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.


This post is sponsored by PawCulture™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share PawCulture but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. PawCulture is not responsible for the content of this article.

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.


Did Baby Diddles' story inspire you to seek out more feel-good rescue stories? If so, there's no better place to look than PawCulture. One of our favorite articles there is the story of BenBen, a stray deemed "the saddest cat on the internet" after being found with multiple puncture wounds, a crushed spine and cauliflower ear. Adopted by an employee of  the emergency vet clinic where BenBen was treated, his family now uses his social media stardom to help other stray cats in need of immediate medical attention through his very own GoFundMe page.

Celebrate the unbreakable bond between pets and their people by visiting the PawCulture website for information, inspiration, entertainment, helpful tips, and advice about loving your pet.

Their pawsome articles for pet lovers include:
  • Heartwarming Pet Rescue Stories
  • Pet Recipes
  • Pet DIY Projects
  • Pets of Celebrities
  • Pet Travel and Adventure
  • Cat Clubhouse with exclusive cat content and feline features!

Ready to learn more about PawCulture? Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PawCulture. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Luau with Tiki Cat...Vermont Style #ChewyInfluencer


Meows from Mudpie!

Often when I get my monthly Chewy Influencer email and see a food I'd like to try I end up having a hard time choosing a flavor. Then when I do make my selection I second guess myself.  Seriously, is there anything worse than getting an entire case of food that you don't like??? Why can't cat food companies understand that kitties are fussy and want a variety of tasty morsels?

(FYI: Luaus in Vermont take place in the snow.)

Tiki Cat made life a lot easier for cats and cat moms everywhere with their King Kamehameha Luau Variety Pack, containing twelve 2.8-oz cans of the following formulas: (2) Hawaiian Grill, (2) Lanai Luau, (2) Tahitian Grill, (1) Molokai Luau, (1) Honolulu Luau, (1) Waimea Luau, (1) Waikiki Luau, (1) Makaha Luau and (1) Bora Bora Luau.


Of course Mommy oohed and aahed over how adorable the packaging is. She's so silly. It's what's *inside* that matters, Mommy!!!

The moment you open a can it's obvious these are human-grade ingredients. The meaty chunks look like something that could be spread on a fancy cracker! And in the case of the sardines, they look a little *too* authentic, if you catch my drift. I haven't tried every flavor yet, but so far the Ahi tuna is my favorite. Why dirty a dish when you can eat right outta the can?


This food is currently on sale at Chewy.com for $11.77, and for kitties who enjoy chicken the Queen Emma Luau Variety Pack is also available. 

Tell the nice Chewy peeps that Mudpie sent you!

Disclaimer: A case of food was sent to us for free by Chewy.com 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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday


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

We hope you enjoy our choices.


Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James

From the publisher: Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.

It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset...

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library...

Tortie Shorties Review:  I don't read a lot of books where a man is the protagonist, but Charlie Harris of Miranda James' Cat in the Stacks Mystery series is something special. Over the course of this series I've watched Charlie grow from a lonely librarian to a beloved member of the genteel town of Athena, surrounded by family and friends - and a very special cat, Diesel.

In this 7th book in the series, Charlie isn't looking forward to delivering the welcome speech at the Southern Academic Libraries Association's annual conference, and when he discovers that Gavin Fong, an unwelcome ghost from his past is also attending, he finds reason to dread it even more. It doesn't take long for the two men to be at each other's throats once again, but Charlie soon learns his feelings towards Gavin are felt by many. The next morning Gavin steps up to the podium to make his speech and drops dead moments after taking a drink from his water bottle. Gavin had hosted a party for the librarians in his room the night before, the most likely time for the water to be poisoned, meaning there's a killer loose among the conference attendees. While investigating the crime Charlie also has a lot of change going on in his personal life to complicate matters further for the sleuthing librarian.  The mystery is very fast paced and the resolution turned out to be a big surprise.

