Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Cat is a Heat Sucker With No Money

Phoebe's decided she's not sharing the incoming heat with anyone else in the house. I told her I'd forward the electric bill to her next month. She didn't give a rip -- she doesn't have any money anyway.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Found My Cat's Napping Spot

Sometimes Saffy goes into hiding for a nap. She does this because she knows I can't resist her floofy belly and will likely swoop in for kisses while she's sawing logs. She's either yawning or screaming in this photo -- either one would probably work.

"Stop touching my belly, you freak woman! I'm trying to sleep!"

Now she has to find a new hiding spot ... which I'll find.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Helping Cats Become More Adoptable With Good Nutrition #FoodShelterLove

This post was sponsored by Hill's®. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill's® Food, Shelter, and Love™ program, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Almost exactly 13 years ago, we visited a local animal shelter with the intention of adding a new feline family member. Of course my kids gravitated to the multitude of kittens -- it was kitten season, after all. We definitely took the time for adequate kitten-induced squees, and then I suggested we look at the adult cats. I told them that many times, adult cats are overlooked because, well, kittens are tiny and adorable; however adult cats are wonderful companions and have a lot to offer.

She looks not-so-thrilled, but she is! She really is!

We visited many of the adults kitties before our eyes landed on Saffy, a gray girl whose purr button didn't seem to have a stop function -- or even a pause one.
Exercise is important!
She was between one and two years old, and had come from a home with children, but didn't like dogs -- perfect for us! She looked healthy and had a sweet demeanor. She rubbed her face all over the walls of her cage, purred and absolutely chose us as her family.

Aside from the "not a kitten" factor, adult cats are sometimes not adopted because they look unhealthy or are overweight. That's too bad because, in the right home, a cat with health issues could thrive and live a long and vital life (or nine). It's just the truth: Cats who look healthier in shelters are more likely to become adopted.

The main goal of Hill's Food, Shelter, & Love program is to help cats get a fresh start in life. Everyone deserves a fresh start, right? The program offers shelters the opportunity to provide quality nutrition to the cats in their care, including kitties with special needs.

Sometimes cats who are overweight aren't the first choice for families looking to adopt. Hill's wants to help these cats shed the unnecessary pounds, feel healthy and look vibrant because that change will better their chances of finding forever homes. Hill's Perfect Weight Diet does just that.

During the Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight Challenge, over 70% of cats lost weight when fed this 100%, precisely balanced nutrition for ten weeks. Healthy weight and increased energy helps cats live longer, happier lives.

Take a look at the awesome story of Stoli, who was adopted from Denver Dumb Friends League, and is a success story from the Weight Challenge!

If you'd like to try Hill's Perfect Weight formula, you can buy both the canned and dry food here, and your purchase helps support the Food, Shelter, & Love program, which is dedicated to cat nutrition and helping shelter kitties find forever homes.

If your shelter would like to become a part of the Food, Shelter, & Love program, read the details here. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Cat's Feet Are Cuter Than Mine

Cosmo wanted to sit in my lap, so of course I invited him to join me. He then proceeded to stretch his fuzzy little feet, making his toes fan in the most adorable way. Then he wanted me to take a photo of his foot next to my feet -- you know, to prove his feet are way cuter than mine. Like we need a photo to confirm that.

Show off!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sometimes Cats Have Difficult Choices

Sometimes cats have incredibly difficult choices -- like choosing a laundry basket of clothes.

It's so hard to be a cat.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Phoebe and The Magic Hot Air Holes

It's starting to warm up here in Minnesota (close to 60 degrees this week! What???), but it's still chilly in the morning so we have the heat on overnight.

Phoebe doesn't want winter to end for one reason only: The magic hot air holes in the floor will go away. This morning I woke up, rolled over and saw this:

Live it up, baby!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Pre-order The Cat's Trapeze! Save $10!

Have you ever seen or heard of The Cat's Trapeze? It's a really cool and comfy suspended cat bed and climber available with two or three pillows, and is made by the Dutch company, Van der Wurff Produkties.

