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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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MushroomCat Ultimate Scratcher Lounge Bed Review

MushroomCat Ultimate Scratcher Lounge Bed

MushroomCat Scratcher Lounge with a cute design and sturdy construction provides your cat a surface to scratch, relax and play, all in one piece.

Made from sturdy cardboard this unit will keep your cat’s claws away from furniture, curtains and couch so your pet can grind its claws without damaging your surfaces.

Cats need to scratch as a natural way to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, when stretching after waking up or resting and for marking purposes. If the cat doesn’t have a special surface for this, it will scratch on any surface that can provide a soft texture.

FEATURES

  • Sturdy construction, made with high quality standards
  • It provides your cat an area to scratch, rest, sleep, hide and play
  • Cute cat face design for a unique style
  • Can be used for one or two cats
  • Ecologically friendly, made from 100% recyclable materials.
  • Made from very sturdy heavy duty corrugated cardboard.
  • Designed to withstand up to 50 Kg without collapsing
  • With organic catnip included
  • Dimension: 18.9” Wide x 12.9” High x 9” Deep

Two cats can use it

HOW IT WORKS

MushroomCat Scratcher simply works as a scratcher, lounge for your cat to rest inside or on top and also as a hiding place.

Two cats can enjoy this unit as well, one inside and the other on top or using the MushrromCat as a tunnel to play.

Your cat can scratch inside or outside the unit, providing more options according to your cat’s preference.

 

PROS

  • It’s a scratcher, lounge, hiding place and a playing tunnel at the same time
  • Cute and decorative
  • It looks of good quality, well made
  • Made with recyclable materials
  • Most cats like it
  • Good way to provide a surface for your cat to claw on
  • The cat’s claws don’t get stuck on the cardboard
  • Suitable for 2 cats to play or sleep at the same time

CONS

  • The unit is not very stable, it flips over when the cat jumps on it or off it.
  • A small amount of cardboard will shed off the unit due to your cat scratching (though easy to clean, it doesn’t go everywhere).
  • It gets damaged if in contact with water, no suitable for cats with frequent urine “accidents”
  • Dimensions of the scratcher are small
  • A little pricey

TIPS

View from the bottom

Put some catnip on the scratch board on top or inside, this way your cat will feel attracted to it and will adopt the new scratcher faster. If your cat is adult and you have never given it catnip before try to avoid using it (some adult cats react urinating with catnip).

Cats usually scratch when waking up so try to put the unit close to the cat bed.

 

CONCLUSION

MushrromCat Ultimate Scratcher Lounge bed is a good investment if you want a place for your cat to scratch, hide, rest, sleep and play all in one place. The unit is really cute, well made and it will keep your cat’s claws away from your furnish.

Consider the dimensions of this unit before buying because it’s not as large as it looks in the pictures, it’s actually on the small side.

BOTTOM LINE

The MushroomCat scratcher lounge is a good buy if you have one or two kittens and want to provide it a place to scratch, play, hide and sleep, all in one.

If you buy this unit for your adult cat you might feel a little disappointed due to its small size, although there are several customers showing their happy adult cats using it but they don’t fit inside entirely.

All in all, if you want a large and stable surface for your adult cat, research another unit.

 

 

Acana Appalachian Ranch Cat food Review

Acana Appalachian Ranch Cat Food

Acana Appalachian Ranch is a formula that provides 75% of fresh and raw meats. With Angus beef, Yorkshire pork, grass-fed lamb, American bison and Blue catfish your cat will enjoy a meal that provides the nutrients and minerals your pet needs for a balanced natural diet.

Acana Appalachian doesn’t contain a bunch of synthetic supplements or additives keeping the diet of your feline friend as natural as possible.

This recipe contains a limited amount of carbs, using only low-glycemic carbs, such as peas or lentils and they are locally grown.

This grain-free formula doesn’t contain substitutes of proteins, such as peas protein concentrate which are commonly used to replace meat proteins to lower the cost. Meats are the natural source of proteins for cats ensuring lean muscle mass and avoiding obesity, a common problem of indoor cats.

FEATURES

  • Grain-free dry food
  • Free of potato or tapioca, avoiding unhealthy carbs for your cat
  • Contains biologically appropriate ratios of meats
  • 75% of ingredients are meats, fresh from local farms
  • Angus beef: meat, liver, tripe, kidney and cartilage (Appalachian ranches)
  • Yorkshire pork: meat, liver, tripe, kidney and cartilage (Kentucky farms)
  • Suffolk lamb: meat, liver, tripe (Kentucky farms)
  • American bison: meat (Appalachian ranches)
  • Blue catfish: whole and fresh from Kentucky lakes
  • Rich protein content supports lean muscle and a healthy cat’s weight
  • Contains vegetables, fruits and botanicals
  • Only 3 supplements: Choline, Zinc and Copper
  • Only 1 preservative: Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols)
  • Suitable for all life stages and breeds
  • It comes in bags of 4 lbs and 12 lbs.

