The Story of Spider the gentle Giant

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The Story of Spider the gentle Giant

Hi everyone,

Today we have a guest post from Louise Marie for you, in which she tells us how Spider the cat came to her:

Spider has been with us for almost 8 years now.

One day Spider just showed up, anxious and half-starved, he sat with at our garage. You could approach him at most 5 meters, then he run away .

Spider got his food every day, and some days he ate up to 3 cans of food! The first year we could only observe Spider from a distance, only after a year Spider began to build confidence in us, he now allowed us to touch him as long as it was gentle and knew that we wanted him no harm.

After almost 2 years, Spider wanted to come into our house and actually dared to step inside. But as soon as the door closed, he panicked and immediately wanted to get out again. So we left the door open at first.

Spider came, ate something and then left. Where he went? No one knows! It took a long time for Spider to stay inside longer than just to eat.

Spider is the biggest cat that lives with us, but also the most fearful, he is afraid of everything and anyone. His biggest fear are closed rooms. What poor Spider experienced we unfortunately do not know, but it was certainly something very terrible.

It’s now been 8 years that he comes every day to eat. When we come home he already waits at the street corner and will follow our cat. Even when we go out for walks with our dog he’ll come and follow us.

It’s taken a long time but Spider is at last trusting us and will allow us to stroke him.  But at night he still goes out and sleeps somewhere in the cold.

Sadly he will probably never lose his fear of closed rooms. We’ve never met a cat that is so proud and friendly as Spider.

We hope you enjoyed the story of Spider and if you’d like to share one too why not email us!

Thanks,

Marc

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Maja and Willi would like to say thank you to their Secret Paw!

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Maja and Willi would like to say thank you to their Secret Paw!

Hi everyone,

We took part in the Secret Paw gift exchange of the cat blogosphere with our blog and our two wee little kitties Maja und Willi. 🙂

The parcel arrived well before christmas and had a fabulous selection of goodies for our little ones.

And it even came with a cute little card from our Secret Paw who was Jeanne and the cats.

Willi’s favourite toy was this orange one! He LOVES pouncing on it and chasing it around.

We shall be posting more photos of them soon. 🙂

Thanks,

Marc

Feline star was home for Christmas after horror injury

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Feline star WAS home for Christmas after horror injury

Lovable black and white cat Marley was safe at home with his family Christmas just gone – thanks to the miracle workers at Manchester PDSA Pet Hospital. The charity’s vets came to the rescue after Marley crawled home in agony one dark, rainy night.

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Picture by Julian Brown for the PDSA

Worried Gaynor (50) from South Manchester, rushed Marley to PDSA, where he was given immediate pain-relief and X-rayed. Vets found he had a severe break to his front right leg, caused by a suspected road traffic accident.

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Picture by Julian Brown for the PDSA

Such a diagnosis would be hard to take for any pet owners. But one-year-old Marley holds an extra special role in the Hughes family. He came into their lives after Gaynor’s husband died of cancer. With his loving nature he provided much-needed companionship and comfort, especially to the youngest daughter Erin. So when Marley was found in such a critical condition, the family were frantic with worry.

Gaynor said: “We were all grieving as a family. We took on Marley to help with the healing process. Erin has developed a very special bond with him, they are best friends. He’s been a brilliant focus for both of the girls during a very difficult time.”

“Because of this bond I was so fraught with worry when I found Marley in such a sorry state. I couldn’t bear anything to happen to him when we’ve been through so much already.”

Carol Jenkinson, Veterinary Surgeon Team Leader at PDSA said: “Poor Marley was not in a good way when he was brought into the hospital; he was limping and had no use of his right leg. He was clearly in a lot of pain, hissing when we tried to examine him. And with a break this severe, sadly the only option for Marley was to amputate.”

Marley underwent lengthy surgery to amputate his leg, and thanks to the hard work, skill and care of PDSA vets and vet nurses, the procedure was successful.

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Picture by Julian Brown for the PDSA

Much to the delight of the Hughes family, Marley was able to go home the next day, with his adoring family looking after him. While full recovery will be a long process, he’s slowly getting used to life on three legs. Gaynor, Erin and Faye are over the moon to have their furry companion back where he should be, and provided love and comfort to them all at Christmas.

