Your old mascara wand can help your cat (seriously!)

Two weeks ago, we told you that you can brush your cat with a toothbrush when applying Convivial House Cat or a few drops of one of our flower essences. The reason is that the bristles mimic the feel of a cat mother’s sandpapery tongue with the familiar sensation they loved as kittens, which is still very soothing to adult cats. We feel this maternal sensation benefits the usage of our products from the loving touch of something bristly like a toothbrush, and we just learned that a cleaned/bleached mascara wand has the same feel and purpose!

And because we are zero-wasters (or try to be!) and hope you are too we knew you’d be excited to know that your old mascara wands not only have benefits for your cat, but you can also be a wildlife hero! Wildlife rescue organizations and rehabilitation professionals use them to remove all sort of icky things like oil on a bird’s feathers or fur after a spill, mites, fly eggs and larvae. They love mascara wands for their small size and that the bristles are so close together. And yes, you can follow their lead and use one to remove similar debris from your cat’s fur.

We’d read that mascara wands were ok to use to clean around wounds, but wondered if that information was unsafe so we asked a favorite Friend of Cat Faeries, veterinarian and animal communicator Joy Mason (www.joymason.com) what she thought about using mascara wands to wound clean. This is what she said: “I have been thinking about the mascara brush and cleaning a wound. I would recommend it for brushing the cat, but not for cleaning a wound. If the cat has a wound, I would recommend cleaning it with Chlorhexidene and warm water, put some coconut oil on it or if it is really bad then use a high-quality honey to help it heal.”

Always wash and bleach the mascara wand when it’s time to get a new tube and send the old wand onto its new home! By the way for the health of your eyes, mascara should be discarded every 2 months, 3 months at the most.

Save one or two old mascara wands for your own use and mail the rest after you’ve washed and bleached them. How much bleach? Dr. Mason, also known as Auntie Joy tells us the Clorox bleach needs to be diluted with water. This is how her clinic dilutes it for dogs to prevent Parvo: “In the clinic we recommend that people use a 4:1 dilution of water to Clorox if they want to put a foot bath at their front door to prevent Parvo virus from being spread if there is an outbreak in their neighborhood “ The same dilution would be good for the mascara wand.

How to clean a mascara wand without making a huge mess!

As you might imagine cleaning off a mascara wand is messy! Auntie Cat Faerie using her Virgo logic came up with this easy method! While she hates throwing things away she hates wasting water more so grab some paper towels. While wearing disposable gloves use your paper towels to wipe off as much mascara as you can, otherwise your hands will be very stained. Using a few damp Qtips scoop out as much mascara as you can from where the wand in attached to the cap. An empty narrow glass jam jar the height of your wand with 1 part Clorox and 4 parts water will allow the wand to stand up straight making removing it easy for you. The bleach will most likely remove any traces of mascara that you couldn’t rub off. Rinse in hot water when finished.

If you don’t have a wildlife group near you here are organizations that want them:

Wildlife Wands
PO Box 1586
Southwick MA 01077
https://www.facebook.com/wildlifewands/

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1211
Skyland, NC 28776
https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html

Here’s a video from Appalachian Wildlife Refuge where you can see the wands in action (grab a hanky!)

Mascara wands can also “go where no brush has gone before” for use around the house in any small crevice where dust and gunk settles. Use one on your sewing machine, your computer keyboard, clean jewelry, clearing the lint catcher in your blow-dryer, even the little oxygenating vent in your faucet tap where the water passes through and gunk can build up (let the floodgates open!). They also gently clean off mushrooms!
 
 
 
 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month – Cat Faeries has flower essences & crystals that can help your cat!

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Cat Faeries has flower essences and crystals that can help your cat with this serious disease.

Many of our customers tell us that their cat has both diabetes and kidney disease so we thought we do a little bit of research and see how we could improve two of our flower essence formulas, Kidney Kitty and Elder Support. This month we made them better than ever to cover more related conditions.

