Playful Cat, Sleepy Cat

kitten sitting on table, title playful cat, sleepy cat

I’m guessing it’s pretty obvious at this point that I’m a dog mom. And while I’ve had some great posts for both dog and cat parents (pet-friendly fabrics, reducing pet odors, and my top recommended rescues), I wanted to write something specifically for the cat parents. A resource for a recurring theme I seem to be asked about quite often. So, this blog post is for the cat moms and cat dads. And most especially, it’s for your playful cat, sleepy cat!

Please note, while I have looked at Amazon reviews and ratings of these products, I have not tested or used any items. You know your pet best, so keep that in mind when considering a purchase of any of these.

“Where can I find attractive cat condos, towers, and perches?”

I’ve seen some custom items for both dogs and cats on a variety of websites. Many gorgeous and unique designs never before seen. But, for today’s blog, I’m going to share some attractive options for your playful cat, sleepy cat from Amazon. Most of these products that I’m suggesting have Amazon Prime shipping available, which can save quite a bit in shipping and often these products ship fast! If you’re not already a member, I highly recommend signing up for a free 30 day trial here.

And, in addition to Prime, you could also earn some money back, if you order through the ebates website or app! Plus, ebates isn’t just for Amazon. If you shop online often, this site will be your best friend! Not only do you earn cash back, but it can also show you available coupons for that retailer!

Playful Cat: Cat Condos and Towers

I absolutely love the shape of this first cat tower by The Refined Feline. The fluidity of the curves offers a sculptural element to any space. Available in 3 colors: espresso (shown below), mahogany, and smoke (my favorite!!). The lotus cat tree stands 69″ tall and offers sisal padding for scratching, several perch options, and a hide-a-way cubby .

espresso cat tower with three perch options, curvilinear lines, a hide-a-way cubby, and sisal for scratching
A sleek, organic design, the Lotus cat tower is a modern take on cat furniture.

The next cat condo tower would be a sleek addition to any modern room. It features a solid wood leg construction for stability, sisal posts for scratching, platforms to perch on, a dangling toy to entertain, and a cozy hide-a-way cat shelter. This condo tower by CO-Z stands at just over 57″ and has several varying height levels for your cat to move around and enjoy. The list even states that there’s plenty of room for 3-4 kitties at once!

Roomy and enjoyable, it has a large platform bed on the top level your fur babies to sit on and look out the window. On the second level there is a capacious observation deck for your kitty to enjoy the sunbath while taking a cozy nap on it. And just imagine an exquisite hideaway cat house,a shelter for nothing but a sound sleep.

Multi-level design makes your feline friends feel free to jump, climb and explore around the kitty house; hanging plush ball l can be pawed at for fun.
The third option is perfect for kittens and smaller cats (less than 15 lbs). There’s a few varieties of smaller cat condos and cat trees from PetPals that I liked, but this one seemed to have the best reviews. It’s a smaller scale option (only 23″ tall!), perfect for small spaces. Plus, the chocolate & gray color palette and the sleek & simple design will fit in many different types of styles. With two different perch options, handmade paper rope scratching posts, and a hanging toy, you’ll have a smitten kitten in no time!

This tree features 2 different plush perch styles with a top cradle perch for your cat to play or rest. Perches are supported by handmade paper rope scratching posts for your cats to dig into. The idea of the cradle is to help keep your cat snugged safely up top for their nap time. It’s also perfect for multiple cats playing hide and seek!

The contemporary design of this cat tree makes it the perfect addition to your home decor! Durable and sturdy, the perfect combination of shape and function.

And one last option for your playful cat is probably the one that I find the most intriguing. This product line requires some wall space, but the ingenuity and creativity truly makes it functional art! CatastrophiCreations has many varieties available for their Cat Mod products with various price points. The design below incorporates hammocks, planters for cat friendly plants, and sisal poles for climbing or scratching. It also comes in several finishes including English Chestnut and Natural, as shown below.

Hand-crafted beautiful, large, and sleek design Perfect play structure to bring out the acrobat in your cat Gives cats an outlet for their climbing needs Fabric can be easily removed for washing Add a touch of the wild by adding cat friendly plants
This beautiful cat complex incorporates a large, sprawling design along with planters that can hold cat-friendly plants.
Sleepy Cat: Cat Beds

We all know that cats love to sleep, so why not give them a stylish and cozy spot! Here are two cat beds that I think are stylish and cat friendly. The first one that I found is a felted bed cave for cats by Meowfia. It’s made from 100% merino wool, a proven textile for pets because it is naturally antibacterial and repels stains, odor, and dirt. The design accommodates cats and kittens either inside or on top. It is sold in several color variations, perfect for any decor. My favorite is the slate grey variation (shown below).

