Meet Clare and Billy
Billy - Head Honcho
I'm Billy, and I'm top dog (so to speak) of this outfit, and I can tell you this honeysuckle stuff is a real game changer. It took some blue sky thinking to get it out there but we've really hit the ground running with it.
I run a tight ship and expect my staff to pick up my ideas and run with them so we're all singing from the same hymn sheet.
I can tell you, it's back-breaking work, with little rest and no holidays or retirement at the end of it, but I do it all to bring my fellow felines the best darn honeysuckle cat toys out there!
Clare - Jack of All Trades
I'm Clare Hemington, Jack of all trades at Honeysuckle Cat Toys and Billy's right hand (hu)man. Luckily for me, Billy's bark is worse than his bite, and he allows me to get on with my job with only the occasional cracking of the whip!
For 13 years I also worked full time in the field of Cat Behaviour and am an accredited Cat Behaviourist with the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers and the International Companion animal Network.
If you'd like to find out more about your cat's behaviour visit my blog The Curious Cat. I also write articles about cat behaviour for Your Cat Magazine and am the author of The Hairy Tails of a Cat Sitter.
As part of my cat behaviour work I'm always on the look out for ways to enrich the lives of our
family felines. I'd been recommending catnip and valerian toys to my clients for years, as well as
buying them for Billy in the vain hope that he would get some benefit from them. However, he
has indicated very clearly that he's not a fan. So, I started to think there must be an alternative to
these plants that I could offer to those cats for whom catnip and valerian just don't do it. This is
when I happened across some interesting research which showed that cats can also respond very
well to Tatarian honeysuckle...
A New Natural Cat Toy
Tatarian honeysuckle wood has been sold specifically as a cat toy in Canada and the USA for over 25 years, but it's availability in the UK has been limited to just one or two pet suppliers in the form of toys containing ground honeysuckle wood. However, during my research I found out that cats are particularly responsive to the inner wood from a Tatarian honeysuckle shrub, so I decided to test these claims and run my own trial using slices of the wood. The results were amazing. Not only did all the cats in my trial group respond very positively, but my sample slices have subsequently been drooled on and 'caressed' by every cat that I've introduced them to. Even Billy can't resist it!
So, I decided to try and spread the word about this wonderful and natural source of cat fun, and so Honeysuckle Cat Toys was born.
Honeysuckle Cat Toys is a small business dedicated to providing the tigers in our living rooms with natural enrichment to excite their senses!