Reveal: Snorhaar for MiaCara!

A new era in our life equals a new perspective on what we find necessary and what we are interested in. Not only for ourselves but also for our pets.

It takes quite some time to dive into something new and broaden our mindset. Designing, testing and developing will always continue and eventually turn into a new product. Patience is an important matter in this. Observing our cats and dogs while they sleep, when they eat and when they play. What are they attracted to? What catches their eye? Will they touch this kind of material or do they simply walk away in disapproval? But even the endless journey of testing and adjusting comes to an end.

Time to reveal what we came up with for person and pet through our product range for MiaCara, thanks to our beloved test panel and team!

Dutch design
Studio Snorhaar is located in Netherlands; from here we design and manufacture our products. We use high quality natural materials, vegetable tanned leather & 100% wool felt. Each design is carefully tested in the lab and by our test panel.

Collaborate
If you want to collaborate with Studio Snorhaar, exchange ideas or do you have an assignment?
Just mail or call to: info@snorhaar.com | +31 (0)628 884 718
Do you want to know more about the designer of the pet products?
Take a look at the website of Regina:  www.reginamol.com

Ever tried to get a cat into a travel basket?
This is not something that cats or their owners enjoy. Studio Snorhaar reasoned that it must be possible to create a carrier that would appeal to both. Testing various shapes and materials, we found that cats like to keep an eye on things and prefer natural, tactile materials, so we took this on board in the designs. Because the bag can also double up as a sleeping basket, it always smells like home.

Travel bag   |   How to use
Studio Snorhaar strives to ensure that every pet will embrace our designs but gives no warranty. Animals are just like us, individuals. As owner you are responsible and should pay attention to the following points after/before buying the Travel pet bag:

Purchase
Place the Travel pet bag open folded as basket on a quiet location in the living room. Preferably a location where your pet can overview the area from a safe spot. Let pets decide for themself when he/she is going to visit the Travel pet basket. Give your pet the space to discover the bag. This is essential for cats.

Trust
Before you go travel let your pet sleep in the bag for at least a few weeks to get used to his or hers new basket. After a while your pet will see the Travel pet bag as his or hers own property. Scent plays an important role to create a trustable bond between the pet and the bag. Try not to clean the bag too much and find out what your pet prefers as his or hers favorite pillow. The standard felt pad is the most loved one but it may be that your pet prefers something else. Find this out by testing various materials.

Traveling
Observe your pet well and once you see that the pet is trusted with the bag, you can go traveling. Slowly build up the travel process so your pet can get used to it. If you have a kitten or a puppy you are lucky. It is possible to make a habit of the traveling. It is important to start traveling from an early age so they get used to the traveling ritual. For example, small trips in the car or a walk through the park. Try not to travel the first time somewhere that is associated with a nasty situation.

Observe
As owner it is important to observe the behavior of your pet to prevent problems. If your dog or cat is bored and no longer likes the pet bag? Be sure to challenge it! For example by changing the shape of the bag, transform it into a cave, of or put another pillow in it.  Maybe even use your favorite shirt or jumper! Again, scent is important.

Cleaning
The designs are made of natural materials; vegetable tanned leather and 100% wool felt. Wool has got a self-cleaning feature. You can remove hair with the vacuum cleaner and remove any minor spots with lukewarm soapy water. The leather can be cleaned with a slightly damp cloth. For a long, beautiful life treat the leather with a natural leather wax. The bottom is made from EVA foam and is water resistant and can be washed under the tap. If you are not sure your cat or dog will make the travels without any accidents; place an extra towel in the bag so that any small accidents can be washed out.

Cat bag training

Everybody knows a cat is a perky creature with a stubborn attitude..

Nonetheless, introduce your kitty to the travel bag as soon as she sets her paws in your home. Repetition and frequent usage of the bag will help her start seeing it as her own little space, a safe haven wherever she is.