INGREDIENTS

Deboned beef, deboned pork, deboned lamb, beef meal, lamb meal, pork meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, beef liver, beef fat, catfish meal, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, deboned bison, whole catfish, herring oil, natural pork flavor, lentil fiber, beef tripe, lamb tripe, lamb liver, pork liver, beef kidney, pork kidney, pork cartilage, dried kelp, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, carrots, apples, pears, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried pork liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

Crude protein: min 35% Crude fat: min 20% Crude fibre: max 4% moisture: max 10% calcium: min 1.8% phosphorus: min 1.3% Omega 6 fatty acids: min 1.8% Omega 3 fatty acids: min .6% DHA: min .1% EPA: min .1% calories: me 3980 kcal/kg, 454 kcal/8oz cup 34% from protein, 24% from fruits and vegetables, 42% from fat.

VITAMINS

Vitamin A:23 KIU/kg – Vitamin D3:2,510 IU/kg – Vitamin E:200 IU/kg – Vitamin B1 (Thiamine):31mg/kg – Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin):36mg/kg – Vitamin B3 (Niacin):210 mg/kg – Vitamin B5 (Pan. Acid):45mg/kg –
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine):24mg/kg – Vitamin B12:0.38mg/kg – Folic Acid:2.9mg/kg – Choline:2,700mg/kg

MINERALS

Sodium:0.35 % – Chloride:0.34 % – Potassium:0.70 % – Magnesium:0.10 % – Iron:260 mg/kg – Zinc:280 mg/kg – Copper:40 mg/kg – Manganese:16 mg/kg – Iodine:2.5 mg/kg – Selenium:0.6 mg/kg

 

ANALYSIS OF FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS:

(3.0/5)Deboned beef: The beef meat contains water so it provides less percentage of protein
(3.0/5)Deboned pork: The water contained in muscles adds weight to dry food. Best used in can food.
(3.0/5)Deboned lamb: Lamb meat is filled with water, less protein, deboned misleads as to higher quality.
(5.0/5)Beef meal: This is dehydrated muscle meat, it provides much more proteins.
(5.0/5)Lamb meal: Excellent protein source, easy to digest and less likely to cause allergies.

 

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF ACANA APPALACHIAN RANCH?

PROS

  • Grain-free formula
  • Good amount of guaranteed meat proteins 35%
  • Good ratio for fats with 20%
  • No potatoes or tapioca
  • Low glycemic carbs such as peas and lentils
  • Limited amount of synthetic supplements
  • Only one preservative, vitamin E
  • Meats and vegetables from local farms
  • Contains biologically appropriate ratios of meats
  • It lists 15 aminoacids in the formula

CONS

  • The minimum guaranteed Calcium is 1.8% , which is high (we don’t know the maximum)
  • The minimum guaranteed Phosphorus is 1.3% which is high (we don’t know the maximum)
  • Minimum guaranteed Omega-3 of 0.6% is low, it could be higher
  • Formula doesn’t list maximum values, except Moisture and Crude Fiber.

 

CONCLUSION

The 75% meats is the proportion of fresh and raw meats used in the formula, based on its total weight. As a big part of this weight is water contained in the meats, most of this weight lowers after the meats are cooked so the guaranteed meat protein in the total formula is 35%, which is a good amount of proteins for an adult cat.

The average rating for this cat food considering the first 3 ingredients is 3 stars which is an average rating for cat food. However, as the following ingredients on the list are beef meal and lamb meal (and not carbs) I considered the 5 main ingredients for this rating, which gives this cat food a rating of 3.8 which is very good.

The formula not only lists the 11 essential amionacids but also provides another 5 in the recipe.
The bad part of this formula is its high amount of Phosphorus and Calcium. It’s well known the effects of this in the kidney and urinary tract in cats.

BOTTOM LINE

Personally, I don’t recommend you to solely feed your cat this dry food. Due to its Phosphorus, Calcium and Magnesium content, it must be complemented with wet food on a proportion of 30% dry food and 70% wet food, approximately. Also, provide a fresh source of water at all times to prevent dehydration and kidney problems.

My bottom line is that Acana Appalachian is suitable :

  • For healthy and active cats that eat mostly wet food and need dry food to complement their diet and keep their teeth healthy. For this purpose this dry food is good, it’s a high-in-protein formula with meats that won’t most likely cause allergies.

x Acana Appalachian is not suitable:

  • As the only source of food for cats
  • For felines with a sensitive urinary tract system or kidney issues
  • Cats with thyroid condition
  • For kittens or elderly cats


 

Pet Zone EZ Scoop No Touch Cat Litter Box Review

Pet Zone EZ Litter Box

Pet Zone EZ Scoop litter box allows you to scoop your cat’s litter box by simply sliding the scooping rake collecting the litter clumps and deposit them in the waste bin.

