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Cat & Hearts Tote Bags – Purrfect Gifts for Mothers Day!

cat and hearts tote bag from cool for cats uk

Looking for a gift for your cat-loving mum?  Or maybe you fancy treating yourself to a splash of cat-themed colour that will liven up these dog days of winter?  Well, look no further….

These colourful, hand screen printed totes feature Maud, a little cat who is demonstrating the classic I’m-keeping-an-eye-on-you pose, familiar to all us cat lovers.  Maud is curled up on a graphic hearts print, which is available in four cheery colours: deep rose, forget-me-not blue, violet and a zingy, spring green.

Measurements: bag 43cm x 38cm; handles 64cm (over-the-shoulder length).

Available from the Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop for £9.00 (UK delivery £1.00; rest of the world £3.50).

All profits from the sale of these bags will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, a small, UK charity based in London and the South East who rescue and re-home thousands of cats each year, and also offer affordable neutering and veterinary care to pet owners on low incomes.

PS,  If you’re reading this post before 08/03/15, you can head over to the Cool for Cats UK Facebook page and enter the giveaway to win a pink Cats & Hearts tote – entries must be in before midnight on Saturday 7th March.

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

The Cool For Cats UK Etsy Shop is Now Open!

hip squares - cool for cats uk eco-friendly cat toys

Ladies and gentlemen: I now declare the Cool For Cats UK Etsy Shop officially open!  Step inside to find an array of eco-friendly cat toys, filled with a potent blend of catnip, valerian and silver vine, and a selection of cat rescue-themed screen printed cotton tote bags.

All profits from the shop are donated to my favourite charity The Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT).  CHAT rescue and rehome cats in London and the South East and also run clinics in Lewisham (SE London) and Canning Town (E London) which provide affordable neutering and veterinary services to people on a low income.

The Hip Square cat toys are made from recycled and upcycled clothing (all of which has been purchased in charity shops, and most of which comes from a Cats Protection shop).

coolforcatsuk hip squares - eco-friendly cat toys

Hip Squares are filled with a rocket-fuelled mix of premium-grade Canadian catnip, valerian root and silver vine.  I’ve included valerian in the mix as I’ve found that toys filled with this herb remain interesting to cats for a longer time than those filled with catnip alone, and there’s some silver vine (a relative of the Kiwi fruit) in there too as cats that are unaffected by catnip often respond enthusiastically to silver vine.

Hip Squares have been extensively tested by the HQ Cats and others, and have received a universal paws-up – the blend of herbs goes down a treat, and the toys are the purrfect size for a bit of a wrestle, or for hooking into the air with a claw to chase around the room!

Hip Squares measure approx 7cm x 7cm and are available for £3.20 each or £9.00 for a pack of three.

And if you fancy treating yourself, check out the Save Lives cat rescue-themed cotton tote bags.

save lives cat rescue tote petrol blue

save lives cat rescue tote orange                           save lives cat rescue tote turquoise

These screen printed bags highlight the ways in which people can help out their local cat rescue organisation, and are available in petrol blue (top), orange and turquoise for £6.50.  The bags measure 43cm x 35cm.