Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reunited & It Feels So Good

Meows from Mudpie!

If you were with us last week at this time you read all about the near tragedy that struck my favorite toy, lovingly referred to as Baby.

Thankfully Baby has fully recovered and we've been spending long, blissful days playing and napping together.

Don't we make a cute couple? Our colors even match!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Little Cats Helping Big Cats #TreatTheirWildSide


"God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the lion." - Fernand Mery
"A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes." - Indian Saying
"The cat was created when the lion sneezed." - Arabian Proverb
"A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand." - Proverb
*Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.* - Jean Burden


Lions, tigers, leopards, and all the other majestic wild cats we admire from afar really aren't all that different from our cherished house cats. Whether they’re pets or not, cats are cats, and they deserve our love and respect, so when we were asked to help spread the word about a new line of cat treats that benefit a sanctuary for big cats, Mudpie's answer was a resounding "ROAR" (okay, it was a "meow").

The family-owned, high-quality pet supplement company H3 Essentials is partnering with Chris Poole of Cole & Marmalade™, IHeartCats.com and Pure Formulas to kick off the ‘Little Cats Helping Big Cats’ campaign. Every purchase of their new line of cat treats will support and bring awareness to Big Cat Rescue, an accredited sanctuary for exotic cats in Tampa, Fla. that is home to more than 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other cats that have been abandoned, neglected or abused.


Available in rabbit, minnows, ahi tuna and chicken, the treats are all-natural, grain and gluten-free, good for feline oral care and 100 percent made in the USA. Each bag of cat treats retails at $7.99 and is available online only through H3 Essentials and Pure Formulas.

So what was Mudpie's opinion of the treats? This is one of those cases where a picture speaks a thousand words. Quite blurry and off-center (because I felt like I was in danger of losing a finger!), these treats definitely brought out Mudpie's wild side!!!



Visit www.LittleCatsHelpingBigCats.com to learn more about the campaign and share in the conversation on social media with hashtag #TreatTheirWildSide. 



Disclaimer: Treats were sent to us for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: The Cat, the Collector and the Killer by Leann Sweeney


From the publisher: In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret, a cat collector is suspected of murder.

Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She's in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game...


Leann Sweeney's adoration of cats shines through in every line she writes of the Cats in Trouble mystery series. Through the years I've come to love these characters and now that Tom and Jillian have married a whole new world of story lines are waiting to be written.

In this eighth book in the series Jillian's newlywed bliss takes a back seat when her dear friend Shawn, owner of Mercy Animal Shelter, needs her help. Complaints have been coming in from cat lady Minnie Schultz's neighbors that she's letting her cats roam free, but because there's a restraining order against him by animal control officer Chester, he can't intervene. Jillian agrees to look into the situation, only to find Chester dead in Minnie's home alongside stacks of boxes and cats everywhere. Worse yet, poor Minnie is found roaming downtown in her nightclothes with a kitten in her tote bag, unable to answer any questions about what's going on.

Jillian always becomes emotionally involved with the people she meets in each book, and this time is no exception. She takes the kitten home, befriends Minnie, her family, and other innocent victims who become ensnared in a killer's trap. Speaking of the killer - while I had my suspicions about this character I was stunned nonetheless. And the part dirty kitty litter played in the capture had me cringing and howling with laughter!

If you're a cat lover who doesn't typically read cozies...you'll love this series.

If you're a mystery reader who's not a cat person (I'll try to forgive you)...you'll love this series.

Start from the beginning and read all eight. You'll see for yourself why the Cats in Trouble series is one of the most beloved on bookstore shelves today. I know it's at the top of my list!

The Cat, the Collector and the Killer will be released on August 2nd. Pre-order today!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mudpie in Dreamland #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Dreaming seems to be the theme of our blog this weekend, doesn't it? But really, in this disgusting heat what else is there to do but snooze it away?

After our dreamy artwork yesterday we thought you might enjoy a picture of me in dreamland. I guess technically this is sort of a paw selfie :)


We're joining our friends at The Cat on My Head for the Sunday Selfie blog hop!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Farm Animals Deserve Better #ShopWithYourHeart


While this is a cat blog, I care about the welfare of *all* animals.

