Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Unboxing February's Subscriptions

The theme of February's CatLadyBox was "Meowlentine's Day"...here's what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Allison Edge specializes in custom pet portraits. This particular print is titled, "Pink Dream".

"Links of Kitty Love" Necklace: This lovely cat face necklace symbolizes the never-ending connection we share with our beloved pets. 

Kitty Cat Backup Charger: How clever (and cute) is this? I've heard of backup chargers but never owned one. Now it accompanies my iPad mini on it's travels!

Teddy Bear Rug: Who doesn't need more cat beds? This rug is so super soft and cozy...heck, I'd be tempted to curl up on it if it was human sized!

Choco-Nip Strawberry and Purrfect Play Love Dice Catnip Toys: The strawberry is Mudpie's favorite of these two toys. She bops it all over the house. The dice is really cute but she prefers her stuffies on the small side.

Not a subscriber yet? Visit CatLadyBox today!

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The theme of February's Meow-gical Box was "Meow & Furrever" featuring a pair of cute pins, a greeting card and a best friend necklace: half for you to wear and half to attach to your cat's collar.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Review: Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore

From the publisher: When Felix arrived at Huddersfield Railway Station as an eight-week-old kitten, no one knew just how important this little ball of fluff would become. Although she has a vital job to do as 'Senior Pest Controller', Felix is much more than just an employee of TransPennine Express. For her colleagues and the station's commuters, Felix has changed their lives in surprising ways.

Felix seems to have a remarkable ability to save the day time and again: from bringing a boy with autism out of his shell to providing comfort to a runaway child shivering on the platform one night. So when tragedy hits the team at Huddersfield, they rely on Felix to pull them together again. But it's a chance friendship with a commuter that she waits for on the platform every morning that finally gives Felix the recognition she deserves, catapulting her to international stardom...

This sweet little "meowmoir" takes readers to Huddersfield Railway Station in England's West Yorkshire where Felix the cat rules the roost. Her arrival came about as the result of a massive campaign by the staff to get a kitten to improve employee and commuter morale, with a little "pest controller" work on the side. When a station employee's cat had a litter of five kittens, Felix was chosen for this very important job and she instantly began stealing hearts.

From fun and games (her human co-workers kick her favorite toy back and forth across a corridor for her to chase) to heartwarming moments when an autistic boy is delighted to meet his furry heroine, this book introduces us to the many lives Felix has touched. A particularly poignant passage takes place when tragedy strikes the railway station's little family and Felix grieves alongside everyone else. And the mischief she finds during the annual two-day Christmas break when she's a guest in someone's home!

Felix is proof of how one little cat can bring joy to a great deal of people. After reading her story I would love to have the chance to meet Felix "in the fur," but since a trip to the UK isn't in my near future I sought out some YouTube videos of her. This is one of our favorites...

For lots more Felix photos and stories visit Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat on Facebook!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

#SundaySelfie with a Friend

Meows from Mudpie!

Have you ever tried to win something from one of those claw machines? Last week while Mommy was grocery shopping she found a machine full of NASCAR-related stuffies, and she was determined to have this cute Kevin Harvick bear. Thankfully she only blew spent $4.50 before the claw finally grabbed him and dropped him down the hole.

I decided to take my Sunday Selfie with him today in honor of it being Daytona 500 day, but doesn't it look like I'm giving him some pointers on how to win the race?

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017

What's Better Than One Mudpie? Two! #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Anyone know what's up with Mother Nature?

Last week at this time there was nearly two feet of snow in my backyard. Now after days of way above average temps and rain it's nearly all gone. Mud season has come to Vermont very early this year.

I wanted my Caturday Art project to look very wet (seriously, the puddles are so big I would drown if I stepped outside). I went to LunaPic and applied both the Reflecting Water (hence the promised double helping of Mudpie) and Waves effects.

I think I look sufficiently soggy, don't you?

