Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Cat Amazing EPIC! the Ultimate Puzzle Feeder for Cats Kickstarter Campaign!

Hi Humans and Furry Furiends!! I am so happy you could join us on Global Cat Day for a most AMAZING, PAWESOME AND EPIC ANNOUNCEMENT which will benefit the Cat Amazing Shelter & Rescue Enrichment Program, and the well-being of YOUR CAT(s)!! 

Cody and I know that many of you are HUGE fans of the original Cat Amazing Treat/Puzzle Box which is an enrichment toy that enables your kitty to use their brain and hunting skills to search for treats. Cody and I are also proud that we were among the FIRST cat bloggers to review the original Cat Amazing way back in 2012!!! 

For the past five years our furiends at Cat Amazing have taken the feedback they received on the original Cat Amazing Treat/Puzzle Box and began thinking of ways to improve it. They spent approximately the  past TWO years in their "lab" working on making it bigger, tougher, more challenging and better looking, while still utilizing the multiple difficulty levels. They also kept it planet-friendly, kitty-safe and easy to assemble....the result?


Introducing... Cat Amazing EPIC!

"The Ultimate Puzzle Feeder for Cats!!"
"The puzzle feeder designed to bring the stimulation of natural hunting behaviors to indoor cats"

When Cody and I were asked to give the Epic a test run I was delighted. Cody has a night time ritual of having treats virtually every 5 to 10 minutes. He whines and paces and is annoying. Being an indoor cat, the arrival of the EPIC! was timely because it gave me a chance to test-run a Puzzle Feeder that would CHALLENGE Cody by using his mental and physical abilities to get his food, just as cats do in the wild.

 The ease of filling his food bowl was definitely making eating every 5 to 10 minutes from 10 pm on, much too easy! Cody was the poster child of overeating, eating too fast and going around the house and chewing anything he could get his mouth on if he felt the food wasn't being served fast enough.

 After assembling my EPIC! (which was remarkably EASY, even for me!!), I tried it out with Cody. Truth be told at first Cody wasn't a fan. He walked to the EPIC! then back to his food bowl, then back to the EPIC! then back to his food bowl. He eventually gave in when he realized his treats/kibble were NOT going to make an appearance in his bowl........

Then, after the initial introduction, I heard Cody go over to the EPIC! multiple times during the day and in the evening. SUCCESS!!!! Not only was he getting his beloved treats/kibble, but he was also using his MIND and his PAWS!!

 "Chronic boredom is a detrimental condition afflicting indoor cats, resulting in behavioral problems like aggression and destructiveness, and stress-related behaviors like excessive grooming, crying and listlessness."



 “EPIC! stimulates natural feline behaviors to explore, scratch, sniff and retrieve hidden rewards.”

 Cat Amazing EPIC! is meticulously crafted to the last detail and has a modern design. After I had assembled mine, I was thinking that it would be so much fun to take crayons or Sharpies and color in the pattern on the EPIC! but unfortunately I didn't have a chance to do so. One day soon I think I will! 

The EPIC! easily assembles into three levels and seven compartments where treats and dry
kibble are be hidden.


 The heavy-duty double-layer cardboard outer shell contains openings of various shapes and sizes, strategically positioned to provide access to the treats inside. (In my photo above on the bottom right, there are 3 shorter pieces that I did not photograph).  Cody had to work to get his kibble/treats, just as   your cats have to work their paws and their brains to retrieve their tasty rewards!!  The internal compartments can be rearranged to adjust the difficulty level to match your cat's abilities – from Easier to Harder – and the setting is shown on the Level Indicator which is located on the side of the feeder as shown in the photo above.

 As many of you know, Cat Amazing is eco-conscious and the EPIC! Is 100% biodegradable !! It is also durable , and is printed with plant-based, cat-safe inks.


 Look at the Great Time Cody Is Having With His EPIC!