Animal lovers can help our #SaveAStar campaign at www.pdsa.org.uk/star or by texting STAR to 70020 to give a one-off donation of £5 (you’ll also be charged one standard rate message*).

4cats Valerian & Catnip Toys Worldwide Giveaway – December 2017

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Hi everyone,

It’s time for yet another  giveaway for 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.

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So to be in it for a chance to win this box that is sure to delight your cats simply enter by completing actions through our giveaway tool.

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

Festive treat warning for pet owners

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Festive treat warning for pet owners

Be firm to be kind this Christmas

We all know that resisting those ‘puppy dog eyes’ is hard enough at the best of times. But when we are sitting down to a delicious Christmas dinner of turkey, pigs in blankets and luxury roast potatoes, a simple bowl of pet food just doesn’t seem to cut it.

PDSA is warning pet owners who are likely to give in to pleading pooches, and include a turkey dinner in their pet’s festive menu on Christmas Day, to think again.

Katy Orton, PDSA Vet Nurse, advises: “If a medium-sized dog were to eat a full roast turkey dinner, it would be the equivalent of a human eating three Christmas dinners in one go! Not only can these unfamiliar, fatty foods cause upset tummies, but all those extra calories aren’t good for their waistlines either.

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“However, another important issue is that many festive foods are poisonous to pets. Raisins, sultanas and onions are just three of the potentially poisonous foods that can affect cats and dogs, causing severe illness. Foods containing these items, such as stuffing, gravy, mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding, should never be given to pets. The salt and fat levels of many festive foods are also unhealthy for them.”

Other Christmas foods that can be toxic to pets include macadamia nuts and chocolate. The effects of these foods vary, but can include tremors, heart and breathing problems as well as vomiting and diarrhoea.

Cooked bones shouldn’t be given to pets as they can be a choking hazard and they can splinter, causing internal damage. Bones can also get lodged in other parts of a pet’s digestive system, including the stomach and intestines – a potentially fatal problem that often requires life-saving surgery. Also, avoid going for a vigorous walk with your dogs just after feeding them a big meal – there is some evidence that this can lead to the potentially fatal condition called a ‘gastric dilation volvulus (or “GDV”)’ -where the stomach inflates with gas and twists on itself.

So in order to avoid a costly emergency trip to the vet this Christmas, PDSA is urging pet owners to resist the temptation to give our pets human food and give them a healthy pet treat, a winter walk or a cuddle instead.

PDSA is the UK’s leading pet wellbeing charity, and celebrated its centenary on 17 November 2017. The charity is on a mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention, education and treatment. Funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps PDSA reach even more pet owners with vital advice and information. www.pdsa.org.uk

Five ways to look after your cat in the cold weather

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Five ways to look after your cat in the cold weather

As the winter months begin, the weather gets a lot colder and we worry about our feline friends who enjoy exploring the outdoors. While cats are well adapted to the cold weather, they can still become unwell when exposed to extreme weather. Making sure they are looked after is important.

Here are five tips from Argos Pet Insurance on how to look after your cat in the cold weather:

1. Check your cat’s health

When the temperature drops below 0⁰C, your cat may be at risk of frostbite and hypothermia if they spend prolonged periods outside. Unchecked, hypothermia can lead to serious consequences, so make sure they’re in good physical condition during winter.

Make sure your cat is always dried when they come in from the rain, and ensure they can get back into the house, or for determined outdoor cats, take shelter somewhere when the weather worsens. Older and short-haired cats are more likely to be affected by the cold and low temperatures can be very painful for pets with arthritis, who may not want to go out. Setting up a litter tray indoors for outdoor cats and making private spaces with food and water can remove the necessity of going outside. Make sure that food and litter trays are kept separate, and you have enough feed/litter stations for all of your cats!

You can build in some regular indoor playtime with your cat to make sure they’re getting exercise. Investing in some cat play furniture or playing chasing and hunting games will help with this.

If your cat has been missing or outside for an extended period of time in extreme weather, take it to the vet for a health check.

