“ Brand: Cleo / Animals Equipment Type: Cat Equipment „
When we got Layla just over a year ago we wanted to get her a few toys to play with in the house and possibly a scratching post to save our furniture, so we took a trip to our local Pets At Home Store. We had a look at all of the scratching posts but a lot of them were quite big and bulky, we do not have a huge lounge and did not want a lot of space taken up with a scratching post. However while we were there we did see the Cleo Pet Hide 'N' Seek Cat Scratcher, small enough to be kept in the lounge and perfect for Layla to sharpen her claws on, we decided to buy one.
The Cleo Cat Scratcher is a small pyramid shaped toy made from tough corded carpet with lined and bound edges, it has no bottom to it but when placed on the floor makes a little pyramid shaped house for you cat/ kitten. There is a small round hole, again with lined and bound edges on the front of the pyramid, this allows your cat/ kitten to hide inside the house, there is also a small fish shaped toy dangling inside the entrance which is filled with catnip.
The Cat scratcher is foldaway which is ideal as it means should you cat get fed up with it or you do not wish to have it stood out all of the time it will fold flat and fit neatly into a draw of cupboard.
When purchased the Cleo Cat Scratcher comes folded flat inside a clear polythene bag, there is no assembly required you push the scratcher up into a pyramid shape and flatten down the edges which sit on the carpet, this helps to keep it in shape and stable. Laylas scratcher is made from brown corded carpet, however I am a little disappointed as I have since found out that you can buy them in other colours including pink (or blue) and would have loved Layla to have a pink one.
The dimensions are260cm high x 640cm side x 340cm deep, meaning that if you do wish to have it standing out most of the time as we do it really does not take up a huge amount of space, and also being made from fabric it is incredibly light and easy to move.
The Cleo Cat Scratcher is designed encourage your cat/ kitten to sharpen its claws on rather than on your furniture, it is pretty much the same as a scratching post the only difference being it is much smaller, lighter and easy to fold away and store.
The dangly toy filled with catnip and entrance hole means your cat/ kitten cat play inside the house as well as sharpen their claws on it, Layla had hours of fun jumping in and out of the hole attacking the fish dangling in the middle, I lost count of the amount of times that she either ended up with it upside down or had some how managed to totally flatten it in the night.
Personally I think the Cleo Cat Scratcher is an ideal toy for your cat as it allows them to play alone without you having to drag something around the house for them to chase which isn't always possible. It is also ideal for cats/ kittens which may be left alone for a while as it is something they can have fun with and use their energy up on whilst playing alone. Also we did find that it helped to stop Layla from using our furniture as a scratching post, she did tend to use the sides of the house
The Cleo Cat Scratcher I found was very good value for money, it cost £11.99 to buy from Pets At Home, however I have seen them for sale in other pet shops and even on Ebay and the price does vary depending on where you purchase it from.
Overall I was very impressed with the Cleo Cat Scratcher (and so was Layla) I have found it to be very hard wearing, we have had ours for over a year now and it has had a lot of use as well as being flattened and attacked many times and it looks as good as new. Being made of fabric makes it very easy to wash and keep clean should you need to. If I had one thing that I wanted to say was a bit of a disadvantage it is the size, it is quite small meaning that your cat it likely to grow out of it, whilst they can still play with it we have found that Layla no long fits inside it and usually ends up with it perched on top of her.
The packaging does state that it is for kittens and small cats, however I would personally say it is more for kittens as Layla is a very small cat and she is far to big to fit inside of it any more. Apart from this I think the Cleo Cat Scratcher was well worth the money and a product I would highly recommend.
I recently adopted a six week old fluffy bundle of fun from the Cat Action Trust. She can, and will, get into absolutely everything. My kitten is fast becoming a spoilt madam, as I just cant resist those big eyes of hers and every time I leave the house I find myself returning with yet another new toy. On my last trip to Pets At Home I picked up the Cleo Hide NSeek Cat Scratcher.
The toy comes flat-packed and pops up easily to a triangular prism shape. It is covered in vertically ribbed carpet to provide a good scratching surface for the cat. At the front there is a round play window that is large enough for the cat to jump in and out of. A small soft animal (available as a yellow fish or red mouse with googly eyes) attached to a piece of string is firmly fixed to the top edge and dangles enticingly in front of the play window. The soft toy is filled with catnip the stuff that makes cats go waheeeey.
I chose this toy because I thought my kitten would enjoy hiding inside it, and because I wanted something for her to scratch. I already have a scratching post for her, but had read that it is best to have several in the house. At present, my kitten only seems interested in scratching my ankles! However, scratching is a perfectly natural (and expected) behaviour for our feline friends and Im sure it wont be long before she moves on to my furniture.
Reasons for scratching
Claw care every cat needs a manicure!
Territory Marking a visual clue to other cats
Exercise Hanging by your claws gives the body a good workout
The idea of scratching posts is that you can divert Pusss attention from the place he wants to scratch to the place you want him to scratch.
My kitten has had a whale of a time with this toy. She has tried all her best wrestling moves on the toy mouse, and it has remained firmly affixed to the prism despite her efforts to get it off. She enjoys grabbing it with her mouth and swinging in and out of the play window. The only damage that I can see to the mouse is that its tail is a little frayed after a weeks use but I have no concerns about it coming off the string as it appears quite sturdy. The carpet material allows the cat to climb all over the toy, and my kitten just loves jumping on and off it, stalking it, and pushing it around the living room. It is a very lightweight toy, but can withstand her weight without becoming flat. I am unsure if the same could be said of an adult cat.
I have not seen my kitten actually scratch this toy, but she may of course use it to sharpen her claws at a later date! It is worth pointing out that she doesnt use her scratching post for this yet either, as my ankles are evidently more preferable.
I have given the toy four out of five stars as the product could be improved if one surface was made with sisal instead of carpet. This is a much more durable material and is recommended by most vets and breeders as the best scratching surface for cats.
I bought this toy for £9.99 from Pets at Home
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