Worldwide Giveaway: 4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys – March 2017

Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a great Tuesday! 🙂

Following on from last month’s amazing amount of entries we’ve once again teamed up with our partner Katzenworld to give you all a chance to win a box of our toys!

Good luck everyone,

The 4cats Team

Katzenworld

Hi everyone,

We are back for a second round of giving away these fabulous 4cats toys that Dirk kindly tested for us in the past. 😀

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We are co-hosting this event with our friends from 4cats to give you the chance to win a box of their Valerian or Catnip toys!

This is ALL mine… None shall take this away from me!

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…

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5 Tips for Adopting a Shelter Cat

5 Tips for Adopting a Shelter Cat

By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats.

Adopting a cat or kitten should never be a spur-of-the moment decision. This is especially true when adopting a shelter kitten or cat, whose medical and social history is often unknown.

Here are five tips for people who are considering adopting a shelter cat or kitten:

  1. Consider a Cat’s Basic Needs

Determine whether you can devote enough time to a cat or kitten’s needs for food and water, grooming, affection, litter box maintenance and play. It is also important to determine whether you are financially able to provide what a cat will need in terms of food, litter, grooming supplies and veterinary care.

Cats tend to be less expensive pets than dogs, on average, but cats can become costly if they develop serious medical problems. Consider purchasing pet health insurance while your cat or kitten is healthy, before any major health issues occur.

  1. Consult a Veterinarian

Once you’ve considered these questions, you may want to consult your veterinarian for help with selecting the right cat or kitten for your home and lifestyle. A veterinarian can help you decide if a kitten or a cat is more appropriate. Veterinarians can also explain details such as grooming requirements for long-haired versus short-haired cats.

  1. Weigh Cat Versus Kitten

So, a kitten or a cat? Kittens are usually very energetic and tend to get into mischief if left to their own devices. They tend to be litter box trained, but they can certainly get underfoot. If you have no other cats, or if your other cat is elderly, I usually recommend adopting two kittens so they can play together.

If you have very young children, I would recommend older kittens, rather than a 6- to 8-week-old. If you are a senior, or if you aren’t home much, consider adopting an adult cat. Adopting a mature cat allows you to know your new pet’s size, demeanor, coat length and texture. Adult cats may sleep up to 20 hours a day, and they are likely to be fine with less of your time and attention.

There is always a possibility that an adult cat is in the shelter due to a medical or behavioral problem. If you have dogs or other cats, a kitten may be more adaptable than an adult. Short-haired cats require much less grooming than most long-haired breeds, but long-haired cats actually shed less than those with short hair.

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  1. Choose Carefully

You’re at the shelter. Now what? Most shelters have websites so you can do some research before you arrive. Unless you have significant time to spend and the proper training, you may want to avoid the cat or kitten cowering in the back of the cage or corner of the room. If a kitten or cat hasn’t been well socialized and you haven’t had training to work with this, you may find that a trusting relationship with your new kitty can be hard to build.

You should also pay attention to any evidence of physical illness, such as discharge from the eyes or nose, sneezing or coughing, patches of missing fur, poor physical condition or the third eyelids showing with white membranes in the inner corners of the eyes. These felines can still make great pets, but please be aware that there may be immediate veterinary costs.

Ask if there are any medical records and if there is any information from a previous owner. You are taking a chance when you adopt a kitten or cat from a shelter, but it feels amazing when you change a kitty’s life for the better by giving him or her a “forever” home. Most shelter cats will become excellent, loving companions if you give them the time they need to adapt to their new home.

  1. Schedule a Check-Up

Visit a veterinarian as soon as you adopt your new friend, preferably on your way home. This is especially important if you already have pets at home. If you have to delay that first veterinary visit, make sure you keep your new kitty separate from other pets until he or she can be checked for parasites and infectious disease.

Why do cats purr? Is a purring cat really a happy cat?

Is a purring cat really a happy cat?

Unlike our domestic moggies, adult cats that live in the wild rarely purr at all. In fact, it is only kittens that purr to their mothers. Amazingly, through the process of domestication and human contact, cats retain this infantile trait to call to their owners – us. Cats, it seems, have a kind of language that they use exclusively with us and it turns out that there is actually more than one type of purr.

Every morning Dr Karen McComb from the University of Sussex was being rudely awakened by her cat Pepo and wondered why the purring she could hear was so difficult to ignore. This led Karen and her team to ask a group of volunteers to rate different purrs based on how urgent and pleasant they perceived them to be.

