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Giveaway – Win a £20 Ella Goodwin Voucher!

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Ella Goodwin, one of my favourite illustrators/designer-makers, has kindly offered Cool for Cats UK readers the chance to win a £20.00 voucher to spend in her UK Etsy shop, Shop Miss Ella.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post, and also pop over to the Ella Goodwin Illustration Facebook page and give it a ‘Like’.  (Please state in your comment if your Facebook user name is different from the name you use for your email account.)

In addition to the cushion covers pictured above, Ella’s shop offers a huge range of cat-inspired prints, cards, jewellery, bags and much, much more.

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To find out more about Ella and her work, check out her Portfolio and Blog.

If you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Wymondham, Norfolk between 15th – 27th April, you’ll be able to view some of Ella’s beautiful, whimsical illustrations in person, as she’s one of the artists whose work will be on show at ‘An Exhibition Designed to Make You Smile’ curated by Amelia Bowman.

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Ella’s illustrations concentrate on quirky narratives and characters.  Her passion is for visual storytelling and her illustration is often highly detailed using a combination of traditional and digital mediums.  Check out the Ella Goodwin Illustration Facebook page for updates about the exhibition.

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Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it along to the exhibition, as it’s just too far away from Sarf London; but if any of you are in the area and decide to pop along I’d love to hear about your visit, or maybe see some pics (providing you’re allowed to take photos).

And now for some boring giveaway rules: To enter this giveaway leave a comment at the end of this post and also ‘like’ the Ella Goodwin Illustration Facebook page.  If your Facebook user name differs from the name you use for your email account, please include your Facebook name in your comment. Comments must be in before midnight on 30th April 2014 to be included in the draw.  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/05/2014 and notified by email. The winner will receive one £20.00 voucher valid in the Shop Miss Ella UK Etsy shop.  If the prize is not claimed within 14 days of notification by email an alternative winner will be selected.  Only one entry per person please.  This giveaway is open to addresses within the UK only.

April Giveaway – The Meow Scarf by Blue Raspberry!

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This month three lucky Cool for Cats UK readers will win one of these lovely Meow Scarves, kindly supplied by Blue Raspberry.  The 100% cotton scarves are generously-sized (180cm x 70cm), and feature an abstract cat design in fresh greens and cool blues on a neutral stone-coloured background.

Blue Raspberry kindly sent me a Meow Scarf to try out, and I love it.  It’s made from beautifully soft, lightweight cotton, and the modern print is unmistakably cat but not at all mad-cat-lady – the purrfect spring/summer accessory for cat lovers!

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Blue Raspberry are a new label who launched in London earlier this year.  Their full range of ‘young, sassy and slightly irreverent’ scarves can be viewed here.

For a chance to win one of these cat-astic Meow scarves you need to do two easy-peasy things:

No. 1 easy-peasy thing - leave a comment at the end of this post.

No. 2 easy-peasy thing - head over to the Blue Raspberry Facebook Page and give it a ‘like’.

Now for some dull-but-necessary giveaway rules:

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post, and ‘like’ the Blue Raspberry Facebook Page.  Entries must be in before midnight on 3oth April 2014.  Only one entry per person, please!  The three winners will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/05/14 and notified by email. Each winner will receive one Blue Raspberry Meow Scarf.  Prize must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

Winner of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!

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Congratulations Lynn B, you’ve won a copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!  I’m looking forward to watching your first viral cat video.

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to win a copy of the book, but would still like your cats to enjoy their fifteen minutes in the limelight: How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity is available from Amazon for £7.78.

Winner of The Scoop by K-Kat!

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Congratulations, Rebecca C, you’ve won The Scoop!  I’m sure from now on litter tray duty will be a pleasure rather than a chore.  (That may be a slight exaggeration, but scooping will certainly take up less of your time!)

If you weren’t lucky enough to win, but would still like to get your hands on the Rolls Royce of litter scoops, The Scoop is available from The Pet Business for £14.99.

Giveaway – Win the Litter Scoop that Changed My Life!

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The Scoop may not seem like a particularly exciting giveaway prize, but what it lacks in the thrills department is more than made up for with its impressively practical design.  The Scoop is by the US company, K-Kat, but is available here in the UK from The Pet Business – an online retailer who specialise in high-quality, innovative pet products which represent good value for money.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment at the end of this post.

Boring but necessary giveaway rules:   Entries must be in before midnight on 31st March 2014.  Only one entry per person, please!  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/04/14 and notified by email.  The winner will receive one K-Kat The Scoop cat litter scoop.  Prize must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

The Scoop was designed by Ted Glover, who, along with his wife Marie, runs Tabby Town USA – a no-kill rescue shelter in the States.  Ted designed The Scoop for use in multi-cat households and rescue centres – where multiple litter trays need scooping as quickly as possible.  When used in conjunction with clumping cat litter, The Scoop aims to significantly reduce the time and effort it takes to remove clumps and other feline downloads from a litter tray.

