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Cat scratchers and kitten development

Cat and owner playing with the Switch Cat Scratcher

We all know that cats love to scratch – but does your new kitten need a new cat scratcher right away? The answer is a resounding yes! Especially if you want to save your furniture from being frayed by your feline. Cat scratchers are significantly important in nurturing a kitten’s instincts from their playful pawing to their full-grown agility. While an essential cat product, cat scratchers also aid in kitten development with everything from physical exercise to emotional well-being. 

Kittens and scratching

Kittens and scratching – they’re notorious for it. This adorable yet seemingly mischievous behavior is a vital part of a kitten’s growth and development. From around two weeks of age, kittens might start playfully swatting or pawing at things. But their scratching habits begin to really develop between four to eight weeks when their little claws start to sharpen. 

Scratching isn’t just a sign of an imminent furniture catastrophe; it actually serves several purposes. Firstly, it helps shed the outer sheath of their claws, keeping them sharp and healthy. Secondly, it’s a way for kittens to mark their territory, leaving both a visual mark and a scent from the glands in their paws. It’s an instinctual behavior that stays with felines from kittenhood to adulthood.

But do kittens scratch more than older cats? Yes, they certainly do. Kittens are a whirlwind of energy, curiosity, and playful exploration. They’re in the prime of their learning phase, so everything is a potential toy or a scratching post. Older cats, on the other hand, might have outgrown some of the exuberant scratching tendencies of their youth and are usually more discerning about where they extend their claws. So, while kittens may be prone to turning your furniture into shredded works of art, with a little training and the right scratching posts, you can save your belongings and nurture your little furball’s scratching instincts without sacrificing the couch.

Why kittens need a scratching post

Kittens are curious animals and need scratching posts like superheroes need capes. They’re born with an innate need to scratch as a way to ‘feel’ their way through the world and it’s more beneficial (and cost-effective) to give your kitten a scratching post than it is to risk having your couch become their place to release energy. Without a designated scratching post, your furniture becomes the unwitting victim of a kitten’s claw-sharpening escapades. The consequences? Well, your once-pristine armchair could end up looking like a vintage relic from a clawed civilization.

But with a strong and sturdy scratching post, you can provide an outlet for your kitten’s scratching instincts and a designated spot for them to flex those claws. By giving your kitten a scratching post, you’re not just saving your furniture; you’re paying attention to your feline’s natural instincts and providing them with a satisfying scratching outlet that keeps everyone happy.

The best scratching post for kittens

Introducing the Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher, a satisfying scratching outlet that keeps everyone happy. At Omlet, we don’t settle for standard, but reinvent the status quo to make it remarkable. The Switch is engineered to meet all your kitten’s developmental needs, and create a world of wonder to enthral and entertain them. But what makes this ingeniously designed cat scratcher so perfect for kittens?

Kitten choreography 

Unlike ordinary scratching posts, we designed the Switch with interactive features to help hone your kitten’s coordination through play. We made the Switch taller than any other comparable scratcher to support the necessary exploration and balance your kitten needs as they leap, pounce, and stretch into adulthood. 

Feline fitness

As pet parents, we know that no one knows your kitten’s behaviors better than you. So with that in mind, we created the Switch to be customizable to your favorite feline and their unique traits. With over 1200 built-in and remote controllable LED light settings, the Switch Cat Scratcher is not just a regular scratching post – it’s a disco for kittens, offering a mesmerizing array of colors and patterns that will keep them entertained for hours.

But it’s not just a light show; this scratcher is a developmental powerhouse. Kittens, in their early stages, need stimulation for healthy physical development, and the Switch Scratcher does just that. The interactive lights encourage their natural instincts to play, jump, and scratch, promoting agility and enhanced physical development.

Courageous kitties

What makes the Switch Cat Scratcher stand out like a superstar in the world of kitten scratching? It’s the anti-topple technology, with an inner chamber providing a low center of gravity. This ingeniously designed scratching post is as stable as a zen master in a windstorm, providing an unwavering base for even the most enthusiastic kitten scratchers. With this stability, kittens can pounce, leap, and scratch without the fear of their playground toppling over, instilling a sense of security and confidence.

Feline intuition

Designed to cater to a kitten’s insatiable curiosity and natural instincts, the Omlet Switch is a haven for budding hunters and scratchers. With its myriad of light settings, it mimics the thrill of the hunt, stimulating their inquisitive minds and activating their playful pounce.

Like cats of all ages, kittens need plenty of mental and physical activity to stay happy and healthy. The Switch nurtures your kitten’s primal instincts and provides them with a world of discovery and exploration that supports their development whilst protecting your furniture.

Omlet and your kitten

With innovations like the Switch Cat Scratcher, we understand the importance of nurturing kittens from an early age. Our range of remarkable products is engineered to foster a deep, engaging relationship with your furry friends from their earliest days. From interactive scratchers to cozy cat beds and snuggly cat blankets, Omlet’s creations are a roadmap for kittenhood, supporting them and you as you navigate these precious, early stages together and fostering bonds to last a lifetime.

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The new cat scratcher with over 1200 light settings

Cat admiring the Switch Cat Scratcher

The future of feline fun has arrived. Since 2004, Omlet has been rethinking every aspect of keeping and caring for cats. And, we’re excited to announce our newest cat creation that will have you painting your interior red, orange, yellow, pink, and green. Meet the Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher – a revolutionary cat scratcher with over 1200 light settings that puts all other scratchers in the shade. The Switch Cat Scratcher is more than just a scratching post; it’s a cutting-edge interactive light display that was ingeniously crafted with innovation and precision to give cats the two things they love most – scratching and chasing lights. 

How does it work?

Can a cat scratcher be as fun for people as it is for cats? At Omlet, we not only believe it can, we created it to be that way. With over 1200 remote-controlled interactive lights and ambient light modes, this first-of-its-kind cat scratcher was designed to be as attractive to our eyes as they are to our feline friends.

But how exactly does it work? Developed with our continued commitment to keep our products as sustainable as possible, the natural bamboo base is the backbone behind this sturdy and interactive cat scratcher. Embedded inside the base of the scratcher is the remote operation and LED lights that are meticulously designed to enhance your cat’s scratching experience. And these aren’t just any LEDs – they’re IP75 rated, which in cat terms means prime protection against cat claws.

With just a click of a button on your remote, you can start a light show in your living room that will have you and your cat engaged for hours. Who needs Netflix when you can watch your favorite furry friend chase after colorful, interactive lights. 

Remote control settings on the Switch Cat Scratcher

Why your cat needs the Switch Cat Scratcher

Cats are enigmatic and playful animals who crave scratching. At Omlet, we know that in order to give your cat the perfect feline-friendly scratch experience, we had to create something that would keep their attention long after the initial scratch. The Switch Cat Scratcher transcends the conventional cat scratch session into a multifaceted feline experience.

In nature, cats scratch against tall, sturdy surfaces to keep their claws healthy and to stretch out their muscles. So we designed the Switch Cat Scratcher to be 20% taller than standard cat scratchers, and 50% taller than the average cat, to allow your cat a full body, endorphin-releasing stretch that leaves them feeling relaxed and loose-limbed.

Our designers wrapped the outside of the Switch Cat Scratcher in a strong, 100% biodegradable sisal to mimic the natural textures of the wild, giving your cat the ability to act on their innate instincts from the comfort of your home. The Switch has the necessary height, weight, and vertical grooves to give your cat a long, fluid scratch and full body workout.

But what truly sets the Switch Cat Scratcher apart is its remote-controllable LED lights. Cats are natural hunters and these adjustable lights mimic the elusive movements of their prey, activating their predatory instincts and providing incredible brain-training and mental stimulation. But, the fun doesn’t stop there – the Omlet Switch was crafted to allow you to tailor the play experience to your cat’s specific preferences, keeping them engaged and entertained for a good stretch every time.

Cat surrounded by light from the Switch Cat Scratcher

Switch vs. other scratchers

The Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher redefines feline furnishings with its ingenious, interactive light displays and meticulous engineering in every detail. Here are some of the ways the Switch stands out among all other cat scratchers:

  • Connects in color: Equipped with 1260 ambient light settings, the Switch is just as much fun for humans as it is for cats. Choose from 12 light programs, 7 color settings, 3 brightness displays, and 7-speed settings to create the perfect colorful experience for your cat.
  • Another dimension: Standing at 33” tall, the Switch is 20% taller and 50% bigger than regular cat scratchers. This elevated height and scratch field gives your cat a bigger and better cat scratching experience every time.
  • Scratcher with staying power: With the average lifespan of cats being 12-18 years, a new cat scratcher every two years means lots of waste in the landfill. So we made the Switch as sustainable as possible with a 100% biodegradable sisal sleeve and a scratch-proof, hardwearing bamboo base. The Switch is the only cat scratcher you’ll ever need.
  • Strong, silent type: With our unique anti-topple technology, the Switch was created with a lower center of gravity, giving it more stability than regular cat scratchers. Even the strength of the biggest cat breeds is no match against the sturdy design of the Switch. 
  • Ingeniously engineered: The Switch is more than just a cat scratcher – it’s a boredom buster for you and your cat. With customizable and remote-controlled lights, you can switch off the TV, and switch on the Switch to connect and enjoy quality time with your cat.

Switch and sustainability

As cat owners and pet product designers, we’re committed to creating better, more sustainable options. The Switch Cat Scratcher was designed with sustainability very much in mind. Only the 100% biodegradable sisal sleeves will ever need replacing, whilst 86% of the product will last indefinitely. This means you can save up to 73 lbs of waste from going into the landfill over your cat’s lifespan. 

Will my cat and I be saving the world? Perhaps not, but you’ll be reducing landfill and having a ton of fun. With the Switch you can rest assured that by playing with your cat, you’re playing a part in living sustainably.

Omlet and your cat

At Omlet, we don’t just create products for the pet market, we drive change to make the pet product market better. To do that, we have to move beyond what has already been done and make space for products that work differently, and create magic moments between people and their pets. This thinking led to the Switch Cat Scratcher. So switch off from the routines of the everyday, and switch on a new way of connecting with your cat. You’ll soon wonder what you did without it. So disconnect from the routines of everyday life and connect your cat with a new cat scratching experience that’ll have you both wondering how you ever lived without it. 

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Best cat beds for every feline

cat sleeping on red bolster cat bed

The best cat beds offer a level of comfort to rival a human mattress. But, with no cat being identical, finding a bed that’s right for all ages, breeds, sizes and personalities can be quite the task. Luckily for our feline friends, Omlet has had years of experience not only as pet lovers, but as expert product designers, who have carefully calculated the formula for creating the perfect cat bed.

How to choose the best bed for your cat

When choosing the best bed for your cat, there are a few things you should consider.

  • Size – One size certainly doesn’t fit all. That’s why Omlet’s Bolster Cat Bed is available in two sizes, with the larger bed suitable for bigger breeds or for those in multi-cat households who enjoy cuddling up together.
  • Comfort – Sinking into a super soft plush bed that feels like floating on a cloud, or peacefully snoozing on a dreamy memory foam mattress with bolstered support for undisturbed sleep? We think both options sound great. Comfort is number one when it comes to cat beds, which is why we created the Maya Donut Cat Bed and Bolster Cat Bed. Both offer superior levels of comfort, with options to suit different feline sleep styles. 
  • Style – Comfort is key, but cool cats need stylish beds to suit, of course. Both of Omlet’s cat bed designs are available in a range of over 30 striking or subtle shades to best suit your home. The stunning Ruby Red in the Maya Donut Cat Bed adds a bold pop of color to any room, or, if you prefer a more neutral look, why not opt for the calming Stone Gray Bolster Cat Bed?
  • Privacy – Fiery feline or mysterious moggy, every cat deserves a space to call their own. Where you decide to put your cat’s bed is up to you, but placing it in an enclosed space such as the Maya Indoor Cat House is a great way to create the ultimate naptime nest. 

Best cat beds for small and large felines

Lithe and little or stately and statuesque, your cat’s bed should be suited to the size of your cat. Whilst the vast majority of cats will fit on the small-size Bolster Cat Bed, we also know that some cats need that extra bit of space for wiggle and stretching room. 

Whilst not an exhaustive list of larger cat breeds, the Maine Coon, Ragdoll and Siberian for example, will benefit from a bigger bed such as the medium-sized Bolster Cat Bed. With a high-performance, memory foam mattress, the bed is able to withstand any additional weight, whilst helping them to relax their muscles. This is especially important for overweight cats, who are more prone to muscle and joint complications. You can read more about keeping your cat at a healthy weight in our How can I make my lazy cat exercise? blog.

For smaller cat breeds such as the munchkin and American curl, we recommend the small Bolster Cat Bed.

Best cat beds for kittens

We all know kittens are undeniably cute and lots of fun. They absolutely love to play, and spend their early days constantly causing mischief! And after a long day with their favorite toys and cat scratcher, a great cat bed is a number one kitten essential for catching up on some precious ZZZs. In fact, kittens can sleep for up to 20 hours a day, so finding a bed to support their hours of napping is essential.

The Maya Donut Cat Bed is perfect for growing kittens, with the plump cushion able to hold its shape for many years to come. Kittens are also prone to becoming more cold as the temperature drops. The Maya Donut Cat Bed is ideal, with its faux fur cover to keep felines snug. You can even add a Luxury Sheepskin Cat Blanket on top of the bed for those chilly winter nights.

Best cat beds for older pets

We all need a bit of extra support as we age – and the same goes for our pets. Getting in and out of bed can become a chore for senior cats who may suffer from joint problems and arthritis, which is far from ideal, considering they too like to clock in up to 20 hours of shuteye every day. 

