Life is my litterbox ... Grab the SCOOP!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Purrs needed ...

Our furriends Missy an' KC have a need for some purrs an' purrayers at their house.  Please drop by their bloggie to offer some pawsitive thoughts for their Charley an' CharlieCat (an' some emotional support for ML).  The Sherwoods have always been a big part of the backbone of the Cat Blogosphere ... an' now they need some good healing energy from all of us.

Big thanks to Maggy an' Zoey of Zoolatry for the lovely graphic!

Monday, April 20, 2009

April 20, 2009: Happy Birthday to Fudgie

Our brofur, Fudge Ripple, went to the Bridge two years ago on March 13, 2007 ... but we're gonna wish him a happy birthday anyway 'cuz today he'd have been NINETEEN years old. We miss you, dood!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt #104: PURPLE

Today's Photo Hunter's theme is PURPLE!

As you know, the favorite color here at DaisyMae Maus and the Feline Americans is PURPLE ... But I'd be willin' to rethink my "favorite" if I didn't hafta wear this ghastly purple sweater efurr again ...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Quarter Four commences ... argh

It's difficult to believe that thirty days have passed so quickly, but it's true:  Mom's spring break is over an' she's back at work for the fourth quarter ... her busiest time of the year.  She wasn't furry happy when the alarm clock went off at 6:00 this morning.  In fact, she said some pretty bad words that made me blush!

So we're on our own today an' we're waiting for her to get home.  We're gonna sleep most of the day 'cuz we had LOTS of ham on Easter (thanks to efurryone who came over for some dinner with us ... it was really tasty!) an' we're feelin' a bit draggy.  

Less than nine weeks 'til the last day o' school an' graduation ... An' even fewer days 'til our Auntie Toni arrives for GradNite.  We can't wait!  Yay!

Happy Quarter Four to Mom an' good luck with W.A.S.C. an' California Standards Testing ... the next three weeks are gonna fly by at Mach Ten (with our fur on fire!) ... 


Oh, an' our sweet peas are bloomin' all over the place ... this is a photo of sweet peas, but they aren't ours ...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happiest of Easters to the Whole Blogosphere!

Efurryone ... 
The ham's bein' served at 5:00 PM PDT an' there's plenty to go 'round!

Happy Easter!
DMM & the Feline Americans

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt #103: TRIANGLE(S)

Today's Photo Hunter's theme is TRIANGLE(S)!

We're usin' some poetic license with the theme 'cuz we're cats an' we don't do much math ... an' most of our stuff is either round or a rectangle ...

But if you look at these photos, you might be able to see some triangles in the shape of the hat an' the shapes of their noses ... right?

This is Bumbly-Spark ...

An' his partner-in-crime, the Charmbly-Bee ... 

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Stop to the Vishus Deer Menace?

Hmmm ... Here is a timely little story that may be just what we need to combat the VISHUS DEER MENACE that plagues the Cat Blogosphere ...

Whaddya think, Skeezix?

Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a
VISHUS DEER steak. But, all of Bubba's neighbors were Catholic. And since it was
Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday. The delicious aroma from
the grilled VISHUS DEER steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful
that they finally talked to their priest.

The Priest came to visit Bubba, and suggested that he become a Catholic. After
several classes and much study, Bubba attended Mass and as the priest sprinkled
holy water over him, he said,

“You were born a Baptist, and raised a Baptist, but now you are a Catholic.”

Bubba's neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the
wonderful aroma of grilled VISHUS DEER filled the neighborhood. The Priest was
called immediately by the neighbors, and, as he rushed into Bubba's yard,
clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in

There stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water which he carefully
sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted:

You wuz born a VISHUS DEER, you wuz raised a VISHUS DEER, but now you is a catfish.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

An award from Angel: Life is Grand!

Before anything else, we wanna wish a 
Happy 8th Birthday to Feline American Pumpkin! Yay!

We got an award from our furriend Angel. It's called the "Life is Grand" award.

The rules for accepting this award are simple:
A. Give five reasons why you think LIFE IS GRAND.
B. Pass the award on to five more blogs.

Alright ... Here we go! Life is Grand because ...
1. We live in a safe, secure home where none of the "outside things" like kids, cars, or predators can hurt us. Our home is forever.
2. Our food an' water bowls are always full (with ICE in the water even!) an' we get stinky goodness at 6:00 PM efurryday.
3. There are no fleas, an' our furs are clean an' dry. Mom carefully removes wonk an' does clippy clawrs.
4. TOYS an' TEMPTATIONS are plentiful.
5. Mom loves us equally an' unconditionally; we are her number one priority.

Ok, the Feline Americans an' I wanna share this with:
1. Puff, Spot, and Jake at Puff Has Spoken.
2. Zeus an' Isis at The Zeus Excuse.
3. and 4. Boy an' Beethoven at their respective bloggies.
5. My Tuxie buddy Harley at Daisy the Curly Cat.

