Saturday, December 20, 2014

Caturday Art: Christmas Surprise

One of Truffles' favorite things to do is look out the window and survey her domain. It looks like her eyes were met with quite a surprise on this particular day!



This is our entry in Athena's Caturday Art blog hop. More artsy kitties can be found here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pet Blogger's Gift Exchange 2014: Slimdoggy/Slimkitty

As part of the Christmas season I signed up for the Pet Blogger's Gift Exchange hosted by Something Wagging This Way Comes.


Everyone who signed up was paired with another blogger to celebrate their fellow blogger with compliments, support, and encouragement via a special blog post and sharing with social media. We were paired with Kate O'Brien of SlimDoggy and SlimKitty. Yesterday Kate posted their beautiful gift to us and we were touched beyond words!

SlimDoggy and SlimKitty's focus is just what their blog header says: "Food, fitness and fun for healthy pets." Just as obesity is an epidemic among us humans, it is also a huge problem with our beloved pets, and their health is suffering because of it. SlimDoggy and SlimKitty provide a wide variety of resources to help you get your pet down to a healthy weight or to maintain an already active lifestyle.


Five reasons we purr for SlimDoggy:

1) Their SlimDoggy Dog Food Ranking Index, created to help people easily rank and compare foods.

2) They co-host the FitDog Friday blog hop where dog bloggers everywhere link up their fitness posts. A multitude of ideas on how to have fun with your dog while helping them to stay fit.

3) The SlimDoggy App lets you track your dog’s daily activities (and calories burned) as well as their daily feedings (and calories eaten). You never again have to guess about how much to feed your dog!

4) Their Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series is a comprehensive list of common dog food ingredients that is incredibly well researched and provides scientific support of benefits or risks. Their goal upon completion is to have the best free resource on dog food ingredients out there.

5) SlimDoggy has been involved with dog rescues for many years and they are committed to using the SlimDoggy brand to assist pet-focused charitable organizations while they work to solve the pet obesity problem.

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Earlier this year we were so happy when SlimKitty was launched, with a goal of fighting obesity in cats and bringing their health and fitness message to cat owners and lovers.


5 reasons we purr for SlimKitty:

1) Guest Bloggers. The SlimDoggy family doesn't have any cats, so they have a call out for feline contributors. Truffles was very excited to write her very first guest post for them: 5 Interactive Toys Your Cat Wants.

2) It's not as easy to get your cat to exercise as it is for a dog. If a cat doesn't want to do something, they're just not going to do it. SlimKitty features many articles with great ideas on how to help your cat stay fit and have fun at the same time!

3) Being obese is as unhealthy for our cats as it is for ourselves. Obesity in cats can predispose the cat to diabetes. SlimKitty has recently been writing about feline diabetes, which I really appreciate after having lived with a diabetic cat. Awareness is key with feline diabetes. While diabetes can be controlled and managed with early detection, the ultimate goal is prevention.

4) Are you as overwhelmed as I am when you attempt to read cat food labels at the pet store? Pet Food Labels Explained Part 1 and Part 2 are some of the best explanations I've found.

5) SlimKitty regularly has fun, informative posts that allow readers extra insight into our feline friends, such as why do cats purr and why do cats like to sit in boxes.

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I hope we've inspired you to visit Kate at SlimDoggy and SlimKitty!

SlimDoggy can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest; and SlimKitty is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Santa Kitty Toy Hop at PAWS CT


As part of the Santa Kitty Toy Hop, in addition to sending gifts to our local shelter, we also wanted to send something special to our precious sponsor kitties Truffle and Cinnamon and the rest of their friends at PAWS of Connecticut. Thanks once again to Amazon Prime this is what we had delivered:


Our good friend Kevin at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life was able to secure these pictures of the kitties opening their gifts:







More blogging kitties playing Santa can be found here:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Target Gingerbread House Cat Scratcher

I've spent the last several weeks coveting those Gingerbread House Cat Scratchers sold at Target that have been making their rounds around the cat blogosphere. Sadly, Vermont is the only state without a Target, and online searches of Target.com and Ebay proved to be fruitless.

