Review & Discount for Canada / US / UK: Meowbox now available in the UK!

Hello everyone,

Today we have another fantastic subscription box for you! This time the box comes from Meowbox.com.

What is even better if you fancy giving it a try you can get 10% off the subcription plan you choose with our special code KATZEN10.

Now let us have a look at the box itself and how it compares to others.

Surprisingly this time it was Nubia who was super guarding the box. As you may remember it usually is Oliver who goes mad over our box deliveries! The reason being she sniffed out her favourite type of toys (no not catnip) things made of wool. :D

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Nubia: *stern look* This is MY box… none shall pass! :D

Nubia straight wanted to get in there and you can see a video of her attempts to headbutt her way into the box below:

There was also a super cute surprise in our box and I think Nubia was very pleased with this!

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Nubia: I <3 Meowbox! They even got our names on the box woohoo. <3

Both kitties were really happy with the toys and other things inside the box as you can see below they both chose their favourite right away! LOL

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Nubia: Wool toy! MINE

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Oliver: That’s okay I shall have the catnip prawn. :D

Oliver really loves this new prawn as you can see on the below video:

Unlike other boxes we have tested their boxes are full of organic and handmade high quality items which in our opinion is worth paying the for. :)

You also get introduced to new brands that you may otherwise not have heard about. Like Oliver’s catnip prawn is from an independent retailer that has an Etsy shop and what’s even better as part of the box you got a 25% discount code to order more prawns! (I can hear Oli making happy purrs about that while my wallet makes a sigh. ;) )

So the content of the September box were the following 5 items. We researched these on the internet to check if this box truly is good value:

Crazy About Catnip: Shrimp Toy – $4.50 on their official Etsy shop
Nutrience: Turkey, Chicken & Herring
 – Couldn’t find the 200gram pack online but that could be because its a trial size bag to see if your cat likes it. We found a larger bag that would prize this one at about 12$
Beco Things: Cat bowl –  
Cheapest we found $5.70
Smart n’Tasty: Feline Dental Treats Chicken flavour – Cheapest we found $8.94
Snow Leopard Trust: Snow Leopard Toy – $5.00 on their official store
Snow Leopard Trust: Toy Mouse Mini – $5.00 on their official store

Total value: $42.14

You certainly wouldn’t have been able to find all of these items from the same shop which therefore would have cost you a lot more in postage! So over-all this is great value for money. :D

So let us look at their general subscription prices:

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As you can see even if you choose to pay monthly you would have saved $9.19 versus buying each item separately and remember you would have had to pay even MORE for postage. The real value for these boxes is if you are happy to pay for months in advance. For example if you prepay for 6 months you save an extra $10 per month so giving you a saving of $19.19 per box.

Our over-all verdict?

We really love this box! Not just has it introduced us to loads of new companies we didn’t even know about but it’s also organic and grain free, therefore making these treats much healthier for your cat. Additionally we really liked the fact that they included items from charities – this month included items from the snow leopard trust who helps to save the endangered snow leopard!

Now if you would like to order your own box as a trial please click here and don’t forget to use your discount code KATZEN10 for an extra 10% off.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments! :)

Thanks,

Marc

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Oliver: Your daily kitty is going on a trip to…!

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Oliver: All important items and felines? In the suitcase bound for JAPAN the land of sushi and CATS! :D

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Oliver: Now if I focus really hard do you think the humans won’t notice that I am in here? <3

Now on a more serious note 2 of our humans will be away in the far far super far away country of Japan for 2 weeks but we have a friend who will stay and look after us. <3

Marc and Iain will still check on their own posts but you may find responses at “odd” times of the day . ;) It does unfortunately mean though that they won’t have the time to visit all of our friend Blogs for a few weeks though!!! We shall bring back loads of tales from Japan.

And don’t worry we have put Nubia in charge of scheduling in some posts and there are always Yuki with Mao & Snowball to brighten up the day and keep an eye on things. :D

Signed by

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His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief

Mews: Cat poop parasite may cure cancer

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Hi everyone,

This is a very interesting press release that we found on Discovery the other day! I do hope that they can further advance this past the lab tests. :)

A kitty poop parasite has led to a treatment that wipes out cancer in lab tests, including aggressive melanoma and ovarian cancer, preliminary studies have found.

By itself, the single-celled parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, is bad news because it can cause illness in infected people and cats. It thrives in the intestines of cats and then comes out the other end.

But scientists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have figured out a way to engineer a new version of the parasite that they say has remarkable cancer-fighting powers.

“We know biologically this parasite has figured out how to stimulate the exact immune responses you want to fight cancer,” explained David J. Bzik, a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth.