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Funny Photo Friday

Meows from Mudpie!

It was a short week (for some) but it's been a long week nonetheless and I bet you're looking for something to put a smile on your face. Well, you've come to the right place!

Earlier this week we reviewed some Tiki Cat food for Chewy and this picture was one of the outtakes. It's so cute we were tempted to use it anyways, but we figured the nice Tiki Cat people wouldn't appreciate seeing me giving their food the raspberry! (My facial expression is in no way representative of how I feel about the food, honest!)

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

Mommy's answers:

1. I wish VCRs would come back in style. Never gonna happen, but I still prefer "taping" things to watch later versus shelling out extra money for a DVR. (Thank Cod for On Demand.)

2. I always have Excedrin in my purse. I get a headache if I blink wrong so I'm never without it.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I think that I am the cutest tortie in the world.

4. The lack of winter sun puddles is a pet peeve of mine.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Baby Diddles Finds Her Place in the World

As a cat blogger the majority of my online reading and social media feeds are animal-related, and many days it seems like everything I read is trying to break my heart little by little. Whenever I'm in need of an uplifting rescue story to restore my faith in humanity I know I can always turn to the pet lifestyle website, PawCulture™. PawCulture's goal is to inform, inspire and entertain devoted pet parents with helpful advice, useful tips, and superior storytelling.

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Nothing warms my heart more than reading about a special needs, seemingly unwanted cat finding a forever home where they will be cherished as the little treasures that they are. One morning while scrolling through my Facebook feed I stumbled upon a book titled Baby Diddles: How the Three-Legged, One-Eared Cat Learned to Do It All. Not surprisingly, the tortie on the cover is what grabbed my attention, and I immediately downloaded the book. Baby Diddles just melted my heart, and after reading her story I reached out to her wonderful human Amber Lane, who like all great cat moms was delighted to tell me more about her precious fur baby.

Amazingly enough, Baby Diddles' story begins in 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which is not exactly the kindest place in the world for a tiny, injured cat to live on the streets. Exactly what happened to her is unknown but the founder of a local rescue group called Wags and Purrs found her on the side of the road with a mangled ear and dragging a stump of a leg. She was brought to the vet where they removed her leg (leaving her hip joint for better balance) and part of her infected ear.

Following her recovery Wags and Purrs put Warda (Baby Diddles' original name, which means "rose" in Arabic) up for adoption and heartache struck this brave kitty once again: no one stepped up to give her the forever home she longed for. Week after week she was featured online, only to have cruel people leave comments that she was "ugly".

Baby Diddles' official adoption photos

Thankfully Amber saw her picture and immediately fell in love. On August 16, 2013 she went to Amber's home in Dubai as a trial to see how things would go with the three resident cats, and she immediately found her place in Amber's feline family. Baby Diddles was home.

Life has changed a lot for Baby Diddles since the day Amber realized she couldn't live without her. Now living in the United States their little family has grown to six cats, many of which also have special needs. Amber finds herself inspired by these forgotten kitties who have so much love to give, and only ask for that love to be returned by a family to call their own. According to Amber, "Life is so hard for all of us anyway without having a disability, to see animals get right back up with a smile on their face despite everything that has happened to them inspires me each day. Animals don't know to feel sorry for themselves. They only know to keep trying and to stay alive. Feeling sorry for ourselves is a human trait. She helps me to realize that it could always be worse and why not put a smile on my face and make the most of every situation."

Just a few months after adopting Baby Diddles, Amber decided to write a children's book about her to teach readers that just because someone looks different, or has a disability, that person or cat can do anything they set their mind to. "There's no doubting herself and her limitations," Amber told me. "Yes, she falls occasionally or needs help getting up on things, but it doesn't stop her from trying the next time." Nothing slows Baby Diddles down. She's able to run, climb, jump and play just like all her sisters.

Most importantly, she's able to love with her whole heart...just like every other cat.

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