The original Cat Amazing has succeeded because of YOU!! Your kitties LOVE IT! Your cat(s) will love the EPIC! too! Please help make Cat Amazing EPIC! a reality!!!! All of the human and furry hearts at the Cat Amazing headquarters will be forever grateful!! Once  you see how much YOUR cat(s) love the EPIC! you will be thrilled that you helped make it a reality!!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The EPIC! Kickstarter campaign officially started at noon today, (October 16th).  Cat parents and cat lovers have a great chance to back the project and benefit from a 30% discounted price, and to provide their cats a happy and enrichment-filled life.

"A portion of all Cat Amazing proceeds goes toward funding the company’s Shelter & Rescue Enrichment Program, which provides enrichment products to cats awaiting adoption, as well as educational materials to new cat parents. Aggressive and destructive behaviors in the home are a top reason why cats are tragically returned to shelters (ASPCA Rehoming Survey). The Cat Amazing Shelter & Rescue Enrichment program aims to address this problem with toys that help shelter cats socialize in advance of adoption and learn to release their energy in healthy ways."


Photo Courtesy of Cat Amazing EPIC!






All information about the features of the product and consumer feedback are available at the product launch website at www.catamazingepic.com 

Disclosure: We received an EPIC! to test run, share on our blog and to offer our opinion before the Kickstarter campaign began. We were not financially compensated.Being a Cat Amazing EPIC! Kickstarter partner the affiliate links in this post may earn us a small commission.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Captain America is Halloween-Ready on "BOOLATRY!!" (Better known as "ZOOLATRY")

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's CAPTAIN AMERICA!!


Halloween has arrived early over at Boolatry!!! Cody is delighted to help kick-off one of our most favorite holidays of the year!!

When Ann posted on her blog looking for volunteers for costumes, both Cody and Dakota  JUMPED at the chance to purrticipate!!

Ann captured Cody's adventurous, brave and also sweet "purrsona" purrfectly with the darling graphic above. 

We LOVE what Ann wrote about Cody on her blog to describe this photo:

CODY is the Captain.  Captain America.
Fighting evil.  Doing good, avenging wrongs to make them right.  
Strong and brave and loyal.  Kind and caring and loving to all.
A gentleman of the highest order.
CODY ~ super hero!

Thank you so much Ann! We love it!! If you think THIS one is cute though, just wait until you see Dakota's which will be posted on October 24th...it is HILARIOUS!!!!

Thanks Ann for such a great Halloween kick-off!!!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Emma's Gift" Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes, A Memoir by Katherine Mayfield

It is unusual that a book's dedication can sum up perfectly and succinctly, the message that a book is sending. In "Emma's Gift ,Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes by Katherine Mayfield" the dedication that author Mayfield has written to her "soul kitty", Emma, does just that.

"To Emma, who taught me how to love, and how to love myself. Thank you for seeing beyond all my problems and faults, and showing me the beauty of my soul."

It's the unconditional love of our pets that often gives us the validation that many of us never received both growing up and as adults. It is through the devotion that our pets show us that we learn that we are WORTHY of love.

I think an animal's unconditional love is most noticeable to our wounded souls through the first pet we have AS AN ADULT. It is often the first pet we had as an adult whom we had the deepest bond with, when that pet leaves us, the pain is unfathomable and often unbearable. Many times we try to replicate the unconditional love received from the first pet with all ensuing pets.

The way we are lead to our "soul pets" is often serendipitous. I believe it is something that is out of our control. We are led to the pets we are SUPPOSED to have WHEN we are SUPPOSED to have them.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"She Was God in a small, furry package"
Do animals reincarnate in order to renew and strengthen the loving bond they have with their humans? This heartwarming memoir suggests that they do.
Emma's Gift: Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes describes how the author's lifelong loving relationships with cats taught her to love herself after a difficult childhood, understand her deepest self, and reconnect with her soul and the energy of the Universe.
Raised in an unloving family where love and affection were lavished on cats, the author bonded with felines instead of people, and grew up with a sense of her truest self as a cat underneath the false self she developed to please her parents. Emma's Gift tells the story of how a close feline friend encouraged the author in her journey to uncover and nurture this tender, fierce aspect of her soul so she could step out from behind the mask and live more authentically.
Emma's Gift is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans--the eternal, loving bond that transcends the physical dimension. Packed with amazing insights about our current civilization and the human-animal bond, this heartwarming memoir will touch your heart and broaden your perspective on the nature of Life itself.


