Sadly, we lost our beloved KitKat recently, so this post will serve as a remembrance of his life and the joy he brought to our home. We’ll miss him terribly, but will always have him in our hearts, as I wrote on my other blog. Thanks to Marc, Iain and the Katzenworld team for creating such a warm, welcoming site for the whole cat community. To all, hug your cats for us!
Hello, dear Katzenworld readers! Like to hear another story? Sure you would!
KitKat went about his important assignments for the rest of the day.
Monitoring busybody birds and scoundrel squirrels in the yard from his post on the back of the armchair.
Creating cardboard art installations out of big boxes.
(He’d just stepped out of the box as soon as I said, oh, let me get your picture.
Guess he was tired of Paparazzi tailing him – or in my case, Mama-razzi.)
Power-napping on the comfy bed in striations of mid-day sun.
Later in the day, I put the catnip toy onto the floor and within seconds, KitKat was right back into his happy-time haze. In the video, you can hear his feet running in place as he wrestles with his beloved toy, trying to get ever closer to it.
KitKat on Catnip Day Two:
KitKat on Catnip Day Two - YouTube
Toward the end of the video, he’s startled by the sound of the garage door opening as my son comes home from class. You can see KitKat’s ears perk up, as he loves Coleman like nobody’s business.
As we waited for my son to come in the front door, I tried to communicate with KitKat to see if he was oriented to his surroundings or still in a catnip stupor. See if you can spot our wordless cat-chat. At around the three minute mark in the video, as he looked into the camera, I slow-blinked at him to see if he was still aware of me. He slow-blinked back. Just to be sure he was doing this on purpose, I blinked another few times, saying “I love you” in cat language, and he replied each time with his own blinks.
Finally, his catnip session over, he got up, came over to me for a quick pat on the back – as if to hear me say, good job getting high in the middle of the day, m’boy! Well-done! – and sat down to wait for my son to come in (so he could take his turn patting KitKat.)
Here’s a gallery of KitKat on Catnip, Day Two pictures:
Treat a Cat in a Rescue to a Gift this Christmas, with the Pet Connection Christmas Shoebox Appeal
This year, thousands of cats around the world will spend Christmas in rescues and shelters, waiting to be chosen by a new family. While our cats enjoy their Christmas presents and a sneaky bite of the turkey, cats in rescues will be visited by volunteers, fed and cared for, but not enjoying Christmas with the love of a family. The Pet Connection Christmas Shoebox appeal is supporting 10 Cat rescues across the UK and Ireland this year, to make donating a box full of food, treats and toys easier than ever.
Inspired by our own rescue cats, Ragnar and Willow, who were both abandoned as kittens, the Pet Connection Christmas Shoebox Appeal has been designed to make supporting each rescue easy and quick for donors and to ensure that every item received by each rescue is as useful as possible. Shoeboxes can be purchased quickly and easily on www.petconnection.ie, with all donations delivered to the charities for free. Each Shoebox donated includes wet and dry food, Dreamies treats, a Kickeroo and more tasty treats and fun toys. Donating a Shoebox costs £10 for charities in the UK or €12 for charities in the Republic of Ireland.
Ragnar and Willow are a huge part of our family and thinking of them alone in a rescue centre over Christmas, instead of at home with us, enjoying Christmas with the rest of the family, breaks our hearts. Their early experiences of being abandoned drive us as a family and as a business to support rescues in every way that we can. This year, we are supporting the following rescues through our Christmas Shoebox Appeal: New Start Cat Rescue, Phibsboro Cat Rescue, Kitten Cottege, Limerick Feral Cats, CLAWS, Rescue Cats NI, ASH Animal Rescue, Galway SPCA, Louth SPCA and HART North Cork.
Winter is steadily setting in, daylight hours are shorter and there’s a nip in the air.
While many people think the winter months affect just us humans, the dark, cold nights may also cause our pets to feel down in the dumps too.
PDSA Vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan, says: “With the darker evenings and colder weather here, it may be that you and your pet prefer to stay indoors rather than burn off calories outdoors. Being at home in the warmth can seem far more appealing than romping around when it’s dark and cold outside. But, this lack of exercise can make pets more prone to gaining weight and, in turn, becoming less active.
“Certain health issues, like arthritis, can also be exacerbated by the wintery weather, making pets less inclined to get up and go. Your pet may appear to have less energy and, just like us, some may want to sleep more in the winter months.
“Changes to their routine, such as when the clocks go back or kids are off for school holidays, can also subtly change pets’ behaviour.”
However, PDSA is urging pet owners to kick-start their pet’s winter health care routine, to help keep animals happy and healthy.
Olivia adds: “Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your pet’s diet and exercise should change. Try to stick to your routine as much as possible.
