Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Find! Thirsty Cat Fountains And A Give-Away!

Hi everyone it's Cody! I am here to tell you about a catabulous product that I was lucky enough to try, and YOU are going to have a chance to win one for yourself!

We had an ongoing problem in our house. I wouldn't drink out of my own water bowl. I would only drink out of Dakota's bowl and Mom was worried that because of my food allergies that wasn't a good idea.
Ancient and oh-so-blurry
photo of me drinking from Dakota's bowl
before he got his new feeder
and before I got my new fountain!

Mom tried everything. All sorts of cute bowls were put before me, but nope, I wouldn't use them.

Mom wasn't able to make it to BlogPaws this past summer but Kate Benjamin from ModernCat was kind enough to send Mom all sorts of info about the new
  Catification Lounge! Mom was so excited when she read about these GORGEOUS cat fountains that looked like works of art called:
Click here to visit them!
Mom had a feeling these fountains would be the answer to her prayers, so she contacted the talented Keith Davitt who sells these great fountains on his Etsy Shop , and asked if he would be interested in being featured on our blog. Much to Mom's (and my) excitement he agreed! He even sent me my OWN fountain! Check it out!

CORRECTION FROM CODY: I just received an email from Keith informing me that my Mom did not assemble my fountain correctly.

My mother is not the most adept at assembly and following instructions and it certainly wasn't her intent to cause anyone "embarrassment" by not having the fountain properly put together. 

These wonderful fountains come with a HAND-MADE CERAMIC LEAF OR SHELL which should not be standing on the side as Mom has depicted it. The purpose of the hand-made ceramic leaf or shell is to cover the cord or feedthrough INSIDE the fountain. NOT as Mom has shown them in the photo. The properly assembled fountain looks like this:

Once again Mom and I apologize for putting the fountain together incorrectly but you know what? I'm a cat and all I care about is that the water tastes good when I drink it and that the fountain is beautiful. 

From Keith's Etsy shop: "Cats need to drink enough water and it is well known that cats much prefer moving water. Whether flowing up, down or sideways, these fountains encourage your cats to drink,contributing to their health, with none of the negative effects that come from China-made or plastic cat fountains or fountains with difficult to clean corners. As to food-safeness, a lack of lead in the glaze is not sufficient. Has the glaze been tested for leaching of colorants or other chemical components in the glaze? Ours have."

Not convinced your cat will use one? I am the KING of shunning new things! LOOK AND LISTEN!! The sound of the bubbling water just might put you to sleep.

Mom and I think this fountain is superb. We couldn't be happier and my water tastes the best it has ever tasted!
GIVE-AWAY! Keith was kind enough to offer one lucky reader of Cat Chat (U.S. only please) a fountain of their own! If you would like to win one please leave a comment telling us why you would like a fountain by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH AT 11PM EST.
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leave a comment for each task you completed with a way for Mom and I to contact you if you are the lucky winner! If we have no way of contacting you, you lose!
Winner will be chosen by and will be announced MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th....GOOD LUCK!

Rabbit-flavored kisses,

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Don't Worry, Be Happy" with PURINA® BE HAPPY™ You Can Win A FREE T-Shirt!


Be Happy™ Helps Keep Pets Healthy on the Inside
 and Happy on the Outside 

From the looks of the above photo it sure looks like Cody needs a dose of happiness doesn't it? He needs to learn how to:

It would be a whole lot better if he looked like THIS!

Watching a cat soaking up the sun reminds us that there’s more good in the world than not, if you just know where to sniff it out.  That’s the philosophy behind a new brand of cat food inspired by the enduring happiness pets share with owners. Be Happy™ debuts nationwide with calls to action for owners to join the happiness movement. 

   cat soak 

Be Happy is a new pet food brand by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company that celebrates happiness as a way of seeing the world. The brand has infused that philosophy into the packaging for its 100 percent complete and balanced dry  cat food varieties, and into its social media properties, including its Facebook page and mobile photo app.