A cat bed with slightly raised feet can help though, providing easier access to their sleeping space. Both the Maya Donut Cat Bed and Bolster Cat Bed are available with a range of stylish feet to complement the bed’s cover and your home. Already got a Maya Donut Bed but purchased it without feet? You can shop feet for your Donut Cat Bed, which can easily be attached using our cat bed feet frame.

Best bed to calm your anxious cat

Cats can become anxious for many reasons, a lot of which are fairly commonplace. Since most don’t adapt to change well, having to move to a new environment, for example, can even be enough to trigger a cat’s anxiety. Hiding, freezing, or using the toilet outside of their cat litter box are all common symptoms of an anxious cat. If the behavior continues for a prolonged period of time, contact your veterinarian for advice. In the meantime though, there are some things you, as an owner, can do. 

Offering them a cozy and enclosed bed can help. The Maya Donut Cat Bed is great for cats with anxiety, providing them a sense of security with raised edges to make them feel safe. Position your cat’s bed in the Maya Indoor Cat House for even more privacy, where your anxious cat can have their own space, away from the hustle and bustle of the home.

Cat care with Omlet

Caring for your cat has never been easier than with Omlet’s range of products. From our customizable cat beds, to our sustainable cat scratchers, Catio, and odor-control Maya Cat Litter Box Furniture, Omlet is your one-stop shop to meet every cat’s need, with ingenious designs that make looking after them even more instinctive and rewarding.

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Do cats get bored?

Grey cat curled up on Omlet's Freestyle Cat Tree

Cats are known for their independent and mysterious nature, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to boredom. Beneath that cool exterior of fur and cuteness lies a complex world of emotions and instincts. Just like humans, our feline friends can experience bouts of restlessness and boredom if they’re not adequately stimulated. In this blog, we’ll explore whether all cats get bored, decipher the subtle signs of discontent your cat may be dropping, and dive into some creative boredom-busting ideas that will have your furry friend purring with delight.

Do all cats get bored?

While every cat has their own unique personality, it’s safe to say that all cats can experience boredom to some extent. Factors such as cat breed and individual temperament can have a big influence on a cat’s susceptibility to boredom. Active breeds such as the Bengal and Siamese cats often require more mental and physical engagement than their lazier counterparts.  

Age is another major player in the cat boredom game. Kittens and younger cats have higher energy levels and are more prone to boredom if not stimulated adequately. On the other hand, older cats may become more content to lounge around as they age and, as a result, less prone to boredom. 

Did you know boredom can strike both indoor and outdoor cats? While it may seem obvious that indoor cats would be more prone to boredom, the truth is even outdoor cats can experience the restlessness of this feeling. Stimulation is key to any cat’s happiness and without it – no matter their environment – boredom can hit.

But keep in mind that all cats are natural-born hunters and explorers. So no matter their age or breed, when cats lack opportunities to exercise their natural instincts, they can become bored. While not all cats get bored in the same way, every cat can benefit from boredom-busting activities.

Signs that your cat is bored

Recognizing boredom in your cat is a lot like deciphering a secret code. But fear not, there are plenty of telltale signs you can keep watch for to help you give your cat the best care and attention they need

  • Destructive behavior: Some cats cry for attention with their meows, but if you notice your cat scratching on furniture, pulling on cords, or knocking things off shelves, more than likely they are communicating with you that they’re bored. One of the most common signs of cat boredom is destructive behavior and the only real remedy is cat-approved stimulation.
  • Excessive grooming: It’s no secret that cats like to groom themselves often as part of their self-care routine. But, when the grooming becomes excessive, leading to hairballs or irritated skin, that’s often a sign of boredom.
  • Increased sleep: Cats are known for their love affair with sleep – we don’t call it “cat nap” for no reason. But, throughout the day, your cat should still be experiencing bursts of intermittent play and energy. If you notice they’re sleeping far more than usual, it might be a sign of boredom.
  • Pacing or restlessness: If you’ve ever witnessed your cat wandering aimlessly around your house, you may have seen their boredom first-hand. An under-stimulated cat will often lead to a bored cat and restlessness is a sure sign they’re looking for something to do.

Paying close attention to your cat’s behavior is not only important for identifying if they are bored, but it also allows you to stay on top of their health as well. If you notice your cat suddenly behaving differently or not being cured with stimulating activities, be sure to contact your vet.

Boredom-busting ideas for your cat

Now that you’ve identified all the signs of boredom in your feline friend, it’s time to get creative and provide some boredom-busting solutions.

Cat scratchers

All cats love to scratch. No matter their breed, age, or temperament, scratching is an innate cat behavior that can cure any feline feeling of boredom. So if you want to satisfy your cat’s natural instincts, get them a strong and reliable cat scratcher. Not only does the act of scratching offer the physical exercise and mental stimulation your cat craves, but it also opens up their desire to explore and keeps those antsy feelings at bay.

Cat trees

Second to scratching, cats love to climb. So, what better way to show your cat you care than with a cat tree? Unlike standard cat trees, the Freestyle Customizable Cat Tree by Omlet is the ideal solution, as you can customize an indoor or outdoor tree of your cat’s dreams. Give your cat an expanded territory of enrichment with the Freestyle Cat Tree accessories that let your cat lounge in a hammock, peek from a perch, or scratch on a post and watch their boredom fade away. 

Cat toys

One of the fastest ways to bust your cat’s boredom is to invest in some interactive cat toys that require your feline friend to think and play. Dedicate some quality play time each day with toys like laser pointers and feather wands to keep your cat entertained and happy. And to keep it interesting, don’t forget to rotate the toys you use to play with your cat so they seem “new” and entertaining every time.

Cat brain games

While all the products above can be mentally and physically stimulating for your cat, there are a few things you can do to bust their boredom that don’t require any products at all. Enter cat brain games. For example, you could try a mealtime treasure hunt by placing their food in different spots in the house, playing to your cat’s innate need to hunt for their food. Or how about a game of Guess the Cup? Hide one of your cat’s favorite treats under a cup next to two identical cups that are empty. Switch the cups around in front of your cat and see if they can guess which one their treat is hiding under. These mentally stimulating games keep your cat’s brain alert and focused which means boredom will be banished in no time.

Omlet and your cat

In the enigmatic world of cats, boredom can creep in just as easily as it can for any other animal. At Omlet, we make our products for all cats no matter their breed, age, or boredom level. Our designs, like the Sustainable Cat Scratching Posts and Freestyle Customizable Cat Trees, help to transform your cat’s world from dull to dazzling, ensuring they lead a happy life, one paw at a time. Best of all, Omlet products are designed to bring you and your cat closer, so you can beat boredom together. 

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How to train your cat to use a scratching post

Cat in living room using the Omlet Stak cat scratcher

Any cat parent knows that the most vital accessory every feline needs is a scratching post. These seemingly simple structures hold immense importance in a cat’s life, serving not only as a way of preserving furniture but also as a gateway to a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled feline existence. 

Scratching is a primal instinct born in all cat breeds and a necessary activity in their everyday lives. This is also why it’s so important to make sure you have a cat scratching post that appeals to them in material, style, and function. Omlet’s Stak scratcher supports this natural feline desire, and in this guide on how to train your cat to use a scratching post, they’ll learn to love their new toy in no time.

4 reasons your cat needs a scratching post

Before we embark on the training tips for your cat and their scratching post, it’s best to understand why they need it in the first place. From health to happiness, here are the top four reasons why your cat needs a scratching post:

1. Natural behavior

Scratching posts are to domesticated cats as trees are to lions in the wild. Cats of all shapes and sizes share an innate need to exercise their claws and bodies through scratching. Not only does this behavior keep their claws healthy and strong, but it also keeps their body and mind feeling good, too. And most importantly, a scratching post saves your furniture from any unwanted feline claws!

2. Stress relief

While the life of a cat may seem easy and carefree, the truth is, they can experience emotional stress and anxiety. Be it another cat, an unfamiliar noise, or the pestering of a small child, cats can have pent-up energy that can cause tension in their bodies. Thankfully, scratching on a post provides a source of zen-like calming to make them feel better.

3. Communication tool

Humans have multiple ways of communicating – speaking, writing, or hand gestures to name a few. But for cats, their paws are one of the main ways they communicate. With tiny scent glands located all over their feet, cats use sturdy scratching posts as a way of marking their territory and letting any other animal know that this is their spot and to please find another.

4. Claw maintenance

Regular scratching post sessions help to maintain your cat’s claws and keep them healthy. This simple act not only removes any dead layers, but helps to prevent the claws from becoming overgrown making it easier for your cat to walk, climb, and play. 

Do all cats scratch?

The answer is a resounding yes! Every single cat breed from the tiniest domestic kitten to the mightiest wild feline possesses an innate and extraordinary ability to scratch. It’s an inescapable part of their feline nature that serves a multitude of purposes for their health and well-being. 

While some cat breeds that are calmer in nature may be less likely to scratch as much as their high-energy counterparts, it’s important to make sure you provide a scratching outlet for every cat so they can adequately express their natural behavior. In addition, scratching can change over the age of your cat with more frequent and energetic sessions in the kitten and adolescent years. But even as your adult cat becomes a senior, a cat scratching post is an essential part of their daily routine.

5 ways to teach your cat how to use a scratching post

Teaching your cat how to use a scratching post can be a rewarding experience that not only helps to protect your furniture, but provides a positive outlet for their natural, instinctive behaviors. Learning to use a scratching post can take some cats longer than others, but fortunately, there are simple and easy ways to resolve any hesitancy. Let’s take a look at 5 effective ways to teach and encourage your cat how to use a scratching post.

1. Material matters

Selecting a scratching post that appeals to your cat’s preferences is essential. Not only should it be the right height to fit your cat, but the material it’s wrapped in should be considered as well. At Omlet, our mission is to challenge the cat care norm and create products that your pet prefers and looks good in your home while doing it.

Introducing the Omlet Stak cat scratching post – the last scratching post you’ll ever buy. As cat parents ourselves, we know that what your cat scratches matters, so we designed the Stak with recyclable and refillable cardboard pieces that will delight any cat’s claws. Not only will this scratching post adequately replace your sofa, but it will also help protect the planet with its sustainability factors as well. 

2. The power of catnip

To appeal to your cat’s curious nature use something they can’t resist – catnip. Simply rub this favorite feline fragrance all over the scratching post to entice and attract your furry friend. Positive associations with the scratching post will encourage your cat to investigate it with ease and, in turn, make them more likely to use it with excitement.

3. Tempt with treats

Patience and positive reinforcement are important when teaching your cat how to use a scratching post. But when in doubt, tempt with treats. What cat can turn down their favorite food reward? Start by placing a small piece of your feline’s favorite treat on top of the scratching post. Show your cat the post and allow them to discover the tasty delight on their own. And remember, the goal is to associate the scratching post with something enjoyable so as soon as they start to use it, reward them with praise and love. 

4. Train with toys

So you have a new cat scratching post but your cat seems uninterested. Try encouraging them with something that does interest them – cat toys! A feather on a string, a ball of yarn, or even a catnip stuffed toy fish will help to encourage your cat to know that the scratching post is where they can exercise their claws.

5. Placement is key

Cats are territorial animals who thrive on routine so having a set pattern to follow every day makes them feel safe and confident. The same principles apply to their scratching post. Placing the scratching post in an area where your cat already spends most of their time is key in ensuring they will use it. Consider spots that they are most likely to mark as their territory, such as next to their cat bed or favorite cat blanket.

Omlet and your cat’s home

At Omlet, we know that every cat is unique. That’s why we design all of our cat products to keep your feline friend happy, healthy, and constantly curious. The Stak cat scratching post was born out of a need to satisfy every cat’s natural behavior, but sustainably designed to answer the call of cat claws for a lifetime. Teaching your cat how to use a cat scratching post can be easy with these steps and another rewarding part of your relationship that brings you closer to your furry friend. 

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Find the perfect Freestyle accessory

Cat using the step on Omlet's Indoor Freestyle cat tree

From curious to adventurous, our feline friends possess a kaleidoscope of personalities that are as diverse as their whisker patterns. Just like us humans, cats have their own unique preferences, making them individuals in their own right. So the key to embracing your cat’s unique personality is keeping them engaged, happy, and emotionally fulfilled with toys that cater to their specific needs. At Omlet, we understand your cat’s innate needs and design our products accordingly. The Freestyle cat tree was created for every feline with perfect tree accessories that offer something for every cat.

Omlet’s Freestyle cat tree

If cats could design and construct a playground of play, exploration, and comfort for themselves, they would make the Omlet Indoor Freestyle cat tree. A truly customizable cat climbing tower that caters to the needs of any cat breed, the Freestyle is a one-of-its-kind, innovative solution to offer your cat everything they need to be happy and satisfied in life. 

As cat parents ourselves, we know all too well how important it is for our feline friends to exercise their innate behaviors. But we also know that traditional bulky cat trees covered in carpet are not only an eye sore in your decor, but a space waster as well. So we challenged our design team to make a modern, sleek design cat tree that would not only complement your interior, but provide your cat with endless opportunities for personal expression and enrichment.

With dozens of cat tree accessories such as scratchers, hammocks, and platforms, you can mix, match and design the cat tree that your feline will love best. Or choose from one of our pre-customized options that are designed specifically for the love language your cat speaks. And if your cat likes to spend most of their time outdoors, the Freestyle Outdoor cat tree allows your feline to enjoy the same wonderment and fun of the indoor option while soaking in the fresh air of the great outdoors in the safety of their outdoor cat enclosure.

The Hammock

Does your cat relish their solitude? If so, the Freestyle Hammock is the perfect accessory offering a serene sanctuary where your cat can seek privacy and tranquility. Designed to seamlessly integrate with the Freestyle cat tree, the hammock was created with a deep understanding of your cat’s natural instinct to provide a cocoon-like enclosure suspended from a branch. 

