Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cat Unemployment Awareness Week

Meows from Mudpie!

Our friends at the As the World Purrs blog created Cat Unemployment Awareness Week back in 2015 to shine light on all the unemployed (aka homeless) cats in animal shelters. With kitten season right around the corner lots of experienced (aka older) kitties will be overlooked in favor of their younger counterparts. Now is the time to take to social media and share cats in your community that are looking for full-time employment (aka forever homes)!

I went to the website of my alma mater, North Country Animal League in Morrisville, VT, and found several pawsome kitties looking for work.

Please join us in filling up Facebook this week with the adorable faces of adoptable cats!!!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Review: The Whiskered Spy by Nic Saint

When Tommy the cat witnesses a murder taking place right beneath his favorite elm tree, at first he’s not too worried. After all, humans will do these things, and as long as his own human keeps the kibble and the milk coming, life goes on. But when the murdered woman’s ghost comes haunting him and accuses him of gross negligence by not interfering when he had the chance, things definitely take a turn for the mysterious.

Regular readers of this blog know what I huge fan I am of Nic Saint's Mysteries of Max series. I recently discovered The Whiskered Spy, released a few years ago, is actually the author's first foray into the world of cat cozies. Different cast of characters, but almost as much fun!

The action begins when Tom the cat witnesses a murder (or does he?) while surveying his surroundings from his favorite tree. He winds up getting recruited by feline femme fatale Dana into the FSA (Feline Spy Agency), a secret group of cats who keep an eye out for us humans and come to the rescue when need be. Tom doesn't have much faith in Stevie, the cat he's partnered with, and with their only lead being the killer had a pimple on his nose, the task seems insurmountable. With secrets everywhere he turns, Tom's first case as a secret agent just may end up being his last!

I love books written from a cat's unique point of view as they try to decipher all the crazy things their humans do. The Whiskered Spy is fresh, funny, and ends in a twist I never saw coming. For books that purrfectly take you inside a cat's little world, you can't go wrong with a Nic Saint story!

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ticked Off Tortie #SundaySelfie

Not exactly sure what I did that warranted this look from Mudpie. Maybe I should steer clear until I figure it out...

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

Saturday, March 16, 2019

St. Catty's Day #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!

Mudpie's answers:

1. I could live on love.

2. I rarely do anything naughty, but when I do, Mommy doesn't get upset with me. I could pretty much get away with murder around here ;)

Mommy's answers:

3. I would most like to be known for being a great cat mom.

4. If you want something, you have to go after it.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Unboxing March's CatLadyBox

The theme of March's CatLadyBox was "March Meowness"...here's what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Este MacLeod

Kitten Shoulder Tote: I used to change purses every few months but since getting my Chala bag a couple years ago I haven't been tempted to make a switch...until now. I am so in love with this bag it's ridiculous. Vegan-friendly, super soft and roomy, neutral camel-colored so it goes with everything, and the cutest cat head pocket on the front you've ever seen. One of my favorite CLB items ever!

Cat Sequin Keychain: These sparkly keychains came in pink, purple. and blue. I'm so glad I got the pink! It would look super cute hanging from my new tote, but I have plans to make a necklace out of it :) 

Cat Silicone Can Covers: Useful and adorable at the same time!

Catnip Ladybug: Mudpie loves toys that you can bat around the floor like a hockey puck. I'm surprised she hasn't lost it by now!

Dandy Dandelion Catnip Toy: When I pulled this toy out of the box Mudpie took it from me by the stem and immediately started playing with it. Most of the pictures I took are destined for this month's blooper reel, but this one is too cute to leave out of today's post.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Guess Who's Photobombing Me?

Meows from Mudpie!

When Mommy snapped these 2 pictures of me with a Conway CD tin in the background, she couldn't help but crack up at the looks on my face and the story they told.

He's behind me, isn't he?

Now we challenge you...

What do you think I'm screaming?


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Book Review: Cat Poems by Mollie Hunt

Let the mystery
that is cat
teach and inspire 
those of us
who are merely human.

Mollie Hunt is an incorrigible cat person. In "CatPoems" she celebrates love, loss, and life shared with the feline species.

*Includes the poem, Tyler,winner of the Cat Writers' Association Muse Medallion award for poetry 2018.

I have such admiration for anyone who can write poetry because it's a form of writing I struggle with. This collection of cat poems touches on the joy of becoming acquainted with a newly adopted friend, the heartbreak of saying goodbye to an old one, viewing life through a cat's eyes, and celebrating those who foster and advocate for cats. There's even a Christmas poem that every cat mom or dad will identify with.

I've always thought of cats as poetry in motion, so even though it's a genre I rarely read I enjoyed every single entry in this book tremendously.  I guarantee Two will take you back to those innocent days with your childhood cat, and New will remind you of the unforgettable day you brought your current pet home for the first time. Every one will touch your heart.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

For Luke #MewsicMovesMe

Today I'm breaking my own cardinal rule of featuring Conway in every Mewsic Moves Me post.

You've most certainly heard the news that last week actor Luke Perry passed away after suffering a massive stroke at the far too young age of 52. I was a teenage girl in the 90s at the height of his Beverly Hills 90210 fame but I was one of the few who didn't have a massive crush on him or ever even watch the show. 

No, I was introduced to him thanks to his role as rodeo legend Lane Frost in 1994's 8 Seconds. Not only did I adore the movie, its soundtrack was a huge deal in the country music world and it became one of my favorite albums at the time. I pulled it out a few days ago after not listening to it in years and still enjoyed it so much. Since it's a freebie week in the hop I thought it would be a good time to feature my two favorite songs from the soundtrack.

