Interview with Freddy’s Cathouse – TNR and Feral Cat Rescue Charity

Last week I met up to do an interview with Freddy of Freddy’s Cathouse in Playa Blanca, which is a small town in the west of our island of Lanzarote. His charity and him are 100% dedicated to helping improve the quality of life of approx. 130-140 feral cats, with 26 feeding stations under his care.

Read the full story about this amazing guy and his work in my Catster Article.

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New Hair – Painting 2017 Red!

I decided to have a total change in style and colour!

My original idea was fuchsia coloured hair with purple at the roots, but sadly, my hair has way too much black dye build up, and for the aforementioned colours it needs to be bleached to almost white, and my hair doesn’t go any lighter than orange… so I had to just stick with red!

On the bright side (pardon the pun, hehe!), with this colour I can at least wear just about anything that I already have – I have a lot of red clothes. With fuchsia colour hair I would probably have had to buy myself a whole new wardrobe to match! ;)

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Happy Lucky 13th Anniversary, Boys!

13 years ago I “married” my beloved tabby twins Lugosi and Spider. In 2015, we held a little “renewal of meows” ceremony which was featured on UK TV in Channel 5’s documentary about “cat crazies” called “90 Cats and Counting” (see our part from the documentary in the video below).

My boys are now 17 and a half years old and I don’t know if this is going to be our last anniversary, but even if it was, my love for them is for always and ever. 

LOVE YOU big time, my sweet boys! And hey, Ruby, I love you too, of course! ;)

Disclaimer: I don’t care what people think about this. Just don’t end up with your mind in the gutter because it’s not meant to be serious, nor official or legally binding in a court of law. ;)

Spider and Lugosi’s initials immortalised in a cattoo on my leg.

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Merry Christmas from Haus von Fluffenstein

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My 2017 Cat Calendar Is Out! Street Cats of Jerusalem

I had the pleasure of meeting the friendly feral street cats that live all over Jerusalem whilst on my trip there in April of this year. Now you can enjoy my new 2017 calendar which has 13 beautiful images of these cats, and makes a great Christmas present for both cat lovers and animal photography aficionados.

€0.50 of each calendar will be donated to The Kennel Klub Lanzarote, one of our local animal charities.

Click on the image below to preview all the pages, and to buy…

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Gothic Emo Alternative Clothes For Sale

I’m selling off some of my gothic wardrobe that I haven’t worn in years. Most of it has either been worn only once or twice (almost new), or has been worn quite a bit but in good condition (second-hand). Take a look here:

www.depop.com/themadcatlady

I will be adding more stuff later, so keep an eye on the link above. :)

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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17 Year Old Spider The Cat Takes Canna-Pet Natural Cannabinoids

In March 2015, my boy Spider was diagnosed with kidney disease. Being in its early stages, there was still a lot of hope, but of course, the condition is not reversible and will eventually get worse. However, there are quite a few things we can do to slow down the progression.

The first thing I did, was put all 3 kitties back on a raw BARF diet. Some sources say that the high protein count in raw meat is not good for cats with kidney disease, but I mix the meat with raw pumpkin and I also give Spider a supplement call Renafood once a day.  This apparently worked very well because by the end of last year, his kidney values had stayed the same and not got worse. But age creeps up on all of us, and a year after his initial diagnosis, his kidney values did show some deterioration – but he’s still ok!

Then in June of this year, Spider had to have a malignant tumour (an adenocarcinoma) removed from his right ear, but this at least is a tumour that has only a low chance of metastases….

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On my many Google searches for “miracle cures”, I came across Canna-Pet, which are capsules for pets filled with natural cannabinoids made from hemp, and decided to order a 2 month supply of their Canna-Pet Advanced for Small Pets.

Being a medical cannabis user myself because the 24/7 pain I suffer from fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis cannot be easily killed by even the strongest painkillers, I thought “wow, this might just help Spider as well!”.

Canna-Pet’s products are made exclusively from hemp, a non-psychoactive plant which represents a natural cannabinoid source for pet supplements. A study of pet owners using Canna-Pet for their cats and dogs showed that there was a lot of improvement in their pets, treating conditions such as allergies, digestive tract problems, seizures, muscle spasms and inflammatory illnesses. In many cases it also slowed down the re-growth of cancer cells and reduced vomiting and nausea.

