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When I first got my cat 18 months ago I had no idea at just how many different types of litter trays and types of litter were available and did find it a little confusing to decide what was best for my cat. One thing I knew was that my kitten was going to remain as an indoor cat so would require adequate toileting facilities permanently indoors.
To begin with I purchased a starter litter tray kit from pets at home which consisted of a small pink litter tray, scoop, and tray liners. Straight away I realised the tray liners were a waste of time as my kitten scratched and clawed them until the litter was everywhere and the liners ripped. This litter tray was successful to begin with but my fast growing kitten was soon looking a little big for the small tray so I went on the hunt for a new one.
This was when I was faced with the dilemma of a covered litter tray or an open one, I read lots about them and decided that I thought my cat would be a little apprehensive about the covered trays as they look so much like cat carriers and it was always a chore getting her into that. I therefore opted to purchase a normal larger litter tray and picked up one from Wilkinson’s for a couple of pounds. This litter tray has worked perfectly, my cat uses her tray for all of her business and appears to be happy with it. I am very conscious that all of her business is done in the litter tray as she does not go outdoors but I have placed the tray in a quite corner next to a plug in air freshener and remove waste on a frequent basis and clean and change the litter fully 3 times per week.
When it came to the litter itself I tried both clumping cat litter which was sprayed everywhere by my cat and left a lot of dust around the litter tray before trying the wood based cat litter which my cat seemed to prefer and keep much more in her tray. It also seems to keep any unpleasant odour at bay and be excellent at absorbing the liquid waste. I have also found that many places now sell the wood based litter but if I am lucky I can pick up bags from my local pound shop which makes it much better value and is just as good as some of the more expensive brands.
Overall I think a basic large litter tray and woodbased cat litter is the best option for my cat. She seems happy with the arrangement and I find it easy to keep clean and manage as well as quite cheap. I think cat litter and trays are just trial and error and finding the best option to suit you and your cat.
I never thought I would own a cat but living in an apartment is not a suitable home for a dog. So after lots of nagging my husband brought me a cat for my 30th birthday and she is now 18 months old.
Tinkerbell is a female calico moggy with a big personality and lots of character. When I got her she was just 8 weeks old and a small bundle of fluff and cuteness. My expectations of owning a kitten/cat were slightly wrong. Everyone had told me that cats were very independent and practically took care of themselves. This is of course not true, Tink does like to have her own space but still requires quite a bit attention there is also the cost.
Tink is an indoor cat so requires lots of toys and playtime and the sleepy kitten stage soon wears off. Although I think I have been quite lucky with Tink as generally she is quite well behaved you still have to ensure that you provide clean water and litter tray for your cat and feed and groom them frequently, provide scrach posts to save your furniture and toys to prevent boredom. I also have pet insurance for Tink and have her enrolled in a cat club at the vets which covers her flea and worming treatments and yearly inoculations. In total my cat costs me around £50 a month so something you certainly need to take into consideration when thinking about having a cat.
Luckily Tink has never required any veterinary treatment other than the cost of being spayed which I opted to do. I personally think this is really important for any cat as it not only prevents pregnancy but also future health problems and the distress of seasons for you and the cat where they can become irritable and very vocal.
I think cats have quite simple needs but also need love, affection and care. Tink spends all weekdays on her own while we are at work so when I get home I try and spend time playing with her, she likes to play fetch like a dog although doesn’t understand the concept of returning the toy to me. She is fed twice per day and given fresh water and groomed at least twice per week to keep her coat healthy and prevent fur balls. She also likes to curl up on my knee and if my husband is sat with me will push him away to have her time with me. Also at night she sleeps on the end of our bed which although I said would never happen I could not cope any longer with her cries and scratching at the door and it is quite nice that she wants to be close to us.
I think taking on any pet needs carefully consideration but I love my cat and think the rewards of having the affection and pleasure of her company far outweighs the cost and time she requires.
