Monthly Finds: January 2014

Hello readers! I know this one is pretty late, but for the few months that passed, there wasn’t anything particularly interesting that I found, so I accumulated the little things I got to put in one post.

Books:

I haven’t been reading much lately, and I don’t feel motivated enough to do that nowadays. These phases come and go, but I did get some of what I like to call “Pleasure Reads”, short and quirky things I would read for the fun of it, not a serious novel or anything.

If you’re not aware of the blog Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh, then you’ve been living under a rock. Best blog to read when you’re feeling down because it’s just so funny and entertaining. At one point, I read almost all the posts that I ran out of things to read….so I ordered the book.

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Haven’t read it yet, just skimmed through the pages and some of them were familiar which kinda bummed me out because I was hoping for new content, but I did find unfamiliar comics here and there so I won’t complain.

Next ones are all kitty-related. Two of them are by Yasmine Surovec which is the mastermind behind the cute Cat vs. Human comics. I bought her second “Cat vs. Human” collection of comics and “I See Kitty”, a children’s book for my 2 year-old cousin who is infatuated with cats, in hopes of fuelling her love of felines. The story is so adorable I cannot wait to read it to her!

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The third one is the all popular “How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You” by The Oatmeal. I’ve read many of The Oatmeal’s comics over the internetz, and decided I’d buy this one it’s related to cats-duh! It’s quite fun to read, and I finished it in one sitting with a bowl of Rice Krispies when I had a hard time falling asleep :P Plus, it has a summary poster of “the evil cat plotting to kill you” inside woot woot! Must hang it somewhere strategically and freak the heck out of visitors. Maybe in the bathroom, and then I’ll let Tiny stick out his paws from under the door while they do their business lol!

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Shoes & Accessories:

Other than books, I got some pretty things while on my trip to Dubai last week or so. These dainty little lace pumps from New Look -absolutely love their shoes, and some rings I found here and there in Forever 21 -which is 100 times much better than the ones here in AD imo ._. They are pretty simple, but I wanted to collect small rings to stack them up on my fingerrrsss :D

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Makeup:
Not very unique or special, but I needed a new bronzer and blush and I got some great ones! Bronzer is Hoola from Benefit which is perfect, and the blusher is a nice pink peach from Sephora. Also got a brush for my loose setting powder.
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For Kitty:

Since I let Tiny roam around outside everyday, I got worried he might catch some fleas or ticks. He is fully vaccinated from the cold and rabies and such, but those pests sound like a huge hassle to get rid of and I do not want them in our house. I looked around for preventive products and found two, the Bio Spot Flea/Tick Control for 6 months, and Dr. Mercola Natural Flea and Tick Defense, an organic daily spray that is supposed to “confuse” fleas and ticks when they smell it, thus preventing them from recognising a potential host and going into the pet’s skin. Yes, I got two, and I’m so glad I did. The first one kills AND prevents, but can only be used once every month. The second organic one is only preventive, and I don’t know whether it could kill them IF they already exist, and can be used daily if needed.

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The Bio Spot formula was great, easy to use and apply and the instructions were clear. However, it is OILY, and it left the patch of hair that was exposed to it weird and oily and not dry from the product on Tiny’s fur for three days until I decided to wash it with shampoo and water (water alone did not work). Let’s just say I’m not anticipating next month’s dose xD Luckily, Tiny didn’t have any fleas or ticks, but I hope it does its work and keeps them away too!

The Dr. Mercola one smelled nasty, which was very disappointing because they mentioned it smelled good :( And seeing Cinnamon in the contents got me excited (I love Cinnamon) but it smelled like cloves… which I do not like at all and was NOT in the contents…
I am one to cuddle the crap out of my cat, so his smell is very important to me tyvm lol! However, if you prefer natural and organic remedies and don’t mind the smell of cloves, then you should try it! I can’t recommend it as I’ve only used it once, but look into other people’s reviews.

That’s all folks! Thanks for reading and get ready to head back to school/college because it starts tomorrow. Eep.

– Reem AlHashmi

FURminator Review

Hello everyone! Long time no post. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I finally got my hands on a Furminator brush after many failed purchases and attempts to rid me of my cat’s shedding problem. This post goes to everyone who’s thinking of getting one but is too hesitant to spend such a big amount of money on a hair brush for their pets! Before I start reviewing it, I’d just like to point out that I will be in no way biased and “over-recommend” this product just for the heck of it. I’ll tell you exactly how it worked for me, and provide pros and cons, and you be the judge :)

So being a person who’s 102% conscious about where she spends her money and on what, the idea of purchasing an almost 300 AED shedding comb for Tiny was completely out of the question. But after about a year and a half switching between different types of combs- the slicker brush, deshedding comb and a flea comb- that were almost useless, I decided to give it a go, but that I’d find myself a bargain ;)

After looking through amazon, I found an awesome deal of only 110 AED (including shipping fees from the US to Abu Dhabi) for a long-hair small sized Furminator comb for cats. (It couldn’t deliver straight to the UAE, so I had to use a US address and then had Aramex deliver it to Abu Dhabi. The cost above includes all of these expenses, so it would’ve been around 70 AED only if it wasn’t for the extra shipping :’) Much better than 300 AED!!)

