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The Iti – Cardboard Scratch/Lounge Combo for Cats Who Appreciate Modern Art

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The Iti (pronounced “itty”) is a stylish scratcher/lounger combo made from every cat’s favourite material: cardboard.  The Iti features a modern, abstract print of birds in flight – which, presumably, cats will also thoroughly approve of.

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The robust, reversible Iti is by US company, KittyPod (home of the brilliant range of modern cat products designed by Elizabeth Paige Smith), but is available for delivery to the UK via the fabulous Belgian pet boutique, Purrfect Design, priced at €49.90 (approx £40.00 at current exchange rates).

Measurements: diameter 6ocm; height 23cm.

Cat Crib – Innovative Cat Hammock Now at an Amazingly Low Price!

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Couldn’t resist sharing what may prove to be the bargain of the year!  The Cat Crib, an innovative space-saving cat hammock, is on offer at the exceedingly low price of £10.99 (usually £24.99) in the Oz & Mr Curious Spring Sale.

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Oz & Mr Curious kindly sent me a Cat Crib to review last year.  It’s proved very popular with the HQ Cats, as you can see from the pics of Alfie (top) and Martha (above), and has been much-admired by the fellow cat people in my life.  You can read my review here, should you so wish.

The Cat Crib is available in black, brown or purple.  Not sure how long this offer will last, so best get your skates on if you want to nab yourself a bargain.

Super-stylish & Robust Cardboard Scratcher/Lounger Combos by myKotty

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If you’re looking for some robust yet stylish cardboard cat furniture, these scratch/lounger combos, from Polish company myKotty, will be right up your street.  The simple design and sleek curves of the LUI (above) and its smaller cousin, the VIGO, will blend seamlessly into modern interiors, and both pieces are reversible, so will be very durable too.

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Both the LUI and the VIGO have a large scratching surface for your cat to really get their claws into, and also double up as a raised lounger – which will come in handy for a good snooze after all that exertion.

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The LUI and the VIGO have three colour options – black, white and natural cardboard.  Measurements: LUI – L75cm x H26cm x xW26cm; VIGO – L71cm x H21cm x W23cm.

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These modern scratcher/loungers are available in the UK from Specially4Cats, priced at £39.90 for the LUI and £37.90 for the VIGO (prices include free UK delivery).

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.

The Zooplus Relax Scratch Bed – Dual Purpose Cardboard Cat Furniture (As Approved by Beryl & Martha!)

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The succinctly named Relax Scratch Bed from ZooplusUK is a lounger/scratch pad combo made from every cat’s favourite material: cardboard – which has the added bonus of being fully recyclable.  The simple design featuring black cat silhouettes against a grey and white background will blend nicely with pretty much any decor style.

I bought one of these last week, as I thought my lot could do with another bed in the kitchen (it’s always a good idea to provide as many desirable snooze spots as you can for a multi-cat household, in order to reduce stress caused by competition over the best places for a nap).  As I already seem to spend half my life hoovering fabric cat beds, I thought a cardboard lounger would be ideal (you only need to show cardboard the hoover nozzle and any cat hair present vanishes within seconds); and I knew the fact that it doubles up as a scratch pad would be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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As you can see from the photos of Beryl (top) and Martha (above) the Relax Scratch Bed has been a big hit round these parts, both as a bed and a scratcher.  I can see why it’s proved popular: the surface is slightly concave, so provides a very comfy shallow dish to curl up for a snooze in, and it’s also large enough to be able to stand on for a good scratching session.

The Relax Scratch Bed has a diameter of 39cm and is 14cm high, and comes with a sachet of catnip.  It’s currently available for a very reasonable £7.99 from ZooplusUK.

Snuggle and Snooze Cat Beds – Super-cozy for Winter

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Snuggle and Snooze Cat Beds are made from a thick layer of soft memory foam and lined with faux lambskin – a combination of materials pretty much guaranteed to act as a cat magnet!  I must admit that I find hoovering cat hairs from faux lambskin a bit of a pain, as it can require a fair amount of elbow grease.  But, having said that, the cat beds we have here that are lined with the stuff are occupied on a pretty much round-the-clock basis during the winter months, so I suppose I don’t really mind the extra vacuuming.  (Well, that’s not strictly true – I do mind, but I put up with it!)

Snuggle and Snooze beds are available from The Cool Cat Club for £20.00 (standard UK delivery £2.95).  There’s a choice of three different colours – unobtrusive Beige (above).

Slightly cheeky Red:

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And, for those of a more girly disposition, zingy Pink:

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All beds have reversible cushions and are fully washable.  Measurements: Diameter – 40cm x Height – 18cm.