Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Me or the Phone

Mom Paula is retiring in two months, so she's really busy at work trying to help with the transition of projects she's in charge of.  Unfortunately, that means she's on the road a lot and is getting home late.Truffle is insisting Mom Paula pay more attention to her at night instead of getting on the phone or the computer.  Do you think it works?
Truffle:  It's me or the phone!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Mom Paula wakes up to this beautiful face each morning.
Truffle - first thing in the morning


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Caturday Art

Brulee posed for our Caturday Art creation today.  We used the tattoo effect from LunaPic for our design.  We hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday.
Brulee with the Tattoo effect from LunaPic


You can see more Caturday Art creations by visiting Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, January 27, 2017

My Box

Would any of you attempt to get into the Chewy.com box with the look that Brulee is giving Truffle?
Brulee - Don't you dare get into my box!

Sisters will be sisters!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sisterly Conversations

Don't you wonder what your fur children are talking about sometimes?  Truffle and Brulee are stereotypical sisters.  The play with each other, fight with each other, and have casual conversations. Sometimes, Mom Paula even thinks they are jealous of each other.
Tell ,me she didn't do that!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Revisiting Our Sedona Fountain

We previously shared a review of the Drinkwell® Sedona Fountain - Lake Breeze from PetSafe® last Spring.  At the time, Mom Paula had it in the dining room area near the window.  She could never tell if we were drinking from it or not and considered putting it up for later use.  However, our fountain we used in the bedroom, which had a stream we would drink from, broke and Mom Paula decided to put the Sedona fountain in the bedroom beside the bed to see if we would drink from it.  All of a sudden, both of us love drinking from the fountain and Brulee will actually drink from the top.  This is a beautiful fountain and Mom Paula is thrilled that we are now drinking from it on a regular basis. This goes to show one should never give up on a water fountain or any other cat item because you never know when we will decide it's our favorite.
Brulee drinking from her Drinkwell® Sedona Fountain from PetSafe®

Monday, January 23, 2017

National Pie Day is Brulee's Day

Today is National Pie Day and Brulee thinks the day is in honor of her because Mom Paula calls her "Sweetie Pie."  Have a great day today.

Brulee aka Sweet Pie

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Selfie

A rare cuddle moment between Mom Paula and Brulee for our Sunday Selfie.  Have a wonderful day.
Mom Paula and Brulee

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Caturday Art

We went back to LunaPic today for our Caturday Art creation.  After selecting the paper folding effect, we went to PicMonkey and added some green to Truffle's eyes for a more dramatic effect.
Truffle with the paper folding effect from LunaPic

You can see more Caturday Art creations by visiting Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Flashback Friday

We thought everyone could use a smile today, so we're flashing back to January 2012.  Brulee had only been with us for 2 months and Truffle was being spayed.  This photo shows them as kittens when they were both still willing to snuggle together.  If you look closely, you  can see Truffle's paw resting around Brulee's neck. Isn't this the purrfect picture of peace?
Truffle and Brulee - January 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Whisper "I Love You" Day

Did you know that today is Whisper "I Love You" Day?  Mom Paula tells us all the time she loves us and we show her in our special way that we love her too.  Take time today to tell those close to you that you love them.
Mom Paula and Truffle share a quiet moment

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cat Room

Brulee and Truffle in the middle of their stuff

We think we need a bigger house!  Mom Paula keeps threatening to put all of our stuff away so she will have room to walk around.  We think everything looks fine like it is.  Do you have problems with your human's wants and your needs as a cat?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Who's Who? Silver Shaded Persians

Have you ever wondered how Mom Paula tells us apart?  Would you believe she's even confused us at times?  What are our similarities? What are our differences?
Truffle and Brulee demonstrate the silver tipping on their backs
Truffle (left) and Brulee (right) demonstrating the differences in their silver tipping on their backs

Many people look at us and say we're white Persians.  Even Grandma Faye will tell people that Mom Paula is owned by two beautiful white Persians.  Yes, at first glance, we do look like white cats, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're Silver Shaded Persians. What does this mean?

Silver Shaded Persians

The silver shaded Persian is easily confused with the Chinchilla Persian.  To the average human eye, we look the same.  The difference, according to the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA), is that the Chinchilla Persian has tipping about 1/8 of the length of the fur, whereas, the shaded Persians have about 1/3 of the length of the fur tipped.  The silver shaded Persians have either green or blue-green eyes (both of us have a shade of green eyes). The eye rims, nose, and lips are outlined in black.  We have a white undercoat and the ends of our fur is tipped in black.  The silver shaded Persian is a little different from some of the more traditional Persians you see now because we have doll faces. A doll-face Persian has a normal length nose that is in proportion with the rest of the face and skull structure, but still has the distinctive look of a Persian.
Brulee (left) and Truffle (right) demonstrating the outlines of the eyes and noses.  You can't see their black lips in this photo.

