Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 147)

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.

Nubia certainly approves of this adorable black cat that was entered by Samuel Adjuvant!

Yet another adorable tummy shot from The Truth! And you have to admit these two are simply adorable. 🙂

Meet Otis the fluffy companion of Donna Marrin. 🙂

Yet another adorable entry from our 4cats friends. Can you guess where these two cats are from? 🙂

This does not look like the safest location for the cat or the human deciding to rub his belly… 😮 Entry comes from Psst, want some cats?

Chantilly was entered by our Twitter friend 

Missed last week’s post? Click here to see the line-up!

We have setup a Katzenworld Forum and would like to encourage everyone to make their entries for Tummy Rub Tuesday on our dedicated Tummy Rub Tuesday post. Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments!

Alternatively you can still send them in via info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use.

 

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. 😀

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your fur-friend on your own Blog and add your post link and photo into our Tummy Rub Tuesday post within our Forum.

Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments! 😀

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 😀

And on next week’s #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.

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Catnip – everything you need to know

Catnip – everything you need to know

Catnip is a plant that has a mildly euphoric effect on cats, often making them revert to a kitten-like, playful state.

Some cat-owners might be concerned about giving their pet a plant that has such an effect, but there’s nothing to worry about. Argos Pet Insurance reveals everything you need to know about catnip:

What is catnip?

Nepeta Cataria, better known as catnip, is a type of herb that belongs to the mint family. It contains the feline attractant nepetalactone, which is released in oil when the plant’s leaves are crushed. The scent of the oil is what causes the reaction, but cats bite the leaves to release more oil. The effects of catnip last for around fifteen minutes.

Is it safe for my cat?

Catnip is safe as long as it is used in moderation! Too much may cause vomiting and diarrhoea so be careful. If this does happen, however, it is usually mild and transient but always be careful not to overindulge.

While catnip is usually just used as a play item, it also relieves stress in cats, causing a carefree attitude. It may be handy to play with during stressful times, such as returning from a vet trip.

It’s best not to overindulge your cat with catnip, saving it as an occasional treat. Giving it to your cat too often will eventually wear out the affect, so just one weekly playtime is recommended.

It is also safe for you and can be brewed to soothe an upset stomach.

What is the best kind of catnip?

You can purchase catnip in a variety of ways. The crushed leaves can be placed inside toys, which you can buy online or from shops. However, some cat experts warn against this as the plant’s stems can be used as toy filler, which are sharp and potentially dangerous if your pet bites the toy. Buying a refillable toy that you can fill with your own catnip is a safer option than a sealed toy.

Loose catnip can be bought from many pet shops and online stores, allowing you to give your cat loose catnip or even make your own toys, sewing a pouch for the treat.

If you want to know exactly where your catnip comes from, you can grow your own. Be careful though – you might have all the neighbourhood cats eating it!

My cat isn’t interested in catnip.

An interest in catnip is hereditary and has an effect on 50-75% of cats. It doesn’t tend to affect kittens either, with reactions usually seen in cats aged six months or older.

If your cat seems to have lost interest in a catnip toy they once wouldn’t leave alone, all of the oil from the leaves may have been released, so you may need to refill the toy with fresh catnip or replace it altogether.

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Content provided by Argos Pet Insurance

Two Rescued Cats Join a Happy Family

My brother and his wife have had two cats, Bonnie and Clyde, for eight years.  In addition, they have always put out food for any strays who venture into the yard.  One of those had such remarkable coloring that they gave him a name – Pierre, after Pierre Bezukhov (“earless”), a character in “War and Peace.”  Pierre the cat, while mostly white, had what looked almost like a black beret over one ear.  He stopped by every day for quite a while, and then suddenly disappeared for a few days. Alarmed, my brother scoured the neighborhood, but Pierre was nowhere to be seen.  One day, his wife heard someone softly knocking on the door. She opened the door, and there was Pierre, his mouth and the white ear covered in blood, knocking – not scratching, but knocking! – on the door with a bloody paw.

They picked him up and rushed him to a vet. Poor Pierre, denizen of the garbage dumps, has caught an infection so serious, that he had to have major mouth surgery, in addition to treatments on all four paws and the ear.  He weighed 3 lbs, and had to have special diet and a medication regimen.  He is well now, a respectable 12,5 lbs, and has become a part of the family. Bonnie and Clyde, who at first shied away from a poor sick kitty, finally accepted him.  The white ear, though, has somewhat lost its shape, so now, unfortunately, he does justify the name.

Pierre has a loud, demanding voice. My brother claims that the cat actually curses in Russian. A couple of days after hurricane Sandy hit New York, Pierre was taking a nap on the coach, when suddenly he jumped on the window sill and started frantically hitting the window while loudly cursing – in Russian, according to my brother.  They looked out the window, and there was a fur ball, so tiny that he could barely be seen in the twilight. Of course, they ran out, picked him up, and rushed him to the vet. The little kitten who must have been no more than four weeks old, was probably lost from his house after the hurricane and spent those two or three days desperately looking for a home. He was starving and barely alive. My brother pasted flyers all over the neighborhood, but no one responded. So the little one, named Kiryusha, joined the happy family.

Now Kiryusha is a gorgeous, lively, rambunctious youngster who would race Uncle Clyde back and forth all day, given a chance. Pierre tries to discipline him, verbally and very loudly, but Auntie Bonnie always takes him under her protective motherly paw.

Cat Travel: Neko no Jikan Amemura – Osaka Cat Cafe Part 5

Hi everyone,

This is the fifth part in our Neko no Jikan Amemura series. For those that missed the others click on the respective post number for them: part 1part 2, part 3, part 4.

Today we are focussing on a very interesting cat that we spotted in the cafe first of all hiding away on one of the top shelves!