2. A shelter

Cats tend to explore at night. Once their owner goes to bed, outdoor cats without a cat flap can’t get into their warm home until morning. Temperatures are at their lowest in the middle of the night so make sure there is a warm shelter available at all times. If your cat prefers the indoors, make sure they are home and safe before you go to bed.

An outdoor sheltered area such as a shed or an elevated box filled with blankets should keep your pet dry and warm.

3. Fresh water

Regularly replace your pet’s water as it will freeze in cold weather. Without fresh water, cats will drink from gutters and puddles. These can contain toxic chemicals, especially during winter when antifreeze is regularly used.

4. Check your vehicle

In cold weather, cats will look for warm spots to sleep in. They tend to find warmth around car engines, so check under your car and bonnet for any napping cats.

5. Be careful with chemicals

When using antifreeze on your vehicle during the cold months, keep the chemical away from pets. Antifreeze, though it tastes sweet, is deadly and pets that don’t know any better will want to drink it.

If your pet displays the signs of poisoning, which include loss of balance, vomiting and lethargy, seek help from your vet immediately.

If the cold makes your cat under the weather, make sure they are insured for a trip to the vet.

Visit www.argospetinsurance.co.uk for more information on pet insurance policies and to get a quote.

Merlin’s Adventure with our Valerian Toys

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Merlin’s 4Cats Valerian Toys Adventure

Hey, Merlin check out this package from 4Cats.

Hmm, let me see this, my human slave. Mmm, I smell yummy Valerian.

Yes, that will do. Put it on the ground so I can make my selection of which Valerian toys I want.

Oh wow that is a huge selection!

Hmm, the beige or pink?

They say pinks not for boys…

Ah, so soft, I don’t care if it’s pink.

*Merlin enjoying the toy*

Purr, I’m wiped out from my new Valerian toy.


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4cats Valerian Toy Review by Cat Behaviour Expert Anita Kelsey

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Tested exclusively on cats by Anita Kelsey

I am very lucky that I work with cats everyday! All sorts of breeds, temperaments, ages and sizes! Perfect then to try out various cat products for cat product companies.

On this note; meet the wonderful cat toy company called 4cats.

I was sent a huge variety of valerian cat toys to try out on my furry clients which was really exciting for me. All shapes and size cat teaser toys filled with Valerian from fried eggs to large fat sausage shaped valerian kickers.

First of all. What is Valerian you may well ask?

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has tiny, sweet smelling flowers that grow in bunches, and jagged leaves. But it’s not the flower or the leaves that get cats excited: it’s the root. Like Catnip, smelling valerian root sends cats into a euphoric frenzy. And like catnip, no one knows exactly why! More information is written about here.

Like Catnip, Valerian is safe for cats although, from a human point of view, can be rather stinky. Think old socks :-)… However, our cats love the smell so, I’m afraid, that is that!

I’m still trying the toys out on cat grooms and cat behaviour consultations but so far the results have been brilliant. All catties have given a high five paw as you can see from the You Tube videos below.

From a human point of view the toys are very well made, colourful, fun and easily stored away. The only downside is that Valerian is slightly stinky but this can easily be overcome! Stop smelling it and give it to your cats to smell instead 😉

From a cat’s point of view. The toys are easy to batt, toss, lick, kick and rub on. They come in different textures and are fun, simple, safe toys to leave around the home. The smell of the Valerian seems to last longer than catnip too which is great value for money. Like Catnip, it gives a little high for your cat to kick back and let their fur down.

Not all cats react to Valerian or Catnip but most do so great toys for xmas.

I especially like the Cat Wrestler toy which came in very handy on my grooms with some of the larger breeds; Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest and Siberians. However, as you can see from the photo below, every cat likes to have a fun kicking session and it’s great that the kicking doesn’t end up on our arms, hands or feet!!

so, to the 4cats company I give 5 out of 5 stars! Great product, especially coming up to xmas. Get buying folks!!!

For more information visit their website on: https://www.4cats.de


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.

Her debut booked, pictured left, is published by John Blake and is called Claws, Confessions Of A Cat Groomer.

