If you’re anything like me, you might spoil your cats. My cats have heated beds, which doesn’t mean anything because they sleep in bed with us. Not only do they sleep in bed with us, but I curl into a little ball so they can stretch out in the bed! During the day if they’re sleeping on the couch I will sit on the floor because I don’t want to disturb them! Occasionally they let me squeeze in between them on the couch for some good ear rubs!
So here was the idea. I was going to tell you all about how much our cats love Tender & True cat food (because they do). I was going to photograph Toes specifically because she is always my food model, because well…. the lady loves food. But then I took out a few cans of Tender & True food and instead of Toes, all 5 cats showed up. Go figure! One sniff of their favorite food and I’m surrounded by my fur babies!
If you know Toes you know she loves 2 things the most, food and snuggles. So as you can imagine, a day filled with delicious food and cuddling would make Toes one happy girl! If you follow this blog you know I’m a big fan of farm to table living and recipes, so when it comes to my cats I’m a big believer in farm to bowl too. Ok, farm to bowl to table because sometimes Toes is fancy and eats at the table! Don’t tell her Dad though, it’s our secret!
With the baby here, we’re still juggling how to spend time with our 5 furry babies and 1 human baby. As I mentioned earlier in a post, Enceladus is 100% a cat lady already. She LOVES the cats and the cats LOVE her. Since Toes and Goblin are the youngest, I imagine one of them is going to become her best friend in the years to come which is really exciting. I think Toes is going to especially become her best friend when Enceladus starts “accidentally” dropping food from her high chair. Speaking of food, here Toesey Woesey!
As soon as Toes hears the pantry door open that holds her food, she comes running! One crack of the food can and Toes is circling my feet, meowing, begging for food! It always cracks me up because those 10 seconds it takes for me to bend down and put the food in the bowl seem like eternity to her!
Today I’m spoiling Toes with Today with Meox Mix Simple Servings and showing you all the ways we love her! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.
This past July our baby (the furry one) turned 2 years old. Can you believe that Enceladus was born on Toes birthday? How’s that for knowing our cat family is aligned with some type of animal magic in the world! Looks like July 2 will forever be the day where we throw a birthday party filled with presents, cake and Meow Mix cat food.
We never planned on adding a 5th cat to our family, but in typical cat family fashion, it just sorta happened. A neighbor found Toes in a restaurant’s back yard. Toes is a long haired beautiful Maine Coon, so she isn’t your standard “street cat”. The woman put up “found cat” signs in the neighborhood and online. No one claimed her. The woman was going to take her to a shelter that didn’t give high hopes, so I stepped in and said we would take her and find her a new home. By finding her a new home I didn’t think it was going to be our home, but after I met her for the first time, I came back to our apartment in tears and told Matthew we had to save her, we had to adopt her, we had to love her, we had to spoil her, and she was meant to be in our family. So that was that. The next morning Toes arrived at our door and along with her came the biggest loving heart you’ve seen in a cat. How did this cat that immediately jumped on my lap, purred, and head butted my chest end up on the street? I don’t know, but I’m sure glad we were able to save her.
Celebrating Xanadu’s 11th Birthday with lots of cat food! Show your cats you love them by throwing them a birthday party feast! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.
A few weeks ago Xanadu Pluto turned 11 years old. Oh my, 11 years old already…?! Is this what it feels like when suddenly your daughter asks to buy lip gloss on her 11th birthday? Heart break. I consider Xanadu my baby. We adopted Xanadu when she was 3 months old in 2006. At that time we were a 1 cat household (Essy was the only one) and we only lived in NYC for a year. We had no experience with Siamese cats, but decided after a visit we were going to bring her into our home. Matthew went and got her while I straightened up the house to await her arrival. I had everything ready for her – new toys, a new bed, cat food and plenty of treats. Why wouldn’t she fall in love with her new family? When she arrived at our apartment, we took her to the bathroom for a transition period. Essy was outside the door listening as this new cat meowed her way out of the travel carrier. Have you ever heard a Siamese cat meow? It sounds just like a baby, and it’s slightly terrifying when you hear it at first. I can only imagine what Essy was thinking!
As Xanadu meowed after leaving the carrier, she quickly let her Siamese cat traits be known. Within 5 minutes she was standing on 2 legs, clawing at the bath towels, wrapped in them, tearing them down. Matthew and I looked at each other, both love in our eyes, realizing she was going to be a handful.
It’s breakfast time with Goblin! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CANIDAE® Under The Sun®.
