Yes, it’s that time of year again; the time of year when you can utter the C word out loud in public without causing offence. So, in keeping with the seasonal themes of peace and goodwill to all men and cats, why not take the opportunity to send some much-needed cash in the direction of your favourite animal charity by availing yourself of some lovely cat Christmas cards?
Here’s a selection of some of the cards available from various cat and other animal charities – if you don’t like the cards I’ve showcased, bear in mind that the charities featured offer a selection of cards for a range of tastes.
So…. To start with, here are my two favourites (top and below) from the impressively large range of Cats Protection Christmas Cards. Priced from £2.45 for ten.
PDSA Priced from £3.99 for pack of ten.
Yorkshire Cat Rescue Priced at £5.25 per pack of ten.
Catchat Priced at £3.95 for pack of ten.
Blue Cross Priced from £3.99 for pack of ten.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Priced from £3.60 for pack of ten.
National Animal Welfare Trust Price from £3.50 per pack of ten. (This card features the Evil Twins of Christmas who are plotting to assassinate Rudolf.)
Wood Green Animal Charity Priced from £3.00 for pack of ten.
For those with a foot in both camps – sold by the Cat Gallery in aid of the Cinnamon Trust and priced at £4.00 for pack of ten.
Hounslow Animal Welfare Society £5.00 for pack of ten.
And finally, some kitten-tastic wrapping paper from the Mayhew Animal Home. 6 sheets plus matching tags for £4.00.
This striking tea towel is the latest edition to the Fat Kitty range from The Nosuch Disco. The 100% cotton, screen printed tea towel features Fat Kitty demanding ‘Less dishes, more fishes.’ And who can blame him?
Regular readers will know that Fat Kitty is based on real life obese puss, Oscar – friend and neighbour of Dave Burgess, the designer behind The Nosuch Disco brand. I should add that Dave is not responsible for Oscar’s diet, Oscar just likes to hang out round Dave’s place and watch telly and stuff.
The Fat Kitty Tea Towel is available from The Nosuch Disco UK Etsy shop for £7.00.
For regular updates on Oscar, the real Fat Kitty, check out The Nosuch Disco Facebook page.
Today is National Black Cat Day, as declared by Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity. The purpose of National Black Cat Day is to raise awareness of the plight of black (and black-and-white) cats, who generally wait much longer for adoption in the UK’s rescue centres, as they are often overlooked in favour of their more colourful cousins.
So in honour of National Black Cats Day, here’s some lovely black cat jewellery from a selection of UK Etsy sellers.
(Top) Black Cat Aluminium Bangle – hypoallergenic, so suitable for sensitive skin, £19.50 from De Cumi Designs
Midnight Light Cat Earrings – resin cats with sterling silver wires, £37.95 from Jolyon Yates.
Black Cat Pendant, £7.37 from Shimmer Creek.
Black Cat Ticket Brooch, £7.00 from Lauras Jewellery
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!
Catnap is a new collection of vibrant, cat inspired jewellery by British fashion brand, Little Moose. The collection includes pendants, brooches, earrings and statement piece necklaces; the statement being ‘Massive Feline Fan’, naturally.
Above: Neon Pink Cat Collar Necklace, £44.95.
Sausage Cats Necklaces, £24.95. I love these!
Dangly Brooches, £19.95, and Dangly Earrings, £24.95.
Neon and Black Cat Pendants (with cute little fish charms), £19.95.
Black Cat Ring, £13.50, and Black Cat Stud Earrings, £8.50.
The Catnap range is handmade from lazer cut and etched acrylic. Available from Little Moose.
Meet my new favourite cat-themed soft furnishing item. The Careless Whisper cat cushion, by David Olenick, distills the essence of feline being into just five words. Impressive, no?
Measures 43cm x 43cm. Available from Ohh Deer for £34.95.