Friday, October 21, 2016

Swapoween Unboxing!

Earlier this year one of our book blogging friends took part in a blogger swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps. We've been monitoring their events ever since and when Swapoween was announced we hopped right in.

For anyone unfamiliar with what a swap is, you're partnered with another blogger to buy Halloween goodies for, and someone else is doing the same for you. My package came from Tula, a book blogger at Primary School Library Diva and I couldn't be happier with what she sent me. I got a book, a soy candle that smells amazing, a cute Halloween notepad and socks, lip balm...

...and the cutest trio of primitive country kitties I've ever seen! (Will these be put away after Halloween? No way!!!)

Thank you so, so much for the pawsome package made my very first Swapoween such a great experience!

Just as an aside, I sent a package to Beth at the Printcess blog, and she posted this picture on her Instagram:

I'd also like to thank the ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps for hosting this fun event. They have different swaps throughout the year, so check them out! I’m looking forward to participating again.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Happy ‘Tocktober!

Meows from Mudpie!

In the cat blogosphere we celebrate 'Tocktober in honor of our dear friend Derby, who loved to flaunt his cute little buns at every opportunity.

I'm more of a modest ladycat and was pawsitively horrified when Mommy showed me the picture she wanted to post today. Thankfully I'm a good sport (and she promised to cover up the naughty bits!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kornfield Kounty, Here I Come!

Meows from Mudpie!

We've frequently lamented the fact that Vermont is the only state in the country without a Target, so every time they release one of those pawsome cat scratchers we have to rely on our friends to get one for us. I now have a few different Halloween and Christmas scratchers which we rotate, but the newest one released this fall just might be our favorite one yet!

Mommy loves watching the old Hee Haw shows, and the minute she saw the barn scratcher that's the first thing she thought of. Our sweet friends at As the World Purrs picked one up for us and when Mommy started putting it together I couldn't wait to get inside! I didn't even give her time to secure the tabs before I hopped in (which is why it looks like it might fall apart at any minute!)

We have one more picture to show you from this photo session but we're saving it to celebrate Tock-Tober tomorrow. I can only imagine how embarrassing this is going to be...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fur Flying? A Review of MIU PET's Deshedding Tool

Grooming is a great way to bond with your pet so I've been brushing Mudpie from the very beginning. It's a good thing I've been diligent about it too because I've been stunned by how much she sheds, especially over the past (horribly hot) summer. Finding bunches of fur on the floor, furniture, and on her back is one thing, but the day I watched her shake herself after waking from a nap and a cloud of loose fur flew up into the air, I knew we had a problem!

We have a deshedding tool that we've been very happy with, but when MIU PET contacted us this summer about trying theirs we were happy to accept. After using it for a couple months we've been quite impressed.

The deshedder is comfortable to use (for both of us) and I love how easy it is to release the fur using the eject button. The teeth aren't sharp so there's no chance of hurting your pet. My only complaint would be that the blade is very short (at least on the medium-sized tool that we received) so it fills up quickly requiring frequent fur removal. The tool itself is well-made and feels sturdy in your hand. It's built to last and a value for the low price of $8.99! Definitely a tool that we'll be using for many years to come.

Mudpie is SO much softer after being groomed, and the best news more fur flying through the air!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Review: Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery) by Sofie Kelly

Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed—and the evidence points toward Marcus as the murderer.

Though it seems she doesn’t know all of Marcus’s secrets, Kathleen is sure he’s no killer. With his suspect status sidelining him from investigating the case, it’s up to Kathleen and her feline partners-in-crime to find whoever is framing Marcus—and make sure the good detective hasn’t found his last clue.

The Magical Cats Mystery series is quite simply, pure magic. Owen and Hercules are back for their 8th adventure in Paws and Effect and more adorable and clever than ever.

The action begins on page one when Kathleen finds yet another dead body...a furry little vole dispatched by her boyfriend's cat Micah who is very proud of his kill, thank you very much! Kathleen and Marcus go to breakfast where they run into two people from Marcus's past who work for an environmental group and are in town to look for evidence to stop a big development project from taking place near the local feral cat colony. The four friends have a complicated relationship dating back to college, and in very short order one of them is dead and evidence at the scene leads directly to Marcus.

This is one of those series that the more time you spend with Kathleen and her magical cats, the more they feel like good friends. With each book her relationships with friends Maggie, Roma, and Rebecca, her co-workers, and Marcus grows and the quaint town of Mayville Heights comes alive in my eyes. This book introduces us to Marcus's father Eliot who has a strained relationship with his son, yet he forms a connection to Kathleen. There's also a big development by the end involving a secondary couple readers have been rooting for.

