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Applaws – Review


When Applaws contacted me to offer a hamper of food to the cats I didn’t hesitate to say yes. We hadn’t fed our cats Applaws food before but I had heard of how great it was and I was sure the cats would be happy to try it out.

We’ve always been keen to feed our cats high quality food and when Pixie had health problems a few years ago it became even more important. Pixie has allergies. We’re not entirely sure what to but it results in her having skin problems and we do know that it’s food related. I started doing some research and was shocked to see what some companies put in cat food and how little meat is in a lot of it. Cats are carnivores and need a high meat content diet. Lots of brands of cat food include grains which wouldn’t naturally be part of a cat’s diet as well as other cheap ingredients to bulk out the food instead of more expensive meat. Applaws doesn’t contain any of this and uses lots of good meat – just what kitties need.


The cats couldn’t wait to get stuck into the food (Arty even opened the bag of biscuits before I had a chance to). I was amazed at how the food looks, almost good enough for me to eat (I didn’t try though!)


I have to say the cats didn’t have a favourite flavour of wet food, they were all as popular as each other and disappeared in record time. Pixie didn’t try any of the shrimp flavours as we know that is one thing that she can’t eat and the packs were all clearly labeled so we knew for sure which she could have. They all really enjoyed the big chunks of meat and fish, it looks so much better than most of the food I’ve seen come out of tins!


They loved the biscuits too and they seem to be far more satisfied with a portion of Applaws biscuits than they used to with their previous brand. – due to the 80% meat content. I think we’re definitely going to keep on feeding them those on a daily basis.

The only down side to Applaws is the price *but* you get what you pay for and it is a really great food. I would only ask that they did bigger tins as when feeding three cats, opening all those tiny tins is a bit of a hassle and I’m sure they could offer even better value if they sold in bigger sizes.

You can find out a lot more about Applaws on their website and Facebook page.

Have your cats tried Applaws?

Did you know pet products labelled ‘with meat’ only have to have a minimum 4% meat by law?
You should try the Applaws quiz to see how well you know your cat and what they should eat.
I scored 100%  What’s your score?


Santa has been early this year.


We are going away at Christmas to spend time with my family so Santa was kind enough to bring the cats their gift early.

The tree is from ZooPlus and for the price it is really good (£59). I have to say there are a few little cosmetic problems with the wooden surfaces so I can’t recommend it 100% if you’re looking for something super fancy. That said, it is a really sturdy great tree and the cats started using it before we’d even finished building it. They love the height (Pixie especially) and they’ve all had a good scratch at the posts.

Molly is being cheeky and telling Arty she won’t share.

Learn to Speak Cat – Review

Before we moved house earlier in the year, I used to get the bus to the post office three times a week to post out orders. The best thing about those bus trips was checking out the latest Learn To Speak Cat cartoon in the Metro newspaper. They always made me laugh.

Anthony’s pictures aren’t in the Metro anymore but fear not, you can get your fix from his latest book, Learn to Speak Cat 2, which he kindly sent me a copy of.


All the cartoons are really clever, many based on word play. The illustrations are so cute!!


You can preorder the book from Amazon where it’s released on 8th October or head over to Anthony’s Facebook Page and ask him if you can buy a copy, he’ll even sign it for you. The Facebook page also has regular new cartoons to make you laugh.


Purrfect Box – Review

The lovely folks at Purrfect Box were kind enough to send the cats some boxes to review. Purrfect box is a monthly subscription of a box of goodies for your kitty 😀

As soon as I opened it Arty was straight in there..

…and when I say straight in there, he jumped right on into the box. It’s the perfect size for him so he was super happy.

This box is the summer box and comes with Hello Cat treats, a catnip scratching block, a valerian heart, some vitamin paste and a laser pen. You can read more details about the contents here.

Pixie decided she would test the treats and the paste and I think she found them both delicious as she kept asking for more.


Molly was on toy testing. She couldn’t decide which to play with first so played with both the block and the heart. The wooden block has slots in to put catnip and scratchy bit on top. The heart is stuffed with valerian. Video was the only real way to show quite how much Molly liked them. She also loved the laser pen but moved way to fast for me to capture her playing with it, she is crazy for that red dot.

Per month the boxes are £19.90 which is a little more than other boxes I’ve seen but if you subscribe for the year it’s only £15.90 a month which is much better value for money. It’s such a great way to treat your kitty and they will get lots of enjoyment from it, ours certainly have.

For more info, check out the Purrfect Box website.


The lovely folks at have sent Pixie and Arty one of their fab boxes of goodies to check out.


When you sign up to Purrboxes you get a monthly box of toys and treats for your cat (you can also buy an individual box if you don’t want to sign up for a subscription)

Pixie and Arty were interested as soon as it arrived. I don’t know if it was the sound of a packet of Dreamies or the scent of the catnip but they wanted me to open it right away.


