Friday, September 22, 2017

5 Benefits of Adopting an Older Cat

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Are you looking to adopt a new cat? As tempting as adorable little kittens are, Mommy and I are huge advocates of bringing home adult kitties. Truffles and I were young adults of 2 when we were adopted, but before us, Sashi was 9, Tara was 7, and Sebastian was 12! They were all amazing pets that Mommy was blessed to have many years of happiness with.

Today we're happy to share a guest post featuring five benefits of adopting a senior cat over a kitten.


Guest post by Adam Snape on behalf of animalfriends.co.uk

As much as you may love the excitement of a kitten, you may not have realized the advantages that adopting an older cat can bring to your home.

Pet owners can experience a variety of benefits when adopting an older cat. Often, they’re more well-suited to senior owners or relaxed, family homes who have less time to wait hand and foot on a kitten. In this guide, we’ve shared five benefits of adopting a senior pet, along with how you can help them settle into your home:

1. They require less training.

The most obvious benefit of adopting an older cat is that they require less training than they would at a younger age. Chances are, they’re already house-trained and know how to do basic things such as use a litter tray.

Because they don’t need as much training, your senior cat will be much easier to handle than a younger one.

2. Their exercise requirements aren’t as demanding.

If you’ve got a kitten, you’re probably smitten with your little bundle of joy. But while they are cute balls of energy, bear in mind that you might have to spend a lot of time tending to their heightened activity levels.

Senior cats have a great attention span, so there’s no need to panic about teaching an old cat new tricks. It’s still possible to house-train a senior cat if they haven’t had any form of training before.


3. They’re great companions.

Another benefit of adopting an older cat is that they make perfect companions. Compared to their kitten stages, senior cats are less energetic and require less attention. They also tend to have a calmer temperament.

Because they don’t have a demanding exercise regime and would love to curl up on your lap, they’re true feline friends – particularly for elderly people.

4. Older cats are less destructive.

Unlike kittens, older cats don’t require as much attention and are usually content with lounging around the home. This means that they’re much less likely to cause damage to your home!

However, if you spot that your senior cat is causing problems and destroying your home, it might be a life-long behavior issue. In this event, extra time and patience will be required to train them to be less destructive.

5. You know what you’re getting!

Every home has specific requirements for a new pet, especially when it comes to the amount of space that they have. For this reason, adopting a senior cat may be more beneficial as you know what you’re getting – especially with regards to their final size!

By adopting a kitten, you can’t really predict how big the cat will grow, the temperament that they’ll have or how they will react to other day-to-day routines.

Adopting an older cat will combat these issues, especially if you visit the cat in their previous habitat before making the decision to bring them home.


As you can see, adopting a senior cat offers incredible benefits but of course there’s the obvious disadvantage of older pets being more prone to serious illness. For that reason, you should always have the best pet insurance policy for your older cat to ensure that they’re happy, healthy and content.

Have you ever adopted a senior kitty? 
Why did you choose them over a kitten?

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flickr creative commons/Nate Steiner
flickr creative commons/Stephen Rahn
flickr creative commons/Kim Siever

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Rescued Interviews: Zorro


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Back in 2015 Angel Truffles started interviewing the cats featured in Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes, an anthology of rescue cat stories compiled by Janiss Garza, who writes the Sparkle Cat blog. She was unable to see it to completion but I was more than honored to continue the series once I settled into my forever home and took full reins of our blog. Now Rescued Volume 2 is on store shelves and it's my goal to interview as many of the kitties as possible once again! (If you missed our review, it can be found here.)

Each author featured in the book has nominated a cat rescue and was assigned a month to promote the book, with a third of the profits from that month going to their rescue. September's spotlight is Zorro, a cat who finds himself horribly betrayed and abandoned by his family, leaving him nearly feral in his fear and distrust of humans.


Welcome Zorro! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. Could you start by introducing yourself to us and telling us what made your story such a good fit for the Rescued anthology?

