Lucky Dog Recovers After Almost Fatal Sausage Binge

A dog was given life-saving surgery by vet charity PDSA after a sausage binge caused a potentially fatal stomach condition.

Seven-year-old Weimaraner Jake wolfed down the tasty treats whole (perhaps he’d heard it’s British Sausage Week!) but began feeling ‘offal’ soon after.

Worried owner Lucy, from Gateshead, said: “Jake is a big, energetic dog with a huge appetite – he will eat anything although he particularly loves sausages, which he’s allowed as a treat now and then. One day I noticed he was unusually quiet, then he was sick and had diarrhoea. His chest and stomach became massively swollen – he was like a puffer fish. So I called PDSA straight away for advice.”

Lucy was advised it was an emergency and to bring him straight in. Vets at Gateshead PDSA Pet Hospital confirmed Jake was suffering from a potentially deadly condition called Gastric Dilation, which happens when the stomach twists causing a dangerous build up of gasses. Without treatment, it can be fatal within hours.

Jake needed emergency surgery. After a few tense hours, the family were relieved to hear the operation had been a success: “I was convinced we were going to lose him, so to hear he had pulled through was amazing – although I knew he wasn’t out of the woods yet,” said Lucy.

“The vets found four whole sausages in his stomach, which they think was the likely cause of his problem. We knew he loved sausages but had no idea he was literally swallowing them whole! We’ll definitely be cutting his food into smaller pieces from now on, to help him eat more slowly. It’s fantastic that PDSA is here to help, I’m very grateful for everything they’ve done for Jake – they saved his life.”

Jake went home the next day and, after plenty of rest, he thankfully made a full recovery following his bangers binge.

PDSA Vet Nurse Cheryl Nash explained: “Jake’s condition was incredibly serious – just another few hours and its likely he wouldn’t have made it. Gastric dilation, also known as a twisted stomach, can occur when dogs eat so fast that they take in air with their food, particularly if they exercise vigorously straight afterwards.

“Deep-chested dogs, such as Weimaraners and Great Danes, are more at risk of the condition. If you have a deep-chested breed, or your dog has a tendency to wolf down food in seconds, there are bowls specially designed to help slow them down a bit at meal times.”

Gateshead Pet Hospital is one of 51 PDSA Pet Hospitals across the UK treating the sick and injured pets of people in need. The charity performs more than 10,000 treatments every single day and helping more than 470,000 pets every year. The charitable veterinary service is funded entirely by generous public support, as PDSA receives no Government or National Lottery funding for this.  For more information visit

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Annabelle Crowned UK’s Bravest Dog

With only a few days to go to the nation’s favourite pet show, SuperDogs Live has announced the winners of its special Heroic Hound award, which will be presented at the National Pet Show sponsored by at NEC Birmingham this weekend (7-8 November).

The Heroic Hounds of 2015 have been selected for their incredible acts of bravery and for overcoming the odds through the unconditional love and bond they share with their owners.

Seven year old rescue Cavalier Annabelle from Warwickshire (pictured above before and after finding her forever home) is to be awarded for her bravery after overcoming a distressing experience at a puppy farm. At seven, she is considered a more senior dog, but she has only experienced a loving home in the last four months.

Annabelle has spent the last seven years on a horrific puppy farm, purely to produce litter after litter of puppies. Owner Lisa Garner adopted Annabelle after she fell in love with her, following a chance meeting at a rescue centre she was visiting.  Annabelle is quite unusual, even after all she has endured, she is absolutely desperate for love.

Commenting on the moment she first met Annabelle, Lisa said: “When I first saw Annabelle, she was literally clinging to my leg when I tried to leave the kennel she was in.   It was from that moment that I decided to adopt Annabelle.”

When she first went to live with Lisa, Annabelle suffered with horrendous kennel cough. Coupled with the heart murmur she has, Lisa thought she was going to lose her after only three short days of taking her home.

After numerous visits to the vet in her first week and requiring syringe feeding to build up her strength, Lisa was amazed and delighted to see a gradual improvement in Annabelle’s health.

Cavaliers are known for their gorgeous coat and feathering, but Annabelle’s fur had been clipped so short that Lisa was told it may be too damaged to ever grow back properly.  Slowly, Annabelle’s fur is growing back. She also suffers with narrowing of the ear canal, most likely due to an ear infection that was never treated, and even suffered with nightmares when Lisa first adopted her; fortunately these soon subsided and she can now sleep peacefully knowing she is safe.