“The biology of this organism is inherently different from other microbe-based (treatments) that typically just tickle immune cells from the outside,” said senior research associate Barbara Fox. “By gaining preferential access to the inside of powerful innate immune cell types, our mutated strain of T. gondii reprograms the natural power of the immune system to clear tumor cells and cancer.”

The mutated parasite is called “cps.” Lab tests show that it’s non-replicating and safe to use. Even if the recipient has a weakened immune system, as often happens with chemotherapy, cps still retains its cancer-fighting powers in the body.

“Aggressive cancers too often seem like fast-moving train wrecks,” As Bzik said. “Cps is the microscopic, but super-strong, hero that catches the wayward trains, halts their progression, and shrinks them until they disappear.”

During the lab studies, he and his colleagues used cps to treat extremely aggressive cases of melanoma and ovarian cancer in mice. The scientists found unprecedented high rates of survival.

Yet another remarkable feature of this new weapon against cancer is that it could even be tailored to the individual patient.

“In translating cps therapy to the clinic, we imagine cps will be introduced into cells isolated from the patient,” Bzik said. “Then, Trojan Horse cells harboring cps will be given back to the patient as an immunotherapeutic cancer vaccine to generate the ideal immune responses necessary to eradicate their cancer cells and to also provide life-long immunity against any future recurrence of that cancer.”

More studies are needed, as the researchers are still trying to understand how cps works so well. They continue to examine its molecular targets and mechanisms.

Bzik concluded, “Cancer immunotherapy using cps holds incredible promise for creating beneficial new cancer treatments and cancer vaccines.”

If that holds true, future generations may see kitty litter in a whole new light.

Photo: Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Original article can be found here. And additional reading material on Science Daily can be found here.

Thanks,

KATZENWORLDLOGOnowords

Oliver & Nubia: Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday Latest photos + ongoing challenge! (Week 9)

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Hi friends and followers!

You know it is a happy day when it is TUMMY RUB TUESDAY TIME! :D

Please share this wonderful day with your friends and let us get more entries for next week when ever before. :)

(To find out how to enter your own cats please scroll down to the bottom of the post or to make it easier for you leave a comment with a link to your photo!)

This weeks entries:

Frou-Frou

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Mr TUb

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And Sammie have joined us from Saving Sammie whom you can visit here. :)

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Journey have joined us from Claude West’s Blog tipsaboutcats.com

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This “little” fluffy tummy joins us from adamslittlesunshine and you can find many more cute photos here!

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And meet Spyro from Thoughts by Mello-Elo whom you can visit here.

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And meet Iza from Mark’s Mews and you can find many many more cute tummy shots here.

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Errol Flynn and..

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Merlin! Their pet human is Danielle who kindly send in their photos via email.

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And meet Gizmo who was sent in via email by Mary!

And last for this week was send in by Nina on Twitter:

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And in case you missed last weeks entries please find them below! :D

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Boots

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Tiger

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And Star – all three come to us from my sweet painted dreams whom you can visit here.

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And meet Big B from our friends over at The Scratching Post whom you can meet here.

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And meet Clorinha who was sent in via email by AV. :)

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Squeaky and Nettie together – both of them belong to Ben from In My Not So Humble Opinion: the Writings and Ramblings of Ben Herman whom you can visit here.

Now we need ALL of you! You want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below. :D

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your furfriend on your own Blog and add your link onto our linky app by clicking on the below photo or by clicking here or by leaving a comment with a link back to your post.

Should you not have an own Blog you can even participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source! :)

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better :D

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And on next weeks #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

Lil Miss Nubia would like to say thanks:

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And not to forget Oliver!

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For once again entering our #TRT. :)

Thanks,

KATZENWORLDLOGOnowords

Mews: Ever wondered what your cat is doing on the PC?

Hi everyone,

So this image really sparked my curiosity.

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What is that our cats are doing on our PC that they lovingly refer to as catputer?

Do they order premium cat food?
Or new toys? :)
Find more kats to take in from shelters?

What do you think your cat is up to alone at home on the catputer? :D

Marc

Picture source: Pinterest

Nubia: Tunnel play time <3

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Plaaaaaaaay with me!!!!! plllllease :)

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And don’t I look cute in this tunnel :)

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Oh hello again humans! :0

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Right well… I am too tired now to play so time to just look pretty :D

By the way if you have time why not read the review of this awesome tunnel and where to buy it by clicking here.

Signed by,

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Her Meowjesty Queen Nubzilla the Disturber of Peace

Guest star: Fantasy Art. Fantasy Cats

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Irina and is about her:

Fantasy Art. Fantasy Cats.

Hello! Let me introduce myself. My name is Irina and I am a crazy cat lady. I am! And always have been. As long as I can remember, I have always had cats. And I remember all of them too, every single one: what they looked like, what their personalities were like, who was quiet and lazy and who was mischievous and crazy.

