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!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Look of Love #CaturdayArt

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

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

Mommy's answers:

1. I have loved cats for as long as I've been alive.

2. Fall nights make me feel cozy and content.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I’m surprised that I haven't flown out the screened bathroom window by now. It's a good thing my grandpa super-reinforced it after Tara broke through because when I'm running the Mudpie 500 I jump in there fast and hard!

4. To make a long story short, I've calmed down a lot since Mommy adopted me but I'm still pretty crazy-pants at times!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Mewsical Memories On Cassette

Tomorrow, October 13th, is known as Cassette Store Day, which began in the UK in 2013 and quickly grew to become a global event with the participation of the United States, Japan, Germany and France. It's a day that aims to keep what was once perceived as a dead format alive and viable in today's digital age!

You can pretty much date a person by the way they grew up listening to music. As a little girl in the 80s it was all about cassettes for me. Some of my fondest memories are of my mom picking me up after school and taking me to Strawberries or Coconuts (remember those stores?) to buy a new cassette, especially on Tuesday afternoon which was release day. (Even though they were big at the time, I was never really into mix tapes, mostly because my tastes have never been very eclectic and I tended to listen to a fairly small number of artists. Yes, it was Conway even back then and a handful of others.)

In 1994 I bought my first (expensive at the time) box set on cassette with money from my after school job. Guess who? LOL

Actually, to this day I'm STILL buying cassettes for my Conway collection whenever I spot one on eBay that I don't have. (So for anyone keeping track, I collect him on CD, vinyl, cassette, and I also have several 8 tracks and a couple reel-to-reels. I'm obsessed.)

Are you of the cassette generation or did you grow up with another format of music?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mudpie's Boolatry Art

Meows from Mudpie!

Last month we responded to a post by Ann at Zoolatry looking for volunteers to send in a photo of their kitty to be photoshopped for Halloween. (If you're not familiar with them, they do amazing photo art.) Truffles participated back in 2013 so I was super excited to have a chance too.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to be for Halloween this year, so Mommy and I put our heads together and settled on the one thing that dictates our lives from February through!

In addition to watching NASCAR on TV every weekend, I also still enjoy running the Mudpie 500 through the house on a regular basis even though I'm now a mature young lady cat of 5. So with that, we're excited to present Mudpie the Race Car Driver!

Do I look stylishly speedy or what??? Would you pull over if you saw me coming?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Book Review: Rear Garden: The Cat Who Knew Too Much by James Barrie

After Theodore moves to the York suburb of Acomb with his owners, Jonathan and Emily, Jonathan breaks his foot and is incapacited for several weeks. With nothing to do but watch Hitchcock films and stare out of the French doors at the houses behind, he soon suspects that there is a murderer at large. Theodore knows that there is a killer in the suburban midst. But how is he to prove it and make sure that the killer gets what's coming to her.

With many references to classic Hitchcock films, Rear Garden is a comic romp through the leafy suburbs, leaving many a bloody footprint (and pawprint) on the well-trimmed lawns.

Confession time: I am an Alfred Hitchcock fanatic. Psycho is one of my top 3 favorite movies, and I love nothing more than to be totally creeped out by an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents or The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, so add a Hitchcock story line to a cat cozy and I'm pretty much in heaven.

Rear Garden takes place as young couple Jonathan and Emily have recently moved to the York suburb of Acomb. When Jonathan is injured on the job he has nothing to do but sit at home all day with a stack of Hitchcock DVDs and watch his new neighbors alongside furry friend Theodore. Jonathan can't get around much, but Theodore sure can, and it doesn't take long before he witnesses the nefarious goings-on next door between a young woman and her mostly bedridden mother. Everyone thinks Jonathan is letting his imagination run wild when he suspects the older woman has been murdered, so it's up to Theodore to prove them wrong.

Rear Garden is deliciously creepy, yet cozy at the same time. If you're a Hitchcock fan like I am you will love all the references to the master of suspense's classic thrillers. Even if you're not, it's a fun visit to the genteel English countryside where one never knows the horrors that go on behind closed doors.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Paw Clapping Mewsic

The topic of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs with hand claps or finger snaps. The song that immediately came to mind is Heartache Tonight, but did I choose the original version by The Eagles? Of course not! If Conway covered a song, no other version exists as far as I'm concerned, and he brought Heartache Tonight to #6 on the country charts in the fall of 1983, the second single from his Lost in the Feeling album...

