Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Getting Spiffy with Morris the Cat's Grooming Tips & Two Contests!!

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With spring coming up and after that, the dreaded bathing suit season (eek!), I know everyone's searching for ways to look their best. And my readers have a 'paw up' on the competition because we're about to get some style and wellness tips from someone who knows a thing or two about looking awesome... I'm talking, of course, about Morris the Cat. I love Morris. He has such style, such panache.

In case you're not familiar with this illustrious feline, Morris is the original celebricat, starring in over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He's even been called "the Clark Gable of cats," and that's about as debonair as it gets! In his "Dear Morris" column, he'll be answering some readers' burning questions about good grooming, and he's also giving away a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe, a $300 Spa Finder gift card, and a whole year's supply of 9Lives cat food! Enter at his website:  

Dear Hairy Harry,

If your cat is shedding on you, the thing you should tell him is... "thank you!" Being covered in cat fur means you get to look like a cat, which means you get to look more awesome. However, if this isn't your desired effect (although I can't imagine why it wouldn't be), try wearing clothes the same color as your cat to camouflage the fur. Kind of like a cat camouflages himself in clean laundry--hey, come to think of it, that could be why you're always covered in fur! You can also try brushing Baxter a couple times a week to remove excess fur and redistribute the natural oils on his skin--now, that's what I call a win-win!

Dear Morris,

My teenage daughter spends 45 minutes in front of the mirror every day primping and brushing her hair. I think this is excessive but she tells me it's what makes her happy. Morris, since you always look fabulous, I thought you could give me some advice--what's the best way to get her to spend less time in front of the mirror?


Frustrated Mamma

Dear Fur-ustrated Mamma,

I know it may seem like I just wake up looking this good, but believe it or not, I put in lots of long hours licking my fur. In fact, as a cat, I groom up to 50% of the time I'm awake. Grooming not only makes you look good, it can be used for meditation--kind of like focusing really hard on a red laser dot. So I say, take the time you need to feel your best--whether it's 5 minutes or 45. It's a very purrsonal choice. 

Dear Morris,

Lately I've been looking slightly less than my best, which is unfortunate because I just started a new job and I wanted to make a good first impression. But instead, my eyes are all puffy and I just haven't been my chipper self. I'm not sure how to get out of this style rut. Morris, can you help me get my grooming groove back?


Fashion Faux-Paw

Dear Fashion Faux-Paw.

Let me shed some light (and some fur) on this situation. The main thing I took away from your question is that you're STRESSED! Starting a new job can be stressful and can lead to falling out of typical routines and lack of sleep.

 I should know because every time I start shooting a new commercial, I only sleep 15 hours a day instead of 16. But don't despair! There's one failsafe way to calm those nerves and give you back your glow. I'm talking about a massage, specifically a kitty massage. We kitties LOVE to give massages--well, we think of it more as kneading but you humans don't seem to know the difference. A kitty massage will help you relax, and in turn, feel and look better. Plus, it's purr-ty much impossible to feel stressed when you have the love of a cat.

There you have it! Thank you, Morris the Cat, for sharing this invaluable grooming advice. Readers, how many of you have a good-looking, well-groomed feline at home? You could win them a whole year's supply of delicious 9Lives cat food, plus a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe and Spa Finder gift card for you! Just go to Morris' Live Well & Prospurr website [] to enter. Then, 'paw it forward' by tweeting #MorrisFeeds, and Morris will donate a bowl of 9Lives cat food to a kitty in need.

You've read this far. Now, here's an extra contest!  Morris the Cat is giving two of my lucky readers a Well-Groomed Kitty Kit!  To enter, post here and tell me why you and your cat want one of Morris' Well-Groomed Kitty Kits thanks to Morris and his friends at 9 Lives Cat Food! You have until Sunday to post. Winners will be announced on Monday!! This contest is open to U.S. Residents Only.


Lisette Brodey said...

What a cute blog! I just love it!

Speaking of grooming, my cat just had a combing session the other day. I thought she felt great afterward. But then she confided in me that the combing was not enough. She said that's it's not fair that her brother, a dog, goes on walks every day and gets SO much more attention than she does. That said, she doesn't really want attention, but she would like to look extra fabulous just to feel truly beautiful when she ignores people. So, that's why I'd love to win the Well-Groomed Kitty Kit! =^..^=

Darlene said...

Thanks so much for your comment, Lisette. You read your cat well! She is obviously SUCH a cat!

Gordon Brice said...

LOL! What can I say? I'm still laughing after reading Lisette's comments......hilarious, so true and, I hope she wins the Well-Groomed Kitty Kit, in order that her kitty may be extra happy and "extra fabulous".
Thank you once again for a very interesting and entertaining blog, Darlene. Morris has provided some very beneficial tips, backed up by great illustrations.
I wish everyone entering the contests, the very best of luck.

Darlene said...

Gordon, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and Lisette Brodey's comment/entry into the contest! Morris always has useful tips and a great website. It's fun to share!

Monica said...

Gilligan would love a well-groomed kitty kit! As you know, he dislikes the pin brush, slicker brush, and "rush brush," and demonstrates that by biting them and not allowing me to brush him! A brand new kit that doesn't smell like it's been used to brush anyone, even him, may be just the trick! What cat wouldn't want to look like Morris?

Darlene said...

Hi Monica, Thank you for commenting and entering the contest! Gilligan has a caring Mom! With any brush, if the cat doesn't like it, you have to introduce it slowly. Preferably with clicker training. Slow introduction to the brush before it touches him. A little at as time. Slowly, and slow brush strokes. It can be a very zen-like bonding time.