Cat & Kitten must haves

Being a crazy cat lady such as myself I often get asked what cat products I recommend; so thought hey I will just compile a list of some of the kitty products I love to help all those new & old kitty owners.

cats best cat litter1) At number 1 and one of the most important things for all indoor and new kitty owners is cat litter! Now I have used numerous types of litter and have never found any litter that even comes close to comparison with Cat’s Best Cat Litter. It really is the crème de la crème of cat litter. It’s 100% compostable, 100% biodegradable, can be flushed down the toilet or put into the bin for garden waste, it traps smells and is a clumping litter so it is easy to keep on top of daily and reduces the amount you use.

 

furminator2) A decent brush can save fur covered clothing & furniture. This is why I would always recommend the FURminator. You can literally get a whole new cat out of the fur you manage to remove. It is a fast and easy way to remove loose undercoat hair (the fluffy kind that sticks to EVERYTHING and often gets up your nose) without damaging the top coat. They come in both long hair and short hair brushes.

 

3) TOYS! Cats love to play and need stimulation to save your furniture, toes, nail files and just about any other object they can climb and kill. Some cats love a simple receipt or tinfoil ball while others love a good laser pen, but here are a few good cat toys every cat owner needs:

26412_PLA_Karlie_Bird_Katzenangel_2Cat dangler toy – Best I have found is this little guy. It really does mimic a flying bird as you whirl it around and cats absolutely love them! They are also cheap enough that you can buy in bulk for as and when they break though excessive use.

 

26186_PLA_Catit_Desin_Senses_Spielschiene_118641_50730_2_2Interactive ball game – Alike train sets that you play with as a child you can make these as big and flashy as you like or just stick to the small set. You can even get a flashy ball to really capture your cats attention. This is just a great toy that your cat will entertain themselves for hours!

 

319307_katzenspielzeug_natural_catnip_m_use_01_dsc6763_5Catnip toys – Every cat loves a bit of catnip and what human doesn’t love watching their cats absolutely scatting out, rolling around and generally going nuts with a catnip mouse. I always choose these mice because they are all natural catnip and also my cats dribble so they don’t end up a soggy mess like the material ones always do.

 

scratchCat scratching post – Now this is down to personal preference and also the décor of your room, but you can get a simple £10 one or one right up to £200. It’s completely up to you! However all I would advise is if you are going for a full on cat tree make sure you measure the baskets,  ledges, and boxes that come with it as they can be a little tight for the larger cat.

 

4) Cats love sleeping! The majority of cats sleep in places that they know they shouldn’t, i.e. that clean pile of clothes waiting to be put away. What I have found over the years is spending a good amount of money on a super plush, fluffy cat bed can be a little wasted, but here is a few cheap alternative all cats will love!

scratchpadCardboard catnip scratch pad – So this is made of the 2 things that every cat enjoys cardboard AND catnip! What more could they want…other than your full undivided attention & a constant supply of food. These cardboard pads come in numerous styles like the simple board one pictured, right up to ones that are shaped like beds. They are so cheap to buy or if you are a crafty person, have some cardboard boxes and time you could always have a go making your very own cardboard catnip masterpiece.

radiator bedRadiator Bed – These beds are absolutely great! I love them because they fit on pretty much any radiator, do not take up any floor space & the fleece cover is removable so can be washed with ease. Cats love them because they are warm and snuggly & they are at a good height to survey and keep a watchful eye on the room.

 

treats (2)5) Treats. Now you can easily win over any cat with a good treat! Again every cat has different tastes so it’s always good to try a mix to find their favourite. I mostly feed mine treats when trying to get them all in the house or when they are being particularly cute; which is the majority of the time! Just try not to over feed your kitties with treats and stick to the recommended amount advised on the packaging.

plaqueoff6) Food & drink. As you have probably seen on the selves of any supermarket there is a HUGE range of cat food…but how do you choose which kind to buy?! Trial and error I suppose, well that’s how I do it. If like me you have an extremely picky snob cat you will go though a few variants of food before you find the one they like. I would say to have a look at the ingredients to make sure your cat gets all the nutrients it needs. You can also buy special supplement food to match your cats needs or breed, so just search around. I like to feed my cats a mixture of dry biscuits, wet food and cat milk, so they get variation and all the nutrients they need. I also add a sprinkle of  PlaqueOff into their wet food to keep their pearly whites white and their gums healthy – it’s amazing stuff which I highly recommend!

 

I think that is generally it other than the other important bits like collars & vets, but what I find best is to just read reviews and trial them. Just be patient and have fun :)

Oh and the best website to buy all the above from is http://www.zooplus.co.uk/. It’s a great site, quick delivery and generally cheaper than supermarkets and other pet shops.