We hope you enjoyed our choices this week, and if you've never watched 8 Seconds, we highly recommend it!.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spring Tortie #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 brake for animals. Passengers in my car are in constant danger of sustaining whiplash due to my braking for small animals. I've even dumped my purse on the car floor I've slammed on the brakes so hard. A few years ago I hit and killed a little chipmunk that dashed in front of me and I just couldn't stop in time. I was absolutely heartbroken. I even took his little body home and buried him.

2. Kevin Harvick wins the race. At least that's what I hope for every weekend!

Mudpie's answers:

3. I’d be lying if I said I had to work at being cute. It just comes naturally.

4. I am always ready to either play or take a nap. Rarely anything in between.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Fun Feline Finds: Cat Paw Glass

Meows from Mudpie!

Have you heard all the excitement about the Starbucks cat paw glass that has been released in China? Apparently people are getting into fights trying to get their paws on one of the limited edition glasses and it's selling out in seconds online.

Our friends at Triple T Studios have been able to source a limited supply of the super popular glasses in both the Pink with Sakura (cherry blossom) style, and also a clear glass style.

So what's the big deal about these glasses? They feature an adorable cat paw inside a double-walled glass, and when filled with your favorite beverage the glass gives the illusion that the cat paw is floating inside the glass. The double wall design keeps your hands safe and cool while holding the glass, and the heat resistant borosilicate glass keeps your hot drinks hot longer and cool drinks cool longer.

Pre-orders placed now will ship in late March to mid-April, and they are only 12 DOLLARS!!! We can't imagine a more purrfect gift for cat moms with Mother's Day right around the corner!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chillin' with Conway

Last week Mommy couldn't resist snapping another picture of me front and center on the Conway shrine table in her bedroom. It's my favorite place to hang out with her while she's puttering with her collection.

You know what she told me? She's planning to clear off another larger bureau in the bedroom so she can display more of her collection, with her jukebox CD player as the focal point. I'm gonna have fun snoopervising this decorating project! I'll be sure to let you know how it goes and if I manage to get into any trouble.

What the heck is the big deal about this guy, anyways?

Mommy says if I can't see it, it's obvious I've been "fixed". 

Anyone know what she means by that???

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Book Review: 101 Essential Tips: Kitten or New Cat: Health & Safety by Dr. Jason Nicholas

Written by an ER veterinarian who has the experience and knowledge to help you keep your cats healthy, safe, and out of the ER, 101 Essential Tips will help you protect your kitty from a host of common illnesses, injuries, poisonings, and other problems, and save you time, money, and heartbreak in the process. 101 Essential Tips is written in an engaging and easy-to-understand format with fun illustrations and real-life stories sprinkled throughout to help you learn what you don't know, before your cat finds out for you... the "hard way." After all, you can't prevent what you're not aware of!

Even though I've been a cat mom my entire life, responsible pet parents know there's always something new to learn. I love books like this that are informative and fun too. I would go so far as to say a copy belongs in the adoption kit of every cat going home with their forever family. It hits on so many important topics, from feeding to litter box issues, cat-proofing your home, health and wellness, even things to look out for that might indicate there's trouble brewing. At the very end there are tips on how to prepare yourself for any emergency situations that might pop up over the course of your pet's life. Yes, there are many things your cat needs you to know, and this book covers 101 of them. The illustrations are super cute too, and I guarantee after reading it cover to cover you'll discover things you didn't know, no matter how cat-savvy you might be!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Post Nap #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Friday evening I woke up from a blissful 5 hour nap in my KatKabin and Mommy suggested it might be a good time to get my selfie done for the week.

First I had to get the phone set up.

Oops, I get easily distracted.


Now that I'm done, wanna take a nap, Mommy?

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

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Dr. Seuss Day #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're taking part in the annual celebration of Dr Seuss' birthday, also known as National Read Across America Day. Since it's also Caturday Art day, we decided to get artsy with a picture of me posing with my favorite Grinch and Max catnip mice before I went all Mudpie on them.

Visit more kitties and doggies paying tribute to Dr. Seuss at the 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 kind of music is '70s and '80s country. Conway first and foremost. That's hardly a secret!

2. My ideal day is spent hanging out at home with Mudpie, reading, listening to music and watching TV.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I don't believe there are people out there who don't like torties. It's true! Mommy has heard shelter workers say torties don't get adopted as quickly as other cats because people think our color patterns are ugly and believe the silly negative stereotypes about our personalities. Blasphemy!

4. Don't let a fear of failing stop you from going after what you want. Especially if it's more treats or extra time on your human's lap. Most likely they will be helpless to turn you down!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Fun Feline Finds: Kitbull

Meows from Mudpie!

Many of you may have already watched this video because it has been all over social media the past couple weeks, but just in case you haven't we wanted to share it with you today.

Mommy finally braved watching it the other night before we went to sleep and I'm sure glad I was there with her because it made her cry. The unlikely friendship that develops between a stray kitten and an abused pit bull is sure to melt the hardest heart, so you can only imagine what it did to someone like Mommy who can cry at the drop of a hat, especially when it comes to animals!

The part that got to Mommy most were the scenes of the kitten in his box marked "fragile" cuddling up to his stuffie and making biscuits, then his pure innocence playing with the bottle cap while struggling to survive on his own. 

The short film is incredibly powerful in its beauty and simplicity. We only wish it were a full-length feature! 

If you've watched Kitbull, what part pulled at your heartstrings the most?