A week into taking the pills, Spider suddenly started acting like a new cat! He stopped his constant howling in the middle of the night (every night), something which regular veterinary meds could not help with, and he now eats better than ever, is so much more cuddly and even more playful than before. The above mentioned tumour has also shown no signs of growing back yet.

I am so pleased and amazed that Canna-Pet is helping Spider so much – his quality of life is now back to what it was before he became ill. I am not deluding myself that Canna-Pet is a cure for all of petkind’s ailments, but I do believe that it helps give my beloved kitties the chance of a better quality life in their old age – hopefully right until the day they pass over the Rainbow Bridge…

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Lidl Pet Blankets – Warning: Diabolical Quality!

I bought this lovely pet blanket at our local Lidl here in Puerto del Carmen yesterday, but after only one day of use, it looks like *this*, can you believe it?!

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The material is obviously totally unsuitable for use with pets, and after only one day it looks like it is a few months old.

When I went back today to ask for a refund, I was told that it has “already been used” and I couldn’t get a refund. They also said “oh well, cats do scratch”, but that doesn’t justify the material being crap and it looking like this after ONE DAY! I would expect it to look like this only after many months of use…

I’m not a happy bunny and have written a stinky email to Lidl headquarters, and will have to wait and see what they say…

In the meantime, anyone planning to buy one of these blankets from Lidl, I can’t say I warned you! ;)

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This is the complaint I wrote to Lidl headquarters in Spanish:

Compré esta manta para mascotas ayer, y hoy ya se ve como esto (ver foto adjunta)!

No me malinterpreten, yo esperaría que se vea como esto quizas en 2 o 3 meses, pero no después de sólo UN DÍA! Esta manta se supone utilizar para los animales domésticos, pero el material no es adecuado en absoluto.

Cuando fui a mi Lidl local en Puerto del Carmen para tener un reembolso, me dijeron que se ha utilizado el producto y no me devolvería el dinero, ni cambiarlo. Fue utilizado por UN DÍA SÓLO y no debería tener este aspecto!

Le agradecería si me hagan saber lo que puede hacer por mí, pero aunque no se puede usted hacer nada, esta manta no se debe vender para uso con animales.

Espero oír de usted pronto, muchas gracias.

Saludos Cordiales
Barbarella Silke Buchner

UPDATE: Despite contacting them various times over a 10 day period, I never got a reply, only an automated email saying that my query would be dealt with within 48 hours. Which did not happen. SHAME ON YOU, LIDL! 

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Hinterland Herb Co. – Worst Customer Service Ever – Avoid this Company

It has come to my attention via my good friend of mine, that a U.S. company called Hinterland Herb Co. have behaved in a truly unbelievable way, after being contacted by her about wishing to buy their organic catnip from their Etsy shop.

When being told the rather steep price of their product, my friend said that she could buy organic catnip from Amazon for a fraction of the price they quoted. After that, Hinterland Herb got really nasty, calling her “cheap” and saying “if your cat chokes and dies on the sawdust they add as filler, or ingests some of the toxic pesticides that is often present on the cheap junk, rest assured in knowing that it is only $40 or so to get a new cat. Good that you saved a few bucks.“, followed by calling her “a lying cat murderer“!

Read the Full Conversation HERE (.pdf 97kb)

This is totally unbelievable and any company treating potential or existing customers like that should be reported and avoided at all cost!

My friend did some research on the company and could not even find a full address where they are based, nor a phone number, which makes one wonder how legit these people really are. But at least she found the name of the owner is Larry Peters.

Well, Larry… I think you either owe my friend (and whichever other customers you have insulted with your disgusting behaviour) an apology, or you should simply stop trading altogether.  Any company who wants to stay in business, simply does not say nasty things like this to their customers! It’s a sure fire way to shut you down, because know that word gets round very quickly on the internet and social media these days…

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Spider & Lugosi’s 17th Birthday Party

Spider & Lugosi celebrated their 17th birthday yesterday. Yes, that’s SEVENTEEN glorious long years, which translates to around 85 human years. My boys are the same age as my grandad now! :)

If you want to find out how old your cat is in human years (or yourself in cat years), there is a nifty cat age calculator in the sidebar of The Mad Cat Lady website.

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Lugosi with tuna leftovers hanging on his chin

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Lugosi: “Is there going to be dessert?”

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