Monday, September 29, 2014

Velcro-Cat Gets a Lift

Those of you who regularly read my posts here or on Catster, know Cosmo is my constant companion, bordering on "stalkerish" at times. Of course I adore him, but it's not always easy for velcro-cat to attach himself to me.

I often sit at the kitchen table, either working or playing games. My daughter was home from college over the weekend, and yesterday we settled in for a rousing game of Connect Four. Cosmo, of course, needed to "help" me formulate my strategy. Him sitting in my lap isn't always the most comfortable for either of us, but I found the perfect solution for close-sitting in comfort!

Turns out when I place a kitchen barstool next to me, so he can sorta-kinda be on my level, he's quite pleased. Velcro-cat has a perch!

Oh, and in case you're wondering, my daughter whooped me in several rounds of Connect Four. Pretty sneaky, sis! 

Please tell me someone else remembers this gem of a commercial.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Paw Was Peeking

Cosmo sleeps under the covers with me during the wee hours of the morning. When I climb out of bed, he often stayed cozied-up -- especially if it's a chilly morning. Usually, I can only tell he's still under the covers because there's a little cat-shaped lump next to where I was sleeping, but every once in a while I spy a little paw peeking out at me. What is it about that little tip of a paw that makes me completely melt?

I swear, cat paws are probably the answer to world peace. Don't ya think?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Cat Has a "Leg Up" on the Paparazzi

It seems to me that sometimes cats look at us as paparazzi, lurking around every corner with a camera and a "Hey! Look over here!" I suppose that's not entirely untrue.

My cats have become masters of looking away at the exact moment when my finger presses the "go, camera!" button. Sometimes the photos actually turn out looking like paparazzi photos, complete with the "star" shielding his face from the nosy invaders.

Look at Cosmo. He's totally over it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Of Spoiled Cats and Boxes

I think my cats are spoiled. No, I know my cats are spoiled, and I'm not alone in conveying that sentiment, am I?

Give a cat a box, and he'll jump in; give a cat two boxes and he'll ask, "Is that all? Don't I get a third one? Geez."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Perfect Photo Thwarted? I Think Not!

We all know how cats have the knack for looking away from the camera just as we're ready to nail the perfect shot. What makes me laugh is that look they sometimes get after they've turned their heads. They look a little spiteful, don't they? How do you like this? I totally messed up your pic! Gonna post this one? Ha ha! 

Why yes I am, Phoebe -- yes I am. The perfect shot shall still exist, only in a snarkier form, which I'm finding I like better anyway!

Mom: 1, Phoebe: 0

Tomorrow, I'll be at Valley Bookseller in Stillwater, MN signing copies of the whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds book and calendar! Go ahead, be one of THOSE people who buys holiday gifts in September!

Click here for info.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CatConLA Coming June of 2015! It's Like Comic-Con, But for Cat Lovers!

Get ready -- June 6 & 7, 2015, The Reef in downtown Los Angeles will host the first ever CatConLA! It's like Comic-Con, but for cat people. Sound too good to be true? Well, it's not. It's real and it's going to be the coolest 2-day celebration of groundbreaking products and ideas in art, design, pop culture and attitude ... for cat lovers!

The conference will be part expo, part symposium and will not only showcase some of the world's top cat-centric merchandise (over 150 exhibitors are expected, with all wares for sale to the public), it will also feature some of the top names in feline pop culture. Headlining CatConLA will be Simon Tofield of "Simon's Cat," and Mike Bridavsky, along with the one-and-only Lil Bub!

I'm thrilled to be on the advisory board of CatConLA, along with Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther and co-author of  Catification with Jackson Galaxy; Keith Bowers, senior editor at Catster and Dogster; and Scott Stulen, creator and producer of the Cat Internet Video Festival. And the mastermind behind the whole conference is Susan Michals, a journalist and producer who writes about the intersection of art, culture and celebrity. She's also the creator of the successful Cat Art Show Los Angeles.

Additional confirmed speakers include:

L-R: Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther and co-author of Catification with Jackson Galaxy; Angie Bailey (that's me!), author of whiskerslist, the kitty classifieds, Catladyland, and Texts from Mittens; Keith Bowers, senior editor of Catster and Dogster; Joann Biondi, creator of Lorenzo the Cat; Will Braden, creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir

L-R: Kady & Eli from Cats of Instragram; Ben Huh, founder and CEO of Cheezburger; Francesco Marciuliano, author of I Could Pee on This, and I Knead My Mommy; Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange; Scott Stulen, creator and producer of the Cat Internet Video Festival.

