2013 cats i know calendar!

MCLers, I am extremely happy to introduce you to the very talented artist Kaori Mitsushima. She is both a painter and an illustrator whose style is in part a blend of both Japanese and Western artistic influences. Her style is very unique, and the best part? She loves cats as much as we do!

What I’m particularly excited to tell you about Kaori is that she has a wonderful 2013 Cats I Know calendar available in her etsy shop right now!

The Calendar features cats in all sorts of humanlike stances and outfits, with simple but beautiful lines and soft colors, and each illustration is themed based on the month and its corresponding season! My personal favorite is the March kitty fishing for cupcakes!

This calendar would make an asbolutely purrfect Christmas gift–but I think I’m just going to have to get one of these gems for myself! A stunning new kitty illustration every month is sure to brighten up your 2013! <3

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MCL review: pawprints in the moonlight

“I suddenly felt an urge, almost an obligation, to do something even if it seemed reckless as well as hopeless. At this point Mac, having done his deed of mercy with the grey tabby, returned to deal similarly with the two kittens. On a sudden impulse, and to Mac’s utter consternation, I scooped up the black-and-white kitten from the table and deposited him carefully into the pocket of my sheepskin jacket.

‘You’re a sentimental fool,’ he said sternly, shocked by my action. ‘The wee thing will suffer and die no matter what you do.’

‘Well,’ I replied, ‘he might just as well die in front of my fire as anywhere else. Please send me the bill.’

With these hurried words of farewell I left an incredulous Mac shaking his head.”

So begins the amazing story of Toby Jug the Maine Coon by Denis O’Connor. Pawprints in the Moonlight is set in 1966, when the author, Denis O’Connor, was living in the English countryside in Northumberland as a 29 year old college professor. On a cold winter’s night, he comes upon a cat caught in a hunter’s trap. He rescues the cat who darts off into the night. Driven by a desire to help the cat, he follows her pawprints through the cold to a barn, where he sees the poor injured thing trying to care for two kittens. He rushes the trio to a local vet, where the mother and one kitten sadly pass on.

With little hope, he takes the remaining kitten whose eyes are not even yet open, back to Owl Cottage where he lives to try to nurse him back to health against all odds and with little available to assist him. What happens is a true miracle: the kitten not only survives, but begins to thrive under the loving care of his new owner.

As the kitten gains strength, he proves himself quite curious and having a lust for life, even as precarious as his situation proves to be. To keep him safe, Denis finds a glass jug which he pads with cotton to allow the kitten to be near him and see everything that’s going on. This in part helps give the kitten a name: Toby Jug.

The book tells of all of Toby Jug’s many adventures with his owner, including stolen garden tomatoes, misty evening walks, and a lovely camping trip! But the real beauty of this book about a charming, inquisitive little animal is the relationship it explores between owner and cat. So many of us feel a deep bond with our cats, one that goes beyond just owner and pet. Our cats are very special to us, and each cat develops its own unique personality. Every moment in the book will not only be relatable to any cat owner, but every question the author poses to himself in reflection of all of Toby Jug’s escapades, like “who is the master, and and who is the slave?” are questions we all wonder with regard to our cats when we are faced with moments of intensity: when kitty gets lost, or sick, or into trouble, and we face that fear of life without them.

The book also explores the life of a cat itself in relationship to domestication. While Toby Jug’s playfulness, love, affection, and life inside the home and the back garden of Denis’s cottage are wonderful and clearly bring Toby Jug great pleasure, there are also moments where Toby Jug’s animal instincts come into play. The author often must ask himself to reconcile his desire to keep Toby Jug safe and happy, while also conceding to Toby’s independence and natural instincts. These are things I have to face myself as a cat owner who lets her kitties play outside. There are times of course when my cats get themselves in trouble (like when Pickles was stuck very, very high in a tree for two days and was only rescued via a basket-pulley rig), but the sheer joy they experience by being allowed to roam the small patch of woods behind our house, or the pride they show when they bring home a small catch is something I can’t bring myself to deny them in spite of the worry it sometimes causes me.

This book is true gem for any cat lover, especially those who have in fact rescued a cat, whether the circumstance was as harrowing as the author’s or not. Seeing a cat who had no chance become a lively, loving addition to your home is always exceptionally rewarding. The story of Toby Jug’s life and experiences is truly heartwarming. The prose is beautifully written, and the book is the perfect length to curl up and read with your kitty in your lap on a cold night. I couldn’t put it down!

Even more perfect, the book is available for a steal in hardcover at Bares and Noble at $12.00, and electronically via Nook for just $9.99.

You will love this book. The story brought a tear to my eye while still giving me the warm feeling that only we cat people can understand. Get yourself a copy and let me know what you think in the comments when you’ve read it. ;3

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MCL review: howie and friends scrapbook… plus a giveaway!!

Oh my, MCLers, the second I started going through this scrapbook, I was very excited to tell you all about it!

The book is called “It’s A Cat’s Life” from the Howie and Friends pet product company created by L’Ann Bingham. L’Ann was inspired by her wonderful 13-and-a-half year relationship with her kitty Howie, and she wanted to help other cat owners explore their own bonds with their kitties through this scrapbook.

This book is perfect for all cat lovers. There are plenty of spaces to paste in pictures for all the special moments of your cat’s life, from the time you adopt them to the time they begin to grow old! You can document all your cats likes and dislikes and different kinds of behaviors! The book is unique in that it offers prompts that not only help you direct your writing, but also help you explore different things you learn about your kitty over time.