Available from Amazon and all good book shops. Click here for an Etsy author signed copy with your message.

 

Willow & Maisie trial our toys – Review by Louise Nettleton

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Christmas is around the corner, and like many pet owners we want to treat our feline friends. With a huge range of products available, it’s time to ask an important question: what do the cats want? It sounds silly. We pick. Isn’t it about what we want?

I would argue not. There are cat toys out there designed to entertain the human. Toys with cheesy slogans, and novelty shapes to entertain the audience. In our experience, these are abandoned in the corner.

A cat toy needs to please the cat.

It’s a simple concept, but one which lots of people forget. What do we mean, please the cat? Cats are animals. A good toy should support their natural instincts.

This is why I’m interested in the toys from 4cats. From a human perspective, they are simply designed, but there looked to be lots for the cats. Every toy is available with two different fillings – Valerian, or 4catsnip catnip. This shows an awareness that every cat responds to different things, and seemed an encouraging start. 4cats definitely approach this with the cat in mind. Our resident felines, Maisie and Willow, put some toys to the test. I judged their favourites based on their behaviour, and how often they returned to the toy.


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Basic Rustling Cushion

Paws-down Willow’s favourite. The design is appealing to humans with its beautiful fabric. The inside is filled with crunchy balls. Willow moulds it into different shapes, which makes it good for back-kicking. She also sinks her teeth into it. Willow is our resident hunter, and it is possible the crunchy sound simulates hunting. Willow is possessive over this cushion – she sees it as hers, and won’t let Maisie near. It stays in Willow’s favourite spot on the bed.


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Both girls like the rustling cushion. It’s tough outer material gives them plenty to get their teeth and claws into. They also roll over the cushion. It is big enough that they can have a satisfying rub across it. The tassels on the ends have been popular. Both girls love the chase – string, ribbon, chaser-toys – and it was lovely the tassels allowed an extra degree of human interaction. The soft inside means the girls can doze on top of the cushion without being disturbed by any noises. We gave one of these to an elder neighbouring cat. Although slower in his play, he engaged with it in the same affectionate way.


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Cuddle Fried Egg 

Have your cat bring you a fried egg for breakfast! With added entertainment for humans, this is also a soft toy, with catnip in the centre. Maisie likes to fold it between her legs and front paws, and rolls around with it held in her paws.

 


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Premium Cuddle Cushion

Maisie’s favourite is the smallest cushion. The catnip must be amazing – Maisie spent 20 minutes rolling and rubbing herself over this little cushion. This is the toy she returns to most, and the one she is most reluctant to share with Willow. The texture, which reminded me of breathable sports fabrics, allows for serious tooth-and-claw action.


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Longer than the other toys, both girls use this to kick their back legs, while holding the toy still in their front paws. This is made of the same strong material as the rustling cushion. Combined with the ridges on the outside, this makes it great for cats to sink their claws and teeth into. The girls play with the tassels themselves, and we use them for chasing games.



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I would recommend these based on our cats’ reactions. The girls seemed to like both middles. How do you know which middle you’re buying? Catnip products have green banding and details on the packaging,

while Valerian products have gold bandings. It is also spelled out on the packaging.

 

 

 


Louise Nettleton

Disclaimer: Cat Toys were sent by 4cats in exchange for honest review. This does not affect the integrity of my review.

Merlin and Rhiannon Valerian Toy Testimonies 

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Merlin and Rhiannon Valerian Toy Testimonies 

Hey, Rhiannon, check out this owl valerian toy I got from the Katzenworld Shop sent all the way from the UK! (We live in NC, USA) Let’s see if you like it.

What’s this interesting smell?

Aw, this is nice.

“Hey, whatcha got there,” asked Merlin aka The Bruiser.

Mine, all mine!

I think I purred and gone to heaven…

Testimony from Merlin and Rhiannon’s human slave – Merlin isn’t allowed catnip as he becomes very naughty and wants to bite and scratch Rhiannon or me. He behaved very well with the valerian owl toy and I ordered more from the Katzenworld Shop. Perhaps, it will calm him down on his next dreaded vet visit?

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