Pioneer Pet SmartCat The Ultimate Scratching Post
5 Reasons Cats Scratch
The SmartCat Ultimate Scatching Post is truly designed with cats in mind. Most scratching posts are too small for adult cats and covered in material not appealing to cats. The SmartCat Ultimate is a full 32 inches tall and is tall enough for my very long bodied Domestic Shorthair to reach up to his full height and scratch vigorously. The post has never tipped despite my Burmese cats jumping onto the top of it. This is a very well made product something that is hard to find in anything that requires assembly. It was simple to assemble. I have had the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post for over 5 years and it still looks brand new and yes, my cats love it and use it frequently.
H-Harness by Lupine Offered in 1/2″ patterns and solid colors only. Best for cats, but can also be used on a small dogs and other small pets with Houdini-like qualities. Designed to help keep your favorite feline from escaping.
Available in 1/2" width and girth sizes: 9″-14″ and 12″-20″
The H-Harness by Lupine is the only harness I will use and recommend for cats. ‘H’ style harnesses, if properly fitted, are the only type of harness that I have found to be truly escape proof for cats. The Lupine H-Harness is very adjustable and will fit most adult cats. Being adjustable is an important feature for a cat harness because the harness needs to fit quite snug. Most cat guardians make the mistake of not fitting a harness snugly enough. You should only be able to put one finger between the harness and the cat, anything looser and the cat can escape. The Lupine H-Harness is sturdy and well made with non-break away buckles which, unlike a collar, is what you want in a harness.
Tiger Diner Ceramic Cat Feeder by Pioneer Pet
The Tiger Diner was the first non-ball type puzzle feeder I bought for my cats. I love that it is made of ceramic and is heavy. It is dishwasher safe so cleaning is super easy. Because of that I can use canned food (I like to use human canned chicken, turkey, or tuna) as well as dry food or treats in this feeder. This feeder does work quite well as an actual food dish for cats that tend to eat fast and then regurgitate. While at first glance the Tiger Diner may look rather non-challenging it has a degree of difficulty due to the small lip at the base that keeps the food from tumbling out the openings. I don’t know if the feeder will cause cats to eat less, and I can’t really see why anyone would necessarily want that (just put out less food if you want your cat to eat less) but the Tiger Diner will certainly slow down those cats that eat too fast.
PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser
The PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser is a great way of providing foraging and exercise for indoor cats. The nice thing about this puzzle feeder is that it is super easy to use and the holes are adjustable for different size treats/foods. The adjustment can also work to add an extra level of difficulty by closing the holes down smaller and making the cat work harder to get the food out. I like to hide one of these somewhere in my home on days when I’m going to be at work for many hours as it gives my cats something to do.The PetSafe SlimCat Toy is dishwasher safe on the top rack so cleaning is easy. Cats that are new to foraging and puzzle feeders will find The PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Toy a good place to start.
Does your cat dream of being a big game hunter? Does she feel the pull of the wild?
The wilds are pretty risky so bring the excitement indoors with our hand tied FlyToys. Each exceptional toy is the work of skilled craftspeople and is designed to look and move like insects, reptiles, frog, mice and other small creatures.
Each FlyToy is made of both natural and synthetic materials and is permanently attached to a clear line and clear 18" rod handle. As with all toys please put away when not in use and do not eat any part of any toy.
The MetPet Fly Toys are my absolute favourite cat toys. They are small and lightweight and move like natural cat prey. At first they may look delicate but they are incredibly well made and very durable. My cats love the Fly Toys and play rough with them. Despite this abuse all of my Fly Toys have lasted for several years. I don’t believe I have encountered a cat that has not loved playing with this toy. I always take a Fly Toy on my cat sitting visits because I have found all cats respond to this toy. Even lazy and elderly cats will perk up when I get this toy out. My own cats are so crazy about the Fly Toys they will try to break into the closet where they are kept while not in use. Do keep in mind the MetPet Fly Toy is an interactive toy and should not be left lying around when not in use.
Trixie Poker Box Activity for Cats
I love the Trixie Poker Box Activity for Cats. It has 5 different puzzles that cats have to figure out in order to get to the treats/food. What might be an easy puzzle for one cat will prove challenging for another, so this toy offers a great deal of versitility. I have had the Trixie Poker Box for several months now and my Mensa smart Burmese still has not figured out one of the puzzles. The Poker Box is also easy to take apart and clean-an important feature for me. It is said to be dishwasher safe, but I have not yet tested this claim.
Elizabeth Llewellyn is a feline welfare and behaviour specialist with 30 years experience working with cats in a variety of settings including rescue, breeding, boarding, grooming and veterinary. She lives in Chittenden County Vermont with her three cats.