I see a lot of new products each year. Between Global Pet Expo, Superzoo, and the dozens of products that were sent to me, it’s probably safe to say that I’ve seen thousands of pet products in 2014. Allegra and Ruby have been busy helping me review many of them for you throughout the year. With so many products, it’s really hard to choose only 10 favorites, but with the help of my two product testers, we’ve come up with this list (presented in the order that we reviewed them).
Bird Catcher PRO EX
This new and improved version of the popular toy features a fully extendable and retractable rod with a super comfortable cushioned handle and two Ultra Guinea Fowl Feather refill replacement feathers. They toy comes in a nice storage bag that holds the rod and the feathers. The Bird Catcher PRO EX is available from Amazon.
This good size, sturdy cardboard scratcher has turned into one of Allegra’s favorite scratchers. The unique, patented three-sided design lets cats scratch to their hearts’ content, but it also gives them an alternative place to nap. The Scratch Lounge is available from Amazon and in many retail stores.
Katris Modular Cat Furniture
Katris is a system of cardboard shapes that you can arrange in endless configurations. Remember the computer game Tetris? You get the idea. I love all the different possibilities these pieces give you. Katris is available from Amazon.
This innovative app, available for iPhone and Android, enables animal lovers to raise money for rescues and shelters just by going for a walk. Each week, ResQWalk announces a donation pool, and, in order for the organization to receive a portion of the pool, its supporters simply need to check in to the app when they go for a walk. At the end of the week, donations are paid out to the various rescues, proportionally to the total distance walked. For more information about ResQWalk, and to download the app, visit ResQWalk.com.
PetFusion Elevated Feeder
I love well-designed cat products that are both functional and beautiful, and this feeder meets both of those criteria. The elevated design makes eating more comfortable and can also help improve digestion. Made from anodized aluminum, it includes two wide stainless steel bowls. The PetFusion Elevated Feeder is available from Amazon.
PetFusion 3 Sided Vertical Scratcher
This unique eco-friendly scratcher, made from recycled corrugated cardboard, is perfect for cats who like vertical scratchers – it adds a little extra interest to the traditional “straight up” vertical models. This scratcher is one of the most popular ones at our house. The PetFusion 3 Sided Vertical Scratcher is available from Amazon.
Sugarboy’s Paca Pet Pouf
This handmade pet bed is made with 100% cotton and looks like a miniature high-grade comforter. It is filled with 20 ounces of domestic alpaca fiber. The cover, which comes in a variety of adorable patterns, is 100% super soft cotton flannel. The Paca Pet Pouf is one of Allegra and Ruby’s favorite napping spots. It is available from Sugarboy’s Etsy Shop.
The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate
Designed by Jackson Galaxy around the concept of “hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, sleep,” every product in this extensive collection allows cats to exercise their natural instincts in all aspects of their lives. Nothing about this line is accidental. Everything was designed to optimize the lives of indoor cats by letting them express their natural behavior. The bright, cheerful colors were not just chosen because they’re eye catching, they are the colors cats can actually see. The collection is available from Amazon and other retailers.
Neko Flies Birbug
I think the Birbug is one of the best new toys of the year. It features a graphite Telescoping Rod with an ergonomically designed cork handle that feels super nice to hold. The attachment includes just about everything a cat could want in a toy: the wide, shiny, irridescent wings make the toy glide and fly in a very unique pattern. The critter has feathers and dangly legs, tail hairs and a body in colors cats can actually see. The string is nice and thick, and, unlike many other wand toys on the market, the clip to adjust or change out the toy is super easy to use. The Birbug is available from Amazon or directly from Neko Flies. Attachement and rod are sold separately.
Of all the new tech products for cats that I’ve seen come out in the past year, I believe that Tailio has the greatest potential to change the lives of cats for the better. Tailio is a smart monitoring system that consists of a pet-friendly Wi-Fi device that simply rests below the litter box, a mobile app, and intelligent analytics in the cloud that monitor your cat’s weight and elimination patterns to let you know when your cat needs care. Tailio is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in April 2015. For more information, please visit Tailio.com.
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