Finally I decided to ask my friends on the Cats with Blogs Facebook page and several people said they would be on the lookout for me! That same afternoon I received a message from my friend Jeanne at Random Felines that she was able to secure the last 2 scratchers at her local Target, one for me and one for her vet's office!

This is what went down when it arrived at our house:

"I'm not sure if I trust Mommy's construction abilities. Must snoopervise."


"Hmmm...she did a pretty good job."


"Floor looks solid."


"Nice sturdy roof."


"I'm going in."


"See you after my nap!"


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Treats Your Cat Wants In Their Christmas Stocking


Truffles: I have a question for my 2-legged readers. Do you know what your cat(s) wants to find in their stocking on Christmas morning? Treats!!! Bags and bags of treats!!! And since I'm known around my house as "Truffles the Treat Junkie" I'm just the kitty to let you know which ones you should buy! (And for my 4-legged fans, just leave your Mommy's computer or tablet open to this blog post to drop a hint!)

Now of course I could make this really easy and just recommend every flavor of Temptations, but Mommy told me to keep it more on the healthy side, so here goes:




These treats are SO good that I asked to be packed up and mailed to the Kittles factory! Kittles are crunchy cat treats that come in three scrumptious flavors: Salmon & Cranberries Recipe, Chicken & Cranberries Recipe, and Tuna & Cranberries Recipe. Each morsel has under 2 calories, so pet parents can treat their loved ones multiples times per day with these guilt-free goodies. My complete review can be found here.



I won't confess to how many bags of these treats I've gone through. Described as "a symphony of cage-free chicken and turkey from local prairie farms, plus wild-caught flounder from North Vancouver Island — all delivered fresh each day." These treats are "Biologically Appropriate"...100% meat, no fillers. You can't go wrong with that! My full review is here.





I could practically smell the goodness coming out of the package as soon as Mommy placed it in front of me. These treats are a multivitamin chew that support everyday health in cats. So not only are they super yummy, they're good for me too! My review of the Daily Best treats is here and we also highly recommend Pet Naturals' Calming treats, especially during the busy holiday season. They did wonders for me as I adjusted to my new home last year.




I inhale these treats so fast it's impossible for Mommy to get a picture of me actually eating them. They come in pretty big pieces so they need to be broken up kitty-size, and I also think they would be
quite yummy as "sprinkles" on top of wet food. All Primal Treats are single-source proteins and offer a healthy choice for all pets. My full review can be found here.

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There you have it, my favorite treats of 2014. Thanks to working on the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach program I've had a chance to try many new things that I probably wouldn't have otherwise, and in this kitty's opinion these are the best of the best. My mouth is already watering as I think about the treats I'll be reviewing in 2015!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tortie Shorties: Christmas Edition

Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Did you know that one of Mommy's favorite things to do during the holiday season is curl up in bed with a Christmas mystery or romance, mug of peppermint hot chocolate, and me? We've been doing a lot of that lately and wanted to tell you about 5 of our favorites!

Blurb: Zak and Zoe fly to Alaska after Zoe is asked by her dog trainer friend Peter to fly to Moosehead Alaska to deliver a search and rescue dog to a team who is desperate for some canine help after their own dog is injured during a rescue. Within twelve hours of arriving in the isolated little town, Zoe stumbles onto a murder scene where everything must be questioned because nothing is exactly as it seems. When a second body is found and a five year old cold case is reexamined, things go from complicated to bizarre. Meanwhile Levi and Ellie are home in Ashton Falls dealing with complex emotions as they solve their own thorny mystery.

Tortie Shorties: This book takes place in the week between Christmas and New Year's as Zoe and Zack travel to Alaska to deliver Sitka, a newly trained search and rescue dog. Their very first night there Zoe finds a body in the library, and with a blizzard raging outside it soon becomes apparent that they are trapped at the inn with a killer. Then another body turns up in a snow bank which ties into a mysterious disappearance in town 5 years ago. Back home in Ashton Falls, Zoe's friends Ellie and Levi are dealing with broken bones after being run off the road by a big black truck. (Zoe assists in that investigation by phone.)

