As some of you may know from our Facebook page we’ve done quite a bit of work on big cats enrichment with the Hamerton Zoo team over the last few months. So of course when they asked us if we’d like to join them at Global Tiger Day we were most delighted to help out! 🙂
First of all for those of you that have not heard of Global Tiger Day (also referred to as International Tiger Day) is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on the 29th of July. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.
We decided to run a small stall with our wildlife themed toys. From Cat Wrestlers to Motif Cushions there was a nice selection for all types of cats. And of course we had preloaded our Zoo enrichment video on a TV to show people that even big cats like to play.
The Zoo provided plenty of educational talks on the day in addition to their famous “Feed the Tigers” interactive event. And our favourite has to have been the guy walking around dressed as a Tiger!
For the “Feed the Tiger event” visitors get to feed the Tigers with meat on a stick. 🙂 The Zoo had an amazing 81 Tiger feeds on the day!
In total between the Zoo team and us, we managed to raise £1,641.50 for the conservation of Tigers.
Hello everyone. We are Mika and Kerstin from the Instagram account @mika_von_brummkratzihausen. If you want to know more about us, just have a look, we look forward to seeing you.
Today we’ve done a product test for you. The object of desire was the:
Premium Cat Wrestler with Valerian
Our first impression: The packaging is very high quality and when closed, you don’t smell the valerian at all. When it is opened however, the scent of valerian can be smelled immediately. However, not an artificial smell that you know from many other products, this smells much more natural. The packaging is very stable and can be used as a storage solution for the toy. The wrestler is nice and firm and made of cord type fabric. The active ingredient inside is valerian. If you squeeze the roll a bit harder, you will be able to feel some of the valerian root pieces. The sewn-on strings with tassels are very tightly sewn and act very play-inspiring.
Mika’s Product Test: At this point we have to admit that we were a bit skeptical because Mika had previously not responded to valerian toys. He was also very skeptical at the first moment, but that quickly came to an end. He circled the wrestler like it was prey and after a short time the strings had to b”suffer”. He pulled and tugged at them. Shortly after he started to bite into the wrestler, which very quickly turned into a clinging and scratching motion. He was really high at that point, did not let himself be distracted, even tasty food became uninteresting. Unfortunately, the wrestler had to take on a lot and the whole floor (and also Mika) were full of lint. That did not detract him from playing though. A whole 10 minutes he had huge fun with the wrestler, then the effect started to become a little weaker over time until he was totally exhausted and lied down tired looking next to the wrestler. At this point we put it back in the packaging and put it aside. The valerian scent seems to be very intense, because even 2 hours later Mika still sniffed where the area on the floor that the wrestler was on.
Our conclusion: We are very excited since Mika was otherwise never interested in valerian. From a quality point, the wrestler also makes a very good impression. For me personally, it is very important that the Valerian roots are tested in independent laboratories by 4cats and thus contain no harmful substances. Therefore, I can also be sure that is not been manipulated with alcoholic tinctures as “flavor enhancement”.
Definitive Product Recommendation!!!!!!!!!
4 of 5 Points for the processing
5 of 5 Points for the play factor of the toys
5 of 5 Points for the active ingredients
Von dem Moment an, als ich dieses Spielzeug aus der Verpackung nahm, war meine Katze, Bean, in es verliebt.
Riechen, Kauen, Kratzen und Kuscheln hat Bean so ziemlich alles mit der Spielrolle gemacht!
Es hilf mir ihn sehr lange zu beschäftigen und Ich bin daher der Meinung, dass es ein Muss für Katzen ist die beschäftigt werden müssen.
Im Vergleich zu vielen anderen Katzenspielzeugen ist die Premium-Spielrolle ziemlich groß, aber die Größe (zusammen mit den Quasten) hat definitiv dazu beigetragen, dass Bean so ein Fan davon ist; Er liebt es, die Spielrolle greifen zu können ohne dass es davon rutscht!
Es wurde sogar von Ihm als bequemes Kissen verwendet.
Der Geruch von Katzenminze muss ziemlich stark sein, da Bean selbst wenn das Spielzeug weg ist noch am Fußboden rumschnüffelt!
Ich würde dieses Spielzeug auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen.
From the moment I took this toy out of the box my cat, Bean, was in love.
From smelling to chewing, scratching and cuddling there is nothing Bean doesn’t love about playing with it.
It kept him entertained for ages so this is certainly a must-have for cats who need to be kept occupied.
In comparison to many other cat toys, the premium wrestler is quite big, but it is the size (along with the tassels) that definitely contributed to Bean being such a fan; he loves being able to grab hold of it without it slipping away!
It doubles up as a comfy pillow too.
The smell of catnip must be pretty strong as Bean loves smelling the floor after playtime!
Big Norm, or BN for short, is a charming, affectionate young man who lives in Birmingham, England, with his two fur-sisters, Betsy and Pozzy. Although he is happy and loved now, BN didn’t have the best start in life, and was living as a stray in a car park before he was taken in by a local rescue. Fortunately, his time in the rescue didn’t last long and it was around three years ago that BN moved in to his fur-ever home with his mommy and daddy, Caroline and Scott.
BN truly ruled the roost on the idyllic Bank Street, with all the local kitties treating him with the reverence that a kitty of his caliber deserves. The rumors surrounding BN’s wild activities on Bank Street are many and varied, some claim to have seen him making friends with a red fox, others have outed him as the ringleader of the local kitty fight club, but (of course) he refused to comment on that.
Things took a turn for the worse when in early January 2017 he was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma and also tested positive for FeLV, meaning his that his days as the feline potentate of Bank Street were over, as his health has led to him having to stay indoors.
As I’m sure you all know, being a house cat doesn’t mean that a kitty can’t live an exciting life full of joy, happiness, and fulfillment. BN, and his sisters, are lucky enough to have parents who know that it is of paramount importance to fill the house with toys. When BN was presented with toys from the 4cats valerian range, he loved them!