Thanks so much to everyone who entered our new year giveaway! We had a lot of entries from all you lovely people, so I'm glad I didn't have to choose the winners myself (Rafflecopter does it for me)! 

Before I announce the winners let me remind you that if you weren't one of the lucky two, but have your eye on a tee or tote etc, please hop on over to our shop and treat yourself! I'm asking on behalf of the cats of course, because every cent of every profit we make goes to them.

Huge congrats to Helen Tyack and Deedee Warner! You will both get to choose anything you like from our online merch shops. Please email me to claim your prize!

Shelter Cat Sunday

Today you get to meet a king! This is King Louis, a regal young man looking for his forever home with Sydney's Cat Protection Society.

King Louis proclaims that his subjects show your devotion through head rubs – lots and lots of head rubs! He is a kind and gentle ruler. He takes a genuine interest in his lands by thoroughly surveying all of your paddocks and castles but requests that any adventures be completed by sundown and return to your castle for his sumptuous banquet by nightfall where he is to be entertained by jesters and games. He cares not for furry creatures; they hold no interest for young King Louis as he is only interested in his human subjects and their happiness.

If you're looking to add a bit of royalty to your family, you can find out more about King Louis here or call CPS on 9557 4818.


Happy new year! We have some new products and new feline-saving projects on the horizon this year so we're celebrating with a giveaway!

We're giving TWO lucky winners the chance to win ANYTHING from any of our online merchandise shops (wine not included, sorry).

This giveaway is open to everyone around the world and starts today, Monday 19th January and will run until Australia Day, Monday 26th January. There are several entries up for grabs, some you can do every day, just enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

Shelter Cat Sunday

This is Alice in Wonderland! A pretty name for a pretty girl. She is looking for love via Sydney Animal Second Chance Inc.

Alice is a sweet loving girl who was abandoned by her owner when her owner moved out of an apartment block. Alice was rescued by one of our fabulous foster carers and has now had all of her vet work done so is ready to go to her second-chance home where she will not be abandoned again. 

If you would like to know more about this kitty, and can give her the loving FOREVER home she deserves, check out her profile or call Patricia on 0404 690 014.

Nambia? No, Namibia. Where the hell is that?! PART 2 by Erin Rainey

Read PART 1 of Erin's adventure as a volunteer in Africa here.

If Harnas was a game show I would've walked away with the million dollars AND the entire showcase. I trawled and read through every volunteer based Facebook page, every review and even ordered a book called For The Love of Wildlife. I was ready to ace this Africa thing. What I wasn't prepared for was missing my connecting flight in Johannesburg, a volunteer agency that wasn't interested in helping a hysterical and stranded tourist (what the hell did I pay these people for then?!) and 4 hours of sleep in 36 hours. How smug that the Harnas volunteer motto is: "Expect the Unexpected."

When I finally got on the shuttle bus for the final (3 hour) leg of trip, everyone was so excited and already making friends. I, however, was sleep deprived and was no doubt emitting a smell that had been carefully crafted over 2 days sans shower with undertones of stress sweating and that subtle tang that only comes from being soaked in 14 hours of recycled airplane air. I also sufferer from chronic resting bitch face. A few of the girls later told me, obviously after they got to experience my sparkling and witty personality, that they thought I was a stuck up bitch when I crawled onto that bus and were all quietly hoping I wasn't going to be sharing a cabin with them.

We were greeted at the volunteer village by the program coordinator, Frikkie. A 60-something, quite thin, almost frail-like man, unshaven with a face suitable weathered by a harsh Africa sun. You'd be forgiven for underestimating his capabilities. As a retired High School superindentant, he had a unique (and very rarely understood) way of pushing you so far beyond your breaking point and then just like that, he'd pull you back in and rebuild you. You know those boot camps they send juvenile delinquents to? Yeah, like that. Only difference was I was stupid enough to pay a lot of money and fly half way across the world to voluntarily enrol in such a program. I'm not a particularly religious person, but the amount of risks that man took, it's hard not to think that there wasn't some sort of higher power keeping watch.

