Thursday, September 15, 2016

20 Years of Transforming Lives #MetOnPetfinder

This post is sponsored by Petfinder, but Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. The opinions are our own.

Pet adoption transforms lives, and Petfinder's celebrating their 20th year being a huge player in that transformation. In fact, more than 20 million pets and parents can claim they met their destiny on -- that's an average of 1.2 million per year! Amazing, right?


Saffy (R.I.P) was adopted from a shelter, and Phoebe and Cosmo came to us unexpectedly by way of friends a year or more after Saffy's adoption. When we first considered adding a kitty to our family, we immediately knew to go to our local shelter. It's really true what they say about you and your pet "choosing one another." It's not at all like grocery shopping -- there's an intuitive, emotional component. You know and the pet knows when it's meant to be, and that's exactly how it happened with Saffy.

When I saw her for the first time, my heart skipped a beat. Then she looked at me with those bright green eyes and it was like we recognized one another: Finally, here you are -- I've been waiting. You can't adequately explain it unless you've experienced it. Saffy went on to teach our family about patience, caring for a senior kitty, and the gentle nuances of grieving the loss of a beloved pet when she passed away just this summer at age 15.

Saffy, Phoebe, and Cosmo (L-R).

For the last two decades, Petfinder has been committed to facilitating these powerful connection experiences. To celebrate its anniversary, they're asking pet parents, pet lovers, and pet advocates to join the celebration and their effort to donate $200,000 benefitting 20 shelters and rescue members.

It's not hard at all! All Perfinder wants is to generate one million views of its #MetOnPefinder video by October 24. And the video is one you'll want to see because it shows how pets have transformed the lives of their adopters. When the one million views are met, 20 shelters will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help continue their good work.

My kids and I lovin' on Miss Saffy.

Please watch the video, but Petfinder also encourages families, advocates, and partners to share their Petfinder adoption stories on social media using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder.

Speaking of the video, you don't have to go far to watch it ... here it is! Thank you for your part in helping transform the lives of pets and the families who adopt them.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

My Cat is Raspberry-Flavored

Phoebe likes to sit on the stool beside me when I work at the kitchen table. Sometimes she climbs in my lap and other times she just stares at me. If she's feeling bold, she blows a raspberry my way. If I'm busy, I don't give the sassy pants much attention ... but cats will not be ignored. She'll escalate the sassiness to the next level by changing all my computer passwords when I go to the bathroom. And then LYING about it!

Not really, but she totally would.

Monday, August 29, 2016

My Cat Lounges THROUGH the Laundry Basket

It's no secret that cats love laundry baskets, especially when they're full of laundry. In my house, Phoebe is Queen of Baskets. She calls dibs on every one, leaving Cosmo perpetually basket-less. It's like she can sense the vibe of warm laundry. Maybe she has a magical heat wave sensor with a super long range. I have no idea -- I just know she appears out of nowhere when I set a basket of warm laundry down somewhere.

And she usually doesn't just lie in the basket ... she lies through the thing, too.

The Queen of Baskets would is ready for you to kiss her paw.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Cats On Morning Watch

You know when you wake up and feel like you're being watched? 
Yeah, well it's usually because it's true. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Stop Stank Face With Tidy Cats Litter: It's a Giveaway!

Stank Face (stãNGk fãs) n: The universal expression of disgust often caused by litter box odor. Stank Face indiscriminately strikes cat lovers, friends and family alike, typically in the comfort of their own home. Symptoms include watery eyes, feeling like you've lost control of your face, crinkled nose, curled lip, contorted mouth and, in extreme cases, involuntary gagging.


Friends, today we're featuring an affliction well known in the cat-lover community. I know it can be difficult to discuss such a putrid subject, but we must move past the stigma and embrace an antidote. That's right -- I'm referring to what's commonly known as Stank Face. 

I share my small apartment with two cats, so I have an up-close-and-personal relationship with Stank Face. Although I scoop the boxes daily, there have been times when my guests have been stricken with S.F., and I could do nothing but apologize.

One day some maintenance workers were in my home doing something with HVAC (like how I throw those fancy acronyms like I know what I'm talking about?), and Phoebe decided to drop a "number two" in one of the boxes. It was only a matter of time before the malodorous cloud drifted right to the utility closet and into the nostrils of the unsuspecting visitors. I tried to rush to the scene and tell them I was sorry for the stench, but I was too late -- Stank Face had already set in. They quickly finished and exited my apartment. I hope my HVAC maintenance didn't suffer because of Stank Face.

I wish I'd known about Tidy Cats TidyLock™ Protection before the HVAC debacle. This new feature is now available in the Light Weight and traditional versions of their 24/7 and Instant Action clumping litters. The added protection better absorbs liquids and features an improved deodorizing system that neutralizes odors and stops litter box stank. Let me tell you ... it works! No more Stank Face for me or my visitors. 

