Global Tiger Day 2019 at Hamerton Zoo Park

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Hi everyone,

We’ve once again supported the Hamerton Zoo team for their conservation efforts of big cats for the Global Tiger Day 2019

First of we took photos of the Malayan tigers with one of our cat wrestlers. We turned this into an extra-large version to match the big cats! He loved carrying it around and dug his teeth and claws into it. 🙂

The white tigers got supersized version of our popular motive cushions which they thoroughly enjoyed as well. 🙂

Want to see more of the cats in action? Watch our video that we created with the Zoo last year!

Isn’t amazing to see how much the big and small wild cats are just as playful as our feline companions?

As it was quite a hot day… the Tigers had quite a bit of fun with the water as well. 😉 Do your feline companions enjoy water or do they hate it? ;D

The park had a very special Tiger feeding event, allowing visitors to present chunks of meat to the big cats! Quite something to watch especially when the Tigers stretch themselves out at full length! 🙂

And for the little visitors to the park… there was of course a much safer option to get to meet the tigers. 😉

In total this years Global Tiger Day managed to raise a massive £1047 for the conservation of Tigers.

Thanks,

Marc

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Beau the Blind Cat

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Hi everyone,

Please find below a guest story from Kate and her cat Beau the blind cat:

So on the 10th October 2017 we became aware of Beau, he was with our local Cats Protection charity, he had come in as a stray it seemed he had been a stray all his life. We don’t know if the reason he had lost his sight as a result of being a stay or because of a congenital defect, but there was nothing that could be done to save his sight.

We started to follow Beaus story on their Facbook page, and once he had been to the vets and had his operation and was well enough they started to look for a home for him. On the 14 Novemeber they put a post up saying they were looking for a home for home, the thing is a lot of people wished him well, but there were very few people who actually came forward for him. We already had two cats, one of them from Cherwell Cats Protection who is Alfie who also has a condition called CH, where in simple terms he is unsteady on his feet (walks a bit like he is drunk). Both of ours are indoor cats, and for Beaus safety it would have been an indoor home he needed.

After talking it through, we did ask if they thought he would get on with our other two, and it was not certain if he would integrate, so we left our name with them saying we would be willing to give him a home.

On the 22 November, a video was posted up of Beau playing with toys and that he must have heard other cats playing in their pens and that maybe he was happy, its difficult to tell, he was shy and withdrawn. We enquired again and this time we said we would rehome him, it was his chance of being in a warm loving home. In the beginning of December, we brought Beau home, and there our story with Beau started.

He hid in his room well actually he hid under the bed in there only coming out for food and to use the litter tray, I’m sure he was happy, but we didn’t actually know. If he was not under the bed he would run under the bed when you went in his room and hiss at you as he went.

We researched how to keep him stimulated and found he really liked catnip (as most cats do!) we had catnip coming out of our ears! We then got CCTV installed in the room he was in and then we started to see a totally different cat, he was playing and then he would sit up in the window listening to the birds outside.

We started a Facebook page so people could see him, as we were always being asked about how he was doing. Some days it was hard, I kept on thinking had we made the right choice for Beau giving him our home and our love, he didn’t like human company, but if it hadn’t of been us, who would have rehomed him?

Fast forward to March 2019 we were moving to a much bigger house, this would mean all three of our boys would have more space, and once we had moved we put them in the biggest room in the house all together, this is where the transformation happened for us, we had seen small bits of progress, but in the last 4 months we have made massive progress. Beau comes to us, he wants the affection, he wants to be loved, he wants to be brushed and he wants to be with his brothers. Woody our eldest boy I think actually looks after him, he ushers him into a hiding corner if the hover comes out or he hears a noise he doesn’t like Woody will usher Beau into a corner and sit with him till the coast is clear.

Our boys are indoor cats, so stimulation is key to happiness, we have found that they love valerian filled toys the best, they go mad for them, dribbling all over the bed or the floor! You can put all their toys in one pile in the room, and when you go in a few hours later the toys have moved!

I can’t say that the last 18 months have been easy, we have worried continually about Beau’s mental health, but we love him, he makes you realise that no matter what disability an animal (or person) has, small changes can make all the difference and if you are happy to be a guardian of them, they will eventually show love and affection.

If you want to follow Beau’s progress please follow him at @BeauTheBlindCat on Facebook.

Mayhew Open Day Event in London

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Hi everyone,

We are very proud that we will be supporting Mayhew for their Open Day this year by sponsoring their cattery.

