Thursday, May 27, 2021

Reptile Tank Cleaning

 So I wanted to share a great product for cleaning glass tank I recently tried.


ZooMed Wipe Out!

Terrarium and small animal cage disinfectant, cleaner and deodorizer. It is ideal for cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing terrariums and other animal enclosures. "Wipe Out"  kills Salmonella choleraesis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and can reduce the spread of bacterial infections among your animals.











 

Now don't get me wrong, I am a mega fan of another product, but that one has become super hard to get my hands on. 

Natural Chemistry Healthy Habitat Pet Habitat Cleaner & Deodorizer











I have loved this item for a long time, but you just can't find it anymore. That being said, the ZooMed WIPE OUT rocks pretty damn good as an alternative.


I have been downsizing my crestie collection, and have been cleaning the tanks as I go. I decided to try this stuff as I was given a half-full container. I was pleasantly impressed with how easily this spray worked. I will say it does have a slight smell but that is just there when you spray the glass. After a minute or two of the spray sitting, it was a dream to use a scrubby sponge to get the hard water and other "presents" left by the geckos. Very little elbow grease needed. I always do a hot water rinse and then use a small towel to be sure there is no residue left, regardless if it says that it not needed to be rinsed.

 

So ... all in all I am glad to have found a more readily available option to clean the messy food footprints etc. You should check it out ... don't take my word for it.

 

Safe  to say, this item is DEF Katt's Kritters approved!


Sunday, March 21, 2021

New Plans and Ideas

 Yeah ... I know ... it's been a while ... again ... 


So ... going forward ... while covid runs its course, we will be making some changes here at Katt's Kritters.


Firstly, with the lack of expos and the such, we are limiting the breeding pairs for the 2021 season. In the past, we would have paired up about 6 or so breeders, and had a nice selection of eggs to work with. This season (2021) we have paired only 2 ... Garnet with Po, and Jordyn with Sandi. One set are known breeders, no issues or uncertainties - other than what the breeding result will look like of course. The other pair ... well this is their first year BOTH so we are hopeful but not overly expecting much.

 

 





We do have Garnet's first set of eggs (fertile), and Sandi has laid one egg (dud). Her other egg should be there tomorrow I hope.



Secondly, we are downsizing BIG TIME. This is being done so we have the space and funds for adding more gecko breeds (phants, gargs, etc) and getting higher quality breeders. We have about 75% or so of the current collection available for sale. It will take a few runs to get all of them photo'd and uploaded to the site with all the juicy details, but keep watch!


Some of the collection that would be for sale, are actually being held onto ... for potential future breeding. But that may change yet ... who knows!


We are still offering the supplies and equipment as usual, shipping as needed but most folks are local and are quite happy stopping by to pick things up. Let us know if there is something you are looking for, and we will order items as requested.



Yes we are dying for the chance to hit Gatineau, Pointe Claire and even the GTA expos WHEN it is safe to do so. Safety is always first!



Keep safe ... stay well!


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Babies Babies Babies!

So the baby season has started! A little rocky, but still good.

We had one baby so far from the Garnet x Sam pairing (the other egg of that clutch was a dud), and the next set are due to hatching around Aug 2 if the timing stays consistent. The eggs seem to be hatching around 120 days or so.

We have also had both eggs from the first clutch of River x Kovu pairing hatch, so that makes both these new female breeders PROVEN. Always nice!

So, first up is Garnet/Sam new baby ... named DYNO









Then SKYLAR (from Kovu/River) made an appearance ...




And finally (for now) SLOAN arrived (also from Kovu/River) ...



Keep an eye out in here, on the Facebook page, and on Instagram for more pics as they happen!


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Sunday, April 5, 2020

New Faces

So ... just prior to covid shutting almost everything down, we at Katt's Kritters were able to get a pair of satanic leaf-tail geckos! So excited ... but still cautious of course.

Bonnie and Clyde are settling in great, and enjoying their crickets too. Plants should be arriving any day now to complete the tanks so they can feel more at home.

No weight check as yet, but there is time. Lots of time with no expos to go to, and limited shopping.







Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Near the end of 2019

With the year ending soon, I guess it is well past time for an update. 

We did have a slow breeding season, but it WAS better than last year, as sad as that sounds (6 babies hatched this year, with just 4 last year). We are still enjoying being an authorized resller for supplies & equipment, and have had some great sales and such from that both at shows and online/in person. We have managed to get to a couple shows this year, one in Peterborough on the 20th, and the other in Pointe Claire on the 27th. 

A few geckos found new homes, with one new one finding her way to my house. She is a beautiful red/orange female with some white pattern near her underside. I am excited to see what she can produce. We have a great breeding line up planned for the upcoming season, and am hoping for lots and lots of gorgeous babies to grow and offer later in the fall of next year.

