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A Gift Box of Natural Eco-Friendly Sisal Cat Toys

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Cat owners on the lookout for a good deal on sisal cat toys will appreciate Natural Pet Company’s Megapack. Each sturdy but attractive, eco-friendly box contains seven different toys for hours and hours of fun and delightful play.

The colorful toys come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures – one toy even has bells. Several toys are mouse-shaped, purr-fect for bringing out your cat’s hunting prowess, or showing off her adventurous side. Each toy is made with natural materials, including sisal, a fiber used in ropes and matting that comes from the agave sisalana plant.

Yup, that’s a type of agave plant that is native to Mexico, but is cultivated and grown around the world. Agave plants are succulents, meaning that they store water in their leaves. They’re desert plants and thus, require much less water than other types of plants such as cotton. While you may know agave for its syrup or nectar (as a sugar substitute), agave sisalana is cultivated for its durable fibers. Sisal fiber is incredibly strong and flexible, making it the perfect material to make cat toys that withstand your kitty’s sharp claws.

One of the best things kitty will love about the megapack of toys is that playtime begins the moment you lift the lid of the box. There is no plastic to cut away or tear off. The toys are not individually wrapped. Just open the lid and let your cat choose from the variety of toys. When play is over for the day, you can store the toys in their own individual spots in the box for the next time your kitty is ready for some playful exercise. This is a great way to store toys safely out of reach until the next time your cat is ready to play, which might be sooner than later with these exciting toys!

The Natural Pet Company brings you in on the fun, too, with their interactive wand toy that you control. The wand is about 16 inches long, and connects to a 2-foot long bungee cord. At the end of the cord, a mouse dangles, ready to tantalize your cat into vigorous play. As you move the wand, your kitty will jump for his prey, until you reward him by lowering the mouse within his reach (that is, if kitty hasn’t already scored a connection with the mouse).

Cats (if they could talk), and their owners (who do talk) rave about this toy assortment. “…This set of toys is beautifully made,” says one customer. “…My cats like the toys and they seem well-made,” says another.

What an appealing idea to package seven toys in one box! The price is also appealing because you get a megapack of seven toys for one low price. Since online prices often do vary, click here to check the latest pricing. The Megapack makes a great gift idea for your cat, cats, or cat-loving friends and family (as in their cats will love the toys, maybe not the people so much!)

5 Luxurious Eco-friendly Gifts for Your Cat

If you’ve been on the lookout for an extra special gift for your cat, here are five fabulous finds for your feline. They’re eco-friendly, decadent, and the purrfect way to show your appreciation for your kitty’s loyal and loving companionship.

1. The Ripple Rug – Thermal Cat Activity Play Mat

The Ripple Rug is a giant hide-and-seek playground, scratch mat, and cozy cat cave. This fun and interactive “rug” has an assortment of flaps and slits that can be adjusted to create an endless assortment of tunnels, caves, and peekaboo holes for your cat’s head or paws. You customize the mat by simply lifting and releasing to create random shapes and configuration. This has got to be one of the coolest and most innovative ideas for cats.
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Besides the great play value—and snuggle value after playtime, the Ripple Rug is also eco-friendly. It’s made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The non-slip rubber bottom is insulated to help keep the mat in place, and eliminate static electricity. The rug is lightweight and folds up easily for storage. While it’s not cheap, it’s not as expensive as you might think. You can check out the latest pricing for the Ripple Rug on Amazon.

2. Catnip Star

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For a little bit of festive luxury that won’t break the bank, the West Paw Catnip Star is a pawsome green cat toy. The star is green on one side (white on the other), and it’s also green on the inside because it’s filled with USDA-approved 100% organic catnip. Plus, it’s made in America, in Bozeman, Montana to be precise, by West Paw Design, a leader in the Sustainable Pet Coalition. This super-soft plush cat toy will surprise and delight your kitty and it’s available for under $10 at West Paw’s online shop.

3. ComfyCat Cave

The ComfyCat Cave is a cozy cat bed sustainably handcrafted in Nepal from 100% New Zealand merino wool that is responsibly sourced. This bed is super cute and can be popped open to create a warm and cozy cave for your kitty, or it can be pressed down for a more traditional cat bed.

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When I first saw it, I have to admit I was a bit shocked at the price, but since my cat, Furball, has been a loyal and loving companion for over 15 years, I figured after 15 years, he totally deserved something nice to sleep in. The poor guy has been sleeping in assorted corners on the floor since we moved to a new home.

