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Halloween fun for big cats!

Giovanni

It's not just us humans who get to have all the fun on Halloween...

Lioness Noor, lion Giovanni (pictured above) and African leopard Bakari (left) have been celebrating Halloween at FOUR PAWS' Dutch rescue centre FELIDA with big Halloween pumpkins which help the animals to rediscover their natural behaviour, presenting new items and scents helps to alleviate boredom and improve the animals' general well-being.

BakariNoor originally comes from a zoo and has been in FELIDA since 2006. She used to live with her son Bobby, but he died in 2013 and she has been living alone in her enclosure ever since. Initially, Noor examined her Halloween pumpkin critically from all sides before she finally grabbed it and carried it delightedly back and forth in her enclosure.

Giovanni used to be a tourist attraction in Italy, where travellers would have their picture taken with him. In 2005, at one year old, he became too big to be carried, he was handed over to the rescue station. Giovanni also relished in his Halloween surprise – he nibbled at it for so long the pumpkin finally broke into small pieces.

Bakari was also very pleased with his vegetable snack. He was born in a German zoo, were visitors could take pictures with him. When the zoo was no longer interested in him, he came to the rescue centre. This playful animal needs to be challenged and the pumpkin turned out to be a target that could be attacked over and over again. As a result the pumpkin didn’t last too long!

Cat competition!

WIN A PURRFECT BOX FOR YOUR CAT!

Purrfect Box

Fancy winning a box full to the brim with goodies for your feline friend? 

This week we’re offering eight lucky winners the chance to win a Purrfect Box, packed full with 5-6 high-quality products.

These surprise boxes can be filled with anything from treats to toys, healthcare goodies to grooming products, all of which are perfect for the moggy in your life.  

For more information, or to sign up for a monthly Purrfect Box (prices start at £15.90), head to the Purrfect Box website

HOW TO WIN A PURRFECT BOX:

If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday November 6, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

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There are several options for cat-proofing your garden to keep your cat in and other cats out.

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