Unlike the purr that cats produce when curled up on your lap, the team discovered a distinct purr that incorporates a shrill frequency, similar to that of a baby’s cry. This embedded frequency in the ‘solicitation purr’ is produced when cats are seeking attention or food. Through evolution, we have developed a ‘sensory bias’ to higher pitched ‘baby-crying’ sounds and cats seem to have exploited this.

When the team played the recordings back to human volunteers, even those people with no experience of cats found the soliciting purrs more urgent and less pleasant. The scientists were also able to remove the cry acoustically and show that the purr lost its urgency.

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More about this can be found on the following links (also the picture source):

Additionally some cats also purr when they are hurt and sick. Scientists are yet to determine if this is because the cat is trying to sooth himself/ herself or to alert their human companions to the situation and to be gentle with them.

Sonu Singh Reviews 4Cats toys!

Hi!

My name is Ritu of the blog But I Smile Anyway. I have a beautiful furbaby called Sonu Singh who is the main reason for this post!

Not long ago, my friend Marc from Katzenworld contacted me. This site is amazing for all of you who are cat obsessed, like me, and Sonu Singh has featured a few times on the Tummy Rub Tuesday posts and in the Purrsday Poetry section too!

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Marc had a great offer open for us here;

Would we like to review some cat toys for 4Cats in Germany?

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A little information about 4cats.

We at 4cats are the world’s leading producer of valerian toys and are very anxious to provide our customers with both the valerian and cuddly stuffed toys (4catsnip) in excellent quality . Our products are freshly handmade, filled and packaged in Germany. In the case of valerian toys, the unchanged formulation has been used for 30 years.

Would we heck!

Sonu Singh loves a certain few toys, and it is always enlightening to watch him play with new things. He is quite picky and has been known to turn his nose up at plenty in the past so I think he would be a great, honest reviewer!

Speedily a box was despatched to us and the fun began!


What was I expecting? A couple of lovely toys with catnip and valerian in them to see what the fur-reviewer wanted to play with.

What we got?

OMG, loads of wonderful products from 4Cats!

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First we tried the Valerian Knot, then the Catnip one.



I guess you can see what he thought by the reaction to both the toys! The smell drove him wild and he slobbered over both the knots!

Then came the Dolphin cuddle toys, in both varieties.

We started to see the preference a little here. Sonu veered towards the catnip filled toy more, though he liked them both!

Then came some gorgeous valerian and catnip filled heart cushions.

There were some cute motif pillows which he happily hugged too.

The highlight was when he played with the Rustle Cushions. The catnip one drove him wild! He loved it so much!

The company make these little pillows too which you can insert into a special pocket on a cat scratch post toy holder. It refreshes the interest in the scratch post, and gets them all excited too!

I left them all out for him to have a play then… He was in cat heaven, though, I fear, a little high from all the cat drugs we had exposed him to! (Don’t worry, neither Valerian nor Catnip are drugs in reality, they just have certain effects on cats! Both herbs are safe for our feline friends!)

Sonu reacted positively to all the toys, to be honest!

In small doses, I can see that these will be favourites with him. It is important not to leave these out unattended. Though the toys are created to be bitten, licked and pulled about, they could rip, and you wouldn’t want the cat to ingest the valerian, or catnip.

They are available in these gorgeous fabrics, and there are many other designs to choose from too. The valerian and catnip may not smell too pleasant to us two-leggers, but these four-leggers absolutely love the scent!

He definitely took a liking to the catnip Rustle Cushion though!

I hope you enjoyed our first ever cat product review! We had great fun, and if you want to have fun, check out the offer Marc has set up below!

Products available from Katzenworld in the UK. Click here to go to their shop! And, if you enter the code 4cats15 when buying any of the 4cats toys you get an extra 15% off! Bonus!

And Sonu Singh…? Well, he snoozed off his high, in the box… of course!

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Review of our 4cats Valerian & Catnip Knots for cats by @Artgerechtes Katzenleben

Hi everyone,

The other week we came across this brilliant post by Artgerechtes-Katzenleben, their website is a German page dedicated to helping cat guardians find out about the things that are good for their cats and of course we are therefore most pleased to have been featured on there. 🙂

Below you can see some of the brilliant photos that the author shared on her page.

