Friday, July 25, 2014

To the #CatCave Cody!!
original source: http://www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com/2014/07/to-catcave-cody.html

 

It’s not every day that I receive an email from companies located  in Lithuania or the UK,  so when I first received an email from Kivikis.com asking if I wanted to have Cody try their Cat Cave, to say I was leery was an understatement. After a few emails back and forth to check their validity, I agreed, and  I am THRILLED that I did. From the moment the Cat Cave arrived it became an immediate favorite of Cody’s.

Before I tell you about the Cat Cave, let me say that there are similar products on the market, (one of them, The Cat Ball,   I reviewed back in January of 2012, which in it’s genre is theORIGINAL), you can read  that review here.

The Cat Cave isn’t passing itself off as the above mentioned  product. The glaring difference is the other product is open on BOTH ends and is shaped differently.The Cat Cave has only one opening and to me, resembles a giant, comfy EGG. Another difference is the Cat Cave is made of a super comfy, non-scratchy 100% ORGANIC FELTED WOOL.

From the Kivikis Shop On Etsy:

My name is kivikis ;)))
I’m an artist, interested in media arts and graphic design. Currently studying about wool felting.
I glad to see you and Welcome to my small shop.
For a long time I’ve played with the idea of working with wool and I’ve read hundreds of articles and books about felt wool craft. With small steps starting from that idea I’ve begin to practice and make different small items for my friends and family. I loved it! And I became more and more addicted to this job. After found out about Etsy, I decided to take the next step to open a shop here.
From then I’ve tried to become better with my craft every day. From felting, stitching, photographing and shipping,
 I   put all my effort and skills in building YOUR PERSONAL 100% HANDMADE item.
All products are shipped from Lithuania.

The shop is named after Kivikis, “actor, model fitter”

Photo courtesy of: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/170686283/cat-bed-house-cave-nap-cocoon-from?ref=listing-7

Because wool  has a “natural, self-cleaning aspect”, it is only necessary to occasionally wipe the Cat Cave to clean it. But if you want to clean it, here is a charming video that shows you how.

The Cat Caves vary in shape because they are made by hand so each one will be a little bit different.

My only complaint when the Cat Cave arrived was that it wasn’t wrapped inside the box that it was placed in, my suggestion would be to at least wrap it in plastic or something instead of just placing it in a box. That being said, the TRUE TEST?

Right here!
I can count on one hand the number of products that Cody has INSTANTLY taken to without my having to cajole him with treats or catnip. THIS WAS ONE OF THEM.  The day the bed arrived, Cody was suffering from one of his MANY allergy flare-ups. I put the Cat Cave in my office and walked away figuring it would take Cody WEEKS to try it out at all. I was WRONG. I returned approx a half hour later and there he was.

The Cat Cave has remained a favorite since the day it arrived. I couldn’t be happier. If Cody is happy, then I AM HAPPY!

Where you can find the Cat Cave:

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original source: http://www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com/2014/07/to-catcave-cody.html

This is MINE


This is MINE

original source: http://www.grossstadtkatze.de/kivikis/

 

Did you know that there is a small factory in Lithuania, are produced in the beautiful, unique and handmade Filzhöhlen for cats? Me neither. Until last week.

But the fact is: There has been nothing, absolutely nothing, that Katie has taken so quickly in fog. Provided we see from the accompanying box once from. The baptized Filzhöhlen or affectionately Cat houses, made from 100 percent pure organic materials. They are manufactured in the city of Vilnius in Lithuania. Even the name “Vilnius” is to fall in love, because translated it means “small wave”.

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Woe to him who also came to their cave only to close.Lilli had no chance from the start. As she lay in the cave, Katie has them away or just simply applied to the input, so yes Lilli also can not get out. While I have made the pictures, Katie has attacked me as soon as I got too close with the camera. Property is just property and belongs to no one else. After all, Katie was sitting there first. Then lying asleep by the way is of course just as well.

You can expect the products of kivikis site view. Much more, however, I recommend the youtube channel and only the newly created facebook page . The videos on youtube show how great are the Filzhöhlen and that really any cat will love. To buy there are the kivikis in Germany so far intwo online shops .

Lilli This is MINE

At this point, a very big thank you that you love us kivikis the cave have provided and many greetings to Lithuania!

How quickly the cave was adopted by the girls, you can see in the video: Hinge Sets, slept in it.

felted cat cave of kivikis


Friday, October 17, 2014 at 18:00 clock
original source  from:  http://blog.katzen-fieber.de/2014/10/gefilzte-katzenhoehle-von-kivikis/

 

felted cat cave of kivikis

Kivikis Filzhöhle

Cats and caves – often a very suitable combination. My house cat is no exception. If still beautiful, warm felt is added for my three the feel-good experience perfectly. For this reason, I was particularly pleased me that we have a Filzhöhle the brand “kivikis” had the chance. In this review we would like to introduce you to the cave and tell you about our experience with it.

