Wednesday, 20 June 2018

FLASHBACK FEVER! BionicBasil Revisited #29 ~ Guest Post: Create The Purrfect Environment For Your Happy Kitty

Welcome to our 29th Flashback post.

Today we are going back to 25th November 2018 and revisiting 

Guest Post: Create The Purrfect Environment For Your Happy Kitty

Let's jump in the time dilation vortex and go way back....

Woo hoo, that was fun... a bit more swirly than last time! MOL

Welcome to our


Today Kaylin Stinski from is joining us to talk about how to....

Create The Purrfect Environment For Your Happy Kitty

Cats are naturally predators and adventurers, they love exploring, climbing, and finding high places to perch. When we keep our cats inside we repress the ability for them to express these needs and desires which can cause cats to become unhealthy and unhappy.


Cats were born to hunt, placing a food bowl on the floor doesn’t satisfy their desire for hunting for their meal. Instead, try to make feeding containers for your cat to play with in order to earn food. For example, you can take a small container that has a reusable lid, like a yogurt container, and put holes in it that are large enough for kibble to come out. Fill the container with your cat’s normal amount of dry food and let them play with it. Your cat may rattle it or bat at it until the food comes out of the container. Another option is to place the food bowl somewhere other than the floor. Try placing the food container on a countertop or a shelf to encourage your cat to explore and look for their food.


Cats naturally scratch to sharpen their claws, mark their territory, and helps stretch out their back. You will find at the pet store that there are so many options for cat scratching posts. Find what fits best in your budget and consider buying a few for different areas of the house. Some of these posts can attach to a wall or a cabinet while others can be vertical or horizontal.


Cats are social when they want to be and not a second before. It is important to provide a space for them in which they can retreat from social activities going on in the house. The best type of refuge is one that is high up where the cat can perch and survey what is going on from a distance. Provide multiple beds or refuges throughout the house so your cat has many places they can use. Some favorite spots are attached to a window, or on top of a bookshelf. Make sure that no matter where your kitties perch is, that it is safe and secure. The litter box is also a place of refuge for many cats. Make sure that your litter box is in a quiet place away from noises, people, and other animals. Some people like to


If you don’t give your cat something to do, your cat will find something to entertain themselves with. Toys are a great way of satisfying predatory instincts and also give your cat some exercise. There are many different types of toys out there to purchase but you can also make your own toys. Some people get very creative and make their own cat toys with catnip inside them. You cat is very social, so spending time with them and playing is always great to help keep them happy and also helps you relax and be happy too!


Allowing your cat to spend time outside can increase the risk of your cat getting injured or diseases from other cats. If you really want to give your cat outdoor time, make sure you are able to give them a safe environment such as being on a leash and harness or creating an outdoor playroom for them to enjoy. If creating an outdoor playroom for your cat isn’t feasible you can always bring the indoors in. You can make a planter with grass that is big enough for your cat to lie and stretch out on. Cats love chewing and rubbing against plants, but make sure the plants are not irritants or poisonous.

There are lots of places in which you can purchase products for your cat to have a happy environment. Some products have multiple features such as cat trees that have multiple perches, can be used as a scratching post, and some even have toys attached to them to encourage play. If you purchase one that has multiple perches you can even feed your cat on one of them. All of these features will help you create the purrfect environment for your kitty. 

Author Bio:

Kaylin Stinski: Throughout my life, I have always been very passionate about animals and have worked in the veterinary medicine field for the last 10 years. Outside of working directly with the animals, I really enjoy educating clients on the overall care of their pets; not only from a medical perspective but also discussing general concerns such as behavioral interventions and preventative care. Writer at Pet Wellness Advisor.

Thank mew furry much fur such an informative article Kaylin, with some really great tips and advice.