There is a breed standard for the silver shaded Persians if someone wants to show them in a cat show. We're not show-quality cats, but pet-quality according to breed standards. However, we do have some of the required characteristics of the breed.  We do have the green or blue-green eyes: Brulee's eyes are more green, while Truffle's eyes have a slight blue-green shade.  It took almost two years for our eyes to reach their green shade.  Both of us have the black eyeliner surrounding our round eyes.  
Truffle, Beignet, and Brulee with their dark fur the day they were born

Did you know that silver shaded Persians were born with dark fur.  Mom Paula was warned not to be surprised when she received the first photos because the kittens wouldn't be light in color.  Our coats didn't begin to get lighter until we were about four weeks old.  It took almost two years for our full coats and final coloring to develop. Our undercoats are white and the fur on our back, flanks, head, and tail are tipped in black.  Truffle also has some tipping on her legs. The ear tufts, chin, chest, and stomach should be pure white. You'll notice in the photo above that we are a pure white spot between our noses and mouths. The nose should be brick red with black outline, which Brulee has. Truffle has a black nose (shaped like a heart), which isn't standard, but Mom Paula says that makes her unique. Truffle is still a registered silver shaded Persian, but she doesn't meet the standard for a show cat.  Our paw pads are black, which is really neat to see hidden beneath the soft, white fur.
I'm prettier than you!
We're usually pretty docile

Did you know that at one time, the silver shaded Persians were considered difficult to handle?  Some judges in cat show rings were heard to say that the silvers were gorgeous, but you couldn't put your hands on them.  Fortunately, this is no longer the case with the breed.  We are different in personality, though, from Persians of other colors.  We're much more active.  Mom Paula was quite surprised how active we are compared to Sweet Praline. We like to be entertained, so Mom Paula has a lot of interactive toys for us to play with. Truffle can be a little bully to Brulee if she doesn't have an outlet for her need for play.  Silver Persians are usually smaller in size (we weigh around 7 pounds) and we don't develop our full coat and look until 3-5 years of age.  We are known to be intelligent, affectionate, and people-oriented.  The silvers are not typical "couch potatoes" as Persians are usually described.  Don't get us wrong, we do like to take our naps, but we like activity, too.  The silvers are sensitive and don't like isolation and confinement.  Some breeders say silver Persians are "sassy" little characters, which Mom Paula says fits us purrfectly!
Brulee's cottony fur

Silver shaded Persians have profuse coats and some have the difficult-to-groom "cotton candy" coat.  Brulee has this cotton candy coat.  It's so soft to the touch, but mats like crazy. Our skin is very thin and Mom Paula has to be careful not to hurt us by pulling on our fur too hard when we are groomed.  We've shared posts in the past of the multiple tools Mom Paula uses to groom us.  We have a brush, a slicker, a comb, a mat remover, and blunt-nosed scissors just for our fur.  We have additional tools and products for our eyes and claws.
Truffle's green eyes



We hope you've enjoyed our little description of silver shaded Persians.  Both of us are registered with the CFA, but we have different characteristics.  Have you figured out how to tell us apart yet?  Look at our eyes, our noses, and our fur.

Mom Paula:  I used to go to cat shows when they were held in South Carolina and fell in love with the beautiful, long-haired Persians.  I never thought I'd be able to have one, but was so blessed to get Sweet Praline when I was going through my divorce.  The Persians can be a little aloof at times, but they do have the sweetest personalities.  Grooming their fur and keeping their eyes clean are a full-time job.  It's almost impossible to keep my house and clothes fur-free.  When I lost Praline, I knew I still wanted Persians in my life and along came Truffle and Brulee.  They are beautiful cats who are full of personality.  If any of you are ever in SC near us, I'd love you to drop by and meet the girls so you can fall in love, too.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Brulee wanted to pose for today's Sunday Selfie.  What do you think of her sultry pose?
Brulee

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Caturday Art

We went back to LunaPic today for our artistic creation.  We used the "fairy" effect with this photo and then went to PicMonkey to add some green back to our eyes.  We love the effect.
Truffle and Brulee using the Fairy effect in LunaPic

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Candy for Kitties - Chewy Review

We received a new treat from Chewy.com as part of the Blogger Outreach program last month and it's like candy, especially to Brulee.
Brulee introducing Wellness Kittles Treats
Brulee introduces three flavors of the Wellness® Kittles™ treats
Disclosure - Received Wellness® Kittles™ treats to review


We've been fans of Wellness® cat food for a long time.  In fact, one of Brulee's favorite Wellness products is the Signature Selects shredded can food.  When we received the opportunity to review the Wellness® Kittles­™ cat treats, we jumped in with all eight paws.  The Kittles cat treats are 100% grain-free and wheat-free and contain no corn or soy.
Truffle waiting for Mom Paula to open the Duck and Cranberries Recipe

