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 



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Are cats less stressed having a veterinary examination at home?

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Many owners find taking their cat to the vet a negative experience, often because of the stress experienced by the cat. As well as improving the overall welfare of the cat, reducing the stress experienced in a veterinary examination increases the accuracy of the examination findings; increases the likelihood of owners presenting their cats at the vets more often; and helps to maintain the owner–cat relationship. It has been suggested that veterinary examinations carried out at home are a less stressful alternative to taking the cat to the veterinary clinic, but there had been little data thus far to confirm this. In order to find out whether this is in fact the case, a group from the veterinary school in Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean carried out a study and published their findings in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Who participated in the study?

Eighteen cats completed the study and of these seven were castrated males and 11 were spayed females. All of the cats in the study were domestic shorthairs and they ranged in age from 6 months to 8 years. Many of the cats came from feral colonies and this is something to consider when interpreting the results as these cats may differ to a typical pet cat.

How did the study take place?

All of the cats underwent two routine physical examinations using low stress handling techniques, one in the home environment and another at the veterinary clinic, with 7 days in between. The study was conducted using what is called a randomised crossover design – this means that half of the cats were randomly selected to be tested in the home environment first and the clinic setting second, and the other half were tested in the clinic setting first and the home environment second. This is good scientific practice as the overall differences in cat behaviour between the two locations are less likely to be affected by the second examination being influenced by the first. It is also good scientific practice that each cat is tested in both environments as it means we can be more confident that any differences in behaviour found were due to the different environments and not due to different cats.

The examinations were conducted at the same time of day for each cat, using the same methods, order of procedures, vet and technical support team in each location – again this is good scientific practice as it reduces the likelihood of the results being influenced by any of these factors in different ways for different cats, rather than the location.

In order to determine the cats’ level of stress, a mixture of physiological and behavioural measures were taken. Temperature, pulse, respiration, blood glucose, blood pressure and cortisol, which is a hormone that is released in response to stress, were some of the measures taken by the vet. The examinations were also videoed and from this behavioural measures such as escape attempts and hiding were recorded, as well as ear positions. Behavioural studies often use an ethogram, which is a list of behaviours and their description and allows different people to easily identify these behaviours. In this study, however, the description for some of the behaviours in the ethogram were a little unclear; for example, different people might interpret ‘slightly dilated pupils’ and ‘moderately dilated pupils’ differently because the words ‘slightly’ and ‘moderately’ are subjective. Including diagrams might have helped in these instances. As it was the same trained observer that evaluated all the videos, error due to differences in interpretation by different observers should have been small; nonetheless, the subjectivity of the ethogram makes it difficult to use by other researchers in further studies. Other behaviours might also have been useful to look at, such as slow blinking, which can indicate a relaxed or content state, or those that are likely to show a negative emotional state, such as tail swishing.


What were the results?

The study found that there were no significant differences in the physiological measures between the home and clinic environments except for blood glucose, which was significantly lower, and so potentially showing a lower level of stress, in the home environment. A high blood glucose level can be caused by an underlying disease, such as diabetes mellitus, as well as by the release of stress hormones. Therefore if a vet finds an elevated blood glucose level, it may be difficult for them to determine whether this is due to stress or disease. This highlights the importance of reducing stress during a veterinary examination in order to maximise the accuracy of tests and minimise the possibility of incorrectly interpreting the results.

When looking at the behaviours, hiding was performed significantly more often in the clinic, but there was a significantly higher ear position score, proposed to show higher stress levels, in the home environment; although the scores were still low in both environments. In addition, it could be questioned as to whether a higher ear position score does reflect greater stress; a linear scale was used in the study, with, for example, ‘1 = relaxed/alert ears (upright, oriented forward)’ and ‘5 = ears moderately flattened, top of ears rotated forward’, but these different ear positions could represent different emotions, for example fear or frustration, and not just a scale of how stressed the cat is.

The study also found that cortisol values were significantly less for the second visit, regardless of whether the examination was in the clinic or the home, and this finding was consistent among the cats. There was also a greater decrease in cortisol between the first and second visits when the first visit was the clinic and the second visit was the home environment. The authors propose that this supports the idea that the home environment is less stressful than the clinic environment, and that familiarity with the handler and the process masked the influence of the familiar home versus the unfamiliar clinic environment.

What can we take from this? 

  • This study suggests that veterinary examination in the home setting may be less stressful than at the clinic; however, from a practical point of view, home examination is not always possible as some procedures can only be carried out in the clinic.
  • The study also found that low-stress handling performed by a familiar veterinary team reduces the stress that a cat experiences. It may therefore be beneficial, where possible, for your cat to see the same vet each time you visit the clinic. Teaching your cat to tolerate veterinary-style examinations at home can also help keep your cat’s stress levels low during real examinations in the veterinary clinic. We will cover this topic soon.
  • As well as being of benefit to the welfare of the cat, having a low stress examination means that the results of any tests are more likely to be reliable, incorrect interpretation will be reduced, there will be less need for further testing and the owner–cat relationship is more likely to be maintained.

The work of International Cat Care

  • International Cat Care understands the importance of reducing stress when visiting the vet and has designed a programme, entitled Cat Friendly Clinic, which helps address this concern. Run throughout the world, the programme offers Gold, Silver or Bronze accreditation to practices that meet the standards set by iCatCare to improve the welfare and reduce the stress of cats in the clinic. To find out if there is a Cat Friendly Clinic near you, visit: icatcare.org/cat-campaigns-cat-friendly-clinic/accredited-clinics
  • International Cat Care also has advice on its website about how to reduce stress when visiting the vet, at: icatcare.org/advice/bringing-your-cat-vet
  • The veterinary division of International Cat Care, the International Society of Feline Medicine, has also published a book, ‘ISFM Guide to Feline Stress and Health’, that aims to help readers to understand why cats can become stressed and distressed in many environments and suggests how to improve welfare. The book can be purchased from the International Cat Care shop at: icatcare.org/shop

International Cat Care will continue to provide you with interpretations and summaries of the latest cat science studies – objectively critiqued and intelligently communicated to you by dedicated cat-loving feline scientists, professionals and veterinarians.

Reference for the study:

Nibblett BM, Ketzis JK and Grigg EK. Comparison of stress exhibited by cats examined in a clinic versus a home setting. Appl Anim Behav Sci 2015; 173: 68-75.

About International Cat Care:
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International Cat Care works to create a world in which ‘all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding’ International Cat Care is a charity with the vision of a world where all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion, and understanding. We work closely with the veterinary profession through our veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine. All our work is reliant on donations and legacies.

Founded in 1958, we are a respected authority on feline health and best practice, working with owners, vets and other professionals around the world.
Registered Charity – 1117342

I am the feline behaviour specialist at feline charity ‘International Cat Care’. We are about engaging, educating and empowering people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.

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:


Our some fancy accessories such as…

A pawesome cat bag?!?

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


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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