For this year, we have purchased some wholesale juvies (1 year old cresties) for resell, but there are 2 that I will be keeping for future breeding plans. Feel free to visit our main website to see these beauties! A few months ago, we were given the opportunity to purchase a large number of wholesale hatchlings (34 in total), and I am very glad to have that offer. These little ones have a lot of growing to do, but should be ready to find new homes when the weather warms up in the spring of 2020. Watch for updates to be posted on the facebook page in a couple months. They are too little yet to get fired up pictures, but soon ... soon.

Over the winter, sales can still be done on supplies & equipment, even if shipping is needed. If you are looking to buy a gecko, those are NOT shipped, and are only available for in person sales.

We are hoping to be able to get to more expos in the new year, starting in the spring. Maybe even a show in Mississauga ... who knows.

Well, back to the geckos!

Katt

https://kattskritters.com

Sunday, August 18, 2019

New News!

So ... new things on the horizon ... and beyond, hopefully!

We have added a number of babies to the already growing (albeit slowly) zoo ... and they will be available to purchase hopefully in a few months. Some of them are 3 weeks old, and some are 7 weeks old. They have not been weighed or named as yet, but they will be in a couple weeks, after which I will post all their cute faces on facebook and the official Katt's Kritter site .... new cute faces are SO much fun!

The next expo will be on October 20 this year, and help in Peterborough. I am hoping to attend, of course, and to have a big pile of stuff with me for all you fans to see and buy!

We are still waiting to hear when and if there will be a Gatineau show this year, or if it will be in the spring due to the heavy rain damage that impacted the usual venue for the expo. Otherwise, we might just try to expand out to Pointe Clair expo ... we shall see...

We are in the process of submitting the paperwork in order to get the needed funds for expanding the business, by adding more types of geckos to add to the available ones for next year. If we get approved we will be adding gargoyle geckos, day geckos, and maybe even satanic leaf-tail geckos. After a year of time, we hope to be able to have little ones available for you to add to your own collection. So exciting!



We have had a few little ones from our pairing of Ruby and Kovu, and MAN are they cute little things!

First up is Roni ... born July 14, 2019 so it will be a few months until ready to list for sale.






Then there is the clutchmate that hatched a few days later ... Maklyn hatched July 17 2019..










Most recently, the next from that pairing has joined us ... Shaye hatched Aug 13th 2019 ...




I can't wait to see how these little develop over the next few months!



We do still have 2 from last season available ... as well as a few adults and juvenile crested geckos ... check the website for more on them!

Keep watch as we share more daily fun and updates with information ...



Katt

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Ups and Downs ...

Hi there folks!

As usual, my blogging is lacking in regularity ... but what else is new?

So .. the "downs" first ...


Last breeding season was very poor .. had more bad eggs than successful hatchings. I had 5 girls paired, but only got fertile eggs from 2 of the 5, and of those only 4 eggs survived. I have sold one of those, but was a bit younger than I normally would. If interested, the babies are Devon (sold), Karmel, Ripley (see picture below), and Cruz, and pics of them can be seen on the facebook page for Katt's Kritters ...

At this time, we have no car so I am not sure of making any shows over the summer and into the fall, but we are hoping to have a vehicle by winter. Any orders for supplies or geckos require the buyer to either meet here or pay for shipping. Sorry ...

Between the lack of a car and the low breeding numbers, the business has hit a bit of a slow-down. This makes things very frustrating, and results in a lot of questioning and evaluating of plans. I am doing my best to keep things moving in a positive forward direction, but with such a lack of needed resources, it does get hard.






So ... now the "ups" ....


So far we are off to a better start for fertile eggs, with 9 already in the incubator and the first of those due to hatch around beginning of June. There are many more months yet to go for the girls to lay eggs, but so far I have only got fertile eggs from Meg, Ruby, and Morticia. Lily has yet to drop any viable eggs, and Lady seems to have a long delay in dropping ANY eggs at all.  I know they will yet, as they have before.

I have made some changes to have some better quality breeders, so I will have high contrast harlequins (working on getting cream/red combo), pinstripes, and dark.

I am hoping that I will get some nice dark babies from my SAM x MORTICIA pairing, and if so, then I will sell Ash. Otherwise, I will list both the dark "breeders" instead. I do have nice pinstripe morph options, so I will be able to offer a range of options.

Around this time last year, we signed on and became authorized resellers for equipment and supplies that are available from many big names, like Mist King, Repashy, Pangea (not food), Sunblaster, PetTech and Galapagos, to name a few. This will hopefully help carry over through our slower times of the season.

I was also given 4 geckos to add to my collection from a gentleman that was getting out of the business. With the addition of these four, I find that I have three cresties that carry the lineage of Prince (from Dream Maker Reptiles) so I am excited for when my future breeders get closer to that stage. I am keeping 2 of the four as future breeders, and the other 2 younger ones are still growing out a bit before I list them. Stay tuned!

Many future breeders getting bigger over time, so big plans over the next few years.

Nothing worth doing is worth doing fast, so to take the time that is needed will be better in the end!




Katt
https://kattskritters.com