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Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in, and I have a spectacular toy to tell you about. Today I bring you the Hide and Sneak by Dezi & Roo! Before I dive in, I wanted to tell you that Mother originally wanted to do the review for you all. I had to put my paw down because only a kitty (a real expert) can really tell you how fabulous this toy is. 




Mother wanted to do the review because when she was at Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp in May she had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Lynn Bahr, The Cat Doc and founder of Dezi & Roo. When she saw their company name in the directory she just had to find them and chat because she had heard such wonderful things about their products.



It turns out Dr. Lynn has roots in NYC so they had lots to chat about (in addition to cats, of course. Right, Mother? I hope so.) Mother had a great time meeting Dr. Lynn and was very happy when we were offered a Hide and Sneak to review. (I’m thrilled! Mother did very well at this convention, that’s for sure.) 




The Hide and Sneak by Dezi & RooOkay, on to my review! The Hide and Sneak is… wait for it… a paper tunnel! That’s right, kitties, I said a paper tunnel! And it’s glorious. 



There are no bells and whistles here, only paper. It’s like a giant paper bag! Lola and I like simple toys, and as soon as a paper bag comes into the house, I’m on it. Literally. Give a paper bag loving kitty a tunnel made from a bag and we’ve reached nirvana. 



The Hide and Sneak arrives folded flat in an accordion-like fashion. It’s super easy to set up. Just unfold it and voila! You’ve got a tunnel which will provide hours of fun.  



There are openings on each end (which are reinforced with cardboard) which allow for great games of tag. 


I love stalking toys from inside! 



I also love the crinkly sound. It’s also fun to squish! 



Dr. Lynn calls this the “Hide and Sneak Crush”.  No, it wasn’t ruined. 



All Mother had to do was fluff it back up and we were back in business. Another nice feature is that it provides a nice, quiet, cozy resting place. Especially right in the middle where it’s the darkest and the hardest for humans (and pesky little feline sisters) to find you. 



Here's a little video of me enjoying the Hide and Sneak. 


Lexy and Lola Enjoy the Hide and Sneak by Dezi & Roo - YouTube



The Hide and Sneak measures approximately 12" x 12" x 35" when fully expanded, and is made of entirely of biodegradable paper and cardboard material. And it’s made right here in the good old U.S.A. Paws up for that! 




Who is Dezi  & Roo? Dezi & Roo was founded and created by veterinarian Dr. Lynn Bahr to improve and enrich the lives of cats and their owners. “Recognizing that feline behavior problems often lead to abandonment, re-homing, relinquishment to shelters, and even the premature euthanasia of a healthy cat has lead to me find ways to strengthen the partnership between people and their pets.” Dezi & Roo offers products, tools, and training to successfully solve issues that cat parents encounter. I can’t forget to mention that Dr. Lynn named the company after her cats. Now that’s a smart human because she knows the bosses really are.



We love everything about this company! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; we here at Lola The Rescued Cat love a company that gives back. Dezi & Roo is no exception. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is donated to animal-related charities such as The Paw Project, Animal Medical Center of NY, and Elephant Sanctuary. Paws up for that, too! 


You can purchase a Hide and Sneak for your cat at Dezi & Roo for $10.99. I highly recommend the two pack for $19.99. It never hurts to have a spare, or even better, have one in multiple rooms.  While you’re there, check out all of the other fab cat products available. (I saw Mother eyeing some bowls that are purrfect for whisker fatigue.) 



The kind folks at Dexi & Roo have offered to give one of our readers a Hide and Sneak of their very own! Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to residents in the 48 contiguous states, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. The winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Saturday, June 29th at 12 Midnight Eastern. 




Follow Dezi & Roo on their social media accounts to stay up to date on their news and products. And follow Dr. Lynn’s blog, Pawsitive Connections for some great cat info. 

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Thank you, Dr. Lynn, for letting me try the Hide and Sneak. It really made my day. 



What do you think your cat would like best about the Hide and Sneak? Tell us in the comments below. 
Lexy

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Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in. Today I have some fabulous toys to tell you about. The folks at OurPets®  contacted us to inquire if we would be interested in testing a few of their toys, and of course, we said yes! We never turn down an opportunity to bring quality information to our readers about products that can help their cats live happy lives. 







We received four OurPets interactive, electronic toys to report on. Do you think we liked them? Read on for our thoughts. 




First up is the Bird in a Cage.  At first, Lola and I thought there was a real bird in the house! It chirps and flutters just like a real one.



It’s easy to set up. Just twist the top off and pop in 2 AA batteries into the base. This was Lola’s favorite toy (but I should be honest by saying I tried to take it over.) 



