Catnip Wars – Day 6 The Dangers of Addiction

Day 6

Well, I did it. I took Casey aside and had a talk with her about this whole catnip business. I explained to her the dangers of addiction.
“That won’t happen to me,” she told me. “I’m just looking to have a little fun once in awhile. Why are you trying to ruin my life, Keen!?!?”
I tried to appeal to her better nature, pointing out that her actions affected not only her, but the whole family.
“Screw that! I do what I want!” she ranted. “You wanna catch me outside, Keen? Howbowda?!”
Finally, I tried to get it through her head that Tiggy was not happy about her infringement on his territory. She did not seem impressed. “Tiggy is twice your size, Casey! He is bigger, heavier, and stronger than you. And, aside from that, he knows I saw you in his catnip last time. He made it very clear to me what would happen if I didn’t notify him of any future encroachments. I will not cover for you again, Casey!”
Yeah, that was not my best strategy.
“I knew it! You love Tiggy more than you love me! Ever since he adopted you, you have loved him more! See! See why I sniff the ‘nip?!?! It’s because of you!”
And with that she jumped down off the banister, crying, and hid on top of the refrigerator the rest of the night. Have not seen her at all today, but something tells me this is not over…

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Product Review Kalven Cat Scratching Posts

By Anita Kelsey cat behaviourist

I love finding great cat products so when I came across the cat scratchers and climbers  of Kalvens™ I got very excited indeed!

Many clients of mine either buy small scratchers for their cats (when they were kittens) but forget about replacing them when their cheeky tinkers become adults or they buy inappropriate sized scratchers from the start which their cheeky cat then ignores.


At the recent Supreme GCCF cat show at NEC, Birmingham I met Steve setting up the Kalvens stand and was really impressed by the lovely array of large platformed climbers and tall sturdy cat scratching posts. I was given one of The Tower posts to try out with my two huge fussy Norwegian Forest Cats Kiki and Zaza.

Before I had the chance to put together the tower, with its base, my cats were fighting over it.

And for good reason!!!

The Tower Cat Scratching Post is Chunky, heavy and built to last. Perfect for any cat but especially the larger breeds such as the Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest and Siberian Forest. Its lovely design is classy and simple and fits in with any decor. Apparently this cat tree was inspired by tales of people ‘acquiring’ traffic cones to make cat scratchers.

The tower is made from furniture grade chipboard with the base, tower, and top platform covered in durable ribbed carpet or in luxury wool blend tufted carpet. There is a good variety of base colours to choose from as well as platforms to please all kinds of catty personalities.

The base is quite large to make the tower sturdy but a wall bracket could also be used should you wish to slot the tower into a smaller space like I have without using the platform.

I would say these are the best cat scratchers I have come across so far and my cats have not wanted to get off of my sample since it arrived.

I will certainly be recommending this product to all of my clients.

Looking around their website is a joy. Lots of fantastic well made catty goodies such as sleeping pods and climbers, Activity trees, and outdoors climbers.

For more information why not drop an email to the Kalven crew via their contact form.

They are based in the North of England but deliver all over the UK. Many breeders, as well as cat rescue centres, catteries and private owners use the products of Kalven. I will certainly be adding my name to the list too!


Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.

Her debut booked, pictured left, is published by John Blake and is called Claws, Confessions Of A Cat Groomer.

Available from Amazon and all good book shops.


Wet Food War! Cats crave those cans constantly..what happens when it runs out?

This tale begins late last night when Hannah realizes Patches has run out of cat food. She makes a mental note to buy some tomorrow morning, and heads to sleep after filling up his dry food.

Little did she know, the impact this would make. The wrath of Patch starts at about 5 a.m. “It is time for my wet food” He mews loudly at Hannah while she rests. “Shh, we don’t have any more.” She calmly responds. “But I need it for breakfast!” Patch howls. “You have other food. It’s okay.” She pets him and settles down. “I NEED IT right meowW!!” Patch cannot contain himself any longer. 

Hannah very exhausted, shows him the bowl full of dry food and freshens his water. She also decides to let him out of the room to be mad away from her face.

It always interests me why cats act they are starving when they run out of wet food. i understand that it is delicious with the gravy and it probably tastes much better than the dry food – however, patches’ reaction and other cats in my life make me wonder what is really in the wet food to make them so angry when it’s gone. growing up with cats my whole life, i am aware that they need routine. patches is used to getting wet food first thing in the morning, but the fact that he wouldn’t calm down or go back to sleep surprised me! in the future when he only has one can left, i will buy more so he doesn’t miss a meal. 

 Hello and MEow! This post was written by Hannah with inspiration from her cat, Patches. You can find more of their posts on – there is an entire page dedicated to Patches and other cat posts. He often takes over the laptop to bring his own thoughts about cathood! Patches has been in Hannah’s life for almost 3 years now 🙂 He was adopted from a shelter near where she lived and they have been inseparable! We hope you enjoyed this post about the terrors of running out of wet cat food.