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Unboxing the KitNip Box

Disclaimer: This product review is based solely on a crazy cat mom giving a genuine review of a cat subscription box. I bought this on my own and was not paid or asked by KitNip Box to give a review. 

Earlier this year, I subscribed to one of the cat many monthly subscription boxes out there, the KitNip Box. I chose this box mainly due to the price. Compared to the other subscription boxes out there, this one was by far the cheapest. At $19.99 a box and Free Shipping, the Happy Cat box is meant for single cat households and only has a limited number of cat toys.

Here is a video that I did recently of me unboxing the KitNip Box. My reactions are genuine since I wanted to be surprised with what was inside.

What do you think of toys that came in the box? Worth the price? Are you subscribed to a monthly cat box? Let me know your thoughts and I would love to hear your recommendations on the next box I should review!

Meow you later,

Nicole @ Just Cats

Cat Behavior · cat toys · Human & Cat

Which Cat Scratcher Is the Best for My Kitty?

Last week, the City of Denver became one of the first major cities outside of California to ban cat declawing. Huge news for the feline community! When I shared this good news to cat people, I got mixed messages. A majority of them agreed that this procedure is completely barbaric and others felt that it’s normal to declaw your cat. I mean, cats destroy your furniture! With my best convincing skills, I tried to explain that declawing was in fact cruel and painful for the cat. To avoid the perils of cats with claws (I have my own opinions on who should be a cat parent), cat scratchers are the best way to deter your cat from destroying your furniture. Before we get into the scratchers, I will say one thing: spraying your cat with a water bottle does not deter your cat from scratching your furniture. It will only piss them off and resent you.

Cat scratchers will do two things: prevent your kitty from scratching your furniture and will also make your kitty happy.

How so? Cats use their claws to mark territory. They have scent glands in their paws and when they extend their arms and scratch a tree, they are letting others know that this is their tree. Also, the act of scratching is very therapeutic and relaxing for the kitty. Extending their arm muscles and stretching their fingers, is very natural and feels very good to them.  Providing cat scratchers will also deter them from destroying your furniture, so which scratcher is best?

Cats can like two types: horizontal and vertical cat scratchers. When people ask me what scratcher is best, I always say to get both to see which the cat prefers. In my cat household, some of them like the vertical scratching posts and others like the horizontal scratch pads. Once you get to know which scratcher your cat prefers, buy several of them and strategically place them all over the house. Near furniture you want to protect, sleeping and common areas as well.

Ginger cat scratchers on a wooden horizontal cat scratcher

With several scratchers around the house, your cat will be able to do what feels natural for them as well as preserving the furniture. In my household, our cats stay away from the couch and scratch away on their horizontal and vertical scratchers.

 

Which scratcher does your cat prefer? Do you still find them trying to scratch your furniture? Let me know!

 

 

Cat Behavior · Cat Fans · Funny Cat · Human & Cat · Uncategorized

Top 5 Ways Our Cats Have Tried to Kill Us

How many people have almost been killed by their cat? Whether it was intentional or unintentional, we can all remember a time where our lovely feline friends tried to kill us. Cats are cute, adorable, but natural born killers. Here are the top 5 ways cats have tried to kill us:

1. Suffocation by Body

cat on face
Cat on face

 

2. The “Almost Tripped You Down the Stairs” Move

Ginger cats on staircase
Dang girl, how many cats you have?

3. The Wolverine Is My Daddy Attack

cat catching butterfly with paw
That better not be a bee!

4. Let Me Push This Glass of Water onto the Floor

Persian cat tipping over a glass of water
Cats are assholes.

5. Cuteness

cute kitten
OMG too cute!

 

Did I miss any? If so, comment below!

Cat Fanatics · Cat Fans

Tokyo & Cat Cafes

Tokyo, Japan is one of the largest cities in the world. With over 13.5 million of people, there are a handful of people that are crazy for cats, or in Japanese, nekos. My first day in Japan included a visit to my first cat cafe outside of the U.S.

I visited the Calico Cat Cafe in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.  The cat cafe is situated on the 5th and 6th floors of a tall building in the center of Shinjuku. Upon entry, I had to pay my admission fee, place my shoes in a locker and use guest slippers, put my bags in another locker and wash my hands. As soon as I completed all the pre-entry requirements, I walked into a semi-bare room with a tv, some cat shelves and beds. At first, I was disappointed because I only saw a few cats, but to my dismay, there was a second floor! When I walked down to the 5th floor, not only did I see more people, but I also saw a ton of cats!

I found a spot in the middle of the room and waited for the cats to start greeting me. No cats. The kitties in Japanese cat cafes are much different than the ones in the US. I started thinking, “Maybe they don’t like me..” and then I saw one of the employees hand over a small container of food to a patron and a pack of kitties ran over to that lucky guest in seconds. Ah! These Japanese kitties were food motivated (aren’t they all though?) There were all sorts of cats. From Persian to tabby, there was even a few Abyssinian  and two small munchkin cats. One of the Abyssinian  who wore a red bandana around her neck was always in the patron’s lap when food was being given out. The red bandana signified that she had kidney disease and could not partake in any tasty treats. What a lush! She then moved over to another patron who was casually reading a book and started to bathe herself. Hilarious.