My biggest concern about the bed was whether it would be itchy, and whether my cat would actually go inside. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. The merino wool is super soft and not the least bit itchy, and the opening was big enough for my 15-pound cat to easily step inside. As soon as I set down the bed, Furball immediately went inside to check it out. However, he prefers the bed in its “flattened” state and now, his favorite spot to sleep. I won’t lie, this bed is pricey, but seeing Furball enjoy his new bed so much has been worth every penny. Check out Amazon to see the variety of cat cave beds.

4. Catty Stacks

It’s hard to beat the humble cardboard box when it comes to “recycle and reuse,” and nothing attracts a cat faster than an empty box. Catty Stacks are a way to up level the box, both literally and figuratively. These modular boxes can be stacked and joined together in multiple ways to create a kitty condo or impressive cat playground. Made from sturdy recycled cardboard, Catty Stacks are strong enough to support cats weighing up to 20lbs.

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If you’ve been looking for a fun and attractive alternative to cardboard boxes, Catty Stacks look great in any home, and they come in an array of colors derived from vegetable-based inks. They’re super easy to assemble and set up, and 100% recyclable too. To learn more about the story behind this product, check out this interview with Frank Callari, the inventor of Catty Stacks.

And if you want to get your paws on a set of these brilliant building blocks, you’ll find Catty Stacks online at Amazon.com. While it’s rather ironic that they’ll be delivered in a cardboard box, this will be one of those times where your cat will love what’s inside the box even more than the packaging it comes in.

5. Ultimate Cat Scratcher and Lounge

What makes PetFusion’s Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge so much better than other scratchers? Size, good looks, durability, and eco-friendliness. But with over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, don’t just take our word for it.

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The first thing you’ll notice about the Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is how big it is. At 34″ long, 10.5″ inches wide, and 10.5 inches high, there’s plenty of room for your cat to comfortably lounge and stretch out. And if you’ve got more than one cat, Petfusion offers a jumbo-sized cat scratcher and lounge.

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With a cat scratcher this big, it’s not easy to hide it from sight. Luckily, you don’t have to because it’s so attractive, you’ll want people to see it. Its designed so that you can also mount it to the wall and you can trust it will hold up well because it’s made from a recycled corrugated cardboard that is denser and more durable than lower priced corrugated cardboard cat scratchers.

The scratcher’s symmetrical design doubles its use because when one side wears out, you can simply flip the lounge over for a new scratching surface. The Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is assembled with non-toxic cornstarch glue, comes with premium USA organic catnip, and is also the winner of the 2015 Eco-Excellence Award. If you’re looking to splurge on your BFF (best feline friend), this might be the ultimate gift for your cat to lounge, scratch, nap, and play. You’ll find the Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge on Amazon.

Stylish Eco-friendly Pet Products On Sale at Bambeco

Bambeco, an innovator in sustainable design, has an awesome sale going on right now for stylish toys and accessories for cats and dogs. It looks like they’re clearing out their pet products, so you can pick up some amazing deals. Everything is on sale at clearance prices with savings of over 50%! Now that’s a pawsome deal!

_sojos-catnipPick up a tin of Sojos Organic Catnip for only $3. The catnip is harvested by hand from the Cascade Mountains in Washington. The beautiful tin makes a great gift for the cat lovers in your life. Better yet, treat yourself and your kitty, and keep the reusable tin for yourself.

_smidgeThe Smidge cat toy is on sale for a steal—regularly $8, you can now pick one up for only $3. If you’re thinking that’s what you’d normally pay for a cat toy, remember that Smidge is eco-friendly and it’s made by West Paw Designs. Their felt products are made from recycled PETE—the plastic used to make soda bottles—and this material sells at a premium. Plus the toy is stuffed with 100% premium organic catnip. While you often will pay more for green toys, you’ll save some serious green with Bambeco’s pet sale.

You’ll also find a variety of dog toys and accessories on sale, too. Dig into everything from stylish food storage bins and treat totes to durable dog toys and fashionable collars and leashes. Pet products are on sale right now online at the Bambeco website.

In addition to offering only green products, the shipping is green, too. Bambeco offers free carbon-free shipping for all orders over $100. While you’d be hard pressed to reach that total with only pet accessories—since they’re on sale for so cheap, you will find many beautiful and eco-friendly items for your home including kitchenware, furniture and bedding.

Every product on Bambeco’s website is reclaimed, repurposed, renewable, recycled, regenerated, natural or organic. To quote their tagline, “Yes, everything.” In addition, all of the workers who make their products are paid a fair wage and provided with a safe, healthy working environment.

Check out the innovative and environmentally friendly designs at www.bambeco.com

Silver Vine Cat Toy Review:
A Fun Alternative to Catnip?