Each cat cave is carefully handcrafted from 100% all-natural wool by artisans in Nepal. Using an ancient fabrication technique called felting, every cat bed is individually molded using only soap, water, and pressure.

Warm, cozy and durable cat bed for your lovely cat and special touch to home decor.

This next bed, the Cat Pod Bed by Hepper, reminds me of a sleek stool or ottoman you’d include in your home! The construction includes an upholstered fabric exterior, a thick fleece liner, and a sleek base with non-skid rubber pads. This bed can be used open or closed, depending on your cat.

Grey/White Herringbone Woven Fabric Pod with Silver Steel Frame Grey Fleece / Black Microfiber Interior Liner

The Pod Bed looks great in your home, and actually adds to a room’s aesthetics, rather than detracting from them

Playful Cat, Sleepy Cat: Cardboard Scratcher and Lounge

As with all pets, your cat may prefer the cardboard cat scratchers. PetFusion has quite a few designs, but these were my top two favorites. Both are made from recycled cardboard and cornstarch glue (non-toxic); the construction ensures a last quality. The curved design makes it easier to scratch, and more comfortable to rest or play. Plus, these are reversible, allowing for even more use before needing to be fully replaced!

PetFusion's Cat Scratcher Lounge serves double duty as both a cat scratcher and lounge that promises to keep your finicky companions coming back for more. Custom made for cats who enjoy scratching, playing and lounging around. This is more than just a typical scratcher. It stimulates a cat’s natural instincts and curiosity. Available in 3 colors: slate gray (shown), walnut brown, and cloud white.Attractive design, neutral colors. Two tiered & long. Built for sharing & interactive play. Subtle curves make for easier scratching & a more comfortable place to rest & play. Two tiered & long. Built for sharing & interactive play. Subtle curves make for easier scratching & a more comfortable place to rest & play. Naturally attracts cats; holds up to 4 large cats.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! Eight attractive cat items ranging from cat trees, cat condos, cat beds, and cardboard scratchers! Which is your favorite? Would these work for your cat(s)? Share in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

xoxo,

Kayla

kitten sitting on a bed with pillows, white text and black background
Your home decor style does not have to suffer to keep your cats happy.

10 Tips for Your New Holiday Puppy!

if you're a new puppy owner, here are 10 tips just for you!

“It takes a village.” This quote is usually associated with raising kids, but it absolutely applies to raising a puppy too. Raising a puppy can be exhausting and tough, and you don’t have to do it alone! I highly suggest that you create your own village, which may include a trainer, veterinarian, and family or friends. Be selective in building your village, though, as too many cooks may cause overwhelm rather than stability.

And, you won’t need any help with the overwhelm. Trust me. There will be times when you’re ready to just give up! However, with the help of these tips and your established village, I know you’ll be breathing easier already.

black and white image of puppy with a bow tie yawning. 10 tips for your new holiday puppy
10 tips from the pros on what to do after you bring your new puppy home!
You’re the parent

While you may not know everything about raising your new furbaby, trust your gut when it comes to building your village. If you’re not feeling great about a situation, get a second or third opinion. You don’t have to settle, just because someone was referred to you or they are closest to you. You want to find someone easy to talk to and seek advice from. They should be open to and interested in hearing your fears, concerns, and want to help you. Do research on anyone you’re interested in adding to your village. Make sure their values and the way they work match yours. It’s better to find those trusted sources now, rather than settling and then scrambling when something major comes up.

Finding The perfect Veterinarian

I asked Sarah Bason DVM, a small animal vet and small human mom in Prescott, Arizona, for her tips on locating the right veterinarian for your family. “You’ve got your dog, now you’ve got to find your Dogtor! Ask fellow dog owners who they use for medical care and why – you want to find a veterinary practice that fits with your needs. Consider their hours (are they open on weekends if you need them), their services (do they offer boarding or grooming), and mostly their approach to medicine. Some of this can be gleaned from their website, but don’t be shy to ask for a tour if you’re considering a couple of different practices. We love touring clients around because we’re proud of what we do!”

scheduling with your veterinarian

According to Sarah Bason DVM “Your puppy should have its first wellness visit within 48 hours after it comes home. This allows your veterinarian to identify any issues, gives the staff a chance to meet and snuggle your puppy and give them lots of treats so that they love us, and set up a vaccine schedule. Expect your pup to come in for vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they are around 5 months old, for full protection against all the nasty diseases out there. Until that series is finished, I always tell people to keep pups in arms only in public places.”