This new system does all the scooping by pushing the rake, lifting it to dump the clumps into the waste bin and pulling it back into position, reducing the time of cleaning the litter box. The Pet Zone EZ scooping rake features fins that are designed to sweep and catch as much clumps as possible leaving behind a clean litter bed.

The waste tray features a lid to keep the waste covered with a clipped-in activated carbon filter on the inside of the lid to control odors. The waste tray is fully wrapped with a plastic no-touch bag for easy disposal.

 

FEATURES

  • Easy to keep clean, simply push, lift and pull the scooping rake.
  • The unit can be disassembled for easy cleaning

    Dimensions

  • Coated litter pan for easier sliding of the rake
  • Easy to setup, it comes pre-assembled
  • Includes one activated zeolite carbon filter to control odors
  • It comes with 4 no-touch bags for easy and more hygienic waste disposal
  • It works with any clumping litter
  • Strong metal rake for lifting heavy clumps
  • Bottom of litter box features rubber feet protects floors and keeps the unit from moving
  • Dimensions: 22.1” x 18.5” x 8.5”
  • Weight: 5.85 lbs
  • One year warranty

 

HOW IT WORKS

Cat inside Pet Zone EZ

The mechanism of the Pet Zone EZ litter box is simple, you need to firmly but gently push the rake grabbing it from its back and from the lever located on the rake’s right side.

When reaching the front end you need to lift the rake’s lever to open the lid, letting the clumps drop into the lined waste tray and pushing the lever down to shut the waste bin. Finally, slowly pull the rake back into position grabbing it from lever and back

Check a here a video how the unit works.

 

PROS

  • Slides a rake instead scooping
  • You can use any litter
  • Waste tray fully wrapped avoids contact with cat waste
  • No motor stuck that you have to reset
  • No assembly needed
  • Affordable price

 

CONS

  • It’s hard to scoop the litter box when urine clumps get stuck at the bottom
  • The lever is weak so you can’t push or pull the rake by only grabbing the lever, you must grab the rake from the back as well.
  • When lifting the lever some litter goes onto the floor
  • Some litter clumps get stuck on the rake
  • It’s hard to make the plastic bags fit and regular plastic grocery bags don’t fit.

 

TIPS FOR BETTER USE OF THE PET ZONE EZ LITTER BOX

  • Important: The rake’s lever is not designed to be pushed or pulled alone, it will break. When sliding the rake you must grab it from the back and from the lever simultaneously.
  • The more you slide the rake daily, the easier it is to slide it.
  • Try to use a lightweight litter to make it easier to slide the rake.

 

CONCLUSION

This is not an automatic litter box so you must clean it every day, just as any regular litter box. The difference with Pet Zone EZ is that you can scoop and collect the litter clumps by sliding a rake instead scooping the litter box with a scoop.

Although this solution is simple and could be effective in some cases, it doesn’t work for all cat owners. Some people might think this unit will allow them to scoop less, but this is not the case. If you really want this mechanism to work for you smoothly and effectively you must clean the litter box at least 2 times a day or more.

All in all, if you find beneficial to avoid the use of a scoop and if you can clean the litter box at least 2-3 times a day you may want to try this unit. However, make sure to do it right, otherwise you will end with the rake lever on you hand.

Finally, I don’t see the Pet Zone EZ as suitable for multi-cat households or for cats that are on the large side.

 

 

 

 

4CLAWS Elevated Cat Feeder Review

4CLAWS Elevated Cat Feeder

I decided to make a review of 4CLAWS elevated cat feeder because it offers several features that are really appreciated by cat owners. Its ergonomic design provides a healthy posture for your pet to eat and drink.

Due to the esophagus position when a cat is leaning over eating, occasional back-flows may occur and this is reduced by raising the food. Also, by elevating the food your cat experiences less stress on joints and muscles, a good feature for elderly or arthritic cats.

4CLAWS raised feeder comes with two 13Oz bowls providing plenty of capacity to feed your cat for more than a day with dry food.

If you like to warm up your cat food this is a good option since the bowls are made from sturdy glass that is microwave safe. Also the bowls are dishwasher safe.

The stand is a one-piece of anodized aluminum, with a modern clean style.

FEATURES

  • Made from sturdy and durable anodized aluminum
  • Modern and stylish look
  • 15 Degrees tilted bowls makes it easy for your cat eat, lick and drink
  • Elevation of 4” provides a healthy posture for your cat to eat
  • Comes with 2 thick glass bowls
  • Bowl diameter of 4.25” reduces whiskers stress when the cat is eating
  • Bowl depth: 1.75”
  • Good capacity of 13 Oz each bowl dry food
  • Bowl water capacity of 6 Oz when tilted
  • Removable bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Unit Dimensions: 12.6” Long x 6.5” Wide x 4” Tall
  • Height at the front: 2.25″
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces

Cat eating from 4CLAWS raised feeder

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF 4CLAWS ELEVATED CAT FEEDER?

