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Christmas Giveaway! Learn to Speak Cat 2 by Anthony Smith – the Purrfect Stocking Filler for Cat People

the latest mews: learn to speak cat 2 by anthony smith

It’s Christmas Giveaway time, and one lucky Cool for Cats UK reader will win a copy of The Latest Mews: Learn to Speak Cat 2 by Anthony Smith!

the latest mews - learn to speak cat 2 by anthony smith

The Latest Mews is a humorous take on the world from a feline perspective, and would make a great Christmas gift for any cat lover.  Actually, I’d better make that any cat lover over the age of 12, as a couple of the cartoons contain very minor swearage.

the latest mews - learn to speak cat 2, anthony smith

Many of the cartoons are based around visual puns and witty one-liners, so if you’re a fan of comedians like Tim Vine and Milton Jones, you’ll definitely appreciate Anthony Smith’s cat cartoons.

the latest mews - learn to speak cat two by anthony smith

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment at the end of this post and also pop over to the Learn to Speak Cat Facebook page and give that a like.  ENTRIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY MUST BE IN BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY 18th DECEMBER so that I can post the book to the winner on the 19th, which should mean it to arrives in time for Christmas – providing the postal gods are with us, that is.

Giveaway rules: This giveaway is only open to entries from UK addresses.  Entries must be in before midnight on 18/12/2014.  To enter you must leave a comment at the end of this post and also ‘Like’ the Learn to Speak Cat Facebook page.  The winner will receive one copy of The Latest Mews – Learn to Speak Cat 2 by Anthony Smith, which will be posted by Royal Mail 1st Class on Friday 19th December 2014.

7 Unisex Xmas Stocking Fillers for Cat People

purrtrait cat coaster by simon hart

If you’re looking for a Yuletide treat for a fellow cat person, here’s a selection of seven small gifts or stocking fillers, which should be sufficiently unisex to appeal to that elusive creature, the Cat Man.  And, in keeping with the Christmas tradition of goodwill, three of the products I’ve featured are being sold in aid of charities, so if you buy one of these you’re really giving a double gift – one to the charity and one to the recipient of your pressie.  Which is very nice indeed.

First up these very debonair Purrtrait Cat Coasters by Simon Hart (above).  A series of nine coasters featuring close up portraits of various cat breeds.  £4.00 each.

Everyone loves a cat mug, and any recipient of a Cats Mug by Amy Fenton is bound to be tickled pink.  £9.95 each – all proceeds from the sales of this mug will go to ArtHouse Meath, a project which showcases the talents of adults living with severe epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties.

cats mug by amy fenton for arthouse meath

I have these Unexpected Item cotton totes for sale in the Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop, priced at £9.00 each.  All profits from sales will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, a cat rescue and neutering charity which also runs affordable veterinary clinics for pet owners on low incomes.

unexpected item bag by cool for cats uk

This Eco-friendly Mousemat featuring a very content – or possibly even smug – tabby is made from 22 recycled vending cups.  Priced at a very reasonable £4.25 – proceeds go to Animal Aid, a UK charity which fights animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle.

eco-friendly tabby cat mousemat from animal aid

The Kitty Coin Bank provides a much cuter alternative to jam jars or the back of the sofa when it comes to finding somewhere to stash your small change – place a coin on the lid and a little kitty pops out, snatches your cash and then meows a thank you before disappearing back into the box.  Priced at £14.99 (requires 2 AA batteries).

kitty coin bank from firebox

A bottle opener will always come in handy, especially during the Festive Season, and these Cat Paw Bottle Openers are a snip at just £2.29 (inc free UK delivery).  Admittedly the pink one doesn’t exactly fulfill this post’s unisex brief, but the rest of them are OK.cat paw bottle openers

And finally, Eleanor and Vincent Salt and Peppers Shakers, priced at £16.50 – part of the lovely Moggie range by Quail.  A bit on the random side as a choice of stocking filler maybe, but nevertheless unisex, useful, and visually appealing to cat lovers!

cat salt and pepper shakers from quail ceramics

Cat Charity Christmas Cards 2014

cats protection - cat charity christmas card

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.

cats protection - cat charity christmas card

PDSA  Priced from £3.99 for pack of ten.

pdsa - cat charity christmas card

Yorkshire Cat Rescue  Priced at £5.25 per pack of ten.

yorkshire cat rescue - cat charity christmas card

Catchat  Priced at £3.95 for pack of ten.

cat-chat - cat charity christmas card

Blue Cross Priced from £3.99 for pack of ten.

blue cross - cat charity christmas card

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Priced from £3.60 for pack of ten.

battersea cats and dogs home - cat charity christmas card

 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.)

naitonal animal welfare trust - cat charity christmas card

Wood Green Animal Charity Priced from £3.00 for pack of ten.

wood green - cat charity christmas card

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.

cinnamon trust - cat charity christmas card

Hounslow Animal Welfare Society £5.00 for pack of ten.

hounslow animal welfare society - cat charity christmas card

And finally, some kitten-tastic wrapping paper from the Mayhew Animal Home.  6 sheets plus matching tags for £4.00.

mayhew animal home- cat charity christmas wrapping paper

The Fat Kitty Tea Towel – Drying Up Will Never be Dull Again!

fat kitty tea towel by the nosuch disco

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.

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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.

Black Cat Jewellery in Celebration of National Black Cat Day!

black-cat-bangle

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.

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Black Cat Pendant, £7.37 from Shimmer Creek.

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Black Cat Ticket Brooch, £7.00 from Lauras Jewellery

black-cat-ticket-brooch

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

grumpy tabby tote bag - unexpected item in bagging area

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!

alfie - rescued by the celia hammond animal trust

ethel - rescued by the celia hammond animal trust

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!

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