Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Triple T Studios Wool-Blend Gloves Are Cozy and Cute


The cold weather has arrived here in Minnesota and, once again, I've been taking inventory of my winter gear. I somehow lose hats and single gloves -- I have no idea how that happens. Maybe the gloves go to that that place where single socks retire -- a secret hideaway where they live it up, partying 24/7 and laughing at us humans who sit perplexed, questioning their whereabouts.



Just as I was mourning the loss of a few single gloves, the calvary arrived! That's right -- my friends at Triple T Studios™ offered to send me not one -- but two pairs of gloves. I absolutely adore the Triple T merch -- and I needed gloves -- so of course I gratefully accepted.

I love both pairs of gloves, but am especially enamored by the cashmere-wool blend gray ones. The embroidered black cat is classy and sassy, and I find them warm, comfortable, and super cute with my black coat. Not only are they cool, they have touch points for technology on the thumb and index fingers. I've been wearing these sweet things nearly every day.



The Sweet Annie Cat Gloves are pretty in pink with a cute little embroidered image of Annie the cat. These wool-blend gloves are cozy and whimsical. Like the grey ones, they come with touch points for technology. 



Looking for a cat-tastic holiday gift for a cat lover in your life? These gloves are the perfect fit, Speaking of fit, they come in both medium and large sizes. 

You'll GLOVE them!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pee Alone? Nevermore!


Once upon a morning dreary, while I wandered weak and weary,
To the bathroom down the hall --
While I lowered myself to sitting, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone wildly rapping, rapping on my bathroom door.
"Tis some feline," I muttered, "tapping at my bathroom door --
Only this and nothing more."

BUT THE CAT WOULDN'T STOP POUNDING ON THE DOOR, SO I HAD TO LET HER IN SO SHE COULD WATCH ME PEE.

The End


Friday, November 18, 2016

Tidy Cats Direct and Amazon Prime Membership Giveaway!


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


What's your favorite part of life with cats? Don't say "cleaning the litter box" because you'd be a big fat liar. No one likes the "doody duty." Litter box maintenance is, however, one of the tasks that comes along with cat ownership.



Here's some scoop for you: Tidy Cats has a brand new product called Tidy Cats Direct. Curious? Of course you are. Get this -- it's a disposable, all-in-one, one-time-use litter box that you can easily order online and have shipped to your door.



It's pre-filled with Tidy Cats LightWeight 24/7 Performance clumping litter to provide constant control. TidyLock Protection locks away urine, fecal, and ammonia odors. Each disposable box contains enough litter to last up to one month for one cat with typical use. All you have to do is open, scoop, toss, and replace! easy-peasy.



I was excited to give Tidy Cats Direct a try because anything that makes litter box maintenance easier is, well, worth a try. It arrived looking like a regular cardboard box. I'm not one who's known for following directions, but I wanted to make sure I opened the box properly, so I located the instructions on the box. Super simple. All I had to do was peel, pull back, and fold under. Voila! Litter box!



Cosmo and Phoebe were curious, of course. Any time I do anything with their litter box areas, they have to be all up in my business. I suppose they consider the boxes their "property," and I suppose their right. I'd be curious if they were making changes to my toilet. Little kitty plumbers -- cute!



The cats used the box for a full month and maintenance was a breeze. They took to the new addition just fine, and I continued with my usual scooping schedule. One might think the cardboard would allow for leaking, but no way. There's an anti-leak coating on the box. Science!



Another cool feature is the little lip that runs along the box's edge. It helps keep the litter inside the box, which is key for me because my Phoebe is a champion kicker. Another feature I appreciate is the lack of dust clouds because there's no pouring. That means less sneezing for Phoebe, who's also a championship sneezer.



When the life of the litter box had come to an end, all I had to do was close the flap and toss it. For real. That easy. Since I didn't have to scrub litter boxes, here's what I had time to do:

  • File my nails
  • Make a smoothie (banana blueberry with some flax seeds, in case you're wondering)
  • Blow raspberries on my cat's belly and try not to get my face rabbit-kicked off
  • Dispense cat treats
  • Take a Facebook quiz to discover my celebrity look-alike 

Really???


SO ... now comes the part where you get even more excited. Tidy Cats and Catladyland are giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win their own one-year Amazon Prime membership (or a $99 gift card if you already have a membership) and two months' worth of Tidy Cats Direct.

