The Original Cat Ball: Ultimate Cat Bed, Hideaway and Kitty Gym


The Original Cat Ball  had been on my wish list for Allegra and Ruby for several years, so when Jennifer Schmidt, the designer of this unique cat bed, contacted us to see whether we would like to review one, I was delighted!

The Cat Ball is a fabulous cave style cat bed with padded walls and openings on two sides. It comes in a huge variety of super fun fabrics, and  it’s completely machine washable. And that’s a good thing, because I can guarantee you that this cat bed will get used. And used. And used.


Jennifer was working as a costume designer when she got the idea for the Cat Ball. She had been hired to make ball shaped costumes that would fit adults. After making a miniature version she decided to turn it into a cat bed, and kitties around the world are thanking her for it! Jennifer continued to experiment with different construction techniques until she had a washable product with wonderful design details. The Cat Ball hit the market in Spring 2011, and since then she’s been been making cats cozy and comfortable all around the world.

The Cat Ball was a huge hit as soon as it came out of the box. Allegra and Ruby immediately explored, and decided that not only did it make a nice hideaway, it was also made an excellent cat toy.


They like to stalk each other from opposite sides of the Cat Ball. It’s almost like it’s a game of “who pounces first.” As you can see in the video below, Ruby tends to be quicker on the draw than Allegra.


I love everything about this product: the unique design, the colorful fabric (we got to choose, and I picked the rainbow pattern because it just looks so happy and joyful to me) and the fact that it’s completely washable. The Cat Ball is extremely well made, and I think it will hold up well – even to Ruby’s rough play.


For more information and to purchase, please visit The Cat Ball website. The Cat Ball is also available from The Cat Ball Etsy Shop.

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.


14 Comments on The Original Cat Ball: Ultimate Cat Bed, Hideaway and Kitty Gym

  1. Angie
    June 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm (7 years ago)

    I think Angel and Little Guy would love playing with this ball!!!

  2. MittensMom
    June 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Need to keep my lil’ one away from my computer (and my credit card) or she’s going to order one for herself. Ooooh, maybe for her 1st birthday! 😀

  3. Jobi and Fisher
    June 18, 2014 at 7:12 am (7 years ago)

    This will definitely go on my list of wishes for the cats here. The video was great – I can so see Alice and Russell rompy tomping all over it!

  4. Caren Gittleman
    June 18, 2014 at 12:08 am (7 years ago)

    Cody has had a cat ball for quite some time now (we reviewed it a couple of years ago) and it remains one of his faves!

  5. Tulsi G
    June 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm (7 years ago)

    These made me laugh, but then – cats make me laugh in general. The shark bed is very cute. I’ve bookmarked the cat ball site, and my cats will be receiving one shortly! I’m looking forward to their review! 🙂

  6. Chris Davis
    June 17, 2014 at 10:33 am (7 years ago)

    This is adorable! Now I know what to get my cat lover friends for the holidays.

  7. Melissa
    June 17, 2014 at 10:04 am (7 years ago)

    Those are way too cute!!! I think Truffles would love one too 🙂

  8. Keely F
    June 17, 2014 at 6:34 am (7 years ago)

    I love the shark bed…I may have to get one of those for our kitties! 🙂 Great video too!

  9. Sue Brandes
    June 17, 2014 at 4:15 am (7 years ago)

    Those are so cute. I like the shark one.

  10. Diane Ricciardi Stewart
    June 17, 2014 at 3:10 am (7 years ago)

    looks really nice, but rather expensive (I checked the web site). . .

  11. Nancy
    June 17, 2014 at 1:46 am (7 years ago)

    What holds it open? I bought a similar bed (another brand) and my cats never go in the opening, they collapse it by sitting on it, and sleep on it. (Both my own cats and foster cats do the same thing!)

    Does it pop back into shape pretty well?

    • Ingrid
      June 17, 2014 at 10:56 am (7 years ago)

      It’s sort of spring-loaded, Nancy. I’m not sure how it’s done, because there are no actual springs in it, but it pops right back into shape.

      • Jennifer
        June 19, 2014 at 10:11 am (7 years ago)


        The shape and stability are a factor of the pattern that I designed, combined with the thickness of the specialty foam I use: the shape and materials make it work. The whole thing can squish right up, in fact I ship them folded, and it takes just a bit of reshaping to “fluff” them out into my characteristic ball shape instead. Every time the cat sits or pounces on it, you’ll probably have to press it open again. The good news- they love squishing them and laying on top.

        – Jennifer, designer

  12. Bernie
    June 17, 2014 at 1:09 am (7 years ago)

    That is interesting. Ruby is truly a great “tester” for products. She nailed that kitty ball/bed/hut


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