Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It's a Tidy Cats Littervention Makeover and Giveaway!

Can the litter box area really be a nice place? I mean it's a practical place -- cats visit to do their "business," and then they leave, hopefully without tracking too much litter along the way. When Tidy Cats® asked if Cosmo would like a Littervention in his bathroom space, I thought, "Why not?" We humans like our bathrooms to look pleasant and offer functionality, so why not give the same opportunity to our kitties? We accepted the Littervention! Spring cleaning is the perfect time for such a thing, after all. 

I live in a small loft, and Cosmo's litter box is located in my bedroom. It's a plain little corner of my room ... nothing fancy. I suppose it should be fancier -- he is a tuxedo cat.

Tidy Cats® needed some information so they could send me products that would fit with my decor, space, and needs. I'm glad they asked about my biggest peeve, which is the whole litter-tracking situation. The little mat Cosmo was using wasn't doing its job. Sometimes when I stepped out of my bed, it felt like I'd set foot on a beach. If only, right?

When the box arrived from Tidy Cats®, I was blown away! So many cool objects tucked inside, including toys, scratchers, and all sorts of fun and interesting goodies. I couldn't wait to go to town transforming the area!

They sent us a jug of Tidy Cats® LightWeight 4-in-1 Strength Litter and a new litter box with a pretty wicker basket in which to place it. And let me tell you about the mat! It's covered with deep holes that catch that litter. I know it catches it because I see it sitting inside those soft little craters and not so much on my bedroom floor.

And the Litter Genie. Can I just talk about the Litter Genie for a moment? If you've never used one, you're missing out. No longer do I need to make the daily walk down the hall with my bag o' clumps. Sure, I'll miss the regular chats with the neighbors while holding said bag o' clumps, but the tradeoff is well worth it, my friends.

I personalized Cosmo's corner by hanging an extraordinarily handsome photo of him above his box ... because why not?

The Litter Genie arrived with a handy scoop that's stored on the side of the in-"Genie-us" (pushing it?) contraption. And they sent adorable rubber gloves with cleaning supplies! The cute gloves make me want to clean (probably).

Speaking of cleaning, did you know that some toys can go in the top rack of your dishwasher? Many dishwashers even have handy little baskets to hold small objects. And once they're clean, store them in little baskets or boxes. Soon they'll be scattered again, but they will at least have a home!

Of course Cosmo didn't do a thing to help me with his own Littervention. As usual, he sat on the sidelines and supervised. That's his specialty, you know.

Here's how it looks integrated into my bedroom. Pretty cool, huh? The makeover gives his litter box corner a more fun and attractive look -- plus, the Litter Genie! Cosmo and I are both pleased with the outcome.

Would you like to win your very own Littervention from Tidy Cats®? Well, it's your lucky day, friends! Here's how it all goes down:

One (1) lucky reader will receive a prize package that includes a litter box, toys, litter, a scratching post, toys, and more! The package can only be shipped to U.S. addresses; however, anyone can enter and donate the kit to a U.S. shelter.

To qualify you must complete the mandatory areas in the Rafflecopter widget below (there are opportunities for additional entries!) and comment on this blog post with your biggest litter box peeve. 

Best of luck! 

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Cute Kitty Gets All T-Rex

Sometimes you just want a cute pic of your cat sleeping in their bed, and then they get all T-Rex on you. I'm not gonna lie -- I kind of like this look.

Cute-little-fierce-kitty-with-the-big-scary-teeth. I'm a-skeered.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pet Safety When Disaster Strikes #PetPrepared

This post is sponsored by Hill's Food, Shelter & Love® Initiative and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping promote National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Pets are precious family members and we want to keep them safe and healthy. No one wants to imagine what might happen if personally affected by disaster, but being prepared for such an event can sometimes make the difference between life and death. I know I'm sounding dramatic, but this time it's prudent to pay attention to my drama. Later you can go back to poking fun at my histrionics regarding whether or not I remembered to pull my red leggings out of the load of whites that's now in the washing machine.

I can't imagine being separated from this guy.

I live in Minnesota, where we have a tornado season. Within 25 miles of where I sit right now,  an entire neighbor hood was leveled in 2008. I hope I never have to live through that kind of devastation.

Animal shelters especially feel the impact following disasters. Because people can become separated from their pets, shelters are often faced with caring for the animals until they're reunited with their families. This can be a highly stressful situation for many shelters who are already struggling to house and care for its residents. Thankfully, Hill's Disaster Relief Network  is positioned to to quickly respond with shipments of pet food to post-disaster communities. Hill's created this first-of-its-kind national network in 2013 as an expansion of its Food, Shelter & Love® program

Photo courtesy of Hill's Pet Nutrition.

In the last three years, Hill's delivered free pet food to more than 60 different shelters and vet clinics across the country in response to 25 major incidents. That's some significant relief!

FEMA National Pet Disaster Preparedness Day is May 14, so now is the perfect time for you to take some steps to ensure your pet's safety during an emergency.

Hill's recommends the following seven tips:

  • Make sure your pet can be identified with current information on a microchip or collar ID tag.
  • Prepare a "Pet Emergency To-Go Kit" which should include first aid supplies and guidebook; a three-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container; bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies, medications and medical records; a contact list of vets and pet care organizations; information on your pet's feeding routine and behavioral issues; comfort toys and a blanket.
  • Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window (include vet contact information).
  • Learn the places where your pet likes to hide when frightened.
  • Identify locations you can take your pet in the case of an evacuation. Not all disaster shelters accept pets, so check with friends or relatives and scout out pet-friendly hotels.
  • Carry a photo of your pet in the case of separation.
  • If you need to evacuate, consider the safety of a pet carrier.

