Cat Addiction

Stories about my cats, friends' cats, other people's cats, stray cats, anything about cats!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

You don't need to go hungry...

Some of my friends tend to overspend. Either they are unable to control their shopping habits or they are terribly over committed. Some of them pay for way too many things on a monthly basis. The most painful bills come from paying for a nice, big home which means a huge mortgage, plus owning one too many cars.

I have seen some of them come close to a point of going hungry at times. It's sad and really not funny at all. Then one of them discovered a way to get by. She found a quick payday loan to help bridge her finances from one payday to another. She is one person who doesn't like long term debts so this little cash advance works for her because it is just a short term loan.

When she told me about this, I shared the information with some other friends who are in the same situation. They too paid a visit to check out these payday loans and afterwards thanked me profusely for introducing them to it. Hey, they even bought me a simple meal with some of their advance. Maybe I should thank the one who told me about it too!

How do you choose a card?

These days the market is flooded with all types of credit cards. All of them offer all kinds of benefits, from collecting loyalty points to redeem gifts to earning cash rebates as you spend. Lots of cards offer discounts with selected merchants too. So how do you pick out a card that's right for you and how do you know it's the right one? It's hard, isn't it?

Well, it won't be that hard if you know where to look. There is a site that offers reviews of the many credit cards available in the market. These reviews help because they are unbiased and independent. I personally tend to believe in third party reviews more than from the product owners themselves.

Besides, if you still can't decide which is the right card for you, you can do a comparison on this site too. Hopefully that way, you can eliminate some of the cards and make your decision quicker. Once you've made up your mind, you don't need to go anywhere else to apply, you can even apply right away, online, at the same site.

If that's not convenience at its best, then what is? This one-stop shop works for me, and maybe for you too!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A golfer's paradise

My better half was quite hooked on golf at one point. He diligently visited the driving range to get in some swings as practise since he's just a beginner. Soon, he got better with the help of a professional golfer and has since started teeing off at the greens.

Recently he came home all excited. He sat me down and showed me the "gem" he had found that day, A Social Network for Golfers! He explained what seemed like alien information to me, but I tried anyway to digest the information seeing that it made him so thrilled. It must be something great for him to be so fired up.

This site is a place for golfers to meet online. Besides connecting with other golfers online, you can also search for golf courses, post your games' scores, learn more about guides on the greens, etc. You can even post photos and write blog entries.

No wonder he was so excited. He has been trying to convince his non-golfer friends to pick up the sport so that he has more company to golf with. That night, after showing me this new-found website, he proceeded to get his few golfer friends as well as non-golfers to visit and sign up for it. Talk about being efficient!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Update about the cats and dog of my life

The cats

Two days ago I noticed Prue wasn't eating and was hardly active. She was warm to the touch and I immediately thought she might be running a fever. I didn't bring her to the vet, just observed her for a bit. Then, Phoebe too was feeling warm and that's when I bundled them into the car and off to the vet.

It turns out that they were both running very high temperature and have some viral infections. My poor girls! They had blood test done on them and was injected to bring down their temperature. We walked out of the vet clinic armed with some fever medication and some antibiotics.

When I got home, I realised that Piper has suddenly become inactive too! I touched her and to my horror, she too was warm to the touch. I kicked myself in the foot for not bringing her to the vet to have her checked too.

After feeding them all with medication, I decided to go on the web and do a search to find ways to help them get better faster. I stumbled upon a site that offers lots of cat information, from health to cat breeds and breeders to resources like cat magazines and even a cat community! Just what I need right now to find like-minded people who can share some ideas and stories with me about my cats' situation right now.

I surfed the site for almost an hour reading up on whatever I could about cat health and then I moved on to read about Siamese Cats. A friend had recently asked for help to find him Siamese Cats for sale.

He loves this breed because they are beautiful, have long limbs and very domesticated with a really friendly character to match, too. It also helps that they are rather easy to care for as they are short-haired but they still love to be combed. I guess all cats no matter long or short-haired love a good brushing, just like my Piper, Prue and Phoebe!

Another reason why my friend prefers the Siamese breed and wants to buy them as kittens is because this breed tends to have a longer life expectancy of around 15 to 20 years or even more for some very well cared for felines. He will surely enjoy having them as family for many years to come starting from their kittenhood.

I immediately contacted him and referred him to the site I found and he's been on it for a while now, absorbing all the information he can find and even shortlisting some breeders he sound from the site. Talk about being efficient!

Anyway, enough about the cats for now. I hope the girls get enough rest and that the medication will work on them to get well soon. Now on to updates on the dog...

The dog

It's quite sad that we've never heard from Pretty's family anymore. The last we heard from the girl who adopted her from us was that Pretty was given to her aunt because her father could not cope with looking after Pretty. During Chinese New Year when we were back in the hometown, we didn't have the time to visit Pretty. I think the next time we are back, we have to make it a point to contact the new family and to see how Pretty is doing. We need to know that she's health and happy.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Where to find bad credit loans

I just saw a website that offers some pretty great service for people who do not have favourable credit to their name. It compiles all available bad credit loans so that you can save your time hunting them down. It's worth the time to check out the site so that you save yourself some stress in your research, too.