For cooking I tend to purchase more expensive thicker foil but for just wrapping sandwiches or bits of leftover food to store in the fridge I will buy a basic wrapping foil. On my last trip to Sainsbury’s I purchased a roll of there basics wrapping foil which was priced at £1.15 for 30metres.
This is wrapping foil is more expensive that other supermarkets economy versions but there rolls are usually smaller. Personally I get through quite a lot of this type of foil so having a larger roll was fine with me.
This foil comes in quite a basic cardboard box with the Sainsbury’s basic logo on the front and a serrated edge allowing you to dispense the foil easily without it tearing.
I use tend to use this foil just for wrapping especially for sandwiches which I make daily for mine and my husbands packed lunch or covering leftover food that I am refrigerating. For this use I have had hardly any problems at all with the foil as it keeps my sandwiches/leftovers protected and fresh, it does occasionally tear but it think that is mainly down to me being clumsy. I have when I have ran out of other foil occasionally used it for cooking but will use 2-3 layers as if I don’t the foil will tear easily when I try and move the meat or item I am cooking or fat or juices will seep through a single layer of the foil.
Overall I think this foil is perfect for what it is intended for as a wrapping foil but if you are requiring foil to line a baking tray then you certainly need to purchase a more expensive thicker variety. I would certainly purchase this again in the future and would recommend it for a wrapping foil as it is great value.
I love cooking and baking but with working full time as well as having a second job, baking celebration cakes as a hobby and a husband that does not cook at all then occasionally meals need to be speedy and quick. Therefore here is my list of favourite speedy meals that I use frequently…
1. Nacho’s – I make my own beef chilli and will always make sure I make a large batch to either have enough for a couple of days or some to freeze. One great snack to make with the chilli is nachos, I simply throw into a bowl some shop brought slightly salted tortilla chips, spoon over the heated chilli and top with cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
2. Fish finger pitta breads – This is my twist on the good old fish finger sandwich and I always have fish fingers in the freezer. I simply warm a pitta bread and fill with 2-3 fish fingers, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and either mayonnaise or tar tar sauce.
3. Corned beef savoury – This is a recipe my mum taught me, simply chop a onion, 4-5 fresh tomatoes and a tin of corned beef and put into a frying pan with a little oil and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and heat until hot and mixed together. Place the mixture in a baking dish and top with slices of boiled potato and grated cheese and bake in the oven until piping hot. I normally serve this with chunks of buttered tiger bread.
4. Jacket Potatoes – These are one of the easiest things to make and I tend to always have potatoes at home. If in a hurry I will microwave these but if I am baking a cake which I do as a hobby I will place the potatoes in the bottom of the oven while the cake is in to provide dinner for when I am finished baking. The beauty of jacket potatoes is that they can be topped with almost anything, my favourites are, cheese, baked bean, tuna mayonnaise, coleslaw, sweet corn or leftover fajita mix, chilli or Bolognese sauce.
5. Topped toast – I have called this topped toast as although I love beans on toast this is not the only quick topping I will add to my toast. I will sometimes top my toast with cheese, spaghetti, ravioli or tinned tomatoes and a sprinkling of cheese. These all make a very quick comforting meal.
I hope you find these as yummy and as quick as I do to create. Thank you for reading!
My cat has been fed Whiskas since I got her at just 8 weeks old. She loves the grilled varieties and it agrees with her stomach too so this is the one I tend to always purchase. Although she really likes the meat selection I do try and give her a little variety so will occasionally purchase the poultry selection too.
Most of the larger supermarkets stock the Whiskas grilled poultry selection boxes of 12x85g pouches ranging from £3.00-£4.75 depending upon offers. The recommended feeding guidelines for an adult cat under 4kg is 2 pouches per day with 20g of biscuit. This is what I have been following for my cat and she is maintaining a healthy weight and this means a box of the meat lasts for 6 days which I think makes it good value.
