Oliver & Nubia: Cat versus String – Who shall win?

Hi everyone,

It’s me Nubia here today! And as you can see… I am trying to defeat this new toy… well I call it torture device but the humans seem to think it’s a toy…

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Nubia: At first I thought it was a lot of fun!

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Nubia: A toy that dispenses my FAVOURITE… STRINGS! 😀 It was like heaven!

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Nubia: However… quickly I realised… that actually it was some kind of new torture device!

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Nubia: Whenever I saw the string…

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Nubia: … and managed to catch it!

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Nubia: I pulled and pulled only…

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Nubia: … to be hugely annoyed by it pulling back inside! And such a small crevice it was too… how am I meant to put my paw in there?!?

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Nubia: I clawed, I huffed, I puffed!

Nubia: I even tried to pull my WHOLE weight into it… The torture device even momentarily halted it’s evil process of taking the string away… but in the end… it was stronger. *hiss*

Oliver: I think my sister is being a bit melodramatic there wouldn’t you agree?

Nubia: No I am not!!! It’s a mean toy.

Oliver: What she really means is that she is having LOADS of fun and even better she might exercise her lazy bum a bit. D:

Nubia: Hold on a second! Did you call me fat?!?

Oliver: Maybe… Anyway… while sister is having a tantrum why don’t you head over to the Petsafe® website to get one of these FroliCat® FLIK™ Automatic Cat Teaser (UK) or (US)? I am sure you’ll have loads of fun with FroliCat® FLIK™! 😀 Might even annoy a sibling or two *evil cat laugh*

Nubia: That’s it… I shall chase my brother through the entire house for the rest of the day! *roars*

Oliver: Ah excellent MORE exercise for you! 😮

Signed by,

Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace
&
His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief

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Purrsday Poetry: The Sage sleeps in a Box

Hi everyone,

Please find below the latest entry in Purrsday Poetry by jellysolo:

The Sage sleeps in a Box

she told me
to Brush my Hair More Often
and Get a Job
You Lazy Snob.

because she wants the
Deluxe Cat Tree
made of Alder Wood Velvet.

Cleopatra could not pass
pearls as quickly as that!

i stack more boxes.

If you would like to enter your own poems for Purrsday Poetry don’t forget to email info@katzenworld.co.uk

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Thanks,

Marc

Cats at The Bar: Doors?!?

Hi everyone,

We are back for another cute entry in Cats at the Bar to help us all get over the hump day!

OPEN THE DOOR

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Thanks,

Marc

Top tips for getting your cat to the vet

Top tips for getting your cat to the vet

By Dr. Jeremy Campbell BVSc, MANZCVS (Feline Med) RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Feline Medicine) MRCVS

Ever wondered why your cat scrapers as soon as you even think about getting the cat carrier out? They may look into your soul with those piercing, inscrutable eyes but they’re not mind readers. Instead, acutely sensitive to your smell, respiration, voice and actions they sense what your planning almost before you do and so the battle lines are drawn.

You have a formidable array of weaponry at your disposal – treats, toys, oven gloves and the cat carrier. They have claws, teeth and speed. No contest. So if you want to come out of this an unscathed winner, you’re going to need to adapt your behaviour. Their instincts have been winning battles like this for millennia.

Training and preparation for the cat carrier, like charity, begins at home and from the very beginning. As soon as you bring your kitten home in fact. We love these three videos on cat carrier training produced by International Cat Care – a fantastic charitable organisation involved in improving the life and health of all cats in this country and abroad. Look up iCatCare on youtube:

As you’ll see it all starts with patient, calm training. But whether you have a kitten or an adult cat take a look at our top tips for making your cat’s trip to see us better for you both.