I'm a very handsome boy cat, probably about 5 years old or so, and we ::think:: I am a Ragdoll. I don't have the "papers" to prove it, but I really look like a Ragdoll, and I act like one, too! I love (actually crave) attention, am very talkative, love to follow my humans all over the house, and I love to flop and dance. My story is a great fit for the Rescued anthology since I was rescued by my human. At the time of my rescue, we were all in northern Minnesota, which has brutal winters! I'd been abandoned by some other humans in the dead of winter and I was not prepared to be outside or to survive. Fortunately, the place where I was abandoned was very close to my human's house. I took up residence in the garage. My story is about how I was rescued (trapped and tamed and incorporated in to my human's household with five other cats) and how my easy going Ragdoll nature eventually expressed itself again!

The title of your story in Rescued is "The Ragdoll's Dance". For those who aren't familiar with Ragdoll cats, can you introduce us to your beautiful breed and how you "dance"?

Like I said, we can't be sure I am a Ragdoll, but I have so many characteristics of this beautiful breed! I have the blue eyes, big paws, and stocky build. I have an easygoing and very sociable personality, and I love love love to use my body to express my joy and happiness. I'll stick my butt in the air if you scratch it; I'll flop on my side if you pet me. I LOVE being brushed! It is one of my favorite things. I have a jump like you wouldn't believe. I'm very talkative. I sprawl in the craziest positions. I just love to express myself through my body!

I have heard that some Ragdolls go limp when you pick them up (thus the description "floppy cat") but I get a little nervous about being held. I'm also nervous about having my paws handled but I think that's because my paws are always so busy and always pulsing with the power of my dance! I'm a very expressive kitty.

"Outside, pre-rescue. He would watch us through the window. He wanted to come in, but wasn't ready." --Catherine Holm, Zorro's human

Your story begins as you're flung from a car into the snow by some heartless humans. That must've been such a terribly frightening time for you. What do you remember about it?

I was completely frightened! I had never been outside before and all of a sudden I was hitting the ground and breathing the fumes as the car sped away! It was so cold! Instincts took over and I quickly took cover in the nearest garage (as it turned out, a garage that was part of my future human's home). Still, this happened in the country where things are pretty far apart. There weren't a whole lot of shelters around and I was fortunate to find that garage so quickly. I toughened up quickly but the garage provided good shelter. Believe it or not, I would go outside if there was no wind, and sit on the snow in the sun, even in sub zero temps! My bulk and my thick fur helped with this. The humans provided a shelter for me in the garage, food, water, and a litter box, and I was smart enough to not go outside when it was too cold or windy. But I was wary of the humans for the entire winter, and eventually had to be (humanely) trapped.

How did you manage to move beyond human betrayal and learn to dance again?

It was a long process! My human got me used to her voice. She would talk to me, all winter, in the garage, whenever she came out. I would show myself to her and her husband, but hid for anyone else. If you've ever seen a feral cat simply vanish into his surroundings, that is what I did. When spring came and the humans were getting ready for a cross country move, they captured me because they didn't want to leave me to just fend for myself. I had a long long car ride to a new place! When we arrived at the new place, the human isolated me in a room right away (I'd already been neutered and vaccinated when I was originally captured). She worked with me gradually over a few months and I eventually stopped hiding behind a wall and started coming out and getting comfortable with being touched. It was a touch and go process and new for us both.


What is life like for you today?

I love my life! I have a great house with a few stories and stairs to run up and down, and ceiling beams to run on, too. Sometimes we catch mice (they show up in the fall -- we are still in the country). There are lots of windows, comfortable cat beds, and I generally get along with the other five cats (except for Chester -- sometimes he and I get into it). I love love love to spring upon the laps of my humans and get the petting I crave. I dance at any opportunity possible.

What shelter have you chosen to receive your proceeds from the book this month and why?

Felines & Friends Foundation of Vermont (http://www.fffvt.org/) is the organization I have chosen to receive proceeds from the book this month. Why? Because they do terrific work in northern Vermont and surrounding areas, and they help and save free roaming cats. This is a very rural area and there are plenty of barn cats, for example. It's also an area where not everyone has the means to spay and neuter their animals, or get needed vet care. Felines & Friends works with farmers, townspeople, and cats, to address overpopulation issues of these free roaming cats. They trap, neuter/spay, and return feral cats to their original locations. And they re-home adoptable free-roaming cats. They work tirelessly to save cats and to educate area folks about these issues. Felines & Friends has made a HUGE dent in helping humans and feral cats in this area of the country! I was a feral cat once and I know first hand that Felines and Friends is preventing a lot of needless suffering; and making a big dent in feral cat overpopulation.


