Sunday, 29 November 2015

Christmas Gifts for the Cat 2015

My darling little companion, MellyBoy gets pretty spoilt at Christmas.  He gets lots of great toys and treats, not only from me but from friends and family too - lucky boy!

I have pulled together a list of some of the best cat gifts available.  From pennies to many, many pounds, I am sure there will be something here for the fur baby in your life - enjoy!

Treat Ball

This is one of MellyBoys favourite toys - mainly because it involves food and he is beyond greedy!  You basically pop a few little treats inside it and the cat has to bat the ball around so that the treats fall out of the hole.  It's a nice little toy to leave with your cat if you are out for the day and they get a little bit of exercise and a lot of excitement.

Cat Scratch Laptop

This is hilarious!  It plays on the fact that so many of our feline friends climb on to a laptop when we are trying to work.  Now, pusscat can have a laptop of their very own, plus a handy scratch pad to deter said cat from scratching your furniture!

Jolly Moggy Cat Pod

I think this is a great gift for a cat.  It combines somewhere to snuggle up and hide, somewhere to scratch and a fun toy too!
Dog Shaped Scratch Post

This is by far the most expensive thing on my MellyBoys this year.  £695 for a giant dog for the cat to scratch anyone?  Wow!  I do love my cat, honest I do, but I could buy a seriously nice handbag with that kind of money!  Sorry MellyBoy - you'll have to dream on mate!

Do it Yourself

Are you a bit crafty?  Maybe you could make something yourself for your moggy friends.  Check out this blog post for some ideas

Yeowww! Cat Toys

I don't know what it is about this brand but the cat nip must be super strong as these toys send MellyBoy, and every other cat I know, completely barmy!  They are quite pricey but, in my opinion worth every penny as the (rather gross) smell lasts for ages and they are pretty tough which is handy because the way MellyBoy batters his, it needs to be!


OK so I know it is a dog in the picture but how about a little sofa for your pampered puss?  I don't know about you but MellyBoy only really likes to lay where he shouldn't so I am not sure he'd go for this but I love the idea of it!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Christmas Gifts for Cat Lovers 2015

Christmas is fast approaching and I am having great fun searching for fabulous gifts for my cat loving friends!

I wanted to share some of my favourite finds with you...

Cat Post It Note Dispenser

OMG how cute is this?  Perfect desk accesory for a cat fan!

Subscription to The Cat Magazine

I love this magazine and look forward to receiving it and reading through all of the great articles.  This is a great gift for the feline loving person who already has everything!
 Cat Plasters

I think this is a fabulous little stocking filler.  Cats always make me feel better so a kitty cat plaster surely will help heal your wounds? OK, maybe not but I love them anyway!  Also, these are available for Cats Protection so you will help raise a few pennies when you order :-)

The Cats Pajamas

These PJs are gorgeous and whatsmore, they are fleecy so your fur baby will definitely want to curl up on your lap when you are wearing these!  I would like a pair to protect me from MellyBoys kneading which can be pretty painful at times!

Selfie Stick

Does your cat loving friend love taking selfies with their cat?  A selfie stick is the perfect gift for them!  MellyBoy and I love taking selfies!

Pet Portrait 

Have you heard of fiverr?  It is an amazing website where people offer their services for $5 (don't worry, you can order from the UK).  There are loads of people offering pet portraits and they send you pdfs so you don't have to pay for postage! You can then print it locally and pop in a frame for a very personalised, inexpensive gift!  My link is just one example so have a good look around the site for other drawing styles.

Cat Notebooks

I love notebooks and I think they make great stocking fillers.  I also love Doodlecats... a really fun website selling fantastic, original gifts.  I particularly like these recycled notebooks.

Cat Necklace

I think this simple necklace is beautiful and would be a great present for a cat lover!  Available on Etsy!

Cat Therapy - Colouring Book for Adults

I had to order one of these for myself... what a nice relaxing way to spend an evening!

Cat Tote Bag

With the new rules around charging 5p for carrier bags, I think tote bags and shopping bags are the ideal stocking filler for crimbo 2015!  I do love this one very much!

Cat Watch

I am literally in love with this, I do not know what else to say!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Debbie’s Christmas & New Year Tips For Felines

Christmas is a lovely time of the year especially when it is spent in the company of family and friends but please do spare a thought for our feline household members as changes in their indoor environment, and routines, can cause them various degrees of emotional stress. Our older felines and the anxious ones can be affected much more.

