Ducky World Yeowww-Ola Crayons With Organic Catnip (image via 2019 Editor's Choice Awards)
Pet Product News has announced its 2019 Editor's Choice Awards finalists - 50 of what were judged to be the best dog, cat, aquatics and exotics products of the year. Here, I'll cover some favorites of the cat finalists from great food, toys, sleep, and 'bathroom' selections.
Let's start with finalists from the toy collection because what cat doesn't love to play?
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Toys: Ducky World Yeowww-Ola Crayons With Organic Catnip
Ducky World Yeowww-Ola Crayons With Organic Catnip
Ducky World has been producing Yeowww!® Catnip toys for several years, all filled with fresh, organically grown local catnip. There is no 'stuffing' in Yeowww! cat toys; just catnip wrapped in handmade, creatively-shaped, 100 percent cotton cloth. The Ducky World Yeowww-Ola Crayons With Organic Catnip come in a recognizable 'crayon' box and there are three 4.5 inch long 'crayons,'so they should last a long time. If your kitty gets carried away and rips one, just sew it back up! You're not likely to find another catnip toy made like these. Take a look!
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Toys: Primetime Petz Hauspanther Cat Toy Collection
Primetime Petz Hauspanther Cat Toy Collection
The Primetime Petz Hauspanther Cat Toy Collection consists of several beautifully colored, textured, and shaped cat toys that will give your kitty fun for a long time. The Hauspanther website provides details about the 7 designs in its collection, but I have not found the toys available for sale as yet. Best to look at them in this video: they are stunning and funning!
Hauspanther is well-known for its to-die-for cat furniture.
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Toys: Kitty Cardboard Designer Boxes for Cats
Kitty Cardboard Designer Boxes for Cats
Well, it could be for play, or scratching, or rest or sleep. I'm including it under cat toys because Kitty Cardboard Designer Boxes for Cats look like so much fun! A relatively new company, Kitty Cardboard plans to design new boxes seasonally. Here is the current assortment:
Kitty Cardboard Designer Boxes for Cats
The largest entry to the Kitty Cardboard box is 8 inches; the manufacturer recommends the boxes are suitable for cats up to 20 pounds.
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Toys: Pet Ki Enterprises Rompicatz Adjustable String Wand Toys
Pet Ki Enterprises Rompicatz Adjustable String Wand Toys
Adjustable string is an interesting idea for a cat toy and I will try to follow its introduction to the market. As of this writing, the Pet Ki Enterprises Rompicatz Adjustable String Wand Toy is not available for sale online.
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Beds: Dharma Dog Karma Cat Cactus Wool Bed
Dharma Dog Karma Cat Cactus Wool Bed
Dharma Dog Karma Cat has been making cat beds (and now cat toys) in Nepal for five years, from sheep wool that's hard to beat for comfort, durability, and odor. (Did you know that sheep's wool reminds cats of their mothers?) Handcrafted by a technique called wet-felting, which uses only pure wool, natural soap, and water, the dyes are non-toxic and the dying process produces little waste.
Here are more cat cave designs by Dharma Dog Karma Cat.
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Food & Treats: Dr. Elsey's Clean Protein Pate Canned Cat Food
Dr. Elsey's Clean Protein Pate Canned Cat Food
Dr. Elsey's Clean Protein comes in Pate and Kibble, but the Pate comes in 9 flavors (or should I say 'proteins?') with real meat, chicken, or fish products as the first ingredient. Veterinarian, Dr. Elsy opened one of the country's very first all cat clinics in Denver in 1975 and, later, he and his wife created Classic, the first all-natural, superior clumping cat litter on the market and still one of the most popular cat litters.
Clean Protein Pate is a relatively new addition to Dr. Elsey's product line.
You can purchase a case of 24 - 5.5 ounce cans of Dr. Elsey's in one flavor or a variety here.
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Food & Treats: Ziwi Peak Mackerel and Hoki Recipes
Ziwi Peak Mackerel and Hoki Recipes
Ziwi Makerel and Ziwi Hoki are "sustainably wild-caught from the pristine waters of New Zealand," as are all of Ziwi's fish offerings for cats. Ziwi canned cat foods are 92 percent fish and green mussels. Green mussels, much prized by New Zealanders, are very high in chondroitin and glucosamine which support joint health. At this link, you can purchase the Mackerel, Hoki, Chicken, Beef, Venison, Lamb, Mackerel and Lamb, and Mackerel and Rabbit in cases of 3 ounce or 6.5 ounce cans.
As you see from the image above, the foods are chunky, so there is a bit of chewing action required, but not too much! The Ziwi Peak brand is high in protein for dogs and cats; the products use no fillers. Check out its many offerings here.
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Food & Treats: EMERALD PET Wholly Fish Chicken-Free Salmon Recipe Cat Treats
EMERALD PET Wholly Fish Chicken-Free Salmon Recipe Cat Treats
Emerald Pet makes these low calorie salmon treats out of real salmon filets, not salmon meal. The treats are grain free, gluten free, soy free, and dairy free, but they are 30 percent protein, pretty high for cat treats!
Wholly Fish also makes a version of the salmon recipe for cats with digestive issues, Digestive Health Control, which contains ginger root and turmeric. For additional Emerald Pet cat treats, take a look at these.
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Toilet Items: Moderna Top Cat Litter Box
Moderna Top Cat Litter Box
There's plenty of room for your cat to move around in the 23.2 inch long (15.3"W x 15"H) Moderna Top Cat Litter Box. There's plenty of room to get in and out of the box and a great litter grateon top to collect excess litter - better there than on your floor. Here's a short video that explains how easy it is to use and clean the Top Cat.
The Moderna Top Cat Litter Box is available in two color combinations: white and gray (top image) and gray and lemon (video image).
Editor's Choice Finalists In Cat Toilet Items: Sustainably Yours Natural Cat Litter
Sustainably Yours Natural Cat Litter
Made from sustainable products, corn and cassava (yuca), Sustainably Yours Natural Cat Litter is totally biodegradable. A large clumping cat litter, Sustainably Yours is white so you can see where your cats have urinated, and you can even detect changes in your cat's urine indicative of health issues.
Sustainably Yours Natural Cat Litter - Just Two Ingredients, Corn and Cassava
The corn used in Sustainably Yours products has a natural odor control agent, but if more is needed, Sustainably Yours offers its Plus Extra Odor Control version. Check out this chart to see how Sustainably Yours compares to other natural cat litters. It's impressive!
For those of you who don't live in California, you can flush these litters down your toilet after giving it 15 minutes or more to disssolve. Otherwise, use biodegradable bags and dispose of them in your garbage or compost.
Cat lovers should celebrate these new products. Their recognition by the 2019 Editor's Choice Awards members is well-deserved. As these items become more widely available, I will update this column.
That's the buzz for today!
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