keep viral cats on the internet – plus a cat lovers’ giveaway!;

Scooter and The Big Man are really not enjoying the recent run of hot weather. The past few evenings, I’ve come home to find two lethargic cats snoozing on the sofa – which is infinitely more pleasant than what Stringer, who works from home, has to deal with during the day when the pair of them are cranky and at each other’s throats. Fur flying everywhere.

#RehomingAngel - The Big Man
#RehomingAngel - Scooter

What, this face?

Since my fur babies are indoor cats, we have come up with various little hacks to help them cool off – leaving the tap running in the bath, for example; and making sure there are windows open at the front and the back of the house whenever anybody is home. Given the Big Man’s heart condition, and the number of dogs on the estate, we’re still not convinced of the benefits of letting them go outside – besides, they’re four years old now and have never been particularly interested. But we’re a couple of months off their annual vaccination boosters, which gives us time to think about whether to give them the full slate this time or to stick to their usual indoor cat jags.

Having a cat with a chronic health condition probably makes us more attuned than most pet owners to the annual checkup/vaccination cycle, but I was still pretty shocked to discover last week that an estimated 3.9 million cats in the UK are not up to date with their vaccinations – while an estimated 2.7 million, or 26%, have never been vaccinated at all. It’s why Merial, who manufacture the PureVAX range of cat vaccines, started the Viral Cats campaign: using the internet’s favourite meme to raise awareness of the importance of cat vaccinations, and ensure that viral cats stay online where they belong!

Viral Cats cat hamper prize

Now for the fun bit – to help spread the word about their campaign, Viral Cats have given me a hamper worth £100 to give away, full of goodies for cat owners and cat lovers! There are lots of cute treats in here that I would love to win myself, including:

FOR YOU: cat mug, chocolate, cat key chain, silver cat necklace, “Billy the Cat” washbag
FOR YOUR CAT: cat treats, catnip mouse, cat bowl

Doing so is as simple as filling out the Rafflecopter widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

– Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Viral Cats’ PR company – so UK entrants only, sorry
– One winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget above
– Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
– Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 28 days to respond. After this date, another winner will be drawn
– All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
– The giveaway will run from 16.5.16 to 22.5.16

Prize provided by Viral Cats, but this post has not been otherwise sponsored and all opinions are my own and unbiased.

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  1. Jo Hutchinson
    May 16, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Beautiful cat pictures.

  2. Kate Connolly
    May 17, 2016 / 11:12 am

    My boys have just had their booster shots, much to their disgust. Simba loves his claws and spends many long, happy hours chewing them and making disgusting clicking noises. He made such a fuss when the vet was trying to clip them that she had to take him out the back to be scruffed. He emerged, chastened, five minutes later, with a perfect manicure.

    • May 17, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      Stringer takes responsibility for that particular task in our house. Biggie is usually relatively cooperative, Scooter… less so.

  3. Sarah-Louise Kelly
    May 17, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    This is such an excellent campaign, I’m genuinely delighted that you’ve shared it and raised awareness. xx

  4. Anne
    May 19, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    I always make sure my cats are up to date with their vaccinations, they’re my babies x

  5. May 20, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    We have to do a balancing act between steroid injections and vaccinations for Tash. Think she’s overdue her vaccinations though, thank you for the reminder 🙂

    • May 22, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      Oh, bless her. I don’t envy you that, the daily pills are hard enough! x

      • May 23, 2016 / 6:08 pm

        Ah, she gets them at the vets every few weeks when she needs them – it’s just that they can’t be done at the same time as the vaccinations x