Friday, November 28, 2014

Texts from Mittens Book Available for Pre-Order!

Many of you know I also write the Texts from Mittens blog. It's daily texts between a neurotic cat and his long-suffering human. I'm sure you can totally relate.

Well I have some exciting news! The Texts from Mittens BOOK will be available on March 31, 2015, but is currently available for pre-order through Amazon, or wherever you buy books!

It was a ton of fun to write Mittens and the gang, and I hope you enjoy reading the silliness and mega-drama.

And don't forget to follow Mittens on social media!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Know the Signs of Feline Diabetes #PetHealthAwareness

Catladyland is usually a place for laughter, but today it's important to cover a subject that's definitely no laughing matter.

November is Feline Diabetes Awareness Month, and I can honestly say, before writing this, I didn't know much about the very treatable, manageable disease that often affects older, overweight cats. Like in human diabetes, feline diabetes happens when there's not enough insulin in the body to balance out the glucose in the diet.


It's important to know the symptoms of feline diabetes, and consult with your veterinarian if you're seeing those signs. The main signals from your cat will be increased thirst and more frequent urination. Some cats also display increased appetite, weight loss, listlessness sometimes even vomiting or diarrhea. Your veterinarian will run some tests to determine the cause of the symptoms.


Although feline diabetes sounds scary, it can actually be reversed with dietary changes -- not all cats will need to receive insulin injections to regulate glucose levels. It's important for a diabetic cat (as well as all cats) to receive a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. You absolutely can't free-feed a cat with feline diabetes.

Knowing the signs of feline diabetes, immediately consulting with your veterinarian and making dietary changes could mean a lifetime of remission, and more precious years with your happy, healthy cat!

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated by helping spread the word about #PetHealthAwareness, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the content of this article.

Monday, November 24, 2014

That Feeling

Do you ever get the feeling someone is staring at you? Me too. Usually it's a Cosmo.

Friday, November 21, 2014

It's So Hard to Be a Cat

I was folding laundry, and Phoebe promptly plopped on top of a stack of towels. Of course, I wasn't surprised -- she's a cat, right? But then a fresh basket of laundry appeared, and she was faced with an impossibly difficult choice. It's so hard to be a cat.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Fall Guy

Cosmo doesn't want to get caught for stealing the bag of treats, so he's bringing a fall guy. Surely this scheme will be successful.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Win a T-Shirt Inspired by Friskies' "Dear Kitten" Commercials

Have you seen the hilariously adorable "Dear Kitten" commercials from Purina Friskies? They've been making the social-media rounds and, if you're like me, you've watched each one about a dozen times. In the four commercials (I say "commercial," but the advertisement is incredibly subtle), the senior cat of the house is teaching the new kittens the ropes when it comes to living in his new home.

The cat goes over important lessons like how to deal with the dog, living with humans, and the mysteries of the mirror (or as the cat says, "window that's lower than the others") and the cats who live on the other side of the "window." Coincidentally, those cats are total doppelgangers of the cats looking through the "window." Crazy, huh?

You can see all the videos here, but this one is my favorite. It's the older cat's sage advice on interacting with the dog.

As if the videos aren't enough, there are "Dear Kitten" shirts -- and Catladyland and Friskies are giving away ten of them!

If you'd like to be one of the ten winners, please register via the Rafflecopter widget. After you click to enter, you'll be asked for your name, 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.

I will contact all winners and ask you about the shirt size you'd like (Small-X-Large)

Good luck!

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Purina Friskies is providing the T-shirts for this giveaway; we were not compensated for this post. Catladyland only shares information and products we feel are relevant to our readers. Purina Friskies is not responsible for the content of this post.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Make Your Cat the Star of a Book With the Free Animal Tales App! #read4animals

You know your cat is a total star -- mine are too. They like to think they're celebrities, anyway -- right? Well, now you can create a customized book starring your cat (or dog or rabbit or snake or guinea pig ... you get this picture) using the free Animal Tales iOS app that's available for iPhones and iPads in the iTunes store (Android app coming winter of 2015).

It's from the same people who brought you ResQWalk, the app for iPhone and Android users that lets you raise money for your favorite rescue while you take your walk. I use it all the time, and I know some of you do too. If you don't, get on it!

So I wanted to give Animal Tales a try, and Phoebe obliged. Well, I guess she didn't willingly oblige, but she's so used to my taking photos of her that she didn't bat an eye. "Here come the paparazzi again."

So I downloaded the app and chose one of three stories: "Your Pet's Amazing Search for a Home." All I had to do was upload a pic of Phoeebs, enter her name and that she's a female, and the app did the rest! Seriously, it was that easy. Going forward, there will be one story a week added to the catalog.


After the book is completed, there's an opportunity to share it digitally with friends and family, or you can pay $12 (U.S. shipping included) for a 5"x5" softcover book. And it gets even cooler: If you choose to order the softcover book, 20% of the sales goes to benefit animal rescue.

"Our vision with Animal Tales was to create a unique, easy-to-use product for animal lovers to have fun with," said Animal Tales founder Bailey Schroeder. "I think we've achieved that goal and I'm excited to see the response."

If you're an iPhone or iPad user, check out the app here! You can also learn more about the Animal Tales on their site ... and don't forget to follow them on Twitter!

This post is sponsored by Animal Tales. I was paid to blog about Animal Tales, but Catladyland only shares information and products we feel are relevant to our readers. Animal Tales is not responsible for the content of this article.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why I Can't Pee in Peace

Here's the reason I can't pee with the door closed when I'm home alone. It's either this, or be subjected to frenzied paws banging at the door -- you know, the kind the sound like they're being chased by "scawy monsters."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Heat-Seeking Cat

Here in Minnesota, we woke up to snow this morning. My area of the Twin Cities is supposed to get 12-14 inches, so I'm glad I get to stay inside and keep cozy all day.

When I woke up this morning, I tiptoed to the window to peek outside and check out the snowfall. As I pulled back the curtain, I heard a little kitty "meep!" so I flipped on the light and found Phoebe enjoying the heating-vent output. Just sitting there. In the dark. Soaking up the heat.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Indignant Cat Shows Me Who's Boss

Right before I shot this photo, Phoebe was gazing right at me, with the sweetest look on her fuzzy little face. What showed up in the preview window was an indignant little kitty with her "arms" crossed. Funny how cats can change on a dime. Not surprising, but funny.

Who's the boss? Not Tony Danza. And apparently not me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cranky Sofa-Cats

Sometimes a cat wants to sit on the corner of the sofa.
Sometimes another cat wants the same spot.
Sometimes cranky faces happen.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Slacker Cat Sleeps on the Job

Phoebe told me she wants to be my part-time office assistant, so I gave her a cubicle on one corner of my desk. I asked her to do some simple filing for me, and five-minutes later looked over to find her sawing logs!

What has happened to work ethic?

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