Even if you don't trust me (which you totally should), listen to cat-lover Angela Kinsey, who has stepped forward to create public awareness and shed light on the Stop Stank Face campaign and the cure: TidyLock™ Protection. You probably know Angela best from her role as Angela Martin on NBC's The Office. Yeah, she's funny, but even she knows Stank Face is no laughing matter. Watch this:

Are you ready to join Angela and me in abolishing Stank Face once and for all? Well, one lucky Catladyland reader will win FIVE (5) manufacturer's coupons to stop the stank in their own homes.

U.S. winners only. International readers are welcome to enter and donate their prize to a U.S. friend or shelter.

We are a member of the Tidy Cats Insiders and are being compensated to help spread the word about Tidy Cats TidyLock™ Protection. Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. The opinions are our own.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Win a Cat Sample Pack Loaded With Purina's Summer Blockbusters #PurinaPartner

Ready for a blockbuster lineup? has got you covered with Purina's Summer Blockbusters that'll make your cat (or dog) feel like a superstar! Some of the cool new products include Friskies® Pull 'n Play Cat Treats Play Pack, Dentalife Daily Oral Care Dog Treats, and Muse® Masterpieces.

You could win a cat prize pack right here on Catladyland, and you can participate in an instant win game for chance to win a dog or cat sample box loaded with all-star products! Why not do both? Go on ... you know you wanna. 

The Cat Sample Box (appx. $20 value) includes these awesome goodies:

  • Fancy Feast® Medleys White Meat Chicken Primavera  Pate
  • Fancy Feast® Purely Wild Alaskan Salmon & White Meat Chicken
  • Purina ONE® Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken
  • Friskies® Play 'n Pull Cat Treats Play Pack
  • Muse® by Purina® MasterPieces Natural Chicken Recipe accented with Carrots & Spinach + essential nutrients
  • Friskies® Cat Concoctions (TM) With Lamb in Clam Flavored Sauce
  • Coupon for Purina Product

Also check yesterday's (7/31) Sunday paper for some excellent Purina coupons!

Cosmo's ready to win.

So, click over to and play the Purina Summer Blockbuster Instant Win Game AND enter below to win a cat sample pack full of goodies!

  • Giveaway runs now through 11:59 PM CDT, August 17, 2016.
  • U.S. only. International winners can enter and donate their prize to a U.S. shelter or friend.

I was compensated to help spread the word about Purina's Summer Blockbusters. Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. The opinions are our own.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Cruel Supermodel Cat Trick

Do you ever notice that sometimes cats lie in such a way that you wonder, "Are you trying to be adorable?" It's like they totally get they're being all supermodel-y. The cruel trick is that when you move in to touch that irresistible fuzzy body, you're sometimes (or in my case, usually) met with a bite, swat, or growly comeback. Are you kidding me?

It's absolutely not fair! 
Not fair, I say!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Treats for Little Cats Help Big Cat Rescue

My cats think they're giant wildcats. Cosmo and Phoebe wrestle like they're being filmed for an episode of Wild Kingdom, and their attitudes are nothing short of majestic. My seven-pound Phoebe walks with such swagger that I call her Simba. Seriously ... that cat's got some mega swagger. Little cats think they can do anything, and, with a little help from some friends, they've just kicked it up a notch.

Getting their Wild Kingdom on. 

H-3 Essentials, the family-owned, high-quality pet supplement company recently launched its first line of freeze dried cat treats that are all-natural and grain/gluten free. I know that in itself is pretty cool, but it gets better. H-3 has partnered with Chris Poole of Cole & Marmalade™,, and Pure Formulas to kick off the "Little Cats Helping Big Cats" campaign. Here's where the "big cats" part comes in: Every purchase from the new line of cat treats benefits Big Cat Rescue, an accredited sanctuary for big cats in Tampa, FL that's home to over 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, and other big cats that have been abandoned, neglected or abused.

Would you believe the story gets even better? Well, hang onto your hats because it does! The idea to help the big cats came from the 12-year-old son of Steve Watters, a pet industry veteran. During a recent family visit to Big Cat Rescue, his son asked what they could do to directly help the cats in the sanctuary. "We wanted to do something bigger than just make a donation. We wanted to help other cat lovers make a difference too," explained Watters. "People lead busy lives and it can be hard to set aside time to give back. By developing this new line of cat treats, we are making it easy for people to help these beautiful exotic cats."

Boxes! Big cats love 'em as much as Cole & Marmalade do!

Cosmo, Phoebe, and I were eager to help spread the word and they, of course, wanted to test the treats before they put their stamp of approval on them. When the box arrived containing one bag of each flavor, the cats just about lost their minds. You'd think it was Christmas in July. Treats! Yay!

Phoebe: "I assume these are all for me."

Although they enjoyed all the varieties, they especially dug the rabbit. I love that they're freeze dried and grain free. Tasty, healthy, and helping Big Cat Rescue? Um, YES!

Cosmo waits (sort of) patiently for rabbit treats.

To explain more about the treats and the benefit to Big Cat Rescue, here's our friend Chris from the always entertaining Cole & Marmalade.

