Monday, August 3, 2015

Katris Modular Scratching System: It's a Kickstarter Giveaway!


When my kids were young, they loved Lego building blocks. They'd sit for hours constructing shapes, buildings and contraptions with the various shaped and colored components. The cool thing about Legos is that just about anything is possible -- the builder's imagination is the limit. I've always loved the magic of creation, and am a fan of function. If something looks fun, but is also practical, it's a winner in my book.



When Katris approached me with details about their modular scratching system for cats, needless to say, I thought the concept was top notch ... and fun! Katris has been around for a little while, and offers five shapes of blocks that can fit together, well, kind of like Legos!

Not that I'm doubting your ability to visualize, but here's what I mean -- Katris offers the following shapes, as pictured in the below image: L, I, O, T and Z. Can you see the shapes in the blocks? You could even line up the blocks and spell fun words like ZIOTL, TOZIL AND ILTOZ. Teach your cats to read! Haha.



But for real -- these blocks rock, right? I knew you'd agree. Well, there's more. That's right, friends -- Katris has kicked it up a notch by adding fashionable covers that easily adhere to the blocks. And you thought the plain blocks were mind-blowing enough. Prepare yourselves for THREE styles of Katris block covers that will rock your form-meets-function world.

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City Collection: A playful and colorful collection printed with non-toxic soybean ink, and gives a nod to Katris HQ in San Francisco. Made of 100% recyclable paper!

Mono Collection: A simple, clean and modern collection in classic black and white. Also made of 100% Recyclable paper!

Wood Collection: Traditional wood tones (maple and teak) made of high-quality veneer real wood. 

And the covers are simple to place on the blocks. As if the Lego comparison didn't already make you feel like a kid again ... stickers! Watch this.


Katris is starting a Kickstarter campaign on August 17 to create these fashionable and fun covers, and they're giving Catladyland readers the opportunity to win two blocks and covers of their choice (approximate value is $188)! Isn't that the best?

Entry Details:

  • One winner will be randomly chosen.
  • U.S. and Canadian residents only. Worldwide readers are encouraged to enter and, should they win, donate the prize to a U.S. or Canadian friend or animal shelter.
  • In the widget below, leave your name and email address. 
  • Comment on this post with your two favorite block shapes and covers.
  • Giveaway begins today, and ends at midnight Central on Sunday, August 9.
  • Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours from the email date and time to reply or another winner will be chosen.
  • You will be contacted by Katris with updates on the Kickstarter goal progress.
  • If Katris doesn't meet its Kickstarter goal, winner will receive the blocks without the covers.

Here's the part where you enter -- good luck!

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This post is sponsored by Katris. Catladyland only shares information and products we feel are relevant to our readers. Katris is not responsible for the content of this post.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Play Instant Win Game -- Win Pure Love for Pets Purina Prize Package #sponsored



Purina is celebrating summer and the love our pets give us all year long by giving away $45,000 in prizes through the Pure Love for Pets -- Purina Prize Package Instant Win Game!

Visit the Pure Love for Pets page and enter up to twice a day (once for dog prize and once for a cat prize) now through August 12. The prize package's approximate retail value is $20 and the box includes a variety of fun samples and goodies. Who doesn't like to win goodies?

While you're on the Pure Love for Pets site, be sure to check out the money-saving coupons on Purina products. Who doesn't love coupons?

In addition to the daily opportunity to win a prize package on the Pure Love for Pets site, you can qualify to win one cat package right here from Catladyland! Enter your information in the widget below. We'll notify you if you win -- please note the package will arrive in late August/early September.

One winner.
U.S. residents only.
No PO box addresses.

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This post is sponsored by Purina. Catladyland only shares information and products we feel are relevant to our readers. Purina is not responsible for the content of this post.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Cats Love Outdoor Drama


This is my cats' view from the patio door. It's a visual feast of rodents and birdies! I love how the one squirrel is standing on top of the concrete kitty statue to reach the bird feeder. The birds are not amused. They're all like, "Wha' happened?" (those Mighty Wind fans will catch that reference -- see it if you haven't).

This is the drama that happens on my deck. Like seed through the bird feeder, these are the days of our lives.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Giveaway: Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions


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

Science was never one of my favorite school subjects; however, cats have always been at the top of my "favorite things" list. Because my three cats are of special interest to me, of course I was all about what's been happening in the Tidy Innovation Lab. Take a look for yourself:


That's right, there's a new power couple in town. Tidy Cats® Lightweight with Glade® Tough Odor Solutions has hit the scene, and we wanted an up-close-and-personal visit.



Ask and you shall receive! Guess what appeared on my doorstep, ready for a visit? You guessed it! And of course, we're gracious hosts in our home, so we invited the little visitor inside.

At first, Phoebe and Saffy were standoffish, afraid the jug would monopolize my affections.

























Soon after, they realized the visiting jug would benefit them, and they became fast friends -- especially Phoebe, who is our own petite lightweight.

























I've been buying Tidy Cats LightWeight for a while now, and am a total fan of the reduced weight -- 50% to be exact. I was eager to test the new formula because I'm usually a little wary of scented litter. In general, I don't like heavily-scented products. I was happy to find the scent light and pleasing, and it clumps like a charm. My cats took to the litter right away, and told me they enjoy the newest blend. Yes, my cats talk to me about all kinds of important things, litter being at the top of the list. Like me, they know anything bathroom related is serious business!

You know what else is cool? Tidy Cats LightWeight is 99.9% dust free. This is great news for my cats, as well as my asthmatic daughter, who sometimes helps with the scooping.

