Features: 

  • Promotes healthy mental and physical stimulation. 
  • Real bird sound mimics a real bird.
  • Wobble base keeps cats pouncing. 
  • No tangle, durable string. 


Next, we have my purrsonal favorite, the  Pounce House.


This cool little tent has two openings to allow for precise hunting of the spinning feather. That’s right, kitties; I said spinning feather. The feather is attached to a motor that sits on top of the pounce house. (Requires two AAA batteries.) It’s tons of fun! I love napping in the house when the feather is not spinning because it's nice and cozy! (And I can get the first pounce when Mother turns it on.) 

Features: 

  • Provides your cat with fun and healthy play. 
  • Perfect for batting the feather and pouncing through the openings.
  • Feather spins randomly to mimic prey. 



Ok, this one is super fun, too. The Catty Whack has a fast moving feather wand that plays hide and seek with your cat. 



That feather thought is could hide from me, but I taught it otherwise.



To make it even more fun, there is an electronic Real Mouse sound! Excuse me for a moment… what’s that, Lola? You think there’s a real mouse in there? OK, you go try and find it while I finish my review… Sorry for that distraction, folks. Anyway, where was I? Oh yes… I can’t forget to tell you that there’s a carpeted scratching area where we can scratch. This toy is a win-win all around.

Features: 

  • Requires 4 C batteries.
  • Hide & Seek Action Game with fast-moving feather wand that changes direction randomly.
  • Patented Electronic RealMouse® sound creates the allure of a real hunt for prey and stimulates cat’s natural instincts.
  • Includes carpeted scratching area.





And last, but not least, is the Twirl and Whirl. This is another spinning feather (which requires 2 AAA batteries) that attaches to your cats’ scratching post. 



It turns a favorite scratching spot into a fun play area. Just turn on the motor and the feather spins in random directions, enticing kitty to scratch and play in a safe place. 

Features: 

  • Redirects scratching from furniture.
  • Encourages cats to play while scratching.
  • Attaches to your scratching post. 

Here’s a little compilation video of Lola and me playing with the toys. We had so much fun! You may notice that I gave Lola a little bop on the head. It was all in fun, I promise. 

Lola and Lexy Enjoy OurPets Toys - YouTube



If the video doesn't play, click here to watch it on YouTube. 

We have a special rebate for our readers! Purchase an OurPets electronic cat toy from a PetSmart retail store, (offer is not valid for online purchases) and receive a $5 rebate gift card to PetSmart. Offer is valid through August 1, 2018.  This rebate only applies to certain OurPets toys including the following:


OurPets Pounce House

OurPets Mouse in Pouch

OurPets Catty Whack
OurPets Twirl & Whirl
OurPets Bird in a Cage


About OurPets: 
The OurPets® Brand offers product lines that feature a variety of premium and innovative toys, accessories, feeding solutions, and waste management solutions specially designed to awaken a pet’s natural instincts. Available exclusively at pet specialty retailers, no other brand offers products specifically designed to foster a healthy relationship between pets and their parents.

Connect with OurPets on social media to find out more about their products and tell them what you think. 

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These toys are so much fun!  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go check on my pounce house to make sure Lola hasn’t taken it over. Which toy do you think your cat would like best? 

Lexy
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Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in today, and I'm bringing you some important information about an event that takes place this month. Did you know that June is designated as Adopt-A-Cat Month®? Since Lola and I are both shelter cats it's very important to us to speak (well, I should say meow) about it with you.



First, let me give you some background information. Adopt A Cat Month® is brought to you by American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization. It is celebrated each June, which happens to be the height of kitten season.


Lola happy in her forever home.

“There are millions of healthy, adoptable cats in animal shelters across the country, waiting for their forever homes,” said American Humane president and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert. “American Humane’s Adopt-a-Cat Month® encourages pet adoption while shining a light on the special roles that these furry felines play in our daily lives.”


Now that kitten season is here thousands of kittens are going to join the other millions of cats already in shelters across the country. (I should say that the lucky kittens will make it into the shelter. Not all are so lucky after being born in outside. Read about a kitten that Will rescued off the streets here). This means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. Let's get cats out of shelters and into forever homes!


Lexy proving she's queen of her household.

Pet Supplies Plus is stepping up to help place cats in loving homes by teaming up with local shelters and rescue organizations across the country. Now that's cool! Throughout National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month® in June, stores will host adoption events and offer valuable discounts to neighbors on cat-related products. (Because event dates and times will vary by location, neighbors are encouraged to visit www.petsuppliesplus.com/Store to find and contact their closest store for details.)