Goblin had a fantastic Sunday morning. It involved chin rubs, cheek kisses, finally pinning his 12 pound Maine Coon sister (Toes), chasing some plastic and getting to see a bird land on the air conditioner outside the window. The bird was pretty much the highlight of his year so far and he has been pacing by the windows ever since waiting for the next bird to arrive. After all that fun, Goblin was hungry so it was definitely breakfast time.
We have a pretty regular dining schedule with the cats that usually always starts with the cats buttering us up with a leg rub, kiss and plenty of hungry meows. When putting their bowls down I have to walk slowly as my 5 hungry fur babies circle my feet.
Show your cat you love them on Valentine’s Day with a tasty meal!
I love our cats so much that I like to make holidays extra special for them, especially Valentine’s Day. No, I won’t be sending them flowers or chocolate, but instead I’m going to give them what they really want – a tasty meal! Toes loves food. Her favorite hobby is licking gravy out of bowls, while batting her Maine Coon eyelashes at me. One loud purr (she’s really loud) from Toes on my lap, and it melts my heart and makes me spoil her with whatever she wants. In the morning when my alarm clock goes off, she bursts through the bedroom door, jumps onto the bed and hops on to my chest purring with morning excitement. Is she excited to see her Mom? Or is she excited for breakfast? Well, probably both, so I decided to combine them and give her a great Valentine’s Day breakfast made by her Mom this year.
First, start out by giving your cat a Valentine. Hand it to them and watch them either rub their cheeks on it or completely ignore it. Toes ignored mine, no hard feelings taken.
Do you love your cat? Do you want to be the best Cat Mom ever? Then serve them a tray of food and treats and wait for the kisses in return!
It’s not going to surprise you guys but I love our cats. I really really really love our cats. Xanadu Pluto, FiFi Bofinkles, Brother Bear, Goblin, Toes, Essy (RIP) – I love you guys! I love you when you’re happy, I love you when you’re angry, I love you when you’re sick. I even love you after you throw up in my shoe (it’s especially funny when you do it in Dad’s shoe!). Because Toes is our baby (of the family – I know she doesn’t look like a baby, she’s a Maine Coon, she’s confident of her womanly body!) and I like to spoil her I decided I was going to surprise Toes with a breakfast fit for a Princess this week. Toes is somewhat of a food Monster, she lives for eating, so I know she was going to be one happy girl. Want to know the key to Toes heart? It’s soft food.
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The title is true. I’m declaring my love for Brother Bear.
In typical Maine Coon fashion he’s a gentle giant. Because of his size if he looks at any of the other cats in the eyes, they will run away because they don’t want to wrestle with him (Brother always wins). But don’t let that fool you. Brother is a sweet heart, and loves to be cuddled and kissed by his Mom. He’s scared of the smallest of storms and demands to hide in my underwear drawer until the storm passes.
He’s a quiet boy, doesn’t really like cat toys or treats, instead just likes to lay near you (never on you) to protect. When I go to sleep, I stand with the bedroom door open, knowing that he will show up in a few seconds to go to sleep near me on the floor. When I wake up in the morning, he will jump off the dresser and follow me out.
He’s a shy boy to strangers and likes to sleep in the bedroom if we have friends over. As soon as he hears the front door close and knows his Mom and Dad are alone again, he’ll make his way out and rub his head all over us.
Toes, she’s kind of the best. In July we’ll be celebrating her 1 year Anniversary with us and I can’t really express in words how much we love her. She’s brought energetic, loud purring, full of kisses, love into our house. Since she’s youthful (vet think she’s around 2) she’s brought a playfulness that Goblin needed. Goblin is a wild man, so he needed a partner to be wild with (Xanadu is wild, but she will also judge you if she’s not in the mood). Toes acts like Goblin’s Big Sister, cleaning his head and ears every single day, dragging him back to her if she’s not done. You’d think Goblin would hate this, but he loves it. If I could jump into Goblin’s brain when he’s being cleaned by Toes I imagine hearts bursting all over.
Toes, she’s a good girl.
Toes is pretty shy around strangers (in typical Maine Coon fashion of being a gentle giant), so I thought I’d e-introduce you. Here’s a look at a day in the life of Toes.
Xanadu joined our family when she was 3 months old. She was a handful from the start. Everything you read about Siamese cats being cunning, intelligent and vocal are all absolutely true. This was our first Siamese cat and I remember being shocked by how chatty she was, how her meows sounded like baby cries, and how good she was at problem solving (or starting problems). Here she is minutes after joining our family.
