Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Update & Happy 5th Birthday Piper!

~From the desk of Sandpiper Cat Blog ~

Hello friends! It has been a little while since I wrote, but boy have Piper and I been busy over here. In May 2015, I attended the annual BlogPaws Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. It was so much fun to catch up with all of my blog friends and even some of the pets! I was starstruck when I met Waffles and Katie from Glogirly!

I got to hang out with Ingrid King from The Conscious Cat and Christine Michaels of Riverfront Cats, and go on a tour of the Nashville TV Show filming locations. Nashville is a super fun city and it was great to explore with so many of my friends. We also spent a lot of time in the Catification Lounge by Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther. Sandpiper Cat Blog is working closely with some of the awesome brands we met there to develop lots of fun reviews and giveaways coming soon.

For those of you who have been with me since the start, you probably know about Piper's unique story that led to this blog. But seeing as today, September 9th, 2015, is Piper's 5th birthday - I thought it would be a great time to share her story and remind readers about the importance of animal rescue!

Piper was a foster when she arrived in our household, only seven months old and pregnant. I had started my blog to chronicle Piper's delivery and the process of raising kittens and adopting them out. But that plan soon changed.

 The first night I had Piper in my room, she started to deliver her kittens - but she was only 20 weeks along out of 40 weeks. The delivery was two hours long and needless to say, none of her kittens made it, which was very difficult. Piper had to have an emergency spay the next day as she still had a kitten inside of her.

We brought Piper home after her emergency spay, and I nursed her back to health. She had medication to take and we had to watch for anemia (which at one point caused an emergency trip to the vet) and keep her activity level down.

Every night, Piper slept next to my head, in the crook of my arm. Needless to say, we bonded very quickly and I became attached. So it was only fitting, that we adopted Piper and she became the lucky number seven cat.

Even though my original intent for the blog did not work out, I decided I would keep writing and updating my friends about Piper's life. And then I found my other blogging friends and attended the BlogPaws conferences - and suddenly I realized that writing about cats was one of my passions and something I wanted to continue! Hence, the Sandpiper Cat Blog you are reading today.

And today happens to be Piper's 5th birthday! It's been a great 5 years with my lucky girl and I look forward to many more!

Friday, July 10, 2015

National Kitten Day 2015

Today is National Kitten Day. It will be a fun day for us cat-lovers to celebrate, but it also ties into something very important to Best Friends Animal Society. Because of the around-the-clock care that they require, kittens are one of the most vulnerable populations in animal shelters across the country. And this is nowhere more apparent than in Los Angeles, where in 2014, 61% of animals killed in shelters were kittens. Best Friends wants to change that, but we need a new kitten nursery to save an additional 4,400 lives and help us succeed in making LA a no-kill city.
Image courtesy of Best Friends.

Well, if LA can become no-kill, it can serve as a model for the rest of the country. If Best Friends can solve the issue there, then it can be done anywhere--the very heart of Best Friends' mission to Save Them All.
Image courtesy of Best Friends.
Best Friends is working hard this month to educate people about this important cause and asking for help to raise the funds needed to get the additional kitten nursery. So Sandpiper Cat Blog is spreading the word about this lifesaving campaign to #SaveTheKittens this National Kitten Day. You can learn more (and supporters can make a donation) here:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Review/Giveaway: Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing

One of my fondest childhood memories is being read great stories before bed, by my parents. We never had a short supply of great cat books. Many of which I still think about from time to time.

In the many years since my parents read my nighttime stories, there have been so many awesome cat books published! I'm excited to be reviewing "Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing" by Ann Cerino, illustrated by Kathy Kunsman. Stay tuned to the bottom of the post, for a chance to win a copy of "Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing!"

"Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing" is the second book in the Carmella series. The first book is "Carmella the Cat," in which children ages 2-8 learn about how Carmella, a stranded orange and white tabby kitten,  was rescued and adopted into a loving 'fur-ever' home, and what it means to be responsible for another living being. Additional books in the series will come out in 2016 and beyond.

Written by Lehigh Valley, PA native, Ann Cerino, 10% of sales from the books are donated to animal shelters in the Lehigh Valley area.