So mark your calendars, and if you'd like to stay up-to-date with everything CatConLA, please follow us on Twitter (@catconla), like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Just When You Think You Know All Your Cat's Spots

The other day I was working at the kitchen table and heard my husband start laughing really hard. Of course I had to investigate. He was standing in a little mini-hallway where there's a bedroom on either side. He said he'd been looking for Saffy (she's his baby). From his vantage point in the mini-hallway, he scanned the area, noticing she wasn't sacked out in her typical spots in the living room area, or in our bedroom.

Then his eyes stopped when he reached our son's room. There was Saffy, standing right in the middle of the desk, staring at my husband, like "It's been really fun watching your confusion -- I've been right here all along." She never sits there either -- and she was so still like E.T. among the pile of stuffed animals. It was funny on so many levels. Of course I had to snap a photo.

Yet another reason why cats are funny -- they're unpredictable, surprising and ready to make us look like idiots at any given moment. And with such little effort!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Win a Cute Kitty Cap or Water Bottle from TailTherapy™!

What's more therapeutic than a pet? When we're feeling down or just want to have some fun, our furry friends are right there, ready to administer their special kind of therapy. My Cosmo is super tuned-in to when I need a little extra love; in fact, he sometimes takes his therapy a little overboard, becoming a velcro-cat therapist. Is there such a thing as helicopter therapy? If there is, Cosmo invented it. Proof: Take a look at this photo. It's a little grainy because I took it as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning, but check out my morning tail therapy!

Cosmo gives me tail therapy, up close and personal.

Well, let me tell you about a company called TailTherapy™. They produce a signature gift line for dog and cat lovers, including a premium selection of hats, water bottles, leashes and more. Their mission is to showcase the premise that the best therapy is often free and furry.

Cute kitty hats!

TailTherapy™ walks their talk and donates a portion of sales to organizations that focus on animal therapy programs. Their initial targets include Pet Encounter Therapy (PET) at Helen Woodward Animal Center and Pet Partners (w/ASPCA).

Adorable water bottle and leash (there's a cat one, too!)

TailTherapy™ and Catladyland are teaming up to give two readers their choice of a water bottle or a hat! How fun, right? 

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. After you click to enter, you'll be asked for your name, e-mail address and mailing 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 a comment on this post and I'll make sure you're entered.

You'll get an extra entry if you follow TailTherapy™ on Twitter! You'll see the option for that after you enter. Following on Twitter is not mandatory.

Good Luck!

TailTherapy™ paid us for the post, but Catladyland only shares information and products we feel are relevant to our readers. TailTherapy™ is not responsible for the content of this article.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

3 Tips for Bloggers to Stay Organized on Facebook and Twitter #PetBloggerMonth

I started writing this blog in January of 2009. I began posting once a week, eventually maxing out at once-a-day posts ... sometimes even twice a day. My posts are generally short and focused on humorous musings of the feline nature. I usually don't write 700-word blog posts here, and a few months ago I pared my posting down to three times a week.

Like most bloggers do, shortly after starting my blog, I added the social media aspect as branches of Catladyland -- I currently maintain the typical outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + and Instagram.

Last year my first book, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds was released. OK, then I needed an interactive site and all the social media for whiskerslist.

Skip forward a couple of months and, based on demand, I created the Texts from Mittens blog, which stemmed from its column. It's still a column, but the blog allows readers to receive a daily dose of Mitty. Then I added all the social media to go along with that blog.

So ... these days I manage all three brands, including the blogs, social media and any other opportunities that pop up. Oh, and I'm a freelance writer as well -- and then there's the new book I'm working on, and the two calendars that are due in January/February.

Tired yet? I am! But here's the thing: Because my brands grew so quickly and nothing appeared to be going anywhere anytime soon, I had to figure out a way to stay organized, especially where social media was involved. Facebook and Twitter are still my staples, so that's where I'll focus here.

Based on what I've learned, here are 3 tips to help bloggers stay organized on Facebook and Twitter -- and believe me, they work if you're managing one blog or three!

#1 Schedule what you can

In the morning, I schedule my daily Facebook posts for all three pages. I start on paper, figuring out what time I'd like to see each post appear. I usually schedule the blog post first, and then every 2-4 hours schedule something else like highly shareable graphics, cross-promotion of my other pages, sponsored post info, fun tidbits I've found around the Web and anything else that looks like my readers would enjoy. Just because I schedule posts, doesn't mean I don't go back and interact throughout the day. It's important to do that, and I do what I can (wait for #3).

