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Ecofriendly Little Home & Pets Blog

Eco-friendly and earth-conscious features and reviews, pet care tips, and feeding education. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free autoimmune diet musings.  Interested in having your product reviewed here?  Please email: ecofriendlypetreviews@gmail.com.

Filtering by Tag: Cat Bed

Kitty lounger our cats love

Christina Ottaviano

"Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety-valve device for dealing with happiness overflow."   -Monica Edwards

Cats like to lounge. Some can sleep for up to 20 hours per day. So why not give them an eco-friendly, comfortable and safe place to recharge?  At 25" long x 21" wide x 12" high, Peach Pet Provisions Kitty Lounger is the perfect size for any nap-loving cat or dog, and any size home. The design has changed slightly in the past few years to become even more attractive and streamlined.

What we love about it: It's 100% made in the USA.  There are no tools needed for assembly.  The attractive wood base is made from VOC-free, sustainable Pure-bond plywood. It’s sturdy and unlikely to tip over (unless there are zoomies going on…see below).  The foam-padded feet do not mark the floor.  We’ve had ours for over 3 years now and it still looks new.  I can see this hammock lasting us a very long time and it is used all day, every day.  But, the company does offer replacement fabric hammocks for the bed, if necessary!  Less than 5 minutes went by after assembly before the cat was in It happily sleeping.  It’s attractive; it looks like a piece of furniture rather than a pet bed.  The available fabric choices are modern and varying to match any décor.

The lounger covers are extremely well made and highly durable. The stitching is very high quality and strong.  They are machine washable and made from 100% USA grown cotton.  The fabric is heavy-weight upholstery quality ; thick, durable and non-fading.  I sew, and I can say that the cover is beautifully well made with confidence! It’s cooler in warm weather to lay on than a traditional stuffed bed due to the increase air flow and elevated height.  Another bonus: due to the fact that this bed has no stuffing in it, Honey was originally unable to destroy it and disinterested in trying.

The hammock is rated for pets under 20 pounds, however we have consistently seen at least two cats, a dachshund and a cat or just one rather large cat successfully use the hammock with no problem.  Our dachshunds have been caught snoozing in the hammock as well.  Looking for something more traditional?  They also sell gorgeous stuffed pillow beds: made & sourced in the USA with removable, machine washable cotton covers and stuffed with eco-friendly fiberfill made from recycled plastic bottles.  They feature channeled inserts keep fill more evenly distributed, 14 stylish colors/prints and they come in four sizes.  The company even sells bandannas to match!

We don’t travel much, but when we do our pets come too.  One of the things I really love about this hammock is that it folds up in minutes to pack away and set up quickly and easily in a new temporary location.  And, because it is so lightweight, it’s easy to move around when vacuuming (I just slide it with my foot).

Bonus: when taking a running start and launching onto the hammock, it can occasionally tip over.  In this position, the cats used it as a spot to hide behind and ambush the dachshunds.  Because it is lightweight, this provided a safe, fun place for the animals to play with little danger of injury.  Even with the launching and the stalking, the hammock has stayed in like-new condition and still continues to be a favorite resting spot for our two cats and our four small dogs.

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2016/8/26/kitty-lounger-our-cats-love

West Paw handcrafts high-quality, extra-durable dog + cat beds

Christina Ottaviano

We have several beds in every room.  When I bake, the dogs lounge in the kitchen.  When I am writing, they nap at my feet.  And when I am relaxing, one of our dogs will even drag a bed up the ramp and onto the couch (because the couch itself is not good enough for the princess Honey dog!).

Our Lucy loves a bed with sides.  She lounges, like the most interesting dog in the world on the bumpers.  I prefer that style for them as well, because they become therapeutic in the event of a neck or back issue.  When shopping for a pet bed there are many factors that are important.  If a person is green-minded, a bed made from recycled materials and manufactured in the USA is important.  Functionality is also a factor.  Can the bed be washed and dried in a washer and dryer?  Does the cover come off?  Is the fabric durable, yet soft and comfortable?

West Paw’s bed, the HeyDay is all of these things.  We own a soft sage version.  The Microsuede® fabric has a comfortable, velvet feel and is easy to clean.  The bed is generously filled and the bumpers around the edge are filled with material called Intelliloft® that is made from recycled plastic bottles. West Paw mentions that “using IntelliLoft® recycled material uses up to 8x less energy than it takes to manufacture the same material new and keeps plastic bottles out of landfills.”  It is very well made, extremely durable and richly attractive.  The zipper is high quality and heavy duty, and the stitching is upholstery quality.  This bed can go through claws, spills, mud and more without permanent damage.  Our testing with 4 dachshunds and 2 cats has concluded that the bed is fairly indestructible and resistant to odors.  It’s pretty much the bed that every dog and cat owner has been looking for.  We absolutely love it!

They're available in all sizes, shapes and colors on Amazon.com as well.

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2016/8/22/qt6vq935qsg7ffi55myjum1ghnvuix

P.L.A.Y. has an eye for beautifully crafted, earth-friendly pet products

Christina Ottaviano

If you’re an avid green “lifestyler”, you likely pay close attention to the products you use and how they affect the environment, and the food you eat and the way it impacts your health.  You probably consciously reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible.  And, if you have pets, you also have the same focus for them.  There is a wonderful selection of pet products on the market for those with a greener conscience.

Pet Lifestyle and You (P.L.A.Y.) started with an adorable pug named Momo and a commitment for a very high quality, safe product.  P.L.A.Y. partnered with a manufacturer that has been making products for infant children for over two decades.  Because the company is committed to preservation of the environment, Planet Fill™ polyfiber, made from recycled plastic bottles for P.L.A.Y. beds is used to fill their comfy beds.  They’ve minimized packaging, and what packaging they do use is certified safe by the Forest Stewardship Council.

My dachshunds, Molly, Honey, Ricky and Lucy tried out the Dog on a Wire pet bed, which P.L.A.Y. sent me to review.  This bed is the perfect combination of artistic design and realistic functionality.  The density of the stuffing is soft, cozy and comfortable.  It’s well constructed, and the fabric is strong, easy to clean and durable.  They absolutely loved it, snoozing peacefully and comfortably for hours!  And I was thrilled that they were happy on a bed that was manufactured with their health and well being in mind.

The 100% cotton cover is removable for easy washing.  The duvet covers are sold separately, allowing savvy owners to switch out covers seasonally, or when washing so that the bed is always available for use.  They also recommend owners who purchase the duvet covers can fill them with their own, old clothes.  How’s that for re-purposing?  It doesn’t get much greener than that. 

A full selection of P.L.A.Y. products, with photos and reviews is available on Amazon.com as well.

P.L.A.Y.  is on Facebook, and you can like them here to keep up with news and special offers.  Follow them on Twitter, too.  They also have a newsletter signup available here.

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2016/8/14/play-has-an-eye-for-beautifully-crafted-earth-friendly-pet-products