July 23, 2016

A Cat-Lovers Giveaway!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Muse cat food, a Purina brand.

Last month, on Father's Day, Jerry and I took the kids out for the day and attended an event in the parking lot of a pet store. The event was sponsored by Purina's Muse cat food--it was a "cat inspired spa tour", with offerings like "caticures", "meowssages", and temporary "cattoos". Meanwhile, there were some adoptable cats there who were looking for homes.

My family had a lot of fun! Even the kids got their nails done, and Noah got a massage.

They were mostly interested in playing with the cats, though. All four of us instantly became attached to a long-haired tortoiseshell kitty named Olivia. My kids begged to adopt her, but with three other cats (and a dog) at home, I had to think practically.

In the end, the kids ended up talking me into applying to foster her. That way, we could see how she worked out with the other pets. It only took a couple of days to get the paperwork sorted, and then we made the drive to the shelter to pick her up. (She was an "office cat"--living in the office at the All About Animals Rescue shelter. The employees adored her, and were sorry to see her go, but happy she'd have a home.)

Olivia (whom we've started calling "Monica") has been an angel of a cat! She is fantastic. It took a few weeks for her to get used to the other pets, but she's made herself at home. Even grumpy old Estelle has been tolerant of having another kitty around ;) And Monica has Joey wrapped around her poufy tail.

Anyway, all of this is to introduce Muse Natural Cat Food. When we went to the adoption event, Muse sent us home with some samples. And recently, they sent me a box of some fun cat-lover items as well as some more food samples! (With four cats, samples are very much appreciated, haha). To share the wealth, they offered up a box of the same items for one of my cat-loving readers as well :)

Almost as soon as I opened the box, my kids were digging though and pulling stuff out, so I didn't get a good picture of everything. Here is the best I could do after-the-fact:

Included in the giveaway are:
  • A Muse tote bag
  • A rolling pin with tons of cat shapes on it (I haven't used this yet, but I'm dying to see if the cats will imprint on the dough)
  • A food dish
  • A bottle of nail polish and a whiskers tattoo
  • A coupon for a free bag of Muse dry cat food (up to $20.99 value)
  • Four samples of Muse wet cat food
  • Some cat toys (my cats LOVED the cat nip "tea" bags)
  • A cat-themed coffee mug (unfortunately, mine arrived broken; but I let Purina know, so that hopefully they can carefully package the giveaway box so it doesn't happen again)
Fun, right?! I'm not really sure how to "review" a cat food, since I can't really imagine tasting it myself (although, when I toured Purina's headquarters, I was told that it's safe for humans to eat--and there are actually employees who TASTE IT to make sure it tastes good! I don't think you could pay me enough money to have that job.) Anyway, my cats seem to love it (I really should get a video when I open a can of wet food--all the pets go nuts when they hear and smell it!)

The giveaway is open to anyone in the United States. To enter, just fill out the form below. One entry per person, please. Duplicates will be deleted. I will randomly select a winner on Friday, July 29th at 2:00 pm ET.


  1. We have the most amazing Tortoise Shell cat we adopted from the Utah Humane Society! Beautiful and such a fun personality!

  2. With a new baby at home we'll enter that!!!! �� Will Monica just be fostered until she finds a forever family or is she being foster-adopted to you?

    1. We said we would "foster to adopt", so if everything worked out well, we would eventually adopt her. I didn't want to commit until I was sure the other pets would be nice to her!

  3. Monica is beautiful! I have three torties--sisters named Hazel, Violet, and Irene!

  4. I don't have any kitties of my own (not yet anyways, I've always wanted an orange tabby) but I had to comment on that picture of Monica and Joey!! I think my heart burst a little, so stinking cute!!

  5. So you are just fostering Monica??? Do you think you will get attached and want to keep her too?

    1. Yes :) Haha, when we filled out the application, I said that we wanted to "foster to adopt", meaning that if everything worked out, we would eventually adopt her. She's been great, so it looks like that's what's going to happen!

  6. Monica is so beautiful and reminds me so much of my tabby cat Neymar, who walked into our lives almost three years ago now. She is the absolute BEST cat I have ever had, and I am so thankful she picked us.

  7. Oooh what a super fun giveaway. I'm such a kitty lover. My husband sets the limit on number of cats in the house. If it were up to me I'd have every kitty I could in the house. I love them all!

  8. I would love this! I've got Mary, a 13 year old tabby, who loves to be cuddled. She's losing her teeth and we may have to switch to soft food soon. We have Spike, a 3 year old midnight black cat that is a hermaphrodite, and Tango, a big orange, hairy 3 year old boy. I <3 my babies!

  9. My house cat would have loved this. I apparently having been reading the blog lately, or I would have noticed in time to sign up. I am so happy you are fostering "Monica"! I have several barn cats and my sister thinks I'm crazy because I have a love/hate relationship with them. I hate the messes they make and that they are always underfood, but I just can't bring myself to get rid of any of them. I have approx. 13 (we lost 2 this week) and they all but one have names. (the unnamed is most likely going to be Sirius Black.)

    anyway, all this to say, i understand how awesome samples are!


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