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May 24, 2017


Keeping Cats Warm in Winter

A cat sleeps for 14-16 hours a day.

Andrew Lewis of dnclifestyle.com.au says that they prefer an area that is warm, relaxing and raised up off the ground and preferably an enclosed space.

 

Andrew also recommends that your cats have a number of sleeping areas and/or cat beds available, preferably in more than one room in your house.

 

The reason? Each cat in your home needs to have a safe place they can retreat to if they are stressed or nervous. Ideally each cat in your home would have a room or space where they can each retreat so as to give them sanctuary.

 

Having multiple, comfortable & protected sleeping areas will have almost immediate effect in lowering feline behavioural & health issues such as:

  • reducing stress
  • inter-cat aggression
  • urinary issues
  • inappropriate toileting
  • scratching furniture

 

The benefit is all yours….a house of happy cats means a home with happy people!

 

The Hepper POD bed is designed to feature the qualities that your cat needs to feel both safe & comfortable to sleep around your home:

  • Raised up above the ground
  • An enclosed space
  • Option of a washable fleece or smooth blanket
  • Option of changing the pod to an open bed by removing the lid
  • Portable
  • Stylish & modern looks

 

If the location of your cat bed is relaxing, warm & quiet, your cat will probably sleep there and having multiple sleeping sanctuaries in the home is best for making your cats warm and happy.

 

Dnclifestyle firmly believe that modern pet furniture not only needs to enrich your pets wellbeing but should also look stylish in your home…that way you have the best of both worlds.

 

 

The Hepper POD for happy cats:

May 19, 2017


Animal Shelter article on Mr Biggles (Huffpost)

Pet adoption agency Cats of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, Australia, posted a darkly hilarious memo about Mr. Biggles (also known as Lord Bigglesworth) on its website this week, practically daring a future owner to take him in.

Founder and group co-ordinator Gina Brett wrote the ad, describing the shiny black cat as "an utter utter utter bastard" who throws tantrums and does not like to be thwarted.

"Mr. Biggles is a despot and dictator, he will let you know he is not happy, which is often because things are often just not up to his high standards," the memo reads. "Mr Biggles likes his cuddles on his terms, and will sit in your lap when he decides it's time. If the stroking is not up to his standards, he will nip you."

The agency says this particular feline is not for the fainthearted, but he would be perfect for the right owner. While the cat was practically described as the spawn of satan, Brett insists Mr. Biggles possesses a "secret soft side."

"He loves sleeping on the end of the humans bed, and in his cat bed (and he snores just a little bit, it's so cute)," the memo adds. "And he loves to be out in the backyard stalking the chickens and supervising the gardening."

Mr. Biggles is just over two years old, adheres to a "stupidly healthy" diet and is being fostered by Brett in Melbourne. He has a pretty nice life as it is, but needs a permanent home.

"Mr. Biggles is currently sunning himself in my backyard and eyeballing the chickens with a view to murder," Brett told HuffPost. "This morning he played with the dog (and didn't draw blood, I'm impressed) and savaged my brother who tried to cuddle him (I warned him but he didn't listen)."

While Mr. Biggles' profile is the most shared one Brett has posted since founding the agency in October of last year, the dictatorial feline with a heart of gold has not yet been adopted.

"He's had a lot of responses since I put his profile up on Sunday but sadly no human slaves have offered themselves up as sacrifices as yet," Brett added.

To learn more about Lord Bigglesworth and more cats up for adoption, head over to Cat People of Melbourne's website.

Keeping Cats warm in Winter

Cats enjoy a warm, cozy place to nap. They have a habit of picking the coziest spot in your house and claiming it as their own, and with winter upon us, they have an uncanny ability to seek out the warmest spots in the house.

Winter means that the best way to make sure your cat is safe & comfortable is to keep him inside. With proper care, attention and stimulation the cat will enjoy the best of all possible lives…all 9 of them.

For their own safety and for the sake of the environment, cats belong indoors with people who are willing to put the time & energy into making them active, safe and happy members of the family.

The companionship of a cat is one of life’s great joys. Nothing soothes the nerves or centers the soul like the sound of a contented, purring cat. The great French writer and artist Jean Cocteau adored cats, summing up their power in this lovely quote: “I love cats because I love my home, and after a while they become its visible soul.” Keeping our cats warm and happy is surely the least we can do in exchange for such a gift.

Dealing with cat scratched furniture

Cats are notorious for scratching furniture. Scratching is a behaviour and is completely normal for cats.

Cats will typically scratch both vertical and horizontal surfaces on a regular basis on any given day. For outdoor cats, this would typically include scratching the side of a tree trunk for a vertical surface and dirt or grass for a horizontal one.

One of the many reasons cats scratch is to mark their territory. Cats have scent and sweat glands within their paws and as they scratch a surface, a cat's unique scent I.D. will be added to the object that they are scratching. This scent, in combination with the more obvious scratch marks in the object that has been marked, sends out a clear message to other cats.

Scratching behavious exhibited by cats have a number of other purposes including:

- Stretching muscles, joint & ligaments

- Sharpening nails

- Digging over their pee or poop in the litter tray

- Expressing behaviours to other cats - another means of communication

- And finally - because sometimes they just enjoy it

Your cat is going to scratch, whether you like it or not! It is how we dictate where and when they scratch that is the most important point when dealing with this behaviour in your home.

We acknowledge Hepper - Happy Cats - Dr Mark Edwards

New Improved Scratchers

The new Walk-Thru2 & Ziggi Duo brings an element of elegance & style whilst fulfilling the needs for cats to be enriched with the joyful exercise of scratching their talons.

Made from soft recycled paperboard these scratchers will ensure hours of fun, especially good for when left inside for any length of time.....plus the real benefit is that cats have something to scratch other than your furniture! And you can put one in another room to keep your cat interested.

Warm for sleeping and perfect for playing. The Walk-Thru2 has a unique interior cut out that allows your cat to have an extra hiding place and double the available scratching surface.

Cats secrete their scent on the scratcher so they go back to t and not your furniture...making these wonderful scratchers their very own 'happy place'

March 23, 2017


Grey Modkat is popular

Well the guys at Modko call it 'grey is the new black!' and the new colour to our modkat range is proving popular...for those who feel that grey fits in with their decor then this is the model for you...both stylish and functional the grey modkat is sure to add a pleasing dimension to your home.

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March 23, 2017

Infinity ›


New Scratcher here soon!

We have some new scratchers coming and they should be in the store mid April.

New stocks of the sensational Infinity arrive in both Walnut Brown and Slate grey.

Plus we have 2 new arrivals...we have taken the popular Walk Thru & Lulu and improved them...the styling is more elegant with undulating curves.....they will be available in white or black....quite dramatic really, but guaranteed to suit modern interiors.

The new scratchers are called the Walk Thru2 and the Ziggi...I hope you like them.

More news soon.

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