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.

Zaza
Kiki

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!


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.

 


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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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Seeing Fireworks from a Cats Perspective

By Anita Kelsey – London cat behaviourist

Many of us love the thrill of firework night. The darkened skies are awash with colour alongside bangs and whizzes in all directions. The golden leaves of Autumn cover the pavements and the smell of bonfires fill the air.  It’s an exciting time and marks the arrival of the coming winter months. That’s seeing firework night from our perspective.

But what about seeing fireworks from a cats perspective

THE EARS – HOW THEY DIFFER FROM OUR HEARING

seeing firework night from a cats perspective

 

Hearing and sight are important for a cat when hunting. The ears are used to locate prey and whereas humans can hear up to 20,000 cycles per second (cps) cats can detect sounds as high as 60,000 to 80,000 cps (1). Can you imagine how loud the bangs and whizzes would sound to a cat even when the fireworks were being let off at a distance?

seeing fireworks from a cats prospective

THE SOUND THEY HEAR

seeing firework night from a cats perspective

The cat has no concept of what a firework sound is. It is a totally un-natural sound that has no relevance to the world it knows including the sound of its prey.  The cat perceives the bangs and whizzes as harmful, unnatural and terrifying with no concept of what they mean or where they are? We have all seen a normal cats response to the unexpected loud clap of a hand to the falling of an ornament as it hits the floor. It is usually one of shock before they can see and sense that they are not in further danger, that no other noises follow and that peace resumes in their safe core territory. Imagine the cats threat level hearing the loud noises outside that do not stop but continue to batter the air, sounding like they are getting closer. Wherever the cat runs to hide the nosies can be heard. Will, what ever is making the scary loud noises, enter my safe core area to harm me?

seeing fireworks from a cats prospective

WHAT CAN WE CAT OWNERS DO?

seeing firework night from a cats perspective

We cannot stop fireworks and we cannot stop a cats fear of them. What we can do, however, is assist in helping a cat on the dreaded firework night. Set up a safe hidey hole for your cat which could be access to under the bed, a cardboard box, covered in a blanket, placed in an area of the home that hears the noise the least or free easy access to where ever your cat chooses to run and hide in the home. Close the curtains so any flashing lights cannot be seen. Plug in Felliway or Natural Remedy a few days before the big day or when you know your local firework display will be on. Sit calmly with your cat reassuring them with head and cheeks strokes alongside their favourite treats. Don’t force them out of their hidey hole trying to make them understand there is nothing to be afraid of. It won’t work.

Very few cats and animals in general enjoy firework night. Cats see life very differently from us.

seeing fireworks from a cats prospective

OUTDOOR CATS

seeing firework night from a cats perspective

If you have a free roaming cat keep them locked inside on November 5th or the night of any local firework display. Double check the cat flap is locked. Cats may bolt in fear if outside and may bolt into the path of a car or out of their known territory into one whereby they cannot find their way back home. It is very important your outdoor cat is microchipped so that, if your cat becomes lost and disorientated, you stand a better chance of finding them. Read LOST CAT ADVICE.

That’s about it folks.

Stay safe and help your mog out this firework night!

Let us know what you do to keep your cats safe?

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

 

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REFERENCES:

1. The Cat, Its Behaviour, Nutrition and Health by Linda P Case

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.

Top Five Cat Books by Anita Kelsey

By Anita Kelsey – Author of Claws. Confessions Of A Cat Groomer

I admit it. I am crazy about cats and when I get any downtime I like nothing more than to relax with a good book about.. you guessed it – cats!!!

Here’s my top five cats books to keep you all happy and cosy with your own fur bods.

LOST CAT by Caroline Paul and Wendy McNaughton.

top 5 cat books by Anita Kelsey

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident (she had been flying a plane when it happened) and thought things couldn’t get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, anxiously waited for his return, before resigning themselves to their loss.

But weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. They might also have been a bit jealous. All right, they were very jealous! Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out.

Using methods as diverse as GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web and animal communicators, they embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren’t around. Writer Caroline Paul tells the warm and poignant story of their discoveries, alongside Wendy MacNaughton’s elegant and hilarious full-colour watercolours.

Lost Cat was a wonderful read and had me crying with laughter in places and crying with sadness in others. The illustrations were really outstanding.

Click here to read an interview I did with Caroline Paul.

DEWEY – THE SMALL TOWN LIBRARY CAT by Vicki Myron

top five cat books by Anita KelseyI couldn’t put this book down once I had started reading it. On the coldest morning of the year, Vicki Myron found a tiny, bedraggled kitten almost frozen to death in the night drop box of the library where she worked, and her life — and the town of Spencer, Iowa — would never be the same.
Vicki was a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm and an alcoholic, abusive husband. But her biggest challenge as the new head librarian in Spencer was to raise the spirits of a small, out-of-the-way town mired deep in the farm crisis of the 1980s.

Dewey, as the townspeople named the kitten, quickly grew into a strutting, adorable library cat whose antics kept patrons in stitches, and whose sixth sense about those in need created hundreds of deep and loving friendships.
As his fame grew, people drove hundreds of miles to meet Dewey, and people all over the world fell in love with him.

Through it all, Dewey remained a loyal companion, a beacon of hope not just for Vicki, but for the entire town of Spencer as it slowly, steadily pulled itself up from the worst financial crisis in its long history. Dewey won hearts and proved to everyone he encountered that unconditional love comes in many forms. Such a sweet story.

A STREET CAT NAMES BOB by James Bowen

top five cat books by Anita KelseyIt goes without saying that I would add this book. And yes, I was one of the people queuing for a book signing at Covent Garden to meet James and the adorable Bob.

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is an extremely moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it. It did mine.

THE LIFE OF LITTLE JACK – By Davina Hanes

top five cat books by Anita KelseyThe Life of Little Jack. This true and moving story provides an insight into how Little Jack was found as a desperate kitten on the streets of Manchester, requiring emergency surgery to his eye. Alone and abandoned, his fate suddenly changed once he was accepted by a small Rescue Charity. However, concern for Little Jack s vision was growing. Would he regain full sight or would he be destined to a life of darkness? What unfolds is Little Jack s journey to recovery following the loss of his eye and his integration into his new home with twelve other furry friends. Cats are notoriously territorial; would they accept or reject Little Jack being in their midst? Little Jack has already stolen the hearts of hundreds in his tiny life. Read on to discover what exactly is so special about this amazing little kitten.

All proceeds of the book go to Oldham Cats Rescue so a very worthy cause.

Last but not least …..

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FURRED KIND – By Tom Cox

top five cat books by Anita KelseyTom Cox is infuriating. Not only is he a fantastic and engaging writer but he managed to nab every book title when I was trying to think of a good title for my debut book!!! Tom explains his book perfectly:

Have you ever moved house, over a distance of 350 miles, with four cats? If you haven’t, and are thinking about it, I’ll give you some advice: don’t.

If you really must move, try to get the cats to arrange their own transport. Focus on yourself instead. You’ll have plenty to think about as it is, and the cats will only get in the way with their sarcasm and hairballs. I moved from Norfolk to Devon with four cats and it felt like such an impossible ordeal, part of me believes that I actually died somewhere along the way and am now living in some kind of afterlife: very much like real life, but a little slower moving, and with slightly clearer air. “That’s just the West Country,” I’ve been told, but I can’t be 100% certain.

A great exploration into the world of cat and human! I enjoy all of Tom’s books and you will too.

So, there you have it. 5 great books for the cat loving reader.

Enjoy!!


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.