Thursday, December 12, 2013

Remember, it’s cold for your pets too!

Hi Friends,
It was a FREEZING 4 degrees here this morning!
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Don’t forget to take care of your outside furries when it’s cold like this. They can easily suffer frostbite or freeze to death if you don’t provide them proper shelter.
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Don’t forget about water either. It freezes quickly and will need changed many times per day.

You can also purchase heated water bowls.
Here is an easy build your own insulated cat shelter.
Quick, cheap and easy.
And don’t be afraid to buy them heated pet beds.

Please take care of them… they can’t fend for themselves when it’s this cold.
Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

~ Merry Christmas ~

Hello there blogging friends!

Long time no see! My apologies! It was a busy summer and fall and blogging seemed to have slipped away from me with all the fun things going on!

Thought I’d pop in with a little Primcats Christmas!

Christmas in the living room ~


Oh how I love this time of year!


I added the draped Cheesecloth and garland to the ceiling this year and I really think it set it off.


So warm and cozy in the living room.


Lights all aglow.


My Too Far Gone Primitives Snowman standing proud with his his reindeer friend.


Isn’t he cute?!


And I just love Mr. Reindeer!




Here is how I did the cheesecloth.

Just stapled it to the wall.


And then stapled the greens on top of that.




Really frames it all!


I really love how this turned out this year.


I may or may not be back with more. Time will tell!

In the meantime enjoy the Christmas season!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats and Holly

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Well hello there stranger!

Hi Friends,

No worries I am still alive and well. Just busy with warm weather stuff and not on here as much.

I wanted to pop in today to let you know about our friend Earlene at Primitive Passion Decorating’s blog.



(Stole this pic from her! Ha! Isn’t it perfect!)

As many of you know she has been having blog issues. She had an IT guy out last week to work on the problem. What had happened is her blog name got changed somehow in blogger. So he changed it back.

You will find Earlene at

Somehow the word decorating had been removed and that is why she has disappeared from our blog rolls even though she has been there all along. She still isn’t on our blog rolls so you will need to sign up for her email link to be reminded when she posts. Or you can bookmark her and just pop in whenever. I also unfollowed her and then refollowed her in friend connect just to be safe.

Stop over and say hi to Earlene! She misses all your visits!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy 4 Year Blogaversary!


Hi Friends!

Yep it’s here!

Happy Blogiversary to the Primcats!

4 years!

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Now if I would just find time to post more often!

Have a great day peeps!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Door Corner for Spring

Hi Friends,
I have been staring at this corner for months. Empty.
After taking down the Christmas tree in February I just wasn’t feeling it at all. I brought my spring boxes upstairs but nothing was coming to me. I am not one to leave things “undone” but I just left them there. Piled up in front of my beautiful chippy doors.
Until… I found my inspiration at the Gathered Treasures show. I picked up a bunch of great treasures there is always. I just love the Gathered Treasures show!
The most important piece I found is the trunk! Old and rugged! A great base for the corner.
This great 5 gallon crock was a deal.
This primtastic Spring banner to grace the lid. Perfect!
The big picture. Rascal lounging on the ottoman.
I filled the trunk with some more fun treasures.
My new favorite pin keep. This kitty!
Isn’t he the cutest? Squee!
Tabby striped!
That face!!!!!!!!!!!! Love!
Loved this measuring tape I picked up!
Hung a goodwill chair on the door.
For my new skeep! Love this!
The birds and the bees.
A wreath with a birdie on the other.
And of course a primcat.
I hope you enjoyed this springs door corner.
Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Caturday ~ Fleas




Welcome to Caturday, where we talk all about cat issues!

Today we need to talk about a big one. It’s that time of year again! FLEAS! YUK!

I often get asked about how I deal with keeping our house flea free having 14 cats. Cats that have access to an outdoor cat enclosure where they could get fleas.

Well, the answer is simple, I use Frontline Plus. And I am ashamed to say I do.

Truly. Honestly. Ashamed.

As a natural cat mom I try my best not to put anything harmful into our cats bodies or environments. But fleas are one issue I have never won using natural treatments. I have tried them all. If you have read it or seen it on the internet or heard about it from a friend… we have done it. But we have always ended up with fleas.