Elder Support now has extra diabetes, thyroid, and brain supportive essences. Kidney Kitty has a few new discoveries to support the function of a cat’s kidneys and urinary tract. We also changed the crystals that accompany your order to Amethyst, Citrine, and Tangerine Quartz which we feel will be of great benefit. These three crystals help support the kidneys, pancreas and so much more for cats at any age! A few drops of the formula on the crystals placed in the cat’s food and water area is all you need to do – more detail comes with your order.

Amethyst ~ For protection, purification and Divine connection… For stability, peace, calm, courage and inner strength as well as strengthening the immune system and any imbalances within the body. It can also purge illness and kinks in the DNA, cells and genes – more and more books and articles discuss how we are not slaves to or bound to our genes and genetic traits. It’s exciting to know that Amethyst can help any being – cat or human to be free of what was once thought to be fixed, predetermined and unchangeable. Amethyst creates the feeling of being a bubble of Light. Activate your higher mind your body’s own ability to purify, cleanse, release and regenerate. Excellent for brain health, cognition, and mentation and the overall function of every system in the body including the kidneys. (Cat Faeries also offers Amethyst Cats – One-Of-A-Kind Hand Carved Cat Shapes and Cat Faces From Uruguay)

Citrine ~ Bright and sunshiny Citrine carries a warm vibration that cannot hold any form of negativity! It’s hard to feel the blahs with Citrine around! This very same vibration and sunny outlook of the stone promotes the healthy function of metabolism, pancreas, spleen, liver and the organs of elimination which would also include the skin. Citrine has the ability to repel and transmute illnesses involving the thyroid, kidneys, bladder, eyes and thymus making it a helpful crystal for those conditions as well as diabetes. It’s an anti-aging, uplifting and organ supportive! Citrine also emits healthful negative ions!

Tangerine Quartz ~ Like a Golden Healer from Arkansas, a Tangerine Quartz Crystal from Uruguay is a master healer for any condition and also it’s an excellent receptor for programming your intentions and wishes. Its lovely orange is the color of joy and friendship. Older or ailing cats and people who might be cranky remember their zest for life and the excitement of new adventures and ideas! Learn to give and take with love and compassion. It can bring anyone inspiration and motivation. It is said that it can correct cellular memory to bring a body into balance. It can stimulate the immune system, remove free radicals and assist with exhaustion or depletion. It inspires love and compassion, curiosity and play as it is a happy stone that helps with creative energies

A very short note about cat food – research tells us that years of high carb grain laden cat food, just like years or decades of people overdoing it with carbs and grains, can lead to diabetes. The good news for both species is that it can be controlled with diet and a calm lifestyle for a healthy long life. Recently we learned that Weruva’s “Paw Lickin’ Chicken” is often recommended for cats with kidney disease which might slow its progression and possibly to even prevent it. The brand BFF cat foods contain only .05% carbohydrate which seems to be lower than most and could be ideal for diabetic cats. In addition, we learned that both brands of cat food are flaked or processed by hand to remove all bones and particles of bone. Why get rid of bone? Bone has a lot of phosphorus and that mineral leads to Struvite crystals in cat’s urinary tract or kidney stones, both of which are painful and in some cases can be fatal. Talk to your veterinarian about this as it promises to be a very interesting conversation! By the way we have zero affiliation with Weruva or BFF we just happened to learn a few points about their food and wanted to pass them on to you. If you know of other cat foods that you feel are suitable – tell us!
 
 
 
 

Catnip, it’s not just for cats! It’s easy to grow your own too!

