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.

Maneki Neko Cats Feng Shui and Fun

Maneki Neko Cat

Cute Maneki Neko Cat Gifts And Novelties

These gifts are so cute, I can’t resist them, can you? The lucky cats here are fun and inexpensive and have the added benefit of Feng Shui attributes. In other words a Maneki Neko cat will bring you good fortune as well as a smile or two! We bought a gold Maneki Neko cat figurine for Tadpole’s sister this Christmas and it certainly won the prize for laughs and smiles. We hope she is monitoring her lottery tickets carefully too as its battery powered arm goes up and down furiously. I put this page of lucky cat gifts and novelties together to cheer me up too as my personal circumstances have kept me away from here for too long. I needed a bright and cheerful subject to contemplate. So please bring on the happy kitties, a little kitty powered Feng Shui and a dose of good fortune for anyone who visits this page.

Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat

The tale of a poor monk and his little cat Tama, and how Tama saved the life of a great Samurai. A wonderful telling of the legend of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a good luck symbol.

As you can see in the poster, Maneki neko cats come in different colours, and wave different paws. These variations in colour and pose have specific and different meanings. To learn more, just click on the safe links below.

Learn more about Maneki Neko cats from Wikipedia

Link to Sushi Cat’s list of meanings

Cute Maneki Neko Posters from Zazzle- Delightful Illustrations

To see more about the artists or to buy these posters, just click on the image.

A Perfect Glass of Pinot Noir Print
A Perfect Glass of Pinot Noir Print by 3catsgraphics
Look at more Maneki Posters at zazzle
A Pleasing Glass of Pinot Grigio Print
A Pleasing Glass of Pinot Grigio Print by 3catsgraphics
See additional Posters & Art online at Zazzle

Maneki Neko – 4 Sets of Roly Poly Mini Cats Display Set (#7320)

Maneki Neko – 4 Sets of Roly Poly Mini Cats Display Set (#7320)
These roly poly Maneki neko cats make a fun and hardwearing toy that will bring a smile to children of ALL ages from 2 to 102.

Lavender Ceramic Maneki Neko Lucky Cat #KT6-LC is a delightfully smiley and sleepy roly poly kitten who will remind all cat lovers exactly how to relax and enjoy life.

Japanese Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Coin Purse Bag #22408-8

What better way to guard your fortune than with this sweet little Maneki Neko Cat Purse! Little girls will love this pretty cat gift.

Sushi Maneki Neko Print
Sushi Maneki Neko Print by samack
See another museum poster on zazzle.com

Lucky Black and Cute White Maneki Neko Cats – Black and White Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Gifts and Novelties

This little black roly poly maneki neko cat figurine represents happiness and will make you smile.

This is just so cute! This little cat is waving BOTH arms for good measure!

This delightful Japanese Lucky Cat doubles as a novelty tea cup – just turn the maneki neko cat upside down.

Maneki Neko Cat Clocks – Maneki Neko Clocks

Maneki Neko Cat Clocks are perennially popular with all, they make the ideal novelty wall clock and are fun for kitchens, living rooms or the kid’s bedrooms.

Please leave a message for the Maneki Neko Cats – Who hope to bring you good fortune.

This is my happy face, but a Maneki Neko Cat would make me smile.

Blue Persian Wall Clock
Blue Persian Wall Clock by persimew
Browse more Blue persian Wall Clocks at Zazzle

This Years Best Cat Calendars

This Year’s Cat Calendars

Looking for this year’s best cat calendars? There are some still around I am sure!This year’s cat calendars is a fun page I originally put together to showcase many of the highly original cat calendars on Zazzle. This year I can only choose a few, so it is more ordinary but still fun. In all honesty, if you have not explored Zazzle I hope you will follow me over to see what an amazing range they do have. They are by far the best marketplace for original art you can actually customize.

A 2015 Calendar with Cats…

Christmas is Coming,
The Goose is getting fat,
What better gift for Auntie
Than a Calendar of Cat?

This is what Kitty Mummy had to say before we went to press:

“This is a page about calendars with a feline theme. I love cats, and I love looking at cat calendars and planning which friends and relatives to send them too. My favourite right now is a big cat calendar I have on my wall, though last years Magnum Persian Cat Calendar is still lying around – I just love the pictures. So here are a few cat calendars for you to enjoy”

Cat Calendars for Christmas – Find Original Cute Cat Calendars For Presents
Seriously, calendars are something many people give and receive at Christmas I look at those I would like to receive, and look back fondly at those I HAVE been given and wonder why? Surely the big firms could be more creative?

