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Global Pet Expo 2016: Highlights from the World’s Biggest Pet Product Show

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Last week I made my annual trip to Global Pet Expo in Orlando. This trade show is the largest pet product trade show in the US, with 6.3 miles of display space featuring 1,300 vendors from nearly 40 countries. I tried to see as much as I could in three days, and I know I walked a lot more than 6 miles each day! In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be bringing you a lot more information about some of the fantastic new products I saw there. Today, I’d like to share just a few personal highlights with you.

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I was most excited about getting my first look at the new furniture line by Hauspanther’s Kate Benjamin. Kate is launching this new line in conjunction with Primetime Petz later this year. Needless to say, with Kate behind the design, the pieces in the collection are not only well-designed from a cat’s perspective, they’re also beautiful! I’ll show you the line in more detail later this week.

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Pioneer Pet Products introduced two new products I liked a lot: a variation of one of our all time favorite scratching posts, the Ultimate Scratch ‘n Play, and Bootsies Corner Scratcher.

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Our friends at Podtrackers had a super cool booth display featuring creator Sebastian Langton’s gorgeous cat Smokey. Pod is still the smallest of the GPS trackers on the market, and as such, the one best suited to cats. Pod is one of the seven prizes you can win in our anniversary giveaway!

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I was delighted to see new products in the Vesper line of cat furniture by Hagen. Even after everything I saw at Global this year, I still consider this line one of the most beautiful lines of cat furniture. The line will also be available in a new pretty red color, in addition to the walnut and white finishes.

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Bavarian Cat Toys had a super fun holiday display that made me remember my childhood Christmases in Germany. The display showed off some of their new holiday themed toys.

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Kate Benjamin with Mimi

The folks at Dr. Catsby’s booth had one of the most creative displays, and even better, they had a kitty at their booth! The lovely Mimi was one of the most mellow and relaxed cats I’ve ever seen and made a purrfect ambassador for this innovative bowl designed to prevent whisker stress.

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with Nikki Moustaki, her dog Jasmine, and Kate Benjamin

And of course, no trade show would be complete without a little personal fun. On St. Patrick’s Day, a group of us went out to celebrate. And yes, I know it looks like Jasmine had a few too many cocktails, but I assure you that the only thing she had to drink was water!

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Giveaway: Bavarian Cat Toys

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This giveaway is sponsored by Bavarian Cat Toys

On Tuesday, we reviewed an assortment of Bavarian Cat Toys. These toys are filled with valerian, as well as other Bavarian-grown ingredients including lavender, anise, organic spelt, and (in some cases) catnip. The ingredients are lab-certified to be of pharmaceutical grade, which is the highest grade possible. The toys do not contain any fillers such as poly fibers or plastic. Bavarian Cat Toys uses spelt to cushion the toys. The spelt also serves to continually regenerate the valerian, which ensures long-lasting appeal.Continue Reading

Review: Bavarian Cat Toys

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The image above caught my eye on Twitter not long ago. It instantly transported me back to childhood vacations in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. I had to investigate further! I was intrigued to discover that Bavarian Cat Toys contain valerian root, which, according to their website, has a smell cats can’t resist.Continue Reading

10 Best Cat Products of 2015

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I see a lot of new products each year. Between what I saw at Global Pet Expo in March, and the dozens of products that were sent to me over the course of the year, it’s probably safe to say that I’ve seen thousands of pet products in 2015. 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).Continue Reading

Giveaway: Holiday Basket of Toys from Purrfectplay

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This giveaway is sponsored by Purrfectplay

Cat toys don’t get much better than the ones from PurrfectPlay. Made in the USA from 100% natural and organic materials, these durable and safe toys are not only fun for pets, they’re made by a company that prides itself on earth-friendly business practices. Their motto is “if Mother Nature didn’t make it, we don’t use it!” PurrfectPlay does not use any synthetics or plastic. The toys are dye and toxin free, they are sustainable and fair trade, and they donate 5% of each sale to dedicated rescue organizations.Continue Reading

The Conscious Cat 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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Welcome to The Conscious Cat 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – your one stop shopping solution for all the cats and cat lovers on your holiday gift list! This year’s guide features some of the best products for cats and cat lovers on the market. And even better: many of the companies featured are offering exclusive discounts to Conscious Cat readers!

You’ll find gifts ranging from cat furniture to toys to art to products for your home as well as some gift ideas you may not have thought of. I can guarantee you that you’ll  find something to delight every kitty and every cat lover in your life. And by buying these products, you’ll not only get some really wonderful gifts, you’ll also support small businesses, many of them run out of the owners’ homes.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Cat Lady Box

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This giveaway is sponsored by Cat Lady Box

We have a super fun giveaway for you today! There are a lot of pet gift box subscription services out there, but most of them are for pets. Cat Lady Box is the first-ever monthly subscription box for women who love cats.Continue Reading

Allegra and the Muffin Tin Game

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Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your cats entertained and mentally stimulated when you can’t play with them. The toys are designed to be filled with treats, and they challenge kitty to retrieve the treats through varied openings in the toys. Most puzzle toy manufacturers recommend using dry food with these puzzles. Since I don’t recommend feeding any dry food, not even as treats, I recommend using freeze dried meat based treats such as Pure Bites or Whole Life.Continue Reading

Review: Organic Cat Toys from PurrfectPlay

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Cat toys don’t get much better than the ones from PurrfectPlay. Made in the USA from 100% natural and organic materials, these durable and safe toys are not only fun for pets, they’re made by a company that prides itself on earth-friendly business practices. Their motto is “if Mother Nature didn’t make it, we don’t use it!”

PurrfectPlay does not use any synthetics or plastic. The toys are dye and toxin free, they are sustainable and fair trade, and they donate 5% of each sale to dedicated rescue organizations.

The organic catnip used in these toys must be pretty potent, because Allegra and Ruby were both interested in the box from PurrfectPlay before I even opened it. They couldn’t wait to get their paws on these toys!

We received a box of Teabag Tumbler Cat Toys and a bag of Organic Wool Dust Bunnies. The Teabag Tumblers are adorable, and, as you can see in the video below, Allegra approves of the potent catnip they are filled with!

Ruby goes nuts for the Organic Wool Dust Bunnies and chases them all over the house. When I toss them for her, she goes flying after them, and you can just hear her going “wee!!!”

I loved everything I heard about these toys: they make the girls happy, they’re safe, and they’re made by a company whose business practices I admire.

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For more information about PurrfectPlay, and to purchase, please visit PurrfectPlay.com.

FTC Disclosure: I received these products 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.

PawPack Subscription Box Review

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Subscription services for pets are becoming more and more popular. The concept is simple: for a monthly fee, you receive a box a month filled with treats and toys. The contents of the box are picked for you, so each month brings new surprises for you and your feline family members. Allegra and Ruby are completely on board with this idea: after all, what could be better than receiving a box of treats and toys every single month! They were super excited when the teal box from PawPack showed up at our house.Continue Reading