Last Updated on: August 9, 2011 by Ingrid King

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Allegra and Ruby are always excited when there’s a new product to review, and since they had so much fun with this one, I thought it was only fair to let them write the review.

Allegra: When this odd looking box arrived at our house the other day, Ruby and I went to check it out immediately. We do that with all boxes that come into the house, but this one looked really different.

Ruby: I saw a picture of a triangle with a cat in the center on the box! That looked really interesting. There were also words on the box, but I can’t read, so I asked Allegra what they said.

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Allegra: It says “Native American Teepee for fluffy little critters.” We’re fluffy little critters, Ruby!

Ruby: So this is for us? Woohoo!!!

Allegra: Mom took her time unpacking it. We couldn’t wait to see what it was! When she finally got it out of the box, it didn’t look all that exciting. In fact, it just looked like more cardboard. Now don’t get me wrong, I like cardboard as much as the next cat, it can be very tasty, especially the edges, but this was a bit of a letdown after what it said on the box.

Ruby: Allegra, look! Mom is making something out of the cardboard!

Allegra: I can see that, Ruby. It looks like a tent. Let’s see if we can help her. See, with our help, this is going much faster.

Ruby: Look, it has a little opening in the front. We can go in it!

Allegra: You go first, Ruby.

Ruby: Okay! Oooh, Allegra, this is fun. You should come in, too!

Allegra: That’s okay, Ruby. I’ll just check it out from the outside first.

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Ruby: Coward!

Allegra: Who are you calling a coward? Get out of there and make room for me. I can go in, too!

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Ruby: Wee! We can both go in it at the same time! Or better yet, I can hide in here and pounce on you when you least expect me to. Watch out – here I come!!!

Since Allegra and Ruby clearly prefer playing with the Cascades Boutique cat teepee to writing about it, I thought I’d add a few things. The teepee is made from nice, sturdy cardboard, and even though it didn’t come with assembly instructions, it was very easy to put together (take it from someone who shudders when she sees the words “some assembly required” on anything!). It comes with a couple of cute different decorations for the front of the teepee to give it that “authentic Native American look.”

You can see the girls checking out their teepee in the video below. It’s become a permanent fixture in our kitty playroom. Ruby uses it more than Allegra, and, not surprisingly, she uses it mostly to stalk Allegra! It seems like the teepee would hold up well to even rough play.


You can purchase the cat teepee from Cascades Boutique online. They also offer a Cat Chalet. Both the teepee and the chalet are made from 84% recycled cardboard.

As a special offer for Conscious Cat readers only, Cascades Boutique will offer a 25% discount on both products on all orders placed through September 30. Use rebate code CONSCIOUT during checkout. And one lucky reader will win either a cat teepee or chalet! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment to let me know why you’d like to win, and whether you’d like to win the teepee or the chalet. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook or tweet about it, and leave the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Tuesday, August 23.

31 Comments on Product review and giveaway: Cascades Boutique cat teepee

  1. This is really a wonderful and different idea. I think that my tribe (Lakota, Pocahontas, Comanche, Crow, Iroquois, Cherokee, Wolf, Bear, Rain, Shoshone and Choctaw) would really enjoy taking turns sleeping (or posting a look out) in the teepee. Thank you for the opportunity to win one 🙂

  2. my foster kitties would love this to play with. one new adventure on a who list of new adventures. my own kitties would probably love it too.

  3. I think that boss kitty would love the tepee to play in and sleep in. Right now he doesn’t really have any toys that he can sleep in and often needs a space of his own when the doggies he lives with start to bug him. He usually just hides under the bed but he would love to hide in a little tepee. He also loves keeping up with Conscious Cat on facebook. Meowww!

    Thank you, Boss’ mom and Boss <3

  4. As much as my furkids love boxes, I think Romeo, Tripod Jack, and Miss Glory would love the chalet. I have a box for them right now, but the chalet would look better and would be more fun than a box.

    Thank you from Romeo, Tripod Jack, and Miss Glory!

  5. I shared on FB (Kelly Ann T)

  6. I would like to win the tepee for Yoshi kitty because he really doesn’t have a place of his own. This would be perfect for him to hide in and feel safe which is so important to rescues. Thank you so much for the chance.

  7. I think given that I am named after a explorer I would like the Teepee-this is so up my ally.

    Thank you Ingrid for this great giveaway


  8. Since Montana is a big fan of Allegra and Ruby, I think he’d love to have the Tee Pee just like them!! I also think the Tee Pee is a better choice for Montana’s parents because it looks easier “to assemble” than the Chalet. We are often vexed by some of his toys we have to assemble so easier’s always better! LOL!


  9. Oh we would love that teepee.
    We play cowboys and indians in my house as someone is always on the warpath, that is why we need a teepee!


  10. I would love the cat chalet, because not only do my cats need some privacy from their nosy greyhound housemate, but said greyhound would not be able to cram half her body in the entrance/opening. 🙂

  11. Hello

    Both things are lovely and lots of fun for cats.
    I would like to win – either the chalet or the teepee – and as I live in Germany I would donate it to a cat charity in the US.


  12. The teepees are the cutest things. I could see Little One and Gum Drop enjoying one of these.

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  13. Hello Ruby,
    The teepee would provide hours of fun for a litter of foster kittens! Games of hide and seek are the best to play & watch 🙂

    Thanks for testing it out.

  14. What a pawsome teepee. It looks like a lot of fun!!

    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

  15. Way cool teepee…..Sam has a tent and a tunnel but now that he’s seen this teepee – well – maybe for Christmas this year! LOL

    Pam and Sam

  16. That teepee looks really cool. HH just got a tunnel for the boys, so guess they’ll have to wait before they get a teepee too, but we’ll remember it for later. Have fun with it.

    pawhugs, Max

  17. Great minds huh??? I am featuring it today too!!! I love it! Cody loves his! Your girls are adorable, no need to enter me of course since I have one, just wanted to verify how great they are!

  18. Hello “The Conscious Cat”. My 4 kitties would SO love to win the teepee or the chalet. We recently adopted 2 strays and they are all sharing a little kitty tent. Squabbles do tend to happen. I’m sure they would love a place of their own; their very own safe place. The teepee would provide hours of fun as I’m sure more than one kitty could fit in and play. Thank you “The Conscious Cat” for a wonderful contest and thank you for your consideration of my entry.

  19. I would love to win either the chalet or the teepee, but I think the teepee would fit better with us living in the southwest instead of the alps. My furry overlords love it when I make cardboard forts, and these just look so much nicer than me chopping up the box their litter comes in. I bet they’d last longer for sure!

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