Unlike many cat cozies, Charlie and Diesel aren't a crime-solving team. Diesel has no special powers that enable him to help solve the mystery. He's simply Charlie's best friend and companion with kitty quirks that we all witness in our own beloved pets...and that's exactly what makes their relationship (and this series) so special.




For Whom the Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox

From the publisher: Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave.

Tortie Shorties Review: The summer tourist season sees business booming at The Flip Side pancake house. As Marley continues to settle into Wildwood Cove life is pretty much perfect except for the ongoing acts of vandalism and crank calls made by cranky Ida Winkler. When Marley has finally had enough of the harassment she pays Ida a visit, only to find her dead in the garden shed, whacked over the head with the base of an antique lamp that Ida stole from Marley's front porch. Before long Marley starts to worry that business is going to suffer if she doesn't clear her name of suspicion, and she ends up discovering that many people in town had reason to hold a grudge against Ida. From blackmail to illegal dumping at the river to a local meth lab, there's a lot of illegal activity going on around Wildwood Cove, and Marley takes it upon herself to tie up the details.

Great characters, a picturesque setting, yummy food descriptions, and an adorable cat...what more does a cozy mystery need?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2nd Annual Mudpie 500 Zoomies Event

WOOHOO today I'm taking my Sunday Selfie
from behind the wheel of a moving race car!!!

(And the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion's car at that...just sayin'.)


It's no secret that Mommy is serious about her NASCAR. The Daytona 500 is next Sunday and she is ecstatic.

Since she always calls my zoomies the "running of the Mudpie 500" I decided to start hosting an annual giveaway to celebrate this national holiday in our house!

This year Mommy and I each chose a couple items for our prize package: a feather mousie and package of Nip Nibblers for the kitties, and a wooden "Best Cat Ever" box sign and Lake Champlain chocolate bar for the cat moms.


For a chance to win, simply leave a comment predicting the winning driver by midnight eastern on Sunday, February 26th. Don't forget to leave your email address too! (Due to shipping costs this is open to US residents only, however everyone is invited to enter. Winners residing outside the US may gift or donate their prize to a friend or shelter.)

In the event that more than one of you pick the winning driver, we will draw a name from a hat. If no one picks the winning driver, we will move on to second place, etc., until a winner is chosen. Last year no one chose the winner Denny Hamlin, but my friend Cathy Keisha chose "the guy from NJ" (Martin Truex Jr.) who finished second, so she won the prize!

Here are your driver choices:


Here's the thing about the Daytona 500: it's a total crap shoot so you don't need to know a thing about racing in order to predict a winner. It's known as a "restrictor plate race" which limits speed and increases safety, to provide an equal level of competition. The cars all run in crazy scary packs and winning is more a matter of luck than anything.

Back in 2007 our driver Kevin Harvick won the race. My grandpa's boss at the time stood to win $1,000 if Mark Martin won, and Martin was leading until the last turn of the last lap when Kevin came from 7th place to win by fractions of a second. It was a thrilling finish, but grandpa never told his boss that Kevin was our driver! Check it out:



Good luck, have fun, and may the best man Kevin Harvick win!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

National Drink Wine Day

Meows from Mudpie!

Today is National Drink Wine Day, the purrfect opportunity to show you the pawsome wine bottle Mommy got for Christmas.


Isn't it amazing??? The detail on the face is just incredible. It's been nearly two months since Christmas and Mommy hasn't even opened it yet because she says it's too beautiful to unseal. She's not a drinker anyways (she loves wine but the smallest amount puts her right to sleep) so she'll probably leave it just the way it is.


Because we think this kitty wine bottle is a work of art, we're entering it in Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


Friday, February 17, 2017

A Valentine Surprise

Meows from Mudpie!

You know how each month I get to try out new food, toys and treats as a Chewy Influencer? Well earlier this week we found a Chewy box on our front step, and since we weren't expecting anything from them the contents of the box were quite a mystery.


Mommy opened it up and found a bunch of Valentine's Day goodies for HER! I guess our friends at Chewy know that bloggers run on coffee and chocolate!!!


