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Coming up to Christmas, we decided to take a look at some of the most fun toys available to cats and their owners. One we found we simply loved and felt Buster our resident ActiveCats.co.uk team member would love was the motorised revolving cats toy, the Cat’s Meow.

Buster is a discerning sort of a girl, as you can see above, who loves a box. She likes to scratch and rub up against things, she’s happy throwing soft balls and fish around she can get her claws into, but not many toys catch her attention – that is until now.

The motion of the Cat’s Meow certainly caught her attention. Once we received from the great team at JML Direct we rushed out to get the batteries needed eager to see how she would enjoy her new toy and boy did she!

Easy to set up, you essentially need three x C batteries and you maneuver the durable canvas over the middle section so it stays on and covers the below part before you slot the mouse into place. Switch on at the top and away you go!

Buster sat watching for a few moments before she started trying to catch the mouse. It captivated her! We switched it off after 10 minutes to keep her fascinated for each use after and it’s been a fantastic fun toy keeping us all entertained, her trying to catch the mouse and us watching the concentration on her face!

Well done to the Cat’s Meow (£14.99) – a big paws up from Buster! Find out more here.

When it comes to feeding your cat, it can be difficult to work out what to feed, how much to feed them, and how often. There are many sources of dietary advice, and they often recommend different things. How is a cat owner to know what to do?

The first thing to do is to pick a complete natural cat food that is nutritionally balanced. Butcher’s Really is a great choice; their Really Meaty and Really Fishy ranges will tempt the palate of any cat and contains all the ingredients your cat needs to stay healthy and active.

Don’t be tempted to keep your cat’s dinner bowl full and let him graze all day. This can lead to obesity, and can contribute to the development of diabetes in the most extreme scenarios. Feed multiple small meals per day depending on age, and remove the food bowls after around 30 minutes.

Keep in mind the amount your cat will need on a daily basis will depend on their age and activity level. Essentially you need to feed your cat enough to keep them in lean body condition.

Start by feeding the amount recommended on the packet of your chosen food, and then adjust up or down as needed. His ribs should be easy to feel when you run your hands over his body. When you look at him from the side and from the top, a narrowing at his waist, just behind his ribs should be obvious. If your cat is too curvy, then cut back on how much you put in his food bowl. If his ribs are becoming prominent, you’ll need to feed him a little more.

Adult cats have lower energy needs especially after they have been neutered. This means you may need to to cut back on how much you feed them by as much as 30%.

Similarly, senior cats don’t need as much food so again on the basis that they’re less active and need less calories on board because they won’t be as active they were in their heyday, feed them an amount that will maintain a healthy body condition. One thing to be aware of with elderly cats is that a change in appetite or condition can indicate a medical condition. One common cause of increased appetite with rapid weight loss is hyperthyroidism. This is easily diagnosed with a blood test and treatment is very successful.

There is no single amount of food that suits all cats because active cats, for example, will use more calories in their daily adventures outdoors than house cats, for example.

The PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers Association) suggests feeling around your cats ribcage area and if you can feel the waist indentation, your cat may be fine or just slightly overweight. You can view their Cat Size-O-Meter here.

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Fishy & Really Meaty

NEW Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty are complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat foods packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Containing 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active, they are packed full of meaty or fishy flavours which all cats love. Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty cat foods also include salmon oil to keep joints healthy, are probiotic to help boost immunity and are cereal and soya free – so are easily digested.

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and use the tool to find the right food for your cat – butcherspetcare.co.uk

Cats are generally very good at keeping active and exercising themselves, but why is playing so important?

Thanks to the PDSA for their tips and advice!

 

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Meaty

NEW Butcher’s Really Meaty is a complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat food packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Containing 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active, they are packed full of meaty or fishy flavours which all cats love. Butcher’s Really Meaty also includes salmon oil to keep joints healthy, is probiotic to help boost immunity and is cereal and soya free – so is easily digested.

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and discover more about the Butcher’s Really Meaty & Really Fishy ranges cat –butcherspetcare.co.uk

Cats are not a lot different to us in that they use their voice and body language to communicate with their family, both human and feline. The challenge is that their owners need to learn to interpret what they are saying, and this takes practice.

Here is Cat Communication 101, a quick guide to working out what your cat might be trying to tell you.

Your Cat’s Voice

If you listen to a cat, you’ll notice quite a variety of sounds and tones. A frequent demanding meow is usually a demand for something, usually food or affection. For the most part, purring indicates contentment, or it is an indication that your feline friend would like some company. Some cats even purr as they meow.

It’s usually obvious when he isn’t happy; he will growl or hiss. A loud wailing or caterwauling often means that your cat is feeling a bit defensive towards other cats or, if a female, is on heat and looking for male companionship.

The Eyes and Ears

You can tell a great deal about what your cat is feeling by looking at the position of his eyes and ears.

Half-closed eyes with slow blinks usually indicate that your furry family member is relaxed and comfortable. On the other hand, dilated pupils suggest he’s feeling anxious and fearful. Under these circumstances, avoid staring at him because a direct stare can be threatening.

An angry hostile cat usually has narrowed eyes, and when this is combined with a growl, he’ll leave you in no doubt as to what he’s trying to tell you – “leave me alone”.

Your cat’s ears are very expressive and can give you quite a good indication of his mood. If he is relaxed, his ears will point slightly forwards and to the side. Should something catch his attention, they’ll become erect and be held forward to pick up as much information as possible.

Twitching ears indicate agitation and uncertainty, and if they are held flat against his head, he is grumpy and you may be in line for a scratch or a bite.

Your Cat’s Tail

A confident cat will carry his tail high, often with a bend in the tip. If it is held low between his hind legs, he’s feeling insecure and uncertain. You may be familiar with the back and forth swish, which means he is ready to attack prey. If that prey is likely to be you, then leave him alone until he is more relaxed.

It’s important to look at your whole cat when trying to work out how he is feeling or what he is trying to tell you, rather than focus on just one part of his body. There are other influences on his body language, for example a cat in dim light will have dilated pupils so he can see better, even if he is not angry. On the other hand, if his pupils are dilated and his ears are held flat against his head, he’s feeling hostile. Add to this a tail that is moving sidewards and you’d be well advised to take a step backwards and leave him alone for a while.

If you take some time to watch your cat and listen to his different sounds, it won’t be long before you’re able to work out how he’s feeling and what he wants from you. This is a great way to build a rapport and improve your relationship.

 

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Meaty & Really Fishy

Butcher’s Pet Care, makers of natural food for cats and dogs, new cat food is in stores now across the UK.

Butcher’s Really Meaty & Really Fishy are complete, nutritionally balanced and packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Butcher’s Really Meaty and Really Fishy recipes contain 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active.

– Packed full of meaty or fishy flavours – all cats love
– Salmon oil – to keep joints healthy
– Pro-biotic – to help boost immunity
– Nutritionally balanced and complete – feeding a diet of Butcher’s Really Fishy or Really Meaty there’s no need to add anything else to the bowl
– Cereal & soya free – so it is easily digested

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and use the tool to find the right food for your cat – butcherspetcare.co.uk

If you’re one of the lucky cat lovers out there considering bringing a new cat into your home, please consider adopting. No matter what location, local shelters and rescues are always hoping a responsible cat owner will walk through the door.

Here are five such cats who are looking for loving new homes courtesy of cat adoption site, CatSeeker.com.

1. Meet Billy

A 10 year old ginger short-haired cat, Billy is looking for a home to call his own and enjoy through his retirement in quiet surroundings. Although an older boy, he is as lively as cats half his age. This handsome boy just wants a home where he will be loved.

Find out more online @ http://www.catadoption.co.uk/billy-8/

2. Meet Lily

A 15 month old black and white short-haired cat, Lily thought she had found a new home to call her own but sadly after not getting along with the other cat in the home, was returned into rescue. Poor girl. With this in mind, and to give her some stability, we would like to rehome her as the only cat in the home – although she is currently in foster care living with a large dog at the moment without problems. She is a friendly girl and will make a lovely companion.

Find out more online @ http://www.catadoption.co.uk/lily-6/

3. Meet Simba

A 7 year old long-haired ginger boy, Simba is a lovely, very affectionate boy who likes a nuzzle and responds to touch, yet can be aloof when he fancies. Simba has been with his rescue for a while, which is a puzzle because he’s so handsome and affectionate. He needs a home to at last settle in a place to call his own where he can be cherished.

Find out more online @ http://www.catadoption.co.uk/simba-2/

4. Meet Monty

A 5 year old domestic short-haired tabby, Monty is a regal gent who is missing a home to call his own. He is a lovely boy who is very friendly to all he meets. He is responsive and lively, although we feel he would probably prefer an adult only home where he is the only cat.

Find out more online @ http://www.catadoption.co.uk/monty-4/

5. Meet Cleo

This six month old domestic short-haired black and white girl found herself in rescue after being abandoned. Cleo is an affectionate girl who gets on well with cats, dogs and children.

Find out more online @ http://www.catadoption.co.uk/cleo-7/

 

If you’ve recently adopted a cat, please share your story and any tips for new cat owners here – we’d love to hear from you!

 

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Meaty

NEW Butcher’s Really Meaty is a complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat food packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Containing 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active, they are packed full of meaty or fishy flavours which all cats love. Butcher’s Really Meaty also includes salmon oil to keep joints healthy, is probiotic to help boost immunity and is cereal and soya free – so is easily digested.

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and discover more about the Butcher’s Really Meaty & Really Fishy ranges cat –butcherspetcare.co.uk

 

Now, it doesn’t get any more active than rock climbing does it – so we’re here to gush about a fantastic cat named Millie who’s owner has been documenting their rock climbing adventures on Instagram.

Here’s a few photographs courtesy of their Instagram account to give you an insight into the life of this adventurous cat.

Her owner says: “Millie’s first attempt to summit Stansbury Mountain under her own power.”

Her owner says: Millie’s first attempt at a winter summit of Mt. Stansbury under her own power.”

Her owner says: Scoping new lines, Ferguson Canyon.”

Millie’s owner says:Millie’s first slot canyon. Little Wild Horse.”

Millie’s owner says: Summer snow patch, Olympus approach.”

Her owner says: Millie finds her favorite line at Ferguson.”

Keep up to date with their adventures on Instagram @pechanga

 

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Meaty

NEW Butcher’s Really Meaty is a complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat food packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Containing 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active, they are packed full of meaty or fishy flavours which all cats love. Butcher’s Really Meaty also includes salmon oil to keep joints healthy, is probiotic to help boost immunity and is cereal and soya free – so is easily digested.

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and discover more about the Butcher’s Really Meaty & Really Fishy ranges cat –butcherspetcare.co.uk

 

While most cats have good appetites and are very enthusiastic at dinner time, others are fussy with their food. They turn their nose up at the meal you serve them, and in your quest to find something they like you’ll try a variety of food types and flavours, only to see them thrown in the bin too. If you have a picky eater, you’ll be able to relate to the worry that your pet isn’t eating enough and may indeed starve.

One reason for a cat to have an appetite that seems to come and go is illness. Intestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease may result in a cat appearing picky, and that might be the only symptom that he shows. It’s important that any cat with a reduced appetite is thoroughly checked by their vet to rule out a medical cause of their poor eating behaviour.

If all is well, then there are some steps you can take to encourage your fussy feline to eat, and they start with choosing the right food. Butcher’s Really is a natural cat food that’s available in a number of flavours that cats love. Warm the food to room temperature to release more aromas, because a cat’s sense of smell is important in stimulating their appetite.

Here are a few other tips to try:

Work out exactly how much he is eating. Some cats are given between-meal treats or table scraps which are more appealing than cat food but fill them up so they don’t want their regular meals. Stop all snacks and you may find that your cat is eating more than you think, and he is actually eating enough to keep him healthy.

Stick to a routine. Cats are creatures of habit and any changes to their routine can be stressful. If possible, feed them your cat at the same time, and in the same place.

