Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PetWinery Winner!

Thanks to all who entered our give-away!
Huge Concatulations
to the lucky winner(s) listed below!
We know these kitties
will have a blast!
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's Chanukah!!

Chanukah began
at sundown on
December 12th, 2017
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One of my Mom's favorite parts of Chanukah, (that she probably won't make this year), are LATKES!!! (Potato pancakes) Enjoy the fun video below with the latke recipe!! Love, Cody

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gifts for Cat Lovers: Our Top 10 Picks of 2017

From Cat Chat With Caren and Cody: We were not compensated for this post.  Most of the products we are writing about today, we have blogged about in the past, three of them were items we received from fellow bloggers either by winning on their blog, or by being gifted an item. There are NO AFFILIATE LINKS IN THIS POST. With the holidays rapidly approaching, Cody and I wanted to share our faves from 2017. Enjoy!

We first featured Animal Hearted April 21st, 2017. They are are passionate about animals. Not only do they make fun and creative clothing and accessories for animal lovers, they are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. They donate 25% of proceeds from every order to a non-profit animal shelter or rescue. They have helped save thousands of shelter pets. When YOU place an order, you will help save thousands more! Animal Hearted Apparel carries an extensive and ever-expanding collection of tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and hats/beanies in unisex, women’s, and youth sizes. We recently received the cutest cat socks, our favorite is the "Paws" design! 

"The first collection to promote Black Cat adoption!" Black Cats Tell All (edited by Layla Morgan Wilde), is a  true labor of love that took months to come to fruition. Extolling the virtues of black cats is a calling that has completely consumed Layla.  Black Cats Tell all is a "celebration" of all that is positive about black cats, with the hope of once-and-for-all reversing negative stereotypes that to this day are still far too prevalent.  In most cases the stories are narrated by the cats themselves.   A portion of the proceeds from this book will help Shelter Cats.

 The Spirit of la cucina romana in Your Own Kitchen by Suzanne Dunaway of Living With LouLou

A number of months ago I struck up a conversation with the oh-so beautiful and talented Suzanne Dunaway on her blog, celebrating our mutual love of cooking and FOOD! I was lucky enough to be gifted this book by Suzanne, which I have not yet made a recipe from, but hang in there, I am going to and hopefully you will see them on the blog in 2018!
"Suzanne Dunaway has been in love with Italy for thirty years, living in Rome off and on and absorbing as much as possible about the cuisine of the Eternal City. Now she has put the basics of la cucina romana into one seductive book. Rome, at Home will enable anyone to savor the irresistible, straightforward flavors of Rome’s best ristoranti, trattorie, pizzerie, and home kitchens."
"A culinary tour of one of the world’s most enchanting cities, Rome, at Home is equally a marvelous gift and a book to cook from every day."

Some of the recipes I am looking forward to making (listed by their American names for the purpose of this blog) are: Minestone Soup, Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil and Hot Peppers,  Pasta With Meat Sauce,  Roast Lamb With Potatoes, and many, many more!

I don't know about you, but if  I didn't maintain an editorial calendar for each of my blogs I would be even more disorganized than I am now! That being said, you do NOT have to be a blogger to enjoy seeing some of your favorite kitties from the blogs you love featured in the 2018 Blogging Cats Calendar .  Kitties from all over the world submitted photos to Mom Paula from the adorable blog, Sweet Purrfections (starring Truffles and Brulee)who had the painstaking and rather daunting task of adding all of the kitties to this incredible "week-at-a-glance" planner! Once again, Mom Paula outdid herself. The calendar is exquisite!  And...this year there are special contributions to the calendar from a number of talented cat writers!

One of our HUGE favorites of 2017,  we blogged about them August 14, 2017There are many things I love about Honeycat Cosmetics, from their scents that are "gourmet, NOT ordinary", to their branding, to the fact that there is no "junk" in their products. Honeycat products are natural, and never tested on animals, "especially sexy felines."  Their product descriptions are fun, sassy, sexy and tantalizing without being sleazy.  "Sexy, fun, clean and hip...that's Honeycat!"
Honeycat Cosmetics are the creation of Brooklyn native, Terri, a vegetarian and cat lover! (my parents and MUCH of my family is (or was) from Brooklyn, so anyone that comes from there has a special place in MY heart!). The name Honeycat came about by accident when Terri thought her fiance said "Honeycat" but he REALLY said "honey, that...."it was meant to be!! The collage below features items I received in August, visit their website to see all of the new items that have been added (and old favorites!) 

