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Originally posted Oct 13, 2011

9/18/18 – A Floppycatter wrote me the other day asking if I knew of any pet hair yarn spinning services. It reminded me of this post, and I thought it would be good to rerun it.

Victoria Spinning Cat Hair Yarn

Cat hair yarn is what you think it is – yarn that is created from cat hair – and usually woven with something else like sheep wool.  Some readers actually spin their own cat hair yarn.  But there are also people online that you can send your yarn to to have it spun.

April 2, 2016 Update – I do not believe Victoria is spinning yarn anymore.  I could not get a hold of her when a reader inquired.  So I found these other resources online, if you are looking to get your cat’s hair spun into yarn.  If you know of others, please let me know and I can add them here.  If you find these resources below are no longer valid, please also let me know.

Custom Cat Hair Yarn Spun for You on Etsy and Online

Here’s the old article…

For 12 years, my Aunt Julie saved an article that she saw in a magazine about a lady in Texas that spins pet hair yarn. After collecting her Shih Tzu dog hair for 12 years, Aunt Julie was finally ready to get in touch with the lady featured in the article to see if she was still doing it.

…and she is!

Victoria of VIP Fibers has been spinning pet  hair for a number of years.  I have asked Victoria to do an interview for the site (and she agreed to it! yay!), but in the mean time I wanted to tell you about cat hair yarn because I got so excited about it!

Yarn hung to dry

If you are interested in having your pet hair spun into yarn, then you want to be sure to follow the guidelines on Victoria’s site.  For example, there are specific instructions about:

I love this idea because it doesn’t put any animals in danger of losing their life, you can cherish your pets forever this way!

You can also just phone them (1-866-PET-YARN) and get an idea of what you need to do.  I have no hair collected at the moment, so I will be working on that!

What would you do with your handspun cat hair yarn?

It makes me crazy that I didn’t keep all of the hair I pulled off Rags!

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In July, I received an email asking if I would review a Canvas People print. We emailed back and forth for some time before we agreed on how to move forward with a review…and also, I had to figure out which photo to use, which size canvas print to order, etc. Finally, I ordered a canvas print of my sister’s cat, Addie, for my sister’s bathroom.

Canvas People Canvas Print Ordering Process

The ordering process was pretty easy and straight forward.

Canvas Prints from Photos: How to Order a Canvas Print from Canvas People - Floppycats - YouTube

One thing they told me to keep in mind for the size you desire that we print at a DPI of 150 for the best clarity. This means that for every printed inch, there should be at least 150 pixels from which to work with.

For example, an 8×10 print would need to be printed from an image that has a resolution of 1200×1500 (8×150=1200 & 10×150=1500). I explain that in the ordering process video above as well.

I was really pleased with the Canvas People experience – from ordering to time receiving product to the actual product.

Here are some of the benefits of the canvas prints from Canvas People:
  • They use eco-friendly inks that are of high quality so that you get sharp photogenic reproduction
  • The canvas prints are designed to be fade resistant and durable
  • The canvas’ stretcher bars are made from renewable forest wood
  • There are pre-installed hanging hook for easy installation – we did not have this with a previous canvas print we rec’d and it was somewhat of a pain to figure out how to install their hooking mechanism, there was an extra charge for it as well.
  • There are pre-installed rubber bumpers protect your walls and keep canvases straight

As you may recall, we previously reviewed a canvas print from another company – and while that canvas print turned out well, it did not have a hanger hook and did not have rubber bumpers.  I think those two things that Canvas People offers is huge.

Below is our review video – my sister is very pleased about how her photo of Addie turned out on canvas.  We have also already ordered a print of Ash from Canvas People’s sister company, Snapbox, to hang next to it!

I think these canvas prints are really neat – there are so many things you could get printed on canvas and then hang a collage of photos or more. They also make great gifts for friends. My sister’s boyfriend is from Northern Ireland, but lives in the United States with my sister. My sister had taken a photo of the backyard of her fiance’s backyard. My dad took the photo made it into a canvas print and gave it to them as a present to hang in their home. My sister said her fiance teared up when he saw it.  They just make really thoughtful, fun gifts that someone isn’t expecting.