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Of course, my love spread everywhere. I like watching cat cartoons, reading cat books and articles and blogs and I started my cat collection some years ago.

cat artIt’s quite a chore to dust them all!

Naturally, this passion had to manifest itself in my art sooner or later. I worked with oils for many years but mainly painted landscapes. At some point I felt that I wanted to try a different medium (acrylics) – and a different subject. And what subject could be better than cats?!

But I didn’t want to be one of the many artists that paint conventional portraits of pets. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are many wonderful cat pictures out there and I love and admire many of them! I just wanted mine to be… well, different.

So, I decided to paint MY cats in this stylized, extravagant, special way where I try to convey the personalities of the cats rather than just their exterior.

I called these paintings “The Fantasy Cats series.”

Here are some of them:

cat art 1“Sleeping Cat in Gold” This cat is resting peacefully, he is very happy with his life.

cat art 2 “Two Cheerful Cats” These cats are joyful and a little inquisitive under the sun.

 cat art 3“Poised Cat in Red” She is serene and confident.

cat art 4“Cool Cat in Burgundy” He is beautiful and he knows it!

cat art 5My paintings are in various colour palettes, various sizes but in all of them I tried, as best as I could, to express my love and admiration for these wonderful animals.

cat art 6“Kitty Family” These cats were painted as a set of 4. They are similar in style but very different in character.

You can look (and buy) at my paintings here, in my online shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaturelandsAndCo

And read more in my blog: http://naturelands.wordpress.com/

We hope you are looking forward to more fun stories @Katzenworld!

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Thanks,

KATZENWORLDLOGOnowords

Merlin: My outdoor cat-house!

Hi everyone,

As the weather is getting colder and nastier, I want to share with you pics of my little house for felines.

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It is a two story dwelling, with a penthouse that can be opened on sunny days. It provides shelter for my rescued cats while they get the courage to come into the house.

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This is my little Merlin rescued last year, sleeping peacefully and then later his first step into the house.

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Thanks,

Danielle

Giveaway & Product Review: Cewe Photoworld Calendar and Photobook

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Hi everyone,

We had so many photos stored of our kitties and not all of our local friends use the internet that we thought it was about time to create a photo book for them. :)

We researched a few providers and went for Cewe Photoworld (Click here for more details about them) for our first photo book and also ended up making a calendar! (The calendar can be won by ONE of you lucky readers!!! :) So read on for details on how win it!)

To use Cewe Photoworld you can either download an app to your iPhone / iPad or install a free software on your PC. We went for the PC installation as most of our photos are stored on there. :)

The software has to be installed on your C drive – at least on our Windows 7 PC it didn’t work if installed anywhere else.

Once the installation is finished you can create a photo book or calendar from scratch or make use of their handy assistant.

If you choose the Assistant option (which is the one we chose) the program will auto arrange the photos based on their suitability for you on the photo book. Of course you can still re-arrange these yourself at a later point but this was super easy and fast. :D

Throughout the progress you have customisation options to change backgrounds, frames and also have options to add videos which will be added as a QR code that you and your friends can scan on a smartphone for quick access on the CEWE server. :)

So here are the photos of the photo book!

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Oliver is on the front and there is a photo of Nubia on the back. :)

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Some of the cutest moments of the two. :)

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Pretty photos, funny photos you name it we added it! :)

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Don’t ask how Oliver ended under his cat cave… LOL

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I think the photo of him hanging out in his basket is one of my favorite ones! :D

Prices start from £12.99 for a Booklet or £28.99 for the hardcover with 26 pages each. For our photobook book we picked the 26 pages hardcover version of the Large Portrait CEWE Photobook. The book was amazing and everyone we showed it to loved it! Certainly a perfect present to cat lovers and you can make your own individual book for them. ;)

Fore more details about CEWE or to make your own please click here.

Now to the calendar! This is the amazing 2015 Katzenworld Calendar which ONE lucky reader can win through our giveaway by clicking here!!! :)

The rules for the giveaway are simple:

  • You must live on planet earth! (Yes worldwide giveaway :D)
  • Enter and gain entries by tweeting and following us on Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest
  • If you are not on social media please leave a comment with your email address and we will enter you manually
  • Enter until the 17th of October and keep sharing this for additional entries!

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The front page with our traditional banner!

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Each page has one large print cute moment of our four cats such as Oliver on this one.

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…or Maoon this one!

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…or Snowball with some cute flowers on his head!

And of course Nubia who will stay secret until you get the actual calendar is present as well. :)

For the calendar we chose the A4 landscape Wall Calendar which is £19.99 but you have loads of other options to choose from with the cheapest one being an A4 Year Planner for £3.49. Please click here for more details or to make your own!

We hope you enjoyed our little review and the final product we created. :D And don’t forget to enter our Giveaway by clicking here.

Thanks,

Marc

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