“Our National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month® in-store adoption events are designed to help animals in need, and make a meaningful impact in the community,” said Pet Supplies Plus CEO Chris Rowland. “Our goal is to help increase awareness and facilitate more adoptions. With our high volume of shoppers, we can help a significant number of cats find their forever homes.





Knowledgeable team members will be on hand in all stores to recommend all the best products to pet parents to ensure the overall health and wellness of cats. Pet Supplies Plus stores will also provide customers with a helpful New Pet Parent Checklist and offer special incentives (to vary by store) for new cats adopted in June. Sounds like tons of fun, doesn't it?

I also have some tips on how you can get involved in Adopt a Cat Month®.

Tips on How to get Involved in Adopt-A-Cat Month®

1. Share the message on social media! This is very simple. Just go on a site like Petfinder or Adopt A Pet, choose a cat in a shelter near you, post on your favorite social media channel and say “Look at this beautiful cat who has been in the shelter for (insert time). It’s Adopt-A-Cat Month! Let’s find him/her a forever home!”  Or, you could share a photo of your cat that you adopted from a shelter and say “June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. Change a cat's life today and adopt, just like I did”. You can say anything that suits you. You get the idea. (Don't forget to use the hashtag #AdoptACatMonth)


An adoptable cat at Tabby's Place.


2. Raise funds! You can donate via your Facebook status by tagging your favorite rescue organization or shelter. Click post, then you will see an option to add a button to confirm that you want to add a donate button. You can also create a campaign with Team ASPCA here.

3. Help a local shelter! Just about every animal shelter has a wish list. You can find a shelter in your area by searching here. Many shelters have wish lists on Amazon and that means you can help them stock up on much needed supplies right from your couch. (The Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, one of our favorite cage-free shelters, has a wish list here.) You may even have things you don’t use anymore that would be very much appreciated by the shelter. (Don't throw away those old towels! Bring them to a shelter!) You can also consider volunteering, even for a day. 


4. Foster a cat! Lots of small rescues depend on fosters. Without them, they would not be able to continue with their rescue efforts. 


Rubio, hospital greeter at the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation.

5. Educate others! Talk about the importance of adopting a cat with your family and friends. Write a guest blog post about your adopted cat and how much love she has brought into your life. You can also go on Pinterest and find some great visuals about cats, or share some fun cat facts, like these 21 cool cat facts to share with kids from cattime.com. 

6. Visit a Cat Cafe!
Since Mother has been visiting cat cafes for our new series we realized that visiting one is a great way to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month®. When you're at the cafe take photos of the cats (better yet, take selfies) and tag the cafe on social media. Let all of your followers know the cats would make the purrfect addition to their family. 


Adoptable cats at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe enjoying a nap in the sun.

6.  I left the best for last, and that’s Adopt a cat of your own! If you’re not in the position to adopt right now, maybe a friend or family member is. You know what you could do?  You could by an adoption gift certificate for them to pay for the adoption fees. Isn’t that a great gift? 

An adopted pet can bring so much joy to your life. We have many Rescue Stories that you can read that may inspire you this month. Please feel free to share them. 

Have you ever adopted a cat? Tell us about it! 

Lexy
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Welcome to the second post in our series “Lola on the Road”. This summer I’ll be visiting several cat cafes and sharing my experiences with our readers. If you missed our first installment in the series, you can read about Catsbury Park Cat Cafe and Tea House here

Today I'm happy to share a great local cafe in Brooklyn, NY;  Brooklyn Cat Cafe. I had been wanting to visit this cafe for some time, but you know how it goes – life gets in the way. While I was at Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp last month I was able to chat with Lyvann, one of the volunteers, who warmly welcomed me to visit. I was a happy cat blogger! 




Many of our readers know that I’m frequently in Brooklyn because of work, and Brooklyn Cat Cafe is quite close to one of my worksites. I decided to take the walk instead of drive, and I was surprised at just how close it was.  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t visited sooner! 



Brooklyn Cat Cafe, (which opened in May 2016) is the first cat cafe in Brooklyn and one of the earliest cafes in New York. It is situated in a storefront in the beautiful Brooklyn Heights section (one of my favorite areas of the borough.) 



Passerby can take a peek at the cats lounging in the window…




...and the cats have plenty to look at to keep them occupied. 



The cafe is very cozy and pleasant, with several sitting areas where guests can hang out with the resident cats. 





The cafe utilizes the space very well and was able to create separate sitting areas for guests to enjoy. 




