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Huge surprise for Kilimanjaro!

Dear Scratzme

When I saw the stand I was quite shocked at how enormous and tall it was, but I decided to take it home anyway and see if it could fit.

My kitten Kilimanjaro loves it! He totally understands that it is his play tree and somehow it fits in my study as well.

Thank you for a tremendous job well done by everybody. You have made my big boy very very happy and so have made me a very satisfied customer.

PS. I have sent you a couple of photos below…

All the best,

Fabulous Customer Testimonials



At Scratzme, we believe the that the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten. We       ask ourselves every day how we can increase the quality of our service, as quality products and service are never an accident, but rather the result of mindful efforts.

Customer satisfaction and loyalty is the most important service we can provide to our community, and the heart of our company. Excellent service makes the difference!


Dear Scratzme

Thank you so so much – I rushed home with my beautiful, customised Cabanas climbing/scratching gym – and my Mine Coon kitty, Theo, ABSOLUTELY adores it!

I am so thrilled. Thanks again.


Reasonable Rules for Pets in Sectional Title Schemes


Rescue Rehab SA can assist Sectional Title Scheme Managers and Trustees develop reasonable rules to their specific requirements. Please note that the following rules may be used freely as they encompass pet owner accountability plus the welfare of animals and can be effectively applied.


Suggested reading:-



Pets may be kept, subject to the following:

  1. A maximum of 4 (four) small animals provided however that the maximum number of dogs is 2 (two).
  2. In the event that the number of animals in the Unit exceeds the limit at the time these Conduct Rules are instituted being [insert applicable date] the excess animals may stay but may not be replaced. This grandfather clause is subject also to Local Authority by-laws if they prescribe a limit on the number of animals which may be held on premises.
  3. Dogs may not be larger than the size of a Cocker Spaniel.
  4. The Unit shall be kept free from faeces and urine on a daily basis.
  5. All animals must be sterilised (females spayed and males neutered) – this rule also applies to purebred and registered animals.
  6. Veterinary certificate of sterilisation shall be lodged with the Board of Trustees or the Managing Trustee.
  7. Under no circumstances may a female in season be kept on the property.
  8. Bird, small animal and reptile cages/tanks shall be kept clean and free from faeces and flies.
  9. A maximum of 2 cages/tanks may be kept which shall not be overcrowded.
  10. Dogs and cats must be identified with a collar and ID tag as well as a microchipped
    • Contact details on the ID tag as well as the microchip database must be kept up to date.
  11. Animals may not be chained.
  12. Shelter of animals must meet the requirements of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 (as amended from time to time) and/or the requirements of the SPCA.
  13. It shall be the animal owner’s responsibility to ensure that their pets do not cause a disturbance.
    • This rule shall apply also in their absence as they will be responsible for the carer who they appoint to act on their behalf in the event of leaving their pets on the property.
  14. Carers and/or owners shall feed, water and check pets at least once in every 24 hours.
  15. The fine for each contravention is R500.


The Importance of Physical and Mental Stimulation for Cats

Cat and kitten

While domestic cats sleep as much as 16 hours per day they do need play and exercise to stimulate them mentally and physically.

In the wild, cats are the predators providing a natural balance which is key to the survival of other species. When not hunting prey for survival, they use play to teach cubs how to stalk and hunt successfully who also spend many hours playing.

Although domestic cats also do this they can be taught not to hunt birds, lizards etc. by their owners.


Exercise is vital for keeping cats fit and consequently healthy.

Unlike the wild where lions, tigers, leopards, cougars and the many other cats traverse many kilometres in search of food, cats, like their human counterparts, do not have the same challenges in finding food.

The result can be, and often is, boredom and obesity with many cats. And boredom can lead to mischievous cats as they are not naturally ‘naughty’ or ‘misbehaved’ but need stimulation (when they are awake).

It can provide you with much entertainment when cats and kittens have their ‘mad moments’. This does however need to be balanced with structured resources for them to use also known as behavioural enrichment.


This is usually associated with wild animals in captivity but applies to all domestic animals in order to improve quality of life.

“Behavioral enrichment (closely related to environmental enrichment) is an animal husbandry principle that seeks to enhance the quality of captive animal care by identifying and providing the environmental stimuli necessary for optimal psychological and physiological well-being.” ~ Wikipedia




Scratching posts particularly those with resting and nesting components are essential even for cats which are not confined indoors as it provides them with –

  1. Cats have to sharpen their claws and it is better that they sharpen their claws on a scratching post designed for this than use your furniture.
  2. Cats love to run up and down scratching posts and climb through holes, and where there is more than one tag play tag and wrestle on scratching posts.
  3. The height is also levels the playing field with the family dogs!
  4. Play stimulates cats physically and mentally and helps to keep them fit.
  5. When you have more than one cat their play also hones their defence skills.

There is no need for very expensive toys as all cat owners will tell you that a cat consistently has more fun with the wrapping and box than the toy.

  1. A couple of cardboard boxes and a tunnel (which you can buy in a petshop) will provide many many hours of fun.
  2. Many cats also like to retrieve and buying them toys to play with and for you to throw is also very good stimulation.


Cats are very clever and often love interacting with their owners.

While training is usually associated with dogs, training cats to do various tricks and have fun is on the increase, albeit slowly.

However due to perception this is not common in South Africa and if you are interested in looking into this further we would suggest that you find an animal behaviourist who specialises in cats as well as make enquiries via social media.

PS: Never declaw cats as this leaves them vulnerable to dogs and other cats as their front claws are essential for climbing and self-defence.

Are Cats Intelligent?

Clever cat open door

Most cat owners know that their cats are as intelligent as dogs. And many believe them to be more intelligent.

One only has to look on Youtube to see how many clever cats there are, and while they might not slavishly worship their owners like dogs, the reality is that you are truly blessed when a cat picks you as his/her guardian.


take you to media reports on the intelligence of cats although it does appear in this case that the scientists may be a little uncertain of their own findings:-


In fact, cats have more nerve cells in the visual areas of their brain , a part of cerebral cortex, than humans and most other mammals. … Maybe because they are too smart to be enslaved by humans. As Huffington Post puts it, “dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you.” ~ Feb 24, 2013

On a point of order, any cat owner could have told them that!!

Russian Blue

Russian Blue


“Cats have a greater capacity for complex problem solving than dogs.” ~ Posted Feb 23, 2013


Cats can be trained and many love interacting with their owners, playing fetch, going for walks and drives, playing in the park and on the beach. Don’t risk taking a cat for a drive or walk etc. until you have assessed them carefully and taken precautions against your cat getting a fright and running away.

They need to be introduced to driving in a car and walking on a harness slowly and patiently.

It is perhaps our own perceptions about cats that we have not encouraged them to participate the way we do with dogs.

If you google cat trainers in your area there may well be experts who can bring out the best in your cat and give you both many hours of fun and bonding.