Category Archives: For Cats

The Cat Cube – Stylish, Geometric Cardboard Cat Den

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The Cat Cube, by Belgian graphic designer Delphine Courier, is a stylish twist on every cats’ favourite thing ever, the cardboard box.

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Made from 100% recycled cardboard and printed in three different designs with eco-friendly inks, the Cat Cube is an environmentally-aware cat den which will blend seamlessly into contemporary interiors.  It’s also the perfect place to hide out while you ponder the important things in life, like whether or not to tell your owner that she’s forgotten to put her trousers on.

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The Cat Cube measures 55cm x 55cm x 52cm, and is available from Belgian cat boutique extraordinaire Purrfect Design for €39.50 (around £31.00 at current exchange rates).

Very nice indeed.  But it’s not a cube though, is it.  It’s a something-decahedron.

Snuggly Modern Cat Beds by Bingley & Marge

 

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These lovely, modern doughnut beds by Bingley & Marge look like a cat’s idea of snuggle heaven.  I’d be tempted to buy one for myself, but sadly I’d never be able to squeeze into it – my contortionist skills just aren’t up to the job.

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Bingley & Marge beds are handmade from contemporary fabrics, and are equipped with lovely, squishy fleece-covered cushions, for maximum cat-appeal.  The beds are available in a range of ten different fabrics, with a couple of different fleece options.  Each bed has a concealed zip in the base so that the cushion insert can be easily removed prior to machine washing the bed at 30°C.

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Sizes: XS – 50cm x 45cm; S – 60cm x 55cm; L – 80cm x 75cm.  Priced at £38.50 – £89.99.  Bingley & Marge also offer a Bespoke Service, should you want to choose your own fabric, or if you require a different sized bed.

While you’re at it, check out the Bingley & Marge About page and the story of Bingley the dog – I defy you to read this through to the end without welling-up!

Luxury Leather Safety Collars by Cheshire & Wain – for the Pampered Puss!

cheshire-and-wain-colour-pop-collectionCheshire & Wain are purveyors of luxury leather safety collars for the UK’s pampered pusscats.  The company is the brain child of Londoner, Sonja Farell, who was inspired to create her range of high-end collars by her own pampered puss, the beautiful Mr Percy Wells (Percy to his friends).

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At first glance, the collars appear to be of the standard (and dangerous!) buckle fastened variety, but a closer inspection reveals a discreetly placed safety catch (as demonstrated by Mr Percy Wells above and below).  Nifty, no?

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Cheshire & Wain Colour Pop Collars (see top photo) are available in a swathe of contemporary hues.  Each collar is made from vegetable tanned Italian leather, and incorporates a brass buckle and bell, in addition to the discreet safety catch.  Priced from £35.00.

Please note: these collars are not suitable for kittens or cats weighing less than 2.5kg, as the safety release buckle will only open under pressure from weights of 2.5kg or more.

Cheshire & Wain also produce these two brass animal skull collar charms, which I absolutely love – they’d make great key rings or pendants too!

Bat Skull Charm and Raven Skull Charm, available for £19.00 each.

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Little Arena Pet Pod – Stylish, Affordable Cat Den/Bed Combo

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The Little Arena Pet Pod by Taiwanese pet design company, Ibiyaya, is a cat den/bed combo available in three contemporary colours.  During the winter months your cat will love to watch the world go by from the cosy interior of the Pet Pod den.  But come summer, when even the most determined heat-seeking moggy may appreciate some extra ventilation, the Pet Pod can be easily converted into an open cat bed by unzipping the top.

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The cat-savvy designers of the Pet Pod have provided a nice, wide entrance, which gives panoramic views of the surrounding area – important for nervous cats who like to be able to see what’s going on around them, and for multi-cat households where ambushing can be a problem.  The Pet Pod also has three holes at the rear, which provide both extra ventilation and ample opportunities to survey human servants for signs of weakness that can be exploited to further the ongoing feline quest for World Domination.

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The Little Arena Pet Pod is made from waterproof EVA foam, with a wipe-clean cover, and comes with a comfy fleece cushion.  Measurements: W52cm x H30cm (there’s no depth measurement provided).

The Little Arena Pet Pod is available in the UK from Pet Planet, and is currently on offer for £29.99 (RRP £39.99).

Eek!  An imposter!

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Rescue Kittens Review Tigga Teaser Toys from The Pet Business!