Look at where you’re feeding your cat. Is it a high traffic area, or near a loud television? Move his food bowl to a quieter area where he is less likely to be disturbed. Try a different food bowl. If you have been using a plastic bowl, try ceramic. Your cat may have a preference for one bowl over another.

If your cat’s meal has been untouched, it can dry out and spoil. That won’t encourage him to eat. Provide fresh food at each mealtime, and if he doesn’t eat, put it in the refrigerator until next time. Don’t forget to warm it up; cold food won’t be very appealing.

Sit with your cat at mealtime. You may find that if you talk to him and stroke him, he will start eating. It’s not an ideal long term solution but it’s worth trying just to get him started.

Similarly, try hand feeding him small pieces of Butcher’s Really Fishy or Really Meaty cat food. When he starts nibbling from your fingers, he may then continue eating from his bowl.

It’s worrying when your four legged family member is a picky eater. Try these suggestions and you may find that one or two are the solution to his fussy mealtime habits.

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Fishy & Really Meaty

NEW Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty are complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat foods packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Containing 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active, they are packed full of meaty or fishy flavours which all cats love. Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty cat foods also include salmon oil to keep joints healthy, are probiotic to help boost immunity and are cereal and soya free – so are easily digested.

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and use the tool to find the right food for your cat – butcherspetcare.co.uk

Welcoming a new feline friend into your family is an exciting time, but it’s also a time of great change for your household. Here are some suggestions to make the settling in period easier for everyone.

Some cats adapt to new surroundings quickly but others are a little nervous at first and may prefer to hide. If your cat is shy, don’t rush into patting him or picking him up; give him time to settle in. If possible, give him a comfortable space of his own, whether it is a small room or a cardboard box, perhaps (we all know how much cats love boxes!). It will be a place for him to retreat to when he’s feeling overwhelmed. It won’t be long before comes out of his shell and is quite happy to cuddle up on your lap.

Pay close attention to your new pet’s diet. It’s important that he is fed a nutritionally balanced food that contains everything he needs to keep him in good condition. Butcher’s Really is an ideal choice; it’s a tasty nutritionally balanced and complete natural cat food that contains salmon oil for healthy skin and joints. Don’t change his food suddenly because this can cause diarrhoea. Instead, gradually reduce the amount of his old food and increase the amount of Butcher’s Really Fishy or Really Meaty he is given over the course of a week.

Make sure your cat is up to date with his veterinary care. Check that his vaccinations are current and work out when he is next due for worming treatment. Change his microchip record into your name so you’ll be contacted should he go missing. If he isn’t neutered, then you will need to schedule that for when he is 6 months old.

Start off on the right foot with litter training. Give him two or three trays, each with a different type of cat litter in it. It’s likely that he’ll be happy with at least one of them, so he’ll start going to the toilet in the tray right from the start. Keep his tray clean, because he won’t like using a dirty tray and may start soiling the floor. Once he starts doing that, it can be difficult to change his behavior so you’re better off preventing it happening in the first place.

Don’t forget the toys! Cats are great company, and playing with them will build a strong relationship between you and your furry companion. Being predators, any sort of chasing game will be enjoyed, and if the toy squeaks when it is “killed”, that’s even more fun. If your cat is going to be home alone often, then there are specific toys that are designed to keep him busy and prevent boredom when you’re out.

The settling in period for a new cat can take some weeks, depending on his temperament and what he has experienced before he arrived at your home. With patience, your new companion will quickly become part of your family, and you won’t be able to imagine life without him.

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Fishy & Really Meaty

NEW Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty are complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat foods packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Containing 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active, they are packed full of meaty or fishy flavours which all cats love. Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty cat foods also include salmon oil to keep joints healthy, are probiotic to help boost immunity and are cereal and soya free – so are easily digested.

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and use the tool to find the right food for your cat – butcherspetcare.co.uk

As cat lovers we’re no doubt always snapping away trying to build up our image banks full of memories of the fun moments in our pets lives. With Instagram, we can now share much more bringing the wonders of our pets to thousands, if not millions online.

Here we’ve discovered 8 of what we think are the best cats on Instagram.

