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How to keep indoor cats active

Indoor cat keeping active by playing with cat toy in the Freestyle hammock

As cat lovers, we want the best for our feline friends. Yet, in a world with potential hazards and dangers, keeping our beloved pets safe indoors often seems like the best option. However, while the indoors provide safety, it’s equally important to ensure our indoor cats remain active and engaged and lead fulfilling lives. In this blog, we’ll explore various strategies and products to keep indoor cats active and entertained, ensuring they stay healthy and happy.

Indoor cats

Keeping cats indoors can help keep them safe and, with the right measure, can give them a full and active lifestyle. Some breeds in particular are better suited to indoor life, such as ragdolls, British shorthairs and siamese as they are more docile than other cats. While letting your cat loose on the outside world has its appeal, there are risks to their health and safety that come with roaming free.

A big one for many cat owners is traffic – cars and cats don’t mix and, particularly when they are still young and finding their feet, traffic accidents pose a significant threat that is almost impossible to effectively safeguard against. There is also the risk of confrontation with other, aggressive animals, from the neighbourhood’s dominant tom cat to feral foxes. Exposure to disease and ingestion of toxic substances can also pose a risk.

By keeping cats indoors, you can shield your furry friend from these dangers and provide a secure environment where they can thrive. Moreover, indoor cats are less likely to contribute to the decline of native wildlife populations, as they won’t hunt birds or small mammals. Indoor living provides a controlled environment where you can monitor your cat’s health and safety more effectively, ultimately increasing the odds of a longer and healthier life.

Indoor stay is good for play

Contrary to popular belief, indoor cats can still lead fulfilling lives full of fun and stimulation. 

Indoor play is the key to keeping our feline friends engaged and mentally strong throughout the day. By providing a variety of interactive cat toys and cat climbing structures, you can mimic the excitement and challenges of the outdoor environment within the safety of your home. 

From chasing feather wands to pouncing on laser pointers, indoor play taps into cats’ natural instincts, keeping them physically active and mentally sharp. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to bond with your furry companion while also ensuring they get the exercise they need to maintain a healthy weight and mindset. So, whether it’s a game of hide-and-seek or a round of fetch with their favourite toy mouse, indoor playtime offers endless opportunities for fun and enrichment that cats truly adore.

Outdoor options for indoor cats

For indoor cats craving a taste of the great outdoors, the Catio outdoor cat enclosure designed by Omlet is a game-changer. This ingeniously designed enclosure provides a safe and controlled environment where our feline friends can satisfy their natural instincts while remaining protected from the various hazards lurking beyond our doorsteps. With ample space to roam, climb, and bask in the sunshine, cats can explore the sights, sounds, and scents of nature without the worry of traffic accidents or encounters with other animals. 

What’s more, the Catio allows you the opportunity to actively participate in your feline friend’s outdoor adventures, whether it’s by lounging alongside them, playing with interactive toys, or simply enjoying the fresh air together. It’s the perfect compromise, bridging the gap between indoor safety and outdoor exploration, ensuring that your beloved companion leads a fulfilling and enriched life.

While keeping your cat contained indoors is the safest option, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the outdoors in a controlled manner. Catios come in various sizes and designs, offering opportunities for climbing, sunbathing, and birdwatching while keeping your cat protected from potential dangers.

Products to keep your indoor cat active

Ever wondered how to keep your indoor cat entertained and active? Look no further. With a few clever products, you can turn your home into a playground that will keep your feline friend engaged and happy all day long. Check out these fantastic options:

Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree: This multi-tiered wonderland provides endless opportunities for climbing, scratching, and lounging, giving your cat the ultimate indoor adventure. Completely customizable and available in a variety of sizes, you can make a cat tree as personalized as your furry friend.

Freestyle Hammock Accessory: Let your cat kick back and relax in style with this cozy hammock attachment for the Freestyle cat tree. Perfect for afternoon naps, birdwatching or just contently hiding in the perfect spot from the comfort of their own perch.

Switch Cat Scratcher with Interactive LED Lights: Say goodbye to scratched furniture and hello to hours of entertainment with this innovative scratcher featuring interactive LED lights that will captivate your cat’s attention and keep them engaged for hours on end. Nothing gets your cat more lit than a scratcher with lights.

Human interaction – the best type of play

While toys and gadgets are valuable tools for keeping indoor cats active, nothing beats the interaction with their human companions. Spending quality time playing, cuddling, and bonding with your cat not only keeps them physically active but also strengthens the bond between you both. Whether it’s a game of chase, a gentle grooming session, or simply lounging together, your presence and attention are invaluable to your cat’s well-being. The Switch is a great blend of technology and connection, as by using the remote control to switch up the light display, you and your cat can while away the time together. 

Omlet and your cat

Keeping indoor cats active requires dedication and creativity from pet owners. With a commitment to creating solutions that enhance the lives of pets and their humans, Omlet offers a range of inventive products designed to enrich the indoor cat experience. From stylish cat beds to interactive cat scratchers, we understand the needs of modern pet owners and their feline companions, so we design products that ensure a harmonious and enjoyable life together.

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Is my cat overweight? Signs of feline obesity and how to prevent

Woman and girl on the couch with a cat using the Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher.