I think a lot of natural treatments not working has to do with the fact that we have so many cats that do have access to the outside, albeit an enclosed space that they can’t escape from, but fleas can still get in. So our chances of getting fleas are much, much higher than the average household. And our cats all go out to the enclosure, and we are surrounded by other people who own pets who all roam bring fleas into our area.


The fact in our house is this… natural treatments have never worked for us and I will never again chance another infestation while attempting to go natural.

Ashamed? Yes. But also flea free.

I pick my battles and with fleas I use WMD’s knowing full well that they are terrible chemicals. But I guess I just have to take my chances. Okay. I am done explaining myself and trying to defend my decision. Even I struggle with this one as I know even in my own head it makes no sense and it endangers my cats. Sigh. But again… we haven’t had fleas in years.

The one thing I want to be VERY clear about here though is that I only treat my cats 2 times a year. Spring and fall. I do not treat monthly. I have found it’s unnecessary. 2 times a year works as well as monthly in our situation. So keep that in mind when treating your animals.

I would not treat at all if I had just 2 cats that never went outside. You would be treating for something that had no risk. No need to put chemicals into your cats body if they aren't even going to get a flea.


Next question I get is this:

How can you afford to treat 14 cats with Frontline Plus?

The answer to that question can be found here.

I have been using this method for minimum 10 years. It’s true. Check the package ingredients yourself.



Question: I flea treated my cat with a spot on but it still has fleas. What can I do? 

You can buy Capstar. The Capstar will kill all the fleas on your cat almost instantly and the frontline will prevent re-infestation. Use the Capstar right away. It will kill all fleas on your cat with in an hour. It is imperative that you do not skip this. I have used this product many many times in rescue.


Frontline (or advantage, revolution, promeris, etc.) is only effective if the flea bites the cat. Fleas have a 3 week lifespan and only feed for a few days of those three weeks, so you must use Capstar to kill all live fleas on your cat instantly. After you Capstar add on the Frontline Plus and it will keep fleas future fleas off your cat. Any eggs that hatch will be killed when they feed by the Frontline.



Treats flea infestations on pets. Starts killing adult fleas on the pet within 30 minutes. One dose lasts 24 hours. Use when pets are likely to be exposed to fleas. Also may be used prior to surgery, boarding, or grooming. Active ingredient is Nitenpyram, which interferes with the normal nerve transmission of insects, effectively killing them. Not a preventive. For pets over four (4) weeks of age. Package of 6.


contains fipronil, which spreads via the body oils killing fleas within 24 hours and ticks within 48 hours. Ticks are generally killed before they bite, decreasing the risk of tick-borne disease transmission. Approved for use on kittens 8 weeks and older.

Frontline Plus also contains (S)-methoprene, an Insect Growth Regulator, which prevents an insect from maturing or reproducing. Approved for use on kittens 8 weeks and older.


So that’s my flea advice for Caturday.

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thrifty Thursday and Happy Birthday Holly

Hi Friends,

How’s things? Good I hope. Its been a rough week here at our house. Last Friday morning at 2 am I woke up with a terrible stomach bug. It was no good. I even called off work and I NEVER call off. I had no choice. I was so sick. By Saturday evening I was finally able to pull myself together and eat. I felt a little better after that. But this whole week has been tiring for me. Then Mr. Primcat got a cold, and gave it to me. Sigh. We have had it rough this last week. I hope we are on the upswing!

On to the more interesting stuff!

I have treasures to share with you today!

Check out this pretty little dresser I picked up a the GW. I think it’s just vintage. But it may be antique. Either way… I LOVE it! So precious!



Love the details! It’s missing a ring but I don’t mind!


I also picked up this adorable little apron that I enjoy wearing around the house when cooking and cleaning. I had forgotten how useful aprons really are! Smile


A cute little welcome sign.


And a drawer for hanging…


… or sitting.


And one more thing…

Today is Holly’s 5th birthday!


Happy Birthday to our baby girl. She is the best dog in the world. We just love her so very much! 


She loves hanging out in the cat enclosure and playing fetch. We have to keep the grass really short though or she gets lost! LOL! 


Being outside makes her happy!


Tonight there will be lots of treats to celebrate this little girls day and the wonderful gifts of love she brings to us every day!


Happy Birthday Holly!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats