Monday, 15 July 2019

10 Household Products That Can Harm Your Cat



All cat owners should be aware of those household items and foods that could harm their beloved pet. Here are some everyday products that could be harmful or even fatal.

1. Chocolate
You may think you are giving your cat a treat by sharing your chocolate. But it contains theobromine which is toxic for cats. Consumption could cause tremors, irregular heart rate, seizures and death.




2. Caffeine
Your cat should never drink anything which contains caffeine, including coffee, tea and cold medicines. Small doses of caffeine can cause  rapid breathing, tremors and heart palpitations. Large amounts could be fatal.




3. Alcohol
Never allow your cat to drink alcohol. Even a few sips could damage a cat's liver and brain. At its worse, your cat could fall into a coma and die.
Allowing your cat to consume alcohol can be extremely dangerous, as it is absorbed into the body.





4. Raw fish
Raw fish sounds like an ideal food for  your cat but the bacteria it carries can cause poisoning. In addition, it could destroy the vitamin thiamine, which is essential to cats. Lack of thiamine can lead to loss of appetite, seizures and death.




5. Onions and garlic
Sulfoxides and disulphides contained in onions and garlic can be poisonous to cats as it breaks down their red blood cells, which can then lead to anaemia, lethargy, weight loss and gastrointestinal problems.




6. House plants
There are hundreds of common house plants that can be lethal to cats, which if consumed can cause be toxic. Ivy, aloe, amaryllis, peony, lily and begonia are just a few which are poisonous.





7. Salt lamps
Himalayan salt lamps are very trendy at the moment and unfortunately cats often like to lick them. But this can lead to sodium poisoning, causing pain, vomiting, seizures and even death.




8. Insecticides
If consumed insecticides can cause internal bleeding, seizures and kidney failures.





9. Yeast dough
If you are baking bread, do not let your cat eat the raw dough. It will rise inside its stomach and could result in rupture of the stomach or intestines. While the yeast is fermenting, it also releases alcohol making it doubly dangerous to cats.





10. Bones
While cats enjoy fish and poultry, be sure that the food they are given does not contain any bones. Bones can splinter and cause a choking hazard to your cat, or it could puncture their digestive tract.




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Monday, 8 July 2019

Love Letter To Audrey

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As the owner of a cat who other people think is somewhat grumpy, I could identify with a woman who wrote a letter to her pet saying they knew she had a sweet side.

My cat is actually very sweet and loving - but only with my partner and me, She hates other people, as my family and visitors will testify.

A woman with the username uskeletoorr posted a "love letter" to her cat on Reddit. She said: ‘Audrey when we found you, you were 1/2 dead and 100% feral. I’m glad you grew out of attacking everyone. Only took 4 years. I’m glad you’ve learned to allow the occasional family friend to pet your head….only the head anywhere else and you bite and that took 8 years. 

‘I’ve accepted that you don’t really like humans and are happy just doing your own thing. But can I tell you a secret? I know you come into my room at night and snuggle me. 

'You’re not exactly sly. First of all you weigh like 20lbs. You’re a fat cat. So I can feel when you walk all over me. Also girl you purr like a freight train when you’re happy. And you tend to drool on my face when you stare at me. 

'You always come in once you think I’m asleep and bail when I start to wake up. You’re not as sly as you think you are but that’s okay. I love you very much and it makes me so happy you show me love in your own special way.’ 



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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Is Your Cat Neurotic? They Could Be Getting It From You!


Oh dear. My family make fun of my cat Toffee (that's her, pictured above) because she is so grumpy and HATES visitors with a passion. She sits glaring at them until they leave and will hiss if they get too close. Now it seems the behaviour of cats may mirror that of their owners.

Research, conducted by the Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln and published in the scientific journal PLOS One, surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners in the UK, asking questions about their personality and that of their pets.

Owners were scored on the Big Five Inventory personality traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, openness and neuroticism.

The survey found that different traits were linked to different behaviors in cats, for example, owners who reported that their cat had a behavior problem had higher neuroticism scores.

