Saturday, October 20, 2018

Tocktober #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're celebrating Tocktober, a day to admire adorable little kitty tushies.

This isn't a new photo - we've actually used it the past two years - but Mommy absolutely adores it and I allow her to use it because she covered up my naughty bits.

What do you think of my floofy pantaloons?

We gave the picture a bit of an autumnal tint so we're joining the other artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge (all answered by moi this week), hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. For Halloween, I want to be a race car driver. VROOM!!! VROOM!!!

2. Getting brushed makes me feel like royalty. I'm a very vocal tortie but surprisingly have a very, very quiet purr. When Mommy brushes me it feels sooooo good and I turn my motor up!

3. On a dark and stormy night, I cuddle Mommy even closer.

4. If I had a witch's cauldron, I would stir up a potion for an extra long life. I don't want Mommy and I to ever be apart.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Unboxing October's CatLadyBox

The theme of October's CatLadyBox was the annual Black Cats's what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Asra Rae

Black Cat Picture Frame: With as many pictures as us cat moms take, one can never have enough picture frames!

Black Cat Coasters: These coasters are different on each side so you can decide if you want glitter or plain black. 

Black Cats Long Sleeve Shirt: This is the time of year I love transitioning to long sleeve t-shirts. I have a bunch that are Halloween-related, but this one can be worn all season long!

Black Cat Tail Toy: What cat could resist that feathery body? I dangle it by the head over Mudpie and she goes all whappy paws on it.

Hand-Knit Black Cat Catnip Toy: This teeny tiny thing is so cute I was tempted to keep it for myself, but Mudpie tore it right out of the box! She even caught a whiff of it when I first brought the box into the house and was perturbed when I didn't open it right away. Whenever she's batting it around the house I keep an eye on it so she doesn't lose it though :)

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Purrfect 10: Things To Know About Feral 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.

Today is Global Cat Day, taking the place of National Feral Cat Day, which was started by Alley Cat Allies in 2001. It's a day for people around the world to stand up for policies that protect all cats in their communities. Since feral cats are among our most misunderstood creatures, we wanted to take this opportunity to present some important things to know about these kitties that quietly live their solitary lives in the shadows...

1) Feral cats have lived alongside people for more than 10,000 years. They are also commonly known as outdoor cats or community cats and live outside in groups known as "colonies".

2) Stray and feral cats are not the same. A stray cat is a pet cat that is lost or abandoned. Stray cats are accustomed to contact with people and are tame. Feral cats have not been socialized to people, and therefore are unadoptable. Feral kittens can often be adopted into homes, but there is a crucial window of time during which they must be socialized or they will remain feral.

3) Even though it's natural to feel sorry for them, feral and free-roaming cats are generally not suffering. They find shelter and food, avoid people, fight off predators and are more likely to die from natural causes than by euthanasia at a veterinary clinic. How is that any different from the raccoons or squirrels in your own background? Feral cats are living a natural lifestyle just as their ancestors have done for thousands of years. Why kill an animal living a natural lifestyle simply because it isn’t living with people? Of course their life isn’t as comfortable and problem-free as the pampered house cat sleeping beside you, but it can still be a good life, especially when caring people step in to help look out for them.

4) Feral cats are not the primary cause of wildlife depletion. Humans are, thanks to habitat loss, urbanization, pollution, and environmental degradation.

5) Feral cats do not attack people. Because of their lack of socialization, a feral cat’s first instinct is to run away and hide from humans out of fear, certainly not to harm them. Just like any other animal, they will only attack when they are trapped or feel threatened.

6) Feral cats should not be taken to the shelter. More than 70% of all cats who enter shelters die there, including virtually 100% of feral cats.

7) Ferals are not unhealthy cats with shorter life spans. They live full, healthy lives outdoors—there is no reason for them to be killed in shelters. The nation’s animal shelter system is the #1 cause of death for cats. With gentle and patient human intervention, a feral can reach a life expectancy similar to that of an indoor cat.

8) Trapping and removing feral cats will not solve the problem. Cats reside in a certain location for 2 reasons: there is a food source and shelter. Once cats are removed, new ones will move into the area and begin breeding. The only trapping that works is a local community’s Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program where neutered and vaccinated cats are returned to their outdoor home. The colony’s population stabilizies…no more kittens!

9) Feral cats are not a disease risk to humans and pets. Most diseases that infect cats can only be spread from cat to cat, not from cat to human. Infectious diseases are spread through direct contact, and since ferals avoid humans whenever possible, they pose no risk. You are much more likely to get sick from the person standing in line next to you at the grocery store than from a feral cat. As far as posing a risk to our pets, TNR programs minimize this risk by vaccinating and neutering them, making them less likely to fight, which is the most common way disease is spread.

10) How can the average person help ferals? To start, we can be their voice. Educate yourself about feral cats and advocate for them to your friends, neighbors, and on social media. Donate money to the rescuers that work “in the field” practicing TNR and caring for feral colonies. If there’s no TNR program in your community, work to establish one. If there already is, more volunteers are always needed. Do you have room to take in a foster? Kittens that are young enough can still be socialized, and foster parents are always needed to help care for them until they can be neutered and put up for adoption. One small room in your home may not seem like much, but it can change the world for a cat in need.

Have you ever cared for a feral cat?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Book Review: Mrs. Middling's Meddlings

She’s always watching.

Ellen Middling keeps a low profile, but she misses nothing that happens in Greater Millbury. The enigmatic cashier has sharp eyes and is insatiably curious.

She sees what others miss.

When she and her favorite feline, Mitzy, happen upon a gruesome discovery, Mrs. Middling finds herself propelled far beyond her comfort zone, into a frightening investigation. Her powers of observation will be put to good use…but will they also land her squarely in the clutches of a murderer??

Be honest - some deaths aren’t mourned nearly as much as others.

Ellen Middling is more curious, than disturbed, when murder strikes a bit too close to home. Her baking habit kicks into high gear when she is compelled to prove the innocence of a dear friend.

Once again, the perceptive Mrs. Middling finds herself swept up in an investigation which just might be her last.

Fans of traditional mysteries are sure to love the addition of Mrs. Middling to the genre. She lives in the tiny village of Greater Millbury (the rainiest county in the UK) with her leash-trained cat and bed-ridden mother, and works at the Shop-N-Save. Even in such a genteel setting she manages to stumble upon one crime scene after another, from finding human fingers in the storm drain to the murdered manager of the grocery store she works at, and uses her "little grey cells" to solve them. She's a more complicated character than seems initially apparent with a past that continues to haunt her, but it's her meddling in other people's lives that certainly keeps her own interesting!

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Lucky Mommy #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

I snapped this selfie yesterday morning while Mommy and I were lounging in bed together.

Is she the luckiest cat mom in the world or what? Don'tcha wish you were cuddling me too? How sad that there's only one little Mudpie...

I also wanna wish my wonderful grandma and grandpa a happy 46th wedding anniversary today!

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