Tips on how to get the most from your Cat Faeries products

Here’s some tips from our thrifty cat behaviorist. Remember, you get full detailed instructions with your order for all of these Cat Faeries products.

Cat toys, making them last, keeping them fresh & clean

  • Store catnip toys in a Zip lock bag. Press as much air out as you can, then seal.
  • Use Scotch tape or packing tape to remove fuzz and dust (just like you do to remove cat fur from your clothes).
  • If your cat pees on a toy: lightly mist with Anti Icky Poo several times over a day or two, then let dry completely.
  • If your cat hurls a fur ball on a cat toy: scrape off what you can, then lightly mist Anti Icky Poo several times over the course or a day, then let dry completely.

Remembering to use your Comfort Zone with Feliway spray. Don’t put it out of sight, out of mind!

  • Store it in a place that you go to every day so you get the visual prompt to use it.
  • Suggestions:
    • near the coffee maker
    • near the your toothbrush
    • on top of the TV or by the remote control
    • on the coffee table or an end table
  • If you are correcting a problem use your spray two or three times a day.
  • If you are maintaining your efforts and the cats are being good, use it once a day or a few times a week.

Places to NOT store Feliway spray

  • near the fire place
  • near the stove or oven
  • near the heater

Remembering to swap out a spent Comfort Zone with Feliway diffuser refill for a new one:

  • Order from us and get stickers for your calendar or appointment book. And use them!
  • Your stickers will help you to know that your diffuser is working properly. If your refill bottle lasts longer or shorter than 4 weeks it’s time to replace it.

Taking good care of your Feliway diffuser to make it last a long time:

  • The manufacturer says a diffuser will last 6 months. Because we take good care of ours we’ve had the same ones for many years.
  • Every few months unplug your diffuser and with a damp Q-tip remove built up dust and crud.
  • Don’t bang the vacuum cleaner into the diffuser as your clean your floors.
  • Be careful to not drop it when you change your refill bottles.

Cat Faeries Flower Essences For Cats – where to store them, how to handle the dropper:

  • It’s best to store them in a cabinet, but if that’s not practical then find a darkish corner in your kitchen. Ours tend to end up in a kitchen corner so we see them every morning when we change the cat’s water bowl.
  • If you broke your dropper – ask us for a new one when you place your next order. We’ll send one free.
  • Don’t let the dropper touch your fingers, or fall to the floor or countertop. If that happens, don’t panic, rinse it under filtered water and place it back in the bottle. Dirt and oils from fingers can contaminate the waters.
  • NEVER put the glass dropper in the cat’s mouth! That’s why our handout is full of great ways to administer flower essences: food, water, anoint.

Cat Beds – we’ve had some of ours since the 1990’s!

  • Always wash them in COLD water with mild soap
  • Always air dry, never machine dry
  • So that your bed dries fast, grasp the outer velveteen, and the inner fleece and pull them apart to form a <> shape. This allows air to flow and speed up drying time.

Anti Icky Poo – how long it will last and a clever use for it.

  • Unopened it will last 3 years.
  • Opened it should be used within 1 year.
  • Store it under the sink or a cool place.
  • Keep it upright so it doesn’t leak.
  • If you’ve got some left over and it’s getting old – pour it down the kitchen drain and it will eat up soap scum and grease! Leave it sit for about an hour if you can.

Advice on older cats who stop using the litter box

Dear Cat Faeries,

Bart’s inappropriate elimination ramped up. He is now 16 and hasn’t used a litter box for the past month. I don’t want to put him down for this! He is such a lover boy!

Diane in Minnesota

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Dear Diane,

Sometimes when a cat gets to be Bart’s age the kidneys are starting to shrink and not function as they once had. Shrinking kidneys lead to various stages of renal failure, and it’s time to begin diet changes, and often sub-cutaneous fluids. But what we often aren’t told is that it can lead to behavior changes including avoiding the litter box. So have your vet examine Bart and run some blood work.

A few other medical conditions come into play as well. Arthritis is another big one for many cats as their back legs and lower backs become stiff and sore so that getting in and out of a little box can be painful – when that happens your cat might pee next to the box or on a surface like a bathmat. Or they can enter the box but they don’t squat – the urine flies out their back end and hits the wall or spills over the sides of the box.

The solution for this is easy pie: a box that’s shallower for easy in/out access. Or even better, get a large storage container and cut out an opening that’s low enough for easy entry. The high sides are tall enough to contain urine that might be sprayed out. See below – that’s some of our washable waterproof pads in front of the box opening. This box is from Rubbermaid. Another option is a semi-transparent box such as those from Sterilite – some cats may feel less closed in that way.

