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Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn't find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.

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Nina Ottosson Mix Max Treat Puzzle for Cats Medium Level Review

(4.1/5)Nina Ottosson Mix Max Treat Puzzle is a cat treat toy dispenser that provides your cat entertainment trying to figure out how to get the treats from the puzzle, which stimulates your pet mentally and keeps it more active working for its treats.

This toy dispenser works for cats and dogs. Nina Ottosson Mix Max comes in various levels, Easy, Medium, Advanced and very Advanced.

You can put together several toys with different levels, creating a unique and more challenging puzzle.

This review is for Mix Max Treat Puzzle Medium Level.

FEATURES

  • Tricky and challenging for cats and also dogs
  • It keeps your pet active, working for its treats
  • Interactive treat puzzle that requires your cat’s manipulative skills
  • It hides treats that your cat will smell and will try to get them out of the puzzle
  • You can create a unique puzzle by putting together toys with different levels
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1” x 1.4” x 7.1”
  • Weight: 7 ounces

HOW IT WORKS

Nina Ottoson Mix Max Treat Puzzle is a board with 4  spheres on each corner with openings on top where you put the treats and a spinning piece in the center with 4 indentations.

Your cat needs to line up one of the indentations with a sphere, drag the sphere to the spinning part, spin again until the sphere reaches one of the two alleys where it can be dragged down to the floor. Then your cat tips the sphere over to get the treats.

Mix Max Puzzle dimension

 

Watch a video to see how the Nina Ottosson Mix Max works:

PROS

  • The toy is good quality, very well made.
  • It keeps your cat occupied working for its treats
  • Stimulates your cat mentally and psychically
  • Good stability on the floor

CONS

  • The openings of the spheres could be large enough for some cats to lick the treats directly from the holes which could distract them from working for the treats.
  • The board may be a little smaller than expected
  • This level is too difficult for an average cat

TIPS

  • If your cat gets to master this Treat Puzzle, you can hook it together with the easy level to make the entertainment span longer.
  • If your cat eats too fast and then vomits you can serve your cat his meal with this toy. Just make sure to place the kibbles in the toy and watch him work for his food. To do this you need to be present to fill the spheres with kibbles until completing a meal, but if you can’t do this in the daytime do it when you get back home, it’ll still be beneficial for your cat either way.

CONCLUSION

Nina Ottosson Mix Max Treat Puzzle is a well made cat treat dispenser toy that will keep your cat occupied trying to get its treats through a challenging puzzle.

As this treat toy dispenser is medium level, is recommended for cats that are highly food motivated because if they aren’t they will quit trying to solve the puzzle due to frustration.

The toy may look a little smaller than shown in the pictures but it’s well constructed and durable. The most important, it’s not made with toxic plastic.

I recommend this cat treat toy dispenser for cats that are obsessed with food, inquisitive and active.

x  I don’t recommend it if your cat doesn’t care much about food or if you have an old boy or girl.

Petsfit Pet House Litter Box Enclosure Review

Petsfit Double-Decker

Petsfit Pet House and Litter Box Enclosure it’s a double-decker piece of furniture made from wood that offers you a solution to hide the litter box and provide your cat a hiding place.

The unit is a good solution for reduced spaces and for homes with dogs and cats due to its design where only the cat can access the pet house.

 

FEATURES

  • Versatility, can be used as pet house, litter box enclosure or feeding station.
  • Easy to assemble, no electric tools needed
  • Improved door holding system with a latch that is more secure
  • Painted with Non-Toxic paint
  • Double-decker interior design gives your cat two areas
  • Outer Dimension: 21”x 25”x 35”
  • Inner dimension of the lower section: 19” x 22” x 17”
  • Middle layer hole dimension:7.9” x 9.8”
  • Lower section can be used to hide the litter box
  • Warranty: Within 30 days the Manufacturer takes full responsibility if any quality problems.

 

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS

Petsfit is made from MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) and pine wood. The unit is painted with non-toxic paint called nitrolacquer.

The inside of the unit has a double-decker where you can place the litter box at the bottom and the cat food on top or other items. Also, you can use the Petsfit as a cat house.

Petsfit Double-Decker Dimensions

The panels feature paw shaped vents where your cat can also see through. Petsfit feature a latched front door that opens to access the inside.

The assembly goes by tongue and groove with screws that fit smoothly into the pre-drilled holes for a secure and strong construction.