I was wondering where the litter boxes were kept and I finally realized they were right underneath the bench. What a cute idea! 




Brooklyn Cat Cafe is New York's only non-profit cat cafe. It is staffed and run by volunteers, and is managed by the director of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (BBAWC). The director oversees all the business affairs, the cat care as well as the daily operations. 



The cafe started as a pop up in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and in five weeks 66 cats were adopted! Due to the incredible reaction from the community, BBAWC decided to open a cafe on a permanent basis in their current location. 



When the cafe celebrated its first anniversary last year over 250 cats had been adopted. Wow! 



Brooklyn is a very community oriented borough. With a goal of educating people that pets are a part of life and should be treated with caring and respect (which is one of our goals here at Lola The Rescued Cat), the cafe is an important part of Brooklyn Heights. In addition to increasing the awareness of resources for pet parents and rescuers by holding educational workshops and classes (more about that below), they work with local schools to provide opportunities for students to visit and help create study assignments. 



There was a steady stream of visitors when I was there. People enjoy stopping by with their children on the way home from school while others stop by before or after work. People who are unable to have cats at home for different reasons can get their fix at the cafe, and others come for stress relief. I was told one visitor said "If I didn't come here after work I would have a stroke." Another person visits on their way to work every morning. A fellow cat rescuer, who was battling breast cancer, would come to the cafe for relaxation after finishing chemotherapy down the street. 



The cats look well cared for and are very happy, and the cafe is very clean! 


The front window is a very popular place. 



It's purrfect for sun puddles and people watching. 




There are lots of cozy spots for cat napping. I didn't realize at first there was a cat in the birdcage. 




And I had to look closely to see these sleeping beauties. 




When I peeked inside the cottage there was a kitty comfortably snoozing. 




Cats aren't the only species you'll find at Brooklyn Cat Cafe. Meet Eleanor and Henry, red eared slider turtles. Henry lost the front of his foot in an accident with a floating perch. 




 Remy and Emile, who were rescued by Helping All Living Things (HALT), are the resident rats. 






Remy and Emile share playtime and treats with the kittens and offer them cuddles and love. 

And speaking of kittens... there is a kitten terrarium! 



These kittens are too young to be vaccinated and have to be separated from the rest of the cats. 





Unfortunately, visitors can't play with them, but they are a treat to watch on the 24-hour kitten cam! (I recently gave the link to a few co-workers for those moments when they need a little stress relief.) 




There are plenty of toys for cats to enjoy alone and with guests...




...and the cats always enjoy a treat. 



Cats wearing blue collars are on special diets and should not have treats. 




Food is not prepared at the cafe, but visitors can buy pre-packaged people treats and drinks. There are several coffee shops in the area, so feel free to pick up a cat-uccino and bring it in while you relax with the cats. 





In addition to all of the above, there are some wonderful and fun events at the cafe. You can participate in Yoga, Stretch and Snuggle, book readings, Harry Potter Trivia, and game and movie nights. The cafe recently held a Royal Tea Pawty to celebrate Meghan and Harry's wedding, complete with tea and scones, of course. 




The upcoming TNR info class on June 5 is full! That makes my heart sing because it means more people are taking notice of the importance of TNR! More upcoming informational sessions include Tiny Kitten Skillz (where workshop leaders teach basic skills in bottle feeding, medication and socialize neo-natal kittens), Adoption and Fostering Info, and another Cat Rescue and TNR session. 


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In March I brought you the sixth installment in a series of posts by Tina Traster, Producer and Director of the documentary film Catnip Nation. This month Tina tackles a New York Times article that is emotional for cat rescuers, advocates and lovers. Google's employee run group GCat Rescue, which does wonderful things for feral cats, has been getting pushback from an environmental group. The link to the story is here. Read Tina's response below and tell us your thoughts in the comments. This may strike up differing opinions amongst our readers, but if a colony of cats could be in danger we need to let the world know. 



If you'd like to support the documentary film Catnip Nation, click here. You can also spread the word about the wonderful work they are doing to make a difference in the lives of community cats. And don't forget to follow them on social media! 

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It’s official! The phrase “TNR – trap, neuter, return” – has made it to the front page of The New York Times. Can we finally have a national conversation about an issue that is playing out in every corner of the country?

But before I get ahead of my skis, let’s put the reportage in context. There’s no doubt the Times was attracted to this story because it involves the company Goggle, in Silicon Valley, adorable but endangered owls, and cats, not so adorable in this context. The story, in fact, was written by a technology reporter, who no doubt stumbled on this issue because he covers Silicon Valley.

