A Clowder of Cats

Crystal Cats – A Clowder of Cats!

Ever heard of a clowder of cats or a kindle of kittens. I have my own little clowder of cats and celebrate the lovelies by collecting crystal cat figurines too.

Clowder of cats

What is a clowder of cats? A clowder of cats is actually the correct term for a group or colony of cats. A Kindle is the collective noun for a group of kittens. A Kindle of kittens? Who knew! I have my own little clowder of cats, both real and fluffy and also ornamental. Here I want to celebrate some of the nicest glass cat figurines I have found. Some, like Lalique, make me wish I had more space and loads of money to spare.

Collecting Crystal Cats

Often I find glass cats in antique malls here and in Canada. Antique malls are a good hunting ground for crystal cats or in fact any cat statues having been retired there during house clearances and the like. You can pick up some real bargains in antique shops, malls and collectives. I find them hard to resist because there is something so elegant in fine glassware that mirrors the elegance of the cat itself. What could be more elegant or coveted than a Lalique cat?

A Lalique Cat of my own

I now have my own little Lalique Heggy cat, in fact I have two, one curled up asleep and one sitting upright licking his paw. I inherited Heggy from my mum and I love her dearly but there is always room for more cats in this house.

Lenox Crystal Grooming Cat

Lennox Cat

My elegant crystal cat! I got tempted by this little cat on Ebay several years ago and won her for £12 including the postage. She is so beautiful and so feline. She has pride of place on the shrine.

Lioness and Cub – A Pride of Crystal Lions bought in Fort Langley

I think these are Lenox cats too – they were sold as Lenox, but have no “hallmark and date” engraved under the hollow base. I paid $5 CAD in an antiques mall in Fort Langley if I remember right! Lenox or not, my little pride of crystal lions is my pride and joy.

Swarovski Cats and Kittens – Cute Crystal Cats and Kittens by Swarovski

Swarovski crystal is highly collectible – as are Persian cats so it seems… One of my favourites is this grinning Cheshire cat.

I also have a little lucky cat mascot which I was bought one Christmas. I keep the little maneki neko cat in my cat corner along with the Lennox cats and Heggie, my Lalique cat figurine. She is tiny and sparkly and I was delighted to have her for a present.

A Clowder of Cats in Lenox crystal – Cat and kittens in crystal

Lenox cat trio

This came from an antiques mall in Coquitlam and cost me $7 CAD I think. It depicts a lovely little clowder of cats in Lenox crystal. Again, no etched brand and date, but still beautiful enough to be wrapped in cotton wool for the flight home to England. This litter takes pride of place on the cat shrine with the glass pride of lions and the crystal grooming cat. Perhaps one day some more Lalique cats will join them…

Baccarat Cats – Baccarat Cat Sculptures – are so elegant

My friend has a Baccarat cat on her wish list, as do I. When the big one comes in on the lottery I shall treat us both and buy a pair of Baccarat Egyptian cats.

Oh yes, Bastis would smile on the owner of such a lovely cat sculpture. He seems more panther than cat, but is certainly very elegant and proud like an Egyptian avatar.

An Interview with Kyra Hylland – Author and Crazy Cat Lady

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Kitty Mummy was recently privileged to interview author Kyra Halland. She writes some great books, but best of all she loves cats so she deserves pride of place here today. Thank you Kyra. We asked her the following questions:

1. What is your routine as a writer?

Writing is my full-time job. In the mornings, I take care of social media, correspondence, blog posts, finances, stuff like that. My writing workday starts late in the morning or early in the afternoon. I spend the first half writing on a new project; right now my aim is 1300 words a day. The second half I spend on revising and editing my next book to be released. I take breaks about every half hour to move around, do some chores, play a non-verbal game to clear my mind.

2. What is it that drives you personally as an author?

The need to tell stories. I have these characters living in my head demanding that I tell their stories. I have to give these characters life by writing their stories and releasing them into the world, or else they’ll never leave me alone.

3. I see you have an ambition to be a crazy cat lady. As someone who has already achieved said status, may I ask do you find your cats help you with your writing?

I have two cats, Kumo (Japanese for cloud), a longhaired gray cat, about 11 years old; we think he’s a Turkish Van (he was found as a stray or feral cat). And Sawyer, a shorthair tabby on top, white underneath, about 7 years old. They make sure I don’t sit down for too long (which is bad for your health) by asking me to feed them or let them out into the yard. And since I’m alone in the house all day (my kids have grown up and moved out, and my husband is at work all day), they give me someone to talk to. And, of course, any manuscript can be improved by the addition of a little cat hair.

