Whilst browsing Prezzybox I came across an amazing selection of cat products, things actually for cats as well as things for cat fans like myself.

Cat Selfie

£9.99

The cat selfie is an incredible idea. I always struggle getting photos with my cats so this genius idea clips on to you phone and has a dangling bell on to attract your cats attention so you can take a great pic! you can also put a bit of food on it 🙂

Personalised enamel cat bowl

£14.99

I think these bowls are so cute, just hoping my cats can read and always use the correct one haha. I love how cute personalised things are and Prezzybox have a gift idea for everyone. I hope my vats realise how lucky they are!

The bowls are really well made and easy to clean. I love the cute little handles on the side too and the font for their names is really pretty.

Do you have pets? Do they have special food bowls or anything?

Sarah x

For Father’s Day I wanted to get a few bits for Nick from our cats, so I went online to see what I could create with Funky Pigeon.

They have a good range of Father’s Day Gifts from pets here and you can personalise them with your own text and photos. They also have such great products from actual children too haha.

Cat father photo mug

£7.99

You can pick what photo is used on this as well as a name. It is so cute and it looks too nice to use! I love the colours used on this and this is perfect for Nick to take to work to have his coffee in.

Pawsome cat photo keyring

£3.99

This is super cute and says “you are pawsome” on it as well as being double sided and having a picture of our two cats on both sides.

5 photo challenge – multi photo poster

£12.98

You can create a gift with your 5 favourite photos and have it framed too. I mean how cute is this?! I think it is a great idea in black and white. It really shows up the cats features and is nice as Archie is a black cat. You can also add your family name at the bottom too. I like how the photos look like Polaroid pics as we have a collection of Polaroid pictures in our kitchen.

Really impressed with their range of products and how easy they are to personalise as well as how quick delivery is!

Do you buy presents from your pets?

Sarah x

I share a lot of product reviews on my blog but I want to start sharing some more personal aspects of my life and more photos of our home and our pets. I thought it would be nice if I introduced you to my pets as I often share pictures of them on my Instagram but don’t mention them much on here.

Cats

We have two cats, Gizmo and Archie.

Gizmo was our first cat, we got him when he was a couple of months old and he is now 3 years old. After having him for a year we decided to get him a little brother and along came Archie when he was just a couple of months old. He is now 2 years old and both cats we adopted from the Blue cross.

Gizmo is a tabby cat and was the runt of his litter, he was so scared when we met him and bought him home but he soon settled in and became very cuddly and likes to sit on our laps and climb on the bed in the morning.

Archie was the biggest and most playful of his litter and black cats are often the last to be rehomed. He is such a mummys boy and loves to be picked up and cuddled.

The cats are inseparable and Archie cries if he can’t find Gizmo. It is so lovely how well they get on and they are always cleaning each other and cuddling or running around playing.

Guinea pigs

We have two guinea pigs, Sandy and Dexter. We used to have Thierry but he sadly passed away a couple of months back.

All of our guinea pigs have come from Pets At Home. We got Sandy and Thierry nearly 4 years ago when they were a couple of months old and they were brother. Thierry had a small chunk missing from his ear and Sandy had a distinctive parted bit of hair at the front. 

Sadly Thierry passed away recently so we then rehomed Dexter who was up for adoption at Pets At Home and had been separated from the other guinea pigs as he had been ill so he was very lonely. It didn’t take him and Sandy long to get used to each other. Sandy had been very lonely too since losing Thierry as it had been the pair of them together for nearly 4 years. It is always so hard losing a pet. I am so grateful for the pets we have and I cherish them everyday.

Do you have any pets?

Sarah x

 

Raising a litter of healthy puppies is expensive and time consuming, and is something that absolutely should be left to the professionals. However, sometimes accidents do happen. Maybe your dog escaped from the garden, or bolted off on a walk. She might have just disappeared for a few minutes at the dog park and encountered an over friendly male. A few weeks down the line, you notice that your female dog is looking a little round at the middle and suspect you know what’s gone on. It’s not ideal but it can happen, and if you’ve found yourself in this position- here’s what you need to do.