Frikkie - "I will kill you, but you will learn."

Frikkie - "I will kill you, but you will learn."

I'd been on the farm for 3 days so I had received my introductory lessons in the Frikkie School of Life. I was in the office, trying to send an email and I was already late for the afternoon meeting. "Hurry up, you are late!" I heard Frikkie's voice boom behind me. Part of his whole old school thing was that any sort of technology was a waste of time. I think this was the second time that day I'd pissed him off with my new world advances. I rushed out of the office but was stopped dead in my tracks by Frikkie, who was leaning casually against a large pot plant with a lit cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth. He looked me straight in the eyes, removed the cigarette from his mouth and said, "Come with me." The only thing worse than getting eaten alive by a lion was being reprimanded by Frikkie. A lion wants to take you out as quickly as possible, one swift 600psi blow and you'll fold like a deck of cards. Frikkie liked to play with his prey before deciding what do to with it. He lead me into the kitchen of the family home. My heart was beating. What kind of serve was I going to receive if it warranted him taking me into the house away from witnesses?! He lead me over to a large wicker basket with a blanket draped over it. I knew exactly what was in there. Four perfect little 3 day old orphan lion cubs. Barely able to muster a stumble, falling over themselves and each other, ears and eyes still closed, the only identifying feature was a piece of different colored string around each their necks. I was utterly dumbstruck and Frikkie was beaming like a proud father. "Ok." he whispered "Let's go before the others come looking for us!"

One of the cubs (Brad) at 10 days old

One of the cubs (Brad) at 10 days old

The cubs were now about 2-3 weeks old and volunteers were allowed to interact with them but they were suffering from constant diarrhea and dehydration. I thought it might be a good idea to write a 'clean hands' check list so I went into the main office to see if I could use one of the computers. When I entered the office, the only person in their was Schalk, the owner's son. Now, if I only had one word to describe Schalk, it would be "Tarzan". He is also a man of few words but can have quite an intimidating presence about him. I made a few pathetic noises and pointed at the computer. Schalk gave me a pitied look and said "ok?".

The signs went up and I quickly heard along the Harnas grapevine that Frikkie was on the prowl for the person responsible for the signs. It was late in the afternoon and I had gone over the bar to get a cold drink. Frikkie appeared on the far side of the bar and I could feel him staring at me.

"So you are the one who write the signs for my lions?" "Yes...?" "Hmmm...and what is your name?" "Erin..?" "Hmmm." He grunted as he looked me up and down. "Good." Then he got up and left.

I still maintain it was that one act of initiative that started my obsession with Africa.

The volunteers wanted a pool. 'Ok, but you will dig it out and cement it yourselves'. 2 weeks at 6 hours a day in 35 degree heat took pity on us and bought a pool insert for our terribly excavated hole.

The volunteers wanted a pool. 'Ok, but you will dig it out and cement it yourselves'. 2 weeks at 6 hours a day in 35 degree heat took pity on us and bought a pool insert for our terribly excavated hole.

*I must stress that none of the organisations I have been affiliated with have ever sold any lions to a third party. Although my opinions and values regarding conservation practices have changed over the years, I know without these early experiences I wouldn't be anywhere near as passionate about conserving African wildlife as what I am today. I am thankful each and every day for every single opportunity I was given whilst living in Africa. I strongly encourage anyone thinking about conservation tourism to do their research before booking, especially if traveling to South Africa as canned hunting is highly prevalent.

Do you know how to butcher a donkey. No? I do. (Food for the carnivores)

Do you know how to butcher a donkey. No? I do. (Food for the carnivores)

Shelter Cat Sunday

Meet young Bessie, a female DSH in care with the Riverina and District Animal Rescue in NSW.

Bessie came into care from a local pound as a small kitten. This poor little girl had a bit of a rough start, within a couple of weeks her and her sibling developed a horrible case of ringworm that has taken many months for fur to grow back completely. This girl now looks stunning, she has the most amazing personality, probably from all the treatment and washing she had to put up with. Bessie is in care with other cats and dogs with no problems, this beautiful easy going girl would be right at home in any situation.