What do you hope people learn from your story and what would you like your lasting legacy to be?

I always hope that people will be kind to cats to the best of their ability. A warm shelter, a bit of food, seeking help if needed for your cats or the cats you are caring for, these are all good things. Mostly, I want people and cats to know that deep within us all is our true essence. If life can be made a little nicer for all of us, our true essence can shine through! I am able to be an easygoing, dancing cat now and I no longer have to worry about surviving in the cold, or where my next meal will come from. I am happy to be joyful and to dance!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuft + Paw Sustainable Cat Bed Design Contest

Calling all creative cat lovers!

Tuft + Paw is running a contest to find a beautiful, affordable, and sustainable cat bed design. Got an idea? Show them your best, and you could win $1,500! Your winning design will be produced in the U.S. and promoted as one of Tuft + Paw’s new flagship products. It will also be donated to shelters across the country.


Submissions deadline: 10-31-2017

Winner will be decided before 11-30-2017

For more information and design criteria, click here.

Unboxing August & September's CatLadyBox

Since we fell a bit behind in August, our CatLadyBox feature this month is a twofer!


From the Desk of the Cat Lady - August CatLadyBox

* Featured Cat Lady Artist: Ellie Szymanska lives with 3 Persians and a senior British Longhair. Most of her paintings feature cats as their main subject.

* "I Work Hard So My Cat Can Have a Better Life" t-shirt
* Cat Desktop Organizer (I use mine as a remote caddy!)
* Cat Magnets



* Crazy Catnip Pencil
* School Bus Catnip Toy


Purrfect Daily Essentials - September CatLadyBox

* Featured Cat Lady Artist: Kathryn Riley Parker This piece is titled "Happy Hour" and stars her 18 year old kitty Miranda who loves to drink from the bathroom sink...and she's a tortie!!!



* Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle
* Cat Ear Headphones
* Kitty Cat Keychain


* Boinks Bamboozler (Mudpie is obsessed with this toy!!!)
* Winged Sneaker Catnip Toy


Not a subscriber yet? Visit CatLadyBox today!

Interested in purchasing individual items from past boxes? You can do that too!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Meow Like a Pirate Day

Pirate Mudpie is very protective of her toy box...


(Please don't tell her she's way too cute to ever be scary...)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Review: Sammie Ray! by Frank Romaunt


Interviewed by Alvin Kott for The Vegas Evening Star, a talkative feline named Sammie Ray discusses his five-year odyssey of living on the streets of Northeast Kansas City, Missouri. Despite a life filled with tragedy and misfortune, Sammie Ray endures and is ultimately rescued.


When the author of this book contacted me to ask for a review I was happy to accept, expecting a sweet story told from a cat's point of view about his rescue from a harsh life on the streets. And that is the gist of the story, but it's told in such an incredibly creative way that I found myself completely entranced by Sammie Ray.

Written in interview format, Alvin Kott is the author's alter ego, a reporter for The Vegas Evening Star who is presented with the opportunity to chat with an extraordinary talking cat and his human guardian Stewart. Sammie Ray's life story, starting as a kitten with his mama and siblings (simply named One, Two, Three, Four and Five) to surviving hardships on his own, finally leading to his adoption into a wonderful family, is heart wrenching. His courage and acts of love, especially with regards to his feline family, are lessons many humans could learn from.

After reading the book I contacted the author to find out "the story behind the story" and discovered that Sammie Ray is his own cat, FIV positive and about 5 years old at the time of his rescue. The vet believed he had lived on the street all his life, so this story was born from his owner's imagining what life had been like for him all those years trying to survive on his own. As he told me, "The story is written to address the plight of stray animals in general, and I wanted to make a subtle appeal to people so they can truly understand some of the horrors that stray cats and animals experience, and that just a little effort can make an enormous difference in the lives of these animals!"

Sammie Ray's voice is at times tough and street smart, yet at other times he needs to take breaks to compose himself and asks his human to hold him to help him get through the especially sad parts of his story. His adorable way of answering, "You're kind" to any compliment is endearing, and the reason why he asks for his picture to accompany the interview left a lump in my throat. I guarantee Sammie Ray is a cat you won't soon forget, and his "tail" is one every cat lover should read.


