Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Review: Queen Paisley the Magnificent by Sarah Andrews


From the publisher: Paisley’s day began in the ordinary way.…Isn’t that how all strange days begin? You wake up, have breakfast, run around and play, and then go back to sleep and wait for your favorite human to come home. At least, that’s what you do if you’re a cat.

But what happens if your favorite human never comes home? Suppose your unlucky, dimwitted human meets up with a dangerous wild animal and, chomp, chomp, chomp, no more human? Who will play with you and tell you how pretty you are? Who will walk your family’s shaggy brown dog? And most importantly, who will feed you?

That is precisely what happens to little Paisley on her very strange day—the day that transforms her from an ordinary housecat into a visionary leader with dozens of followers, both domestic and wild.

This is the day she becomes Queen Paisley the Magnificent.


I don't think I've ever read a book that has left me grinning from ear to ear the entire time I was reading it like this one did. Queen Paisley the Magnificent is without a doubt one of the most adorable and entertaining cat stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

It all begins on a regular morning when Mommy leaves home for the day and tells her three cats and a dog that she'll be gone longer than usual and for everyone to be extra good. Of course no one is listening so when Paisley the tortie wakes up hours later to a painfully silent house she manages to convince herself that their beloved Mommy has been eaten by a crocodile while out "hunting" for food at the place she calls "store" and won't be coming home. She puts herself in charge and announces to her fur siblings that she is now Queen and will be taking care of her loyal subjects as well as, if not better than, their Mommy did. But what happens when the dog needs to go for a walk? Or when they run out of food or the litter box needs cleaning? How are they going to protect the house when the door needs to stay open because it's too darned hard to keep opening and closing every time they have to leave? Paisley certainly has her work cut out for her, so it's a good thing she's magnificent and has a solution for every new problem that arises. Or does she?

I don't often re-read books because I have so many in my TBR pile, but this is one I'll be re-reading in the future because I'm sure there are little details I missed. While reading I was able to picture the entire story in my head, easily seeing pampered house cats left to their own devices getting into the trouble that this crew did. Poor Paisley doesn't even realize how much everything is snowballing out of control until the end of the day comes and she's absolutely exhausted, with no idea how she'll keep up such a pace from now on. It's absolutely hysterical and cat lovers from 9-90 will fall in love with her and her housemates. (And obviously Paisley is extra special to me because she's a tortie, but her sweet, innocent little brother Webster stole my heart just as much. I just wanted to scoop him up in my arms and reassure him that everything was going to be alright!) Yes, I got very emotionally invested in these characters...

If you'd like to meet the real life Paisley and Webster, visit them and their human (who writes pawsome cat cozies too!) at The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Get Help For Your Pet When You Can't Get Home with the PetHub WalletCard™

You've had a long day at work and all you can think about is getting home, putting on your PJs and vegging on the couch with your pets. There's just one more stop to make - you opened the last can of cat food this morning and while you're at the grocery store anyways you might as well pick up something quick for dinner - and with that your day is finally done.

The traffic light leading out of the parking lot seems to take forever but finally it turns green and you're on your way.

CRASH

Looks like that van that just ran the red light and broadsided you was in a rush to get home too, but now you're both headed to the hospital for heaven only knows how long.

This is a scenario that can happen to any one of us at any time, and if you're single and live alone it's a fear that can weigh heavy on your mind. What if you're so badly hurt that you're unable to tell first responders you have animals at home that may need help now that you're injured and heading to the hospital?


This is where the PetHub WalletCard™ comes in. The physical card links to an animal's free online profile at PetHub.com, where you can add a photo, description, veterinarian records, unlimited emergency contact information, license and rabies tag numbers, vaccination dates, behavioral issues, and much, much more.

"The WalletCard is an ID card for animal caretakers to put in their wallets and on their key chains to alert police and medical workers that an animal may be at the person's home needing additional care," said Tom Arnold, Founder of Pet Hub, Inc. When the card is used by a first responder, any emergency contact associated with the animal's profile is notified that something important is happening. "While first responders are hurrying to get you to the next level of medical care, your pet's emergency network is responding to help your pet," concluded Arnold.



