Today’s post, featuring Misty May, has two parts. The first is our entry in Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art blog hop. The second part is a review of SmartyKat® Claw Tower, which Misty May is using in the arty photo.
I used Painnt again this week to create the art. This is the Aquarelle effect. I topped that with the Metallic overlay and patterned border from piZap and mats and frame from Picasa.
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Here’s the original photo of Misty May working out on the new Claw Tower.
Kitties Blue are usually skeptical of anything new unless it involves treats, so I had no expectations when I assembled the Claw Tower and set it up in the foyer. Moments later, I let Misty May in the house, and she went right to it and started scratching. I was totally amazed. Luckily I had my phone nearby and could snap a couple of photos. Since this photo was taken, I’ve seen Mau, Calista Jo and Lisbeth using the tower.
The tower comes unassembled and is fairly easy to put together. I had a bit of a problem with the base as it folds in the middle. Keeping it flat to attach the sisal portion was challenging, but once I accomplished that, the rest was a snap. In addition to the sisal portion, the tower has a carpeted portion. It includes three felt, catnip toys, which attach with hook and loop technology, as well as ribbons attached to the top.
Natural behaviors for cats are stretching and scratching. The majority of towers manufactured for this purpose are too short for a cat to stretch to its full length. For this reason, they often remain unused. The SmartyKat Claw Tower is extra tall at 34 inches. Misty May is one of the smaller Kitties Blue, and you can see that several more inches of tower are available, allowing our larger/longer cats to get a full stretch as well.
I like the Claw Tower for its large and sturdy base, making it difficult for Kitties Blue to knock it over. I also like that the cores of both the base and post are made from recycled paper pulp and that the catnip was produced without chemicals or pesticides.
Kitties Blue and I recommend the SmartyKat Claw Tower, and know any kitty would find it to their liking.
You can purchase it from a variety of on-line and brick and mortar retailers for $27.73.
Kitties Blue received the SmartyCat Claw Tower at no charge as part of our partnership with Propel Communications, a PR and brand engagement partner representing more than 40 pet products and solutions. Throughout the year, we are offered a variety of products to test in exchange for our fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are those of Kitties Blue and myself.
Sunday Selfies Reminder
Wow, another week has flown by, and it’s time again to take a selfie of your cutie pie self for tomorrow’s Sunday Selfies blog hop. Kitties Blue were delighted when none of them had to do the selfie last week. They’re back in the hot seat this week. I’ll have to see which one of them I can coerce into being your host.
The gang and I want to thank all the faithful, long-term hoppers as well as the newbies. See you tomorrow.
Nice stretchy artwork on the scratcher, Misty Mae. I don’t do scratchers anymore, but Grandpaw and Granny bought some wooden tiles for the garden and I stretch and scratch my nails ever since.Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😚😻
You are long and lithe, MistyMay!
What a great stretch to scratch!
Nice looking scratcher! I like how tall it is. I like to stretch and sometimes climb a scratching post.
What a beautiful portrait you you at play Misty Mae! You look marvelous in both! And I must sa, that is quite the toy!Purrs
That tower looks really cool!
Great art as well!
Athena and Marie
Look at you stretch! That’s quite the scratcher, and some awesome artwork!
That looks like a nice scratching pole. Very pretty art. XO
That Claw Tower looks amazing! I think Mudpie would love it.
That scratcher looks great!
And as always your artwork is amazing.
Have a great weekend…
Noodle and crew
What a cool scratcher ! We would love to give it a good workout ! Purrs
Beautiful artwork! That scratcher sounds pawsome. Allie was hoping Mau would demonstrate too!
The Florida Furkids with bazillion smoochies and tons of love to Mau from Allie
Happy Caturday! We love your artwork!!!
We’d like to get our claws in that scratcher!
Love the art. I’ve never got the hang of editing photographs. It is an art.
That tower looks like tons of kitty fun.
Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥
Such beautiful artwork! And a timely review. I need to get a new scratcher! 😀
Your are is very cool and so is that tower thingy!
That tower looks just purrfect. We’re glad you enjoy it.
I think Paisley would love that tower. Maybe Webster too, but he is more into horizontal scratching. Your art turned out great! I love that combination of effects. 🙂
What great artwork today – I love the combination of effects and colors! We also think Misty May knows a good scratcher when she sees one – obviously she will use it and hopefully the other KB Krew members will too.
It seems all cats like those tall scratchers.
This tower scratcher sounds like a winner!