Sunday, October 22, 2017

Photobombed #SundaySelfie

You would think in a single pet home I would be free from photobombers, right? 

Except Mommy has lots of stuffies.

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Mudpie #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Last weekend I asked Mommy if she could carve my precious little face into a pumpkin and she said yes! I waited and waited for her to bring one of those strange orange balls home until I started to get worried she would run out of time for us to post the results as our Caturday Art project. Then last night she hopped onto LunaPic and announced she was done! Um, this isn't exactly what I was looking for, Mommy...

Do your humans have any hidden talents when it comes to pumpkin carving?

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. If I was a ghost, I would haunt my loved ones so we could still be together.

2. I always fall asleep when Mudpie gets on my lap. Now that it's a little chillier she's wanting to cuddle more and I'm getting extra nap time in! There's no need for sleeping pills when she's around.

3. My favorite scary story is The Tell-Tale Heart.

4. I will be so glad when Target comes to Vermont. I've lamented so many times that we're the only state without a Target, but that's about to change! News broke on Thursday that one is opening in the mall just a couple miles from our house next fall!!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Mudpie Reviews Tiki Cat After Dark #ChewyInfluencer

Meows from Mudpie!

Last year I got to try Tiki Cat's Aloha Friends pouches and I enjoyed them because they were loaded with so much gravy. This month in my Chewy Influencer email I was excited to see another new Tiki Cat line called After Dark, promised to be high in moisture, and as you all know by now the only way this tortie eats wet food is if it's overflowing with watery gravy!

I received the variety pack which comes with two cans each of six different flavors, all chicken based (which is great because I know lots of my friends have sensitivities to fish): Chicken, Chicken & Quail, Chicken & Duck, Chicken & Lamb, Chicken & Beef, and Chicken & Pork. Once you figure out which flavors are your favorites each one also comes in individual cases of 12.

Key Benefits of Tiki Cat After Dark:
  • High-protein, low-carb recipes help boost energy, support the immune system and support overall health.
  • Biologically-appropriate nutrient profile mimics the natural prey of cats.
  • Added minerals and vitamins support a complete and balanced diet.
  • High-moisture recipes help supplement cats that don't drink enough water and helps maintain good urinary and digestive health.

So what did I think? I liked it, but I think I would've liked it more if it had come in a pouch. Mommy seems to think I'm crazy, but packaging matters to this kitty! For some reason I eat my wet food much better when it comes in a tray or a pouch then when it comes in a can. Is there some strange taste lingering in canned food that only my discriminating palate can detect? Who knows. (Now watch Mommy think she can outsmart me by putting canned food into a pouch before showing it to me. I'm on to you, Mommy!!!)

For kitties that aren't as picky as me and love food that's loaded with broth, Tiki Cat After Dark is purrfect for you. The can is full of broth so don't let your human tip the can when opening it or you might lose some of the yumminess!!!

The 12 can variety pack is available at for $19.33. Chewy offers FREE 1-2 day shipping for orders over $49, and with over 500 brands in stock they have something sure to make every cat or dog happy. Tell them Mudpie sent you!

Disclaimer: This food was sent to us for free by as part of their Blogger Outreach Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mudpie Goes Psycho #TBT

Meows from Mudpie!

With Halloween right around the corner it won't be long before Mommy starts pulling out scary movies that are sure to make us hide under the covers. Her all-time favorite is Psycho (she's still in mourning that Bates Motel ended it's run) and she never fails to crack up whenever she looks at the recreation of the movie's famous shower scene that we did for Caturday Art a couple years ago. (And I can't believe what a scrawny kid I was back then!!!)

Don't worry, there were no crazy people with knives in the tub with me, but do you notice that I appear to be freaked out by something I'm looking at? I think Mommy may have been nakey at the time. (Tee hee...)

Speaking of Halloween movies, have you been following the fake movie posters our good friend Miss Cuddlywumps has been creating the past couple weeks? Cats of the Undead, Psycho Kitty, Zombie Cat, and they've all been turned into magnets and cards on Zazzle! We're purchasing each one as a 5x7 card and we're going to frame them as part of our Halloween decor!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review/Interview/Giveaway: Death Overdue by Allison Brook

Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie’s determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura's case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.