The descriptions of Moosehead, Alaska made me want to book my own trip to The Last Frontier, and I especially loved Whiskey, the Maine Coon bar cat. This was another enjoyable adventure with Zoe and her crew.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, December 22nd for your chance to win a copy of Alaskan Alliance. (Paperback for US winners or Kindle copy for non-US winners.)


Blurb: From the day James rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling books A STREET CAT NAMED BOB and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB, touched millions around the world. In this new story of their journey together, James looks back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times - providing strength, friendship and inspiration but also teaching him important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.

Tortie Shorties: I think all cat lovers are familiar with the story of James Bowen and Street Cat Bob, but this is actually the first book of theirs that I've read. Right now only an e-book version is available here in the US, so in order to have a hardcover copy for my cat book collection I ordered a copy right from the UK. It's a fantastic story chronicling Christmas 2010 for the duo as James looks back on harder times and reflects on how life has changed since Bob came into his life. The graphics of Bob are just adorable. I'm definitely going to be reading their other books in 2015.


Blurb: After years abroad, Garrison Brown returns home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his beloved grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While Garrison hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left Garrison with some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends--plus a sizeable monetary gift for the new owners. Garrison's job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing the surprise gift. Along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him stay.

Tortie Shorties: This would be such a wonderful gift for the cat lover in your life who enjoys contemporary fiction. It's the story of Garrison Brown, a Ugandan missionary who loses his beloved grandmother and is asked to find homes for her 6 beloved cats. He's not particularly fond of cats, and is highly allergic, but even when faced with specific requirements about their care he makes every attempt to follow through. Along the way he befriends a very special cat and a very special lady. I loved how each of these cats changed the lives that they touched, as all cats do, and how Garrison's grandmother continued to make a difference in his life even after she was gone.




Blurb: Move over, Rudolph – let Pepe lead the way!

Who would steal a little girl’s dog, right before Christmas? After seeing young Sophie’s heartbreaking story on the news, P.I. Geri Sullivan and Pepe—her talking Chihuahua—vow to rescue this bonita canine named Chiquita. But tracking the pooch’s scent through a Pacific Northwest winter wonderland isn’t easy, especially when the trail leads to an elf who’s been mortally mauled! Geri and Pepe must save little Sophie’s Christmas and find this muy naughty dognapper . . . and stir up a little Christmas magic along the way!

Tortie Shorties: All you'll need is a free hour during the holiday season to enjoy Pepe's Christmas adventure, and it's not even necessary to have read each book in the series. I especially loved how some Christmas Eve folklore played a central role in the conclusion of the mystery.




Blurb: During the dress rehearsal for small-town Serenity’s festive Christmas play, star Madeline de Morlaye topples over—on stage!—after a bite of prop pastry. Since the frosty actress had earned plenty of enemies through her offstage dramatics, the cast of suspects is longer than Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list. Prop mistress Brandy Borne and her diva-turned-director mother, Vivian—assisted by their savvy shih tzu, Sushi—must solve this fruitcake fatality before it's curtains for anyone else.

Tortie Shorties: This is the second year in a row the popular Trash 'n' Treasures mystery series by Barbara Allan has featured the added bonus of a short Christmas story. Antiquers Brandy and Vivian are a mother/daughter team like no other, on meds for their various "issues" and constantly sniping back and forth at each other as they each give their recollection of events. Now I have to confess that I enjoy a good fruitcake, but I always find "death by fruitcake" mysteries to be quite funny, and this is no exception. An enjoyable way to spend an hour.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Selfies: Paco



Hey everybody, it's Truffles! As you may have read on Friday, my Alma Mater, Franklin County Humane Society, has had a bit of misfortune lately and that's why I had to temporarily stop profiling the kitties up for adoption there. Now that they're back up and running I'm very happy to introduce Paco to you today and to feature him in The Cat on My Head's Sunday Selfies Blog Hop.




Didn't he take a great selfie?


Not a whole lot is known about this handsome fella, just that he's an adult who was brought in as a stray. He was actually found near a Meat Market! (I'll bet he was drawn there because of all the yummy smells!) He doesn't have to scrounge around for food anymore, though. He's safe and sound at the shelter and just needs to find his forever home. Might it be at yours?


More information on how to adopt or sponsor Paco can be found here.