IKEA Launches First Pet Furniture Collection!

IKEA Launches First Pet Furniture Collection!

We know you pet owners can’t wait to get your paws—er, hands—on them from reading the title alone and are struggling to contain yourselves. If you’re looking for reasons to justify not buying at least one or two pieces, this isn’t that kind of article. Though we’re not lobbying for you to go out and buy them right away, but we really should, you’ll find this collection more tantalizing than you imagined. That’s without us even trying to convince you. Did we mention there are accessories too? Insert knowing nod here.

Made to Integrate with Your Current Living

The good news is you don’t have to throw out any IKEA furniture you have. The bad news is, if you’re fighting off the urge to splurge on your pet, we can feel your resolve slowly slipping. This collection of special pet items called “Lurvig,” which is Swedish for hairy, are designed, not just to stand on their own, but are suited to go together with the rest of your home, particularly IKEA furniture.

Tired of seeing frays of wood on your table legs from your cat’s scratching? Now, you can compromise. The scratching mat was made to wrap around them perfectly. Also, the cat house can easily fit in your furniture to look almost like another compartment on a shelf. You can also have it raised with its own set of legs to give it some height, just the way your cat loves it. Then use it as another table or stand and place a decor on top like a potted plant, a lamp or books. It can also fit perfectly into its namesake shelf, Kallax. The play tunnel is compact and can easily fit under your dining table so it doesn’t get in the way…

You won’t need to compete with space on your couch anymore. Your pets can have their own. Yep, you read that right. It’s stylish and minimalist, too. If you feel it’s spoiling them a bit too much, just go straight to the pet bed. It’s comfy and attractive enough to look great in any part of your home whether next to your couch or by your bed. One pet owner even bought it for their bunny and posted it on Instagram. Think about it, if their bunny looked adorable on it, imagine how your cat would look lounging there.

Accessories

IKEA pretty much got everything covered. They have leashes, beds, sofa covers, blankets, travel bags and a cat toy. Before you take that trip down to your IKEA store, you need to muster every ounce of self-control or put yourself in danger of going on a big shopping trip for your pet. Then there are the usual tempting furniture you can buy for yourself, too.

For pet parents living outside of Japan, US, Canada, Portugal, and France, you won’t have the same struggle as the collection is only available in the aforementioned countries. For now. In the meantime, here’s to a more pet-loving, pet-welcoming business community, the ingenuity of a few who started what looks to soon be a revolution and to the day when this collection is global.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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Meet the Melbourne feline in the running to be crowned the world’s longest cat

Meet the Melbourne feline in the running to be crowned the world’s longest cat

Meet the Melbourne feline in the running to be crowned the world’s longest cat

 


First it was fame on Instagram, now Guinness World Records is calling – but to placid Melbourne house cat Omar, it’s all just another day in the office. Three-year-old maine coon Omar is reportedly in the running to become the longest cat in the world – a record currently held by a maine coon from the UK named Ludo who was measured at 118.33cm in 2015.

Owner Stephy Hirst, from Croydon in Melbourne, told the Maroondah Leader she started an Instagram account for her giant cat a couple of weeks ago and before long he had been featured on Cats of Instagram. And once you’ve been on Cats of Instagram which has more than 8 million followers, it appears the sky is the limit. Ms Hirst said she was contacted by Guinness World Records who said Omar could be the longest cat in the world. She has sent his measurements in for verification. At 120cm long and weighing 14kg, he’s already about three times the size of the average cat.

 

“(Omar) was tiny when we got him but then he just started growing and was 10kg at one year old,” Ms Hirst said. “We thought he might be (the longest cat in the world) but we hadn’t done anything about it because he might not be fully grown yet.” Omar eats a diet of kibble and raw kangaroo meat and enjoys naps on the couch or trampoline. He also lives with two Shetland Sheepdogs Penny and Rafi who he has long outgrown. The maine coon is one of the largest and oldest natural breeds of domestic cat in the world.

 

How big is your pet?