Canvas People Canvas Print Product Review Video
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Buy a Canvas People Canvas Print Now

You can try a 11×14 Canvas Print for Free (+S&H) – FYI – “S&H” charges will vary on where it’s shipping to and the speed chosen, but it ranges from $7.95-$23.95.

We received the Canvas People Canvas Print for review from the manufacturer and also asked that they pay a small review fee.  Receiving the free product and the review fee did not influence this honest post.

Check out our other cat product reviews.

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Oliver was also Ragdoll Kittten of the Month – read that here.

Oliver is 1 year old and is a Seal Point Mitted Ragdoll. He was adopted from Adorable Dolls Ragdolls in Roseville, Ca. I had wanted a Ragdoll kitty for over 10 years, and finally got Oliver last July 2017. He is ADORABLE, and beautiful, and full of character and personality! He is purrrfect! I had wanted a Ragdoll after reading about the breed and their personality. Oliver is very sweet and very smart.

He isn’t a lap kitty and doesn’t really like to be held that much, but he will at least let me hold him long enough to give him 500 kisses every day and tell him how much I love him!! And he follows me everywhere! So he is always with me and is so much company. Oliver likes to sleep with his head on a pillow, which I think is adorable!! He was sharing mine, but I would always disturb him so I got him his own little pillow!


Oliver learned to turn on the Roomba when he was very young, but I was able to determine when he was about 6 months old that he knew exactly what he is doing in turning on the Roomba! He now turns the Roomba on several times a day! In fact I call it “Oliver’s Roomba”!! I don’t put it on the charger every day because I’m afraid he will wear it out if he hasn’t already!

Oliver’s favorite toys now are his blue “cube” that attaches to another cube with a tunnel between. But he prefers to play with just the one cube and his crinkle balls. He loves to run in and out of the cube and push it around with his nose!


He can catch his crinkle balls in midair also! He also plays fetch, but he usually takes the “scenic route” in coming back to me to throw his toys again! He’s very stubborn! He has to eat his wet food before he can have his dry food, which he really, really wants. So he will come and “tell” me several times a day that he has finished his wet food, and then we “go see” to the kitchen, where I have to tell him that he has to lick his bowl clean before he can have his dry food! Which he full well knows, but he “barters” with me to see if he has eaten enough! So we make the trip to the kitchen to “see” 6-8 times a day! Hilarious! He is so much fun and so cute and is such a character! He is very vocal and we have entire conversations!

Oliver got an Instagram page a couple of weeks ago – oliveradorableragdoll, and he now has 162 followers! Oliver is a house cat, but he does get to go out on the deck with his harness and leash. He is very patient and sits very still while I put the harness on him. And when he get to the end of the leash he just sits down like a good boy and doesn’t try to pull out of the harness! What a good boy! Like I said, Oliver is Purrrfect and I love him very much!

Do you have a Ragdoll Kitten or Cat?  Consider submitting your kitty!  Ragdoll of the Week submission guidelines

Read more Ragdoll of the Week submissions.

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We are getting another canvas print and a personalized photo pillow to review!  Here is the ordering process for the products coming from SnapBox:

SnapBox Canvas Print and Photo Pillow Personalized Gifts Review - Ordering Process - YouTube
Buy a Canvas Print of Your Kitty (or of whatever photo you’d like!) Use Snapbox Coupon Code “floppycats” for 30% off.

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We were recently contacted by Comfi Pets to see if we would be game to run a giveaway of their exclusive Comfi Pets brand expandable pet carrier, a plush pet bed, a thick canvas tote with handles for toys, Comfi Pets ID/Luggage Tag, and a $100 gift card to Petsmart.

Seemed like a fun giveaway to run – so here we go!  Thanks to Comfi Pets for sponsoring.

Enter below for your chance to win.

If you don’t win the giveaway, by entering this giveaway you are automatically signed up to receive emails from ComfiPets so you can take advantage of specials and promos they are running.