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb of the mint family native to Europe, Africa and Asia. Legend has it that Captain John Mason introduced catnip to Newfoundland around 1620 as an essential plant for settlers’ gardens. https://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/catnip-and-cousins Catnip enjoys a long history worldwide as an important herb with both culinary and medicinal uses. Although undocumented, the Egyptians, known for their love of cats, may have been the first to discover catnip’s recreational aspect by providing the herb to felines in their care. http://catniptoy.co.uk/the-history-of-catnip/




Isaac Newton

Have you ever wondered who put the “cat” in catnip? Catnip has long been a mainstay of herbal medicine, but it is taken orally for its calming effect and to soothe digestive upsets. The ingredient that makes kitties leap for joy is nepetalactone, a volatile oil. Although many cats enjoy nibbling on catnip, the euphoria (and downright silly behavior, if I do say so myself) comes from sniffing the nepetalactone. Due to our special nasal receptors cats (as well as our wild cousins: leopards, lynxes, lions and tigers) are the only mammals who can enjoy the delightful sensations. http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/nepetalactone/nepetalactoneh.htm

Do all cats love catnip? As a matter of fact, no. Sensitivity is genetically controlled so not every cat will feel the effects. It is commonly thought that 10-30% show no interest at all as they did not get the “catnip gene.” In general, kittens are not affected until they are three months old.

Fresh catnip is the best (especially just before flowering), but it is hard to grow if you can’t keep the local cats away from your garden. If you must buy the dried variety consider quality. The active ingredient is highest in flower buds and leaves, but inferior commercial blends may be 80% stems. https://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/catnip-and-cousins

Wanting to grow your own? The seeds have a rather poor germination rate, so plant lots! Also plant them away from your house or every cat in town will be loitering and rolling around crushing the plants! Some parts of the US produce very good catnip and other parts produce catnip that’s not so potent – it’s all about soil and weather.

All of the cats at my house enjoy catnip to varying degrees. I have to admit that I am a bit of a “nip head” and am a little down if I don’t get my daily dose. I positively adore it! Fortunately it is nontoxic and non-habit forming. We cats know when we’ve had enough. Some people don’t want to give catnip to their cats because the crazy behavior makes them uncomfortable. However, a little catnip can encourage play (especially in older cats), elevate moods and ultimately act as a mild sedative facilitating the all-important ritual of cat napping. A little loose catnip on the scratching post can also encourage proper manners around furniture.

Cat Faeries Legendary Catnip Toys are my favorite way to enjoy catnip. The catnip is wildcrafted from catnip which grows in a secret place in the US where, due to soil and weather conditions, the level of nepetalactone is the highest on the planet! The smell is irresistible right through the box and the toys are adorable and are very durable. I know mine get a lot of use. Of course, if you’re not a cat you may prefer a soothing cup of catnip tea while you watch Kitty enjoys her new toys. Just keep in mind that a big cup of catnip tea can cause you to doze off to slumberland!

Catnip has some surprising health benefits for people including: sleep aid, menstrual cramp killer, hot flash cool down, and upset tummy settler! For cats it’s great for their immune system.
 
 
 
 

Cats and Water

We often think about the interesting relationship between cats and water. They seem to be blissed out when lapping it up out of their water bowl, but usually, but not always hate getting wet. Then there are the cats who sneak into the shower after we’ve used it to sit in the water remaining on the tile or who practically want to join us! We thought we’d ask Newton, our feline editor at large to cat-chat about cats and water.


Newton’s Purrspective – Cats and Water

Cats have a reputation for hating water. I’ve always wondered if this is deserved or just urban legend. True, domestic felines did evolve from desert dwelling ancestors conditioned to an arid environment. Early cats probably didn’t encounter much water, and the fact that they do not need to drink a lot is no surprise. Cats today drink what they need to maintain health if the water is clean and free of distasteful chemicals or minerals (hard water).

However, when it comes to other encounters with water… we have a real game changer!




Isaac Newton

Imagine yourself in a restaurant anticipating your favorite refreshing beverage. The waiter approaches, but instead of handing you the glass he dumps the contents on your head! Or worse, he picks you up and submerges you in a large container of your now former favorite drink. I’m sure you get the idea. If humans would not tolerate this situation what would you expect of creatures who were once worshipped as gods? Cats prefer (some say demand) everything on our own terms. I’m sure that few cats even pretend to enjoy squirt bottles and baths, but more on that later.