If you'd like to know more about this pretty young lady, click here or call Kris on 0429 684 233.

Hissy Fits by Jessica McColl

There is roughly an eight-month gap between our two cats. We introduced Mr. Bean slowly after a two-week transition. When we first let them loose together; they played like maniacs for four hours straight. We rejoiced in the thought of kitties cuddling each other blissfully on the couch of an evening when we returned home from work. Macy even extended her fastidious grooming session to include a tidy up of Bean’s face; this is nice, we thought.

But feline relationships are complicated.

They are not like dogs. They do not ‘think’ in packs, however they certainly have a sense of hierarchy and despite the hype, they are also social creatures. Gasp. Yes, cats do enjoy the company of other cats. But it is complicated, isn’t that why we love them?

One of the reasons people assume cats are antisocial is because they hunt alone. In the world of hunting mammals, cats are pretty small – their prey is smaller still. Therefore there is not advantage to hunting together, what are they going to do, share a lizard? Now let’s turn to our vagabond friends, the street cats. They will band together to form groups. Within that group there is a structure, some cats dominate, some seem content to never vie for the position of top cat. Although, ‘top cat’ may be the wrong title, as there are often several cats in a large colony who could be classed as top cat, their position in the hierarchy often shifts subtly.

So it will come as no surprise when I tell you that occasionally I see these seemingly fearless street cats creep out of my exclusively indoor, lap cats.

Yes. It is not all roses between my cats. Sometimes they will be cuddled up on the couch together, will play with toys together and will hide together when that dreaded, life sucking monster that is the vacuum cleaner, rears it’s ugly head.

Other times, not so much.

Sometimes it turns into a hissing wrestle attack. The triggers are many; recently there was an in-house gangland war over who would get to sit in the new armchair. Yesterday they both sat happily on it. Whilst many cats are territorial over the litter box, mine will only share one. We had four at one point; they would both only go to the same one, leaving three completely clean. It is a situation that is both simple and complex.

They are not unhappy. They are exhibiting a very normal feline behavior. I am pleased to announce that, as you can see, the couch is currently being treated as shared property.

I have put into place some strategies for building their relationship. I engage both of them at the same time for mutual play. I do this by purchasing two of the same toy (usually two matching pole toys) and with one toy in each hand, play with them at the same time. Did I mention I am ambidextrous? (Well mostly when I draw or paint, I favor my right hand out of habit for writing) This may or may not make it easier to twirl both poles at once. You will have to test that one out for yourself. I also aim to get them both involved when playing with a laser pointer.

If, however, you find that your cats are not getting along at all after a recent tiff, it may be worthwhile re-introducing them. You do this in a similar way as you would when introducing a new cat for the very first time; confine one and slowly let them re-meet each other. I personally haven’t had to do this, but I keep it in my back pocket in case I ever have to.

I have considered re-introducing Macy to my husband.  Not sure which one I would confine.

Now you tell me, how do you keep the peace in your multi cat household?

Shelter Cat Sunday

This blue-eyed beauty is Mandy, and she is in care with Purrfect Match Cat Adoptions in Taree, NSW.

Carer favourite "Mandy" is a petite sweet shy seal torty point girl with gorgeous blue eyes and white socks. She takes a short while to warm to you after her terrifying ordeal of being in a pound but once she gains your trust she is warmly affectionate. Suit a quiet home with an understanding that she will need time to adapt and she will love you forever when she does come around. She needs to feel safe and secure in a home that will possibly have another gentle cat for company.

If you'd like to give Mandy the chance she deserves, click here for more info or call Lesley on 0415 222 289. Purring for sweet Mandy!

Shelter Cat Sunday

The Lost Dog's Home in Melbourne has waived its adoption fee for all cats over 3 years old until the end of the year. What better time to adopt an adult feline?!

Meet Venus, a smokey 5 year old young lady who is in desperate need of a loving home.