The poultry selection contains 4 different flavours, chicken, duck, turkey and poultry. The food comes packaged in individually foil pouches to help keep it nice and fresh. On the box you can find all the detailed information about the food including nutritional information and feeding guidelines. It also states that the food contains no artificial flavorings and preservatives and has all the protein, vitamins and minerals a cat requires.
I am completely happy with this food my cat is healthy and energetic and also seems to enjoy this food. The food recently had a change in recipe which seems to have improved my cats love of it as she would previously tend to not seem as eager to eat the chicken and turkey flavour but since the change she cant wait for me to fill her bowl. I know a lot of cat owners tend to argue the case for dried food only diets or to opt for the more expensive brands but this is the only cat food that has never given my cat an upset tummy so for me this makes my decision to feed my cat Whiskas perfectly justified.
Overall my cat really enjoys this food, it keeps her tummy happy and she is looks healthy and full of life. I therefore will continue to feed this to my cat and would recommend it to other cat owners.
Although I try and drink just water or sugar free cordial as much as possible I do enjoy the odd fizzy drink. Recently I stumbled across the range of KA drinks and decided to buy a few to try for a treat.
One of the flavours I purchased was the KA pineapple. I brought a 330ml can from my local Asda store where it was priced at 38p or 3 cans for £1.00.
The sparkling pineapple drink is manufactured by Barr drinks and comes packaged in a black can with green and orange writing so is quite eye catching. The drink is described as 'a taste of the Caribbean' on the front of the can, whilst on the back you can find more detailed product information such as ingredients listing and nutritional information.
The drink itself smells rather sweet but you can smell the pineapple flavour. It is slightly yellow in colour and has a good amount of fizz. As far as the taste is concerned it is fairly nice and although you can tell this drink is pineapple flavoured it is more on the artificial side and when you read the ingredients listings you will see that there is no mention of any pineapple being included. I would also only say it is suitable for those who have a sweet tooth too as it is sweet and one 330ml can contains a huge 41.3g off sugar.
Overall this is a drink that I think you get what you pay for. It is quite pleasant and does taste like pineapple but it is very sweet and full of sugar. I would possibly purchase it again in the future but only for a very occasional drink when I am craving something fizzy and sugary.
My cat has been fed Whiskas since I got her at just 8 weeks old. Having never owned a cat before and getting her as a surprise I was not very prepared and had to rush out to purchase food. Whiskas was a brand that I had always been aware off so I opted to feed this brand of food to my cat and have never looked back with her now being fed the simply grilled meat, fish or poultry selections with my cats favourite being the meat variety.
Most of the larger supermarkets stock the Whiskas grilled meat selection in either boxes of 12x85g pouches ranging from £3.00-£4.75 depending upon offers or 40x85g box ranging from £10.00-£11.49 again depending upon special offers.
The meat selection contains 4 different flavours, beef, lamb, chicken and duck. The food comes packaged in individually foil pouches to help keep it nice and fresh. On the box you can find all the detailed information about the food including nutritional information and feeding guidelines. It also states that it contains no artificial flavorings and preservatives and has all the protein, vitamins and minerals a cat requires.
As my cat is an adult cat now the recommended feeding guidelines are 2 pouches per day with 20g of biscuit. This is what I have been following and my cat has maintained a healthy weight and seems satisfied with the amount she is fed.
I have been very happy with this food, my cat is happy and healthy with a glossy coat and bright eyes. I know that a lot of people favour a dried diet for there cats but mine gets an upset tummy if fed too much dried food so while this diet keeps her healthy I am happy to continue to feed it to my cat. This food also recently changed with ‘new improved recipe’ being featured on the box but fortunately this did not have any adverse affect on my cat other than she seems to enjoy it even more than before with a pouch quickly being devoured when it is placed into her bowl.
Overall I think this is an average priced food, my cat enjoys it and I have experienced no problems with it therefore I would recommend it to other cat owners and I will continue to purchase it.