To summarize, Google has an employee group called GCAT Rescue, which traps and neuters cats around the Googleplex. Kittens and friendly adults are put up for adoption, the “ferals” are returned. There are food stations in these well-managed colonies. It’s safe to say that a national newspaper like The Times would not cover the “unremarkable” story of GCAT's wonderful work but for the suspicion that their charges are the culprits for owl deaths.

According to the story, reported on May 26th, environmentalists say cats are killing owls. The story includes one anecdote of a dead owl found “shortly after a feral cat was seen stalking it.” Later in the story, it also mentions that a neighboring golf course may be the reason many burrowing owls are being killed. Hmm. The article also says fewer owl fledglings have been seen in recent years.

Naturally, conservation groups, speak up loudly in the article, claiming the cats in well-managed colonies still hunt. They debunk plenty of anecdotal evidence that TNR is an effective management system for ferals. As we in the cat world know, the “bird” groups are powerful, organized and well-funded. They’ve honed their message.

GCAT, which has less than a dozen members, refused to be interviewed – which is unfortunate because it seems as though they’re hiding while the other side airs its grievances.


Courtesy GCat Rescue


So let’s circle back to the importance of this article running in the NYTimes, and why I believe it falls short. The reporter, David Streitfeld, writes about technology. In fact he’s a Pulitzer Prize winner for “explanatory reporting” on technology and its impacts. But the reporter has come up short in his attempt to lay out this issue. First, it’s so easy for the “bird” folks to rail against TNR, to criticize it, and to make claims about bird deaths, often without true stats. What they never say, unless pressed, is that they’d be only too happy to have ferals rounded up and “taken away”.  But taken away to where? There is nowhere, other than to their death. There’s no in-between solution, sadly. There may be a sanctuary here or there, but we do not have wholesale solution for this problem in this nation. TNR is the best band-aid we have. If I’d been reporting out this story, I would have spoken to an organization that understands TNR – that’s the least a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter could have done. TNR is explained as a practice in the article, but the debate in this piece is a one-sided argument from the bird groups. This happens all too often because the birders have a well-honed script. But they are careful not to mention killing cats because they know only too well that in the year 2018, there is no consensus for that.

Still, I’m going to take heart in the fact that TNR is mentioned on Page 1, and I’m going to hope that the article is passed around, and that enough people send an email to Google to make sure that they do NOT implement a policy to stop feeding the cats. Doing so would be nothing short of cruel and inhumane. Ferals become dependent when they’ve been fed for a period of time, and GCAT, according to the story, has adopted out nearly 150 cats.

Send an email to Google. Tell them they need to continue their model TNR program and stand behind the employees who support the colony. And while you’re at it, send an email to Facebook, which, according to this article, “stopped allowing cat feeding several years ago.”

Please weigh in. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this. 



Tina Traster is a socially-conscious, award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her 30-minute documentary, This House Matters, is an examination on historic preservation in the Hudson Valley. The film has screened at the YoFi Film Festival, the Kingston Film Festival, the Hoboken International Film Festival, and the Nyack Film Festival. Traster's work has appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The New York Post, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Redbook, Family Circle, Parade, Time Out New York, Audubon, Ski Magazine and many others. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder. Since 2006, Traster has written the "Burb  Appeal" column for The New York Post. 





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A few months ago Lola had her annual wellness checkup, which included blood work and a urinalysis. The results of her blood work were perfect, but she had some crystals in her urine. The protein level was also a little high, and the Ph was on the acidic side. The vet advised me to encourage her to drink more water and come back for a recheck. 

Encourage my cat to drink water? I was stumped. I was worried that the results could lead to bigger issues, but I didn’t know how to get more water into her. After doing some research I discovered some helpful hints to get a cat to drink more water, which I’m sharing with you today. 









Five Ways to Get Your Cat to Drink More Water

1. Place bowls in different areas around your house. 

Having several water stations makes getting a drink more appealing and super easy for your cat. If your cat likes to drink from a cup, leave one or two (non-breakable) cups strategically placed around the house to entice her to drink.  Try using wide bowls to limit whisker stress. Another tip is to make sure the bowl is filled to the brim. 


2.  Use filtered water

Some cats don’t like tap water (unless they’re drinking it from the faucet like Lexy loves to do.) If your finicky feline is not drinking as much as she should, try filling their bowl from a filtered water pitcher or use bottled water. 


