Greetings,My wife and I have created this website/blog as we thought there would be others who would be interested in reading some of the stories we have involving our pets. We have also tried numerous products during our many years of pet ownership. So there will be reviews from time to time on some of the products we currently use or have used over the years.
A Big Move
We currently live in Ottawa, Ontario and have been living here since 2000. Previous to moving to Ottawa, we lived in Northern Ontario where I worked in the mining industry and Louise stayed at home with our four children. While we were living in Northern Ontario, we only had one cat in our home, the other cats would come after we moved to Ottawa. The one cat we had while living up north, moved with us to Ottawa in 2000.
That Swiffer Floor Cleaner Isn't Good
Once we were living in Ottawa, Louise came upon the new WetJet product which is used to clean floors. The sheets come in a container and are pre-moistened with cleaner and attach to a special head with a long handle for cleaning floors. She was using these cleaning cloths regularly to keep the floors clean and we didn't realize that our cat Blacky was getting ill from licking his paws after walking on the wet floors just cleaned with the WetJet cloths. Finally, the day came when the cat got very ill and passed away. There was very little notice that there was something wrong and we believe that the cat died from some type of liver poisoning.
Loss of a Friend
After we lost the cat Blacky, Louise found someone who was giving away their cats and she took the two of them in. She renamed the one that looked to be a Norwegian Forest cat Sweetness from its current name of BoBo and the
Ottawa Humane Society
So now we were back down to one cat and Louise wanted to get another cat. We went to the Ottawa Humane Society and there we found a kitten that was grabbing at me from the time she first saw me. Louise didn't want a female cat, but there was something about this cat that I thought would make her a good fit for our home. So, we were now back up to two cats and we named the female diluted Calico Waffle. It took some time for Sweetness to accept the new female kitten, but all was well after a few weeks. The two cats became friends and unlike with Picachu, Sweetness didn't pick fights with the new kitten and seemed to get along with her.
Our First Bengal Cat
And Then There Was FourSo we were a three cat household for some time, until October of 2017. Louise was looking through some ads and found someone who was selling kittens which were part Snow Leopard Bengals. So we went to look at the kittens which were about a month old at the time. The mother was a purebred Bengal, so the kittens had the markings of the breed. I was most interested in the kitten that had the best markings and really didn't care if
Fleas and More FleasWe immediately brought the kitten to our veterinarian in Gatineau, QC for an examination before we brought her home to the other three cats. We weren't sure that bringing the kitten home was a wise choice given the condition that the home these kittens were currently living in. Although the kitten was in good health, she was infested with fleas and had to be treated. As we were bringing her into a home
Sunny DaysWe named the new kitten Mocha and she was not received well by the other three cats. It would be a couple of weeks before the other cats would even get near her. It seemed as though the other cats were threatened by her small size and would stay away from her. A week after we brought Mocha home, I was contacted by a dog breeder I had been having an email exchange with concerning possibly getting a Beagle puppy. She had a male puppy that was four months old and she thought would be a good fit for us. So a week after the kitten came into our home, we now had a
All AloneNeedless to say, since the other three cats weren't bonding with the new kitten, she was attracted to the new puppy, who was also being shunned by the three adult cats. The Beagle puppy is named Sunny and he is what is known as a lemon drop purebred Beagle. He gets the lemon drop designation because he is not the traditional three
Sunny to the RescueWhen the cats do decide to get into disagreements, the dog will run down and break things up when we ask him to do so. Needless to say, with four cats and a dog, our house is usually busy. The cats are sometimes jealous that the dog gets to go outside to do his business as the cats are not allowed outside and are strictly inside cats. We do sometimes allow them out on the balcony, but such is only done when there is someone who is able to supervise them. Mocha and Waffle are both jumpers and we have had to retrieve Waffle more than once from the neighbour's balcony when she decided to get on the rails and make her way over there.
Summing UpSo that's our story up until now. We have several other stories that we will be posting on the website along with pictures and