The ultra-soft felt material creates a cozy retreat that mimics the warmth of a mother cat’s embrace. Constructed to provide a sense of security and elevation, the hammock allows your cat to observe its surroundings from a discreet vantage point. Whether your feline companion prefers uninterrupted naps, peaceful meditation, or a strategic observation post for playful pouncing, the hammock accessory caters to their individual temperament.

And for the cats that just like a nice quiet spot to chill out and snooze, the hammock can appeal to their needs as well. Be sure to add a cozy cat house and cat bed on the floor so your furry friend has plenty of options to snuggle up and get comfortable on for one of their many catnaps. 

The Den

Designed with timid, yet inquisitive cats in mind, the Freestyle Den accessory offers a multi-dimensional retreat where bashful felines can observe their surroundings while still feeling safe. The curved, semi-enclosed design encourages cats to explore without feeling overwhelmed, catering to their cautious, yet curious nature.

But this accessory is more than just a den; it’s a tailored bridge from apprehension to exploration that allows your feline friends the opportunity to gradually embrace their surroundings. The elevated platform offers vantage points for observing their world from a safe distance while still providing the comfort of coziness that they crave.

Cat in den of Omlet's Outdoor Freestyle cat tree

The Bridge

The Freestyle Sisal Scratching Bridge accessory is an ideal addition for feline adventurers seeking endless fun and exploration. Crafted to cater to the instincts of playful cats, this accessory combines entertainment and practicality seamlessly. And bonus – it aids in promoting exercise, agility, and mental stimulation which all contribute to a healthier and happier cat.

Constructed with durable sisal rope, the scratching bridge invites cats to engage in natural scratching behavior which allows for healthy claws and means scratch-free furniture. This durable, horizontal element gives your cat an exciting challenge of traversing, leaping, and balancing from one cat tree to another, mirroring their wild instincts. And for cats that love to adventure, there is no better way to feline!

The Step

Elevate your cat’s world and provide them with the ultimate vertical playground with the Freestyle Step and Cushion accessory. Tailored for those fearless and agile cats who seek the thrill of scaling new heights, the Step empowers them to indulge their innate curiosity while maintaining a keen sense of territory. 

Give your cat a multi-tiered oasis of entertainment by adding multiple sturdy steps to your cat tree and watch their play space expand. The padded surface offers comfort and traction, encouraging your cat to confidently explore every tier. Whether it’s for leisurely lounging, playful pouncing, or simply basking in the sun, the Step accessory promises to become your feline companion’s new favorite destination.

Omlet and your cats

At Omlet, we set ourselves apart as a trailblazing pet care company that defies convention to foster stronger bonds between pets and their human counterparts. Our revolutionary line of cat tree accessories are ingeniously designed to cater to the diverse needs and personalities of every cat, ensuring a harmonious and enriched shared experience. We understand that cats possess unique preferences, and that’s why each cat tree accessory is thoughtfully engineered to align with a cat’s instincts and mood. Elevate your pet care journey and let us redefine the way you and your cat connect, one accessory at a time.

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Cat love languages

Woman outside with her cat using the Omlet outdoor Freestyle cat tree in Omlet catio

Just like humans, cats have their own love language. Whether through soft meows, head-butting snuggles, or the delivery of toys to your lap, our feline friends have unique, and often subtle, ways of communicating their love and affection. So understanding your cat’s specific love language gives you the ability to unlock a treasure trove of their emotions to help you better know your furry love. Let’s explore all the ways your cat speaks their love to you and how Omlet can bring you closer when you know your cat’s specific love language.

Find your feline’s love language with the Freestyle cat tree

One of the fastest ways you can identify your cat’s love language is by observing how they act when they want attention or affection. And one of the best products to observe their behavior on is the Freestyle cat tree designed by Omlet. A truly customizable cat climbing tower, the cat tree offers a variety of different accessories designed to meet the various personalities and love languages of felines. 

What about cats that like to spend more time outside in the safety and comfort of their outdoor cat enclosure? The Outdoor Freestyle cat tree is the perfect solution. At Omlet, we design products for all cats, indoor and outdoor alike, so we engineered the Outdoor Freestyle cat tree with the same enjoyable accessories to revolutionize the way your cat shows love in the great outdoors. 

But when it comes to love languages and cats, we took the guesswork out of the feline. With our 3 pre-customized Freestyle cat trees, you can answer the call of your cat’s specific style of love with a climbing tower that speaks their specific language. 

Words of affection – The Meower cat tree

Purring and meowing are some of the most well-known sounds to emanate from cats. But when our feline friends “speak” these sounds, it’s not just an auditory delight; it’s an expression of their love and contentment. The gentle vibrating hum of a purr or the soft, distinct shrill of a meow is a cat’s way of telling you, “I feel safe and loved in your presence”.

At Omlet, we design our cat creations from a personal pet parenting experience. And we know that cats who show love through words of affection (meowing and purring) may not always want to be close to you physically but still want you to know they are near. So we designed the Meower Freestyle cat tree with accessories that would comfort this feline’s communication style of love.

  • Bamboo platform with hammock: A secluded place to rest high above the ground, the platform hammock answers the call of the meower’s love language. Listen to the love sounds of your feline friend as they snuggle in the comfort of their own domain.
  • Bamboo platform with cushion: Encourage your cat to speak their love freely from atop the plush cushion of this sturdy and sizable platform. Big enough for your cat to catch a snooze on, your lover of words will love this extra spot to cat nap on.
  • Bamboo step with cushion: We’ve included not one, but two, cushioned steps in this pre-designed cat tree to give your feline friend the freedom to jump about as they meow their love to you with joy. 
  • Plant pot and holder: Adding plants to your cat tree not only enhances the environment, but for cats whose love language is words of affection, the delightful addition of cat-friendly plants shows your love for them in return.

Physical touch – The Snuggler cat tree

As pet owners, we’ve all experienced moments when our cat curls up next to us, gently kneads their paws on our laps, or leans into our touch with a contented purr. This behavior is indicative of cats whose love language is through physical touch. In fact, snuggling is one the most intimate ways in which cats demonstrate their affection and it’s their way of saying “I trust you”.

We know that nurturing the snuggly side of your cat is imperative to their love language, which is why we designed the Snuggler Freestyle cat tree to give your “touchy-feely” cat exactly what they need. 

  • Bamboo platform with cushion: For cats that give and receive love through physical touch, being close to their person is all that matters. The platform is the perfect place to receive pets and give head-butts all while at your eye level. 
  • Bamboo step with cushion: Movement is key for cats that show love through physical touch, so we designed The Snuggler with steps to jump off from so they can move about with ease, or simply jump closer near you.
  • Bamboo platform with den: Even the most energetic of cats needs a nap (or nine!) throughout the day. But for the felines who speak love through physical touch, they want to be sure you are always within arm’s reach. This peek-a-boo den allows for your furry friend to get cozy while still staying connected.
  • Sisal scratching rope: A scratch a day makes a snuggler cat love away! And to ensure your physical touch-loving feline friend gets what they need, we added the sisal scratching rope to help them manicure their paws for the next time they knead in your lap.

Gifts – The Artist cat tree

Forget flowers and chocolates – for the cats whose love language is spoken through gifts, prepared to be adorned with toys, tokens, or even a thoughtful present on your doorstep.

Cats are natural hunters and for some kitties, the best way they know how to tell you they “love you to the moon and back” is through capturing and delivering surprises to you and playing adventurous games. 

When we challenged our Omlet designers to create a Freestyle cat tree that was custom in this type of cat’s love language, we knew we were asking for a lot. A gift giver, after all, is like an artist – creative in their endeavors and multi-passionate in all they do. So we took several of the accessories on other pre-customized cat trees, to include the sisal scratching post, plant pot and holder, and bamboo cushioned step, and added these additional pieces that foster the artistry of every gift-loving feline in the Artist Cat Tree.

  • Bamboo bridge with sheepskin cover: What’s better than one Freestyle cat tree? Two Freestyle cat trees! And with the bamboo bridge, you can easily connect the two trees together allowing your cat who loves adventure to appreciate a new way to exercise their love language.
  • Cat food bowl and holder: Cats that are easily entertained by toys and games are also easily quick to get hungry. So instead of pausing the fun to get some dinner, we added a food bowl to the Artist cat tree to allow your gift-giving feline the flexibility to feast at leisure.
  • Cat treat dish and holder: The gifting love language in cats is spoken in both directions – giving and receiving. When your furry friend brings a feather or toy to you in adoration, you can show your appreciation in return by giving them some cat treats in the attached treat dish. 
  • Cardboard wave scratching box: All cats like to scratch – no matter their love language. But for cats who like to give gifts to show love, separate scratching posts tell them that you understand and appreciate their innate natural behaviors. And this acknowledgement only strengthens your bond together.

Omlet Freestyle cat tree love languages

How else do cats show love?

Cats, like humans, are all individuals and the way they show love can vary from one cat to another. Some cats are overt in their display of affection while others are more subtle in how they share their feelings. Let’s take a look at some additional love languages your feline friend may be fond of:

  • Eye contact – Did you know half-lidded cat eyes are a sign of trust and affection? In the feline world, direct eye contact can be seen as a challenge or threat so if your kitty gives you a slow blink or relaxed gaze it means they feel comfortable and safe around you.
  • Showing vulnerability – Cats are vulnerable animals by nature, and when they display their belly to you, it means they trust you completely. A cat’s belly is a sensitive area and not a body part they will expose to just anyone. So if your cat rolls on their back for a belly rub it’s a gesture of openness and love.
  • Tail position – You can learn a lot from your cat’s tail. If it’s raised high in the air your cat is feeling friendly and happy in your presence. Conversely, a tucked tail means they are feeling unsafe and will signal you to check any surroundings that are causing them anxiety.

Omlet and your cat’s love

At Omlet, we challenge the pet care norm to go beyond the standard pet care products to design unique ways you can support your cat’s love language and individual personality. By understanding how your cat communicates, we know you can strengthen the bond with your feline friend. With The Meower Freestyle Cat Tree, Snuggler Freestyle Cat Tree, and Artist Freestyle Cat Tree, we customized an environment that offers personalized experiences to your cat. And by catering to your cat’s unique needs you will both lead a happy and more fulfilled life together.

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Find the perfect Freestyle cat tree for your cat

Two cats relaxing in hammocks in Omlet's outdoor Freestyle Cat Tree

With over 70 different accessories to choose from, the Omlet Freestyle cat tree allows you to create a play area that suits your cat, their likes and abilities. You might have an idea of which accessories would best suit your cat and home, but to give you a helping hand, we’ve put together some amazing kits if you don’t want to create your setup from scratch. Plus, when you and your feline friend have discovered the ingenious design of the Freestyle cat tree, you can always extend and adapt the setup with more poles and accessories. Have a look at the 6 starter kits to find the perfect Freestyle cat tree.

The Beginner – novice necessity

The Beginner is the ideal starter kit to get your cat used to the Freestyle. It features a simple platform that can be placed at any height on your pole, accessorized with a stylish blue woven cushion to provide your cat with extreme comfort while resting off the ground. 

This kit also comes with a super stable sisal scratcher kit for your pets’ grooming needs. The sisal is durable and feels nice against the paws, and is strong enough to sharpen those precious nails. 

The Beginner is an economical solution, perfect if your cat is hesitant to try new things, or you have limited space in your home.

The Beginner Freestyle starter kit

The Top Cat – curious kitties

The Top Cat is super stylish, featuring yellow cushions for the platform and steps that’ll blend in beautifully in your home. It also comes with a plant pot that can be positioned at any height on the pole and allows you to fully utilize all vertical space. 

The Top Cat will suit any cat who likes to watch the world go by from a vantage point, safe from small humans and other pets. It also comes with a replaceable sisal scratcher kit, making it an ideal starter to build on from as your cat gets more adventurous.

The Top Cat Freestyle starter kit

The Ladder – courageous climbers 

This kit comes with four bamboo steps that you can position at the perfect height to create a ladder for your cat to climb up to safety. At the top of the pole you can put the platform with a super cozy woven den where your cat can enjoy secluded naps. 

Additionally, The Ladder comes with a treat dish that can be put by the den for snack time, or at any height up the pole in case your cat gets hungry mid-climb. 

The Ladder is perfect for any cat who likes to be high up and away from the noise of the household. The flexibility of the steps allows you to adjust the difficulty of the climbing based on your pet’s age and abilities.

The Ladder Freestyle starter kit

The Sleeper – cat nap connoisseurs

The Sleeper kit is perfect for super relaxed cats who will settle for nothing less than supreme comfort. The platform and steps come with beautiful woven cushions that will provide a soft surface while lounging and inspecting the home. The Sleeper also includes a secluded den that your pet can withdraw to for their extremely important naps.  

This kit also includes a sisal scratching post that your cat can use for stretching out their bodies after a sleep, while also sharpening their nails.

The Sleeper Freestyle starter kit

The Explorer – fearless felines

If you have an adventurous cat that loves jumping, climbing and scratching, you should try The Explorer. This starter kit includes most of the Freestyle accessories positioned over two vertical poles, so your cat can choose an activity based on their mood on a specific day. 

The Explorer has two different types of scratchers, steps to allow your cat to get up the tree, a bridge to lounge on and a secluded hammock to rest in when everything has been explored. As if that wasn’t enough, it also comes with a decorative pot for your cat-friendly plants, as well as a stainless steel bowl for food or treats. 

The Explorer is perfect for young, active and agile cats, or for multi-cat households.

The Explorer Freestyle starter kit

Omlet and your cat

We understand that all cats are different, which is why we’ve made it super easy for them to make their mark with our customizable kits. You can position the accessories yourself and simply move them around when you’re ready to try something new. Or, you can build your own system using our handy Freestyle cat tree configurator. Discover a new way to play with Omlet’s Freestyle cat trees. And, shop our range of other ingenious cat products such as cat beds, cat blankets, and cat scratching posts, created by pet lovers and expert engineers to help you continue building a wondrous connection between you and your pet. 

