Friday, September 28, 2018

Scratching and Hiding in Style - Catit®

There are so many scratchers, climbers, and beds available for cats now. The challenge is finding something that the cats will use and that the humans feel comfortable placing in major parts of the home. We tend to like items that are a little more modern and unique and we've found something we think you'll love!


We've reviewed several products from Catit® in the past and we've always loved the style, comfort, and functionality of the furniture. The Vesper™ Design line is one of our favorites and the new Vesper Minou is sure to please the cats in your life.



What is the Vesper Minou?

Brulee presenting the Vesper™ Minou (pre-assembled)

We must admit - we weren't too sure what Minou meant until we looked it up on the Internet. There are various translations from French to English, but basically minou means kitty cat. It makes a lot of sense that this piece of furniture from Vesper would be called the Minou because the entrance and exit have ears and a tail and cats LOVE it!

The Vesper Minou is a high-quality bench, scratcher, and hideout. There are two entrances in the hideout to help your cat feel safe and not cornered when inside. The structure is made of high-quality MDF with oak-look laminate finish. There is a replaceable sisal scratching mat wrapped around the top and sides of the minou which encourages cats to scratch on it instead of your furniture. There is a comfortable memory-foam cushion inside the minou that fits to your cat's body shape when she rests on it. 

As soon as I pulled the pieces out of the box, Brulee claimed the sisal scratching mat and Truffle claimed the memory-foam cushion.

Assembly


There are only a few main parts of the Vesper Minou and I was able to put it together within an hour, using the instruction sheet provided in the box. The only tool you need is a phillips-head screwdriver, but there is one included in the packet with the screws. I only got confused with the smaller pieces in Step 2 and then I watched the instructional video on the website and everything was clear. The Minou is sturdy and blends in with my home well. 



Of course, it helps to have two furry little assistants showing me what I should be doing! 


Truffle and Brulee assisting with the assembly of the Catit® Vesper™ Minou

The challenge with the assembly was my two assistants: Truffle and  Brulee. You can imagine the challenges assembling the Minou with two curious cats with an empty box, plastic, papers, sisal, a memory foam cushion, and me on the floor


Comfortable Hideaway Bed

Both Truffle and Brulee went inside to rest as soon as the Vesper Minou was completed


As soon as I completed the assembly of the Vesper Minou, Truffle was the first to climb inside. She thought she was in a safe haven until her sister, Brulee decided she wanted inside, too. I think Truffle must have given Brulee the "evil" look because Brulee didn't continue climbing into the Minou until Truffle left. When Truffle came outside and jumped on the top to scratch on the sisal mat, Brulee climbed inside. I must admit this is one of the first pieces of furniture that is also a bed and scratcher that both girls reacted so positively and quickly to. I haven't decided where to put the Minou in the house  yet, but will probably move it to my home office once I complete the purge of old work stuff and convert it into a catified home office.

I thought I'd completed all of the photos for this post earlier in the evening last night, but I heard something behind my chair when I was watching TV and turned around and saw the girls both using the Vesper Minou together. I had to grab my cell phone and in "less than desirable" light, I shot this photo. I think this proves how much both Truffle and Brulee love the Vesper Minou.


Brulee enjoying the sisal mat ou the outside and Truffle enjoying the inside with the memory-foam mat.





We encourage everyone to visit the Catit® website to see all of the amazing products they have for cats! We've featured some of the products in the past on our blog and have several more to share with our readers during the next few months and a special feature during the holidays. You can follow Catit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Mom Paula always loves visiting the Catit exhibit at Global Pet Expo to see all of the new products and to visit the exhibit with kittens from local rescues.


The Catit Exhibit at Global Pet Expo with the kittens!


Giveaway


We're excited to announce that one of our readers has the opportunity to win a Vesper™ Minou from Catit®.  No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from September 28 – October 10, 2018, ending at 11:59pm ET. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim her prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book!  Good luck!


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55 comments:

  1. I’ve had pretty good luck with contests lately may it continue! I love catit stuff and think might help keep my monsters busy!

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  2. Lucky for Mom Peggy I scratch appropriately on the posts here. Since Mom Paula has stayed with us before, she knows how well this will fit in with our decor.

    Cutest review you have done yet!

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    1. Thank you. The girls were very helpful with this review!

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  3. I have a scratching post they both use and a cat condo that they also use to scratch. They take turns sleeping on the top of the cat condo, which is 4' high.

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  4. That looks like a nice piece, very stylish.

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  5. That's really cute! I woudln't have much use for it as I don't have cats. I have to admit though, I use a Catit brand pet fountain for my small dogs. Shh, we don't tell them it was made for cats.

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  6. That's adorable, I could see my fosters putting it to good use, and everyone would love the scratcher. Mostly the cats use the many scratchers around the house. Occasionally the rug or a pillow get it but they're pretty well behaved especially since I keep their claws cut regularly. As for sleeping its anywhere and everywhere in the house particularly with their human if possible.

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  7. My 3 cats sleep just about anywhere. They love their old cat tree in front of the window, the dogs bed and even my bed. I even find them in or on top of boxes taking a nap all the time.

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  8. My cat sure does, he did some damage to my sofa, oh well .. :p

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  9. I have two cats: the older likes to rest in various places depending on the time of day (sometimes at the top of his cat tower, other times on the soft, but always in his bed ad night). He scratches on his cat trees/towers.

