by Janet Blue on September 25, 2017

Well that’s a stupid question. Of course you could. Think of all the cat treats you could buy or the number of vet visits $1500 could cover. So now that we’ve established you could use the money, we have a second question for you: Are you crafty?

Now that we’ve got your attention, we must preface the remainder of this post by letting you know that Kitties Blue is not giving away $1500. But we know someone who is. We are talking about Tuft + Paw, manufacturers of modern cat furniture. They are giving away $1500 for the best cat bed design.

Contest Details

Here’s the info you’ll need to get busy and create a unique and original sustainable design for the cat bed.

1. It’s sustainable: As part of Tuft + Paw’s commitment to environmentally responsible products, it must be made of ethically sourced and produced materials that don’t harm our planet.

(If you are not quite sure of what sustainability is with regard to the environment, here’s the definition:  The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal. Some examples are cork, bamboo and recycled rubber.)

2. It’s affordable: When your piece goes into production, Tuft + Paw wants it to be inexpensive enough that any cat owner can have it in his or her home.

3. It’s beautiful: Don’t skimp on style—Tuft + Paw wants to see something that adds a “wow” factor to modern homes and looks more like it belongs to an interior designer than a Tabby cat.

4. It’s easy to ship: Tuft + Paw wants your design to be their customers’ go-to choice when they donate an item to a shelter. This means it has to be lightweight and easy to ship. Bonus points for collapsible flat-pack shapes.

5. It’s practical: Along with your physical prototype, include technical drawings that specify exact dimensions and instructions for how it will be produced.

Lisbeth has an additional request.


Lisbeth wants the contest winning bed to be comfy.

Deadline & Additional Details

Submission deadline is October 31, 2017, which means you better get busy now. The winner will be selected prior to November 30. Their design will be produced in the United States and promoted as one of Tuft + Paw’s new products. Additionally, the new bed will be donated to shelters across the country. If winning $1500 doesn’t motivate you, Kitties Blue certainly hope the promise to donate beds to shelters will.

Finally, please visit Tuft + Paw by clicking on their link in the first paragraph. It’s an excellent idea to see their products prior to beginning your design process. Kitties Blue are certain you will be impressed. Additionally, you just might find something your kitty cannot live without.

Disclaimer: We agreed to promote the Tuft + Paw design contest in exchange for one of the completed beds and because we like the fact that they will be donating beds to shelters.



Ellen Pilch September 28, 2017 at 9:05 am

I wish I were clever enough to think of a design.
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MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko September 27, 2017 at 1:21 am

Our beds are mostly just store bought things, or improvised from boxes…don’t think one could design those,MOL, let alone win 1500 dollars…though wow, it would be usefur here!!
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MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko September 27, 2017 at 1:23 am

Oopsie, I already pawed my comment here, MOL!!! Silly petcretary!
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mommakatandherbearcat September 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm

At first, I thought this was the one offering a scholarship (meaning you have to be in school). I wonder if this is a new one or they broadened the requirements to get more entries. Either way, it’s still pretty cool! I wish I had a better eye for decorating and designing!

Ruckus Eskie September 26, 2017 at 12:58 am

We could use the money! 🙂

Cats Herd You September 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm

What a cool contest! The human isn’t the least bit crafty, but she’s looking forward to see what other people come up with.
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The Swiss Cats September 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm

We posted about their contest, and we hope they will get a lot of nice cat bed designs ! Purrs
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BeadedTail September 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm

That’s quite an enticing contest! We have a purrfessional napper in our household so you’d think designing a bed would be fairly easy since it would be tested any time of the day. 🙂 We can’t wait to see what design wins!
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Brian Frum September 25, 2017 at 9:30 am

We are not creative enough to design a good bed but we are pretty creative in the way we sleep in them!
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Linda Arthur Tejera September 25, 2017 at 7:22 am

What a purrfectly mahvelous idea! I doubt we could come up with anything but I love that the beds are also donated to shelters! The money doesn’t hurt any either! 😀
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Teddy September 25, 2017 at 6:13 am

Oh my! That’s a great contest and I’m sure someone will come up with a purrrrfectly purrrfect new cat bed design and win the $$. Good luck all you crafty peeps out there!

Love, Teddy
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Summer September 25, 2017 at 2:58 am

I hope they get some awesome designs! I know my human couldn’t come up with anything. Designing cat beds is not one of her strengths.
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MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko September 25, 2017 at 12:55 am

That is a swell way to earn some $$…but um…well, petcretary is kind of challenged in that department of her life, MOL!!!
Would love to see what peeps come up with though.
Our original kitty nest(bed) was a box with low sides that previously was filled with grapes. Lined with an old kitty pad…earth friendly, (biodegradeable), recyclable, re-purposed use of material, and lightweight and flat packable too…MOL, MOL!!!
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