The unit can’t be exposed to high temperature and sun exposure.

Petsfit used as cat bed

HOW IT WORKS

You can use the Petsfit as litter box enclosure or cat house. Your cat will access the unit jumping through the opening door located on the top level. To access the bottom your pet goes through a circle shaped hole in the middle layer. To exit, your pet needs to jump up to the top level and then exit through the cat door.

In the first layer you can place items such as cat food bowls or water bowls, toys, bedding, etc. At the bottom you can place the litter box or just place the cat bed.

 

PROS

  • High quality construction
  • Attractive piece of furniture that doesn’t look cheap
  • The unit is stable, you can move it around without any problem (unlike other cheaper constructions)
  • It’s not really too hard to assemble once you figure it out (another person is needed to make it easier)
  • No more access for dogs to the litter box or cat food
  • Great hiding place with little windows to see through (vents)
  • Interior dimensions allows placing any standard litter box nicely
  • Can be used as litter box enclosure or cat house
  • Keeps cat litter inside the box, no more litter tracking
  • It helps to contain odors
  • Panels come all labeled for easier assembly
  • Latch is functional and decorative, closing the door smoothly.
  • Great way to maximize space in small apartments

CONS

  • The instructions are vague, no text, only pictures and diagrams
  • Inside opening may not big enough for a cat over 12 lbs (measure your cat)
  • Some cats may refuse to get inside (tip 2)
  • Interior is not waterproof (tip 3)
  • Some cats may have difficulty jumping into the unit (tip 4)
  • The middle layer could be too slippery for an old cat (tip 5)

Petsfit litter box setup

TIPS

  1. It can be difficult to assemble by yourself but with the help of somebody else to hold parts it’s a breeze.
  2. Leave the door opened the first week to let your cat get used to the unit.
  3. The bottom is not waterproof. If you have a cat that has litter box accidents, make sure to caulk the bottom and get a high sided litter box, placing a litter mat at the bottom.
  4. If your cat doesn’t jump you can place a ramp to facilitate your pet the access.
  5. If you think the middle layer is too slippery for your cat, get a piece of bunk carpeting to place on top, making an opening on it to match with the hole.

 

CONCLUSION

Petsfit Double-Decker litter box enclosure is an excellent piece of furniture that will provide a good solution to hide your cat’s litter box and provide a place for your pet to hide or eat, both at the same time.

The unit is attractive and much bigger than how it looks in the pictures, make sure to read the dimensions before ordering.

I recommend this unit for cat owners and especially for homes with a dog and cat.

OnePlus Interactive Cat Toy Retractable Teaser Wand Review

OnePlus Interactive Cat Toy

I was asked by OnePlus Manufacturer to make a review of the OnePlus Interactive Cat Toy Teaser Wand to help cat owners with more in-depth information about this fun toy.

OnePlus interactive cat catcher teaser wand allows you to play with your pet in several ways, your cat can chase, stalk or hunt this toy which is perfect to keep your feline friend active and happy.

This retractable toy is made from non-toxic material which is very important when it comes to pet toys, especially since they may chew on it. Also I could see the material of the wand being durable as well.

FEATURES

  • Interactive toy that entices your cat hunting instincts
  • It increases bond between you and your cat
  • Durable wand made from stainless steel
  • Retractable wand can be collapsed for easy storage
  • Wand is lightweight with foam on handle
  • It comes with: 4 feathers + 4 caterpillars, random colors
  • Dimensions: Length: 15” (collapsed); 40” (extended)
  • Weight: 2.1oz / 60 g
  • Materials: Wand handle made from natural wood and padded with hard foam; string made from nylon, hook and chain made from metal.

WHAT I GOT AND  MY FIRST IMPRESSION

The bag comes with:
1 x Cat Wand
4 x Feathers
4 x Caterpillars

When I opened the bag I knew this toy was going to be a winner since my cat started to play with the string even before I put any toy on it. I will describe each item for you to have a better idea:

Wand: It’s blue, made from stainless steel with a handle that is padded with a hard blue foam. The wand retractes in 3 parts, the first part is thicker than the second part and the last part is thinner than the second part. This gives the wand lots of flexibility when time to play. The end of the wand has a nylon string similar to a fishing line with a metal hook on the end of the string to put the toys.

OnePlus Wand with caterpillars and feathers

Feathers: they are beautiful real feathers.