Annabelle, along with her adopted sister Lucy, also a puppy farm survivor, raises awareness of both puppy farming and just how amazing rescue dogs are.  Annabelle is a great ambassador for puppy farm dogs and just how much dogs live in the moment and can overcome such a cruelty.  Annabelle is currently in the process of making a 2016 calendar along with Lucy, to help raise both funds and awareness for rescue dogs.

Additional winners of the Heroic Hound category include one and a half year old Lurcher, Pixel (from Swindon, Wiltshire), who saved his owner Rosie’s life when she fell severely ill with a virus; 6 year old Mastiff Cross Dane, Jessie (from Beer, Devon), who, despite being mistreated by a previous owner, helps his owner Julie Barrett cope with several health problems including M.E and fibromyalgia; and seven year old Ruby (from Reading, Berkshire), who has helped her owner Karen Woodage overcome depression and skin cancer through their unconditional love for one another.*   

As well as crowning the nation’s Heroic Hounds, SuperDogs Live will see the UK’s most talented and entertaining dogs participate in a spectacular show hosted by Channel 4’s Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, for awards in categories including Strictly Doggy Dancing and Most Talented Dog.

SuperDogs Live will take place throughout the weekend at the Eukanuba SuperTheatre, with dogs from across the country taking centre stage and competing to win awards in a fun-filled, action-packed show, judged by a panel of experts including dog trainers Steve Mann and Gwen Bailey.

Owner of Alpha Dog Training School Ltd and Chairman of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, Steve Mann, is known for his television appearances on BBC’s Who Let The Dogs Out? and The Underdog Show, while Gwen Bailey, Owner and Behaviourist from Puppy School, has written 13 books on animal behaviour including The Perfect Puppy, which was published all over the world 20 years ago and remains the UK’s best-selling puppy raising book to this day.

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There Are More Pets & We’re Reaping The Benefits


The British pet population has reached more than 58 million according to the 2015 Pet Report and our pets have become a huge part of family life.

An astonishing 93% of Brits now grow up with a pet and four out of five parents believe that the presence of a pet in the home has had a positive impact on their child’s development, from making them more responsible (58%), to improving their behaviour (28%).

The study commissioned by Pets at Home for its annual Pet Report reveals the incredible health benefits a pet has on a child and its family. Owning a family pet means the UK is burning an astonishing 3.4 billion calories a day, helping to prevent obesity. Collectively owners have lost 4.2 million stones in weight in the past 12 months due to their family pet.

The study of more than 4,000 people also found that today’s children are deemed more responsible than their parents, when it comes to helping to care for a pet. Parents are now willing to trust their child with certain aspects of pet ownership at the age of seven and a half, compared to eight and a half 30 years ago.

Despite many perceiving cat ownership to be easier than dog ownership, dogs are still the number one most common family pet, with parents believing dogs bring their children more happiness than cats (54% vs 25%), although dog ownership has declined by a tenth in the past 30 years.

As our family lives get busier, the study has shown there’s been an increase in the ownership of smaller, usually more manageable pets. Goldfish, guinea pigs and hamsters are now more popular than 30 years ago.

The survey also highlighted three quarters of parents (72%) said that owning a pet has improved their child’s anxiety. With two thirds of pet owners who have children with behavioural issues saying that their child has shown an improvement thanks to the support of a pet.

It was revealed that 1 in 10 Brits with kids have noticed a boost in their child’s school work which they believe is down to an animal companion, highlighting the social and behavioural benefits our beloved companions have on our early development.

More than three quarters of parents believe that pet care ownership is so important that it should be taught as part of the national curriculum. In fact over half of the parents surveyed would also like their child to have a furry classmate, but only one in five schools have pets including rabbits, guinea pigs and goldfish.

Brits are now more responsible when it comes to sourcing our family pets, with nearly half (42%) of children’s animals coming from a licensed pet shop.

The study revealed that families are no longer sourcing pets from irresponsible sources, such as fairs, instead focusing on rescue centres, pet shops and well known breeders.

Dr. Maeve Moorcroft, Pets at Home’s Veterinary Advisor, said: “Many people grew up with a pet and some of our earliest, most cherished memories are of spending time with our beloved companions. The report reflects the importance our pets play in our day-to-day lives and the positive impact they have on our development.

“The aim of the report is to show the positive impact pets can have on a child’s development, by teaching them important life lessons.”