So right about now you're probably thinking, "Where can I buy these treats? I want to help Big Cat Rescue!" I happen to have that information for you, friends. Each bag is $7.99 and is available through H-3 Essentials. Go ahead and order -- your little cat wants to help and (he's not gonna lie) also wants some tasty treats. 

Disclosure: This is a paid review and H-3 Essentials provided free treats; however, Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. The opinions are our own.

Friday, July 22, 2016

My Cat's Going to a Rave ... I Think

It's Friday and Phoebe's ready to hit the town. I asked her about her plans and she didn't want to tell me because who wants their mom to crash their party? Eventually she told me she thought she might go to a rave at the pet food outlet down the street. Some local tom figured out a way to get in and has custom claw extensions to open cans of food. I think she might be lying, but when I walked by the place last Friday night, I swear I saw pulsing lights. Then again, I'd just had a couple of margaritas. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Pet Tree Houses Gave My Cats a Window to the World

In January, Cosmo and I moved from a 2,000-square foot house to a one-bedroom apartment, with plans of Phoebe joining us in a few months. The move was an adjustment for all of us. One of the biggest changes was the lack of windows in the new place. Our house had a multitude of windows, but the new loft only had two small ones with a large one positioned on top of them. Don't worry about trying to picture what I'm describing -- here's a photo.
The "before" pic. No lookout perch for kitties. 

My kitties had no easy way of checking out the world beyond our walls, which is one of their favorite hobbies. And I couldn't find a cat tree that provided really high lookout perches that matched the height of my windows. Just to give you some reference, the bottom of the larger window is about 7.5 feet off the ground.

Thankfully, a fellow cat writer connected me to Pet Tree Houses, a Florida-based company that builds exactly what I needed. They took my window measurements and, in a few weeks, sent me a photo of what they'd created. I was blown away!
Come to Mama!

It looked huge! I guess it needed to be if I wanted my cats to have a proper view. 

The cool thing about Pet Tree Houses is that they're made of all-natural materials. The perches are cedar and the carpet pieces are easily removable for cleaning or replacement. The leaves are silk, but the most unique part, to me, is the trunk. The trunk is a genuine tree trunk, and comes from a rare species of tree found in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. It's dense, durable, and flexible. Perfect!
Newly unpacked components. Let's hear it for color-coding!

The tree house's parts arrived in two large boxes. When I unpacked them, everything was carefully labeled and the instructions were easy-to-follow and concise. 
Assembly? Easy peasy! Thanks, Julia!

My friend Julia, an engineer, came over to help me assemble the tree house. She's an expert at assembling just about anything ... and I am not. She said she was expecting it might be quite the task, but after we dug in, admitted the directions were some of the best she'd ever seen. Everything was expertly labeled and color-coded. Heck, even I could have put it together alone. She followed up with a rave review about the overall quality of the tree. 
Inspector Cosmo's job is never done.

Of course, Cosmo had to "help" with assembly -- or at least thoroughly inspect everything to make sure we we weren't making any mistakes. You know how we humans are.
Newly assembled! Yay!

All told, it took us about two hours to assemble the tree house and only needed a few tools. A screwdriver is necessary, but I recommend a drill for quicker results. Also, your hand will thank you. Not really, but if it could talk, it'd say, "Thanks for using a drill!"

After we placed the tree house in the corner, it was clear the perches were at absolutely ideal levels for maximum kitty lookouts. 
I placed a cat bed on one of the perches. Phoebe approves.

I was wondering how each of my cats would respond to the giant tree in the corner of the room. Of course I wanted them both to jump from perch to perch, spending hours looking outside, spying on humans and birdies. 
Can you see Cosmo on the right? he's up there!

Well, my dream partially came true. Phoebe, my little adventurer was all over the place. She raced to the top, hung out on the middle perches, hid among the leaves, scratched like crazy on the rope, and was totally enthralled with the outside view. Cosmo? Well, he was another story. He only made it to the top when I placed him there ... and then he immediately looked for a way to the bottom. He loves the tree house, but is more of a ground dweller, and spends loads of time on the very bottom area, but does venture to the middle sections from time to time. 
Birds! People! Cars!

While we put the tree house together, a small part of me worried it would look monstrous in my small space, but it really doesn't! It's such a pretty piece of furniture and blends in well with everything else in my living room. Plus it adds a much-needed splash of green to my space. 
Look how nicely it complements my living area!

When you visit the Pet Tree Houses site, you'll notice they offer models of various sizes, so you don't have to choose one that's super tall.

In fact, Pet Tree Houses is giving Catladyland readers a 10% discount on the purchase of a tree house. Use code CLL10 at checkout (offer expires 9/30/16). Deal!

I'm incredibly pleased with my Pet Tree House. It's clear a lot of time, thought, and care were put into its design an construction.  It's truly a work of art, and now my cats can be nosey neighbors!

Pet Tree Houses provided a free tree for this review.  Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. The opinions are our own.

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