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?"

Choose quality food and treats for your pet, like Science Diet® Perfect Weight or other Hill's® Science Diet® Life Care products. 

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".

As part of their Healthier Pets, Happier lives campaign, Hill's® Science Diet® is offering the opportunity to win a $100 gift card toward your pet's next vet checkup -- they'll be giving one away every day for 90 days! Click here to enter.

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)!


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 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!


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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. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Can't Shake the Stare

Last week on I wrote about how Cosmo is my furry little stalker. I swear I can't go anywhere alone, but that's OK because I love that he loves me so much.

Yesterday I decided to take a break and read on our back deck. It was sunny, but not too hot -- just a perfect kind of day. About five minutes into my mini getaway, I sensed I was being watched. You know that feeling, right? You can almost feel the glare pierce right through you. I looked around -- there were no neighbors in their yards or peeking at me through their windows. I went back to reading.

The feeling just didn't go away, so I stood up and decided to go inside for a drink of water. When I turned around, this is who I saw:

So desperate! So pleading! No wonder I couldn't shake that stare -- could you?

Monday, August 4, 2014

If You've Ever Wondered About the Way My Brain Works When I'm Writing, Wonder No More

I'm on tour! Doesn't that sound exciting? It is, but I'm touring from the comfort of my office chair. You see, my talented author-friend, Kristy Abbott invited me to join The Writing Process Blog Tour.

What in the world is The Writing Process Blog Tour?

Don't get sassy -- I'm about to explain it to you. It's a way for bloggers to share their own writing process and current projects with readers, as well as introduce them to a couple of fabulous authors they might not be reading ... which they should.

The idea also intrigued me because on this blog I mostly write about my cats, cat products and and other feline-related topics. I rarely write about myself, and haven't for a few years. When I began Catladyland (then Eclectic Catladyland) in 2009, I wrote about neurotic self, my cats and lots of musing on silly things that pop into my mind. Shortly after that, I switched exclusively to writing about cats. Why? I enjoyed it and felt like I'd found a solid audience -- it was that simple.

This post offers a little insight into me, myself and I, although I promise to bring up cats now and again because how can I describe anything I do without their inclusion? Impossible, I tell you!

On to the Writing Process Blog Tour, which includes four questions:

What am I working on?

I work on a variety of projects every day. I'm a regular columnist for, so most every day I'm working on something for that site. I also pick up freelance opportunities for other sites pretty regularly -- they're usually cat-related. Surprise. My first book, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds came out last year, and I'm gearing up for some fall promotion in conjunction with the companion calendar that will be released very soon. I'm also working on a secret project! That's right, it's secret and it's incredibly cool. Wait and see. Oh, and I've started some writing that has nothing to do with cats. WHAT? It's true. I will share some of it soon.

I also write this blog, and the sites for Texts from Mittens and whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, as well as maintain the daily social media for all three. I stay busy.

I work. Cosmo cleans his butt.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I've always loved writing parodies and designing worlds where cats do people things. When I can combine both of those -- like in whiskerslist -- I'm a happy girl. The same goes for Mittens. It amuses me to no end to concoct that perfect mixture of human and cat characteristics for Mittens. It really has to be just the right combination for it to be funny and outlandish, yet still be sort-of in the realm of what a cat really might think or do. So I think that's maybe what's different: I like to create worlds where cats are still cats, but possess human characteristics as well.

Why do you write what you do?

Because I feel happy when I do it.

Need inspiration? Take a shower. Then feed me.

How does your writing process work?

Haha, that's funny. It really differs all the time and is based on the type of project on which I'm working. I do have a crap-load of notebooks, though. I always have an empty regular-size (college-ruled, of course) one and a small one (in case I want to carry it in my purse) handy. For everything: freelance pieces as well as books, I usually brainstorm in the notebook first, and come up with some main points of a loose plan. I love my notebooks -- they are my brain splattered all over paper. Ew. That sounds kind of gross.

I'm also a professional daydreamer. This used to be an issue when I was in school, but now serves me in magnificent ways. My daydreams often lead to my best ideas. My favorite times to daydream are while showering, driving and vacuuming -- that's the truth. I'm not even trying to be funny with the vacuuming part. That vacuum cleaner has helped me develop the best ideas -- and bonus: my carpets are clean!

When I feel stuck, I stare at my cats and rub their ears. They're my fuzzy little muses, and constantly inspire me. Plus I think that rubbing their ears kind of works like rubbing a magic lamp. Sometimes good ideas just appear!

My portion of the tour has now come to an end. Get your T-Shirt here.

Now meet my talented friends!

Amy Shojai has been reinventing herself for years. She's a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of 27 best-selling pet books that cover furry babies to old fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She created the site as the Puppies Expert, and was the Cat Behavior Expert at Cats. And you'll find her half-hour Pet Peeves radio show here. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues, including the New York Times, Reader's Digest and Family Circle, as well as well as national radio and TV networks such as CNN, Animal Planet's Dogs 101 and Cats 101. She's been a consultant to the pet products industry and a host/program consultant for select "furry" TV projects.

Amy is also a musician, actor and playwright, and brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances and performances, audio books (hers and others), writer of webinars, conference keynote/seminars and THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Learn more about Amy when you visit her site.

Deborah Barnes currently resides in the tropical paradise of South Florida and was inspired to write The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey -- a Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary as a result of the lessons learned from her family of seven cats after her life took a downward turn in 2009 when she was unexpectedly laid off at 48 years of age.

She is also the creator of the award-winning blog Zee and Zoey's Chronicle Connection, that not only continues to follow the everyday journey she shares with her cats (including her newest additions, a rescue kitten named Kizmet that she adopted from Pet Supermarket, and a feral Maine Coon kitten named Jazmine that was rescued from an abandoned farmhouse), but covers topics from the humorous behavior of cats to the very serious subjects on pet responsibility. Her current circle of works has brought her where she is today -- a serious cat advocate and Secretary of Pawsitively Humane Nonprofit organization in Miami, Florida, whose mission is to create public awareness and reduce the number of animals on the street and in shelters through an extensive educational campaign.

Learn more about Deborah when you visit her site.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Standoff in Boxville

Earlier this week we made a Costco run, and you know what that means: BOXES! It also means a little bit of drama in our house. Phoebe is usually the first one to snag the box, and Saffy or Cosmo better not come near it. Well, that's what initially happened, and then Phoebe walked in to find Saffy had jacked the giant box. They looked to my husband to intervene. He wasn't about to get involved.

Then Phoebe gave Saff the smelliest stink-eye ever. I mean, I'm sure the neighbors could smell the stink. It was a total standoff. Saffy held Phoebe's gaze for about a half a minute, then I think the stink got to her.

And here's how the story ends. Of course. Like always. Phoebe is the reigning queen of the Costco box. But don't worry about Saffy -- there's no shortage of boxes at my house.

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