Whether it is a credit card, a home loan or a car loan that you need, you will find it all here. This is definitely a one-stop shop for you. Besides, with the choices offered on this site, you are no longer vulnerable in having limited choices and being forced to accept the first offer that comes your way. You will have a suite of products to compare so that you can choose only what fits your best.

Check the website out for yourself and see how it can help you.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Would you pick a labrador or a poodle?

What if you had to choose one of the two breeds and you love them both equally? Well, how about a Labradoodle then? It's a unique cross between a labrador retriever and a poodle. They look rather cute and adorable, in case you're wondering what comes out of the cross breed.

It's not too difficult to find Labradoodle Breeders too. A dog-lover friend found a website on them and showed it to me. That's where I saw the picture of some very cute Labradoodle Puppies for sale.

We can't afford to have dogs right now because we're tied down with caring for our newborn baby. So we will only admire these cute little puppies from the website!

Cherish your loved ones

My four-legged friends have become more than just pets to me. They are part of the family and are as precious as just about any member of the family. I often dread to think of what my life would be like without any of them. It's almost unbearable. I am not good at parting. In fact, I don't think anyone is.

A friend was terribly devastated some time ago when his beloved furry friend returned to the arms of God. The only comfort he could offer himself was the fact that his furry friend didn't suffer from long illness or lived in pain before the final day.

To cherish him and the memory of such a special friend, he went in search for Pet memorial products and saw some selection of Pet Photo Urns that interested him. He wanted a proper final resting place for his beloved friend and so he bought an urn to place in his home. He even checked out customised portrait pet memorial urns.

I don't know exactly what he has done to cherish his friend but I do know that finding these items and providing a proper resting place has helped my friend to heal his pain. We all need to learn to cope with the loss of a loved one...

Monday, February 11, 2008

My furry girls are home from CNY boarding!

They must've been rather angry at us again...this time their boarding was exactly a week. However, Piper seemed less angry this time round, she greeted me when she got home and it wasn't the usual snobbish one that she usually gives me after coming home from boarding. But still, I feel really bad that each time we go somewhere for a holiday or for festive seasons they're always left behind :(

Privacy, please!

I am one of those who hate receiving direct mailers in my postbox, junk mails in my inbox and what's worst of all are the free credit cards which I really don't need. I don't know who the culprits are who sell or give away my contacts to such companies. But how do I prevent myself from getting more of these annoying mails?

Someone introduced me to Life Lock, a service that can help to protect from receiving such things. It's actually more than what I have asked for because it protects me against having my identity stolen for some fraudulent applications. Impressive, isn't it?

LifeLock definitely seems like a good idea in this day and age where hacking on websites are getting more prevalent. Whenever I log into my internet banking accounts, I am always worried of some hidden hacks that are able to deciphere my usernames and passwords.

There are no protections given by any insurers or banks for that matter on any mishaps in the internet world. Maybe is my only answer to the crimes of the cyber world. Perhaps it is yours, too?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The girls have gone boarding again

The girls left for boarding today. I didn't get to see them before Ray took them out because I was at work. But I'm glad I fed them lots and lots of wet food in the morning before I headed out to work. I feel a little better that they've been given a big treat. When they come home next week, I'll make sure to pamper them with more treats for the new year!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pleasant online shopping experience

In a much earlier post I talked about my plans to register for a shopping cart software for a small business that I am thinking of venturing into. Apart from it being user friendly to me as an administrator of the software, I found that it is equally if not more important for my potential visitors to find the shopping cart easy to use too. Recently I was on a shopping website and was tempted to buy a couple of things. However, I ended up not buying a single item simply because the ecommerce software was simply too hard to use. Though I was disappointed that my shopping didn't happen, I am glad that I actually learned something valueable from that experience, albeit at someone else's expense. Now I know just what to look out for as an end user, both from the business owner as well as from a customer point of view.

Do they get stretch marks too?

Some years ago, Prue was pregnant. At that time I didn't think much of the implications of pregnancy until I got pregnant myself just last year. The one thing that I don't appreciate being stuck with after the pregnancy is the stretch mark.

In the initial stage, I didn't have any but when the seventh month kicked in, they started becoming visible. I tried all sorts of ways to prevent stretch marks and I thought I was succeeding. It's really unfortunate that it didn't work.

After I delivered, I found this site that reviews different types of stretch mark creams. Most of the time when you buy a stretch mark cream you expect it to work like magic because of the promises made of the product. But a lot of those promises are really just marketing.

If you want to know what really works and what not, you should visit this site. It has some stories and explanations on why stretch marks appear and it also gives you an idea of what works and what not. Just spend a couple of minutes reading it and it could save you the hassle of trying and even some money.

One of the proven and recommended cream is the revitol stretch mark cream. I'm not sure if I can find this in my country but if I can't, I'd probably have it shipped over because it'll be worth it!

When I finally get hold of this cream, perhaps I should check if I should share it with Prue. But do cats get stretch marks too?