BLOGMAS Day 15 // Christmas ‘Pet-Style’

When you’ve got pets, a whole new world of Christmas is opened for you. From the cutest festive treats, to adorable Christmas themed jumpers, a pets Christmas is just as lovely, and a lot more adorable than all other Christmases.

So this year I’m showing you guys how my little guys celebrate Christmas!Christmas - pet style (1)Starting out with their treats, this year I got them a cat-friendly advent calendar, that fortunately splits into four pieces, so every day each one is guaranteed a treat. I also picked out a Christmas tree toy (that’s filled with catnip!) and adorable Christmas stocking that contains toys, biscuits and even cat grass!Christmas - pet style (2)As you can see, each of the cats has their own tiny stocking, which I put another treat in, for them to have on Christmas day.IMG_0641Milo is the chosen one for the Christmas style this year, as you can see him sporting an adorable festive jumper! Sawyer finds it quite enough that he wears a red collar, that we are occasionally allowed to stuff tinsel in.


And that’s how my pets celebrate Christmas! Let me know in the comments if you have pets, and how you spoil them at Christmas time!

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Meet My Girls: Tabitha & Ginger

That’s right. Those two gorgeous boys you’ve already met aren’t the only felines around these parts. Before them, there were the OGs, the girls, Tabs and Ginge.

These gorgeous gals came into our lives 12 years ago. For my 8th birthday I had no presents, only a card that told me it was a ticket to my present. After a short drive, we arrived at a farm, now from mentally going from thinking I’d got a pony, to a puppy, we finally went inside and little Ginger was handed to me.

I had never felt so happy, excited and in love. Until I laid eyes on Tabitha. She was my type of cat, I could just tell. I was still unbelievably excited to have Ginger, but I loved Tabitha too. I told my parents how cute I thought she was, and, not for the last time, we left with two kittens.

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Ginger Bygrave | 12 | Tortoise Shell

Ginger is the OG. She’s quite possibly the most affectionate cat in the entire world. She knows a lot of cute tricks, from opening doors, to having an actual conversation with you. She knows how to get your attention, and is entirely willing to reach out her claws to remind you it’s been 30 seconds since you’ve petted her.


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Named by my family because of her tabby coat, ever since we brought Tabitha home, she has been the queen of the household. One of the prettiest kitties to ever grace this Earth, Tabitha knows full well of just how gorgeous and loved she is. She’s also a man’s cat, she is willing to be around ladies, but definitely prefers the company of a man.


And those are my girls! They were definitely the best birthday present I had ever gotten up until that point, and they were my first proper responsibilities. I’m so glad we did end up getting both of these girls, because I feel it really helps in them adjusting and having someone else to grow up with.

What was your first pet?

Meet My Boys: Sawyer & Milo

A few years ago, well, precisely 3, I had what I can only ever explain as, a need. I have always been so happy with my pets, and I adore every single one of them. But 4 years ago I felt like I was ready for a bigger responsibility. I had a need for a kitten. Like all kids, I approached my parents, gave an outstanding speech about how lucky they are to have me as a child, and therefore the most fitting reward would be a kitten.

I was told no.

But being as tenacious as I am, I gradually began my plot to both prove myself, and annoy my parents. So began the year of non-stop-kitten talk.

Eventually my father gave in and told my mum to ‘just let her have a kitten already.’ And so the search began. By search, I mean one day of browsing the classifieds and Internet. Heck, I’d been waiting a year already, I wasn’t planning on waiting any longer. My mum even told me of a friend of hers, who had a newly pregnant cat, and I could have pick of the litter. But I would not wait long enough for her to give birth. Instead, I found a handsome black and white kitten, and I begged to go and pick him up immediately, but was told I’d have to wait until the next day. I couldn’t sleep a wink.

The next day FINALLY rolled around, my father told us he’d see us with our 2 kittens later on. I argued back, insisting I only wanted 1. 3 cats was more than enough for me, 4 was just silly. We went on the journey to pick him up. Sawyer Scott. He’d been called that since before I knew I was getting him. We got there, I fell in love. My mums friend texted me, jokingly telling me I could only get a kitten if I named him Milo. So naturally, I told my mum we needed to get another one, because Sawyer was already firmly named.

We left with 2.

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Sawyer Scott Bygrave | 2 | Black and white

Ragamuffin. Prince. Sawyer is the embodiment of a handsome, cheeky, loveable boy. He IS his uncle Tyler. Everything Uncle Ty does, so does Soy. And what Soy doesn’t copy, he watches intently and demands to be a part of any activity.

Hobbies Include: Fly Hunting, Being persuasive, emulating uncle Tyler, sitting on laptops, rolling in soot, counting with his tail, picking fights he is not big enough for, being gorgeous and chasing Ginger.


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Milo Taloola Bygrave | 2 | Golden as the sun

Lion-in-the-making. Refuses to wear a collar because he knows he is destined to be a wild one. Milo is much more a relaxed bystander. Observing everything. Silent until absolutely necessary. Trusting of a select few. You’re the most honoured in the room if he chooses to seat himself on your lap. I also like to describe My to people who don’t know him, as someone who likes to go everywhere either ass, or claws first.

Hobbies Include: Judging people while they sneeze, biting his nails (specifically on my bed, despite rule #3, no clipping nails on my bed), sleeping on pillows (despite rule number #2, no sleeping on pillows), obsessing over anything horse-scented and sighing.