    The other likes to rest wherever I am (my desk, the sofa) and scratches on the posts of his cat tree/tower.

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  10. It looks lovely and both Truffle and Brulee obviously think it is too.

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  11. The Minou looks awesome! No wonder Truffle and Brulee were so drawn to it.

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  12. The three of them like to rest and scratch everywhere! The tunnel on that looks wonderful.

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  13. That really is very pretty and quite classy too!

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  14. Oh my goodness that is adorable! :-)

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  15. Usually my cats like to sleep in my lap, LOL.

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  16. So cute! My cat loves to rest on her bed or on the couch. She likes to scratch on her scratching post.

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  17. Lately, Marceline likes to hide in my top dresser drawer and "knead" the scarves in there

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  18. Excellent team work, Girls! Bear's a big fan of cat beds and Ellie's obsessed with scratchers.

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  19. Our cats will try to scratch the furniture so I am always looking for alternatives for them to use for scratching. They also LOVE having little hiding places, so this would serve double duty. Since my daughter and her boyfriend moved out and into their own place, taking their combined three cats with them, I am down to my two - Moko, who is a senior with some health issues (and would go nuts for the hiding place in this) and Kotoha, who I found two years ago when she was just two weeks old and had to be bottle fed. She's missing my daughter's cat and I've noticed is wanting to scratch more than usual. This would give her an outlet for the stress I know she's feeling.

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  20. I love it a hide away bed which is just adorable, Layla has her hideaway bed here in the house which she loves and that it is easy to put together is even better

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  21. That is so cute! My cat slept in the dog bed with my dogs or the sofa. I think he might have liked something like this, although he never enjoyed boxes. If I win, I'll give it to my sister's new kitten.

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  22. What a great product and giveaway. Entered! I think my foster cats will love this. I love the contemporary looking design with the cat ear and the fact that it's designed with a space to hide in mind. This is definitely a winner if Truffle and Brulee are hanging out together on it. ;)

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  23. What a gorgeous multi-functional piece of cat furniture! I love your final photo shot in that "less than desirable" lighting. Clearly both girls are loving the Vesper Minou. Good thing each has her own favorite texture! Of course, it's so attractive who would mind having two of these bed/scratchers around the house?

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  24. Isn't this THE most stylish cat scratcher! It is furniture as much as its a scratch post it will give every room an instant style upgrade!

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  25. That Catit Vesper Minou is great! We love that sisal mat on the outside!

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  26. Carmine likes to scratch on an inverted-U type of scratcher. He loves his heated beds and cushy cat cubes for naps! :)

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  27. i dont have any cats but would love this to donate to Safe Haven for Cats, great rescue.

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  28. We LOVE Catit's products! This scratcher looks just fab, and we love the name of it. Mommy is redecorating and this would look great in our new living room.

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  29. This is really cool - I love pet products that can do double duty! It's adorable too. Who wouldn't mind having it in their living room!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  30. What a great review! Some lucky kitty is going to love that! I just love Truffle and Brulee...they are just the most beautiful kitties! <3

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  31. One of my girls, Ellie Mae, loves to climb inside of things to nap. She would absolutely love this!

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  32. They use cardboard scratchers that they love. And they have a cat tower. But, they'd absolutely love this Vesper Minou from Catit.

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  33. That looks so cool. I wonder if my kitties would like to sit on top or inside ...

    -Tarah

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  34. Thanks for sharing this great product with us. We love the look of it and looks very easy to put together. You had some pretty great help with those two. The photo of them both enjoying it together is just beautiful. So happy to see that they loved it. Have a wonderful day.
    World of Animals

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  35. Oliver is usually in my lap or curled up tight in a pet bed. Harley usually sleeps on our bed, or in a hut behind the recliner (he likes to be left alone when he sleeps)

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  36. I would love to win this for my boys!

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  37. My cats love to scratch the couch.

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  38. Pipo loves to 'rest' on the top of pawppy's recliner, or in the cubby/shelf of petcetary's desk. Even though there is a tall scratcher right beside it, he wants to scratch on the book case or even the books' spines...what a silly dude he can be.

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  39. It looks like the Catit is a bit hit with Truffle and Brûlée! I don't have a Catit, but I do have a couple of cardboard scratchers. Even though they are a bit old and tattered looking, I still use them for scratching and napping on. But Mom put them away a month ago when she cleaned house. I hope she gets them out again. A kitty can never have too many scratchers.

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  40. right now my cat loves to scratch my door frames and its driving me crazy. he has a cat tower but im thinking maybe he doesn't like the rug material.

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  41. my cat loves to relax and scratch under the bed.

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  42. Likes to take a catnap in the bed and scratch hard surfaces whenever possible.

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  43. They scratch the rug in the living room. They love to sleep on the back of the couch in the den in front of the double windows.

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  44. We have a few scratching posts and they sleep wherever they want.

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  45. He loves to scratch the back of my couch :( but he will rest anywhere he knows he runs the house lol

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  46. He likes to sit on my porch and lay in the sun

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  47. she find her different place to lay and she loves to scratch my couch or door facings

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  48. My cats would love this. Thank you

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  49. Our cat loves to scratch under our kitchen chairs and she hides in a box in the corner by the table. Holly Wright

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