Be steadfast and your kitten will be curious to join you when you go for a ride or even when you visit the veterinarian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A memory for Dot

Pets turn into friends, family members even. No matter the duration of time they have spent with you, you get attached to the creatures that won’t judge you no matter how you look, the way you act or whatever you say.

Tiny Dot, at first so small and fragile, soon turned into something oh so curious and sweet after we took her home from the shelter. Regaining her strength a little more every day she started to brighten up. No matter what had happened in her past, she gave her best in loving us and loving life as a Snorhaar family member. A real test cat, sitting out her old days on every fluffy and soft creation she caught sight of, never complaining about anything.

Saying goodbye to a pet is never easy but gone certainly does not mean forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stubby cat

When you travel to Asia you, as a big cat fanatic, will notice a few things about the cats as soon as you leave the airport. The cats are rather small compared to your own cat or the cats from Europe in general. Next to that their tails are short, kinked or not present at all. How is this possible?

As always there are many stories and theories about this. But keep on searching long enough or ask around at the locals and you will notice the same thing will be repeated over and over again. All those fairy tales about cut off tails or accidents can be put aside. Of course there are cats among them that are injured because of the crazy traffic around there, but believe it or not the stubbed tail cat is an actual breed! The cats are born this way and it is quite a common breed in countries of South East Asia such as Malaysia and Indonesia.

So worry no longer, there’s no need!

 Cat toy design for MiaCara

This is Topo

Topo is a friendly cat toy handmade with vegetable tanned leather and 100% wool.
Cats will react to Topo because of his movable tail and they can cuddle his fluffy wool body. Topo fits into many home interiors because of his earth tones. His tail can be attached to a wall or you can curl him up and put him on a shelf.
For more info about Topo please visit, www.miacara.com

Muis-cat-toy

Cat town

When you are on a holiday, especially in a hot country, it is unfortunately very common to see a lot of stray cats. If Malta had a say in this I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be a single unhappy cat left in this world.

Cats in Malta don’t just have one owner like regular animals, but the lucky furballs have multiple owners (Malta’s citizens) whom provide food and water for them in the shady corners of the streets. On top of that, they have their own villages!

A famous cat village is located in Saint Julian’s Spinola Bay. There, next to the boulevard, between all the restaurants, hotels and jabbering tourists, you can find a pretty park filled with happy, satisfied cats that are surrounded by food, water, comfy beds and countless petting hands.

Those parks should be everywhere around the world, right?cat-village

Test test.. What’s in here?

Junethekitty was diving to the bottom of the Travel Bag, totally in favor of testing some Snorhaar products.

Using the grey version of the Travel Bag to fit into the interior of her house, owner Nancy got behind the camera for us to take some pictures of her beloved cat June. The two and a half year old June is gaining new followers on Instagram daily and luckily for us she is willing to test some of our products and spread the word about it. The results of product 1: looking like a model and screaming for more!
Thanks Nancy and June!

Keep an eye out for more updates on the Dutch beauty vs our products!

June-the-Kitty

Cat loving in South-Korea

Human beings love cats. Same goes for South-Korea. They love cats so much that they decided to open up a ton of cat cafes so everybody would be able to hug the beloved pets as much as they please.

My name is Merel. I once was an intern at Snorhaar and right now I’m trying to see as much of the world as I possibly can, which I capture by text and images. As for my cat café experience:
While walking through Seoul it wasn’t hard to spot signs of the cafes. But to make it even easier we bumped into a big fluffy mascot, eager to show us the way to one of the many paradises. Even though outside everything is crowded and noisy inside the cafes it is exactly the opposite: silent, calm.
For the safety of the cats we had to disinfect our hands, stow our bags into a locker and wear special slippers. As soon as we ordered a drink and sat down there were meows and paws all around us, cats hungry for attention. They jumped on our laps to be the first one to claim that spot with the intention not to leave anymore for the rest of the day.

It was relaxing and peaceful and I swear I could have sat there until forever.
It felt like having coffee with your best friends, only these friends were a little bit more hairy..

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