Friday, August 29, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Cosmo Sleeping Under the Covers With Me at Night


My Cosmo insists on sleeping under the covers with me for at least part of the night. A really big part of me enjoys this, but there are some drawbacks.

































Here are the pros and cons of co-sleeping with Cosmo:


Pro: He cuddles up close to me and I rest my hand on his warm fur. Heaven!
Con: His warm fur sometimes makes me sweat like a _______________(fill in with your favorite simile).

Pro: He reaches a little paw up to touch my chin before he falls asleep.
Con: He stays frozen with his paw touching my chin, therefore preventing my movement. Because why would I disturb his peaceful slumber?

Pro: The sound of his gentle purr relaxes me.
Con: He drools when he purrs, thus leaving wet spots in my general sleeping area.

Even though he's a sweat-inducing drool machine, I think I'll keep my bed buddy. Maybe cat drool has some kind of healing properties that haven't yet been discovered. Perhaps lying in drooly wet spots is the best beauty treatment around. If that's the case, then I'm going to look younger every day.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Door Closes, Cat Loses Mind


Cats and doors: It's a constant battle. They always seem to want to be on the opposite side of the door from where they're currently standing. And when given the choice of either side, they'll stand right in the middle, obviously perplexed, and preventing us from closing the door.

Phoebe is not amused.

































And the nosy kitties have to be all up in our business every minute of the day, right? A closed door with unknown activity behind it is enough to drive them absolutely batty! I'm sure they think we're hoarding treats and hiding fancy cat trees. 'Cause that's what we're thinking about when we're behind a bathroom door.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Get 15% off a KitNipBox AND Help Kitten Associates!




Many Catladyland readers are familiar with the recent KitNipBox giveaway we hosted on Texts from Mittens. Well, the fun's not over yet! The nice people at KitNipBox have given us an opportunity to help a shelter of our choice, and we chose Kitten Associates, a small rescue in Connecticut that helps lots of mama cats and babies.


In case you aren't familiar, KitNipBox is a monthly subscription service that provides a box (you choose the size) full of toys (some hand-made by artisans), health and hygiene products, and treats for your cat. Sounds cool, right? Well, here's the part that's extra-cool: We're teaming up with KitNipBox giving you 15% off your first box (excluding the Starter Box) when you use the code kitten15 at checkout.

Jack, the office assistant at KitNipBox.





















And as if that weren't awesome enough, Kitten Associates will receive 5% of all sales from which that code was used! In addition, our kitty friends at Kitten Associates will receive a free KitNipBox.

So, that's it! Simple, huh? Just to recap, here's what you do:

  • Go to the KitNipBox site and choose a subscription type.
  • Use the code kitten15 at checkout.
  • Smile because you just gave 5% to Kitten Associates!

And don't forget to like KitNipBox on Facebook!



Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Cats, Happy Lives #PerfectWeight


What we choose to feed our cats is a personal preference. We all want the best for our fuzz-butts and make cat-food decisions based on many factors, including budget, research, convenience or special needs. Catladyland is not here to tell you what or how to feed your cats; however, from time to time, we're happy to present options we feel good about, knowing you will make the best decision for you and your cat.


I share my life with two human kids and three feline ones, and it's my priority to keep all of them healthy. That means they get regular medical care, eat good food and plenty of play and exercise. I'll admit, though, the exercise part is probably the hardest -- and that goes for the cats and the people in my house! But still we try.


Dr. Ashley Gallagher, vet at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., gives us a quick breakdown for how to keep our pets happy and healthy.

Dogs and cats age much more quickly than humans, so missing one annual checkup is like one of us missing five years' worth of appointments! 


Now I don't especially enjoy going to the doctor, but I also value my health and know these visits keep me on top of my game. My cats can't make the choice to skip vet visits (although I'm sure that'd be number one of their list of super powers), so we need to make sure they make it there.

"I look FINE, Mom!"

Proper preventative care doesn't stop of the vet's office -- what we do at home also makes a huge difference.


This includes regular grooming! I know some cats love getting brushed, but my cats are not particularly fans of the comb or Furminator. I have no idea why, because I love getting my hair brushed and styled. Weirdos. Don't forget about oral care and play/exercise. My cats go nuts for any kind of toy on a wand, so that's the one way I know I can get them moving. Except for Phoebe, they're not the kind of cats who chase after lasers and jingle balls. It's work to get them to play ... and that seems so counterintuitive, doesn't it?

"Excuse me, what's missing over here?"

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One thing is for sure, my cats love to eat and let me know when they're hungry ... usually about an hour before their prescribed mealtime. Sound familiar? My cats want to choose their own mealtimes, and they would be "yes o'clock".