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



Mommy's answers:

1. Snow causes a lot of headaches. Don't get me wrong, I love the snow. At Christmas. Which never happens. After miniscule amounts of snow for the past two years, since Sunday we've gotten about a foot and a half of the white stuff that in just a couple weeks will turn into a muddy, wet mess. 

2. My favorite kind of soup is Chunky's Chili Mac (at the moment, anyways).

Mudpie's answers:

3. When no one is around, I get into mischief

4. Mommy is my best friend.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Galison’s Berkley Bestiary Collection Review/Giveaway

My favorite things to feature on our blog (besides Mudpie, of course) are stylish and fabulous finds for cat ladies, so nothing makes me happier than being contacted by a company about their line of cat inspired products and then getting a sneak peek at their brand new collection!


This post is sponsored by Galison / Mudpuppy

Galison was founded in 1979 to work with museums to make artist imagery widely available in the form of well-designed paper products. They first published calendars and a few books before focusing primarily on fine art stationery, boxed notecards, greeting cards, personalized Christmas cards, journals, and other gift products for writers.

Spring 2017 introduces Galison’s Berkley Bestiary Collection, a collaboration with husband and wife duo Ryan and Lucy Berkley from Portland, Oregon. Ryan is a self-taught illustrator best known for his detailed drawings of sophisticated animals; Lucy is responsible for the witty backstories and anecdotes that accompany the illustrations.

I received a gift set of the entire collection which includes a large porcelain tray, a writer's notebook set, and a greeting card assortment box. The detail on each piece is extraordinary and the critters are whimsical yet dignified.



The porcelain tray features three fun feline characters and is the purrfect destination for keys, jewelry, and other trinkets (like the laser toy that keeps going missing). As adorable as the three kitties are, when I turned the box over and read the story of "The Cat Ladies" book club I fell even more in love with the piece! My only question is...how can I join the club???



The writer's notebook set features both a cat and a robin. I particularly love the center-sewn binding...no struggling to keep the notebook open while you're writing, and it's just the right size to keep in your purse, glove compartment, or even by the bed for when you have an idea you want to jot down before your forget it!


In the digital age we live in today, do you ever miss personalized, hand-written communication? Any animal lover would be delighted to open their mailbox and find a note from this greeting card assortment, which features notecards with 4 different designs: a cat, robin, bunny and guinea pig. The sturdy packaging could be displayed on a bookshelf with full graphics and a ribbon to open the drawer.

As you can see, the "Berkley Bestiary" is filled with a cast of furry friends that you just can't help but love! Thanks to our friends at Galison, one lucky reader in the US is going to win a gift set of the entire collection. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Galison / Mudpuppy. I am being compensated for reviewing these products but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Galison / Mudpuppy is not responsible for the content of this article.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Valentine's Day Smooch


Roses are red
Violets are blue
A tortie's love is always true.

Sassy and splendid
Always purr-fection
She's waiting for a kiss from you!

Monday, February 13, 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: A witch, a kitty and dark chocolate magic...

Caitlyn is used to being the ugly duckling in her glamorous showbiz family... until the day she learns that she was adopted as an abandoned baby. Now, her search for answers takes her to the tiny English village of Tillyhenge where a man has been murdered by witchcraft - and where a mysterious shop selling enchanted chocolates is home to the "local witch"...

Soon Caitlyn finds herself fending off a toothless old vampire, rescuing an adorable kitten and meeting handsome aristocrat Lord James Fitzroy... not to mention discovering that she herself might have magical blood in her veins!

When she's dragged into the murder investigation and realises that dark magic is involved, Caitlyn is forced to choose. Can she embrace her witchy powers in time to solve the mystery and save those she loves?

Tortie Shorties Review: Many of us have long believed that chocolate has magical powers, but for Caitlyn LeFay there's no doubt.