Appearance, dimensions and price

The cat cave looks like an egg made of felt with input. Is oval shaped. They are available in two different sizes: “medium” and “large”. The Medium cave should be suitable for cats weighing 4-6 kg body weight and is 41-44cm long, 21-23cm high and 31-34cm wide. The input of this size is about 14-15cm wide. Size “large” to accommodate cats of 6-8 kg body weight and is 27-30cm high. The entrance of this variant is 17-18cm wide.The large cave is 36-39cm wide and 43-46cm long.

There are various colors: “green birch” (bright grass green), “sky blue” (light blue), “dark gray” (anthracite), “sand brown” (light beige-brown) and “gray snow” (light gray). The price for one of these handmade cats caves is 79.99 €. The “inner life” of the caves is partly from off-white felt, partly in felt in the basic color of the cave.

Inner workings of the kivikis Filzhöhle



We were allowed a cave in the size “large” in the color test “sand brown”.

Material

The caves are handmade (wet felted) from Merino sheep wool. For this reason, all the caves are unique and differ in size and color nuances all a little bit. The manufacturer kivikis draws its material with the Swedish company “Klippan AB textile” . For coloring the caves special, certified colors (mostly of natural origin) are used.

Input the kivikis Filzhöhle



Entrance of the cave seems to be handled specially reinforced: he feels a little thicker than the rest of the cave and goes back even after crumpling to its original form.

Care

Caring for the kivikis Filzhöhle



Already on the board of the cave are printed in English care instructions. The cave is quite easy to care for because of their material (felt). You can suck them and with a simple damp sponge to remove small spots (cold water + soap). The cave may of course in larger dirt in the washing machine: simply set the wool program andnot hurl. The care instructions further points out that wool itself has a certain self-cleaning function and the cave therefore rarely must / should in the washing machine.

It also explains that the cave after such a cycle can lose their shape – the but you can counteract by stuffing the still slightly damp cave with paper in the form and allowed to dry so. It is important also to know that too much soap and can leave the material of the cave look ugly to hot temperatures, but we do so also of woolen clothing known. Here you can incidentally Video – suitable for care instructions – look.

What is good about the cave in my opinion?

The cave consists of a sturdy material that is additionally perfectly natural and harmless. Many cats like felt – especially in wool – very: it warms nicely, is soft and conforms to the body shape. Above all, it takes the slight odor of cats after a few uses at: giving – in addition to the cavity shape – safety and security. If I buy fabrics for my cats or hold hands for the first time in my first test is the smell test: what smells chemically or artificially, can not be really healthy and is equal to sorted out. The cave of kivikis smelled of wool and nothing else. This has surprised me pleasantly.

In my opinion, the cave is well made and feels soft and cozy. While this is not an issue which relates to the quality of the product, but I think it’s worth mentioning that the customer service was excellent: all of my questions (often working day after only a few minutes) answered in detail and lightning-fast. Since I also wanted to know more about the material used due to the request of our readers, I have also asked questions that might have been some manufacturers unpleasant. They gave me honest information and was the source of the raw material known. The statement “there are no secrets” (translated quote) surprised me really pleasant.

What is the cave in my opinion less good?

For me there is nothing that speaks against this cave.

Our experiences with the Filzhöhle of kivikis

Normally my cats are cautious when I anschleppe new textiles: they smell best new and unusual and are usually shunned and sniffed before you get closer looks at for a few days. In this cave I was able to experience a first: even as I made product pictures for the review to Muffin jostled me and past the camera and went without hesitation into the new “thing”.

Muffin climbs in the Filzhöhle



I could then also see that the size of “large” for my 7-pound fur bomber is more than suitable. Comfortable the cave seems to be. Even Casimir wanted to look absolutely times)

Kasi climbs in the Filzhöhle

I’ve since the arrival of the cave again more space in bed, because someone always sleeps at night in the Three )

Muffin looks out of the Filzhöhle

Conclusion for me:
We can highly recommend the Filzhöhle of kivikis: it is neatly made ​​and of high quality. For cave loving cats she is probably just right. From our cat household it is no longer possible to imagine)

kivikis Katzenhöhle Note List
Muffin looks out of the Filzhöhle
Muffin sits in the Filzhöhle
original source  from:  http://blog.katzen-fieber.de/2014/10/gefilzte-katzenhoehle-von-kivikis/
Interzoo 2014, Nuremberg Germany

Interzoo 2014, Nuremberg Germany


we were at international fair Interzoo 2014, Nuremberg Germany (29.5 – 1.6.2014)

ecological cat house


cat house from wool

What is Ecology?

Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment; it seeks to understand the vital connections between plants and animals and the world around them. Ecology also provides information about the benefits of ecosystems and how we can use Earth’s resources in ways that leave the environment healthy for future generations.

 A Stylish, Ecological and Healthy Cat house That You Will Love!

Our handmade, felted, wool cat houses are an ecological, feel-good and wonderful alternative to the ordinary we normally use. Our cat houses are fashionable, yet made of a sustainable resource, Merino wool.  Wool cat house, when worn against the skin, wicks away moisture –keeps moisture away from your cat delicate coat and helps to regulate your cat body temperature, keeping your cat coat warm. Who wouldn’t love that? Another wonderful fact is the lanolin that Merino wool contains. Lanolin is a natural, antibacterial substance. All of those healthful benefits with fine, soft, felted, wool and they’ll not only have your cat looking good, but your will feel good too! Healthy, happy cat are very important since we rely on them.

