Last weekend I was at the 2014 BlogPaws pet bloggers’ conference, held at a resort hotel in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, a giant artificial oasis built in the middle of the desert. I didn’t have a chance to enjoy many of the amenities this beautiful hotel had to offer because I was busy working at the Cat Style Lounge.
The Cat Style Lounge is the brainchild of Kate Benjamin, the cat-style expert behind the amazing blog Hauspanther, occasional guest star on My Cat From Hell, and co-author of the book Catification, which will be available in October.
Because I arrived early to help set up the lounge and assemble cat furniture, I got to ooh and aah and drool over everything long before anyone else even saw it. Here are some of my favorites, listed in alphabetical order.
If your cat loves sinks but you don’t love cat hair in your drain, this bowl-shaped lounge could be the next great thing for you and your furry friend. It’s heavy but beautiful and, naturally, easy to clean. Cost: $99.99 plus $35 shipping and handling.
This beautiful cat-shaped scratcher and lounge is made of birch wood and has a replaceable corrugated scratch pad, as well as two kitty hammocks, which come in red, pink, orange or blue. If you can assemble a small piece of IKEA furniture, putting the Cattino together should be no problem. Cost: $129 plus $19 shipping.
The outside of this UFO-shaped bed/cave is made of flexible molded foam, the inside is lined with a washable Sherpa fleece pad, and it’s supported by a steel frame with a powder-coated finish. The Hepper Pod comes in a variety of colors and is best for cats weighing up to about 14 pounds. It takes about 10 minutes to assemble, and all you need is an Allen wrench (included). Cost: $114.95, with free shipping for a limited time.
This multi-piece modular furniture is named after that Russian video game that so many of us wasted hours playing in the 1990s. There are five different shapes, which can be assembled in numerous ways to create and re-create a playground for your kitty. It’s made of 100-percent recyclable materials, and SGS certified non-toxic glue was used on all assembling processes. Available soon at Amazon.com.
The kitty loungers come in two sizes, regular (25 x 21 x 12 inches) and mini (19.25 x 19.25 x 6.5 inches). The frames of both models are made with VOC-free, sustainably forested birch plywood, and the covers are made of machine-washable, U.S.-grown and woven cotton. I’d be amazed if it took more than two minutes to assemble either piece. The covers are available in a wide array of patterns or colors to suit any home. Cost: $59.99 (mini), $124.99 (regular). Extra covers are available for an additional cost. Shipping $5 within the continental U.S.
This combination lounge and scratcher really is made from yoga mat material, and the toys that come with it are made from recycled yoga mat scraps, recycled wine corks, twine, muslin, catnip and sisal rope. It comes in four colors: purple, olive green, red and slate blue. Cost: $29.99 for the mat and toy set, $24.99 for the mat alone, plus $8 shipping within the U.S. (this item can be shipped worldwide, but prices vary).
It was a tiring but very cool few days, and at the end of it all, I got to hug a bottle-baby kitten!
Is there a piece of cat furniture you lust after? What is it? Would you buy anything on this list? Have you already? What do your cats think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.