Big Cats Love the Scratch Lounge Too!Published February 12, 2010
It was just about a month ago that I wrote a blog item about the Scratch Lounge to recommend it as a holiday gift for cat loving friends.
Subsequently, many of my friends have purchased at least one of these delightful and entertaining scratching devices for their kitties. The feedback I have received is that their cats simply adore these uncomplicated and completely "no frills" products. In fact there is nothing fancy about its appearance at all.
At first glance they may appear rather unappealing to humans, but heck, we are not felines. Our two Oriental Shorthair cats continue to recommend them, giving it their "four paws up", which is of course, to them, quite the "cat's meow!".
"Accidently" while searching for an enticing video of cats playing on the Scratch Lounge to share, I was fascinated and delighted to learn that not only domestic house cats are drawn to the Scratch Lounge. Apparently the Nature of Wild Works located in Topanga Canyon in Southern California, now home to 45 animals displaced from zoos, who were confiscated illegally owned "pets", injured wildlife, or rescued orphans, have chosen to gift their "wild" cats who reside at the Sanctuary, with several of these items.
The Nature of Wildlife's mission is providing lifelong quality care for non-releasable wildlife. They also provide the public with education about these magnificent animals. They visit local schools and teach youngsters about the value of all animal life, and the need to protect endangered species. Their goal is to introduce these animals and to generate respect for all wildlife.
Founded in 1995 by Mollie Hogan, The Nature of Wild Works is a 501(c)(3) facility. Ms. Hogan's vision of providing life-long homes for rescued wildlife includes raising the public's awareness of their special needs, and to foster value for nature and the environment.
Among the 45 Residents of the Sanctuary include a wide variety of species. To give you an idea of their diversity, I am mentioning just a few of the fortunate animals rescued and given a forever loving home:
Phoenix and Pirate, Male Mountain Lions, Envy, a Female Mountain Lion, Panama, a Bobcat, Kato, a Serval, Zuma Puma, a Domestic Calico cat, Sirocco, an Arabian Gelding, Wildfire, a Striped Skunk, Hopi, an Australian Shepherd domestic dog, Elvis, a King Snake and Boxer, a Serval. There is even a turtle and a Barn Owl named Snowman that receives excellent care and an abundance of love.
To view all the residents visit http://www.natureofwildworks.org/animals/index.html
So take a minute out of your busy day to enjoy the video uploaded to YouTube by Scratchlounge08, and enjoy watching Boxer, Pablo and Pirate having an obvious blast while playing on the Scratch Lounge while listening to some delightful music.
Aren't these cats gorgeous? It is so amazing to watch how similarly they respond to the Scratch Lounge as our domestic house cats. Please leave a comment and share your reactions to the video.
Photo credit: Serval in Tanzania, Wikipedia