Happy 6th Birthday to Mia, Peanut, Rolz, and Zeuss Catt!

bd6-2015-001Really??!! Mia, Peanut, and Rolz are six today? How the heck did that happen? Didn’t they just have their 5th birthday a few months ago? That’s what it sure seems like. Wow… time just keeps flying by and there’s not a darn thing I can do about it! Read more


A Roundtable Discussion on Cats for Spay/Neuter Awareness Month


Can anyone else relate to this picture?

Kittens. In my day, it was not uncommon to see a kid holding a box with a litter of them that read, “Free to a good home.” It was also not uncommon to see free kittens advertised in the classifieds section of the newspaper. And if you were going to the mall, a side trip to the pet store to visit with the kittens (and puppies) was always in order even if you had no plans to buy one. None of these scenarios came with baggage attached as to whether or not there was a larger implication at hand with all of these animals at the ready. Read more


Wordless Wednesday – A Much Needed Splash of Sunshine

I don’t know about you, but for me, I think we all could use a dose a sunshine, both literally and figuratively. What a better way to do that on Wordless Wednesday than to share some pictures of cats in sunlight?

There is just something so soothing about a sunbeam and I always marvel that no matter how small that last remaining sliver of sunlight might be, a cat will find it and take comfort in it for every precious second.

Isn’t that the ultimate message? To live life in the moment? I sure think so. Happy Wednesday and may you all find a sunbeam or two of your own along the way…


Kizmet, Rolz, and Zoey








Zee and Rolz




Kizmet back in 2012 when he was a kitten




Rolz and Mia


Cats, Puppies, Deflated Balls, Commercials and More – It’s Gotta be Super Bowl Weekend!

And just like that – here it is, Super Bowl weekend. Before I get this post going, let me set the record straight for you. While I do watch football and enjoy it, I am by no means an expert on the sport. As a matter of fact, the only way I know if a team has done something good or bad is based on the tone of the voice of the announcer. In order to keep up with which team is winning, I have to look at the score posted on the top left side of my TV screen. And if the uniform colors of the teams playing one another are similar, I know even less about what is going on.

It’s not that I couldn’t learn the mechanics of the game, I probably could, I just prefer not to. I just beat to my own drum like that. I’ve been to actual games, I ran a football pool at work back in the day, and I’m always a loyal fan to wherever I live at the moment. Which means for the past 21 years, the Miami Dolphins have been disappointing me. Read more


Nominations Open for the BlogPaws 2015 Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards!


The nominations are open for the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards and my cats are always ready to share their advice and opinions!

With all the snow and cold weather in most of the country, it’s the purr-fect time to grab a cat, or two, or seven and browse through your favorite blogs to nominate them for a prestigious BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Award. There are several categories to choose from and the awards are not just limited to cats –there are categories for dogs and other pets too! And even better, you only have to nominate someone once for them to qualify and you can nominate them for as many categories as you want. You can also nominate yourself if you are a blogger and the best news of all, once the nominations are in, each category is judged by a distinguished panel of professionals, not by popular vote, based on the expertise, performance, and creativity of the entry!

The only thing, time is running out – nominations need to be sent in by Saturday, January 31, so get to your computers as quick as possible to make your selections. Click here for nomination details and if you would like to consider Zee and Zoey for any categories, we thank you in advance. These are some of our suggestions for this year, but we encourage you to surf through our site to make up your own mind. We also encourage you to nominate our friends too – the awards are meant to honor bloggers across all genres and there are so many talented bloggers out there!


Best Cat Blog: http://www.zeezoey.com/blog

Best Designed Pet Blog: http://www.zeezoey.com/blog

Best Written Pet Blog Post - These are some of my recent favorites that received a lot of positive attention:

My Personal Farewell to Cat Fancy Magazine (I discuss the bittersweet news of Cat Fancy magazine folding after 50 years of publication) http://zeezoey.com/blog/my-personal-farewell-to-cat-fancy-magazine/

A Footnote to Cats and How Grieving the Loss of a Pet has Changed as a Result of Social Media (After losing my cats, Jazz and Harley, within the span of a year, I discuss how the grieving process has changed as a result of social media)   http://zeezoey.com/blog/a-footnote-to-cats-and-how-grieving-the-loss-of-a-pet-has-changed-as-a-result-of-social-media/

Cats and the Grieving Process – Reconciling the Loss of Harley and a Special Visit from Mr. Jazz (I share my reflective feelings of what it is like to lose a cat after an unexpected death) http://zeezoey.com/blog/cats-and-the-grieving-process-reconciling-the-loss-of-harley-and-a-special-visit-from-mr-jazz/

Saying Goodbye to Harley – Parting is Such Sorrow… (My tribute post to Harley after her unexpected death) http://zeezoey.com/blog/saying-goodbye-to-harley-parting-is-such-sorrow/

Scratching the Surface on Declawing Cats and Trying to Uncover the Reality of Martha Stewart’s Opinion on the Controversial Subject (A very topical and informative post on the dangers of declawing cats and the ethical responsibility of celebrities) http://zeezoey.com/blog/scratching-the-surface-on-declawing-cats-and-trying-to-uncover-the-reality-of-martha-stewarts-opinion-on-the-controversial-subject/

How to Live in a Multi-Cat Household and Keep the Peace and Harmony (I share my experience and expertise on how to successfully live in a multi-cat household) http://zeezoey.com/blog/how-to-live-in-a-multi-cat-household-and-keep-the-peace-and-harmony/

Best Pet Photo on a Blog: In conjunction with two of the above blog posts, I suggest the following photos that helped to enhance the article:

Scratching the Surface on Declawing Cats and Trying to Uncover the Reality of Martha Stewart’s Opinion on the Controversial Subject (A picture of Jazmine and her very beautiful and necessary claws) http://zeezoey.com/blog/scratching-the-surface-on-declawing-cats-and-trying-to-uncover-the-reality-of-martha-stewarts-opinion-on-the-controversial-subject/


How to Live in a Multi-Cat Household and Keep the Peace and Harmony (A picture of Kizmet reaching out to his new brother, Rolz, in a gesture of love, peace, and friendship) http://zeezoey.com/blog/how-to-live-in-a-multi-cat-household-and-keep-the-peace-and-harmony/


I also suggest this photo for National Hug Your Cat Day from this post: http://zeezoey.com/blog/its-our-favorite-day-today-is-hug-your-cat-day/


Here is further information you may need for nomination purposes:
Email: info@zeezoey.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/zeeandzoey
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zeezoey
BlogPaws Profile: http://community.blogpaws.com/profile/DebBarnes

Good luck to everyone – stay warm and if you’d like to attend the BlogPaws conference that will be held this May 28 – 30 in Nashville, TN, and have not yet registered, just use the code BP15-Speaker-10off to receive 10% off your registration. Click here for details.

I will be speaking on a panel entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Bloggers and Publishing” featuring holistic cat expert and award-winning blogger and photographer, Layla Morgan Wilde of Cat Wisdom 101; writer, photographer, and Editor of CatInTheFridge, Alana Grelyak; and award-winning blogger, editor, and author, Janiss Garza of Sparkle Cat.