Momma Told Me: Sharing The Goodlife With Your Feline Friend- Adorable Cat Photos Inside!

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Sharing The Goodlife With Your Feline Friend- Adorable Cat Photos Inside!

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You don't have to speak 'cat' to love a cat....but a little food helps! #GoodlifePet #shop #cbias
Momma Told Me: If you could talk to humans the way you communicate with cats, you'd be all set.

I just may be a bit of a crazy cat lady. But I'd prefer if you don't quote me on that, I'm late on my dues and the CCLA, Crazy Cat Lady Association, is relentless. You see, I was raised in a condo, much like the one I now live in as an adult today. While we were permitted to have a family dog, we only had a 7 x 4 concrete 'deck,' which didn't make for much of a yard. Growing up Momma would pull in wayward felines off the street, or even adopt terminally ill cats. Shelters would provide medication to make them comfortable and permit them the remaining months of their lives in a loving home, until it was time to lay them down for their forever sleep, chasing mice and that never-ending ball of yarn. It never made me sad, but happy rather to provide them a belly full of the best cat food and plenty of snuggles each night.
Tuxedo Kitten Truffles #GoodlifePet #Shop #Cbias
My entire life I always wanted 'my own' cat. Sure, we had cats growing up, and I cared for friend's pets when they went away- but I wanted a furbaby of my own. There is just something about the bond between feline and owner that can never be messed with. It is an eternal relationship that transcends language and knows no boundaries such as those created in human conflicts. But, make no mistake, cats have plenty of feelings and personality- and they care not for labels and possession. Once you bring a feline into your home everything within reach is theirs; especially the things which you use the most (they have your scent.)
Pink toed kitten Truffles was comforted as a kitten by being swaddled like a human baby. #GoodlifePet #Shop #Cbias
But this is a tale about Truffles, the tiny ball of fluff named (sarcastically) after the cat-crazed Angela's (The Office, US) beloved 'Sprinkles.' When I first got married my husband and I weren’t ready for kids but we wanted to share the responsibility of taking care of a living thing, so we hunted (for 4 long months) for a kitten. We didn’t want to buy one, we wanted to rescue one. Typically I'd advocate adopting an adult cat with less chance of finding a home, but I'd had those my entire childhood, and I wanted a kitten at last. Everywhere I went I kept hearing ‘It’s not kitten season,’ as if they were deer or something! I didn’t care what gender the cat was, what color, what length of fur, I just wanted a tiny ball of fluff to love and bond with.
Cats have the best personality, hands down, tails up- felines win! #GoodlifePet #Shop #Cbias
Then I found Truffles, the runt of her little, a little black and white ball of fluff smaller than the palm of my hand. She was trembling in the back of a large animal carrier on top of a chicken coop, with a St Bernard sniffing just a foot from her terrified face. She was covered in fleas, and too young to have already been weened from her Momma. I took her home and spent hours cleaning her safely, picking flea by flea off, then bottle feeding her. For weeks she slept nestled in the scoop of my shirt, sleeping to the sound of my heartbeat. When I'd bathe her I'd swaddle her in a towel to soothe her to sleep before grooming her tiny little nails. She was my child, and no matter who came in and out of our lives, we had each other.
Re-Pin if your cat is one of the #CatsOfInstagram! #GoodlifePet #Shop #Cbias
It's hard to imagine it's been 5 years since I brought that little terror treasure home from that Chicken Farm. I've uncovered so much of her personality since those first few cuddles. As a kitten she spent her litter training time in our master bathroom; so she's developed a sense of security with the washroom. She won't tolerate a closed bathroom door, and insists on sitting on the toilet while I shower. Then there's her uncanny fondness for Beanie Babies. Long before they were even half her size she was dropping them on our heads as we slept, waiting for us to throw them so she could fetch them to be thrown again! And, when it comes to cats in random places, Truffles has the most 'cat' of cats outdone- printers, stoves, computers, aquariums, the refrigerator, lamps, and more have often become a relaxing spot for this Tuxedo feline. I often post her exploits on my social media, too. If you're a cat-lover like me you have got to follow the hashtags #Catsagram and #CatsofInstagram on Instagram for some daily feline love! (You just may spot Truffles, too!)
Hungry kitty- do you feed your pets human quality food? #GoodlifePet #Shop #Cbias
Of course, when I'm not snapping the daily (or hourly) Instagram shot of my furry daughter, I'm focused on keeping her healthy so we can enjoy another 15 years together. Every year when that pesky animal control officer comes around I trick coax her furry butt into a carrier and take Truffles for her yearly shots and checkup. Even though she is a fairly lazy adult household cat, I often worry about her weight and receiving the right nutrition. As the runt of her litter, Truffle required round-the-clock care and feeding when I first brought her home. She is also a much smaller framed cat than any of her neighborhood friends. I am careful not to overfeed her, but I also want to ensure she eats enough essential nutrients to keep her coat healthy and her body in tune for the coming years.
Goodlife Pet Food has no presrvatives, real fruit and vegetables and is corn, soy, and wheat free! #GoodlifePet #Shop #Cbias
Feeding your cat can be one of the biggest bonding points in the day. Truffles knows when it's time for food (10:30 AM, 10:30 PM in our house) and will literally walk around the house demanding her meals. She receives edible treats about twice a week (when I feel guilty about going away all day), and wet food a few times a month. Having a well balanced dry food that encourages healthy digestion, helps clean her teeth thanks to the crunch, and contains real natural ingredients, is a must. I watch what I put in my mouth, so why shouldn't I read labels when it comes to my fur-child? That's why Truffles enjoys the thoughtful recipe of #GoodlifePet food.
How does your cat remind you it's 'meal time'? #GoodlifePet #Shop #Cbias
Made with carefully chosen, artificial and preservative free, real ingredients, GOODLIFE™ brand Grain Free Cat Food is a natural choice for me as a pet parent. Unlike the Iams blend she ate as a kitten, GOODLIFE™ brand Real Salmon Recipe from Walmart features no corn, soy, or wheat (which is helpful in digestion and for cats with allergies) and has real fruits and veggies worked into the recipe. It doesn't cover up a lack of nutrition with fancy jingles, cute kibble shapes, or branding gimmicks- it's simply the best dry cat food for Truffles based on real food, and real nutrition. My wallet even thanks me when I invest in a few bags with the printable coupon found on the GOODLIFE™ brand website. And it makes it just a teeny bit harder to ignore those 'meal time' yoga poses Truffles is so prone do doing when her stomach starts to grumble!
What you feed your cat impacts the quality and legth of it's life. Do you read labels? #GoodlifePet food is made with real vegetables and fruit, and has no preservatives, corn, soy, or wheat- to help your kitty's digestion! #Shop #Cbias
The moral of my tail? (See what I did there?) Whether your cat is brought home as a kitten, or adopted into your family as an adult; those first precious connections are sure to impact a lifetime of kitty-kisses and laptop squatting. Know that, as with most pets, whomever has the food will most often be the best friend- but you can also work to create special places, mementos, and moments that connect you and your cat for life. From there on out the memories will make themselves, your only job left is to preserve them and their future with smart choices as a pet parent. What are some things you do to ensure more than 9 lives with your feline friend?