We’ve worked with the charity for a number of years by donating toys to their rescues but this year we decided that we should support them that little bit further!

So why not join us in supporting them and meet us and the Mayhew team at the Open Day Event!

Join the street party at Mayhew for a day of activities and a unique look behind the scenes at the work they do.

You can visit the Cattery and meet the residents awaiting homes, tour the Veterinary Clinic and relax in the garden with their veggie BBQ, live music and outdoor games. There will also be plenty of stalls to browse with treats for you and your furry family members.

Tickets

Tickets will be available on the door priced at £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions.

Location

Mayhew Animal Home, Trenmar Gardens, NW10 6BJ

Nearest Tube: Willesden Junction or Kensal Green (on street parking is available first come first serve however the streets do get very busy and we would recommend public transport)

Thanks,

Marc

Meet us at the LondonCats International Cat Show & Expo in Tobacco Dock PLUS Ticket Giveaway

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Hi everyone,

We are once again running a stall with our partner Katzenworld at what will be the UK’s biggest and best cat only expo and cat show! This year’s LondonCats event will be hosted at the fantastic Tobacco Dock venue in central London.

In addition to running a joint giveaway for a pair of tickets and toys here we also over a 20% partner discount for show tickets if you use the code 4C20 during checkout on the LondonCats website.

Full Details below:

LondonCats is Clawing Traditional Cat Fancy into the 21st Century

A London Based Cat Company are pushing aside the out-dated cat show and are taking over London with a revolutionary event they call a ‘Cat Extravaganza’.

This May 04/05 in Tobacco Dock they will feature over 50 cat breeds, 7 international judges, food and drink from London’s best food trucks and Instagram’s cat celebrities, this is a cat show like you have never seen before! So shake off the preconceptions of old ladies, white coats and clipboards before you hear about the biggest cat expo in all of Europe and the first event of its kind in the UK…

Traditionally, the cat show is a fairly private affair. With judging done in secret and little for the general public to enjoy. LondonCats is associated with TICA (The International Cat Association), an organisation which accepts over 70 different breeds of cat worldwide. TICA is also growing their Household Pet exhibitors with prestigious trophies to be won by the unassuming moggie.

Want to get involved in cat showing without a pedigree cat? TICA has the largest registry of household cats. Your moggie could be the next superstar! This event is truly all inclusive and changing the face of the cat fancy.

TICA judges are flashy, flamboyant and super interactive with their audience. At the LondonCats International Show there are 7 judging rings that play host to prestigious judges from all over the world. Here they talk through the secrets of the most beautiful cats in the world to over 200 spectators at a time. LondonCats founder Steven Meserve is a TICA judge and making waves for his forward thinking:

The cat show won’t be the only entertainment of the weekend. There is also cat agility where you can watch cats jump through hoops and doing tricks or meet a real cat celebrity guest like James Bowen and a Street Cat Named Bob while enjoying some street food from one of the many gourmet food trucks.

For those who want to give something back to their beloved four-legged friends there will be plenty of ways to spoil them with treats and gifts from a multitude of vendors; PurrForm Premium Raw Cat Food, Basil The Bionic Cat, the internationally renowned cat blogger Katzenworld, Auto Pet, Dr. Elsey’s and lots more.

The show will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm  on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are available on the door or online, from the LondonCats website.

Our visit to Mayhew

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4cats visits Mayhew

Hi everyone,

Last week we’ve met with the wonderful team behind Mayhew the charity helping cats, dogs and even the community in general.

Of course we brought a box of our toys along for the resident kitties and we certainly think that this was a total success!

This big boy at first decided to carefully inspect his new present…

But soon he decided that even with us present he just had to roll around with it!!!

In fact, even the shy cat decided to come and have a look. 🙂

Big thanks also to the entire team at Mayhew for making us feel so welcome!

And… we shall be doing a lot more with them this year. So stay tuned on the news of what we have in the pipeline to help the charity and their kitties. 🙂

Thanks,

Marc

Cat training – Is this really possible?

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Cat Training – Is this Really Possible?

Whether Bengal, Maine Coon, Persian, or British shorthair cat. Whether house or street cat, young or old. Cats are considered sensitive and wayward animals. To have a harmonious coexistence with the most popular pet, education is essential. Through education you can avoid scratched walls, furniture and curtains.

Cats are not selected as pets without good reason. Although they are very stubborn and have a strong will, they are also empathic, sensitive and can be affectionate and very cuddly. What can create an intimate relationship and friendship between you and the animal.

