Category Archives: For Cats

Winner of The Scoop by K-Kat!

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Congratulations, Rebecca C, you’ve won The Scoop!  I’m sure from now on litter tray duty will be a pleasure rather than a chore.  (That may be a slight exaggeration, but scooping will certainly take up less of your time!)

If you weren’t lucky enough to win, but would still like to get your hands on the Rolls Royce of litter scoops, The Scoop is available from The Pet Business for £14.99.

Cardboard Cat Scratching Post by Kitty City – It’s a Bit of a Bargain!

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There are plenty of horizontal cardboard cat scratchers around these days – which is good news for cats, who are all members of the Cardboard Fan Club; and good news for eco-conscious humans, who all like the fact that cardboard is 100% recyclable.  However, if your cat is a vertical claw sharpening devotee, any horizontal scratch furniture you kindly provide will be shunned and the war of attrition on your sofa/armchair/wallpaper etc. will continue unabated.

Vertical cardboard scratchers still seem hard to come by – particularly at the budget-friendly end of the cat furniture market.  Which is why I was very pleased to discover the Kitty City Corrugated Scratching Post currently on sale for just £9.99 at Pet Planet.  In fact I was so pleased that I bought one.   And it’s a very good product: the post is a decent height (52cm), and the (30cm x 30cm) base is pretty stable – so this scratcher would be fine for larger cats.  Plus, the post can be replaced with a £4.99 refill once it’s worn out – which will take a reasonable amount of time as you can rotate the pieces,  so when one section of the post gets a bit tired you can turn it round and your cat can have a go at a fresh piece.

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Design-wise this scratching post is neutral enough to fit in anywhere, and you can also change the look of the post quite dramatically, depending on how you arrange the cardboard pieces.  I started off with a conventional square post, but, following an incident with the hoover flex, I now have a more interesting helix thing going on.

I’m afraid I don’t have any pics of the one I bought in use, so you’ll have to take my word for it when I say that the Kitty City scratching post has been a big hit with the natives round these parts.  Especially with Beryl.  And only the very brave or the very foolish would argue with Beryl.

Giveaway – Win the Litter Scoop that Changed My Life!

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The Scoop may not seem like a particularly exciting giveaway prize, but what it lacks in the thrills department is more than made up for with its impressively practical design.  The Scoop is by the US company, K-Kat, but is available here in the UK from The Pet Business – an online retailer who specialise in high-quality, innovative pet products which represent good value for money.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment at the end of this post.

Boring but necessary giveaway rules:   Entries must be in before midnight on 31st March 2014.  Only one entry per person, please!  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/04/14 and notified by email.  The winner will receive one K-Kat The Scoop cat litter scoop.  Prize must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

The Scoop was designed by Ted Glover, who, along with his wife Marie, runs Tabby Town USA – a no-kill rescue shelter in the States.  Ted designed The Scoop for use in multi-cat households and rescue centres – where multiple litter trays need scooping as quickly as possible.  When used in conjunction with clumping cat litter, The Scoop aims to significantly reduce the time and effort it takes to remove clumps and other feline downloads from a litter tray.

Here’s a short video to give you an idea of how The Scoop differs from other scoops on the market.  (If you’re reading this by email or other subscription service you may have to click on the post title to view the video.)

But does The Scoop fulfill its brief?  In a word, yes.  I can say this with confidence as The Pet Business kindly sent me a Scoop to try out.  I’ve been using it for around a month now and it’s noticeably reduced the amount of time I spend scooping trays – it really has changed my life!  It may seem strange for me to be so excited by a litter scoop, so please allow me to contextualise my enthusiasm: I live in a one-bed flat along with five cats and five litter trays, and in order to keep the cats happy (and to provide a smell-free environment for myself!) I scoop each tray three or four times daily – which adds up to a not-insignificant amount of time spent sifting for clumps.

It took me a couple of days to get used to The Scoop, but once I’d adapted my scooping technique to take advantage of the large, deep collection basket I was whizzing through the 5-tray-scoop in no time!  I use  Ökoplus, a wood-based litter, but I imagine The Scoop would be fantastic for clay-based litters too – particularly for scraping off those annoying clumps which set like cement to the bottom of the tray.

If you have arthritic hands The Scoop may not be great for you as the metal handle can feel pretty cold to the touch and may prove painful to hold, but otherwise it would be a very useful addition to anyone’s litter tray kit – even if you’re just cleaning up after the one cat it would cut down on your face-in-tray time; which can never be a bad thing!

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Le Poopoopeedo – Super-stylish Modern Litter Box

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How about this for a super-stylish modern litter box?  Pretty impressive, eh?  Le Poopoopeedo (possibly the best product name ever?) is by French company SinDesign, and has been designed by David Frering, a cat lover inspired by the ‘universally beautiful’ trend.

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The innovative design of the Le Poopoopeedo cleverly belies the fact that within its sleek, curved exterior lurks a not-so-glamorous cat crap house – indeed, you may not even notice it was a litter box at all unless you put your face right up to the entrance hole (don’t do that though – not very hygienic).

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Le Poopoopeedo has also been designed with functionality in mind: the lid is easily removed when you need to scoop by using the paw print shaped cut out in the top, but will remain securely in place while your cat is rummaging around inside; plus the entrance hole is situated at a sufficient height to cut down on the volume of litter an enthusiastic digger can manage to scatter outside the box.  And of course, the ergonomically-shaped scoop slots nicely inside the lid.

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Durability has also been taken into account, and Le Poopoopeedo is made from 4mm thick ABS plastic, which is resistant to cat urine while also being 100% recyclable.

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And as if all that wasn’t enough, Le Poopoopeedo has an alternative use as a cosy cat den.  I think the simple, organic shape would work really well in the garden or on the patio as an outdoor cat shelter, so I checked with SinDesign to see if the plastic they use in construction is sufficiently robust to withstand year-round exposure to the elements.  They said it is, but you would need to cover the paw print holes in the lid to avoid your cat getting a soaking every time it rained!

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Le Poopoopeedo is available in five colours, and comes with a litter scoop and an anti-smell tablet (me neither).  Measurements: 70cm x 40cm x 40cm; entrance hole – 18cm x 21cm.

SinDesign are currently in the process of securing UK distributors for Le Poopoopeedo (stay tuned for updates on this).  But if you just can’t wait, you can order direct from SinDesign for €79 (approx £66.00 at current exchange rates).  You’ll need to ask about shipping rates to the UK when you order.

Thanks to SinDesign for allowing use of their customer photos to illustrate this post!  Check out the SinDesign Facebook page for more great pics.

Personalised Cat Safety Collar Giveaway Winners!

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Congratulations to: Vicky B, Nicola C, Silvia Z, Emma R and Polly H – you’ve all won a Personalised Cat Collar from Kitty Collars. Here’s hoping your collective cats will be impressed with their new collars, and eternally grateful to you for entering the giveaway on their behalf.  (Please keep an eye out for an email from me.)

If you weren’t lucky enough to win but would still like to get your paws on one of these fantastic safety collars, the Personalised Cat Collar is available from Kitty Collars for £8.99.

Cat-tastic Cat Beds from Cleo Pets!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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