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The Pet Business very kindly sent me some Tigga Teasers Lion Lures to donate to my local Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT) rescue centre.  (And also one for the HQ Cats to check out.)

Tigga Teasers Lion Lures are very safe and durable fishing rod toys.  Safe because the fake fur lure is attached to the rod with a length of wire rather than *cord; and durable because the rods are made from acrylic, which is slightly flexible but strong enough to withstand anything even the largest cat can throw at it.  They are also handmade in the USA to a high standard, and used by none other than Mr Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell fame – a pretty impressive recommendation, I’m sure you’ll agree!

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As soon as I set eyes on the Tigga Teasers Lion Lures I thought of Kay, who is the volunteer photographer at CHAT Lewisham and also runs the associated Catwalk Photo website and Facebook page.  Kay is an expert at operating her camera one-handed while cat-and-kitten-wrangling with the other.  But (as anyone who’s ever tried to photograph a feline friend will know) getting them to look in the right direction is often extremely blimmin’ difficult!

So me and a selection of Lion Lures gate crashed one of Kay’s rescue kitten shoots, to see if we could persuade said kitties to maybe please look in the direction of the camera while they were being snapped…  And it worked a treat!  The mouse-like fake fur lure and bell piqued the curiosity of even the shyest kittens, and I was easily able to keep the ‘mouse’ out of shot because it’s attached to wire and not dangling uncontrollably from a length of cord.

Kay took a couple of pics with the Lion Lure in shot for the purposes of this review.  Kittens Ashley and Pringle (top & below) were proving a bit camera shy, but once I whipped out a Lion Lure they soon changed their minds.  I love this action shot where little Ashley appears to have a giant paw!

Ashley and Pringle are looking for a forever home together.  If you live in South East London, and are interested in adopting them, you can visit the CHAT Lewisham branch any Saturday between 1pm & 5pm (no appt. necessary),  or call 020 8694 6545 or email  lewisham@celiahammond.org

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The Lion Lures are now part of Kay’s rescue cat photography kit, and will make the job of capturing rescue cats on camera that much easier.  Quality adoption portraits are very important for rescue centre websites – appealing photos really help generate offers of forever homes for cats and kittens in need.  Thanks to The Pet Business for such a useful donation!

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But what did the HQ Cats make of their Tigga Teaser Lion Lure?  Immediately I opened the box, Alfie dived in and ran off with an orange Lion Lure, which he has now claimed as his and his alone (he carries the lure round in his mouth with the rod dragging behind him!), although he does sometimes let me play too.  I like the fact that the lure is attached to a long rod with a length of wire, rather than cord, as this allows for greater control; and with a little practice I was soon able to muster up a convincing impression of a mouse unwittingly going about his daily business in the presence of a Mighty Hunter.  Alfie loves it when I manoeuvre the lure behind a chair leg, or under a door, and let it twitch ever-so slightly while he goes into stalking mode.  Then, just as he thinks he has his prey cornered, a flick of the wrist sends the pesky ‘mouse’ whizzing off again, with Alfie in hot pursuit.  Sometimes, the mouse even takes to the air, which is, like, amazing!

Tigga Teasers Lion Lures are available from The Pet Business for £8.95.

Measurements: rod – 60cm; wire – 25cm; lure – 2.5cm x 5cm

*Traditional cord-type fishing rods are great for interactive play between you and your cat, but should never be used for unsupervised play, as, when playing solo, cats – particularly kittens – can become entangled in the cord, with potentially fatal consequences.

The MIA Cat House – the Stylish Alternative to the Cardboard Box

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The multifunctional MIA, by Polish designers, myKotty, is a stylish variation on every cat’s favourite, the traditional cardboard box.  It doubles up as a den and a perch, and, when combined with the MIA Cardboard Mat (which fits neatly inside), becomes a scratcher too.

mia-cardboard-scratch-matThe MIA is fully reversible, and can be easily slotted together with either the white or natural side facing out – both would look great in any modern interior.

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The MIA scores top feline design marks for its two entrance/exit holes –  an alternative escape route is an important feature in multi-cat households, where the dastardly practice of ambushing can be an issue.

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The MIA is available in the UK from Specially 4 Cats for £18.95.  Measurements: H48cm x D58cm x W57cm.  Specially 4 Cats also stock the MIA Cardboard Scratch Mat, available for £3.95.

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