While this is a book that can be read as a stand-alone, there's a long winter stretching ahead of us and I can think of no better way for cat worshiping bibliophiles to "pampurr" themselves than to read the entire Magical Cats mystery series from start to finish.

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

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mudpie Interviews Former Feral Oona #FeralCatDay

Meows from Mudpie!

This year for National Feral Cat Day we wanted to look at this important issue from a different angle. While brainstorming for a topic we kept coming back to an amazing book we read, To Catch a Cat: How Three Stray Kittens Rescued Me, by Heather Green. I decided to reach out to Oona, the mother of those three kittens, who now lives the good life as a former feral with the wonderful humans who saved her little family.

What's life like for a feral mom on the streets? What made her decide to trust a human and become a pampered house cat, and does she think more kitties could adjust to life "on the inside"? Here's what Oona had to say!

Welcome, Oona! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you started life as a feral cat?

Hi Mudpie! It’s so much fun to chat with you! One of the mothers in the colony I hung out with was a Tortie, so I’ve always liked the tortoiseshell crowd. Between you and me, I’m not really sure where I was born. But the place I called home was Manhattan Avenue in Union City, New Jersey. It’s really urban. Row houses, concrete sidewalks, busy streets.

What were your days like back then?

Well, you know how it is for ferals. There are great days, lolling around in the sun, catching mice in the abandoned woods, just kicking back. But mostly, it was tough. I was out there fending for myself, trying to avoid being hit by cars, always on the lookout for food. The winters were the worst. I had a nice warm coat, but it gets cold in New Jersey. The snow is the worst.

At some point you found yourself "with kitten". That must have been terrifying for you. What made you finally decide to let humans help take care of your babies?

It’s hard being a mother on your own, trying to get enough to eat to feed the kittens. So when two meals each started showing up out of nowhere like clockwork morning and night, it didn’t take me long to realize these humans in the house next door to where me and my kittens were living might be ok—as long as they didn’t get too close. 

Then help came for you. How did you initially feel about Heather and Matt's intervention in your life?

It was confusing, let me tell you. I was really protective of my three boys. But I could tell that Matt and Heather cared about us. Still, going from not trusting any humans to suddenly having them feeding us, building us a house, taking pictures all of the time, that was a big jump. And just as I felt like I knew them, bam, suddenly they took my kittens and then the next thing you know there were hauling me into the vet. I totally felt betrayed for a while, but since they kept feeding me and after those dumb tom cats stopped bothering me, things seemed to get better between us. 

You're now known as a "former feral"...what made you decide that letting humans take care of you was a pretty good deal?

We got to know each other bit by bit. After that operation nonsense, they kept feeding me and spending time with me outside in their backyard. During the winters, they’d even put a heating pad in my house. Now that was a nice change from my first couple of winters. I could tell they cared about me and I got to like being petted. And then one day, when it was cold, Heather fed me in her kitchen, the way she liked to do when it got really bitter and then closed the door on me and she wouldn’t let me out. I was pretty upset for a few days. But you know, there’s something nice about not having to worry being outside.

What's life like for you today?

Life is good. Soft beds, good food, my humans. I miss being outside sometimes. I spend a lot of time at the window. A couple of times, I’ve even run out the front door when my humans weren't paying attention. You know how they get so easily distracted! But you know, I got out there and I realize that it’s pretty scary on the streets. So each time, I came back in. They plan to build me an outdoor area where I can roam around in a protected space. I’m excited about that.
Do you think more feral cats could learn to adjust to life as a house cat if people would only try? What tips would you give on this process?

Totally! With time and patience, it works. It’s easier if the people don’t have too many other cats. And if they can just give us time for us ferals to trust them. I spent a lot of time under Heather and Matt’s bed at first. Now, thought, I sleep on the bed. It’s softer.

Lastly, what are the most important things you want people to know about feral cats and how we can help them?

Fix us, feed us, love us. After Heather and Matt fixed the adult cats in the colony I was from and found homes for the kittens, the number of cats on our block just plummeted. TNR works.


Thank you so much, Oona! I'm sure after meeting this lovely lady you're interested in reading her human's book. It's available on Amazon and all your other favorite retailers, and if you missed our review you can find it here!

Since it's Sunday, we're also entering Oona in the Sunday Selfies blog hop hosted by The Cat on My Head.