4cats Zoo Enrichment Project – Not just house cats like catnip & valerian!

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Hi everyone,

Today we’ve got a very special post for you! A while back our company did a little experiment / study with the big cats in the Zoo in Cologne.

As you can see it’s not just house cats that are interested in Catnip and Valerian toys. 😉

But for most seeing one of the Tigers and other large cats play with an over sized version of our toys is quite something!

Environmental enrichment is something that is very important for large and small cats alike as after all our house tigers are descendants of their wild ancestors and their hunting instinct needs to be kept occupied. Ideally with a toy or two instead of a human’s foot. 😉

We hope  you liked the photos and video and will be back again soon!

Thanks,

Marc

4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – July 2017

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Hi everyone,

We’ve once again teamed up with Katzenworld to give you a chance to win a box of our 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.

Chances can be gained by the following methods:
1. Visiting this blog and confirming this via the giveaway tool – 10 Entries
2. For Tweeting about the event through the Giveaway Tool – 4 Entries
3. Sign up for the Katzenworld newsletter via mail chimp – 5 Entries
4. Follow Katzenworld or us on Twitter – 2 Entries
5. Follow Katzenworld on Pinterest – 2 Entries
6. Follow Katzenworld 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 the Katzenworld forum – 5 Entries

Source: 4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – July 2017

Giveaway Winner Rose and her Kitties Review our toys

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Hi everyone,

We hope you are having a great week?

As some of you may know we are currently running a series of giveaways with our partner Katzenworld and from one of the recent ones we got some lovely photos sent in.

Please find below the little Review post kindly provided by Rose and her cats:

Just a quick post to say Thank You Very Much for our 4Cats giveaway win. The kitties were really excited to receive the parcel, and enjoyed helping me unpack the box.

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“Hey Onni, look at this box full of things. It smells great!”

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“You’re right Pepper, these things smell great! I think they’re for us kitties. I hope Mum hurries and unpacks the box.”

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“Hey! What are you two looking at?” mews Naja as she saunters down from the cat tree. “Oooh yes, I’m sure these must be for us, you know how much Mum and Dad love us. And Mum said we won a prize recently”

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“I love this smelly Valerian! It smells a bit like Dad’s feet and smelly cheese!” says Pepper, as she’s playing with the Dolphin.

“You’re right Pepper, the Dolphin is fun. This Cat Nip pillow is fun to rub on too. Smells great!” says Naja.

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“This Valerian pillow is keeping me amused” says Taivas. “It’s purrfect for wrestling with!”

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“I prefer to just lie and gently rub on the Valerian pillow” says Sweepy

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“I like to have a good roll and rub on it” says Flash

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“Hmm, none of us are quite sure what to do with this one, but I just like to rub my head on it” says Pepper

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Everybody loves this Dolphin. Here are Onni and Taivas with it.

As you can see, our cats are extremely impressed with their 4Cats toys. I’ve only given them these four shown so far, saving the others for another time.

You can smell the quality of the Valerian and CatNip in these toys yourself – our cats are fussy about cat nip, and won’t play with inferior nip. So judging by their response to these toys, they’re obviously high quality.

Our kitties give 4Cats toys a 5 star recommendation, and I would buy them in the future.

Sadly Cookie was outside whilst gathering photos, but she has given her approval to these toys too.

4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – June 2017

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Hi everyone,

We’ve once again teamed up with Katzenworld to give you a chance to win a box of our toys! 🙂

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

Chances can be gained by the following methods:
1. Visiting this blog and confirming this via the giveaway tool – 10 Entries
2. For Tweeting about the event through the Giveaway Tool – 4 Entries
3. Sign up for the Katzenworld newsletter via mail chimp – 5 Entries
4. Follow Katzenworld or us on Twitter – 2 Entries
5. Follow Katzenworld on Pinterest – 2 Entries
6. Follow Katzenworld 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 the Katzenworld forum – 5 Entries

Source: 4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – June 2017

Merlin from Stuttgart, Germany with our Cat Wrestler

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Hi everyone,

Today we’d like to share a cute video sent in by one of our Facebook fans!

Merlin from Stuttgart sure LOVES our Cat Wrestler.

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Have you got some cute photos to share? Why not send them in for our Blog to marc@4cats.de.

You are running a pet shop and would like to stock our products? Get in touch here.

Consumers in the UK / US can also purchase our toys from our partner Katzenworld.

Thanks from the 4cats Team

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

We’ve once again teamed up with Katzenworld to give people a chance to try out some of our cat toys.

Enter today for your chance to win a box of toys. 🙂

Thanks,

The 4cats Team

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Hi everyone,

We are back for a third 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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Win some of our toys in the giveaway run in collaboration with Cat Chat with Caren and Cody

Hi everyone,

We were lucky enough to surprise Cody with a fabulous selection of our toys for his birthday! 🙂

An excerpt of his birthday post can be found below:

FINALLY!!!!Cody’s Colossal 10th Birthday Cat Toy Give-Away is HERE!!We deeply apologize for the delay and we thank you for your patience!!!

Cody and I were so happy when a few weeks ago our furiends at Katzenworld  asked if Cody would be willing to try some cat toys that are made by their furiends at 4cats . We happily agreed, but only if we could have a give-away for our readers!