In this month’s box there were two mice toys, a great ball on a string toy, lots of treats, catnip and cat grass (including the compost to grow it in).


Arty has been batting the mice around the hallway, he throws them in the air and then chases them at high speed. Pixie’s favourite is the ball on a string. She leapt all over the place chasing it last night and every time I wanted to stop playing she’d drag it around until I played again. The tasselled bit makes a great noise as it goes through the air which is what I think Pixie is most attracted to. Catnip is always a winner in our house, both Arty and Pixie are addicts and happily roll about in it.

Pixie was also really interested in the box and tissue paper that it all came in.


I’ve planted the grass, following the instructions, so we’ll have to see how that goes. Arty loves eating plants so I’m sure he’ll be happy to have something else to chew on.


For more information on PurrBoxes, head over to their Website or Facebook page. Purrboxes monthly deadline is usually the 10th of the month but they’ve kindly extended the cut off date so if you order before the 14th of April you will get the April box. Orders after that date will be for the May box which will be different.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity – Book Review

Everyone knows that internet would be nothing without cats and in the past few years there has been a rise in the numbers of celebrity cats. My all time favourite will always be Maru but there are so many other big profile cats out there that make the internet a better place. A day wouldn’t be complete without seeing a Grumpy Cat meme.

Well what happens if you want to get in on the action and make your cat the feline celebrity? Thankfully the answer is here in the form of this hilarious book.
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What ever type of cat you have, be it a clown, a devil or a lazy bum, there is advice on how to make the most of your cat’s abilities. It has hints and tips on how you can cash in on the awesomeness of your kitty and get his five minutes of fame.


This book is hilarious, the photos made me laugh so much and it’s bound to be a hit with anyone who loves cats of the internet. The tongue-in-cheek humour and cute cats are the perfect combination.


Daz and I thought we would use some of the hints and tips in the book to make Arty into the next big thing. Arty is a ‘do-nothing’ cat so a box and some food seemed like the only way to get him to do anything. I decided to take it up a notch and add some humour into the mix, an ordinary box isn’t good enough for our Arty. Five minutes with a box, a marker pen and my artist talents, our prop was done. Time to get Arty working to earn his keep.
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It turned out that making the prop was the easy part. Getting Arty to play the part of a lion was more tricky than anticipated, not helped by Pixie trying to get her own slice of celeb life.

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Finally we got a shot that we were happy with, time to upload it to the internet and wait for the paparazzi to turn up at our door.

Daz, I told you not to feed the lion!

If you want to help Arty reach his true fame potential you can head over to Facebook and share his picture.

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity is out on April 1st and you can pre-order it from Amazon – Amazon UK or Amazon USA

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Moving House With Cats

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Last weekend we moved house. As you can imagine, making sure the cats were ok was a priority. I thought I’d share some of the things we did to make sure they stayed as happy as possible whilst making a big change to their lives.

Feliway and Pixie
Feliway kindly sent us lots of goodies to help with the move.

We had Feliway plugged in at our old house whilst we prepared for the move. All the packing was unsettling for the cats and we wanted to make sure that they weren’t too stressed by it. Thankfully cats love boxes so the packing wasn’t all bad for them, they loved to help!

Arty is a very nervous cat and the thing that upsets him the most is having strange people in his house (I’m pretty sure he’d rather go to the vet!). He gets very upset, burrows into a tiny space under the bed and doesn’t come out for hours. Because of this, whilst everything was being moved from one house to the other, we had him looked after by the lovely ladies of City Central Cattery. Our cats go there regularly and they know the people. They are looked after really well and I knew they would be safe and less stressed. If we were moving to a bigger place, giving the cats a room to their selves may have been an option but it wasn’t something we could do. Knowing they were safe and looked after meant we didn’t have to worry so much, especially seeing as our move was very stressful for us.

As soon as we had access to our new house we plugged in several Feliway diffusers. This gave them time to fill the rooms with the special pheromones that make the cats feel calm.

We set up the bedroom as a safe space for the cats with their beds and blankets so that it would smell familiar. We also included several litter trays, food and water. It would be too overwhelming to introduce the cats to the whole house at once so setting up a base room for them is best.

For the car journey we sprayed Feliway into their carriers and in the car. I sat in the back seat between their carriers and talked to them the whole way. Thankfully it was only a half hour journey and they coped pretty well. Arty did meow a bit but he’s always been a very vocal cat.

On arrival, we let them out into the bedroom and left them to explore for a bit. We just sat on the bed so they knew we were there but left them too it. It’s important for cats to explore at their own pace. Arty hid for a while under the bed, Pixie was a little braver and had a look round before coming and sitting on me. We left them in the bedroom for the rest of the day. I took a nap with them :)

Pixie was soon very relaxed.

