Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Unboxing January's CatLadyBox

The theme of January's CatLadyBox was Mew Year's what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Sara Gontero

Mew Year 2021 Shirt: We were excited to bury 2020 in the litter box but so far 2021 isn't much of an improvement. Hopefully wearing this tee will help brighten things up a bit!

Brilliant Cat Glasses: These glasses are absolutely stunning! I think they're going to look gorgeous with LED fairy lights in them. 

Fluffy Snowball Cat Pen: My Angel Sashi used to always try to catch my pen when I was writing. I have a feeling she would've been a huge fan of this one!

Petie the Penguin Catnip Toy: Have I ever mentioned that I have a small penguin collection? I tucked little Petie in with a few others on my bed and I'm waiting to see if Mudpie discovers it and pulls him out.

Flurry Snowballs Cat Toy: Pom poms on a string! I think Mudpie may have specifically requested this item :) 

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Getting To Know Me...

Meows from Mudpie!

Some of my kitty blogging friends have been answering these questions from a Facebook meme so I thought I would take a shot at them... 

1. My name is: Mudpie

2. My nickname: So many! Sweet pea, Precious, Peanut, Mudpie Mash, Mudster, Muddy Macaroni.

3. My breed is: Domestic Shorthair Tortoiseshell

4. My age is: 7

5. My favorite human food: Greek yogurt

6. My biggest fear: Running out of squeezies

7. My favorite thing to do: Nap with Mommy

8. My favorite toy: The very first toy that was all mine, an animal print mousie. We call her Baby.

9. Do I love car rides? No, but I'm not a terror in the car either like some kitties.

10. Do I snore? Mommy says I do!

11. Where do I sleep? In the bedroom with Mommy - in my own cat bed during the summer and in the big girl bed snuggled up as close as possible to Mommy in the winter.

12. Who is my favorite human: Mommy, of course.

Do any of my answers surprise you?
Is there anything else you'd like to know about me? 
My life is an open

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Caturday Art

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

And now our answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mommy's answers:

1. Why bad things happen to good people is a mystery I would love to know the answer to.

2. Boston is the farthest I have ever been from home. Just a few hours away too.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I've lost count of how many times I sleep most of the day away after intending to take just a short nap. Is this a common cat problem or am I the only one? MOL

4. Listening to the news reminds me of why I'm so thankful I'm a cat. Mommy says she plans to start watching a lot less of it. Something about how her blood pressure can't handle it...

Friday, January 22, 2021

2021 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Cats & Cat Moms from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

Just like previous years Mommy wasn't planning on a Valentine's Day gift guide but I talked her into it by reminding her of all the cool things we find on Etsy! We've broken our picks down into gifts for cats and gifts for cat moms, so there's a little something for everybody!

We hope you enjoy our picks, and don't forget, if you find something here you like and make a purchase using our affiliate links, I get a little money for my piggy bank so I can buy something special for Mommy on Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

First Felines: A History of Cats in the White House

The following article was originally published on the Canidae website and removed when their blog shut down. I'm happy to say it won a Cat Writers Association Certificate of Excellence last year in the Written Article: Lifestyle category. We thought today would be an appropriate time to republish it here, with only the ending slightly changed to reflect current news.

No matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, one thing all pet lovers can agree on is that the White House should always have at least one four-legged occupant. Over the course of our country’s nearly 250-year history a wide range of animals have resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but today we’re going to take a look at the First Felines. 

Incredibly, I could only find evidence of 12 Presidents that have been owned by a cat! (Wouldn't you think the most stressful job in the world could use loads of purr therapy???) While Bill Clinton’s Socks is probably the most well-known, here’s a look at some others that deserve their fair share of the limelight... 

Abraham Lincoln

Our 16th President was the first to bring a cat into the White House. He actually adored cats, going so far as to feed his son's cat Tabby with a gold fork at White House dinners, which the First Lady considered shameful. When asked if her husband had a hobby, Mary Todd Lincoln replied, “cats.” During the Civil War, on a visit to General Grant's headquarters in the middle of winter, he found three stray kittens in the telegraph hut. When he learned their mother was dead he made sure the kittens would be fed and a good home found for them.