Disclaimer: As members of the Amazon Associates affiliate program, if you click on our links and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank! I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

With Bowed Head #SundaySelfie

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Last Christmas our Secret Paws were our sweet friends Allie, Ellie and Raz, aka The Florida Furkids. They treated Mommy and I like queens, and the Santa blankie their sweet mom made for me with her own two paws kept me warm and cozy all winter long. It was a gift straight from her heart and filled with so much love.

Our hearts are breaking for our dear friends because on Thursday afternoon their daddy Bill passed away. While we know he's been reunited with Ellie (who went to the Bridge in July) and all the other fur angels who loved him, we know Miss Sharon, Allie and Raz would rather he was home with them.

This week we also lost Zoe from Animal Shelter Volunteer Life and Anastasia from The Church Cat Family (Angel Truffles' Secret Paw in 2014). My head is bowed for all our lost friends.



We're joining The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Caturday Art

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Our Caturday Art project this week isn't something we created, but something we found on Facebook (surprise,surprise!) Our friend Christine Davis (author of a book called For Every Cat an Angel which Mommy has had on her bookshelf for many, many years) posted it and wrote a little story to go along with it.

We don't know which is more beautiful, the artwork or the story, but we knew we had to share it. Mommy just can't get over how much the kitty looks like Angel Truffles. She only wishes she knew who the artist is because she'd love to buy a print of it. If anyone knows, please tell us!



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. I have broken no bones. Although last spring I fell down my neighbor's garage steps while cat-sitting and came darn close to breaking my ankle.

2. When I go out to breakfast, I order pancakes. They've always been one of my favorite foods and since I rarely go out for breakfast I've started making them at home again.

3. As Summer officially comes to an end, I say good riddance and don't feel the need to return anytime soon :)

4. Before this year is over, I really need to find a new dentist. The one I'd been seeing since I was a kid retired a few years ago and I really, really dislike the dentist who bought his practice. I've avoided going for awhile because of that so I need to find a replacement.

Friday, September 15, 2017

For the Love of Tuxies

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I know what you're all thinking - gasp! - am I really allowing a guest blogger to sing the praises of cats that aren't torties??? Of course I am because I'm a very generous kitty and I want all cats to be respected and cherished for the special gifts that they are. Whether you're a tabby or a house panther or a tuxie or a tortie, you deserve a loving home with a forever family!!!


A guest post by Dan & Whisky, Tuxedo Cat website

Cats are great. Fact.

Any cat owner will tell you that, no matter many times they walk on your laptop keyboard or knock your cup of coffee off the worktop there is simply no denying that the warmth they bring to your home is well worth the occasional bit of mischief.

However what many cat owners won’t tell you is that some cats are greater than others. It sounds ludicrous but it’s true, there are certain cats which due to their breeding their looks, size or coat pattern have become highly desirable among cat owners.

For example breeds such as Bengals, Persians, Siamese, British Shorthairs, Maine Coons and many more are highly sought after.

It is particularly interesting to see that demand for Maine Coons has risen considerably over the last few months following the release of a viral video featuring the world’s biggest domestic cat which happened to be a Maine Coon.

All of these cats deserve loving homes, there is no denying that, but a problem arises when other less visually appealing or less unique cats are left homeless because people overlook them in search of something a bit more exotic.


Tuxedo patterned cats (black and white cats) spend up to ten days longer in cat shelters than more unique breeds.

Tuxedo Cats are far more likely to end up as feral cats so it is no surprise that they make up the vast majority of the world’s stray cat population.

And yet as any Tuxedo Cat owner will tell you there is no shortage of life nor fun in the life of a tuxedo cat, they are incredibly mischievous characters!


The tuxedo cat website exists to help promote the adoption of black and white cats from catteries across the globe.

As well as encouraging people to adopt a black and white cat we also seek to encourage all cat owners to get their cats neutered to help reduce the growth of the feral cat population and ensure that more cats are born in controlled environments where they will be loved and cared for.

So if you’re considering getting a new cat any time soon we would strongly urge you not to seek a designer breed as these are often purposely bred to sell on for profit, rather we would urge you to go to your local cat shelter adopt a black and white tuxedo cat. We promise you won’t regret it!

