KEDi – A magical and remarkable documentary of the Street Cats of Istanbul

Hi everyone,

Today we have big news for you if you are in the UK there will soon be a new documentary about CATS in the cinemas. And we are not just talking about any cats but the street cats of Istanbul.

The documentary follows the stories of 7 street cats in Istanbul with amazing personalities.

 

Full details below and don’t forget if you happen to be in the US it’s out there already and received fantastic ratings across the board.

Thanks,

Marc

KEDi
IN UK CINEMAS: JUNE 30

A film by CEYDA TORUN

Following its phenomenally successful US theatrical run, where the film has taken over $2.5million to date, Icon Film Distribution are pleased to confirm the UK cinema release of KEDi on June 30, 2017.

KEDi, which means Feline in Turkish, is female filmmaker Ceyda Torun’s “magical and remarkable” (Variety) documentary feature about the street cats of Istanbul.

For many hundreds of years, thousands of roaming street cats have wandered in and out of local people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make Turkey’s biggest city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds – neither wild nor tame – and bring joy and purpose to the locals they choose to adopt.

Beautifully shot over two months on location in Istanbul, the filmmakers designed and developed innovative ‘cat cameras’ and techniques to uniquely capture the street cat’s everyday lives, many of whose backgrounds and stories are as varied and unpredictable as their human counterparts. KEDi revolves around the lives of 7 leading cats – Sari (aka The Hustler), Bengü (The Lover), Aslan Parçasi (The Hunter), Psikopat (The Psycho), Deniz (The Social Butterfly), Duman (The Gentleman) and Gamsiz (The Player).

CATNIP

“Enchanting, 4 stars”
New York Times

“Extraordinary”
Hollywood Reporter

“Remarkable”
LA Times

“Charming”
The Economist

“Sophisticated and artful… ‘Kedi’ is the ‘Citizen Kane’ of cat documentaries”
IndieWire

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TIDBITS

o   There are 7.4million cats in the UK
o   Cats are the world’s most popular pet
o   Birmingham is the cat capital of the UK
o   A group of cats is called a Clowder
o   Cats sleep for 70% of their lives
o   Adult cats only ‘meow’ to communicate with humans
o   A house cat is faster than Usain Bolt

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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.

Pic © Creative Commons

Content provided by Argos Pet Insurance

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

8 of Kitty Curator’s Favorite Cat Artists

Since I began blogging this past year, it’s been such a joy to discover cat inspired artwork all over the world. I am amazed every day by the unending inspiration that the feline form (and temperament!) provides.

Although I love so much of the art I find, certain cat artists quickly became favorites – and a few became long-distance friends! There is a bond among cat lovers regardless of country or language – and art is the bridge.

I thought I would share eight of my favorite artists here on Katzenworld so more people could be introduced to their wonderful work. My mission for Kitty Curator is to raise the visibility of living artists so they can continue their craft. Art is essential to life and we must support our artists. Especially fellow cat lovers!

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you have a favorite cat artist, on this list or otherwise? Are you an artist inspired by cats?

 

Denise Laurent

Denise has a prolific collection of cats in oils, mixed media and watercolor. She makes prints and cards from her paintings as well as bags, scarves, pillows and gorgeous brooches. She says, “I have a passion for animals and I love painting them. I enjoy trying to capture their personalities, that quirky essence that makes each one an individual. I am intrigued by the way they interact with the world, each animal has its own unique perspective on life which demands to be captured in paint.” She also supports a number of animal charities in the UK. For a fascinating interview of her inspiration and process, visit Jackson’s Art.

To purchase her art, visit The Painted Cat or her Etsy shop.

Pretty in Blue by Denise Laurent

Dora Hathazi-Mendes

Dora Hathazi-Mendes paints with bright, vibrant colors, drawing inspiration from organic and geometric forms, as well as the Art Nouveau Movement. Her growing cat-inspired collection is truly unique and eye-catching. Dora graduated at Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design MOME Budapest, Hungary in 2002 as Textile Designer specialized in handwoven textiles. While establishing a family and living abroad in four countries – Romania, Poland, Portugal and Malawi – Dora began to expand her repertoire. “I started to paint again, and to take photographs during the journey about everything I came across while encountering different cultures. My main inspiration was my cat, as well other animals, wildlife, nature, and historical buildings, landscape, and people.” To learn more about Dora, check out my blog: Artist Dora Hathazi Mendes and Her Muse, Rebeka the Cat.

