4cats valerian toy review by cat behaviour expert Anita Kelsey

Tested exclusively on cats by Anita Kelsey

I am very lucky that I work with cats everyday! All sorts of breeds, temperaments, ages and sizes! Perfect then to try out various cat products for cat product companies.

On this note; meet the wonderful cat toy company called 4cats.

I was sent a huge variety of valerian cat toys to try out on my furry clients which was really exciting for me. All shapes and size cat teaser toys filled with Valerian from fried eggs to large fat sausage shaped valerian kickers.

 

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First of all. What is Valerian you may well ask?

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has tiny, sweet smelling flowers that grow in bunches, and jagged leaves. But it’s not the flower or the leaves that get cats excited: it’s the root. Like Catnip, smelling valerian root sends cats into a euphoric frenzy. And like catnip, no one knows exactly why! More information is written about here.

Like Catnip, Valerian is safe for cats although, from a human point of view, can be rather stinky. Think old socks :-)… However, our cats love the smell so, I’m afraid, that is that!

I’m still trying the toys out on cat grooms and cat behaviour consultations but so far the results have been brilliant. All catties have given a high five paw as you can see from the You Tube videos below.

From a human point of view the toys are very well made, colourful, fun and easily stored away. The only downside is that Valerian is slightly stinky but this can easily be overcome! Stop smelling it and give it to your cats to smell instead 😉

From a cat’s point of view. The toys are easy to batt, toss, lick, kick and rub on. They come in different textures and are fun, simple, safe toys to leave around the home. The smell of the Valerian seems to last longer than catnip too which is great value for money. Like Catnip, it gives a little high for your cat to kick back and let their fur down.

Not all cats react to Valerian or Catnip but most do so great toys for xmas.

I especially like the Cat Wrestler toy which came in very handy on my grooms with some of the larger breeds; Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest and Siberians. However, as you can see from the photo below, every cat likes to have a fun kicking session and it’s great that the kicking doesn’t end up on our arms, hands or feet!!

So, to the 4cats company I give 5 out of stars! Great product, especially coming up to xmas. Get buying folks!!!

To purchase some of the toys check out my specially curated list of toys on the Katzenworld Shop:

Selected Cat Products by Anita Kelsey

For more information visit their website on: 4cats.de or their blog


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. Click here for an Etsy author signed copy with your message.

 

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 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.

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Review of Cosy and Dozy chill deluxe cat wall shelf by Anita Kelsey

Review of Cosy and Dozy chill deluxe cat wall shelf

by Anita Kelsey – London’s leading cat behaviourist

I deal with many breed of cats with larger breeds such as the Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest and Siberian Forest on the rise in my grooming practice. I have two Norwegian Forest cats too so am always on the look out for cat climbers with large platforms, large litter trays, large scratch posts and wall shelves. Most of the commercial furniture for cats doesn’t take into account the larger breeds although this is changing with the times with various new companies rising to the challenge.

One of these companies is Cosy and Dozy. Based in Poland Cosy and Dozy have distributors in Holland and the UK although I am sure this will change seeing as their product is so good. They make unique classy cat furniture with a distinct look, not only to please the human eye but also to be totally comfortable and functional for all sized cat and breed.

Zaza tries her new shelf

I was sent the Chill Deluxe cat bed shelf to review and wasn’t disappointed.  The wood is maple and the cushion a soft tweed. You can choose from three different types of wood, cushions and colours to enable the wall shelf to blend in to any interior. The bed came with very easy instructions with nails and brackets; perfect for most basic minded DIY person to put up.

The bed itself is a lovely shape, perfect for cat’s bodies and is wide enough for one or two cats.

review of Cosy and Dozy chill deluxe cat wall shelf
Above; The royal Kiki and Zaza seal of approval

The Chill Deluxe cat bed is £117 which can appear expensive but this product is very well made and will last the lifetime of your cat. They will love you for it.

Happy shopping!

review of Cosy and Dozy chill deluxe cat wall shelf


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. Click here for an Etsy author signed copy with your message.

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 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.

Doc and Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder Review

Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder review

by Anita Kelsey London’s leading cat behaviourist

At an awards ceremony in July 2017 International Cat Care awarded Doc & Phoebe with the prestigious Cat Friendly Award after recognising their new product, the indoor hunting feeder, as a great way forward for our cat’s eating habits.

Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder review by Anita Kelsey

I was intrigued and even more so when asked to review the product and give my feedback.

Initially I was a little hesitant to review the product because I strongly advocate a cat’s natural diet to be meat, being obligate carnivores and I also come from the school of thought, after continued research into dry biscuits and dental care, that a dry food diet does not clean teeth to prevent the build up of plaque in a way that would prevent dental issues (only a regular professional clean by a vet or home cleaning (good luck with that one!!!) keeps cat’s teeth in tip top condition).

However, our cats still love treats and some cats do like kibble, alongside their meat, and so I looked forward to receiving my batch of mice feeders to try on Kiki and Zaza below.

Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder review by Anita Kelsey
Above: Kiki and Zaza

The idea behind Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder is to encourage our cats to hunt and forage for their food rather than the predictable large bowl of dry food left out all day for them to graze on. A feral cat would naturally eat small amounts of prey through-out the day and so 5 small meals/sessions a day is ideal for the domestic cat. For indoor cats this feeder is an excellent idea and perfect for healthy treats such as the frieze dried variety  or small amounts of high quality kibble. It keeps indoor cats from getting bored, stimulates them to play and hunt and helps with keeping them on the move thus can aid with weight loss.

The actual bowl inside the material, designed to look like a mouse with ears and a tail, is easy to clean and has two main holes for the food to fall through, with a bit of batting from our cat’s paws! Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder comes with a kibble scoop to easily enable the human guardian to place the kibble inside. Frieze dried treats can just be popped in.

Cat’s pick up things very easily when it involves food and so Kiki and Zaza had no trouble working out that to get the treat inside they had to bat and roll the ‘mouse’. Here’s a video of them on their first try out.

Extra feeding skins can be bought in funky colours to make it fun for humans and cats and all easily machine or hand washable too.

Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder review by Anita Kelsey

Any product that is designed to tap into a cat’s natural behaviours gets my vote and I love the simple yet effective design which can be hidden around the home for your cats to hunt out without getting in anyone’s else’s way.

The Doc and Pheobe website is packed full of information regarding the idea behind the no bowl cat feeder and also lists a handy Frequently Asked Questions page.

All in all the Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder is a win win 5 star product.

I look forward to the wet meat version!

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Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder review by Anita Kelsey

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

 

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 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.