I have an indoor cat and although she always seems quite content and happy she loves to play and I try and purchase her different toys to keep her entertained and prevent boredom. One toy that I purchased her for Christmas was the good girl teasers crinkle wand.
I purchased the crinkle wand from Asda where it was priced at just £1.00 which I thought was rather a good bargain as toys of this nature in pet shops are normally at least double this price.
The toy is made up of a large material fish with soft velvet feeling fins and head and a crinkly body. The fish is suspended on a piece of cord attached to a wand allowing you to dangle the fish in front of your cat to ‘tease’ them and encourage them to pounce and try and catch the fish.
My cat loved this toy and thought it was great fun trying to catch the fish when I dangled it near her especially as it made a rustling noise. But unfortunately this toy was fairly short lived. As much as I tried to out smart my cat and move the fish quickly enough for her not to catch it she is very fast and a couple of times she was quicker than my reflexes and caught the fish in her claws! It was on the 3rd time that my cat proved stronger than the fish and actually snapped the cord holding the fish onto the wand.
Overall if this had been stronger then I think it would have been great but my cat isn’t very big and it didn’t take much for her to break it. This maybe better for a smaller kitten but then the large size of the fish may but them off a little. At only £1.00 I cannot grumble too much but I wouldn’t recommend this toy for anyone with an adult cat, well unless you are quick enough to always keep one step in front of your cat!
Buying a cat means that there are some essential items that you will need this includes a cat carrier. I purchased my cat carrier after looking at various different options and so far have been very happy with it.
My cat carrier is the hard plastic style with a wired mesh door. I purchased my carrier from Wilkinson’s for just £14.99 which I thought was good value.
My cat is an indoor cat but I still need to occasionally take her out to the vets or to a relative if I am going on holiday so it is certainly a much needed item. I did explore the option of a material carrier but wasn’t convinced about how sturdy they would be as my cat certainly likes to scratch anything material. Plus I do not drive so if I take her to the vets it has to be on a bus so I need to be able to keep her dry if it is raining. Therefore the only option for me was the hard plastic style of carrier.
So far I have been very happy with my choice of cat carrier, I place a nice fluffy blanket in the base of the carrier so that is comfortable for my cat. Although she is not a huge fan of going into the carrier the door opens outwards but it is also possible to take the door off fully making it quite easy to place her inside. Once she is in the carrier she tends to settle down quickly and snooze her way to our destination. I feel that she is well protected in the carrier but is able to see out through the mesh door as my cat is very nosey and likes to know exactly what is going on around her!
I think the only negative is that since my kitten grew into a cat she is quite heavy to carry and the plastic handle on the top of the carrier is a little uncomfortable to hold.
Overall I am happy with my choice of the plastic cat carrier it was a good price and provides a nice sturdy, protective environment for my cat whilst travelling and can easily be made comfortable with the addition of a blanket or cushion.
My cat is 18 months old now and when I first got her as an 8 week old kitten I purchased a large amount of kitten milk for her to drink to help her to grow and obviously as cats love milk. Now she is an adult cat I tend to only buy her an occasional cat milk as a treat and one that I purchased recently is the Sainsbury’s own cat milk.
I paid just 55p for a 200ml carton of the cat milk from my local Sainsbury’s store which was excellent value in comparison with the branded cat milk that you can buy.
The milk is packaged in a small cardboard carton with a plastic screw top lid on the top of the carton allowing you to be able to pour the milk out easily and then to replace the lid to keep it fresh. On the carton you can find detailed information about the milk including ingredients listings, storage instructions and serving sizes. It also states that the milk is lactose reduced which is important as cats tummies can be very sensitive to lactose hence why it is not advisable to feed cats normal cows milk. I store this milk in the fridge once opened and each carton provides 6 servings.
The milk itself looks just like our milk if not slightly thicker in consistency. My cat loves this milk and laps it up as soon as it hits her bowl. Although my cat has quite a sensitive stomach this milk does not seem to have had any adverse effect on her.