Thanks so much fur stopping by today and we'll be back tomorrow with the most epically epic birthday festival mew've effur seen and we're having a give-away too, there'll be lot's of drinks and nibbles fur effuryone and Smooch is going to get the tank out fur all of mew that would like to experience the thrill of driving offur anything! MOL

Bestest purrs

Basil & The B Team xox

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Monday, 18 June 2018

FLASHBACK FEVER! BionicBasil Revisited #28 ~ Crafting With Cats Halloween Special ~ Part VI ~ How To Make Primo Nip Cat Toys featuring Bertie the Bat, Yummy Plumpkin Tartes and the Purple Peril Kicker

Welcome to our 28th Flashback post.

Today we are going back to 28th October 2017 and revisiting 

Crafting With Cats Halloween Special ~ Part VI ~ 

How To Make Primo Nip Cat Toys featuring Bertie the Bat, Yummy Plumpkin Tartes and the Purple Peril Kicker

Let's jump in the time dilation vortex and go a little ways back....

Woo hoo, that was fun... and not too swirly either! MOL

Welcome to

Supurr Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks fur joining fur us fur Part VI of our Crafting with Cats segment.  Mew know we have so much fun making all this stuff, and we hope mew enjoy seeing it and/or making it too! 

If mew missed any of our previous CWC posts, here's how to make:

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**Purrlease Note**

All Crafting with Cats ideas and creations are of our own design and we share them fur purrrsonal/home use only.

  So purrlease do not copy fur commercial/resale purrposes.

Copyright @BionicBasil 

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This week we're making these pawesome 
Primo Nip Toys!

What Mew Will Need:

Felt squares
Needle and Thread
Sewing machine - optional
Primo Catnip - lots of 
2 x small pom poms
White embroidery thread

FYI: As the there was a big jar of catnip in the craft room the P.A. actually banned us during the construction phase fur her own sanity! MOL

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Bertie the Bat
1.  Cut out a simple pattern
2. Place on felt
3. Trace shape
4. Cut out two pieces
5. Sew pieces together, either by hand or on machine, leaving a small gap.
6. Get stuffing ready
7. And the catnip
8. Stuff Bert and sew up the gap
9. Use remaining felt 
10.  Trace wing pattern
11. Cut out one piece
12. Fold top edge of wings in centre
13. Tack the folds together
14. Attach to Berts back.
15. Bert should now look something like this
16. Cut out eyes and fangs and hand sew 
17. Take white embroidery thread and hand stitch the mouth and then securely sew on black pom poms fur his eyes
18. Bertie the Bat is ALIVE!!!! 

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Purple Peril Kicker Toy
1. Cut out the size mew want
2. Fold and sew up two edges
3. Turn right way out and stuff with wadding and catnip
4. Add the floof and ribbons to top edge, tack in place
5. Stitch securely along the top edge to fully secure ribbons and floof
6. And your finished kicker toy should look something like this

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Yummy Plumpkin Tartes    
1. Mark the size plumpkin mew want on the felt
2. Cut out four pieces
3. Cut wadding slightly smaller add catnip
4. It should now look like a biscuit  
5. Pin all pieces together and sew edges
6. It should now look like this
7. Cut out leaf shapes and hand stitch to plumpkin
8. Your finished yummy plumpkin tartes should look something like this

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Mew should now have some cute toys that look like these and it shouldn't take more than an hour to make them all

Mew may be wundering why the P.A. didn't glue things on... well she said and I quote. 

"Even though the glue I use is non toxic, I prefer to sew the smaller items like eyes, fangs and pom poms on by hand as there is less chance of them becoming detached due to vigorous play - I also wouldn't recommend using those plastic stick-on boggle eyes or the like as they could come off and be a choking hazard.  I also recommend that you do a toy check regularly and throw away anything that is coming apart, is fraying or has any loose components."    

Ohhh that was good advice from the P.A. - Thank mew! MOL 

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Now the really fun part...

