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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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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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Allegra and Ruby love their Scratch Tower from Moderncat

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One of the paws down best parts of this year’s BlogPaws conference in Salt Lake City, UT was the Catification Lounge, brought to us by Miss Moderncat Kate Benjamin and Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy.

Picture an entire hotel ballroom full of cat furniture, cat toys, and other cat paraphernalia – the definition of paradise for cat lovers. Kate has some great photos of the lounge on Moderncat. Everything on display was given away to some very happy winners. I won a Moderncat Scratch Tower, which I had shipped since it was most definitely too big to fit into my suitcase.

Allegra and Ruby got very excited when I told them that the bix box that had just arrived was for them. As soon as I opened it, they both went to investigate. I had barely taken out the Scratch Tower when Allegra immediately put it to the test 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

Meet Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy’s Furry Family Members

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Jackson Galaxy is a busy man these days. He just finished recording the audio version of his upcoming book, Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean. He’s gearing up for a book tour to promote the book, which will come out on May 10, and he is currently shooting the first of ten new episodes for Season Three of his wildly successful Animal Planet show My Cat From Hell.

I managed to catch up with Jackson last week while he was on the set of My Cat From Hell. We chatted a little about his busy life, and his book, but what I really wanted to talk to him about was cats. His own cats. Who are the felines he goes home to each night? Do they have behavioral problems, or are the Cat Daddy’s fur children problem-free?

Jackson shares his life with four cats.Continue Reading

Catify Your House! Cat Products Recommended by Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy

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Jackson Galaxy just launched his brand new online store, where you will find many of the products shown or mentioned on the show.

New from Petmate: The Jackson Galaxy Collection

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If you’ve been watching My Cat From Hell, you’ve probably learned that there are frequently two themes to the challenging cases Jackson works with on the show: vertical space, and play therapy. One of my favorite lines from this season so far is “you’ve got  to catify your house!” If you’re anything like me, you’re probably intrigued with some of the toys, scratching posts and wall shelves Jackson recommends on the show.

Here’s a round up of some of my favorites from recent episodes.

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The four-tiered cat tree from Mountain Cat Trees shown above is on Allegra and Ruby’s wish list. I love the combination of natural wood and sisal. These trees are handcrafted, so no two are the same. The wood is treated with a non toxic and environmentally safe clear coat finish. This finish is pet safe, has no odor and helps prolong the life of the tree.

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I also love these cat climbers. I think Allegra and Ruby would have a blast with these – I just have to find a space in my house to mount them! I particularly like that they have manila roping to define the edges of the shelves. The shelves come in various sizes and even include a corner shelf, and the clean, simple design will go with any decor.

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I don’t think there’s been a single episode of My Cat From Hell when the Da Bird toy hasn’t come out of Jackson’s guitar case. This toy is a perennial favorite at our house.

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Giveaway: Temporary cat tattoos from Cattoo Design

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I’ll admit it: I’m a wimp when it comes to pain, so there is not a chance that I’ll ever get a real tattoo. I do, however, like the look of tastefully done tattoos, and if I ever were to get one, it would, of course, be a cat tattoo.

And thanks to Kate Benjamin’s latest venture, Cattoo Design, I was able to get my very own cat tattoo! Kate recently launched a line of temporary cat tattoos, and she sent me a few to try.Continue Reading

The Cat’s Trapeze

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When Kate Benjamin of Moderncat asked me whether I would like a Cat’s Trapeze for Allegra and Ruby, I was excited. I had visions of my two kittens flying through the air in an act rivaling anything Cirque du Soleil could put together.

Okay, no. It’s not that kind of trapeze. The Cat’s Trapeze is a unique product designed to provide active cats with an alternative to climbing the curtains and furniture. The sturdy cotton fabric withstands heavy use and the soft cushions provide a perfect place to nap.Continue Reading

An Interview with the Founder and Editor of Moderncat

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I previously introduced Moderncat in my post Unique Cat Products With a Modern Twist  because I loved the site so much.  It is my pleasure today to introduce you to Kate Benjamin.  Kate is the founder and editor of Moderncat, a resource for cat owners with a modern style. She seeks out the newest products for living with cats in a modern home. She tries to identify not only products that fit a modern aesthetic, but also items that are truly innovative and that make living with cats a more enjoyable experience. Moderncat combines product reviews with other useful information for cat owners in a clear and concise format.

Welcome to The Conscious Cat, Kate.

 

Tell us a little bit about Moderncat.  How did you come up with the idea?

Thanks so much for giving me the chance to share my story with your readers! I started Moderncat because I was a cat owner myself looking for a single online resource for well-designed cat products. I was finding individual companies and products, but I couldn’t find a place where I could view everything all in one place. I had learned a little bit about blogging in my job as the Director of Marketing at a children’s product development company, so I decided to start my own blog. Apparently, other people were looking for the same thing because the readership started to grow and today Moderncat has a wonderful international audience of design-conscious cat lovers.

Moderncat became hugely successful in the two years since you started the project.  How do you explain its popularity and success?