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6 must-have cat products for summer

Cat in hammock in Omlet outdoor Freestyle cat tree in Catio

Summer is fast approaching and with warmer weather comes the opportunity to find ways to keep your cat happily entertained and healthy. Omlet wants to take the curiosity out of the hunt for fabulous feline finds, so we put together our list of 6 must-have cat products for summer so you can spend more time soaking up the sun and having fun with your furry friend.

Do cats enjoy summer?

Cats have different preferences when it comes to seasons, and their enjoyment of summer can vary among cat breeds. When the temperatures rise, humans sweat, dogs pant, and cats can generally be found seeking out warm spots to sunbathe. But not all cats love the sun-soaked sections of the window sill in summer. For long-haired or flat-nosed breeds, such as the Persian and Scottish Fold, the heat can be something they struggle with instead of enjoy. 

However, whether your cat loves the sun or loathes the heat, it’s important to remember that all cats are sensitive to high temperatures. Excessive exposure to heat can cause dangerous overheating or worse, the need for medical attention from the vet. So it’s essential to provide your cat with ample shade, fresh water, and a cool environment so they can stay healthy all summer long. 

Your cat’s 6 summer essentials

1. Catio 

Have you ever watched a cat immerse themselves in the warmth of natural sunlight and the fresh scents of summer air? It’s magical to watch. But what’s better than watching your cat enjoy summer is the ability to spend time with them in the great outdoors. And with the Omlet Outdoor Catio Enclosure, you can do just that. 

Spend more time outdoors this summer getting curious alongside your indoor cat as you both relax and enjoy the warmth of summer. Whether your outdoor space is a small balcony or a spacious backyard, the Omlet Catio can be customized to suit your cat’s outdoor needs in a safe and secure environment. Summer fun with the family should include your furry feline friend and the Catio makes that possible.

2. Catio weather protection

It won’t take long for your indoor cat to fall in love with the freedom of exploring the outdoors that the Catio offers. But how do you make sure they don’t get too hot when the summer temperatures rise? Introducing the Catio Run Covers – shade covers for your sun lovers.

It’s never been easier to keep your cat sheltered and dry during their outdoor summer adventures. The easy-to-attach hooks make installation a breeze and the dark green color will blend seamlessly into your natural exterior making the cat enclosure a beautiful addition to any outdoor space. 

3. Outdoor cat tree

Ready to take your cat’s summer outdoor space to the next level? Personalize your cat’s experience with the one-of-a-kind Outdoor Freestyle cat tree, designed by Omlet. Created with a cat’s innate desire to climb in mind, we engineered this outdoor cat tree to be completely customizable for the activities your cat loves the most. And the best part – it can fit into any Catio of any size for ultimate summer fun.

Have a cat that likes to keep an eye on things from a lookout? Add a viewing platform for high-top happiness. Or if your cat is more of a lazy lounger, the hammock accessory will satisfy their summer snooze fests perfectly. No matter how you customize your cat’s outdoor cat tree, there’s one thing for sure – it will allow more bonding time for you to spend with your favorite feline.

4. Cooling mat

When the hot summer sun becomes unbearable, a cooling mat is the perfect solution to help your cat beat the heat. The Omlet Ultra Comfy Cooling Mats are designed to keep your cat cool all summer long while making sure their comfort isn’t neglected. Engineered to allow the body heat of your cat to be absorbed and create the cooling effect, these ingenious mats don’t require any electricity or refrigeration to work.

So lay one down in a designated ‘cool room’ for your cat to relax on, or place it directly in their cat bed so every nap is nice and cool. Providing your cat with a cool place to rest when it’s hot outside will help prevent overheating and discomfort during the hot summer days.

Ragdoll cat relaxing on Omlet Cooling Mat for cats

5. Cat scratching post

Summer can be a time of increased activity and play for your cat. And keeping your cat mentally and physically stimulated isn’t just reserved for the outdoors. So when it gets too hot outside, bring the fun inside. Keep your feline friend fully engaged this summer with a cat scratching post that challenges their natural instincts and keeps your furniture safe from scratch marks. Your cat will love the boredom buster fun of scratching and you will love how it helps maintain their health and well-being.

6. High-quality food water bowl

Staying hydrated is crucial for cats, especially during the summer when dehydration can set in more easily. That’s why a high-quality cat water bowl is an essential product to have both indoors and outdoors to ensure your cat has access to clean and refreshing water all summer long. This cat bowl from Omlet is a great option because it’s sturdy enough to not be tipped over and the sleek design looks great in any room. 

Omlet and keeping your cat cool

Summer should be a time of joy and comfort for both you and your feline companion. At Omlet, we design our products to ensure your cat stays comfortable and connected to you no matter the season. From catios to cooling mats to outdoor cat trees, we innovate solutions to beat the summer heat. Prioritize your cat’s well-being with these products so you can spend the summer doing more of what you both love – comfortably enjoying the refreshing season together. 

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Cool cats – how to beat the heat with your feline

Cat and owner interacting - cat using Omlet Freestyle Outdoor Cat Tree in Omlet Catio

Did you know that cats originated from the desert regions? That’s right – it’s been discovered that our cats’ ancestors date back over 10,000 years ago to areas around the deserts of the Middle East. So that should mean they can handle really hot temperatures, right? Wrong! House cats today have been domesticated for centuries and, because of that, they no longer have the ability to handle such high temperatures. So what can you do to help your cat over summer? Grab some cold water for you and your cat and keep reading to find out how to beat the heat with your feline.

Causes of overheating in cats

The number one reason most cats get overheated is because they cannot regulate their internal body temperature. Unlike humans who can perspire to release some of the high temperatures, cats don’t have sweat glands. As a result, their bodies cannot cool down naturally so they are more susceptible to heat.

Fortunately, the majority of house cats are indoor animals, only exploring the outside when in safe and secured cat enclosures. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore the possibility of heat exhaustion with your cat. The best rule to follow is, if it’s too hot for you outside, it’s too hot for your cat.

3 signs your cat is overheated

How hot is too hot? While there’s not an exact temperature at which cats can no longer tolerate the heat, there are – thankfully – many initial signs you can look for that indicate your cat may be too hot. Here is a list of warning signs to be aware of:

1. Lethargy

One of the most common indicators that a cat is too hot is a slow down in their energy and movement. In an effort to reduce heat, cats will become lethargic to try and prevent further increase in body heat. Since you know your cat best, be aware of their energy specifically in higher temp months. If they slow down suddenly, it’s time to cool off quickly.

2. Panting

Unlike dogs, it is not normal for cats to pant. The only way a cat can minimally release heat is through the pads of their paws and excessive panting. So if your cat’s paws feel sweaty to the touch and their tongues are out panting, then they’re too hot.

3. Vomiting

In severe cases of heat exhaustion, your cat may start to suddenly vomit and their body will likely tremble. If you start to notice any of these signs you need to seek medical attention from your vet immediately.

How to cool down your kitty

The lifestyle of a cat is much different from a dog. While dogs are in and out all day to pee, play and lay, cats can do all of that from the comfort of the inside of your home. But that doesn’t mean cats are exempt from getting overheated. What if the A/C kicks the bucket on a hot summer day? Or what if your cat likes to lounge on the window sill that suddenly gets too hot in the summer sun? It’s still possible for your cat to get too hot while indoors. Here are 4 tips on how you can cool them down when they get too hot:

1. Keep the indoor temperature comfortable

Over the last few years, many of us have been working more from home, which means indoor temps are likely enjoyable for all. However, as many transition back to a work environment outside the house, it’s important to remember that your cats still need those comfortable A/C settings – especially in hotter months. So, just because you may not be home all day, your cat might be and keeping the house cool will ensure they are too. Also, ensure to keep curtains and blinds closed to keep out hot sunlight.

Outdoor setups can also be made cool and comfortable. Omlet’s Catios offer a range of cat weather protection covers, which offer shade to keep sunlight out and kitties, cool. Plus, fresh air is incredibly beneficial to our feline friends by helping to relieve stress and allowing them to investigate the outside world. 

2. Water, water, water!

Whether you are gone from home 8 hours a day, or just 80 minutes, your cat needs access to fresh water all the time. During the hotter months, try and keep multiple cat water bowls around the house so your kitty can stay super hydrated. And if you have a cat that doesn’t get stressed by being IN the water, then giving them a cool bath when it’s hot outside will help to keep kitty cool too.

3. Lots of brushing

Good hygiene is always important for our cats, and regular brushing is part of that process. In the summer months, grooming your cat can be even more beneficial as it helps to eliminate any extra hair that could be keeping your cat too warm. So when the temperature outside starts to rise, increase the frequency of grooming sessions.

4. Get a cooling mat

One of the best investments you can make for your cat during hot summer months is to buy them a cooling mat. Whether placed on the floor or on their bed, a cooling mat is a great way to keep your kitty cool all summer long. The Omlet Cooling Mat is a great option as it doesn’t require electricity or refrigeration to work – just the body heat from your cat will activate the cooling effects. You can rest assured that your cat will rest comfortably on one of these mats.

Which cats are more susceptible to heat?

Too much heat isn’t good for any cat, but there are certain breeds or conditions that are more susceptible to higher temperatures. So while you should be vigilant to keep your cat comfortably cool in summer, here are a few cats to be extra vigilant around.

  • Exotic Shorthair: These easygoing and affectionate cats make wonderful indoor companions. They love a good snuggle and are super easy to please. But they also have very short noses, making them much more vulnerable to heat and high temperatures. So best to keep these cats where they love to be on hot summer days – inside and cooled.
  • Persians: This breed gives new meaning to the phrase, “chilled out”. If given the chance to play about or lay around, they’ll likely choose the latter. Persians are very affectionate cats that are also very hairy. And it’s their long hair, coupled with their lack of desired exercise that makes them much more prone to issues with higher temperatures. So if you have a Persian, let them do what they do best in the summer months – chill out!
  • Seniors and kittens: These two age groups are important to watch when it gets hotter outside because of how their bodies react to higher temperatures. With kittens, their bodies are still growing so their ability to regulate internal body temperatures is not as robust as an adult cat. Likewise, senior cats can often experience a weaker immune system with age, making them susceptible to high heat as well.
  • Medical conditions: If your feline friend has any type of breathing problem, such as asthma or bronchitis, they’re more likely to have problems with hot temperatures. Always check with your veterinarian if your cat has a specific medical condition to get advice on how best to help them in hotter months.

How to avoid a hot cat in the first place

Many of the ways you can avoid heat exhaustion with your cat seem obvious but sometimes the most obvious actions are not always taken, so it’s best to remember these few important tips:

Don’t leave your cat in a hot car

This should go without saying, but a good reminder nonetheless that hot cars and cats don’t mix. Even on days that might seem mildly warm and when your car is parked in the shade, it is still too hot for your cat. So if you have to travel with your furry friend, be sure to take them with you wherever you go so they can stay cool.

Keep plenty of fresh water around your house

A hydrated cat is a happy cat – especially in hot weather. So when it’s hot outside, remember to place a few more bowls of water throughout the house for your cat to drink a lot.

Close the blinds

Cats love to lounge around and, often, it’s in the warm glow of the sun rays that flow through your windows. However, these sun rays are magnified in heat during the summer months, making a bask in the warm glow feel like a sweat session in a sauna. When the temperatures outside start to rise, increase the cooling effects inside by closing your blinds, curtains, and shades. Don’t worry – your cat will find another suitable place to lounge.

Even though our feline friends are famous for seeking spots to sunbathe, the truth is that too much heat is not good for them. While you can’t control the heat and humidity outside, you can certainly control how it feels inside. So when summer starts to turn up the heat, set your indoor temperatures to cool and make sure your cat is comfortable with Omlet’s cat bowls, and their very own cat cooling mat.

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Stop your cat from scratching your carpet

Cat climbing and scratching Omlet Stak cat scratcher

Cat owners around the world can agree the delightful snuggles and simple sweet gestures of their cats are what make the human-cat relationship so wonderful. But as much as we love our furry feline friends, their innate behavior to scratch – especially our carpet – is not so loveable. Cats scratch for several reasons, with owners often left scratching their heads as to how they can stop this destructive pastime. Thankfully, Omlet has all the information and products you need to help stop your cat from scratching your carpet.

4 Reasons your cat could be scratching your carpet

Scratching to cats is as essential as breathing – it’s just part of being a cat. So let’s take a look at all the reasons why your cat could be scratching your carpet.

  • Scratching feels good: Think of your own daily routine. What are some things you do every day that make you feel good afterwards? Brushing your hair, washing your face, shaving your face? For cats, scratching is no different. The act of clawing feels good to cats and is a way for them to sharpen their claws. 
  • Scratching is a cat workout: Watch your cat the next time they are scratching your carpet, furniture or cat scratching post. Their front arms are moving back and forth while their back legs are mimicking squats we do in the gym. Pretty great exercise, huh? 
  • Scratch marks the spot: Did you know that cats have tiny scent glands all over their paws? And when they scratch, it’s a cat’s way of leaving their scent, or their mark, in a specific spot. So one reason they’re scratching your carpet is to leave a scent message to any other pets that this is their territory.
  • Pay attention to me!: Sometimes the reason cats scratch carpet is for the same reason toddlers draw with crayons on the wall. They just want your attention! The act of scratching is a communication signal that they want you to look at them, pet them or just play with them.

Scratching the carpet near the door

If you find the carpet closest to the front door, back door or even your bedroom door is where your cat claws the most, there could be a few reasons why they chose this spot. You and your cat likely have a very close bond, but with that bond can sometimes come separation anxiety or kitty stress when you leave them to go out. In this instance, your cat is using scratching as a way for them to show their emotions. Fortunately, you can help them by giving your cat a specific spot to channel that stress with a durable cat scratching post such as the Stak cat scratcher from Omlet.