To purchase her art, visit Fine Art America or Zazzle.

Blue Cat with Goldfish by Dora Hathazi Mendes

Nicole Piar

Nicole has a style of watercolor painting that makes one yearn to enter her magical world. In addition to her numerous watercolors, she recently created a remarkable Spirit Cats Inspiration Deck, offers cat paintings by commission and is working on a children’s book. Nicole received her BA in Art from Yale University and went on to illustrate and design for the gift, paper, home decor, publishing, and apparel sectors for the last 10 years. Her art has graced products sold everywhere from large retailers to small boutiques and museum shops.

To purchase her art, visit Nicole’s website or her Society6 shop.

Stargazer Cat Vision Seeker by Nicole Piar 

Raphaël Vavasseur

Inspired by his three cats and his home in Normandy, Raphaël paints unique images using acrylic that somehow combine comic book influences and fantasy elements. Check out these great interviews on Catster and The Conscious Cat. I loved this quote in particular: “For me the cat is a magic creature, so fantasy backgrounds are simply the best framework for the cat subject.” He is truly a talented cat artist. His warm nature comes through in every painting.

To purchase his art, visit his Etsy shop, Ebay page or Society6 shop.

Spring Love by Raphael Vavasseur

Tascha Parkinson

Tascha is an urban primitive folk artist. Sweet-faced girls, cats, dogs and other colorful images fill her canvases and are sure to bring a smile to your face! She uses a variety of mediums – watercolor, acrylic, among others. She is a Canadian artist who graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Tascha’s been selling her art via the internet since 2001 to collectors all over the world. She also teaches online art classes. For more information about this cat artist, check out her blog.

To purchase her art, visit her Etsy and Society6 shops.

Frida with New Black Cat by Tascha Parkinson  

Terry Runyan

Terry’s quirky cats, geometric patterns and pleasing color palettes come together to create a visual delight. A graduate of San Jose State University in Design and Illustration, Terry was recruited by Hallmark in 1986 and just recently retired to pursue her personal work full-time. A few years ago, she began drawing on the side and it grew into the prolific collection now on Society6. For more insights into her process and inspiration, read these interviews on Cat Lady Confidential and Fishink Blog. Although Terry’s work covers many subjects, cats are frequently featured. She says, “My two greatest inspirations are my kitty friends Rylee and Tucker! They spend their days sleeping on my studio table and occasionally sneak their ‘hands’ into my work. They keep me on my toes!”

To purchase her art, visit Terry’s Society6 shop.

Curly Paws by Terry Runyan 

Bernadette Kazmarski

Where to begin describing the prolific cat artist Bernadette Kazmarski? Whether you call her a writer, illustrator, photographer, designer, or painter – she is most definitely a cat artist. She says, “I have my cats to thank for being an artist. When, as an adult, I chose to pick up a pencil and paper and put them together, it was because images of my cats kept appearing in my thoughts as pencil drawings and paintings and I decided to draw what I was envisioning.” Be sure to follow her blog, The Creative Cat, which features daily articles and stories of feline health, welfare and adventures plus a daily sketch and a daily photo of her cats literally from the studio.

To purchase her art, visit Bernadette’s website, Portraits of Animals.

We’re Going Outside Right by Bernadette Kazmarski 

Diane Hoeptner

Diane Hoeptner’s cat paintings are ethereal – capturing that inherent feline mystery. I also love the textures and patterns that often appear as the background. Diane has been featured in Modern Cat Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine and Cat Art Show L.A. Many of her subjects are initially photographed at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. She says, “Cats bring personality and movement. I discovered this when I started painting my own cats who are perfect embodiments of sweetness and snark. They are enigmatic little beasts, the kind who never smile.” Check out this lovely interview from the popular blog, And My Cat.

To purchase her art, visit Diane’s blog or Fine Art America.

