Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kitty Style Advice from Morris the Cat

Meows from Mudpie!!!

With spring coming up and after that, the dreaded bathing suit season (eek!), I know everyone's searching for ways to look their best. And my readers have a 'paw up' on the competition because we're about to get some style and wellness tips from someone who knows a thing or two about looking awesome... I'm talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.

In case you're not familiar with this illustrious feline, Morris is the original celebricat, starring in over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He's even been called "the Clark Gable of cats," and that's about as debonair as it gets! In his "Dear Morris" column, he'll be answering some readers' burning questions about good grooming, and he's also giving away a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe, a $300 Spa Finder gift card, and a whole year's supply of 9Lives cat food! Enter at his website:

Dear Morris,

I love my cat, Baxter, but man, does he shed! Every time I leave the house I'm covered in cat hair. It's getting to the point where we can't even cuddle together without me looking like the sticky side of a lint roller! Unleash your wisdom, Morris... there must be something I can do.


Hairy Harry

Dear Hairy Harry,

If your cat is shedding on you, the thing you should tell him is... "thank you!" Being covered in cat fur means you get to look like a cat, which means you get to look more awesome. However, if this isn't your desired effect (although I can't imagine why it wouldn't be), try wearing clothes the same color as your cat to camouflage the fur. Kind of like a cat camouflages himself in clean laundry--hey, come to think of it, that could be why you're always covered in fur! You can also try brushing Baxter a couple times a week to remove excess fur and redistribute the natural oils on his skin--now, that's what I call a win-win!

Dear Morris,

My teenage daughter spends 45 minutes in front of the mirror every day primping and brushing her hair. I think this is excessive but she tells me it's what makes her happy. Morris, since you always look fabulous, I thought you could give me some advice--what's the best way to get her to spend less time in front of the mirror?


Fur-ustrated Mamma

Dear Fur-ustrated Mamma,

I know it may seem like I just wake up looking this good, but believe it or not, I put in lots of long hours licking my fur. In fact, as a cat, I groom up to 50% of the time I'm awake. Grooming not only makes you look good, it can be used for meditation--kind of like focusing really hard on a red laser dot. So I say, take the time you need to feel your best--whether it's 5 minutes or 45. It's a very purrsonal choice.

Dear Morris,

Lately I've been looking slightly less than my best, which is unfortunate because I just started a new job and I wanted to make a good first impression. But instead, my eyes are all puffy and I just haven't been my chipper self. I'm not sure how to get out of this style rut. Morris, can you help me get my grooming groove back?


Fashion Faux-Paw

Dear Fashion Faux-Paw,

Let me shed some light (and some fur) on this situation. The main thing I took away from your question is that you're STRESSED! Starting a new job can be stressful and can lead to falling out of typical routines and lack of sleep. I should know because every time I start shooting a new commercial, I only sleep 15 hours a day instead of 16. But don't despair! There's one failsafe way to calm those nerves and give you back your glow. I'm talking about a massage, specifically a kitty massage. We kitties LOVE to give massages--well, we think of it more as kneading but you humans don't seem to know the difference. A kitty massage will help you relax, and in turn, feel and look better. Plus, it's purr-ty much impossible to feel stressed when you have the love of a cat.

There you have it! Thank you, Morris the Cat, for sharing this invaluable grooming advice. Readers, how many of you have a good-looking, well-groomed feline at home? You could win them a whole year's supply of delicious 9Lives cat food, plus a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe and Spa Finder gift card for you! Just go to Morris' Live Well & Prospurr website to enter. Then, 'paw it forward' by tweeting #MorrisFeeds, and Morris will donate a bowl of 9Lives cat food to a kitty in need.

Giveaway: One lucky reader in the US is going to win a Well-Groomed Kitty Kit! (What's in the kit? That's a surprise!!!) Readers outside the US can designate a friend or shelter to receive the prize if you win. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below and good luck!!!

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FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by 9Lives which means we've been compensated for featuring this content. This did not influence ​our opinions at all, and we only share information that we feel is relevant to our readers.


Anonymous said...

Morris is my favorite celebrity!!!!

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Peeps used to have some lint rollers 'round the house here... somewhere... way back when... Well they had some. Had. Like as in not having them now. They 'roll' in more ways than one, you see. MOUSES!


The Menagerie Mom said...

Morris sure is a wise kitty. He always has the answers. My kitties like to tell me that humans wearing cat hair is the fad these days, and always has been and always will be. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us, Mudpie! Purrs!

skkorman said...

According to Joey the red tabby, he is always beautiful in the eyes of his mommy (and his mommy agrees)!

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Anonymous said...

Too cute! My girls are always beautiful (and, yes, they do a lot of grooming). The only other beauty tip they could share is get lots of sleep. :)

Two French Bulldogs said...

That Morris is full of knowledge
Lily & Edward

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Morris has some great advice. We are lucky that, as Sphynx, we don't have to worry about fur!


Wow we didn't know Morris was the kitty version of DEAR ABBY

Unknown said...

I know I should brush/comb my cats more, but I can't take all that fur all over my face and body!
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Fur Everywhere said...

Great advice!! Milita says she looks so beautiful because she gets plenty of beauty sleep!

Edye Nicole said...

I don't have a cat of my own. So I would give this to either a shelter or a family member of mine that has a cat.

Cleopawtra said...

What great advice from Morris. The Furminator goes a long way in in our house. Thanks for the giveaway.

Three Chatty Cats said...

Morris is full of good advice! Olive is the best groomed over here, but it's because Dexter helps her out all the time.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

That Morris is one smart kitty! We're not going to enter because... well... you'll see!

Linda Szymoniak said...

We have two cats (having lost our senior Maine Coon, Koneko, last month). Asking the other two, though, I got these tips. Moko: "Groom, groom, groom." Arata: "Grooming, what's that? I just want to eat and play."

Brian's Home Blog said...

That Morris always was one smart dude!

bookwomen said...

Grooming and combing in between sleeping and eating.

Kaye Killgore said...
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Kaye Killgore said...

My two don't have any grooming advice, except to try not to hack up furballs where mom steps on them. But they always look great too.

Kathy Davis said...

It's not expert advice, but eating fish makes my coat shiny. And, the oil on your hands makes my coat shiny too. Pet me! Pet me! Feed me!

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