4. Who is your favourite character to date and why?

Oh, goodness, that’s like asking me to choose my favorite of my kids and grandkids 🙂 I love all my characters, each for different reasons. Probably one of my most memorable characters is Roric Rossony, the professor of magical theory from The Lost Book of Anggird. He’s an extraordinarily complicated man; I was stuck on that book for years until he opened up and told me all about himself and his appalling past. Once I understood who he was and why he was the way he was, the book fell into place. And then there’s Silas Vendine, the bounty-hunting, gunslinging mage from my most recent books, the Daughter of the Wildings series, and his wife-student-sidekick Lainie Vendine, the rancher’s daughter who goes from being terrified of her magical powers to being a hugely powerful mage – maybe even more powerful than Silas!

5. Please say a few words about your latest book and why we should read it.

My latest project is actually a multi-author boxed set that I’m very excited to be part of. It’s called Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set. Basically, as C.J. Brightley, the coordinator of this boxed set, says, “Noblebright fantasy has at least one important character with noble, idealistic motives who does the right thing out of principle. The character is flawed, but his or her actions are generally defined by honesty, integrity, sacrifice, love, and kindness. The story upholds the goodness of the character; the character’s good qualities are not held up as naiveté, cluelessness, or stupidity, but rather shown to be worthwhile. Good characters can make a difference. Noblebright characters can learn and grow. They can deliberately choose to be kind when tempted to be unkind, they can choose generosity when it hurts, and they can influence their world and other characters for the better.” My book Beneath the Canyons is part of this set along with 11 other full-length novels and a handful of short stories, a great value for the price of $1.99. It releases on Tuesday Oct. 18, at these stores:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iTunes
Smashwords

Kyra’s Website
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Kitten Books for Christmas


512px-Six_weeks_old_cat_(aka) Kitten books
A six week old kitten By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Kitten Books – the Best Christmas Kitten Gift!

Ahhh… kitten books! So sweet! All of the Persimews agree and we know full well there will be real kittens given as Christmas presents this year. Some of them will find amazing homes but others will be less lucky, lost in the hustle and bustle of noisy households, becoming ill from eating Christmas plants or rich food, crying alone in corners for their mums while children enjoy the novelty of new toys and exasperated parents attempt to keep an orderly household free from tree climbing, ornament smashing and carpet pooping babycats. No! A kitten should be a responsible gift, not a Christmas present to be rehomed in the New Year.

Rant over! Don’t get me wrong, we are happy to see kittens get a GOOD home, but is Christmas the right time to get the real thing or might it be better to get a kitten book and learn about us first? We think so! Here are a few of our favourite kitten books this year.

Kitten Books for Kids

What can be more adorable to read than kitten books? I am a cat lover and when it comes to the Ahhhh factor, there are no prizes for guessing which animal has the most. This page is about kitten books and cat stories both old and new. There is a reason why kittens are so irresistible and there are not many children who can resist a great cat story either. I hope it will give you gift ideas for those little children who love kitten stories and cool tales about tails.

Maggie’s Magical Wish
Maggie’s Magical Wish is that rare commodity – a simple chapter book for grade 1 and 2 children. It is a lovely story about a little girl who must be very brave in order to achieve her dream of a kitten of her own! Beautifully written with simple language and sensitivity, it is an easily readable book that will delight young children moving on to their first chapterbooks. It may well delight a few adults too.

Funny Kitten Poster
Funny Kitten Poster by Lawlzorz
Check out other Funny kitten Posters at zazzle.com

Cat and Kitten Books For Kids – Fun with Cats and Kittens



All About Cats and Kittens (Reading Railroad)

All About Cats and Kittens (Reading Railroad) [Mass Market Paperback]
How to care for kittens, cat breeds and a section all about big cats too!

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes [Hardcover]
As Pete the Cat walks along he steps in strawberries, blueberries and a muddy puddle – see how his shoes change color! Pete the Cat kitten books are suitable for ages 3-7 years.

Why Do Cats Meow? (Penguin Young Readers, L3)
Why Do Cats Meow? (Penguin Young Readers, L3) Is one of those kitten books written for curious childre.
Why do cats meow? Why do they hiss and purr? What do they do with their whiskers, tails, and claws?

