Cat Friendly House and Garden Plants

Houseplants have always been a way of brightening up a room especially in the autumn and winter. However people who live with cats must be careful of the houseplants they choose. Houseplants must be cat friendly. There are quite a few houseplants that you can choose which are safe for your cat to nibble on. There are many types of cat-safe ferns that you can choose from to decorate your rooms. These types of ferns include the Boston fern, the Japanese holly or fishtail fern and the sword fern. Some people like larger growing plants such as indoor palms and in this case you can consider the parlor or lady palms. If you like to add color to your indoor decor then your cat will be safe with an African violet or a Christmas cactus. Hanging plants are also a great idea and those that are cat-safe include spider plants, Swedish ivy and wandering Jews. Can’t you just picture your darling cat attempting to bat at the hanging houseplants?

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If you live in a house and your cat also enjoys your garden then you must consider what you plant to keep things safe for your furry darling. After all in good weather your cat will enjoy wandering about the garden and might just enjoy stopping by some plants for a nibble or two. Some flowering plants which are safe both indoors and out include cosmos, snapdragons, dahlia, columbine, nasturtiums and hollyhock. Other blooming plants that are safe for wandering cats include forget-me-nots, sunflowers, zinnias, impatiens and dianthus. Cat owners with gardens can also consider evergreen plants which add a nice backdrop to their garden like coleus, chickens and hens, pampas grass and bamboo. All of these won’t harm your cat even if he or she takes a bit of a taste from the plant.

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Another great way to reward yourself and your cat is by growing herbs. Most herbs are safe for cats among them parsley, oregano, basil, cilantro, dill, sage, lavender, rosemary and tarragon. Safe garden vegetables include squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, carrots and beets. All kinds of fruit grown outdoors are mostly considered safe for cats just be aware that some fruit like cherries, apples and peaches have pits that contain cyanide which is harmful when ingested. Cat owners can create a cat enclosure that is full of plants which the cat can nibble on like lemongrass, wheat or cat grass and mint. A very welcome addition to any cat pleasing garden is catnip which can be grown inside and out.

Always remember that the use of fertilizers and insecticides may help your garden blossom and make your plants strong but both of these are a danger to pets. The kinds of plants that you should avoid are ferns like asparagus and plumosa as well as elephant ears, English ivy and Chinese evergreen. Always make sure you know about toxic and non-toxic plants.

For a full list of poisonous plants check out the icatcare website.

Irasshaimase (Welcome) to the Hyper Japan Festival July 2016 Part 2

Here’s the second installment of our visit to the Hyper Japan Festival 2016. As always the festival was full of Maneki Neko welcoming everybody to the event…

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This maneki neko with it’s left paw up is beckoning visitors to the event

Over at the Japanya stall, there were cats of every size shape and colour.

And even some masquerading as other animals like red and green frogs;

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Offering something more contemporary and just as quirky was Little Moose‘s stall.  Their purple acrylic Cheshire cat collection caught my eye. That’s my sister-in-law’s Christmas present sorted🙂

And if your favourite kitties are black like Nubia then you’re in luck as you can adorn yourself with these little trinkets. Sadly my big fingers wouldn’t fit in the rings😦

If you prefer something in more traditional materials, there were still plenty of cats featured.

Sticking with the feline connection but more wild, Little Moose also have a collection featuring the big cats as both jewelry, bags and wallets;

Now I wonder what my colleagues would say if I walked into work with one of these bags!? They already know I’m “cat mad” so they probably would’t bat an eye🙂

I think it’s time for some more cuteness and it sure wasn’t in short supply at this event. This next slice of cuddly cat cuteness was provided by Charming Sushi. As you can see, it seems that the cat boom has reached everywhere. Sadly it looks like all these items feature cats were part of a limited edition only available at the Hyper Japan Festival so you may not see them on their website.

As if cat jewelry and cuddly cute toys wasn’t enough we spotted some cat socks hanging around upside down just like Nubesy. I don’t think my size 10 feet would fit in them but I’m sure if they did they’d look great with my suit at work🙂

Cats, cats and more cats!! I wish we could take them all home. Could you imagine having to dust them all though?🙂

With the Maneki neko, the different colours signify different things; white brings good luck, pink brings love, red brings good health and purple brings good opportunities.

And even more cats!! By this point we were starting to run out of memory card space for our cameras!!🙂

If you want to see your friends’ faces full of envy when you pull out your phone then maybe you need one of these custom covers by Suga Dust. Amongst all the hand made pieces we spotted a famous feline, Hello Kitty!!

And what’s Hyper Japan without our friends at Genki Gear  with their range of t-shirts including our favourite Mr Tinky, destroyed of worlds and the Attack Kittens, plus a new line of designs, it’s time to update your collection;

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One of them summed it all up for us;

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That’s all from us this time.  Look out for our post on this year’s Hyper Japan Christmas Market which is being held in a few months time.  Another good reason to come and visit London🙂

Thanks,

Iain

Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 108)

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.😀

The easiest way to join TRT is by sending us photos to info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use. Additionally we have set up a linky app if you don’t want to make your photo public just yet. Click here for this.

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This adorable entry comes from one of our Twitter friends.

What you want to finish this sweater? Sorry not today… More on Fuzzy Tinking.

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Meet Torti who can be found on Instagram as tortlebutt.

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Meet Lily another cat from Headwindjournal.

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This cute little fella joins us from SHEEPLESS IN RHODE ISLAND

Meet Skunk who joins us from Unmeasured Journeys.

And last but no less important. (If not the most important!) Darth Vader from Daily Feline Wisdom.

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 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😀

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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