We love our felines, and ensuring their well-being is a top priority for pet owners. But have you ever picked up your furry friend and wondered, is my cat just super fluffy or is my cat overweight? Just like humans, cats can struggle with a few extra pounds, which can lead to various health issues if left unchecked. In this blog, we’ll explore the signs of feline obesity, why it’s crucial to prevent it, and what you can do to keep your furry companion fit and healthy.

How to tell your cat is overweight

Recognising whether your cat is carrying a few extra pounds can sometimes be a challenging task, especially since cats come in all shapes and sizes. However, there are some telltale signs to look out for.

Feelin’ the fur: Take a moment to give your kitty a gentle pet. Can you feel their bones under all that fluff? A healthy cat should have a bit of padding, but if it feels more like squishing a pillow, it might be time for a closer look.

The “pudgy paws” test: Check out those paws. If your cat’s once dainty digits now resemble mini marshmallows, they might be carrying a bit too much weight. Extra padding on the paw pads is a telltale sign of obesity.

Watch ’em walk: Take a gander at your cat’s strut. If they’ve got a noticeable waddle or jiggle when they move, it could be a sign of excess weight.

Belly beware: Lift your cat’s front legs and peek underneath. Can you see a muffin top where their waist should be? While it’s a good sign in baked goods, it could be an indication of excess weight on our feline friends.

Tail-end trouble: Your cat’s tail can reveal a lot about their weight. If it’s looking more like a sausage than a sleek swish, they might be carrying some extra heft.

Cuddle cautiously: Sure, snuggling up with your favourite feline is adorable, but if their belly feels like a beanbag chair, it might be time to reconsider those extra treats.

Weighing in: While every cat’s ideal weight varies, a trip to the vet’s office for a weigh-in can provide valuable insights.

Lackluster leaping: Is your once agile acrobat now more of a couch potato? If they’re opting for catnaps over zoomies, it might be due to carrying excess weight. Time to encourage some more playtime.

Why you want to avoid extra weight in cats

Extra weight in cats, just like in humans, can seriously impact their health and quality of life. Picture this: you wake up feeling sluggish, your joints creaking like an old floorboard, and every movement feels like you’re lugging around a sack of potatoes. That’s what it’s like for overweight cats, except they can’t hit the gym or switch up their diet on their own.

Carrying those extra pounds puts immense strain on their joints, leading to arthritis and aches that can make even a leisurely stroll to their cat food bowl feel like a marathon. And let’s not forget the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health issues that lurk in the shadows of those extra pounds.

But it’s not just physical health at stake here. A lack of energy and a sense of sluggishness can stop them enjoying the activities they need to keep them mentally stimulated, relaxed and happy, such as climbing, playing and scratching.

Obesity in cats can significantly impact their health and quality of life. Excess weight can also lead to respiratory problems, liver disease, and urinary tract issues. Keeping your furry friend fit and fabulous is not just for the sake of their waistlines, but for their own enjoyment and vitality, which benefits us so much.

How to prevent obesity in cats

Preventing obesity in cats ideally starts with establishing healthy habits from an early age, but can be encouraged at any life stage. Remember, moderation and movement are key to keeping our furry friends in tip-top shape. Here are 5 top ways to keep your cat in shape:

  1. Playtime palooza: Engage in daily play sessions that encourage your cat to jump, chase, and pounce, ensuring they get their heart rate up and those calories burning. Set aside dedicated time each day to engage in active play with your cat by using interactive cat toys and games that stimulate their natural hunting instincts. The Switch Cat Scratching Post is a playtime game changer, with over 1200 light modes for endless entertainment.
  2. Foodie fun: Make mealtime more interactive by using food puzzles or slow-feeders to encourage your cat to work for their meal, keeping their minds sharp and their tummies satisfied without overindulging.
  3. Vertical ventures: Cats love to climb, so invest in an indoor cat tree where they can perch and explore, providing both mental stimulation and opportunities for physical activity.
  4. Window watcher workout: Set up a cozy perch with a comfy cat bed by a window where your cat can leap up and bird-watch or simply soak up the sun. It’s like Netflix for cats—entertaining and calorie-free.
  5. Outdoor adventure: Take your cat on supervised outdoor adventures with a safely enclosed outdoor Catio, allowing them to explore new sights and smells while getting some fresh air and exercise.

Omlet and your cat

Ensuring your cat maintains a healthy weight is vital for their overall well-being. By being mindful of their diet, providing ample opportunities for exercise and play, and monitoring their weight regularly, you can help prevent obesity and keep your furry friend happy and healthy. At Omlet, we understand the importance of nurturing the bond between you and your pet, which is why we design products like the Freestyle Indoor Cat Tree and the Switch Cat Scratching Post to prioritize their well-being and enhance your connection with them. After all, healthy cats are happy cats and happy cats are what we love.

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What scratching post is best for my cat?

Cat sat on top of the Switch Cat Scratcher

Cats and scratching go paw in paw. Given the opportunity, they’ll scratch at anything, so the right scratcher is essential for saving the furniture and walls of any cat parent. But not all cat scratchers are created equal. So, how in a market of short-lived and boring scratchers, do you know what the best scratching post is for your cat? Let’s delve into the world of scratchers and discover the key to your cat’s contentment.

Scratch their innate itch

A cat that claws at your sofa isn’t poorly behaved. Rather, scratching comes as naturally to cats as meowing does. Not only do cats scratch to take care of their claws, but it’s also their way of releasing stress, marking their territory and a form of feline exercise. Given this behaviour is so important to a cat’s physical and mental well-being, finding a scratcher is more than just a means of protecting your home from scratch marks. 

Finding a scratcher to suit

Wood cat scratchers

Wood is a sturdy choice for a cat scratcher and can look great in your home. High-quality wooden cat scratchers are also incredibly durable. While an option for cats that enjoy scratching your wooden furniture, most generally prefer more resistant materials to claw. Fussy felines can also have preferences for which type of wood they enjoy scratching. So while you might be happy with how their new scratcher looks, your cat might not be so impressed.

Cardboard cat scratchers

Cats love cardboard, so much so that they’ll often enjoy playing with the cardboard box their new toy came in just as much as the toy itself! While cardboard cat scratchers have the benefit of being more affordable, many owners find themselves having to bin the entire product shortly after their purchase, creating unnecessary waste.

The Stak Cat Scratcher, however, has been made with sustainability at the forefront. A firm favourite amongst felines, the durable cardboard of the Stak means cats can enjoy hours of scratching sessions. And when they finally paw away the last of the cardboard, you can simply add a Stak refill pack and the fun can start all over again.

Carpet cat scratchers

Carpet cat scratchers offer comfort for cat paws due to the nature of the material. These types of scratchers do have their disadvantages though. For one, they can lead to confusion, with cats unsure of which carpet in the home is for scratching and which carpet is not. Carpet cat scratchers are also notorious for harbouring dirt and fur, which again, can result in waste from having to replace them frequently. 

Sisal cat scratchers

Sisal mimics the natural texture of bark on trees, which makes for an excellent choice for cats who want to get in touch with their wild side. Sisal scratchers are either made from sisal rope or sisal fabric but for cats who don’t like rougher textures, it can take time to learn how to use them.

The Switch Cat Scratcher with blue lights

A scratcher that does it all

But what about a cat scratcher that does it all? Why do we have to compromise when it comes to our cats’ toys? Could there not be a cat scratcher that has the benefits of a high-quality cardboard scratcher, doesn’t take hours of teaching your cat to get used to, and creates a new way for pets and their owners to bond? Our designers got to thinking and after several rounds of product testing (thanks to the help of some feline friends), we created the ultimate cat scratcher. 

Introducing Switch. Interactive, sustainable and ingenious, the Switch Cat Scratcher will take your cat’s scratching to another dimension. Made with a hard-wearing natural bamboo base and biodegradable sisal sleeve, the Switch has been expertly engineered to withstand even the sharpest of scratches. 

And the coolest part? It lights up. With over 1200 ambient light settings, the Switch is nearly as fun for people as it is for pets. Simply choose from a range of light programs, colour, brightness and speed settings for hours of entertainment. It’s out with flimsy, boring and unsustainable scratchers and in with connecting with your cat in colour. 

The Switch is also 20% taller than the standard scratcher, which means cats will enjoy the benefits of scratching and stretching. Plus, the anti-topple technology guarantees your cat’s safety and boosts their confidence, no matter how hard they scratch. 

Caring for your cat with Omlet

At Omlet, we never stop asking questions, which led us to the ingenious design of the Switch Cat Scratcher. Compromise is never an option when it comes to animals’ well-being, and we strive to continue designing products to help pets and owners build a wondrous connection. Shop our range of cat products, including our Freestyle Cat Tree to unleash your feline’s inner explorer and cosy cat beds for a guaranteed good night’s sleep after hours of scratching and climbing. 

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The health benefits of scratching posts

Cat scratching at the top of the Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher

Cat scratching posts are more than just furniture-saving accessories; they play a pivotal role in maintaining your feline friend’s overall health and well-being. Beyond providing a convenient outlet for your cat’s natural scratching instincts, scratching posts offer a myriad of physical and mental health benefits that contribute to their vitality and happiness. Follow along as we uncover the science behind cat scratching and why scratching posts are not just a want, but a need.

Physical benefits

A cat’s primal urge to scratch isn’t just a whim; it’s a workout in disguise. Stretching, reaching, and claw action are all part of the physical benefits that cats receive from this essential behaviour.  

Claw health

Cat scratching posts act as a natural manicure station for your furry companions. “Stropping,” the process where cats pull their claws through a surface after scratching, helps in sharpening claws and maintaining claw health by removing the outer sheath, which in turn, ensures precision and strength in their scratching prowess. This natural maintenance reduces the risk of painful issues like ingrown claws and allows for healthy nail growth.

Weight management

Engaging with a scratching post isn’t just about claw care; it’s also an exercise routine for your cat. Statistics show that 40% of domesticated cats are overweight – that’s a lot of extra kitty to go around. But the good news is that stretching, reaching, and digging claws into a scratching post are physical activities that are excellent calorie burners. For indoor cats, especially, this form of exercise aids in weight management and helps prevent obesity-related health issues.