To qualify, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below AND comment on this blog post with what you would do with the time saved from the convenience of Tidy Cats Direct. You have to do BOTH, and there are also additional opportunities. Although Tidy Cats will only ship to U.S. addresses, readers outside the country are welcome to enter and, should they win, can donate their prize to a U.S. shelter or friend.

Good luck!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

My Cat Thinks She's a Parrot and I Love It

Phoebe is a little thing -- barely seven-pounds. She's also a kitty who likes heights -- definitely a tree-dweller. Well, cat tree, that is. One way she reaches such great heights is by jumping on my shoulder. Sometimes she even rides around on her shoulder perch while I walk around the house. She's the cutest little parrot I've ever seen. Arr, matey! Now I'm thirsty for rum.

Here are few pics documenting the shoulder situation. Please note that I took these photos early in the morning and I'm all naked-faced. I never thought I'd post naked pics on my blog, but here you go.






Monday, November 14, 2016

Purina Gives $100,000 to Dogs on Deployment and Pets for Vets -- Vote Now!


This post is sponsored by NestlĂ© Purina. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own. Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. 

I've partnered with Purina for several years, and I'm constantly impressed with the work they do for the community. It's a responsibility they take seriously and I'm proud to be a part of it. This time around, Purina Pure Love for Pets is donating $100,000 to Dogs on Deployment and Pets for Vets, two organizations whose mission benefits both pets and members of our military. 



Dogs on Deployment helps alleviate some of the stress pet owners feel when they find they'll be deployed for military service. Not everyone is lucky enough to have friends and family on hand to provide the care needed for our precious family members while we're away. Let's face it: it's a giant responsibility and we wouldn't want to leave our pets with just anyone. DoD understands that and offers help with people and resources to those headed for deployment. Please note: DoD doesn't only assist with dogs -- they also support families with cats. 

Pets for Vets supports military vets and provides a second chance for shelter pets. Win-win, right? They do this by rescuing and training rescues and then pairing them with vets who could use the help of a companion animal. I love the thought of people and animals helping one another. I feel like my cats and I give each other equal amounts of love and support -- it's an even exchange. It's especially touching when people and pets are matched in a way that's incredibly life-changing on both parts.



There's no denying that Dogs on Deployment and Pets for Vets are doing great work, and that's why Purina wants to help both of them -- and you can help! Hop over to the PureLoveForPets.com and vote for one of the organizations. You need to do this by November 15 at 11:59 PM ET. The one with the most votes will receive $75,000, and the runner up gets $25,000. 

I know we don't all have the resources to significantly help organizations whose mission we support, but this is a way we can feel a part of the giving. Thank you!



Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: Shop Cats of New York


Yes, I'm slightly biased because I consider Tamar Arslanian, the author of Shop Cats of New York,  a good friend. Yes, I'm kind of partial because New York City is my favorite place. OK, I like cats ... a lot. What I'm trying to convey is that it was a no-brainer when Tamar asked me to review her new book.



Since I was a little girl, I've been ecstatic when I notice a cat hanging out in a shop. I swear it's still like a awesome surprise to me. I often become giddy and completely forgot why I'd visited the store in the first place. And then, after that day, I'd find an excuse to frequent that particular store. I love learning that the kitties are well cared for and loved by the owners, employees, and customers. They work hard, after all, and are the best hosts and hostesses ever. Never mind all the nap breaks -- they deserve them!

Tamar, also the author of the popular blog, I Have Cat, Single in the City with Cat(s), wrote Shop Cats of New York because, well, she's like me. She loves noticing cats "working" in shops, and decided she'd do a little research and share the stories of the kitties who call the shops of New York City "home."



She made a fantastic choice in asking Andrew Marttila, a gifted photographer, to capture the images of the cats in the book. He and Tamar both have the lovely ability to truly acquaint the readers with the feline "employees."

Shop Cats of New York is an easy read because it's categorized by cat. It's the perfect coffee table book and gift for your cat-loving friends. I feel so grateful that Tamar and Andrew took the time to feature these felines who are loved by locals, but virtually unknown to those of us who live outside of NYC. Now I need a destination vacation to meet all of these cats!

Cosmo's jealous and mesmerized about what happens outside his four walls.


You can purchase Shop Cats of New York on Amazon, or anywhere you buy books. Be sure to follow Shop Cats on Facebook and Instagram.

Need to see more? Of course you do. Here's a short promotional trailer for this must-have book!

