Envirosax Kitty Tote

I bought a couple to gift as next year’s Christmas stocking stuffers for my to be sister-in-law.  She loves cats as much as we do so this will make a nice present.  Anyone can use some extra re-usable bags.  Environment conscious and cute!  Below is Beyond the Rack’s and Envirosax’s take on the tote:

  • “Envirosax designer reusable bags are spreading the eco-friendly message with style!
  • Tested for strength and safety
  • Super strong, holds 44lbs
  • Fully washable and won’t fade
  • Super convenient and water-resistant
  • Fashionable, fun and a great gift idea!
  • Solution to one-use plastic bags
  • Produced under license with Animal Planet, these captivating designs are a fun expression of your animal appreciation.
  • Approximate Dimensions: 19.7″W x 16.5″H
  • Color: Multicolor
  • Composition: 100% Polyester
  • Origin: China”
*Photocredit: Beyond the Rack

Paws for Japan

I just read an article by Jessica Vogelsang DVM of Pawcurious and was really moved by the selfless efforts of rescuers working hard to save animal survivors in Japan.  I’m deeply saddened for Japan and wanted to do my small part in helping and I hope you will too…

Please consider donating to the many pet rescue organizations who have been searching and caring for survivors around the clock.  I have included reference links of interest below:

Japan: Setting Out To Save Animals, Part One (includes links to numerous pet rescue organizations for Japan as well as news)

East Asia Bestfriends.org; Japan: Imminent Danger, Part Two (includes links to numerous pet rescue organizations for Japan as well as news)

Pawcurious: Paws for Japan

GuideStar Search: World Vets (World Vets is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization)

World Vets.org

ChipIn: Japan Animal Aid Organized by World Vets (World Vets Donations)

World Vets on Facebook

Petfinder’s Adopt The Internet Day March 15, 2011

In honor of Petfinder’s 15th birthday, Stella & Cupcake has pledged to spread the word online about adoptable pets today, March 15, 2011…

Here’s a chance to find your best friend! ♥

…For me, the journey began one morning with browsing on Petfinder…  Remembering my fondness for a certain kitty named Tinkster (a friend’s Siamese cat with a gentle and lovely purrsonality), I could easily recall the joy Tinkster had brought into my life…  I fell in love with all those pretty and handsome faces on Petfinder and was also moved to tears as I read the nearly endless kitty profiles and how they came to be at their particular shelter.  I wanted to rescue all of them!  That day, I was resolved to make a difference in even one creature’s life.  Mohandas Ghandi’s words still resonate loudly with me, “be the change you want to see in the world.”  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Petfinder and BARC Shelter for bringing Captain Smith a.k.a. Captain Neo into our lives.  As much as he needed us, we needed him more.

*More than 320,000 pets are waiting for homes on Petfinder.com. Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet to find forever homes for as many as possible!  Please continue to spread the word about adoptable shelter pets today and always!

Making Eggies “reggs” for Stella

I love to make fried eggs over easy (cooked thoroughly with no salt or pepper added) or scrambled eggs for Stella every once in a while as a treat.  She loves Saturday mornings especially since there’s a good chance for eggs from my ritual eggs on a roll.  It’s funny to see her tail wagging excitedly anticipating for yummy scraps.  Almost nothing pleases her more except playing ball.  Watch your fingers during feeding =), she’s half chichi, half piranha!

November is Senior Pet Month

Petfinder’s 10 Reasons Senior Pets Rule:

(1) When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.

I adopted my beloved Neo when he was already in his teens.  While I know many shelters do a great job tending to the needs of their residents, it seems wrong that such a sweet senior cat, like Neo was, had to remain in a shelter for as long as he did.  He along with many other animals have been through a lot and more than earned their right to a loving forever home.  I believe it’s a crime when an animal dies in a shelter while waiting to be adopted, never knowing the joy of permanence and freedom from cages.

(2) A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.

I knew from the second Neo approached me at BARC Shelter, that he would be perfect for me; loving, friendly, and attentive.  He also befriended many residents in BARC’s cat loft so it came as no surprise that he would also win the acceptance of our first furbaby, Calvin (also a senior kitty).

(3) You can teach an old dog (or cat or other pet) new tricks: Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.

(4) A senior pet may very well already know basic commands anyway!

Both Neo and Calvin quickly came when their names were called. Many times Neo would look for me if he even heard the sound of my footsteps in the hallway or kitchen. This was true even in his final days.

(5) In particular, senior pets are often already housetrained, or can be more easily housetrained than a young pet with a tiny bladder.

We never had a problem with any of our senior kitties; they knew to go to the litter box (amazingly even when they were ill).

(6) A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much pet you’re getting.

(7) Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger pets, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

Neo and Calvin weren’t much of the counter-surfers that many younger cats are.  Neo was always content to quietly sunbathe in the living room or curl up in his kitty tent while gazing at the moonlight. Neo would always keep me company while I was cooking; he would habitually sit in the same corner next to the refrigerator. 

(8) Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.

