The lovely people at Cleo Pet very kindly sent the HQ Cats and current foster family some of their cat products to try out. We’ve had the stuff for four weeks now, which means it’s been thoroughly scrutinised and put through its paces. So what did the Inspection Team make of their new goodies?
First up: the Large Duffle Bed. This bed/cat cave combo is available in a number of colours and patterns, ranging from the sensible to the magnificently kitsch, with a touch of bling in between. I opted for Blue Tartan, as it reminds me of a duffle bag I had in my younger days and lost on a night bus after an evening of particularly enthusiastic lager consumption. But I digress. Here’s Ethel pondering the meaning of life from within the warm surrounds of a Duffle Bed.
The Large Duffle Bed is basically a cat magnet. The fleece-lined interior and soft cushion are an irresistible combination of privacy and comfort, and the bed is plenty big enough for larger breeds – H60cm, Diameter 50cm.
The duffle cover is easy to remove and replace for cleaning – I know this as I incurred the wrath of five cats when I decommissioned their new favourite bed in order to put it through a 30° wash cycle when it wasn’t even dirty. I tried to explain that this was necessary for the purposes of a full and comprehensive review, but my pleas for clemency were met with a steely silence. Fortunately, the Duffle Bed copes with a machine wash very well and dries within a few hours, so my indiscretion was forgiven fairly quickly.
As for the all-important matter of aesthetics, the Duffle Bed is quite a handsome devil – and the Blue Tartan looks rather nice in my kitchen – but I have replaced the original tie with some plain, black nylon cord, as I found the cream rope thingy a bit too show-home-curtains for my taste.
The Large Duffle Bed is available from Cleo Pets for £32.99.
We were also provided with a Deluxe Cat Napper Chair Bed to give the once over. Here’s Ethel again (she was hogging the limelight on the day I photographed the beds). Actually, Ethel really likes this bed, and can get quite cross if she finds another cat in it!
The Napper and Large Napper ranges of elevated hammocks are available in loads of colourways and several different fabrics and sizes. The one we’ve been trying out here is made from faux fur and is 41cm high with a diameter of 50cm, which gives plenty of room for larger cats. The steel tube frame provides a decent amount of stability – it’s very hard to tip over (I’ve tried!), so would be suitable for fatty bum-bums too.
Once again the cover is easy to remove and replace, handles a machine wash well and dries very quickly. All-in-all this is a top-notch cat bed that ticks all the right feline boxes: elevated, stable and super-snuggly. Aesthetically I find it a touch on the bland side, but this is compensated for by its cat-appeal. (And cats don’t give a stuff about aesthetics!)
The Deluxe Cat Napper is available from Cleo Pets for £19.99.
And finally we have the Springy Tree Cat Toy. I thought I’d let the foster family put this one through its paces, and it’s gone down a storm! As the name suggests, this toy is a large spring (base diameter – 37cm; height – 50cm) with an assortment of jingly mice and balls attached by lengths of cord – which, I should point out, are short enough to prevent anyone from becoming entangled. The slightest touch sends the spring bobbing around and the mice and balls swinging and jingling. As you can imagine, this is very exciting for young foster cats! (They’re busy playing with it as I write.)
Here’s a short video of brothers Edward and Peter enjoying some Springy Tree action, and mum, Dora, gatecrashing the party. (You may need to click on the post title link to view the video if you’re reading this via email or RSS feed.
The Springy Tree Cat Toy is available from Cleo Pet for £14.99.