Review of the Rotho MyPet Adjustable Bowl

As a Cat Behaviourist I’m always on the lookout for innovative products that promote healthy cat behaviour, or that simply make our cats’ lives more comfortable.

One such product is the Rotho MyPet Adjustable Bowl. As soon as I saw this product online I couldn’t wait to try it out.  The market for adjustable pet bowls is still fairly limited and I’ve not yet come across any that offer the benefits of this one.  Although it’s advertised for dogs, in my view, it works equally well for cats and it’s on behalf of our family felines that I’m writing this review.

Firstly it’s a single bowl unit. This might sound fairly obvious, but many of the adjustable cat feeders I’ve seen come as a pair, sometimes intrinsically linked together. Given the choice, cats prefer to eat in separate locations from one another and they would also rather we place their water as far away from their food as possible. So either way, I would usually avoid a two-bowl unit.

The bowl itself is stainless steel and removable for ease of cleaning, the rubber foot on each leg makes it more difficult for over-enthusiastic cats to push it across the floor, and (for us humans!) it comes in three attractive colours.

However, the really clever feature of this feeder is that it has an independently adjustable leg at each of its three corners. The legs have three locking positions into which they easily slide in and out, meaning that not only can the feeder be adjusted in height, but also in angle.  This is what, in my eyes makes it unique. The photos below show these options as ably demonstrated by my own cat Billy.You might wonder why a cat might need these options, and for some cats a floor level feeding bowl will do. However, there are many cats for which this feeder will provide huge benefits, such those with injuries or disabilities, as well as for elderly cats, many of which will suffer from degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis which makes lowering their heads difficult, uncomfortable or even painful.  This is where I believe this feeder fulfills its true potential, giving owners the option of a food bowl that they can adjust to their cats’ specific needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

The Adjustable Bowl along with other Rotho MyPet products is available for sale to both retailers and individuals.  For retails sales please visit http://shop.4cats.de. Individuals can buy the products from the Katzenworld online shop https://shop.katzenworld.uk/.

Clare Hemington is an accredited Cat Behaviourist offering behaviour consultations in owners’ homes as well as consultations by telephone and Skype. You can find out more information about your cat’s behaviour at her web site: www.catbehaviour.net

 

 

 

Katzenworld to attend LondonCats show in Leatherhead 7th & 8th of January 2017

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Those of you that are in the UK may want to know that Katzenworld will have a great selection of our valerian and catnip toys at the cat show in Leatherhead this weekend! 🙂

Also… on a first come first serve basis there will be a limited number of free valerian cuddly cushions from us available at their stall so if you are from Surrey / Greater London you may wish to bookmark this weekend in your calendar. 😀

Thanks

Katzenworld

Hi everyone,

We have once again booked ourselves onto an upcoming cat show! This time around we are attending one of the fabulous cat shows organised by LondonCats in Leatherhead, Surrey on the 7th & 8th of January 2017.

We are very much looking forward to the show and will make sure to bring along a selection of cat toys, treats and of course our Katzenworld merchandise.

If you happen to be going to the show please do let us know. And of course for those of you that can’t make it one of us will be taking plenty of photos at the show.

More Details about the show below:

LONDONCATS INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW

The  International  LondonCats  show  is  in  town  on a mission to stage, reward and celebrate our purrfect companions. They will be taking over SURREY on the 7th and 8th January 2017 when we will share the…

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Merry Christmas 2016 from all of us at 4cats!

Hello everyone,

We hope you all have some time to spend with your family and loved ones this Christmas.

And of course that you and your cats are receiving many presents to open. 😀

Thanks to 胖布丁的點點滴滴 & 4cats 四隻貓 For Cats we’ve also got a super cute video of the most difficult christmas decision ever for you!

Luckily all 4 choices are purrfect choices. 😉

Below some more adorable photos with our christmas toys.

Thanks for the great pictures goes to 胖布丁的點點滴滴

With that we wish you all a wonderful christmas weekend! 🙂

Thanks,

THe 4cats team

Special 4cats Toys present for Streetcat Bob at Summer Event 2016

Hi everyone,

Those of you that follow Katzenworld might be familiar with these photos already but for those that haven’t seen them we thought it would be great to share them with you!

Earlier this year our friends at Katzenworld attended a charity event supported by James and Bob (yes the famous streetcat!) so of course we couldn’t resist to make some special toys JUST for him.

Don’t you agree that he looks absolutely adorable with the guitar? 😉

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Just about to play a tune or two for us on the catnip guitar! hehe

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Of course we made one of our iconic pillows for him as well. 😀

And it looks like Bob is giving them his paw of approval!😀

While the special toys for Bob might have been one-offs we’ve got plenty of valerian and 4cats toys available! If your local pet shop doesn’t yet stock them tell them to get in touch with us by sending an email to marc@4cats.de and we can help them stocking these.
Further details of our toys can also be found on our website for consumers you can also check out Katzenworld’s online shop that stocks a large amount of our valerian and catnip toys.
Thanks,
Marc

Katzenworld hosts 4cats Valerian Cat Toy Giveaway

Hello everyone,

We hope you all are looking forward to a well deserved christmas break!

