Monday, December 5, 2016

Cat Book: "Makin' Biscuits - Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them" by Deborah Barnes

FROM THE PUBLISHER:According to author Deborah Barnes, Makin' Biscuits - Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them, came to be when she got out of the shower one morning and wrapped her wet hair with a towel. She felt something land on top of her head - it was her otherwise shy cat, Mia, who decided that was the perfect spot to nap. Barnes was accustomed to her cats doing odd things (she has seven of them), but says, "this was odd, even for her standards," so she decided to pursue the concept of a book. 

I couldn't be happier that she did! Makin' Biscuits by Deborah Barnes is a MUST have for the library of EVERY cat lover. . I had the honor of reviewing both of Deb's books prior to "Makin Biscuits...", each one is special in their own way. You know the saying "the third one is the charm?".......well, it is!

Makin' Biscuits features a foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Gwen Cooper of Homer's Odyssey and is endorsed by many top cat experts in field, including Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," contributor to Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, and three-time bestselling author of 25 pet-related book.  There is a  host of Deb's colleagues and fellow cat lovers, (including me!), who provided testimonials that appear in this delightful and informative book:

"In today's world where the popularity of cats has soared, there are still shelters overflowing with cats in need of a home. Many wound up there for behavioral problems that could have been solved by understanding the instinctual mindset of a cat. In Makin' Biscuits, Deborah Barnes tackles this subject in an enjoyable, easy to read manner as she shares a compilation of funny, sweet, and poignant stories from ailurophiles around the globe. FOUR PAWS UP!"----Caren Gittleman publisher of Cat Chat With Caren and Cody.

 FROM THE PUBLISHER: Each chapter begins by Barnes narrating a story about her own cats, moves on  to "Mews From Others" where she shares anecdotes from other cat lovers, and ends with a "Purr Points to Ponder" a section of information, advice, and tips to help cat guardians provide their cats with an optimally enriched environment befitting their instinctual nature.

I enjoyed the "Mews From Others" immensely! Reading stories and moments shared by others about the unique qualities, "talents", and quirks their cats possess might just make you think that your cat(s), aren't that different after all!   I have had cats in my life for well over 20 years, and  the "Purr Points to Ponder" sections following each chapter (along with Deb's personal stories that begin each chapter), are some of my favorite parts of this wonderful book. Just when you think you have learned and read everything there is to know about find out that you HAVE NOT!

"Great Book Ms.Barnes
but you went and revealed


You can pet me, just don't touch me
Cat lovers! I think that is pretty self-explanatory!

Cats in Toyland
  This chapter explores the often strange things that cats adopt as toys. I particularly loved the snippet that Deb shared about Jazmine's affinity for running off with the stems of string beans as Deb is cooking, as well as the untraditional "cat toy" that Pattie Kleinke the human behind the blog, Stunning Keisha, bought for CK. A rocket launcher that shoots foam rockets that CK loves!!! 

"Speaking of toys, Ms Barnes,
this tassel you have on your bookmark
makes a darned good cat toy too!!"

Is This Seat Taken?
If you want a certain seat it's a pretty good guess your cat will be there! In the Purr Points to Ponder section where Deb offers suggestions, advice and tips in each chapter she offers a suggestion for those who do not like cat hair on their couches and chairs. Just use various colorful throw blankets, and wash as needed!

Are You Going To Eat That?
Had me cracking up laughing thinking of my own night time ritual with Cody where EVERY NIGHT he sits ON THE TABLE (that he is NOT allowed to be on, in a quest for more food). If I don't share fast enough, or choose not to share at all, he will reach his paw out and tap me, like "Hey lady, you forgot something!"   This chapter will have you rolling with laughter.

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere
We all know our cats have the universal talent of ALWAYS knowing when it is time to eat. They know based on our daily rituals and their own internal "clocks" An excerpt provided by Dawn White, Lola The Rescued Cat is one of many purrfect examples of the "even weirder habits" of the humans who love these wonderful beings. Talk about devotion! "My cat, Lola, expects breakfast every morning, but she insists it never be in the same spot each day! I frequently find myself following her around my apartment, with food bowl in hand, which I put down when she decides on the perfect breakfast spot.",

"I came to sit next to Mom
while she was reading your book Ms.Barnes,
just look at the "WEIRD" that I  had to endure!!"

FROM THE PUBLISHER:Deb  hopes Makin' Biscuits will make a difference in cat welfare by helping to enhance the feline-human bond and to enlighten readers on certain subjects, such as the need for spay/neuter to help reduce the staggering numbers of cats in shelters (in the United States alone, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals indicates each year approximately 3.4 million cats enter shelters nationwide); as well as to provide readers with resources, tips, and advice to correct common behavioral problems that can land a cat into a shelter, such as litter box issues. 

FROM MAKIN BISCUITS: If you don't understand the underlying mechanisms of what makes a cat tick, tensions can mount, the problems can get worse, and out of sheer frustration, your cat is scooped up, stuffed into his carrier and brought to the shelter because you feel it's the kindest thing you can do for him....

