Our Journey to Sustainable Products
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Pet furniture, beds and scratchers sized for cats, not just kittens. Small beds and furniture are great for two pound kittens, but the same products really don’t work for 10-12+ pound cats. Baby cribs and furniture and things are great for babies – but not adults. The same principle applies. Cats love to stretch. Give them something to stretch/scratch/climb/play on or they will find their own and you may not like their choices (your rugs, sofas, plants, etc.) Cats love to snuggle in, curl up and sleep – they need to feel safe and protected. Sizing is important, especially if you have multiple cats that like to sleep next to each other. (Minne and Cal shared baskets all their lives. Madison just jumped in the bed next to Jasmine for warmth and comfort.) The challenge is that the bed Jasmine is in worked well for 2 kittens, not 3, or one cat, but not 2. Need to upsize cat beds for multiple cat households without needing to go to a big dog bed.
Pet furniture that was stylish and frankly not ugly. Most of the furniture consists of scratching posts/loungers made of cardboard – great idea, but how healthy is that to eat? And, let’s face it they do eat it – covered in catnip or not – it gets consumed, even if just licking the dust and small bits off their fur. Yuck! Most cat trees/scratchers – for lack of a better word are ugly! They are covered with carpet remnants in hideous colors – you want that in your living room? Pink/green/or taupe carpeted plywood and cardboard – is it just me or are the designers cringing? There has to be a better way. We should not have to sacrifice style for functionality and fun for our furry friends and family members. Here’s a wacky thought – let’s make cat furniture upscale, sophisticated and stylish as well as functional.
Pet furniture that is made of high quality materials. Carpet remnants, plywood, cement board, cardboard and the chemicals they are made from and treated with are not healthy for people or pets. Carpet is made from chemicals – basically plastic – and treated with more chemicals as stain inhibitors. Carpet is then glued to plywood (sawdust, formaldehyde, glue and more chemicals) and this is then sold to consumers for their pets to play on, breathe in the fumes as they sleep and play while the chemicals outgas, and then lick their fur as they clean themselves ingesting more of the chemicals. This has caused many health issues for animals especially cats: there is a huge increase in thyroid problems due to stain repellant coatings (and they love to spray this on everything!). Minne was one of those cats affected by this – we had no idea. So when we replaced our carpet, we bought the best wool carpet we could afford. When we replaced our couch and chair, we bought furniture that was not treated. We know that it’s not possible to eliminate all chemicals, but why not make a healthier alternative?