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Monday, December 31, 2012

Krill Oil (Part I)

A new supp (I think we've like over 10 supps everyday!) for the new year!

Mom imported krill oil for us & finally received it on 28 Dec 2012. She hasn't been a fan of animal-based oil at all... even when she knew about krill oil being far more superior over fish oil. Mom hates fish oil because of both eco, sustainability and contamination issues.

But after a couple years of contemplation, she finally decided to get krill oil for us since its the largest biomass species on earth, lowest on food chain meaning least contaminated, & the most vital & sustainable food source for all marine life-forms.

But for us it shall be with minimal feeding since we're already getting lotsa plant and seed-based oils everyday... 1/4 capsule of krill oil each between four of us every alternate days. Click here to see the oils.

A 180 capsule bottle cost Mom S$71.26 in total. So that can last all four of us for about 12 months. If you're the sort whom favors animal-based oil over plant-based ones... Mom would strongly advice you to feed us doggies and kitties krill oil instead since it's more bioavailable to us (so we actually need very lil' of krill oil, why? read on below) than fish oils, more eco-friendly and the least contaminated marine-species oil. Not to mention the fact that tiny krill fuels giant whales!

This is the brand Mom got - Dr. Mercola . Another site on Why Krill Oil is better for your dogs/cats than Fish Oils. Click them to read more about krill oil. We'll just paste the important points below.

fish oil is weak in antioxidant content. As you increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids by consuming fish oil, you may actually increase your need for even more antioxidant protection if the fish oil has been exposed to excessive amounts of oxygen or has become rancid.


Why? Well, fish oil is perishable. Antioxidants help to ensure that the fish oil doesn't oxidize easily. As we just noted, oxidation leads to the formation of those unhealthy free radicals.

This was a vexing problem for a long time...

Until the discovery of krill oil – a marine oil that helps solve the dilemma by uniquely and synergistically combining antioxidants and omega-3s.

Just what are krill anyway?

Krill are small shrimp or prawn-like creatures that feed the world's most mammoth animals – the great whales. Toothless great whales gulp down huge quantities of krill to provide the energy they need to fuel their massive bulk. A blue whale eats up to 8,000 pounds of krill each day during feeding season.






Pure Krill
Tiny krill fuel giant whales...what can they do for you?
These highly intelligent great whales aren't the only animals that depend on krill for their nutritional needs. So do seals, penguins, sea birds, squid and fish.

The hardy krill harvested from harsh Antarctic waters – the ones that comprise our Pure Krill Oil – are so important they are considered a "keystone species," an organism upon which many Antarctic predators depend.

These semi-translucent crustaceans congregate in dense masses or swarms that can turn the ocean's surface pink or red.

Together with plankton, krill make up the largest biomass on earth... one of the most easily renewable food resources available, an excellent nutritional source from an environmental perspective.

Krill aren't a new source of nutrition either. They've been harvested as a food source for both humans and domesticated animals since the 1800s. Possibly even earlier in Japan where they're considered a delicacy.

Besides DHA and EPA, this unique marine oil has another "secret weapon" not found in fish oils which explains why I believe it's superior...

Unlike fish oils, pure krill oil carries omega-3s in the form of phospholipids – liposomes or little packages that deliver the fatty acids directly to your body's cells.

Scientific evidence to date has shown that the safest and most effective carriers of EPA and DHA are these phospholipids.
Unfortunately, standard fish oils (and inferior krill oil brands) lack this phospholipid complex.

Instead they contain omega-3 fatty acids in the less-beneficial form of free triglycerides.