Overall I have been very impressed with this cat milk. In my opinion it is just as good as the leading brand but half the price, comes in a easy to use container and my cat loves it. 5 stars from me.
I am not brand loyal at all when it comes to shampoo and conditioner as I prefer to change my product regularly as my hair tends to get used to a product and becomes unruly. I came across the Tresemme Platinum strength shampoo when shopping in poundland a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist such a bargain.
I only paid £1.00 in poundland for a 500ml bottle of this shampoo which is a complete bargain as it currently sells for £4.99 in Boots.
The shampoo comes packaged in a black bottle with flip top cap. It states on the front of the bottle that this is a strengthening shampoo and can repair up to 2 years of damage after just 5 uses. On the back of the bottle you can find more detailed product information including ingredients listings and directions for use.
I have been using this shampoo with the matching conditioner for almost a month now and have been impressed with the results. The shampoo itself is white in colour and thick in consistency, I have a short bob and only need to use a blob around the size of a 2 pence piece to get a good lather and it is also easy to rinse out and doesn’t leave any residue.
I have noticed that my hair is much more manageable using this shampoo, I always blow dry and straighten my hair and when I used a different shampoo for a couple of days noticed that my hair was more frizz prone and didn’t style as easily. My hair is always much softer and smoother feeling after using this shampoo with the matching conditioner. I am not totally convinced that my hair is stronger, but I am coming up to a cut and seem to have less dead ends than normal so it may possibly be working as it says.
Overall I have been very impressed with this shampoo, my hair is left feeling great and is much easier to manage/style. I would certainly recommend it and purchase it again in the future especially if I can get it for such a bargain price again.
The popular department store house of fraser also has a website www.houseoffraser.co.uk from which I made my first purchase from last week and thought I would share my experience.
The website allows you to shop by department or brand and sells men’s, children’s & women’s clothing, shoes, bags & luggage, beauty, home, furniture, electricals and gifts. The site is fairly easy to navigate around, I was looking for a specific item so was able to use the search bar feature on the site to find the Havaiana flip flops my husband wanted. But if you are just browsing it is possible to sort and refine your search once you have selected what type of item you want to narrow down the results.
I was lucky as not only was the flip flops my husband wanted in stock but they were also in the sale too. It was very easy to select the size and colour flip flops I wanted and add them to my virtual bag. You also have the option at the selection point to check stock at your nearest store too which I think is a nice feature.
I was quite impressed with the delivery options available as you can choose to collect your item free from your local store or to have it posted to a UK or international address. I opted to have the item delivered to my local store to save on the cost of postage and also missing the delivery as I work full time and I was given several different days to select to collect my item. I opted for the earliest delivery day which was only two days after my order.
The checkout and payment process was also straight forward, I paid with my husband’s house of fraser recognition card but they also accept my major debit and credit cards as well as house of fraser gift vouchers and paypal. After I had completed the payment I was given a order number and received an email with this for my records. On the day my order was due for collection I received both a text message and email with detailed instructions of where in the store to collect my item.
Collection was from the collection point on the second floor of my local store and was quick and easy by just showing the member of staff my order number and waiting a few seconds for her to get the parcel. The flip flops were nicely packaged in tissue paper and a thick bright pink house of fraser sealed plastic bag.
Overall I have no complaints at all with this website I was able to find everything I needed, experienced no problems with the ordering or collection of my item which arrived in perfect condition, therefore I will certainly shop online with house of fraser again and recommend the website.
My local House of Fraser store is located in Nottingham in the Victoria Shopping Centre. It is spread over 3 floors, selling women’s and men’s clothing and homeware, there is also a café. I am a regular shopper in the store as I do tend to quite like my designer clothing.
The store itself is fairly well laid out with women’s clothing being located on the ground floor along with handbags, accessories and a perfume/makeup section. On the first floor you can find more ladies fashion and menswear and on the 2nd floor homeware and the café. I think the only negative is that each brand section tends to have its own staff and own changing room facilities so it can sometimes be a little difficult to work out which staff member to ask for help with items and which changing rooms to use.