Instinctively we seek out the freshest, cleanest water possible. This explains why many of us balk at having food and water dishes side by side. Uneaten food transferred to the water increases bacterial growth and just tastes bad. Food and water bowls should be separated by at least 10 feet to prevent cross contamination. Running water is the cleanest in Nature, so in the absence of a ceramic cat water fountain we may insist on drinking from the kitchen or bathroom faucet.

In the wild felines get a substantial part of the water they need from their prey. However, when they share a home with a human what they eat is very different. Dry food has become popular because it is convenient and can safely be left out while Kitty is home alone during the day. However, dry food has a very low moisture content (10%), much less than canned (70 – 80 %). Cats who are fed only dry food must drink more water to compensate. Veterinarians often feel that excess thirst and unnatural water drinking from salty kibble might lead to kidney disease.

Blood has to be processed through the kidneys to remove toxins and waste products of metabolism. The more water a cat drinks the harder the kidneys must work. Extra stress on these vital organs can lead to serious problems, including kidney failure. For that reason, foods with high salt content should be avoided. One way you can tell is if you feed a cat one type of food and the water bowl is drained – that means way too much salt.

If possible, establish a baseline for what is normal for Kitty. While water is necessary, excessive thirst can be a symptom of disease. On the other hand (paw) it could be something easily fixed by changing to a food with a different combination of mineral additives. Please consult your veterinarian if you notice an increase or decrease in water consumption.

But now let’s get back to squirt bottles and baths. Many people try to (ha ha) train cats (ha ha) using water. The idea is that Kitty will dislike being squirted so much she will (ha ha) stay off the kitchen counters. I’m sorry. I just can’t stop thinking about my brother Purricane Felix (aka Purr). He LOVES getting squirted! In fact, he purposely jumps back on the table JUST so someone will squirt him again!

I don’t know how he would feel about a bath. I can’t see him floating in a tub of bubbles surrounded by scented candles. But he definitely loves to take a shower. Yes – he jumps right into the shower with Mom and demands to be petted until he is soaking wet. (He skips the soap, of course.) He’s been doing this since he was a kitten 11 years ago and never loses his enthusiasm.

When he can’t shower the best substitute is our ceramic cat water fountain. I think he would swim if the pool wasn’t so tiny. I’m not sure what swim stroke he is practicing, but we go through a lot of towels with all that splashing around.

I have to admit I sort of fit the cat stereotype since I am not a big fan of water in general. I do love the fresh fountain water though. Even though I live safely indoors, I am still in touch with my wild side. I stalk, pounce, and capture my Cat Faeries toys as if my life depended on it! Then I walk around yowling until I find Mom. I think cats do this to call their kittens to dinner. Mom isn’t much of a hunter so I know I have to provide for her. When I proudly drop the feast at her feet she pets me, says thank you, and tells me what a good boy I am. I trained her well to be appreciative of my efforts.

If she isn’t around I put the “prey” in a safe place – usually in my food dish or the cat fountain. Cats have no need to wash (or drown) our prey. I guess that’s a good thing since Mom had to put the screen on the fountain pool so Purr couldn’t splash all the water out onto the floor. We just want to keep our prize in an area where it is not likely to be found. Of course, in multiple cat households this is no easy task. I have 3 feline siblings so sometimes I have no choice but to share.

Many of our Dear Readers have asked if they can put Cat Faeries flower essences for cats and Convivial House Cat drops right in the water fountain, they wonder if the filter will diminish their effectiveness – good news – the filter will not compromise the power of these two fabulous products!

We recommend that even a ceramic water fountain be washed with soapy hot water daily to prevent any bacteria harboring sticky and slimy biofilms from forming.

“The worst canned cat food is far better than the best dry kibble.”
Debra Scheenstra, DVM
Novato, California

 
 
 
 

Does your cat stand on the rim of the litter box?

Cat Faeries customer, Judith from Hawaii wrote:

Aloha Auntie,

My little girl Mele, sometimes poops outside the litter box. I saw her once balancing on the edge of the box. The little turds are right outside the box.