Why are phospholipids important?
They are the building blocks for your cell membranes, regulating cellular transport by functioning as 'gate-keepers.'* In this role, they protect cell membranes from free radical attack.*
This unique relationship between the phospholipids and omega-3 fatty acids greatly facilitates the passage of the fatty acid molecules through your intestinal wall.* This helps you in two ways...
  • Makes the omega-3 fats in Pure Krill Oil significantly more bioavailable than those in fish oil by allowing EPA and DHA to directly enter your cells.
  • Improves your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.
Another important fact: The most predominant phospholipid in pure krill oil is phosphatidyl choline, which is partially composed of choline.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of choline in brain development, learning and memory.* In fact, choline is particularly important for fetal and infant brain development in pregnant and nursing women.*

Choline is the precursor for the vital neurotransmitter acetylcholine (which sends nerve signals to the brain) and for trimethylglycine, a recognized liver protector.*

Further, it also boasts a full complement of necessary antioxidants not seen in fish or cod liver oil...

Pure Krill Oil offers clear advantages to fish oil in a number of important ways.
You get all the same multi-system health benefits of omega-3-rich fish oil,* including crucial EPA and DHA ...
But Pure Krill Oil also offers:

  • MUCH Better Absorption Than Fish Oil*

    This means you can take 1/5 the dose – two small capsules rather than 10 large ones. The phospholipid binding increases the bioavailability of the omega-3s, improves the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and supports healthy cell membrane functioning.*
  • Superb Antioxidant Protection*

    Unique antioxidants – including astaxanthin and a novel marine flavonoid – may protect you from damaging free radicals.*
  • Pollution-Free

    Krill are at the bottom of the food chain and collected far from pollution in the pristine seas surrounding Antarctica. So you don't have to worry about unsafe accumulations of mercury, PCBs, heavy metals or other toxins that low-quality fish oil products may contain.
  • Ongoing Supply

    Krill are a highly renewable source. They are the largest biomass in the ocean and there is simply no risk of causing them to perish from over-harvesting.
  • Stability

    Antarctic Pure Krill Oil is more stable and more resistant to rancidity than conventional fish oils.* This means it will last longer. It will last for TWO years at room temperature. (Please do not refrigerate. WARNING: If you are allergic to shellfish, have a blood coagulation disorder, or are taking anticoagulants such as Warfarin (Coumadin), do not use Krill Oil. Also, Krill Oil is very stable and will last up to 2 years. However, DO NOT store it in the freezer or refrigerator; extended exposure to temperatures higher than 100 degrees ( 37.7 deg C) or lower than 50 degrees (10 deg C) diminish effectiveness of the phospholipid ingredients.)
  • No Fishy Aftertaste, Reflux Or Other Side Effects

    Although fish oil consumption commonly leads to side effects of fishy aftertaste, reflux or belching of fish flavors, this has not occurred with Antarctic Pure Krill Oil. No adverse effects have been noted even at high dosages.
  • Renewable Food Source

    Krill represent a renewable, sustainable and environmentally positive nutrition source.

Pure Krill Oil is jam-packed with antioxidant power, including the antioxidant vitamins A and E, plus astaxanthin and canthaxanthin.*

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid-type of antioxidant that is even more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein.*
Pure Krill Oil also contains a newly-discovered flavonoid with a novel molecular structure.* You've probably heard that flavonoids are powerful antioxidants. Surprisingly, before now, they had not been found in anything except plants – vegetables, fruits and algae.

Astaxanthin and this unique marine-source flavonoid in Pure Krill Oil create a special bond with the EPA and DHA, allowing direct metabolism of the antioxidants.

Watch out for cheap imitations that do not support your health as well as Pure Krill Oil.* As the word about the benefits of krill oil spreads,* you can expect to see many brands of inferior krill oil flood the market, trying to pass themselves off as high-quality products.

Unfortunately, most of these purported krill oil products contain less than 10 percent omega-3, and all in the form of triglycerides, without the unique phospholipids and astaxanthin antioxidant protection.

But it's not just the contents that are important – as valuable as they are. It's the delivery system that gets it into your system faster and more effectively...

There are several problems with fish oils - which you may already be aware of if you've checked out omega-3 supplements lately for yourself or your family.