My Tweetdeck notification columns

I use Tweetdeck as my Twitter dashboard because I have several Twitter pages to view at once, and Tweetdeck allows that. I know there are those who prefer HootSuite (because you can see Facebook and Twitter together, which is great for a one-blog blogger), but I'm partial to Tweetdeck. What else is great about this system is that you can schedule posts in advance -- this is something you can't do on the plain old Twitter site. This is helpful if you want to get a post out there several times -- like if you're working on a sponsored post or want to catch readers at several key points of the day.

#2 Set up auto-post from Facebook to Twitter

I have my Catladyland and whiskerslist Facebook posts set up to automatically post to their Twitter pages. I don't do it with Mittens because Mittens is mostly images, and I want them to show up as images when my Twitter followers are scrolling. If I allowed Facebook to automatically post, they'd post the link back to the Facebook post, so the user would have to click to see the image. I want the Mittens images to be front and center -- they're more shareable that way, so I post those manually. It's a little extra time on my part, but I save time auto-sharing the other two pages.

Source: WikiHow

#3 Schedule time to read and interact on feeds

I often find myself engrossed in projects, and sometimes forget to hop over and see what everyone else is doing, interact and share posts from others. It helps me to write times into my schedule where I will spend a certain amount of time reading and interacting on Facebook and Twitter. When I don't set times, it gets away from me.

I know it may seem like a lot to keep track of, but if I didn't figure out systems of some sort, nothing would get done and I'd probably be pulling my hair out and playing Words With Friends all day long. It's not about how many blogs and social media pages you have -- it's about figuring out a way to make things easier for you, and make sure your readers are getting all the information and interaction they deserve.

This is what works for me. Other bloggers may have found systems that fit their style and schedule. There really is no right way to stay organized -- it's a personal thing; however, I find it helps to see what works for others and perhaps glean a few tips. And it's also OK to take breaks and play Words With Friends.

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated to support International Pet Blogger Month with an educational post, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the content of this article.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Little Loaves of Cat

I love it when my cats are all tucked up into little loaves. I've always called it the "meatloaf" pose, although I've heard others call it different things. When I was little, my mom and I used to imagine our "meatloafed" kitties on top skateboards, rolling around town. That image still cracks me up. Can't you see it?

What do you call this pose?

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Silliness of Cats Falling Asleep is the Just the Best!

I love the things cats do when they're falling asleep. You know, cats generally like to think of themselves and tidy, pulled together, and beyond dignified. This is why it's so funny when their fuzzy little dignified butts slide off the edge of the sofa. Of course, they pretend like it never happened. They have selective memory like that.

When they're sitting or standing and falling asleep, they slowly lose a little dignity. Sometimes my cats fall asleep while sitting, and start bobbing back and forth. You know what I mean -- it's hysterical. If they hear us giggle, their eyes immediately pop open and they straighten up like a little soldier.

Tidy, but bobbing.

My Phoebe is typically tightly tucked when she's sitting or loafed up somewhere. In fact, when she's loafed, you can't even see her feet -- they're so tucked that they're invisible! The other day I saw my little loaf sitting on the arm of the sofa. Her eyes were slowly closing -- she was totally fighting the sandman. And then her front legs came untucked! No longer tidy! I had to laugh because she's a pretty tough tucker -- she rarely cuts loose. She must have been really tired because my laughter didn't even faze her. I had to snap a quick photo for evidence.

Once were tucked.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cat Sleeps in Basket, Makes Human Insane

Sometimes cats do the funniest or cutest things and they don't even know they're doing them. I think I enjoy those little moments better than when they're actively trying be adorable or silly. Who am I kidding? I love all the moments.

The other day, Phoebe was sleeping in a laundry basket on a "mattress" towel we left so she'd have maximum comfort, of course. She was sleeping so close to the edge that her fur was poking through the holes of the basket. What was I to do but spend a ridiculous amount of time on the floor touching her fur with an insane perma-grin on my face? It's the little things, you know.

I mean, LOOK at the fur!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stalker-Cat Reflects

Here we are for another episode of "Cosmo Must Know What I'm Doing or His Head Will Explode." Last night I was in the bathroom, getting ready for bed, and happened to catch the reflection of those laser eyes staring at me in the bathroom mirror. Notice his framed photo hanging on the wall behind him. He knows he's the king of my heart, even if he is slightly stalkerish.

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