“We looked at the way our pets see the world and were inspired by how they just seem to instinctively know the secrets to being happy,” said Aaron Williams, Be Happy brand manager. We’re celebrating our pets as our happiness heroes. We’ve incorporated this philosophy into everything we do, and are encouraging pet owners to join our happiness movement online.”

In just three months, the brand’s Facebook page has grown to more than 100,000 highly-engaged fans. The Be Happy fans create e-cards, customize their own T-shirts and upload photos from the Be Happy mobile photo app available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. The app enables people to customize photos with visual elements like dog ears, hearts, borders, the Be Happy characters and thought bubbles for happy messages.

In addition, the brand launched a Pinterest page that includes a board for “Happiness Art,” featuring original craft projects inspired by the Be Happy philosophy. To experience Be Happy on Pinterest, please visit

Be Happy is a dry pet food available nationwide in cat and dog formulas. It helps support strong bones and teeth, healthy vision, and healthy skin and coat. In addition, the brand offers the Purina Happiness Guarantee: if a consumer is not completely satisfied with his or her experience, Be Happy will provide a refund.

Be Happy is available in two varieties for cats:
-          Deep Sea Duos Crunchies with Ocean Fish and Salmon Flavors
-          Poultry Pair-adise Crunchies  with Chicken and Turkey Flavors

Be Happy is available in two varieties for dogs:
-          Beef Flavor
-          Chicken Flavor

For more product information about Be Happy, please visit For social engagement, please visit us at


Here’s how we’re hoping you’ll help share the happiness too! The Be Happy™ Facebook page has an area where their fans can create custom t-shirts. The great folks at Purina are giving me 5 free t-shirt codes to give to 5 WINNERS! U.S. ONLY PLEASE (sorry!!!)  All you have to do is create photos with the app or website and submit them to us. Submissions MUST BE POSTED ON the Cat Chat With Caren & Cody Facebook Page  by 11pm EST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th. Cody and I will pick 5 winners and announce them on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12th and we will send the FREE T-SHIRT CODES to the WINNERS!!!


About Be Happy™
Be Happy brand dog and cat foods are manufactured/distributed by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestle Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestle Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A. -- the world's largest food company.

In full disclosure: we were not compensated for this post. We are members of the Purina Cat Blogger Panel and are happy to share this information with our readers!

Wordless Wednesday- Gimme Some Words!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


For two days only, MHS cats and kittens can be adopted for free at three locations

5 kittens marching_Ed Serecky

Michigan Humane Society Certified Pre-Owned Cats are made in Michigan, loaded with adorable features and include a thorough multi-point inspection. Now, for a limited time only, MHS is offering a special deal to move these cats and kittens off the showroom floor and right into more loving homes! For two days only, Friday Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1, the adoption fee for all cats and kittens at MHS’ three adoption centers, in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland, will be waived! That’s right, for $0 down and 0% financing, you can drive home with your very own MHS Certified Pre-Owned Cat!

The MHS multi-point inspection includes no-cost microchipping, spay or neuter surgery, all age-appropriate vaccinations, the 60-day MHS Adoption Guarantee and much more. All adopters will meet with an MHS Adoption Counselor to ensure that the pet will be a good fit for their family, home and lifestyle.

MHS launched the Certified Pre-Owned Cat program in 2009 to help spur cat adoptions during the most difficult months of the year, when cat intakes increase dramatically. The program has received national recognition as a fun and lighthearted way to use Detroit’s reputation as the Motor City to help promote cat adoptions and save more lives.
Fido kitten -by Merideth Gillhespy

Adoption hours at the three Michigan Humane Society “showrooms” in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Potential adopters can also check out a listing of adoptable cats and kittens online at more details, call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Take Your Cat To The Vet Week

Hi everyone it's Cody! Mom and I are  a little slow this year, so we are betting that most of you know that August 18 through August 25th 2012 is "Take Your Cat To The Vet Week".  (You can read about it here) When it comes to my Mom taking me to the vet, she doesn't need much prodding.