Tell us about the special tuxedo kitty in your life!

Photos: The first kitty is our neighbor Jinx, and the tuxie in the other two pictures is Whisky, star of the Tuxedo Cat website

Thursday, September 14, 2017

5 Ways Catios Make Cats Happy & Healthy (w/DIY Catio Plan Giveaway!)

Photo credit: Catio Spaces

This post is sponsored by Catio Spaces

Meows from Mudpie!

The month of September has been designated by the CATalyst Council as Happy Cat Month, an annual event created to spread awareness about the health, welfare, and value of companion cats. Often, cats are viewed as self-reliant, aloof, and less in need of medical care than dogs. The aim of this event is to counteract these stereotypes and ensure cats are well cared for, enriched, and receive the preventive care they require. A HAPPY cat is a HEALTHY cat. Are you doing everything you can to make sure your cat is happy?

Purrsonally, I'm about as happy as a kitty can be. I have enough toys to open my own pet shop, warm beds and blankies in every room of the house, sunny doors and windows to lounge in, yummy treats and food that are (mostly) good for me, and an adoring Mommy who is willing to drop whatever she's doing any time I need her. How much for can a cat ask for???

Photo credit: Catio Spaces

I've mentioned before that just about the only thing missing in my life is a catio. A place of my very own to hang out and safely watch the world go by. Sadly, dreams of my little spot of heaven on earth are being hampered by Mommy who keeps telling me it's just not practical for us right now, but promises one day she'll work something out for me. For now I guess I'll have to be satisfied with that.

So it doesn't slip her aging mind,  I thought I'd create a list to remind her of some of the ways catios make for happy, healthy cats. (Here's a tip for all my feline friends reading this: get on your human's computer and leave this blog post on the screen every chance you get as a not-so-subtle hint!)

Photo: Catio Spaces

1) Catios keep cats safe. In our neighborhood we have SO many neighbors that allow their cats to roam free, and we live on a very busy street with a high school full of crazy teenage drivers. Mommy just can't understand how people can say they care about the welfare of their cat(s) yet not know at any given moment where their pet is. If she can't find me in the house for a few minutes she starts to panic, so I can't imagine how she'd deal with me running loose outside! The highest dose of blood pressure meds wouldn't be able to calm her down! Every cat enjoys the stimulation of being outdoors, but responsible pet owners know trouble lurks everywhere. Contrary to what some people think, cats are NOT equipped to take care of themselves in this cold, cruel world. Left to our own devices we're vulnerable to a multitude of dangers. A catio helps cat guardians balance their pet’s natural curiosity and craving for outdoor stimulation with concerns for their safety.

2) Reduce vet visits. An important part of keeping your cat happy and healthy is taking them in for regular vet visits, but you certainly don't want to have to go more than once or twice a year for wellness checks! Cats that go outside without the benefit of an enclosure are much more likely to get into trouble thanks to vehicles, predators, parasites and poison, requiring more frequent vet visits. Protect yourself and your human's wallet with a catio!

Photo: Catio Spaces

3) Provide an enriching, healthy outdoor lifestyle. Catios provide kitties with fresh air, exercise, bird watching and sunbathing...all things that make us super duper happy!

4) Extra feline/human bonding time. It's no secret that Mommy's favorite pastime is curling up on the couch with the computer or a book and moi. We could be doing the same things on a catio and the fresh air and sunlight would make both of us healthier too! I can just picture us now, stretched out on a chaise lounge, a bunch of Mommy's cat-related knick knacks on the table and hanging on the walls, birds chirping, squirrels scurrying around...pure bliss for the both of us while we spend quality time together. On Mommy's "work from home days" she could even do her whole day's work on the catio in a much more pleasant and stress-free environment!

5) Reduce the tension in a multi-cat household by adding more territory. Talk to me friends, do you have a fur sibling that gets on your last nerve every now and then? I'm an only child but I'm not always so sure this purrfect living arrangement is going to last forever. Mommy loves kitties too much and visits the PetSmart adoption center every time she goes to the store. I just know one of these days she's going to bring something home with her. In a home with a catio, any annoyances by your bratty brother or sister can be diffused by stepping outside for some fresh air and a solitary catnap!