Kittens on Pumpkins Print
Kittens on Pumpkins Print by Sandyspider
Find other Kittens on pumpkins Posters at zazzle.com

The Cat, the Bat and the Burglar – An illustrated and illuminated manuscript by Colin Edward Mason

When it comes to kitten books there are those that are more properly cat books for human kittens and this is one. Drawing on the examples of Victorian Cautionary Rhyme and Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts for its inspiration, the Cat the Bat and the Burglar is a beautiful book with bright full colour printing throughout. A traditional picture book with detailed and delightfully Gothic cartoon plates, it is a tribute to the efforts of the artist. The story in rhyme is gripping and will excite children from age 7 to 70.

Some great Kitten Books to read from Amazon UK

Charlie and the Christmas Kitty [Hardcover]
Charlie is shocked by a big tree in the house. What are the boxes around it and… wait? What is that sound???

Maggie’s Magical Wish [Paperback]
Maggie’s dearest wish is for a kitten of her own, but first she must be brave… A fun read with a happy ending!

The Christmas Day Kitten [Paperback]
This lovely story by vet and writer James Herriott is bound to be a Christmas favorite!

More Kitten Books for Children (UK)

Kitten Books for Kids (USA)

The Cat the Bat and the Burglar is also available on the Lulu Marketplace and is discounted

From the UK Lulu Market place (also available on other sites):

The Cat the Bat and the Burglar
US Trade Mass market paperback version of the Cat the bat and the Burglar at 25% discount!

The Cat the Bat and the Burglar – A4 Comic Book version
Huge 40% saving on the A4 comic book version of the Cat the Bat and the Burglar. Save over $10!

The Cat, the Bat and the Burglar – Hardback

The Cat, the Bat and the Burglar – the Hardback version of this exquisite book is exclusive to Lulu.

Cat Care and Kitten Care for Kids. – A selection of great kitten care books.

Cat Care and Kitten Care for Kids. – A selection of great kitten care books.
You want your kitten to be your best friend ever, and kittens grow up to be cats too. So how should you look after your kitten? Here are some books to help children understand and care for their pet. All these books are illustrated in color and easy to read.

Kitten Care (Guides for Young Pet Owners)
Kitten Care (Guides for Young Pet Owners) [Hardcover]
This kitten care book is aimed at Grade 5 kids and above. It helps with choosing a kitten, feeding it, understanding behaviour and necessary chores like cleaning its litterbox.

Complete Kitten Care
Complete Kitten Care [Paperback]
Written as a comprehensive guide to a kitten’s new home. Full of facts and tips on feeding, communicating and grooming and interesting cat stories. It talks about shelter versus purebred cats, but remember purebred cats are often abandoned too!

Kitten (ASPCA Pet Care Guides for Kids)
This book aims to teach youngsters how to look after their best new buddy! Suitable for kids aged 7 and up, this book goes into choosing a kitten, feeding, grooming and understanding your kitten’s behaviour.

And last but not least because we are all practical cats, we want to let you know about this book:

This guide to understanding and coping with poor toileting behaviour is something all potential kitten and cat households should read. It is a sad reality that toileting problems are the main reason cats (and kittens) are abandoned or put up for rehoming. Read it first and hopefully you won’t need its advice, but if you do the Jewelry Cats were here to help!

Mabel The Diabetic Cat a lesson in how to care for a diabetic cat.

Thank you to Mabel and her Secretary Jewels for this lovely article about Mabel. We hope you will share it widely and save some cats!

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How to Look After a Diabetic Cat as told by Mabel the Diabetic Cat

Hello everyone! My name is Mabel. Mabel the Diabetic Cat. As you can see I am quite a splendid and very beautiful cat and I am here to tell you how to look after a diabetic cat. You know, I have been told I somewhat resemble a bobcat. I like that. All kitties have a wild cat hiding inside! What you can’t see is that I am a special needs cat – a cat with diabetes in fact. I am going to share my story of being a Diabetic Cat with you. I know that cats with health issues can be a bit of a challenge, but special needs cats have lots of love to share! Come read my story and maybe you all will learn something new about cats with diabetes. I hope you will all see why diabetic cats make great pets and friends! Are you sitting comfortably? Good! Then we shall begin…

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How to look after a Diabetic Cat – Mabel’s History