OnePlus feathers

Caterpillars: They’re really cute, they are made from very soft plush with 4 different vibrant colors. They also have tiny little eyes resembling a real caterpillar. Each caterpillar comes with a small metal bell.

Colorful Caterpillars

HOW THE TOY WORKED FOR MY CAT

I love this toy because I used to have another wand with a mouse and the stick was kind of short which doesn’t give you much options when it comes to dragging the mouse for a cat to play.

This wand is great because it reaches much further distance which gives you the opportunity to put the toy wherever you want to entice your cat to play. This is especially important if your cat is the type that loves to chase dragging things. My cat is this type and at the beginning you will see her jumping to chase the toy but not too much activity here. BUT, when I started dragging the toy along the house she went nuts!

She started running so much that she could hardly breathe lol. And as the wand is long I didn’t need to run to drag the toy, it was so much easier than the previous wands I have had.

I also like that when it’s time to put they toy away you just retract it so it doesn’t take too much room.

 

Here’s A Video Of My Cat’s Reaction With OnePlus Wand In The Beginning

 

And When I Started to Dragging The Toy

 

PROS AND CONS OF ONEPLUS TEASER WAND TOY

PROS

  • Wand is retractable so you can reach further to play with your cat.
  • Thick-to-thin shaped sectioned wand gives it a lot of flexibility to play
  • Stainless steel wand is durable
  • Wand handle padded with foam
  • Retractable wand it’s easy to store
  • Caterpillars have beautiful colors and real feathers that really entice your cat to play

CONS

  • A little hard to open the hook to put the feather or caterpillar on
  • Sometimes the thinner part of the wand doesn’t retract that easy

 

TIPS FOR BETTER USE OF THIS TOY

  • Make sure to put away this toy when you’re done playing with your cat.
  • Don’t let your cat chew the string when playing.
  • If you see that your cat doesn’t play too much with the toy in the air, drag the toy on the floor to see its reaction.
  • The combination my cat liked the best was one caterpillar with one feather. This allows more movement since it’s less heavy.

CONCLUSION

I highly recommend OnePlus interactive cat teaser retractable wand. It’s given my cat so much exercise that she can hardly breathe sometimes from running so much.

If you have an indoor cat that needs to exercise and want to increase the bond between you and your cat you MUST buy this toy, it’s a winner.

 

Forever Litter Tray For ScoopFree (New Design) Review

Forever Litter Tray

Forever Litter Tray has been designed to help ScoopFree auto litter box’s owners save money on pre-filled disposable trays and also reduce the environmental impact of cardboard trays.

The design of the Forever Litter Tray has been made to fit the ScoopFree Ultra or Original, you just need to slide the tray in, attach the Forever Flap, fill the tray with crystals and you are ready to go.

The tray is one-piece made from tough thick recyclable plastic with anti-microbial properties to reduce stains and odors.

FEATURES

  • Made from quality sturdy plastic
  • New design fits all ScoopFree units, Ultra and Original
  • Reduces environmental impact
  • Plastic treated with anti-microbial properties
  • Tray won’t leak urine
  • No metal parts to rust
  • Dimensions: 14-1/2” W x 21-3/4” L

WHAT COMES IN THE BOX

√ Forever Litter Tray

√ Forever Flap

√ Informative flyer

 

HOW IT WORKS

If you are a ScoopFree owner you know that the unit features a scooping rake that sweeps the clumps into a waste compartment and it works with disposable trays that are pre-filled with blue crystals that absorb urine and dry the waste.

What the Forever Litter Tray does it’s basically replacing the disposable trays with a permanent solution. You only need to buy crystals in bags, fill the tray and you will have the same solution than buying disposable cardboard trays for much less money. So instead of throwing a dirty disposable tray, you need to empty and wash the Forever Tray.

How it works

The Forever Tray is easy to use, just slide the tray under the ScoopFree, connect the Forever lip to the plastic cover to seal the waste compartment, then you fill the tray with blue crystals and the unit is ready to work as usual.

It goes under the ScoopFree

You will need to scoop out the waste from the permanent tray and empty it when its time to change the crystals. You may need to scoop out the waste a little sooner than changing the crystals, it’ll depend on how much waste your cat produces or if you have more than one cat.

