Beautiful China Cat Lamp

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This beautiful lamp, featuring an elegant white cat enjoying forty winks, is made from bone china and comes with a gift box.

Measurements: L33cm H12cm

Available from Maiden for £79.00 (bulb included).

Cool Cat Joggers from Topshop

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These All Over Cat Joggers from Topshop would be purrfect for a lazy day indoors with your favourite felines.  Plus, they fall into the acceptable-for-popping-down-the-corner-shop-in category, so you won’t need to get changed if you run out of biscuits.

Available in sizes 4 – 16 for £25.00 from Topshop.

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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Vintage-style Rubber Cat Stamps – Purrfect For DIY Cards & Stationery

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This set of three rubber stamps, featuring vintage-style cat imagery, would be great for creating cards, stationery and gift tags which fully embrace your love of all things feline without appearing naff or twee.  And they come packaged in a cute tin.  What more could one ask for from a rubber stamp set?

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The Cavallini Cat Stamp Set is available from Clintons for the knock-down bargain price of £5.49 (reduced from £10.99).  I would imagine this price only applies while stock lasts, so best get a wriggle on if you fancy a set.

Le Poopoopeedo – Super-stylish Modern Litter Box

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How about this for a super-stylish modern litter box?  Pretty impressive, eh?  Le Poopoopeedo (possibly the best product name ever?) is by French company SinDesign, and has been designed by David Frering, a cat lover inspired by the ‘universally beautiful’ trend.

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The innovative design of the Le Poopoopeedo cleverly belies the fact that within its sleek, curved exterior lurks a not-so-glamorous cat crap house – indeed, you may not even notice it was a litter box at all unless you put your face right up to the entrance hole (don’t do that though – not very hygienic).

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Le Poopoopeedo has also been designed with functionality in mind: the lid is easily removed when you need to scoop by using the paw print shaped cut out in the top, but will remain securely in place while your cat is rummaging around inside; plus the entrance hole is situated at a sufficient height to cut down on the volume of litter an enthusiastic digger can manage to scatter outside the box.  And of course, the ergonomically-shaped scoop slots nicely inside the lid.

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Durability has also been taken into account, and Le Poopoopeedo is made from 4mm thick ABS plastic, which is resistant to cat urine while also being 100% recyclable.

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And as if all that wasn’t enough, Le Poopoopeedo has an alternative use as a cosy cat den.  I think the simple, organic shape would work really well in the garden or on the patio as an outdoor cat shelter, so I checked with SinDesign to see if the plastic they use in construction is sufficiently robust to withstand year-round exposure to the elements.  They said it is, but you would need to cover the paw print holes in the lid to avoid your cat getting a soaking every time it rained!

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Le Poopoopeedo is available in five colours, and comes with a litter scoop and an anti-smell tablet (me neither).  Measurements: 70cm x 40cm x 40cm; entrance hole – 18cm x 21cm.

SinDesign are currently in the process of securing UK distributors for Le Poopoopeedo (stay tuned for updates on this).  But if you just can’t wait, you can order direct from SinDesign for €79 (approx £66.00 at current exchange rates).  You’ll need to ask about shipping rates to the UK when you order.

Thanks to SinDesign for allowing use of their customer photos to illustrate this post!  Check out the SinDesign Facebook page for more great pics.

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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