Beautiful Venusis an attractive cat with a sweet disposition. She simply adores being given pats and she will generally happily accept all of the pats you are willing to bestow upon her. Although Venus sometimes likes to be cuddled (especially if a simultaneous chin rub is involved) she has a preference for not being picked up and carried around a lot. It is imperative that Venus's new owners regularly brush her thick, extremely fluffy coat to keep it knot/tangle free and looking its best.

Venus is located at the North Melbourne shelter. More info can be found here or by calling (03) 9329 2755. Please share.

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to extend my Christmas wishes and heartfelt thanks for all the support this year. Its been a huge year, we have not only been able to assist in the rehoming of many needy cats, we've also been able to fund Trap-Neuter-Return projects, pay for medical needs for cats waiting to be adopted, and our biggest triumph yet - we saved the life of a leopard in Africa by funding a GPS tracking collar. THANK YOU so much to everyone who has bought merchandise, donated or participated in our raffles and fundraisers this year. We hope to do even more next year! Happy holidays to you and your loved ones, from Sarah, Bosco, Ollie, Duma and Dexter. xo

Shelter Cat Sunday

Are you looking for a furry gift to give a loved one (or yourself!) this Christmas? If so, let me please first remind you that a pet is for life, and a cat can be a 20+ year commitment. Secondly, please visit your local rescue or shelter when bringing a new cat or dog into your life. This is Tippi, and she is in need of a forever home and is located in Queensland.

Tippi was sent to the local pound in a suitcase with her 5 beautiful 4 week old baby boys after being found dumped in the local area. She also arrived there in amazingly good health and not a flea to be seen on her or her bubs. Tippi is such an impressionable young lady who quickly adapted to her foster home and was and still is friendly with everybody she meets. Tippi has also been the best Mum to her boys, taking care of them and making sure they are always fed, clean and safe.

Can you give this young mum the love she deserves? Find out more about her here or call her carer Rebecca on 0402 588 267. Hoping Tippi finds a home for Christmas!

Shelter Cat Sunday

Look at this pretty little face! This is Keeva, looking for a home with Sydney's CatRescue.

Keeva was a street kitten and got rescued from an industrial yard at approximately 12 weeks old. She is very shy and her natural instinct is to run and hide from people when they enter where she is, however, she now comes out to investigate or when called a lot sooner than she used to. She is cheeky, playful and extremely curious.

If you're looking to give this sweetie the love and patience she deserves, have a look at her online profile for more information or call her carer Kristen on 0416 922 195. 

The Cafe Crowd by Lisa Brennan

If I told you that the moment after I booked my plane ticket to Melbourne, I booked my ticket to Melbourne’s Cat Cafe – you wouldn’t think I was crazy right?

Cat Cafe Melbourne opened in July and was launched through a crowd funding campaign by Melbourne locals - Anita and Myles Loughran. Cat cafes are very popular in Japan and throughout Europe and offer a solution for people who want a pet but are unable to have them, in addition to travellers and international students seeking pet companionship. During my time with the cats, I met a guy who was on a working visa for 3 months and missing his cat at home. He was quietly delighted to spend time with these residents. There was also a group of girls who are unable to own their own cats and sat in a huddle admiring a sleeping feline, speaking in hushed tones, while they listened to him gently snore. I witnessed their happiness at being able to spend time with a furry companion – even for just a little while.

The Cat Cafe is located in a beautiful federation building at 375 Queen Street, close to the Queen Victoria Markets. On entering, you feel like you are visiting a friend’s house. Downstairs is a dedicated cafe and shop full of kitty collectables and enrichment items to Catify your home. But its upstairs you want to be – where the cats live.

To visit the cats you are required to pre book a time for your hourly visit (easily made through the Cat Cafe Website). Before going upstairs the rules are explained to you. These are pretty simple to follow and are based on Animal Welfare guidelines.

Cat Cafe Melbourne has four rambling rooms upstairs that are open to visitors and each of which are filled with comfy couches, books, cat-related decor, climbing trees, scratching furniture and loads of cat toys. The 12 residents have all been adopted from the Geelong Animal Welfare Society and The Lost Dogs Home and offered the purfect home at the Cat Cafe. They were all brought in together and seemed pretty relaxed with their environment. When it all gets too much – they have their own ‘chill out’ private room to relax/eat/wash and do all manner of cat like things.

