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9 Sleep Choices for Your Drowsy Cat

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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.  

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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+.

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8 Wet Selections for Feline Foodies

Trend toward human grade makes wet food more appealing.

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FOR MANY CAT PARENTS, mealtime means holding your breath while scraping out a stinky can of mush. As the trend toward super-premium foods continues, wet food is evolving into a culinary centerpiece, focusing on human-grade quality, novel proteins and recognizable morsels. The end result is pleasing for both feline foodies and their human counterparts.

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NOW FRESH Grain Free Minced Chicken

Petcurean

KEY FEATURES: Expansion to line adds three new cat formulas. Minced chicken recipe offers picky eaters a unique texture. Bone broth provides moisture and nutrition. 6.4-ounce cartons.

SALES TIP: Easy-to-open tear-off strip and no sharp edges.

petcurean.com, (866) 864-6112

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Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Quail and Garden Greens

Halo

KEY FEATURES: With novel protein, non-GMO vegetables and dandelion greens, barley grass and parsley to provide antioxidants and support easy digestion. 5.5-ounce cans.

SALES TIP: Thirst quenchers: Canned food provides the benefit of added hydration, especially important for cats who drink little water.

halopets.com, (800) 426-4256

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Pristine Cage-Free Duck

Castor & Pollux

KEY FEATURES: Grain-free duck recipe features poultry raised without antibiotics or hormones. New wild-caught tuna recipe available, too. 3-ounce pouch.

SALES TIP: The Pristine line uses only responsibly sourced ingredients, such as organic fruits and vegetables grown without synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides.

castorpolluxpet.com, (800) 875-7518

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Hound & Gatos Natural Cat Food

Hound & Gatos

KEY FEATURES: A natural line formulated with 98 percent meat, plus a precisely balanced vitamin-mineral mix. Made in the USA by a family-owned company. 5.5-ounce cans.

SALES TIP: This entire line and brand have gotten a reboot, with updated logo, look and packaging.

houndgatos.com, (888) 896-2951

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Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals

Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals

KEY FEATURES: Five new pâtés and three new slices in gravy formulas. Grain-free, carrageenan-free and non-GMO. Supplemented with DL-methionine to maintain urinary tract health. 2.8-ounce cans.

SALES TIP: Not every cat digs seafood. Five of the new flavors meet consumers’ demand for fish-free foods.

grandmamaes.com, (888) 653-8021

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Redbarn Naturals Cat Filets

Redbarn Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: Filets flaked in broth or gravy, available in five flavors and a variety pack; 2.8-ouce cans.

SALES TIP: A “no goo” guarantee: Crack open a can to show customers the recognizable ingredients, from real pieces of pumpkin to whole shrimp and shredded chicken.

redbarninc.com, (800) 775-3849

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Grain Free Tuna & Prawns

Health Extension

KEY FEATURES: Made with real fish as the first ingredient, in a savory sauce. 2.8-ounce cans.

SALES TIP: Liberate cans from the food aisles: Showcase newer offerings in your end caps and other promotional displays.

healthextension.com, (800) 992-9738

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Turkey Adult Cat Recipe

Raised Right

KEY FEATURES: A soft food lightly cooked in a USDA-inspected human-grade facility. Third-party tested for e-coli, listeria and salmonella. 2-pound refrigerated bags.

SALES TIP: In a testament to its tastiness, company founder Braeden Ruud holds eating contests of “man against pets,” during which he personally races to finish the food first.

raisedrightpets.com, (844) 777-3871

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8 Cat Litter Options to Take on the Premium Trend

Check out these alternatives to traditional clay litter. 

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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

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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

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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

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

Less is more in these new releases.

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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

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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

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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

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