If you don’t win the giveaway, by entering this giveaway you are automatically signed up to receive the FREE Floppycats weekly newsletter.

Giveaway Details:
  • # of winners: 1
  • Prize Details: Prize has a combined retail value of over $200. It includes their exclusive Comfi Pets brand expandable pet carrier, a plush pet bed, a thick canvas tote with handles for toys, Comfi Pets ID/Luggage Tag, and a $100 gift card to Petsmart.
  • Open to Addresses in: USA only

This giveaway ends on September 30, 2018 at 11:59 CT. A random winner* will be chosen in a drawing on October 1, 2018.

If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, please use the Rafflecopter widget below to do so:

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Please visit Comfi Pets on Facebook, and their website to thank them for this giveaway!

*No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be alerted via e-mail. The winner(s) of the giveaway are required to give Floppycats a physical address (to which the prize will be mailed) within 72 hours.  If a reply email containing the physical address where the prize should be mailed is not received, alternate winner(s) will be chosen again by random. Winners may or may not be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

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A few weeks ago, Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther, featured an Etsy seller, CommeDesMoutons, that is making chunky crochet cat beds.  We have already reviewed the traditional donut cat bed in a crochet wool, but this Etsy seller had pads!  Landing pads!

So I wrote her to see if she would send us one to review.  And she did.  It was shipped to us from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Chiggy is in love.  Here’s our unboxing video of the chunky crochet oval pet mat from CommeDesMoutons on Etsy.

Super Chunky Crochet Cat Mat - CommeDesMoutons Oval Cat Bed Unboxing for a Product Review - YouTube
Grab a Super Chunky Crochet Cat Mat for your kitty.

CommeDesMoutons on Etsy

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Submitted March 10, 2018

I saw my first ragdoll about 15-20 years ago when as a nurse, I was making a home visit for work. At the time, I had 3 cats and couldn’t add more cats to my household. I never forgot them though, and when it came time for me to adopt again, I sought out a ragdoll that I had wanted for so long.

I adopted Emma, a seal point ragdoll first. I loved her look, her fur, her mellow demeanor. Almost 2 years later, another ragdoll named Everett joined the family.

Everett was born 10/31/17. He is a flame point and currently 18 weeks old. I brought him home on 2/19/18. I used the same breeder from where Emma came from, Charlotte at Rhetorical Ragdolls in Plainville, MA. I like her standards, the 2 year health guarantee, and the way they are raised and socialized around other people, cats, and dogs. I would recommend her to others looking for a ragdoll. You have to pass a test prior to making a deposit. She wants them to go to good homes only!

Everett was the runt of the litter so I had to wait a little longer in order to be able to bring him home. He was worth the wait. He is affectionate with a big voice. He likes a lot of attention. I think he is training me because when he meows, I run to him to figure out what it is that he wants! It took 3 days for my other 3 cats to accept him. Now they all get along very well. He is the cleanest kitten around as the other 3 are often washing him. He purrs and loves that attention that he gets from them.

He has only been here for a little over 2 weeks, but it feels much longer. Initially he was shy, but he is rapidly developing confidence. He has just started carrying and playing with toy mice. He likes to play with the other cats, and curls up with them for snuggles. He will go up to them and grab their tail or legs when he wants attention from them. This results in them putting him in a headlock and forcibly grooming his head. He purrs in response. He likes it when I change the sheets on the bed. He likes to nap in high places. He is a good climber and a dare devil already!

One of his favorite things so far has been the cat tree, which is very sturdy. This is being used now by the 3rd generation of cats. It has seen daily use for the past 20 years! The cats like being able to peek out the window from the top perch, and it’s a great spot for naps.

I feel like Everett completes my kitty family. I now have 2 males , 2 females , 2 ragdolls, and 2 rescues. There is 19 months difference in age from my oldest to Everett, the youngest.

Everett is named after a great uncle. I told Charlotte back in November when I placed my deposit on him, that his name was Everett. She has been calling him by name all along so that from the moment I brought him home, he already knew and responded to his name! That was amazing to me.