I chose the long hair option because Tiny is a cross between a shorthair and a Persian according to his vet, and his hair is a about 2-inches long, and a small comb to make it easier for me to get into sensitive areas like his face or paws, as I’ve had one of the big slicker brushes and found it hard to brush these areas because of it’s size.

Now on to the brush itself, I can honestly say I was pretty impressed and wasn’t disappointed at all. A couple of brushes with a Furminator do go a long way!

Pros:
1) It’s teeth were designed differently that any slicker brush (which I thought otherwise previously..) and it kinda works like a rake, I’m not kidding lol. You can actually feel the brush pull the dead hairs out!
2) The teeth really dig in the coat, to catch a lot of the dead hairs not just from the top of the coat, but from inside. My slicker brush had long teeth, but it just wouldn’t dig in the coat properly, so it only caught the dead hair from the top, and left me with a horrible inner coat of dead hair madness!
3) This one is pretty obvious if you know a little about Furminators. It is easy to get the dead hair out of the brush from the handy button :P I used to wash my slicker brush to get most of the hair out because it was hard to pull it out by hand (and sometimes, it would bend the teeth, yikes!) so this was a much appreciated feature xD

Cons:
1) Of course, with every item, it has it’s cons, because it isn’t perfect. What I found a little bothersome with the brush is that when I managed to go through his whole coat, it would leave a lot of stray hairs at the top, something that I haven’t experienced with the slicker brush (Probably because it didn’t do such a good job lol) I guess it’s more of an expected effect than an actual problem with the brush. When he’d shake his head or when I’d pat his coat, it would drop a lot of dead hairs that weren’t caught by the brush. Does that make sense? :P However, I guess a good bath is the solution to this problem.
2) You must be careful when brushing your pet as the teeth are quite stiff and pointy, and I’ve had a lot of panicky moments where I was afraid I had cut him. So make sure you’re a little careful :) It’s not in any way like a shaving tool, but just a little consciousness while brushing is required.

In the end, I give this product a 7/10 because it wasn’t a marketing lie, it really does work like they said it would. Here’s a picture of all the hairs I’ve gathered just for this post:

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IMG_5861Placed my hand beside it so you can see the approximate size lol.

I would have been able to get rid of 100% of Tiny’s dead hair if he was a lot more cooperative, since he hates his grooming sessions :’) I constantly have to entice him with treats to get him brushed. I am working on training him to get used to it though, so wish me luck!

Thanks for reading folks, and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me :)
Have a nice long weekend and happy National Day! <3

– Reem AlHashmi

Monthly Finds: August

August has been a great month, filled with so many lovely things I found and bought, all thanks to Etsy :D

Laptop Cover

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Starting off with the fact that I’m going to be attending university for the next four years of my life soon, I got myself this spiffy laptop cover that I loved because of it’s simple & unique pattern :) I’m also loving the button closure, as it gives it this “envelope” look. And it has an extra pocket in the front to hold any extra things you may be carrying like an agenda/journal, pencils or even an iPad in my case :P I got it from Bertie’s Closet and she has a big range of other cute designs like this one! Pay her shop a visit!

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Hoodie Phone Case

Splashing Koi is another Etsy seller than sells a multitude of those mini hoodies for when your phone gets a little chilly :P Don’t neglect it.
That tiny zipper is just so cute! Perfect gift for those who absolutely love hoodies :) Picture is from the store page!

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Pressed-Flower Necklace

Now this is one heck of a unique store! myFlowerVillage sells jewellery that contains real pressed flowers of all kinds. Way better than the average flower bouquet, because this one is guaranteed not to spoil and wither ;) I got this forget-me-not necklace for a friend dear to my heart <3 This picture was taken from the store page.

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This one awesome Needle Felting Kit

Now I know I haven’t been very “crafty” lately, but surely this new product that just arrived today will get me back on track very soon :3 My all new Needle Felting Kit that I ordered from SweetGorgeousThings! I’ve seen dozens of needle felted goods around the internet and fell in love with how intricate and realistic some of them look. I couldn’t afford not starting my own line of felted goodies, and I can’t have a better start than with this complete set that includes all these pretty wool colours, a set of needles and a foam pad! Expect tutorials soon~

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I used my weird boxed drawer that I thought would never come in handy to house all my balls of wool :) Yay!

If you don’t know what needle felting is, read this and look at the pictures below to get your creative juices flowing~ I took these pictures mostly from DeviantArtists’ accounts who are brilliant and deserve lots of good feedback on their work! Click on each picture to visit each artist’s page!


Needle felted himalayan cat by ~amber-rose-creations on deviantART


Felted Finn by ~FamiliarOddlings on deviantART


Needle Felted Chipmunk by ~HStiLeS on deviantART


Needle Felted Raccoons by ~HStiLeS on deviantART

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve also bought the LocoMotion cat toy for Tiny but there’s no need to repeat that :P

Thanks for reading and check back next month for another Monthly Find!