Another reason your cat may be clawing the carpet by the front or back door is because they’re looking for more space to explore and roam. While we have taken cats out of the wild through domestication, the wild sometimes remains within. And that “wild sense” is a need to explore. So give your cat what they want with an outdoor cat enclosure like the Catio designed by Omlet. When your cat knows they have more space to roam outdoors, they may be less likely to tear up the path leading there.

Why is my cat scratching the carpet at night?

Is your cat reserving their claws for your carpet only at night? Here are 3 reasons why your feline friend is up scratching all night and what you can do to help.

  1. Skin issues: Allergies, skin infections or even parasites are all problematic health issues that can affect your cat. And just like us, these irritable issues tend to become more present at night when we are focused more on resting. Always consult your veterinarian should you suspect any skin issue so you can get professional medical help to keep your cat feeling their best.
  2. Can’t get comfortable: Have you ever had a restless night (or nights!) of tossing and turning? Often, it’s because you can’t get comfortable in your bed. Well, the same can happen with your cat. Without a comfortable and supportive cat bed, your cat can be left feeling unsettled at night, which will inevitably lead to scratching away at your carpet.
  3. Feeling insecure: Just like babies and toddlers who wake up in the middle of the night looking for the security and comfort of their parents, cats can sometimes do the same. Only, instead of crying out for Mom or Dad, they just scratch the carpet. But fear not – you can help them! If you’re open to letting your kitty co-sleep, place a cat blanket on your bed so they can curl up next to you. Or, you can even give your cat a place all their own like the Maya Indoor cat house designed by Omlet for that added sense of security. Add a Maya Donut cat bed inside for extra comfort and support!

3 Top tips to stop your cat from scratching the carpet

Because scratching is essential to your cat’s health, you don’t want to stop this behavior altogether. So does that mean your carpets just have to stay frayed and destroyed? Not if you follow some of these tips which will help encourage your cat to take their scratching elsewhere.

  1. Redirection: The best way to stop your cat from scratching your carpet is to give them something else just as appealing to dig their claws into. And in order to do that you need to give your cat something more irresistible than your carpet. Enter catnip – one of your cat’s true loves. Just place some catnip in the places your cat can scratch and you will quickly redirect them away from your carpet.
  2. Scent spray: Cats have a very powerful sense of smell. And there are several scents that your cat will turn their nose away from as the smell is too displeasing to their sniffer. Simply spray a citrus, lavender, peppermint or lemongrass scent all over the carpet and your cat will take one sniff and search elsewhere for their scratching session.
  3. Clean carpets: Did you know cats have tiny scent glands all over their paws? And one reason they continue to scratch your carpet is because they can smell where they left off from their last scratch session. So the more you can keep your carpets cleaned and washed, the more you can encourage your cat’s scratching behavior elsewhere.

Cat walking along the Omlet Indoor Freestyle cat tree

Encourage healthy scratching with a cat scratch post

While there are many ways you can try and stop your cat from scratching your carpet, there is no doubt that the best way to encourage healthy scratching is with a cat scratching post. The Stak cat scratching post designed by Omlet is the perfect post option because of its durable refillable cardboard and stylish supportive design.

Created with the innate instincts of cats in mind, we made the Stak cat scratcher to be the last scratcher you’ll ever buy. The hard-wearing cardboard will stand up to your cat’s many scratch sessions and when it does finally get worn down, you can recycle or compost the old and replace with a new refillable cardboard Stak. You can enjoy the sleek look and sustainability of the Stak cat scratcher while your cat enjoys doing what they love!

Cat scratching posts not only save your carpet from frays and tears, but they also add entertainment and enjoyment to your cat’s life. So why not take your cat’s enjoyment to the next level by adding to their cat scratching fun with a cat climbing tree and cat toys? With our wide range of cat tree accessories, your cat will be scratching their way to happiness all day, every day.

Carpet materials your cat won’t scratch

  • Wool – it may be expensive, but this textile is desirable for you as cat claws are less likely to get into the piles and pull apart.
  • Nylon fiber – a less expensive alternative to wool, this textile is much like wool in its durability and cat claw resistance.
  • Tight weave – carpets that have tightly woven piles are less likely to get destroyed by the scratches of cats as compared to others

Keep watch for other scratching behavior

Have you noticed your cat scratching more than just your carpet? Are your sofa and walls getting the attention of your cat’s claws as well? It’s important to keep an eye out for exactly what your cat is scratching so you can not only limit the path of destruction, but know how to encourage better scratching habits as well. 

If you find scratch marks on your wall, you can easily redirect your cat to something more desirable, such as a wall-mounted cat scratcher. And if the sofa or chair have become your cat’s latest scratch favorites, encourage them to keep scratching on something better like a cat scratch ramp attached to a cat climbing tower.

Caring for your cats with Omlet

Cats of all breeds and their natural behavior to scratch is a tale as old as time. At Omlet, we know this instinct cannot be stopped and, in fact, is one that should be encouraged in a healthy manner. And that is why we continue to challenge the pet norm and create products that allow your cat to be the best version of themselves while bringing you closer to them in the process. From durable cat scratching posts, to adventurous cat trees, to comfy cat beds, and mess-free kitty litter boxes, Omlet makes products that deliver happiness and ease to you and your cat.

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How to stop a cat from scratching walls

Cat climbing on Omlet wall mounted Stak cat scratcher

You love your cat and you love the home you live in with your cat. But what do you do when the cat you love is scratching the walls of the home you love? The simple answer is you can’t stop a natural feline behavior, but there are things you can do to redirect and retrain this instinct. Keep reading to get the tips, tricks and products to help stop your cat from scratching your walls.

Why is my cat scratching the walls?

When it comes to cats scratching furniture, we often think our furry friends direct this normal, yet destructive, behavior on things like the sofa or the carpet. So when the walls of your home look like they have been redecorated with lines and marks, you’re left scratching your head with frustration.

But the truth is all cat breeds scratch. So the best way to learn how to redirect this innate behavior is to better understand why they do it. And the answers are usually in the details. When you see your cat on their hind legs, stretched out in full scratch mode on your wall, it may remind you of an exercise move you’ve done yourself. But for cats, scratching is one of the key ways to move and exercise their bodies.

As well as for exercise, cats use scratching as a way to clean up their nails, burn off any stress and anxiety or simply just a way to cure boredom. For cats, the act of scratching feels good on their claws, paws and their bodies. But this doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck living with torn-up walls. With cat scratching posts such as the Stak Cat Scratcher, you can quickly get back to clean walls while your cat gets back to scratching.

2 reasons cats scratch walls after feeding time

Does your cat take to the walls after they’ve eaten dinner? There are two main reasons they’re exhibiting this specific behavior:

  • Picky kitty: Your cat can’t talk, so if they have something to say they’ll do so with actions. And when it comes to cat food that they dislike or are bored of, that communication may come through in the form of scratching the walls after dinner. It’s kind of their way of saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” So if you notice post-meal scratches, try and change up their cat food and see if that resolves the problem.
  • Scratch marks the spot: Another reason your feline may fancy the walls after feasting is to let any other animals in the house know that this is their food and to stay away. Politely, of course. Cats use scratching as a way of marking territory and with tiny scent glands located on their paws, they can sometimes scratch around their food bowls to instinctively send a message that this feeding zone is off limits.

3 reasons cats scratch walls around their litter box

Most cats are bathroom ninjas. With stealth-like maneuvers, they quietly get in, get out and get on with their day without you ever noticing they used their cat litter box. So if you start hearing scratching noises coming from the litter box, there are a few explanations for why:

  • The litter is full – Our cats are great companions but they’re also great communicators – if you know how to listen to their clues. So if you notice your cat suddenly scratching at the walls by their bathroom it could mean they’re telling you the litter box needs to be cleaned. A quick refresh of new cat litter should solve the problem and get your cat back to happy bathroom behavior. 
  • Feline flushing – In the wild, cats don’t have a litter box to ‘do their business’ in. But they know that ‘their business’ leaves a distinct scent, so in order to prevent predators from picking up their location, they scratch leaves and dirt to cover it up. And even though we have domesticated the wild out of the cats, that instinctual knowing remains, so cats will scratch at the litter to cover up ‘their business’ in the litter box. 
  • Perfect paws – What’s the first thing you do after using the bathroom? We hope your answer is “wash my hands”. Well, your cat likes to have the same level of hygiene. Often, cats will scratch the walls around the litter box as a way to clean their paws and remove any excess litter bits that get trapped between their toes.

One of the best ways to combat wall scratching by the litter box is to get your cat one that solves all these problems. With the Maya Litter Box, designed by Omlet, your cat not only gets a private potty retreat, but the easy-to-clean and anti-tracking liners make your job easier, too.

4 ways to stop your cat from scratching the walls

The fact is there’s no one surefire way to stop your cat from scratching the walls. But here are 4 ways we have uncovered that are sure to redirect your cat’s habits.

1. Install a wall-mounted scratcher

If you can’t stop your cat from scratching your walls, why not just give them what they want? Introducing the Stak wall-mounted cat scratcher, designed by Omlet. An ingenious design that meets your cat exactly where they are – at the wall. 

Made from a durable cardboard that’s both recyclable and replaceable, your cat will be left satisfied after every scratch. And bonus – the sleek bamboo design makes this wall addition a welcomed upgrade to your cat and your interior.

2. Create new climbing spots

In addition to being natural scratchers, cats are also natural climbers. And when they aren’t given ways to explore these natural behaviors, they’ll inevitably turn to doing things you don’t like such as scratching walls, furniture and floors. One of the best ways you can curb your kitty’s scratching is with a climbing tower.

The Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree is the answer to every cat’s prayer as it provides all the fun and adventure they seek in one complete unit. Designed with your cat’s needs in mind, we engineered this cat tower to be completely customizable with a variety of different cat tree accessories so your cat can climb, scratch and snooze their way to happiness.

3. Give more attention and exercise  

As cat owners, we know that life can get busy, and sometimes playtime with Kitty can get put on the back burner. But we also know that this lack of attention can lead to frustrating results, so it’s important to always pencil in some time each day for extra feline play. 

To help stop your cat from scratching the walls, try giving them just a few more minutes each day of your undivided attention and see how their scratch time might turn into more snooze time. Even just a quick game of hide and see the cat toy will engage your furry friend enough to limit the destructive behavior and engage their need for attention and exercise.

4. Spray a citrus solution

Ahhh…the sweet summer scents of citrus. For humans, this smell is delightful and aromatic. But for cats, the smell of citrus is downright repulsive. So to stop your cat from scratching the walls – or any other surface or object – simply spray a citrus location all over and watch your cat give it the cold shoulder.

You can buy a premade solution from the store, or try concocting your own spray at home. Just fill a spray bottle with water, lemon juice and the peel of an orange to create a scent your cat won’t scratch.

Caring for your cat with Omlet

At Omlet, understanding your cat’s behaviors and natural instincts is part of our business. It’s how we challenge the pet care norm and create products that give your cat exactly what they need and what they want. From stylish and durable cat scratchers, to adventurous cat climbing towers and outdoor cat playgrounds, we’ve scratched every possible way to meet your cat’s needs. And when your cat is happy, you are happy and there really is no better feeling than that.

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7 things you didn’t know about cat paws

Close-up of white cat paws on Omlet Stak Cat Scratcher

Have you ever carefully looked at your cat’s paws? They’re so soft and adorable, aren’t they? We know that cats use their paws to get around and hunt. But have you ever wondered if there’s more to the furry feet of your feline friend? From communication to grooming, to temperature regulators, cat paws actually have many interesting and important uses. Let’s dive into the fascinating world of cat paws and you’ll soon see that your feline’s feet are not only adorable, they’re also pretty amazing!

1. Cat paws are super shock absorbers

We’ve all heard the saying that cats always land on their feet. And while they are graceful jumpers, the paws they land on do more than just steady their body. The pads on a cat’s paws are actually mini shock absorbers. A soft cushioning of skin surrounds the bottom of your cat’s feet, allowing them to land softer and silently. This is one of the reasons why cats are such good hunters – their prey never hears them coming.

Giving your cat the ability to utilize these tiny shock absorbers aids in their development and natural ability to climb, jump, scratch and play. The Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree takes cat climbing towers to the next level, giving your cat the chance to exercise their natural abilities and pounce away on their soft, silent paws.

2. Cat paws have more in the front, less in the back

‘Hemmingway cats’ are famously known for having one extra toe than that of other cat breeds. But did you know that ALL cats have more toes on their front paws than on their back paws? With the exception of the unique American Polydactyl breed (aka Hemmingway cats), all cats have 5 toes on their front feet and only 4 on their hind. 

The extra toes on each front paw are actually called “dew claws”, which are a little like thumbs for kitty paws. These extra toes can aid in a cat’s natural hunting ability, however, because they’re located higher up on the paw, they don’t wear down as fast as the others. So make sure your cat has a sturdy and durable cat scratcher to help manicure all their claws.

3. Cat paws are sensor communicators

What if your cat could know you were walking in the room before they saw you? Well, they actually can! Cat paws are covered in tiny little nerve receptors that act as a sensing communication hub for your cat. These small sensory receptors can feel the smallest of vibrations or pressures emanating from the ground and, in turn, alert your cat to surrounding movement. In the wild, this 6th sense is super beneficial to help cats keep away from predators or danger. But as our domesticated feline friends, it’s really just a good signal that it’s time to curl up with a cozy cat blanket and you, their favorite human. 

