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.

Caturday Art


SmartyKat Art


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.

If you’d like to join the Caturday Art blog hop or check out the art created by your fellow bloggers, click on Athena’s badge.

SmartyKat® Review

Here’s the original photo of Misty May working out on the new Claw Tower.


SmartyKat 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.