Mom knows that it is impawtant that I see the vet and adheres to the guidelines stated by The American Veterinary Medical Association that I see the vet at least twice a year.

Believe it or not, I am unlike most cats in the respect that I really don't mind going to the vet (aka, "Dr. Smiley") and if you believe that you need your furry little heads examined. With the frequency of my allergy flareups, Dr. Smiley and I  have our little tete-a-tetes well over twice a year!

The hardest part is getting me into my PTU (personal transport unit). I can make my body feel as if I weigh as much as a boulder!  How does Mom get past this? What is Mom's technique? She tricks me by offering me food I fall for it every time, grabs me, mid-bite no less, and literally stuffs me into the carrier as if I were a turkey being stuffed into the oven for Thanksgiving! Gentle? Heck no! She grabs me and just SHOVES me in! Kitties I am NOT kidding!

Now that my Dad has retired, he often assists her in this heinous act. He is responsible for operating the dreaded vet mobile! They do try to make the trip as pleasant as possible. They play music from the 60s or 70s on the car radio, they are soooooo with it, NOT!  Mom pets my nose while I glare through the bars of my PTU at Dad.

Sometimes Mom and Dad double their fun and bring Dakota too:

Our vet recently remodeled their building and exam rooms which is great for the humans! They have a HUGE new waiting area, coffee and  fresh new human litter boxes...  BUT they offer NO TREATS for kitties!

Dr.Smiley is as nice as ever, he does his "thing" and I do mine

 Don't let the above photo scare you, all I do is  make pitiful squeaking sounds. Then I happily walk back into my PTU and it's "on the road again!!!!!!!!" (if video won't play, click here to watch on YouTube.)

All kidding aside, I am grateful that my Mom and Dad are evil. If they weren't, they would never keep up with my vet visits. My trips to see Dr.Smiley are so impawtant to my well-being and if I didn't go to see him regularly, I could possibly be one sick kitty!

So kitties,  sharpen your claws, pull yourself together and go and visit your vet! You'll be glad that you did! Well, maybe not, but you will stay healthy!

Rabbit-flavored kisses,

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday- Surprises, coincidences and the joy of an unexpected kindness

There are  many things that I love about blogging.  One of the things that I love the most are the people who read Cat Chat!   It boggles my mind that I have readers in countries all over the world and that in the U.S. I am fairly certain that I have at least one reader in each of the fifty states. Everyone who blogs can say the same. But have you ever wondered about having readers in your own back yard? What if you were merely going about the business of  completing your daily errands and happened upon someone who recognized not only your name, but your BLOG?  I had this happen a few weeks ago and I was literally blown away!

 I  was visiting my local bank  and the  teller was reading my deposit slip and  said, "Caren Gittleman! I know YOU! YOU write Cat Chat!! I LOVE your blog!!!"  I stood there dumbfounded. I have readers everywhere but never once have I met anyone locally who not only recognized my name, but tied it to Cat Chat!  I felt like a celebrity!

Then, a couple of weeks ago my husband came home from the bank with a bag, no he didn't rob the bank and says, "This is from ______ she said to give this to you."

I opened the bag to find these!
She included a note
that said:
"The left paw raised means wealth,
the right paw raised means protection"
What made me gasp in surprise was the unexpected gift AND  the coincidence that just a week or so earlier I had sent nearly the EXACT kitties  to a dear blogging friend for her birthday. Then out of the blue, someone gives ME the SAME kitties!

They couldn't have come at a better time. I hadn't been feeling well the entire summer, and I was  about to have my next lithotripsy . I was overcome with having received the most unexpected and touching thought and gift from someone that I barely knew.

A few days later my new friend emailed me and told me that since she is a huge cat lover, she has all sorts of kitty items that she had picked up through the years and had no room for, she asked if I would like some.