For those of you that speak German don’t forget to checkout her page! 😀

If you are a retailer wishing to stock our toys don’t forget to get in touch through our main website.

If you are a consumer wishing to get some of these you can get them in the online shop of our partner Katzenworld.

Thanks,

Marc

Dirk and the 4cats Cuddly Cushion

Hi everyone,

We are always especially happy when we hear of a happy customer! So of course we were most excited than we read the below review by Karen and Dirk. 🙂

The review proves once again that our toys are great for cats of all ages and not just the youngsters! 😉

I always like to think I know what type of toys my cat Dirk will love and which ones he doesn’t care about. When I saw the Cuddly Cushion from 4Cats I thought it was perhaps more for kittens. I could just picture them grabbing the cushion and then holding it with their front legs while kicking it with their hind legs. You can probably picture it as well!

Of course there’s catnip in the cushion, which Dirk loves! But I thought once he’d had his catnip fix that would be the end of it…. Well let me tell you upfront that I was wrong: Dirk loves this cushion! I’ll let Dirk and the pictures speak for themselves.

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Silly mom…. how could she have thought this …. was for kittens only?! And how could she now know what it’s for?! The clue is in the name: it is a Cuddly Cushion!

I always get so excited when she calls me and says she has a surprise for me. The sound of the crinkling plastic as she unwrapped the new toy, I couldn’t wait to find out what it was.

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I had a good sniff first and then rubbed my head against it, and let me tell you it is sooooo soft! And it smells good J But it’s really not just about the catnip (and coming from a catnip addict like me, this is saying a lot!)

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OK, maybe some of this has to do with the catnip…

But that’s really not all. I love that it is so very soft. You can cuddle with it or just rest your head on it when you’re a bit tired from playing or just having a lazy day (that’s pretty rare, I know, I’m always super busy). I really love mine!

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In all honesty, I do sometimes like to throw my Cuddly Cushion in the air and then chase it and when mom isn’t looking I also sometimes give it a good kick, but don’t tell her 😉

So, time to relax, because I am a little tired now. Luckily I have my friend… But before I go don’t forget that you can get this toy on the Katzenworld online shop.

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About the Author:
Karen is originally from the Netherland, but now lives in London with her husband and their cat Dirk. She works as a cat sitter for Cat Care London.

If you are a retailer wishing to stock our toys don’t forget to get in touch through our main website.

If you are a consumer wishing to get some of these you can get them in the online shop of our partner Katzenworld.

Thanks,

Marc

Worldwide Giveaway: 4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys

Hi everyone,

Those of you that follow Katzenworld probably already know about this giveaway! But as we are co-hosting it we thought it would be good to link to the post on here. 🙂

We wish you all good luck with your entries and are looking forward to finding out who wins. 😀

Thanks

The 4cats Team

Katzenworld

Hi everyone,

Today we’ve got a super exciting giveaway for you! And if you want your cat to be as happy as our friend Dirk you should read on!

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We are co-hosting this event with our friends from 4cats to give you the chance to win a box of their Valerian or Catnip toys!

This is ALL mine… None shall take this away from me!

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 –…

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How Valerian works on Felines and it’s benefit in Toys

Hi everyone,

Today we want to take a closer look at toys that are filled with Valerian of which we’ve used many on our own two cats.

Many cat guardians always wonder why cats get so excited over Valerian toys and of course the next natural question is whether it is good or harmful to play with these pungent toys!

Many online articles offer different views of the valerian root (valeriana officinalis) and the effect of it on our cats. Essentially the bottom line is that these toys are safe but just like catnip toys that can induce ecstatic play behaviour should only be used under supervision.

So how does valerian impact your feline companions?

Most cats will cuddle up with the Valerian filled toys, lick them and play passionately with them! You can often see how they rub themselves all over the toys! Some will roll around on the floor and others will chase, kick or chew on the toy.

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How does it work?

The Valerian root contains Actinidine which is also known as a cat attract pheromone that is found in Valerian, Catnip and a few other plants! Cats and other Felines (Yes even the big ones!) are attracted to this pheromone.

How long does it work?

This depends a bit on each individual cat and varies from 5 – 20 minutes. Once this phase has passed the cat will enter the so called refractory phase for at least 30 – 120 minutes during which time it won’t react to the fragrant material contained in Valerian toys.

How was it discovered?