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Go to the vet

First things first, if you suspect your female dog could have caught pregnant then you’ll need to speak to the vet. They will be able to do an ultrasound to confirm it, and if she’s carrying puppies can provide you with specific advice. This could include what to feed her, what to do when she starts presenting with labour symptoms and what kinds of things you’ll need to buy. This includes items like a whelping box, and puppy milk and bottles to hand feed the pups if your dog starting struggling. They will be able to check that your dog is in good health so that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Find good homes

It really is your duty to ensure that good homes are found for the pups. The last thing you want is for them to end up in shelters later down the line, which unfortunately happens all the time. You should consider homechecking anyone that wants to adopt a puppy and find out what their situation is. For example, if someone is renting their home you’ll want to check if they have permission to own a dog. That way, it won’t get passed from pillar to post if the landlord finds out and forces them to get rid of it. Once the puppies are born, use collars or this branding idea with puppy bandanas to distinguish between them. That way, anyone interested can choose their pup and ensure they’re collecting the right one once they reach eight weeks old. Finding the right home can be a process, don’t just give them away to the first people that show interest.

Have your dog neutered

Once they have had the puppies and have fully recovered, be sure to go and have your dog neutered. It’s easy to think that the same mistake won’t happen twice, but it’s so not worth risking. You might have found good homes for your puppies but it doesn’t take away from the fact that far too many dogs already exist in the world which is why shelters are so full. Do your bit by making sure it doesn’t happen again. Along with preventing accidental litters, neutering dogs has numerous benefits to health and behaviour and is something well worth having done anyway.

Raising puppies, even to eight weeks old where they can leave for their new homes, is expensive. So many see this as a money making scheme, but between vet bills, food, microchipping and other costs, chances are it will actually cost you money. But go about things in the right way so that you can ensure the pups are happy and healthy and go to forever homes.

Sarah x

If you’re thinking of getting a dog for you and the family then congratulations. However, before you join the club, there are some things you need to carefully consider. Owning a dog is a wonderful and adventurous journey, but it’s also a responsibility. Much like bringing up a child, it can be a demanding and costly experience. But it’s worth it for the joy of having a furry addition to the family. Still, you need to make sure you’re ready. Here’s a guide for anyone thinking of becoming a dog owner.

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Choose the right dog for your family household.

So many new dog owners fail to appreciate that different dogs are right for different households. Any dog can be trained and tamed, of course, but that doesn’t negate the fact that certain breeds are better suited to certain living situations. For example, a larger dog won’t feel comfortable in a tiny flat. The mental wellbeing of your pet is important. If they feel stifled and unable to stretch their legs then this will affect their levels of happiness. In turn, this will make them unhealthy. And that won’t be very pleasant for you as their owner.

You also need to choose the right dog in terms of your family. For example, an energetic dog might not be right for a family with little kids. That large and excitable dog might be full of love, but this could be overwhelming for a growing child. You might want to check out Vizslas because these Hungarian hunters are well-suited to family households. They’re loyal and loving. You need to put a lot of thought into choosing the right dog for your family household. It’s not enough to pick a cute breed; you need to pick a suitable breed.

Get the right tools and toys.

Your household needs to be well-stocked and well-prepared before you invite a new dog into it. Much like bringing a new baby home, you need to instantly make your puppy feel welcome and happy in their living space. You need a leash, a collar, a dog bed, toys, and so on. These accessories should be bought in advance. The goal is to make your dog feel as happy and comfortable as possible. Those first few weeks of a puppy’s life are essential to its mental development. The more relaxed they are in their surroundings, the more relaxed they’ll be with your family as a whole. Again, it’s the same as bringing up a child.

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Train them straight away.

As mentioned in the previous point, the first few weeks of a dog’s life are hugely important. You need to give them all the love, attention, and resources possible to ensure they’re happy in their new home. Most importantly, of course, you need to train them. This is the most essential part of integrating a dog into your family life. Many dog owners make the mistake of assuming a dog is already trained or that they’ll have time to train them later on, but it’s something you need to do immediately.

Sarah x