Meow for now… Kristian

 

 

Cat Food Recall: Best Feline Friends (BFF) Cat Food

Cat Food Recall: Best Feline Friends (BFF) Cat Food

Cat Food Recall Best Feline Friends (BFF) Cat Food

 

Cat Food Recall: Best Feline Friends (BFF) Cat Food

IMPORTANT INFO ON CAT FOOD RECALL: If you feed this brand to your pet, stop immediately. If you are worried about your pet’s health, please contact your vet ASAP.

The Best Feline Friend (BFF) range made for the Australian market has been recalled for testing by its American manufacturer, Weruva, after online pet forums were flooded with complaints from owners who said their cats became ill after eating it.

Weruva have since recalled the gourmet pet food and issued a statement which you can access through this link.

On their Facebook page, Petbarn said they would refund all purchases of BFF products.

Cat owners with concerns can contact Weruva on 1800 108 382 between 9am and 7pm (Australian eastern standard time) or email [email protected]

 

Everything You Need To Know About Easter Lily Poisoning

Everything You Need To Know About Easter Lily Poisoning

Everything You Need To Know About Easter Lily Poisoning

Everything You Need To Know About Easter Lily Poisoning

Despite their magnificence, Easter lilies are a great health risk to your cat. Indeed, all parts of the sensitive white blossom that shows up on such a large number of Easter supper tables is dangerous to your cat. Only one bite of the petal, pollen, the stem, or even the leaves of an Easter lily can wreak havoc on your cats digestive system, if left unattended, can prompt kidney failure and demise. Keep in mind, Easter lilies are not the only kind of lilies that are poisonous to cats; rubrum lilies, tiger lilies, and a few types of day lilies are likewise life threatening to your cat friends.

Signs and Symptoms

 

Signs of possible poisoning regularly appear between 6-12 hours of exposure. Early signs comprises of lethargy, lack of appetite, vomit, and lack of hydration. Untreated, signs compound as intense kidney failure may develop, and signs observed with your cat of not urinating or urinating too regularly, intemperate thirst or not drinking water, and irritation of the pancreas might be a sign of lily poisoning. Uncommon signs may include tremors, confusion, drunk walking, and even seizures

 

Treatment

With regards to treatment of lily poisoning in cats, time is of great importance. You should immediately look for emergency veterinary care. On the off chance that treatment is offered within 6 hours upon exposure, odds are that your cat will survive. However, following 18-24 hours upon exposure, the prognosis is not as assured, even for Kitty’s who get treatment.

Treatment involves emptying the gastrointestinal tract by making the affected cat vomit. This isn’t as much fun as it sounds. Veterinarians may likewise administer activated charcoal to neutralize the poisons. Intravenous liquid treatment is recommended for no less than 48 hours so as to treat or even prevent renal(kidney) failure. Your cat should be hospitalized and have his or her pee values and blood chemistry intently monitored to decide whether treatment has been successful .

Prevention action

 

The most ideal approach to protect your cat from lily poisoning is to ensure your it doesn’t have access Easter lily in the first place. The good news is, there are a lot of other wonderful Easter lilies that are nor poisonous to your cat, including Easter orchids, violets, Easter Cactus or daisies.

Different causes of cat poisoning.

There are other flowers that can be very unsafe to cats and kittens.

Arum(Zantedeschia aethiopica) or calla lilies and peace lilies (Spathiphyllum sp.) have crystals that are to a great degree irritating to your cats mouth and food tract, bringing about diarrhoea, vomiting, and drooling; but, they don’t influence the kidneys.

Valley lilies (Convalaria majalis) do harm to the heart, bringing about unpredictable heart pulse and low blood pressure, and can advance to seizures or unconsciousness.

 

Shouldn’t something be said about different sorts of lilies? Are they poisonous?

Various kinds of lilies like Peace and Peruvian lilies don’t bring about fatal kidney failure, yet they additionally can be somewhat toxic as well, as they contain oxalate crystals which causes irritation of the tissue in the mouth, tongue, throat, and pharynx – bringing about drooling. In the event that your cat is seen devouring any part of a lily plant, bring your it (and the plant) as soon as possible to a veterinarian for health care.

