FURminator – Review & Giveaway

Some days it seems like we have a house full of animals, or, more affectionately, fur babies. We love our fur babies most of the time but sometimes their fur gets a bit too much; causing guests to sneeze and adding a whole new layer to our outfits.

We really are not fans of the malting from both cats. One of the many reasons that we opted for a Cockapoo when deciding on a dog breed was the fact that they don’t malt. We couldn’t deal with adding even more hair into the mixture.

Not only is their malting annoying, it can also cause our feline friends discomfort. Cats are self groomers and they end up swallowing portions of their loose hair, which results in messy, stressful hairballs.

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We have decided to nip this in the bud using the FURminator deShedding tool from the FURflex range, a grooming tool with interchangeable heads which makes grooming a breeze, FURmLock technology lets you easily swap heads, from de-Shedding tool to grooming brush to comb depending on your grooming needs leaving you with a fabulously fur-free home.

The deShedding tool collects so much hair, I’m shocked that the cats haven’t halved in size! I’m only slightly exaggerating when I say that Spencer would usually be left with a lap full of hair the size of the sheddling pictured below after smoothing the cats. Instead he collected it all up in this super handy deShedding tool.

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Even Dobby loves a bit of FURminator action!

FURminator - Review & Giveaway - easy pet grooming

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‘Feline’ The Need for Me-Time

Just lately the cats and I have been ‘feline’ the need for me-time. I’ve previously written about how all consuming life with a puppy and a toddler is, but I hadn’t mentioned how difficult it is for my poor feline friends, Kitty and Earl Grey. You see the thing is everyone wants to give them attention, everyone wants to be their friends and play with them, but all they want is to be left alone. I mean you can’t blame them can you, an over excited toddler and a yappy puppy are hardly their ideal playmates.

As for me? Between being a parent (of the toddler and animal variety), working from home, housework and everything else, me-time just doesn’t present itself very often. Instead I listen to the constant drone of mooommmmm (where did she pick up that American twang?) while shouting at the dog for chasing the cats and chopping onions.

So, when Whiskas® got in touch about their Kitten Kollege School’s Out themed campaign the cats and I decided to get involved and make the most of unwinding and having fun, whilst enjoying our delicious treats of course! We sent Aria, daddy and Dobby packing, cracked out the cucumber slices, treats and toys and just chilled out. Pure bliss.

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My cats have very different ideas on how to relax. Kitty is older and more relaxed, she loves a fuss, rubbing her head in mine and willingly providing kisses; Earl on the other hand, he is still a baby and prefers to unwind by going a little crazy; maybe it’s all the Whiskas kitten food we feed him. One thing all three of us have in common is that treats make us very happy. Kitty and Earl’s favourites are Whiskas Temptations, while I prefer a good old cup of coffee along with a bar of chocolate.

'Feline' The Need for Me-Time

As difficult as it can be, we really should prioritise me-time more often, for both us and our feline friends, the kittens in the below video sure know how to unwind!

*This post is a collaboration with WHISKAS®, but all thoughts are my own. Check out their website for more information on their cat food and their YouTube channel for fantastic Kitten Kollege videos.*

Vlog : A Day In The Life – A Clingy Toddler

This week’s day in the life video was quite a disastrous day, okay that is a slight exaggeration but it wasn’t a good day! It was hammering down with rain so we stayed inside all day. Aria was very clingy and whinging about everything. She said no to absolutely everything, including her yoghurt while she was eating it!

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I eventually gave up and stayed in my pyjamas all day while binge watching Christmas films on Netflix! Sometimes a clingy toddler really isn’t such a bad thing… My house was a tip the entire day as a result but housework can wait, cwtches are more important, right?

On a side note, I must be crazy but this year I am attempting to join in with Vlogmas. The idea behind vlogmas is that you vlog everyday in December right up to Christmas. I will probably fail, but I figure that it is worth a go, if nothing else it will give me a lot of filming and editing experience.

I won’t be publishing all of the videos on the blog, so if you don’t want to miss them please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

As always I’m being completely disorganised and winging the whole thing. I have a few vague ideas which include day in the life videos, festive toddler finger foods, Christmas money saving tips, weekly found ups sharing the contents of Aria’s Wow Toys Advent Calendar and more! You can watch my Vlogmas trailer for a sneak peek of what to expect :

I’ll be kicking it off tomorrow by showing you my sentimental Christmas tree decorations.

Vlog : A Day In The Life – Never Work with Children & Animals

You may have noticed that I have been trying my hand at YouTube for a little while now. I’ve been slowly building myself up by filming unboxing videos and chatty videos to get myself used to the camera. My main aim was to gain enough confidence to start filming day in the life videos – and I have finally done it!

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Every Monday Aria and I have the day to ourselves, so I am going to be posting a weekly day in the life vlog. They will undoubtedly feature kittens, toddler tantrums, tears, smiles and laughter.

In the first weekly vlog you can watch how cheeky Earl, the kitten, is at breakfast time, come to the hospital with us, come to the park with us and watch me re-create a delicious Piccolo pouch for a meal that is suitable for the whole family.

As I’m new at this whole vlogging business I really would appreciate any feedback, good or bad, I *think* I can handle it!

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Kitten Kollege Yearbook

Hopefully by now you’ve met our new kitten, Earl Grey, well Earl is quite naughty so when WHISKAS® got in touch and mentioned sending him to Kitten Kollege I just had to get involved! You see Kitty is an older, more sensible cat, she has fully graduated Kitten Kollege and is a real role model, she earned her cap and gown along with a load of respect and biscuits a long time ago.

Earl on the other hand, he thinks that he deserves his cap and gown and he spends a lot of time on the books in an attempt to earn them…

Cat posing on dictionary and thesaurus

but unfortunately for Earl he just isn’t clever enough yet, I mean come on, he hasn’t even worked out that he is a kitten yet, he is convinced that he is a lion parading around with his mane and bullying everyone in sight…

grey and white kitten with white moustache wearing lion mane photo booth prop

thankfully when it comes to dealing with Aria he is more of a gentle kitten than a fearsome lion, but that doesn’t stop him making sure that she knows when he wants to play with her…

#catshaming kitten with cat shaming sign i scram my toddler's feet when i want someone to play with me

In  fairness to Earl, he is only giving as good as he gets, and he takes it all in his stride…

#babyshamming photobooth prop i pulled my kitten's tail and laughed when he meowed

Earl Grey, it is going to be a little while before you are ready to graduate from Kitten Kollege, in the meantime please just stop climbing up my curtains!

Does your cat/kitten need to go back to Kitten Kollege? If so, why? I would love to see some photos! Feel free to tweet me and @whiskas_uk with your funny stories.

*This post is a collaboration with WHISKAS®, but all thoughts are my own. Check out their website for more information on their cat food and their YouTube channel for fantastic Kitten Kollege videos*