Sunday, November 15, 2015

Review: Catify to Satisfy

Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin have done it again with "Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home." This book is a deeper dive into Catification, their previous collaboration together.

Releasing this Tuesday November 17, Catify to Satisfy is chock full of beautiful full-color inspiring home decor photos and tips from across the country on how to make life better for both cat guardians and kitties! Their ideas for creating a cat friendly aesthetic in your home, is sure to please both you and your cat.

Jackson and Kate use this book to show cat lovers everywhere that it's possible to create cat-friendly but also chic homes. This new book features DIY projects and designs, which have inspired the Catification Nation community.

Simple suggestions of litter cabinets with "cute kitty cutouts" is a great way to disguise the litterboxes while leaving a pleasing appearance for your home. Jackson even provides tips for choosing the right size litter box for your cat. "When in doubt, go bigger," he says.

The love of cats and creating cat friendly homes is evident from reading Catify to Satisfy. Jackson and Kate have a dedication towards friendly feline living that is unparalleled. The strategies that Jackson and Kate have compiled.

Every time someone reads Catify to Satisfy, they will certainly find new ideas and motivation in each reading. I know I have some great ideas for incorporating our cat's favorite ways to hang out in the house, that is appealing to my eye and decor.

Read our review from 2014 on Catificaiton, here.

Catify to Satisfy is full on great cat tips for cat guardians and fanatics - just like in the video featured above. 

Make sure that the cat lovers in your life have a copy of this fantastic book. DIYs for your cat have never been better. The projects and hacks will bring harmony back into your home. No challenge is unsolvable!

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever else books are sold.

See Jackson Galaxy on Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell. Find Kate Benjamin on

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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

National Feral Cat Day 2015

Wow, another year has gone by since my last National Feral Cat Day post. It is hard to believe we are at the beautiful autumnal season again. I feel like it was just May when I was in Nashville for BlogPaws.

Welcome back to Sandpiper Cat Blog's 5th annual year of celebrating National Feral Cat Day. NFCD is sponsored by Alley Cat Allies - who created the event in 2001.

I love promoting and celebrating NFCD because one of my cats, Vickie, was a feral cat before we adopted her from our local rescue. In fact, oru three most recent adoptions - Bobby, PHolly and Charlie were trapped, neutered and rescued (not returned) in Cape May, NJ!

There are lots of misconceptions about what a feral cat is - and NFCD is out there to debunk rumors. My cats that were trapped, are domesticated and socialized to humans. True feral cats, are not socialized to humans.

The most basic information about this special day, that I want to reiterate, is what a feral cat (also referred to as a "community cat") is in fact.

Feral Cat Facts

  • Cats have lived alongside humans for more than 10,000 years. They are part of the natural landscape. Feral cats are the same species as pet cats. Feral cats, also called community or outdoor cats, live in groups called colonies and can thrive in every landscape. They are just as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans and are therefore unadoptable.
  • Trap-Neuter-Return—a humane approach to managing and caring for community cats—is the only effective method of stabilizing cat colonies. In the last decade, the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR programs.
  • However, in the majority of cities, cats are still caught and brought to animal pounds and shelters where they are killed. The shelter system is the number one cause of death for cats in the United States. About 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed there, including virtually 100% of feral cats. That’s why it’s so important for people like you to join us for National Feral Cat Day®, and every day, to help change society and create compassionate communities for cats.

Read our past posts: 2014, 20132012, 2011.

Spread the word and use #FeralCatDay!

Thanks for tuning in!

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:
  • Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below (comment entries not accepted). Email with any problems.
  • Open to United States
  • 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.
  • Good luck!

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!