Our protagonist Carrie has been living with her aunt and uncle and working as a library assistant, but is just about ready to move on until she's offered the position of head of programs and events at the local library. A voice inside her tells her she should stay (and it's not what you think!) and she immediately gets to work lining up a detective to speak about the unsolved murder of a woman (who also worked at the library) in her home 15 years ago. He claims to have information that will solve the case once and for all, but he drops dead at the event before he's able to reveal the evidence contained on his iPad, which conveniently goes missing. Carrie blames herself for the man's death since she's the one who arranged the event, and she teams up with the son of the woman who died over a decade ago to solve both murders.

Carrie has additional help though, and that's where the fun comes in with the Haunted Library mystery series. The library’s resident ghost, Evelyn Havers, knew the original murder victim well and she's more than willing to lend her assistance from the afterlife since she has intimate knowledge of all the involved parties. Evelyn seems to have an interesting story herself, although it's not fully flushed out in Death Overdue. Her own death in the library parking lot seems rather suspicious to me. Carrie also has her hands full dealing with a jealous co-worker who wants her job (a fun character in spite of her vindictiveness!), a romantic triangle in the works, and a precious little kitten she has her heart set on turning into a library cat. The ongoing activities at the library during the Halloween setting is the icing on the cake in an already delightful debut.


Mudpie purred with excitement when I told her she could ask library cat Smokey Joe a pawful of questions. She hopes you enjoy the interview!

Welcome, Smoky Joe! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourselves and how you came to meet Carrie? 

I was born on a farm on the other side of the woods from Carrie’s cottage. My three siblings, my mother and I lived in the barn with cows and goats and other cats. Some of the cats were pretty ferocious and would fight with us kittens when our mother was out hunting mice. I decided to set out on my own. Early one morning, before the sun rose, I wandered through the woods and came upon a cottage. I was hungry, but there were no mice to be seen. I meowed, hoping a human would hear me and give me food. Finally Carrie appeared. She opened the door to her car. She was leaving! I was so hungry, I dashed into her car. She gave me a piece of something I’d never tasted before. It was delicious! When we finally stopped and she opened the car door, I ran out into what I later knew was the library parking lot. Of course I had no idea where I was, so I didn’t struggle when she picked me up and carried me into the library. I sniffed around as we entered the building and liked what I smelled. I was home!

Being a library cat must be so much fun! What's a typical day like for you? 

I absolutely LOOOOVE being a library cat. Every morning Carrie and I drive to the library from our cottage. The library is my second home. I’m free to go wherever I like. My favorite places are visiting the little kids in the children’s section and greeting people while they’re reading newspapers and magazines in the large reading room. Carrie has put up signs telling people not to feed me, but sometimes they do anyway. Lucky me!

Do you think any kitty could be a library cat or does it take a unique purrsonality? I can imagine it must be quite upsetting if a patron doesn't want you around.  

Being a library cat isn’t as easy as you’d think. First of all, you have to really like people the way I do. I enjoy being petted, watching a patron smile as I approach. Of course not everyone wants my attention. I’m able to sense when someone doesn’t want to be bothered. It doesn’t hurt my feelings. I tell myself the person’s allergic to animals. Or he or she prefers dogs. Though once I heard one Carrie’s friends say that not everyone likes cats.

Tell us about Death Overdue, the first Haunted Library mystery you star in. 

My mistress Carrie got her job as Head of Programs and Events at the Clover Ridge Library about a month before we met. At her first program, a detective announced to his audience that he’d finally solved a cold case. He was asking questions about the victim, a local woman had been murdered in her home fifteen years ago, when he died. Turns out he was poisoned. Carrie felt awful. Since the police weren’t getting very far, she and the cold case victim’s younger son decided to solve the two murders. Carrie got some help from the library ghost, and she also had to spend time with the first victim’s family, which she didn’t always enjoy. But she discovered the murderer in the end.

Have you had any ghostly encounters yet? You're just a baby...was it scary? 

I have not had any ghostly encounters and hope I never will. Carrie and her little cousin are the only people who can see Evelyn, the library ghost. I can’t see Evelyn but I know when she’s close by. She gives off this creepy, icy feeling that makes me hiss and jump around. I wish Evelyn would keep far away from Carrie.

