Product Review – KONG Active Cat Play Mat

Happy Sunday everyone! I had a pawsome twitter adventure yesterday with my hubby, Henry (@quadpawd). We had a picnic and a helicopter ride over Rocky Mountain National Park. I’d show you pictures, but I forgot to ask him if I could use his pictures in my blog. It was really amazing!

20150707_184837This month, we’re reviewing something different that we got for free from Usually we get food or treats. This month we got a toy – the Kong Active Play Mat. It’s got sisal on one side for scratching, a soft side for napping, tassels on the corner for chewing on and playing with, and it makes crinkly noises.

20150707_185016I had to check it out right away. The sisal didn’t interest me much though. Eventually, mom turned it over to the soft side and I napped on it, but she couldn’t get a picture of that. I kept getting up every time she tried to take my picture. She hasn’t noticed me playing with it much either. Just napping on it.

20150707_185040Candy checked it out too, but she didn’t seem furry interested in it at all. That was kind of surprising cuz it makes crinkly noises and she loves crinkly brown wrapping paper. Mom thought the crinkles would be a big hit with her.


EK never checked it out. Even though he loves sisal, he never even sniffed the mat. So it was a big dud in his world. Just goes to show, you never know what a kitty will or won’t like. So I guess you can say it gets a paws up from me as a napping mat (and you can’t have too many napping places), but paws down from everyone as a toy.

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer – we received the play mat for free to review from All opinions are our own.

AAHA and a Giveaway

Happy Sunday everyone! I got something special for today. The nice people from AAHA were at Blogpaws again this year. They were giving away $50 towards a vet visit at an AAHA accredited facility that the winning blogs could give away to their readers. And I won one! More about the contest at the end, but first (and most impawtant) some info about AAHA.

Pumpkin's first vet visitMost of you have seen this picture before. It’s me at my first vet visit. I love my vet cuz he’s a real kitty person. He even has kitties at home. But more impawtant, his clinic is AAHA accredited. I bet you’re asking what’s AAHA and why accreditation matters.

You all know that human hospitals have to undergo independent rigorous testing to make sure they meet certain standards for how they do things and how they treat patients. Well, vet hospitals don’t have to go through this testing in order to take care of us.

But there are people who want their pets to have the same level of care that humans get and that’s where AAHA comes in. AAHA stands for American Animal Hospital Association. They’re an independent agency that sets standards for animal care. Vet hospitals don’t have to get this accreditation, but currently about 12% to 15% of vet hospitals are accredited. If more pet parents knew about this and asked their vets about it, I think more hospitals would get accredited! I know we have added peace of mind knowing ours is.

It’s not easy to get. If you want see what the guidelines are, you can see them here: Guidelines and Position Statements. There’s a locator tool to help you find an AAHA-accredited vetinary hospital. You can also sign up for their Pets Matter e-newsletter.

If you’d like a chance at winning the $50 gift certificate, enter in the Rafflecopter widget below. You can enter until midnight on 5/31/14. You must be 18 or older to enter and live in the USA. Or if you live outside the USA, you can donate your prize to someone in the USA. I’ll announce the winner next Sunday.

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Apps for Cats

When someone discovered that capacitive touch screens on phones and tablets respond to the touch of a cat’s paw, the logical conclusion was that cats should have apps made just for them. Unofficial testing by cat owners has shown that most device screens are sturdy enough to hold up against cat claws, so now there is an array of apps available for your cat to play with for hours — or completely ignore.

Friskies provides several free apps for cats. Jitterbug is a simple game that sends bugs across your screen, which your cat can squash with their paws. It’s available for iPhone or iPad. Cat Fishing works the same way, but with fish. This one can be played on phones, tablets or in a web browser on a touch screen computer. Friskies’ latest game lets you play against your cat. It is appropriately called You vs. Cat. It’s similar to air hockey, but with a cat treat or can of cat food as the object you have to get across the goal. Your cat serves as goalie and gets points for catching the treats you fling across the screen. You vs. Cat is available for iPad and Android tablets.

Cat Toys Lite is a free app that has a pink toy mouse that runs around on the screen. The mouse pauses from time to time and squeaks when your cat taps on it. The developer wisely programmed the app to require tapping three times in the same spot to stop the game and return to the main menu. Humans can adjust the speed of the mouse’s movement. For 99 cents, you can upgrade to the full version, which gives you other toys to choose from.

Catch and Paint Games for Cats is an iPad app that gives your cat three different games. The Catch Games are simple tap games. You can choose a mouse, butterfly, spider or fish. PiCATso is a catch game with a twist: Every time your cat hits the screen, a paint splatter appears. You start by choosing the colors and the type of mouse: a realistic brown mouse or a cartoon sketch mouse. If you choose the cartoon one there will be three on the screen for your cat to “paint” with. You can also choose the color of the background. If your cat should paint a masterpiece, you can save it to your camera roll. The Cat Music Game does not tap into your cat’s natural hunting instincts as well as the others. Several cats bounce around the screen, and as each one is tapped it takes its place behind a musical instrument and begins playing. If your cat gets them all you have a cat orchestra. All of the games in the Catch and Paint Games for Cats app require three consecutive taps on an arrow to return to the menu.

Judging by the reviews of these and other apps for cats, most cats do paw at them as intended, and sometimes even the family dog gets into the act. Of course, humans may have the most of fun of all by watching their animals play with their electronic toys.

This article was submitted by Jake Casey, a blogger for He enjoys writing about animals, electronics and gaming.