Today, many fish are highly contaminated with industrial pollutants and toxins such as mercury, PCBs, heavy metals, and radioactive poisons.

They're not the best for you and your family - and they're not the best for your pet.
In fact, because of your dog or cat's smaller size, they can develop adverse toxicity symptoms even faster than humans can.
Another problem with fish oil is its lack of natural antioxidants. When you use fish oil, extra antioxidants can help to protect the fatty acids from oxidization. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly perishable and can become rancid inside your pet's body.

Krill oil is made from the largest, renewable biomass in the world.

Whales consume very large quantities of these small, shrimp-like creatures to provide their daily energy needs. In fact, a single blue whale devours up to 8,000 pounds of krill each day during feeding season!

Highly intelligent whales aren't the only animals who feast on krill. Fish, penguins, sea birds, and squid all depend on krill for their nutritional needs.

But here's why I like krill oil so much for cats and dogs:
  • Krill do not accumulate heavy metals.
  • Krill has a very high absorption rate, so your pet typically needs a fifth the dose of regular fish oil to receive similar benefits.
  • Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA)
  • Krill contains more EPA than fish oil (240 mg/g EPA in krill vs.180 mg/g in regular fish oil).
  • Krill delivers its abundant EPA and DHA as phospholipids directly into your pet's cells, unlike fish oil's less beneficial free triglycerides form.
  • Krill are a thriving, highly sustainable food source - only a few percent are carefully harvested each year.
  • Krill packs along natural antioxidant protection to help guard against oxidation of fragile omega-3 fatty acids and damage from free radicals.
  • Krill's plentiful EPA and DHA has been scientifically studied to significantly reduce plasma arachidonic acid (AA).The phospholipids in krill oil are what make it a far superior omega-3 fatty acid supplement.

    Phospholipids - smart, tiny packets of fatty acids - are the building blocks for your pet's cellular membranes. This special phospholipid binding enables the fatty acid "packages" to pass through your pet's intestinal wall cell membranes with ease, allowing for a greater absorption rate.
    Abundant quantities and better utilized omega-3s mean a much improved omega-3 to omega-6 ratio for your pet.

    Remember when I talked earlier about the effect DHA has on the behavior and intelligence of your pet?

    The most predominant phospholipid in krill oil is phosphatidyl choline, a major part of your pet's cell membranes.

    Phosphatidyl choline is important for your dog or cat for several reasons:
  • Breaks down into choline, the precursor for acetylcholine, which transmits nerve signals to the brain
  • Assists with liver detoxification pathways
  • Makes dopamine, a nerve chemical essential for normal brain function
  • Aids in brain and liver function by assisting with the absorption of carnitine from the digestive tract (Carnitine is essential for mitochondrial function, supplying the liver and brain with energy.)
  • Supports brain development, learning and memory. Recent studies affirm choline's effectiveness in maintaining cognitive function in dogs and cats

    Simply, the more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in your pet's diet, the greater the need for antioxidant support.

    Krill Oil for Pets is naturally loaded with antioxidant power, including the antioxidant vitamins A and E, plus astaxanthin and canthaxanthin, both naturally-occurring carotenoid antioxidants.
    Astaxanthin and this unique marine-source flavonoid in Krill Oil for Pets bond with the EPA and DHA, boosting antioxidant power directly to the cell.
New packaging (dec 2014)




This is the one Mom got for us instead of the one designed for pets because she doesn't fancy
pet-grade ones even though they're of the same company. *old packaging*




















The one for pets in a pump-bottle for easy feeding








Sunday, December 23, 2012

Calico Cat Dustcaps

It's crazy calico cat dustcaps haha! Mom bought a few of them even though they're of the same designs. Reason? She couldn't find the ''chiong'' (fake) one which costs only a few bucks so she imported the original ones which cost like S$18 excluding shipping! It was only after that that she found the ''chiong'' one at $9.90 but it was of A-grade so she couldn't bear to use it as well, LOL!