The information in the report includes learnings from Pets at Home’s VIP loyalty club, which now has more than three million members, and a series of industry experts in the field of mental health and animal behaviours. This has provided a fascinating insight into the lives of children and their pets.

The full report can be found at

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Remember Hedgehogs On Bonfire Night!


Every year an unknown number of hedgehogs die or suffer horrific injuries because bonfire piles are not checked before being lit.
To save hedgehogs and other wildlife from appalling suffering Ben Fogle, Patron of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is backing the Society’s plea that bonfires should not be built until the day they are to be lit. 

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of BHPS, warns: “Piles of bonfire material look like five star hotels to a hedgehog in search of a hibernation site. 

“It is important to dismantle and move bonfire material that has been stored in advance on open ground.  Move it to another spot just before lighting.   Ensure it’s moved to clear ground – never on top of a pile of leaves as there could be a hedgehog underneath, and not too close to pampas grass which can ignite very easily and is another favourite spot for hedgehogs to hide under.”
Ben Fogle says:  “Please remember to check bonfires carefully for hedgehogs and other animals prior to lighting. Then if it is clear, light only from one side so as to allow an escape route for anything you may have missed.”

As hedgehogs tend to hide in the centre and bottom two feet of the bonfire, check by gently lifting the bonfire section by section with a pole or broom. Never use a spade or fork as these can stab them.  Using a torch will help and listen for a hissing sound, as this is the noise they make when disturbed.
Fay adds: “If hedgehogs are found, take as much of the nest as you can and place them in a high-sided cardboard box with plenty of newspaper/old towelling.  Ensure there are air holes in the lid and that the lid is secured firmly to the box, as hedgehogs are great climbers.

“Wear garden gloves so you don’t get human smells on them and to minimise stress caused to the hedgehog, also, it protects your hands from their spikes.  Put the box in a safe place such as a shed or garage well away from the festivities and offer them meaty cat or dog food and fresh water to drink.  Once the bonfire is totally dampened down, release the hedgehog under a hedge, bush or behind a stack of logs with more food and water.”
Going to an official organised fireworks display is a far safer option for both humans and animals.
For advice and to obtain the names of carers in your area in advance of bonfire night, contact the BHPS on 01584 890 801.

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Majority Of Pet Owners In Poll ‘Sleep With Pets’

The majority of pet owners in our Twitter Poll sleep with their pets. The poll asked the question whether you sleep with your pet (either on or in your bed) and a clear majority (59%) of our animal loving readers say they do.

Here are just a few extremely cute photos sent in by our readers of their pooches lazing on beds. 🙂

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Four In Ten Believe Their Pets Have ‘Psychic Abilities’


Millions of pet owners across the UK believe they are living with ‘psychic pets’, a survey commissioned by Blue Cross pet charity has revealed.

Four in ten Brits across the country believe their four-legged friend has special powers to sense supernatural activity or predict when their owner has a mystery illness.

The survey of 2,000 pet owners commissioned by Blue Cross also revealed that over a third believes their pet protects them by fending off ghosts and spirits.

Those surveyed believe their pets typically alert them to a supernatural presence by barking or growling at an empty space, backing away from nothing or have bristling of the neck fur when sensing a spirit nearby.

Almost a quarter of UK dog owners admitted to witnessing man’s best friend barking or staring at nothing at least three times in the last month, while a quarter of all cat owners have seen their feline friend hissing or growling twice in the past four weeks.
One cat owner claimed to have seen a door swing open and their cat follow an unseen presence around the room with its eyes.

Other owners describe how their pet avoids certain places or behaves strangely in areas where someone has died.

Massive three quarters of all pet owners believe animals can sense or predict illnesses.
One dog owner told how their canine companion regularly senses a kidney infection by putting their paw on their owner’s tummy.

Another explained how their moggy would ‘knead’ the exact area of pain their owner would suffer when their arthritis flared up.

Owners also think their pet can predict when a member of the family is on their way home, when their owner is about to go out, when it is time for dinner and even when a storm is on the way.

Tamsin Durston, Vet Nurse and dog trainer at Blue Cross said: “Pets and their owners build a strong bond, so it’s plausible they may be able to sense when their owner is under the weather or has something more serious looming. They also have an incredible sense of smell that allows them to detect subtle changes in our bodies without us knowing that anything is wrong.

“Pets can soon learn subtle changes in our behaviour and their environment that alert them to something we’re about to do or changes to the atmosphere like a storm brewing.

“They are quick to learn a routine so they know when their owners are due home, when it’s dinnertime and when you are about to go out without them”.