Before I tell you what it’s like to be a diabetic cat, and how to look after a diabetic cat, I thought you might like to know a little about me. I’m a very interesting kitty! I was born July of 1998. That makes me 16 this year! I lived in four different homes before I came to live with my forever family. Some of those homes weren’t very nice and it made me very shy. The last home I had before this one loved me, but I was still such a shy kitty that I spent most of my time in the basement rafters. When I came to live in my forever home with my little brother Peekaboo, and my older sister Mojo, I was not a very happy cat. My new mommy said I could take all the time I needed to get used to my new family. At this point no one knew how sick I was. Mommy let me live under a couch for a long time. She is a very nice mommy and made sure I had lots of good food and didn’t force me to be sociable. I eventually did become happy again, and I love my mommy very much now! She says I’m her best girl!

Luxury Bedding for a Diabetic Cat
Any kitty worth her whiskers likes to have an assortment of sleeping places to chose from. I wonder if I can convince mommy to let me go shopping! Maybe one with a canopy?

               

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Mabel the Diabetic Cat Gets Sick – Mabel’s Upset Tummy

My family noticed that I often had a very upset tummy. I spent a lot of time visiting the litter box. We tried lots of different kinds of foods and discovered I had Irritable Bowels due to food intolerances! What is a kitty to do? We eventually found out that the only meat I can have that doesn’t upset my delicate tummy is chicken. I can’t even have fish! I’m ok with salmon oil, but other fishies make me very sick. That doesn’t make my brothers and sisters very happy. Twice a day I get nice chicken cat food. Mommy has a terrible time trying to find food that is safe for me to eat. We still can’t figure out why they put all kinds of other meats in the can when the can says Chicken!

Feeding a Diabetic Cat – Some Foods Mabel Has Tried

I can eat some of these things, but I still have to check the labels! Now where is the chicken!

               

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Mabel Gets Diagnosed With Diabetes – Mabel Gets Very Sick

I was doing very well with my new diet and was becoming a very happy little girl. Then one day I collapsed. Mommy was very scared and didn’t know what had happened to me. I was rushed to my doctor and after some tests was told I was very sick with Diabetes. My blood sugars were dangerously high. I was so frightened! I didn’t know what Diabetes meant really. I knew one of my new sisters had it and she had died because of it. I had to stay in the hospital for a week. I was lonely and scared. I thought I had done something wrong and had been abandoned again. Then my mommy came to visit me in the hospital. We were so happy to see each other! The nurses took very good care of me, but I wanted my mommy. I tried very hard to get well enough to be able to go home. I sat very still when the doctor checked my blood several times a day to make sure I was getting better. Eventually I was well enough to go home, but I was still very sick.

Mabel says please look after your diabetic cat, we can live a long time and we are just as loving as healthy kitties!

Do you have a diabetic cat?

If your cat’s behaviour is different please check for diabetes

Please check these sites if you think your cat might have symptoms of diabetes.
Please do it before the cat crashes, like I did.
Diabetes is easier to treat if caught early.

Living With A Diabetic Cat – Symptoms Of Feline Diabetes

Common Symptoms of a Diabetic Cat

Diabetes in Cats – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Learning To Live With Diabetes – I Hate My Medicine!

When I was allowed to go home I had new medicine to take. Mommy had to give me insulin injections twice a day! I didn’t like that. I kept trying to hide from my medicine. Mommy said I needed it to keep me from getting sick again. I didn’t like my needles, they hurt and made me feel strange. First I had to change my food, and now I had to get needles! I felt very sorry for myself. The doctor wanted me to try Diabetic Cat food, but they all upset my tummy. We also really learned that I can’t have fishy at all, except salmon oil. One of my favourite treats was tuna water, but it makes my blood sugar go way too high! I had to go for regular check ups to make sure the Diabetes wasn’t getting worse. We also had to try a few different kinds of insulin. I have to be on a combination of injecting insulin and a pill for it to work properly.

Mabel the Diabetic Cat

Five Years and Still Going! – Mommy’s Best Girl
It took a long time for me to get used to being Diabetic. It was hard not being able to have all the treats I like and I get very itchy from having too much sugar in my blood. I am a very good kitty now for my medicine. You might not believe this but it’s true! Mommy tells me it’s time for medicine and after a little coaxing I come out of my bed. Then I sit nicely in front of mommy and she says it’s pill time. Mommy tells me to open my mouth and I do! In goes the pill and I swallow. Then mommy says it’s time for medicine, that’s what she calls my insulin. I get a little shoulder rub and quick as a whisker I get my injection! It took us two years to get it all sorted nice and easy like that. I know now that my insulin makes me feel better so I am a good girl for it. That’s why mommy says I’m her Best Girl! I hope you all learned a little about what a great friend a Diabetic Cat can be. Give us a chance and we might just surprise you!

