Tips & Advice: Keeping Your Kitty Calm

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Hi everyone,

Please find below some useful tips in form of a Guest Post by the team from Pets at Home:

Keeping Your Kitty Calm

Whether your cat is a little anxious or the total opposite – a little too excitable! – it can be really helpful to have some fail-safe techniques stored in your back pocket for the times you may need to encourage some calmer behaviour. This could be useful at times when you need to keep your cat still as you trim their nails, or even to soothe them if playtime goes just a little bit too far. Regardless of the circumstances in which you might need them, here are some of our top tips for keeping our feline friends cool, calm and collected!

If I fits, I sits

It’s a well-known (and frequently super-cute) fact that if there’s something cat-sized to sit in, they 100% will sit in it! A laundry basket full of clean clothes, the sink or even the cardboard box you’re trying to take out to recycle, for your cat, the important thing they’re getting from these enclosed spaces is a feeling of safety. Within them, they can feel much more secure – which makes popping a small box or two around the home a great idea if you’re looking to promote a greater sense of calm in your kitty day-to-day.

I might not go to work, but I like to be kept busy

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Though it might seem like your cat is perfectly happy to chill out and laze around the house (likely in all the places they’re not usually allowed!) when you’re out at work, the reality is that this extra rest means that energy is being stored up ready to use when you get home later. Instead, it’s worth investing in some cat toys that they can keep themselves amused with throughout the day! Automated ones that don’t have to include human interaction work best, and squeaky or jingly toys can add additional sensory fun. Of course, when you do come home, be sure to take the time to interact and play with your cat too! Though you might be tired, spending around 20 minutes actively playing with them can help tire them out for the night too.

If you need me to be still for a moment, try covering my eyes

Sometimes, a kitty is just so overloaded with sensory experiences, eliminating one of the big ones can help encouraging a degree of calm. Gently placing a small blindfold, or even your hand over your cat’s eyes means that they would no longer have the sight element concerning them – instinctually, this means that your cat may well become visibly calmer. Though they will undoubtedly become irritated by these before too long, those few seconds of calm can allow you to carefully clip their claws, take a closer look at their fur and skin or even to help them relax before you go to bed.

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Sources

http://www.pet360.com/cat/behavior-and-training/5-stress-relief-tips-to-calm-an-anxious-cat/NldEbmlaq0utgc9ecp5iag
https://www.petfinder.com/cats/cat-problems/cat-calm-at-night/

Worldwide Giveaway: Cat brooch and ear-rings from Bits of Australia

Hi everyone,

Today we would like to introduce you to the wonderful cat range from Bits of Australia! They produce loads of fantastic gifts so well worth checking them out!

Here are just some of the items in their cat range:

Which one in the gallery is your favourite? We are personally very torn between the chubby tuxedo and the black cats haha. ;)

Bits of Australia – www.bitsofaustralia.com.au – was founded in April 2014 by Micaela Smith, after living in the UK and then returning to Australia, and finding it near impossible to source authentic Australian-made gifts and souvenirs for family and friends. 
 
Bits of Australia brings together a wide range of handcrafts, homewares, jewellery, fashion accessories, stationery, toys and souvenirs that are designed and made right there in Australia. 
 
Bits of Australia is dedicated to promoting Australian-made products, artists, designers and organisations both locally and to the world. Shipping within Australia is free for orders over $30 and we offer a flat rate International shipping fee of $15.

As for the giveaway… ONE of you lucky readers has a chance to win the

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Crazy Cat Lady brooch AND…

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… the matching earrings. :)

Giveaway Rules:

Just pop your email address into our giveaway tool by clicking here and gain chances to win by doing any of the following (you can complete as many as you like to increase your chances of winning):

1. For Tweeting about the event through the GiveawayTool – 4 Chances
2. Sign up for our new newsletter via mail chimp for extra chances. (Bonus chances even if you don’t use Social Media!!!) – 5 Chances
3. Follow us or Bits of Australia on Twitter – 4 Chances
4. Follow us or Bits of Australia on Pinterest – 1 Chance
5. Visit us or Bits of Australia on Facebook – 1 Chance
6. Follow us on Bloglovin – 2 Chances
7. Make a comment stating you would like to enter (for those that don’t use social media) – 2 Chances

The giveaway will run for 2 weeks until August 11th 2015.

And now don’t forget to enter the giveaway here. :D

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Thanks,

Marc

Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 52)

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again. :D

The easiest way to join TRT is by sending us photos to info@katzenworld.co.uk.

Please find below the photos for this week:

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Tippi from LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS sure is very long. :D

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Meet Mitzi…

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… and Roxie from moonlight phoenix has risen.

And Bamboo from Lulu Scribbles is back for another round of tummy rubs! :D

Meet Sylvester from A fiery spirit. It was his birthday recently so don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday! :D
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Meet Ponkan and…

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… Howie from MoéGrrL!

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A very special guest is Milwee and this is a post in his honor!

