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).
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.
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.