Then finally, she found a ''chiong'' one which costs only S$3. And she'll be using that so she wouldn't get too heartpain if its lost haha!

Why does she love this design so much? Because it resembles Chewy! Black patch on the right side of face and red patch on the left! Just like the soft-toy she specially caught!

Original, which is smaller, with Grade A ''chiong''  =p













Matt plastic just like the original!
and BIGGER too! ^^






















Glossy plastic Grade B ''chiong'' at $3 only haha!

























''silly mom... i'm the most ORIGINAL of all..... yawnzzzz''















Thursday, December 6, 2012

Chewy's 15mins Eosinophilic Plaque Removal Surgery

Mom didn't blog about an incident which happened on June 2012. Chewy jumped off our kitchen window and Mom only found out like maybe less than an hour later. They ran down searching for her frantically & finally saw 2 guys pointing into the lift with great amusement. Mom dashed in and found Chewy sitting all wrapped up kitty-loaf style (like a hen laying eggs) in the lift!

Smart Chewy! Must have been sitting in there waiting for Mom to get her. Mom always brings her out via the lift so I think she knows that's the way home. Only thing is she can't press the buttons! Haha. God knows how many times she's been up and down the flat with all the neighbors!

Anyways, right after that incident, Mom felt a very small internal soft and movable lump on her mid-back near the spine. There was no visible redness, itch or balding on the outside at all. One would have to molest the animal very thoroughly to feel it. So yea if you haven't been doing this at all, pls do it to feel for any tiny lumps.

Mom thought it was fatty tissue deposit and left it. And it did reduce in size ALOT till it was so tiny in the end since it was already small to begin with. But at around end Oct, the lump sorta ''split'' and it felt like two lumps. So Mom decided to bring her to the vet in case it was the scary cancer.

Now this is gonna be a super long wordy story... so bear with it and read it if you're interested in the drama.

The first vet (let's call the vet Cruella) initially couldn't feel the lump too till Mom told it (Mom doesn't want to reveal the gender of Cruella so let's just use the word ''it'') to feel more thoroughly for it. And after that Cruella did a fine needle aspirate (which is to use the needle and extract some cells from the abscess to look for cancer cells), of which Chewy was super cooperative. It looked under the microscope and then told Mom that it saw cancer cells. Even showed Mom the cells on screen. It then suggested it's most likely sarcoma cancer. Mom then said that Chewy has never been vaccinated before so how could she have contracted sarcoma cancer at such a young age. Vet Cruella then said that jabs during spay could also cause it.

So Cruella suggested a surgery to not only remove the abscess, but also the MUSCLES surrounding it to ensure the cancer cells are removed too. Next step would be to send the mass overseas for a hystopathology report to determine the exact type of cancer, grade and whether all cancer cells has been eliminated. If there's still cancer cells, then either open Chewy up again to remove MORE muscles or chemotherapy. Muscles will never regrow so Chewy would be left with a permanent ''dent'' on her body. It assured Mom that this wouldn't affect Chewy's movement at all.

Overall cost was estimated to be around nearly SGD1.8k. Hysto report was quoted as SGD700+ (no discount because vet Cruella says this is based on the charges overseas), surgery SGD500+, 1 day hospitalization SGD100+ and other misc. cost.

Mom arranged for surgery to be on a Monday because she trusted vet Cruella. Cut the long story shorter, Mom's friend rei-ki-ed Chewy and found her to be perfectly healthy and fine. Mom also spoke to Chewy and all Chewy said was not to worry about her and that she'll be fine. Mom was so depressed because on one hand she's thinking the vet wouldn't lie to her about such things and on the other hand she can't help but wonder why Chewy was so calm and cool about what was gonna happen to her!