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Vintage Goebel Birds For Gifts

Vintage Goebel Birds - Horned Owl

We Persimews often get a bad rap because we love birds. Well, what is wrong with that? Who doesn’t love birds? We call them meals on wings – for very good reason – although being precious Persimews, we are not allowed out hunting for fear we might be abducted or hurt in an accident. So frustrating to sit in the window and watch them sing and flap about, but at least we are not staring at birds on the plasma screen!

Mummy Likes To Buy Vintage Goebel Birds

Today mummy is jubilant! She has been on the Ebay thingy and guess what, she has been buying Vintage Goebel Birds at auction. To us, vintage Goebel birds have about as much allure as a tennis racket without a ball. You can’t eat them, you can’t chase them, and if you dab them with the velvet paw and they fall down they don’t even fly away. They just make a strange tinkly sound and the humans get watery eyes and go sulky for a while. At least my human does, but she is never sulky for long, never shouts at us and usually forgives us quickly and kisses us right away (UGH! HUMAN SPIT ALERT!)

Mummy doesn’t buy Vintage Goebel Birds for us though. She buys them, examines them to make sure they are good and then wraps them up in shiny paper again. I have been listening and I am pretty sure she gives them to our Auntie Ordinary, who is neither Auntie, nor Ordinary, but Extraordinary Audrey who is the Kitty Mummy’s own mummy. She must be a sort of cat because she loves birds, but she doesn’t look much like a cat to me.

Vintage Goebel Birds Make Great Birthday Gifts

Kitty mummy has been most busy this week buying Vintage Goebel Birds for Auntie Ordinary’s Bird Day. She has managed to buy a Greenfinch, two bluetits on a branch and a delightful barn owl ALL on E-mew-bay…. Yes, maybe a bit of a risk, but so far she is happy with her Bird Day pressies. We are sure Auntie Ordinary will love them even if they are not as much fun as REAL birds!

Thank you for visiting the Persimews today to learn about Vintage Goebel Birds!

Gorgeous Cats and Kittens

Today I am feeling blue, kitty mummy is looking at OTHER CATS. She says they are gorgeous cats and kittens, but what about US! We three Persimews are decidedly gorgeous cats you know! It used to be TV programmes and photos on Facebook but everything changes.

Pinterest, Gorgeous Cats and their Kitty Pictures

Oh my – mummy has just discovered Pinterest! Now she is on line 24/7 looking at everyone else’s kitties…. I mean, the most gorgeous cats and kittens she can find (next to us of course). She still feeds us and efurrything, but what is a kitty to do? My instinct tells me not to be jealous of computer kitty, most gorgeous cats who only exist on a plasma screen, but move over Grumpy Cat, I feel like joining you. What is it about kitty mummies that makes them a sucker for every twitching whisker or fluffy tail they see?

         

I shall do my best to intercept her mouse. It has a lovely dangly wire and she gets miffed when we bat it or chew it. Why is beyond me, mice are designed to be chased, chewed and converted into inner catness when all is said and done. If she would calm down long enough to listen I would ask her how she would feel if I spent all my time on Pinterest ogling and cooing over gorgeous humans. On second thoughts, that is a very ICKY idea indeed. Humans are hairless, large and uncouth and not at all worth posting on Pinterest except for a weird LOL cartoon or two. I think I will go cough up a hairball right now!

A Cushion for Kitty

Well, by now I think you will know we sit anywhere we like, but if you were thinking of celebrating your kitty with a cushion, here are some ideas our mummy created to celebrate us!

Cat Cushions with a personal touch

Or perhaps that should read “purrsonal” ? Do you know, there is no such thing as an ugly cat? Well, bearing that in mind, you can create the most beautiful purrsonalised kitty cushions on Zazzle, and that is just what mummy has been doing this week. Let me just show you a few examples:

This cushion celebrates me of course:

The Katma Sutra is a cute little number that will appeal to Himalayan Cat fans.

Cute cats katma sutra throw pillow
Cute cats katma sutra throw pillow by persimew
Browse other pillow designs on Zazzle.

