The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a muse as “a source of inspiration; especially: a guiding genius”. All of the work that I put into Playful Kitty has been inspired by the cats that I have been blessed to have in my life. My cats are my muses! The makers of Muse® cat foods want to celebrate the ways in which cats inspire cat lovers with their line of natural cat foods and a great giveaway!
My Muses: Behind the Scenes with Niptoons
Nothing on Playful Kitty has been more inspired by my personal cats than our Niptoons series. The name comes from smooshing together the words “catnip” (a favorite of my kitties) and “cartoon.” Each edition is a series of about 6 photos of my cats with cartoon bubbles that translate their humorous conversations into English.
What made me decide to start Niptoons? I am always translating the actions of my cats at home. Cats are great at expressing themselves! They have amazing personalities and attitudes. Especially once you have gotten to know a particular cat, their communication becomes clear as day.
Cinco and Manna were the original Niptoons cats. Cinco had a very quiet, but playful personality. He was the ultimate momma’s boy. Manna has always been the small, but loud, dominant cat with plenty of cattitude to spare. After Cinco passed away, Dexter joined the Niptoons cast and he has been creating a different, but wonderful dynamic. He is young, carefree, and completely oblivious to Manna’s demands.
I’m not sure if I am a very good comedian, but my cats are meow-out-loud funny! For each episode of Niptoons, I begin by taking hundreds of photos of the cats. If there is a holiday or theme I want to capture, I add appropriate props, but the “props” are normally just the cat toy du jour. The cats love their playtime as I taunt them with toys in one hand and the camera in the other.
Next, I download all of those photos onto the computer and pick the ones that summarize our playtime the best. The cats tell their own story – I just translate it. I don’t make up the story before the photo shoot. Once the photos are chosen, I clean up the photos and add the English translations of what the cats are saying. The finished photos are what show up on Playful Kitty every Wednesday!
Special Mini Edition of Niptoons
Muse® Natural Cat Food #MyCatMyMuse
What can you expect from Muse natural cat foods?
- Grain-free varieties
- No fillers or chicken by-product meal
- All recipes made with real fish or poultry
- No corn, no soy
- No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
Customer reviews and complete ingredient lists for each Muse recipe can be found on their website. While you are there, sign up for the Muse Rewards Program where you can earn points toward cat-centric prizes and free Muse natural cat food! Earning points is as easy as using the hashtag #MyCatMyMuse in your social media posts. Follow Muse on Instagram to keep up with all of the latest (and see some adorable kitty photos from the Muse community).
To celebrate the pawsome inspiration that cats are, Muse is allowing me to give away a Muse by Purina® Kit to one of our readers! What is in the kit?
- Samples of Muse natural cat food
- Coupons for Muse natural cat food
- A Muse Clean Plate Club cat dish
- A #MyCatMyMuse tote bag
- A cat whisker mug
- Petlinks Tea Zing Catnip Toys
- Petlinks Fun Frills Raffia Toys
- A cat rolling pin
- Nail polish from The Body Shop
Open to residents of the United States, at least 18 years of age. Entries will be accepted until July 25, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST. There will be one (1) winner that will be randomly selected within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway. The winner will be notified by email and their name will appear on the Rafflecopter widget on this page. If the winner does not respond to the notification email within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!