Stretch necessity

Cats are incredibly flexible animals, and stretching is an integral part of their daily routine. A scratching post serves as a tool for them to stretch their bodies, promoting muscle flexibility and preventing stiffness. Regular stretching also maintains a cat’s agility and contributes to their overall physical health, like keeping their digestive system regular and healthy.

Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher with pink light setting

Mental benefits

If cats had a therapist it would be a cat scratching post. Each satisfying scratch triggers a cascade of endorphins, whisking your feline friend away to a realm of pure contentment. It’s akin to their personal stress-relief session. With every swipe, cats leave behind not just a physical mark but also a signature scent that reassures them and crates a stress-free zone

Endorphin essential

Scratching isn’t just a physical need for cats; it’s also an emotional release. When a cat scratches, their body releases endorphins which are the feel-good hormones that induce pleasure and relaxation. This natural high provides your cat with a sense of contentment and well-being. What more could you want for your favourite feline?

Stress relief

Cats often scratch as a way to alleviate stress and anxiety. It’s a form of self-soothing behaviour that helps them relax and unwind. By having a designated scratching post, cats can redirect their stress into a positive outlet, reducing destructive behaviours that may stem from anxiety. 

Marking territory

Did you know your cat is communicating when they scratch? Scratching isn’t merely about sharpening claws; it’s also a means of marking territory. Cats have tiny scent glands in their paw pads, and when they scratch, they leave their scent behind. This territorial marking is their way of leaving a message that they were here and this post belongs to them.

What’s the best scratching post?

Now that you understand the science behind why cats need a scratching post, how do you decide which one is best for your feline friend? Based on the physical and mental benefits that cats receive from a good scratch, it’s best to look for a scratching post that delivers on sturdiness, durability, and engagement. 

At Omlet, we craft our scratching posts that cater to a cat’s every need. Our designs not only provide a durable and enticing scratching surface where claws can lay claim, but we also incorporate elements that stimulate cats mentally and physically like our Switch LED Cat Scratching Post. From adjustable heights to varied textures, to colour-changing light scenes, Omlet’s scratching posts engage cats and encourage healthy scratching habits while promoting exercise and mental stimulation. 

Omlet and your cat’s scratching

Omlet’s commitment to understanding feline behaviour and needs has resulted in ingenious products that simplify pet care while enriching cats’ lives. With products such as the customisable Freestyle Cat Tree, the outdoor Catio playground, and the sleek-designed Maya Indoor Cat House, Omlet creates products that seamlessly integrate into your cat’s routine, fostering their health and happiness. So, the next time your cat stretches out and indulges in a good scratch, remember, it’s not just a habit—it’s a health essential.

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Best cat scratching posts: help your feline exercise & destress

Woman putting the sleeve on the Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher

If your beloved feline is turning your furniture into a scratching sanctuary, we have a stylish and practical answer. In this blog, we’ll unravel the mystery behind the best cat scratching posts, designed to save your furniture and satisfy your cat’s natural instincts. From sleek designs that blend seamlessly with your decor to supersized play stations for even the liveliest and biggest breeds, we’ve got you covered. Say hello to a harmonious household where your furry friend can happily scratch with the best scratching posts that will help your feline exercise and destress.

Why do cats need scratching posts?

Cats are natural scratchers; it’s an intrinsic behaviour that’s crucial for their well-being. So giving your cat a scratching post is more than just providing a new place to scratch; it serves as a designated outlet for their scratching urges, saving your sofa from becoming a shredded mess and their cat beds from being constantly clawed at. 

Furniture saviour: One of the best ways to divert your cat’s natural urge to scratch up your beloved sofa or bed is with a scratching post. Consider it your furniture preserver from claw-induced destruction.

Claw maintenance: Just like our nail clippers, scratching posts act as the manicurist for your cat’s claws. Regular scratching helps them shed the outer layers of their claws, keeping them healthy and preventing overgrowth.

Exercise central: Scratching posts aren’t just for scratching. They double up as exercise equipment for your cat. With various heights and textures, cat scratching posts encourage stretching, jumping, and climbing—keeping your furball physically fit and agile.

Stress buster: Cats scratch for various reasons, and one of them is stress relief. Having a scratching post available allows them to de-stress and mark their territory, establishing a sense of ownership and comfort in their own space.

The best materials to work your cat’s claws

When it comes to keeping your cat’s claws in top-notch condition, the choice of scratching post material is crucial. If cats could talk, they would say the material that works best for them to scratch is one that’s durable yet also allows for playful destruction. But because cat scratchers come wrapped in a variety of different materials such carpet, burlap, sisal, and cardboard, it can be hard to decide which is best for your feline friend. 

At Omlet, we selected sisal and cardboard as star materials for our cat scratching posts due to their cat-friendly features. Sisal’s hard-wearing nature ensures a post can endure countless scratching sessions, while maintaining its integrity for an extended period of time. Made from a durable natural fibre extracted from the agave plant, sisal offers a rough texture that’s feline-friendly for scratching. Its resilience stands the test of time and allows cats to dig their claws in without causing significant wear and tear.

