Renegade: What do you mean by I am in the way?!?

Hi everyone,

Oliver: How are you all today? Our humans attempted to do a review of the new HiLife cat food ranges and of course our new little brother had to be straight in the pictures!!!

Renegade: What do you mean by I am in the way… I am just helping to investigate…

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Oliver: See the trick is to let the humans open the box first because you know we don’t have thumbs to do this ourselves…

Renegade: And when I can jump straight into the box right? 😀


Oliver: What?!? Extra tasty salmon?

Renegade: A piece of basket material!!!! @_@ *drools*

Oliver: I don’t think you are meant to eat that young one…

Renegade: Found a comfy spot! 😀

Oliver: And how are the humans going to show the different types of food to the rest of the feline world? o.o

Renegade: Fine I’ll move!

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Renegade: Feed me. Feed me. Feed me!

Oliver: Shhhhh let the readers see all the different food we get to try. 🙂

Renegade: Yeeeeees! This is much better food oh glorious food! But the humans could have broken it up a bit for me…

Oliver: They probably would have had you not meowed so much. 😉

Oliver: So what is Rennie eating there?

Renegade: CHICKEN!

Oliver: Yes and more details for our readers…

Renegade: CHICKEN!

Oliver: Fine… I’ll tell them instead. He had a pouch of HiLife It’s only natural tuna in jelly. The good thing about the HiLife food is that it’s full of natural ingredients with the addition of taurine to ensure their food is complete food. Often cat guardians don’t realise that a lot of wet food is only complimentary as it lacks the right levels of taurine.

Renegade: *smacks lips* Well whatever it is I think it’s delicious. 😀

Oliver: Btw where is Nubia…?

Nubia: *Looks down from atop the scratch tree* Here! It’s peaceful and quiet here…

Nubia: Ah scratch tree delivery of snacks! How nice of the humans. 😀 And it’s my favourite type of snack! Freeze-dried meat! This particular one is also part of the HiLife It’s only natural range but is of course a complimentary snack.

Oliver: Right now that everyone is happy… time for a surprise for our readers! We’ve arranged a giveaway for our UK readers to be able to win a hamper with HiLife food! 😀

Renegade: Will the winners donate it to me? I am hungry again…

Oliver: No… they won’t it’s for THEIR felines… Anyhow onto the giveaway!

Oliver: For your chance to win one hampers there are a few simple things you have to do. First of all you must be a resident of the UK or enter for someone with an address in the UK (this is partly down to each country having different regulations on what food can be send into their country!)

Secondly you have to complete one or all of the tasks below using our giveaway tool. Each task will gain you more chances at winning and tasks such as tweeting about the giveaway will earn your extra chances. 😀

Good luck everyone! 🙂

Signed by,

Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace
His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief
Prince Renegade the Creator of Chaos

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Purrsday Poetry: #HAIKU – NOT WITH ME

Hi everyone,

Please find below the latest entry in Purrsday Poetry by ERIKA KIND:

Gosh, I am so full

Fear dared to stay in my way

I ate it all up

This post first appeared in Erika Kind.

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Behavioural signs and what they mean about your cat’s health

Behavioural signs and what they mean about your cat’s health

By Rachel Mulheron, Director, helpucover

Cats communicate in many different ways and as the average house cat lives for around 14 years, changes in behaviour should become clear to owners. Although every cat has its own characteristics, we’ve looked at some of the tell-tale behavioural signs which could point to possible health issues.

Sleepy cat? Increased lethargy could be more than laziness

Lethargy includes your cat being more lazy than usual, increased drowsiness, delayed reactions or more time sleeping.

If your cat shows these signs for more than a day, it might be an indication of a more serious problem than tiredness from an evening’s prowling. Some possibilities could include anaemia, injury or even cancer. However, cancer is usually more likely if there is a range of other unusual symptoms, so it’s best not to panic straight away if your cat is a little sleepier than usual.

Coughing up more than a fur ball

Every cat owner will be aware cats have hairballs from time to time. However, consistent gagging can be a warning sign of more than a bit of stuck fur. If your cat is having problems breathing, or coughing repeatedly, causes range from a foreign object stuck in the throat to heart failure caused by respiratory problems.

Some breathing issues to look out for include:

  • The belly moving as well as the chest moving with each breath
  • Nostrils flaring
  • Breathing with the elbows sticking out from the body
  • Neck and head held low and out in front of the body

Not such a fat cat

Even if your cat is a picky eater, extreme changes in and loss of appetite could be a sign of intestinal, bladder, respiratory or kidney problems. However, it could also be a temporary response to unfamiliar experiences such as a recent vaccination, nervousness from travel or being in unknown surroundings.

Malnutrition can quickly cause the liver to shut down, so if your cat is not even touching its favourite food take them to the vet no longer than two days after they stop eating.


As with elderly humans, cats may slow down and forget certain things as they get older and this is nothing to worry about.

However, if your cat begins having problems with simple tasks such as climbing and eating, uses odd places as litter boxes or looks lost as it walks around, this could indicate a neurological disorder or cognitive dysfunction syndrome.

To cope with disorientation, try limiting access to stairs or to certain parts of the house to stop your cat getting lost or injured. Keep doors shut so your cat can’t access a place they will struggle to get out from.

Dragging Rear Legs

Whether your cat is a kitten or an older animal, rear leg weakness is not normal. It is not necessarily a sign of something fatal, but it is worth having your vet look over your cat, as there are a number of causes – and some are serious.

Main reasons causing the back legs to give way are hip dysplasia, arthritis, diabetes and blood clots – though problems with spinal cords, bone abnormalities and neurological disorders could also be possible.

Every cat will have ‘off days’ just like their owners, so we should not always assume the worst if we spot unusual behaviour. However, if symptoms persist it’s always best to seek a professional opinion to ensure the optimum health of your pets.