Katzenworld currently hosts a giveaway for one of our valerian cat toys. The toy they’ve got on offer is our legacy gingerbread man which would make a wonderful X-Mas treat for your cats.

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Nubia is one of the cats over at Katzenworld and you can certainly see how her and Oliver enjoy the valerian toys:

For a chance to win one of the legacy gingerbread man head over to the Katzenworld Forum.

Meanwhile do stay tuned for our gingerbread man re-design that we are working on for 2017. 😀

Thanks,

Marc

The Festive Feline Factor

How to Reduce Stress in Cats
and Keep Them Safe at Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time for cats. It comes with lots of hustle and bustle, unfamiliar visitors, new and potentially hazardous objects, new scents and sometimes a highly charged atmosphere!

All of these can contribute to increased levels of stress for our family feline members, but there are things we can do to help keep them safe and give them as relaxing a time as we hope to have ourselves!

Routine
Cats are creatures of habit and it’s important to try and maintain their daily routine. This includes sticking to normal feeding times and scheduled play-times as well as ensuring that their usual sleeping areas and hiding places are available to them.

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It would be a good idea to have a Pet Remedy or Feliway® Diffuser placed in the room most used by your cat to help reduce any anxiety he may experience.

Hiding Places & High Places
Make sure he has plenty of hiding places where he can go for a bit of peace and quiet if it all gets a bit too much for him. On these occasions it’s best to leave him undisturbed; hiding is a positive coping strategy. Giving him access to high paces such as on shelving, tops of wardrobes or on a tall, modular cat activity frame will also help increase his sense of security.

Food Treats
We might give ourselves carte blanche to overindulge at Christmas but we should try to avoid the temptation to allow our cats to do the same! Any treats should ideally be cat treats as opposed to human food, and Christmas chocolate is a definite no-no! It contains Theobromine which, if eaten in sufficient quantities can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, muscle spasms and seizures in cats.

Play
Not only is play a great way of keeping your cat exercised during winter, it’s also an excellent stress-buster, so if your cat has a playful streak, interactive toys such as fishing-rod toys, pieces of string and ping pong balls that allow him to run and chase are all a good idea.  Instead of throwing away the cardboard boxes that we accumulate at this time of year, keep one or two back for your cat’s personal use! Throwing some fresh catnip or catnip toys inside and rotating the toys daily will help to keep him interested. As well as serving as a play item, boxes also make very good hiding places.

Heat!
We all know that our cats are heat-seeking missiles, always heading for the warmest place they can lay their paws on, especially during the winter months, so why not treat your cat to a heated bed this Christmas? They are available as low voltage electric heat pads or even electric pet beds complete with internal thermostats. Not only do they promote relaxation but they can also help to ease aches and pains, muscular tension and are great for elderly cats that don’t have as much fat on their bones to keep them warm.

Introducing Your Cat to New Resources
If you do buy something new for your cat this Christmas such as a scratching post or bed, put it in an appropriate place and then walk away! He won’t be impressed by any ‘hard sell’ tactics!

Decorations
If ingested by a curious cat the following are amongst a plethora of festive decorations that can cause serious health problems: Poinsettias, tinsel, baubles, electrical decorations, fake snow, sellotape, wired wrapping ribbon.  Candles should also be kept out of paws reach to avoid burnt noses and tails.

Going Away?
If you’re planning to go away for Christmas it’s a good idea to make your cat care arrangements as early as possible as catteries and cat-sitters tend to get booked up well ahead of time.  As territorial creatures, many cats prefer to stay at home and you might therefore arrange for a family member, friend, or neighbour to pop in daily to provide food, play, a change of litter and to generally check that all is well. If the visitor is unknown to the cat, ask them to come over before you go away so you have the opportunity to see how your cat responds to them. If your cat is particularly sensitive and cautious with strangers then it might be placing him in a cattery where he can associate any feelings of stress with the cattery, rather than with his home.

Take a Deep Breath…
Try and keep yourselves cool and collected. Your calm vibes will definitely help your cat!

Clare Hemington DipCAPBT is an accredited Cat Behaviourist offering veterinary referred behaviour consultations in owners’ homes as well as consultations by telephone and Skype. You can find out more information on your cat’s behaviour at her web site: www.catbehaviour.net

Welcome to our new Blog!

Hi everyone,

And welcome to our new Blog for 4cats! We will be looking at sourcing interesting topics for you as well as covering important aspects of looking after cats.

Of course at times we will be keeping you up to date with events and shows that we will be attending as well as new details about our own products but primarily we want this to be a fun place to share things about topics we care!

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We hope to meet many interesting people and of course if you’d like to collaborate or submit a story when do let us know!

Thanks,

Marc