My July Instagram Favorites

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I really love Instagram and my Instagram followers. Instagram has so many great photos to see of all my pals. Here are my July Instagram favorites, but I posted lots more, so go take a look if you haven’t visited in a while.

This photo is one of the last ones mom took in my hotel room at the Sheraton Grand at Wildhorse Pass in Chandler, AZ, when I was on my big road trip. I think it is my favorite of the month. The room had such pawsome sun puddles and Mom says it is that great natural light that really shows off my eyes.

Mom is always trying to catch me off guard when she’s taking photos of me because I like to look away when I see the camera pointing at me.

I see you! #peekaboo #instacats #catsofinstagram #blueeyedcat #catsofig #catswithblogs #ChristyPaws

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I like to know what my pals are up to and how their day is going. They’re not always forthcoming with that information!

How’s your day going so far? #catsofig #instacats #blueeyedcat #babyblues #snowshoecat #catswithblogs #ChristyPaws

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We have a high shelf on the wall in this room but I also like getting on top of the book shelf attached to mom’s desk. I can survey the whole room from here.

How could I not include this photo of me and mom taking a snooze together? Sometimes, in the afternoon, mom will take a little nap and that’s my favorite time of the day. Sure, I nap most of the time, but I prefer doing it with mom.

Having a little snooze with mom. #sleepykitty #snoozingcat #nappingwithmom #catsofig #instacat #catswithblogs #ChristyPaws

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I am always so helpful. Here I am trying to show mom how important it is to put “take a nap” on her to do list.

Caturday Art

Since today is Caturday Art day, I helped mom artify one of my Instagram photos. Hope you like it.

WhatZ Up - artified photo from My July Instagram FavoritesUntil next time, my furiends. Have a great day and tell me What’Z UP in the comments.

Christy Paws

We are joining the Caturday Art Blog Hop hosted by our friends Athena and Marie. Click on the badge to see more great art or to join in the hop.

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BlogPaws Swag Giveaway Winners

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I’m so happy to be able to share my bounty from BlogPaws with my readers. I told you that there might be enough for two giveaway winners and there was more than enough for that. I kept some of the treats and food mom wants me to try and of course some toys, but there’s lots of goodies that will be on their way today to Annamarie V. and Cathy K. Yes, that’s right, my pal Cathy Keisha was the second place winner.

Giveaway Winners

BlogPaws Swag Giveaway winnersAnnamarie told me she doesn’t have a cat but entered for her mom who needs some cheering up. So glad to help with that!

BlogPaws is celebrating horses this week so here’s a picture of mom’s horse, Dancer. Isn’t she a beauty? Mom loves her almost as much as she loves me.

My beautiful girl, Dancer. #horses #horsesofinstagram #palomino #beautifuldayforaride #trailride #americanpainthorse #goldcountry #GCCowgirl

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Have a great day everyone!

Christy announces BlogPaws Swag Giveaway winnersChristy Paws

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Celebrating 100! – Sunday Selfies

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I’m not actually celebrating 100, but my friends the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head are. Today is their 100th Sunday Selfies blog hop. I’m very, very late but I couldn’t miss celebrating this milestone with them. I even planned ahead and took these photos a while back, but what can I do? I have no thumbs and sometimes the mom is just busy doing human things.

Oops, I wasn't quite ready yet! Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!

Oops, I wasn’t quite ready yet!

I look a little miffed here! Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!

I look a little miffed here!

This one is pretty good. Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!

This one is pretty good.

Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!I like this one so I think it will do.

These selfies were taken in our hotel room at La Quinta Inns and Suites on our way back from BlogPaws. I’ll tell you a little more about our stay later this coming week. Can you believe I just had surgery the day before in this photo? More about that later, too.

Congrats to Kitties Blue on their 100th Sunday Selfies blog hop. I’m sending along some special purrs to my beautiful friend Fiona.

Have a great week and I’ll see you soon.

Christy Paws

I am joining the blog hop hosted by my friends at The Cat on My Head. Click on the link or badge to see more selfies.

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Time Is Running Out

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My Catruday Art is not very artsy today but I am here to tell you that time is running out to enter my BlogPaws Swag Giveaway. Deadline is 12:00 am EST on July 11th, which actually means to need to enter by midnight tomorrow, Eastern time.

CA Time is Running OutTell your friends and good luck to everyone who enters. A first and second place winner will each receive a furabulous collection of items from BlogPaws.

Have a great weekend!

Christy Paws

We are joining the Caturday Art Blog Hop hosted by our friends Athena and Marie. Click on the badge to see more great art or to join in the hop.

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BlogPaws Swag Giveaway and Celebration

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Today is a big day around our house. Not only is it our country’s birthday, it is the day I celebrate my birthday and Echo and Ocean celebrate their gotcha day. You can read here why we celebrate on the Fourth.

Happy 4th 163_2309We already get great food with our homemade raw, but we usually get something special to eat and even extra treats. Mom gives us lots of extra hugs — sometimes I think she could keep some of those! We are very grateful to be such lucky kitties and we want to share with our furiends so please take a minute to enter my giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter below.

BlogPaws Swag Giveaway

Mom hasn’t even finished unpacking yet and hasn’t sorted through all the goodies from BlogPaws, but let me assure you that we have TONS of stuff and the BlogPaws swag giveaway will be really SUPER. There is so much stuff, there might even be two winners!

BlogPaws Swag Giveaway

Ocean is such a ham. I am trying to discretely check out the bags and look at him!

Besides the BlogPaws swag bag, we got lots of samples from vendors. Some were especially generous, like Rocco & Roxie Supply Co., one of the sponsors of BlogPaws.

As if that weren’t enough, when mom went to the Cat Writers’ Association banquet, she got a swag bag there. Some of our blogging friends didn’t have room to take all their items home since they were flying so you can thank Ms. Savvy Do of Savannah’s Paw Tracks for some of the items.

Sorry my international furiends, the giveaway is open to US residents only due to the cost of shipping to other countries and mom said something about customs issues. If you live out of the US and have a US shelter you would like to donate to if you win, then by all means, enter away and good luck!

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About the giveaway: No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to US residents only, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from July 4 through July 11, 2016 at 12:00 am EST. Winner(s) will be randomly selected and notified via email. Winner(s) will have 48 hours to claim their prize(s); failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Facebook and Twitter do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Participants must read and agree to Rafflecopter’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion.

Since we got back from our trip to BlogPaws and Orange County, mom has been really busy — too busy to do much art, even for our big celebration, so she is recycling some artwork from last year. She did take the time to change the date at least!

July Celebration 2016 and blogpaws swag giveaway
I hope you all have a happy and safe Fourth and that you get to spend it with family and friends. Good luck in the giveaway!

Happy Independence Day, USA

Christy Paws

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