Photo credit: Catio Spaces

How am I doing at convincing you that you need a catio? Whenever you're ready to take the plunge, our friends at Catio Spaces offer Do It Yourself (DIY) catio plans in a variety of designs and sizes for patios, decks, gardens or yards. Build it yourself or hire a carpenter to do it for you! Each do-it-yourself catio plan includes step-by-step instructions, a material list, tool list, and easy to follow diagrams for a successful project. (Materials not included). Each set of DIY plans is designed for ease of assembly (or removal if relocating) and to complement a home’s design and aesthetics.

Prices for the DIY catio plans range from $39.95 to $69.95, and Catio Spaces donates 10 percent from the sale of each DIY plan to an animal welfare or wildlife organization!


For more amazing photos of completed catio projects visit the Catio Spaces photo gallery, and "Catimonials" with pawsome before and after shots from happy customers can be found here. Make sure you follow them on Facebook too!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Belly Up to the Pizza & Taco Bar!

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A couple weeks ago right around the time Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, Mommy was browsing Facebook and saw a post from an Etsy seller named Soaps by Abby. For three days they were having an emergency catnip toy and soap fundraiser to benefit Austin Pets Alive, and when we saw her adorable pizza and taco catnip toys we just had to order a set. (Convincing Mommy was easy peasy since pizza and tacos are her two favorite foods!)


Then - irony alert - the toys arrived at my door on the very day the remnants of Harvey arrived here in Vermont, and our ding dong mailman left the package on the front step to get soaking wet! By the time Mommy got home and saved it I was sure the toys would be ruined, but thankfully they weren't. (That didn't stop her from leaving a note for the mailman about proper package placement though.)

The nip smell was potent right through the package and I could hardly wait to get my paws on the toys! When I did...well, let's just say that I inhaled.







Click here to buy some pizza and taco toys of your own...they get four paws up from this tortie!

We bought these toys with our own green papers and are sharing them because we enjoyed them so much. We are Etsy affiliates, which means if you click on a link and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mudpie Interviews...Instagram Cat Mom


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I've decided to expand upon my Mudpie Interview series to start featuring humans who either have fun cat-related projects or work to make life better for kitties. Today I'm so excited to chat with a super fun lady I've been following on Instagram for awhile now, the Instagram Cat Mom. Her passion for "all things cat" is PAWsitively infectious, and her new project is a book titled The Christmas Kitten. A Christmas-themed cat book??? You just know we're going to be all over that!!!


Hi Jessica! Thank mew so much for chatting with me today. Can you start by telling us about yourself and how you came to be known as the Instagram Cat Mom?

I'm a Dallas filmmaker & entrepreneur :) I decided to take on a feature film, which I have never done before and thought, what content would be PURRfect for me? Then I discovered the "internet cat video festival" and was like...YES! So, in researching and immersing myself in that world, I set up an Instagram for my 3 kitty loves. I spent 2-4 hours a day managing their page (because we all know I'm just the assistant here), taking hundreds of pics for that one PURRfect post! Then I thought, omg, there are more people who do this! This is hilarious, I should make a short film. After that I ran around promoting it and found that I am actually exactly that person! The "Pawparazzi obsessed with my cat's pictures!"

So, here we are, I am "Instagram Cat Mom" having a blast connecting with other people who are the same, love cats and love posting about them and chatting about them. Oh, and I adore the stories and PURRsona's the "humans" are allowed to convey per their cats of course! LOVE it!


Please introduce us to your furry muses...

My furry muse(s) are 3 adopted loves-of-my-life! Gracie is 12, a tortie who totally talks back to me, but snuggles me often. Bordeaux is my "middle" 9yr old bae, he's a Maine Coon mix and like a dog, is ALWAYS at my feet. Bungie, my youngest, is the baby of the bunch, and totally jumps into my lap often and does that long leg stretch thing as he walks slowly up and makes sure he has your full attention before giving you affection! :)

Tell us about your new children's book The Christmas Kitten and what inspired you to write it.

