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Interactive Puzzle Toys for Smart Cats

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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.

There’s a huge variety of puzzle toys on the market. The toy shown above is the CatAmazing Puzzle Toy, and it’s remained a big hit with Allegra and Ruby. In addition to using treats inside the toy, I put smaller toys inside, and that works just as well as treats in terms of holding their interest.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Spoiled Rotten Cat Box from PetFlow

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Allegra and Ruby received a Spoiled Rotten Cat Box from PetFlow last month, and it was a big hit with both of them. Read their Spoiled Rotten review for details.

Spoiled Rotten Box is a monthly gift club. Every month, your cat will be sent a box of hand-picked treats, toys and accessories. Every edible product is made in the USA. All products are made by premium companies and each box is stuffed with almost $40 worth of products, but the monthly cost for the box is only $24.99 a month.

And now you can win one of these Spoiled Rotten Cat Boxes for your spoiled rotten kitties!

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***This giveaway ended February 7, 2013***

To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win a Spoiled Rotten Box. Continue Reading

Valentine’s gifts for cats and cat lovers

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Do you exchange Valentine’s gifts with your friends and family? If you do, there’s bound to be a cat lover or two on your list. Even if you just send cards (and who doesn’t love to receive a real card in the mail in this age of e-cards), you’re probably looking for something that expresses your love for cats. Here are some suggestions that will be sure to delight the kitties or the cat lover in your life.

The Valentine’s cards shown in the photo above are hand-made linoleum block print cards by animal artist Bernadette Kazmarski. I love the vibrant colors, and the expression on the cats’ faces. Purchase these cards, and many other beautiful cat designs, in the Portraits of Animals Etsy Shop.

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When it comes to toys, few toys are as popular at our house as Hauspather’s innovative creations. Continue Reading

Review: Petflow’s Spoiled Rotten Cat Box

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I’m a big fan of Petflow*. I hate going to the store, especially when it comes to heavy items like kitty litter. Having to lug the bags from the store to the car, and then from the car into my house, is just not something I enjoy. I’d much rather have them delivered to my front door. And even better, Petflow allows you to set up a regular delivery schedule, so you won’t ever run out if you forget to reorder.

When Petflow asked me whether the girls and I would like to review their newest product, the Spoiled Rotten Box, the girls were excited. Spoiled Rotten Box is a monthly gift club. Every month, your cat will be sent a box of hand-picked treats, toys and accessories.

The December 2012 box contained a wire brush, a motion activated cat ball that lights up, a catnip toy, Continue Reading

Allegra and Ruby love their Moderncat Puzzle Pieces

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Allegra and Ruby got a nice surprise in the mail the other day: Kate from Moderncat Studios sent us some of their new Puzzle Pieces! The girls are big fans of Moderncat toys, and I expected that these would be a hit as well.

As soon as I took them out of the sleeve they came in, the girls both went to investigate at the same time. After a brief nose tap over the new toys that looks more like a hockey face off in this picture, they went to work and thoroughly tested them.

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They both had a blast.Continue Reading

Boo! Special Sunday giveaway: Halloween toys for your kitties

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We usually don’t do giveaways on Sundays, but when Kate Benjamin offered to give away one of Moderncat’s Limited Edition Halloween Cat Toy Gift Sets, we wanted to make sure that we ran this giveaway with enough time so the winner could have the toys in time for Halloween!

Allegra and Ruby got an early Halloween surprise when our set arrived in the mail earlier this week. I think the big smile on Allegra’s face describes better than words how much she and Ruby love the toys! The set contains ModKickers, ModShakers, Stacks, Felt Rollers and more. All of the toys are handmade in the US. And let me tell you, the catnip in the toys, and in the little cylinder that comes with the set, is potent stuff! The girls went nuts when I opened the box, and I think I may have gotten a contact high!

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And now you can win one of these fun sets for your kitties!Continue Reading

Review and giveaway: Kittyblock scratcher provides corrugated cardboard fun for cats

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Allegra hasn’t met a scratcher she doesn’t like, so I expected her to enjoy the Kittyblock. I just wasn’t pepared for how much she loved it! As soon as it came out of the box, she was all over it. It has since become a favorite at our house for both of the girls.

The Kittyblock was designed by Paul Roberts. It is made from corrugated cardboard and a starch-based adhesive. Weighing in at 8 pounds, the blocks are nice and sturdy. They didn’t move when Allegra and Ruby scratched and jumped and played on them.

I love that it’s not just a scratcher, but also a hiding place and a kitty jungle gym. Ruby likes to stalk Allegra from inside it, while Allegra prefers the spot on top.

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Is Your Cat Ready for the Olympics?

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At our house, the Kitty Olympics take place every day. No matter how busy my schedule is, I make time to play with Allegra and Ruby at least a couple of times a day.

Regular, structured playtime not only keeps your cats happy and entertained, it also helps correct behavior problems, or avoid them in the first place. If you’ve been watching My Cat From Hell, you’ve seen that “play therapy” is almost always the first thing Jackson Galaxy recommends to start fixing the problems shown on the show.

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While I may not be awarding medals to Allegra and Ruby, I can definitely identify favorite disciplines for each of them. Allegra is a world champion Da Bird chaser. She’s “killed” several attachments already – thankfully, it comes with replacements.Continue Reading

Review and giveaway: Moderncat Stacks toys

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Allegra and Ruby got to be two of the first kitties to review the lastest creation from Miss Moderncat, Kate Benjamin: Stacks are colorful felt toys with unevenly stacked pieces, which give the toys great bounceability!

While the girls just love playing with their Stacks toy, I love that they’re made from 100% Merino wool, using leftover pieces from Moderncat’s popular Atomic Flyers. Nothing goes to waste at Moderncat Studio. The toys are sturdy and soft. We’ve only had ours for a few days, but it’s been kicked and chewed quite a bit, and I don’t even see any marks on it.

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Stacks come in six fun color combos:Continue Reading

Giveaway: Enter to win a BestFriendBox for your cat

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BestFriendBox is a fun way to spoil your cat: this monthly subscription delivers a box filled with an assortment of all natural treats and hand-picked toys directly to your door.

The friendly folks at BestFriendBox sent a box to Allegra and Ruby, and it was a big hit with both of them. The box contained a bag of natural treats, grooming foam for cats, a tin of high-test organic catnip, and two fun toys. Ruby is particularly enamored with one of the toys, which looks like a stuffed bumblebee.

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As you can see in the video below, the girls had fun checking out their goodies. Allegra was particularly interested in the crinkly filler paper.Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: spring cleaning

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Spring is a time of new beginning. Nature renews itself, at first slowly, like those first spring flowers peeking out from underneath the dull winter grass, and eventually bursting into full bloom as the days become longer and warmer.

Spring can also be a time for mental and spiritual renewal, and for this, we can take our clues from nature. It’s time to emerge from the darkness of winter, time to open windows and doors to let the spring breezes in, both physically and in a larger sense.

For many people, this is also traditionally a time for spring cleaning – there is something very satisfying about airing out rooms that were closed up for most of the winter months, clearing cobwebs out of forgotten corners, and getting the dust bunnies out from under the bed. Clearing the clutter and getting organized for the new season on a physical level can also help clear your mental and psychic energy. Cluttered environments drain our energy. Continue Reading