What Daughter Says: Truffles and I share an unbreakable bond. She will always be my first 'child,' and I will always make smart decisions as her 'pet parent'!

51 comments:

  1. Truffles is so cute :). I unfortunately have fur/hair allergies so I live with pets, but I enjoy visiting with friends who do.

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  2. Adorable pics! Your cat looks very nice--I myself am not a cat lady- I'm more of a crazy dog lady LOL But yours looks cute!

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  3. Awwww, I love the photo of Truffles all rolled up like a burrito. Methinks Truffles be just a touch spoiled. Just a touch....

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  4. I don't have a cat, but when I lived in NYC I had to have one in my apartment because of a mouse infestation. I loved the little one even if they initial purpose of bringing her home was her role as a mouser. You cat is so cute. - Katy

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  5. Truffles is precious and lucky to have you! I do love cats, they are wonderful pets.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  6. Jenna, do I see that Truffles has a manicure? Adorable. Great photos... looks like she is just bursting with personality.

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  7. Truffles is beyond adorable and I loved reading all about how you guys bonded :)

    Some people aren't ready for kids right off the bat and that's why I think a fur baby is perfect!

    I, too, would love to adopt and rescue either a cat, dog, or possibly even both when the time comes :)

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  8. I am still trying to figure out how you get Truffles to pose so well for your pictures!! - client

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  9. These are some of the cutest cat photos ever! She is one lucky cat!

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  10. Truffles poses for pics better than my kids do!! Love that the Goodlife food is so natural; our kitties are gone but it looks like this would be a good brand of food for our food-sensitive dog!

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  11. So adorable! My sister is moving in with me soon with her two cats - I will have to learn to be a good host to her babies. This might be the start

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  12. I really enjoyed looking at your cat photos! What personality!

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  13. Truffles is BEAUTIFUL! We pinned this to our Beautiful Cats board. Thank you for showing her to us all. I have to live many pet-lives vicariously through those like you. Allergies galore, so we only have dogs around.

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  14. I accidentally submitted my first comment to soon! As I was saying Truffles is adorable and I love the manny!!! I'm allergic to cats but it don't stop me from loving on them :) my mom has 2 cats, she caught them at her job they where strays and only a few weeks old, now they are part of the family! :)

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  15. Truffles is adorable. You are right about a cat thinking everything that is your is theirs. Our cat Chuck's favorite place is on my pillow or in my yarn basket.

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  16. I used to have a cat named Maxx that looked exactly like Truffles! He was nuts! We now have a pure white cat named Nikki (Sixx) who is 10 times as crazy. -Rita L.