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Meet Newton who has been submitted by one of our Twitter friends.

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And last for today but no less important is Aiko who has been sent in via email by Chhaaya. :D

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

Now we need ALL of you! Do 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 post link onto our linky app by clicking here or by leaving a comment with the direct link.

Should you not have an own Blog you can 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

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

A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.

Not on WordPress but would like to follow us? We are on Bloglovin too! :)

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Cat Travel: Maison de Moggy

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Hi everyone,

As some of you may know I recently went on a work trip to Scotland using a rather toy like plane haha. Little did I know that there was a cat cafe in Edinburgh! Luckily someone I met there pointed this out to me so of course I couldn’t resist and after a long day of work (got up at 5 am =_=) I decided to make a “brief” stop at the cafe on my way to the hotel!

Upon arrival you can tell that the owner (Laura O’Neill) has done her research well and it really feels like you are walking into a cat cafe in the heart of Japan!

The walkways were amazing and it really made me want to be one of the cats there haha!

The walkways went all around the place giving their cats loads of freedom and space to play with. :D

And just for the hell of it I took a picture from “cats perspective”- yep I was lying on the floor for this shot hehe.

Of course cats WERE in the cafe I just ended up taking loads of photos of the purrtastic design. :D Meet Jacques a beautiful Norwegian Forest cat!

He really liked climbing through the holes in the walkways. Since he is so big it made quite a “oomph” when he jumped down. ;o

Of course being a cafe you can enjoy a cuppy and a slize of cake that’s if you can get past the cute cat  guardian to grab the menu! This is a Maine Coon and her name is Pauline. She is still a youngster btw and will probably be bigger than jacques!

Prices at the cafe were very reasonable and I shall have to be back to sample their cakes! “Unfortunately” I was completly stuffed from cake and cookies from all my work visits haha.

And last photo for todays post is a picture of Laura who started this cafe and Guillaume a beautiful and very regal cat!

If you are going to Edinburgh I would highly recommend taking the time to spend an hour to relax and recover in Maison de Moggy who are  located not too far from Waverly or Haymarket station. The address is 17 – 19 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2JA

To find out more about Maison de Moggy visit their website or Facebook page. Already made up your mind? You can book a slot here!

I’ll be back soon to show you all of their various cats! :)

Thanks,

Marc

Cats of Colour

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Cats come in many sizes, many degrees of fluffiness, and many, many colours.

Living with me and my husband currently are a black cat with a little white, a white cat with a little black, and a half-white-half-grey tabby cat with a puzzle for a face! Other cats in my extended family include the two blue-grey and white boys owned by my parents-in-law, two black cats owned by my brother-in-law, a ginger fluffball and a tortoiseshell living with my older brother, and a black, a grey, and a tortie-and-white (calico) living with my dad and his partner.

Little IlonaYes, we like cats in my family. And they are all beautiful.

I also fostered kittens for a couple of months about two years ago. A very worthwhile thing to do, and something I’d love to do again sometime. Our foster kittens were a black and white girl, a silky blue-grey boy with a little white on his chest, and a stunningly beautiful little girl who was a patchwork of white, light grey tabby with dark stripes, and ginger patches.

As someone who sometimes writes blogs about cats – and takes photos for that purpose – I’ve come to greatly appreciate the nuances of their colours. The primarily black cats can be difficult to photograph because of the lack of contrast in their colouration, especially if the lighting at the time Pretty Siiriis less than optimal. For cats with varied colours – like the kittens, for example – it can be much easier to truly capture their beauty.

What’s the most interesting/unusual colouration of cat you’ve owned? Or perhaps you happened to see a particularly unique looking cat once. Let us know in the comments!

Love,

Lady Joyful

 

Charity Mews: Cats Protection Opens Pop-up Homing Centre for City Cats!

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Hi everyone,

Cats Protection has launched an awesome new way of rehoming poor kitties in need of forever homes today. Their new Pop-up homing centre is located in Mitcham and can be re-located when necessary. More details below. :)

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PET POP-UP ENCOURAGES LONDON ANIMAL LOVERS TO ADOPT URBAN CATS
THE nation’s leading cat welfare charity is set to open its first pop-up homing centre to encourage London’s pet lovers to adopt a city cat.
Cats Protection launched its first ‘transportable’ homing centre in Mitcham, South London, today Saturday July 25.
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In just 10 weeks the charity transformed an empty warehouse into a fully-equipped rehoming centre – complete with conference room, veterinary facilities and dozens of ultra-modern spacious pens.
Cats Protection chiefs will cut the ribbon at an official opening of the centre this Saturday and South London’s prospective adopters, volunteers and cat fosterers are being invited to tour the pens and see the cats (11am-4pm).

London is home to an estimated 1.5million cats and the Mitcham centre is the charity’s first step in targeting urban areas identified as being of high need.

