My little egg layer (w female partner) seems to have stopped

Koi hasn’t laid since Monday. Monday was her fourth egg. This was also the same day the dummy clutch arrived in the mail, so I took her eggs away and gave her five, hoping she wouldn’t lay the 5th egg that is typical in the clutch of a green cheek conure. She never built a nest, and every other day the eggs are scattered all over the cage or down below in the litter. My boyfriend washes his hands and regroups her eggs to the back corner, and she goes to caring for them again.

Today, I am sitting out in the living room with the girls and Miss Monkey has not been on her dummy eggs all afternoon. Sometimes, when she is guarding them, Idris will attempt to steal them from her and she gets really stressed out, so we lock Idris out of the cage for awhile.
It makes things kind of tense for me. I’m getting a job soon so we have money towards our security deposit, since our lease did not get renewed.

This is going to be the 6th home the animals are moving into.

Egg Laying in All Female Flock

Somebody wants to be a mommy.

Not a great photo, and Jak chews the bars, but that’s Koi Monkey’s nest.

My Monkey has lived with me for over 7 years, and has been with Jak ever since she came home. This is their first clutch of eggs.
Imagine my surprise. I knew it was a possibility with three females, but it’s never happened until this week. Now, I’m worried about her calcium levels and can’t get her to take to a cuttle bone. She’s eating Harrison’s Lifetime Fine pellets, Fluker’s Freeze Dried Mealworms, Brown’s Tropical Carnival, and Nutriberries. It was good enough to get her to produce three eggs. I have a clutch of dummy eggs arriving next week.

The happy couple. The Cinnamon in the front is our little layer.

Moving season

We’ll be working on tearing down and resetting another rental home; working with both our things and the pets’ belongings. We might have to come up with a new system for feeding the girls separate from the boys, again. Time to figure out where to place the pens and cages, and go through what’s in storage and do donations. We were hoping to postpone this by 1 more year, but life doesn’t always work out.
Cool thing is we might be able to just transfer the security deposit or pay it in installments.
I’ve worked on my resume and have started looking for a job. My position as a caregiver for my disabled veteran is ongoing, as is the blog and social media with life, news, and product testing. Before that – I am a professional customer service agent in medium sized corporate call centers. My service voice is so different from my “TOM!” voice, but I just have to have a recruiter allow me to show them that I can. I have located a few part time positions not far from where we’ll be moving, that are running a three month contract over the summer. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, so I’ll still be looking.
Tomorrow evening I am running cat supplies to Baltimore. I have a lot of fishy samples of cat food from retailers and manufacturers that we don’t need to test, as well as some dry food samples and prizes, and then SIX BAGS OF SMARTCAT LITTER when our business card was chosen at BlogPaws. It’s really good stuff. Also, if you need to pick up any Solid Gold food at Petco or Petco Unleashed, use this coupon before Sunday.

Vet Bills and Credit Scores

The one thing worse than unexpected vet bills dropping your credit score, would to be in a position where you had no credit to take on those vet bills for the sake of your pet.
This spring has dropped me down at least 70 points, but luckily I still have credit lines available. They’re dwindling, so I’m probably going to have to work my resume and check out CareerBuilder for the area I live in, and put in a year paying down half my debts with the extra income. It’s perfectly normal to be concerned that you might not be able to afford your pet’s care. Accidents happen. Genetics happen. Disease happens. Tommy’s care from last year is being bankrolled by Dismal paying his CareCredit bill and the Best Buy Visa. I’m paying for what I charged his surgery on my American Express, which I was using for my own medical bills.
Do you have any savings? Have you had it exhausted in a week or a month’s time? Did you have pet insurance that took a large burden off you?

Lily Momma has so much energy after healing from her full spay

This guinea pig is running my life! Several times a day, she’ll see me walk through the dining room, and she just starts accosting me. Then whatever she’s dreaming about for snacks sounds great to her daughter, Murphy, and she joins in as well. Lily has been hopping in and out of the hay box more easily than she has in months, and I often find her standing up as tall as she can on the side of the cage or water bottle, as she’s inquiring about what snacks Hey Lady has available today.
Stretched up big and tall, nose wavering high in the air.

People, I think she’s over it. The spay was really invasive, and then after a week she was back in with Murphy, but was so cranky that she was upsetting Murphy’s usual calm. I got her meds finished and off I went to Missouri for a week. I get back and within 2-3 days they realize the shift is back to normal from That Man to Hey Lady, and she’s been feeling great.

One thing I have not seen is the hair growing back in much on her sides from where she was chewing it out before the surgery. I don’t know if she’s still barbering, or the regrowth is slow.

I’m really proud of her.

Vetnique Furbliss green brush for Longhaired Small Animals – The Princess Test

Princess Yue Pants needs groomed. She has a severe dislike of the mainstream grooming tool with the metal teeth. I got an opportunity to receive the Furbliss 100% silicone grooming brush at a discount to try out and document, and I enthusiastically write this for you:

She didn’t try to bite or wail once
~exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point~

This has always been a massive pain to try to get some of her thick, medium coat loose.

She knows how to make things fun.

Aside from it being easy to use on my cat, this brush is good for both cats and dogs, in a variety of types, and can be used to massage the coat and dead skin during bath time. You can also use it for hair removal on your furniture.