Xanadu has seen us go through so much with work and life. She took care of Essy in her last days and has welcomed 3 other cats into her home (clarification: she does not welcome FiFi Bofinkles into her home – they will never get along).
It was a lazy Sunday and I was at home alone. I had work to catch up, emails to write back, and a recipe to make but somehow I couldn’t stop watching Big Love on HBO Go. Also I couldn’t psychically get up because I was surrounded by my crew, you know, the furry cuddly ones.
Yup, my best buddy cat crew: Brother Bear, Goblin, FiFi Bofinkles, Toes and Xanadu
Xanadu is the Queen of the house. She lets everyone know by crawling onto my lap, glaring at anyone who looks at her and swiping a paw at them if they try to take her place.
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*This interview is true. Nothing has been fabricated. FiFi Bofinkles really told me these statements And yes, I use a kitchen tool as a microphone. We are very professional here at BFG.*
Hey FiFi Bofinkles. You are looking good today. Can I get your thoughts on some new food?
“Thanks Mom. Did you mention food”?
Oh I did. I wanted to get FiFi Bofinkles opinion on Meow Mix® Heart Healthy + Oral Care food because she’s kind of a food expert. She’s spent her last 15 years eating lots of food, and then asking for more food. She’s spent those years bullying cats to be the first one at the bowls (and the last). There’s not a can of food or a treat that FiFi Bofinkles doesn’t like. Ok, she doesn’t like lemons. She wanted me to tell you that.
I hope my cats don’t read this and think I’m disrespecting them. Cause I’m not. It’s just a question I often wonder…. How can my beautiful angelic little furry cats be so stinky sometimes?
If you have cats you probably know the situation. Everything will be perfect at home. It’s a great day. You’re on your computer winding down, a cup of tea in one hand, when suddenly the smell hits. You glance around the room. Then you hear it. Scratches in the little box. Scuffle of paws on the ground. Then you see a cat burst out of the litter box, throwing litter everywhere. They run away, leaving you in the now stinky area of the house. Suddenly all the cats are now teamed up, glancing at you, making it feel like you caused the smell.
Let’s just get to the point. This is the best cat bed/cat cave ever. Seriously. I don’t usually proclaim things “the best” but we’ve never had a cat bed that’s performed this well with all of our cats. Every single one immediately went to sleep in this bed, as well as lounged and wrestled for it. We only have one bed, and I think I need 3 now because there’s a waiting line outside of it. I feel like one cat will stay in there for as long as they can until they either have to eat, or another cat tries to be brave and fight them for it.
Tips and suggestions on How to Travel In a Car With a Cat!
Last, last weekend we went back to Pennsylvania we went back to visit my family. This is my annual pilgrimage to Pennsylvania where Dad feeds us calories to last us a month, while I poke around in picture books and share memories of where I grew up with Matthew. Since my Dad hasn’t been up to NYC in a while that means he hasn’t seen his favorite Meowza girl, Xanadu.
My dad has a sweet relationship with Xanadu and Xanadu loves being spoiled by him. Since he was missing her, we decided to take Xanadu back to Pennsylvania with us. She’s done this road trip before so we figured she’d be fine again. We also took Toes because my Dad hasn’t met her yet and she’s a awesome girl.
Not to tell you the outcome of the story this quick but Xanadu didn’t like her road trip. Actually she really hated it. She didn’t like any part of it, except when we left my Dad’s a day early to come back to NYC because of how sad Xanadu was. Something upset her during this road trip and she didn’t take well to the car ride there, or his house.
During the car ride, Toes crawled out of her carrier and into Xanadu’s to comfort her. It was a tight fit, but this did stop Xanadu from meowing. This was also another example of how sweet Toes is.
Once we got back to my dad’s house it got worse. The meows stopped, but instead of being excited to see her Grandpa and his new house she was scared to go anywhere. The only place she wanted to go was in my room and under the bed. Here she is, begging to go into my bedroom. Ignore the deer, I was trying to play with her.
If she in the bedroom with just me, she was calm. At night she slept with me under the blankets, just like at home. But once the door got opened she freaked out. If anyone came into the bedroom she ran under the bed until they left and then I had to sweet talk her out. By the first night I was already feeling like a horrible Cat Mom because Xanadu obviously wasn’t enjoying her time and that was the most important thing.
