Product Reviews

PurrBoxes

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The lovely folks at Purrboxes.com have sent Pixie and Arty one of their fab boxes of goodies to check out.

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When you sign up to Purrboxes you get a monthly box of toys and treats for your cat (you can also buy an individual box if you don’t want to sign up for a subscription)

Pixie and Arty were interested as soon as it arrived. I don’t know if it was the sound of a packet of Dreamies or the scent of the catnip but they wanted me to open it right away.

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In this month’s box there were two mice toys, a great ball on a string toy, lots of treats, catnip and cat grass (including the compost to grow it in).

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Arty has been batting the mice around the hallway, he throws them in the air and then chases them at high speed. Pixie’s favourite is the ball on a string. She leapt all over the place chasing it last night and every time I wanted to stop playing she’d drag it around until I played again. The tasselled bit makes a great noise as it goes through the air which is what I think Pixie is most attracted to. Catnip is always a winner in our house, both Arty and Pixie are addicts and happily roll about in it.

Pixie was also really interested in the box and tissue paper that it all came in.

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I’ve planted the grass, following the instructions, so we’ll have to see how that goes. Arty loves eating plants so I’m sure he’ll be happy to have something else to chew on.

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For more information on PurrBoxes, head over to their Website or Facebook page. Purrboxes monthly deadline is usually the 10th of the month but they’ve kindly extended the cut off date so if you order before the 14th of April you will get the April box. Orders after that date will be for the May box which will be different.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Moving House With Cats

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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Last weekend we moved house. As you can imagine, making sure the cats were ok was a priority. I thought I’d share some of the things we did to make sure they stayed as happy as possible whilst making a big change to their lives.

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Feliway kindly sent us lots of goodies to help with the move.

We had Feliway plugged in at our old house whilst we prepared for the move. All the packing was unsettling for the cats and we wanted to make sure that they weren’t too stressed by it. Thankfully cats love boxes so the packing wasn’t all bad for them, they loved to help!

Arty is a very nervous cat and the thing that upsets him the most is having strange people in his house (I’m pretty sure he’d rather go to the vet!). He gets very upset, burrows into a tiny space under the bed and doesn’t come out for hours. Because of this, whilst everything was being moved from one house to the other, we had him looked after by the lovely ladies of City Central Cattery. Our cats go there regularly and they know the people. They are looked after really well and I knew they would be safe and less stressed. If we were moving to a bigger place, giving the cats a room to their selves may have been an option but it wasn’t something we could do. Knowing they were safe and looked after meant we didn’t have to worry so much, especially seeing as our move was very stressful for us.

As soon as we had access to our new house we plugged in several Feliway diffusers. This gave them time to fill the rooms with the special pheromones that make the cats feel calm.

We set up the bedroom as a safe space for the cats with their beds and blankets so that it would smell familiar. We also included several litter trays, food and water. It would be too overwhelming to introduce the cats to the whole house at once so setting up a base room for them is best.

For the car journey we sprayed Feliway into their carriers and in the car. I sat in the back seat between their carriers and talked to them the whole way. Thankfully it was only a half hour journey and they coped pretty well. Arty did meow a bit but he’s always been a very vocal cat.

On arrival, we let them out into the bedroom and left them to explore for a bit. We just sat on the bed so they knew we were there but left them too it. It’s important for cats to explore at their own pace. Arty hid for a while under the bed, Pixie was a little braver and had a look round before coming and sitting on me. We left them in the bedroom for the rest of the day. I took a nap with them :)

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Pixie was soon very relaxed.

When they seemed settled and confident in the bedroom we opened the door and let them explore the rest of the house. We’re only in a two bedroom bungalow so there isn’t a huge amount to explore. In a house you might want to let them explore one floor at a time. They would venture out for a bit and then go back to the safety of the bedroom. Pixie was adventurous straight away, sniffing everything, running about, climbing on things. Arty was a little more tentative and took a bit longer to venture out. Once he did, he made sure to mark everything he encountered by rubbing his cheek on it. He marked boxes, door frames, furniture and us.

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Arty was determined to mark *everything*.

Play is a great way to build confidence so we’ve made sure to play with them a lot. We’ve had them running and leaping about the living room after their mouse and Da Bird.

It’s been three days now and the cats are pretty much settled in. Arty still runs to the bedroom if the doorbell goes but that has always happened. The rest of the time they’re being their usual cute selves. We are going to keep the Feliway plugged in until they run out as I really believe that it has been a great help to them. I had heard so many stories about people not seeing their cats for a week or two after a move because they’d be hiding so I am so glad ours are doing ok. I think the combination of all the things we did really helped the transition.

