Monday, September 1, 2014

Enter to Win! Book:Bailey Boat Cat, Adventures Of A Feline Afloat by Louise Kennedy. World-Wide Give-Away!

Ahoy Kitties!!
It's Cody and I have some exciting news for you!!!  One of our kitty furiends has pawed a book! Oh YES he has!  My furiend is Bailey Boat Cat,  a Seal Point Siamese, and the "self-proclaimed admiral of the sailing vessel Nocturne." Mom and I have been following his blog since it first began in October of 2012.

Mom and I were first intrigued by the incredible photos, and of course who WOULDN'T be intrigued by a kitty who has been cruising the Mediterranean since 2011 with Captain "Dad" and his First Mate "Mum?" His blog is so unique!
His book is unique as well!
The world has known its share of famous nautical cats, but few have the personality, purrsonality, sailing know-how, and the take-charge attitude of Bailey! When you read the book you will see why!

We are deeply honored to be one of a clowder of kitties who were offered the oppawtunity of reading Bailey's book before it hits the bookstores in the U.S. on September 2nd! (It is already available in Australia and the U.K.)

 Kitties, Mom and I just finished reading Bailey's book,  and I gotta tell ya, the photographs are equally as stunning as the ones on Bailey's blog (maybe more so!). There is sooo much information packed into this 96 page hardcover about life at sea that it will have you shivering your timbers!!!

You will learn about:

  • Sailing Skills
  • Safety at Sea
  • Galley Grub
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Playtime on board
  • and MORE!!!

Before I tell ya about one of my favorite parts of this book, take a peek at Bailey's famous book trailer!

From Bailey Boat Cat: Whether it be describing life on a bot, sending Meowday messages, scrubbing the decks, or calculating clouds, this irresistible First Cat look at sailing is a must read for anyone who is cat-crazy, loves sailing, or lives a life at sea!

Also, sprinkled like catnip throughout the book are some of Bailey's Whisker Wisdom:

"There is no better place on a hot day than the shade of a sail"
"To be curious on a boat is to have the world at your paws."

Ready for my favorite part?

We all know that cats LOVE string and rope right?
Well, that is true for boat cats as well!
Bailey tells us about:

Five knots
every boat cat should know
They are the:


See? I told ya you can learn a lot about sailing and the life of a boat cat by reading this book! I give it FOUR PAWS UP!!

Now I have some exciting news for you my furiends! If you would like to learn why cats are far more qualified to sail than dogs, and if you want to experience first-hand Whisker Wisdom from a cat who knows his boats from buoys, there are TWO things that you can do!!!!

1) Visit the Bloomsbury/Bailey Boat Cat SUPER PAGE and you can receive 50% OFF by entering the code "CarenCody"  (The book retails for $15.95. This code is for the U.S. only, and you MUST purchase the book DIRECTLY from the publisher's website).  You can also find a list of retailers where the book can be purchased on the same page  NOTE! The discount code is not applicable for those sites.

2) Enter our world-wide give-away!!!!
The publisher has generously offered to mail a copy of Bailey Boat Cat to THREE LUCKY WINNERS LOCATED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!!! All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below!  (There is one mandatory entry and 2 where you can earn extra chances to win!) GOOD LUCK!!
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Official U.S. Publication Date:September 2, 2014
ISBN: 9781472906502 Hardcover, 96 pages
eBook: 9781472906526

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review or give-away. I was sent a copy of Bailey Boat Cat, Adventures Of A Feline Afloat by Louise Kennedy in exchange for my honest review.

It's Labor Day in the U.S.

It's Labor Day!! Sorry. but there will be no "laboring" around here if I have anything to say about it!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Try New Simple Solution Super Absorbent 30 Day Cat Litter!! Give-Away! Six Winners!

Hi all! Glad you stopped by!

For the past few months Cody and I have been on a mission. We have been trying out various brands of cat litter, and over the next month we will be sharing our opinion of a couple of them!

Many of you know that for MANY of Cody's seven years on this earth, I was using another brand, and that for the past couple of years Cody was a Catvocate of that brand. Cody and I still like that brand quite a bit, but due to packaging/size changes, formula changes, price increases, to name a few, we have decided to investigate other litters. Change is GOOD, right? But CONSTANTLY having to scoop litter clumps isn't!!!

Cody and I were thrilled to have been contacted by the super nice folks at Simple Solution. They asked if we were interested in testing their litter, and we jumped on board in the litterbox! Welcome Simple Solution Super Absorbent 30 Day Cat Litter!

