In 2014, after many requests, I finally made a Favorite Cat Products video. It has done well with over 100K views, but it was high time to update it.
Here is our new updated version.
What are some of your favorite cat products and why?
Here is the quick list of the favorite products mentioned in the video above (and they are hyperlinked to where you can buy them online, if you're interested). The longer descriptions can be found below:
- Yeowww! Catnip Banana
- Ripple Rug
- Nina Ottosson Dog Brick
- Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy
- PurrFur Scratch Pad
- Felix Katnip Tree Company Scratching Beam
- Bowsers Pet Bed
- Necoichi Cozy Cat Scratcher Bowl
- PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
- PawNosh Cubby Bowl Glass Pet Bowl
- Dr. Catsby Cat Food Bowl
- WooPet! Pet Food Mat
- EcoLeo Pet Food Can Covers
- Whole Life Pet Treats
- Safari Cat Shedding Comb
- Zen Clipper
- Litter-Lifter Litter Scoop
- NVR Miss Litterboxes
- Blackhole Cat Litter Mat
- Litter-Robot III Connect
- Marchioro Clipper Cayman 3
- Lilly Brush Be Forever Furless
- OXO Good Grips FurLifter Pet Hair Remover
- Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover 23oz
- Photo Blanket from Canvas Prints
Some of these we use on a daily basis, some of them we've reviewed, and some of them we've found out about from our readers who have recommended them (but that I have also used).
The Yeowww! Catnip Banana is our all-time favorite cat toy and probably out all-time-favorite cat product all due to Rags, who was especially fond of it. At 18 years of age, he had already gone through chemo and he was in renal failure, but he still had the energy to play with this toy because of what it brought out in him. He got it as a gift for Christmas when he was 15, and it was the only toy he ever returned to over and over again.
If your cat loves catnip (which is not a given because only 60% of cats respond to it), then it will love the Yeowww! Catnip Banana! It will bunny kick it, it will lick it, and it will definitely have fun with it. Another great thing about it is that it is made out of 100% organic catnip, so even if your cat busts it open and they swallow some of the contents, it is entirely digestible and safe for it.
The Ripple Rug consists of two pieces of rug-like fabric that are put together at the top. The bottom part is solid and the top one has several holes in it. You have a lot of options with the Ripple Rug. It has Velcro on the top side and you can move it around to get different arrangements.
Then, you can put all kinds of cat toys (like the Yeowww! Catnip Banana or different kinds of balls) in the holes for them to find. They love sticking their paws in the holes to find the toys and it brings out a lot of great activity.
The Nina Ottosson Dog Brick is one of our favorite cat products because it is a cat puzzle toy. You can put treats or dry food into the different compartments and then the cat has to work hard to get them out. It is a very good option for a cat that is food-motivated, but also for one that has a higher intelligence level and will enjoy working at it and figuring it out.
For the cat to get to the food, it has to remove the bones, and then he can slide the red parts back and forth to reveal the food. There is another piece that opens, where you can put food inside. In total, there are three different places where you can put the food.
Cats operate on a hunt-eat-groom-sleep level and this product takes care of the hunt component because they are able to play to get their food. Another great option is to leave it out when you are gone for the day because it will give them something to entertain themselves while you are gone.
The Bergan Star Chaser or the Turbo Scratcher are classic cat toy products. These are excellent choices if you have a kitten. These two are very similar - the main difference is that the Star Chaser has a ball with LED lights.
Cats can use the central part for a good scratch or play with the ball on the outside. The scratching pad in the middle is very easy to replace. It is a fantastic cat toy because it is multi-use - scratcher and toy.
The PurrFur Scratch Pad is an awesome product. First off, it looks like a piece of furniture and it is not embarrassing at all to have around the house. It is available on Etsy from PurrFur and it can be used for your cat to lay on and to scratch on and it looks amazing!
It is very well made and the scratching pad is flip-able and it is also replaceable.
