Book Review – Pampered Pets on a Budget

I was recently contacted by Fetching Communications and asked if I would be interested in receiving a copy of Pampered Pets on a Budget: Caring for Your Pet Without Losing Your Tail (Pampered Pets) to read and review. We’re always looking for ways to save in our house so I said I’d love to!

Pampered Pets is by Jeffrey L. Barnes and Kristen M. Levine. It’s a very short book, but jam packed with all kinds of info. They talk about the least expensive way to adopt a pet, the importance of choosing the right vet for your pet, nutrition, bonding with your pet, appropriate toys, grooming and boarding facilities, the pros and cons of pet insurance, and a few other topics.

I found the book to be quite informative on some topics and a good starting point to help find other information on others. It comes in both paperback and ebook form and is available from www.lulu.com and from www.amazon.com. For more information about the book, you can go to http://www.pamperedpetsonabudget.com/.

I can speak first hand about one of their pieces of advice – adopting shelter pets. As you all know, I was rescued from a trailer park by a friend of Mom’s. EK and Candy were adopted from Duncan’s Place, a Cat Sanctuary. Guess which was cheaper! Mom paid less to adopt both Candy and EK together than she spent getting me my first checkup and round shots, making sure I didn’t have worms or anything else, having me spayed, and having me chipped. Candy and EK came from the shelter with all of that done already! Compared to making sure a free kitty was ok and getting all the necessaries done, buying two kitties from a shelter for less was quite a bargain.

I give this book a definite paws up!

Make sure you come back next week for a guest post by my bear, Evie. She spent a weekend at a haunted hotel. You don’t want to miss this! Have a great week everyone!

My Poor Woolly Snail

As you know, about two months ago I ordered a pink woolly snail from Nip and Bones. And you know EK promptly stole it from me. Well, this is what my poor snail looks like 2 months later!

My poor snail!

It didn’t take him a week to pull the swirly off the back and chew through one of the antennas. Now, only two months later, the snail’s hump is almost pulled off and there’s pink fuzz all over the house. What am I gonna do with that boy? He breaks everything he gets his paws on!

Sometimes I just have to keep reminding myself that I really do love my brofur. He just makes it furry hard sometimes.

Packages From Near and Far

Happy Sunday efurryone! My Sunday started out perfect. All three of us kitties snuggled in bed with mom for a really long time while she finished a book she was reading. It must have been a big book cause it took hours and hours to read. Plus there were scritches and games of ‘chase mom’s fingers under the blankie’. It was lovely.

Now for my excitement this weekend. I got two packages – one from nearby and one from very far away. The first package was the one from far away. It came all the way from New Zealand from my furriend @rumblepurr.

See at the top? It says “New Zealand Post” Isn’t that pawsome?

Of course I had to inspect the package furry carefully before I let Mom open it for me.

Sniff, Sniff. I can smell Rumblefamily on it. Cool.

Wait ’til you see what was inside. It was a kiwi. It even made kiwi noises. Isn’t it cute? There was also a lovely card from @rumblepurrand a little finger puppet.

Getting acquainted.

The other box was from Nip and Bones. It had the snail and dental chew toys I ordered with my #pawpawty prize gift certificate, and also a surprise!

See the purple, green, and white fringy thing? That’s a Go Cat Go Spiky Ball! I didn’t buy it, but it’s not a present, either. I got it for a furry special reason.  Baby Patches selected me to be one of her toy testers! I’m so excited about that. We get toys to test and right a review about. Of course, I don’t get paid to do reviews. I do them because I want to help Baby Patches and Nip and Bones find just the right stuff fur us to buy.

Well Baby Patches knows how much I like to play fetch, so she thought I’d be the purrfect cat to test out the Spiky Ball to see if Nip and Bones should carry it. We have thirty days to play with and review the toys, but I didn’t need thirty days. I’ve hardly stopped playing with since mom took it off the card for me. Candy and EK like it, too.

Here are the pros and cons, pros first:
It flies well when mom throws it.
It’s nice and soft to bite into so I can carry it easily.
It’s light enough to bat around and toss in the air.
It’s big enough to fight with and almost big enough to bunny kick.
It slides really well on the wood floors.

cons:
It doesn’t bounce well.
It’s too big to go under the door to play door hockey.

As you can see, the con list is really short.

Here’s a video of me playing with it:

That’s my review of the Spiky Ball. I would highly recommend it for any cat that likes to play fetch or chase, or likes toys they can carry around in their mouth easily.

Even though these aren’t toys that were sent for testing, later in the week I’ll do a review of the toys we ordered. One we liked, the other we ignored. Check back later in the week to find out which was which. MOL Have a good week efurryone!