I once fell asleep on the sofa with Stella (our chihuahua) and when I awoke, I found Neo asleep beside me too.  How did he get here without waking me or Stella up, I wondered?  Dear sweet kitty!  Calvin and Neo were also frequently seen in the early afternoon sharing their favorite lazy lounger (fleece ball) together.  This is quite special since they were not littermates.  When Calvin was sick, Neo would lie next to him to keep him company.

(9) Senior pets know that chew toys (not shoes) are for chewing and scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching.

Calvin and Neo were never destructive-type kitties.  They were a very quiet pair, with very few moments of chase or even playful cat fights.   I also normally had my sneakers out and never had any chewed laces.   I knew Calvin for ~8 years and Neo lived with us for ~5 years.  Perfect kitties and never any worries!

(10) Senior pets are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior pet, you’re truly saving a life.

There is a certain consistent calm and peace with senior pets.  They also seem more in tune with what their person is feeling.  Neo always seemed to know when I was sad and comforted me with his presence, sweet glance, and soft purrs.  My husband and I had both young and older animals come through our door and I will without hesitation say that our senior furbabies have always been a source of great joy in our life. I hope you will consider adopting a senior pet so you will know a similar happiness.

*Reference: Petfinder.com

A Little Bit of Star Wars On My Mind…

I’m much more of a Star Trek fan than a Star Wars fan (my husband is a huge SW fan), but I thought the name transformations of our two boys were cute…

obi wan kenobi–> opi wan kenopi (Opie)

darth vader–> darth jakey (Jake)… This is what I tend to call Jake when he is especially naughty.

Obi Wan Kenobi: Otakucenter.com
Darth Vader: ReDriverAutographs

The two pics of the boys were taken on the same afternoon a few minutes apart. Catatonic cuteness =)

Dig Little Digger

There’s something about the scent of newly watered plants which acts as a cat attractant. I ended up wanting to water the plants less or watering them in secrecy trying to be watchful of golden spying eyes. Over the past couple of months I grew tired of cleaning off soil from our dining room floor so I was determined to remedy the situation. A few weeks ago I realized that by placing river rocks atop the soil, it would take all the fun out of the kitties from digging the dirt. We zipped to a local craft store and solution achieved. There are a variety of river rocks out there. I chose the larger (heavier) earthy toned variety since it was most suitable for the potted plant I had in mind. Think like a cat and the answers will fall into place. There’s no need to get even; just get smarter.

*Please remember to choose non-toxic/pet-safe plants; especially in places where you allow your pets to spend time.

*Photocredit: Michael’s Craft Store


All our cats have been quite the counter-surfers- curious investigators, scouts, and thieves. In a desperate measure to deter this behavior, my husband and I have been doing some research and happened upon the following article on About.com. While I personally don’t agree with all the solution options, I’m willing to look into Tattle Tale a bit closer because of it’s more mild nature. Still need to do further research. In addition to the pet safety points highlighted in this particular article, I also think it a good idea to regularly empty out drain caps (where potentially toxic food scraps collect e.g. onions etc.) and to keep your sink clear of dirty dishes, pots, or pans… Don’t want to further tempt our furbabies to counter/sink-surf. If you need more information, simply do a Google search and you will find a wealth of information.

*Photocredit: He may look like our Opie but this is a picture of Prints, The Cat by Prints of A Cat @ Blogspot

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is probably the best gift you can give your pet. In the long run, it will also help you immensely when you are overwhelmed by costly veterinary bills. Pet insurance allows caring for a pet to be much more affordable. It’s as significant as what health coverage means to you. Call at least a few insurance companies for quotes. The more you inquire and speak to those who have it, the more knowledgeable you will become. Always do comparative shopping. Many companies offer multi-pet discount rates. Your pet’s health history will determine level of coverage eligibility.

ASPCA Pet Insurance <– we’ve been enrolled since January 2008 and we have been satisfied with reimbursement rates so far.

VPI Pet Insurance

American Kennel Club/AKC Pet Insurance

Best Friends Pet Insurance

There are more out there of course…

I believe Petco offers insurance too–> Trupanion

Here is a link to a pet insurance review site: http://www.petinsurancereview.com

Vacations Sans Furbaby =(

Family members (that can house-sit and care for your pets or your pets can stay with them)
Trusted professional kennels
Your vet (may have boarding services; you should inquire)
Scheduled dog-sitters

Needed Supplies: Remember to be courteous to your pet-sitter. They are doing you a big favor!

Ample food (I always provide extra)
Cat litter box and ample cat litter
Any medication your pet needs
Collar with tags and leash
Poop baggies
Dog coat for cold weather
Grooming supplies
A favorite toy e.g. scratch post for cats, blanket, or bed
A binder filled with important and up-to-date pet health info
Info and directions to a 24-hour animal hospital
Your travel contact info
…anything else you find important that has not been included on this list…

Always spend a little quality play time with your furbaby before you travel
Leave ample time to review instructions with your pet-sitter

It’s a good idea to email or call occasionally to check-in =) I usually call once daily (taking account the difference in time zones). I know I’m crazy but I think this is part of being a good mom…