2020 was the year that our cats stepped up to help their people get through some dark days. The comfort of our pets was amplified when we went into lockdown or quarantine. Isolation felt less isolated with our purring pals with us. And we pampered our pets this year, too. Here are our best sellers for 2020.
This top-seller is a great way to keep your cat's litter box out of sight without it taking up precious space in your home. The litter box fits inside this bench, giving you extra sitting space and kitty privacy when using the box. White was the best-seller but you can get this one in grey or brown to best suit your home decor.
We've had a self-grooming brush arch like this one for about four years, and it's holding up very well although our cats don't really use it as intended.
Our arch brush sits in our living room. Rather than using it for self-brushing, our boys Gumby and especially Timmy like to lay under it or next to it. Timmy will sometimes use it to brush the inside of his mouth (in other words, he bites or munches on it). Despite this misuse, the brush hasn't shed any bristles and still looks pretty much brand new.
This small piece of cat furniture doesn't take up a lot of space and it seems to bring comfort to our kitties, so I'd say that's a win. Lots of consumers do report their cats like using it for self-grooming.
Our self-grooming arch was easy to assemble, with the brush ends fitting easily into the base. This product for cats is advertised as a three-in-one item: the brush is a groomer, the carpet base is a scratcher, and when you add catnip, it's a toy. We'd have to say the three functions it serves here are: ineffective hiding spot, comfort napping zone, and mouth scratcher.
This set of three suction cup bowls was designed for kids to help prevent messes at baby's mealtime. They can also serve as pet bowls and users have reported success using these as both water and food bowls for cats who have been known to knock things over just for fun. If you have a cat like this, suction cup bowls like these might be your best solution!
This is a set of three bowls with suction cup bottoms. They are meant to stick on smooth surface, like a floor or tray. Cat owners have placed them on countertops with success as well.
The bowls come in three different sizes and the set includes a lid for the smallest bowl. While they are meant to suction to a surface in order to prevent movement, the suction has a small tab to make removal by adult human hands easy enough. The suction bowls are made of easy to clean BPA-free plastic and are microwave safe and safe for use on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Give your kitty her own Christmas tree this season. Maybe she'll leave yours alone, then! (If not, you can try a cat-proof tree solution or alternative). Rotating your cat's furniture (as well as toys) is a great way to keep kitty interested and engaged and burning her energy with appropriate play. So use these Christmas-themed cat trees as part cat enrichment, part holiday decor for your home.
This is a holiday novelty cat tree but it has some great features that you'd expect to find on any piece of cat furniture. The bottom part of the main post is wrapped in sisal, while the tree-shaped top has a plush carpet surface. The different materials add scratching interest. Attached and dangling toys also add interest. The wide base makes this a sturdy piece of cat furniture.
This is a cute multi-level Christmas tree shaped cat tree with soft faux fur levels. The base has a sisal rope surface to encourage proper scratching. Toys hang, dangle, or can be hidden in several spots on the tree. This piece is easy to assemble and users report that it can be disassembled for storage once Christmas is over.
Indoor kitties can enjoy a taste of the outdoors when you offer them cat grass. Our previous cats were real cat grass connoisseurs and we'd often have a small planter available for them upon which to munch. Sometimes they'd get out of balance and the grass would make them vomit, so we'd have to keep an eye on them. Some cats love grass and use it to keep their digestive systems in balance. If you think you'd like to offer your indoor cats a taste of cat grass, this affordable pack of three window planters is a great way to try it out.
With this purchase you'll get three bags for window planters, along with wheatgrass seed, also known as cat grass. Follow the easy instructions to get started and within a week or so you'll be read to serve up some grass to your kitty.
Almost four years ago we featured this sturdy sisal scratching post that our cats loved. This year we realized this extremely popular scratching post was showing serious signs of wear and it might be a good idea to replace it.
Sisal rope scratching posts are often preferred by cats because of the material's feel. Owners like it because it's a sturdy and long-lasting substance. But sisal can only hold on for so long. It's a natural rope material made of an agave plant and with extensive use, wear is expected.
All three of our boys use this scratching post multiple times each day. The post is tall so they can really stretch out when they scratch their front paws on this post.
With the extensive wear, we decided to purchase a replacement post. Besides the obvious wear to the sisal, you can see how the post became discolored after years of use and abuse from little kitty paws.
Our cats took to the new post immediately, recognizing it is a special piece of furniture just for them.
On the old scratching post, you can see that the most wear is towards the top. My next project is to see if I can flip the base and the top on the old post and place it somewhere else in our house for twice the scratching fun for our boys.
This is an interesting product that has three different types of plant materials that are known attractants for cats. Clumps of catnip, silvervine, and gall nut have been compressed into ball shapes. The three balls fit into a mount that can be attached to the wall or just set on the ground for kitty to investigate. The idea is for your kitty to rub, lick, and/or scratch the materials for benefits to mental and physical health.
Read the reviews of this popular cat treat product to get an idea if it might be worth a try for you and your kitties. We have offered our cats silvervine sticks and they don't seem to show any interest. We have also offered compressed catnip balls and our cats are far less interested in those than in catnip flakes or fresh nip. But after looking at the cute photos with the reviews for this Peteast Catnip Toy, I think we'd give it a try.
Kitchen carts designed to hold microwaves or other appliances are usually sturdy pieces of furniture. Consider using a multiple shelf unit like this one, highly rated for its intended use, as a piece of furniture for your cat! There are several different space-saving ways you can use this free-standing baker's rack cart for your cat.
Use idea: Litter box station with storage
Keep your appropriately-sized litter box on the bottom shelf of this unit and use the other shelves for storage of litter box supplies like bags, extra litter, scoop, liner, and more. The shelf above the box will act like a hood to prevent extra scattering of litter as kitty exits the box. You can DIY a curtain or other barrier around three sides of the box, easy to hang from the shelf above, to prevent even more litter from scattering.
Use idea: Cat feeding station with storage
Feed kitty on one of the shelves of this unit. Let your cat free-feed by placing her food on an upper shelf, away from other pets. Store dry food and cans, extra dishes, and other cat supplies on the other shelves.
Use idea: Multiple level cat tree
Simply add cushions, blankets, or pillows to the different shelves to turn this rack into a multiple-level snooze zone for your cat! Hang toys from the top shelf for fun. Add scratch zones by attaching sisal rope or cardboard to the legs of the cart.
This is a fun activity furniture for cats that includes scratching surfaces, hiding and napping spots, and toys on strings. The little piece of cat furniture folds up flat so it can be used in small spaces temporarily, or be used when kitty has to travel.
This mini cat tower unfolds in an X shape, with a plush hammock bed on top and an enclosed hiding spot at the bottom. A large surface of sisal is ideal for scratching and a pair of ball toys to bat are other fun activities for kitty.
This little cat tree folds up to be easily stored. You rotate availability of toys to keep kitty interested -- this easy-to-store cat furniture can also easily be rotated for occasional use! The folding furniture is also ideal for travel or when kitty has to visit her cat-sitter.
Black Cat Appreciation Day is meant to bring awareness to the fact that black cats have the lowest adoption rate among shelter cats. Many shelters offer special rates on black cat adoptions, especially on this date. Black Cat Appreciation Day is on August 17th every year.