So with help from more friends, she decided to seek a 2nd opinion from another vet (let's call this vet Lucky. Yes they're characters from 101 Dalmations if you haven't guess it). When Lucky first saw us at the clinic (Mom brought all of us along), he only wanted to see Lauryn first rather than Chewy. Ok this is another story about Lauryn which Mom will blog later on cuz its another super long story. Point is, vet Lucky is the kindest vet Mom has ever seen. He saw Lauryn for free and gave Mom some advices about her.

Ok anyways, vet Lucky felt her lump and said its nothing to worry about and most definitely NOT cancer because its so soft, small and movable. Cancer lumps would be hard and definitely not movable at all. Much less sarcoma cancer since she's NEVER been vaccinated before and far too young to contract it.

He then said either leave it or he could remove it within 15 minutes with a very very low sedation (since its such a minor surgery and she'd be awake immediately once he's done) and I could bring her home immediately once he's done with it. Mom also insisted on a CBC (complete blood count) and FIV test for Chewy.

And so we waited at the clinic while Chewy was brought into the surgery room. We could hear her MEOWING like mad inside haha. The nurse then carried her out cradled in her arms like a baby haha! Mom asked if she scratched her and she said a lil' bit but still manageable. Chewy was so cute in her arms! Mom forgot to snap a pix.

Anyways after about 30-40mins, Chewy was out of surgery room and jumping around already! (check out the videos below). The abscess was removed and it looked like chicken fats! Vet Lucky said there's no need to send for hysto in his opinion because it really shldn't be cancer at all from his experience. But just so that Mom could have peace of mind, he told her to send it for a local hysto instead of overseas (Canada) which would cost SGD200+ compared to SGD$100+ for a local one. Note the above the first vet Cruella quote SGD700+ for overseas hysto & insisted NO discount because that's their charges over at US!

Vet Lucky said the abscess could have resulted from her fall... trauma to her injured area and forming as abscess. So sometimes the abscess would disappear on its own depending on the body's immunity to fight it or we could just leave it for it to disappear slowly on its own.

Ok finally we'll let the pictures do the talking. We spent SGD700+ at Vet Lucky's instead of nearly SGD1.8k at Vet Cruella's not to mention all the unnecessary pain and permanent cosmetic issue Chewy would have faced there.

Pls also do not ask Mom which vets they are. Especially Vet Cruella because we don't wanna invite unnecessary trouble.



 


07 Nov. the removed abscess






my vainpot! still pretty lah... didn't do anything to your face





spent $714 instead of $1.8k!












































07 Nov

10 Nov. Day 3
12 Nov. Day 5

14 Nov. Day 7

16 Nov. Day 9 (De-stitching day!)

de-stitched















glad to be off the cone!
21 Nov. Day 14















21 Nov. Hystopathology Report
















28 Nov. Day 21

















Yes i'm sexy & i know it!






















Good luck to those who're with Vet Cruella. Mom shudders to think what his vet is up to. Imagine what Vet Cruella would do just to prove that Chewy had cancer. ie sending another animal's cancerous mass for the hysto instead of Chewy's?? Putting a healthy animal through so much unnecessary pain & torment just to earn money! Mom thought back about all the consultations with vet Cruella and things began to make sense.

Consults were mostly pretty rushed with the staff knocking on door informing Vet Cruella that the next client is here or asking for advices or updating about the boarding animals' situation. All these were so distracting and as tho' hinting to Mom to cut short the consultation because the next client is here. So unprofessional! Alota other instances too but we shall not go too much into it. Mom just hopes Vet Cruella gets his/her just deserts one day.

No wonder Vet Cruella says its an EASY surgery for him/her! Because it's not even cancer at all! All vet Cruella gotta do was to remove the mass and the muscles! To cheat Mom! How can a vet be so cruel and unethical! Vet Cruella should go back to med school to re-learn what ethics and conscience is and recall the oath they had to take when they graduated! Mom felt SO betrayed.