Adopting a pet is supposed to be a lifelong commitment. Your cat is depending on you to take care of him, and if you don't give him the proper tools to be the instinctual creature he was born to be, you're not being fair to him. Or you....while cats might appear to be complex, they truly are simple. Their actions and behaviors are their way of communicating with you.

Help others who may not understand cats as well as most of you who are reading this, by "gifting" this book for the holidays  or for any day that someone is adopting or thinking of adopting a cat.

For ordering information, please visit

Deborah Barnes is the owner of ZZP Publishing, LLC and the author of Makin' Biscuits - Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love ThemPurr Prints of the Heart - A Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond; and The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey - A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary; as well as the award winning cat-related blog, Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles. She is the Vice President of the Cat Writers' Association and was awarded 2013 "Writer of the Year" by Friskies Purina. She is the Secretary of the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida and her freelance work has been featured in Cat Fancy magazine, Kittens, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians newsletter.

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In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a complimentary copy of "Makin' Biscuits" in exchange for my always honest opinion.  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Remembering with Love and Sympathy, Easy and Sammy

This is a post I never dreamed that I would be writing this soon, and if someone would have told me that I would be writing about TWO beloved pets who recently passed, and that were also friends, I would have told them they were certifiable.

Before I share my thoughts about the passing of Easy and Sammy,  (who I am certain are showing all the love they experienced here on Earth to others who have gone before at the Rainbow Bridge), I would like to acknowledge that there have been many heartbreaking pet losses in 2016. Far too many. I don't write about them all, I tend to write about those whom I feel closer to through their blogs, through my pets,  through their humans, or all of the above. I in no way, mean to ignore the heartbreak that anyone else is experiencing who has lost a pet. The loss of a pet causes horrific pain, I know, and you know that as well. My heart goes out to ALL who have experienced what to me, in MANY cases, hurts MORE than losing a human.

"All about our truly best friend"
Easy and his Mom
Hoping she doesn't mind that
I stole this photo from her blog

"All about our truly best friend." Those words are written on Easy's home page and  speaks volumes about the love that Easy's Mom and Dad have for him. They are also darned funny too! From "Mischief Mo(A)nday to See Beautiful, DIY Thursday, to always acknowledging American holidays (for those that do not know, Easy lived in France), to experimenting with recipes, the list goes on and on as to how Easy spoke through the fingers of his typist and shared raucous humor, touching moments, scary DIY fails, disgust with his humans, and always, always  love.

I learned that a "salamander's ass is DARK!!!", that the "postman came to Easy's crib", that an "elephant skate" is a car, that many blog posts began with a simple "Hell-o" or "H-ello" depending on Easy's mood.  I would laugh when anything came to Easy's home and I would hear "Give it to the Weimaraner, Give it to the  Weimaraner!!" 

Easy was always one of the first (and often one of the ONLY ones to comment on Dakota's blog.) Easy's Mom won a number of doggy cookbooks from Dakota too, why? Because she was often one of the only people kind enough to enter.

From birthday cards and sweet comments, Easy cared about others. I could cite countless moments where that was the case.

Easy was a young dog when he passed last week. I am still reeling with shock.  My heart hurts that he is gone. My blog travels will never be the same.


"Living Life Day by Day With Love....."
Pam "Mom" and Sammy"
Yes, I stole this one too
from their blog
I was trying to remember when I first met Sammy and his Mom, it seems as if I have known them forever! I think they are two of my original friends I made when I first began blogging.

I immediately felt close to and understood by Pam because Sammy was her "only" pet, and for many, many years my Angel Bobo was MY "only pet." We called them our "kids" because neither of us ever had human children of our own. 

I instantly was drawn to Pam and Sammy because her imagination and kind heart just pours out of her fingertips (Sammy was a polydactyl kitty so typing was out of the question for him!) and into her blog. Pam (and Sammy), don't have an ill word to speak about anyone. 

It is hard to believe I have followed Sammy since way before he was "The Bacon King and Teaser Tuesday King, ("Hello Class!!")." 

I have only won Sammy's Teaser Twice!

 Sammy hosted fun events, (as did Easy), shared his wisdom, humor, kindness and love freely. He often acted as a mentor to new bloggers, he and his Mom always offered a helping hand and paw to all.

Like his buddy Easy, Sammy's birthday cards were always some of the first that we received, (in fact, this year, before he left for the Bridge we received a Christmas card!).

 Sammy was well into his senior years and had some health issues, but myself and many, many others thought for sure he would rally to see his 17th birthday, January 1st. Sadly, that is not to be

A common thread stands out when I think of Easy and Sammy. They thought about and cared about  others more than they thought about themselves

Easy and Sammy's parents blogged for them simply out of love for their pets,  AND GENUINE LOVE AND CONCERN  FOR ALL OF US.  

