The Cat Scratching Lounge: An Excellent Holiday GiftPublished December 3, 2009
If you asked any of our friends to describe our cats, one of the first things they would tell you is that we have a strong propensity to spoil them. In fact, many of our friends tell me that when they come back in their next lifetime, they want to be reincarnated as one of our cats. Why? Because our philosophy is that cats should be spoiled. I mean after all, cats so incredibly enrich our lives, showering us with their love, their warmth and of course, those soothing purrs that can lull us peacefully into dreamland. If you visited our home, you would see a huge assortment of feline-related items placed liberally in almost every room in our house. We have vertical scratching posts, horizontal cardboard scratchers and several cat trees which our cats so thoroughly enjoy. Upon awakening, the first thing in the morning finds Hush Puppy dashing off like a streak of greased lightning flying to the cat tree in the living room, raking it, climbing to the top and giving his muscles, joints and claws a fabulous work-out. He tells me there is nothing better than a big stretch after awakening. I really didn't think we would need another scratching device, but a friend told me about the Cat Scratch Lounger, a rather unique cardboard horizontal scratcher that was also a "lounge" in which cats love to sleep. I was initially a bit skeptical but decided that it would make a good holiday present for the cats. I jumped onto the internet and ordered one immediately. It arrived in about ten days and I carefully stashed it in the hall closet, tucking it behind the winter coats that we never wear anymore since moving to Florida. Heck, they would never find it there! Hush Puppy with the Cat Scratch Lounge But I do often have difficulty disciplining myself to be patient and wait for the holidays to arrive to dole out my gifts, but I always manage to invent very "sensible" excuses for gifting our cats ahead of time. This time I managed to convince myself that I was only "testing" this scratcher so I could suggest it, with conviction, to folks as a suggestion for holiday gifts to give to friends who share their homes with felines, or, of course, to consider giving one as special gift for their own kitties. So with not a trace of guilt, (ahem), I pulled it out of the closet and presented it to Hubble and Hush Puppy. They stared at it for a moment, but once they caught a whiff of the mesmerizing catnip which was packed in the box, at no extra charge, they immediately began an interesting confrontation, discussing which of the two would be the "test pilot". Of course Hush Puppy won that argument paws-down and claimed it as "his". He does allow his brother "cat scratching lounge" time. Hubble just loves catching 40 winks within the snug and safe cardboard walls. So our cats have given me purrmission to share what we discovered as the Holiday season is upon us now. This very cat-friendly horizontal model is available by visiting http://scratchlounge.com/index.html Do you also find excuses to spoil your kitties? Please leave a comment so I can increase my repertoire.