1. Meet Cricket!

Follow Cricket @cricket.the.cat

2. Meet Bug!

Follow Bug @sanddrawandsambug

3. Meet Sashi!

Follow Sashi @sashimimeow

4. Meet Dharma and Greg!

Follow Dharma and Greg @dharma_and_greg

5. Meet Winter!

Follow Winter @winter_kittykat

6. Meet Max!

Follow Max @themaxsociety

6. Meet Peeta!

Follow Peeta @Peeta_the_bengal

8. Meet Strawberry!

Follow Strawberry @sus_w

We hope you enjoyed our countdown – please do let us know if your cat is on Instagram and share some of your photographs with us for our next feature.

 

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Fishy

NEW Butcher’s Really Fishy is a complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat food packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Butcher’s Really Fishy recipes contain 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active.

– Packed full of meaty or fishy flavours – all cats love
– Salmon oil – to keep joints healthy
– Pro-biotic – to help boost immunity
– Cereal & soya free – so it is easily digested

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and discover more about the Butcher’s Really Meaty & Really Fishy ranges –butcherspetcare.co.uk

 

How well do you understand what your cats telling you through body language? It can be a tricky art to master, our video here is full of expert advice on how to understand exactly what your cat is telling you.

If this video has inspired you to consider adopting a cat, visit www.catseeker.com or www.cats.org.uk

 

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Fishy & Really Meaty

NEW Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty are complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat foods packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Containing 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active, they are packed full of meaty or fishy flavours which all cats love. Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty cat foods also include salmon oil to keep joints healthy, are probiotic to help boost immunity and are cereal and soya free – so are easily digested.

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and use the tool to find the right food for your cat – butcherspetcare.co.uk

Cats don’t speak with words, but they can still communicate with their owners using their voice, posture and behaviour. If you can learn to understand the way your furry friend talks to you, you’ll have no trouble recognizing when he’s happy and feeling good.

Let’s firstly consider your cat’s voice. The sound of a meow or yowl can range from a high pitched monotone to a deeper sound that has a much lower tone. The higher pitched sounds are usually associated with contentment and security. Happy cats do purr, but this in itself doesn’t mean he is happy. Cats also make this sound when they’re distressed or injured, so take into consideration other indicators of his mood rather than just relying on the fact that he is purring.

A happy puss has a relaxed posture, with half closed eyes and ears held slightly to the side. His whiskers will point forward and his tail will be held high, often with just the tip bent over. He will sit or stand close to you and will reach forward to be stroked. He may roll onto his back and stretch out, which is an indication that he feels particularly safe and secure.

His coat will be smooth and well maintained; cats that are stressed or anxious neglect their grooming or they over-groom themselves resulting in patches of thinner hair. Don’t be surprised if your cat dribbles and drools when you stroke him because this too is a sign of contentment. Some cats even lick and knead their owners with their paws, or head butt them to show affection.

How your cat behaves around your home will give you a good indication that he’s feeling good. Happy cats are confident enough to explore their environment, and will be keen to sniff and pat at anything unfamiliar. While kittens are more likely to play chase and wrestle, cats of any age enjoy a game when they’re in a good mood.

Keep an eye on your furry friend’s toileting habits. Stress and anxiety can lead to unusual behaviours such as going to the toilet outside the litter tray or spraying urine on the walls and furniture. Stress can also be a trigger for feline lower urinary tract disease, which may result in a visit to your vet.

These guidelines are very general and nobody knows your cat as well as you. Because of this, you’ll be able to identify his unique signals that life is good and all is well in his world.

Introducing NEW Butcher's Really Fishy

NEW Butcher’s Really Fishy is a complete, nutritionally balanced natural cat food packed with all the taste and natural goodness of meat to keep your cat active, healthy and happy.

Butcher’s Really Fishy recipes contain 25 essential nutrients a cat needs to stay active.

– Packed full of meaty or fishy flavours – all cats love
– Salmon oil – to keep joints healthy
– Pro-biotic – to help boost immunity
– Cereal & soya free – so it is easily digested

Visit the Butcher’s Pet Care website and discover more about the Butcher’s Really Meaty & Really Fishy ranges –butcherspetcare.co.uk