Category Archives: For Cats

Giveaway! The Cat Caravan – Stylish Cardboard Playhouse by Make Them Roar

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A very happy New Year to you and your cats, and what better way to start 2015 than with a giveaway.  But this is no ordinary giveaway, so you’ll have to pay close attention…

Right then: the lovely Bettina, who writes Make Them Roar (the style guide for the fashionable cat – well worth subscribing to, if you don’t already), has teamed up with fellow cat woman, Merle, to create the Cat Caravan – a stunning piece of cardboard cat furniture, guaranteed to look the business in any home.

This stylish, cardboard playhouse has been designed with durability in mind, and the combination of sturdy double-walled cardboard and clever construction ensures the Cat Caravan can withstand a real battering, even from multiple cats.  Check out this video of Tiger and Lilly putting a Caravan through its paces:

The Cat Caravan allows for playing/lounging on two levels, and features several peepholes, which facilitate interactive play and also provide cats with ample opportunity to spy on their humans (spying on humans has resided in the top three of the the annual feline Popular Pastimes list since its origination in Ancient Egypt in 2000 BC).  And, as if all that wasn’t enough, the Caravan comes with two cute cardboard toys for additional fun.

The Caravan also has excellent eco-credentials – it’s fully recyclable, is made in Britain from 100% recycled cardboard, printed with water-based inks, and comes as a flat pack, which simply folds together without the need for glue.

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General Teddington & Mr Spats – Bettina’s two Battersea rescue boys.

Now, here’s why this is a giveaway with a difference: the Cat Caravan hasn’t gone into production yet – Bettina and Merle are currently running a Cat Caravan Kickstarter campaign to gain funding for the first batch of Caravans to roll off the production line.  If you’re unsure what a Kickstarter campaign involves, please click on the link above for further info, otherwise this giveaway prize may not make any sense.

OK, so now we’re all clear about what a Kickstarter campaign actually is, I can reveal the giveaway prize….. The lucky winner of the Cat Caravan giveaway will receive a £25 Kickstarter pledge in their name.  This means that if the campaign is successful, the winner will get their hot little paws on a Cat Caravan, once they go into production at some point during February; but if the campaign is unsuccessful (which would be a real shame), the pledge will be converted to a £25 voucher to spend on some cool cat goodies in the Make Them Roar store – so the winner will receive a prize worth £25 whatever the outcome of the campaign.

The Cat Caravan giveaway is open to entries from anywhere in the whole world!  In order to enter the giveway, all you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post.  Entries must be in before midnight 1st February 2015.

It would also be great if you could share either this post or the Cat Caravan Kickstarter page on social media, and ask your cat-minded friends and family to do the same, as the more cat people get to hear of the campaign, the more chance it has of success.  The campaign ends at midnight 1st February 2015.  (Sharing the campaign isn’t an entry requirement for the giveaway, it would just be very nice of you!)

And now for the giveaway rules – a dull read, but necessary for legal reasons.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment at the end of this post.  Entries must be in before midnight 1st February 2015.  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 1st February 2015 and notified by email.  If the prize is not claimed within two weeks of notification a new winner will be selected.  The winner will receive one £25 pledge for the Cat Caravan Kickstarter campaign.  If the campaign is successful, the winner will receive one Cat Caravan, once they go into production during February 2015.  If the campaign is unsuccessful, the winner will receive one £25 voucher during February 2015.  The prize is not transferable and is dependent on the outcome of the Cat Caravan Kickstarter campaign.

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Winner of the 3 Fat Cats Cardboard Scratch Furniture Giveaway!

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Congratulations, Jodie H – you’ve won your pick from 3 Fat Cats‘ fantastic range of cardboard cat scratchers, and now your cat will love you forever!

If you weren’t lucky enough to win but would still like the opportunity to get your hands on a unique cardboard scratcher and earn a place in your cat’s heart for all eternity, check out the 3 Fat Cats online shop.

Giveaway! Win Your Pick from the Exciting New Range of Cardboard Scratch Furniture from 3 Fat Cats!

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This month one lucky Cool for Cats UK reader will score some serious brownie points with their cat by winning one of the exciting new pieces of cardboard scratch furniture from 3 Fat Cats.  The winner can choose any piece from the 3 Fat Cats Alternative Scratch Furniture and Activity Scratcher ranges.

For details of how to enter the giveaway see further down the page.  Entries must be in before midnight on 30/11/2014.

Here’s a peek at the scratchers you can choose from.  (Warning: it could be a tough choice – you may have to ask your cat for advice.)