If your kitty is one of the 50% of cats that don’t react to catnip, finding fun cat toys can be a challenge. But there is an exciting alternative that cats ABSOLUTELY ADORE.

My cat, Furball, is one of those kitties who doesn’t react to catnip, but he sure loves to play! So I’m always on the lookout for a catnip alternative. Furball’s indifference to catnip made me realize that most cat toys aren’t really that interesting for cats. Many toys simply rely on the catnip to entice cats to play. As a result, I had to create my own cat toys for Furball. I came up with so many toy ideas that I even wrote a book on how to Make Your Own Cat Toys.

So when I first heard about Jacques Le Sock, I wondered if I had finally found a fun alternative to catnip. . .

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Silver vine is the latest find being used by cat toy makers. Though not widely used yet in the U.S., From the Field embraces this herb in their new toy, Jacques Le Sock Silver Vine Cat Toy. They stuff their hemp (durable and biodegradable) fabric toy with their Ultimate Blend of silver vine and catnip, and buckwheat hulls for a soft crinkly sound. The cute-named, sock-shaped toy, comes in six rainbow colors—and it’s made in the USA.

I was curious to see how Furball would react to the silver vine so I immediately ordered Jacques Le Sock on Amazon. In order to get free shipping, I had to add more items to meet Amazon’s minimum total, so I added a few office supplies to my shopping cart. A few days later, an Amazon box arrived at my home. I opened it up and took out the office supplies, but I completely forgot about the silver vine cat toy.

Minutes later, Furball began digging around in the Amazon box on the floor. I thought to myself, oh cute, he’s playing with the cardboard box. However he was unusually engaged with the box. About a minute later, he emerged triumphant, clutching Jacques Le Sock in his mouth.

As you can see from the video below, Furball LOVED the sock. He drooled all over the sock, he tossed the sock in the air, he wrestled with the sock. He was completely enamored with the sock. Conclusion: Silver vine is a winner for my catnip indifferent cat. Furball pawsitively ADORED Jacques Le Sock.


So What Exactly Is Silver Vine?

Silver vine, or Japanese catnip because it grows high in the mountains of Japan and China, hails from the kiwi family, while catnip belongs to the mint family. Safe and non-toxic, silver vine’s effect is more intense and euphoric—its effect can last up to 30 minutes. Your cat may be ready for more play after a 20-or 30-minute wait. But hold off introducing silver vine to your kitty’s play routine until he passes his sixth-month birthday.

Most cat experts agree that around 50% of cats don’t give a meow about catnip. It’s not about turning up their whiskered noses at the herb. Instead, it’s all about the missing catnip gene–these cats simply don’t have the gene that causes them to react excitedly to catnip. However, it’s different for silver vine. University of Illinois researcher Dr. Mark Mitchell found in a recent study that cats played over twice as long with silver vine than with catnip.

Given Furball’s excited reaction to silver vine, I’m betting that we’ll soon see even more cat toys and products made with this wonderful alternative to catnip.

Awesome DIY Cat Projects

A reader brought this awesome infographic to my attention the other day. It features some cool DIY projects for your cat, including a cat climber, cat scratcher, and cat puzzle, that you can make by recycling old cardboard boxes. Many of the other projects can use up scraps of wood or those odds and ends that you keep, but never know what to do with—turn them into a window perch or food stand.

Now that your curiosity is piqued, check out this infographic for some fun upcycle ideas for your favourite feline friends!

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Build your cat a better life by PowerTool World.

30 Seconds to Create an Eco-friendly Cat Playground and Breathe New Life into Old Cat Toys

Quite by accident, I discovered an easy way to create an interactive play area for my cat. This playground was so delightful that it inspired my 14-year old cat, Furball to leap and run around like a kitten.

And, I bet you’ve already got what you need to build this kitty playground in your home right now. You’ll need…drum roll please…

  • 10 to 15 books

That’s it. Simply scatter them in a random pile on the floor. You’ll want to make the pile high enough so that your cat thinks it can “hide” behind the pile, aka crouch below so it can’t see above the books.

I discovered this easy way to make a fun game for my cat purely by chance. I was going through my bookshelf and clearing out books that I no longer needed. As I was cleaning, I dumped the books that I was going to donate to the library on the floor. When I started playing with Furball later that day, he ran to hide behind the books and a fast and easy kitty playground was created.

It made his usual game of chasing the Rainbow Cat Charmer absolutely addictive for him. He was having so much fun running and jumping that it reminded me of when he was a crazy kitten and played so much that he once fell down from dizziness because he wouldn’t stop running in circles. It was just like the good old days because Furball went berserk attacking his old toy with renewed vigor.