My FURRst book endeavor "The Christmas Kitten" is a story about an orphan kitten who is rescued by Santa's Reindeer, and through his "big-hearted" wish, all the cats get homes on Christmas. There are so many reasons I wrote this. The world needs a sweet story about hope, belonging, inclusivity, community, and caring for others. Additionally, the very candid truth is that I got divorced last winter after eleven years of marriage. I founded a company with my ex-husband and as creator of the brand I had involved reindeer to make it fun. I poured my soul into it, as any artist does, and when I walked away from it the loss was weighing heavily on my heart. It felt like a death of a dream. So I said to God "I'm really sad right now, and I am feeling angry at all the reindeer decorations. I love Christmas and don't want to feel this way." The next day I woke up with this idea. In a way for me, it's "redeeming the reindeer". It's very personal and very important for this book to succeed because it's the rebirth of a vision and dream in a new way. I have always been a writer and continuously work on projects often (yet to be published).


What do you hope to achieve with this book?

Writing is healing for me. Writing this book healed me and I hope that the themes and story will bring families together for a new tradition at Christmas, to sip hot chocolate and engage in this story where "anything is possible in this beautiful season, doesn't matter the request, only the reason." Motive is everything to me. I hope that generations of children grow up knowing they can change the world when their heart is in the right place :) I want to show people that truly, anything is PAWsible! I hope this book changes the world. I realize that is ambitious, but I truly think every project should be so bold! Everything matters, every life can make a difference for good.

How can our friends help you make your project a reality?

I have a Kickstarter that is limping along :) lol! I need to raise $6,000 to pay my illustrator and graphic designer so that this book WILL be in the hands of the humans THIS Christmas.



I have twelve days remaining. I need pledges and more pledges, shares and more shares for this to be funded. Also, if anyone knows a business that would make sense as a sponsor they can go to my website www.TheChristmasKitten.com or email me directly Jess@TheChristmasKitten.com :) I'm just happy to have this experience! It's a lot of work, but worth every minute.

Lastly, what are some fun ways you rock your cat lady pride?

I rock my cat lady pride in so many ways! My license plate says "Cat Mom" and I have a cat stuffed animal in my car to keep me inspired. I wear special merch I created months ago for some pet expos, I always have a pair of cat ears in my purse for "mew never know" moments, and I change most of my words into cat puns...being single, this presents a unique challenge with PAWsible dates, but then, I just put it all out there so we can skip the shocker later that I am actually a "crazy cat lady".

Sidenote, I am hoping to be a part of a movement that makes the "cat lady" cool and hip! We aren't always in sweats and cat hair...we can look stunning as well as be a cat mom (of 3). I'm still a woman! LOL!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Purring for the World #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires...oh my! Goodness, who ticked the Big Guy upstairs off, anyways? The company Mommy works for is based in Stuart, Florida, we have family in Ocala, and so many blogging friends throughout the state, so we're watching Irma especially closely. I'm purring for everyone in the path of nature's wrath.

Then yesterday we were stunned to hear the news that country duo Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash. Mommy met him and Eddie at a concert back in 1995 in New York and they were scheduled to be in Vermont in November. Such tragic events should teach people to be more like us kitties and live in each day because tomorrow isn't guaranteed..

My artwork this week, created in Photo Lab, reflects how so many of us are feeling lately.


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. September bucket list: 1. Continue decluttering 2. Fall cleaning to get ready for Halloween and Christmas decorations going up! 3. Holiday blog planning.

2. If I came with a warning label, it would say "Keep away from kitchen utensils". On two different occasions I've accidentally left kitchen utensils in the oven to burn. One was a plastic turkey baster and it stunk up the house for months whenever the oven was on (in spite of practically having to take the oven apart to scrape off the melted plastic). Then just a couple weeks ago I snapped a peeler right in half while peeling a cucumber. It's become a joke at my house that I'm deadly when it comes to kitchen utensils.

3. Truth be told, I'd rather be with animals than just about any person on earth.

4. I would rather curl up on the couch with Mudpie and a book than do anything else.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Holy Tortie, Mommy's Forty!!!

Meows from Mudpie!

It's a big day at our house as Mommy hits the "big 4-0". I'm 4, so does adding a 0 to that number mean she's headed for the bone orchard? It must, because the way she's been carrying on you would think it's the end of the world!

Help me talk her down off the ledge by joining me in wishing her a Happy Birthday, okay? I'm thinking lots of purr therapy and Mudpie magic is in store for today...