Available in print wherever books are sold. Kindle version available on Amazon; Epub available through Apple IBooks and Kobo.

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY:Normally I include snippets of my personal feelings/experiences in my reviews but this one hit SUPER close to home in reference to some things from my childhood, and with posts staying on the internet forever, I have chosen to pass on conveying my personal feelings and experiences.

Suffice it to say that once again I believe in life there are no coincidences. The animals sent to us are sent to us EXACTLY when they SHOULD be. It is through the love of animals that we find OURSELVES and Author Katherine Mayfield writes about her ongoing recovery from an abusive childhood, her self-discovery, her experiences, memories and love of cats beautifully. A true MUST READ.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Katherine Mayfield is the author of an award-winning memoir, The Box of Daughter, which is the story of her journey of recovery from family bullying in childhood; a book of humorous essays, The Meandering Muse:Uncommon Views of Everyday Life; a guide to coping with a dysfunctional family, Stand Your Ground; a guide to recovery from bullying, Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What to Do About It; and other books. Visit her website here.


We received no financial compensation for this book feature. We received a copy of "Emma's Gift" in exchange for our always honest opinion.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Affordable, High-Quality Window Treatments for your Home that are SAFE for Your Cat from ZebraBlinds and Savings for YOU!



I can't tell you how I cringe when I see photos of cats lounging in windows with improper window treatments. By "improper window treatments" I am speaking of curtains and primarily window blinds that have string cords attached to them or the rods that you pull to open the blinds or drapes that hang from the side (like a wand in a cat's mind).

When a cat sees a cord dangling from window blinds the first thing they see is a TOY. The cat reaches for the cord and can become tangled. The cat would inevitably become terrified which could cause the cord to wrap around it's paws, it's body...or  worse, it's neck which could cause it to be strangled. Rods that attach to blinds/curtains also pose dangers, the cat can cause the drapery or blinds to come crashing down if they attempt to play with it, which would terrify them...or worse......possibly kill them.

I am ashamed to say that for over 17 years I lived with the blinds featured below.

Not only are they hideous to look at, but they clang and crash in the wind, they allow heat and cold to come through the windows and do not block the sun adequately. (We get the late day sun which in the summer makes our second story condo, HOT). Many of you were experiencing hotter than normal temperatures last summer and we were no different. What did I do to try and block out part of that afternoon sun? Look at the embarrassing photo below:


Don't say I didn't warn you! It's embarrassing and disgusting! I had to put a sheet up to block some of the sun. I had to also keep two sides open so that Cody could sit in the window. This is disgusting to look at!

Last summer I joined Dealspotr  a website where influencers can find products to promote. A company named:



who posted that they were looking for individuals to test and promote their blinds. I visited their website, loved what I saw and applied thinking that no way would they ever approve a cat blogger! It was my LUCKY DAY! They did!!!

ABOUT Zebrablinds.com

They offer the most affordable blinds and shades found online. You meeasure and install yourself, using their  guidelines or live help, and save by getting the best prices online through ZebraBlinds. ZebraBlinds provides the products directly from the manufacturers, including everything you need to install. Free shipping and free samples available.
Tbeir products range from simple and affordable aluminum blinds to high-tech smart motorized shades that are compatible with home automation and voice assistants such as Google Home.
Whether you are looking for a new blind for your living room, looking to experiment with home automated smartblinds, or you need to do your whole house, they have a variety of products available at the lowest prices found online.