4. Cat paws are temperature regulators

As humans, we regulate our body temperatures through the numerous sweat glands all over our bodies. But have you ever thought about how a cat can cool down? Our feline friends are covered in fur so where exactly are their sweat glands? You guessed it – on their paws. Cats have small sweat glands on the pads of their paws that work to help cool them down naturally on hot and humid days. 

While these glands are good at helping to cool off, it’s still important to make sure your cat always has enough water and shade on hot days to aid with temperature control. And if your cat is an indoor cat that spends some time outside, make sure you have a safe outdoor cat enclosure for them to enjoy their outdoor playtime in. You can even add Omlet Catio covers on top to provide shade and protection from inclement weather.

5. Cat paws have color

Bet you didn’t know it, but cats are the original true fashionistas. That’s right! The color of a cat’s paw pad actually matches the color of their fur or nose. For example, ginger-coloured cats have pinkish colored paw pads, black cats have black colored paw pads and tuxedo cats have a mix of white and black colored paw pads. Interestingly, multi-colored cats like the Calico, usually have multi-colored paw pads as well. Have you checked the color of your kitty’s paws yet?

6. Cat paws are built-in groomers

One thing cats are very good at is personal hygiene. If you’ve ever watched a cat groom themself, you have seen them use their paws as tiny scrubbers to clean around their face and ears. Most cats will first lick their paws to activate the rough pads with moisture and then they will gently rub their paws over their eyes, nose or ears in a circular motion to get everything clean. The Freestyle Cat Tree Accessories, like the cushioned cat tree step or cat tree hammock, make great grooming spots for your cat to clean themselves in comfort and ease.

While cats can take care of their personal hygiene, they may need some assistance with their claws if they remain indoors most of the time. Did you know that cat’s claws continue to grow throughout their life just like humans? For cats that spend their lives predominantly outside, these claws are kept short by natural behaviors, such as scratching trees and rough surfaces. So, for your indoor cat, be sure they have a strong and durable indoor cat scratcher or, better yet, opt for an outdoor cat enclosure so they can act out their innate instincts safely. 

7. Cats have a dominant paw

Are you a righty or a lefty? While this is a common question to ask of humans, it can actually be a good question to ask of your cat as well. It may come as a surprise, but cats do have a dominant paw just as we humans have a dominant hand. There has been lots of research conducted to try and see if there is a rhyme or reason why certain cats prefer one paw over the other, but nothing conclusive has been determined. 

So how do you know which paw is your cat’s dominant paw? Try this test. Get one of their favorite cat toys and put it in a hard-to-reach place from your cat. Each time your cat tries to swat, scratch or grab the toy, pay close attention to which paw they use first. Most likely that’s your cat’s dominant paw.

Take care of your cat with Omlet

At Omlet, we let the curiosity and the natural instincts of cats guide us in our creation of new cat products. We are constantly questioning how and what cats would want and answering those questions with solutions your cat will love. When it comes to cat paws, we offer a wide range of products that appeal to the specific behaviors and needs of your feline friend and their feet. Explore our cat trees, Catios, cat beds for ways to encourage your cat’s adventurous spirit and help them to explore and enjoy their surroundings. You may find you notice more of your cat’s paw power than ever before.

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How to stop cats from scratching furniture

Cat holding on to Omlet Stak cat scratching post

Owning a cat can bring so many wonderful experiences into your life. Like unconditional love, true companionship and the constant scratching of your furniture. But what if you want the first two experiences and not the last? How do you keep your cat from scratching on your furniture?

Well, you can’t stop a cat from doing what it’s made to do. Scratching is to cats like walking upright is to humans. But there is some good news. While you can’t stop your cat from acting on their innate behavior, there are several things you can do to keep them from scratching up your furniture. 

Read on to learn some tips and tricks on how you can help your cat continue to be a cat and keep your couch looking like a couch.

3 reasons why cats scratch furniture

There are three main reasons why cats like to scratch. Born as a primal instinct, cats use scratching for both their health and territorial surroundings. Let’s have a closer look at why cats scratch on furniture:

  • To keep nails sharp.
    In the wild, cats scratch on trees and other hard surfaces as a way of giving themselves a manicure. Yes, cat’s like to have trimmed and pretty nails, too! The act of scratching actually removes the dead layers of the claws, allowing for the nails to stay sharp and ready for the next hunt, also known as “stropping”.
  • To mark their territory.
    If you have multiple cats, you may notice that they have specific areas that each cat likes to scratch. That’s because cats mark their territory every time they use their claws. With tiny scent glands that cover a cat’s paw, they spread their specific smell with each scratch letting other felines know that they have claimed that couch, chair or cat scratching post as their own.
  • To exercise.
    A scratch a day keeps the sore muscles away! Did you know that cats use scratching as a form of exercise? It’s true. Next time you see your cat on their hind legs, moving their arms back and forth in a scratching motion, imagine doing that same movement yourself. Quite the workout, isn’t it?

Are certain feline breeds more likely to scratch?

All cats scratch. Period. While certain cat breeds exhibit different behaviors than others, scratching is the one characteristic trait that remains universal. However, there are a few select breeds that can be more easily trained to stop scratching your furniture. So if you’re looking to get a cat that is more likely to lay on your couch than scratch it, here are 3 breeds to consider:

  • Scottish Fold: Considered an extremely endearing and affectionate breed, Scottish Fold cats love to spend time with their people. And because they respond so well to positive reinforcement and treats, they’re easily trained when it comes to not scratching up your furniture.
  • Ragdoll: The famed Ragdoll cat gets its name from their docile and lap-loving temperament. This breed tends to be very passive and, as a result, less likely to exhibit destructive scratching behaviors.
  • Persians: Known as the calm and quiet ones, Persians make great house cats as they love to be loved, give love and to be left alone in peace and quiet. Because this breed is not an anxious or overtly exploring type, they typically spend more time sleeping and less time scratching.

Tips to stop your cat from scratching furniture

Stopping your cat from scratching your furniture is kind of like stopping your toddler from drawing with crayons all over the house. It’s less about stopping the behavior, and more about finding ways to redirect or harness it. Let’s take a closer look at some of your feline’s favorite furniture pieces to scratch and how you can keep them off of it.

A Bengal cat looking up, using the scratcher on the Omlet Freestyle Cat Tree

Couch surfing, not couch scratching

So you just bought a beautiful new couch that you are excited to snuggle with your cat on but, instead, they think it’s a beautiful new scratching post. Fear not – there are options. You could try and stop the cat scratching altogether. But since we’ve already discovered that’s a near-impossible task, stop your cat from scratching your couch by redirecting their scratching to something else. 

The Omlet Stak Cardboard Scratching Post is a great option to redirect couch scratching as it mimics everything your cat is looking for in a scratch experience. Designed on a vertical and sturdy frame, it’s tall like a couch to give your cat that ‘stand up to scratch’ feeling. The durable cardboard also resembles the strength of couch fabric so your cat will easily make the switch in no time.

Carpet is for walking, not scratching

Does your carpet have lots of frays from your feline friend? Chances are this means your cat prefers scratching on horizontal surfaces over vertical. So why not give your kitty what they want? By simply placing a horizontal wave cat scratcher by their cat bed, you can encourage your cat to have a more personalized scratching session and avoid scratching the carpet altogether. Now everyone is happy.

Wall scratching be gone

The walls in your home should be adorned with pictures of your pretty kitty – not with marks from their claws. So what do you do if your cat likes to scratch at your walls? Before you go out to get more paint from the store, consider this option. Most cats that scratch walls do so because they like the support from the sturdy wall while they file their nails.

So what if you could just specify one part of the wall as their territory? With the Omlet Stak Wall Mounted cat scratcher, you can! Give your cat the scratching experience they desire in a way that benefits them and your home. Simply mount the wall cat scratcher and let your cat discover a new way to enjoy a vertical scratch.

How Omlet Cat scratching posts encourage healthy habits

When it comes to catering to your cat’s natural behaviors, Omlet has you covered. One of the main reasons cats scratch anything is because it makes them feel good. That’s precisely why we challenged the norm when it came to our cat scratcher designs to provide a unique experience for your cat that also delivers healthy habits within your home. 

Regular cat scratchers can be worn away quickly and when that happens, cats are more likely to move to the couch or the carpet to keep up the scratch. With the Stak Cat Scratcher designed by Omlet, the worn-away cardboard layers can be replaced with new refillable layers so your cat will always enjoy a feel-good scratch on their scratching post, and not your furniture.

We also know that cats have more interests than just scratching. With the Omlet Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree, you will not only give your cat the gift of scratching, but by incorporating our hammocks, steps and platforms, you will also better enable your cat’s curiosities. And don’t forget to keep lots of cat toys around so you can engage and better connect with your cat anytime.

Caring for your cat with Omlet

The beauty and wonder of cats is in the unique and interesting behaviors they possess. When you better understand them, as Omlet does, you can better suit their needs with products that matter. From indoor cat scratchers, to outdoor cat playgrounds, to snuggly cat beds and every cat product in between, we have what you need to satisfy your cat’s senses. Let Omlet keep your cat busy so you can keep your furniture looking good!

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Reduce your cat’s carbon pawprint

Close up of cat's paws scratching on the Omlet Stak Cat Scratcher

As consumers, humans are becoming more mindful of the products we purchase to ensure they are better for the planet. But did you know that your cat is a consumer, too? While they don’t go to the store and buy what they need, cats – by way of humans – do in fact have their own carbon foot(paw)prints. But fear not! There are many small – and simple – actions you can take to reduce your cat’s carbon pawprint and live a more sustainable life alongside you.

Many of the items that your cat uses such as toys, litter and even food can be produced in ways that are harmful to our environment. So let’s have a look at some sustainable swaps you can make to help reduce your cat’s carbon pawprint.

Can a cat scratcher be sustainable?

When you think of cats, you can’t help but think of cat scratchers. Because scratching is an innate natural behavior for our feline friends, it’s imperative that you have a good quality cat scratcher for them to use for their mental and physical health. But is it possible for a cat scratcher to be sustainable?

A quick search on the internet will reveal a wide range of different cat scratcher options, all made from a wide range of different materials. From carpet to sisal to cardboard and many other materials, you’ll find yourself scratching your head over all the choices. So how do you know which cat scratcher is good for your cat and the environment?

At Omlet, we recognized that not all cat scratchers are made the same. While some may look good, the materials they are made with are not recyclable, meaning those scratching posts will end up finding a new home in landfill before too long. Which means they’re not good for the environment. 

So, we set out to create a product that your cat will not only love, but is also good for the planet. The Stak Cardboard cat scratcher is a sustainable cat scratcher that’s made of refillable cardboard layers that are 100% recyclable and compostable. Your cat can enjoy a sturdy and stylish scratching experience and you can feel good about having a product that will withstand your cat’s scratch habits.

Eco-friendly kitty litter

Another way you can help reduce your cat’s carbon pawprint is through the cat litter choices you make for them. We know that cats can be quite particular about a lot of things – including their kitty litter – so you have to take yourself, your furry friend and the environment into consideration when choosing which is best. Thankfully, Omlet has many litter choices that your cat will love.

The two most popular formulas for cat litter are clay cat litter and pine cat litter. While both have specific properties that are good for reducing smells and odors, not all cat litters are good at reducing your cat’s carbon pawprint. Omlet’s wide range of cat litter offers options covering low waste and natural scents that eliminate bad smells and reduce your cat’s carbon pawprint at the same time. Who knew your cat’s bathroom experience could be so sustainable?

Reducing cat's carbon pawprint - cat rubbed against Omlet Pine Cat Litter bag

Invest in long-lasting cat toys

Do you ever play hide and go seek the toy with your cat? Engaging in fun and stimulating playtime with your cat is not only essential to their mental and physical well-being, but it is super beneficial to the bond you form with your feline as well. 

Just like other non-recyclable products we consume, when they have run their course of use, where do they usually end up? That’s right, in the landfill. And in order to do our part as consumers for our cats, we can take simple steps to be more eco-friendly by buying long-lasting products instead. Made from high-quality materials, the Omlet cat toys are designed to withstand the constant pawing and pouncing of your kitty for a long time. Which means less waste for you and more fun for your feline. 

Omlet and your cat’s carbon pawprint

At Omlet, our mission is simple. Design pet products that deliver to the needs and wants of your pet while connecting you closer to them. The bond between human and animal is such a wondrous connection and we believe making our products sustainable doesn’t compromise that relationship. Our line of sustainable cat scratchers, low-waste cat litter, and long-lasting cat toys are just a few of the ways we are giving your cat what they need while also giving back to the planet.

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The best products for cats

Cat looking at Omlet Stak Cat Scratcher with refill pack

All cat owners agree that when it comes to our feline friends, only the best products will do. We love our furry tail-swishing friends and part of showing them that true love is through the products we buy them. But what makes something the best when it comes to products for cats?

At Omlet, we believe durability, longevity and ultimate support and comfort are just a few of the key ingredients to making a cat product that is best in class. We engineer our products to save you the hassle of buying over and over again so both you and your cat can enjoy them for a lifetime. So let’s take a look at some of the best products for cats designed by Omlet.

Cat beds

Cats like to sleep. A lot. So when it comes to finding a cat bed that’s the best for your furry friend, you want to make sure it’s not only supportive and comfortable, but practical and stylish, too. Meet the Maya Donut cat bed designed by Omlet – the best cat bed you can buy for your feline.

Give your cat a sleep upgrade with this premium faux luxurious cat bed. Designed with a unique donut shape cushioning, we engineered this dreamy bed to deliver first-class comfort to cats who deserve the best. The squishy marshmallow feel and soft cuddly cover provide both comfort and support to any cat’s body, regardless of age or breed.

But what makes this cat bed even better are the customizations you can choose, specific to your kitty. Available in 15 stylish colors, you can design the Maya Donut cat bed to match both your cat’s personality and your interior design. And the best part? Every cover is removable and machine washable so it’s easy for you to clean. 