3.  Feed your cat wet food and add some water to it.

You should consult with your veterinarian before starting any diet change, but if they agree, canned food has a high moisture content and is a good way to get more water into your cat’s diet. You can also add a splash of water to the food for added moisture, and if your cat is a little picky, try some low sodium chicken broth or a bit of tuna water. 


4.  Change the water often.

Cats like fresh water, which can start to taste stale after sitting for a while, and biofilm can form on the bottom of the bowl. Not very appealing. Clean and refresh the water at least once daily, preferably more. 


5.  Use fountains.

Lola and Lexy love fountains! Fountains entice cats to drink more because many love moving water. (If I have a bowl out Lexy will move it with her paw so the water moves before she starts to drink.) If your cat loves drinking from the faucet, a fountain is a great way to replicate that. 


Benefits of Using a Fountain
  1. Runner water stays cooler and tastes fresher
  2. The water runs through a charcoal filter so water is clean and healthy
  3. Most fountains have a well, so it appeals to cats who like running water and those who like drinking from a bowl. 
  4. Your cat will drink more, which will benefit their health in many ways. 

The folks at Pioneer Pet were so thoughtful to send us their 60-ounce Raindrop Premium Stainless Steel Fountain to help Lola increase her water intake. The Raindrop is perfect for both girls because Lexy loves running water and Lola likes a bowl. Since the water is constantly running through the filter, I don’t’ have to worry about Lola’s water bowl getting stale and slimy, and they’re both constantly getting clean, fresh water.




Lola takes a little time to get used to a fountain, so when we get a new one I always leave a bowl of water next to it. She usually transitions over to the fountain fairly quickly. 

The fountain is made up of three parts: the pump, the pump housing, and the top and bottom of the fountain (okay, I guess technically it’s four parts.) 




In the past I’ve struggled with putting a fountain together, but the Raindrop is very easy to assemble. Just pop the pump into the housing, place the housing in the bottom of the fountain and then pop on the top. “Easy peasy”, to quote Lola. 


Features of the Pioneer Pet Rainbow Fountain
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 60-ounce capacity
  • Dimensions: 4 ¼”H x 9 ¾”W x 11 ¾” L
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Replaceable charcoal filter
  • Safe and low voltage UL listed power system
  • Six foot long power cord
  • Premium Stainless Steel


Benefits of the Pioneer Pet Rainbow Fountain 
  • Circulating drinking water is naturally appealing to your pet
  • The replaceable charcoal filter ensures clean and pure, healthy water
  • Stainless steel construction allows for easy cleaning
  • Water stream continuously washes the bowl for cleanliness
  • Using stainless steel bowls help to protect your pets from bacterial infection
  • 60 oz. capacity reduces the number of times you need to refill each day
  • Moving and circulating water entices cats to drink more
  • The sleek, pretty design compliments any decor. 

Cleaning the Pioneer Pet Raindrop FountainTo keep your fountain operating well, it is recommended to clean it weekly and to disassemble and clean the pump monthly. Here’s a video explaining how to clean the pump: 

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Fountain Pump Maintenance 101 - YouTube


The feature I love most is that it’s quiet! Lola has been skittish of other fountains because of the noise, but the Raindrop is nearly silent. Now I don’t have to worry about her being frightened of the fountain and refusing to drink. She gives it two paws up! It gets another two paws up from Lexy because she has fresh, flowing water any time she wants it and doesn’t have to wait for me to turn on the faucet. 




The 60-ounce Raindrop Fountain also comes in Rose Gold stainless steel, black or white ceramic. There is also a larger 96-ounce stainless steel model. 

For more information, visit the Pioneer Pet website. And don't forget to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

You can have a Raindrop fountain of your very own! The nice folks at Pioneer Pet are giving one to one of our lucky readers. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to residents in the 48 contiguous states, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. The winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Saturday, June 16 at 12 Midnight Eastern. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck to all who enter! 

I"m happy to report that Lola's repeat urinalysis was much better. The protein level was normal and crystals were not an issue. Her urine was still somewhat acidic, but nothing to worry about. Thanks to our new fountain, and the generosity of Pioneer Pet, she has plenty of fresh water right at her paws. Do you have any other tips on how to get your cat to drink more water? 
Dawn 
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Blogging is a lot of work! It requires a lot of time and dedication. A blogger can spend as much time (or more!) on their blog as they do in their full-time job. There are times where you may feel uninspired and it can be difficult to generate new ideas.

Today I've decided to share with you what inspires me to create quality content, even when it may get exhausting. 



What Inspires Me to Write Quality Content?
Lola and Lexy hands down! 


Every educational post, product review or Selfie Sunday starts with them in mind. I only review products that I think they would enjoy and I research health-related topics to ensure their well-being.


