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