Furbliss is designed for pets of all sizes and coat types from dogs to cats, rabbits and even horses!

Furbliss is the only pet brush you’ll need
“Furbliss is the most revolutionary pet brush on the market and is the “No Fuss Brush!” Traditional pet brushes are made out of metal, steel, or wire that cause discomfort and may harm your pet. Furbliss is made from 100% soft medical grade silicone that provides comfortable and safe brushing. This patented two-sided design provides brushing, deshedding, massaging, relaxing, and exfoliation All-in-one! The multi-functional design can be used wet or dry and is perfect for baths! The silicone material attracts fur like a magnet and the backside of the Furbliss brush can remove fur and lint from clothing, furniture, and auto interiors. Cleaning the Furbliss brush is a breeze… simply rinse under water or throw into the dish washer or washing machine! Veterinarian and groomer recommended for all pets and coat types. Your pet will feel pure bliss with Furbliss.”

Here’s what you get –

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Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats #chewyinfluencer

I was sent this shampoo for free this month from Chewy to provide you with an honest review.

Unwillingly, my test subject was Amalie:

She didn’t want to get sprayed “from the back of her ears to her tail and massage into her coat”. It’s a fine mist, but she’d rather not be sprayed at all, so she ran. I grabbed her rubber brush and sprayed it down and found her hiding in my room. I snatched my kitty up and ran her rubber brush through her fur over and over, and got a bunch of stray hairs out. She smelled that there was something on her brush, but not enough to bother her into a grooming frenzy. I let her air day and snatched the photo. She’s very soft and still smells like my cat.

Here’s a little more about the shampoo itself:

Groom your cat with gentle ingredients that help her stay fresh naturally. Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo with Apple & Honey for Cats is made with some of nature’s finest ingredients for your peace of mind and your cat’s well-being. Free of sulfates and colorants, this waterless shampoo is pH balanced for cats and uses apple for its nourishing properties and honey to give fur a super shine.

I guess using the term “waterless” it only because you don’t have to get your sink involved, because the first word in the ingredients got a little laugh out of me:
Water, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco Betaine, Glycerin, Honey, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

This more natural product can be found on where all orders $49+ ship free within 1-2 days.

Dr. Elsey’s cleanprotein kibble update #chewyinfluencer

I’m going to be using some stock footage for this month’s ChewyInfluencer you may have already seen before, but I’m going to update you on my girls.

Dr. Elsey’s cleanprotein available on

Princess Yue Pants


My lovely, fussy, “senior” (they said this at the vet’s office – senior, my face) ladies were able to try this directly from the manufacturer back in June 2017 before started carrying it. I heard about it through the grapevine and I had to try it. The low carb formula is high in animal protein and has a very low glycemic index. This is great for those with diabetic cats who can’t kick the kibble, and won’t take to wet food. You would still want to encourage more water consumption with a fountain, but those kitties can be stubborn! When we started, Amalie was 9 lbs 8 oz and Yue 10 lbs 3.6 oz, and at the time – we hadn’t yet started combination feeding with dry/wet food.

This month sent us a new bag for free and here’s how we’re doing:

Amalie is now 8 lbs 13.4 ounces
Yue is now 9 lbs 8.2 ounces

Amalie had her Senior Wellness Visit in February and had a full blood panel done and she’s doing great. Both girls free feed on Dr Elsey’s cleanprotein chicken kibble and then a variety of wet foods. While we didn’t try them in our home personally, Dr Elsey’s also has a cleanprotein wet food line in a variety of flavors.

I will admit, at first you may not find cleanprotein as budget friendly. The largest bag is 6.6 pounds. But, it’s a very high calorie food better suited for your favorite obligate carnivore, and the girls end up eating much less of it than the last kibble they were on. It truly seems to be better for them long term so I found it to be a great value.

Bag Front

Bag Back

All orders ship free with $49+ and arrive typically within 1-2 days. Give it a try and pick up their 2 pound bag on

New Cat Themed Quilt Gift – The Ultimate Cat Trap

My cat is at the emergency room again

We just went through this a few weeks ago, and the diagnosis seemed like a blanket diagnosis. Dismal said there were things that I should have asked about or insisted on, or that maybe I was just not soaking in all the information.

Today has been a very busy day for me, and my head is swirling around trying to get my belongings in order, because I’m driving across the country tomorrow, and will be out for the next week. I’m getting updates as he gets them from the vet and techs, and for right now our cat Tommy is getting xrays.

He goes into the litter box and strains so badly, that he swaggers out of that box to go find a nice place to vomit. He heaves and gets it up, and then goes back to the box to try again. He’ll strain and strain, walk out, and go vomit again. Then back to the box.
The last ER trip we took they did not do xrays. They did not think constipation was an issue. They treated him for a URI that they couldn’t even culture because his bladder was empty.

I did tell them that he has in his history, two days running around my house vomiting, and that they found his colon impacted with stool. We had to start lactulose immediately.

I just got an update. His stool is having trouble coming out, and it’s in two sections. They are going to save a sample for Dismal to inspect to see if he’s eating something around the house that he shouldn’t be, and see if they can’t get the second section to pass. They’re going for an enema and subQ fluids.

Now, we wait.