Welcome to the final edition of Morris the Cat’s advice column, revealing need-to-know information on how to release your inner cat and get the best night’s sleep of your life.
As an iconic spokescat and star of over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s onward, Morris has a prolific career envied by many of the Internet cat sensations of today. The secret to his longevity? Well, for one, the fact that he eats 9Lives. But more importantly, he has a disciplined sleep regimen – racking up about 140 hours per week!
Morris wants to teach YOU the tricks of the trade and give you all the tools you need, so he’s hosting a giveaway on his Live Well & Prospurr site to win a Morris-shaped plush bed that’s big enough for you AND your cat to snuggle up on.
My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there’s no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I’m not all that fun when I’m sleeping.
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Hey readers, I’m back with iconic 9Lives cat food spokescat Morris, giving advice to us lowly humans about how to sleep like a pro, and by that I mean, a cat. After all, they do sleep up to 140 hours a week – that’s 3.5 times your typical 9-5. If you’ve missed his other shades of advice you can catch his doodles here and here
To help on your quest to catch more Zzzs, Morris is also giving my readers the chance to win a super-cool, human-sized bed in the shape of Morris himself… because who doesn’t sleep better when snuggling up with a cat? Just go to his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter and to check out his video with more sleeping tips.
So here is the next Dear Morris installment …
I’m a cat but as you know, even animals have ‘spirit animals.’ Mine is an owl – a night owl to be exact. I love to play “catch the speck of dust” or “chase your tail in the middle of the bed” into the wee hours of the morning. My humans have no idea what they’re missing out on.
They just lay there snoring, and swat at me when I come too close. How can I make them see that daytime is lame, and the real party happens under stars (the stick-on, glow-in-the-dark kind)?
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If you stopped by yesterday, you know all this week we are sharing Morris the Cat’s insight when it comes to sleeping like a cat He’s our guest blogger and is responding to the sleep deprived Dear Morris style.)
I’ve been experiencing difficulties with falling asleep, tossing and turning once my head hits the pillow. I don’t get it because I feel tired all day at work; then I come home, brush my teeth, flip on the TV, and just… lie there. I’m hoping I can learn from the expert. Morris, what am I doing wrong?
Sleepless in San Fur-nando
Dear Sleepless in San Fur-nando,
Your case, unfortunately, is not at all uncommon. When you’re going all day long at the speed of a cheetah, it’s no wonder your mind darts around like a red laser dot at bedtime. Luckily, as a cat, I spend up to 140 hours per week sleeping and I can tell you there is hope!
For starters, I notice you mentioned turning on the TV before bed. Cats don’t watch TV – this is partly because the majority of us can’t speak English that well, but mostly because it interferes with our snooze time.
Scientifically speaking, the ‘glow’ emitted by an electronic screen enters the brain and slows the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. So next time you want to turn on the tube before bed, try counting sheep instead – or better yet, mice!
Yours in enjoying insight from Morris,
P.S. There you have it! After getting a good night’s rest, tune back in tomorrow for the next edition of “Dear Morris”, and don’t forget to check out his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter the giveaway and learn how you can help Morris feed hungry kitties with just the click of a mouse.
P.P.S. Morris the Cat’s publicity reps contacted us about sharing Morris’s new promotion at his Live Well & Prospurr site and his “Sleep Like a Kitty” contest. As a result, they are sending to us a “Happy Kitty Kit” for “The Boys” and Hope.
Kitties and Beans, we are fortunate to be able to “partner” with Morris the Cat and share his insight when it comes to sleep. Here’s what he’s got to say “Dear Morris” style, via several guest blog posts.
“There’s one thing in the world that there’s just too little of, and it’s not love. I’m talking about S-L-E-E-P.
So I had a thought… why not ask someone who’s truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I’m talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.
For those of you who don’t know him – or who’ve let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food; he’s starred in over 50 commercials. When he’s not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he’s napping in his trailer (ahem, carrying case).
Morris has taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep.
What’s more, he’s offering fans the chance to win a Morris-shaped, human-sized plush bed AND a year’s supply of 9Lives cat food.
Morris is guest posting today, and for the rest of the week. So be sure to stop by each day to get his insight when it comes to sleep.
Then go to his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter his contest and maybe get that bed!”
Yours in sleeping like a kitty,
P.S. Come back tomorrow to see what else Morris has on his mind.
Note: Morris the Cat’s publicity reps contacted us about sharing Morris’s new promotion for his Live Well & Prospurr site and his “Sleep Like a Kitty” contest. As a result, they are sending to us a “Happy Kitty Kit” for “The Boys” and Hope.
I’d read the reviews and even tried lifting the trees at PetCo. (We retired two old lopsided trees years ago for lopsidedness and unstableness.)
Many of the online reviews discussed difficulty with putting together the cat tree; the directions were less than enlightening, some reviewers expressed dismay at having to take the tree apart and re-assemble it because the instructions that came with were almost non-existent.
Additionally, some reviews alleged that the assembled tree was not too stable on carpeting. While others mentioned trees that were less than desirable for large kitties. (I was especially concerned about my 15.2 pound Phillip being able to even get up onto it.) Read the rest of this entry »
To some, I might have been up to no good – again – but to one very special furball, I may just have been what he was hoping for.