Sigh... anyways the hysto report says it should be due to a flea/mozzie bite and that Chewy happens to be hypersentive to it. Recalling back, Mom brought home many stray cats at that time for TNR (Trap N Release) sterilization. Probably a flea or two got unto Chewy and bit her. But she's flea-free as we've checked her umpteen times. So that's prolly what happened.

So we're all really glad that the drama is over and we hope Vet Cruella just freaking runs outta business.

Click here to read about Eosinophilic Plaque (or just read below). Mom has never heard of it before until this. There was also NO cancer cells visible as what Vet Cruella said he/she saw. DAMN that Vet Cruella!! Mommy wishes death upon him/her for wanting to destroy Chewy and God knows how many other animals have been tormented under his/her hands! Lying to patients that they've cancer and removing their muscles. WTF!

Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex in Cats

Eosinophilic granuloma complex in cats often is a confusing term for three distinct syndromes that cause inflammation of the skin:

Eosinophilic plaque - circumscribed, raised, round to oval lesions that frequently are ulcerated. They are usually located on the abdomen or thighs. These lesions contain a type of white blood cell called an eosinophil.

Eosinophilic granuloma - a mass or nodular lesion containing eosinophils usually found on the back of the thighs, on the face, or in the mouth.

Indolent ulcer – circumscribed, ulcerated lesions most frequently found on the upper lip.

The three syndromes are grouped together as eosinophilic granuloma complex, primarily according to their clinical similarities, their frequent simultaneous development, and their positive response to the same treatment with steroids.

Eosinophilic refers to eosinophils, a type of white-blood cell usually involved in allergic responses. Granuloma is a large inflammatory nodule or solid mass. And a complex is a group of signs or diseases that have an identifiable characteristic that makes them similar in some fashion.

The genetics are unknown, although several reports of related affected individuals and a study of disease development in a colony of cats indicate that in at least some individuals, genetic susceptibility (perhaps resulting in an inheritable dysfunction of eosinophils) is a significant component of the disease.

Specifically, eosinophilic granuloma complex is restricted to cats. While eosinophilic granulomas do occur in dogs and other species, they are not considered part of the eosinophilic granuloma complex. Breed does not appear to play a role in cats.

Eosinophilic plaque is circumscribed, raised, round-to-oval lesions that frequently are ulcerated and usually appear on the abdomen or thighs. The lesions contain a type of white blood cell called an eosinophil and usually affect cats in the two to six year age range. Genetically initiated eosinophilic granuloma is generally seen in cats that are younger than two years of age.

Allergic disorders usually develop after a cat has reached the age of two. In cats, females may be more likely to develop one or more of the syndromes of eosinophilic granuloma complex than are males.

Symptoms and Types

Lesions of more than one syndrome may occur simultaneously. Lesions of all three syndromes may develop spontaneously and suddenly.

Eosinophilic plaques:

Circumscribed, raised, round to oval lesions frequently ulcerated
Moist or glistening plaques (may have enlarged lymph nodes)
Abdomen
Near the chest
Inner thigh area
Near the anus
Under front legs
Hair loss
Red skin
Erosions

Eosinophilic granulomas:
Linear orientation
Back of the thigh
Multiple lesions coming together
Coarse, cobblestone pattern
White or yellow
Lip or chin swelling (edema)
Footpad swelling
Pain
Lameness

Indolent ulcer:

Ulcers of the mouth
Found on upper lip
Within the oral cavity, ulcers on gums
Slightly raised margins
Non-bleeding
Usually painless
May transform into a more malignant cancerous form (carcinoma)

Causes

Non-specific allergies
Allergic hypersensitivity reaction
Food allergy
Fleas
Insects
Genetic predisposition

Diagnosis

Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam on your cat. You will need to give a thorough history of your cat's health, onset of symptoms, and possible incidents that might have preceded this condition, such as an allergic reaction or flea infestation. Any information you have about your cat's genetic background may also be helpful in diagnosing this disorder. Your veterinarian will order a blood chemical profile, a complete blood count, an electrolyte panel and a urinalysis as part of the diagnostic process.