Here’s a short video to give you an idea of how The Scoop differs from other scoops on the market.  (If you’re reading this by email or other subscription service you may have to click on the post title to view the video.)

But does The Scoop fulfill its brief?  In a word, yes.  I can say this with confidence as The Pet Business kindly sent me a Scoop to try out.  I’ve been using it for around a month now and it’s noticeably reduced the amount of time I spend scooping trays – it really has changed my life!  It may seem strange for me to be so excited by a litter scoop, so please allow me to contextualise my enthusiasm: I live in a one-bed flat along with five cats and five litter trays, and in order to keep the cats happy (and to provide a smell-free environment for myself!) I scoop each tray three or four times daily – which adds up to a not-insignificant amount of time spent sifting for clumps.

It took me a couple of days to get used to The Scoop, but once I’d adapted my scooping technique to take advantage of the large, deep collection basket I was whizzing through the 5-tray-scoop in no time!  I use  Ökoplus, a wood-based litter, but I imagine The Scoop would be fantastic for clay-based litters too – particularly for scraping off those annoying clumps which set like cement to the bottom of the tray.

If you have arthritic hands The Scoop may not be great for you as the metal handle can feel pretty cold to the touch and may prove painful to hold, but otherwise it would be a very useful addition to anyone’s litter tray kit – even if you’re just cleaning up after the one cat it would cut down on your face-in-tray time; which can never be a bad thing!

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Giveaway & Book Review – How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!

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Millions of people the world over enjoy watching videos of ‘celebrity’ cats, which in turn generates a fair amount of cash for any lowly human lucky enough to have filmed a cat video that subsequently goes viral.  But is capturing a mega-successful cat clip dependent entirely upon the whims of fate, or could you somehow guide the wheel of fortune and transform your very own loveable moggy into an Internet Sensation?  Here’s the good news: according to Patricia Carlin – author of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity – it’s well within the realms of possibility for any humble cat servant to end up with a viral cat video on their hands!

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity is due for publication in the UK on 1st April 2014, and is available for pre-order from Amazon at the moment for £8.77.  However, I was sent a copy for review, a copy which is now up for grabs as a giveaway prize – read on to find out how to enter…

I must admit that when I was initially offered this book to review I was concerned it may be exploitative, but it’s not at all.  In fact it’s a very, very funny take on the internet cat phenomenon, which also pokes a stick in the eye of the ‘Get Rich Quick’ self-help book genre, and even manages to get the spay/neuter message across while doing so – which impressed me no end!  It’s also packed full of high-quality cat photos, courtesy of Dustin Fenstermacher – whose work has appeared in the New York Times and other estimable publications.

The book features tips on assessing your cat’s financial potential by identifying his/her ‘type’: if you share your home with a Sweet Baby Kitten or a Clown, your videos will pretty much sell themselves, and your bank balance will react accordingly; but don’t despair if you live with a Badass or a Moron – these problems are not insurmountable, and can even work to your advantage.

- Beryl, would you like to become an internet celebrity & help me on my way to financial freedom? - Go boil your head.

- Go boil your head. (Beryl’s response to my suggestion that she perform her Repeatedly Saying the Word Hello While Holding a Toy Rat in My Mouth routine to camera so that I finally capture a viral cat video & become rich beyond my wildest dreams.

Of course, any potential feline star will also need a decent stage name – this thorny issue is easily solved by using the handy conversion table provided.  For example: a good name for a white cat seeking international stardom would be ‘Snowball’, but convert this to ‘Ghostface Killah’, and the world’s your oyster.

Unfortunately, once your cat hits the big time, you are likely to find yourself dealing with some of the many pitfalls of fame.  Luckily, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity also contains plenty of advice about how best to handle the downsides of stardom, such as hassle from the paparazzi and the perils of catnip addiction.

In amongst all the amusing nonsense you’ll also find some genuinely useful information on how to shoot and edit successful videos, which could be applied to any subject matter – handy if your cat steadfastly refuses to play ball and help you on your way to financial freedom!

I already have plenty of feline divas sharing my living space, so I’m loath to add global stardom into an already volatile mix.  Hence I’m offering my review copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity as a giveaway prize.  (I promise you it’s still in good nick – no muddy paw prints or biscuit crumbs besmirch its pristine pages.)  To enter, simply leave a comment below – entries from the UK only, please!

Boring but necessary giveaway rules: To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post.  Entries must be in before midnight on 31st March 2014.  Only one entry per person, please!  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/04/14 and notified by email.  The winner will receive one copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celelbrity by Patricia Carlin.  Prize must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

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