 Here are a few of the  treasures that she sent home with my husband for me.

I ADORE this lamp!
You can't see but it is a CAT!
It is so pretty lit as it is now
It leaves a most beautiful
image on the wall 

A "gray kitty" Suncatcher
I have it hanging in my kitchen
She said the kitty
reminded her of Cody

In her lovely email I learned that my new friend has had 14 cats and 6 female Siberian Huskies!  Currently she has 6 cats and 2 huskies.

 She mentioned that as we would imagine a "small fortune has been spent over the years taking care of 20 pets" but they have all "so enriched her life and given her joy, love and companionship" that she couldn't imagine not having them. She went on to say that "being broke when she retires won't really matter!"
It is the unexpected connection, the unexpected surprise, the unexpected kindness that one shows to another that are gifts that money can't buy. I am thankful to know such a thoughtful and caring person and hope that one day I can warm her heart and face with the glow of being the recipient of an unexpected act of kindness,  the way she warmed mine!
What about you?

What surprises, coincidences or unexpected acts of kindness have you been the recipient of lately or have you recently given these gifts to another?

Tell me, I would love to read about them!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Winner of the $25 Walmart Gift Card from Non-Toxic Spot Shot® Pet Aerosol! Semi-Wordless Wednesday

Wanna know who won?
We know you do!!
Thanks to all who entered!!!!

as chosen by


Concatulations Debbie!

Mom is on her way to Facebook 
to message you right now!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cat Keepsake Boxes By Cat Artist Deborah Julian-A Guest Blog By David Stone

It’s summer. Cody and Caren deserve a day off; so I’m filling in. I’m here to tell you about the artful style with which my favorite cat artist has re-invented wooden keepsake boxes.

"Billy" box top

It’s not just because Cody and Caren deserve a day at the beach. It’s also because there’s something new and different for cat lovers.

Deborah Julian isn’t your everyday cat artist. She’s a cat artist with a sense of humor and a gift for creativity. When I asked her to illustrate Travels With George: Paris (a book I wrote and Caren reviewed), she captured the spirit in my traveling cats story, but I also really liked how often she made her illustrations amusing.

Since then, adding to her cat art, she launched a unique series of Famous ArtistsCats in which she imagines painters from Van Gogh to Picasso and what their lives would be like if they had her cats “helping” with the artwork. It’s one of the most interesting – and funny –  collections of cat art you’ll see.

When she said she’d soon be using decoupage to decorate wooden keepsake boxes, I was eager to see the results. Her keepsake boxes, based on cat art already created for prints, cards and magnets, turned out better, more richly colorful and useful, than I imagined. Taking familiar household items and making them beautiful is an art in itself.

Caren Gittleman, who usually commands this space, became one of the first buyers. “I bought one and love it, “ she says of her Cat In Degas’ Hat Shop  decorated keepsake box.
Box that Caren bought

Caren's box on her desk

Caren's box is used for paper clips!

The wooden boxes come in a variety of sizes intended to fit uses from single treasured pairs of earrings to boxes big enough for letters, mementos or jewelry collections. Thinking decor, they can even be bought in matched sets.

In our home, decorated wooden keepsake boxes serve as simple accessories, nothing inside, and, also, as place to stash keys in addition to the expected uses.
"Cezanne" box

As a handmade artist, Deborah starts out each box by painting its unfinished surface with an accent designed to complement the cat art still to be added. In a tricky multi-phase process, she reworks existing artwork by reducing the image to a smaller size appropriate for the specific box.

Sometimes, this requires adjusting the image to make it fit the space available. Elements may be added or, more likely, deleted.
"City Cats" cube

The trickiest part, requiring many hours of training and practice involves applying decoupage to the image after mounting it on a box. Expert decoupage, which requires multiple steps and drying times is made more difficult by Deborah’s own curious cats, since they just have to know about that new smell, etc.
"Handle With Care"

A finished keepsake box is topped with art that seems embedded in the wood, not merely attached. It should look like it was painted in, and with hers, it does.