The cats themselves are not bothered by the coming and goings of their visitors. They are obviously used to being adored and admired and, in typical cat fashion, go about their daily activities seeking out their needs. So what do you actually do? If you like the idea of having coffee and cake, sitting on a comfy couch and interacting with the cats – then this is the place for you. Only 15 visitors are allowed at any one time and there is a staff member wandering around checking on the cats, offering drinks/snacks and answering your every question. You can sit in a room where the main group of people tend to sit (the first room) or find another quieter room. My favourite was a smaller room where Lynx resided – a beautiful cuddly snoring boy who loves a tummy rub. You will find the cats wander in and out, chasing, stalking and generally being nosy about what everyone else is doing with ‘the fear of missing out’.

Apart from being a beautiful place to visit and spend some time with the cats, the Cat Cafe raises awareness for Animal Rescue groups, by not only providing a home for these rescue cats but by raising funds to donate to local shelters. They are currently running the ‘Meowy Christmas Campaign’ and are accepting food donations in store which will be given to animal shelters in the New Year. All food donated is matched by Hill's Pet Nutrition.

So my thoughts? You like cats? You like supporting local enterprises? Then you are already there.

International Cheetah Day – December 4 by Alison Lee Rubie - Part 2

Cheetahs are excellent hunters. Their eyesight is strong and they can spot prey up to five kilometres away from a mound or other vantage point. Stalking their prey until the right moment to make the chase, cheetahs will use their speed to catch and then their claws to ultimately drag the prey to the ground before biting its throat or nuzzle to suffocate it and finish it off. Though cheetahs are strong hunters, they compete with lions and hyenas that are threats to the cheetah and will often scare the cheetah away from its kill to finish off their meal. This can lead to starvation and often cheetahs will go days without food. Cheetahs only eat animals they have killed themselves. (Chinery p 294). 

Cheetahs have long been held in captivity dating back to Ancient Egyptians and Assyrians who kept tame cheetahs. These animals would be used for hunting. People in power such as emperors or kings in India were known to keep thousands of cheetahs during the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries. As cheetahs do not breed successfully in captivity, most of these cheetahs were caught in the wild and trained to hunt.

Cheetahs are now a protected species listed under Appendix I of Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). (IUCN Red List) They are protected under national legislations throughout their existing range and parts of their previous range. Unfortunately though, some countries still allow cheetahs to be killed if they are threatening livestock or endangering life.

So what can you do to help? The best way to help is to spread awareness about their plight. The more people that know the more people can help. Share this blog post on your Facebook, talk about International Cheetah Day and The Feline Foundation and their causes. Sign petitions and encourage your friends to do so as well. It’s all about being proactive. Together we can change the world.

Who’s Your Daddy? by Jessica McColl

When we first adopted Macy she was tiny. I remember her first night she was allowed to freely roam the house, I sent my husband to watch her while I cooked the dinner. He followed her around so dotingly, ever concerned that we would lose her in every crevice of the house. The next day he came home with all these bricks which he placed over every possible small crack she could get through. No, she could not slide under the back door, but he covered it with bricks anyway. It was truly heart melting.

Macy as a kitten - constantly seeking mischief

Macy as a kitten - constantly seeking mischief

Once confident in our home, Macy developed a truly charming little trick. She would dash along the top of the couch and bop my husband right on the head with her tiny paw. I cannot even fathom why she would do this. Never did she once do it to another person. She would even do it while we had company. She would quickly scoot past every other possible unsuspecting victim and when she got to him, BOP, right on the head. Afterwards she would dive straight down the back of the lounge.

To be honest, it was hilarious.

As she has grown, she stopped with the head bopping and just has no time for him. I often joke that Macy lets him live with us. You see, Macy and I share a special bond. She doesn’t need to sit all over my lap to feel connected, she is happy to sit by me and follow me about the house in her quiet and unassuming manner. She speaks to me and seems to know exactly what I say; she will follow my directions even when only given verbally. I think perhaps she is just like that, bonded to just one person.