 

Have a very safe Easter!

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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How to Keep Cats Calm During A Major Storm

How to Keep Cats Calm During A Major Storm

How to Keep Cats Calm During A Major Storm

How to Keep Cats Calm During A Major Storm

In the event of a major storm, and ‘storm’ here does not mean a passing thunderstorm but a population-threatening event, immediately crate your cat(s). Do not assume your cat will come when called in such a situation; when cats get scared they hide, often under a bed or in a closet. This makes it very hard to reach them in time when you need to be rushing out the door to save yourself, so make sure you have the cat in a position and place to get them out. Be ready to take them to the vehicle with you should you need to make an immediate exit. A dire storm can be a threatening and confusing time for human much fewer cats.

Why do storms freak cats out?

The pressure changes in a storm system can affect cats adversely and cause them to become disoriented and panicked. The last thing anyone needs at that point is to have a cat dash from the safer confines of a home and run into traffic where they can be hit by oncoming vehicles or even cause an accident. It is all too common a scenario and one that can be completely avoided.

What do you need?

You will also want to create an emergency kit for your cat that can be stashed in the car ahead of time or left near the door for easy grabbing as you run out. This pet emergency kit should include enough food and water for several days to a week’s time, any medications your cat might need and something familiar for comforts, like a shirt with your scent on it or a favorite toy. A great veterinarian tip is to include a can of tuna in the emergency kit, which can be used for protein by cats and can even be consumed by humans. Make sure you know in advance which shelters will accept pets and in the case of your shelter not take cats, be certain you know the pet boarding places that will. With the advance time allotted in tracking the hurricane or storm, call the cats shelters to make arrangements for a drop-off.

What to avoid?

Do not abandon your cats to fend for themselves even if you leave enough food and water at home. While you evacuate, your beloved pet is alone, frightened and unable to open doors or think beyond the moment of her terror. Hurricane Floyd saw over three million pets, and livestock lost to abandonment while their caretakers scurried off to a safe place and left their animal charges home alone. With Hurricane Andrew, a thousand pets were euthanized for lack of space and no one stepping forward in time to claim them. In the days that followed Hurricane Katrina, over ten thousand animals were rescued from the floods and wreckage, but few were claimed, leading to more euthanizing. A domesticated animal left on its own in the conditions that remain in the wake of a major storm, especially a hurricane, usually do not survive.

If you stay calm, your cat will stay calm

Even if you are not in the direct path a hurricane and do not need to evacuate, be aware of the pressure changes inherent with a storm front and how that can affect your pet, especially the loud noises and flashing lights associated with stormy weather. Providing your pet the calming security of a crate or leash would be an act of kindness even if it is not technically needed. Stay strong and calm yourself and your cat will sense your fearlessness and try to make it their own.

Pets, especially cats, need to see a demonstration of level-headedness, quiet strength, and a peaceful demeanor during times of high and frightening action. When a pets’ world starts to crumble, you are to be the solid rock to which they can cling for survival. Fall apart yourself, and the poor creature will have nothing on which to determine its security level. First and foremost, you are the anchor so do not panic, scream or freak out more than is necessary. Chances are this behavior will be appreciated by everyone involved, not just the animals. Remember that a pet looks to you for its safety and it is your responsibility as a pet parent to provide it as best you can.

 

Have you ever had to evacuate with a cat?

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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Celebrating Pi Day the Kitten Way

Celebrating Pi Day the Kitten Way

Celebrating Pi Day the Kitten Way

Celebrating Pi Day the Kitten Way

 

Today is Pi Day. If you are human hopefully you are eating something delicious (sweet or savoury) as a way to treasure this special day dedicated to Pi (the maths… not the food. But why not have both? Amiright?)

When you’re a kitten you don’t get to eat delicious apple pie (unless you are a sneaky food thief). Instead, you might get a special wet food treat on this special day.

Just like Billy here who loves Pi Day so much he just gets so excited!

Check it out. Seriously. Do it.

Do you love Billy yet? We do.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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