Another inspiration is my readers. I have established a dedicated following of people who comment on every single post I write. Their opinions matter greatly to me. I always strive to create content that is enjoyable to them and will make them want to come back for more.

Someone recently commented that they were so happy to have found my site and that it was an inspiration to see people such as myself care so much about cats. Comments like that make my day and continue to keep me inspired!  


Where do I get My Post Ideas?
My ideas come from a variety of places, but they all start with my tagline; Advocacy. Education. Entertainment. 


AdvocacyLola and Lexy were adopted from shelters, which motivates me to write about rescue and advocacy and to promote adoption. I love visiting shelters and sharing my experiences. My regular visitors already know how much I love Tabby’s Place!




I’ve also visited Pet Animal Welfare Society and The Patricia H. Ladew Foundation




The possibilities of writing about advocacy are endless; I catch myself constantly coming up with more ideas often. I’ve enjoyed participating in Remember Me Thursday, which is sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and Clear the Shelters. In the near future, you can expect to read some great content from a new series that I'm starting soon called “Lola on the Road.” In this series, I'll be visiting cat cafes and writing about how the dedicated owners and volunteers help homeless cats.


Education
Because I want my muses, and all cats, to live happy and healthy lives, I write educational posts such as 5 Top Household Poisons for Cats, and 6 Tips to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree.




EntertainmentMy girls are the entertainment piece of the blog. They make me laugh every day and I’ll never want to stop sharing the joy they bring to my life with the world. Whether they’re choosing a card to send to a friend,




deciding who should look in the Chewy box, 



or having a sisterly chat in the kitchen window -




they’re always trying (and succeeding!) to bring a smile to people’s faces. 

What Makes it Work
What makes quality content work? Being honest and genuine to your brand, yourself and your audience. I’ve declined reviews for products that I knew just wouldn’t work for my girls. I knew I wouldn’t be able to give an honest, open-minded opinion on something they wouldn’t use or like. It’s not the end of the world to do this! Brands actually appreciate your honesty and will still be willing to work with you on other projects that work for you and your four-legged companions. 

It’s Been a Journey
Finding my niche has definitely been a journey. In the beginning, my content was all over the place and there was no consistency in the way I wrote or presented it. 






After blogging for about 2 years, I had an idea of where I wanted to go with my blog. When I rebranded my site last year, I performed an audit which reassured me that I was on the right track. I felt my blog now had a purpose. 

Don’t get me wrong, Lola and Lexy fans—I’m not saying they’re adorableness and antics didn’t serve a purpose. But, I felt we needed a broader one.

I never wrote anything creative or informative (aside from papers in graduate school) until I started our Facebook page in January 2011. I started sharing little stories about the girls learning to get along and Lola’s view on her recovery. Things just took off from there.


When I started this blog as Lola’s Diary in December 2014 I didn’t realize where it would take me. I’ve learned so much about different topics that I didn’t know existed (SEO? Huh?). On top of that, I’ve gotten compensated for sponsored posts, which is something I never even dreamed of!

The best part of this journey has been the friends I have made along the way. Pet-loving people are the best! Every year I look forward to seeing them at the BlogPaws conference -




and sometimes I’m lucky enough to see them at events in between.



What Keeps Me Going?
The answer to that question is easy. You!

Some of you read and comment on every single post I write, and some (like me) visit semi-regularly when life allows. Every comment you make, every private message you send me, every question you ask about my girls lets me know how much you care, and that you enjoy visiting us. Thank you!


Has your blog changed over the years? What inspires your content?
Dawn





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Hello, and Happy Sunday! I've been a sneaky little devil lately. I've been hiding in the morning, and Mommy hasn't been able to find me anywhere. *giggle* I was pretty good. Then one morning I wasn't being careful and Mommy saw me slip under the bed. Drats! She found me! I figured I was in a bit of trouble, so I decided to look cute and pose for a selfie since I probably wouldn't be allowed back under here again. 



Mommy blocked the hole until she gets a chance to put a cover on the boxspring. Drats! Now I need to find a new hiding space. 

Where do you like to hide? 
Lola
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Welcome to the first post in a new series on the blog: Lola on the Road. I'll be visiting several cat cafes over the summer, and I'll be sharing my experiences with our readers. The first in the series is the Catsbury Park Cat Cafe and Tea House in Asbury Park, NJ.

While I was at the Catsbury Park Cat Convention in April, I made a quick trip over to the Catsbury Park Cat Café and Tea House. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday night, anyway. 

