March 12th, 2011 by Louise
Hello and welcome to Happy House Cats.
Please use the menu over on the right to navigate my website.
The latest news items and random things that may be of interest can be found below in a usual blog style format.
I have now opened the new Happy House Cats Web Shop where you will be able to buy my cat walking jackets and other quality hand made items for your furkid, this part of the website will now revert back to a blog website and the jacket purchase page will be removed.
If you have any questions or would just like to make comment on anything you find here then please use the contact page, if you wish me to reply them please make absolutely sure you give a valid email address or I will not be able to respond
For details of my walking jackets have a look at the Walking Jackets Page, or use the links over on the right hand side.
October 19th, 2012 by Louise
It has been a steep learning curve but finally making progress.
I have gone through several methods for creating the running surface which have ranged from a failure through to very nearly perfect but not quite. Now I have sourced a material which lets me create a perfectly smooth circular track, despite the material cost being very much higher the improvement in smoothness of the surface is worth me paying more for.
I have also invested a significant amount of money upgrading the tools I have to enable me to make them with a much greater accuracy.
So this is the first wheel glued and clamped up, my apologies for the poor quality of the photo but a dusty workshop is not the greatest environment for my DSLR camera so this was snapped with my phone camera.
The hard work has now been done, so next up is the base unit which I do not anticipate presenting any problems.
Keep an eye out for more updates soon
September 10th, 2012 by Louise
I am currently working on a new product, a big one this time, Frenzy Cat Wheels!
I do not have a great deal of time free just lately, lots of jacket orders and I am supplying the frenzy range of cat toys wholesale to other pet stores via worldwide distributor so finding free time is becoming quite difficult. However, I have recently found someone who is helping out making some of the frenzy refills which is making a difference.
I tried out a few methods of construction for the wheels which failed miserably, but this weekend I tried plan ‘q’ and it was a success. So next step is to get working on the first prototype which will be tested out by a bunch of Supernova Bengals under the watchful eye of Linda.
The wheel will be different from most (all?) of the wheels currently available in the UK, despite having a wider running surface than the others it will actually have a much smaller footprint. The actual running surface will be 48 inches diameter (internal dimension) by 15 inches wide and will be carpeted to provide comfort, grip and a bit of soundproofing!
I am also looking to add a trip computer to the wheel which will keep track of the max, average and current speed, total distance, trip distance, total time, trip time etc. As yet I do not know if this will be included with all wheels or available as an optional extra but I am hoping I will be able to include it with all wheels.
The final price has not been established as yet but I am hoping to make them available at under £300 including UK delivery, that is not a promise but I am doing my best
Watch this space for updates or join my facebook group (link on the right)
August 21st, 2011 by Louise
Yes it has taken a while, but I have finally opened the new webshop!
If you would like to order any of my products including Cat Walking Jackets please nip over to the Happy House Cats Shop
I have a few products available there including quality Da-Bird compatible wands and refills, catnip toys, chopped and powdered catnip.
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May 31st, 2011 by Louise
Another £8 sent off to assist pets in need
The items I made for the PDSA are selling quite well too, I will be making a few more shortly
May 25th, 2011 by Louise
Another £10 donated, thanks everyone
May 11th, 2011 by Louise
Due to my slight problem with the website this donation is a much healthier looking £35.
Jacket sales are up slightly as well which has helped a bit.
May 2nd, 2011 by Louise
I am embarrassed to admit I noticed there was a problem with the donation counter!
I made some changes to the website a while back which broke the code showing donations paid/ due. The system which accounts for donations is now and always has been absolutely fine, it was just the code which displays the donations that was in error so every penny donated is still accounted.
Basically the counter was not showing the Happy House Cats donations just customer donations but it has now been fixed and double checked to make sure it is displaying the correct amount.
I apologise for the error and would just like to assure you that it in no way resulted in the PDSA missing any funds.
April 19th, 2011 by Louise
Yes I am intending to launch a new shop on the interweb world..
I have a few new products I am hoping to produce and sell including 100% natural chopped catnip, catnip powder, catnip pillows & fish, catnip kicker toys, catnip playmats, Da-Bird type wand toys & refills and bungee shock cords for leash walking among other things.
Hopefully I will also be able to build up a number of other items for sale including genuine Flexi extending leashes and a range of other cat toys & products.
This website will remain as a front end where news items etc can be posted, and the shop will be put in a sub domain with links to it on this site.
I am not absolutely sure what I will be doing about the PDSA donations at this time, if I turn the site into a business then I need to maximise profits in order to make a living and currently I make very little on the jackets without matching donations, I am not planning on increasing prices so I may stop the donation match and concentrate on providing free goods to the local PDSA shop. I will decide later on after consulting the business advisor and working out profit margins accurately.
Whatever I decide, I will still continue to support the PDSA in one way or another
So, watch out for future announcements as the new shop gets ready to go live
April 18th, 2011 by Louise
Just popped into the local PDSA shop today and handed over the latest donations, just £7 but better than nothing
I had a word with the manager and she said the bags of catnip are selling so that is making a bit more, I am also planning to provide some catnip pillows for them to sell but I have been rather busy the last few weeks working on the new shop site and such like but I will get some made soon
March 23rd, 2011 by Louise
Not much to donate this time, just one jacket donation but thanks to Tracey sending a gift donation at least it was a bit more.
I also took a dozen bags of organic catnip into the shop for them to sell, so hopefully next time there will be a bit more raised (if they sell).