Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of cardboard cat furniture – cats love it and it’s environmentally friendly; what’s not to like? So, as you can imagine, I’m thrilled skinny to have discovered some of these products which are designed, manufactured and sold in the UK.
The Feloo range of cardboard cat beds (pictured above) and litter boxes is the brainchild of Alexandra von Ziechmann. And the lovely Alexandra has very kindly given Cool For Cats UK readers a 10% discount on all her products. To claim your discount, simply visit the Feloo website and enter the code CZZNTDHX at the checkout. (The code is valid until 24/07/2012.)
Alexandra was inspired to create the Feloo Cube Cat Litter Box when her cat Tiggy had an adverse reaction to a general anaesthetic, and sadly lost his sight as a result. As it was no longer safe for Tiggy to venture outdoors, he found himself in rather urgent need of a litter tray. Alexandra was unable to purchase a modern litter tray in the UK that would integrate with her home, so she took the pro-active approach and designed one herself. Feloo products aren’t just easy on the eye, they’ve been designed to fulfill your cat’s requirements too: the litter tray and the sleeping pod are both big enough to allow a cat to turn around inside them. And we all know how much a cat likes to turn around and around in preparation for a sleep or a poo!
The Feloo Cube Cat Litter Box has a separate tray and lid. Both sections are ‘wax-lined’ (like disposable coffee cups). Alexandra has taken into account the fact that some cats like to stand up when they wee (which is impressive – most litter box manufacturers don’t think of this), therefore the lid fits inside the tray, so urine will run down into the cat litter and not onto the floor.
The litter boxes are available in different sized packs: as a lid with four trays, and eight wax-lined cardboard scoops, for £19.99; or as a lid with two trays and four scoops, for £13.85. Each tray lasts for up to four weeks, and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if required. The lids have a much longer life, so you can buy replacement trays separately in packs of four, with two scoops, for £12.25. The trays can also be used on their own without the lid. The trays measure 43cm x 43cm and are 8cm high; the lids are 50cm in height. Both sections are fully recyclable. Although these litter boxes can be used with any kind of cat litter, Alexandra recommends the wood pellet or wood-clumping varieties.
The Feloo range folds flat for storage. This makes the litter boxes ideal for occasional temporary use, for instance if you need to keep a cat shut in one room for any length of time because it’s unwell, or nervous around visitors. Disposable litter trays are also a great way to minimise contact with dirty cat litter, should you need to for health reasons.
The Feloo Cube Sleeping Pod is available in adult and kitten sizes (kitten size pictured above). The adult Pod measures 43cm x 43cm x 48cm, and is priced at £12.25; the kitten Pod measures 25cm x 25cm x 33cm, and is priced at £6.85. Cats love sleeping on cardboard, and the enclosed nature of these beds makes them ideal for nervous or elderly cats. The Pods have been used by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to help provide some of their more stressed feline guests with a feeling of security. The Sleeping Pod does not have a waterproof lining, and so can be composted at the end of its life.
Alexandra von Ziechmann had quite a lot of help from her gang of rescue cats while she was designing the Feloo range, so I feel it’s only fair to give them a mention here too!
From left-right: Tiggy (the inspiration for the Feloo range); the late Sven (the inspiration for the cute Feloo logo); and Stinker.
And not forgetting: Pasha Panda (left), who was found abandoned on a dual carriageway, and Gypsy, a feral kitten. Looks like Alexandra has her hands full!
Footnote: I had an email from Alexandra today (28/06/12) which contained some very sad news. Last Friday night, despite Alexandra’s best efforts to keep him indoors, 10-week-old Pasha somehow managed to get out through the cat flap and went missing. Alexandra put posters up in the area, and looked for him everywhere, but to no avail. Yesterday she received a phone call from a neighbour to say that he had found some of Pasha’s remains in his garden; it seems Pasha had become the victim of a predator, most likely a fox. My thoughts go out to Alexandra, who will miss the affectionate and intelligent little Pasha terribly.
It’s worth remembering that fox attacks on adult cats are very rare, but it is possible for a hungry fox to view a small kitten as prey. So if you have, or are thinking of getting a kitten, please remember to keep them inside until they are large enough to no longer be vulnerable to predation.