The "Carmella the Cat" series is based on true events of author Cerino. Cerino found Carmella's litter in a flooded drainage ditch, and Carmella was the only one who survived. Cerino rushed Carmella to the vet, where Dr. Ackerman saved Carmella's life and treated her until she was ready to be adopted.

The real Carmella!

In the first page of "Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing," I love the attention to detail of the cat toys on the floor. All toys that my cats play with, especially the springs!

The illustrations of Carmella in action match perfectly with the playfulness of cats! It is so easy to picture your own cat playing along the way Carmella does.

Carmella learns a valuable lesson on fishing in this book - which is also a great lesson to be taught to children who have pet fish, pet cats or both!

"Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing" is definitely the kind of book my parents would have read to me as a kid. The simple wording in this book makes it easy for kids to be able to recite it from memory and use that as a tool to learn how to read. I certainly know that was the way I learned how to read.

Carmella the Cat's website is also a great place to visit with your kids, after reading the story! It has a cute little game where you can help lead Carmella home. There are also a few coloring pages you can print out!

Carmella's books are available for purchase on the Carmella the Cat Website, Barnes and Noble (Carmella the Cat, Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing) and Amazon (Carmella the Cat, Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing)

And now for a giveaway!

Giveaway Rules:
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  • Winner contacted by email, must reply in 48 hours.
  • Giveaway to run from 12 am EST 6/1/2015 to 6/8/2015 at 12 am EST.
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Receiving a complimentary copy of the book did not influence this review or anything we stated. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cat Themed Smashbox Cosmetics!

You know how sometimes you see a product and think, "that has my name written all over it?" That was my thought when I saw the new Nicki Hilton for Smashbox Cosmetics Cat-Eye Kits!

Nicki Hilton has collabed with Smashbox Cosmetics because of her love for their products! "I also love the sleek, sexy packaging," she said.

I love the black cat wristlet that comes with each make up set. It is a great way to store your make up, or use for a night out on the town.

Each kit retails for $54.

There are three different Cat-Eye Kits in L.A. NaturalNY Classic and London Colorful.

L.A. Natural

Hilton chose these three different styles because she is a "style chamelon because I like to change my look based on my surroundings."
London Colorful.

Why the cat theme? Hilton loves cats! She has two, Mac and Cheese (um, I'm obsessed with these names!).

New York Classic

"I love what cats stand for - they are elegant, mysterious and sexy. They always land on their feet. Also, they're very fashionable, so I thought it would be sweet to focus on cats. A Cat-Eye is such a classic way to play up your eyes and you can make it more modern too!"

Right now on Smashbox's website, enter code "nicky" for free mini samples (ends 5/31/15).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Imperial Cat Vehicle Scratcher

Imperial Cat is a brand known for their Modern Cat scratching pads. Just in time for the upcoming Indy 500 car race on Sunday May 24, 2015 - your cat can cruise in style in their own race car of choice.

Imperial Cat has a unique line of Scratch 'n Shapes scratchers, that are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

"Available in shapes like the racer and convertible, the scratchers are contoured to fit perfectly with your cat while providing an ideal surface that keeps your feline's claws honed and healthy. Not to mention, you'll be giving your stylish cat the perfect car option for all their cruising and scratching needs."

In addition to getting regular claw trims, Piper scratches to keep her claws in perfect shape.

Piper got a chance to test out a racer vehicle and she felt right at home on top her new scratcher. The scratcher is the perfect place for Piper to manage her claws, or take a cat nap.

The scratcher comes with one bag of certified organic cat nip - and Piper 100% loved that nip! In fact, she did not want to share it with any of her other siblings. The nip will have to be controlled, and given as a special treat - since it makes her a little crazy (but shh, don't tell her I told you!).

The other cats were very interested in what Piper was doing, and they didn't shy away from coming to see what was happening. Vickie preferred to check out what there was to eat, while PHolly and Charlie wanted to share in the fun Piper was having!

Piper definitely prefers to think that her new scratcher is hers and hers only, but she knows that she will have to share it with her siblings. She just knows that she will get the longest turn!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Rover Reveals Most Popular Pet Names

Whenever we adopt a cat, it is always an exciting discussion to figure out what their name will be. Most of our cats are named after certain places from our favorite vacation spot - Cape May, New Jersey. recently released What Are the Most Popular Cat Names Revealed and I thought you would be interested to know how our cats got their names - and if any of them are the popular picks!