Kittles cat treats offer a teeth-cleaning crunch.  They contain no meat by-products, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  Each delicious and crunchy treat is less than 2 calories.  They offer tasty meat sources such as tuna, salmon, lamb, and chicken.  We received a bag of the Duck and Cranberries Recipe.  There are over 150 fun-shaped treats in each bag.  The Kittles treats are available in 6 recipes:  duck and cranberries, chicken and cranberries, tuna and cranberries, salmon and cranberries, turkey and cranberries, and whitefish and cranberries.
Brulee eating Wellness® Kittles™ cat treats

We chose to review the duck and cranberries recipe because we always eat chicken/turkey and tend to avoid too many fish products.  We always eat freeze-dried treats, so Mom Paula wasn't too sure how we would react to these since they were smaller and crunchy.  Brulee LOVED these treats.  She will even push Truffle out of the way to eat them.  She seems to love the flavor and crunchiness.  In fact, it was difficult to get a clear photo of either of the girls eating the treats because they'd grab them so fast to eat.
Truffle assists Mom Paula in opening the bag

All six flavors of the Wellness Kittles Tasty, Crunchy Cat Treats are available at Chewy.com ($2.50-3.99 per bag).  If you choose to participate in the autoship program, you can get a reduction in the prices.  We recommend you add these treats to a larger order with food and litter because Chewy.com offers free 2-day shipping for orders that total $49+.  As always, the customer service is excellent at Chewy.com.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Brulee is thankful to Aunty ML (we miss her) for this soft pink Peggy Blankie.  Mom Paula keeps it on her bed and Brulee sleeps there at night.  Mom Paula is thankful to wake up and see Brulee there each morning.  Do your cats greet you in the morning?
Brulee on her Peggy Blankie

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

We Didn't Do It

Ever catch your cats together and when you say something to them, they give you that look?  It makes you wonder what they've been up to or what they are planning.  Is that a guilty look on their faces or not?
We're not doing anything

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hanging Out in Our Chewy Box

We're hanging out in our Chewy.com box to share our monthly kitty product with you tomorrow. Stay tuned for some delicious treats...
Brulee and Truffle hanging out in their Chewy.com box

Brulee thinks we need another box!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Truffle gave Mom Paula a wonderful gift last night.  Truffle loves to be next to Mom Paula and doesn't really mind it when she picks her up to hug a little.  However, Truffle isn't a lap cat.  Last night, Mom Paula was sitting on her chair with her legs covered by a warm blanket (it was cold here). Truffle voluntarily climbed onto Mom Paula's lap and rested there for over an hour.  Mom Paula even fell asleep for a short nap while Truffle slept on her lap.  Mom Paula is still smiling.
Truffle

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Caturday Art

We'd forgotten about LunaPic, but found this cool Escher Art Effect and loved how it reflected what our life currently feels like:  chaos.  We hope everyone has a great weekend.
Truffle and Brulee designed from LunaPic - Escher Art Effect

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Floofy Friday

We're getting ready for a cold weekend here in the South and the weatherman is predicting a chance of snow this weekend.  We're glad we have a lot of fur to keep us warm.  We'll snuggle up next to Mom Paula at night for some added warmth.
Brulee

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Truffle is thankful for her Yeowww! Rainbow she received from Spitty in her Secret Paws package.
Good stuff!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Treat Stares

This photo depicts our stares when we want a treat (or two).  Mom Paula can't resist us when we look at her like this.
Truffle and Brulee hypnotizing Mom Paula into giving them some treats

Monday, January 2, 2017

Brulee's Stare

Welcome to 2017.  We want to continue to help those of you who visit us to leave us with a smile and good feelings about life in the South with two sweet Southern Persian ladycats.  There will be times this year that we'll share information about a serious topic, post reviews of cat products that interest us, and always photos of us in our environment.  Mom Paula is retiring early this year and she hopes to devote a little more time to the blog and helping us visit our friends.
Brulee's haunting stare

Remember when we told you about Brulee's newest habit of sitting in a small area beside Mom Paula's chair and staring at her.?  Mom Paula was able to capture a photo of Brulee doing this.  She doesn't say anything, but just sits and looks.  Sometimes Mom Paula can entice her out with treats or the laser toy, but sometimes, Brulee just sits.  This started back when Aunt Vicky was staying with us because of the evacuation due to the hurricane that hit SC.    The spooky thing is that Truffle will sometimes do the same thing.  We'll continue to investigate this mystery this year...

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

We're ready for 2017 with challenges, anxious changes, new and old friendships, happiness, health, and renewal.  Happy New Year!
Truffle and Brulee wish you a Happy New Year in 2017