The Felix Katnip Tree Company Scratching Beam is an amazing product with an excellent idea. Cats can sit on it and scratch on it from the top and also from the bottom, laying on their side (just like cats scratch on the bottom stairs). It is made with sisal, which makes it very durable.
The Bowsers Pet Bed is actually a bed made for dogs. It is suited for all types of animals, but Bowsers is a dog-oriented company. It is made in Canada and it is made all from safe, non-toxic materials. It is washable and very durable.
We've had ours for over two years and it looks exactly like it did the day we got it. I've only needed to wash it two or three times. It comes in a lot of different fabric styles that you can choose from and the cover is removable and washable. The Bowsers Pet Bed is a high-quality non-toxic pet bed that you will love.
The Necoichi Cozy Cat Scratcher Bowl is concave in shape and cats can use it to scratch on it and also to sleep on it. The pad on the inside is reversible and replaceable. This is another great example of a great cardboard cat scratcher, as my cats and tons of our readers' cats can attest. It is also aesthetically pleasing, clean, and modern.
The PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge an infinity-shaped scratcher that everybody should have. PetFusion is made out of high-quality corrugated cardboard, which makes it last longer. They also use non-toxic glues to put it together, so this cat scratcher is safe for your cat to lay on every single day. Charlie loves it as a scratcher, but also as a lounge.
Another great thing about the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is that you can flip it over and use it on the other side. You can buy it for kittens as well and they will grow into it. They will fit through the lateral spaces in the infinity shaped scratcher, so it can be used as a play station, a lounge, and a place to scratch.
The PawNosh Cubby Bowl Glass Pet Bowls are high-quality bowls for your cat. They come in several sizes and some very beautiful colors. They are made from recycled materials, they are made in the USA, and they come with a lifetime warranty.
If you've ever had problems with your cat moving its bowl, then the PawNosh Cubby Bowl Glass will help you forget about that. They are heavy enough for the cat not to able to move them and also durable enough for it not to break them.
If you are looking for a lighter weight, less expensive bowl, then the Dr. Catsby Cat Food Bowl might be a great choice for you. It is a stainless steel bowl that is concave so that the cat's whiskers don't hit the side of the bowl. According to some people, there is such a thing as "Whisker Fatigue" - when a cat's whiskers hit the side of the bowl, the cats pull the food out of the bowl to eat it because they don't like their whiskers bothered while they eat.
This bowl from Dr. Catsby Cat prevents "whisker fatigue" because of its shape. Another reason why stainless steel is a great choice for cats is that it does not retain bacteria and it prevents feline acne as a result. This is an illness that plastic bowls can cause in cats.
The WooPet! Pet Food Mat is made out of silicone and it is very easy to clean. The food that gets out of the cats' bowls or that flies off their tongues while they eat usually hardens and becomes difficult to clean off the floor.
This pet food mat can be cleaned in the sink and then it is ready for use. It is also great for freeze-dried treats that get powder all over the floor. You can just pick up the mat and dump everything that's on it in the trash or in the sink, rather than getting out your vacuum.
The EcoLeo Pet Food Can Covers come in a set of four and in different colors. They are much better than the traditional hard plastic can covers because they are made out of silicone. They fit on virtually any can, which is really useful and they are very easy to put on. They are easy to use and easy to wash.
Whole Life Pet Treats are pet treats that we use on a daily basis. Our favorites are the "Just One", which are only made out of one muscle or organ of the animal - for instance, chicken breast. These can be given to cats or dogs because they both can eat this kind of food, so it is great for a canine and feline household.
Whole Life is a safe product, it is made in a human-grade facility, which means that they have stricter regulations than other pet food companies do.
The Safari Cat Shedding Comb is a simple cat comb with short and long tines, which helps it get through the longer, denser fur of a Ragdoll cat. It is great for combing out a mane, and it is also great for getting mats out. It can be used on a daily basis to brush the mane and to get out the mats that have built overnight.