 They were larger than life because the love of their HUMANS for THEM and ALL OF US, came shining through.

   Other than being adorable in their own right...
that was "the magic that was Easy and Sammy."

They were and are deeply loved......
They will be sorely missed.....................

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cat Show: Just Cat-In Around Cat Fanciers’ annual show comes to Maumee, OH December 10-11, 2016, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This Cat Fanciers’ Association affiliated show will be held at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key Street, Maumee, Ohio, 43537, on December 10-11, 2016, from the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days. Up to 42 different breeds of pedigreed cats, as well as non-pedigreed cats, from throughout the United States and Canada will compete based on written standards for their breed. Spectators are welcome to attend this family-friendly event.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.™ (CFA) was founded in 1906 as a not-for-profit association of member clubs and is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. CFA’s mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of ALL cats.  CFA promotes education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide.  CFA and its affiliate clubs work nationally with local shelters to help humanely reduce homeless and feral cat populations and to encourage voluntary neuter/spay of pet cats. To learn more about the Cat Fanciers’ Association, the pedigreed breeds of cats, or to find the nearest CFA cat show, visit their web site at

Friday, December 2, 2016

#Sponsored : Holiday Gift Ideas For Cats and their Humans!! #Nutrish Pets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my furiends! It's Cody!!!  The holidays are just around the corner (this year is super cool because Chanukah and Christmas fall TOGETHER!!), then Jewish cats like myself don't feel left out watching other kitties and their humans celebrate Christmas, because WE get to celebrate our "Eight Crazy Nights" at the same time! 

With that thought in mind, Mom and I wanted to share some of OUR favorite finds that we have reviewed on our blog that are more "home-oriented",  and some interesting gift ideas from the  Nutrish Pinterest Page  that  are also more "home-oriented" that Mom and I feel would make great gifts!  We hope you enjoy our post!


CuddyCatPillow from Triple T Studios!

Cat Themed Rolling Pins from Sweet Rolling Pins

use discount code: ILOVEBAKING To receive 25% off!! Expires December 31st of 2016

Amazing Tree from Pet Tree Houses

 "Pottery Inspired by Our Love of Pets" Unique Hand-Crafted Ceramics

4 Paws Pottery makes  
 lead free, and microwave/dishwasher safe ceramic items for pets and pet lovers. They can also personalize their products with the names of your pets!!  You can find their full collection of pet ornaments, and their stamp gallery, at their website:!




"This easy-to-make and inexpensive DIY Pet Hammock
 is the perfect place for your fur-baby to relax. #NutrishCatCrafts #CollectiveBias"
Pinned by Nutrish For Cats "Cat-tacular DIYs

Article from Typically Simple:



WITH THE: "Some Purrs and Quiet" Shower Curtain


Pinned by Nutrish for CatsTech Savvy Felines Board

I hope that you like the gift ideas that Mom and I presented to you! While you are either starting or finishing up your holiday shopping, don't forget the pets who aren't as fortunate as you and I. Don't forget the pets who have no homes.   One of MANY reasons why Mom and I love Nutrish is because Rachael Ray GIVES BACK!!!  
A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.
So, in this season of giving, while your humans are out picking up more holiday presents, tell them to pick up some Nutrish too!! It's a win-win!!  Delicious Nutrish for YOU and they will be giving back to animals who are in need. 
 In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish super-premium food and treats for dogs inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. (My woofie brother, Dakota has been eating Nutrish since 2008 and he didn't even have a blog til 2011!!)  In 2014, (after listening to me meow---kidding!!!) Nutrish was very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. That excited ME and TONS of other kitties!!! Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.
All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent. 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Come Fly With Me To My House Sammy!!!

Hi my furiends, it's Cody! There is a special event going on tomorrow, (hosted by Madi and Easy),  in honor of our dear friend Sammy from One Spoiled Cat.  (This post was written before we heard the shocking news yesterday of Easy going to the bridge. We are devastated, simply devastated. For those of you who follow Dakota, we posted there). Sammy posted today that Easy would have wanted the event to go on as scheduled, so here is the special event that Madi and Easy created. The event is called:

Here is what everyone is supposed to do:


Because we have a sponsored obligation for tomorrow, we are doing our post a day early because we love Sammy and his Mom so much and we do NOT want to miss out!

We have no place exciting to share,  just our backyard, because sometimes "all you are looking for is right in your own back yard!!"

In our case, we think Sammy would enjoy seeing these silly geese that came by the other day! You know what Mom calls them? "BILL COLLECTORS!!" MOL MOL! Because geese have "bills!!" Get it??? MOL!! 

I think Sammy would enjoy sitting in my cat tree with me watching these guys out the window.

So what do you think Sammy? I sure wish you could come over and join me!!! Love you pal, always will, Mom does too and we love your sweet Mom as well!!

Thanks to Dory for posting the linky early so we could participate early!!


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