Sometimes I feel grumpy, no reason, I just do. On those occasions I only have to look at Tardars grumpy little face to be reminded I am never alone – even if I want to be.

There are so many wonderful designs out there that never make the High Street shops or the Big Malls. So many artists unknown whose original bright and colourful designs would please me so much more than the predictable! Then I thought – OK – I love cats, I will share some favourite Cat-lendars here, you can tell me at the end if you agree. Are the local shops boring or am I just scratching at the wrong tree?

This years Zen Cat Calendar promises to be a good one too.

Feline Fantasies – A Designer Who Loves Cats Too

I love this store on Zazzle. The artwork appeals to my quirky sense of humour and love of cats. I bought some myself too but not saying which as it might give the game away. Awaiting the next calendar with baited breath. Is it there yet?

Disgruntled kitty in table arrangement towel
Disgruntled kitty in table arrangement towel by fur_persons2
Browse more Cat lover Kitchen Towels at Zazzle

Well, I’m sorry, that just isn’t good enough. No cat calendar? Never mind looking at the amazing stuff you have I forgive you – THIS year anyway.

Helping Cats – Rescues Sometimes Design Calendars too!
Some shelter owners and helpers use their artistic talent to help animals. I think that is a wonderful thing and hope you will feel able to support them. How can a cat as beautiful as this possibly need to be in a shelter?

Back to the mainstream for a while though as we haven’t exhausted my favourites.

Pusheen takes the kibble for cuteness. I am lucky enough to share mummy’s sofa Brian who resembles Pusheen a little, though most of that is fur and his face is more like Tardar’s.

Persian Cat Calendars – Or you can search for Bengals and other favourites
Talking about Persian cats, we are undeniably special. Quite apart from being simply gorgeous, our purrsonality is so gentle and shy and our loyalty easily matches that of dogs. We need to be cossetted and protected as we are more child like than cat like. Persian slaves should try their best to get the message across. Persians need and deserve special homes! This calendar celebrates the beauty of Persian Cats.

Beautiful Big Cat Calendars – Big Cats Breathtaking in Power and Beauty
OK, those who know me well will know I have a thing for tigers and other big cats. They speak to my innermost spirit. White tigers particularly call to me.

Big cats are undeniably the most beautiful top predators of the animal kingdom. (Sorry wolves, I love you too, but…) I found some of the photography here is stunning and had to share it. Why not go and see for yourself?

OK I admit it, I had a tough time choosing between this and the Tiger Calendar, but in the end the ocelot won me over. This is stunning photography. We really do need to do more to protect these wonderful creatures and their environment!

Big Cats Art Calendar 2015
Big Cats Art Calendar 2015 by romanceworks
View another calendar at Zazzle

I could show you pages and pages of these beautiful big cat calendars, but you could just click on the picture and take a look for yourself. It is worth the time!

All cats are beautiful – Pet Cats Are The Most Special To Their Families
There is simply no such thing as an ugly cat. Big or small, feral or tame, pedigree or moggy, a cat is a thing of beauty; a Being endowed with intelligence, sensitivity and grace. Here are some calendars featuring pets and produced with love, pride and joy. There is only one thing people are more proud of than a beautiful pet cat, and that is a new baby. That is the importance that cats have acquired in our everyday lives.

Cats in Art How Pretty Can Your Cat Get?
Who could be without the fluffy and sentimental sort of cat art that has grown in popularity ever since the early paintings of cats as people by Louis Wain?

Here are pink and fluffy, very pretty cat pictures that will delight cat lovers world wide.

Cat Lover's 2015 Calendar
Cat Lover's 2015 Calendar by bettymatsumotoschuch
Browse Cats Calendars online at Zazzle.com
Cute Foster Kitten 2015 Calendar
Cute Foster Kitten 2015 Calendar by UniqueAnimalDesigns
Check out more Kitten Calendars at Zazzle

Louis Wain Cat Calendar – Eccentric Cat Man
Louis Wain set the world alight with his wonderful pictures of cats dressed as and behaving like people. Before that cats had looked feral and fierce in art. After Wain there was no turning back – kitty was tame.