Mr. Bean on the other hand loves everybody. He is Macy’s exact opposite in so many ways. When I first got Beanie, I was at the shelter, just looking and making some enquiries, about getting a friend for Macy. He chose me so to speak and I had to call my very new husband to confirm it was ok to bring a kitty home. That evening we were at a family dinner, which he came to straight from work. I could tell he was not super impressed about the new kitten stashed at home. I was a bit nervous about the first meeting. A bit of a make or break moment I thought. When we arrived at home he didn’t even go see him until I asked if he would like to. He begrudgingly said yes – maybe it was ‘if you want me to…’

Baby Beanie - not quite a tiger but heart meltingly cute

Baby Beanie - not quite a tiger but heart meltingly cute

I think I will remember the moment forever. He went into the room and his expression completely changed. He said “Oh my god he is beautiful. He looks just like a baby tiger” (yes, I know what you are thinking - Mr. Bean is silver tabby and white, nothing like a tiger, but shhh! – don’t ruin my story). That was it really. It was love.

Unlike Macy, Mr. Bean adores my husband. Before Little Miss came along, he would wait by the door as soon as the time neared for my husband to arrive home. He would strain to listen for every sound outside in case it was him. He would then jump up on top of the aquarium so that he could ‘bump heads’ in his lion greeting as soon as the official man of the house walked through the door. He relishes in the moment when my husband falls asleep on the couch and he can snuggle up next to him. He also loves my brother in law. His is the first lap he jumps into when he comes to visit.

So while Macy is happy to just stick to her one BFF, Beanie really enjoys being ‘one of the boys’. 

Mr Bean patiently waiting for his Daddy - Macy just likes the fish

Mr Bean patiently waiting for his Daddy - Macy just likes the fish

International Cheetah Day – December 4 by Alison Lee Rubie - Part 1

Last Thursday, 4th December, was International Cheetah Day. What a magnificent animal to celebrate. It is unique in so many ways. So why December 4th? Dr Marker, at Wildlife Safari in Oregon raised a cub named Khayam and that cubs birthday was December 4th. She was trained for the first research project in rewilding and in 1977 Dr Marker took Khayam to Africa to see if she could be taught to hunt in the wild. It was successful through trial and error. Through this trip to Namibia Dr Marker learned of the extermination of cheetahs by farmers and vowed to do something about it, so she chose the birthday of Khayam to raise awareness of cheetah conservation. (Information on December 4th, International Cheetah Day extracted from “For the Love of Wildlife”)

The cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is the only animal, along with its subspecies that is within its genus. Famous for its speed and agility, the cheetah is the fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds of up to 114km/h. Its slender body and strong legs are built for this speed and it is this speed, which constitutes one of the cheetah’s greatest defence mechanisms. Cheetahs are not aggressive cats and prefer to outrun their predators rather than stand and fight. They are a unique species of cat and are the only cats to have semi-retractable claws assisting in its speed.

Being the smaller of the big cats leaves the cheetah open to larger predators such as hyenas and lions. Approximately 95% of cheetah cubs will not survive their first year due to raids by predators or simply because the mother is not skilled enough in hunting to support them, therefore failing to care for her cubs successfully. In the Savannah, there are some known ‘super mums’ (National Geographic November 2012) that have successfully raised cubs time and time again. These super mums play a vital role in the conservation of this species. There is one super mum ‘Eleanor’ that is known to have mothered at least 10 per cent of all the adult cheetahs in the southern Serengeti. (National Geographic November 2012) In addition to predators, other threats include conflict with humans, loss of habitat and decline in prey.

Listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, the cheetah is the most vulnerable of the big cats and potentially faces a bleak future. However, there are a number of conservation funds protecting the survival of this unique animal. With approximately 7000 cheetahs in the wild and the rapid decrease of this species, it is important for conservationists and wildlife organisations to embark on breeding programs to maintain the existence of these slick fast felids. You can help by purchasing any product in The Feline Foundation shop. Your contribution will go towards the big cats of Africa including cheetahs.