In the testing lab

So Smooch did get all of the toys while I went and had a little snack... but then I came back and ruined effurything! MOL

As mew can see we were best purrleased with the new toys, we have more videos but this post is long enough! MOL

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And that furriends furry sadly brings us to the end of our sixth Crafting With Cats post, we do hope mew liked it and if mew decide to make your furry own catnip Halloween Toys we'd love to see.

Feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:

And if there's anything mew'd like us to make, leave a comment and we'll do our best.  

Thanks so much fur stopping by today and we'll be back with our next FlashBack Fever post before mew know it!

Bestest purrs

Basil & The B Team xox

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

FLASHBACK FEVER! BionicBasil Revisited #27 ~ MEOW LIKE A PIRATE DAY ~ Captain Basil Blackheart & The Crew of The Crimson Revenge Sail Again!

Welcome to our 27th Flashback post.

Today we are going back to 19th September 2018 and revisiting:


 Captain Basil Blackheart & The Crew of The Crimson Revenge Sail Again!

Let's jump in the time dilation vortex and go way back....

Woo hoo, that was fun... a bit more swirly than last time! MOL

Ahoy there me hearties, welcome to ye on this mostly auspicious day, and in honour of this rare event we be thinking it be fitting to share with thee a truly extraordinary adventure that befell on us on this day exactly two years ago... are ye ready to relive the pirate adventure of a lifetime?

Hold onto ye hats matey's as this is one adventure mew'll neffur furget as long as ye live arrrrrrrrr!

Featuring our latest bonkers time travelling pirate adventure

The Extraordinary Voyages of  Cap'n Basil Blackheart and his Motley Crew 


The Crimson Revenge

Aharrrrrrr me hearties and wunderpurr greetings 

Here we be again on another truly unbelievable adventure, this time on the high seas.

I know it must seem quite impossible some of bizarre things which happen to us, [on a furry frequent basis] but paw on heart and let lightning strike me down if I effur tell an untruth... this is a; 'as it happens' or a 'squirrels eye-view' or a 'fly in the soup' whoops sorry, I meant to say 'fly on the wall documentary'  kinda vibe.

Join us as we share the facts of what happened on that fateful Sunday night, as we sailed back home from Speedy's Pawesome Pirate Party

So hold ye fast matey's, as we be in fur a wild ride tonight



Part I ~ The Whirlpool

"And Action!"

It was a chilly September evening, the breeze was biting and the sun was supurr low, just peaking above the horizon saying a fond farewell to another glorious day.  We'd just set sail on our ship, The Crimson Revenge with a course plotted back home after a rather wild and wunderpurr weekend at Speedy's place fur his Annual Pirate Party.  Let's just what happened at Speedy's stays at Speedy's! MOL

"Parsley, wake up the glow-flies in the lanterns!" I called.

"Aye Cap'n," Parsley replied as darkness descended on us like an inky black shroud.

"Smooch, anything on the horizon?" I yelled towards the crows nest.

Smooch popped up, his night vision telescope scanning the blackness ahead. "No Cap'n, all clear!" he called back.

I leaned against the ships wheel and took a deep breath of the invigorating salty air, there's nothing like it fur freshness [well, snowy, icy air up a mountain comes close after being chased by a hoard of Zombie Yeti's, but that's another story fur another time].   Anyhoo as I stood there, each one of the glow lanterns burst into life after Parsley had given them a rather severe shaking.

"Good job young Parsley!" I said as the deck was washed with a pale bluish hue. "Humphrey?  Humphrey?"

Snowie nudged me. "He's strapped in a hammock below deck sleeping off the nip rum and all the party food, Pilchard is with him," she said with a shake of her head. "He'll be out fur hours, but the funny thing is he looks like a kitty chrysalis, I wunder if he'll be nicer when he emerges from his cocoon!" 

We burst out laughing. "I doubt it furry much," I replied. "He'll be as grumpy as effur!"

Amber lifted her eye-patch and glared at me. "How come I can't go and get in a hammock?"