You will love our handmade, felted, Merino wool cat house and you can feel good about your ecological decision. What a wonderful feeling it is to support a product that is not only handmade but is also natural and sustainable. It is extremely important that we take our part in improving the well-being of our fragile planet. Instead of using machinery and equipment that require the use of excessive energy and fuel, we choose to produce our line of ecological cat houses by hand. Instead of using materials that are manmade and harmful to our environment, we have chosen the luxuriously soft and earth-friendly, Merino wool. It requires more of our time, but it is much kinder to our planet. When you’re using our cat house, you can feel good about knowing they were made with dedication and respect for our planet, Earth. Our cat houses make wonderful gifts for your friends and family. They’ll be happy to know they’re helping to take part in promoting a healthier, safer and happier environment for us all. Take your part in helping our planet while looking stylish and feeling good.

 Why not choose a cat house that is comfortable, ecological, promotes cat health and is fashionable? Express your style and try them with your cat!

natural cat house


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What is natural?

   All fibres which come from natural sources (animals, plants, etc.) and do not require fibre formation or reformation are classed as natural fibres.

Natural felted wool cat house – fibres from the nature!

Throughout the history of mankind, wool shorn from domesticated animals has traditionally been a vital resource to nearly every culture that lives in a temperate or colder climate. The twentieth century, however, brought the advent of artificial fibers made through complex industrial processes that displaced many of the traditional uses of wool. This came with high price, as the short term benefits of this industrialization hid the negative environmental impact of all stages of the manufacturing process as well as damage to the health and safety of everyone working and living near the mills. Fortunately, a growing awareness of the ecological impact of industrialization has led people to reassess the traditional value of this ancient resource. When using felted wool to produce cat house, the ecological impact is greatly diminished.

Natural wool, in all its many variations, can be made into apparel that is healthy, economical and environmentally conscious while still being fashion forward. Taking fashion to the next level is good idea when you’re looking to wear healthy clothing and accessories. Not only will the cat house look great in your house, but it will be much healthier for your cat to live in, cat house is products that are not consuming animals. Handmade, felted products that are made from high quality wool are more than just a tip of the cap to healthy living. Those who want to live a healthier lifestyle can begin, perhaps, with their diet and exercise and extend that to the clothing that they wear.
When it comes to pure fashion, these sorts of products look great with just about anything.
A great example of this is felted wool cat house – while most modern cat houses are made from nylon, polyester and leather processed with harsh chemicals, handmade felted wool cat house are created almost entirely out of natural materials, the only chemicals used for the felt generally limited to soap and water. While all cat houses use out eventually, the artificial materials in industrially made cat house live on much longer than themselves, eventually taking up space as solid waste. Felted wool cat house, in comparison, are mostly made of materials that in time will naturally rejoin our biosphere.

Fashion is just a reflection of who we are and the choices we make, and felted wool cat house will not only look great but let you choose to make a more natural and healthy world in the process. They may look fabulous and have a low impact on the environment, but are also very comfortable for cat – the handmade felt is soft and supple, able to breathe while still staying warm. While different styles and designs might be consistent within their individual product lines, each handmade cat house is unique since they were all born with the personal attention of the artisan who made them.

An easy strategy in making your life a healthy, natural and ecologically sound one is to make wise choices in what you purchase and use every day. Thinking about the impact our everyday choices can have on our health and environment can be a good start, and choosing felted wool shoes can be a part of that.

Don’t just purchase something new to wear because it looks good. Purchase it because it’s all-natural, is ecofriendly, and allows you to make a contribution to the betterment of the environment and the world around us.

in the beginning


 

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Officially opening in 2011, we named the company Kivikis, and the ideas began to run from there.  The further we looked into the business aspects and opportunities, the more we found a fresh market for such hand crafted wool felted items in the EU and the US, where there were practically none available. This new market made it possible for our business to expand quickly and gain the notoriety that it has today.
Kivikis Today:
We have become a flourishing business since our humble beginnings as a small business out of the founders’ home, with nothing more than a great idea, and wonderful product. It quickly filled their bedroom, and spilled into the rest of their house, a great sign that their idea was a huge success. Since then, we have expanded into a large felting house with many experienced crafts people that create our beautiful felted cat houses.
What Sets Us Apart?
We supply the EU and the US with 100% eco-friendly items.  Kivikis began making felted items with luxury natural sheep’s wool from Australia, and continue with that same quality today in our larger operation.  Using the softest ecological merino wool, silk used for trimming, wool fabric and linen fibers sets our company apart from any other available in the EU and the US.
Where You Can Find Us:
Our felted creations have been included in numerous magazines, as a testament to our quality.  We have expanded in such a manner, that you can become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our blog, and even find us on YouTube to stay in touch with all of the new things we have going on here at Kivikis!