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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 has 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 little product tester, we’ve come up with our list of the 10 best for this year, listed in no particular order.
RompiCatz Wand Toys
RompiCatz makes some of the best cat toys on the market. These toys from the creator of the popular Neko Flies are designed to engage your cat’s natural hunting and prey instinct. Ellen understands the importance of mental stimulation and physical exercise for indoor cats. She has been creating toys that move and act like real prey for many years. Her toys provide endless opportunities to keep cats happy. They came out with several new toys this year, and they’re all fantastic.
Sleepypod First Limited Edition First Blush Color
I consider Sleepypod carriers the cadillac of cat carriers in terms of design, safety and ease of use. I also think the fact that they’re simply gorgeous is a big plus, as it will allow design-conscious cat guardians to make the Sleepypod a regular part of their living space, which will make life less stressful for cats when it’s time to get into the carrier. This year, they introduced a gorgeous new color for their entire line of carriers: First Blush.
For more information about all of Sleepypod’s products, please visit Sleepypod.com.
PetLibro Automatic Water Fountain
Water is critical to your cat’s health, and fountains are a great way to encourage cats to drink more water. With so many designs available, it can be difficult to determine quality. The two main things I look for in a fountain are that it needs to be easy to clean and easy to operate, but I also want it to look good and be quiet. The Petlibro Automatic Water Fountain hits all these marks.
The Petlibro Automatic Water Fountain is available from Amazon.
Okaysou Air Purifiers
We had a chance to review two of Okaysou’s air purifiers, the smaller AirMic 4s and the large AirMax8L. Both perform exceptionally. They don’t just eliminate household odors as small as 0.25 microns, they also captures 99.97% of air pollutants like pet hair and dander, dust, pollen, and smoke. They also safely break down various harmful gases, such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds.)
Okaysou air purifiers are available from Amazon.
Handcarved Flying Tortie Cats
Even though I usually only include “utilitarian” products in this annual round up, I love these gorgeous handcarved flying cats so much, they deserve to be included. Hand carved and painted by Balinese artists, they also have a wonderful, mythical story behind them and have deep cultural and spiritual significance. Legend says they serve as winged guardians, protecting temples and homes from harm.
The Winged Guardian Cats are available from Etsy.
Soho Memory Foam Cat Bed
This bed, featuring orthopedic memory foam and a super soft plush design, turned out to be a huge hit with Allegra. Solidly constructed and machine washable, the bed comes in grey and brown.
The bed is available from Amazon.
Custom Pet Portraits by Lili Di Prima
After Ruby passed away, a dear friend gave me a gift certificate for a custom portrait by Lili Di Prima, an artist based in Sardinia, Italy, to use toward a portrait of Ruby. The portrait brought joy and comfort during a difficult time. I love the unique style of this artist, and her custom work is truly exceptional.
For more information about Lili’s work and to order one of her portraits, please visit her Etsy Shop.
KittyWhip Cat Toys
I almost didn’t accept when first received the pitch to review a toy called KittyWhip, because the name is just awful for a cat toy. Given how crazy Allegra goes for these toys, I’m glad I did accept the review. Handcrafted in the USA from natural and sustainable materials, these toys feature a sturdy wooden wand. They come in three different versions: a thin cotton rope, a leather rope, and a thicker sisal rope.
For more information and to purchase, visit KittyWhip’s Etsy shop.
Scratch Ladder Scratching System
This innovative scratcher is a four-rung system designed with interchangeable panels featuring sisal, wood, carpet and cloth to cover various scratching preferences. It is handmade in the USA from quality materials.
Dakpets Slicker Brush
I’ve always liked slicker brushes best for getting the most hair out with the least amount of effort, and all my cats have always loved them. When my almost 30-year-old brush broke earlier this year, I had to start the search for a new one, and it wasn’t as easy as it should have been. We’ve landed on the Dakpets Slicker Brush as our absolute favorite. It’s lightweight and easy to maneuver, the flat head makes getting hair out easy, and it must feel good to Allegra, because she loves it.
The Dakpets Slicker Brush is available from Chewy.com.
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