A quarter of those surveyed who currently own a pet admit they’ve become more aware of the possibility of ghosts and supernatural activity since having their beloved animal around the house.

Tamsin  added: “At this time of year many people may be preparing for trick or treaters and things that go bump in the night – but it’s interesting to see that so many owners believe their pets are actually warning off spirits to protect their family and home!”

Top tips to avoid fright nights for pets this autumn:

  • Make sure pets are kept secure indoors when opening the door to trick or treaters.
  • Make sure your pet can’t gobble up any sugary sweets and chocolate treats.
  • icrochip your pet so that if they do sneak out or bolt when bangers go off you have the best chance of being reunited with them.
  • Keep pets indoors during firework celebrations and talk to your vet if pets are really stressed by the bangs and flashes as calming medication may help.
  • Let your dog pace around, whine and hide if they want to until they feel safe enough to come out.

Top 5 Animals Most Commonly found to be Psychic

  1. Dogs
  2. Cats
  3. Rabbits
  4. Guinea Pigs
  5. Horses

Show your #suppawt for Blue Cross to help change the story for sick, injured and homeless pets. Text SUPPAWT to 70907 to donate £5* or visit

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Do You Let Sleeping Dogs Lie In Your Bed?


By Marie Carter, Editor of Pets Magazine
Cuddling up at night to a loved one can be one of the most comforting things in life. It can provide warmth and a feeling of nurture, which is why so many parents allow their small children into their beds at night. When the ‘loved one’ has warm fur it can be even cozier. These days, many people now sleep with their pets.
Let’s be honest, do you let your pet sleep on, or even in, your bed with you? On average 25% of people in the UK have allowed their pet to share their bed at one time or another, while one-in-six said they would always allow it, figures from an ICM poll suggest. I have a confession to make: I do, and have done for the past several years since Sophie, my calm and wonderful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was seven months old.
I had barriers at first. Sophie wasn’t allowed on the sofa but could be on the leather armchair and she also wasn’t allowed upstairs in the bedroom. Throughout her puppyhood, she had her bed downstairs and she seemed to grow used to it. But, Sophie, being intrinsically a pack animal, wanted to sleep with her ‘family’. And so, over the course of several months, once she got past her puppy stages of hyperactivity and was properly housetrained, she was allowed upstairs and on to the bed. I don’t quite remember how it happened but she somehow persuaded me that it would be a good idea. My bed has become her bed, even when partners have stayed over the years. My current boyfriend has a minor allergy to fur and so will not sleep with her on the bed, which means that he never stays over at my house. It would be too disruptive to boot Sophie out of the bedroom after, after all! Do I feel guilty? Well, perhaps a little. But I love her on my bed, and find sleep more difficult if she is not there.
A lot of polls, including one by Associated Professional Sleep Societies, suggest that letting dogs and cats sleep on your bed can lead to a disturbed night’s sleep. Many dogs are their owners’ alarm clocks and cats scratch leaving the potential for people to suffer minor injuries while they slumber. However, Sophie is bliss in that she will rise when I do and will never intentionally wake me. At any rate, this only happens when she is having a particularly animated or noisy dream. Dogs must inhabit a similar dreamscape to us as they are sometimes active and emit a mellow bark in their sleeping state. Chasing a shadowy rabbit across a darkening landscape or finding themselves staring into the jet eyes of a cat, their dreams must vary like ours between pleasant and nightmarish. Earplugs do help to drown out any dreamy barking from Sophie and she is much quieter than most people! A quick poll of friends sleeping habits suggests that I am not alone in preferring to sleep with a furry friend on the bed.
Even celebrities have been known to sleep with their pets. BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil confesses that he and his girlfriend, Swedish IT engineer Susan Nilsson, share their bed with their two-year-old white retriever, Molly. The late Brian Sewell even wrote a book called ‘Sleeping With Dogs’ about the 17 canines who’d kept him company in his slumber over 80 years.
I did a straw poll of ten people, asking firstly whether they slept with their pets and whether they’d prefer to sleep with their pets. Four out of ten do and a further three wanted to sleep with their pets on the bed. Two of the former group were single and two slept in a separate bed to their partner with their pet(s). The final three were adamant that a pet’s place was not on their bed. They cited nocturnal disturbance as the main reason followed by ‘germs’.
While it’s certainly true that there have been cases of pets causing infections in people, the chances are minimal for animal lovers in the UK. Among the more serious medical problems animal lovers risk by snuggling up to their pets are ‘chagas disease’, which is endemic in South and Central America and which can cause life- threatening heart and digestive system disorders. Cat-scratch disease is another problem. It can come from being licked by infected cats, and can cause lethal damage to the liver, kidney or spleen. A nine-year-old boy from Arizona even caught the plague due to sleeping with his flea-infested cat, according to one report.
However, most of us can sleep soundly in the knowledge that we’re highly unlikely to catch disease from our pets. We’re more likely to get woken up in the wee small hours or scratched, either accidentally or purposefully, if we choose to share our bed with a feline. Dogs, on the other hand, are usually well behaved and will love to snuggle up to their human pack member, even if they do get a little animated while chasing a shadowy rabbit or fox through their dreamscapes.
Marie Carter is the Editor and Publisher of Pets Magazine (, a unique leading lifestyle magazine for pet owners, with a monthly readership of 24,000.
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Killer Parasite Cases In Dogs Surge By 35%

