Connect with us

Cat Products

9 Sleep Choices for Your Drowsy Cat

Published

on

At the heart of choosing a cat bed is the pet parent knowing what his kitty prefers. Some cats like to cocoon; some would rather nap out in the open; others like to perch up high. All cats are territorial and like to stake out spaces of their own for sleep, which makes it important for them to have a safe place to nestle down into to meet their “kneads.” Here are a few to consider, with a range of materials, construction and styles.  

ALL PRICES MANUFACTURER’S SUGGESTED RETAIL

Multi-Purpose

Who said beds had to be just for sleeping? Whether it’s taking kitty out of town, or giving her a place to perch as well as snooze, we’ve chosen a few for the practical pet owner who likes the idea of a bed that meets multiple needs. 

Sleepypod 
Sleepypod

Key features: Does triple duty as a carrier, car seat and bed, with a zippered mesh top. Seven colors.

Sales tip: Crash-tested for safety, the pod has velcro that attaches to car seat belts. A separate warming kit can kick up the comfort.

sleepypod.com, (626) 421-6818

Advertisement
EZ Mount Window Bubble Pod
K&H Manufacturing

Key features: Perch with two openings and bubble window that mounts with suction cups for hours of window viewing. 

Sales tip: Also popular is the half-pod, for easy in/out access.

khmfg.com,  (877) 738-5188

Hauspanther Cubitat
Primetime Petz

Key features: Two tiered, open concept for easy entry and exit. 

Sales tip: Created by the founder of hauspanther.com, with the idea that modern design and cat furniture can go hand in hand. (Think Ikea for cats.)

primetimepetz.com, (214) 257-8068

Advertisement

Super Snug

Since cats spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping, giving them a bed that they can snuggle into should likely rank high on pet parents’ wish list. These selections are so plush and cozy, you’ll want to curl up too. Pet tip: To help kitty transition into new sleeping quarters, place a familiar object in there, like her favorite toy or current sleeping mat.

Deluxe Donut Bed
Petmate

Key features: Cats can nestle down into an 18-inch bed filled with eco-friendly recycled polyfill, with a non-skid bottom for stability.

Sales tip: Entire bed is machine washable. Affordable option, part of the Jackson Galaxy collection.

petmate.com, (877) 738-6283

Petlinks Purr Heaven Cat Bed
Worldwise

Key features: High sides for extra privacy, machine washable, 17-by-17-by-9-inch size can accommodate any size cat.

Advertisement

Sales tip: Memory foam padding makes for a comfy cushion. 

petlinkssystem.com, (800) WORLDWISE 

Cat Cave
Pet Magasin

Key features: Fleece and foam padding with a microfiber shell and faux-fur trim make for a cozy cup for kitty to snuggle into, or stretch out on top.

Sales tip: Well-suited to meet a cat’s varying needs. Can hide away inside or relax on the outside of the bed.

petmagasin.com


Cozy Hideaways 

Much has been said about cat’s need to cocoon, to find a space they feel safe in and can observe and watch the world around them. These beds play into that instinct, creating comforting nests and playful retreats. And here’s an added bonus: It’s fun to watch kitty jump out and pounce on unsuspecting family members.

Pet Teepee 
P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You)

Key features: Four design choices. Comes with foam cushion with removable washable cover. 

Sales tip: Made of cotton canvas and pine wood poles for a true back-to-nature experience. 

petplay.com, (855) 300-7529

 

Cat Ball 
Cat Ball

Key features: Playful hexagonal shape with two openings. Machine washable.

Sales tip: Many colorful fabric choices will appeal to a range of customers. Check out the fun shark model.

thecatball.com, (425) 954-5690

 

Wool Cat Cave
Walking Palm

Key features: Wool beds have been enjoying popularity recently, and these are made with soft merino wool, available in 19 color combinations.

Sales tip: Handcrafted, natural and still affordable. 

walkingpalm.com


This article originally appeared in the July-August 2017 edition of PETS+.

Advertisement

FEATURED VIDEO

JIM ACKERMAN

How to Make Your Advertising More Effective Over Time

Pet-business owners use lots of different methods for marketing and advertising, from direct mail to social media. But they often miss a crucial step, says marketing specialist Jim Ackerman. Very few businesses properly test and track their efforts. Jim explains that carefully monitoring your ads, and adjusting them accordingly, can dramatically improve your results.

Promoted Headlines

Cat Products

8 Cat Litter Options to Take on the Premium Trend

Check out these alternatives to traditional clay litter. 

mm

Published

on

WHEN IT COMES TO LITTER, cat owners are looking for solutions that are low mess (no dust, no tracking) and take away or at least minimize the smell factor. Just as premium options have taken off in pet food, there are now plenty of higher-performing, eco-friendly options that present alternatives to traditional clay litter.