Advice on older cats who stop using the litter box
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Another factor in renal failure is that cats often lose some or all of their hearing. This can lead to loud caterwauling both in the middle of the night and during the day. When a cat goes deaf their world can shatter and this can affect their behavior and out of panic or not understanding what’s going on with their body the cat could stop using the litter box. But the cat’s sense of smell is still very much intact, one of the many reasons we love Comfort Zone with Feliway so much. It works with your cat’s sense of smell. If your cat is feeling rotten from malfunctioning kidneys (it will feel like a hangover to your cat) or scared from not hearing well, Feliway will be soothing and comforting and allows that the negative behaviors can be corrected. You and your cat will be much happier with the smell of the Feliway pheromone wafting through the house. But don’t be concerned about the smell, only your cat can detect it.

Attention make-up wearing ladies! Does YOUR lipstick contain lead? Mine did!

At one time I told everyone – “Use NARS lipstick, it’s gluten free!” Wheat gluten is nasty stuff and your cat faerie avoids it.

Then I heard about the articles circulating the internet about lead in lipstick. Being obsessed with this sort of thing I spent an hour hunting for an article which didn’t just sound the alarm but which told us which lipsticks are the worst offenders. And darn it to pieces if my NARS wasn’t at the top of the list! Goodness, I’ve probably eaten a massive amount of it over the years!

Here’s the best article I could find: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/05/study-lead-metals-lipstick-top-20

Once the initial shock wore off I marched back to where I bought my NARS with a copy of the article and the unused lipsticks and got my money back.

And not being one to just warn you and leave you without an option I want to pass along what I’ve switched to:

My favorite make up line is RMS Beauty. It’s everything this girl could want: it’s soy free, gluten free, worn by fussy fashion models, and it’s the purest I have found. I’m head over heels with: Lip2Cheek, Un Cover-up, Un-powder, the cream eye shadows, the illuminizer. I’m loopy for all of it! What you’ll notice is that founder Rose-Marie Swift believes in a “human palette.” No bright green eye shadows or black lipstick here!

http://rmsbeauty.com/

If you know of a makeup line this good let us know and we’ll post it. Since a good majority of our customers are women, and who can resist wearing even a tiny bit of make-up, we pass this on to you because we want your pretty self to stay healthy!

“I found some unopened and expired Comfort Zone with Feliway refill bottles, are they still good?”

Recently we got an email from a long time favorite customer who wrote to say that shortly after her beloved cat Puck died she went going through his things and found a few Comfort Zone with Feliway refill bottles for her diffuser. She told us that they had expired two years ago and wondered if she gave them to a friend if they would still work. She also asked us if there was any way expired bottles could be harmful.

Very good questions and we love these! The expired diffuser refill bottles will not be harmful. And because she had never taken them out of the box or removed the cap they will still work – but they won’t be as strong. In the name of being thrifty and being generous they’ll be of benefit to her friend’s cats.

To customer B.F., we are so very saddened to hear of your loss of Puck, we know how dear he was to you. We are pleased that his things will help other cats.

Anti Icky Poo – not just for cat urine odor, for deodorizing clothes too

Anti Icky Poo urine cleaner from CatFaeries.com

The other day Mr. Cat Faerie found one of his favorite shirts at the bottom of a pile of damp dish towels. The shirt was quite icky smelling to say the least! Plus, it stayed icky smelling despite repeated washings? What to do?

Anti Icky Poo and its odor eating enzymes to the rescue! He filled a pot with water and about a third of a cup of unscented Anti Icky Poo and let the shirt soak 24 hours. Then it went into the washer with the usual Seventh Generation unscented clothes soap. The shirt now smells like freshly cleaned laundry rather than ick! Thank you Anti Icky Poo and your odor eating enzymes!

If you still have some Anti Icky Poo left over pour it down the kitchen drain and leave it for at least an hour, then turn on the hot water. It will gobble up soap scum and grease!

Massive salmonella cat food recall expands again! Affects all Natura brands including: Innova, Evo, and California Natural (but there are others, keep reading)…

We are disgusted – for the third time Natura has expanded their recall of cat and dog food because of salmonella. All of Natura’s brands are affected – dry cat and dog food and various bars and treats. Brands are Innova, California Natural, EVO, HealthWise, Mother Nature and Karma.

Read Natura’s press release here which gives all of the brand names, products, lot numbers and expiration dates for this latest expansion.

http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/natura-pet-food-recall-2