Event & Tickets Giveaway: National Pet Show, Birmingham NEC 4th – 5th November 2017

Hello everyone,

With less than 3 weeks to go, we thought it would be good to remind people that there is still time to get tickets for the UK’s national pet show being held in Birmingham.

We’ll be driving up in our little red car, packed full of cat toys, treats and our latest range of felt cat caves for the visitors to spoil their cats.  As we’ll be there for the whole weekend, we’ll be leaving our trio of kitties in the capable hands of our regular cat sitter Cory from Cat in a flat.

Over the two days we’ll get a chance to meet some of our partners and friends that are also here but there hope to meet some new friends! So if you are going to come along, do let us know 🙂

Be sure to read to the end of this article for a chance to win free tickets for yourself and a friend.

The National Pet Show Birmingham 2017:

With hundreds of different animals, fun and educational talks, training demonstrations, fantastic shopping and amazing animal action displays, the National Pet Show (4 & 5 November 2017, NEC Birmingham) is the ultimate day out for pet lovers, owners and families.

The National Pet Show will play host to a range of celebrities and pet experts, including the Supervet himself Noel Fitzpatrick and one of TVs best loved wildlife presenters, Michaela Strachan.

Visit the National Pet Show for your chance to talk to the experts, get free pet care advice and shop for all the latest pet products and quirky animal themed gifts you can’t find on the high street.

Feline fans will have the chance to meet a whole variety of breeds such as Sphynx, Siberian and Australian Mist in the Hill’s Cat Zone, where a host of experts will share advice on choice of breed, care and training. At previous shows, talks have covered buying a kitten responsibly and cat grooming.

Our friends at London Cats will also be hosting a fabulous TICA cat show for the first at the National Pet Show so you can see how professional judges from around the world rate their feline competitors. It’s a show within a show!!

LondonCats is a pawesome pet only communications and events company that also hosts their own cat expositions associated with The International Cat Association (TICA) at various locations across the UK such as this time at the National Pet Show. Their events are brilliant and we very much enjoy attending them!

We ourselves are going to be near the LondonCats area with our Katzenworld stall. We will have some very special lucky bags put together by Oliver & Nubia which will contain a selection of fantastic cat toys and snacks for your feline friends. 🙂

If you are there to find top quality cat and dog food we’d also recommend checking out the Almo Nature stall at the pet show as they do food that’s been specifically designed to cater for our carnivore friends.

Now if that wasn’t enough you keep you satisfied, how would like to see your own puss on the cat walk? Cat owners with competitive kitties can enter their felines into TopCats. Set up by the GCCF, this competition will see visitors cats judged on Condition, Temperament, Presentation and Personality to win rosettes for Best of Colour, Best in Show Pedigree Pet, Best in Show Non-Pedigree Pet and Best Household Pet.

Of course it’s not all about cats!! There’ll be plenty to see and do with a chance to meet small furries, including hamsters and rabbits, reptiles and of course lots of dogs.

And did I already that we’ll be there at the show on both days?? 🙂 So, if you make it there, be sure to drop by our stall and say hello. We always enjoy meeting our readers in person 🙂

Now, if you’ve read this far, you’ll be rewarded with a chance to win free entry to the show for one day (tickets can be used once for Saturday or Sunday entry). We have 10 physical pairs of tickets to give away – as we have to put them in post we have to limit this to addresses within the UK to arrive in time. But don’t worry if you live outside the UK and want to attend then we have 3 pairs of digital ticket vouchers to be used on the National Pet Show website.

For you chance to get your paws on tickets (real or digital will be decided by your location) please complete the actions in the Giveaway Tools box below.

And of course don’t leave the show empty handed, hit the aisles and shop ‘til you drop with stylish accessories, tasty treats and the latest gadgets on offer for your cherished pet. And just the right time to be thinking about Christmas presents.

Don’t forget to come past our stall – we’ll be happy to see you and show you our latest range of premium cat toys just out of the box from our friends 4Cats in Germany. Here’s wee Rennie trying out the Wrestlers.

For more information visit the National Pet Show website – www.thenationalpetshow.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/nationalpetshow
Twitter – www.twitter.com/nationalpetshow / @nationalpetshow 

Thanks,

Iain

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Baby Criminal Bailed Out!

It’s a little past one o’clock in the morning, and we are coming home after a nice walk on Ocean Drive, when we hear faint squealing. Right outside the police department, across the street from our house, stands a tall, young, Latin-looking policeman, holding something so small, it can’t even be seen. Lost in his huge muscular arms, the tiny peach colored fuzzy thing is squealing like mad. It’s a baby kitten!

“Where did it come from?”

“Something was squealing in the bushes,” – says the cop, “I thought it was a possum trespassing on police property, so I was about to call the animal removal people, but I went to investigate first, and here it is – a baby kitty.”

“What are you going to do with it?”