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This post is sponsored by Hill's and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Saw the Thumper-Foot Thumping


I love all parts of a kitty's body. Sure, I have an affinity toward the toes and tiny baby-corn teeth, but every inch of a cat is glorious.

Usually, when my cats sit, they're feet are tucked in together, looking tidy. Cats like tidiness. Cosmo's usually a tidy sitter, but every once in a while, he pulls this move that I call "thumper foot." One of his back feet pokes out just a little, taking away from the tidiness of his pose. I always laugh when he sits like this.


























I have something to share with you and promise it's the truth. My daughter was even present as a witness! Cosmo was sitting thumper-foot style and then that foot starting thumping up and down really fast, but only for a couple of seconds. He looked just like Thumper from Bambi! My daughter and I looked at each other like, "Did you see that too?" And then we couldn't stop laughing at sweet Cosmo, our little Thumper boy. Of course, he's never done it again ... unless he thumps his foot in private. Could be.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Cat Internet Festival and Lil BUB: How I Was Swept into a Catnado


Last week was a total catnado, but in a totally great way -- not in the way that cats were falling from the sky and chomping people. This catnado landed at the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis, and then jumped to the Feline Rescue fundraiser staring the one-and-only Lil BUB!

So many cool T-shirts!


















The video festival is in my city, and it's the original one ... that means it's in my backyard and it's extra-super-cool. I was chosen as a juror again this year, so it was fun to see which ones made it to the reel and which one was picked to receive the glorious Golden Kitty award (it was this video)!

Catified!


















As usual, the people-watching was spectacular and the attendees seemed to be elated just to be in the company of other feline fanciers. Cat lovers tend to connect most often online, so to be in a group of close to 10,000 all at once was pure nirvana.

With my friend Kelley from Feline Rescue



















My friends at Feline Rescue had a booth again this year, and -- surprise -- the Cat Engineer guys stopped to take photos with their adoring fans. Have you seen their cat-yodeling video? You must!

What the AWESOME?



















I ran into some blogger friends as well. It's always a treat to see Joanne from Tiniest Tiger, Paris from CatTipper/DogTipper, Debbie from Glogirly and Alana from Cat in the Fridge. Speaking of Alana, her team from CATastrophes (recently picked up by Animalist.com) was there interviewing kitty-cat devotees about their cat's super power ... if they had one besides their obvious awesomeness.

Alana, me, Joanne and Paris















The hour-long reel was well worth the wait, and it was absolutely insane (in the best possible way) to sit among thousands of other cat lovers and laugh, smile and "awwww!" together. I think we generated enough positive energy to keep the whole city of Minneapolis lit up for at least a few days. Hey -- that was our super power!

A powerful crowd!



















The next day, my husband and I volunteered to help at the Feline Rescue fundraiser, which included a meet-and-greet with Lil BUB herself! The event was ticketed and limited to 200 participants because Mike Bridavsky is a top-notch guy and looks after BUB's well-being -- even the magical BUB can only take so much activity. Have I mentioned how great of a guy Mike is?

Look how CUTE she is! Yay, us!





















The money from from the fundraiser was split in half between Feline Rescue and BUB's fund (which benefits animals with special needs) and people were excited and more than willing to donate in exchange for a photo (and perhaps a little top-of-the-head kiss) with the little sweetheart.

She signed it all by herself. Kidding.

























My husband John helped by keeping the line moving and taking BUB photos of the participants using their own cameras. And that guy did a bang-up job! He squatted, chatted and snapped photos for over three hours. He said it was all worth it to be able to see the joy on everyone's faces as they interacted with the famous cat.

My favorite cat guy.



















Overall, it was two days of complete craziness and pure elation; however at the end of it all, I fell into bed feeling a little catatonic (haha).

If you weren't able to make the fundraiser, and would like to help Feline Rescue, take a look at their donation page and wish list. Something as simple as paper towels or plastic bags will make a huge difference in their day-to-day operation. 



Friday, August 15, 2014

Waking Up to Cat Butt


In the past, I've written about how Cosmo hogs my pillow at night. I often wake up with my head balanced on a tiny triangular edge. I'm not sure how he manages to scoot my head over without my knowledge. He must do it slowly and methodically.

This morning he outdid himself. As soon as I woke up, I knew I had to snap a quick pic of our positioning. The quality's not the best, but you'll get the idea. I cropped out my morning face. You're welcome. Also, you'll notice his butt is in my face. Who doesn't love waking up to cat butt?


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

5 Reasons Why Cosmo's Belly is a Slice of Heaven


Cosmo doesn't like to have his belly rubbed, but that doesn't stop me from diving in from time to time.



