If you have already received this award, we understand if you skip it.

Monday, April 06, 2009

ADDICTION Foods: DaisyMae's taste test

At the beginning of Mom's vacation three weeks ago, Isabel from Addiction Foods, a premium pet food company, contacted us about "shared real-life experiences from pet owners whose pets have benefited from Addiction" an' offered us the ability to taste-test her company's food in exchange for some column inches on my bloggie. She sent us this email:

Greetings! Over the last 6 years, Addiction Pet Foods has built up a steady following of discerning pet owners in America and worldwide who love our foods because they've changed their pets lives. We've been thankful for their support and are continually striving to make our foods even better. We're also constantly looking for more shared real-life experiences from pet owners whose pets have benefited from Addiction.

Like many of your other readers, we have followed your blog and enjoy your posts about your cats. We know you understand how pets are well-loved and very much a part of the family, indeed they deserve nothing but the best. We're excited about our holistic, all-natural premium foods and are sure your cats will love them too! We would love to send you samples of our foods and work with you in sharing about your Addiction experience through your blog.

Do visit us at to find out more about us, or email me at if you have more questions where I would be happy to chat with you further.
I look forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards

An' you know me ... I love my food an' I'll eat just about anything that anyone is willing to let me wrap my lips around (I had smoked brisket an' pulled pork at lunch) ... especially if it's bein' offered for FREE. But Mom was skeptical an' 'splained to Isabel that the Feline Americans ... especially Charmee an' Pumpkin ... are furry finicky 'bout their stinky goodness.  Charmee won't eat fish or any other fishy-type seafoods (unless we're talking fish-flavored Temptations).   An' Puffy can't have huge changes made in his diet 'cuz he develops the "bowels of hell" an' tortures our whole household with his odoriferous eminations.  Mom tries to be really careful with our diets, but she doesn't like wasting money, either.  She buys us the best that she can afford ... an' that we'll actually eat.  That means Eukanuba kibbles an' Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys Chicken with Egg Souffle an' Temptations (with table scraps when appropriate) are our typical fare.  But, like Isabel said, try it out ...

Mom visited their website an' found out:  "Addiction Foods is a holistic pet food company featuring dog and cat foods made exclusively from premium proteins and free-range game meats, such as Brushtail, Kangeroo, Unagi and Venison. Our all-natural foods provide healthy, balanced meals for cats and dogs as they contain NO harmful fillers, by-products and chemicals, commonly found in many of today's pet and even human foods, and are especially ideal for sensitive pets allergic to the more commonly found chicken, beef or lamb as we use such novel proteins. We have also been featured in Whole Dog Journal's Top Dry and Wet Food lists. Addiction's foods include dry, wet and raw dehydrated formulas and are made in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA."

Since Isabel said that it was okay if not efurryone liked efurrything, Mom agreed to let me be a "taster" an' Isabel put some food in the mail. The man in the brown shorts (with the hot, hot, hot legs) delivered TWO boxes to me last Thursday an' I, of course, wanted to open the boxes immediately. I told the Feline Americans to "back off," but Charmee wouldn't an' that little varmint actually got the first sample out of the kibbles! MY sample! Can you believe the nerve of that little monster?!? I'm supposed to be the first eater! I! Me! MINE!

Can you see Charmee's legs?!?  He was tryin' to grab the food bag an' the container of kitty grass from up on the table 'cuz Mom was distracted by my eating!  Can you believe that little brat?!?  He was tryin' to take the attention from ME!

The big box had eight pounds of Addiction Viva la Venison which is a grain-free kibble with some fruit an' veggies in it along with the ... whispers ... vishus deer. Charmee an' I each had a taste of the food an' things were goin' fine 'til he started picking up ALL of the kibbles in his mouth an' takin' them to the floor to eat. That's when I put my foot down an' demanded that Mom fill my (read: the communal) food bowl to the rim for my eating only.

The little box had six cans of stinky goodness. Two cans each in Unagi (Eel) with seaweed, King Salmon with potatoes, an' New Zealand Brushtail with vegetables. When Mom read the flavors, she said stuff like "yuck" an' "eeewww ... gross," but I was thinking "YUM!"

Things didn't go as well at dinner time when Mom opened the King Salmon can. The inside looked really delicious (I know this 'cuz Mom gagged an' dry heaved into the kitchen sink three times). I got to eat my bowl of stinky goodess up on the counter while Puffy an' Sparky voraciously snarfed down theirs. Pumpkin shook his foot at his bowl an' ate a single small bite. Charmee refused much more than a sniff. He wouldn't taste his dinner an' sat under Mom's dining room chair pouting. He curled his tail tightly around his front legs, hung his head, an' sulked. He didn't want any part of that fishy food an' he'd resigned himself to having no dinner. It was just plain sad. Mom gave him a tablespoon full of Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys Chicken with Egg Souffle an' ... POOF ... he was back to normal. How did that can of King Salmon do in the taste test? Three of us LOVED it an' two wouldn't eat it.

