Monday, November 21, 2016

Recommendations for Sending Packages

The names of your Secret Paw will be emailed to you by Monday night.  If you don't receive your name(s) by Tuesday morning (November 22), please email us immediately so we can take care of this.  We thought we'd post a few hints and reminders about participating in Secret Paws.
  1. Visit your secret paws blog to get to know a little about them.  If they don't have a blog, read comments in the email you received to learn a more about your special kitty.
  2. Double check the address in your email to make sure it's a valid address.  You may want to look it up on the Internet to verify it.  If it's not valid, email us and we'll contact your kitty.
  3. Check deadlines for shipping with the post office, Fed Ex, UPS, etc., especially if you are shipping to another country.  We have a tab at the top of this page about shipping deadlines.
  4. We strongly recommend shipping your package using Priority Shipping in order to have a tracking number and insurance.
  5. Be sure to include a card inside your package to identify who you are with your email and/or blog address so your secret paw can thank you.
  6. Review the likes and dislikes of the kitties from your email.  Some of the kitties have allergies and we'd hate them to get something that would make them sick.
  7. Feel free to drop in a little surprise for the human.  They always like chocolate, notepads, and other special items.
  8. Consider wrapping each item in holiday wrap.  Many of the kitties have expressed they like this.
  9. Some of the kitties have woofies and other fur children in their houses.  This is an exchange for kitties, but if you feel comfortable sending something to the other species, please feel free to do so.
  10. Please accept the "author request" to post on this blog.  If you can't find the email request, please let us know and we'll send it again.
  11. Post about putting your special package together to ship on your own blog and here!
  12. When you receive your package, please either send an email thank you to your secret paw and/or post on your blog and/or this blog pictures of your kitties enjoying the package.
  13. Most of all, have fun!
  14. Any questions, please email us immediately at

Sunday, November 6, 2016

It's Time for Secret Paws 2016

Welcome to Secret Paws 2016!

When the kitties of the Cat Blogosphere, from all 'round the world, join paws for the
holidays to secretly exchange names and share the joy of gifting one another.
This has been a tradition for more years than any of us can remember,
and each year it seems to grow and grow.

Gift costs are always kept to a minimum, and we do our best to exchange
names "within country", so none have the added expense of overseas shipping.
We do ask that one and all respect deadlines so all kitties have their goodies
to open on Christmas Day!  

So ~ whether you have joined in past years ~ or if Secret Paws is new to you ~ just
let us know you want to be part of this event (deadline is 11/18/2016, letting us know
sooner is always better) ... and then you'll receive your very own
Secret Paw name from us, and well, Merry Meowy Holidays!

Thanks for being part of Secret Paws 2016

If you would like to participate in Secret Paws 2016, please email the following information to Truffle and Brulee at our email address ( by November 18, 2016.  Please put Secret Paws 2016 in the Subject Line.  It's easiest to copy and paste this information in your email to make sure you include everything.  
  1. Name of cats.  Please specify name and number. 

  2. Email address 

  3. Name of Cat Blog

  4. Blog address 

  5. Complete Mailing address :  It's important to include your human's first and last name because some post offices will not deliver to an address without this; especially if you live out of the United States. 

  6. Phone Number:  This is for mailing purposes.  Some packages required a phone number
  7. Would you be willing to ship a package to a kitty from another country?  (Remember postage is higher and packages must be shipped earlier when shipping internationally)

  8. Favorite Color 

  9. Favorite Treat:  

  10. Favorite Toy 

  11. Information on items that should be avoided (specific flavors, toys, treats, etc.)

  12. Anything else you would like your Secret Paw to know about you.

Let's limit this to $25.

Please send your information to Truffle and Brulee by November 18, 2016.  Mom Paula will help us sort everything out within a week and we will email everyone their partner by November 21, 2016.  Keep the Secret Paws "secret" this year until you receive yours and then post about your package on this blog and/or yours.  The Secret Paws package that you send to may not be the same kitty you receive from.  Please try to make sure everyone receives their Secret Paws package by December 15, 2016.  We strongly recommend you ship international packages by December 1, 2016.  We also strongly recommend that you use priority mail with a tracking number.  

We will also send everyone an invitation to contribute to this blog site so you can post pictures and thank yous once you receive yours.