So you can remember all of this, here's a handy infographic you can save and print.

Phoebe's excited about helping me with my emergency plan. Can't you tell?

Hill's mission is based on four pillars: volunteer, donate, choose, and adopt. They've provided over $230 million worth of nutritious food to nearly 1,000 shelters, and they're ready to spring into action 365 days a year. What a commitment!

I would hate to think about becoming separated from my cats after a devastating event -- and I don't have a plan. Now I feel like I have some practical instructions for disaster preparedness. I hope I never have to use them, but I'll be ready.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

My Hand is Giant and My Cat is Very Small

Sometimes one has to do what one must do for amusement. This includes "rubbing your cat's ear" from a distance and then taking a photo so your hand looks giant and/or the cat looks very small.

Life is short -- live it up, people!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Cat Loves Dark Bathrooms

So this always never fails to make me laugh out loud: I flip on the bathroom light to find Cosmo lying on a rug, in the dark. What's he doing in there? It's not a very exciting place, and there are way more comfortable sleeping surfaces in other parts of my apartment. It's not warm, and even if it were, it seems like he'd loaf on the concrete floor. I ask him, but -- as of this writing -- he's offered no good explanation for his dark-bathroom getaways. So I look at him, laugh, and then go about my business.

Maybe I should try a nap on that rug. Perhaps it's like Aladdin's magic carpet and I'll have some kind of crazy flying dreams? Maybe.

What I see when I flip on the light. Oh hai.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Props to Cat Feet

I always smile when I see one of my cats leisurely lounging with a propped foot. I do the same thing ... except not in a cat bed. I kind of wish I had a human-sized cat bed like the one Cosmo has. I'd totally prop my feet.

Now you get some cat-feet eye candy.

Props to Cosmo and his coffee bean toes.

Friday, April 1, 2016

My Cat Keeps Me On Task

I work from home and stay pretty busy. This is why I need an assistant so I can stay on task and meet my deadlines. Cosmo helps me in that capacity. He's dependable and I know I'm his number one priority. I mean, look at that attentive face! Or he's sucking up because he wants to ask for extra vacation days. I told him every day for him is a vacation day, but he wasn't buying it. I think he's still holding a grudge because I wouldn't give him that 401K.

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's All About Cat Toes

When I lie on the sofa, Phoebe lands in this position ... like within five minutes. She stretches her long, lean body on top of me, and reaches one paw toward my chest. And then she spreads her toes. She spreads her toes! I can't tell you how much much I adore this pose. Well, I could, but then this post would become awfully long, and you might start thinking, "This is all about cat toes?" Yes, friends ... it would be all about cat toes.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Tidy Cats 4-in-1 Strength Lightweight Litter Says "Buh-Bye" to Biggest Litter Box Offenders

Cat litter is a necessity if you're going to share your home with felines, right? Right. And I like to keep things light, so that means no heavy litter or heavy odor. This is especially important to me now that I live in a small apartment. I'm a good little scooper, for sure, but odors can sometimes overtake the most vigilant of scoopers. The power of a cat's, um, output has magical abilities of intense odor release. It's like Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility --- Hairy Pooper's cloak of stinkability.

Tidy Cats 4-in-1 Strength LightWeight litter has now made the scene and tackles that stinky cloak once and for all! One of my cats' litter boxes is in my bedroom, which might make some a little nervous about unpleasant odors waking them up in the middle or the or giving them nightmares. I can tell you from experience that I haven't had any nightmares about giant litter-box clumps chasing me through the house. I'm pretty sensitive, too. Once someone in my house burned popcorn and I couldn't fall asleep because of the distracting stench. Burned popcorn cloak.

Cosmo wants to know if dinners come in 4-in-1, too.

Tidy Cats 4-in-1 LightWeight has four times the power of tackling the biggest litter box offenders: urine, feces, and ammonia odors, and helps create the tightest of tight clumps. This makes for a happy litter-box scooper!

I'll admit it: I'm a wimp when it comes to carrying heavy jugs of litter. Sometimes they even sit in my car's trunk until I'm ready to use them because I continue to put off hauling them inside the house. The LightWeight jugs are 50% lighter than the leading litter, making it a piece of cake to lift the jugs from the shopping cart, place them in the trunk, and then bring them indoors. In fact, I can carry one in each hand! If someone didn't know the litter was light, they'd think I had some major guns.

So try it for yourself and see what you think! Tidy Cats 4-in-1 Strength LightWeight litter was available in stores in February. You may as well grab two jugs while you're there -- I think you can handle it.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cat Whiskers and Tortilla-Wrapped Kitties

Ah, the kitty whisker ... so elegant, yet practical. My Cosmo's whiskers have such flair, especially when he flares them. Sometimes when he's sleeping, I go in for a closer look. Closer looks are not always met with pleasantries when he's awake.

And still closer. Look at those things! And then he's got the funky "off the side of the head" one that reminds me a little of the Frankenstein monster's bolts. Cosmo's no monster, although sometimes I'm afraid I'll wrap him up in a tortilla and eat him because he's so cute. I don't mean that at all in some kind of whacked-out way. Oh, you know what I mean.

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