The next day was a repeat of the first: Puffy, Sparky, an' I really liked the featured flavor of the Addiction stinky goodness. Pumpkin an' Charmee ate Fancy Feast. Mom was surprised at how well we tucked into that Eel food, but we really ate it up. We've been eating the kibbles at a pretty good rate for the last few days, but Mom left us our usual Eukanuba, too ... just in case. The bowl levels for the Eukanuba have dwindled at a much quicker rate, but we are eating the Addiction food with regularity, too.

The last flavor of stinky goodness:  New Zealand Brushtail with veggies:  Only Puffy would eat it.  The rest of us looked in the bowl an' then looked up at Mom with a quizzical "huh?"  Mom opened a can of Fancy Feast an' we all had turkey with giblets.  No vishus deer for us.

One improvement has been the stinky factor in the litter box. Puffy used to be BY FAR the smelliest. But since trying the Addiction brand food, he hasn't been quite as foul. The stink king is Pumpkin ... eater of Fancy Feast an' Eukanuba.

Mom said that we'd finish the sample foods that Isabel sent an' then she'd re-evaluate our dietary purchasing.  She quibbled about buying more than one kind of stinky goodness an' having to feed different types to different cats, but she said that that would be a minor inconvenience.  Her major concern was whether we liked what we were eating.  She liked that the kibbles were grain-free and were probably better for our health.  There wasn't a huge price difference between Addiction an' Eukanuba, but shopping at PetSmart was much cheaper than paying shipping.  Eukanuba often has coupons, too.

So, Mom?  What's it gonna be? 

I couldn't get a definitive answer outta her:  Can we or can't we?  I've only got six pounds of Addiction an' three cans left, woman!  There are kibble flavors an' some other kinds of stinky goodness that I haven't tried yet!  You don't want me to starve, do you?  How come the decision comes down to Pumpkin an' Charmee?  I've got seniority!  I'm the girlie!  I!  Me!  MINE!

Well, Isabel ... Until I can get Mom to commit, I'm up-in-the-air ...  Thanks for givin' me an opportunity to taste-test your delicious food!  I give Addiction four enthusiastic paws up!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

One week 'til HAM!

I can tell you exactly what's goin' through Puffy's mind in this photo 'cuz it's goin' through MINE, too ...  He's thinking ...

I don't know how I'm gonna survive a whole week knowin' that Mom has purchased an Easter ham an' it's sittin' in the 'frigerator all defenseless an' delicious ... Perhaps sleepin' all week is the way to go?  Argh.  I want some HAM!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Cats "spoon" ...

The "little boys," Sparky Fuzzypants an' Lucky Charmz, like to sit in the reliner an' take little naps ... But they don't like to share.

Sometimes they HAFTA share when Mom's in the chair or Grandma wants to have a little nap with them.

But this is really unusual: The two of them are spooned up next to each other. They napped for about an hour. Mom felt sorry for 'em, so she put a blanky on 'em an' gave them run of the chair.

The things those little boys will get away with! Amazing.

We also wanna wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Michele. She's the momma of our cousins Gus an' Perla who live in Oregon.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Can you believe it?

IS efurrything on April 1st a big "April Fool?"  Not this time ...

Mom was downloadin' some photos of the "little boys" (Sparky Fuzzypants an' Lucky Charmz) that she'd taken earlier in the day an' was just about ready to uplug efurrything an' put stuff away. She'd just finished emptying the computer's trash can an' was takin' the flashy box off of its dock when who should appear in the doorway but PUMPKIN.

If you've been visiting my bloggie with any regularity over the past two-an'-a-half years, you haven't seen furry many photos of ol' Big Orinch. He's wily. He's crafty. He's quick. An' he's a full-blown chicken who spends nearly efurry hour of efurry day hidin' under the bed. He only comes out from after dinnertime to bedtime each evening to beg for a handful of Temptations.

Today ... he hung out long enough for Mom to snap four photos ...  Mom attributes this to the fact that Pumpkin likes me an' likes to give me the occasional big sniff ...

So here's the first one when Mom noticed him sitting in the doorway an' I was startin' my saunter past ol' Big Orinch's freckled beak ... Hi Pumpkin!
Can you tell from the look on his face that he thinks I'm pretty?  Yep.  He's kinda paralyzed by my beauty.  I AM, afterall, the spiciest of Spicy Vixens!
He's still watchin' ... 
An' then I cleared the flashy box an' it was all Pumpkin.  Ta da!  Finally a photo of Big Orinch!
An' ... even though she was totally flummoxed by what just happened ... Mom adjusted the autolevels on the photo an' here he is in all of his glory!  

Feline American Pumpkin:  Supermodel!