Monday, November 11, 2013

China Glaze Mingle With Kringle and a Sick Kitten

First, the winner of the Alcatraz...Rocks giveaway is Annette. We've been in touch to confirm her win, and it's all good. Thanks for entering and reading, and stay tuned for more giveaways in the future. 

My very first thought after looking at China Glaze Mingle With Kringle in the bottle was how much it reminded me of OPI Dazzled By Gold, which was an Ulta exclusive from 2009.  I've featured it on my blog a lot, most recently here.  I didn't do a comparison, but to my eye they look pretty similar.  Here's Mingle With Kringle:






This is a really, really nice gold.  Like, it's really great.  It's exactly my cup of tea.  It's very sparkly and very flattering on my skin tone.  On the first coat it was pretty sheer and I thought it may have needed three.  But nope, on the second coat it was totally opaque.  I am delighted with it, because (without a direct comparison) I feel like it's a pretty good substitute for OPI Dazzled By Gold (which is hard to find now).  I'm so happy with this.  I plan to wear it a lot over this holiday season.  Because GOLD.  

Last week was kind of a mess for us here.  We had a crisis with Remy.  Usually he eats everything in sight.  If you're eating a salad, he sneaks up and then is all of a sudden tearing off away from you with a piece of lettuce in his mouth; he will lick anything that's set down on the table; he wakes me up obscenely early to feed him his wet food breakfast.  Anyway, last Tuesday morning he just stopped eating.  He wasn't eating any of his dry food that's there for grazing, and he wouldn't eat his wet food meals.  He would literally just attempt to bury the food.  He'd paw at the linoleum around the dish, like he was trying to bury his pee (the vet later told me that they do this to attempt to camouflage the food from you; like OH DON'T WORRY I ATE IT SEE IT'S NOT HERE ANYMORE).  I decided to just let it go for one day.  That night he still didn't eat dinner.  When he wouldn't eat the following morning we took him to the vet.  He needed x-rays to see if he had a blockage, and the vet actually thought he had a hairball he couldn't pass, so she gave us a chicken-flavored lubricant to feed him that would let it slide through his system, and also an appetite stimulant pill.  We gave him both.  Several hours later he just looked worse, so I took him to a different vet that was open later.  He did x-rays too, and told me that he might have to have surgery to clear the blockage.  For the next two days he would only eat if I hand-fed him.  I had to smear my fingers in kitten food and let him lick it off.  It was disgusting.  And then he had to go back to the vet.  After one last x-ray he determined that there was no longer a blockage, but he thought it was best to test him for a number of horrible diseases/viruses (and we're still waiting for the test results).

Then on Saturday, out of nowhere, he became totally ravenous for kitten kibble.  He couldn't get enough.  He ate it so fast that he had the hiccups.  By this time I had stopped offering him his wet food, so I just let him go to town on his meat cereal.  By yesterday, he was back to normal, eating-wise (ie eating everything:  his kibbles, his wet food, a few licks of cheese here, a piece of lettuce there, anything that fell on the floor...etc).  I have no idea what was wrong with him last week.  He looked sad and very tired.  Now all of a sudden he's better.  He's back to normal, causing trouble.  

This was on Wednesday.  All he wanted to do was sleep right by me.  All day.  He wouldn't get up to have a drink or even go to his litter box.  Could he have had a little cold?  Sometimes I feel like that when I have a cold.

After the first vet told us he might have a hairball, we got this thing, the Zoom Groom.  Remy doesn't like brushes, but this thing is sort of like a curry comb.  He's so weirded out by how it feels that he just lets me brush him now.  It does a pretty good job removing any excess fur.

FINALLY he's eating

We were so stressed out and worried.  We didn't want the little guy to have surgery.  Add to this that Ben's dad wasn't doing so well, that Ben and I had to work all weekend, and that I had a few potential-job-related meetings, and last week was just terrible.  I'm glad that now it's this week.