Likewise, cardboard is a clever choice for scratching as its texture provides an irresistible invitation for cats. The layered construction and recyclability of the product offers a renewable and eco-friendly option, ensuring ongoing entertainment and a sustainable solution for both cats and their owners. In our commitment to providing cats with durable, enjoyable, and environmentally conscious scratching solutions, we believe sisal and cardboard are the best choices. 

What’s the best scratching post for large cats?

When it comes to bigger cat breeds, they need bigger scratching posts. But exactly how big? To get a proper stretch, cats need to extend their bodies fully mimicking their behaviour in the wild. For larger cats, the best scratching post boasts taller and thicker dimensions, providing an expanse that accommodates their size and strength. 

Plus, a thicker and more robust scratching post also ensures stability and durability, withstanding the powerful scratching force of larger cats. A sturdier post construction prevents wobbling or tipping over, providing a secure platform for them to exert their energy without concern. The Omlet Stak Cat Scratcher and the Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher are great options for large cats as the taller and sturdier dimensions provide an enriching and fulfilling scratching experience for even larger breeds.

With the Switch, we took cat scratching one step further by incorporating interactive LED lights within the post to allow for increased fun and entertainment for your cat. Not only are these customizable light shows great for your cat’s brain training, they help to engage their natural instincts of hunting as well. No matter your cat’s age or breed they are sure to fall in love with this innovative and playful post.

Two cats and the Stak Cat Scratcher

Top scratching post for small cats and kittens

For small cats and kittens, the best scratching posts are designed with their specific needs in mind, offering a range of options that cater to their petite size and playful nature. Scaled-down scratching posts with a lower height provide accessibility for tiny felines to comfortably reach and explore without any difficulty. So best to opt for a compact yet sturdy post that won’t overwhelm your small cat or kitten but can still provide a stable base for scratching and stretching.

A compact and sturdy scratcher like the Omlet Stak in Short can be great for kittens, and they will love being able to jump and reach the top even when they’re tiny. However, if you want to bring an element of interactive play to their scratch session, the Omlet Switch is a fantastic option with its 1200+ light modes to fascinate your feline for years to come. These post options prioritize safety, engagement, and adaptability, all designed to meet the unique needs of your tinier furry friends. 

Sustainable scratching posts at Omlet

Omlet takes sustainability to new heights with our innovative scratching posts. In order for us to challenge the pet care norm, we ask questions that make our designs better for you and your pet. Questions like, “Can a cat scratching post live forever?” Through ingenuity and our meticulous attention to what’s important, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’ and is found in our unique cat scratching post designs.

In our commitment to eco-friendliness, our approach is simple – design scratching posts with replaceable, sustainable refills. With the Stak Cat Scratcher, there’s no longer a need to replace the entire post. Simply switch out the worn-out cardboard layers with a new replaceable refill and your cat will be back to scratching in no time. 

Likewise, the Switch Cat Scratcher comes with replaceable sisal sleeves. As soon as the scratched area becomes too frayed or worn, just remove the old one and replace it with a new one while keeping the same post. This ingenious system not only reduces waste but also ensures a cost-effective and eco-conscious solution for pet owners. 

By choosing Omlet’s sustainable scratching posts, you not only contribute to a greener environment, but you also provide your feline companions with endless scratching fun. The refillable nature of these posts underscores Omlet’s dedication to reducing the carbon pawprint, offering a simple yet remarkable way to keep cats happily scratching without adding waste to the landfill.

Top tips to train your cat to use their post

Encouraging your cat to embrace regular scratching posts involves one part finesse and several parts feline psychology. Here are some top tips on how to encourage scratching on a scratching post instead of your furniture:

  • Strategically place the post in an area where your cat scratches the most. Have a cat that likes to scratch in multiple areas? Might be best to buy more than one post.
  • Introduce positive reinforcement by using cat treats placed on or near the post. Catnip is a great option as its fragrance is irresistible to most felines and will entice them to do just about anything.
  • Gently guide your cat to the post when you first place it in the designated area. This is a great time to connect with your furry friend and show them with your own hands how the post is a perfect place to scratch and stretch.
  • Redirection is key. If your cat starts to go back to previous habits of clawing your sofa, simply bring them back to the post to help redirect the behaviour there.
  • Patience, patience, patience. Cats are clever and it won’t take long for them to recognize the scratching post as a preferred spot to sink their claws into.

Cat care with Omlet

Omlet stands at the frontier of pet product innovation, continually breaking boundaries to create products that matter to both pet owners and their beloved cats. Our unique and sustainable cat scratching posts are just one way we exemplify this commitment by offering more than just a simple post. From sustainable, refillable options that minimize waste to posts designed specifically for cats of varying sizes and needs, Omlet’s creations redefine what a scratching post can be. It’s not just about a scratching post; it’s about elevating the pet ownership experience to remarkable new heights.

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How to stop a cat from scratching the sofa

Cat stretching on the Omlet Switch Cat Scratcher next to a couch

Are you tired of finding your beloved sofa in shreds, thanks to the work of your favourite feline friend? When it comes to claw-induced destruction of furniture, the struggle can be real for some cat owners. You love your sweet furry friend like family, but you also love your furniture to stay looking nice and new, too. So what are you to do? While asking your cat to stop scratching would be like asking you to stop moving, there are ways you can divert this innate behaviour in a more constructive and healthy manner. Keep reading to learn how to stop your cat from scratching the sofa and create a harmonious house for everyone.