Research your new puppy’s breed

Dogs are bred for specific “jobs” and it’s important to know what that job may be to best understand who your new puppy is. As Teresa Hanula, a DC Metro area dog trainer and owner of A Dog’s World Training & Pet Care, Inc., shares “dogs are all bred to have a certain job. And, when they become our pets, sometimes we forget that they have needs too! A Spaniel with no birds to hunt, a Labrador with nothing to retrieve and a Border Collie with no sheep to herd can find themselves their own hobbies, which typically end up being hobbies that we, as pet owners, don’t agree with!”

puppy on leash in a wooded area on a trail. does your puppy have a job?
Giving your puppy a job can keep them from being bored!
Give Your Puppy a Job

Did you know unemployment is the major cause for undesired puppy behavior?! But there’s a solution, according to Teresa Hanula! “Have your puppy earn all of this food and attention. Food is the money of the dog world and shouldn’t be given out for free. Have your pup learn behaviors like watch me, sit or down. Set up fun food trails for them to seek out and hunt their food. Hand feed them so they develop positive associations to men/women, training and hands! Slow bowl feeders and Kongs are wonderful tools to stuff and have your dog work on that puzzle! So many opportunities for work that there should be no need for dog employment furloughs!”

Food absolutely matters

I’ve mentioned this key piece of advice in regards to raising a senior dog, so it makes sense that it matters for your puppy, too. Sarah Bason DVM agrees and gave thoughts on how to choose the right puppy food for your furbaby. “Please choose a puppy food that is appropriate for your little buddy’s adult size, and choose a high quality brand that has undergone feeding trials. Your Great Dane should be eating a giant breed puppy food, your German Shepherd a large breed puppy food, and your Beagle or Chihuahua a regular puppy food. If you adopted a mixed breed puppy, your vet should be able to help you determine based on the puppy’s current size, just what you’re going to be dealing with, size-wise as an adult (but we don’t guarantee it!). Puppies should be fed at least twice daily, and should be encouraged to eat slowly – sometimes hand feeding for the first couple of weeks when you have time can help with this.” And, those same slow feeding bowls mentioned earlier would also be beneficial here, too!

Toys and Treats Aplenty

Just like with food, a puppy’s treats and toys matter, so how do you know what to look for? As Sarah Bason DVM says: “Everyone wants to give puppies snacks – it’s human nature and they love them! A soft, low calorie, breakable treat is best for puppies during training, because your puppy is going to be a good dog 1000 times per day and you want to be able to reward them without also overfeeding them. For chewing toys, the main risk is the fracture of those sharp little delicate baby teeth or the potential for ingestion of part of the treat. Stick with the firm rubber balls and toys, especially if they are able to be stuffed with smaller treats to keep puppy busy. Stay away from rawhide chews and actual bones or antlers. The rule of thumb is that if it hurts when you hit it directly across your knee, it’s not safe for your puppy, or adult dog’s teeth.”

Day to Day Schedules

Figure out the household’s schedule and how does it apply to your puppy. Do you need to hire someone to come in during the day (once or twice) to maintain scheduled outdoor visits? Do you have a safe space for the puppy to stay while you’re out (or even when you’re home)? Talk with your village members to see what is going to be best for your four-legged family member and your specific situation. Puppies (and many dogs) do well on a fixed schedule. Make sure whoever helps with your puppy is willing to maintain specific training, too.

Get your home ready

Have you puppy-proofed your home? It’s a very critical step as your puppy becomes curious. As with babies and toddlers, you’ll need to make sure your house promotes a safe environment for your puppy to grow in. Puppies will want to put everything in their mouths. Make sure you are putting away things that could harm them (cords, chemicals, and shoes are just a few things). Find toys and items safe for puppies to play with. Work with them to learn the appropriate things that are theirs vs items that aren’t.

Positive reinforcement: best for you and your puppy

I’m most definitely an advocate for positive training methods. They have worked very well with my own dogs and friends’ dogs. Studies have shown that this training style is better for the human and dog bond, especially for the animal’s welfare. You can learn more about the style and psychology around positive reinforcement training here. Teresa Hanula is a positive reinforcement trainer in the DC metro area with a variety of training services, including puppy kindergarten where she introduces positive reinforcement training.

Final thoughts

First, I want to send a huge thank you out to our two pros, Teresa and Sarah! Second, I really hope these tips will give you peace of mind and confidence in raising your new furbaby. And, finally, I just have one last piece of advice to add. There may be times when you’re questioning everything, but just remember: you’ve got this!

xoxo,

Kayla

Did you get a new puppy for Christmas? These tips from the pros are perfect for the new dog dad or dog mom!
four images of different puppies; if you got a new holiday puppy, then these tips are for you!
If you have a new puppy, these 10 tips from the pros are for you!!