I paused briefly, looking at the state of her. "Because mew, One Eye Amber were so off your chops mew couldn't even crawl up the gang plank and then mew fell into the water," I answered curtly. "I think mew are quite sober after that little impromptu icy dip, and just look at the state of your fur. I think mew should go take a bath pronto, savvy..."

Amber harrumphed rather loudly and stomped off, disappearing behind the main mast fur a quick clean up.

Posie began to sing softly, her voice was melodic and soothing as it wafted gently on the breeze while we sailed on in the dark.

We had been sailing fur approximately forty one minutes and fifteen seconds when the sea started to become rather choppy.  White foamy spray splashed offur the deck and the ship began to lurch rather alarmingly.

"Smooch, what the flip is happening?" I yelled above the increasing noise of the rising waves.

A few seconds passed, and I gripped the ships wheel tighter as a strong current took hold. 

As I was fighting with the wheel Smooch answered.

"Sorry Cap'n I had to attach my safety straps furst," he shouted loudly from the crows nest. "The good news is, they're holding me in place..."

"What's the bad news then?" I yelled back as forked lightning streaked across the sky in ways I'd neffur seen before.

He paused again. "The bad news is really bad news," he shouted.

Snowie was helping me hold the ships wheel as we were battered with the icy sea spray while the lightning flashed and thunder boomed all around us.

"Kindly relieve us from this suspense, tell us what the bad news is!" I almost shrieked to make myself heard above the din.

"We're being dragged into a whirlpool with a massive water-funnel and there's nothing we can do about it!" Smooch had to scream above the effur increasing noise.

I paused fur a second while I let this humongous bad news sink in, then I shouted as loudly as I could.

"Effurypurrdy strap yourselves to anything that's not going to move, NOW!"

I threw a length of rope at Snowie and then, using another length of rope I lashed myself to the ballustrading, then I gripped the ships wheel with all my might, if this whirlpool was taking us down then I was going down as a propurr captain; at the helm.


I jammed my hat on extra tight, and wiped the the salty sea spray from my eyes as we continued on a course I had no control over and in storm conditions I neffur knew were possible.

The ship pitched and rolled, the wood creaking and groaning with the immense pressure as we were sucked faster and faster into the spiralling vortex. Relentless waves crashed across the deck while lightning erupted from the central vortex in jagged, fractured forks.  I just prayed to any god that may have been listening that my crew were fastened tightly to something as the angle we were now on; sideways on and looking straight down into the gaping maw of the deadly unknown, because if they weren't securely tied to something they were surely going to be lost fureffer. 

The pitching and rolling became increasingly violent as we descended the through the cyclic centrifuge in tighter and tighter circles as the huge funnel of water loomed up above us like a giant coiling snake hell bent on smashing us and The Crimson Revenge to smithereens. 

The only thing going through my mind was that this was some really, really, monumentally freaky natural phenomenom and the chances that we were going to survive it, well let me just say I wasn't holding my breath!

I was abruptly brought back from my momentary mind-scape by my crews terrified high-pitched screams as we reached what could only be described as the mouth of hell, and then there was nothing but blackness.

"And Cut!"


Guy's, we're sorry to leave mew in all in acute, harrowing suspense, but mew know that's how we roll! MOL

Also, I bet mew've got endless questions, such as:

How come The Crimson Revenge didn't get turned into toothpicks?

What about Kitty Chrysalis Humphrey below decks?

Where are all the crew?

And did they all get time to strap themselves to something secure?

What about Smooch in the crows-nest, surely that mast couldn't still be intact?

That whirlpool/water-funnel/storm is truly frightening, devastating, destructive, etc... can mew really survive it?


If mew have any questions feel free as to ask!

Thanks so much fur stopping by today and we'll be back with our next FlashBack Fever post before mew know it!

Bestest pirating purrs

Cap'n Basil & the Crew of The Crimson Revenge XOX

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