With the Maya Donut cat bed, you can also elevate catnaps with optional designer feet. By raising your cat’s bed, airflow underneath your cat is increased which, in turn, benefits your cat’s health and well-being. Plus, adding designer feet will make your cat’s bed look like another beautiful piece of furniture in your home.

Cat lying on Omlet Maya Donut Cat Bed from the Enchanted Collection

Cat litter furniture

When we set out to design the best cat litter furniture box, we looked at our own bathroom experience as a guide. If humans can use the bathroom in privacy, why can’t our cats have privacy as well? Enter the Maya Cat Litter Box Furniture – a sleek furniture-style litter domain that gives your cat a secluded bathroom experience while effectively minimizing the smells and messes in your home.

At Omlet, we believe that in order for a litter box to be the best, it must be high-quality in design, hygiene and discretion. That’s precisely why we designed the Maya Cat Litter Furniture to offer a range of entry points and styles to suit all cats. Senior and disabled cats will enjoy the side entry point for easy access and you will love the anti-tracking platform of the top entry box for your active kittens and cats. In addition, each box comes with a durable, long-lasting litter liner and activated carbon filter so that odors are absorbed and messes are easy to clean.

But to truly make a cat litter box the best, privacy to do cat business behind closed doors is the most important. The Maya Cat Litter Furniture offers your cat the ultimate bathroom seclusion with its smooth swinging door that creates a smell barrier with ventilation while also giving your cat a sense of privacy at the same time. Top off the box with high-quality cat litter designed by Omlet to ensure your cat’s bathroom experience is the best of the best.


What do you get when you put a cat on an outdoor patio? A catio, of course! As the brand that is continuing to pave the way for happier pets and people, we challenged the standard wooden frame outdoor cat enclosures to design a product that was better for you and your cat.

The Omlet Catio is a spacious and secure outdoor cat space that provides enrichment and exercise for your kitty while they safely explore nature. Born from the notion that cats are curious and adventurous, we designed an enclosure that allows them the freedom to seek out new spaces while safely being protected from any possible dangers or predators. 

Constructed from heavy-duty steel welded mesh, the Omlet Catio is the safest and easiest to assemble outdoor cat enclosure on the market. The modular design allows you to customize the size of your enclosure to suit your backyard space with the ability to expand at any time. Perfect for indoor or outdoor cats alike, the Omlet Catio is not only the best product for your cat to enjoy more of nature, but a perfect space for you to connect with your furry feline friend as well.

Cat scratching posts

What’s one trait that all cats have in common? They all love to scratch. And if you’re like us, you want to enable this innate feline behavior – just not on your furniture. As pet owners ourselves, we, too, have cat scratchers for our kitties but we got sick and tired of throwing them away after they were worn down. Not only is it expensive to buy new ones every few months, but cat scratchers ending up in a landfill is not good for the environment.

So we asked if there was a way for a cat scratcher to live forever? And our answer to this question has arrived in the form of the Stak cat scratcher. Designed with replaceable cardboard layers that can be recycled or composted when worn away, the Stak cat scratcher is sustainable and eco-friendly. Aka the last cat scratcher you’ll ever buy.

Available in different sizes as well as freestanding and wall-mounted options, we created this cat scratcher with your cat’s natural behaviors in mind. When the cardboard is worn away from numerous fun, feel-good scratch sessions, simply recycle the old layers and replace with a new refill of cardboard. With the Stak cat scratcher, you can feel good about giving your cat the best scratching experience while also giving back to the planet.

Cat climbing frames

When it comes to climbing, cats are the experts of heights. In the wild, cats climb trees or other objects as a way to escape predators and also observe their surroundings. But do indoor cats like to climb cat trees? At Omlet, we believe they do.

But in order for us to make a cat tree that was best in class we had to challenge our engineers to think outside the traditional all-in-one cat trees. You know, the ones that take up a lot of space, become smelly and useless when worn down and often end up in a landfill as a result. Our mission was to create a cat tree that was high-quality and sustainable yet also customizable to allow for more interactions and bonding between you and your beloved furry friend.

The Omlet Freestyle Cat Tree is truly an innovative and unique product that delivers these attributes and more. Designed for all cats, regardless of age or breed, the Freestyle is engineered as a space-efficient, customizable adventure tower that provides your cat with endless hours of mental and physical stimulation. Choose from a variety of accessories like the hammocks, steps and ramps to create the best cat tree that your cat could ever climb.

Two cats in their home using the Omlet Indoor Freestyle Cat Tree

Cat toys

There really is no time like playtime with your cat! Both an engaging and bonding activity, playing with your cat brings happiness to you both. And one of the best ways to engage your feline friend in play is with cat toys. 

That’s why we designed our Omlet cat toys to keep your cat physically and mentally engaged for hours. Our unique sea-inspired designs are carefully made both with and without catnip as we know some kitties love catnip more than others. Keep your cat entertained with these unique and best-in-class cat toys!

Omlet and your cat

The connection you have with your cat is a wondrous thing and we believe that bond should be celebrated in the products you use. As the pet company that is constantly challenging the norms to bring the best to you and your pet, our designs are the highest quality products available on the market. From the stylish and comfortable designs of the Maya Donut cat bed to creating the custom adventures that your cat craves in the Freestyle cat tree to the sustainability of the Stak cat scratcher that reduces waste, Omlet has every best in class product that your cat needs.

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Why do cats need to climb?

Cat climbing on Omlet Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree with hammock

Chances are if you’re looking for your furry feline somewhere in the house, it’s likely your cat’s climbed up to an elevated location. Be it a bookshelf, the counter or the back of the sofa, the act of scaling heights is a very natural cat behavior that’s a crucial part of their everyday life.

But why do cats need to climb? Is it for fun or just part of their function? Or is it both? We explored all the reasons why cats climb and discovered how it makes them feel. Let’s jump in (or up!) to learn more.

Why do cats climb?

In the wild, cats are both predators and prey. As hunters, they instinctively seek out higher levels to view their surroundings and assess their environments. In order to enact the famous cat pounce, they have to be able to see what they’re pouncing on. And what better way to get that viewpoint than from higher ground?

But climbing up higher not only allows cats the ability to see their surroundings better, it also elevates their safety from being hunted by something larger. If you were being chased through a forest full of trees by something bigger than you, what would you do? Our guess is you would act like a cat and climb a tree for safety. Great thinking!

As domesticated pets, however, a cat’s instinct to explore and feel safe at higher heights does not just go away because they are no longer predators or prey. So how can you still play to your cat’s instincts without having a forest in your living room? How about by planting (or placing) an indoor cat climbing tree for them to use. Encouraging your cat’s natural behaviors is one of the most natural things you can do as a pet parent. After all, climbing is not only instinctual for cats, it is stimulating as well.

Do all cats climb?

The short answer to this question is, yes. However, while all cats CAN climb, not all cats LIKE to climb. While the urge to hunt, seek, explore and hide is prevalent in every cat breed, some cats are more prone to loving that urge from higher places than others.

Take Persian and Ragdoll breeds, for example. Equipped with shorter bodies on top of shorter legs, these cats prefer to keep their active play on the ground as it’s easier on their smaller frames. Whereas Abyssian and Siamese breeds satisfy their need to play and explore by climbing and jumping as much as possible. When it comes to cats and climbing, natural body types play a big role.

But regardless of breed or age, if you have a cat, you must have a cat tree to go along with them. The Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree designed by Omlet is a great option as it is completely customizable to your cat’s specific needs and desires. Have more than one cat in your family? Increase their territory with more vertical space by adding cat tree accessories like hammocks, platforms and scratching posts. You will not only engage their senses more, but you’ll also help save your furniture in the process!

How to encourage your cat to use a cat tree?

If you’re a first-time cat tree owner, congratulations! You have given your cat the gift of adventure and delight all in one item. And while it’s a given that all cats love a good cat tree, some cats have personalities that may require more encouragement than others to embrace it straight away. Here are some tips on how you can help your cat love their cat tree:

  • Slow and steady: Cats are curious by nature and it’s our job as pet parents to help them be cautious as well. So if you’re introducing your cat to a cat tree for the first time, try using treats and cat toys as tools to help encourage them. Anything with catnip is guaranteed to get them going!
  • Start low: One of the best features of the Freestyle Cat Tree is the ability to truly customize the setup and adjust accordingly. For cats that are just learning the cat tree ropes, start by placing the platforms and hammocks down low so they can ease into it. As they get more comfortable with the accessories, you can move them higher up so they can explore from different angles.
  • Expand with ease: Your indoor cat will soon love the freedom they experience on their cat tree. So continue to expand their ability to lounge, scratch, nap and play by adding new accessories or poles. Feeling like your cat needs even more space? Try an outdoor cat tree on for size and watch your kitten get smitten by all they can see. Just be sure you enclose the cat tree securely with an outdoor cat enclosure so they can safely enjoy their new outdoor playground!

Ginger cat climbing tree

Cat climbing safety

We want our cats to stay healthy and safe at all times and climbing on a cat tree, or any object for that matter, is no exception. So how can you make sure your cat stays safe when climbing? 

The first rule of thumb is to rely on their natural instincts. Have faith that your cat was born with the innate knowledge and ability to scale tall objects. Your part is making sure you provide them with the right tools for the job.

For kittens and senior cats, we recommend cat trees with adjustable accessories so you can move them closer to the ground. Both of these ages are prone to injury more than others, so you want to cater to their specific needs and keep their heights to a minimum. 

It’s also important that you place your cat tree in an area of the home that is out of the way of other pets or children so you can be sure everyone, including your cat, stays safe. Make sure you secure the cat tree properly so your cat can confidently climb and jump without fear of falling over. 

Finally, we suggest using sustainable materials for all your cat products so that you can ensure you are giving both your cat and the environment the best care. Products such as engineered cardboard or sisal cat scratching ramps are great options as they are not only durable enough for cat scratching nails but are also clean products to have in your home.

How Omlet helps your cat’s natural instincts

As the pet company that creates based on our research of animals’ natural behaviors, Omlet continues to incorporate these essentials into all of our products and designs. Our expertly crafted cat trees and accessories are engineered with every instinct to explore, jump, nap and play in mind. And when your cat is finished with a fun adventure of climbing, be sure they have a cozy cat bed to rest on to help them unwind.

Cat jumping across Omlet Freestyle Outdoor Cat Tree

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Cat sitter essentials

Cat and cat sitter relaxing in kitchen - cat lying on Omlet Maya Donut Cat Bed

We know all too well how hard it can be to spend time away from your favorite furry friend. So we created an essential cat sitter list to provide you with everything you need to know to make this separation go smoothly. With our help and a little preparation, trusting your cat with a cat sitter can be easy.

Whether for a work trip, a vacation or even just a weekend away, there will inevitably come a time when you will have to leave your cat home alone. So how can you be sure they’ll still be taken great care of? Enter a cat sitter.

Do I need a cat sitter?

Cats have a pretty strong reputation as solitary pets. And while it’s true they like to spend copious amounts of alone time, that doesn’t mean they should be left to their own devices for too long. In general, most vets agree that cats can be left alone for up to 24 hours so long as they have access to fresh water, food and a litter box. And don’t forget a comfortable place to sleep like the Maya Donut Cat Bed!

So how do you know if you need to solicit the help of a cat sitter? If you have travel plans that will keep you away for longer than a day, it’s time to schedule some cat care help. And as a responsible pet parent, identifying a reliable cat sitter is an important part of owning a cat

How to choose a cat sitter

Choosing the right cat sitter for your kitty is not an impossible task. In fact, sometimes the best cat sitters are friends, family or neighbors that your cat knows well and feels comfortable around. But before you hire a familiar face or a professional sitter to take care of your cat, here are some questions you should be sure to ask:

  • What services do they offer? Depending on how long your travels will take you away from home, you need to decide exactly what you want your cat sitter to do. Ask ahead of time if the sitter offers more than just a once-a-day stop to refresh water and food. Some cat sitters may be able to change out litter boxes or even have an outdoor play session with kitty if you have an outdoor cat enclosure.
  • What experience do they have? While your cat sitter doesn’t have to be a professional of over 20 years (although that would be great!), it is important that they’re knowledgeable about cat care. Most reputable cat sitters will be happy to tell you about their experience and everything they offer.
  • What should they do in an emergency? The best protocol for any animal emergency is a well-understood plan. No matter who you choose as your cat sitter, you need to provide contact information for your veterinarian. And then communicate with your cat care provider what they should do in the event of an emergency so everyone is on the same page.

Getting ready for your cat sitter

If you have human children, you know all too well how important lists are when leaving them in the care of a babysitter or family member. Making sure the essentials are met and routines are carried out, as usual, allows everyone to feel more at ease. Well, the same goes for your cat when leaving them with a cat sitter. Here are some examples of information you should include on your list when preparing to leave your cat with a cat sitter.

  1. Your emergency contact details. Make sure you include any time zone changes in your travel and multiple points of contact, if possible. You don’t want to miss out on a fun FaceTime with your furry friend while you’re away!
  2. Your veterinarian’s contact information. Be sure to go over a plan of action on when the cat sitter should call you or the vet first.
  3. Details on your cat’s microchip if applicable. If your cat doesn’t have a microchip but enjoys outside play in a safely enclosed area, be sure you at least have a collar on them that includes your contact information.
  4. Feeding instructions. Include where the food is kept, how much your cat should eat, and what time each day they should be fed. Overcommunication is always key to avoiding overfeeding!
  5. Daily routine. For example, maybe your cat likes to play with cat toys after breakfast and then curl into their cozy cat bed for a long morning snooze. The more your cat sitter knows about your cat’s routine, the more comfortable your cat will be while you are away.
  6. Potty particulars. When it comes to cleaning your cat’s litter box, make sure your cat sitter knows your cat’s bathroom etiquette. All-in-one furniture-style litter boxes like the Maya Cat Litter Box designed by Omlet are great options for your cat and cat sitters alike. Easy to clean and refill with new kitty litter, this litter box is an essential to have in your home all the time, not just when you’re away.