– Reem AlHashmi

One more cat hair & I’ll cough up furballs!!

Hey dudes!

Today’s random rant will be about the all-too-common cat owners’ dilemma: Shedding. Now I’ve been living with Tiny for about a year and a few months, but the shedding has never been this bad. My veterinarian said he’s a cross between a Persian, and another shorthair breed, so this explains the reason somewhat, but honestly, some Persians don’t shed as much as he does :) He could just pass by you and hair would just be trailing behind him like an entourage. I’ve tried so many tactics to tackle this problem but to no avail. At this point, I’m just sick of it :(

A flea comb is what I started out with and which made me venture off and start my De-shedding mission. But of course, by the time I realized it was too small for a cat as large as Tiny, I quickly tried to find the next best option. The slicker brush. I got it from Four Paws and immediately got to work through his fur, and it lived up to my expectations in the beginning but since the start of Summer, it got pretty bad. Plus he flails so much I almost always end up either chasing after him or get worked up and angry when I give up. Next solution, a shedding comb. Honestly didn’t know there was such a thing (thought the slicker was the best choice) but I gave it a try. Let’s just say it was a 30 AED wasted. Maybe it could’ve worked wonders with longhaired cats, but for a shorthair like Tiny, it was like trying to brush out the dead hair with your fingers xD Catches about 20% of it. I couldn’t afford “investing” so much money on a FURminator brush, not after countless brushes proved to be no good, so paying 200 AED on another one was out of the question.

By then I had completely lost all hope in trying different brushes and settled for a tragic decision that I regret so much right now as I’m typing this. Shaving him :( Dropped him off at the groomer’s yesterday morning and asked for a full shave and clearly stated I had a problem with the shedding, NOT the heat (He’s an indoor cat). When I came to pick him up he looked like he was trimmed, not shaved. I was expecting something along the lines of a bald Tiny but turns out that’s what shaving is. Trimming, but just a little shorter than a usual trim :) He was trimmed a couple months back in Spring, and he looked skinny yes but not as much as he does at the moment.

Anyway, so a car ride home and my friend and I unveil what is a still-an-even-bigger-furry-mess of a cat. You probably guessed it right. He is now shedding what seems to me like a million times more of small hairs that could easily be swallowed, inhaled/breathed in by no one else but me :) Worst decision I ever had to make. I’m not too keen about his outer appearance right now, but I knew that would happen before going with the idea, only because I expected it would solve my problem and give my lungs some fresh clean air to breathe. But now not only does my kitty look ridiculous, the problem got worse!! Ajdsnjdnadsda. I’m at my wit’s end. All brushes don’t work effectively now as well please kill me.

This is Tiny now :’) Still love him though, just crossing my fingers for super fast hair growth in the next few hours weeks.

 

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Grumpy kitty is grumpy. xD

So as a way to sort of fix things during the wait for his hair to grow back, I purchased MyBeau supplements that contain them vitamins that help with good coat condition/hair growth and what not. I put some on his dinner a couple hours ago and if I find out he hasn’t touched it I’m going to-KAJNSDJASDKMDAMDKSM

On a positive note, since he has limited exploration capacity around the house (Not sure if I’m ready to post as to why this is a problem atm) I’ve tried different tactics to keep him entertained instead of resulting to letting him outside. I’m not a full-blown “germophobe” or whatever you call it, but I do cuddle and kiss my cat a lot and I would hate it if he had weird dirt and diseases from the outside world on him when I do :> Not thank you.

I purchased the LocoMotion Automatic Cat Chaser toy and he loved it. This is a video of him going a tad bit “loco” over it, lmao.

It was quite expensive, but I was honestly too distressed about the situation he was in and how much I didn’t want him to leave the house’s perimeters that I bought it with high hopes. Did not disappoint, although he does get bored of it after a while if you keep it running for a long period of time. Let’s just hope he doesn’t become too bored with it later on :’)

Another option I found was Frolicat’s BOLT laser toy which is also automatic. I’m a very busy woman :P and I can’t afford to play with my cat every single day of the rest of my life, so I need the help of modern automatic technology. This I didn’t get yet but I requested it from my cousin who’s outta the country to grab one for me as it is much cheaper and I won’t have to pay for shipping. *-* Plus I ran out of money.

While we wait for it to *hopefully* arrive, the authorities (aka: Mom and Dad) bought Tiny some toys to keep him company from the US :3 Three colourful sparkly bouncy balls and a scratching post for him to destroy rather than my carpet. The scratching post is great and Tiny loved it! Just look at how he acts all “Baloo”-like by scratching his back on it xD Silly kitty.

I guess that’s all for tonight folks! If anyone has any advice or thoughts or experience on dealing with cat entertainment and shedding, let me know and share it below~

Have a good week!

-Reem AlHashmi