Why your cat is scratching the sofa

When you see your furniture turned into a feline framed art piece, it’s hard not to think this is an act of rebellion. The fact is, scratching is an instinct that’s hardwired into cats and a primal behaviour that’s as natural to them as walking upright is to us. That’s why offering an alternative, such as a sturdy cat scratching post, is one of the best ways to encourage this behaviour. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your cat may be scratching your sofa:

Territorial tactics: Cats are natural territorial beings, and scratching is their way of marking their territory. Your sofa might just be the chosen canvas for a feline masterpiece, proudly declaring, “This spot is mine!”

Nail maintenance: Scratching isn’t just a decor-destroying hobby for cats; it’s also a crucial part of their nail care routine. They need to shed the outer sheath of their claws, and your sofa happens to be the most convenient emery board in town.

Stretching stretches beyond yoga: Cats love a good stretch, and your sofa provides the perfect surface for a full-body flex. Consider it their version of a yoga mat – except with a bit more claw action.

Stress relief: Just like we might squeeze a stress ball, cats scratch to release tension. So, if your feline friend is going through a tough time, that sofa may be taking one for the team in the name of kitty relaxation.

Visual and scent marking: Scratching isn’t just a physical act for cats; it’s a multi-sensory experience. They leave both visible marks and scent markings from glands in their paws. Your sofa is getting a full aromatic treatment.

Attention, please: Cats are clever animals, and they know how to grab your attention. If they’ve noticed that a few claw marks result in a flurry of activity, they might just keep scratching for the thrill of your response.

Boredom buster: Cats need mental and physical stimulation. If they’re not entertained, they might turn to your sofa for some recreational scratching. Consider it their way of saying, “I need more toys, please”.

Texture preference: Cats have preferences too. Your sofa might offer a texture that’s particularly appealing to your feline friend. It’s like their way of telling you they have a sophisticated taste in furniture.

Types of sofas cats are prone to scratch

While some sofa materials are more likely to be destroyed by a curious kitty than others, there are a few sofas that you will want to steer clear of if you have a cat. These materials offer enough satisfying resistance for cats to sink their claws into with comfort and ease, making your sofa a shredded place to sit. 

Tweed sofas may offer a lot in their beautiful texture and ease of cleaning, but for a cat, it’s a welcoming committee for their claws. The tightly woven, looped texture of tweed is a perfect hook for your cat’s claws to get into and begin to rip out the fabric one thread at a time. Not to mention, trying to get cat hair off tweed is a nightmare as well, so best to avoid this type of sofa altogether if you’re in a feline-friendly home. 

The second type of sofa to avoid if you don’t want it shredded is chenille. While the rich texture of this fabric may look pretty, it’s actually created of small, nubby piles to give it that raised look and feel. And those small, nubby piles are perfect for cat claws to sink right into and rip out. Unfortunately, with chenille, once those loops are ruined, they can’t be repaired, so it’s best to avoid chenille sofas if you can. 

Lastly on the list of sofas cats are prone to scratch is the luxurious velvet. Simply stated – cats and velvet don’t mix. This material is extremely delicate and not a match for the sharp kneeds and paws of cat claws. But if you’re a cat owner and absolutely love the royal look of velvet, all is not lost. Microfiber and microsuede sofas provide similar look and feel options with a more cat-claw-resistant fabric.

A step-by-step guide to stop your cat from scratching the sofa

If your sofa is bearing the brunt of your cat’s relentless scratching, a harmonious coexistence between your feline friend and your furniture can be within reach. Follow this simple, yet effective, step-by-step guide to put an end to the sofa catastrophe:

  1. Provide alternatives: Cats scratch to mark territory and sharpen their claws. Offer enticing alternatives like scratching posts made of materials cats love, such as sisal or cardboard.
  2. Placement matters: Strategically place the scratching posts near the sofa. If your cat loves to scratch a particular spot on the sofa, put the scratching post right there.
  3. Catnip attraction: Sprinkle a bit of catnip on the scratching post to make it more appealing. The allure of this feline favourite can redirect your cat’s attention away from the sofa quickly.
  4. Trim those claws: Regular nail trims can minimize the impact of scratching. Invest in cat-friendly nail clippers and make it a bonding experience.
  5. Protect with covers: Use furniture covers, such as snuggly warm cat blankets or a cosy cat donut bed, to shield the sofa temporarily. Cats might find these less satisfying to scratch.
  6. Positive reinforcement: Reward your cat when they use the scratching post. Positive reinforcement can strengthen the association between desired behaviour and rewards.

By training your cat to use a scratching post instead, you’ll be well on your way to a scratch-free sofa and a happier feline companion. Remember, a little patience and creativity go a long way in fostering a harmonious home environment for both you and your beloved cat.