Fresh Air Cat Litter

Sanicat

KEY FEATURES: The combination of proprietary Oxify technology and undiluted Wyoming Bentonite result in a low-dust solution that releases a moisture-activated fresh scent. 14- and 21-pound boxes.

SALES TIP: Stays good smelling for about a month, before turning to the dark side.

sanicat.com, (307) 441-0700

$12.99/14-pound

Advertisement

Sustainably Yours Natural Cat Litter

Petfive Brands

KEY FEATURES: Made from renewable corn and cassava. Flushable, low dust and chemical-fragrance-free. Available in Multi-Cat and Multi-Cat Plus, in 13- and 26-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Bright white color makes it easy to see what needs scooping.

sylitter.com, (855) 845-3634

$18.99/13-pound

World’s Best Cat Litter

Kent Pet Group

KEY FEATURES: Developed in partnership with pet behaviorists, this corn-based litter has a plant-based ingredient that naturally attracts cats. Available in 6-, 12- and 24-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Perfect for newly adopted cats, kittens, senior cats or any fussy feline.

worldsbestcatlitter.com, (877) 367-9225

$20.99/12-pound

Clean Tracks

Dr. Elsey’s Products

KEY FEATURES: A low-tracking, hard-clumping and odor-eliminating litter, made from medium-grain clay. No perfume, deodorants or chemicals. Available in 20-pound box and 40-pound bag.

SALES TIP: Because no cat owner wants to chase his cat around with a vacuum, or find litter trails in his bed.

drelseys.com, (877) 311-2287

$11.99/20-pound

BoxiPro Deep Clean

Boxiecat

KEY FEATURES: Innovative product uses probiotics to eliminate bacteria — and bad smells. Patented Flat Top litter keeps clumps on the surface for easy scooping.

SALES TIP: Ideal for pet parents who recognize the benefits of clay but want a healthier and better performing option.

boxiecat.com, (877) 817-0253

$21.99/16-pound

Advertisement

Messy Cats Litter Mat

Jascor Housewares

KEY FEATURES: Unique silicone material naturally attracts dust, and soft textured bumps are designed to prevent litter tracking. Available in four colors: purple, watermelon, green, gray.

SALES TIP: If you wanted to, you could eat off it. Made from FDA-approved food grade silicone that’s BPA and PVC free.

messymutts.ca, (416) 644-1661

$17.99

Catfidence Cat Litter

Catfidence

KEY FEATURES: Made from sustainable, organic bamboo, and USDA-certified biobased. Natural odor control and absorbency, a 7-pound bag lasts a month.

SALES TIP: Since bamboo is a new material for litter, the company provides promotional videos touting benefits and showing the product in action.

catfidence.com, (844) 476-6722

$17.99/7-pound

Nature Derived Herbal Cat Litter

Vetbasis

KEY FEATURES: Long-lasting, lavender-scented, corn-cob-based litter. 7- and 15-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Pet store owners Don and Val Whaley bought the brand, which had been off market for 10 years, because they felt it was the best litter they had found.

vetbasis.net, (423) 232-7181

$19.95/7-pound

Continue Reading

Cat Products

Lickable, Lapable, Crunchable or Munchable: 8 Treats Cats Will Love

Less is more in these new releases.

mm

Published

on

WHEN LOOKING AT cat treats, less is more in today’s new releases. Single-ingredient proteins and novel food sources are leading in this category. Also gaining ground are innovative products like lickable treats and novelty pet wines.

Bare Breasts

Bare Bites

KEY FEATURES: Made with a single ingredient: 100 percent dehydrated chicken breasts, sourced from and processed in USDA-inspected facilities. 6-ounce bag.

SALES TIP: Larger bag size works well for multi-cat households.

barebites.com, (301) 401-2750

$16.99

Tiki Cat Crunchers

Whitebridge Pet Brands

KEY FEATURES: Available in Tuna and Chicken flavors, these high-protein, grain-free treats have real meat as the first ingredient, along with pumpkin to promote digestion. Only 3 calories each. 2-ounce resealable bag.

SALES TIP: Star-shaped treats for superstar kitties.

tikipets.com, (866) 821-8562

$3.99

Advertisement

Pinot Meow Cat Wine

Apollo Peak

KEY FEATURES: Scored first place in cat category in 2018 New Product Showcase at SuperZoo. Made in Colorado with filtered water, catnip extract and beet coloring. 5-ounce bottle.

SALES TIP: Because sometimes cats want to imbibe in liquid refreshments, too.

apollopeak.com, (720) 675-8072

$9.95

ORGANIX Organic Cat Treats – Chicken Recipe

Castor & Pollux

KEY FEATURES: All-natural treat features organic free-range chicken as No. 1 ingredient. Tastes great, no fillers, and less than 2 calories per tiny, drumstick-shaped cookie. 2-ounce bag.SALES TIP: There are few all-organic treats on the market, and this one is USDA-certified.

castorpolluxpet.com, (800) 875-7518

$3.99

Catit Creamy Treats

Hagen USA

KEY FEATURES: A hydrating treat that’s eaten straight out of the tube or as a dry food topper. Three flavors, each comes with five half-ounce servings.