Can you give us any clues as to what's next for you and Carrie? 

In the next book, READ AND GONE, Carrie’s father comes to stay with us. Carrie’s not happy about this because he wants her to do something illegal—which of course she won’t. A bag of gems is missing, and everyone’s trying to find them as people are being murdered. I’m proud to say I play a big part in READ AND GONE.

About the author: Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Pet Wellness Month Roundup

When I was a little girl my dream was to grow up to be a veterinarian. That all changed when I watched Patch, my best friend and companion of the first 14 years of my life die of a brain tumor. I came to the conclusion that I could never deal with sick, dying animals on a daily basis...even if the good moments of making a difference in the lives of people and their beloved pets far outweighed the bad.

Looking back now I wish I'd followed my heart instead of my head. The cats I've loved since Patch have taught me so much, especially Tara. Her two year journey with diabetes and heart disease helped to form such a deep bond between us, and the things I had to do for her, from insulin shots to glucose testing and curves to keeping track of a half dozen meds per day, made me realize I'm much stronger than I originally gave myself credit for.

Sometimes I feel like I've gained enough first hand knowledge through the years to be a vet tech, and anything I (thankfully) haven't experienced personally I enjoy researching in order to write our medical posts. It's a sad fact that cats do not receive the same vet care that dogs do, so that makes it all the more important for us pet bloggers to get helpful information out there to cat parents. We certainly can't take the place of veterinary professionals, but we can help people know what to be on the lookout for and about the importance of regular wellness visits for our fur babies.

In honor of Pet Wellness Month, here's a roundup of some of our favorite health-related posts:

Mudpie's Vaccination Scare...and What We'll Do Differently Next Time Mudpie's most recent wellness exam was anything but routine because it left me with 6 weeks of worry thanks to a lump that popped up at her rabies vaccine site.

D-Mannose & Your Cat's Urinary Tract Health So many cats suffer from urinary tract infections, and Tara had her fair share as a result of feline diabetes. That came to an end once I started adding D-Mannose to her wet food each day!

4 Invaluable Resources for Managing Feline Diabetes When a cat is diagnosed with diabetes there is so much to learn it can feel overwhelming. This post outlines the resources I found most useful while I was caring for Tara.

VitusVet App Provides Peace of Mind Many of us know all too well the stress of being in the emergency room with your pet late at night with no access to their medical records. This app allows you to carry their entire medical history right on your phone. Planning on travelling with your pet over the holidays? Download it today!

New Diagnostic Test Holds Promise for Feline Asthma Patients Just by listening to her lungs and an x-ray to confirm, Mudpie's asthma was diagnosed very easily, but some cats aren't as lucky. A new test similar to a human breathalyzer has the potential to help vets identify and treat asthma in cats earlier - potentially meaning fewer acute asthmatic attacks and improved lung health for cats in the long term.

Time for Your Cat's Wellness Visit? #AskYourVet About Kidney Disease Screening 20 years ago I lost a cat to kidney disease in just 4 short months because the diagnosis came to late. Now there's a test that can screen for chronic kidney disease to help detect this serious disease months to years earlier, when there is still time to do something about it!

One of our greatest responsibilities as pet parents is keeping our cats healthy and happy.

Be observant - visit your vet regularly - and love them to pieces each and every day!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Heart #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

I created my art again this week using Photo Lab, and it serves a dual purpose. First, as the blog post title states, Mommy often calls me her "heart". (Aww, I love you too, Mommy!) Second, today is my wonderful grandma and grandpa's 45th wedding anniversary, so only a heart will do for this occasion! They both think I'm the cat's meow and I love them to pieces too!

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. Keep calm and rescue cats.

2. Our fall weather this year disappoints me. We've had way too many days that still feel like summer and I'm missing the beauty of a true Vermont autumn.

3. Mudpie is my muse, my love, my best friend.

4. In retrospect, I wish I had entered the veterinary field. (More on that Monday.)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fun Feline Finds: Kitty Karma Books

Cat tales fund shelters for abandoned, unwanted felines in need
A guest blog by Wai-Lin Terry, Founder & Publisher, Kitty Karma Books

Why should dogs feel all the love? That’s what I asked myself before epiphany struck.