Training positive scratching with cat scratch posts

Transform your cat’s destructive scratching tendencies into a positive and entertaining experience with the magic of cat scratching posts. Here are some ways you can make a scratching post your feline’s new best friend:

Scratch-worthy selection: Cats have preferences, and so do scratch posts. Experiment with various materials like sisal or cardboard to discover your cat’s scratching paradise. The Omlet Stak Scratching Post is a durable and sustainable option as the refillable cardboard layers can easily be removed, recycled, and replaced when worn down, allowing for continued scratching fun. 

Likewise, the Omlet Switch Scratching Post is wrapped in the feline favourite, sisal, and was created with an innovative built-in light show that interactively keeps your cat entertained and engaged for hours.

Positive praise: One of the best ways to encourage scratching on a post is to shower your cat with praise and treats every time they use the post. Positive reinforcement creates a connection between desired behaviour and rewards and makes your cat want to come back again and again. Avoid negative reactions if your cat scratches elsewhere – instead, gently redirect them back to the scratching post and reward them when they comply. 

Playful engagement: Make the scratch post a play zone. Hang cat toys or dangle enticing strings nearby to turn scratching into a playful activity that you and your cat can enjoy together. Or just get your cat the Omlet Switch Scratcher which doesn’t need any extras added as the 1200+ interactive light modes are entertaining enough.

Sofa materials your cat won’t scratch

If it’s time to upgrade your sofa to a feline-friendly haven, choosing materials that defy the irresistible allure of your cat’s claws is essential. We recommend three main fabrics for scratch-resistant comfort: microfiber, faux suede, and synthetic polyester. Microfiber is made with smooth, tightly woven fibers, and serves as a fortress against claw incursions, deterring even the most determined scratchers. Similarly, faux suede offers a soft and smooth texture that beckons your cat to snuggle for a snooze instead of starting a scratch session. Lastly, synthetic polyester is a resilient material that withstands the test of time and tenacious paws. 

These materials not only provide a cosy spot for your cat to lounge but also serve as a stylish sanctuary that stands up to the whims of your furry companion. So if you are searching for a way to create comfort and style for you and your cat, try one of these sofa materials instead.

More furniture your feline may scratch

While the sofa often bears the brunt of scratching escapades, your cat’s artistic impulses might extend to other unsuspecting pieces of furniture. From the armchair in the corner, to the enticing wooden coffee table, to the luxurious drapes hanging by the window – no spot is entirely immune. Even the carpet and walls aren’t safe from a spontaneous scratching session. 

In order to safeguard your home’s decor, consider incorporating cat scratching posts strategically near any and all of these tempting targets. By doing so, you provide your cat with an alternative outlet for their natural instincts, sparing your furniture from the unintended consequences of their claws. With the right cat scratching posts, you can turn your home into a haven where both style and scratching habits can peacefully coexist.

The feline breeds most likely to scratch

While scratching is an innate behaviour found in all cat breeds, some cats stand out as “most likely to scratch” more than others. But do keep in mind that individual personalities vary among breeds, so every cat is different in their propensity to scratch. Meet the playful perpetrators: 

Siamese, with their curious nature and penchant for climbing, might extend their claws in exploration more so than their feline counterparts. 

The Maine coon, known for their size and agility, could inadvertently leave their mark on furniture during an adventurous stretch. 

Bengal cats, with their wild ancestry, may unleash their inner jungle instincts through enthusiastic scratching. 

While the Sphynx, though hairless, possesses a desire for tactile stimulation and may express it through scratching. 

Caring for your cats with Omlet

Omlet’s commitment to innovation extends beyond products; it’s a promise to bring pets and people closer together. Our designs aren’t just creations; they’re bridges connecting you and your cats in the most delightful ways. Whether it’s the playfulness of interactive and engaging cat scratching posts or taking the adventure outdoors with our Catio or blending style and functionality seamlessly with our furniture litter box, Omlet is your companion in crafting a world where the joy of pet ownership knows no bounds. Embrace the extraordinary with Omlet – because your cats deserve nothing less.

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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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Why do cats love lasers?

Cat playing with laser pointer on the floor

Anyone lucky enough to have a feline friend in their life will be able to confirm just how much they love lasers. Mesmerized by a bright beam, the temptation of a laser toy is one no cat can resist. And while chasing a shining, moving ray of light might seem far removed from nature, a cat’s love of lasers couldn’t be more instinctive. We’ll explore the truth behind what makes them so irresistible for felines and how to best meet this need in the home.

Unleash their wild side

However cuddly your cat can be, they are natural hunters, more than capable of killing small mammals, birds and reptiles in the garden. Keeping your cat indoors comes with the bonus of your pet not bringing home their prey, but even by watching them play, their inner natural predator can’t be denied.

A laser pointer toy mimics how a cat would hunt in the wild, with the small red dot acting as fast-moving prey. For a cat, there’s nothing more thrilling than pouncing on their target after a slow, crouched stalk. And for indoor cats especially, a laser toy can satisfy the hunter in them more than other toys.

Play through a cat’s eyes

Cats don’t just love lasers for the fact that they support their primal hunting instincts. Another reason behind cats’ obsession with these darting beams of light is because of how their eyes perceive them. 