Rutherford B Hayes

President Hayes reportedly owned the first Siamese cat to come to the United States. Siam was a gift to Hayes and his wife Lucy in 1879 from the American Consul in Bangkok. Several months after arriving Siam became sick and despite intervention from the president's personal physician she couldn't be saved.

William McKinley

President McKinley may have been owned by a pair of Turkish Angora cats, Valeriano Weyler, named for the governor of Cuba, and Enrique DeLome, named after Spain’s Ambassador. The true story is lost to history, but some reports say that shortly after the kittens were born the Spanish-American war broke out. In an effort to “make a political statement,” the President’s wife Ida ordered them to be drowned. Another source says the McKinleys never owned cats, and the drowning story is just a myth. Let’s hope so! 

Photo: National Archives

Officer Benjamin Fink holds Tige, the Coolidge's cat, at the White 
House on March 25, 1924.

Calvin Coolidge

Vermont's own President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace practically ran a zoo! Among their many cats were Mud, Bounder, Smokey, Blackie, Timmy and Tige. Timmy and Coolidge's canary actually napped together! Tige traveled the White House around the President's neck and when he went missing, Coolidge appealed to the people by calling for their help on a radio address. After being found he was fitted with a special collar that contained his White House address, but after going missing a second time he was never found.

Woodrow Wilson

The 28th President’s two cats were named Mittens and Puffins. Both enjoyed jumping on the dining room table during family meals. 

Teddy Roosevelt’s youngest son Quentin Roosevelt with the six-toed Slippers

Teddy Roosevelt

President Roosevelt's six-toed cat named Slippers loved to nap in the White House hallways, requiring the guests at a state banquet to detour around her on their way to the dining room! Their second cat Tom Quartz was named after the cat in Roughing It by Mark Twain. 

Photo: National Archives

John F Kennedy

President Kennedy's daughter Caroline had to find a new home for her cat Tom Kitten (named after the beloved Beatrix Potter character) when it was discovered the President was allergic. He died at a very young age and was given an obituary in a local newspaper.

Gerald Ford

Sealpoint Siamese Shan Shein (named after a city in China) was owned by President Ford’s daughter Susan. When Susan was in school Shan would often hide under the bed in the Lincoln bedroom. Unfortunately the Fords had Shan declawed to prevent furniture scratching. 

Photo: National Archives

Jimmy Carter

The Carter family also had a sealpoint Siamese named Misty Malarky Ying Yang. In spite of the female name that inspired a musical composition by Gabor Szabo, Misty was a male cat! He was particularly devoted to daughter Amy, and could often be found curled up in her favorite spot-Amy’s indoor doll house. 

Photo: National Archives

Ronald Reagan

Although technically not White House cats (these two kitties lived at their California ranch), Ronald and Nancy had a pair of torties, Cleo and Sara! Apparently many cats lived at the Reagan ranch but they were only photographed with the torties, so they must have been extra special!

President George W Bush

Three cats resided in the Bush White House. India was named after baseball player Ruben “El Indio” Sierra of the Texas Rangers, the baseball team Bush owned at the time. India, nicknamed Willie, was very reclusive and preferred spending her time in the library. She died just before the Bush family left the White House. Ernie, named after Ernest Hemingway, became “too wild” to live in the White House and was sent to live with friends, and Cowboy died of kidney disease shortly after Bush took office.

Rumor has it there will soon be a new First Cat in the White House. One thing is certain, she will have her paws full keeping the DC rats (both four-legged and otherwise) in line!

Do you have a favorite Presidential Pet?

Monday, January 18, 2021

January Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

It's been a couple years since we premiered our mewsic feature "Retro Country Rewind," a look back at favorite songs that hit #1 during that month from 30, 35, 40 plus years ago. In this new year we'll be delving into #1 hits from 1971, 1976, 1981, and so on. Let's take a look at January for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...

45 Years Ago - 1976, This Time I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me, Conway Twitty

40 Years Ago - 1981, 9 to 5, Dolly Parton

40 Years Ago - 1981, One in a Million, Johnny Lee

40 Years Ago - 1981, I Feel Like Loving You Again, T.G. Sheppard

35 Years Ago - 1986, Bop, Dan Seals

35 Years Ago - 1986, Never Be You, Rosanne Cash

I adore every one of these songs and honestly don't have a favorite (after Conway, of course.) 
Do you?