Having just lost her mother in a car accident and learning she was adopted, Caitlyn arrives in the small Cotswold village of Tillyhenge to find some answers. It's a strange little village lacking Internet access, poor cell service, and it doesn't show up on GPS or satellite images. The people she meets are even more interesting, especially Widow Mags, owner of the local chocolate shop where Caitlyn rents a room for her stay. Widow Mags is rumored to be a witch, and has found herself the main suspect in the recent murder of a gamekeeper. As Caitlyn learns some shocking details about who she really is, she's pulled into the murder investigation aided by her fun cousin Pomona, the handsome Lord who lives in a real manor house, and a hysterical vampire guardian Count Viktor Dracul.

Even if you aren't typically into paranormal mysteries this is a very fun and quick read, and trust me, you'll want a huge slab of chocolate cake by the time you're finished reading Dark, Witch & Creamy!




From the publisher: Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.

Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.

Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?

Tortie Shorties Review: Sisters Daphne the pet-sitter and Piper the vet - two women who have absolutely nothing in common but blood and a mutual love for animals - live together in Piper's cozy Pennsylvania farmhouse. The farm is the site of a dog agility trial, drawing in many dog aficionados including Piper's ex-boyfriend Steve, owner of the Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. The first morning the competition comes to a grinding halt when Steve is found dead in a retractable tunnel. Daphne finds herself playing amateur sleuth when Piper becomes the main suspect and Steve's chocolate lab Axis goes missing.

This is my favorite debut of 2017 so far. Daphne is such a fun character - her constant car and phone issues had me chuckling more than once. Solid, dependable Piper reminded me in many ways of myself. Handsome and mysterious detective Jonathan is a character I can't wait for Daphne to learn more about - especially from during his time as a Navy SEAL when he lost his canine partner. The four-legged characters - particularly Daphne's basset hound Socrates and the needy chihuahua she's fostering - are scene stealers. The identity of the killer crushed me because it was a character I really liked and hoped to see more of in subsequent books.

Four paws WAY up!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bear Rug #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

On Friday my new CatLadyBox arrived, and in addition to two pawsome new toys, I got the coziest and dreamiest "teddy bear rug" to sleep on! (We'll show you more in our regular CLB review later this month.)

I decided to take this week's Sunday Selfie on it.


Now if you'll 'scuse me, a serious nap is calling my name...



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Baby Blue #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm going to honest, Mommy and I selected a picture to create this week's art project, and between LunaPic and PicMonkey we completely lost track of what we did. We like how it turned out though!


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


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


Mommy's answers:

1. My favorite kind of cookie is Cranberry White Chocolate Chip.

2. Jaclyn Smith would play me in a movie about my life. No particular reason, I've just always liked her.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Love is a forever home with a Mommy who cherishes me.

4. For Valentine’s Day, I plan to spend extra time on Mommy's lap to show her how much I love her

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's Time to Nominate Your Favorite Pet Blogs!


Mudpie: Mommy, did you read the email we got about nominations being open for the this year's Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards?

Mommy: I did, sweetie. It's a wonderful way to show our favorite pet bloggers how much we appreciate their hard work.

Mudpie: Remember how exciting it was last year when we were a Finalist for Best Written Blog Post?

Mommy: I do. That honor was all about Truffles. She deserved it too.

Mudpie: Mommy, do you think our readers would think it tacky if we asked them to consider nominating us again? I loved the blog post you wrote this year about your memories of that last day with Truffles, and how I'm working really hard to heal your broken heart.

Mommy: I think it would be okay if we remind them that nominations are open, not just for our sake but so they can nominate all their favorite pet blogs. There's so much talent in our little community.

Mudpie: Don't forget to ask them to nominate me in the Most Beautiful Blogging Cat category.

Mommy: That's not one of the categories, sweetie.

Mudpie: How about the Cutest Tortie category?

Mommy: That's not one of the categories either.

Mudpie: The nomination for gorgeous kitty most likely to replace that highfalutin Fancy Feast Persian?

Mommy: Nope...sorry.

Mudpie: You've gotta be kitten me???!!! Well I'm emailing BlogPaws to demand that they be added!!!