Tokyo cat cafe - Abyssinian cat
Tokyo cat cafe – Abyssinian cat

There were around 30+ cats at the cat cafe. Patrons had the option to buy food, deserts, drinks such as coffee, tea or beer and other snacks. I didn’t order anything because I ran out of cash (cash is king here in Japan), but my plan was to visit some cat cafes sometime during the remainder of my trip.

If you plan on visiting any cat cafes in Japan, here are some tips from my experience:

  1. Bring Cash
    1. Cash is king here in Japan. Some places will probably accept credit card, but bring at least $50 to buy snacks, drinks and treats for the kitties. Entry fees vary on what time of day you arrive as well as if it’s during the week or weekend.
  2. Bring Your Own Cat Toys and Treats
    1. Best to ask before bringing, but I would recommend bringing your own fun toys and treats. The cats at the cafe see a ton of people and are sick and tired of their own toys, so new treats and toys will definitely make you the talk of the town.
  3. Peak Hours
    1. Go during non-peak hours so that you can spend more time with the kitties. There were lots of people at this cafe when I went mid-day on a Sunday and the cats had a lot of people to choose from. Try to schedule your visits during the weekday around mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
  4. Take Lots of Pictures
    1. The cats do the funniest and cutest things when you aren’t near your phone or camera. Bring your camera and/or phone and plan on snapping a few pictures of them when they are their silliest.

If you plan to travel to Japan and/or Tokyo, make the time to spend a few hours at a cat cafe. It is well worth your time and money! Also, where else are you going to see munchkin cats?!

Uncategorized

Just Cats: In Japan

Stopped currently in Calgary, I am on my way to Japan! I have always wanted to go because of the unique culture, but because of the love of cats, nekos and of course, Hello Kitty. Japan has a handful of cat cafes, which originally started here due to the restrictions of having cats in Tokyo homes and it’s also home to several cat islands. Over the next 10 days, I will be documenting my journey through the beautiful country of Japan!

Cats and Neko Japan
Cat Lounge

Have you ever been to Japan? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below and tell me any tips or tricks for my visit.

Cat Behavior · cat toys

5 Shades of Catnip Crazy

I had the inspiration for this blog post from a current read by Tracey Stewart (the wife of TV personality, Jon Stewart), “Do Unto Animals”. There is a section in there that features some writings on the feline.

In one of the many cat-related chapters she has, she talks about signs you know your cat goes bonkers for catnip.

The science behind catnip is very straight forward. Enter Latin Name, a cousin of the mint plant, contains a chemical that when the plant (primarily the leaves and flower buds) are agitated, it releases a scent that can cause a variety of reactions for your cat.

Does your cat go crazy for catnip or does it turn into a real meanie? Here is a list of 5 shades of catnip crazy:

catnip cat
Catnip cat crazy

Crazy #1: The Roll Around, Happy-go-lucky Kitty

If your cat immediately throws themselves to the floor and starts rolling around back and forth, your cat is definitely crazy for catnip. The oil from the plant helps produce pheromones that reports back to the brain and puts them into a happy mood. The excitement, all around good feeling is expressed through their body language.

Crazy #2: The Very Vocal Kitty

If your cat is typically quiet, but then turns into a chatty Kathy when you whip out that catnip, this is a good sign that your kitty is really into catnip. Cats vocalize by meowing when they want to communicate with their humans so if kitty meows, they are probably telling you how much they love and want it.

Crazy #3: The Cross-Eyed, Drooling Kitty

Cats go cuckoo for catnip toys. Some of them will react to it by drooling all over the toy and/or with one crossed eye. I had a kitty that would literally drool all over the catnip toy until it was soaking wet and the color green. He would just go nuts for the catnip. Some cats will not be able to see straight while enjoying this tasty treat.

Crazy #4: The Dazed and Confused Kitty

The majority of cats fall under this category of catnip reactions. The quintessential “I am soooo high right now and nothing else matters in this world, but this moment” reaction. I love seeing this because the cat is mellow, they are happy and I’m happy that I provided them with this awesome treat. Many say that catnip to cats is like marijuana to humans. In this situation, some kitties exactly the same way the typical human acts with marijuana. Chilled out mannnn….

Crazy #5: The “I Will Bite Off Your Face” Kitty

Last, but not least, the last of the 5 shades/phases that your cat goes bonkers for catnip is the “I Will Bite Off Your Face” Kitty. Most cats exhibit the first 4 shades of crazy for catnip phase, but there are a few kitties out there that will want to tear that bag of catnip straight out of your hands. The aggressive for catnip kitty acts all sorts of crazy when they see or smell catnip. They will try every way possible to get that catnip on to their little faces and will proceed to roll around, meow, howl, and bite and scratch for whomever gets in their way!

Which group does your cat fall into? Is your kitty…..

Crazy #1: The Roll Around, Happy-go-lucky Kitty

Crazy #2: The Very Vocal Kitty

Crazy #3: The Cross-Eyed, Drooling Kitty

Crazy #4: The Dazed and Confused Kitty

Crazy #5: The “I Will Bite Off Your Face” Kitty

Comment below!

Cat Behavior · Human & Cat

Good Morning Cats

In the past few days, my only male cat Messi has gone to my bed first thing in the morning to greet me with kisses as well as with his favorite toy. He expects me to play with him between 4-5AM as well as smother him with kisses. I’m not sure why he is now getting in the habit of doing this, but I can’t complain. There is nothing wrong with early morning kisses, purring and kneading  from my favorite manx kitty.

Anyone else get early surprises from their cat?

Cute tabby manx kitten