I’m looking forward to watching him grow and seeing his color come out. I see a hint of a white blaze on his nose, and potentially white front paws. I’m curious to see if those remain. He is an adorable kitten and he’ll become a handsome cat!

Do you have a Ragdoll Kitten or Cat?  Consider submitting your kitty!  Ragdoll of the Week submission guidelines

Read more Ragdoll Kitten of the Month submissions.

Getting a Ragdoll Kitten? Check out our book: A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home

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When I interviewed Dr. Jean Hofve about Geriatric Cats, she mentioned that she thought all geriatric cats should be on 4 supplements for cats: an omega 3, a probiotic, a digestive enzyme and an antioxidant.

I asked her which ones she liked, brand wise…and she mentioned these for the probiotic, digestive enzyme and antioxidant:

So I reached out to Only Natural Pet to see if they could send us some to try out – and they did! Here is our arrival video:

Only Natural Pet Products Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes and Antioxidants - Floppycats - YouTube

We received the Only Natural Pet Probiotic Blend capsules.

As you probably know, probiotics help the health and balance of an intestinal tract – supplying the necessary good bacteria for good digestion and bowel health. While I have given Charlie human probiotics, ideally, I have learned it is best to give your cat or dog probiotic blends that are designed for pets because they have the right multi-strain combination of bio-available microorganisms in a prebiotic base of fructooligosaccharide (FOS) – such as Only Natural Pet’s.

Pet Probiotics can help with:
  • occasional diarrhea
  • flatulence
  • foul smelling stools

If your cat or dog is on a regime of antibiotics or any other prescription drugs that deplete intestinal microflora, then probiotics are absolutely essential and your vet should recommend them.

Only Natural Pet Probiotic Blend does not need to be refrigerated and is made in a FDA approved facility using human-grade ingredients.

Ingredients:

Guaranteed Analysis per Capsule
*Total Microorganisms 4.09 Billion CFU/gram
Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product
Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product
Dried Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product
Dried Bifidobacterium infantis Fermentation Product
Dried Bifidobacterium longum Fermentation Product
Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product
Dried Streptococcus thermophilus Fermentation Product
*FOS (fructooligosacchardes) 299 mg

Calorie Content – Metabolize Energy (ME) as fed: 3760 kcal/kg or 2.9 kcal/capsule

Ingredients – Fructooligosaccharide (FOS), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Capsule (Gelatin), Dried Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium infantis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium longum Fermentation Product, Magnesium Stearate, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus thermophilus Fermentation Product

As I mention in our product review video below, the probiotics from Only Natural Pet were easy to use (just open up the capsule and sprinkle on the food for us). I did not have to pill them and the pills are much too big to pill anyway. The only problem we had was if I gave the probiotic to Charlie right after eating dry food – he would puke up the food. So I had to be conscious about digestion before I gave him wet food with the probiotic mixed in. Also, Chiggy can get diarrhea if he has probiotics regularly. He doesn’t really need help with this gut like Charlie does. He has great poops – Charlie, not so much – his are harder and drier. So I will probably only continue to give Charlie the probiotics.

Product Review Video: Buy Only Natural Pet’s Probiotic Blend

We received the Only Natural Pet Probiotic Blend for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this honest post.

Check out our other cat product reviews.

Do you give your cat any supplements?  Why or why not?

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Meet Hamish.

He has just turned 4 years old and is a big cat for his age. This photograph was taken on his birthday. My daughter bought a tie for his birthday, which makes him look very handsome. We came across Hamish when we were searching for a Ragdoll cat to buy after we lost our other male ragdoll to cancer. Hamish was owned by a lovely lady and her husband who lived in a pensioner’s bungalow with a small garden. It was apparent that they did not have the space for him and could not let him out on his own, therefore they would take him into the garden on a lead. She was upset about having to let him go, but we said that we would look after him and keep in touch with her, which I am pleased to say we have. Hamish wasn’t very friendly towards other cats and therefore we had to introduce him slowly to our other cats, at the time were Luna and Bella both ragdolls, Bebop a tabby and Lula a grey cross Persian.