I have seen so many books devoted to dogs – not that there’s anything wrong with that, dogs are wonderful – and I thought it was time to have one devoted to cats. After all, a life graced by a cat is changed forever.

I was also looking for a meaningful way to honor my cat, Kealani, who died right in front of me in November 2016. I wanted to channel my grief into something positive for all cats.

And with that, Kitty Karma Books was born. Kitty Karma has grown into a force for doing good, designed to help elevate the quality of life of cats around the world… one, two, or three kitties at a time.

Kitty Karma Books

With help from the global cat-loving community, Kitty Karma Books aims to honour all cats, elevate the welfare and improve the lives of abandoned, unwanted and disabled cats and kittens in need.

How am I doing this? By publishing cat books and donating all net proceeds from book sales to cat shelter charities around the world.

The first book is Kitty Karma: Big Stories of Small Cats Who Change Our Lives, an anthology of unique cat stories. Some are hilarious, others heartbreaking. You’ll read about adventure-cat escapades and heart-wrenching miraculous rescues. The book also sheds light on the shadow aspects of the cat world – things like cruelty at kill shelters, cat abuse, and irresponsible ownership. It features tales of adventure cats and feral cats; cats who are sailing on high seas off the coasts of New Zealand and Mexico; and a cat sanctuary located in a war zone. Readers will learn about a popular cat café in Ontario, Canada as well the very first cat café in India. The book will be published and available for sale in November.

Our authors include award-winning writers, journalists, animal communicators, rescue workers, and amazing cat parents. All of them have donated their stories for free because they care deeply about the cause. They may be from all over the world, living different lives and bringing different perspectives, but they are united by one simple thing: a fierce and passionate love for cats. Check out the full list of contributing authors here.

The Hero Cause

Some call it a cause. I think of these shelter organizations and the people who toil in them as heroes. Kitty Karma Books has chosen three hero cat shelters to receive donations out of the net proceeds from sales of this first book.

The Cat Man of Aleppo or Il Gattaro d’Aleppo, is saving, feeding and housing cats left hungry and homeless by the Syrian war.

If you haven’t already heard of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, you may be in the minority. He and his big heart have been the focus of international news coverage, like this NBC News story from May 2017. The book includes a full-length chapter about Alaa, as his friends call him, and readers will learn about his commitment to cats in the face of grave personal danger.

Abaykitties is near and dear to my heart. I’ve spent a lot of time on the Big Island of Hawaii and I’m always sure to visit Abaykitties. They tirelessly care for the feral colonies on the Big Island of Hawaii, where there is no natural fresh water source and the cat population must be managed.

And Whangamata CAT (cat adoption team), a small group of New Zealand volunteers providing safe refuge, food, and veterinary care for misplaced cats. Whangamata was referred to me by Skatty, a famous adventure cat who has been featured in online and traditional media. Partly because he’s a gorgeous polydactil maine coon, and partly because Skatty is the ears for his deaf sailor cat parent Paul Thompson. (You’ll hear from both Skatty and Paul in the book.)

The Indiegogo Campaign

I’m raising money via an Indiegogo campaign to help with the start-up costs to get this book out to the public. There are production, design, publishing, promotion and distribution costs. The sooner you can help me meet those production expenses, the faster I can provide an economic benefit to the cat shelter caregivers and the cats they care for.

The campaign is live, and I’m thrilled that at the ten day mark we achieved nearly 50% of our goal. However, it’s not time for a catnap. My hardworking team and I need all the help we can get in order to provide the much-needed support for these cat charities.

To honour your contribution, Kitty Karma has assembled a furr-tastic array of perks. We’ve had fun naming them: There’s the Head Bump Hello, Morning Meow, Cat Stretch Cursty, and Kitty Lick Love, to name just a few. Get free early-bird stories, copies of the book, or signed limited edition hard covers. Maybe get your own beloved cat featured in our M-M-Meow Gallery. Certain perks include social media shoutouts, or acknowledgement right in the book.

(Note from Mudpie: We've pledged and secured our copy of the book! I can hardly wait to get my paws on it!)

Can You Help?