However, in order not to become the servant of your pet and having to share the bed with your fluffy companion in addition to the hammock in the garden, it is worth taking educational measures.

When should you train your cat and how long does the training?

In order to make your cat’s training easier, you should have tact as well as empathy. Among other things, it is helpful to know the race-specific characteristics of your pet in order to understand and respect characteristics and natural behavior. In addition, you should spend time and patience. Cat training is not easy, but with the right methods is quite possible and your velvety companion never completely learns.

Not only baby cats or kittens can be trained. As a rule, their learning success sets in faster, because they have not yet adapted to other patterns of behavior. Nevertheless, with just as much patience, you can also familiarize older pets with desired behaviors.

With clear rules you create a pleasant living atmosphere for you and your little one.

This is how cat education succeeds

Because of their high sensitivity, cats quickly perceive the mood of a person and notice whether their behavior is good or bad. Cats have their own head and do not like to be ordered around. Like children, they test their limits. For this reason, you should set clear boundaries for your fluffy roommate and pursue them consistently.

Cats are independent in their nature and they do not claim to please you permanently. Based on this, you should invest time in reinforcing the behavior you desire to make it as attractive as possible for the cat to behave according to its own ideas.

First of all, you should be aware that there are things that cats can not learn or learn due to their nature. The fact that the four-legged friends are scratching at furniture is not a matter of willfulness, but a natural way of cutting the claws. A punishment would not be beneficial in this case.

You should make it your mission to channel the unwanted behavior into alternative ways that are acceptable to you and that do not suppress the natural behavior of your pet.

Help with cat training

Positive reinforcement instead of negative punishment

The key to success in training cats lies in rewarding desired behavior and consistent action.

 

  1. Fixed rules: From the outset, you should set rules what your kitten is allowed to do and what not. These should then be consistently and long-term enforced both by you and by all persons living in the household. A change of the rule or inconsistency can hinder the learning success.
  2. Staying patient: To achieve a long lasting learning success, you should be patient and patiently practice with your fluffy friend. The internalization of the learned usually takes more than a few days. Always keep in mind the expectations you have of your pet and whether it will preserve a species-appropriate cat life. Too little space can lead to a frustrated and inactive cat.
  3. Positive Reinforcement: The method of rewarding is more effective than trying to educate your cat with fear. Cats learn by linking situations with reactions. Reward desired behaviors immediately with treats or pats – so remembers her fluffy friend and combines this behavior with an added value for themselves.

Right scolding: The sound makes the music

As an omission command, the introduction of the word “no” as a command can be worthwhile. To make it clear to your cat that she should not do something, not the word is the acting component, but the way you say something. Preferably you should always choose the same word and emphasize it immediately. It helps if you exclaim in a strict and understandable voice.

In addition, the temporal sequence is an aspect to consider. If your four-legged friend does something undesirable, the punishment must be immediately followed, otherwise the animal is unaware of what he is getting into trouble for. You should immediately give him an alternative afterwards.

So if your housetiger is again inclined to scratch a piece of furniture, you immediately intervene with a certain voice and then place it, for example, on a scratching post, where you then reward it for its clawing.

Training aids as an alternative

If your “no” does not prevail and the unwanted behavior does not set in, you can also resort to alternative aids. You can also use a clicker, which may be known to you from dog training, for the training of your cat.

With the clicker training, you can even teach your pet hassle-free and playful tricks. Training the cat can also help you imitate the cat’s language. A gentle blow to the face, for example, resembles the hissing, with which cats measure each other.

The use of water in cat training is controversial. When using water, you should be careful not to scare your pet, so it will not be afraid and permanently lose confidence in you. It helps to use this method very sparingly and not to become a habit.

In spite of several cuddly kittens in a household, keeping order – is that possible?

In principle, cat training also succeeds in the case of several kittens living in a flat. Here they should first reconcile the education and relationship with each other. Make sure you avoid competition and that the equipment is available in sufficient quantities. In particular, this applies to toys, scratching posts and hands for extensive pats.

The more places to hide they can enjoy, the more spaces you can create, the better you will get along. To avoid that your fluffy rascals wander uncontrollably through the apartment and cause chaos, you should keep them busy.

In that case you can get creative and not just use conventional cat toys. Simple tennis balls can be used for other purposes and are ideal as a toy for occupational therapy.

