GIVEAWAY WEEK: Tidy Cats #ThrowbackKittenWeek Giveaway #spons


Today we’re giving away Tidy Cats litter with TidyLock™ Protection as part of its #ThrowbackKittenWeek celebration AND a custom artist’s portrait of your cat.

2016: The Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, two themes for the year emerged: Kittens and Politics. For us, the disagreeable nature of election news was offset by the antics of Demon Kitten, and later, his brother.

For those unfamiliar with the story, we lost Buckaroo this year, and thinking that the 2-year-old Banzai would need a playmate, we adopted a flame point Siamese kitten (Reno) via Petfinder. His mother was a feral who gave birth to the litter in a rose garden. The kittens were rescued and their mother was TNRed.


Of the four kittens in the litter, Reno and two others were adopted out. The lone remaining littermate, a little black kitten named Homer, was adopted a short time later by the couple who had adopted the first two in the litter. They returned him 24 hours later, saying that he “played too much.” (You’re right. They should never have been allowed to adopt a cat.)

The Kitten Nobody Wanted

Homer went to the adoption unit every single weekend for five months. Nobody wanted him. He didn’t show as well as some others, tending to stick to the back of the cage, and black cats are the least adoptable of any rescued cats.


Months later, the rescue lady got in touch with me, needing the paperwork verifying that we’d had Reno snipped. She’d mentioned that Homer had still not found a home, but she had grown so attached to him that she wouldn’t mind having to keep him (despite housing a gazillion rescue cats). I mentioned to hubby that Reno’s brother was still looking for a home, aware of the hub’s etched-in-stone no-more-than-3-cats policy.

Imagine my surprise when, the next day, hubby said, “I think we should adopt Reno’s brother.” I couldn’t believe my ears. And when he said it, all the reasons it was a purrfect idea came to mind.reno1

The fact is, Reno was driving Banzai crazy. He enjoyed kamikazi-divebombing the older cat (just as Banzai had done with Buckaroo), and despite being only two, Banzai no longer had a kitten’s drive to play-play-play-play-play. He had become a cat.

Demon Kitten

Reno was a demon kitten who spent his days (when not divebombing Banzai) looking for trouble. As described in Deb Barnes’ book, Makin’ Biscuits, he was obsessed with removing the drain stopper from the upstairs bathroom sink and hiding it elsewhere in the house. If my pink Daisy razor fell to the floor of the shower, he’d find it and hide it behind the couch (which I never discovered until after I was all soaped up.)

Each morning, he’d dis-assemble the cat fountain, leaving a lake of water on the floor. (Yes, OSHA, he was always careful to unplug it before the fun began.)

We reasoned that with a playmate his age, Reno wouldn’t be so bored that he’d seek trouble to get into, and Banzai would be happier, too, not getting attacked 50 times a day.

The adoption was successful beyond our wildest dreams. Reno and Homer seemed to recognize each other immediately, and have been a bonded pair ever since. Banzai is in much better spirits, and enjoys playing with the kittens now that it’s more on his terms. The house is filled with the padda-rump-padda-rump-padda-rump beat of the Thundering Herd of Elephants as they chase each other down the upstairs hallway.

Reno has been leaving the sink drain and cat fountain alone, and the only trouble the pair usually gets into is a morning ritual of unrolling the toilet paper and covering the bathroom floor with it.

Each day, I am soooo happy we adopted Homer. He’s the sweetest, most affectionate and purrsonable little guy, and he seems genuinely grateful to have found a furever home. His relationship with Reno is a delight to witness. And of course, Reno is thrilled to have a pal who shares his DNA.


As a Tidy Cats Insider, I get the insider’s scoop on the latest cat litter technology developments, and some great giveaways as well. This week, Tidy Cats is sponsoring a Mousebreath giveaway so that a lucky Mousebreather can try out Tidy Cats litter with TidyLock™ Protection, which absorbs liquids and features an improved deodorizing system that neutralizes odors. TidyLock Protection is available in the LightWeight and scooping versions of 24/7 and Instant Action clumping litters.

Sometimes, kittens produce more stink molecules per poop than any older cats so TidyLock Protection can keep your litter area smelling like a mountain meadow.

Tidy Cats’ #ThrowBackKittenWeek

It’s all part of Tidy Cats’ #throwbackKittenWeek, a year-end celebration of kittenhood, when you are asked to travel down memory lane and reflect on your cats’ kitten days.

Was your cat a demon kitten? Do you remember the first time he discovered The Red Dot? Did Feline Life Coach Max Thompson help her develop into a mature and responsible cat?

To help me remember Reno’s adventurous kittenhood, the Tidy Cats team had one of their in-house artists do a caricature of Reno:



GIVEAWAY: One lucky Mousebreather will win two coupons for free Tidy Cats litter with TidyLock™ Protection AND a portrait of your cat by world-famous* cat artist Karen Nichols.

Example of Custom Cat Portraits

Picture your cat immortalized in a custom portrait:


In addition to the free Tidy Cats cat litter, the winner will get a portrait in digital format, all ready to print out or POD.

How to Enter

Enter your information in the form below so we know where to send your winnings.  For extra entries, leave a comment below sharing one of your favorite memories of your cat as a kitten.

The Tidy Cats prize is only available for shipping to a US address. The portrait is available to any resident of planet Earth. If the winner lives outside the US, a second winner will be drawn for the Tidy Cats litter portion of the prize.


For additional drawings to win, visit our friends CatTipper and The Tiniest Tiger!

*Well, famous to two residents of the 4000 block of Hillsborough Dr in Castro Valley, at least.

THE FINE PRINT: This giveaway is sponsored by Tidy Cats and Crazy Cat Lady Art. The Mousebreath household is an enthusiastic user of Tidy Cats products and recommends them without reservation. 


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About the Author ()

Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at

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  1. Debra says:

    I would love a portrait of my kitties…my Sugar-cookie adores Max.

  2. Lindy says:

    My kittens LOVE this time of the year. The tree has been knocked over twice, and the ornaments end up in their bed!

  3. Morris says:

    As a kitten, Morris (not THAT Morris), loved to play in the toilet… especially a problem when he got stuck and couldn’t get out!

  4. Cammie says:

    Sooty DESTROYED my knitting. He’d attack every ball of yarn I had, every work in progress. But he was just so darned adorable, how could I get mad?

  5. Cammie says:

    And I want that custom portrait so bad!!!!!

  6. Kelso says:

    Is the portrait just for one cat? I have three! How do I choose?

  7. The mom says if we win, it will be difficult to choose which one of us should have the portrait.

  8. Connie says:

    those portraits are beautiful!

  9. Sue Brandes says:

    My cat Tubby as a kitten was into everything. One early morning he swung from my hanging plant. What a mess that was. All I could do was laugh. He used to run back and forth and meow a lot too. He is more calm now.

  10. Joe Tyrrell says:

    Very nice portraits, and we use Tidy Cats. At some indefinite age of 10-12, Feona can still be found on the top shelf of the closet, the shower rail or racing around with former alley cat Little Guy.


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