A few more...

Which of our choices has you clapping along?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Beauty of Autumn...And Torties #CaturdayArt

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

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

Mommy's answers:

1. My favorite font is Rancho. (I don't really have a favorite, but I do use this one quite often.)

2. I feel very content this time of year.

Mudpie's answers:

3. October is perfect for cuddling blankies. Mommy refuses to turn the heat on this soon so I'll take any warmth I can find!

4. Where I live, there is no more beautiful time of the year than fall. The foliage is in full swing...come on up and visit me!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fun Feline Finds for Halloween from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy is planning on starting to pull out our Halloween decorations this weekend (she's late!!!) 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!

We hope you enjoy our Halloween 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!

We hope you enjoy our Halloween 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!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Toesie Washing Time

Meows from Mudpie!

Every now and then when Mommy sticks the iPawd in my face it's to try to capture a little video instead of just still photos. My level of cooperation with both is pretty much equal as it was on this particular day when instead of doing something ridiculously adorable, I had some very important toe fuzz to take care of...

Sorry Mommy, better luck next time, but I have a feeling our friends enjoy seeing me in action no matter what I'm doing! Plus, my toesies will be playing a very important role in our Mewsic Moves Me post next week, so I need to make sure they're spick & span!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tortie Tuesday: Bella & Coco Need Forever Homes

Today we're shining a light on a pair of beautiful torties rescued by our dear friends at Anjellicle Cats Rescue in NYC with the hopes of helping them find forever homes.

Beautiful Bella is described as a typical grand tortie - she thinks VERY highly of herself, and thinks you should too! She's 10 years old and 16 pounds of pure love. Bella is very afraid of other cats and dogs and would prefer a person all her own, but she promises to keep your lap nice and warm this winter. She wants nothing more than to rule a house and heart...could it be yours?

Cuddly Coco is only a year old and was not only recently rescued from a hoarding situation, she has also already been a wonderful mom to a beautiful group of kittens. That's a pretty dramatic story for such a young lady! She's gentle and sweet and gets along well with other cats, so she would be happy to be adopted into a home with a friend or two. 

Interested in adopting Bella or Coco?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Book Review: Purrfect Peril by Nic Saint

When the Most Fascinating Man in the World is murdered in a Most Fascinating Way, Odelia Poole, who was on her way to interview the man, finds herself embroiled in a Most Fascinating Murder Investigation, along with her boyfriend Chase Kingsley, homicide detective. More Interesting Men soon come crawling out of the woodwork, and all of them had a reason to kill their Most Interesting Colleague. So who’s the culprit? And will he or she strike again?

Meanwhile Max, Odelia’s blorange tabby, has his own problems to contend with in the shape of a pernicious flea infestation that gets him and the other cats sent to the place they fear even more than the loss of one of their nine lives: Vena the vet. And as if that’s not bad enough, there’s a persistent rumor going around that Chase Kingsley might be moving in with their human—and they know what that means: babies! Which would spell the end of their cushy lives.

Between the fleas, the baby menace, a troupe of Most Interesting Cats invading their world, Grandma Muffin’s latest antics, and helping Odelia with the murder investigation, life is once again lived in the fast lane for the cats of Hampton Cove, with not a moment’s respite. In other words, business as usual for the world’s most hilarious cat sleuths.

Every time a new Mysteries of Max book is released I pretty much have to drop everything to read it. This is a cat cozy series that just keeps getting better and better as its feline characters get cuter and cuter. The mysteries are always fun and not overly complicated, but it's the mini soap opera of the cats' lives that steals the show. I've come to love Max, Dooley, Harriet and Brutus more than words can say. 

In Purrfect Peril the fearless foursome are forced to deal with a flea infestation (leading sweet, innocent Dooley to once again be convinced he's going to die), Brutus and Harriet's steamy love life faces a crisis (leading to hilarious moments when the other cats get into his "vitamins"), and everyone worries about what will happen when Odelia's boyfriend Chase talks about moving in, and then zany Grandma Muffin actually does! Oh, and did I mention there's a murder too? Needless to say, the cats have their paws full this time around and it will take more teamwork than ever before to ensure everything turns out right in the end.

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