SALES TIP: Lickable treats are fairly new, so you may want to post images or video showing it in action.

hagendirect.com, (800) 353-3444

$2.99

Minnow Treats

Pure Bites

KEY FEATURES: Single ingredient: ocean-caught minnows fished in the U.S., which are chock-full of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat. 1.09-ounce bag.

SALES TIP: Made using a gentle freeze-drying process that removes the water and preserves nutritional integrity.

purebites.com, (888) 388-7873

$3.49

Advertisement

Grain Free Buffalo Cat Treats

Holistic Health Extension

KEY FEATURES: Single-ingredient dried buffalo treats are made with a high-quality source of protein. 2-ounce bag.

SALES TIP: For free-range felines. Let customers know what’s not in the bag: soy, grains, artificial ingredients.

healthextension.com, (800) 992-9738

$3.99

Carpius Maximus Carp Spears for Cats

Scout & Zoe’s

KEY FEATURES: Smoked carp caught in Kentucky waters and processed and packed in U.S. facility. 1.5-ounce bag.

SALES TIP: Carp is an invasive species that isn’t appealing to human taste buds but works as single-ingredient cat treat, putting “nuisance” fish to new use.

scoutandzoes.com, (317) 457-7722

$9.98

Continue Reading

Cat Products

8 Cat Toys to Drive Your Sales

Find the ones that will suit your kitties’ preferences.

mm

Published

on

WITH CATS’ FINICKY NATURE and different play needs, pet parents are more willing to try out a variety of toys, to find the ones that will suit their kitties’ preferences. Therefore, you’ll want to stock plenty of choices, from catnip-stuffed prey, to wands, kickers and high-tech, interactive options. We’ve selected some new releases across a range of types and price points.

Fluff & Tuff Guppy Fish

Fluff & Tuff

KEY FEATURES: Designed for dogs, but retailers and cat fans found cats loved it too; this squeaker-less stuffy has crossed over into cat territory.

SALES TIP: During the month of September, the company donates a toy to a shelter each time someone posts a pet pic with a Fluff & Tuff toy and the tag #igiveafluff.

fluffandtuff.com, (248) 705-5601

$8.95

Advertisement

Jackson Galaxy Hunting Instincts Kicker

Petmate

KEY FEATURES: Satisfies cats’ natural instinct to kick, paired with realistic “ripping” sensations as they move in for the kill. Contains Jackson Galaxy branded organic catnip.

SALES TIP: Kicker toys are hot right now, and this is part of a new line of toys from the famed “cat whisperer.”

petmate.com, (877) PETMATE

$9.99

Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy

PetSafe

KEY FEATURES: Two lasers that rotate 360 degrees around the toy’s base keep kitty busy. Perfect for multiple cat households. Quiet movements keep even the most skittish cats focused on the play.

SALES TIP: Automatically turns off after 15 minutes to preserve battery life and keep cats from being overstimulated.

petsafe.net, (866) 738-4379

$29.99

Advertisement

Mad Cat Mewnicorn

R2P Pet

KEY FEATURES: The Mad Cat plush collection with crinckle inside includes some folklore favorites like this cheerful Mewnicorn, along with Gnome Sweet Gnome, Sassy Sasquatch and Yowlin Yeti, all in two-packs.

SALES TIP: Contains a blend of catnip and silvervine that is pesticidefree, to get the party started right.

r2ppet.com, (877) 858-4321

$7.99

Shimmer Glimmer Teaser Wand

Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: Plush fish, butterfly and turtle, with shimmering accents in assorted colors, are interchangeable with the wand. The wand has a breakaway safety clip.

SALES TIP: Have fun mixing and matching the animal accessories.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$4.99 for the wand, $3.99 animals

Petlinks Sweet Tweet

Worldwise

KEY FEATURES: A roly-poly soft electronic sound toy that sings like a bird and has feathers to trigger cat’s hunting instinct. It’s prey that will have real songbirds singing a tune of relief.

SALES TIP: Keep some by the register for those impulse buys.

worldwise.com, (303) 623-3327

$7.49

Advertisement

Pounce House

OurPets

KEY FEATURES: Electronic feather wand inside mimics prey through random movements. Large side holes provide easy access for pouncing and batting through the openings.

SELLING TIP: Play the company’s YouTube channel in your store to show its toys in action.

ourpets.com, (800) 565-2695

$29.99

Teacup Fluffs

Fuzzu

KEY FEATURES: Teacup Fluffs for cats are cute, super squishy and stuffed with top-quality, organic, U.S.-grown catnip. Available in chipmunk, bunny and raccoon characters.

SELLING TIP: Animals so cute, you’ll feel bad letting kitty pounce on them.

fuzzutoys.com, (802) 825-1145

$3.99

Continue Reading

Most Popular