Catsbury Park, the first cat café on the Jersey shore,  opened its doors for coffee and treats on September 5, 2017, with the cat lounge opening on September 9.  While you’re waiting for your reservation time, you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or a treat while you watch the cats in a separate lounge that has glass walls ceiling to floor.  






You can also do a bit of shopping. The café has a lot of great merchandise for sale, with proceeds going to help run the café. 






When entering the cat lounge area, the first stop is a vestibule that has cute cat-themed knick-knacks. 


There is also a beautiful poem on the wall, dedicated to a cat named Brian, along with Brian's photo. (I wasn't able to get the backstory to this, but if I can, I'll update this post in the future.)




The lounge has this great mural of the Asbury Park Convention Center on the wall. 



There was plenty of catification, cat trees, and beds for the cats to enjoy. 














Catsbury Park Cat Cafe and Tea House is owned and operated by Catsbury Park Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with the goal of helping as many kittens and cats find loving homes through various channels. 



They do this through working closely with several shelters in the area, such as  MCSPCA, Associated Humane Society & Jersey Animal Foundation who works with Ocean County Animal Shelter. 


The owners foster kittens in their home, while the main focus of the cafe is adult cats, who remain, residents until they find their perfect forever home. 


Catsbury Park is a place where people can learn about cats and interact with them in a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Coffee and cats. Can it get any better than that? 


Visitors can bring their beverages into the cat lounge to sip on while they visit the cats. I didn't realize this since in New York City no food or beverages are allowed in the cat areas. Unfortunately, I had already finished my coffee before I went in. This cute little table area with stools is complete with cat perches and cat hideaways. 


There is a room in the back (where visitors are not permitted) for supplies new admissions to the cafe, etc. It also serves as a quiet space for kitties who need a break when things get a little hectic. 



Cats can slip in any time through the Purrfect Portal installed in the bottom of the door. 



These two girls seem to be having a conversation about being able to fit through the door. 



Did the calico fit? You bet she did! And she received a resounding chorus of "yays" when she did. 



When I visited on April 7 of this year, 151 cats had been adopted since the cafe's inception. That's a lot of cats saved from life on the streets. 



Catsbury Park Cat Cafe and Tea House hosted the Jersey Shore's inaugural cat convention, Catsbury Park Cat Convention (CPCC). Forty thousand dollars was raised at the event to help cats in need. Woo hoo! That's success. You can read my post about the convention here

The cats all looked well cared for, and there was plenty of water fountains and food available. 




Visitors can purchase treats to give the cats. I don't know who enjoyed treat time more, the cats or the visitors. 







This is Addison, who has been at the cafe longer than most. 
She's so sweet and friendly and deserves a forever home. 
At 2 1/2 years old she's still waiting for her forever home. 
The cafe was crowded when we arrived. Some patrons were waiting for their reservation time (like we were), and some were just hanging out with friends, cat watching and enjoying a treat (of the human kind.) 

The atmosphere in the cafe is pleasant, and the staff were very polite and helpful. They all were willing to answer questions and were very patient with everyone. 




The cafe is located at 708 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ. Business hours are: 

Monday 11am - 7pm
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 11am - 7pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday - 11am - 9pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm 

Reservations to visit with the cats are recommended and can be made here. Prices ranged from $5 to $11 for a 30 minute visit, depending on age and day of the week. Visitors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. You can see a full list of prices and to read the cat lounge rules on the reservation page. The cafe is also available for private events.  For directions or questions, call the cafe at 732-361-8997. 

All of the cats are available for adoption. You can read the adoption guidelines and fees here

This guy had an important message to share with all the patrons: 


"Attention, people! Don't go home today without adopting a cat!"
Don't forget to follow Catusbury Park Cat Cafe and Tea House and the cats on social media. 






Twitter       |       Facebook      |       Instagram

Stay tuned for the next installment in our Cat Cafe series as Lola The Rescued Cat goes on the road. The next cafe to be featured will be the Brooklyn Cat Cafe. 

Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Tell us about your experiences! What do you think of this new series? 
Dawn


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Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in, and I'm happy to be participating in the Sunday Selfie blog hop! It's been a while, and we've really missed hopping with our friends. 

Today I have a family selfie. Yesterday our cousin, Ariana, came to visit us. Lola didn't come out from under the bed, so I had all of her attention. I thought it would be a great idea to do a selfie with her. 



 Then I gave her a little kiss ... just to say I love you. 


I hope you liked our selfies.  
Lexy


We're part of the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with our good friends over at The Cat On My Head. Hop on over to their blog to see more selfies. 





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