Herbal Remedy Toys for Feline Emotional Issues

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We’re all familiar with catnip and the effect it has on some of our feline friends, but the idea of using herbs to help cats with emotional issues is perhaps not so familiar to most of us.

The Alley Katz range of herbal toys, containing mood-improving herbal remedies for cats, is by natural therapist, George McBurney.  George has studied zoopharmacognosy* and essential oil therapy for animals, and now works together with sewist, Tracy Sherman, to produce these cute therapeutic felt fish.

* (Me neither – it’s the study of behaviour in which non-human animals apparently self-medicate by selecting and ingesting or topically applying plants, soil, insects and psychoactive drugs to treat or prevent disease.  So now you know what it means, but I bet you still can’t pronounce it!)

The fish are available for £6.50 each, and measure 12cm x 6cm.

So what exactly are these herbal toys supposed to do for your cat?

Top:

1. Black – Catnip; no explanation needed here.

2. Blue – Yarrow; for cats who are over-sensitive.

3. Yellow – Chamomile; for cats who are anxious or suffer from tension.

4. Red – Rose; for cats who have suffered past trauma, need nurturing or need to release anger and resentment.

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1. Pink – Jasmine; to calm and comfort cats deprived of affection.

2. Purple – Lavender; for cats who are nervous and anxious.

3. Grey – Comfrey; for bone, ligament or tendon repair.

4. Orange – Lemon Citrus Herbs; uplifting and aids concentration in cats.

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1 Green – Peppermint; for cats who lack confidence, or often find themselves bored or lethargic.

2 Cyan – Seaweed; for cleansing the mind, body and soul and giving cats a sense of peace.

3 Cream – Angelica root; for rescue cats who may have deeply held emotions.

4 Brown – Valerian; for calming aggressive cats and helping them to focus.

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While I find this range of toys an interesting concept, I have to say that I’m pretty sceptical as to any benefits our cats may actually derive from them.  I think the majority of benefits reported by humans who use herbal remedies are down to the placebo effect, and placebos just don’t cut the mustard where cats are concerned.  Anthropomorphic phrases such as ‘For cats who need to release anger and resentment’ also bother me, as I’m wary of ascribing human emotions to our feline companions; regarding cats as little hairy people can lead to unrealistic expectations for the human/cat relationship, resulting in disappointed humans and misunderstood cats.

But, as anyone who knows me will readily confirm, I am a cynical old bastard.  But not a dogmatic cynical old bastard, so if anyone reading this has had positive results from using any of the above herbal remedies to help cats with emotional issues, please leave a comment below and tell me all about it.  I promise to keep an open mind!.

 

40% Discount for July’s Cat Hampurr – a Subscription Box Filled With Quality Cat Goodies!

cat-hampurr-mayCat Hampurr is a monthly subscription box service for the UK’s cats.  Each box contains a selection of 4 – 6 high qualitiy goodies your cat will most definitely approve of.  The contents of the boxes are a closely guarded secret, to ensure a nice surprise on delivery; but as you can see from the above pic of June’s Cat Hampurr, the boxes contain a nice mix of cat-tastic products.

If your cat has been reading this over your shoulder, and helpfully fetched your debit card, scratched the word PayPal into the litter tray, or is maybe just using the classic I-really-really-need-this stare to get you to sign up for a monthly delivery of feline delights, you’re in luck: the lovely people at Cat Hampurr have given Cool for Cats UK readers who sign up for a subscription a whopping 40% discount on their first box.  This means you’ll get your first box for £9.57.  (Following your initial discount you’ll be billed a recurring fee of £11.95 + £3.95 each month; subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.)

To claim your 40% discount, simply click on THIS LINK, and you’ll find yourself on the Cat Hampurr order form with the discount code already in place for you.

NB: This code is only valid until midnight on Friday 4th July – so best get a wriggle on if you want to nab your cat a bargain!

How to Photograph Your Cat Giveaway Winners!

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Congratulations, Helen B, Rebecca H, Natalie C, Kerry M and Maine B – you’ve each won a How to Photograph Your Cat gift box!  Cat photo fails will now be consigned to history.

If your weren’t lucky enough to win, but still fancy improving your cat snapping skills, the How to Photograph Your Cat gift box is available for £19.95 from the Sarah Loveland Photography Not On The High Street shop.

Cute Polka Dot Cat Safety Collars by Mog’s Togs – With Discount Code!

polka dot cat safety collars by mogs togsI  love the new range of polka dot safety collars from Mog’s Togs!  The collars are handmade from premium quality cotton, and feature the all-important safety buckle, which will break apart under gentle pressure to prevent your cat from becoming entangled when out and about on Important Cat Business.

The collars are available in four colourways – ideal for multi-cat households who like to colour-coordinate!

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Polka Dot Safety Collars are available for £5.95, but lucky old Cool for Cats UK readers can grab a 10% discount by using the code COOLFORCATS  at the checkout.

Quirky Cat Tees & Accessories from Monster Threads

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These quirky cat tees and accessories, featuring original and unique art illustrations, are purrfect for cat ladies not keen on rocking the I-live-on-my-own-with-63-cats-in-a-house-that-smells-of-wee look.

Above: Cat & Monster Girl’s Tee (design by Martiszu Ludvikez), available in sizes XS – L for £20.00.

Cat & Monster iPhone Case (fits iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5), available for £12.00.

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Or for those with a foot in both camps….

Dog & Cats Girl’s Tee (design by Julia Pott), available in sizes XS – XL for £20.00.

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Dog & Cat Tote Bag, featuring an ink-blue lining with two pockets – one for your phone, and a larger one for a tablet.  Available for £25.00.  Measurements: 35cm x 43cm, straps 28cm.

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Temporary ‘Cat Lady’ Tattoo by Catkin Boutique

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Be loud and proud but not permanently inked with this beautifully drawn temporary tattoo from Catkin Boutique!

Measurements: cat – 6.5cm x 7.5cm; scroll – 8cm x 3cm; paw print – 3cm x 2.5cm.

Available for just £2.50 from the Catkin Boutique Folksy shop.

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