Most cat owners would agree that there are a minimum of FIVE requirements that a cat litter must meet in order for it to be deemed "effective." They are:

  • The litter must help keep their home free of cat litter odors
  • Simple Solution is the only cat litter on the market that stays odor-free for 30 days
  • that it require little maintenance
  • There is no scooping of litter
  • Simple Solution litter is 300% more absorbent than traditional litters.
  • that it is lightweight and easy to use
  • it is about half the weight of competitive standard clay litters
  • their cats must love it.
  • Cody has no complaints!

Now, my review isn't quite like others, because for the past 2 months I was STILL mixing Simple Solution litter with my "old" litter. My results and testing I am certain are a little "off" because of that.  That being said, my experience was positive. Even mixed with my "old" litter (and as of this writing there is MUCH MORE Simple Solution in Cody's box than our old litter), I noticed among the other benefits listed above,  a marked difference in odor, a positive difference! There IS less tracking and less dust as well. More importantly, Cody has adjusted to Simple Solution Super Absorbent 30 Day Cat Litter quite well!

I love that the box has instructions for NEW users such as myself:
Most cats transition easily to 30-Day litter. For finicky felines, we recommend the following steps:

  • Pour a 2-inch layer of 30-Day litter into a clean litter box
  • Add a layer of your current litter thick enough to cover the 30-Day litter
  • Use less of your current litter each time you clean the litter box

Simple Solution is a clay litter. The unique attapulgite clay is so effective, it doesn't need to clump-so you don't have to scoop urine (just poop!!). Attapulgite clay is a unique, lightweight mineral that quickly attaches to, absorbs, and traps moisture and odor. (Other clay litters are made of bentonite, which doesn't have these benefits!)   It is also a rather pretty color, see the texture and color for yourself!

Other claims that 30 Day Litter makes that are  true are:

It is COST EFFECTIVE! It truly DOES last longer than other commercial litters which enables cat owners to spend LESS money on litter! Money is tight for many of us so this is an important benefit. This is a KEY reason why I find it to be so intriguing and beneficial for my litter needs.

It is GENTLE on your cat's paws. The litter has a soft texture and it is infused with aloe which makes it easy on the paws!

MY OPINION: I am quite satisfied overall with Simple Solution 30 Day Cat Litter. The ONLY thing I missed was the "flushability" factor of my previous litter. But, when you don't have to scoop urine and are only scooping poop, you are spending considerably less time scooping, PERIOD which makes it  that much less of an issue. Also, the "other" litter has removed "flushablity" from their packaging because that claim is now open to debate.

For me, the scent wasn't overpowering or unpleasant. I found it to be just right. As I mentioned earlier, Cody likes it and has adjusted quite well. That, the convenience, the money saving factor, and ease of use makes it a winner in my book  Cody's box!!


Simple solution cat litter is available in 2 sizes, 9lb and 15 lb. Price: $10.99 to $15.99--LESS than my previous litter. ( I have the 15 lb box and it has lasted AT LEAST 2 months)



WANT TO TRY SIMPLE SOLUTION LITTER? They have generously offered SIX of my readers who reside in the U.S. OR CANADA the chance to win a 15 lb box to try for themselves!!! (A $15.99 value). Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below! GOOD LUCK!!!!

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In Full 
Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received compensation for writing this review and conducting this give-away. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. I make it a point to ONLY feature products that I either USE, WOULD USE or that I feel will be of benefit to my readers. My reviews always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

When a donation brings an unexpected gift

On August 26th I was reading about the Announcement for Sparkle's Memorial Service

and knew that I was going to make a donation to Tabby's Place, as was requested above:

Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary
1100 US Highway 202; Ringoes, NJ  08551

908-237-5300 ext. 235  908-237-5311 (fax)

What I DIDN'T know was that I was going to be blessed with a new friend! After I made my donation, I was gifted with the most heartfelt and warm email from Angela Elizabeth Townsend, the Development Director at Tabby's Place.

I have donated to MANY places and causes throughout the years, but none have taken the time to respond with a thank you that exuded such warmth.

She conveyed her sadness at Sparkle's passing and also gave me the added treat of attaching this!

With a caption that read
"Brielle sends you her thanks and love "
and at the bottom of her email she wrote:

PS: As I type this email, Brielle,
 one of our sweetest Special Needs cats,
 is keeping me company.
 She sends you her purrs (and asked me to attach her photo as her thanks to you).

I was so taken by the story behind this cat,
that  as a tribute to Sparkle, I have joined other bloggers
who have already signed up to sponsor a kitty.
I signed up to sponsor Brielle!

Here I thought it was ME who was hoping to honor Sparkle's memory by simply making a donation to Tabby's Place. In the end it was ME who felt that they received a most unexpected and most welcome "gift." The GIFT of helping Brielle!!

#Catification Winners!!

Thanks to all who entered our give-away for a copy of:

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They both have blogs too!
Pamela's is:

And George C. is 
none other than:

So happy you won!
Mom will
be in touch soon!!!

Love, Cody

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