Eye on Butterfly by Diane Hoeptner

Cara Imperato is the Kitty Curator. She wanders the world wide web in search of cat-inspired art & handmade goods by indie artists and makers. Whether you’re seeking a unique cat lover gift or a place to share your own kitty creations, join the Kitty Curator community for daily features and curated collections. Subscribe at KittyCurator.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

#Infographic: Plants that are Poisonous to Cats

Hi everyone,

In our continued effort to source content on cat health we came across this fantastic infographic by Ally Hirschlag from sheknows.

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1. Lilies (all varieties)

Little known fact is that cats don’t even have to ingest this plant. Often it’s enough to brush against the pollen of this plant to poison your feline companion….

2. Any calcium oxalate plants — including philodendrons, Chinese evergreens, Virginia creepers, spinach, agaves, tea leaves, rhubarb and taro

The poisonous part of these indoor and outdoor plants are the microscopic needle-like barbs on their stems and leaves. If bitten, they cause inflammation in the mouth and gums and result in excessive drooling and vomiting. – by Ally Hirschlag

While some of this may be treatable at home it’s advisable to seek assistance from a vet immediately.

3. Dracaena plants

There are about 40 varieties of this popular, leafy houseplant, including the dragon plant. If cats eat the long fronds typical of these plants, they’ll become depressed, lose their appetites and possibly even vomit blood. However, it’s usually not a fatal reaction, and symptoms tend to go away after 12 to 24 hours. Still, you should keep an eye out for worsening symptoms, and take your cat to the vet if it doesn’t start to recover after 24 hours.- by Ally Hirschlag

4. Autumn crocus

This plant is extremely poisonous and if your pet has eaten any of it there is a strong possibility for severe symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures and resulting in possible liver or kidney damage and even heart arrhythmia.

If you suspect that your cat digested this plant get them to a vet immediately!

5. Daffodils

It’s little known that these are actually very poisonous! Ingesting any part of this plant can cause vomiting, diarrhoea but also more severe issues such as arrhythmia, convulsion and major drop in blood pressure. Immediate vet attention is necessary!

6. Tulips

While these are not fatal for your cat they are still a big no-no for your cat! Especially the bulb is poisonous but so are other parts of the plant and can cause oral irrtaiton, excessive drooling and nausea.

7. Sago palm

Again this plant is an extremely poisonous one for your cat! While the seeds and pods are the worst any part of the plant can cause bloody vomiting and diarrhoea, bleeding disorders, liver failure and death.

If you suspect your cat got in contact with this plant take immediate action and call your vet!

For details on the remaining plants please check out the post 12 toxic plants that cat owners should not keep in their house by sheknows.

Also there is a very good list of poisonous plants on the ASPCA website.

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Thanks,

Marc

Catnip Nation – The documentary

Hi everyone,

Today we have an important shout-out for you from our friends at The Catnip Nation project.

They are working on a documentary to raise money for the cats in need of support as not all cats out there are lucky enough to have a forever home with a human that cares for them.

Full details below:

THE STORY
For every cat who has a lap to sit on, there’s another surviving on the streets. There are 90 million feral cats roaming the U.S., unprotected by laws & from people who want them dead. Catnip Nation, an hour-long documentary, brings awareness to this invisible feline epidemic and meets those on the humanitarian front lines — the unseen and unsung heroes caring for feral cats while fighting angry neighbors, animal control officers, politicians, developers.

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For the past year, we’ve been filming Catnip Nation. Today, we are partnering with Seed & Spark to raise the funds to finish production. We have about a dozen shoots left before we move on to editing and post production.