Omlet and your cat 

Making sure your cat is comfortable is central to all of our designs – especially when you have to be away from your feline friend. Ensuring you create a stress-free environment for your cat starts with products that make them feel warm and comfortable. So before you hire a cat sitter for your next trip away from home, be sure your cat has a snuggly warm cat bed, plenty of snooze-worthy cat blankets, and several playful cat toys, such as cat scratching posts, to engage those senses. With these Omlet products and your cat sitter essentials, both you and your cat will stay happy when you have to be away from home.

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Christmas Foods to Avoid Giving Kitty

Black cat eating from Hatch Wells Christmas Advent Calendar for Cats

Christmas is right around the corner and so is the enjoyment of time with family and furry friends alike! Since the holidays and food go hand in hand, it would only seem fitting that sharing some extra sweet morsels with your favorite feline would be festive and fun!

But do cats like ham or hot rolls? Can you give your furry friend a sweet taste of the Christmas pies? Before you go giving your kitty any Christmas nibbles, make sure you know which foods are safe to share and which foods could pose a big danger to them. We’ve compiled a list of the do’s and don’ts so you can be sure your cat stays safe this Christmas.

What should a cat’s diet consist of?

In order to know what not to feed your feline, you first need to know what your cat can eat! Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their diet is made up primarily of animal protein with some plant matter too. They rely on the nutrients available in meats to get the vitamins and fats their bodies need to live a long and healthy life.

As a cat owner, you know just how picky your feline can be! So making sure they get a high-protein and well-balanced diet is essential. The food your cat should be dining on in their cat bowl should be roughly 50% protein, 35% fats, and 15% carbohydrates. What kitty could resist that kind of kibble?

Should cats eat more around the holidays?

It goes without saying that Christmas is the time of year when indulging in delicious treats is not necessarily frowned upon! But is feeding your cat some festive treats ok to do, too? The short answer is yes, but in very limited bits and only with safe foods.

When the temperatures start to drop outside, cats naturally use more energy to try and maintain their core body temperature. But for indoor cats who experience a regulated home temperature, this instinct to increase their appetite need not apply like it does for outdoor cats! Your indoor kitty may seem to be more hungry because their body is instinctively responding to the change in weather. But the truth is, their diet doesn’t need to change unless their environment does.

So what does this mean for your furry friend who is giving clear signals around the Christmas tree that hunger is in the air? By knowing how the change in seasons affects your cat and by being keenly aware of their specific food behaviors, you can adjust your small treats accordingly this Christmas season. Just remember to keep the treats small, simple, and safe!

Not safe foods for cats

With the aroma of holiday treats wafting through the kitchen, your cat is sure to be on the hunt for some extra bits to nibble on this Christmas. But as we’ve uncovered, not all foods are safe for your kitty to eat and, in fact, some can be extremely harmful to them if ingested. So in order to keep your cat safe, here are some foods to avoid letting them eat at all.

  • SPICES: Garlic and spice make everything nice, right? Not for cats, they don’t! Some of the most harmful ingredients for cats to eat are actually spices that are found in many holiday dishes. Garlic, onion, chives, or any other spice that is a member of the allium family are very dangerous for cats to eat. These tasty additives have compounds that can cause cats to have severe vomiting and diarrhea. So when giving your cat a nibble of Christmas meat, make sure it is unseasoned!
  • CHOCOLATE: When the holiday season is in full swing, the coziness of warm fires and hot chocolate are felt all around! But for your cat, chocolate is anything but a cozy treat. The sugary sweet treats of chocolate are harmful to cats as they contain caffeine and theobromine, both of which are toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure. 

So in order to keep your cat safe this Christmas, keep the advent calendars, candy bowls, and any sugary treats out of reach and away from curious and climbing kitties!

  • DAIRY PRODUCTS: Santa’s milk is ok for your kitty to sip, right? Not so much! Most people don’t realize it, but the majority of cats are actually lactose intolerant. Yes, it’s true that almost any cat will happily lick up the frothy white yumminess of milk if given the chance, but this “little treat” can actually cause stomach cramps for your furry friend. So best to stick to water when treating your cat to a drink this Christmas!

Safe foods for cats

While there are certainly limitations on what morsels you can treat your cat to this holiday, all is not lost! Keeping your cat’s diet consistent and well-balanced throughout the year is important, but if you want to feed them small bits of festive food this holiday, here is a list of some safe options!

  • PLAIN TURKEY: Your cat can certainly have a nibble of the star of the Christmas table! When dishing out their small portion, just be sure it is unseasoned, fully cooked, and has absolutely no bones in it. No one wants an emergency vet visit on Christmas.
  • PLAIN SALMON: What goes better with a cat on Christmas than a slice of salmon? If your holiday celebration includes the dish of seven fishes, then including your cat is ok! Salmon is a perfect fish choice to share sparingly with your cat as it is loaded with protein and omega fatty 3 acids that are super beneficial for their brains and bodies. Just be sure to give in moderation as once a cat tastes the goodness of plain, fully cooked salmon, they may not want to eat anything else!
  • RAW VEGGIES: It’s true that cats are predominantly carnivores, but over time and through domestication, their diet has adapted to include small amounts of vegetables as well. When it comes to giving any pet carrots, brussel sprouts, pumpkin, or broccoli, you must make sure they are uncooked and unseasoned so as not to hurt their digestion. 

An Omlet cat Christmas

At Omlet, we believe cats are part of the family, so pets should enjoy the holidays, too! But for some cats, having a safe Christmas means retreating to a space all their own so they can avoid any harmful foods altogether. 

That’s why we created the Maya Indoor Cat House as a great option for any cat who seeks a secluded sanctuary that is cozy and cuddly. Christmas is all about giving! So give a small bite or two of the safe foods to your cat this Christmas and then let them do what they do best – relax in a cat nap! Meowy Christmas!

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Your Cat’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Cat relaxing in cozy house on Omlet Maya Donut Cat Bed - Fig Purple

Tis’ the season for turkey, stuffing and everyone’s favorite, pumpkin pie! Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with your family and friends and delighting in the deliciousness of the holiday.

While it’s important to soak up all the wonder of this magical time, don’t forget to make sure your cat enjoys this wonderful time of year, too! Keeping your kitty safe this Thanksgiving means knowing the “do’s and the don’ts” of holiday cat safety and we have your guide for everything you need to know!

Safe Thanksgiving foods for your cat

With the scents of apple spice permeating your kitchen and the smells of rosemary wafting from the oven, it’s hard not to want to share the delicacies of Thanksgiving with your favorite feline! No more than 10% of a cat’s diet should come from treats, and that is especially true during the holidays!

We know you want to include your feline friends in the festivities so here are some foods that are safe to feed your cat – in limited quantities! – this Thanksgiving:

  • Turkey: The big question every pet owner wants to know is, “Can my cat eat some of the turkey too?” And the answer is “yes”! Just make sure the nibbles they eat are unseasoned, fully cooked and without bones! Certain spices, like garlic and onion, can make a cat sick, so be sure your cat’s turkey portion is plain but delicious.
  • Apples: If apple pie is on the Thanksgiving menu this year then your cat is in for a treat! Just like us, apples provide a nutrient-rich source of vitamins to our furry friends that are healthy for their bodies. Before putting the pie together, cut up an apple slice into small bites for your kitty to nibble on – it will be just like dessert for them.
  • Potatoes: Whether you boil, bake or mash them, potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple on every holiday table. And good thing for your cat – they can enjoy them, too! Just be sure to include only fully cooked and dry potatoes for your feasting feline. Uncooked potatoes can be toxic to cats and butter can make them sick, so stick to the unseasoned cooked or chopped variety and your cat will dine delightfully.
  • Pumpkin: What’s Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie? While we don’t recommend giving your cat a slice of the decadent dessert, it is perfectly fine for your kitty to have some pureed or roasted pumpkin this Thanksgiving. This fiber-rich and vitamin filled fruit is loaded with water so it helps to keep you and your cat hydrated this holiday season!

Not-safe Thanksgiving foods to avoid for your cat

While sharing is caring, there can be some downfalls when it comes to giving certain Thanksgiving morsels to your cat. A cat’s digestive system is much different than humans, so foods that we may eat regularly, could have serious side effects on your cat’s health. 

Here is a list of Thanksgiving foods to avoid giving your cat this holiday season:

  • Chocolate: With friends and family visiting your home, there are bound to be bowls of chocolate candies adorning the tables for intermittent sweet treats! But remember – your cat is curious and likes to climb, so any bowl left out (and unattended!) is a sure treat seeker for cats! Chocolate is extremely toxic to cats and can make them very ill if ingested, so keep the candies and the wrappers at bay this Thanksgiving or hand them out as parting gifts so you are sure your kitty is safe.
  • Grapes: From waldorf salad, to ambrosia, to the always beloved fruit salad, grapes can be found in many dishes this Thanksgiving. But grapes and raisins are extremely dangerous for cats to eat as they will cause irreversible and sometimes fatal kidney failure. So be mindful when making your menu this holiday season and replace the grapes with a fruit that is more feline friendly, like apples!
  • Uncooked bread: The smell of fresh baked dinner rolls is a Thanksgiving tradition in and of itself! And while it’s ok for your kitty to nibble on a bit of cooked, plain bread, the uncooked dough can cause great harm. If ingested, the dough can cause severe bloating in your cat and be harmful to their digestive tract. So best to keep your kitty off the counter when making the bread and save it for them when it’s warm out of the oven!
  • Alcohol: It should go without saying that alcohol is not a cat approved menu item, but during the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving holidays it’s a good idea to know where all the wine glasses are set throughout your house! Curious kitties seek out new things and half-drank wine glasses left on tables by unaware guests can lead to dangers for your feline friend. Even just a few sips of alcohol can cause vomiting and diarrhea for your cat, so make sure your guests keep their drinks with them at all times!

In the unlikely event that your cat does get a hold of some of these “no-no” foods, call your veterinarian immediately to get them help.

Feline friendly festive decor

Along with the delicious foods to dine on, the Thanksgiving spirit is felt with the decorations draped throughout your home for that cozy, winter wonderland feel! But as a cat owner, it’s important to know which festive decor items could be potentially harmful for your feline friend.

Adding festive plants around the house to spruce up the holiday feel can, unfortunately, be dangerous for your cat. While there are many plants that are safe and non-toxic for your cat to be around, the traditional holiday plants such as poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe are extremely toxic to our feline friends. So if you are set on having those red and green foliage feels, consider using fake plants that produce the same holiday happiness but are safe for your cat!

Another popular decor item during the Thanksgiving holiday are beautifully scented candles. The flicker of the flames and the scent of warm vanilla can make an entire home feel full of warmth during winter! But open flames, whether candles or fires, can be a big danger for your cat around the holidays! A curious cat can quickly get burned, or worse, knock over a burning candle causing something else than to get burned. Instead, invest in some flameless candles to enjoy the festive glow and keep a gate in front of the fireplace!

And, finally, as you are adding lights around the house and Christmas tree, remember to keep those electrical cords covered. You can’t stop your cat from being inquisitive, but you can stop them from getting hurt! Exposed electrical cords are like a welcome call to cats to come and chew, and you don’t have to be a cat owner to know that’s not a good thing. So as you are decking the halls with lit up wonder, make sure you tape down and cover the cords so your curious kitty can be safe and enjoy the view, too!

Cats and Thanksgiving guests

As you welcome friends and family into your home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, remember that it is your cat’s home, too. While your cat may not pay the mortgage or the bills, they certainly do feel a sense of ownership to where you live. 

So what do you do if your cat doesn’t like house guests? With all the commotion that can come with hosting people at Thanksgiving, be mindful of your cat’s personality to make sure their accommodations are met with peace this holiday season, too. Some cats love company while others are afraid, so before you tidy up the guest bedroom, here are some tips and Omlet products to consider:

Create a kitty cave

If your cat is a stranger to strangers, then it’s super important this holiday season to make sure they have a place to escape. Dedicate a room in the house where your cat can retreat to in order to avoid any stress. You can even put a climbing tree in there, like the Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree designed by Omlet, so your cat can have fun festivities of their own! Don’t have a room you can solely dedicate to your cat? No problem! Create a peaceful sanctuary with the Maya Indoor Cat House designed by Omlet so they can cozy up to a getaway nap. Place the cat house in a secluded space, such as a corner, so your cat won’t get disturbed!

Get tired ahead of time

The best way for your cat to avoid any undue holiday stress this Thanksgiving is to sleep right through it! Before your guests arrive, make sure you get in some quality playtime with your furry friend so they can tire out easily. The Maya Cat Toys designed by Omlet are made with 100% catnip stuffing so your kitty will get both the mental and physical stimulation they crave!

Cozy quarters to the rescue

While some cats like to run and hide when new people come into their space, many are open to meeting new faces and making new friends. But all cats like to have their own space when they feel like it! So for the kitty that likes to mingle – just not for too long – make sure they have a cozy spot to head to when they need a break. The Maya Santa Donut Cat Bed with Gold Hairpin Feet designed by Omlet will not only keep your kitty comfortable and cozy, but the Santa Claus inspired design will beautifully add to any holiday decor. Pair the bed with a super soft cat blanket and you just created the coziest cat quarters in town!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everyone and everything in our lives that we are grateful for. As a cat owner, your feline friend is likely at the top of your “thankful” list! So keep the stresses and demands of holiday prep at bay by using these tips and products to make your cat’s Thanksgiving one to remember! Without a doubt, you are at the top of their “thankful” list, too!

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