The pop up, which aims to find homes for up to 50 cats each month, is a groundbreaking project for the charity and the building model is set to be rolled out across other locations over the next five years.
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Rosie Wheeler, Deputy Manager at Cats Protection Mitcham Homing Centre, said: “It’s so exciting to be involved in this project. There is so much potential for Cats Protection to grow through the Mitcham centre.

“There is some great work going on at Mitcham and we will be working with other organisations to ensure that we are here for the urban cat population.  That is what it is all about after all; helping cats find loving homes.

“It’s really important to give these cats a second chance in life so we welcome anyone who would like to adopt or foster a cat to come down and visit us.”

Mitcham Homing Centre, which is located at Unit 3-4 Boundary Business Court, on Church Road, is part of a new trailblazing building programme by Cats Protection.
The building model, which has been under construction for several years, is designed so that the centre’s internal structure can be ‘transported’ to another urban area of need if demand in Mitcham drops in the future.
The centre is made up of pre-fabricated modular units, which were ‘slotted’ into the 7,500 square foot warehouse after being constructed offsite. If demand changes, the structure can be removed, loaded on to a lorry and transported to another area.
As well as benefiting from a much quicker build, the programme has saved the charity hundreds of thousands of pounds – costing only a fifth of a regular rehoming centre build.
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Ceva, the company behind cat welfare brand Feliway, contributed funds towards the cost of the Mitcham centre.

A Ceva spokesperson said: “Ceva are delighted to have contributed towards the build of the new Mitcham rehoming centre. Cat welfare is at the heart of Ceva, with our brand Feliway helping millions of cats deal with everyday stress.

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“We are proud to work in partnership with the Cats Protection and help support the great work they do.”

For more information about the Mitcham centre or to enquire about fostering, volunteering or adopting a cat, call 03000 120 285 or visit mitcham.cats.org.uk

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Well this made me want to adopt a few more kittens not sure if Oli and Nubsey would be too happy about that though haha! :D

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Thanks,

Marc

Guest Star: Speedy’s Sunday Selfie With Cousin Guinevere

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Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from no other than speedyrabbit who helped his cousin Guinevere win one of the Purrfect boxes earlier this year.

Hello Today I’m letting my Cousin Guinevere My Grandma’s Kitty join in Sunday Selfie,She’s a little shy but she does show her playful side too.A little while ago I won aPurrfect Box UK for my Cousin from Katzenworld and it finally arrived here this week.

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The Purrfect Box UK came with all these goodies:A lufa mouse toy,a pack of 3 feather mice toys,a refillable frog catnip toy,Advance Adult dry complete food, a bag of Chicken and cod treats and Biospotix flea,tick,and mosquito repellent.

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The rest is one videos so you can see her come out of her shell!

Guinni loved the Chicken and Cod treats

She also loved the feather mice

And the Advance cat food she thought was very tasty

But Guinni’s Favorite has to be the Refillable Frog cat nip toy!

We hope you enjoyed their story and don’t forget if you too would like your cat to appear as a Guest Star just drop us an email! :D

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Thanks,

Marc

Oliver & Nubia: The great cheese mice hunt! *Includes Video*

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Hi everyone,

Oli & Nubia: Look what we got! :D it’s a block of cheese with mices in it.

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Oliver: Come to daddy!

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Nubia: Will you help my silly brother catch the mouse?

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Oliver: I am working on it…

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Oliver: Almost!

Nubia: And that’s the problem – ALMOST isn’t good enough for my tummy.

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Oliver: I am trying!

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Oliver: Not again – I missed…

Nubia: *Sigh* Oh well you made a good attempt lol.

P.S: All of this can be seen in action below. :D

Nubia: Now let’s pass over to the humans to tell you about this toy and where to get it.

Thanks Nubia! :)

Overall Rating
This is a fun electronic toy that is set to entertain your cat(s) for hours. At an RRP of £22.99 it is slightly on the pricer side of toys that we have reviewed but it’s well made and sturdy so the price tag seems decent to us.

It arrives in a box and you’ll need to add three AAA batteries. There is no assembly required apart from opening a hatch to insert the batteries. :)

The only thing I would point out is that some cats may be a bit scared of the toy at first due to the movement and noise of the mices. Just make sure that you let your cat explore the toy and don’t force it on them! Mr Oli got used to it after a few days and well Nubia? You’ll see what she did to the toy in the next post LOL.

If you’d like to purchase this for your own cats you can get the PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Cat Toy via Amazon fora current offer price of £21.45.

Also available on Amazon US for 29.99 USD or Amazon DE for 34.95 Euros.

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Thanks,

Marc

Purrsday Poetry: Cat Dreams

Hi everyone,

Please find below the latest entry in Purrsday Poetry by Leslie Noyes:

Cat Dreams

chittering softly
sleeping kitten stirs in dreams
paws prepare to pounce.

who knows what she hunts
behind tightly shuttered eyes?
mew! she cries, sweet dreams.

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By Leslie Noyes at Praying for Eyebrowz

If you would like to enter your own poems for Purrsday Poetry don’t forget to email info@katzenworld.co.uk

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