More neurotic owners were also linked to other negative traits in their pets, including stress-linked sickness, aggressive or anxious/fearful personalities and being overweight.

Owners who were more agreeable, meanwhile, had cats associated with a more positive wellbeing, and cats more likely to be a normal weight with less aggressive and aloof/avoidant tendencies.
“Our findings mirror the findings of research on parental personality, parenting styles and child behavior in various ways,” the study said.

Now, my cat may be a little grumpy but I categorically deny that she gets it from me and I love have family round. Never once have I been known to hiss at them!

Toffee is all over social media. Here's her blog: www.notsosweettoffee.com and you can follow her  on Facebook,  talk to her on Twitter, and idolise her on Instagram.




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Monday, 17 June 2019

Politician Sprouts Ear and Whiskers!



I spotted this story in The Daily Telegraph and it made me laugh far more than it should have! A  Pakistani politician accidentally left on the cat filter for a Facebook livestream, giving him ears and whiskers during his very serious broadcast.

It seems a member of his social media team had accidentally activated the filter. The video was soon deleted but not before it had attracted a flurry of comments and it is still available all over social media.

The politician Shaukat Yousafzai shouldn't worry. If I were Pakistani  I would definitely vote for him!


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Monday, 10 June 2019

Pet Beds From Old Tyres



A Brazilian man has turned his artistic talents into making spectacular pet beds out of old tyres.

Amarildo Silva Filho believes that “the only way to do a great job is to love what you do.” So the aspiring 23-year-old artist left his job in a supermarket and came up with his pet bed idea after noticing piles of tyres on the side of the streets.

He said: “I always wanted my financial independence and to be able to work doing what I like and still help the environment and animals.”



Amarildo's first creations were for his friends who loved the beds and his business kicked off.

He said: “I make donations to institutions that care for animals and buy medicines, food and pay for surgeries for the animals who are sick.

“I also do social projects with students from public and private schools, showing the importance of sustainability for the environment through environmental education and through workshops to put tyre recycling into practice."



After separating the tyres, he cuts, washes and paints them. He personalises each pet bed by drawing a unique design on each tyre, and writing the name of the animal to whom the pet bed will belong to. Finally, he adds some carrying straps and a mattress - which he sews himself - for the animals to curl up on.



There are more pictures and information on his Instagram and Facebook accounts - search Caominhas Pets.

Read the blog of a cat called Toffee. Unfortunately, she's not quite as sweet as she sounds!


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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Bizarre Method For Finding a Lost Cat



I share this information for no other reason than I read about it and found it interesting. I have no personal experience of its effectiveness, nor have I heard any evidence that it works.

All I do know is that when your pet goes missing you will try anything to try to find it. My cat once went missing for a fortnight. We put up flyers, and postcard ads in the local shops. We reported it to our local vet and to rescue centres just in case someone handed her in, all to no avail.

Then one night she turned up, much thinner than when she left but basically fit and well. To say we were happy is an understatement.

When a Japanese man's cat went missing. He took to Twitter to ask other owners what he should do. One suggestion was intriguing. He was told to talk to other cats in the area to ask them whether they had seen his pet

Sceptical at first @charlie0816 knew his only hope now was to do what others had suggested so he spent the next two days talking to cats.

He wrote on Twitter that he was told, ‘Talking to cats in the neighbourhood and saying to them, "If you see my cat, please tell it to come home" is an effective technique. So last night, I went to the local convenience store and gave it a try by speaking to the stray cats there.'

The next morning @charlie0816’s cat arrived at the front door of the house, seemingly no worse for wear and even a little larger than he was before he left.

‘Um…is it seriously this effective?,’ @charlie 0816 wrote.

Of course, the cat's re-appearance was probably pure coincidence. Even so, many Twitter users swore to the effectiveness of this technique.

If your cat does go missing, here's some more practical advice from pet food firm Purina.



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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Taylor Swift and Cats

Taylor Swift's Instagram announcement that Benjamin Button has joined the family.