For only $4.95 (plus S&H) you not only get a card to put into your wallet, you also get a smaller card with the same unique ID that can go onto a keychain. Side 1 contains a clear "call to action" to help first responders know that you're not the only one who may need assistance. On side 2 there's a unique QR code, web address, and phone number to a 24/7 call center to help the Police, Fire Department or Medical personnel reach other people on your pet's emergency contact list so they can make sure they can get them their food or medications.

Knowing that there's a plan in place for someone to be notified to take care of Mudpie should I not be able to get to her is priceless, and thanks to our friends at PetHub FOUR lucky winners in the US are going to have the same peace of mind by receiving a WalletCard of their very own! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.

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Disclaimer: I was sent a PetHub WalletCard for free but I chose to write about it on my own.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Purrfect 10: Ways to Keep Your Cat Properly Hydrated

We love reading and researching anything and everything about cats, and wanted to find a fun and unique way to share the interesting facts we learn with you! Since top 10 lists are very popular in the blogosphere, we created The Purrfect 10 as a way to present 10 educational or fascinating tidbits about a wide variety of cat-related topics, everything from health issues to cat breeds to famous felines.


Did you know your cat needs approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day? Essential to a pet’s overall health and well-being, water supports vital organ functions and is responsible for important bodily functions including digestion and waste removal. Unlike human bodies, which are made up of 55-60 percent water, a pet’s body is made up of 80 percent water, and can result in serious health issues if a pet becomes dehydrated. 

Since cats don't have a strong thirst drive, it's up to us to make sure they drink enough water, so in honor of Pet Hydration Month, July's edition of The Purrfect 10 features some tips and tricks on how to make sure your cat stays properly hydrated...

1) Feed a wet food diet. Canned food averages 78% water, whereas dry food only contains 7-10% moisture. Prey consumed by cats in the wild contains approximately 70% water, so canned food more closely mimics what a cat's diet is meant to be.

2) Add extra water to your cat's canned food. (I've found with Mudpie, the mushier I make her food the better she likes it.)

3)  Add a couple drops of low sodium chicken broth or tuna fish juice to flavor the water.

4) Add an ice cube to the bowl. Not only does it keep the water cold as most cats prefer, it's also fun to bop around in the bowl! Again, a drop of chicken broth or tuna juice can be added to the cubes to flavor the water.

5) Experiment with different types of bowls. Cats are picky (but that's hardly a secret, right?) Try different materials (glass, metal, ceramic) and different depths. Prevent whisker stress with wide bowls filled to the brim so kitty's whiskers don't touch the side when they drink. Have you noticed your cat likes to take a drink for your own water glass? Give her a glass of her own! (Mudpie has her very own oversized coffee mug that has become her main watering hole!)


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6) Provide multiple bowls around the house. Place them near where your cat sleeps and other convenient locations to encourage them to stop for a drink during their daily rounds. If you have an older cat or one with mobility issues, multiple cats, or a large home with more than one level, place bowls on each side of the house and on every floor so they don't have to go out of their way to find a source of water. Avoid placing bowls near litter boxes and food dishes to prevent contamination.

7) Clean the bowls and refresh the water every day. Would you want to drink a glass of water with dust on top, food particles lurking at the bottom, or slime around the edges? Neither does your cat! A cat's taste buds are very sensitive and if the water goes unchanged for long it will taste stale to them.

8) Try bottled or filtered water. Some cats may be turned off by the smell of chemicals or chlorine in tap water.

9) Lots of cats love drinking from the water faucet. Since you probably don't want to leave your faucets running all the time, create a special routine each morning or evening before bed when you put her up on the sink for a drink. Cats love playing in the bathtub and sink too and if your faucets are like mine and always tend to drip a little, allow it to puddle or place a small dish underneath to catch the water.

10) If your cat enjoys running water, consider investing in a pet fountain. This enables fresh water to flow all day!

Is your cat drinking enough water? 
How do you encourage them to drink more?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy


The stakes are higher and more personal than ever for feline investigator Joe Grey when death comes to his beloved coastal California town in this twentieth installment of the enchanting cat mystery series.

