Cats Love The CAT BALL®
The CAT BALL® is a modern cat bed that's a must-have for any cat owner and the company's goal is to create wonderful, unique, high quality beds for your cats. (But they don't mind if dogs use them!)
Our own house is owned by four picky felines and we can honestly say our cats adore them. We've even gone so far as to given them out as presents to our cat-lover friends. We love this product so much that we just had to talk to its creator to find out more! So we interviewed Jennifer Boaro, the creative mastermind behind The CAT BALL® and here's what we learned.
TH: You have the cutest cat models. Tell me something unique about them that would surprise me. Do they have any quirky habits?
JB: We have two cat models, Retro and Tink. They are both cross eyed, blue eyed, lynx point kitties and sometimes people get them confused. That would be easy to do at first, or if you haven't seen many photos, but the two cats look really different. Here's the scoop:
Retro: He's big. Like people are surprised how big he is. He stalks around the house smoothly, confidently, and with his bold tabby stripes and twitching tail, he looks like a miniature tiger. We got him as a kitten through a Craig's List post. A cat breeder made a mistake, and the result was a litter of half Angora, half Siamese kittens. His coat is short, smooth, shiny and sleek. He's so beautiful, and he inherited the full range of Siamese vocalizations.
Tink: Tink is tiny, she's almost half of Retro's weight. Her head is like a little Satsuma tangerine and her eyes are really crossed and weird. Tink walks around with a head tilt, rotating her head up so she can look up at us from the inside corner of her eye, and it's really charming. We aren't sure about her history, as we adopted her from the Purrfect Pals cat shelter, after she'd been found wandering the streets of Everett, Washington. Tink has a fabulous coat. Her fur is a medium length, and has an unusual puffy, silky texture. She's an absolute delight to touch. Tink is the boss of this house.
TH: I noticed you feature Zen by Cat on your website. Zen by Cat sounds like a wonderful group heading FIP Research. What has inspired you to work with the Zen by Cat organization?
JB: Zen By Cat is a neat organization! Their founder, Peter Cohen, reached out to us with a proposal to work together. If you use coupon code FIPWARRIORDONATE on our site, we give a 20% donation to Zen By Cat to help fund research for FIP treatment. Did you see the video of Peter's amazing house? He's done an incredible job!
TH: Your shark novelty bed might just be the most popular novelty creation, as I've seen it featured on My Cat from Hell. What inspired you to create the shark bed? How did it make its way onto the show and into Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin's book?
JB: My husband would like you to know that the shark Cat Ball® cat bed was his idea. When I moved in with Chris, he did not have pets, but he understood that I required cats, and he soon found himself enjoying the kittens I brought home. Chris also likes sharks, and watches the Discovery Channel Shark Week shows every year. After getting the kittens he asked me if I could make a shark Cat Ball® cat bed, and I sat down to figure it out. The final product that we make now has changed very little from the first prototype, and it's very popular. People like feeding their cats to sharks. Eventually a producer for My Cat From Hell reached out to us to request product for the next season of the show, and they told us that there was a family with an ocean theme, so it made sense to give a shark to them. I'm so glad that we did, because the ocean themed cat room that they created was incredible!
TH: The Cat Ball has been so popular that I'm sure you've met your share of celebrities! Is there a favorite experience that you'd like to share?
JB: We have encountered some celebrities, and it can be really interesting to see who buys cat beds. My favorite celebrities are the feline ones!
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