“If it’s difficult to go outside, there are various indoor activities for your pet to help cheer them up and keep them active. For example, encourage cats to play using indoor toys and put their food around the house at different levels to get them moving around the house. Puzzle feeders can be used to get their brain working too.
“Training, playing games and having fun with your pet will also help strengthen the bond between you. Even if your pet doesn’t seem in the mood to exercise as much as during the summer, it’s important to keep them stimulated when it isn’t possible to spend as much time outdoors. Pet-friendly, interactive toys are ideal for this.”
Keep an eye on your pets’ behaviour, and if you’re worried about any changes, your vet will be able to offer further tips and advice.
PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity. We’re on a mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention, education and treatment. Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us reach even more pet owners with vital advice and information. www.pdsa.org.uk
2018 ‘Kittenhood’ photography competition winning image – photographed by Francesca Barbero from Italy
‘This picture was taken in 2015 at ‘Romeo e Pucci’ – a cat shelter in Cuneo, a small Italian city. This shelter, founded by Adriano Marangio, has a nice peculiarity. It is made up of old camper vans and motorhomes where the cats live and wait to be adopted. It’s like a small city for cats.
I can’t remember the name of this playful kitten because thankfully he was adopted soon after the picture was taken.’
Francesca’s winning image features in the 2019 Kittenhood Calendar which is on sale to raise funds for International Cat Care’s welfare work.
To find out more and to order your copy of the calendar, which includes twelve months worth of adorable kittens click here.
Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again.
We have setup a Katzenworld Forum and would like to encourage everyone to make their entries for Tummy Rub Tuesday on our dedicated Tummy Rub Tuesday post. Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments!
Alternatively, you can still send them in via firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use.
This is Oliver from New Jersey USA, just loves tummy rubs by his pet Mom, Marylu. His photo was sent in via .
And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list of entries from last week!
Now we need ALL of you! Do you want to see your cat featured and join our fun blogroll? Follow the steps below.
All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your fur-friend on your own Blog and add your post link and photo into our Tummy Rub Tuesday post within our Forum.
Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments!
Should you not have an own Blog you can participate by sending us an email with your photo to email@example.com – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source!
And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better
And on next week’s #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!
A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.
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Today is my birthday, and it reminds me Tinkerbelle’s birthday is coming up soon. For her 15th birthday a few years past, we had a little party at the assisted facility we visited every week. No one can through a party like those folks!
I don’t know how they managed it, but they reserved the entire activities room. They must have spent hours decorating, and when we saw what they had done, both Tinkerbelle and I were amazed!
I’d put out the word it was Tink’s birthday, so I wasn’t surprised when a small group of her admirers in party hats met us at the front door. They were all happy and laughing, but all they would say was, “Come this way.”
We took the elevator up to the third floor and were guided to the activities room where more folks awaited the birthday girl. There were streamers and confetti, fresh flowers on the tables. The smiling crowd parted to reveal a cake in the shape of a cat, a black cat with honey-gold eyes. Across it’s flooffy fur in pink, it read “Happy Birthday, Tinkerbelle!”
That cake looked scrumptious, but what about Tink? Cats don’t eat cake.
“We haven’t forgotten,” said Mary, taking us to an alcove by a sunny window. There was a little fish cake, just for Tink. “I hope she likes Tuna. We got the recipe from our house vet, so it’s all good for her.”
Usually Tinkerbelle doesn’t eat on the job, one of the rules of the Pet Partners program, but we broke the rule, just that once. If they’d seen the way Tinkerbelle tucked into her cake, I knew they would understand.
Tink served for four years as a registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat, visiting assisted living facilities and hospice patients. Tink is now retired and living the quiet life. Check out her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TinkerbelleTheTherapyCat/
About Mollie Hunt:
Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, The Dream Spinner, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.
Like Lynley, Mollie is a grateful shelter volunteer. She is a longtime volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society where she socializes sad, fearful, and behavior-challenged cats. She also fosters sick and elderly cats in her home. In 2014, she had the privilege to work with cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy on a particularly thought-provoking case.
Many of us have probably been in the same situation before… we can’t afford to buy a place, so rely on renting a place but many landlords not just in the UK but many countries around the world won’t allow having a pet!
In fact, one of our good friends Artemis & Apollo from themmainecoonlife recently lost their home because a scrupulous landlord kicked them out and they ended up having to camp on the road before they found temporary accommodation while hunting for a new pet-friendly place to rent…
This is why we think it’s pawesome that one of our largest charities here in the UK has launched a campaign to help give renters a chance to care for cats!
Full details below.
Image Source: Cats Protection
Purrfect Landlords Campaign to Help Give Renters Chance to own Cats
Cats Protection has launched a major new campaign to help more people living in rented housing own a pet cat.
One of the UK’s largest cat charities is offering free guidance to landlords and letting agents, to help ensure that tenancy agreements reflect modern day living.