Stay tuned for more information on the cheetah in my next blog

Shelter Cat Sunday

This cutie is Socks, and is waiting for her forever home with Sydney's Cat Protection Society.

Loving and very affectionate; Socks is a real snuggle bunny when the mood takes her but for most of the day she will enjoy relaxing on a big soft bed and taking in all that surrounds her. Socks is looking for a forever home where she can be your only feline as she did not get along with the other pets in her previous home. Due to flea allergies an indoor home would be best for Socks to keep her skin itch free but this won’t be a hard task, Socks really does enjoy a comfy bed.

To find out more about this pretty lady, call CPS on (02) 9557 4818, or check out their new Facebook page. Due to a recent account issue, CPS are unable to access their previous FB page which had over 16,000 likes. Please visit their new one and give it some love, as well as their needy kitties like Socks!

The Annual Christmas Gift Guide is Here!

Hoorah! My favourtie time of year is well and truly here so I'm very excited to present you with this year's Christmas Gift Guide. This year we're featuring a select number of very special products from independent sellers, each with an exclusive coupon code just for you!

The Feline Foundation merchandise and wine! 

We always start our Gift Guide with our own products of course, and especially because we have something new - WINE! That's right, you can now get wine that we benefit from. Click here to visit our online shops, at the moment you can get 25% off all phone cases with coupon code TELE25. Valid until 6th December.

Custom Ceramic Pet Figurine by Rami Kim

I've been a massive fan of Rami's for quite some time now, and bought one of her awesome salt dishes earlier in the year. I've also had my eye on these beautiful hand made ceramic custom pet figurines, so am very excited to be featuring Rami in the Gift Guide. Check out her Etsy shop and use coupon code CATTEEMISSION to get 10% off custom pet figurines only. Valid until 1st Janurary 2015. I may have to take advantage of this one myself!


Feline Inspired Cat Rings by Nach Bijoux

Aren't these porcelain rings just fabulous?! Each piece is an entirely handmade piece of art by the two sisters who created Nach Bijoux. They are also super awesome because they donate 50% of the proceeds from their Save the Tiger collection (left) to the Planete Tiger Foundation - a French organisation striving to save the species from extinction. LOVE. Get 10% off all orders from their website with coupon code FELINE10NACH, valid until 31st Janurary 2015.

Eco-friendly Catpod!

We all know cats love little nooks to snuggle in and if they can scratch on/in it too, even better! Catpods are created by Green Cat Industries, a family operated feline furniture design studio based in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Their focus is to bring the feline aesthetic into a realm of human made cat furniture and to let cats be cats. Use coupon code FELINE10 for 10% off anything in their shop.

Custom Ceramic Cat Bowls By Sarah Louise Menzies (me!)

I have literally just listed these custom bowls for your kitty in my Etsy shop! They are created with stoneware clay, fired and then decorated in your choice of pattern and cat's name with glaze before being fired again to make them nice and permanent. I give a portion of all proceeds from all cat-themed ceramics to the Feline Foundation. Use coupon code MERRYCATMAS for 20% off in the shop until 31st December.

The Cat Ball - a stylish hideaway for your feline

Which pampered kitty wouldn't love this gorgeous hideaway?! The Cat Ball bed is a cozy napping spot for your kitty. Carefully constructed with thickly padded walls, the Cat Ball bed shapes to fit around your cat, creating a warm and comfortable sleeping space. The Cat Ball are kindly offering FF readers a huge 25% off with coupon code 'felinefoundation' until 31st Janurary 2015. Check out their shop now for the purrfect kitty Christmas gift!

Cat Jewelry by Kat Studio

These delicate sterling silver kitty rings and necklaces by Kat Studio are the purrfect gift for any cat lover (I have one of these rings). Hand crafted in Canada to fit any size, click here to check out the shop and get 10% off everything with coupon code CATTEEMISSION until 10th Janurary 2015.