Megastar ailurophile Taylor Swift has revealed that she went to 'cat school' for her role as Bombalurina in the soon-to-be-released Cats film.

The film, which also stars stars Idris Elba, James Corden, Rebel Wilson and Dame Judi Dench, is an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic stage show.

There were on-set cat classes to teach the actors how to act like felines.

Singer Taylor loves cats and now has three. Benjamin Button recently joined Meredith and Olivia in the Swift household. She made the announcement "and then there were three" on Instagram.

She told TIME's Three Things That Have Influenced Me series: 'I have cats, I'm obsessed with them. They're just a real joy to live with.

'And I love my cats so much that when a role came up in a movie called Cats, I just thought like I've gotta do this. Like this is my calling in life, to do this for the ladies.

'And so I went to cat school which they have on set, readily available for us and learned how to be as much like a cat as I possibly could and yeah cats are just really cool.'

Olivia is named after Law and Order character Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, and Meredith is after Meredith Grey, the Grey's Anatomy character  played by Ellen Pompeo.

Taylor has recently released a new song called ME! The beginning of the video features Taylor arguing in French with song collaborator Brendan Urie of Panic At The Disco.

As Taylor storms out of the room, she yells 'not in front of our daughters' while the camera pans to her two cats Meredith and Olivia sitting on the couch! See the video below:





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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Cycling Backpacker Adopts Stray Kitten





A Scottish backpacker who adopted a stray kitten on his travels has customised his bike so the pair can cycle across the world together. Dean Nicholson, 31, began his journey in his hometown Dunbar, Scotland, last September and picked up his four legged friend in Bosnia. Dean, who was tired of his nine-to-five job as a welder, kick started his travels by cycling 200 miles to Newcastle where he got the ferry to Amsterdam. He then cycled through to Belgium, Grance, Switzerland, Italy, got a ferry over to Croatia, then on to Bosnia where he found Nala.











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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The Cat Man Of Aleppo

Alaa and Ernesto
Ambulance driver and paramedic Mohammad Aljaleel (known as Alaa) is a remarkable man. He rescued hundreds of cats during the war in Syria and set up a cat sanctuary called Ernesto's House, named after his first cat. As families fled the war torn country, they left their beloved pets with him, knowing he would look after them.

But then tragedy struck. The sanctuary was bombed and chlorine-gassed with all but a few of the cats killed or lost. Alaa was forced to flee, taking the remaining cats with him.

Now Alaa has returned and set up a new sanctuary in an area close to Aleppo. His work has expanded and the new sanctuary includes an orphanage, a kindergarten and a veterinary clinic. Alaa and his team resemble a small development agency, providing services that government and international charities cannot or will not. He believes that helping children look after vulnerable animals teaches them the importance of kindness to all living creatures, and helps to heal their own war traumas.

Sanctuary vet Dr Youssef
His new sanctuary has about 25 cats. But for Alaa and the people who visit it, it is more than just a cat sanctuary. "It seeks to erase the war from children’s minds,” he said. “Caring for the cats is a gateway to bringing good will to the country and build it around being more merciful."

"I've always felt it's my duty and my pleasure to help people and animals whenever they need help," Alaa says. "I believe that whoever does this will be the happiest person in the world, besides being lucky in his life."

Alaa always worked for the benefit of the community, as well as the cats themselves. While still in Aleppo, he and his team of helpers bought generators, dug wells and stockpiled food. Even at the height of the bombing, they ran animal welfare courses for children, to develop their empathy. They also set up a playground next to the sanctuary where children could briefly escape from the apocalyptic events taking place all around them.

Below is a video of Alaa in his new sanctuary.



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Monday, 18 March 2019

Benefits Of Living With Cats


If you're a cat lover you will already know the obvious benefits of living with cats. They make wonderful companions, they cheer you up with their antics, they help you to relax. But there are also proven health benefits to owning cats.

At least one study has indicated that people who live with a cat have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. This includes lowering the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. 