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Have to admit I had to think of the Gremlins movie when I first spotted him. 😉

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Just like the other cats he too LOVED this box, not surprisingly as we all know how much they love boxes. 😀

But do you see the black cat mother with her kitten logo? This is the logo for one of the main delivery services in Japan. 🙂

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And he sure was adorable!We think that he was a Cornish Rex mix of some kind.

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If you look closely at his fur you can see that he has got very short almost curly fur.

Whatever breed he may be… We really just wanted to stick him in our bag and take him home. Not sure how their Royal Meowjesties would have thought about that though!

Below you can see a map for directions to get to this Cafe. 🙂

More details can be found on their website here. (In Japanese)

We hope you enjoyed the second part of the Osaka cat Cafe – Neko no Jikan and are looking forward to more photos of the resident kitties. 😀

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Marc

Healthy From Head to Tail: When to Visit the Vet

Hi everyone,

Today we’ve once again teamed up with our friends from petco to provide you with their Healthy From Head to Tail.

There is something pretty wondrous about welcoming a new animal into your home.
But after you’re done appreciating the newness of the animal, it’s time to make a plan to keep them fit, healthy, and happy for as long as possible. And that plan needs to include a regular schedule with your preferred veterinarian.
Different animals at different stages of their lives need different check-ins with a pet-care provider. Very young animals such as those cute kittens and puppies, for example, probably need to visit the vet more often than adults. That’s because their immune systems are still developing and they must reach certain growth milestones.
But even after they’re fully grown, your animals need you to help them be seen regularly by a vet. To learn more about what those visits look like and what you can do, check out this graphic.

The first post looks at preventative measures:

For further information check out their health page.

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Thanks,

Marc

Guest Star: MEAOW-DESTINY’S CHILD

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Ranjeeta and I am afraid tissues will be required. :(:

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With my son Rhishabh under whose bed Meaow used to sleep

“Sheroo stop it.. come back!!  Don’t chase the cat…!”, I vividly remember admonishing my youngest dog Sheroo, as he used to chase ‘Meaow (a stray cat)’ across my lawn and the vegetable garden for one whole year.  But little did I know that I would end up grieving for him later.

While lazing in the shade and enjoying the few me moments with only my dog by my side, I saw the cat cross my garden, but it was limping badly. I tried to go near it but it got scared and limped away as fast its 3 legs could carry him. According to him I was not to be trusted. Here I was a dog owner, whose dogs never lost an opportunity to chase him. Why should he trust ME of all the people…?

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Then after a month it suddenly happened.  My husband had taken the elder two dogs, JW and Simba out in the garden to play and what do they find…!! A cat (Meaow) sitting bang in the centre of the garden and refusing to get up. He panicked and got the dogs inside not wanting a confrontation between both. We decided to let the feline be and took our dogs to our backyard. After that ‘Meaow’ maybe understood that we’ll not be chasing it away and started resting under the ledge of my kitchen window. I would find him there every day. With the mercury rising to 42 degrees, I decided to keep some water/milk for him to drink, thus started our bonding. Now he wouldn’t run away… either he decided to trust me or he was in lot of pain… either way it suited me fine as I could now feed him food as he had visibly reduced to half of his former self.

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Meaow & Me

After 3 days he allowed me to stroke him and reciprocated back with deep purring, a raised tail and rubbing himself against my legs and back. Gradually I had the courage to cuddle him in my lap and he fitted in purrfectly, as if he belonged there. He was old…! Very old. Must have been somewhere between 15-17 yrs. He had only three incisors left, and his claws were either missing or broken at base. A combination of white, black and vandyke brown, light as a feather and beautiful as hell, he was very unique stray cat in appearance and had longish hair, like a Persian cat with flowing tail… He must have been an extremely majestic and handsome cat in his younger days, and to have survived so many years on streets  as a stray is a wonder… A stray doesn’t normally live up to being this old…!!

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But there was a big problem….!! His leg had started to rot, and he had stopped grooming himself. With a cat it is bad news as cats are obsessive self groomers. He had lost control of bladder and bowels. Old age can be torturous for animals, specifically if they are strays. I took him to vet but his condition only worsened… though only silver lining was  that he would recognize my voice and respond to his name ‘Meaow’, (that I had given him in our 20 days of friendship.) He had placed his full trust in me which was phenomenal, and learnt to ignore my dogs (who in turn had accepted him and had learnt to let him be)… Right from cleaning his wounds, to injections at the vet and having a bath he never objected and let me take care of him. In the mornings he used to rest inside the house and evenings he used to roam my lawn.

Going…Going… Gone

Then suddenly he started disappearing and I had to hunt him out for hours only to find him hiding in drains, or resting under bushed hiding away. His voice has become feeble and it was three days since he had eaten anything, not even water. He would go up till the water bowl, make a herculean attempt, and then walk away deciding not to drink.  He had started to waste away. He couldn’t even walk now, and his leg had rotted refusing to heal. And now came the hardest part… euthanizing him….!! He definitely did not deserve to die in a gutter like an unloved and a forgotten stray…! He deserved better. With all the love and trust between us, he deserved to die with dignity of a much loved pet, cuddled in the arms of his humans whom he loved and trusted in his final moments. And that’s what he got. He crossed the rainbow bridge at 6:30 pm, on the Maha-Ashtami day, on 14th April 2016, cuddled safely in my arms, leaving us all in tears. He’s at peace now and lies buried in my garden’s flower bed, where he often used to sit in his last days, as if he had chosen that spot for himself.

However small was our association (hardly 20days)but you’re being missed terribly Meaow…

If I ever have a cat again, then I want it to be you, so that I could love you more.
Rest in Peace ‘Meaow’.. You deserve it.

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Marc