The EquiGroomer was initially made for horses, but then it was used on dogs and cats and as it turns out, it is excellent for them. We love the EquiGroomer because our Floppycats tolerate it even though they hate to be brushed. It is excellent to use it outside, especially in the summer because it makes the entire process very simple.
The EquiGroomer is safe on their coat because it removes the loose hair, but does not cut healthy hair. It gives the sheen and beauty of the coat without jeopardizing the overall look.
The Zen Clipper is the ultimate nail clipper for your cat. It has a hole that is the size of your cat's nail. This means that you have to figure out the ideal size for your cat according to their sizing chart. With the Zen Clipper, you just put in the nail inside the hole and you cut and that's it.
You can also send the clippers back in for re-sharpening. They are more expensive than other nail clippers, but overall, it is definitely worth it in the long run. They are extremely durable, so they are probably going to last for your cat's entire life.
The Litter-Lifter Litter Scoop (used to be called the Magic Scoop) is absolutely amazing. It has triangular tines, which makes the litter fall through it really quickly. This makes the scooping so much faster and so much more efficient. It is used for clumping litter.
The NVR Miss Litterboxes are great high-sided cat litterboxes that have an entry hole that forces the cats to align itself. Being high-sided, it prevents litter scatter, which makes them extremely useful. They come in a lot of great colors, so there is certainly one for you out there. They are made in Canada.
The Blackhole Cat Litter Mat has changed our lives as far as litter scatter is concerned. When a cat gets out of the litter box, the litter scatter falls from their feet but with this litter mat, it just falls inside the little holes. Then, you can easily pick it up, pour it back into the litter box and set the mat back down.
Our cats also like to scratch on them, so the mat can be a duo-purpose cat product - a cat scratcher and a litter mat. Please note that there a lot of knockoffs on the market. The holes should have a rounded bottom so that the litter falls down easily, rather than a straight edge that will not permit the litter to fall through the holes.
The Litter-Robot III Connect is a completely automated self-cleaning litterbox. The cat goes in, does its business, and then, 7 minutes later, the Litter-Robot completes its cycle and drops the clumps below into a drawer. This means that you don't have to scoop.
This is especially useful if you are not home and you can't scoop your litter box. The Litter-Robot III Connect even has Wi-Fi and you can keep track of how often your cat enters the litter box. This can be very useful if have to monitor your cat, if it has a UTI or other health issues.
The Marchioro Clipper Cayman 3 is an amazing cat carrier because it is extremely easy to take apart. It is very well made, which makes it very durable. However, it can be a bit difficult to put together.
You can take a look at the video above to see all the steps. While it may not be the top notch when it comes to advanced safety standards (carriers that can keep your cat during a car accident, for instance), it is excellent for traveling.
The Lilly Brush Be Forever Furless is the best tool you are ever going to have for removing hair from furniture. Some people even use it to remove fur from their clothes. We've used it for our cardboard cat scratchers, our felted wool cat cave, out cat tree, our carpets, pet beds, and many others and we absolutely love it.
The OXO Good Grips FurLifter Pet Hair Remover is our go-to pet hair remover for clothes. The great thing about it is that it is not like sticky rollers, where you have to remove and replace the paper all the time.
With the OXO pet hair remover, all you have to do is place it into the slot and then pull the hair out on the bottom and it is ready to be reused over and over again.
The Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover is our favorite stain remover because it is safe for both humans and cats. It is CO2-based and it just does wonders on odors, as well as stains. We've used it on clothes before putting them in the washer, as well as heavy odors and it has yet to disappoint us.
If you are looking for a great cat lover gift, then the Photo Blanket from Canvas Prints is the one for you. All you need is a high-quality, high-resolution photo of the cat. The blankets are super soft and absolutely gorgeous. If they don't want to have it out all the time, they can easily put them away in a closet. They are easy to wash and they are made 100% out of polyester. The blankets are made in Germany.
This was the list of our favorite cat products here at Floppycats. Have you used any of them? What did you think about them? Please feel free to tell us all about it in the comments section below!