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In the attitude of several cats, among other things, to pay attention to the constellation. After all, there are cats with a more active personality and others with more tranquil traits.

The right amount of attention for each of their favorites you often intuitively recognize and can thus counteract. If you realize that simple principles of education do not work as desired in the case of their combination, it is also advisable to visit an aid center. Special cat forums can provide quick help to maintain the quality of life of all involved.

Deadly Sins of Cat Training: 5 fundamentally avoidable mistakes in cat training

For your training to produce the desired results and make the most of your efforts, you should pay close attention to 5 things:

  • Absolutely no use of violence
  • Do not yell and avoid noise
  • Punish because of wrong belief
  • Avoid overburdening and impatience
  • Disregarding the nature cats

It should be self-evident that violence never contributes to solution-oriented action and that in dealing with animals in general, violence of any kind must be avoided. Violence causes the animal to lose its trust in you and increases its unwanted behavior. You should consider your pet as an individual to whom they can playfully teach things – but can not impose their will.

Avoid loud noises and refrain from yelling at your pet. Cats have a sensitive ear, they would rather respond to a rage with fear and flight. Except for avoidable stress, this situation would not produce any educational benefit.

Before you punish your cat, for example, for an impurity, you should be aware of the cause. If something happens because of a disease, punishment will not improve this. Give yourself and your fur-baby time and do not overdo it. Set realistic goals and teach them to your cat in continuous and small steps. In this way, they achieve long-term learning success without impairing their natural behavior.

Conclusion

On the whole, cat training can be a time-consuming and sometimes nerve-wracking, but worthwhile endeavor for you. Rules are essential in order for them and their little tigers to have a harmonious and contented relationship.

As you think more about what your cat or cat is doing and encourage and reward those positive behaviors, educate yourself. In addition, you put your pet out of a less stressful situation. Because of their sensitive nature, they reject situations that are related to stress, coercion or pressure. So it can be stated that a little education both your and the quality of life of your plushy friend is increased.

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4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – October 2018

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Hi everyone,

It’s time for yet another giveaway for a chance to win one of our new premium kickers amongst other toys! 🙂

To enter simply complete the following actions through our partners’ giveaway page.

And if you’ve missed it don’t forget to check-out the review that Rose wrote about our toys.

The more tasks you complete the more chances you get at winning this giveaway!

Diarrhea in Cats – What you Should do

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 Diarrhea in Cats – What you Should do

In this article you will learn how to help your cat best through these difficult days. In the beginning, you’ll probably ask yourself why your cat suddenly has diarrhea and are looking for the causes and of course for a quick fix. It can happen to every cat. Especially with young cats, it happens more often because their immune system is not fully developed. And with households with several cats there is a higher infection rate of diarrhea.

Maybe you already have supporting home remedies such as “healing clay” at home and can help your cat with the correct application to quickly get back to normal bowel movements. In this article, you will find good answers to your questions. We give you tips on the cause, applications, and remedies for improving and feeding your cat. So that your cat will feel happy again soon.

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What can be the reasons for my cat’s diarrhea?

The most common causes of diarrhea are food, a frequent change of cat food or a canned food served too cold can lead to symptoms of diarrhea.  It might be that your cat has only upset their tummy a little..

In some cases, diarrhea is caused by certain triggers such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Fungu
  • Viruses
  • Intestinal Parasites and Worms
  • Stress
  • Toxic substances (detergents, pesticides, etc.)
  • Food allergy
  • Dishes with a lot of spices

There are different criteria on how you can analyze the specific cause of the digestive problems of cats. Your cat may also respond to diarrhea with other symptoms. If your cat has a dry and warm nose, it is probably an infection. If they show signs of pain while going to the litterbox, the cause is probably a stronger infection or massive gastrointestinal problems. If your cat rubs their anus on the carpet or floor after going to the litterbox, they probably have worms. Uncontrolled poop may indicate a massive disorder in the gastrointestinal tract and should be monitored more closely.

Are there any immediate measures to alleviate the digestive problems?

In all of the above cases, the cat gastrointestinal tract is sensitive, as it is largely responsible for regulating the immune system. To neutralize the damaged intestinal flora, healing clay is suitable. In the intestine, many important processes take place, such as Preparation of nutrients, the formation of vitamins and combating infections. The healing clay should be mixed in the regular food and thus it can detoxify, cleanse and act anti-inflammatory in the intestinal flora of your cat.

What is my cat allowed to eat despite the irritated stomach?