We’re launching a special challenge. For every single contribution at the $200 Cat Stretch Curtsy level that comes in this Friday Oct 13 and Saturday Oct 14, Kitty Karma Books will directly contribute 15%, or $30, to Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel aka the Cat Man of Aleppo. With renewed bombing in the Syrian civil war, an increasing number of cats to house and feed, and his work as an ambulance driver, his need for our support has become acute. We wish to respond, together, to help him elevate the lives of the cats in his care at House of Ernesto.

Wanna play? Here are the next steps.

1. Visit the Kitty Karma Indiegogo campaign page, select the Perk Challenge $200 Cat Stretch Curtsy.

2. Hover your mouse over the date shown at the bottom of the perk description until it turns PINK, and click.

3. Follow the rest of the prompts, easy peasy.

You can, of course, choose any other perk level that suits your budget – we offer options from $5 all the way up to $2500. This weekend, however, the 15% direct donation applies only to the $200 Cat Stretch Curtsy perk.

The following two weekends we plan other surprise challenges aimed at directing early funds to our other two recipient shelters. You’ll have to check back with us for the details.

Cat Blessings

I believe that cats bless us when they favour us with their attention and the world is a better place when there is a cat at home and cat fur on our clothes. The width, depth and breadth of joy a cat can bring into our lives is without measure.

Kitty Karma Books’ aims to do good in the world. Starting with the cats.

Wai-Lin Terry, Founder & Publisher, Kitty Karma Books.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Purrfect 10: Things To Know About Breast Cancer in Cats

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.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every one of us knows someone whose life has been changed by this dreaded disease, but you might be surprised to learn that it's also frighteningly common in our beloved cats. Here's what you need to know...

1) Breast cancer is the third most common cancer in cats (after lymphoma and skin cancer), and over 85% of mammary tumors are found to be malignant.

2) Most of the time the patient is female, either unspayed or spayed well into adulthood. The average age at onset is 10-12, but these tumors can strike at any age with reported incidents from 9 months to 20 plus years old.

3) Cats have two “chains” of four mammary glands and nipples running parallel on each side of their belly. The first sign of breast cancer a cat owner might notice is a lump in, on or near one of these glands in the shape of a pebble or dried pea. These tumors, most commonly adenocarcinomas, can spread rapidly to adjacent glands, the nearest set of lymph nodes and beyond. Unfortunately it can be months before a growth is detected because in it's initial stage it can be very hard to feel, it won't be painful to your cat, and won't show any obvious clinical signs.

4) Cat parents should check their cat's mammary area for lumps on a regular basis. (A great excuse for extra tummy rub time!) When found, these tumors need to be removed as soon as possible, followed by chemotherapy. Left alone, they get larger and harder and eventually ulcerate the skin, resulting in a strong odor as infection sets in. Small tumors might be removed via lumpectomy, but your vet may remove the entire mammary gland and nearby lymph nodes, if not the entire chain on that side (the feline version of a mastectomy), the surgical method of choice because it significantly reduces the chance of local tumor recurrence. If caught early and a cure is possible, the opposite side may be removed after a few weeks.

5) Life expectancy following removal of a mammary tumor varies, with tumor size being the most important factor. According to the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, cats with tumors larger than 3 cm in diameter have a median survival time of 4 to 6 months; cats with tumors 2 to 3 cm in diameter have a median survival time of about 2 years, and cats with tumors less than a 2 cm in diameter tumor have a median survival time of over 3 years. Early diagnosis and treatment is key, but even when tumors are caught early and appear to be successfully treated, the long term prognosis is guarded. Over 60 percent of tumors that have been removed will redevelop within 12 months.

6) While very rare (less than 1% of cases), male cats can also get breast cancer, and any suspicious lumps should be reported to your vet.

7) Sex hormones are the greatest risk factor for mammary tumors in cats, so spaying at an early age is the most significant way to prevent breast cancer: spaying prior to 6 months results in a 91% reduction risk, and before one year old an 86% reduction.

8) Siamese have twice the risk of developing breast cancer than other breeds, developing tumors at a younger age and with higher rate of lymphatic invasion than other cats. Persians also develop tumors frequently.