Valerian was discovered as a stimulant for cats long before we started using it for our house tigers. Wild Felines have been captivated by so called “cat herbs” for centuries and scientists have been using Valerian as a lure to study small and large felines in the wild!

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What are the benefits?

While the cat is attracted by the Valerian it can help them to relax during stressful situations such as shows, firework season and other events that are not part of their general routine. Most cats either get ecstatic and power themselves out or calm down and relax while “enjoying a timeout” with their Valerian toy. Best of all from our personal experience at shows we find that this beneficial effect remains even long after you’ve taken the toys away.

Valerian also often gets used in sprays and air diffuser to induce a calming effects on cats and other animals which is different to the impact of catnip. It leaves most cats calm and relaxed after use of the toys hence why there is a lasting effect!

Have you had problems in multi cat households?

We’ve successfully used Valerian toys in the best example of multi cat households – cat cafes where the Valerian toys have actually helped to calm down tension and help the cat caretakers with introducing new cats to each other. The thing to bear in mind though is that you want to provide sufficient toys as many cats are not good at sharing – not even while under the effect of Valerian.

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Especially when you’ve got a very dominant cat they may decide to defend their new found prize! We would generally recommend to have at least one toy per cat handy so in case that they get territoriality you’ve got additional toys on hand!

But what about the smell?

Valerian has a very pungent smell so that does mean that toys filled with Valerian have a strong unique fragrance! 🙂 And really… your cat wants you to get these so what is there not to like if your cat overlord demands it?!?

On a more serious note remember you shouldn’t leave this toy out all day anyway so in a way it’s good as it will remind you to put them away once your cat is finished with them.

We would of course recommend that you leave these out to dry for a while after playtime though! Ideally somewhere the cat can’t get to! If you ever tried a Valerian toy you’ll know what we mean about the need for letting them dry… 😉

Where can I get these toys?

We are working hard on educating pet shops in the UK to stock Valerian toys from us and if your local shop hasn’t got them yet do get in touch with us to see if we can help convince them to stock it. Alternatively you can find both Valerian and Catnip toys made by us on the Katzenworld online shop who is one of our partners in the UK.

Thanks,

Marc

Another gingerbread man review post!

Hi everyone,

Following on from our post the other day about being listed in a top catnip and valerian toy list for the UK we’ve just spotted another fabulous review post!

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Erin from hello subscription did a lovely review of My Purrfect Gift Box which is a UK based cat subscription box that included one of our valerian toys, the gingerbread man, in their holiday gift box! 🙂

Below a quote from her review referring to our toys!

Gingerbread-man Toy. Hands-down my two kitties’ favorite object in the box was the gingerbread man toy by 4cats.

It’s large for a cat toy,  7” long, and made with durable fabric and nicely embroidered details.

The toy is stuffed with valerian, which is an herb used to treat human conditions such as sleeplessness and anxiety.

I was unfamiliar with its use in cat toys, but both my kitties took an instant liking to the toy and continued to play and snuggle with it a week after opening, with no end in sight.

The one drawback is that it has an extremely pungent and unpleasant scent for human noses, much stronger than any catnip toy I’ve encountered.

The smell does dissipate after a while (or I’ve just gotten used to it!) but this hasn’t lessened the cats’ enjoyment.

Not sure what valerian is and you’ve only ever used catnip? Well first of all most of our toys are available in both valerian and catnip! But if you want to find out more about Valerian you can also check-out this post on Katzenworld.

If you are a retailer wishing to stock our toys don’t forget to get in touch through our main website.

If you are a consumer wishing to get some of these you can get them in the online shop of our partner Katzenworld.

Thanks,

Marc

Review of our Valerian toys by Cityscape Bliss

Hi everyone,

We are very pleased to point out this fabulous list of “34 Spectacular Catnip and Valerian Toys Your Cat Will Adore“.

Amongst these fabulous toy you will be able to spot two of our Valerian toys!

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If you read their full post you’ll find that Pippin (the adorable black and white cat in the photo) was lucky enough to get their paws on BOTH the gingerbread man shown above and our dolphin. 😀

Not sure what valerian is and you’ve only ever used catnip? Well first of all most of our toys are available in both valerian and catnip! But if you want to find out more about Valerian you can also check-out this post on Katzenworld.

If you are a retailer wishing to stock our toys don’t forget to get in touch through our main website.

If you are a consumer wishing to get some of these you can get them in the online shop of our partner Katzenworld.

Thanks,

Marc