Pet Care & Wellness · The Dogs

Puppy Chews

So lets talk about teething… and the Sophee.

When you are in the shower.

Clearly from the image above, Soph was left unattended while I had a shower.. again clearly I was not watching her, my own fault. Luckily the paint is non toxic, but still.

We’re really at a trial and error point with Soph and her toys, we’ve come to the conclusion that she enjoys fabric toys and not so much hard toys as you can see from some of her selection below.

Fabric toys tend to last her all of 5 minutes before she has a hole right through it, but man does she love them. Rope Bones are her next favourite, they last longer than fabric toys of course so we’ll probably stick closer to them.

Kong I find was a great solution until she figured out that to get the treat out she just has to slam it on the floor a few time .. lol.

Natural Chews work great as well to keep her interested, I don’t have any current images though as she tends to get through them pretty quick. I definitely want to try antlers for her once shes a little older, they’re just too hard for her little teeth at this point.

Once she starts getting pieces of anything off I remove the toy or chew (unless edible) from her reach. We always recommend that any new toy be supervised with puppies.

Do any of your dogs have a favourite style of toy? What was the best when they were a puppy? What was the worse thing they chewed on you?

We would love to hear some of your funny stories, leave a comment below!

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Pet Care & Wellness · The Cats

Cat with Crystals, not using the litter box after healing? Try this!

First off, i would like to state I am not a Veterinarian nor do I not have training in the field. I simply wanted to share what I did after our cat healed from having Crystals. IF your cat suddenly stops using their litter box please seek Vet advice immediately, as this could save their life!

As some of you know, a while back our poor boy Jaxy had a run in with Crystals.

It was a heart wrenching battle, but one that he made it through and healed very quickly from. However, the healing process did have it’s own form of hurtles to get through.

A lot of the time cats, who develop crystals, stop using their litter boxes because they tend to associate it as the source of their pain. So I’m sure you understand that they have to “go” somewhere right?

Lets face it cat urine is SMEEELLLY, and very unhealthy, breathing it in and having over exposure to ammonia can cause:

  • Nausea
  • head aches
  • respiratory infections, like pneumonia

That is why it’s so important to get on top of the pee and getting your feline pal back into the litter box!

To get them back in their kitty box

I’ll explain what i did, again I’m not a professional, i just love my fur babies and like to ensure they’re well care for and healthy.

Click here to read of the signs Jaxy had right before we rushed him to the Emergency clinic.

When we came back from the vet I had set him up in a separate room so he could have piece and quiet while he recovered. The room had pee-pad flooring set up, because I knew there would be accidents galore!


By the second day I noticed he was trying to urinate in the same area, on a pee-pad. That’s when i had the idea to place pee-pads into a lower bin that he could comfortably get in and out of. ( For our cat’s we use a rubber-made bin, it gives them more space inside, and was a way cheaper option then the traditional litter box).

So I got a new bin, something he wouldn’t associate the pain with. Inside of the new box i put a pee-pad down, also placing the box in the same area that he was urinating in (not urinating much mind you, because his body was still trying to break down the crystals with the help of the medications and S.O. wet food.) and put him inside of it. (like you would if you were to move the litter box). 

He was in there for a sort time; did not use it at that point, came and had some snuggles. Then I left him for about an hour to rest.

When I came back in to check on him, he was snoozing away on a ” towel bed” I had put together for him. I seen some dibble marks on the pee pads that I had set up all over the room, which is typical of a cat who has crystals. However when I glanced into the new bin I noticed had USE THE LITTER BOX! Full pee and more! Such a sigh of relief, It was so simple and easy.

Once Jaxon started getting back to his normal comical self, I slowly started adding a little bit of kitty litter on top of the pee-pad every day, and bit by bit he re adjusted to using just his box and his regular litter.

Now I’ve heard, because cats can be so finicky, that sometimes they will still associate that particular litter with the pain they went through, and they may not use the box. Some people recommend having an additional box set up that you know they will use. That way they aren’t holding their bladders too long, as it is possible for this to cause the crystals to build up again. so in that case please keep a close eye on your kitty, and you may need to change brands of litter to something different and slowly add that instead.

Now not all cats are the same, I just wanted to share the process of what I did with Jaxon and hopefully it will be helpful to someone, and their fur babe, in need.

If your cat stops using their litter box, seek Veterinarian advice immediately!

Because we brought Jaxon in so quickly we were able to prevent surgery.

Jaxon made a full recovery and with the help of the Royal Canin S.O. wet food, he hasn’t had a Crystal flare up since.

The Cats

Jaxy Here

Mums been super busy crocheting and not petting me while she does it… I’m not please no not pleased at all.

I decided to take over her tools until she pets me.. and just so you know it worked well, I got picked up and snuggled against my will, oh the horror.. just kidding it was all part of the plan 😉

See you soon fam