Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stretchy-toe Tease

I was totally busted admiring Phoebe's stretchy toes. What does she expect? Stretchy toes are total magnets. It's all her fault for having such cute feet. Look at her face -- she's such a tease.

Stretchy-toe tease.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Kitty Cat Pumpkin Patch

First of all, would you look at Phoebe? Just look at her with one little paw sticking out and one covering her face. Don't you just want to bury your face and take a nice long huff? Yeah, I thought so. Me too.

Next, I'd like to draw your attention to the orange fur that's positioned on her haunch. It's super soft and totally adorable. It's her "pumpkin patch".  Really -- I'm pretty sure that's the official name for such a spot. You can probably look it up somewhere.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Prepare Your Pet for a Disaster -- Here's How #FoodShelterLove

This post was sponsored by Hill's®. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill's® Food, Shelter, and Love™ program, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

I admit it: I don't have an evacuation plan for the humans or felines in my family. We live in the upper Midwest, where there's moderate danger for tornadoes, but that's the only type of natural disaster we may face here. I'm not saying tornadoes aren't a worry -- a few times we've all gathered in the lower-level bathroom with the kids and cats, listening to that awful-sounding tornado alarm wailing outside. Thankfully, we've never been affected by such a disaster, but part of an entire neighborhood 20 minutes from my house was leveled by a twister, and there were human and animal deaths. So yeah, I need to take this kind of thing more seriously than I do.

I want to keep my human and feline kids safe!

FEMA's National Pet Disaster Preparedness Day is May 9, so this is perfect timing for me to get my act together! In addition your emergency kit for the people in your home, Hill's® recommends the following seven tips to ensure your pet's safety in an emergency.

  • Make sure your pet has an up-to-date ID collar or microchip.
  • Prepare a "Pet Emergency Go-Kit" that includes the following: a first aid kit and guide book; a three-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container; bottled water; safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarians and pet care organizations; information on your pet's behavioral issues and feeding routine; comfort toys and a blanket.
  • Display a pet rescue decal on your front door so first responders will know a pet lives in the home. Include veterinarian contact information.
  • Learn where your pets like to hide so you can more easily find them during an emergency.
  • Research locations you can take your pets in you have to evacuate. Keep in mind some emergency shelters only allow humans. Look into hotels and motels that are pet-friendly and identify friends and family who agree to help you.
  • Carry a photo of your pets in case of separation.
  • If you must evacuate, consider taking carriers and crates so your pets will be safe and contained. 
We leave a carrier out so our cats won't be afraid of them.

During a disaster, animal shelter staff are already overwhelmed when disaster strikes in their area. In addition to the animals they're responsible for keeping safe and healthy, they often find themselves a haven for pets who've been separated from their people.

In 2013, Hill's created a first-of-its-kind disaster relief program aimed specifically at animal shelters. It's called Hill's Disaster Relief Network, ad it's an extension of their Food, Shelter & Love program. Since its inception, the network has delivered free food (like Science Diet Adult Optimal Care) to 50 shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to 11 major incidents, including the floods in Colorado, fires in Idaho and Arizona, tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas, the fertilizer plant explosion in Waco, TX. Most recently they've provided relief during the mudslides in Washington and tornadoes in the central south regions of the US.

The program is poised to respond in a moment's notice to provide healthy nutrition to shelter animals affected by disaster -- both the ones originally living at the shelter, as well as the pets who are anxiously waiting to reunite with their people.

Hill's Media Tour to talk about disaster preparedness kicks off May 7. This is good news because the more educated we can be when it comes to preparing for tragic events, the better we can keep the ourselves and our pets safe and healthy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Coffee Cat Preaches

Sometimes you just need a cup of the good stuff before you can handle a conversation with anyone. I totally get it, Saffy. Does this resonate with anyone else?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Surprise Cat in the Window

I love, love, love pulling up the driveway and seeing one of my cats sitting in a window. Phoebe often does this, and always looks completely surprised when she sees my car -- like, "What are you doing out there, and where were you? And did you bring me anything?" Then, as I approach the front door, she disappears from the window and reappears at the cat tree on the other side of my house's entryway and shows off at the cat scratcher.

It's the funniest little routine. That cat is a nut.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lurky McCat

Cosmo's my constant shadow, my tuxedo shadow, my shad-edo. That's a stretch, I know.

The bottom line is he believes I should make him my number one priority, especially when it comes to other cats. And just when I think I can steal away to pet Phoebe or Saffy, I see the lurker in the background, giving me the evil eye. Lurky McCat.

Case in point:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Purple Luggage and Cat TSA Agents

Hey! I just bought new luggage! And it's purple!

Now on to the cat portion of this post:

As soon as I unpacked this glorious purple luggage, Cosmo assumed the role of the feline TSA agent and immediately began inspecting every inch of it. He's so thorough -- I think he deserves a raise.

And, hey! I just bought new luggage! And it's purple!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

It's a Texts from Mittens Signed-Book Giveaway!

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Many of you know that in addition to Catladyland, I write Whiskerslist: The Kitty Classifieds and Texts from Mittens. Well, this week is a huge week for Mittens because the Texts from Mittens book was released on Tuesday!

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