When they seemed settled and confident in the bedroom we opened the door and let them explore the rest of the house. We’re only in a two bedroom bungalow so there isn’t a huge amount to explore. In a house you might want to let them explore one floor at a time. They would venture out for a bit and then go back to the safety of the bedroom. Pixie was adventurous straight away, sniffing everything, running about, climbing on things. Arty was a little more tentative and took a bit longer to venture out. Once he did, he made sure to mark everything he encountered by rubbing his cheek on it. He marked boxes, door frames, furniture and us.

Arty was determined to mark *everything*.

Play is a great way to build confidence so we’ve made sure to play with them a lot. We’ve had them running and leaping about the living room after their mouse and Da Bird.

It’s been three days now and the cats are pretty much settled in. Arty still runs to the bedroom if the doorbell goes but that has always happened. The rest of the time they’re being their usual cute selves. We are going to keep the Feliway plugged in until they run out as I really believe that it has been a great help to them. I had heard so many stories about people not seeing their cats for a week or two after a move because they’d be hiding so I am so glad ours are doing ok. I think the combination of all the things we did really helped the transition.

You can find out more about Feliway here

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Verdo Cat Litter – Win a years supply!!

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Cat litter trays has to be one of the very few things about cat ownership (who am I kidding they own us) that isn’t great. For lots of people just the concept of having a box in which they pee and poop is pretty yuk. It’s one of the things we have to accept though if we’re going to have these adorable little creatures in our lives.

It took a long time for us to find a litter that all three of our cats are happy to use. Arty is the most fussy and once when a brand changed their recipe he stopped using the litter tray and developed a life threatening FLUTD. On our quest for the perfect litter we tried everything from clumping to crystals, paper pellets to chick crumbs (seriously!).

Finally we settled on wood pellets so when Verdo offered to send me some of their wood pellet litter to review I was happy to.
There are lots of things I like about wood pellets over other litters.

    Firstly the smell – this is a huge factor if you want to live in a home that doesn’t stink of cat pee! The natural smell of the wood pellets combined with its absorbency means that you don’t get stinky trays.
    Secondly – you don’t need much. With other litters you really have to fill the tray with a deep layer. Wood pellets expand so you only need to put a little bit in and it will expand when wet.
    Thirdly – it’s better for the environment. You can compost the litter or put it in your green bin for disposal.
    Fourthly – It’s not heavy (well compared to clay litter especially, I can’t carry that stuff!)

Verdo is great as you can order online and delivery is included so you don’t have to carry a heavy bag back from the shops with you. The price is really competitive too, it costs the same as the other similar litters that we’ve tried. The other great thing about them is that they donate to Cats Protection, my favourite charity! For more information, check out the Verdo Website.

You can win a year supply of Verdo Cat Litter, just leave a comment on this blog post to enter. Sorry to overseas people, you have to live in the UK for this one. Entries close on the 21st December. One name will be drawn at random.

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Thanks for all the entries, the winner is Kat Humble!!

Bags of Love – I’m in love!


Recently Bags of Love gave me the opportunity to review one of their bags. I had a browse of their website and chose the Personalised Shopper Bag. I put together a collection of photos of our cats (because I couldn’t choose just one) and sent them the image. If you’re not able to create a mosaic of images like I did in Photoshop, fret not, you can do it on their website too.


I was amazed at how quickly the bag arrived as soon as I opened the parcel I was amazed!! The quality is fantastic. If you’re thinking that £55 might be a lot to spend on a bag I can understand but it is so well made and from such strong looking materials. I think it’s totally worth it and considering that it is personalised, it is very good value.


Although it’s designed as a shopper bag I can see it getting used for a lot more than that. The bag has two pockets on the inside to keep some of your things separate – always useful. It’s a great size to take on a day trip. We’re heading to London in two weeks and it will be perfect for that.

Of course the best bit is that it’s got my beautiful three kitties on it. I can take them everywhere with me!

This bag was supplied by but the words are my own. I only review products that I like and believe will be appreciated by my followers.

Catit Senses Play Circuit


A while ago I reviewed the Catit Design Senses Feeding Labyrinth. I also got the CatIt Senses Play Circuit but the cats paid little attention to it – far more interested in the biscuits. What you can’t see in the photos, because it was moving so fast, is that there’s a ball in the track. It can’t get out but the gaps are small enough for little kitty paws to bat it about.

Today Pixie decided it was the best toy ever and has had a wonderful time batting the ball around, chasing the ball in circles and trying to catch it. I’m not sure that her upside-down tactics were working but she was definitely having a fantastic time.