9) In Scandinavian countries mammary tumors are especially prolific because domestic cats are not commonly spayed and the female hormone progesterone is often used to prevent pregnancy. In fact, until 1988 it was illegal for Swedes to remove the reproductive organs of their dogs and cats unless medically necessary!

10) Pulmonary metastasis (spread of the cancer to the lungs) is the most common cause of mammary-cancer related deaths, and cats presenting with advanced lung involvement at diagnosis have a reported median survival time of only one month.

Have you ever had a cat diagnosed with breast cancer? 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Maneki Neko Mudpie

Mommy here!

I don't like to play favorites when it comes to kitties, but there's a special place in my heart for Instagram superstars Olive & Rye (& their new baby sister Fig). I'm a huge fan of those three gorgeous girls - and their talented mom Laura - and have long been coveting a piece of her incredible artwork.

Last month a group of pet-oriented small business owners got together to raise money for Hurricane Harvey's animal victims, and for one day only 100% of the profits from pet portraits ordered from Olive & Rye Cat Art were donated to the Houston SPCA. I decided to treat myself to an early birthday gift and ordered custom art of Mudpie as the Maneki Neko (Japanese Lucky Cat).

Last week Laura sent me the proofs and it's pure purrfection in every single way. Mudpie's face markings, her black nose smudge, the tan spots on her right paw, it's all there...

I had several choices for a background and decided on the Japanese Maple Leaf, not only because it's perfectly suited to tortie colors, but also because here in Vermont our state tree is the Sugar Maple. Different from the Japanese, but a maple tree nonetheless!

I can hardly wait to hang my 8x10 print on the wall! If you're looking to have customized artwork done of your pet, we can't recommend Olive & Rye Cat Art highly enough. And if you're not following them on Instagram, do it now!!!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Paw It Forward NYC, A Party for Cat People

Decked out in some of their finest cat-themed apparel, Paw It Forward NYC started in 2015 as a way to get the humans behind Instagram-famous cats together in real life. The event is now in its third year and has raised over $10,000 for cat charities. The team organizing the event is made up of five cat-focused Instagrammers with a total social reach of over 500,000 followers.

  • A 3-hour full open bar with cat-themed drinks such as the "meow-garita," "whisker-y sour," and the "Pink Panther
  • 10 free raffle tickets to bid on the evening's prizes
  • A free cat-themed "photo booth"
  • A goodie bag worth over $35 including cat toys, treats, and coupons
  • Meeting tons of like-minded cat people (including some of your faves from Instagram!)

100% of proceeds from ticket sales, raffle sales, and donations will benefit KittyKind, a no-kill, nonprofit, all-volunteer rescue group in New York City. KittyKind is the rescue that supplies NYC's first cat cafe, Meow Parlour, with their adoptable cats!

Check out the pawsome list of sponsors:

Event Details:

Paw It Forward NYC
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7-10 PM
$50 advance purchase or $60 at the door

Dewey's Pub, 135 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

Ticket Link:

Who has plans to attend? 
If you do we hope you'll return to this post and tell us all about it!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday

Welcome to this week's edition of Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday!

We hope you enjoy our choices.

From the publisher: The tiny village of Brooksford, Maryland, doesn’t seem to be the sort of place where everyone has a skeleton in their backyard, but that is almost exactly what is discovered when an archaeology project brings to light one set of remains after another. And these are not just any remains: they are bodies buried in a way that makes modern residents wonder—and fear—what happened to their ancestors two centuries ago. When the dig’s director is found dead—apparently murdered—more questions arise … such as, who hated him enough to plunge a trowel into his heart?

Rory Roberts and her cat, Miss Cuddlywumps (a.k.a. Miss C) are there once again to sort out the clues, this time with the help of an unwanted houseguest. As Rory bumbles about in her usual random way, Miss C puts her classical education to work to narrow down a list of suspects and systematically investigate them. Clearly, the modern murder is the work of a Fury, one of those horrible goddesses of the underworld who come to pursue the wicked. But which of the likely suspects was furious enough to be the guilty Fury? And what might the mysterious deaths in the town’s distant past mean for its future?

