I see a lot of new products each year, and I try to share as many of the good ones with you as I can. And of course, 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 our list of the 10 best for this year, listed in no particular order.

Hauspanther Scratch Pole


A sturdy scratching post cats will love that takes up minimal space and blends in with any home decor? Yes, please! The Hauspanther Scratch Pole from Primetime Petz, brilliantly designed by Kate Benajmin, meets all of these requirements and then some. Read our full review here. The Hauspanther Scratch Pole is available from Hauspanther.

Handmade Cat Baskets from Bruno and Boop Originals


Each of these adorable baskets is custom made for cats of all shapes and sizes, so no two will ever be alike. Made from an assortment of t-shirt and fabric yarns in each creation,  the result is a basket cats can dig their nails into and make biscuits. The best part? No shredding left behind! The baskets measure 19 inches long, 6 inches tall and 6 inches wide, when flattened by kitty, they measure 15 x 16 inches. The baskets are washable. The baskets are available on Etsy.

Algonquin Folding Cat Tree


I love the versatility of this cat tree. Generously sized at 60 inches high, this multi-level cat tree is made from wood and features carpeted platforms. It blends easily with any decorating style, and the fact that it’s easily movable makes this an awesome catification item. The cat tree is available from Amazon.

Bissell Air Ram


This vacuum cleaner has changed my life. This cordless vacuum has made cleaing (almost) fun. Lightweight yet powerful, it does an absolutely amazing job on both carpet and hard floors. My carpet looks better than it ever did using my old heavy duty commerical grade Riccar, and, judging by the amount of dirt, dust and cat hair that I empty out of the dirt bin each week, it picks up way more dirt. The Bissell Air Ram® is available from Amazon.

Space Kitty Express Toys


Space Kitty Express founder Vanessa’s cat was not impressed by some of the store bought toys she brought home for her cat, so she decided to create some alternatives. She offers adorable toys filled with lemongrass, honeysuckle, silver vine, and valerian root. These cats are a great choice for cats who either don’t react to catnip (only 50% of cats do) or who get aggressive under the influence of catnip. The toys are available from the SpaceKitty Express Etsy shop.

NomNom Now Fresh Food for Cats


While I consider raw food the optimal diet for cats, I also understand that raw feeding may exceed the comfort level of many cat parents. I don’t think it’s necessary to take an “all or nothing” stand when it comes to feline nutrition, but I do believe that it is important to feed our cats a diet that is as minimally processed as possible. There are few options for minimally processed fresh cooked diets, so I was happy to see this brand come on the market. Even better, it’s delivered fresh to your door. Read our full review here.  Visit NomNom Now. for more information and to order.

1TDC™ 4-in-1 Wellness Solution


I was introduced to this supplement when I attended the American Association of Feline Practitioners conference in September. I don’t use the term miracle lightly, but I am using it for this supplement. Finally, a dental product backed by science that keeps gums healthy and is super easy to administer! 1TDC is absorbed into the gums, where it provides the periodontal benefits. It also keeps your cat’s joints, muscles and skin and coat healthy. For more information and to order, visit

Jackson Galaxy Donut Cat Bed


Of all the products Allegra and Ruby got to review this year, this has turned out to be the paws down favorite – in fact, they love it so much that I had to get a second one. This is the softest cat bed I’ve ever seen, and I see a lot of them. The super soft surface and the overstuffed bolster are made from fluffy, flush cotton that is so soft to the touch, I just wanted to lie down and curl up in it myself. Did I mention this bed is really, really soft? The bed has a non-skid bottom so it won’t slide around on tile or hardwood floors. The entire bed is machine washable. Read our full review here. The Jackson Galaxy Donut Cat Bed is available from Petmate. Use code HAPPYCAT for a 20% discount on all Petmate products.

Hauspanther MaxScratch Oversized
Scratching Post and Perch

MaxScratch-scratching post

This oversized cat scatcher is the scratcher to end all cat scratchers! It’s wrapped with natural jute rope, creating a durable and attractive scratching surface. A sturdy base keeps the post from tipping over. The built-in perch on top gives kitty a perfect lookout spot. My little Ruby monkey loves to climb this scratcher and view the world from the top. Read our full review here. The MaxScratch Oversized Cat Scratching Post and Perch comes in white and espresso, and is available from Hauspanther.

Jackson Galaxy Stain and Odor Remover


Over the years, I’ve tried many different stain and odor removers, but nothing has come close to the Jackson Galaxy Stain & Odor Remover in terms of effectiveness and ease of use. And you know it works because otherwise, Jackson wouldn’t have put his name on it! The regular and EX Jackson Galaxy Stain & Odor Remover is available at, the regular version is also available from Amazon.

Come back tomorrow when we announce our choice for the best cat product of 2018!

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7 Comments on 10 Best Cat Products of 2018

  1. My 12-year old kitty has elevated kidney levels, irritable bowel disease, and been determined to be allergic to chicken, duck, etc. This limits diet choices. Has been on k/d tuna with veggies but has taken a dislike since she got a taste of the packaged Weruva Cats in the Kitchen. She loves it. It contains 9 % protein and 0.25 % max phosphorus. Vet says to get her back to eating k/d but she only grazes if that. Pet Store staff say Weruva OK because she is eating lots, getting lots of moisture and high qualtiy protein. What say you?

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