PictureChloe the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Cases of a killer parasite that enters the lungs of dogs, causing weight loss, breathing difficulties and chronic coughing, are on the rise, according to a new warning issued by an animal charity.

The number of dogs affected by lungworm, which is spread by slugs and snails have rocketed by 35% in just five years, according to PDSA.

The vet charity warned this could be just the tip of the iceberg as many cases of lungworm go unreported.

Comparing data for 2009 and 2014, PDSA vets found there had been a 35% increase in confirmed cases of the worm across its 51 UK pet hospitals.

PDSA Vet Vicki Larkham-Jones said: “There has been a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of lungworm at our pet hospitals.”

In 2009 there were 49 confirmed cases and this had risen to 66 cases in 2014. However, the true figure is likely to be much higher, as not all infected animals can be positively diagnosed.

The hot spots for cases used to be Wales and southern England, but experts say the problem is now far more widespread.

Vicki added: “The larvae of the lungworm parasite are carried by slugs and snails. The problem arises when dogs eat these common garden pests when rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up from their toys.

“Thanks to funding support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery we’ll be delivering over 100,000 worming treatments in 12 months. We’re also able to educate more owners about the dangers and the importance of good, preventive healthcare.”

Foxes can become infected with lungworm, and have been implicated in the spread of the parasite across the country. A recent study by University of Bristol scientists found that in some areas, up to 50% of foxes are infected with lungworm. Frogs can also carry the lungworm larvae, presenting a risk to dogs.

Case study

Staffordshire bull terrier Chloe’s lungworm ordeal highlights how serious the parasite can be.

The beloved five-year-old pet was taken to PDSA’s Bristol Pet Hospital in June by owner Dennis Williams after suffering a severe cough.

Vets examined her and prescribed lungworm medication as a precaution. However, despite initially responding well to treatment, the symptoms returned.

Further tests confirmed the presence of the parasite and vets decided to carry out more aggressive treatment.

PDSA Vet Bekki Pacini said: “It’s good that we saw Chloe when we did, as these infections can be very serious, even fatal. Lungworm can often be difficult to get rid of and despite treatment it can take up to six months in some cases for a dog to recover.

“Chloe has responded well to treatment, but several months on she is still displaying some symptoms. We’re confident that with continued treatment she will go on to make a full recovery.

“This case highlights the importance of regularly worming your dog with a product that specifically targets lungworm because this parasite is becoming a more serious problem across the UK.”

Mr Williams, 47, of Withywood, Bristol, said he had never even heard of lungworm prior to his dog becoming infected.

He said: “Chloe loves playing in the garden and I understand it could have been something as minor as her nuzzling her nose in the grass or playing with a toy where a slug or snail had been for her to contract the lungworm.

“I’m grateful to PDSA for the treatment they’ve given Chloe and I want to help raise awareness of how serious it can be, because people just don’t know. I’ve owned dogs for 30 odd years and I’d never even heard of it.”

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RSPCA Issues Advice For Firework Season 


The RSPCA has issued a series of guidelines to help dog and other pet owners deal with anxious pets over the forthcoming firework season.

Last year the RSPCA received 364 calls relating to fireworks in October and November – more than in both 2013 (310) and 2012 (326). Research commissioned by the RSPCA and conducted by the Univsersity of Bristol shows that up to 45 per cent of dogs may be fearful of fireworks.

RSPCA Scientific Officer Lisa Richards said: “As the winter months draw in many of us look forward to going to local bonfire and fireworks festivities.