The whole book is narrated by Howie the kitty, and he shares different moments in his life–from the happy, to the funny, to the scary, and the sad–throughout the different kitty life stages of the book. Many of Howie’s stories were very relatable, and all of them were very touching. They accompany spaces for you to tell your kitty’s own stories: everything from birthdays, to travels, to playtime, to the types of food and litter your kitty likes (or hates!), favorite toys, naughty behaviors silly moments, and moments of growth.

One of the most unique aspects of this scrapbook, and one that would make this book a perfect gift for a first-time cat owner, is the many, many pieces of advice for cat owners. The book discusses cat safety for the great outdoors, litter and food choices, collar-wearing, fleas, claws, microchips, and many more important cat-raising issues. Each discussion gives important information in a fun way as it relates to Howie, and then you can write in how you handle these things for your kitty.

“It’s A Cat’s Life” also has folders in the back where you can store information of the utmost importance, including all your kitty’s medical records, insurance policy information, and microchip information. There is also a portion of the book dedicated solely to writing about vet trips and the results, and for keeping track of changes to kitty’s medical needs. This can include instructions for care, which would be very valuable for a cat sitter! There is even a place to write down numbers of various people who love to cat-sit for you when you travel.

And of course, there is plenty of space to write about all the adorable thing your cat does–all the stories we love to share with each other on MCL and with our cat-loving friends that only they can understand! This book really is a one-stop-place for EVERYTHING you could ever want to remember about your little kitty!

There is so much more in this adorable, great scrapbook, but you will just have to get one to truly explore all the treasures inside. The best part? A percentage of all proceeds from each scrapbook sold goes to Howie’s Royalties, a fund that goes to help shelter pets. You just can’t beat that!

So, sounds like a pretty fantastic kitty scrapbook, right? Well, the folks at Howie and Friends were kind enough to offer us a scrapbook to giveaway to one of our amazing readers!!! Here’s how you enter the giveaway:

1. Like the Howie & Friends Facebook Page Here!
2. COMMENT on THIS POST!

That’s all you have to do! Giveaway ends Sunday, November 18 at 11:59PM, so make sure you have liked the Howie and Friends page AND commented on this post, and you can win this scrapbook!!

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simon’s cat phone covers and cutest cat competition!

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the adorable cartoon called “Simon’s Cat” by artist and animator Simon Tofield. There are many adorable videos on the Simon’s Cat Youtube Channel. This is one of my favorites:

All of the Simon’s Cat videos are not only freakin’ adorable, but they ring incredibly honest to cat behavior! You can’t help but smile. If you love Simon’s Cat like I do, I have some awesome news. A company called Xskins has a bunch of great phone covers (not only iPhone, but Samsung and Blackberry too!), laptop covers, and even wall art! There are so many unique and very cool designs that it would be impossible not to find something you like (if you like any of the following samples, just click the sample pic to be taken to the order page!).

The last one is my favorite, but there are MANY more designs to choose from!

The BEST PART about Xskins now offering Simon’s Cat skins, however, is that they are holding a Cutest Cat Competition! All you do is like the Xskins Facebook Page, go to the contest portion, and upload a photo of your cat. If your cat wins the most votes, you win a VERY awesome CUSTOM, EXCLUSIVE drawing of your cat by Simon Tofield printed on a phone case, AND you win a $150 USD (£100) gift card to spend however you like at the Xskins store!! How awesome is that?! I’ve entered Pickles the Drummer into the contest, and you guys should enter too. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone’s cat from MCL could win? Give it a try! At the very least, get yourself or someone you know one of these fantastic covers–great Christmas stocking stuffer! <3

Enter here! Contest ends November 21st!

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2012 MCL cat pumpkin extravaganza!

Here they are! The awesomely cute Kitty Pumpkins submitted by our ever-wonderful readers! Thanks to everyone who participated, and get ready for December… we will be having a SNOWCAT EXTRAVAGANZA!


Amelia F.


Crystal D.




Christina K.


Micha R.

A pumpkin tale 04
Dolma A.


Chryl G.


Yours Truly, Hellcat!

Thanks again, it was so fun to get the photos! <3 You guys are the best! HAPPY MEOWLOWEEN!!

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MCL review: how the cat got its whiskers

When I was a kid, I loved reading, and naturally my favorite books were about cats! Today, I’d like to offer you a look at a children’s book with lovely illustrations called How The Cat Got Its Whiskers by Harris Tobias and illustrated by Evalena Jönsson Lunde.

The story begins introducing our feline heroes, who are completely bald! In this fairytale, “when the world was new,” cats have no fur. The King of Cats and his subjects are freezing cold, and they need something to keep them warm. They wrap themselves in blankets to provide warmth, but this is simply not good enough!

The King of Cats must find an answer to this problem.

The King of Cats sends his four trusted amabassadors to the ends of the earth to talk to other animals to discover their secrets of staying warm. The four amabassadors each visit the Kingdom of the Fishes, the Kingdom of the Birds, the Kingdom of the Snakes, and the Kingdom of the Rats. Each Kingdom sends the ambassador back to the King with a glorious new outfit to try on–everything from scales, to feathers, to snakeskin, to see if they provide the warmth the cats need… Except for the clever Rats, who try to trick the King of Cats without revealing their secrets of warmth!

The King of Cats does not like to be fooled. This means war with the rats, and leads to the King’s final solution to his problem.

This is a book I would have adored as a kid, and I would have spent many hours trying to replicate the pretty illustrations. You and your little one will just love to see the different outfits from the other animal kingdoms the King tries on, and laugh at his reactions to each outfit! This is a fun, quick read, with an engaging but easy to understand story. What little cat lover wouldn’t adore a fairytale about a kingdom of kitty cats?

The book is available as an e-book at a steal for both Kindle and Nook! You can also get your hands on a beautiful printed copy at CreateSpace. I don’t have any children, but I don’t think I could resist an e-book copy all for myself!

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