Video Production Team

About the Project:

Every day, no matter the weather, no matter what, Stony Point resident Andrea LeResche climbs into a tangled copse to feed a colony of cats. And Drazen Cackovic, a Nyack architect, steals time away from his blue prints, to care for a group of felines he keeps in his office. Meanwhile, Ken Salerno, a one-man cat whisperer, makes frequent visits to a New Jersey sanctuary, where he has relocated more than 60 beach cats who would have been rounded up from under the boardwalk in Seaside Heights and taken to shelters, or killed.
These are just some of the characters we meet in Catnip Nation, a full-length documentary that looks deep into the soul of a handful of unsung and unseen heroes who feed and care for feral cats. In some cases, the best-case scenario is for feral “colonies” to be fed, but also to be TNRed — which means Trap Neuter Returned. Over time, a colony fades out, which is the goal: stopping the endless cycles of kitten births. TNR has been shown to be the proven way to deal with large populations of homeless cats. Nevertheless, it takes “a village” to condone and enable TNR. What our “characters” know all too well is that despite their best intentions, they are constantly dealing with adversity: angry neighbors, misguided animal control officers, apathetic or mercurial politicians, and development pressures. As we get to know our characters throughout the documentary, it becomes clear as to what makes them tick. Why they do what they do, and how they sustain themselves through such diversity.
The ASPCA estimates there are some 90 million cats living on the streets, in every community, nationwide. Some cities have adopted favorable TNR policies, but too many don’t. Additionally, TNR only works if there is a collaboration of cooperation among colony caretakers, veterinarians, communities, public officials, etc. It really does take a village to endorse and enforce good rules for cat colony management. The alternative is bleak. Feral cats, by and large, remain unadoptable. When animal control officers round up cats and take them to shelters, that’s the end of the line. These cats will get put down. Euthanizing healthy animals is inhumane, even if many see them as nuisances. Also, many times angry neighbors take matters into their own hands, poisoning or harming cats. This is illegal, yet it happens all the time. Education on TNR can slow down this injustice.
TNR-friendly communities have learned ways to mitigate the needs of everyone, feral cats included. Not everyone is cat-sympathetic — although you’d never know it considering the cat-love we see everyday on the Internet and in popular culture at large. TNR is hard work, and we need to celebrate those who undertake this burden, often at their own expense, and their own peril. In a humane society, we take care of animals. We are hoping Catnip Nation will change hearts and minds on this subject. We’re hoping cat lovers will help ignite a grassroots movement demanding a humane solution for feline homelessness. We need the conversation to be brought into the open; it needs to be aired, understood and addressed.
To support the project please click here.
Thanks,
Marc

Join the Comedy Pet Photography Awards NOW! #comedypets

Hi everyone,

While at the National Pet Show last week we got to meet one of the people behind the Comedy Pet Photography awards.

Of course hearing of such a photography award peaked our interest and we talked a bit more with them about this competition. So let us look at what this is all about!

WELCOME TO THE COMEDY PET PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

Closing Date May 31st 2017

It is quite amazing how many of us have pets. We have dogs, cats, fish, chickens, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, horses, donkeys, snakes and some people even have llamas as pets and why do we have them as pets? Company, fun, exercise, but whatever the reason we love them.  We love them when they look at us lovingly asking us to take them for a walk, feed them whatever the reason and boy do we take pictures of them. Yup, we have an ancient cat called Ronaldo (don’t ask please and blame The Pooch (my wife – its her cat) who loves sitting in the fireplace the morning after a fire, so obviously I take a picture. (One day I am convinced he is going to combust spontaneously, hope not.)

We want to see all your funny pet pictures; cats doing mad things, odd horses or perhaps your python eating your hamster (no sorry that wouldn’t be funny…) The judges are looking for excellent quality photographs, photographed with creativity, fun and photographic excellence.

We enjoy animals doing funny things, but please note, most importantly we love animals. So we are really strict about any bad animal treatment, so, we wont accept any images of any pets wearing clothes, or using props which aren’t naturally in their lives. Eg no dogs wearing caps and sunglasses, not good. Nope, so find that amazing photo you know you have and enter it. Who knows, you could become the INAUGURAL COMEDY PET PHOTOGRAPHER and win an awesome trophy, a spectacular cash prize as well as the kudos of being an award winning photographer.

Good luck! (and tell your friends!)

We got them to give us copie of some of the fabulous entries so far but don’t let these put you off from entering your own. 🙂

You can find the photography awards on the following locations:

Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Official Website

And of course don’t forget to enter your photos you can click here. 🙂

For full Terms and Conditions of the competition please click here.

Thanks,

Marc