Fun days out with your poochies

So it’s the weekend and you have nothing planned but want to get out and about with the dog? Here is a list of up and coming events that might be of interest :)

27th June ~ Tring Carnival
Where: Pound Meadow, Tring
Time: noon – 5pm

There will be a medieval re-enactment group who are setting up camp in Pound Meadow and will be demonstrating falconry, archery and combat skills.
Also a large beer tent, a display of vintage cars, a dog show, a children’s free activity area, a camera club display in the marquee and a large arena full of entertainment provided by local groups all afternoon long.

More details found on the link below
http://www.tringtogether.org.uk/tring_carnival.php

 

28th June ~ Larks in the park
Where: Batford Springs, Harpenden
Time: noon – 5pm

Challenge your friends and family to a Duck Race on the River Lea or watch the acts including:

1.15pm – 1.55pm The Sunflower Stilt Walker
3.45pm – 4.30pm – Junk Percussion with Dan Earley
4.15pm – 4.45pm Meet The Green Fingered Gals
4.15pm – 5pm Music with The Beatin’ Hearts

Experience the thrill of a ride on the Space Ball

More details found on the link below
http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/community-and-living/community_events/larks/

 

4th July ~ Beer, Blues & Barbecue
Where: Haresfoot Brewery, Berkhamstead
Time: noon – 6pm

In partnership with Berkofest, our summer Open House and BBQ, with blues music from the excellent Shane Lamont and Henry Parker. Well behaved children and dogs (on leads) welcome! Free entry, no ticket required, but please join the event on Facebook so we can get the beers and burgers ready!
More details found on the link below
http://www.citevents.co.uk/berkhamsted/haresfoot-brewery/beer-blues-barbecue?1mmg450d2d

 

11th July ~ St.Albans Dogs Day
Where: Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St.Albans
Time: 11am – 5pm

An afternoon of dog activities, competitions, fun & fetch.

More details found on the link below
http://2015.stalbansdogsday.co.uk/

 

11th July ~ Leverstock Green Village Fete & Dog Show
Where: Westwick Field, Hemel Hempstead
Time: noon – 5pm

Come and see the Walk the Dog team at Leverstock Green’s Summer Fete on Saturday 10th July. Our Puppy School ‘WTD Puppies’ is based at The Buglass Room in the Village Hall at Leverstock Green. So, we’ll be on hand to chat to pet owners about our puppy classes and other award winning services.

More details found on the link below
https://www.facebook.com/events/121759114534751/

 

12th July ~ RSPCA Southridge Fun Day
Where: Packhorse Lane Ridge, Potters Bar
Time: 11am – 4pm

Our big annual fundraiser with something for everyone. A real family day out featuring charity & craft stalls galore, entertainment, main arena displays, dog shows and fun heats, refreshments, food, licensed bar, tombola, tomboozer, street dancing display by Rhythmix, live music with Lou’s Sextet, Etcetera Morris Men, children’s rides, Punch & Judy, face painting, palmist, flyball, pet photography, close up magic & more.

More details found on the link below
http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/southridge-animal-centre/events/5439/southridge-fun-day#eventDetails

 

Hello World!

Hello All,

I thought I would begin my blogging adventure with a little introduction of myself.

So my name is Dani and I am addicted to animals. My passion for the fluffies started from a young age at home with my Mum. We always had a house full of animals and often most were rescue cases.

Animal LoverI decided from there that I wanted to be a Vet, but as I grew older and after doing a trial week at a local veterinary practice I soon realised this wasn’t the job for me. Although I loved the thought of helping the animals it would seem that the animals certainly do not love vets!

MeerkatSo from there I was a little stumped for job prospects involving animals; that is until a friend suggested Zoo Keeping. Great I thought, exotic animals! Off I went and volunteered at a local Zoo. It was an amazing experience and I absolutely loved every minute of it! But unfortunately there were no paid positions available at the Zoo and I needed the pennies to pay the bills.

By this point I had given up the idea of working with animals and just got a normal boring office job. It paid the bills but didn’t scratch that animal itch I so desired! And that’s when I started Feline Friend Sitters. I would work my usual full time job and care for cats outside of work hours.

Cat Sitting5 years has now passed since I started up Feline Friend Sitters and I am so happy with the amazing people & cats I have met, so much so that I now have made the leap into going part time at my full time office job and take on more animals.Dog Sitting

And this brings you to the now where I started Fuzzy Buddies which covers ALL animals big and small. I can put more of my time into animals and am very much looking to the future where one day I hope to be caring for your pets full time!

So please support a local girls dreams of working with animals and share with all your animal crazy friends and give me the pleasure of caring for your pets :)

Dani x