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  17. Isn't it wonderful that you found one another? I had a cat named Cobra Ky. He was such a great cat and understood the language of humans.

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  18. The picture of Truffles wrapped up in the towel is priceless!

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  19. I love your cat I am a cat person my cats name is Gulliever we call him Gully.. My mom got him for me jsut before I was diagnosed with cancer as a little kitten from the pound and he had no voice he was so precious and fluffy..I still have him 13 years later he is an outside cat because I am so allergic to cats but I love him he is my little bud..

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  20. There's nothing quite like a good cat. Unfortunately, I've never had any luck keeping cats. Most have wandered off or been killed while outdoors and of my two favorite cats one contracted leukemia and the other was stolen. :(

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  21. Truffles is an gorgeous cat! So so so cute! His eyes are awesome. I think he is very lucky to have you!

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  22. The cat is so cute - I am unable to be around cats as throughout the years I've developed any allergy to cats that continually gets worse. I had cats growing up and loved them. Wish I could have a cat again.

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  23. Truffles is too cute! We just got a new kitten and we are seriously in love with her. her antics are just SO funny!

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  24. my mom saved two kittens that where strays and in the cold, they now live in her house and are apart of the family! I wonder if she knows about this food! I'll have to let her know! thanks so much :)

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  25. we got our last 2 cats from human sociretand they are nut balls

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  26. You have a very cute cat, but I'm just not a cat person. I've tried, but just can't become a cat fan.

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  27. What a cutie Truffles is! I never tried swaddling the cat for bathtime but they to swaddle her at the vets. I am going to give it a try.

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  28. I love cats! I currently have 5 and they are all my babies. Truffles is adorable and looks just like my Cleo. Love all the pics!

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  29. i don't have any cats, but my baby (Moose the bulldog) is definitely one of the #bulldogsofinstagram! Pet owners have such an unspoken bond!

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  30. I have 3 cats and 2 of them came from the Humane society. They are 11 now. I also have another cat we got when grandma died. He is about 12. I love animals! I love how you take care of your baby!!

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  31. I use to have a cat named bootsy, she was the best cat in the world, she listened so well, and was adorable, very smart as well. She passed years ago and since then I haven't had the heart yet to get another cat. I love your pictures of truffles, reminds me of my cat. Cats truly are unique and very loveable.

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  32. Cat mamas know what it is to love their kitty babies. Cats hold a place in our hearts that no other creature can fill. They're a one of a kind partnership!

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  33. Truffles is so cute. I agree if we are looking at the labels for ourselves then we should check for our pets as well.

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  34. That photo of Truffles swaddled like a baby is adorable! #client

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  35. I love Truffles so cute I agree its important what you feed your animals I have a dog that is epileptic and has severe food allergies after switching to a healthier food he does so much better
    Jessica Cox

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  36. Truffles is most adorable. I agree, it is important to take the best care of our fur babies.

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  37. OMG Truffles could quite possibly be the most cutest cat in the world! Adorable!

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  38. I like that the Goodlife Cat Food doesn't have grain in it. It always makes my cat Creedence sick if the brand has grain. I will have to look for it at our local grocery.

    P.s The name Truffles is so cute it fits her to a T.

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  39. Oh your cat is so precious!! I was so touched by what all your mom did while you were growing up with the cats and taking in the terminally ill ones! What a beautiful person!!!! This cat food looks great! I love that it has the real natural ingredients, and helps clean their teeth too! :)

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  40. I have never heard of Good Life foods. My cat is my buddy!

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  41. Cute kitty! I have 3.5 myself. My landlord hates cats...I am not having a fun time at the present.
    Well I think my cats would have a better life if I moved.

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  42. Truffles is so adorable! I agree about feeding a good food. She looks very healthy.

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  43. I've never been a fan of pets (of any type) but after just a few minutes of reading, I fell in love with your Truffles. :) I can clearly see the bond you've created, and it's truly amazing. It's obvious that Truffles found the perfect mama!!

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  44. I have never been a fan of cats since I am extremely allergic to them. I think cats are beautiful animals but I will never be the owner of one.

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  45. awww... Truffles is a cutie! I have 2 cats now (both rescues) I make sure they have lots of toys, get some exercise thru regular playtime, sleep in my bed (on the electric blanket to boot, or are curled up as a purrito as my daughter says) they are house cats only so have places to perch where they can see the goings on outdoors, and I make sure they have treats, food and water...

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  46. Great pictures. We have always had a cat and they each have had their own little personality. We probably have as many pics of the cat as we do the kids.

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  47. I love cats, Truffles reminds me of my old cat bandit. I believe it is as important to keep up on your pets health as much as your own children

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  48. My pets are my babies too. Truffles is precious!

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  49. We love cats too. Truffles is such a cute and lucky little kitty. Haven't seen one yet, but I would come under crazy kitty guy. LOL.

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