Black Cats Throw Pillow is based on Puddly, a sweet black boy who adopted mummy many years ago:

Black Cats Throw Pillow
Black Cats Throw Pillow by persimew
Look at Black Pillows online at Zazzle.com

Marmalade Cat Throw Pillow was inspired by our brother Phyx:

Marmalade Cat Throw Pillow
Marmalade Cat Throw Pillow by persimew
Browse other throw pillow designs on Zazzle.

Buddha Cat is a tiled design based on the incomparable Dharma Cat Photahsiamirabel!

Buddha Cat Tiled Throw Pillow
Buddha Cat Tiled Throw Pillow by persimew
View more Buddha Pillows at zazzle.com

Design your own kitty throw pillow

You can of course design your very own kitty pillows on Zazzle if you like, but there are literally thousands you can enjoy and we are happy to endorse our mummy’s design work should you like to have our portraits on your comfy sofa!

Sterling Silver Cat Rings and Cat Bling!

Shamelessly showcasing some lovely jewelry today!

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Your pad or mine? by persimew

Cat rings in sterling silver or 925 silver are elegant and show off the cat form nicely.

Sterling Silver Cat Face Ring (Available in Sizes 6 to 10) size 10
Sterling Silver Cat Face Ring (Available in Sizes 6 to 10) size 10

Sterling Silver Cat Face Ring (Available in Sizes 6 to 10) size 10 price

Black Panther 3D Animal Ring Cat CZ Sterling Silver
Black Panther 3-D Animal Ring Cat CZ Sterling Silver

Black Panther 3-D Animal Ring Cat CZ Sterling Silver price

Sterling Silver Black Enameled Cat Stackable Ring Size 7
Sterling Silver Black Enameled Cat Stackable Ring Size 7

Sterling Silver Black Enameled Cat Stackable Ring Size 7 price

STERLING SILVER CAT FACES RING
STERLING SILVER CAT FACES RING

STERLING SILVER CAT FACES RING price

Sterling Silver Diamond Cut Cat Ring, size 8
Sterling Silver Diamond Cut Cat Ring, size 8

Sterling Silver Diamond Cut Cat Ring, size 8 price

Rare Huge Heavy 24G Solid Sterling Silver Hand Carved Big Cat Ring Finger Sizes 8 to 13 Available
Rare Huge Heavy 24G Solid Sterling Silver Hand Carved Big Cat Ring Finger Sizes 8 to 13 Available

Rare Huge Heavy 24G Solid Sterling Silver Hand Carved Big Cat Ring Finger Sizes 8 to 13 Available price

A Familiar Ring Cat Greeting Card card
A Familiar Ring Cat Greeting Card by persimew

Christmas Kittens and Kitten Books

This year as always there will be Children wanting a Christmas kitten.

Christmas Kittens

Many of these kittens will find good homes with people who understand and love their cats but many will be less fortunate. From the point of view of a tiny kitten, is Christmas really the best time to leave mother? In a house full of loud children, parties and potentially dangerous decorations Christmas can be a frightening and potentially fatal environment. Rampaging children, tipsy adults and poisonous pine needles present a very real danger. Add to that the needs of a new kitten in the midst of food preparation, parties and present giving and the little one could well be forgotten.

A Christmas kitten will be an Easter cat and sadly many cats are abandoned when the reality of this sinks in. These are the homes people prefer not to think about – the ones you see the animal charities talk about. In addition, some particularly despicable people will abandon a senior cat and buy a kitten to replace it! How cruel!

Rescues are often overflowing around this time of year with abandoned animals and while the kittens might find a new home, the senior cats are likely to be put to sleep just for being old. Why not consider adopting a senior or special needs cat? Be sure you know what that would involve however…

The best time to buy a cat or, more particularly, a tiny kitten is when the home will be quiet and the transition easier for the pet. In the meantime, why not buy some kitten books and prepare for the event by reading up on cat care and cat centered toilet training?

Mummy is in the Cat House….

Leaving the cats for three weeks? How dare she! It is all very well that we have the other servant on call and will not be alone, but who is going to keep me warm at night? The girls can be so techy! I am truly a Blue Persian this morning!

Anyway, on the plus side, mummy has discovered this lovely book to read on the flight. (Flight? Who knew humans could fly anyway?) It is about the Dalai Lama’s Cat. So far she says it is the best book she has read in a while, so more on that later.

She had better bring us some good catnip toys!