I have featured Impurrfect Life twice because I was lucky enough to win two give-aways that were held!  From Impurrfect Life: "for animal lovers who are going through the grieving process and trying to find normalcy again. It’s about moving forward after life throws you a curveball. 

 " manifested out of my own journey as a pet parent experiencing loss looking to reclaim joy, motivation and comfort. Life’s not perfect, so we shouldn’t expect perfection. Really and truly I think more people can identify more with authenticity and imperfection as opposed to a false sense of perfection. We may not be flawless but what we can do is make the most of everyday for a better quality life experience. That’s what I intend to do. The world needs more positivity!"Pick a gift for a special friend to let them know you care. Choose one for yourself, and keep the memory of your pet alive."

 The necklaces at Memorial Glass Pendants are gorgeous "wearable art." Each piece is unique, no one else will ever have one exactly like mine or yours. They are handmade in a small Northern California studio.

The glass used is called "borosilicate", which is much more durable than standard glass, and all of the pendants are " kiln annealed". When you visit the Memorial Glass Pendant website, you will see a number of designs, each and every one are beautiful. Many of the necklaces are encased with the ash of someones  beloved pet, however my necklaces were made without ashes.

Our friends at  Flowers Forever, understand that pets are more than just animals. They become your companion, your friend and part of your family. They share your laughs, your tears and your love.
Having to say goodbye to a pet is one of the hardest things to do. It can feel like there's a hole in your heart that can never be filled. They believe that the only way to move forward is to reflect on the beauty of the life that you were able to share and memorialize this remembrance. 
That's why they create beautiful memorial and remembrance jewelry for you. Each piece is handcrafted with love by their team of artisan jewelers and is one-of-a-kind. They use hair or ashes from your dearly departed pet to create memorial beads and pendants that you can wear, give as gifts, or pass down as treasured heirlooms.
Photo Courtesy of  My Flowers Forever Jewelry
"Cat-Inspired Apparel" from Triple T Studios
We have featured items from Triple T Studios a number of times on our blog, and each and every item that I have featured I love and use frequently!  Cody and I love that Triple T Studios is passionate about supporting global conservation projects and that they love and support  the "BIG" Cats (Lions and Tigers!). Below are items that I received when we last blogged about Triple T Studios. 

Vaya Tyffyn Lunchbox

I saved my FAVORITE for last!!!! I follow A LOT of blogs, most are animal related, but not all of them! Another HUGE passion of mine is FOOD. In 2017 I had the pleasure of discovering one of the most hilarious, "in-your-face" blogs, GiGi Eats Celebrities, that is on my MUST READ LIST, EVERY SINGLE WEEK! About "GiGi Dubois Ashworth of GiGi Eats Celebrities: "GiGi, a former competitive snowboarder and horseback rider has since become a popular allergen-friendly cook and certified nutritionist with a master’s degree in Nutrition Communications. This blog/vlog is a place where people with diet concerns, can get advice (such as traveling with food intolerances) along with allergen-friendly recipes that everyone can enjoy. A self-proclaimed extreme eater (she can eat 6 pounds of salmon in one sitting) and foodie fanatic, GiGi is proof that you can educate and inform as well as entertain at the same time!"

GiGi is MY KIND OF PERSON, she is NOT for the faint of heart. (If I had given birth to a daughter of my own, I would have wanted her to BE GiGi!) GiGi is often raunchy, bawdy, and has an "in your face" personality that I appreciate and love. GiGi is REAL. There isn't an ounce of insincerity about her. Back on September 12, 2017 GiGi posted about the most innovative, modern, brilliant and attractive lunch boxes by Vaya Tyffyn.  She also had a give-away and I won!!!

 Featured above is the Vaya Tyffyn lunch box that I selected. It is the smaller version of their original. From the Vaya Tyffyn website: "Introducing Vaya Tyffyn 600 ml, a two container, vacuum-insulated lunch gear that keeps your meal warm for up to 4-5 hours, Perfect for a quick and fresh meal at school, college or work!"

It comes with the "Bag Mat" which can be used for picnics, work, etc. The mat wraps around the lunchbox, zips closed and becomes a carrying case for the lunchbox! It even has room for utensils and it has a handy strap to attach to make it easy to transport!! 

Now, I had told GiGi I hadn't had a chance to test this out, and asked if I could share HER video that is better than any testimonial that I could give! GiGi graciously gave me her permission to share it with all of you, not only will you get to see how fabulous the Vaya Tyffyn Lunch Box is, but you will get to see the adorable GiGi as well! The video IS on the longer side but is worth every moment! Enjoy!!