It requires about 4.5 quarts of crystals to fill the Forever Tray which is approximately the same amount that comes with the ScoopFree disposable trays. If you want this solution to work optimally you must use the proper crystals (large size crystals). You can get Fresh Steps crystals at your local grocery store or get Just the Crystals for better performance.

 

FOREVER LITTER TRAY VS LITTERWORKS

FOREVER TRAY

Made from sturdy, thick plastic

Higher wall on waste compartment

Harder to scoop waste compartment

More durable

It uses clips to attach the nose guard

LITTERWORKS

Made from a thinner, less quality plastic.

Lower wall on the waste compartment

Easier to scoop due to lower wall

Less durable

It uses metal screws to attach the nose guard

 

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF FOREVER LITTER TRAY?

PROS

  • Easy to setup
  • Well made with sturdy, durable recyclable plastic
  • Plastic with anti-microbial treatment
  • It saves money on disposable trays
  • It fits snugly the ScoopFree litter box
  • Reduces environmental impact
  • Excellent customer service

CONS

  • Emptying the tray to change crystals is a challenge and could be hard on people with backaches or arthritis.
  • Fair amount of dust is created when emptying the crystals.
  • After some months of use the plastic tray stars smelling if used with cheap crystals or if not changing the crystals frequently (see tips)
  • The tray gets stained over time (approx. after a year or a little before)
  • You have to wash the tray every time you change crystals.
  • Waste compartment is narrow and it’s not easy to scoop out the waste
  • You need to go online to see the instructions (better to watch YouTube video)
  • Crystals get stuck to the bottom and corners of the tray (see tip)
  • It’s a bit pricey (less expensive than disposable trays though)

TIPS

√ It’s a good idea to buy a second Forever Tray as backup to place it right away in the self cleaning litter box while you empty and wash the dirty one.

√ It’s recommendable using “Just the Crystals” because they work perfectly with the tray.

√ If you have back issues or arthritis you may want to opt for a better solution such as the Litter Bagger.

√ Use a water repellent or puppy pads to avoid urine smell or stain on the tray.

CONCLUSION

You may think that the Forever Litter Tray is too expensive for a plastic unit but this item has been designed and improved over the past 5 years not only to fit perfectly the ScoopFree automatic litter box but also to integrate greatly its functionality allowing you to save money on pre-filled trays.

Forever Litter Tray is also fairly easy to clean for a healthy adult and it doesn’t stain, however, over time the plastic may start showing stains and smell. To avoid this, you need to use some sort of solution to protect the bottom, such as water repellent or puppy pads.

I recommend using Forever Tray litter box if you have a ScoopFree automatic litter box and you don’t want to spend money in pre-filled trays with crystals. I recommend using a sealing system to protect the bottom of the tray.

x I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t want to deal with emptying a tray filled with crystals and wash it every time. Also if you don’t want to scoop out waste from a plastic compartment.

 

 

EcoFlex Litter Loo Litter Box Cover/End Table Review

EcoFlex Litter Loo Litter Box Enclosure

EcoFlex Litter Loo allows you to conceal your cat’s litter box so you and your visitors don’t have to see your cat’s bathroom every time.

The unit is made with ecoFlex which is an eco-friendly non-toxic composite that is easy to clean because it doesn’t absorb liquids. This litter box enclosure features a front hinged door so you can easily slide-in the litter box.

Litter Loo is easy to assemble, it’ll take you approximately 10-20 minutes and no tools are needed. It comes in 2 sizes: Standard for litter boxes and Jumbo for self-cleaning litter boxes. This review is for the standard size, suitable for regular litter boxes.

FEATURES

  • Conceals your cat’s litter box and can be used as end table
  • Made from eco-friendly non-toxic plastic-wood composite
  • EcoFlex material doesn’t absorb urine
  • Easy to wipe clean
  • Easy to assemble, no tools required
  • Accommodates standard size litter boxes (not included)
  • Hinged front door that flips down for easier access
  • Exterior Dimensions: 23.6” (L) x 18.5” (W) x 22.0” (H)
  • Interior Dimensions: 21.1” (L) x 17.1” (W) x 20.5” (H);
  • Door Dimension: 7.9” (W) x 7.9” (H)
  • Available colors: Antique White, Espresso and Russet
  • 1 year Manufacturer’s warranty

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS

Litter Loo on the inside

Litter Loo made from EcoFlex composite made from recycled plastic and reclaimed wood. This composite material feels like hard plastic and it doesn’t soak in liquids so it’s easy to wipe clean.