He: Tyler (came to me as “Domino”)
Birth Date: 9/1/2011
Entry Date: 6/12/2015
Forever Home date: 1/7/2016
I got him from the Humane Society of North Iowa, the in-town local animal shelter; he had been picked up as a stray last June. He must have belonged to someone at one time as the Shelter listed him as having been found wearing a collar.
As is the Shelter’s policy, he was held for seven days in hopes his owner would come to claim him. After that, he was put up for adoption. And so he waited, and waited. And waited almost seven months until I came along!
After I went to see him, though, I wasn’t sure I wanted to follow through with submitting an application. In person, he was (or appeared so) a pretty BIG kitty. Thankfully, not Phillip big!
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Nothing says lovin’ from a kitty like yours telling you how you can best get your please on for her.
However, I saw an article Pet Place, written by their Staff, that comes pretty close in a cat telling it like it is in New Year’s Resolutions form.
I’m sharing three of the Resolutions here, and four in this week’s issue of Mews News. You can catch the entire article at Pet Place.
1. Stretch More! Call me overly critical, but your stretching routine is inadequate. Without proper stretching, you won’t be able to spring into action should a hunting opportunity present itself.
You can observe me if you need tips for how to successfully elongate your body or extend your paws into the air. Even if you aren’t the hunting type, better flexibility increases blood flow to muscles and reduces the risk of injury.
2. Try Something New. One time I doubted I could complete a long leap, then I tried it and surprised myself. Now I jump from the floor to the kitchen counter with relative ease all the time. …
3. Wake Up Early. Weekends are precious. When Saturday and Sunday roll around, you should wake up early and maximize your time. Make the most of your day…just make sure you feed me first.
But don’t worry – I won’t let you forget. In fact, I’ll probably help you wake up as the sun rises, ensuring you get a nice and early start to your days.
Yours in sharing New Year’s Resolutions,
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The above article, written by the Staff @ Pet Place was published there December 23, 2015. (They note that the article can be shared). Since it’s especially fitting for this time of year with so many of us making or considering New Year’s Resolutions, here are three of the Resolutions. Read the article in its entirety at Pet Place.
Photo source: Pet Place
Monday morning Phillip was upstairs with me as I was getting ready to go to Curves.
He then led the way down the steps, staying about three ahead of me.
Brody was at the foot of the stairs, behind the window curtain. While I didn’t see him, I think Phillip did as he ended up in a high-jump leap, skipping the last three steps to the bottom, then took off into the living room at a run. With Brody in “hot pursuit”.
The two of them then got into a major paws lock and proceeded to roll around on the floor. With me chasing after them in top voice.
Fortunately, when any of the kits get into disagreements, none will do the screechy cat thing. Instead they go for some pretty loud hissing and heavy breathing.
After a few rolls around, Phillip tried to get away from Brody, who was having none of that. He chased Phillip to the end-table in the living room with the lamp where Phillip planned to disappear behind the couch.
In doing so, Phillip knocked over the lamp, the bulb blew out, and the portable telephone thudded to the floor. (Thankfully, the glass lamp shade did not break!)
Brody disappeared to I know not where! Although the last I saw him at that time, he was giving the space behind the couch where Phillip went to ground a second glance!
Yours in kitties in hiding,
Photo of Brody Christmas Day, when he was being good! And waiting for the presents.
In case you missed this week’s issue of Mews Nooz, we’re sharing Christopher’s story about how much he liked the gifts from Morris the cat!
It all came about because Morris the Cat and Friskies launched a new website, Live Well & Prospurr, and a 9Lives promotion in November to help cats and humans. Morris was also “pawing it forward” by donating meals to cats at the ASPCA. We/the Kids were asked to participate. So we said “yes!”
As a result, Morris provided us with a blog post that we could post at our blog, Kittens n Things, and in an earlier Mews Nooz edition.
Further, in return, Morris and Friskies gave to us free stuff for our “Morris mention”. A huge box arrived for The Boys and Hope about mid-December; we saved it to open Christmas day. You should have seen the “kids”.
The box contained a 12-can case assortment of 5.5-oz 9Lives Cat food – pate! A box of 6 small kitty toys including three mice; in addition, a toy wand with a feather, and a yarn ball. I removed three mice toys so they could immediately play with them, and “someone kitty” removed the ball when I wasn’t looking!
We also received a pet groomer brush; it’s in the shape of a horseshoe. It fastens onto an oval carpet stand. You put catnip in a hole in the bottom of the stand to attract the kitties. When they walk through the brush arch, they are able to scratch their backs and it removes loose cat hair.
Christopher ^^^ immediately grabbed on to one of the mice (they have feather tails and are catnip-stuffed, too). As he played with it on the floor he got a crazy catnip stupor look on his face, as he stared off into space.
What a great Christmas! I had gotten them some toy mice, too; after seeing what was in the box, though, I decided to save those for later.
And then, of course, they had two new big (shipping) boxes they could play in.
Yours in lovin’ opening gifts,
P.S. The Pet Groomer Arch brush is available at Amazon through this affiliate link.)
Photo of Christopher taken Christmas day; he’s a bit of a reddish gold color and somewhat blends into the carpet. It’s difficult to tell where the mouse is in his arms, but it’s there!
We hope you have a terrific year!
And don’t miss tomorrow’s issue of Mews Nooz.
I’ve got a tale about Christopher and Christmas. And see for yourself how much he loved one of his gifts!
We love that your are our furriends.
Yours in a Happy 2016,