 

Cody has always been a pretty big fan of catnip, but he had never tried any toys that contained Valerian until he tried the toys from 4cats. I have to tell you, the second I opened the packaging, even after having traveled all of the way from the U.K. to our home, the smell was super pungent! So pungent that not only did Cody “get buzzed”, but I think that I did too!!!

Their cuddly toys, filled with valerian as well as with 4catsnip, are designed with love at their company’s facility based in Stolberg,  Germany where they are hand-crafted and then placed in sealed packaging to preserve their potency. They eschew the use of any adhesives, metal parts or other dangerous components.

For the full post and a chance to get your paws on some of our toys check out Cody’s birthday giveaway here!

Thanks,

Marc

Make your Cats happy with these Tips

Jordan Walker never believed that black cats are unlucky. He considers all cats as gifts and writes about them at Coops And Cages and in blogs like this one. In this article, he will be telling you how to keep your cat happy.

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Your pet cat feeling more than a bit blue than normal lately? Maybe it wants to go out and play too like what most stray cats would normally do. But what can you do? The outdoors is not considered a safe place for cats. Cars alone pose a threat to them. Are there other ways by which you can bring the sunshine back to its eyes without sacrificing its safety? Here are more than a dozen ways to get this done.

Ways You Can Make Your Cat Happy

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  1. Take it outside for a walk. Outside where the cars are? Well, letting it get a whiff of fresh air does not necessarily mean that you have to let it out on its own. Being cooped up can be boring even for small pets like cats. Get a leash and train your cat to use it. Once it’s already accustomed to it, you two can walk outdoors but make sure that you are doing it where it does not become an easy target for dogs.
  2. Fake being in the outdoors. Seeing the outdoors is like being in it. If it’s not possible to take your cat outdoors on a daily basis, you can set up a space in your home where it can see it and at the same time, feel the air outside. A screened space should more than be able to keep your cat in touch with what’s happening outside.
  3. Buy a scratching post. Your cat’s nails aren’t there for display. They like to use these to scratch on something. Furthermore, this activity allows them to stretch their spines. As for you, your couch would be thanking you later. Notice the favourite position of your cat when it starts to scratch. From this, you can tell right away if you need to buy an upright scratching post, or go for a scratching bed instead.
  4. Let it exercise its hunting abilities. Cats are natural born hunters. Let it help you catch some mice inside the house instead to keeping it locked always inside the room. Have no mice inside your home? Why not hide some treats everywhere and let your cat find it in on its own?
  5. Give in to its couch potato side. Dogs aren’t the only ones who love to watch TV. Jim Davis had it right spot on in letting Garfield play a cat who loves to stay on the couch and watch some movie. Why not let your cat have this royal treatment too sometimes and let it watch a movie or two?  And while you are at it, maybe you can choose one where cats are the main actors.
  6. Play the fishing pole game. A pet cat would certainly want to play like a small kid too. Maybe that is why they love to catch mice in the first place. Instead of the mice, get a ball or toy mouse and attach it to a fishing pole. It will try to catch it to entertain itself. Doing this will also keep you entertained with its funny antics.
  7. Let it play with moving toys. Aside from the fishing pole, provide your cat with interactive toys when you don’t have the time to play with it. This way, it will play by itself stalking, jumping, pouncing on the toy, even when you are not around, enabling it to keep its happy mood. You can buy these online.
  8. Notice signs of health conditions. How do you feel when you are sick? Can you laugh? The same thing happens to your cat. It’s simply impossible to smile if something hurts. If you notice any sign of health problem such as upset stomach or allergy, take it to the vet for needed treatment.
  9. Have a cat tree inside the house. If you have more than one cat at home, these can fight over their territories. A cat tree will offer the benefit of giving each cat its own personal space, allowing them to be close together but not beside each other. This will also give them the added benefit of feeling secure because they are given a better view of their environment.
  10. Feed a healthy diet. Food will give your cat its energy. You may be able to get away with feeding your pooch with grains, but not with a cat. They need more protein than dogs. Feeding it with a lot of carbohydrates can lead to obesity. A heavy cat that can’t move or breathe properly is not a happy cat.
  11. Clean the litter box regularly. You think you’re the only one who doesn’t want to use a stinking bathroom? Your cat has that habit too with its litter box. It may be an animal, but it’s an animal with taste that doesn’t like to use a dirty litter box.
  12. Have some grass indoors. Cats like to eat grass when it feels that its stomach or intestines do not feel right. Theoretical claims say that doing this helps a cat relieve itself of stuck wastes such as inedible matter or hair in its digestive system. This too could be making them feel a whole lot better because of the folic acid found in grass.
  13. Stick to routines. Routines are important since these can make your cat feel more secure. Older cats especially are very particular about the smallest changes that happen in their environment. When their foods change or you move into a new house, these can possibly cause stress in cats.
  14. Have some quality time together. It’s your pet. It will want to spend some time with you. Some cats would want to receive a belly rub. Others are just happy to sit beside you. Your cat will let you know whether scratching it behind the ears or rubbing its backside is making it happy by making that famous purring sound.

Conclusion

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If your cat lacks energy, stopped playing altogether, oversleeps, loses its appetite, scratches too much, is clingy, or being too vocal or quiet, these could be signs that your pet is feeling sad. Don’t let it fall into depression. Use the tactics above and let it rediscover how being happy feels like.

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

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

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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.