Sure, the jug's lightness is aces, but it also sports two handles! This makes pouring a breeze. Plus, I'm not afraid to admit I'm not at all what you'd call "buff". Gym was right up -- or rather, down --  there with Science when it came to my school schedule. I'm proud to say I can lift the Tidy Cats LightWeight jug with one hand -- and my less-dominant left one! I feel like such a power lifter when I leave the store with a jug in each hand. I know shoppers are impressed with my sort-of strength. But really, the reduced weight has saved my back multiple times. Now I can do all those toe touches I've been meaning to do. Stop laughing.

Would you like to win your very own full-sized jug of Tidy Cats LightWeight with GladeTough Odor Solutions? As a part of the launch of their latest innovation, Tidy Cats is giving ten (10) Catladyland readers an opportunity to win one!

Here are the details:

  • Entries accepted through 11:59 ET PM on July 27. 
  • U.S. residents only.
  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • Enter your info through the widget below, so we can contact you if you win.

Good luck!

Friday, July 17, 2015

My Cat Drinks Like a Hipster


Let's face it: Cats are quirky little buggers. Phoebe has always been particular when it comes to eating and drinking. She doesn't like to eat her food out of a bowl, and opts to chow straight from the floor. And even though she's got this fabulous drinking fountain, she rarely drinks directly from the thing. Nope. Instead, she paws at the water stream and then licks the refreshment straight from her paw.
























Apparently, drinking and eating directly from bowls and fountains is so last year. She's such a little hipster.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Cat is So Cute, Your Eyeballs Will Burn


You know how sometimes cats are so stinkin' cute that you can't even stand to look at them? Like really -- you have to look away because the adorable factor is off the charts and will certainly burn your eyeballs right out of your head? Yeah, you know what I mean.

Phoebe is a major eyeball-burner, and here's just one example: She scoots her little body underneath blankets until she looks like she's snuggled up inside a sleeping back, or been properly tucked in, human-style. When I happen upon her in this position, I can only manage a few looks and then I have to leave the room. Serious eyeball-burnage. Wahh!!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Watch Out, Moths -- Here Comes My Cat


Saffy is the only one of my three cats who enjoys going outside on a harness. In fact, this 13-year-old fuzzbutt can't get enough of the great outdoors. She doesn't do much when she's out there -- mostly walks around happily meowing, eating grass ... and hunting moths.



That's right -- she's a mighty moth slayer! The last time we were out, she tracked the winged prey underneath a pine tree in our front yard. Then, with her famous "paws of lightning," she took it down. She's unstoppable, even with only three teeth.



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cat Dishes Up Stink-Eye Pie


If I'm on the sofa in the evening, Cosmo will not rest until he's smack up against me. If, for whatever reason, there's no room, he sits on the floor and stares at me until I make room for him. This is what I call the post-dinner stink-eye. It's my stink-eye dessert. Stink-eye pie.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Litter Champ Makes Litter Disposal Easy-Peasy


When my kids were babies back in the mid-90's, I received this new-fangled device called a Diaper Genie. It was a way to dispose of dirty diapers by sealing each one and collecting them in a plastic container. When the container was full, you'd remove the dirty diapers, which then looked like a string of sausages. It was pretty cool, and I used that baby through two kids' worth of diapered bottoms.

I'd totally forgotten about the good ol' Diaper Genie until Litter Champ contacted me and asked if I'd like to review their litter disposal system. I looked at the product and was like, "Diaper Genie, but for kitty clumps!" Of course I wanted to try it. What am I, crazy?



On the Litter Champ's big arrival day, my cats were all over the scene -- especially Phoebe, my number one box-inspector.

After adequately examining the package, she settled onto the pile of packing plastic and watched me assemble the product.



It was easy to assemble and ready to accept deposits within minutes.

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Here's what I like about the Litter Champ:

No daily trips to the garbage can. The biodegradable liners seal in odor and store each scoop. You only make one garbage run when the bag is full. With three cats, it took nearly a week to fill one liner..

After the liner is full, you simply use the little cutting tool inside the Champ to sever it, and then tie a knot at the bottom to create a new liner. It feels like a never-ending bag. That's not true, though -- the liners do last a long time, but you can purchase replacements.

There's a little foot pedal, so you don't have to touch the Litter Champ while depositing the clumps. Oh, and a scoop comes with it!

Cat lovers with children: no worries -- there's a child-proof lock to keep little hands out of the inner workings of the product.

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Overall, I love the product. The only issue for me is that I have multiple boxes, so I'd probably want one next to each box, otherwise I'd track litter while transporting the scoop from the box to the device.

Phoebe's opinion? She really, really enjoyed the box in which the Litter Champ arrived. Four paws-up from her!



Want to order your own Litter Champ? Click here for more info, and to place an order!


This post is sponsored by Litter Champ. I was given a free product to review, but Catladyland only shares information and products we feel are relevant to our readers. Litter Champ is not responsible for the content of this article.





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Return Home, Wrath of Cat


I just returned from the Bay Area, where there were two fabulous Texts from Mittens events. The first was at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, and the other was at Cat Town Cat Cafe and Adoption Center in Oakland. They were both a ton of fun, and successful -- plus, I got to hang with old friends and meet some new ones.

Here are links to pics from both events:

Pegasus Books
Cat Town

Of course, when I returned home, Cosmo gave me the silent treatment for a couple of hours, treating me like a total pariah. Hey, I know my bag smells like other cats and you were certain I abandoned you forever, but I missed you, buddy!

Also, I will never abandon you, silly boy. Still, I had to face the wrath of this cranky face ... at least for a short time.


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