  • Choose the right cat carrier. We recommend a carrier which your cat can comfortably turn around inside and lie down and is easily cleaned. The perfect carrier is one that opens from both the top and front and can be taken apart in the middle. This makes it easier to examine nervous or injured patients as it allows them to relax in the bottom half of the carrier throughout. Avoid buying carriers that are too small, too flimsy and only open from the front because these can cause difficulties if your cat is not in the mood to be social. That said, we would always work with your cat and would never tip or pull your cat out of the carrier.
  • Get your cat used to the carrier from an early age so they associate it not just with a trip to the vet but with everyday life. Leave it out in the open and put it in a place they like to go to.
  • Encourage them to go into the carrier every day by putting their favourite toys in there.
  • Reward them for going into the carrier by giving them their preferred treats. Remember, like us humans, cats respond well to positive reinforcement.  They don’t respond well to punishment or force.
  • When you’re training your cat to enter the carrier, remember to stay really calm. Cats are smart and they can pick up on anxiety and frustration.
  • Once your cat is familiar with the carrier, progress to getting them used to being in it with the door closed. At first, do this for just a few seconds, rewarding them with a treat.  Gradually build up the time.
  • If you travel to the vet by car, get your cat familiar with being in it first. Then do some short car rides, again rewarding them with treats.  This will make a car trip to the vet much easier when the time comes. In the car, remember to strap the carrier with a seatbelt to reduce movement.  Some nervous cats also respond well to having a towel put over the carrier, others like to see out – experiment with your cat they are all different!
  • Choose one carrier for all your needs. If you make use of the pet passport scheme for example and might want to transport pets commercially, then you will need to buy a more robust IATA approved container.
  • If your cat is injured or is just seriously unwilling but you need to come and see us, we suggest you put the carrier in a small room, put blankets in it and spray with Feliwayâ Not in your cat’s eye-line or earshot – as it sounds like a cat hissing and can make them more upset. Bring your cat to the room and gently coax it into the carrier with treats and toys.  If they still don’t go in, gently cradle your cat and lower them into the carrier.  An alternative for very unwilling cats is to place the carrier on a table with the front very slightly over the table edge and gently funnel them in.  Cats usually prefer the safety of the container rather than face the drop below.

There is also a further post on this here on Katzenworld.

Basically, put yourself in their shoes (or at least their furry feet). They’ll pick up on anything that stresses you and it will stress them in return and the whole negative cycle perpetuates. Take your time and start planning and thinking about it early and Mr. Tibbs will take trips to Vetland in his stride in no time.

Article has kindly been provided by the London Cat Clinic

4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – June 2017

Hi everyone,

We are once again back for another round of the 4cats toys giveaway that we are co-hosting with our friends from 4cats.

And we got some amazing photos with some of their toys. 🙂

If you want to make your cat happy as this little beauty above read on!

Giveaway:
So to be in it for a chance to win this box that is sure to delight your cats simply enter by clicking here and complete any of the actions below!

Chances can be gained by the following methods:
1. Check out the new 4cats.blog and confirm this via the giveaway tool – 10 Entries
2. For Tweeting about the event through the Giveaway Tool – 4 Entries
3. Sign up for our new newsletter via mail chimp – 5 Entries
4. Follow us or 4cats on Twitter – 2 Entries
5. Follow us on Pinterest – 2 Entries
6. Follow us on Bloglovin – 2 Entries
7. Make a comment stating you would like to enter and your email address on this post (for those that don’t use social media) – 4 Entries
8. Leave a comment in our new forum – 5 Entries

Good luck everyone! The deadline for entering is the 20th of June 2017.

The box of toys will contain the following toys in either catnip or valerian filling based on your choice:

1 x 4cats Large Playing Roll
1 x 4cats Rustling Cushion
1 x 4cats Random Motiv Cushion
1 x 4cats Cuddly Dolphin
1 x 4cats Heart Toy
1 x 4cats Knot
1 x 4cats Wildlife Cuddly Cushion
1 x 4cats Classic Cuddly Cushion

And if you happen to be the lucky winner don’t forget to send us some cute photos.

Thanks,

Marc

Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 147)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again.

Nubia certainly approves of this adorable black cat that was entered by Samuel Adjuvant!

Yet another adorable tummy shot from The Truth! And you have to admit these two are simply adorable. 🙂

Meet Otis the fluffy companion of Donna Marrin. 🙂

Yet another adorable entry from our 4cats friends. Can you guess where these two cats are from? 🙂

This does not look like the safest location for the cat or the human deciding to rub his belly… 😮 Entry comes from Psst, want some cats?

Chantilly was entered by our Twitter friend 

Missed last week’s post? Click here to see the line-up!

We have setup a Katzenworld Forum and would like to encourage everyone to make their entries for Tummy Rub Tuesday on our dedicated Tummy Rub Tuesday post. Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments!

Alternatively you can still send them in via info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use.

 

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

Now we need ALL of you! Do you want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below. 😀

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your fur-friend on your own Blog and add your post link and photo into our Tummy Rub Tuesday post within our Forum.

Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments! 😀

Should you not have an own Blog you can participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source! 🙂

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better 😀

And on next week’s #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.

Not on WordPress but would like to follow us? We are on Bloglovin too! 🙂

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Oliver : Caption this!

So we obviously tried to capture more than his nose… but it was such a funny picture that we are going to ask you all to caption it!

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