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Autumn’s the perfect time to take your cuddles with your catkids to a whole new level. The rise and rise of popularity across the globe in cat furniture design, purchase, DIY and gifting tells us that cat lovers love to give and get creative. Autumn 2017 cat home décor trends leave the world in no uncertainty that felines are the lords and ladies of domestic bliss. Here are some of the latest spot-on trends to inspire a winter symphony of purrs and get your fingers twitching.

LORDS & LADIES OF THE LIVING ROOM

Autumn 2017 feline furniture trends see the rise of modern, chic pieces that not only seamlessly fit into a contemporary home, but actually become focal points. In Britain the Bark and Miao PadPod is all the rage – a contemporary, luxury cat bed with a sleek, shiny outer shell and padded interior walls available in striking colours to fit right in with your interiors. It’s slightly elevated – a feline preference, according to its designers. Germany’s Jerry’s Cat Cave, combines sleek design with ease-of-use – this bed is designed with a snuggly mattress for large breeds or two cats, while the plastic cave is sturdy and easy to clean.

South Africa’s holding its own with Benji + Moon Cat Cocoons produced by local crafters helping to uplift communities, in collaboration with felt artist Ronel Jordaan using all natural materials that are cool in summer and cosy in winter. Each cocoon is made by hand using only eco-dyes and eco-friendly processes. Visit www.benjiandmoon.co.za for more info about this great home-grown product.

INDOOR CAT GARDEN

When it’s too wet and cold for cat to spend time out of doors, or if you have an indoor cat or live in a flat, an indoor cat garden can bring your cat hours of comfort, stimulation and even health benefits. Here are our tips for creating an indoor cat garden.

Planter: use one that is tall enough for your cat’s head to reach the plants, but small enough so that there isn’t room for your cat to use it as a litter box or walk in it and make a mess. A window box planter is a good option.

Garden soil: organic soil will ensure that pesticides do not get into your cat’s system.

Starter plants: many plants are toxic to cats, so the first thing you should do is make sure the plants you use are cat-safe – here is a selection of common plants that are safe to use:

Wheat or Oat Grass
Mint
Marigolds
Rosemary
Silver Vine

Lemongrass
Parsley
Tickle My Fancy
Valerian

Catnip
Zinnias
Thyme
Spider Plant

Indoor grass patch

Kunduchi is a super grass that helps cats expel fur balls. It is a highly nutritious living supplement for cats and adds roughage to their diet. If you live in a flat or have an indoor cat, why not make your own grass patch which can be kept on a balcony or patio. Simply buy a plastic concrete mixing tub from your local DIY shop and add a grass sod cut to size. You’ll need to replace the sod every two weeks or so but the enjoyment your cat will get from this little patch of heaven is well worth the cost.

PUZZLES

Food puzzles allow your cats to work for their meal. While these can be purchased in numerous styles, there are many DIY guides on building your own, using household materials.

Dry food: puzzles can be made by cutting holes in various objects that can be found around the house, including yogurt containers, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, margarine tubs, or water bottles.

Wet food: food puzzles aren’t only used for dry food. To make a wet-food puzzle, use an ice cube tray or muffin pan, and place yogurt lids over the individual cups to increase difficulty.

CAT EXERCISE WHEEL OR IMAGINATIVE SHELVING

We love the idea behind the cat exercise wheel! Tests show that the cat wheel has proven to not only enhance the physical wellbeing of cats, but helps indoor cats to feel calm and to relax.

You can buy online although the cat exercise wheel will set you back a bit. To buy locally, contact Lorraine on 083 337 6593 or Erich on 083 457 4953 or email catwheel@awesomebengals.co.za. International distributors, if you’re planning on an overseas trip, are onefastcat.com and gocatwheel.net. You can try eBay.com for a cheaper option.

Another great option to keep your cat physically and mentally stimulated is to use imaginative shelving around your home – here’s a little inspiration:

GOOD READING

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Up and Took Over the World
By Abigail Tucker

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the internet and our hearts. To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities. Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not be aww but awe.

You Need More Sleep: advice from cats
By Francesco Marciuliano

Our feline friends have spent eons observing, napping, pondering, napping, and taking notes about the human condition. In between naps, they’ve realized that we humans could use some catlike guidance when it comes to handling the ups and downs of life. In this book they’ve condescended to share their invaluable wisdom in short advice columns such as “Always Stay at Least 30 Feet from a Loved One” and “Never Let Anyone Dress You.” Whether it’s coping with romance, surviving a social gathering, or clawing your way to the top of the corporate ladder only to realise you can’t get down, the cats in this ebook will have you relaxed and ready to take on the world! Just after one more nap.

TELLY WITH THE KITTIES

 

My Cat from Hell with Jackson Galaxy

Ever owned a cat that wreaks havoc on a household to the point of breaking up relationships, or one whose violent actions sends its owners to the hospital? Cat behaviourist, Jackson Galaxy, deals with these issues every day, and in this series he lends his expertise to desperate families hoping to rehabilitate their furry companions. Catch it on DStv’s Animal Planet.