Generally, you should now pay attention to what your cat consumes. It is best to have light food. For that I recommend you to use things like pure chicken fillet, potatoes, rice or carrots. You can prepare these ingredients individually or together in a pot of boiling water. It is important that you cook them long enough, ideally until they are very soft and can be turned to puree.

In addition, enough fresh water for your cat should be available. In cases of diarrhea lasting several days, electrolytes should be mixed in with the water so that the cat can process the required nutrients easier.

24 hours passed – my cat still has diarrhea

If your cat has digestive problems for more than 48 hours, contact a veterinarian. If diarrhea lasts longer than 10 days at a time, it is called chronic diarrhea. If a vet’s visit is imminent, taking a sample of the excrement stored in an excrement tube from the pharmacy very helpful.

Hygiene in a multi cat house – Avoid cross infection where possible

To avoid the possible cause, such as intestinal parasite, no chance of a renewed risk of infection, it is recommended to replace the cat toilet once the problem is sorted. The parasites are very persistent and, despite recovery, can re-infest the cat since they could have their eggs distributed in the cat litter box. In addition, all blankets, towels, toys and drinking and feeding bowls should be cleaned at a temperature of at least 60 ° C every day for a medium period of time. It is advisable to follow these hygiene standards.

With several cats in a household, the risk of infection is much higher. Due to constant contact between your cats and a communal cat toilet, the pathogen can be spread to other cats. Therefore, all cats should be treated with the same treatment to be on the safe side.

Prophylaxis – Dewormer

As a precautionary measure to avoid a renewed infection or to reduce infection risk in general would be to use worming cure for your cat. This is because worms are one of the most common reasons why your cat might suffer from diarrhea.

A dewormer should be applied 1x to 12x a year. Especially outdoor cats should be given this cure more frequently as they come more more in contact with infection risks. With this treatment you don’t just help your cat but other cats and yourself as well. Some worms may spread to other mammals such as us humans.

Conclusion

If you follow the main tips for treating your cat, diarrhea suffering can quickly be resolved. Pay attention to the diet of your cat and remember to use a light diet or healing clay mixed in with their usual food to avoid secondary problems. In case of complete recovery of the gastrointestinal disorder please do not forget that the pathogen could still be lingering around for a renewed attack in the litter box! Hopefully, this article will help you and your cat get a quick relief of gastrointestinal disease.

4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – August 2018

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Hi everyone,

It’s time for yet another giveaway for a chance to win one of our new premium kickers amongst other toys! 🙂

To enter simply complete the following actions through our partners’ giveaway page.

And if you’ve missed it don’t forget to check-out the review that Rose wrote about our toys.

The more tasks you complete the more chances you get at winning this giveaway!

Source: 4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – August 2018

HoudiniDancing and the Valerian and 4catsnip effect! Getting high!

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The day came where we were delivered a box with goodies in it! I was so excited. I smelt the box straight away!

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Mum, got her special knife, opened the box and oh boy, it was like Christmas! I was surrounded by toys that smelt so good and treats! The box is amazing too, it actually has a cat on it!!

Needless to say mum was so slow at opening the toys out their packets, I had to give her a nudge with my paw and a few meows! She did quicken up eventually! I can’t get the staff at times but she’s getting the hang of it.

When we opened the goodies from 4cats (which are available here on Katzenworld), we noticed that they are extremely well-made goodies, they put up with my playing, biting and amazing wrestling moves (WWE has nothing on me, ha, ha).

They smelt so, so good I got super excited!

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I even picked the goodies up and moved them to my private area! Obviously I need my private time, however, I don’t seem to get that with mum. I can’t even lick myself in peace without mum thinking I’m doing yoga moves!

The tassels on the toys are just pure delight! Mum plays with me, but I’m super quick and always manage to catch the tassels when mum plays with me.

I thought I had a clear favorite in the selection of toys however, they are all equally great. They are soft, cuddly, made well, smelt amazing (so much so they made me extremely merry!).

That’s all down to 4cats special formula which is all 100% organic and high-quality catnip or 4catsnip!

Overall, I really enjoyed reviewing these toys! So, much so, it wore me out, its amazing stuff!

The important question while reviewing these toys is, ‘would I recommend these products to my anipals’ and ‘Yes, I would!’

Special thanks go to Katzenworld and 4cats for giving me this opportunity to review these products!

4cats toys are available in the Katzenworld Shop and you can see find 4cats on Twitter as @4catsGmbH for further information.

My Twitter = @HoudiniDancing