The physical exam should include a dermatologic exam, during which skin biopsies for a histopathology study will be taken. Skin scrapings will also be examined microscopically and cultured for the presence of bacteria, mycobacteria and fungi. Impression smears of the lesions should also be taken.

Treatment

Most cats may be treated on an outpatient basis unless the condition is severe and is causing your cat severe discomfort.

A food-elimination trial should be started for all cases in case it is a simple allergy. A diet which the cat has never been exposed to should be put in place using high protein meats, like lamb, pork, venison, or rabbit, exclusively for 8–10 weeks. After this time, reinstitute the previous diet and observe your cat for development of new lesions.

An environmental allergy (atopy) may be identified by intradermal skin testing in some cases. Your veterinarian will inject small amounts of dilute allergens intradermally (between layers of skin). A positive reaction (allergy) is indicated by the development of a hive or wheal at the injection site.

Your veterinarian will recommend and prescribe anti-inflammatory medications for immediate relief from the swelling and inflammation. Hyposensitization injections, which use minute amounts of the allergen to lessen sensitivity to the allergen in question, works for most cats and is preferable to long-term steroid administration.

Living and Management

Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments with you in order to determine your cat's response to the food-elimination trial, and to monitor your cat's bloodwork. The results from the bloodwork is especially important if your cat has been prescribed immunosuppressive medication - as this will lower your cat's immune responsiveness to viruses and infections.

As much as possible, follow your veterinarian's recommendations regarding the dietary guidelines for your cat. The treatment plan will be adjusted at each follow-up appointment according to your cat's progress. If your veterinarian is able to determine an environmental cause of the allergy you will need to prevent your cat from being exposed to these allergens.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Chewy-jr

Aww... Mom passed by an arcade and saw this cute lil'-calico-in-a-box in the claw machine and just had to get her out because she thinks she looks SO MUCH like Chewy!











Look at the uncanny markings on the face and the ears! Each catch cost S$1.50 and Mom spent S$12 to get her out. Well, actually she caught her bro (a ginger one) and exchanged it for Chewy-jr.

















So cute right?! Even Grandma finds them so similar. But all Chewy wanted to do... was to chew her jr up. -__-






















Ginger cat's left all alone in there and is used as bait. Mom went back and caught him twice to exchange for a big Control Bear X Hello Kitty the next day. And on Sunday night, won two camo Control Bear (waiting for stock)!













Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Canine (Heartbeat) Lullabies

On 23 July 2012, Mom purchased a downloadable version of Canine Lullabies for us. It's way cheaper than the CD itself and of cuz, no shipping required at all.

The results are almost immediate and Mom plays it on the portable radio (repeat mode of 18 heartbeat lullabies) whenever she leaves the house. All four of us stay in her room whenever Mom's leaves the house, so when the lullabies come on, we'll know that she's gonna be out. Mom's parents have commented that since the CDs were on, we have become very quiet and are sound asleep even when they open our room door to check on us at times.

A segment from the website about how it works:

The music evolves to other animal species

    For years, Woodford would roll his eyes when parents wrote him about how their baby’s Heartbeat Lullabies CD was also calming their dog to sleep. He just assumed when the baby stopped crying the dog got a break like everyone else in the family.

    But in 2004, members of the American Boarding Kennels Association (ABKA) verified that parents were on to something. Over 90 kennels reported that playing Heartbeat Lullabies for anxious dogs reduced separation anxiety, diarrhea, aggression and excessive barking. That same year researchers reported calming aggressive male chimps to sleep by playing the CD at the Honolulu Zoo. 