You can find out more about Feliway here

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Verdo Cat Litter – Win a years supply!!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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Cat litter trays has to be one of the very few things about cat ownership (who am I kidding they own us) that isn’t great. For lots of people just the concept of having a box in which they pee and poop is pretty yuk. It’s one of the things we have to accept though if we’re going to have these adorable little creatures in our lives.

It took a long time for us to find a litter that all three of our cats are happy to use. Arty is the most fussy and once when a brand changed their recipe he stopped using the litter tray and developed a life threatening FLUTD. On our quest for the perfect litter we tried everything from clumping to crystals, paper pellets to chick crumbs (seriously!).

Finally we settled on wood pellets so when Verdo offered to send me some of their wood pellet litter to review I was happy to.
There are lots of things I like about wood pellets over other litters.

    Firstly the smell – this is a huge factor if you want to live in a home that doesn’t stink of cat pee! The natural smell of the wood pellets combined with its absorbency means that you don’t get stinky trays.
    Secondly – you don’t need much. With other litters you really have to fill the tray with a deep layer. Wood pellets expand so you only need to put a little bit in and it will expand when wet.
    Thirdly – it’s better for the environment. You can compost the litter or put it in your green bin for disposal.
    Fourthly – It’s not heavy (well compared to clay litter especially, I can’t carry that stuff!)

Verdo is great as you can order online and delivery is included so you don’t have to carry a heavy bag back from the shops with you. The price is really competitive too, it costs the same as the other similar litters that we’ve tried. The other great thing about them is that they donate to Cats Protection, my favourite charity! For more information, check out the Verdo Website.

You can win a year supply of Verdo Cat Litter, just leave a comment on this blog post to enter. Sorry to overseas people, you have to live in the UK for this one. Entries close on the 21st December. One name will be drawn at random.


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Thanks for all the entries, the winner is Kat Humble!!

Bags of Love – I’m in love!

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

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Recently Bags of Love gave me the opportunity to review one of their bags. I had a browse of their website and chose the Personalised Shopper Bag. I put together a collection of photos of our cats (because I couldn’t choose just one) and sent them the image. If you’re not able to create a mosaic of images like I did in Photoshop, fret not, you can do it on their website too.

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I was amazed at how quickly the bag arrived as soon as I opened the parcel I was amazed!! The quality is fantastic. If you’re thinking that £55 might be a lot to spend on a bag I can understand but it is so well made and from such strong looking materials. I think it’s totally worth it and considering that it is personalised, it is very good value.

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Although it’s designed as a shopper bag I can see it getting used for a lot more than that. The bag has two pockets on the inside to keep some of your things separate – always useful. It’s a great size to take on a day trip. We’re heading to London in two weeks and it will be perfect for that.

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Of course the best bit is that it’s got my beautiful three kitties on it. I can take them everywhere with me!

This bag was supplied by www.bagsoflove.co.uk but the words are my own. I only review products that I like and believe will be appreciated by my followers.

Catit Senses Play Circuit

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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A while ago I reviewed the Catit Design Senses Feeding Labyrinth. I also got the CatIt Senses Play Circuit but the cats paid little attention to it – far more interested in the biscuits. What you can’t see in the photos, because it was moving so fast, is that there’s a ball in the track. It can’t get out but the gaps are small enough for little kitty paws to bat it about.

Today Pixie decided it was the best toy ever and has had a wonderful time batting the ball around, chasing the ball in circles and trying to catch it. I’m not sure that her upside-down tactics were working but she was definitely having a fantastic time.

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Product Review: Catit Design Senses Feeding Labyrinth

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Today, a new toy arrived for the cats. It’s the Cat Toy Catit Senses Food Maze. It looks pretty space age and I was worried the cats might just ignore it but it was an instant hit. It’s a toy that gets cats thinking and is a great way to give them biscuits so that they eat them slowly. Arty especially likes to eat his food so fast and then moments later is meowing for more. I put a handful of biscuits in the top of this and it took him a good twenty minutes or so to eat them all and it looked like he was having fun. They have to move the biscuits down through three levels before they fall out of the bottom into the dish.

Arty worked it out straight away and he was so cute to watch.
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Pixie wasn’t that interested to start with but she’s not as in love with food as Arty is.
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She soon got the hang of it though.
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Being the clever one she realised it was easier to get the biscuits this way. I think it could do with a lid!
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Oscar was too busy sleeping to try it out.

All in all I think it’s a great way to occupy cats, especially if they get bored easily or wolf their food down too quickly. I’m not sure I would pay the full price for it though (I got a very good deal).

(Note, also in the pictures is theCat Toy Catit Senses Speed Circuit which isn’t included with the feeder)