Meet Sand(piper)
She is named for Sandpiper Embroidery in Wildwood - the shop of our friends. She fits in with the Cape May theme of the Sandpiper Birds. Piper is what she is normally called.

Meet Victoria
Cape May is known for their many Victorian homes. Vickie also goes by Queen Victoria.

Meet Ester(brooke) 
Brooke is our anamoly cat name! She is named after Esterbrook (no E at the end) fountain pens. In our original kitten caboodle, we had a kitten named Parker, which is also a fountain pen name.

Meet Henry
Our loveable Henry is named after a favorite (and sadly, closed) restaurant in Cape May called Henry's on the Beach. Henry's was our favorite dinner spot for fish sandwiches, big ass fried clams and I claim it is the place I learned to eat salad. 

Meet Pearl
Pearl is named for Pearl Street - where we used to go to visit the many cats that lived there. We are now friends with the cats' owner, Harry. Coincidentally, Pearl's rescue name was Page before we changed it -- the street that intersects with Pearl Street? Page Street. Freaky!

Meet Bobby
Bobby was the first cat we adopted from Animal Outreach of Cape May County. He was named, along with his sisters Polly and Meredith (previously adopted) and brother Charlie. So technically since Bobby is from Cape May, he doesn't need a Cape May name. Of course, my dad calls him Robert/Bobby after a friend who plays in the Congress Street Bass Band...but that's a bit of a stretch ;) sorry dad!

Meet PHolly
So miss PHolly is a bit of a complicated name story. Her name from Animal Outreach is Polly. But we wanted to name her Holly, for our favorite Eastern Shore fried chicken joint that we used to always eat at on the way to Cape May. It closed in 2014, a few months after we adopted Polly. So we call her PHolly, the P is silent and it is pronounced Holly. But you can call her Polly, Holly, Jolly Holly Polly and so on!

Meet Charlie
And meet Charlie! He hasn't been officially introduced on the blog, so that post is upcoming. But in January 2015 we caved and adopted Charlie (Bobby came in Jan 2014, PHolly May 2014). We just couldn't say no to uniting the Jersey family!

So which one of our cats has the most popular name??

And the truth about the most popular pet names....#1 is Charlie! Charlie wins! And we have a cat named Charlie!
See entire image here: Used with permission from Rover.

We have picked out some of the names of our next cats (yeah, right) which includes the popular George and Bella. But that's probably not going to be anytime soon!

So which names are your favorite of the most popular? Are your cat(s) names on the list? If not, why should they be?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review/Giveaway: Texts From Mittens

Have you ever wished you could text your cat and tell them to DVR something on the television for you? Make sure the oven is off? Turn on the washer full of clothes, which you forgot to turn on while you were heading out to work in the morning? I certainly have!

I think at one time or another, we all have thought communicating with our cats would make life so much easier. But are you really sure that finding out everything on your cat's mind is a good idea? 

Sandpiper Cat Blog introduces you to Mittens, as in Texts From Mittens: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan...and Isn't Afraid to Use It by Angie Bailey.

Mittens is a quirky tuxedo cat, who texts his various quandaries to his mom. Those texts include schemes for treats, complaining about Phil, Stumpy, Grandma and Drunk Patty - the lovable characters featured in his texts.

Texts From Mittens is sure to send any guest who picks the book off your coffee table, into fits of giggles. Appropriate for cat and dog lovers alike!

Texts From Mittens is a great book to read with friends and family. Perfect for anyone with an obsession for cats, texting...or both!

Author, Angie Bailey, is the author of Text from Mittens and whiskerlist: the kitty classifieds  book and page-a-day boxed calendar. She's also an award winning freelance writer.

Visit Text From Mittens on Facebook, and be sure to look out for Piper's alter ego, Twinkie!

Texts From Mittens is out on Tuesday March 31, 2015. Pre-order on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Giveaway Rules:
  • Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below (comment entries not accepted). Email with any problems.
  • Open to United States only
  • Winner contacted by email, must reply in 48 hours.
  • Giveaway to run from 12 am EST 3/27/2015 to 4/3/2015 at 12 am EST.
  • Good luck!
Receiving a complimentary copy of this book did not influence this review or anything we stated. We were not compensated for this review. All opinions are honest and our own.