    Woodford knew if he tried to market the baby lullaby CD to calm barking dogs, he would be setting himself up for ridicule and disbelief from skeptics. But when he saw the music calm 50 frightened barking dogs in less than two minutes in a Colorado humane society, he decided to go for it. “It would have been irresponsible not to share the dramatic successes animal care providers were having playing the CD for their upset dogs,” says Woodford. “When we played the Canine Lullabies CD stress levels were way low which makes the dogs a lot easier to adopt.” Says, Susan Friedenburg, Adoption Manager, Colorado Humane Society /SPCA Englewood.

    “When I tout the benefits of playing the Canine Lullabies CD for an upset dog usually the first reaction I get is a smile or laughter,” Woodford says. “This is such a simple off-the-wall solution that most dog owners think I’m either na├»ve, a far out new ager, or a quack. But when they play the CD for an anxious barking dog, they are just as surprised and amazed as I was the first time I saw it work.”

    Hundreds of humane societies, rescue shelters and animal clinics across America and Great Britain are discovering they can make their dogs more comfortable and more adoptable by playing the Canine Lullabies CD. Upon request the Canine Lullabies CDs are provided free to shelters, humane societies, and animal clinics to use in their facility.

    Woodford is a recognized therapeutic music expert – both in artistic creation and in marketing innovation.  He speaks nationally to nurses, doctors, social workers, parents and other care providers on how to use music and why it works to help heal and calm frightened children adults and other animals.
   

    Woodford’s advice is widely sought by parents and he has been an informative and entertaining guest on national, regional and local media including CBS Up to the Minute, TNN, CBC (Journal Diary), Health Network’s “Ask the Pediatrician”, The 700 Club, BBC and others. He’s been interviewed in over 400 local TV news stories, TV talk shows, talk radio programs and newspapers in American and Canadian cities.

 So yup, you can be sure this works because we've tried it! So be it a human baby or cat/dog or even adults will all benefit with this calming heartbeat lullabies. 

We bought the (downloadable) Combo CD with 18 songs for only USD19.95 (SGD26.05). The actual CD would have cost Mom a total of USD30.95 (including USD6 for shipping) which is SGD40.42! Makes perfect sense to just purchase the downloadable version. But Mom only received it the following day after emailing them at terry@audiotherapy.com . So fret not and email them if anything!






















Alternatively there's Volume 1 with only 9 heartbeat lullabies









Saturday, October 6, 2012

Aging...

Time passes so quickly and most of the time, our humans fail to notice the minute changes we go through as we age...

It's always been Mom's wish for us to live life to the fullest (unfortunately, dogs and cats can't really live life to our fullest her in this country) age gracefully and leave in our sleep without any chronic diseases. But how many of us can or will leave our humans peacefully like that...?

Today, Mom took out all her old CDs of our younger pictures and transferred them over to her external drive. Unfortunately, Lauryn didn't have any soft copies pix of her much much younger days... Mom only managed to find some 3 years and older pix of her in the CDs.

This is a pix she found and look at how much the fawn fur on her back has changed to white. It is said that fawn colored dogs usually have this problem (Lauryn is a fawn/white). Not much color difference for her head, more on her back. Picture quality on a mobile phone was pretty bad in 2004 compared to now. But you can more or less see the difference from a nice distinct white marking to erm, no markings. It's almost like you're seeing two different dogs below.  





























Mom hopes she'll have AT LEAST another 7 (or more!!!) wonderful years with us. She's after-all Mom's first child.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2012 Cats of the World (COTW) Photo Exhibition (Part III)

It's Saturday Caturday and that makes it the last day of the COTW Purrzaar!

Make your way down NOW to The Arts House to purchase some postcards and cute lil' handmade cat stuff! Proceeds go towards Cat Welfare Society (CWS).

Here are some medias featuring the exhibition and purrzaar.

Berita Harian Malay Newspaper 22 Sept 2012





















LianHe ZaoBao Chinese Newspaper 13 Sept 2012
(photo from COTW FB)





















8 Days Magazine No. 1142
(photo from COTW FB)

LifeStyle Magazine Sept 2012