Porcelain Goodness by Gail CC Ceramics

More hand made ceramic goodness by Gaill CC Ceramics. Gail hails from sunny Brisbane and creates lots of kitty themed goodies including plates, bowls, vases and more. Her Etsy shop will be restocked on 15th December and you can then get a whopping 25% off with coupon code CATS2014.

Hand Painted Cat Brooches by Emma Carlisle

Squee! These have to be the most adorable Christmas-themed brooches ever right?! Emma is an illustrator from the UK who is currently working on her first children's picture book, as well as selling brooches, prints, ceramics and more in her Etsy shop. You can get 10% off when you spend £25 or more with coupon code FELINEFOUNDATION until 31st Janurary. Yay!

Well there you have it! Get shopping cat-lovers! Huge thanks to all of the creatives who agreed to be in our Gift Guide this year, I know I'll be taking advantage of some of these discounts too :)

WINE for a cause!

For a long time now we've done most of our fundraising through merchandise sales, and it has been for the most part successful. But I've wanted to reach out to a broader audience for some time now, hence the online fundraisers I do from time to time. But today I'm excited to announce we've spread our wings even further - listen up wine lovers!

The Feline Foundation is proud to announce our partnership with Goodwill Wine. Goodwill Wine is dedicated to sourcing the best quality boutique wine from independent wineries across Australia and is a licensed fundraiser and business made possible from the goodwill of others. They pledge 50% of the profit (or a minimum of $20 per case) from your purchase to the charity or non-profit organisation of your choice, ie. us!

So, if you'd like to support us through this new venture, please click here to get your wine now! Perfect timing for Christmas! ;)

AND don't forget, following on from yesterday's post, if you love wine and cute merchandise, why not get yourself some wine as well as one of our 'Wine, Cats and Naps' or 'Wine, Lions and Naps' tees?! Visit our shop to see all our merchandise.

I just want to drink wine, save lions and take naps by Alison Lee Rubie

Firstly I apologise for the length of time between my last post and now. I have been in Africa with limited internet and time. But it’s good to be back.


Photo by Alison Lee Rubie courtesy of and with permission by CACH and CACH Spain and the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary.

Pictured above is George (right) and Yame (left), the two little French born, Spanish raised lion cubs who are now being cared for in South Africa. If you are unfamiliar with the story, these cubs were rescued by the Campaign Against Canned Hunting Spain team after it was brought to their attention how poorly these cubs were being treated. After months of rehabilitation and constant care, the cubs are now much healthier and are pictured here at their new home, the home of the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary, where they will be cared for, for the remainder of their lives by Kevin himself and his dedicated team. I was fortunate to meet CJ and Luis, the two dedicated members of CACH Spain who cared for the cubs prior to their transfer to South Africa and also to see George and Yame in their new home of which they have settled in well. This reminded me of the plight of the young lion. In South Africa and over the world, cubs are exploited by humans wanting to earn a quick dollar whether it be for their own benefit or contributing to canned hunting. Unsuspecting visitors, volunteers and guests come for the chance to get up close to a big cat with most not knowing the consequences of their actions. Almost all places in South Africa for example, that allow you to pet cubs, contribute to the canned hunting industry. So please think twice before petting a cub and research your trip to South Africa to see animals in the wild.

To help raise money to fight against canned hunting and the poor treatment of lion cubs, I would like to share the design my friend and designer Emily Elise, did for me (inspired by Sarah's original 'Wine, Cats and Naps' design) for this months Artist Exchange, which is now available on tees and other merchandise in The Feline Foundation's shops. All proceeds from the sale of this design will go directly to the Campaign Against Canned Hunting in South Africa. The funds will be used to help lion cubs in similar situations to George and Yame and help give them a fur-ever home. This offer is available up until 31st December and would make the perfect gift. So please pop to the store and see what’s on offer. A reminder too that the US and UK shop ships worldwide including to all countries in Africa AND you can get FREE SHIPPING in those two shops when you buy two or more items with coupon code XMASTWO until 3rd December. 

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Thank you! Next time I will bring a blog about the Cheetah for International Cheetah Day on December 4. 

Alison modelling the t-shirt on her recent trip to South Africa.