Above: 3 Fat Cats Stool/Play Den

3 Fat Cats Recliner

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3 Fat Cats Chaise Lounge

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3 Fat Cats Lounger

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3 Fat Cats Rocking Chair

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3 Fat Cats Activity Scratcher

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Ooh… Which one would you choose?  But, more importantly at this stage, how do you enter?  Well, in order to be entered in the 3 Fat Cats Giveaway you need to do two things:

Thing No. 1:    Leave a comment at the end of this post which must include the names of all four cats who reside at the 3 Fat Cats HQ.  (Hint: this is not classified information – the answer can easily be found on the 3 Fat Cats site.)

Thing No. 2:    Pop over to the 3 Fat Cats Facebook page and give it a like.

And now for the giveaway rules, which are not very interesting, but are very necessary to keep things running smoothly so please give them a quick read.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post, which includes the names of all four of the 3 Fat Cats resident cats. You also need to like the 3 Fat Cats Facebook page.  Entries must be in before midnight on 30th November 2014.  Only one entry per person, please!  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/12/14 and notified by email.  The winner will be able to choose one piece of scratch furniture from the 3 Fat Cats range.  Prize must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

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Grumpy Tabby Cat Tote Bag to Raise Funds for Cats in Need!

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Barney, the grumpy tabby, fell asleep inside a nice, cosy bag and then woke to find himself at a supermarket checkout.  No wonder he looks a bit peeved.

The Tabby Cat Tote Bag – screen printed by my own fair hands – is available for £8.00 from the newly re-opened Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop.

Measurements: bag – 43cm x 35cm; handles – 64cm

All profits from the shop will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT), a UK charity who carry out invaluable cat rescue and re-homing work in London and the South East and also run two clinics in London which offer affordable neutering and veterinary care to animal owners on low incomes.

CHAT is a charity very close to my heart.  All my cats are CHAT rescues, and in fact three would not be alive today if they hadn’t come into CHAT’s care…

Severely injured Martha had been ‘rescued’ by another charity who were intending to euthanase her – they regarded her as feral and therefore difficult to re-home, and so not worth saving.  Thankfully she was passed over to CHAT, who amputated her injured leg and fought to save her life.  It was touch and go for a few days, but she’s a tough little soldier and pulled through.  I originally took her on as a foster cat before deciding to adopt her, and it was immediately apparent that she wasn’t feral – just very nervous of people, probably due to previous mistreatment.  She’s now a very affectionate lap cat who loves the great outdoors, and is a champion tree-climber – despite the missing leg!

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Alflie and his sister Ethel were members of a feral colony living in underground garages on a South London housing estate.  The cats were under constant threat from dogs and human residents of the estate – several dead cats were found at the scene – and so CHAT trapped and rescued the whole colony.  Alfie and Ethel came to me as feral foster kittens, but I decided to keep them when they were returned after a failed adoption.  It took them a while to get the hang of the whole being-friends-with-humans thing, but these days they’re both very affectionate, and could almost be described as civilised!

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So, everything you purchase from the Cool for Cats UK shop will help fund a charity who are really committed to cat rescue and animal welfare.  I’ll be adding new products to the shop over the next few weeks – watch this space!

Wag-A-Tude Pet Tags – Will Appeal to Your Cat’s Sense of Individuality!

cats-canines-wagitude-collar-tags1As anyone who has even so much as glanced at a ‘women’s’ magazine will know, it is essential to have a capsule wardrobe of design classics.  But a capsule wardrobe of design classics alone is not enough to mark you out as a Perfect Woman: society will judge you by your choice of accessories.  (I prefer to ignore any How to Be a Perfect Woman rules I may encounter, and favour the cover-yourself-in-glue-and-roll-through-a-charity-shop approach to putting an outfit together, and then I accessorise with cat hair; but that’s another story.)

Thankfully cats aren’t dictated to by stupid magazines; they take pride in their individuality and can wear whatever they like.  But they are partial to a nice safety collar accessory.  So they may well approve of the Wag-A-Tude range of i.d. tags from Cat and Canines, which features a variety of designs to cater for a broad spectrum of feline tastes.

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Wag-A-Tude pet tags are manufactured from a recycled steel inner and then coated with polymer, which infuses the images permanently to the tag ensuring a durable, high-quality finish.  Tags can be printed with up to five lines of text with as many as 20 characters per line.

Measures 22mm.

Wag-A-Tude pet tags are available from Cats and Canines for £8.99 (split ring included).

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.