Photo Courtesy of ZebraBlinds
cordless-tdbu-mirage-blackout-cellular-shade-crown

From the first day I was put in contact with Jeff Lee from ZebraBlinds the customer service that they provide was evident. Not only was I incredibly annoying asking zillions of questions, I was concerned about the measurements I provided being correct. Jeff was more than patient addressing all of my concerns and answering all of my questions. He helped me figure out which blinds would be best for me based on my top concerns:

1) Safety for Cody
2) Their ability to block out the late day sun
3) Their ability to help block out drafts in the winter
4) They had to be aesthetically pleasing


ZEBRABLINDS OFFERS:

 A huge selection of customizable blinds, shades, shutters and draperies.
When you shop at ZebraBlinds.com, you can choose from thousands of styles, colors and types of window treatments. From solar shades and roller blinds to blackout shades and traditional draperies, they have what you are looking for!  All of their products can be ordered in a wide range of sizes and colors, with the add on options you want, so you can create just the right window treatment for you. 


Do you have unusually shaped or very large windows that you simply can't find treatments for anywhere else? They can help you there, as well with their custom sizing options. 

I have a living room window that is rather difficult to fit, the blinds that Jeff and I agreed would be best for me are the  Cordless TDBU Mirage Blackout Cellular Shades Crown

 ZebraBlinds.com,  offers free samples. Just sign in to your account and hover over any color or style you want to order. Their free samples let you try out the fabrics, styles and colors that interest you, all in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Jeff helped me with everything, when I couldn't decide between two of the colors that I wanted, he sent me free color swatches in the mail of the two so I could make a decision. I couldn't be more thrilled with the color that I chose which is called "Tussah". 








From the moment I placed my order ZebraBlinds updated me in a timely and professional manner letting me know the order was received, how I could track it and when it was expected to arrive.

When my blinds arrived it came with the hardware that was needed for easy installation as well as printed instructions. (The instructions are also available online and are clear and easy to understand).


I am not handy at all, nor is my husband but my incredible son-in-law kindly offered to put the blinds up for me and I have to say he had them up in probably less than 20 minutes!!




All you need is a small 3-step stool, a hand drill and a tape measure. All of the hardware is provided!




My shades have the The Cordless Top down Bottom-Up combined feature that will be particularly great when summer returns. I can choose to open as much as I wish at the top and the bottom.

As I mentioned I think I drove poor Jeff crazy with questions and emails throughout the process that pertained to measuring, ordering and installation he is the perfect example of the superb customer service that ZebraBlinds provides. ZebraBlinds has an "unwavering dedication to customer service."
At ZebraBlinds.com, they believe that low prices and an amazing selection aren't enough. They also want to offer a pleasant and hassle-free shopping experience. That's why they offer live customer support with a dedicated and friendly team of support specialists. If you ever need them, they are here to help. They also offer free shipping on most of their  products.

ZebraBlinds  stands  behind what they do!

Their 100% money-back guarantee is applicable on all first orders under $50. If you’re unsatisfied for any reason, you have 30 days to return your product for a refund. 
In addition to their money back guarantee, they also offer a limited life time manufacturer warranty on most products. Our warranty gives you extra peace of mind.

The Final Test: What Did Cody Do?


Cody immediately returned to his spot in the window. He sniffed at the blinds and hasn't attempted to scratch them. He has MORE ROOM than he did with the previous blinds and doesn't have to crash into them to sit and look out the window. I have the blinds open even higher today to allow more light in and to give Cody a wonderful view during the daytime hours. I also have peace of mind that he won't have a window rod/wand that he could knock everything down with. Cody didn't miss a beat and I think that HE prefers them too!

I couldn't be happier with my experience with ZebraBlinds, from the initial stages of decision making and questions, through the delivery, installation  and use of the product. I am ecstatic!!!! The shades are high quality and I am LOVING looking at them.

Now..........what to do about my DOORWALL??? Hello ZebraBlinds, I WILL BE BACK!!

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 This post is sponsored by ZebraBlinds. I  received the blinds at no charge. ZebraBlinds is not responsible for the content of this post. ,  Cody and I only share information we feel is of interest to our readers.


 
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