Tortie Shorties Review: There's loads of excitement in Miss Cuddlywumps' world as an archaeological dig is taking place in her very own backyard! So much to watch from the comfort of her bed on the "Rory person's" desk. Things get even better when skeletons start turning up in each of the dig sites, making life quite complicated for the visiting archaeologists working on the project. The dig's director Dr. Darby is determined to protect the integrity of the sites, even resorting to making middle of the night rounds to make sure they aren't disturbed. Only Miss C is watching as during one late night walk-through  Darby isn't alone...and then the next morning is found dead in one of the graves. Rory and Miss C are on the case again (with the help of Rory's visiting mother Elaine) and as they befriend some of the people in Darby's inner circle, they also find some likely suspects. 

In this case Miss C uses her knowledge of classical mythology (thanks to her previous owner, Professor Eleanor) more than ever. She plans to pinpoint the killer by deciding which of the women in Darby's life were Furies - goddesses who pursued and punished the wicked - and the results are surprising. Of course there's also Miss C's ever present enemy, neighbor Mrs. Crabtree who she likens to Medusa. The bodies buried in the yard must be the remnants of Medusa's victims after she turned them to stone! The truth of what's uncovered about the history of these skeletons is fascinating, and has the potential to change the town's path forever. Of course Miss C is as adorable as ever with her keen insight and observations about the world around her. She's a treasure in feline fiction and I just can't get enough of her!

From the publisher: Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is a place of healing. Strangers flock here hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That’s Nora’s special talent—prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person’s deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

When a visiting businessman reaches out to Nora for guidance, she knows exactly which novels will help. But before he can keep their appointment at Miracle Books, he’s found dead on the train tracks.

Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust and earn redemption by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place.

Determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cramped and cozy bookstore to share stories and trade support. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge—proving it’s never too late to turn the page and start over . . .

Tortie Shorties Review: This book is unusual in that while it's very much a cozy mystery, it also fits nicely in the women's fiction genre as it introduces us to four damaged women who are brought together to solve a murder. Nora, the central character, has disfiguring scars from a fire, and we don't learn the tragic details of what she's been through until the very end. The other women's stories come out gradually over the course of the book, and while they all have very different backgrounds and their friendship seems unlikely, they forge a deep bond over books and scones while plotting to clear the name of one of their own after she's falsely accused of murder. Book lovers will appreciate the many literary references, and for romance readers there's a swoon-worthy love interest for Nora who sees beyond her scars to the beautiful woman within. There's something for everyone in this book, and a cliff-hanger at the end that has me eager to see what's in store for the ladies of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society.

Disclaimer: I bought my copy of Night of the Furies, and received The Secret, Book & Scone Society for free from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. 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!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

'Tocktober #SundaySelfie

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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 thought I'd do something different for my Sunday Selfie post this weekend by using a selfie of my 'tocks...just for Derby! Thankfully my tushie is pretty adorbs...and Mommy agreed to cover up the naughty bits ;) 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Vegas On Our Minds #CaturdayArt

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We created this Caturday Art project last week with the intention of saving it for Veterans Day, but after the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas we decided to share it today. While every terrorist attack is a senseless tragedy, this one hit particularly close to home as we're such huge country music fans at our house.

Have you seen the video that was shot just an hour before the attack of the concert-goers singing "God Bless America" with Big & Rich? To think that so many lights were extinguished forever just a short time later. 

While we can't let these attacks change our way of life, I sure don't want Mommy attending any large gatherings anytime soon. The world is just too crazy right now.

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. October is the perfect time to start planning for the holidays. So many people get overwhelmed by the holidays because they wait until the last minute. It does not have to be so stressful!

2. Halloween is my second favorite holiday of the year. Christmas is first, of course.

3. Every October, I decorate for Halloween. We'll be showing you some of our favorite new pieces soon!

4. My experience with the supernatural world is pretty non-existent. I love hearing from those who have had experiences though, and would love to some of my own!

Friday, October 6, 2017

10 Fun Feline Finds for Halloween from Etsy

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This week Mommy has been pulling out our Halloween decorations. Even though she already has more than she could ever use she's always looking for more, and one of her favorite places to shop for Halloween goodies is Etsy. There are so many creative people out there creating pawsome kitty items, and we thought we'd share some of our favorite finds (for both humans and cats) with you today!