Other than this I have always had pretty good customer service and have been happy with all my purchases. My last purchases were a new waterproof mac and a dress both of which were in the sale with 30% off. In fact there is often sales or special weekend brand discount events on which are worth looking out for as I think if you see something you like and can be patient there is discount on most items at some point.
I think some people avoid house of fraser as it is seen as quite an expensive place to shop and I will admit some of the brands and items for sale are rather on the pricey side with brands such as Hugo Boss and Paul Smith being on sale in my local store. But there are other high street brands available too such as warehouse and super dry and I find it nice to be able to shop several brands at once which is very convenient if I am looking for something and am short of time.
The only section I do not venture to very often is home ware as it is located on the top floor so I often overlook it. The selection ranges from small items like candles and towels to settees and televisions. Again prices can vary depending upon the brand and items are often on sale or special offer. There is quite a large café upstairs too with customer toilets, I have eaten here once and was surprised that it is quite reasonably priced and the drink and sandwich I had was rather nice for a shop café.
Overall I do like shopping in house of fraser mainly for the convenience of having several brands all under one roof but do think a little more thought could be put into staffing and staff being able to provide advice on more than just the brand they work for but guess this is difficult in a store of this nature. I will certainly continue to shop her and would recommend a visit for the fashion worshipers out there.
I love the odd bar of chocolate but I have recently been trying to loose a little weight and be healthier so have been on the look out for smaller bars with less calories to enable me to still enjoy a little bit of something sweet without. I found a multi-pack of the Fox’s triple biscuit bars in my local Iceland store recently and with each bar only containing 87 calories each I decided to give them a try.
As previously stated I purchased a multipack containing 9 of the Fox’s triple biscuit bars from Iceland for just 99p which I thought was great value.
The bars consist of two rectangular golden biscuits sandwiched together with a thick layer of milk chocolate. Each bar is individually packed in a plastic wrapper which details the ingredients and allergy advice on the back as well as stating that they are suitable for vegetarians. More detailed product information can be found on the outer pack wrapper.
The bars are quite small but are very tasty with the biscuit layers having a lovely sweet, caramelised taste and are light, crunchy and melt in your mouth. The milk chocolate middle is quite thick but smooth and creamy and provides a great contrast to the biscuit. These bars are brilliant to add to a lunch box or to have as a quick sweet treat without leaving you feeling too guilty.
Overall these are great little biscuit bars which are tasty and great value. 5 stars from me.
am not a tea drinker but when I am trying to loose a little weight I try and drink green tea as it is rumoured that it is meant to help with weight loss by speeding up your metabolism as well as claiming to have other health benefits. I would not say that I actually enjoy the taste of green tea so tend to opt for flavoured varieties and this time I decided to try the Twinings green tea with mint.
I purchased a box of the Twinings mint green tea from Asda when it was on special offer at £1.00 for a box containing 20 bags.
The tea bags look just the same as normal tea bags and you make the tea in the same way by just adding boiled water and leaving to infuse for a 1-2 minutes but obviously not adding any milk. As soon as you add the water to the tea you can smell the mint which is quite strong but rather pleasant.
The taste of this tea is much better than plain green tea, the mint flavour certainly comes through and is very pleasant. It certainly takes away the harsh, bitterness from the green tea and I find it quite refreshing. This tea does not contain any caffeine and only amounts to 1 calorie per 100ml of tea. I have been drinking about 3-5 cups per day and have found that I feel more alert and my weight is coming off, this may just be coincidence but I am going to continue drinking it and am beginning to quite enjoy it.
Overall this is a much more pleasant way to drink Green Tea and I think the mint adds a lovely cleansing and refreshing aspect to it. This is certainly one of the best flavour green teas I have tried and I would recommend it and purchase it again in the future.