Friday, May 29, 2015

Cats: Wake Up and Allow Us to Ignore You

Sometimes my cats are blatant about waking me up in the morning. They meow loudly, and my eyes pop open to their noses just inches away from mine. Other times, they act nonchalantly about the whole business. They combine the "I'm here to 'encourage' you to haul your lazy butt out of bed and feed me," and "I'm ignoring you, because that's what I do best."

Phoebe demonstrated this combo perfectly this morning.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Cat's Eyeball Art

Cosmo's not always (ever) fond of having his photo taken. He does that whole "look away and pretend she's not there" thing.

Ha! I got him! You can totally see the reflection of my phone in his eyeball. So not only did I snag a great pic of him, it's kind of artsy, too.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cats Let Us Know When They're Done

Last weekend I was at The Cat Connection in Dallas for a Texts from Mittens event. Stevie, the store cat, wasn't shy and I was excited to make friends with her. She followed me around and supervised (of course) as I set up. She rooted out the bags of catnip in my purse, and stretched herself across my table. Stevie was quite the hostess.

At one point, I couldn't handle it anymore and had to pick her up. She was friendly enough and didn't resist my enthusiastic snuggles and baby talk.

Then, like most cats, she told me in no uncertain terms she was finished with our little getting-to-know-you session. Mostly she told me with her teeth.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Texas Cat Rump

Last weekend I was in Texas for a couple of Texts from Mittens events, and stayed with my longtime friend. She lives with two cats -- because what friend of mine wouldn't be owned by a cat or 12?

Miles is a sturdy tabby with oodles of personality. He often sat with his striped rump sticking out from behind the window blinds. He'd watch birds and whatever struck his feline fancy. Whenever I saw him loafed in that position, I couldn't help but laugh, and had to snap a pic.

I give you, Rump-o-Miles!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cat-Shaped Jackals in My Kitchen

The jackals have gathered while Phoebe enjoys a snack. If the natural order of things remains uninterrupted, they will descend upon her within seconds ... that is, if their laser-eyed glares haven't sent the entire room into flames.

Do you have cat-shaped jackals at your house?

Friday, May 8, 2015

CatConLA is Almost Here!

Hey! CatConLA is right around the corner, and I'm excited to co-present a session called "Humor ... With Cats" with New York Times bestselling author, Francesco Marciuliano. You probably know him best from his hysterical book, I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems by Cats.

Guess who else is going to be there? Lil Bub herself, as well as Simon from Simon's Cat, and many more cool people and cats. Plus, there will be tons of vendors will super-cool cat stuff to sell. You know you need more super-cool cat stuff, right?

I hope to see some of you there! And if you can't make it, please share with your friends in the LA area.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Review! Purr Prints of the Heart

I consider Deborah Barnes a good friend in the cat blogging world -- heck, she's just a good friend! She has a gift for heartfelt storytelling. This is something that doesn't come especially naturally to me, so I respect her gifts in a big way.

You may remember her first book, The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey, an inspirational tale that's written from Deborah's point of view. She made me cry. OK, it's not that hard to do -- I'm a sucker for those coffee commercials where the soldier comes back and surprises his family. Oh, and anything animal-related ... obviously.

Deb and I at the 2011 Cat Writers' Association conference. Yes, she's always in spots!

I was excited and grabbed an extra box of tissues when she sent me a copy of her newest book, Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond. Seriously -- even the title makes me tear up a little. Thanks, Deb! This book is another sweet story, but this time told in the voice of Mr. Jazz, Deb's beloved ragdoll cat who came to her as a sick little kitten. Throughout the chapters, Mr. Jazz shares the day-to-day ups and downs of his life in Deborah's home. I loved reading about his relationships with the other animals in the household. In my mind, I saw everything play out like a Disney movie, but without the Lady and the Tramp-style spaghetti kisses.

More gorgeous cover art from Deb.

Mr. Jazz relates his story from the time he joins the family until the day he passes over the Rainbow Bridge at age 15. What's unique about this book is the look at illness and death from a cat's point of view. We see it as his beloved animal friends pass, and as he moves through sickness into his final days of life. It's beautiful, and will certainly strike a chord for anyone who's lost a much-loved pet.

Purr Prints made me smile just as much as it sent me to tears. It perfectly captures the wide range of beautiful emotions we all feel during a lifetime. And the grief guide in the back of the book is a solid way to end the story. Again, carefully and thoughtfully written.

Mr. Jazz at his tip-top!

This book is a wonderful gift for any cat lover, but especially one who's recently lost a pet. My cats are ages 10, 12 and 13. They're older than any cat with which I've shared my life. I can't imagine the pain and grief I'll feel when they pass, but I'm grateful to have this book close at hand. I know it will help guide me through the healing process. And make my cry again.

Give your kitties an extra hug today.

You can buy Purr Prints of the Heart on Amazon by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Every Bed is a Cat Bed

I recently stayed with some friends in Iowa while I was in town for a Texts from Mittens book signing. They share their home with a handsome cat named Tate and a busy Corgi named Oreo. Here's my cat lady confession: I'm a sucker for Corgis. I've always adored their short legs and fluffy butts. I'd never spent time with one until Oreo ... and then the dog-shaped clouds parted and the Corgi angels played their harps. And they chewed on them and growled, looking incredibly adorable.

As you know, cats rule the home, no matter how many other animals (or humans) are present. Tate represents this beautifully in the below photo. You can just see the look of entitlement on his face as he completely jacks Oreo's bed.

Like this is surprising to you, right?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cat Moms -- Win a Mother's Day Surprise from #TidyCats and Catladyland! #Sponsored

I'm a mom to both kids and cats, and totally get how important mothering is for both felines and humans. They both need care, love, and attention, right? Scooping litter boxes and changing diapers are not that much different, but clumped poop in a litter box is a bit easier to deal with than loose poop in a diaper. I wish diapers somehow clumped baby poop -- that'd be cool, and a total gold mine. I digress.

I'm a proud cat mom! 

What I'm trying to express is that moms everywhere deserve major props for being all-around awesome. Consequently, Mother's Day is coming up here in the U.S., and many of us are thinking about gifts and goodies we'd like to give our moms, or other strong female figures who've influenced and cared for us.

Phoebe: "Happy Mother's Day. Feed me."

Do you think your cats are gearing up to give you something special? Like maybe they'll move from the rug to the hard surface before coughing up a hairball? That's be a nice surprise! Thanks, kitty!

Mom knows all the coolest hairstyles.

Really now, listen up -- Tidy Cats and Catladyland know cat moms deserve recognition, and we've partnered to give ten of them a special Mother's Day gift "bouquet" surprise. I can't tell you what it is, so don't even ask. What kind of surprise would that be? A bad one. The surprise will be delivered to your home, even! Woo!

Moms can be embarrassing sometimes.

Here are the details -- you must follow the instructions in order to qualify for the giveaway.

Comment on this post with your first name and last initial, your cat or cats' names, and -- most importantly --  tell us why you love being a cat mom.


If you win, we need to be able to contact you, and don't want you to have to leave your personal email address in a comment. Solution! After you've commented on the post, click on the Rafflecopter widget below, and, in the same line, leave your first name, last initial, and email address. That way we can match that with entry with your comment. Easy peasy!

Giveaway runs May 1, 2015 - 11:59 CDT May 5, 2015
U.S. only
One entry per person

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

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