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Those are my 2 boys! You can follow them on Instagram if you’d like to see more of them and my 2 girls! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know if you’d like to meet more of my ohana. From the Puppy posse, to the Chinchilla clique, you want it, we’ve got it.

Beginners Guide To: Dogs

Research suggests dog owners are likely to be fitter and happier than those without a pup. As if this isn’t enough to convince you that you need a tiny, loving companion, they are also adorable, loyal and soon become a valued member of your family.

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So today, I’m giving you crash course in owning a dog.

The first, most important thing to take into account before getting a pup, is to find out which one is most suited to your circumstances. You’ll need to think about how much time you can dedicate to them, and if where you live is suitable for walks, and generally raising a happy, content pup. Time also is paramount as the amount of time you invest in your dog, is directly correlated to how many tricks your dog knows, and how well behaved your dog is.

The next thing is cost. The first year is one of the most expensive, but also paramount. There’s also, the bare minimum you can spend, but you can also be more extravagant, with toys, treats etc.

Be prepared for mess. A lot of mess. This mostly applies to puppies, as they like to test to see if everything is edible, and also sometimes they play interior decorator and just feel you don’t need your current carpet, skirting boards or curtains.


But once you’ve trained and spoiled your pup, the rewards really are endless. So now I’m going to stop listing requirements and considerations and just show you how amazing and fulfilling they are to have in your family. Big or small, loud or timid, our puppy posse shows you how real angels look.

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They really are members of the family once you get one. I urge everyone to have a dog at some point in your lifetime, if you can realistically care for one. Unfortunately, not everyone can, but even more unfortunately, people make commitments to these guys, with no intention of keeping them. So today I’m sharing with you a link that by answering a daily question, right or wrong, Freekibble donates 10 pieces of kibble to Animal Shelters to help feed their hungry dogs. Add it to your bookmarks, and just by answering their daily question, you’re helping out dogs that really need it.


also s/o to the dude that assisted me today, an excellent photographer.

A Day In The Life: Pet Owner

As I mentioned in my previous post, I always think it’s nice to have a little insight into someone’s life that you may not usually get to see. So today I thought I’d give you all a look into a different area of my life; my pets. I think this post will be multi-purposeful because not only will it just give you a little peek into this area of my life, but it might help you if you are considering getting a pet, I will outline all of the responsibilities, but also all of the amazing rewards that come with them. And they are all very cute, so that’s always a plus. So here we go!

A day in the life…

7.00am – On a usual day I will begrudgingly part ways with my bed after being padded at and snuggled by Milo, and once he’s successfully woken me up I immediately throw my curtains back (a great way to help you wake up in the morning, the sunshine suppresses melatonin, the hormone that tells your body to sleep!).

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7.10am – In order to ensure I can have a peaceful breakfast and general peaceful morning, I do as the many repetitive cries tell me, and feed everyone before preparing food for myself. (Everyone’s always most grateful though, so I don’t resent it)

This stage obviously is arguably the biggest responsibility that comes along with pets. This is not only because it takes your time and money, but you need to ensure you fully understand your pets dietary requirements. For example, the Chinchillas can’t have a lot of sugary foods as much like Degus, they are high risk for diabetes, so treats must be kept to a minimum. Remember also that every animal is different, so you have to know that not everyone can have the same thing; for example, Milo gets fed less and more often than the other cats because he can’t stomach larger-less frequent meals, Hemingway despises carrots, whereas Jack loves them, but they both must have them rarely as carrots aren’t actually good for Buns. It’s always heavily important to do your research about any animal before you invest in giving one a home.

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7.30am – By now everyone is well fed and settled (usually into their morning naps) and my morning is free for non-pet related activities.

10.30am – At this point of the morning when I’m home, I’ll move onto cleaning out and refreshing the bedding for the Buns, Guineas and Chinchillas (cuddle time ensues).

Again, this is another important responsibility for the hygiene of your pets. Without frequent bedding changes, your Buns and Guineas are at risk of mites and diseases. Furthermore, some pets can actually be allergic to certain types of bedding, so it’s always best to remain safe and not frequently change the brand of what you use for bedding, and if you have to, mix your current one with the one you are changing to and keep an eye on your pets eyes, skin and any sneezes you might hear (tiny sneezes are adorable, but remember your pet is telling you it’s agitating them!)

11am – And once again I am able to take a little break to sort out any non-animal related things on the agenda.

1pm – If I’m home and have a bit of free time and the weather permits, I like to spend some of the afternoon with the dogs, going for a short walk or just a spot of playing in the garden.

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2pm – By now we’re home again just in time for everyone’s scheduled afternoon nap.

3.30pm – Uncle Tyler comes home. Everyone rushes to greet him.

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3.35pm – Everyone has their own cuddle and play time.

4.30pm – Everyone is now in scheduled phase 2 of ‘Afternoon Nap’.

8.30pm – Dinner time at the zoo. Everyone has their water and food bowls topped up before winding down for the evening (Though this is now morning time for the Chinchillas who are nocturnal, they are just watching their equivalent of early morning television).

10pm – By now, everyone’s eyes are fighting to stay open, and usually Sawyer has complained enough at the lights being on, alerting us all that he is ready for bed.

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10.30pm – We’re all snuggled and in the land of dreams.

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That’s it for a day in the life of a pet owner! Do you have any pets? Let me know in the comments below! Also if you have any questions about pet care/advice, ask away!