Okay, that's all.  To conclude:  Mingle With Kringle is the perfect gold that might be a good substitute for OPI Dazzled By Gold.  I highly suggest that you invest in it if you missed out on DBG or if you're a gold polish fan.  

[This polish sent for review by Beyond Polish.  The opinions expressed are my own.]

20 comments:

  1. Awww :( I'm glad Remy is feeling better though!

    That polish is absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. He is better. He's going nuts right now running around and chewing on my computer screen. I'd much rather have him acting like this.

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  2. my cat sheds a lot, and she was having issues with hairballs as well.
    after much research, i found the furminator: http://www.furminator.com/

    i swear by it, it's like magic!

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    1. Hey Kate! My parents have one for their short-haired cats. They work by cutting out the dead undercoat, so it does work magic on them. But Ragdolls like Remy actually don't have an undercoat. They're very soft and fluffy. A Furminator would ruin his coat. That's why we got the Zoom Groom.

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    2. ha, i didn't know that! learn something new every day :)
      i just love remy's pictures, you can definitely tell how fluffy he is! i am glad he is feeling better now.

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    3. Yeah, actually I suggested to Ben that we look into getting a Furminator and he was like, "Um, you should probably check that we can use it on him." His fur doesn't feel like cat fur. It's downy sort of like a bunny. It's very odd. Anyway, I read a bunch of reviews and everyone with a Ragdoll recommended against it. So I had to find another brush. But I do love the Furminator.

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  3. So happy to hear that Remy has returned to his usual ravenous self! I believe that kitties enjoy creating some insane chaos for their people. Our Sophie decided to go all hypochondriac on us when we brought Riley home. We spent loads of money trying to find out what was wrong with her, even gave her an IV at home...then suddenly she was back to normal. To this day, we still don't know what the problem was!

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    1. Yes, it's so weird. Unless the vet calls and tells us he has some debilitating genetic illness or virus (please god no), I don't think we'll ever know what was wrong. I don't think I could have dealt with an IV at home! Good on you.

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  4. You are so funny. I love your writing.

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  5. Awww, I'm so glad the little dude is feeling better!

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  6. Maybe he just had a little upset tummy. Especially if he likes to eat (or even taste) everything in sight, he might have run into something that didn't agree with him. I'm glad he's back to being his usual silly self!

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    1. If he had an upset tummy at all, it seems to be gone now. The vet did mention that he had a thickened stomach lining and he didn't know why...but that was the only out of the ordinary thing at the last appointment. Here's hoping he's totally healthy.

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  7. Glad Remy is feeling better!

    We had some health issues with our kitty Ari about 2 months ago. She just stopped eating too which is so weird because she LOVES food. A blood test showed a high white blood cell count which means infection. Antibiotics were given and no improvement over 2 days.
    So then we went back and did X-rays. No visible blockage, but I guess you can't see hair balls on X-rays. So it's Saturday and our vet is closing for the weekend and she needs IV fluids but we can afford for her to spend the weekend getting those at the emergency clinic. So the vet shows me how to my cat subcutaneous fluids. So I spend all weekend stabbing my cat and syringe feeding her special food mixed with water.
    Still no better. Vet suspects she may have Irritable Bowel Disorder or still a hidden blockage. We approve exploratory surgery, and they find no blockage but just an inflamed colon.
    She's put on different antibiotics that have an anti inflammatory in them. It works!
    So she gets those meds every two days now (down from twice a day) and I have to inject her with a vitamin shot every week. Plus she's on special prescription only food and may need to take a steroid. Also her disease is one she can have a full healthy life with!

    Anyway, that was long!! Hope your boy stays well and it sounds like he just had a cold.

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    1. Oh my god, I don't know if I could deal with giving him fluids. I mean, I'm sure I could, but I think it would really upset me to have to stick him.

      I'm glad your kitty is okay.

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  8. Remy is such a cutie and I wish I liked wearing golds because its so pretty on other people.

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    1. I love gold! I don't wear it too often, though.

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