It hasn't been available in Canada and the U.S. for a little while, but a new shipment is coming in April, and The Cat's Trapeze and Catladyland are offering a $10-off pre-sale special!

The two-pillow model measures approximately 3.5 feet tall, and the three-pillow model measures about 4.5 feet tall. And there's a bonus hammock that attaches to the bottom, giving kitty an extra napping spot.

Both models ship without the pillow stuffing so you can stuff them with your own pillows or towels, making it perfect for your particular kitties' comfort. If you'd rather purchase the inner pillows from Cat's Trapeze, you can do that too!

If you'd like to take advantage of this $10-off pre-sale special, here are the details:

  • Visit to place your order.
  • All pre-sales in the U.S. and Canada with ship in mid-April.
  • The discount code is CLSAVE10, and is good through March 15.
  • The two-pillow model usually sells for $99.99, and the three-pillow one sells for $124.99 (without the discount).
  • The discount applies to multiple purchases. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Cat is Not Annoyed -- He's Winking at Me!

Cosmo was sleeping in my lap, so of course I needed to take a photo of him because he looked ridiculously adorable. This pic is what happened when he looked up at me. You may misread this look as annoyance, but I prefer to think he's winking at me because he thinks I'm ridiculously adorable.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kitten Season is Upon Us! #FoodShelterLove

This post was sponsored by Hill's. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill's® Food, Shelter, and Love program, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Kitty lookout at Feline Rescue Inc. in St. Paul, MN

Even though there's still snow on the ground where I live, spring is on its way (or so the calendar tells us)! When I think of spring, I always imagine lilies popping through the freshly awakened ground, robins happily singing from the bird feeders on my deck, and ... kittens. Yes, spring is also kitten season, and soon shelters will find themselves overwhelmed with babies looking for new homes.

Saffy's my son's favorite video-game partner.

We adopted Saffy right in the middle of kitten season, almost exactly 13 years ago. She was a cute little gray girl who's grown into quite the lovely lady. She'd bonded to the males in our house. My husband and son are complete putty in her paws!

My husband and his baby girl.

She came from Animal Humane Society, one of the shelters here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Most every city or town has at least one shelter, and I'm sure they will all be affected by kitten season, and they most likely need assistance of various kinds all through the year.

There are lots of ways to support your local shelter -- even kids can help! In fact, involving kids in volunteerism early on means they grow up believing helping animals is the norm ... they just do it. You can help by donating supplies, collecting monetary donations, physically helping at the shelter, assisting with TNR efforts (prevention majorly impacts kitten season) and fostering kittens.

The Hill's® Food, Shelter & Love™ program is passionate about providing proper nutrition to pets in shelters so they can find the best forever homes possible. In fact, they've provided over $240 million worth of food to nearly 1,000 shelters! Kitten nutrition is especially important during this season, and Hill's Science Diet Kitten Healthy Development food provides the perfectly balanced, easy-to-digest nutrition these kitties for a strong start in life.

The folks at the Hill's Food, Shelter & Love program aren't just big talkers either, they walk the talk! Their daily commitment to helping shelter pets is based on the four pillars of their mission:

  1. Volunteer: Encouraging loving individuals to support their local shelters by caring for and spending time with local shelter pets.
  2. Donate: Whether it's cash or toys, local shelters can always use donations. We can help get donors connected directly to your organization.
  3. Choose: Helping pet parents everywhere learn more about our shelter program and find out how choosing Science Diet for their own pets can help thousands of shelter pets across the country.
  4. Adopt: The ultimate goal of the program is to bring some love home.
Foster baby. Photo: Felissa Elfenbein

Everyone deserves a loving home. Everyone.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Cat Thinks Size Doesn't Matter

I have this little cotton pillow that's filled with dried corn. When I heat it in the microwave, it becomes the perfect heating pad for sore muscles. My shoulder was killing me the other day and I'd been using the magic pillow for most of the morning. I returned from refilling my coffee, only to find Cosmo's hijacked the pillow! And why wouldn't he? It's the perfect size for his head, and one of his favorite hobbies is stealing my pillows -- I guess size really doesn't matter.

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