If you have a few moments and would like to nominate your favorite blogs you can do so by going to this link (before February 20th). If you choose to submit us for consideration BlogPaws will ask you for the following information:


You can nominate as many blogs as you'd like in as many categories as you'd like. Some specific categories will ask you for a direct link. Might we suggest:


Best Cat Blog: Mochas, Mysteries and Meows

Best Written Pet Blog Post: Our Last Day Together, 365 Days Ago

Best Written Pet Blog Post: Halloween Tail: A Home for Ichabod

Best Pet Blog Design: Mochas, Mysteries and Meows

Best Photo on a Pet Blog: You Look Mahvelous, Dahling

Best Written Sponsored Blog Post: Let's Talk Pet Supplements

Best Written Sponsored Blog Post: #LoveYourPetEveryDay Because Every Moment Matters

Best Written Sponsored Blog Post: My Heroes Have Always Had Whiskers #MyPetIsMyHero

Best Written Sponsored Blog Post: Don't Tell Me She's Spoiled, #MyGreatCat Deserves the Very Best

These nominations are super special because they come from our friends who know us best. Words can't sufficiently express how much it means to us that you take time out of your busy schedules to stop by and see what we're up to each day. We wouldn't be doing this if not for each and every one of you!!!

Now if you'll excuse us, we have a bunch of blogs to nominate ourselves!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Diagnostic Test Holds Promise for Feline Asthma Patients

Meows from Mudpie!

We get lots of press releases in our email and typically we don't use them, but earlier this week we received one that was of great interest to us since I (and many of our readers' kitties) have asthma.

I'm going to turn things over to Mommy to share the details with you...


I can say with 100% honesty that I have never blown into a breathalyzer to have my blood alcohol level checked, but our feline friends may soon be using similar technology for earlier detection of a common and sometimes deadly feline respiratory problem – asthma.

Asthma affects nearly 5 percent of domestic cats and can be difficult to diagnose, resulting in treatment delays that can worsen symptoms. Now, studies on a new, non-invasive diagnostic test suggest the test may one day help veterinarians identify and treat asthma in cats earlier – potentially meaning fewer acute asthmatic attacks and improved lung health for cats in the long term.

University of Missouri researchers, funded with a grant from Morris Animal Foundation, examined biomarkers in "exhaled breath condensate". EBC is collected by exhaling into a cooling device, which causes the moisture in the breath to condense into droplets of liquid. In humans, for example, breath alcohol concentration, or BrAC, is one type of EBC-based test.


The research team collected condensate from cats with signs of asthma and compared it to condensate from cats without asthma. The team found components that differed between the two types of samples, and that may be promising biomarkers to help identify cats with asthma.

“In order to appropriately treat asthma, it must be definitively diagnosed,” said Dr. Carol Reinero, Associate Professor, Director of the Comparative Internal Medicine Laboratory at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, and the study’s principal investigator. “The gold standard means of diagnosis to sample airways requires anesthesia, posing some risk to patients with airway disease, including patients with undiagnosed asthma.”

Coughing and increased breathing effort are the two most common signs of asthma in cats. However, some cats show no clinical signs until they have an asthmatic crisis. Many other diseases, such as heartworm disease, lungworm infection and chronic bronchitis can have similar signs. Because each disease is treated differently, making an accurate diagnosis is important. Left untreated, asthma is not only distressing for a pet cat but can cause permanent damage to the lungs.

“Having a non-invasive means of diagnosing asthma early in the course of disease will allow proper targeted therapy that can prevent declines in lung function over time,” said Dr. Reinero.

To build on their research findings, Dr. Reinero and her team developed a panel of biomarkers to validate their findings in more cats with and without naturally occurring asthma. If successfully validated, the panel could become an early diagnostic tool to help veterinarians identify and treat cats with asthma before they develop serious lung problems or suffer from an acute asthma attack.

About Morris Animal Foundation:

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies that advance the health of companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, the Foundation has invested over $103 million in more than 2,500 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments and preventions to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris Animal Foundation