Auntie Cat Faerie replies: I’ve spent a lot of time wondering why cats sometimes balance on the edge of the box. I think that the change in her position is to help make the poop come out easier especially if the cat is slightly constipated – which can happen to any of us! This is yet another reason to not put a hood on the litter box. Cats need to find the best position for themselves whether they are peeing or pooping and they can change that position from time to time.

If you keep towels or something similar alongside the box they’ll catch the poop making clean up really easy for you. You can also spray Convivial House Cat and I Love My Litter Box Flower Essence around the litter box area if you think she’s developing some kind of aversion to her box.

If you think she gets a bit backed up down there add a spoonful of canned pumpkin to her cat food. You can usually find organic pumpkin pie in cans year-round but this time of year it will be on the bottom shelf in the canned foods area. Cats like pumpkin – I once found a cat standing in the middle of a pumpkin pie blissfully licking her mouth clean!

 
 

How to use words to change your cat’s behavior.

Words, powerful and important – words. We say them. We think them. Science, religious leaders, philosophers, and metaphysicians have proven that words and phrases can imprint themselves on our brains, cells, and bodies and affect them in both positive and negative ways. This extends to other people and animals who hear our words or to whom our thoughts are directed. Ponder this a bit before reading more – your words and thoughts are powerful for both good and not so good.

Water is particularly sensitive to imprinting, interestingly even lifeless fluids like soda can be influenced by spoken words and thoughts which can have those thoughts and wishes imprinted upon them. Imprinting can also affect foods with a high water content like lettuce or canned cat food. And guess what? People and cats being mostly water we are all sponges for words and thoughts! Note: the exception to flowery speech is when you need to be completely honest with your veterinarian! What I’m talking about day-to-day thoughts and speech which can reinforce bad behaviors, disease or illness, and keep anyone from changing for the better.

When we speak of or think about our cats it’s best to avoid phrases such as:

  • “My cat is a monster from H*ll.”
  • “My cats hate each other.”
  • My cats spray and now my house stinks.”
  • “All those cats do is fight.”
  • “My cats are awful.”

Words that are better would be:

  • “I have wonderful cats.”
  • “My cats are friends.”
  • “My cats know they are loved.”
  • “My cats have great behavior.”
  • “We live together in harmony and with mutual understanding.”

I’ll prove that such upbeat and positive language isn’t new to you! Haven’t you already said to a cat “You are a good boy” or “You are a good girl” even if they might not always be? By using the right words, you are saying that something already is a fact or reality. It’s encouraging for all parties involved, these words are easy for the body and mind to grasp. When we make a wish, like “I wish my cats my cats to get along” the words are vague and imply that it may never happen. Instead say: “My cats are getting along!” “My cats are responding well to the flower essences.” These say it’s reality and not a day dream!

Here are a few phrases you can easily use when holding our bottles of flower essence formulas or Convivial House Cat. It only takes a few seconds to think them or say them aloud.

  • “My cats are friends, love, love, love.”
  • “My cats love their litter boxes.”
  • “My cats feel secure and know they are loved.”
  • “My cats are calm, serene and peaceful.”
  • “My new cat is loving living in our home.”
  • “My cat’s body is functioning perfectly, good health abounds”

Did you slip and say or think something not very nice? Don’t worry, when we bottle we set an unbreakable intention of protection from outside influences. But for backup don’t hesitate to hold the bottle and recite bottle’s purpose and say “this bottle is free and clear of any outside influences including my own. it is now and will remain pure to do for my cats what it was intended to do.”

Before we tell you about this week’s sale, another habit to change is verbally taking ownership or assigning ownership of disease. What I mean by that is don’t say: “I’m a Diabetic” as it sounds like you’ve joined a club you want to remain a member of. Instead say” I’ve got Diabetes” which implies that it’s something that can/will go away with the right intentions and modalities. The same with your cat. Don’t say ”Fluffy’s Cancer” because sounds like a cherished possession, instead say “Fluffy has Cancer” which says that it can/will be temporary and go away.

Does all of this positivity seem daunting or something difficult to maintain? With today’s determination and effort, tomorrow will be easier and better which is what matters. Remember this old expression: Fake it till you make it!