Friday, May 24, 2019

Cat Writers

Chanel here with our most recent travel report:

Mom and I went to St Louis last week for the Cat Writers Association annual conference. Mom got to see some of her cat friends and I got to hang out in my stroller and be admired.

The windows had a great ledge so I could sleep up there and watch the world go by outside.

Mom and Miss Julie went to go see this big metal arch thingie. They did NOT go up inside of it but did wander through the museum and watched a cool movie about it being built. They also did not bring me back any hamburgers.

Mom and Miss Julie also went to this cat cafe (Mauhaus) and spent some time with other cats. Since they are looking for homes of their own, I guess this was OK, but whatever....

Otherwise, Miss Julie brought me a new wand toy that is fabulous. I got to play in the tub AND the sink (though mom and Miss Julie kept yelling something about "WET CAT"). I met lots of new people and gave mom a hard time about putting on my harness. We went to a book signing and the awards banquet, though I went back up to the room right before dinner since mom knew it would be noisy.

Oh - and they seemed to think this video was funny for some reason:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Look what we got

**quick kitten note: 4 of the 6 were neutered on Monday (don't get mom started on the other 2 - she is SO NOT HAPPY about how this turned out - though the kittens are fine so it isn't that). However, if you are watching on the web cam, they are spending even more time asleep. Puzzle HOWLED all the way home from the clinic and spent the next two hours wound up until he finally passed out - proving that his "Screamy" nickname is well earned.

Last week, mom took Chanel and headed off to St. Louis to the Cat Writer's Association convention. It was a chance to hang with her cat ladies friends, learn some stuff, meet new people and socialize a certain tuxedo cat. As you can see, said cat didn't enjoy the hotel room at all. HAHA

Anyhow, there were lots of great sponsors and one of them was Sturdi Products. They made the badges for the convention and make lots of great pet stuff. One of them is the large pop up kennel you see below....

They make a small that is half of this one. Mom was pretty interested as it unzips in the front and on both ends. There is a middle panel that also zips closed or can remain open (and if mom used it for a mom and kittens, it can be zipped 1/2 way so the kittens can't get over into a litter box or food). Plus it basically twists twice and lays flat in it's own carrying case. It also has straps on the back so it can be belted into a car.

Turns out the owner didn't want to pack up stuff to take home with her and made mom a deal. Mom couldn't pay her fast enough. She got it strapped into the back seat of the Escape with the help of Miss Julie (from Cats Herd You and mom's roommate for the convention). It was pretty easy (and would have been easier except there is a cover on the back seat and they had to go fishing for the buckles). Mom put Chanel in there for the ride home and she seemed to enjoy the extra space.

It is a little deeper than the back seat of the Escape but since it is belted in, there is no risk of it tipping over in the car. Mom was hoping to use it for adoption events with kittens, but she isn't sure about that now since the mesh is actually kind of hard to see through for the public. It has several pockets too. Overall - a definite win for cat travel.

**we weren't paid for this review and mom paid for the kennel, even at a discount. We just wanted to share a fun product that we found and enjoyed.