"Home Sweet Apartment"

Her cat art is great. I love it and am happy to see it reach cat and art lovers in an all new way. To see more of her cat art decorated wooden keepsake boxes and consider adding them to your home or delighting your friends with gifts, click here.  SPECIAL OFFER FOR CAT CHAT READERS!! Deborah is offering a 15% DISCOUNT JUST FOR YOU! Just enter the code  CatChat15 at checkout on either Deborah Julian Art or Deborah Julian Photography !

You’re going to love what you find.
(Thanks to my friends Caren and Cody for the space!)

From Caren & Cody: a special THANK YOU to David Stone and Deborah Julian for this most special guest post! We LOVE our box and admire and use it EVERY DAY! It was a pleasure to feature you!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"PURR MICHIGAN "Michigan Humane Society's "Pure Genius" campaign aims to increase feline adoptions during challenging summer months

Hot off the presses! When I received this email from Michigan Humane I was so overcome with the  sheer genius of this campaign that I immediately HAD to share it with ALL of you! Please share with rescue organizations in your own great state, who knows all of the good that could be accomplished?

Beautiful landscapes. Soaring vistas. Michigan's own, Tim Allen’s voice murmuring over a soft piano. Those of us  who live in the state of Michigan are  familiar with the Pure Michigan commercials, which invite tourists and “staycationers” to see Michigan's  uniquely scenic beauty for themselves. The campaign has been wildly successful in marketing Michigan as a travel and tourism destination. Now, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is aiming to be just as successful in finding new homes for our feline friends with the launch of its “Purr Michigan” videos.
“The warmer months are extra challenging for animal shelters and rescue groups across the country due to the high number of cats that come through the doors,” said Michael Robbins, MHS Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “In ‘Purr Michigan,’ we want to bring attention to a serious problem in a fresh, funny and unique way. Given how rewarding cat ownership can be, everyone will want to experience ‘Purr Michigan’ firsthand!”

MHS is initially launching the two web videos detailing the benefits – and at times, the unexpected bumps in the road of life, as a pet owner. 

MHS has also launched a new website located at The site will include these two and all future web videos, cats available for adoption, recipes from Chef Meow-io Batali, fun cat-related facts and much more! It’s all part of an effort to get more people to adopt cats from MHS or other animal welfare organizations.

All adoptable cats at MHS include spaying or neutering, microchipping, and age-appropriate vaccinations. Feline adoption fees range from $20 to $65. For more information, please call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263).
The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

Free Pet Fitness Evaluations August 18th, International Homeless Animals' Day® 2012-As Part of 200-Cat Adoption Event August 17 thru August 19th At Bloomfield Pet Supplies Plus

Veterinarian Jonathan Ross of Ross Hospital for Animals in Bloomfield Hills says that obesity has become one of the top killers of dogs and cats, and he wants to do something about it.  Dr. Ross will provide free pet fitness evaluations at the Bloomfield Hills Pet Supplies Plus Pet Fitness Fair on August 18 being held in conjunction with the store’s 200-cat adoption event August 17-19.
According to Dr. Ross, overweight cats and dogs suffer from the same serious health conditions as overweight humans, including heart, kidney and thyroid disease; diabetes; hip dysplasia and arthritis.  While all of these conditions can be managed in the short-term, they significantly reduce a pet’s life span.  For example, a medium -size dog that is 20 pounds overweight can have its life span cut by one-third. 
"Boo" must lose weight
Before she can be adopted
Photo Courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus
“People think that they’re making their pet happy when they over feed them or give them too many treats,” Dr. Ross says.  “They are actually harming them.  We are seeing young dogs having difficulty walking and cats under age 5 with diabetes.  Pet obesity is a huge pet health problem.”  