Issues over finding cat-friendly housing have been one of the top five reasons recorded by Cats Protection for cats being handed into the charity’s adoption centres over the past 12 months. Cats Protection’s research shows that less than half (42%) of private rented housing allows cats.
Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations, said: “More and more people are renting their homes either by choice or necessity, yet very few rented properties accept cats. This means tenants are missing out on being able to own a cat, while landlords may be losing out on attracting responsible and settled tenants.”
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The charity has launched a new website full of guidance for landlords and tenants about allowing cats into their properties and addressing any concerns. The website, at www.cats.org.uk/purrfectlandlords includes free, downloadable legal wording for landlords and letting agents add to their own tenancy agreements, setting out simple conditions on cat ownership to protect and benefit both landlords and tenants.
Jacqui added: “We hear from renters who tell us most adverts state ‘no pets’.Often, the reason for not allowing cats is simply habit, with a third of landlords who don’t accept cats saying they didn’t proactively choose to ban cats, but instead followed a standard template or advice from a letting agent.
Purrfect Landlords - YouTube
“The aim of Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign is to transform renting so that responsible cat ownership benefits both landlords and tenants – happy landlords, happy tenants, happy cats.
“Becoming a cat-friendly landlord means advertising properties as ‘pets considered’ which ensures landlords stay in control and can make a decision once they’ve met their potential tenant.
“Our downloadable example cat clauses can then be simply added to existing tenancy agreements and they include tenancy conditions to require cats to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. This helps to ensure that cats are in the best of health and unlikely to cause any issues.
“We’re also offering advice to help tenants speak to their landlords to ask for permission to own a cat. Landlords are often willing to be flexible, especially as tenants with pets are likely to stay for longer.”
Private tenants who are able to own cats benefit immensely. Of those that own a cat, 94% report that their cat has a positive effect on their life such as making them happy, providing company and affection, or improving mental health.
Jacqui added: “The reality is that cats very rarely cause problems for landlords. In actual fact, many cat owners tell us that having a cat is what makes their house a home and helps them put down roots and value the home they’re living in.”
Dilys Barnes, of Gorleston, Norfolk, and her partner Steve are backing the campaign after they were forced to give up their own much-loved pet cat Buster.
The couple had to hand Buster over to Cats Protection in June 2018 when their landlord decided to sell their property, leaving them unable to find new rented housing which accepted cats.
Dilys said: “Every single advert we saw said ‘no pets’ and whenever we enquired, the answer was always no. We were devastated, and the whole thing was very traumatic. We loved him dearly, yet had to give him away, very much against our wishes.
“It seems so unfair, as he was our pet and no bother at all. We really miss him. I love cats, but I now find it very hard to stroke one when I see one in the street – it’s almost as if I’m too scared to get attached or enjoy their company as I know I cannot have my own pet cat.”
Broadcaster, writer and Cats Protection supporter Andrew Collins is backing the Purrfect Landlords campaign.
He said: “Cats are more than just much-loved pets, they’re part of the family and the heart of the home. For me, a home without a cat isn’t a home at all! They’ve got an important role to play in the lives of many people – from helping children understand about caring for others in providing a lifeline to pensioners who may otherwise feel isolated and lonely.
“It’s heartbreaking that so many renters are not able to own a cat but this needn’t be the case. Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign is a major step forward in modernising how cat ownership is viewed in a rental market many people now rely on. By helping landlords see the benefits of happy, settled tenants, we can help more tenants experience the joy of sharing their lives with a feline friend.”
We’ve just added a new book to our Book Corner! In today’s Book Mews we are looking at the book A TALE OF TWO KITTIES by Nick Harding
A TALE OF TWO KITTIES
2 cats, 1 man and a great big life-changing adventure
Published by Mirror Books
This is a love story…Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, girl loves cats
Nick Harding’s life changed forever when he became a reluctant cat-owner. Told in his inimitably humorous style, this big-hearted story follows the confirmed dog-loving, cat-hating, feline-allergy suffering writer as he becomes a passionate pussy aficionado… courtesy of two of the world’s most mischievous moggies, Alvin and Barry.
A Tale of Two Kitties charts Nick’s unlikely trajectory from cat hater to reluctant cat owner and finally to cat lover, via an investigation of the weirdly fascinating domestic cat world. Along the way, his life is turned upside down, thanks to the havoc caused by his two new companions.
In the book, Nick embarks on a journey of discovery on which he investigates the kitty zeitgeist and takes the reader on a global odyssey through cat history and the modern-day cult of the kitty, while posing profound questions about our relationships with our pets.
From Silicon Valley hipsters using cats to take over the internet to the world’s first cat clone and the wacky world of cat fancying, Nick explains how felines have risen to replace dogs as man’s best friend. It’s full of fascinating insights into cat behaviour, cat history and cat evolution. Nick lives and breathes cats, all in an effort to understand the true essence of his own badly-behaved moggies.