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So, all you need to do is bust out an old cat toy, preferably something interactive such as a wand toy, Cat Dancer or something that dangles. Get your cat’s attention and then make the toy hide behind the stack of books.

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It’ll give your cat the opportunity to exercise her natural instincts of stalking. The best thing is that once you’re done, clean up is a cinch. Just gather up the books and put them back on your shelf!

If you’re looking for places to donate old books, here are a few suggestions:

  • Some libraries will accept used books.
  • If you have paperbacks, try posting them on PaperBackSwap.com.  It’s like a giant online book swap meet.
  • Gently used books for young children are welcomed by Project Night Night, which gives books, blankets and stuffed animals to homeless children.
  • Women’s shelters that support families are also a good place to donate books for kids of all ages.

If you’re doing some spring cleaning, here are a few more ideas on Where to Recycle Stuff.

The Hemp Toy That Cats Are Going Crazy For!

“The cats went crazy for it.” – Amazon reviewer

Chase the Hemp Cat Tail from From The Field (no, that’s not a typo there, “From the Field” is the name of the company) is a foot long cat toy stuffed with organic catnip, valerian root and buckwheat hulls. This makes for a fun-filled catnip toy that cats will love to attack and wrestle with.

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The Cat Tail is made from all natural hemp fabric which is excellent for strength and durability. It’s also biodegradable so when it gets fully “yuck-ified” from cat drool and tattered to pieces after hours and hours of play, you can compost it for your flowers and plants.

Washington-based From the Field, makes Chase the Hemp Cat Tail and a full line of hemp cat toys. All of their toys are made in the USA with an eye on sustainability and a commitment to providing high quality natural toys for your cats.

You’ll find Chase the Hemp Cat Tail along with a full selection of organic hemp cat toys and natural pet products at From the Field.

How to Make a Cat Treat Dispensing Toy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Here’s how to make a cat treat dispenser in three easy steps. Rather than spend $20 on a plastic contraption that your cat will outsmart in a few minutes, make your own eco-friendly cat toy using toilet paper rolls by following these simple instructions. It’s lots of fun, easy to do, each puzzle is unique, the cost is free and you can customize the difficulty level depending on your cat.

What’ You’ll Need:

  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Small cat treat

Step 1

Cut one of the toilet paper rolls into rings about 1/4″ to 1/3″ in width.

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Step 2

Place the cat treat inside the other toilet paper roll.

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Step 3

Stuff a few of the toilet paper rings into one end of the toilet paper roll so that the treat can’t easily fall out. Turn the roll around and stuff the remaining rings into the other end.

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Now you’re ready to give this treat-dispensing cat toy to your cat. The more rings you put in, the trickier it is for your cat to get the treat to come out. The fewer rings, the easier it is.

Here’s a video of Furball interacting with his toilet paper roll cat toy. He loves treats, so he’s quite persistent in getting the treat out of this homemade dispenser for cat treats. The laughter in the background is my preschooler.

Miso Green: Organic Catnip Sushi Cat Toys

SushiCatToyLooking to add a little variety to your cat’s play diet? Here’s an awesome green cat toy from OffBeat Betty’s Etsy store.

These awesome sushi toys are sure to appeal to your finicky feline’s refined palate. These maki rolls look good enough to eat despite being made from fleece and felt as opposed to seaweed, rice and fish.

Each maki roll cat toy is filled with USDA organic catnip, ensuring that your kitty will want to play with her food.

They’re available in a set of three toys and are custom made to order. Just like at the sushi bar!

Order up your sushi cat toys by visiting Off Beat Betty’s Etsy store.

3 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Treats

Looking for some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day for the cat lovers in your life—or something for yourself? :) Here are 3 eco-friendly ways to say, “I love you.”

1. Send Organic Flowers

Pick up a bouquet of eco-friendly flowers. If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, where you can grab a bouquet sustainably grown flowers, there’s an online option for you to send organic flowers. Organic Bouquet delivers sustainably grown, certified flowers that are affordable and eco-friendly too. Prices are similar to ordering from one of the big flower conglomerate sites.

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Eco-friendly flowers from Organic Bouquet

2. Chocolate Kitty Made With Organic Sugar

This sweet chocolate cat is made with organic sugar by Chocolates by Bernard. Since you can’t share it with your kitty, perhaps she’ll enjoy the heart-shaped toy below.

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3. Heart-Shaped Organic Cat Toy

Yeowww! makes heart-shaped cat toys filled with organic catnip. The Heart Attack Pack includes 3 bold red hearts to help you win over your kitty’s affections. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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