What we see as a laser isn’t what they see. Put simply, cats have six to eight times more rod cells in their eyes than humans do. This makes them much better at detecting light at low levels. Cats also have excellent peripheral vision, meaning they’re able to spot lasers from the corner of their eyes.

Feline brain training

Cats need more than just physical exercise. To make sure they stay stimulated, mental exercise is just as important. Playing with a laser not only keeps your feline fit but provides them with the brain training they crave by having to navigate how they can catch their “prey” i.e. the red dot.

Cat lasers and safety

Laser toys don’t come without controversy, with the two biggest concerns surrounding the potential of chasing becoming a compulsive behaviour and the second, being the effect on cats’ eyes. Let’s break it down.

As we’ve explored, cats love to pounce, chase and catch their prey – hence their love for lasers. But while in the wild, their hunting session would end with a well-deserved “reward”, lasers can leave your kitty feeling frustrated. This frustration can lead to an over-excited cat who creates a habit of pouncing on what they shouldn’t (that includes your hands, feet, flickering lights, reflections and other pets). 

There are a few key takeaways here. First of all, stop laser play if you notice your cat’s behaviour change for example if they become distressed or anxious. You should also check the wattage of your cat’s laser toys, ensuring its output is lower than 5 milliwatts. Most importantly, never shine a light directly into your cat’s eyes.

Despite these concerns, the lure of a laser is often too strong for cats and pet parents but what if there was an alternative? A toy that cats love just as much as lasers, or perhaps even more? A toy that supports a cat’s natural desire to chase, pounce and scratch? A toy that allowed cats to play safely, that just happens to be the coolest product ever? Introducing the Switch Cat Scratcher.

Cat looking at the bright lights on the Switch Cat Scratcher

Start the light show

The Switch Cat Scratcher is the cat product you didn’t know you needed…until now. We know how important it is to support our pets’ desires and fulfil their natural needs. Cats need to hunt and cats need to scratch but pet parents also want to know their felines are staying safe during play.

We began by asking, how can tech meet our cats’ natural needs? Can we create a scratching post that gives our cats a brain training, full body workout? This thinking led to the Switch.

With over 1,200 irresistible light modes easily adjusted by remote control, cat owners have full control of how their pets play with the Switch. Control speed, brightness and modes from the couch to connect with your cat in colour. As well as an innovative use of tech, the Switch is a sustainable option, that saves up to 33.5kg of landfill over a cat’s lifespan, with a hard wearing bamboo base and 100% biodegradable sisal sleeves. 20% taller, with anti topple technology to ensure a full, satisfying scratch and meticulous engineering in every detail, it puts all other cat scratchers in the shade.

Omlet cat care

At Omlet, we’re fascinated by how much staying active and entertained benefits our cats, and by what drives their need to hunt and scratch. That’s why we design innovative solutions such as the Switch Cat Scratcher, Freestyle Cat Tree and Maya Indoor Cat House. We’re not just product engineers – first and foremost, we’re animal experts, inventing ways to care better for the pets we love.

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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 favourite furry friend chase after colourful, 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 colour: 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 colour settings, 3 brightness displays, and 7-speed settings to create the perfect colourful 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 centre 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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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 behaviour 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 behaviour 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 sofa.

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 sofa 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 behaviours better than you. So with that in mind, we created the Switch to be customizable to your favourite 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 colours 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 centre 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 cosy 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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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 colour to any room, or, if you prefer a more neutral look, why not opt for the calming Stone Grey 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 favourite 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 behaviour 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 cosy 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 customisable cat beds, to our sustainable cat scratchers, Catio, and odour-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 behaviour: 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 behaviour 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 behaviour 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 favourite 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 behaviour

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 behaviour 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 behaviour. 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 favourite 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 favourite food reward? Start by placing a small piece of your feline’s favourite 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 favourite 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 behaviour, 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 customisable 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 behaviours. 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-customised 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 tranquillity. 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 cosy 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 cosy 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 cosiness 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 behaviour 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 favourite 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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Find the perfect Freestyle cat tree for your cat

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

With dozens of 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 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 cosy 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 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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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 behaviour 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 behaviour 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 cosy 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 endeavours 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 behaviours. 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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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 behaviour, 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, behaviour 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 behaviour:

  • 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 manoeuvres, 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 behaviour. 
  • 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 behaviours, 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 behaviour 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 behaviours 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, but 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 is a great cat climbing tower for your cat 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 kind of 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 cosy cat blanket and you, their favourite 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 colour of a cat’s paw pad actually matches the colour of their fur or nose. For example, ginger-coloured cats have pinkish-coloured paw pads, black cats have black-coloured paw pads and tuxedo cats have a mix of white and black-coloured paw pads. Interestingly, multi-coloured cats like the Calico, usually have multi-coloured paw pads as well. Have you checked the colour 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 with 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 behaviours, 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 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 to 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 favourite 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 something that your cat will love. When it comes to cat paws, we offer a wide range of products that appeal to the specific behaviours and needs of your feline friend and their feet. We invite you to explore our cat trees, Catios, cat beds and more so you can better watch your cat explore their surroundings with fun, adventure and comfort!

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How to stop cats from scratching furniture

Cat holding on to Omlet Stak cat scratching

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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