While new father Joe Grey is overjoyed to teach his three young kittens about the world, he misses his cop work — secretly helping solve crimes alongside his human friends at Molena Point P. D. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead in the salon, Joe makes an exception, he heads for the crime scene. He has no idea that the kittens are following him, or how they will complicate the investigation.

But this is not the only danger to the kittens. A stranger is lurking around the home of Joe’s tabby lady, Dulcie, where the kittens were born. Both parents’ backs are up and their claws out, ready to protect their babies and to protect Wilma Getz, Dulcie’s human housemate.

As the death of the beautician becomes entangled with a gang of thieves working the village, Joe, Dulcie, Kit and Pan are all into the investigation; and they are led to unexpected connections, to the building of the new cat shelter and to a neighbor who becomes suddenly an unexpected part of the tangle.

Joe Grey fans will relish this latest installment following their favorite feline detective and his growing group of friends.


The very first Joe Grey mystery was published over 20 years ago in 1996. I have every book in my collection, and while I haven't read the entire series yet, I have read several and through the years have enjoyed watching Joe and Dulcie solve crimes together and ultimately fall in love. In book 20, their litter of three extra special kittens, buff colored boys Striker and Buffin and calico Courtney, are born, and with them comes a whole new world of adventure for the felines of Molena Point.

For anyone new to the series, these cats have the ability to talk and many people in town share their secret. One human who is blissfully unaware is the police chief Max, but the cats still use their talent to be a snitch for the Molena Point Police Department via anonymous phone calls. In Cat Shining Bright a car theft ring is stalking the town and though Joe and Dulcie are new parents with responsibilities to their babies, the itch to investigate is still strong. When Joe heads to the police department to do some covert feline detective work, little does he know he has precious cargo hot on his trail. When a call comes in that the police chief's wife has stumbled upon the bodies of her beautician and another man in the salon, Joe has no choice but to let them tag along to the crime scene. Even at home Dulcie and the kittens aren't safe as their human Wilma is being watched by a stranger and subsequently have their home broken into. She suspects the thief was after a rare book about Molena Point's extra special cats. And at the new cat shelter in town, shelter owner Kate Osborne and construction worker Scotty Flannery are busy watching the suspicious goings-on at their elderly neighbor's property. There's a lot going on, but the murders and thefts are all tied together, it's just up to the cats (both the house pets and the ferals) to figure out how.

The Joe Grey series has been going strong for two decades for a reason...it's one of the most remarkable, unique collections of cat novels on the market. Each cat has a unique personality that will capture reader's imaginations, and watching Joe and Dulcie become parents just adds another layer through their interactions as each of the kittens find their place in the world. Baby Buffin is the one who completely stole my heart from the very beginning. Just wait until you see what his special calling is. Seeing the difference he's going to make in so many animal and human lives will be such a joy in subsequent books.

Whether you've spent the last 2 decades following Joe and Dulcie's adventures or you're new to the dynamic duo, Cat Shining Bright will leave you purring.

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Thanks to the publisher we have not one, not two, not three, but FIVE advanced reader copies (ARCs) to give away to lucky readers in the US! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck everyone! 


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

#SundaySelfie FAIL

Meows from Mudpie!

I was on the verge of taking an EPIC selfie this week when that darn neighbor cat Calvin walked by and completely threw me off my game. 

I hope you'll enjoy it anyways...the picture purrfectly shows off my diamond-shaped necklace and peanut butter foot!


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


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lounging in the Lap of Luxury #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Guess who has a second Gotcha Day coming up in a couple weeks?

This tortie!

Mommy has been going through pictures of me from right after I moved in and we can't get over what a scrawny little kid I was!

In honor of today being National Hammock Day I decided to use one of her favorite pictures of me napping in my lounger just days after I came home to create my art project his week.


This is the original. I settled in so easily, so quickly, that there was never any doubt that I was meant to be here.


Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


And now our weekly answers (answered by Mommy) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader!

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is blogging.

2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is preparing meals.

3. I could really do without summer. I live in Vermont for a reason - I don't do heat - and every summer moving to Alaska sounds better and better.

4. I would love to have more cat pins. It's my new cat collection obsession and Etsy is doing a good job fueling my addiction!