Dr. Ross will conduct fitness evaluations of dogs and cats that include a body mass and weight assessment, and provide tips on early disease prevention and
nutrition information.   Vaccines and feline leukemia and heartworm tests will be
provided by VIP Pet Care.                              
The Pet Fitness Fair will also reach out to humans who want to get in shape with free computerized health screenings and healthy cooking demonstrations courtesy of Better Health Market of Bloomfield Hills.
Saturday is also:
So please consider coming out and ADOPTING

August 17-19, a 200-cat adoption event will feature all different cat breeds, colors and personalities from Oakland Pet Adoption Center in Auburn Hills and Roscommon Animal Shelter in Roscommon, Michigan, all looking for good homes.  Adoption fee of $59 includes spay/neuter, vaccines and tests.  Adopted cats and kittens get a free wellness exam courtesy of Ross Hospital for Animals.  The 100th cat adopter gets a $100 Pet Supplies Plus shopping spree and the 200th adopter gets a $500 Pet Supplies Plus shopping spree. 
 “At each adoption event, we are reminded how unique and special cats are,” said Addy Shattuck, owner of the Bloomfield Hills Pet Supplies Plus store, who has adopted out more than 5,000 cats from her stores.  “Unfortunately the shelters are overcrowded, so we are trying to do our part to find more of them homes.  We are excited that we will be working with both Oakland Pet Adoption Center and Roscommon Animal Shelter in this event.”
Roscommon Animal Shelter, in Roscommon County, Michigan, recently completed an extensive shelter renovation and has implemented an aggressive low-cost spay and neuter program.  Shelter director Terry MacKillop says the shelter will transport pets anywhere in Michigan if there is the potential for them to get adopted.   “If it means that an animal will find a new home, we will go to any means to get them placed,” he said.
The 200-cat adoption event hours are from 4 p.m. To 8 p.m., Friday, August 17; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, August 19.  The Pet Fitness Fair will run from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 18.
The event is being co-sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus and Better Health Market.
The Bloomfield Hills Pet Supplies Plus is at 2057 S. Telegraph, north of Square Lake Rd.  For information, call 248-333-7545 or go to    

Tips for keeping Fluffy & Fido fit
To help keep you your cat or dog in shape, Dr. Ross offers these tips:
  •  Resist overfeeding.  Do not leave bowls of food out all day. Instead designate regular mealtimes with portion control.  Keep treats to a minimum.
  • Feed cats and dogs high quality pet foods that are low in carbohydrates.
  • Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise and playtime. 
  • For weight loss, follow a gradual plan, ideally under a veterinarian's care.  Rapid weight loss can cause fatty liver disease in cats.




AUGUST 18, 2012

TAYLOR, MI 48180
Pepper-Domestic Shorthair

9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Adults $6, Seniors $5, Kids (6-12) $4
Grand Premier Dulcimer Billy Flynn (aka Popeye)
Popeye is a 3 yr old Cream colored Persian

Free Parking 

This is a new venue with more vendors!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Heart Shaped Sleeping Cat-Semi Wordless Wednesday

Back in July I took a photo of Cody, it wasn't until after I was uploading it that I realized that strangely enough, his sleeping form resembled...what else? A HEART!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Yeowww! Catnip Banana from

Hi my kitty furiends!! It's Cody! You know how much we all love our Catnip Bananas right? Well, I'm here to tell ya about a NEW catnip banana called the:

YEOWWW! Catnip Banana 
You can read about the banana
on their website right here

Visit  their site to find
all sorts of really cool things!!
you can visit them right here
When they named this delectable banana YEOWWW!
they weren't kidding! Wanna see? Check it out!

The catnip in this is catabulous! Don't believe me? Watch!

If you would like to 
get YOUR groove on
click here!

Peace, love and catnip,

I was not compensated for this post. I was just given my catnip "fix", that's all, I promise. All opinions are my own however tainted by a catnip haze that they might be.