Hamish soon settled into the home with everyone, although he soon took a dislike to Bella. It has taken us a couple of years to get to the point that they tolerate each other. After losing Bebop to old age, we found a stray kitten, a tabby. From day one both Hamish and the kitten became firm friends. Hamish would look after the tabby who we named Tiger. They have continued to be best buddies and chase each other all over the house and in the garden.

Hamish is a lovely cat with a big personality. The one thing he has always done is talk, he never shuts up, which is cute sometimes. I’m sure he believes he is a dog in cat’s clothing as he also growls at people who approach the house or anyone he does not know. He likes to follow us everywhere in the house and especially if he thinks we are going out of the front door, as he thinks he should be allowed to go out too.
Hamish is a beautiful boy and looking at his photo’s I’m sure he thinks that too. He doesn’t mind having his photograph taken and normally poses to ensure you get his best side.

I was introduced to ragdolls by my husband around 10 years ago after coming across one whilst on holiday. After that was when I started looking out for any that needed a new home. They live up to their name of being a ragdoll. When I pick Hamish up, I must sit him over my shoulder as he quite heavy and big. It is like cuddling a big teddy bear with all the lovely fur he has. He keeps himself clean and is not happy about being brushed, but we persevere. Hamish also likes to drink water from our pond and gets a surprise when the fish come over to him, thinking that he is there to feed them. He has never made any attempt to go for any of the fish. He also lives with a small conure parrot who rules the roost so to speak. He keeps all the cats in their place.

Having had Hamish for two years now, we have seen how he has grown and we are so pleased that he has finally found a forever home with us. I’m sure he knows that too.

Do you have a Ragdoll Kitten or Cat?  Consider submitting your kitty!  Ragdoll of the Week submission guidelines

Read more Ragdoll of the Week submissions.

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Pictures of Ragdoll Cats in Laundry Baskets

Originally published on Sep 7, 2011

The wonders of Facebook has helped me understand the love Ragdoll cats (and any cat for that matter) have for laundry baskets.

Ragdoll Kittens Playing in a Laundry Basket - ラグドール - Floppycats - YouTube

Since I moved into my house 6 years ago, it became habit for me to carry the cats up from the basement in a laundry basket.  I have included photos of Rags, Charlie and Trigg in the laundry baskets I have toted them around in.

Thanks to all the readers for their submissions of these pictures of Ragdoll cats in laundry baskets, too:

Rags in a Laundry Basket 9-2-08 Trigg in a Laundry Basket 3-10-11 Napa can’t resist jumping into the laundry basket and when the sides flop over, he uses it like a surf board and glides across the carpet. Eli in the laundry basket, loved by Maureen in the UK Babsi & J-Cat in Laundry Basket Owned and Cherished by Barbie Heinen! Whitie in laundry basket loved by Martha Jimenez Moon owned by Hugo Chavez in a Laundry Basket Theo in a Laundry Basket by Giuliana Stuber Here is a pic of sweet Chester, a 10 month old blue bicolor, helping out with the laundry. We live in Alberta, Canada. Theo in a Laundry Basket by Giuliana Stuber Charlie in a Laundry Basket Charlie in a Laundry Basket 1-21-10 Trigg and Charlie in a Laundry Basket as Kittens 1-21-10 Trigg and Charlie in a Laundry Basket as Kittens 1-21-10 Trigg and Charlie in a Laundry Basket 8-19-11 Simon owned by Pamela Simon in a laundry basket – owned by Pamela Schiska in a Laundry Basket Owned by Sharon de Vos Dexter in a Laundry Basket Dexter in a Laundry Basket Blu is a Blue mitted mink (5 mo, 1 week old) Owned by Donna More Raggtown Armani owned by Sandy Wuerch Raggtown Cleocatra owned by Sandy Wuerch Raggtown Cleocatra owned by Sandy Wuerch Thurston, a Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat, owned by Stacie Eggert Mr. Darcy in the laundry basket owned by Mika Mr. Darcy in the laundry basket owned by Mika Mr. Darcy in the laundry basket owned by Mika
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