PROS

  • Well made, sturdy with good construction
  • Durable anodized aluminum stand
  • Stylish clean design
  • Made from clean and modern looking brushed aluminum (similar to an Apple keyboard)
  • It discourage cats from splashing the water if used as water bowl
  • The bowls stay put
  • Bowls are really easy to clean
  • It keeps food away from the cat’s paws
  • Ergonomic design for your cat to have a better posture when eating
  • It keeps the feeding area cleaner
  • Bowls are very sturdy, dishwasher and microwave safe

CONS

  • You can’t buy bowls as spare
  • You can’t put very much water in the bowl, due to the tilted position so you need to refill more often.

TIPS

Stand and bowl

This unit looks beautiful if your kitchen has stainless steel dominance.

If your cat likes to splash water and you are going to use one of the bowls for water, make sure to place a rubber mat underneath this unit. Some cats get discourage from splashing water with a raised bowls, but others keep doing it.

 

CONCLUSION

4CLAWS Elevated cat feeder provides a good solution for cat owners that are looking for a modern clean looking unit to place in a living area or in the kitchen, keeping the cat feeding place clean from wet or dry food going onto the floor.

The unit is durable and is well made, the bowls that come with this feeder are made from thick high quality glass that can be put in the dishwasher and microwave, this alone tells you this is treated glass that resists high temperatures.

In conclusion, I recommend this unit to feed your cat. However, if you want to use one of the bowls for water and you don’t like to refill, this unit may not work. The tilted shape of the bowls don’t allow much water to be put in them without spilling.

4CLAWS is a great solution if you are looking for a modern, clean looking durable raised feeder for your cat.


 

PetFusion BetterBox Litter Box Review

PetFusion BetterBox litter box

Petfusion BetterBox is a cat litter box that features a non-stick coating which allows you to scoop the litter so much easier and faster because no clumps get stuck at the bottom, sides or corners of the litter box.

Keeping the litter box clean helps cats with bad elimination behavior, such as your cat not using the litter box and doing its business on the rug, for example. Also a clean litter box and reduces the exposure of you and your cat to germs.

The unit is Vet recommended and it provides a large space for your cat to do its business, turn around and dig. Also, the high walls help stop litter from going out of the litter box.

Petfusion BetterBox is made from premium ABS plastic and with a non-toxic non-stick coating on surfaces.

FEATURES

  • Litter box with non-stick coating
  • Reduces clumps sticking up to 70%
  • Easier to keep clean for better hygiene and less odors
  • Made from durable ABS plastic
  • Anti-microbial plastic
  • Plastic stronger and more rigid than regular litter boxes
  • Vet recommended
  • Lower entry for easy access
  • High walls contain litter and prevent litter box “accidents”
  • Designed with curves make it easier to scoop
  • Tested using international safety standards
  • Color: Slate Gray
  • Size: Large
  • Dimensions: 18” x 22” x 8”
  • From the floor to the lower entry: 5 inches
  • 12-month warranty (manufacturer defects)
  • BONUS: Set of 2 for discounted price

PROS

  • Very easy to clean, clumps don’t stick to the bottom, sides or corners of the litter box
  • Nice large pan easy to handle
  • Anti-microbial ABS plastic

    Lower entry

  • High quality rigid polypropylene
  • Lightweight, easy to move
  • Lower entry helps elderly or disable cats to enter the litter box
  • High walls keep the litter inside the pan, ideal for litter kickers
  • High walls for high sprayers
  • With litter level mark for optimum amount of litter
  • No sharp corners make it easier to scoop

CONS

  • A little expensive
  • It needs a lot of litter to fill the pan
  • The anti-stick coating may peel off after some months
  • It may be too large for a small cat
  • Lower entry doesn’t stop litter from going outside the litter box

TIPS

  • To make the cleaning of the litter box even easier you can purchase the Petfusion coated litter scoop.
  • It’s always a good idea to place a litter mat under the litter box to keep the area clean. Petfusion offers the ToughGrip Waterproof Cat Litter Mat that you can buy together with the litter box and the scoop.

CONCLUSION

Petfusion BetterBox is a perfect solution for cat owners that don’t like to scrape the litter box. The coating applied on the surface of Petfusion litter box makes it very easy to scoop, finishing this tedious task much faster as well.

The size of this litter pan is large, consider the provided dimensions before buying. Although this litter box features high walls, a tall high spraying cat may still get some urine out so it’ll depend of your cat.

I recommend Petfusion BetterBox for cats that are not too tall and especially for elderly or disable cats.

You can take advantage of getting this unit in Amazon where they offer a 5% off the price.