“Well, unless someone bails it out, our rule book says we have to take it to a pound.”

We heard the “p” word! There was a momentary hesitation: how would the two big cats, siblings who grew up together, do everything together, and rule the house together, take to the baby intruder? But the alternative was too terrible to contemplate! I took her into my arms and held her like a baby. The poor thing was trembling, but as soon as she felt the warmth of my body, she calmed down and went to sleep – like a baby.

At first we didn’t know whether it was a girl or a boy, so we came up with two names. The first priority, though, was to feed the baby. When we gave her a dish with kitten food, she almost inhaled it! We have never heard a cat making sounds like that while eating. She was ravenous – she must have not had anything to eat for quite a while, poor baby!

Once she ate her full, he became playful. She still wants to be next to Mama most of the time, but she also loves playing with toys, and she is a great explorer. Now we know – it’s a girl! She is about 4 – 5 weeks old, healthy, beautiful, and full of energy. As to the older cats, it was tough the first couple of days, but now they have accepted her.

Uncle Barmalei even lets her play with his favorite toy and catch his tail! He supervises her activities, to make sure she is safe.

The little trespasser is not a criminal any more; she is our baby.

I am a semi-retired educator. I love to cook and I love to write. I am trying to combine these two for no other purpose but to share some of my old favorite recipes, as well as some new inventions, and to exchange food ideas and opinions. Kosher food is just like any other food – fun to create and fun to experiment with, especially if you get kids involved!

Events: Cat madness @ Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2016

Hello everyone,

It’s time to have a look at the upcoming HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market which will run from the 25th – 27th of November in Tobacco Dock here in London.

As many of you may remember from our event post about the HYPER JAPAN summer event there is bound to be a whole array of cat themed items around again! And we certainly can’t wait to find our favourites to share with you all. 🙂

What will we find this year? One of our favourites last year was the Tofu Cute stall with all its cute plush animals:

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Our some fancy accessories such as…

A pawesome cat bag?!?

Last year I even found a maneki neko in my favourite colour!

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Of course there were PLENTY of cat themed items there. 😉

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And of course best of all if you REALLY happen to have some friends that are NOT (How dare them!) crazy about cats and cat related items you can always leave them to explore other parts of the fair! 😉 There are many activities for different ages available including some really fun workshops! Once the scheduled for these has been announced we will make sure to update you. But please find further details from the HYPER JAPAN press team below:

HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool, returns to London’s Tobacco Dock from 25th – 27th November. Now in its 6th year, this event continues to bring a taste of Japanese tradition, modernity and the latest trends to the heart of our city.

This year’s Christmas market boasts a variety of performers, special guests, exhibitors, food stalls, creative workshops – and most importantly – plenty of kawaii and kooky gift ideas. The ultimate destination to discover truly unique presents for the festive season.

The HYPER JAPAN live stage will see performances from the androgynous, acrobatic girl group, THE HOOPERS, metal chanteuse, Fuki, and the reincarnation of 80s pop sensation,SHOHJYOTAI. For those with a more classical ear, soprano Nao Masaoka, a retiredotokoyaku (a female who plays a male role) of the all-woman Takarazuka Revue, will be gracing the stage too.

Event-goers will also be treated to a rarely seen, traditional form of Japanese magic called Tezuma performed by Taiju Fujiyama.  Using a wide array of props, such as folding fans, paper parasols and traditional masks, Tezuma’s rich 300-year history has cemented it as a must-see act, and an important cultural asset.

There will also be a rare appearance by PEACH-PIT, the two-woman manga team behind cult classics Rozen Maiden and Shugo Chara!

Those who love a Japanese inspired tipple can take part in the voting for the second annual Sake Cocktail Awards, which will see talented mixologists pairing sake with unexpected ingredients including egg, yoghurt and toffee sauce! For foodies, there’s something to whet every appetite, with stalls offering culinary delights – from hot Japanese curry to traditional wagashi sweets.

Shoppers looking for the perfect Christmas gift will enjoy browsing the wide variety of exhibitors. From traditional Japanese crafts, artwork and kimonos, to the latest anime goods, kawaii clothing and accessories, you won’t be stumped to find the perfect present for the person who has everything!

For those who would rather go DIY, HYPER JAPAN offers numerous craft courses in its creative studio, ranging from paint-your-own kistune (fox) masks, to kokeshi doll decoration.

The HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market is a truly unique event offering fun, food and culture for the whole family. From the dedicated Japanophile, to those simply seeking a tasty treat or an alternative gift to the standard socks, scarves and pants this year, the market at Tobacco Dock has something for everyone.

General entry tickets for Friday and pre 2.30pm on Saturday are £15

Tickets for post 2.30pm on Saturday and all day Sunday are £17

For more information on ticketing, please visit: http://hyperjapan.co.uk/tickets/

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget if you are going let us know as we will be there and and would love to meet up with you!

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Thanks,

Marc

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

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