Cats are also credited with helping to reduce stress levels. This in turn helps to reduce blood pressure, They also help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of depression.

A more recent study found that children raised with pets may be healthier as well. Children raised in a home with cats (or dogs) were found to have fewer allergies, ear infections and respiratory problems than those without pets.

Surveys have shown that people with cats sleep better too.

Here are a few more benefits of living with cats! Do you know any more?





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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Kattenkabinet Museum



Here's a museum that should be on the bucket list of any cat lover. The KattenKabinet in Amsterdam is filled with cat-inspired artwork - with a few real cats in residence too!


Among all the exhibits you may find some real cats posing just for you.
The museum was founded in 1990 by Bob Meijer, a wealthy Dutchman, in memory of his cat John Pierpont Morgan, named after the American banker J. P. Morgan.


The Virgin with Child, Cat and Snake by Rembrandt.

It's a fun place to visit but includes works by some serious artists, including Picasso, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec and Steinlen. There are paintings, sculptures, posters and books about cats.


The Cat by Picasso



Here are two works, by Jacques Adnet (left) and Lies Lobatto (right)
There are some quirky items too, including a mummy, the costume worn by Grizabella in the musical Cats and a cat pinball machine,


A pinball machine with, below, Grizabella's costume (left)
and a cat mummy (right).


It's a small museum with just four rooms of displays and artwork, all housed in a canalside building.

It's definitely on my list of places to visit.


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Monday, 4 March 2019

Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette




Top model Laetitia Casta and Choupette

When you’re a top model you have to be prepared for many awkward moments – wearing swimsuits in the middle of winter and overcoats in the blazing sun, posing in precarious positions or with wild animals.

But there was one animal that really scared international model Laetitia Casta – and that was designer Karl Lagerfeld’s cat.


Karl Lagerfeld with 'the love of his life' Choupette

Lagerfeld died last month and the love of his life was Choupette the Birman cat. Laetitia, who was being photographed on a balcony in front of the Eiffel Tower, was petrified the cat was going to fall off.

She said she was scared “that Choupette would step back and fall off and that Karl would hate me forever because I killed his cat ...”

Choupette was possibly the most spoiled cat on earth. She had TWO PERSONAL MAIDS! Lagerfeld said she had lunch and dinner with him at the table with her own food. She even had her own iPad which, Lagerfeld claimed, she knew how to use.

Originally belonging to the French model Baptiste Giabiconi, Choupette was given as a gift to Lagerfeld around Christmas 2011 following a stay with the designer while Giabiconi was abroad. 
'When he came back, I thought I'm sorry Choupette is mine," said Lagerfeld.
In June 2013, Lagerfeld announced that he wished to marry Choupette. He said in an interview with CNN, "There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat."
Following Lagerfeld's death in February 2019 speculation ran rampant that the feline would inherit part of the late designer's fortune, but this is forbidden in French law. Even so, Lagerfeld has left provision for Choupette's care and she will be well looked after for the rest of her life.


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Monday, 11 February 2019

All You Need Is Love - Of Cats!





I promised the other day to write more about celebrities and their cats. Next up is Beatle John Lennon who owned cats throughout his life.

He grew up with his Aunt Mimi in Liverpool, UK, and there was always a cat in the house. He spoke and wrote about three of them - Tich, the marmalade-coloured half-Persian, who died when John was at college; Tim, a half-Persian ginger who was a stray found in a snowy street by John; and a moggy called Sam. As a boy, John regularly cycled to Mr Smith the fishmonger in nearby Woolton village to buy pieces of hake for the cats.



When John and his first wife Cynthia and son Julian lived in Weybridge they had many cats, including a tabby called Mimi named after his beloved aunt.


He and second wife Yoko Ono are pictured above with a cat called Pepper, no doubt named after their iconic album Sergeant Pepper's Hearts Club Band.While John was with May Pang they had two cats called Major and Minor.

Here's a picture John drew of Pepper which, as you might expect, is quirkily bizarre!



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