I think the success of Moderncat is due mostly to the fact that there is nothing else really like it, but also that I’ve been very active in all kinds of different online communities, helping to spread the word about the blog and attract more readers. It didn’t happen overnight, I’ve worked at it slowly and steadily for over two years now. It has been a pleasure getting to know my readers through the comments and emails.

Is Moderncat a full time job for you?

Yes, it is now my full-time job and I absolutely love it! I ran the blog for two years on the side, and then I was recently able to go out on my own so I could focus on writing Moderncat and working on other cat–related projects, including volunteering with local animal rescues whenever I can.

Where do you find the products and giveaways you feature on your site?

I read consumer and trade magazines in the cat/pet industry, plus I try to attend one or two of the big pet industry trade shows each year to stay up-to-date on the latest products. I do a lot of online research, plus most of the cat product manufacturers keep me updated on their new offerings. I also get lots of tips from readers. That is where some of the most interesting information comes from!

How do you decide whether a product is a good fit for Moderncat?

First, the company behind the product has to have a good reputation. It’s important to me to only promote products and businesses that are ethical and provide quality products and services. I like to work with smaller companies, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t cover products from larger companies if I think they are good. Also, it’s important that the manufacturer considered both the cat and the owner when designing a product. That will make a successful product. Most things on Moderncat have a more modern, or streamlined design. I consider both the function of the product as well as the aesthetic design.

A lot of the products you feature, in addition to being aesthetically beautiful, are also what I would consider high end products.  Do you find that there’s a good market for these products among cat lovers?

Yes, I do feature a lot of products that are quite expensive. This is usually because the products are handmade using high-quality or sustainable materials, and they are often made in small quantities. I think there are some people who can afford these high-end products, others who save up for that one special item, and still others who can’t afford these things, but hopefully they will be inspired by the ideas to create something similar themselves. It’s really all about inspiration and creativity. You don’t have to spend a lot to make a wonderful home environment for you and your cats. There is a whole DIY (do-it-yourself) section on Moderncat where you can see photos of projects readers have completed, often with instructions and tips.

In addition to being a blogger, you are also a designer.  Tell us a little bit about the things you design.

I have a craft studio in downtown Phoenix where I’m working with a team of designers to develop some cat products that will be available soon on Etsy. The collaborations are a lot of fun! I have a lot of friends who are architects and designers and also cat owners. Stay tuned for more details!

You have six Moderncats of your own.  Tell us about them.

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Simba was the first cat that I’ve owned as an adult. I’ve had her for 6 years now and she is 10 years old. She is a cream tabby and apparently female cream tabbies are pretty rare.

Next came Mackenzie. He is a big beautiful brown tabby Maine Coon who is 7 years old and the sweetest thing ever!

Then Ando showed up as a 5 month old kitten. He’s my baby! A shiny black panther-like cat with a bit of Siamese in him. He is in charge.

Then I adopted Sophie. Not sure how old she is, but she is quite old and has diabetes, but she is a great cat and just wants to have her head scratched.

Two years ago, my boyfriend and I got involved with The Great Kitty Rescue through Best Friends Animal Society. This was a cat rescue where Best Friends was called in to help with an institutional hoarding situation in Nevada where they rescued 800 cats. My next two cats, Flora and Dazzler, both came from this rescue. They are both torties. Flora is tiny and has plenty of tortitude, and Dazzler (we call her Dee) has no tortitude at all, and she is completely and hopelessly in love with Ando.

Do they get to test products before you post them on your site?

Yes they do! Not everything, only the things that I’m really excited about. My condo isn’t big enough for everything!

Do they have any favorites?

The top faves have to be the Hepper Pod (Dee is in there EVERY day) and the Sweet Lounge from Marmalade Pet Care. They also love the wall-mounted scratcher from Moderncritter as well as the Curve perches from Urban Pet Haus. They really like the Caboodle and the tall cat condo from Modern Cat Designs. The latest faves are the Cat Eye Bed from Precision Pet and the pulp scratch lounger from Bergan. The Sleepypod is the best carrier ever, plus it converts to a bed. If I leave it out, someone can be found lounging in there. I really like the Smart Cat Box for a great natural litter alternative. Favorite toys include DaBird and the Cat Dancer.

Thanks for joining us on The Conscious Cat, Kate, and we wish you much continued success with Moderncat.

Unique Cat Products With a Modern Twist

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I recently came across a wonderful blog titled “ModernCat“, featuring some of the most unique products for cats I have seen anywhere.   I had so much fun cruising around the site that I wanted to share it with all of you.

From the owner of Moderncat:  “This blog is a resource for cat owners with a modern style. I seek out the newest products for living with cats in a modern home. I try to identify not only products that fit a modern aesthetic, but also items that are truly innovative and that make living with cats a more enjoyable experience. Moderncat combines product reviews with other useful information for cat owners in a clear and concise format.

In addition to working in consumer product development and marketing, I am a dedicated cat owner with a background in design. I am passionate about this topic and hope that this blog will serve as a useful resource.”

I hope you enjoy looking through this site as much as I did.  While my own living style is neither modern nor traditional (I prefer to think of it as “eclectic”), I love unusual and unique things, and this site definitely fits the bill.