It’s a memoir, an escapade, an anthology and a social, natural and cultural history that takes the reader on a romp through our cat planet.
Available in bookshops and online such as via Amazon.
We hope you enjoyed the look at the book and don’t forget to check out our other books in the Book Corner!
Cats of Birmingham (or should we say PURRmingham?) launched in October 2018, and is dedicated to featuring some of the city’s most fabulous felines. The idea behind it was to bring all cat lovers of the city together to share their stories and experiences. The response so far has been phenomenal and Cats Of Birmingham has grown rapidly. In addition to this, they feature news, local events as well as creating awareness of good local causes and missing/lost pets in the city. The Instagram page has already reached over 2,000 followers and they have already gained celebrity followers on Twitter, including TV supervet Marc Abrahams.
Cats of Birmingham are planning their first fundraiser event soon, as well as a few other exciting projects in the New Year which aims to support local cat charities. They have been working very closely and supporting local cat rescue centres. It’s bought all the cat owners of the city together and the stories have created a real feel good factor within the Birmingham cat lovers community.
Photo: Goose The Brummie Cat, one of the many cats featured on Cats of Birmingham.
Cats of Birmingham founder Xenia Karayiannis, is a PR & Events manager who is a cat lover and passionate animal advocate. Xenia lives in Birmingham with her two cats Leo and Bella. Leo is somewhat of a local celebrity himself and is now officially an Ambassacat for Birmingham, officially appointed by Gladstone The Treasury Cat.
Of course, we would always advocate adopting a cat from a shelter over purchasing a kitten but for many people that isn’t always an option. May it be because you are looking for a well-matched cat for an existing cat or because you’ve fallen in love with a particular type of cat due to their specific temperament and said breed isn’t easy to come by in a shelter.
The important thing is if one does decide to purchase a kitten to look for a reputable breeder! Don’t believe what people tell you check with your countries cat registra to find recognised breeders registered with them.
The most common associations are TICA (Global) ,GCCF(UK), Fife (Global but this is the UK link), CFA (Global but this is the European site), and WCF (Global).
A recognised and ethical breeder will always ensure that kittens are properly socialised, up to date with their vaccination and that cats will go to good homes! For most of them, it’s a hobby for the love of a specific breed and each kitten is part of their family… so look out for those that make you feel like you are becoming part of their family by taking in one of their cats!
But on to the full list of tips from Cats Protection.
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Cats Protection’s top Tips for Getting a Kitten
Following the feature on BBC’s Watchdog programme back in November (7.11.18) which investigated a cat breeder who sold kittens that later died, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity is offering advice on the best way to acquire a kitten.
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Research before you buy – different breeds have different requirements and temperaments so ensure the cat you are interested in is suitable for your lifestyle and environment.
Don’t buy a kitten that is too young – kittens should stay with their mother until they are at least eight to nine weeks old before they are rehomed.
Check that the kitten appears alert, sociable and with no visible health problems.
Make sure you see where the kitten lives and check it is well cared for.
Ensure the kittens in the litter have been checked over by a vet and get the details.
Check whether the kitten has been wormed or vaccinated – there should be documentation of this.
Make sure you see the kitten with its mother and ask to see the mother if she’s not present. Check whether she is healthy and whether there any hereditary illnesses or diseases as it’s important to know the kitten’s history before you buy.
Check where the kittens have been kept – if litters of kittens are mixed there is a risk that diseases may have spread between litters.
Check if the kittens have been kept in a busy environment (such as a house) as this will allow them to be socialised and feel safer around people once they are adult pet cats.
To offer cats the same welfare protection as dogs, Cats Protection is urging the Government to consider regulating cat breeding so that potential buyers are able to go to a licensed cat breeder.
“Our branches across the UK still regularly tell us harrowing stories of kittens bred and sold that are very sick,” said Madison Rogers, Cats Protection’s Advocacy & Government Relations Officer. “It’s vital that the breeding, as well as the sale of kittens, is regulated to avoid such tragedies.”
Image Source: Cats Protection Bridgend
One such kitten is CJ who was only six weeks old when he came into Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre. He had been passed from owner to owner via Facebook and was very poorly when he was admitted but, after weeks of care, he was well enough to be rehomed.
In order to avoid such issues, the charity strongly recommends adopting from a reputable animal shelter.
“By choosing to adopt, rather than going to a breeder, you are caring for a kitten that already needs support instead of bringing another one into the world,” said Madison. “It’s also beneficial for you because you’ll have peace of mind that your cat or kitten has had appropriate medical treatment and received any necessary vaccinations, meaning it’s a healthy pet.”
Image Source: Cats Protection Bridgend
All cats and kittens adopted from Cats Protection are health-checked, wormed, vaccinated against cat flu and enteritis, neutered where appropriate and come with a free period of pet insurance.