Once again we thank GiGi for this awesome prize that WILL be used soon! We also thank GiGi for allowing us to share her video!

Well friends,  Cody and I hope that you enjoyed our top picks of 2017 for Cat Lovers! Now...go out and do some shopping!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Evolution of the Lion (in slightly screwy chronological order)

I have always loved the "Big Cats" Tigers, you can see by these photos I am rather obsessed with Lions headgear, (as well as "Roary" the Detroit Lions mascot who is shown above right, visiting me on my birthday a couple of years ago). Now that I live in Detroit and am a fan of the Detroit Lions, there is nothing I love more than when I run into interesting and fun "Lion" headgear!!

The DOG Lion Mane  by Joy4Pets  (labeled 2017 above), was won on the Pet Blog Lady  blog this past summer! (What is a Dog Lion Mane doing on a CAT blog? LIONS ARE JUST BIG KITTIES!!!) When I entered the give-away, my intent was to win the prize for Dakota to wear. When the Dog Lion Mane arrived I was ECSTATIC that it would fit HUMANS (specifically ME!), as well as Dakota! The quality is AMAZING and yep I have already worn it to a Lions game!
I was waiting to post it on the blog hoping the Detroit Lions would make it to the playoffs  AND have a playoff game at home. While their poor play lately has made it rather unlikely that they will earn a playoff spot, even if they do, there won't be a home game and who could let such a great Lion mane go to waste? Certainly not me! (Dakota is thankful there will be no home game and Cody is thankful the mane is too big for him, but I LOVE it!!!)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Cat Toy Tunnel from Dezi & Roo: "The Original Hide and Sneak" (Give-Away!)

Disclosure: Cody and I received The Original Hide and Seek in exchange for our honest review. In keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, we waived our normal review fee. 

Cats and paper bags.  What cat can resist a nice, crinkly,  paper bag?  Let's expand on that a bit, a paper bag that is a TUNNEL is better yet! Especially for multiple cats!

Designed and handmade by US - veterinarians Cody was lucky to have The Original Hide and Sneak sent to him by our friends at Dezi & Roo. 

The Original Hide and Sneak came with a sample of Silver Vine and detailed instructions about how to set up the Hide and Sneak
As it turns out the Silver Vine wasn't necessary. I threw a few of Cody's favorite treats into the opening and he was off to the races. Unfortunately, since I live in a condo with a resident dog, I was greatly limited in reference to the amount of space I had to take GOOD photos and video. I wasn't able to shoot a video because of space constraints, (and we didn't want a nosy dog ruining it). The Hide and Sneak is approximately 12" x 12" x 35" when expanded. It is available in single, double, or bundle packs.  You can see some cute videos on their website. 

 DEZI & ROO is  a group of veterinary professionals with more than 30 years of experience meeting the health and behavioral needs of our beloved feline friends. They have researched the vast array of pet products on the market and have identified those that best serve their purpose and your needs. Dezi & Roo improves lives through enrichment, education, and endowment, and is dedicated to helping animals and people. At Dezi & Roo they  believe it is not just about helping the animals- It's about helping the planet. Read more about the company philosophy.

Here is the clincher, Cody is NOT a huge fan of tunnels but he DOES enjoy a good paper bag! While Cody had fun with it, I do think that this toy is IDEAL for a home with more than one cat! It is IDEAL FOR A MULTIPLE CAT HOUSEHOLD or, if your kitty is younger than 10-year old Cody. Cody is LAZY!  But he DID have a good time!

The founder of Dezi & Roo, Dr.Lynn Bahr, DVM recognizes that feline behavior problems often lead to abandonment, re-homing, relinquishment to shelters, and even the premature euthanasia of a healthy cat has lead to Dr. Lynn Bahr to  find ways to strengthen the partnership between people and their pets. This is where Dezi & Roo came from. (And, the company is named after her kitties!)

Her business focuses on providing effective products, tools, and training to successfully resolve issues that cat lovers face. Dezi & Roo gives pet parents the opportunity to learn more about what their cats need and why they need it, and the ability to purchase well-researched items to meet those needs. Plus, they donate a portion of the sale of every product to pet-related charities to help  animals less fortunate than our own. 

Once again I think that MOST kitties would have a blast with The Original Hide and Sneak cat tunnel,  it would make a great holiday gift for your kitties, for a shelter, to welcome a new kitty to your home and more! You  are in luck!  We have a GIVE-AWAY! One lucky reader who is 18 and over and who lives in the continental U.S. will win one of their very own! (An approx $10 value).  Entering is easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!
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