My father grew up on a dairy farm which remained in operation  until a tragic fire in 2001. As a little girl I would visit with the cows, pigs and chickens, not fully understanding what was destined to become of my newfound friends.

Today I rarely eat meat. If it weren't for other members of my household I likely never would. Give me a plate of rice, beans and grilled veggies and I'm a happy girl. The treatment of farm animals is important to me, so when I do purchase meat, egg and dairy products I want to make sure they don't come from factory farms. Luckily our multitude of organic farms here in Vermont provide better options such as grass fed beef and cage-free eggs.


It's a hard statistic to stomach, but most of the nearly 9 billion animals raised for meat, milk and eggs in the US are suffering in inhumane factory farms. And animals aren't the only ones affected, as factory farms impact human health—they can be breeding grounds for dangerous pathogens and the antibiotics used to prevent disease create the potential for dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria to develop.

To fully harness the power of our collective purchases and demand better lives for farm animals, the Shop With Your Heart initiative gives consumers the resources to recognize, locate and demand meaningfully welfare-certified meat, eggs and dairy products as well as plant-based alternatives.

Take the Pledge!
Pledge to be a more welfare-conscious shopper by visiting aspca.org/shopwithyourheart. Everyone who signs the pledge also gains access to an exclusive Shop With Your Heart Grocery List, including welfare-certified and widely available plant-based brands.


Make Heart Hands for Farm Animals!
Pose with your hands in a heart shape and post a photo using the tag #shopwithyourheart to let your friends know you believe in a more humane world for farm animals. Don’t forget to tell us where you shop to find more humane products—give the stores a shout-out by tagging them, too!

We have the chance to make billions of farm animals' lives better by making a few simple changes to how we shop. Please watch this video to learn more about the "Shop With Your Heart" campaign:



Is animal welfare an important consideration for you when shopping?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Craft for Your Local Shelters Day: DIY Cat Toys Using Dollar Store Materials!

I'm the least crafty person you're likely to ever meet. While I love to wander the aisles at Michaels and imagine all the possibilities on those shelves, it's just not happening. Have you ever seen those cute bunny rabbits made just by folding a washcloth a certain way? I tried that once...the results would have frightened small children.


Today is National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day, a day to use your creative skills to give back to your local shelter by making something: toys, beds, blankets, collars, "adopt me" bandanas. I googled "DIY cat toys" and found a few ideas that even *I* could handle, so off to the Dollar Store I went where I picked up two items: a package of pipe cleaners and a package of feathers.

Here's what I came up with:


1) Spring toy: Simply wrap a pipe cleaner around a pen or pencil to create a spring shape. You could also make a double spring by wrapping a second pipe cleaner between the coils of the first.


2) Aluminum foil toy: Who needs to buy balls when kitties love batting around balls made from rolled up pieces of aluminum foil! Doesn't it look like a fish skeleton when you secure a piece of pipe cleaner inside?



3) Wine cork toy: Please tell me I'm not the only one with a jar full of wine corks in my kitchen? The designs on some are so pretty I just can't bear to toss them out, but they can be repurposed into a cat toy! I cut a pipe cleaner into three pieces, then made holes on both sides of the wine cork with a push pin just big enough to push in the pipe cleaner pieces and feathers. Pieces of rick rack would work nicely too. This toy gives kitty something to sink their claws into, bat, drag, and toss around.


4) Ring toy: Cats love milk rings, but I always worry that with too much chewing a piece could get swallowed. A pipe cleaner curled up into a circle a few times is much sturdier, and you can curl in the ends to make sure it doesn't come undone.

How easy was that??? In no time at all I'll have a basket full of toys to bring to the shelter...and all I spent was $2!!! Each of these toys can be placed in the communal cat areas, inside cages, or even tied to the outsides of cages to be batted around.

A word of caution when using pipe cleaners: Always fold in the ends to remove the sharp edges of the wire!

Have you ever made any DIY cat toys for your kitty or shelter? Tell us about them!