 

The publisher gave us a copy of Shop Cats of New York; however, Catladyland only shares information we think our readers would enjoy.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My Cats are All "Knots Landing"


Cosmo's the king of my lap. Well, he's kind of the king of my everything. That tuxie is slightly (incredibly) possessive of me and doesn't hide his emotions when he's not getting his way. He especially goes off the rails when Phoebe's smugly settled on to of my lap. He doesn't like that one bit. Nope. And she doesn't give one rip. 

The drama! It's all Knots Landing up in here.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Inspiration for Building a Better World at Purina Better With Pets Summit


This post, and the Purina Better With Pets Summit, are sponsored by NestlĂ© Purina. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own. Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. 

If you're reading this, chances are you already know that life is much better with pets. And if you don't agree, why are you reading a blog called Catladyland? Just kidding. Hey -- I don't know about you, but my days would be exponentially more boring and less satisfying if I didn't share my life with my two cats, Cosmo and Phoebe. Pets are part of our families, and I love that Purina is onboard with that belief.

Legit!


I recently had the pleasure of attending Purina's Better With Pets Summit in New York. It wasn't my first Summit, and I always look forward to the fun and educational offerings they present at this event each year. What I loved about this year's Summit was the personal connection they created between the audience and the people on the stage. There were speakers prior to the panels who told their real stories about how animals have affected their lives. I most enjoyed Roben Harris, who spoke of the therapeutic friendship between her daughter, born with Spina Bifida, and her best friend, a Labradoodle named Chocolate Chip Chewbacca Harris (LOVE the name!).

Anastasia Thrift, Janine Kahn, and I are all better with pets.


The panels included "Demystifying Quality and Safety," "How a Passion for Pets Builds a Better World," and "The Science of Innovative Nutrition for Pets." Guess what else happened? There was both a kitten and puppy therapy booth! I'm not gonna lie -- I spent a fair amount of time in the kitten booth holding a sweetheart of a kitty named Sparkles. The cats and dogs were all adoptable through North Shore Animal League.
I'm holding one very happy Sparkles kitty. Hopefully she has a good home now!

The presence of Urban Resource Institute (URI), one of the largest domestic violence shelters in New York, was my favorite part of the event. One of their programs is called URIPALS, which was launched in 2013 in their Brooklyn shelter, Safe Haven. They created the program after seeing a need for keeping human families and their pets together when entering a domestic violence shelter. It's the only program of its kind in New York City, and one of the only ones in the United States.

Of pet owners who called URI's emergency hotline, 30% indicated their pet had been threatened by their abuser. Studies show that 48% of individuals being abused won't leave the situation because they don't want to leave their pet behind. Completely understandable and a choice many of us would make as well.

Nathaniel Field discusses the importance of co-sheltering people and pets.


Nathaniel Field, President and CEO of URI was on the "How a Passion for Pets Build a Better World" panel. I was inspired by his passion, and it's clear to me that more programs such as this need to exist. Kudos to Nathaniel and all the folks at URI for keeping families together during times of crisis. And additional kudos to Purina for partnering with the program to open Purina Pet Haven, New York City's first-ever dog park in a domestic violence shelter.

Toward the end of the day, Summit attendees had the opportunity to assemble gifts for families entering a URI shelter. We packed welcome gifts that included bowls, a collar, food, a t-shirt, and a blanket. Each team included personal notes to pack into the boxes. It was a meaningful way to feel like we were making a difference in the lives of people and pets in need. I've blogged for Purina for a few years now, and one thing I can say for certain is that they care about community and do so much to help animals and foster the bond between people and pets.

The contents of the welcome boxes we assembled. Cool, right?


Thanks, Purina! It was another year of learning, meeting new people, seeing old friends, and feeling inspired.

You can join in, share, and learn by using the hashtag #LetsLiveBig, and remember to follow Purina on social media.

And now on Snapchat -- @purinapetcare

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Cats: Standing in Line to Stare at Me



I work from home, and sometimes have the distinct feeling I'm being watched while I go about my business. Of course I'm usually right because Cosmo and Phoebe like to be all up in my business no matter what I'm doing. 

I recently had that "eyeballs on me" vibe, looked up, and saw the two of them standing about a foot from me. They were, naturally, staring at me; however, they also looked like they were standing in line. For what? Does the staring now have a hierarchy? "Queue up -- it's time to flip on our laser stares!" Is it like "calling shotgun" to see who gets to be first in line?

No idea what was happening, but it made me laugh. See for yourself.


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 Petfinder.com -- that's an average of 1.2 million per year! Amazing, right?

Source: Petfinder.com



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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