Here are 5 reasons why I love about Cosmo's glorious tum-tum:
  1. His ever-growing, jiggly "jungle pouch. I smile when I see it swing when he runs.
  2. His "panties," that seem softer and fluffier than the other parts of his belly.
  3. His visible man-nipples. I also love how my son gets grossed out whenever I say "man-nipples."
  4. It smells so nice -- it's a fabulous huffing zone; however, danger is imminent when I go there. He's not shy with the rabbit-kicks to the face.
  5. The rumble of his purr through his ribcage when I rest my head upon it. Again, I ignore the imminent danger.

What do you love best about your cat's belly?


Monday, August 11, 2014

It's a Whiskerslist Calendar AND Book Giveaway!


Friends and comrades who reside with me here in Cathumorland, this is a very cool day for all of us. You may have heard the 2015 whiskerslist boxed calendar was released last week, and it's the truth!

























The calendar is a companion to my book, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, that was released last October. Maybe some of you have read it -- or even own your very own copy (lucky you).

If you're completely unfamiliar in the ways of whiskerslist, please allow me to sum it up for you: It's a parody book, which means it takes something that really exists (craigslist), puts a spin on it (cats) and hopefully makes you laugh. In the calendar, you'll notice a few favorites from the book, but most are brand new pages of pure feline silliness. Oh, there's also a whiskerslist site where you (um, your cats) can create their own ads and comment on existing ones. Haven't visited? Go ahead, click over!

























So whiskerslist is like the cats' version of craigslist. Imagine what cats would post on a site like whiskerslist: personals, lost and found, for sale/wanted, services, discussions, rants and raves ... but with cat themes. And like craigslist, some of the ads are a little offbeat and sometimes edgy. I'd probably give the book and calendar PG-13 ratings.

A page from the book.
























As a way to celebrate the calendar's release, I'd like to give away TWO whiskerslist calendars and TWO copies of the whiskerslist book -- all signed (I'll contact you for inscription details).

How's that? Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. After you click to enter, you'll be asked for your name, mailing address and email address. No one sees this information but me -- promise! Please remember to place all the information on the same line. If you enter before including all the info, Rafflecopter won't allow you to edit your entry. Just leave me a comment on this post and I'll make sure you're entered.

Good luck!

WINNERS BELOW: Esther and Judy each won a book, and Kristin and Kelly each won a calendar!

Congrats!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Helping Your Cat Go from Overweight to #PerfectWeight


What we choose to feed our cats is a personal preference. We all want the best for our fuzz-butts and make cat-food decisions based on many factors, including budget, research, convenience or special needs. Catladyland is not here to tell you what or how to feed your cats; however, from time to time, we're happy to present options we feel good about, knowing you will make the best decision for you and your cat.

A couple of weeks ago we took our Phoebe to the vet for her annual checkup. She's always been a petite little girl, weighing close to 7-pounds at most vet visits. Despite her slight build, she's been queen bee around our house for all nine of her years.

We were totally surprised when the vet told us she'd put on a some weight, and should probably lose a little of it. What? We see her every day, and it happened gradually -- we never even noticed. Well, it appears we're not alone. According to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention, only 11% of parents of overweight pets realize their pets are overweight.

Who are you calling overweight??






















Dr. Ashley Gallagher, vet at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. says, "If you can't see your pet's ribs or feel them while placing your hands on the side of their chest, they are probably overweight." I tried this with Phoebe, and, sure enough, she was a little pudgy. "Pudge" sounds way too much like "fudge," don't you think? Not fair!

I digress! Here's more of what Dr. Gallagher has to say about identifying your pet as overweight.



Hill's® Science Diet® Perfect Weight cat food offers a breakthrough blend that helps burn calories, no matter how healthy your pet is -- and weight loss is ensured within ten weeks. Where can I get food like that?! Plus, the food includes prebiotocs for gentle digestion, and is 100% precisely balanced nutrition. These are good things!



























Over 70% of dogs and cats lost weight within ten weeks when feed Perfect Weight food. You might remember Ethel, the little cutie I wrote about last month. Cat weight-loss can be hard, but she lost 11% of her weight! I know my Phoebe doesn't need to lose that much weight, but I love reading about success stories like that. When cats are at a healthy weight, their life expectancy is increased and they're more active and playful. Phoebe needs to be around a long time -- who else will tell everybody what to do?

It's a brand new Ethel!























Ethel's mom, Shawn Teets of Indianapolis, Indiana said, "Knowing the reputation of Hill's Pet nutrition, I felt good feeding it to her. I was very pleased for Ethel to be chosen for the program, and am quite happy with her results." Well done, Shawn and Ethel! Here's to a long life of good health and lots of play!





This post is sponsored by Hill's. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. 




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