I couldn’t miss this new project on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter – One Fast Cat. I think by having a look at the video, you’ve already guessed the invention. Yes, it is exactly what it looks like – it is an exercise wheel for a cat. Forget about your cat feeling bored, getting depressed, destroying furniture and getting chubby. This exercise wheel promises to help your cat find a way to use his/her energy becoming more relaxed and calm (Brucy needs this!!).
According to the first testers (the owners of the beautiful Bengal in this video), the wheel does keep its promise: “Our cat now uses the wheel on her own several times a day”
Some technical info on the wheel from the producer:
Smart industrial design allows it to ship or retail in a very small box (box size).
This design also allows for it to be assembled extremely quickly for home use.
48″ diameter wheel protects your cat’s back.
10″ running tread provides plenty of space for feline footing.
Sturdy and lightweight for ease of moving it around.
It is made of Recycled plastics.
Run surface is made from a closed cell EVA foam to prevent claws from catching and allowing cats to run naturally using their claws for safe footing.
Can be cleaned by taking it outside and spraying it with a hose or wiped down with a wet towel.
Open design so cats can enter from either side.
How much does this amazing invention cost? If you support it on Kickstarter, you can get it for an offer $199 price. Sounds reasonable (if you have space for this wheel in your living room), so support this project!
This morning Brucy couldn’t stop purring while rolling on the floor and sniffing my shoes. Despite it looking a bit strange, I must admit that cat’s purring is one of the most comforting and relaxing sounds that I have ever heard.
As it is Friday and I am sure many of you had a long week, as the best Friday-relaxation-treatment I suggest you cuddle your cat and listen to her/him purr. And further amazing wonders that cat purring does can be found in this infographic:
Today, I came across a whole bunch of photos of Brucy when she was a little kitten. Now, 2 years later, when she wakes me up 6 times a night because she wants to play/eat/run/bite my feet, I sometimes forget how cute and adorable she once was. I am sure many of you will agree that the kitten-days are the most blissful periods of owning a cat.
I know that it is an adopt-a-cat month and I will not lie, I am very tempted to adopt a cat #2. I would love to re-live the periods when your kitten fits in your palm as is too small to even jump on the sofa. Unfortunately, as I travel often, I am scared that finding a cat-sitter for two cats. But then Brucy would probably be excited to have a baby brother? What are your experiences with introducing a new cat into the family?
I know that it has been aaaaages since I gave you any news on Brucy and you will be happy to hear that she is doing well and is being naughty as always! To cheer you up on this Tuesday, I decided to introduce you to this lovely post that collects together numerous photos of cats standing up. I mean, how cute are they?
Daily Mail published a horrific article today claiming that top UK Universities (including Cambridge) perform brain experiments on kittens. According to the article, the cats are regularly put thought horrific tests with their skulls broken and electrodes stuck onto their brains, ribs and spine. Those experiments are meant to help scientists find out more about problems such as the “lazy eye”.
During the experiments, the cats are paralyzed to stop them from moving and are killed following the tests. I don’t know how accurate the article is (it is Daily Mail in the end of the day), but if at least a bit of this is true, it is really awful and the Universities should be ashamed for such tests.
Images ae provided by PETA who are launching petitions to stop the testing!
A little Friday treat for all you cat-lovers out there – a blog that collects photos of “hot” (sometimes) guys with cats. The men are not always amazing, but the cats are always beyond cute! Good news – you can easily submit photos, so if you have photos of yourself (if you are a man-cat-lover) or of your other half, send it in!!
So visit HOT GUYS WITH CATS, or like the website says “These photos prove ‘real’ men eat quiche! Or at least have cats.”
I feel like I haven’t been giving you enough of Brucy-news so here a few stunning photos of my fur ball! She is doing great and haven’t been coughing recently as the pollution is currently lower in Paris. She continues to be naughty, trying to bite into my feet every time I stand up, but I am used to her silliness.
We are looking for cat toy ideas! It feels like she has everything – balls, mice, tunnels, cat senses, claw sharpeners and yet she doesn’t play that much with those. Any suggestions for great toys would be appreciated!
And we are back from New York! Terribly jet-lacked, with bags full of chocolate and shopping, and dying to see little Brucy who stayed with friends, yesterday we got back to Paris from our US holiday.
Needless to say that we found NY amazing. We were lucky to stay in East Village, next to Parsons Design Schoo and NYU – an area full of students, small, unique coffee shops, that reminded me a lot of London. We also visited the Times Square, Brooklyn, Greenwich, Soho and Chelsea – all amazing parts of Manhattan, each unique in its own way. In every part of New York we came across many cat references – in t-shirts, graffitis, books and art plays and here are a few in these photos!
Brucy was delighted to see us and get back home – I never heard her purr so much! So in summary, these very really purrrfect holidays!
I know that many of your have been following Brucy’s hair loss story. As I said, this weekend, we went to the vet to find out why she has been significantly losing hair in the area between her eyes and ears. The vet checked her fur, skin, ears and you will never guess what her conclusion was! Almost immediately the vet said that Brucy is losing hair because of her age! She said that although hair loss can be a dangerous sign, when cats lose hair between their ears and eyes and there is no skin irritation (Brucy’s case), this is most certainly just a genetic, aging thing!
As you know Brucy is only 2.5 years old, so I was surprised to hear this.. but this is better than some scary diagnoses I read about online! The vet suggested giving her some vitamins but she said that they, like in humans, do not guarantee that any will change. So, I just got some anti-ticks treatments for her (just in case) and some more cortisone for her asthma.
Cat experts, I need your advice! Last weekend, I noticed that Brucy is losing hair. She is only losing hair between her eyes and ears but the loss is quite significant. There are no red spots, no irritation, no marks.. Due to hair loss, you can now see her brown pigmentation spots but that’s normal, right?
I checked her ears and it doesn’t seem like she has ear mites. She doesn’t “excessively groom” herself (that could cause hairloss) and we haven’t changed her food recently. She acts normally but you can distinctly tell that she is losing fur! She is only 2.5 years old, so it’s a bit early to be losing hair because of age.
We will see the vet this weekend but meanwhile, maybe someone has advice? She hasn’t been stressed recently so I really have no clue what is happening!