So Matthew and I decided it was time to go home early. As much as it broke my heart to say bye to my Dad a day early (and how I could tell he was equally sad) we loaded the car, said our goodbyes and drove back to NYC. Once in the car, it’s almost like Xanadu knew she was going home. She was purring, she slept on my lap being rubbed, and once we got back to our apartment she didn’t hide or act scared. Instead she walked out of the carrier, jumped onto the couch and got comfortable.
Oh and if you’re curious… Toes loved Pennsylvania! With a fire place to get warm near and endless amounts of gourmet food that their Grandpa got them, she was being spoiled.
Next time we’ll travel we’ll be bringing along all the Feliway products we can fit into a car. Do you guys know about Feliway? We’ve used their diffuser a few times in the house, more specifically with Essy when she was older and with FiFi Bofinkles because she tends to get stressed and territorial (that leads to bathroom accidents). With the diffuser, you plug it into the wall and it releases a “Feline Facial Pheromone,” which is naturally produced when cats are happy and feeling comfortable in their environment.
By releasing this the cats will feel comforted while reassuring them they are safe if they are coping with a difficult situation (traveling, new house, territorial cat, friends over during the holidays, etc). If you’ve visited your animal clinic you might have noticed they often have Feliway products in their exam rooms.
Their products not only come in the diffuser but now they offer spray and wipes which are PURRFECT for traveling.
With their purple cat blanket, all I have to do is spray a little on it or use a wipe, then the cat feels much safer and comforting. You can use the spray directly in their carrier before a vet visit too. I do this when I have to take the cats in taxi cabs to calm them down.
We try to make as many things as we can. Matthew is a handy man so that means our dinner table, bed, living room tables and more were all made by him. On our walls are photos we’ve made or illustrations we’ve commissioned artists to do. Even my favorite sweatshirt has sweet Goblin’s face on it.
When it comes to the holidays for gifts and decor I’m all about customizing as much as I can. I hand stamp the wrapping paper. I made the gift tags. For our greeting cards, we always like to personalize them as much as we can to make them stand out and cause the recipient a smile.
For this year’s cards I decided to try to dress Goblin and Xanadu up… and you can see it went great. So instead of scrapping the idea, why not use the failed photos for a laugh?
Wobbert brings all the boys to the yard.. and the girls… and the yard is my house.. and Wobbert has treats in his belly.. and this isn’t exactly a Kelis song but the beginning of this post was too good for me to pass up. La la-la la la.
You guys, Wobbert. Life is all about Wobbert right now.
Remember when Tickle Me Elmo was huge and your parents stood in line for 8 hours for you so you didn’t cry on Christmas morning? I feel like if your cats find out about Wobbert, it’s going to be like that. This is honestly one of our cats favorite toys ever. How much does Toes, FiFi Bofinkles, Goblin, Brother and Xanadu love him? I made a video so you can see.
Here were the first impressions:
Toes – a master at food in general. Took her only a few minutes and she was throwing it down and eating up those treats.
Bofinkles – thought she could headbutt Wobbert down but eventually she got it. She really likes eating the ears.
Goblin – rather confused by this all, didn’t really like anyone watching him, but gave it a try. Brother, Xanadu – they were sleepy, so they were upset that Mom was dragging them out of their bed to try Wobbert.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that me and my FiFi Bofinkles have a special relationship, some even say romantic because we kiss so much. Yeah, we really love each other.
Bofinkles is my babydoll and this month she will officially be with us for 6 years. We adopted Bofinkles when she was already a senior cat at 9 years. Now she’ll be turning 15, some might call that a old lady, but Bofinkles would swat you if she ever heard you say that. Bofinkles story is interesting. She was born in South Carolina, so she’s a Southern Belle with drama. Ask Matthew, he can’t touch her without her biting me. But me? Oh no, I can do anything to her and she will drool happily. We’re BFFs.
Almost 6 years ago to the day Matthew rode the subway to the last step in the Bronx. It’s a long ride there, but there was a treasure there waiting to be brought home. We were about to adopt Brother and give him a forever home. We first saw Brother online on a adoption site and fell in love with him. It didn’t take much persuading to quickly make this a 3 cat home (at that time it was only Essy and Xanadu). With vet papers in hand, pink carrier in the other (sorry Brother!), Matthew took the subway back home to Brooklyn where I was waiting for him at the door like the super excited cat lady you all would imagine.
First funny story, the Vet papers called him MIKE. Seriously, a cat named Mike. That’s hilarious and horrifying at the same time. Everytime I look at his papers I laugh. Mike! Unbelievable. Thankfully Brother agreed that his name was horrible so he happily approved of Brother (or Brother Bear for his Mom and Dad to call him).