The unit comes disassembled so you will receive a package with all the parts separated. The shipping package comes with little pieces inside bigger pieces. You will need to assemble the panels using the included plastic screws and you don’t need tools to do this.

HOW IT WORKS

Litter Loo features a hinged front door that you just swing down to open and then you can slide-in the litter box. When the door is opened for scooping it’s like a ramp, you just slide the litter box down, scoop and slide it back in.
When you close the door it will stay shut by strong magnets located on the front panel. The side panels are shorter so they leave an opening on both sides that are meant to ventilate the inside and provide cats a more open feel.

Your cat will enter the enclosure through the opening cat door and use the litter box as usual. To clean the litter box just swing down the front door and slide the litter box out.

PROS

  • Hinged front door gives easy access to the interior
  • Litter Loo does a good job keeping the litter confined (except if your cat is a heavy litter kicker)
  • Easy assembling and no tools needed
  • Composite material doesn’t absorb urine, easy to wipe clean
  • Plastic screws are made from sturdy plastic
  • Strong magnets keep door tight
  • The cat door is big enough for big cats up to 15lbs
  • Nice way to cover the cat’s litter box
  • Not too big footprint
  • Side openings help to ventilate the inside
  • The unit is lightweight
  • Inside panels are resistant to cat scratches
  • It gives cats more privacy

CONS

  • It takes time to figure out how the pieces go together (after that the assembly is simple)
  • Not the fanciest design (but it looks nice and covers the litter box)
  • Though it’s simple to assemble, the plastic screws can become challenging
  • If your cat is a professional litter kicker, litter could spill through the side openings onto the floor.
  • It’s not made from wood (a Con only if you expected a wooden enclosure)
  • When the hinged front door is down it makes it difficult for people with physical issues to reach over the litter box.
  • The door is made from thin material where the hinges are located and it breaks after use, making the door useless.
  • The sides panels are not very thick
  • Scratches on the surfaces of panels may be expected
  • Cat door could be too high for old or disable cats
  • Bottom is not sealed so urine could leak
  • The unit is kind of narrow so the litter box fits tight, making it difficult to take it out to clean.
  • The materials don’t look of a high quality

TIPS

If you have a Tidy Cats Breeze litter box this enclosure allows you to accommodate it. Check customer photos how it fits.

Cat exiting the Litter Loo

  Note to Tidy Cats Breeze litter box owners: Be aware that although this litter box is just big enough to squeeze in a Tidy Cat Breeze box, it’s hard to get the litter box out for deep cleaning. You need to unscrew the top roof to remove the litter box to wash it. The front door is good for daily scooping.

  To avoid urine leaks, make sure to place a protection at the bottom of the unit, such as Puppy pads or other. Also, it’s a good idea to caulk the bottom if you have a “high pisser”. This will also prevent stray bits of soiled litter getting wedged in the cracks.

  If you have a cat whose butt does not have good aim get a high sided litter box to prevent urine from going onto the bottom of the enclosure hence, the floor.

The Espresso color is rather black with gray graining, but not a dark brown.

  The unit is easy to assemble, but is easier if you have somebody holding the pieces for you.

  As the composite material is very thin and weak at the bottom where the hinges connect to the front panel, you need to open the door very carefully without putting much pressure on it. This way the door won’t break.

CONCLUSION

EcoFlex Litter Loo looks between modern and outdoor, but it doesn’t look like a fine piece of furniture, due to details on the table top revealing that it’s a self-assembly item. However, the unit helps to conceal your cat litter box and on this sense it accomplishes this well.

Consider the size of the entry door being 7.9” x 7.9” so measure your cat to see if your pet will be able to go through easily.

Several customers noticed small scratches on the panels so if you want a flawless and pristine unit, you may pass on this one.

EcoFlex Litter Loo does better for:

  • Concealing the litter box with a functional design
  • Cats weighing up to 15 lbs
  • Cats that don’t have frequent litter box “accidents” with urine

x The unit may not be suitable:

  • For big cats weighing over 15 lbs
  • Elderly or disable cats
  • For claustrophobic pets
  • If your cat is not used to enclosed litter boxes
  • If you don’t like possible small scratches from Manufacturer
  • If you look an enclosure that looks like a piece of furniture

If you want to buy a high sided litter box to use with the Litter Loo, Amazon will suggest you the right litter box at the bottom of the page.