“The RSPCA want to make sure the enjoyment is for everyone – as animals may become distressed or confused at what is happening.

“We would always advise letting your vet know of any signs of stressed or unusual behaviour in your animal so they can give you advice to help your pet in the long-term, but there are also some quick tips to help you and your pet during the fireworks.”

The RSPCA advises:

  • For any pet, whether it be a dog, cat, rabbit or rodent, make sure you provide suitable hiding places with extra bedding where they can feel safe. This is also true for animals that live outside.
  • Close all windows and curtains.
  • Play music or put on the television to muffle the fireworks, using a Sounds Scary! CD to help dogs learn to be less afraid of loud noises.
  • Make sure they’re kept in a safe place during any display.
  • Never punish or fuss over them as it can make things worse.
  • Make sure your pets are microchipped in case they escape.
  • Give your dog their walk earlier in the day.
  • Never ever take a dog to a fireworks display – even if they don’t make noise – it’s still highly likely to be a stressful situation for them.
  •  Pheromone diffusers may  help dogs and cats feel calmer.

The RSPCA would also ask organisers to be vigilant and give plenty of notice to people in the area and also to ensure there are no farm or zoo animals in the area who may be affected.

Wildlife can also be burned to death by bonfires so organisers should check them carefully before lighting to make sure there are no wild animals nesting or hiding inside.  It helps to build the bonfire as near as possible to the time of lighting, or move them before lighting, to ensure hedgehogs and other wildlife are not sleeping in the pile when it is lit.

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Cat Cafe Review: Maison de Moggy


By Marc-Andre Runcie-Unger
Today we are taking a look at one of the hidden gems of Edinburgh! When mentioning this city most people will probably think of Edinburgh Castle and many of the other sight seeing locations, but who would have thought that there is also a perfect relaxing retreat for cat lovers?! That’s right, Edinburgh is home to one of the best designed cat cafes of Europe – if I may say so myself!
The owner, Laura, travelled across Japan and visited many of the “original” cat cafes in order to help her design a unique and cat friendly environment that stays close to their Asian counter-parts.
Of course, the quirky design of walkways, houses and even little beds on the walls are not just there to make us visitors feel like we have entered a Japanese fairytale but also to provide space for the cats to get some rest and hiding spaces away from visitors. It’s almost like the cats live in their own world away from the visitors thanks to the three-dimensional design of this place.
The bridge connects the wall labyrinth to a pillar in the middle of the building. This pillar is actually hollow inside and provides extra hiding space for the cats. This is just one of the many places the cats can find to climb up to and hide in.
The wall labyrinth perfectly enriches the environment for the resident cats. Jacques is the resident Norwegian Forest cat and reminded me a bit of the lion in Narnia!
In total, Maison de Moggy has 10 resident cats that are very well looked after by the owner and staff. The atmosphere is welcoming and it feels more like you are visiting someone’s home to meet up with friends that you haven’t seen in a while! The perfect retreat after a long day of sight seeing or maybe to relax after a stressful work meeting? 🙂
One of my personal favourites in the cafe was Sebastian aka Sebastian de la Creme who is a British short hair. Of course all of them were adorable and very friendly! Unlike many of the cat cafes I’ve been to the cats in Maison de Moggy actually enjoy interacting with the visitors and the many toys around the place will sure help you to enjoy some playtime with them. 😀
The cat cafe is located in the Grass Market area of Edinburgh placing it just between the Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverly station, approximately 15 minutes walk from either of the two stations.
The address is 17-19 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA and the cat cafe and is open daily from 10.45 – 18.30, however it is closed for a short lunch break between 14.15 and 15.00. Slots are 1 hour long and while walk-ins are possible it is recommended to book your slot online via their booking site.

The entrance fee is £7 which may seem high but as you are not pushed into ordering any food or beverages during your visit ensures that the cats receive all the care they deserve. For those that would like some food their prices are not bad at all and they have a selection of hot and cold beverages as well as cakes and cupcakes including gluten free options.
Author bio: Marc-Andre Runcie-Unger is originally from Germany and relocated to London in 2007 for university. What was meant to be temporary soon became permanent as he met his partner, married and stayed for good. He loves cats and traveling around the world. During his travels he always attempts find the local “catty” places to take photos and share his experiences with friends, work colleagues and of course the readers of his  Blog Katzenworld. Marc has two cats of his own, Oliver (a cheeky Tuxedo) and Nubia (a noisy black cat), or should we say they own him? 🙂

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