Some of the seasonal challenges that our cats face at this festive time of year are different and strange smells from Christmas trees and scented candles, furniture that may need to be rearranged in order to accommodate the Christmas tree or extra visitors. Visitors that pop in or even stay over during the Christmas holiday can create more noise and change the familiar scent profile around the home for your cat. Visitors or house guests may include a baby, young children, teenagers or a dog.

By “thinking cat” we can help our cats with these stressors just by providing ample hidey holes, bolt holes, escape routes or even a separate familiar “den” if space allows with all of your cat’s resources in so that your cat can feel safer and in more control. Don’t worry if your cat hides away, especially if they feel more anxious when visitors arrive this is normal behaviour and their way of coping with the situation.

Young Kittens:
Kittens are not only a pure delight but are usually very inquisitive and playful and often find the sight of the Christmas tree and dangling baubles very appealing and are often tempted to climb up the tree so try to keep young cats and kittens supervised when they play around the tree or near to lit candles, fairy lights and tea lights. It would certainly be an idea to keep kittens out of your main room overnight.

Tinsel, ribbons, string and Christmas wrapping paper and baubles are other playful objects that attract kittens so again keep a watchful eye out when wrapping presents in your cat’s presence. Ribbons and string can be easily swallowed by a curious and playful cat.

 Normal Routine:
Wherever possible try to stick to your cat’s normal feeding routine over the holidays as cats need predictability and consistency.  Avoid giving turkey dinners to them as this can be rich and cause tummy upsets.

The Party Season:
New Year’s Eve can bring further challenges for our cats due to the many fireworks that go off  the noise of which can be very frightening for our felines as they can hear at a much higher level than ourselves.

So as mentioned earlier, one of the cats coping strategies is to hide, so do not worry if your cat does this in response to the fireworks it is normal behaviour. Do not disturb your cat and try to provide plenty of easily accessible hidey holes for your cat to retreat to. Under a bed, inside of open cupboards, tops of wardrobes and cardboard boxes are handy options.

As well as trying to keep to your normal cats routine, keep curtains or blinds closed and keep the TV or radio on as a background noise. I would recommend locking your cat flap if you have one during the evening so that your cat remains safe inside your home. Remember to provide  a litter tray and place it in a quiet and private area away from a busy thoroughfare and try to use an unscented and a fine grain litter as it is softer under paw.

Supplements to help with feline stress:

There are a couple of  complimentary supplements that can help with feline stress, one option is the Calm dry diet by Royal Canin as its active ingredients include a combination of “Alpha Casozepine” a milk peptide which is known for its calming effects and
“ L-tryptophan” an amino acid that regulates mood as it is a precursor for serotonin. In studies it has shown that increased brain concentrations of L-tryptophan leads to an increase release of serotonin which plays an essential role in the regulation of mood, anxiety, appetite and sleep. The calm diet is highly digestible and palatable and has added nutrients to support the skin, urinary tract and digestion.

The Calm food comes as a dry kibble form in bags of 2kg and 4kg and you should see a difference in the cat’s mood state within two weeks. This food can be fed for a few weeks or months or long term if needed unless the pet is on a prescribed veterinary diet or is an older animal. At the moment Blackwater Valley Vets are giving a discount on the Calm food until the end of this year.

Another option is Zylkene a milk peptide and mimics mother’s milk. It is easy to administer as you break the capsule and mix the powder into the cat’s food once a day in the mornings. You should see an improvement after about ten days. The usual course would be a month’s worth. Again until the end of this year Blackwater Valley Vets are offering a discount on Zylkene.

Then there is Feliway that can also help in times of feline stress as it releases a comforting and reassuring pheromone throughout the home environment. Feliway comes in a diffuser or a spray and I would suggest using a plug in diffuser over Christmas and New Year as it should last for up to 4 weeks. Blackwater Valley Vets are also offering a discount on any of the Feliway range  until the end of this year.

** With either the Calm food, Zylkene or the Feliway diffuser I would suggest using them 2 weeks before Christmas to take effect.

Finally may I take this opportunity in wishing our clients and Cats Protection Supporters a lovely Christmas and a Happy and Heathy New Year, and to our felines, a stress free yuletide.

Seasons Greetings