Cats And Other Delightfully Fluffy Images- Cats, Fairies, Unicorns and other Creatures of Legend
And guess what, you will find them ALL on Zazzle. So I admit it – these are not all cats, but they are very nice anyway! Children of all ages believe in faeries, unicorns, mermaids and dragons and why not! All things of beauty and legend exist somewhere in the Universe if loved enough. But what can be more captivating or magical than a black cat?

Just black cats. This Magnum calendar showcases the stunning beauty of the black cat and it would be good luck to get this in my Christmas stocking.

Black Cat Club 2015 Calendar
Black Cat Club 2015 Calendar by WeAreBlackCatClub
Find more Calander Calendars at Zazzle

Guthram Was An Honorary Cat. He enjoyed cat food daily…
…and exclusively at least until he was released and learned to augment his diet with beetles and other slimy and crunchy snacks. I have to let Guthram have the final say of course…. Oliver put a huge amount of time into creating the pictures for this calendar.

Cute Cartoon Hedgehog Calendar
Cute Cartoon Hedgehog Calendar by persimew
See other Hedgehogs Calendars at zazzle

Well, I know what I think, there is a whole world of stunning creativity out there that business seems blissfully unaware of. Fortunately we have the internet so we can track it down ourselves. What do you think?

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!

Mabel 1

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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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?

The tail twitch

Dear Felikitty,
I am a mindful cat, calm and peaceful by nature. Some have even called me a Bodhicatva, but however hard I meditate my tail seems to have a mind of its own. Sometimes it is so annoying I am even tempted to bite it! What should I do?
Yours always,
BooBoo xx

Dear BooBoo,

Sometimes meditation can be really hard, but remember you are well on the way to a purrfect realisation of Divinity anyway. Such is the nature of Felinity! In meditation, I find it very helpful to concentrate on my tail – nothing else, just the tail. Feel the tail twitch and watch it, do not bite it, just watch and count the twitches, let all your thoughts be silent with that tail. Be one with your tail and in time it will cease to be an annoyance. You can be one with your tail.

On a practical note, if you feel the need to chase something, I will show you a few handy toys, but do not let them distract you from your goal. There is no higher calling than Boddhicatva!

Your friend and Purr Auntay always,

Felikitty xx

          

     

Helping the Feral Cat – and an Obstacle courtesy of inefficient Carriers!

Nimrod is a semi-feral cat He or she (we can’t get close enough to look) loves living wild and appreciates the handouts we give but won’t come near. That causes me heartache – if I could vet Nimrod and give him the all clear he could become an indoor kitty like the three Persimews. No such luck.

This time of year I worry about how cold he must be. We bought him a kennel and that has an internal box insulated with bubble wrap and some old pillows. He likes his house, but with snow approaching I wanted to buy him a Self-Warming Pet Crate Pad to lay on. Amazon to the rescue of course and I decided to try the express delivery.

Then carriers DPD came into the equation. We stayed in – two wide awake adults in a small house, the front door open onto the porch. No knock, no ring, a grunt on the phone so short it didn’t even register a message and an email from DPD saying they couldn’t deliver because we were out. I didn’t know they had even attempted to deliver until I read those emails saying we had been out!

Now I had that problem with DPD once before – they delivered an Ebay parcel to a house the other side of the village with a similar address to mine. I never even knew until the lady phoned me. This time, said lady must have been out or still asleep because they certainly didn’t come here.

When I phoned, what followed was 15 minutes of circular argument. “Our driver knocked, he rang the bell, you were out, he left a card, he waited 5 minutes, he even rang the depot for your number and called you”. Again, and again all we got was defensive mantras backing up the driver’s rather shabby little story… NO WAY could their driver be lying or mistaken. What part of “perhaps he tried the wrong house” didn’t they get???

DPD’s customer service in this instance was so awful I rang Amazon in desperation. I love Amazon – this is the first ever late delivery and usually their things arrive days if not weeks early! The really helpful Amazon assistant got back to them and again, they went talking round in circles to him! Amazon however showed why I personally use them again and again. It is NOT uncommon apparently for carriers to let them down and blame the customers. He refunded my postage plus a little more as compensation for loss of time. On Monday I am to phone again if the parcel has not been delivered.

Nimrod meanwhile has inherited an extra cushion and the double bolster pillow from my bed until his new warmie shows up!