Cat Of the Week – Audrey – February 4th 2019

Audrey outside laying on a sidewalk

This week's Cat of the Week is submitted to us by her human Leslie and we thank her for the submission! Audrey is a regular Adventure Cat and has a background to show it!

Audrey is an independent, curious, city-girl who loves to travel and go for outdoor adventures when her people can bring her along. She was adopted after living on the NYC streets for almost a year and surviving on scraps.

Audrey on the steps

She’s maintained her tough, city-girl vibe in spite of living the “good life” for the last 11 years! A long time New Yorker Kitty, she’s now a Chicagoan kitty since her humans relocated! 

She loved her NYC pigeons, but enjoys her tree-lined street views now – so many squirrels AND pigeons! She is now almost 13 years old, with no signs of altering her bossy, center-of-attention-seeking, curious attitude anytime soon.

Audrey hiding in a shelf

She has traveled in planes, cars, kayaks, on bikes, in a moving van, and on the subway – all without any drugs, vomiting or tantrums. She’s been to NY, CA, MI and IL – so far – staying in hotels, cottages, vacation rentals and friends’ homes.

Her favorite adventure is her semi-annual kayak trip with her humans at the family cottage. She sits in the front of the kayak as her humans paddle, and occasionally ventures out around the edges of the kayak for a better view of the fish!

Audrey in the kayak

She loves to be around people, including strangers, though she’ll let you know when she wants to be touched! She’s very curious – always wants to see what’s going on and check out every surface, crevice, room, and person!

She is an ONLY CHILD – no other animals allowed. She does not play well with others – that tough girl thing comes out like WHOA.

Audrey jumping off the kayak

 Since she was first adopted, she habitually carries her favorite toy around the house each night, and when her humans are gone – the toy generally ends up wherever her humans last were before leaving the house. At night, it often ends up at the foot of her humans’ bed. She’s very proud of her continual gift to her humans!

Audrey on the beach after hopping off the kayak

To those lucky enough to pet her, they know how soft and fluffy she is. She spends hours maintaining her beautiful coat, and her human mama gives her “spa days” where she gets her nails trimmed, her teeth cleaned, and a good coat brushing.

Audrey helping drive the car

Ever the attention-seeker, she always greets her humans at the door when they return home, often with a weird combination of howling and purring all at once! 

We at StuffCatsWant also thank Leslie for submitting Audrey as Cat Of the Week!! Please submit your cat as cat of the week by emailing with 5 pictures of your cat(s) and a short description of him or her or them! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

An Embarrassing Story About Feeding a Stray [You will laugh]

Me being considerate helping a stray cat

So I normally consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable (don't we all) and pretty sure that the things I am doing are good things (don't we all again). 

Last night not only did I prove I wasn't doing something good, but I also scared myself half to death in the process!

You can watch the video of course, or you can read on for the full details...

The Setup...

In the summer of 2018 we started seeing a young stray calico cat outside behind our house. We wanted to encourage the cat to keep coming by because we have a garden and the cat wasn't using it as a bathroom, but was clearly enjoying relaxing in the plants.

This helps keep all sorts of pests out of the back area and we of course just liked helping out a stray cat by feeding it here and there.

Now do note the cat never once let us anywhere near it. The second we'd come around the corner or try to step toward her she would bolt off into the alley. 

But as the months went by...

We kept feeding her and we'd see her more and more. On top of this we have a Ring device which is one of those security cameras that let's you keep an eye on what happens based on motion sensors.

Most of the time we'd see alerts pop up at 3 or 4 in the morning and we'd see her scamper across the back yard and right into the location we'd leave the food in. It was a covered spot to keep it from getting wet, so we didn't get to watch her eat.

a beautiful calico cat

But on occasion we'd actually see her out the window of our bedroom chowing down on the food. Note Lexi and Beast were not happy when they saw her so we moved their cat window bed and left the blinds closed for the most part.

Enter the Polar Vortex

If you don't have your head buried in the sand you've probably noticed it has been cold this week. Really cold. And Chicago has been one of the coldest places in the continental US. 

As the temperatures continued to go down I got worried. I'd been putting food out for a while and it kept disappearing and I had the videos of her running across the back. This was true even in the winter.

Now weather called for wind chills into the area of -40 to -50 the last two nights. That is insanely cold and I wanted to try to do something to give the cat a warmer place to stay.

So I Improvised

I didn't have time to put anything like a heated bed together and didn't want to spend the money on one if the cat wanted nothing to do with it.

I had an old Sterilite container around. I cut a hole in it quickly and wrapped the edges in duct tape for safety. I added a layer of cardboard on the bottom to slightly raise it off the cold ground.

Then I put in a super warm comfy blanket. I added another upside down U-shaped piece of cardboard on top of it to close it in even tighter and then added another super warm comfy blanked.

What resulted was an ad hoc cat house shielded from the elements and a nice cozy area that my stray friend could relax and sleep! What a brilliant man I am!

Great Success!

I immediately put it outside Sunday night, the first night we were supposed to get really cold. I added a small trail of cat food down my steps into the shielded area and right into the door of the box.

Monday after work I checked it. Awesome. The food was mostly empty. This wasn't supposed to be anything compared to the weather on Tuesday though. I was very proud of myself. Now the cat knew where to hide!

I refilled the food, re-wrapped the blankets. Everything was looking awesome. Then on Tuesday night I went to catch up with my friend for a beer and figured I'd check everything when I got back.

Not So Great Success

When I got home after my beer I went right out to check. I wanted to make sure there was food for my fluffy friend.  The minute I reached my hand in the box I felt the empty food bowl. Wow, great. 

Then about half a second later I was greeted by none other than....

Click to See Who Greeted Me

Aren't I Sheepish Now?

Turns out that instead of actually feeding a stray cat I have probably mostly been feeding a rat or group of rats. So much for keeping the rats away by encouraging the cat to stay!

Probably not the best thing in the world for my neighborhood or for much of anything! And on top of it I ended up feeling like a total more on in the process.

Although I've brought my box back inside and decided to hold off on more food for the moment, I have still been keeping an eye out for our neighbor cat and will definitely put out food and water as necessary.

Wrapping It Up....

Hopefully you got a laugh out of this! If you have any silly or embarrassing stories you'd like to share regarding feeding cats and rats or other creatures, maybe even a raccoon, please leave a comment below!

Have a wonderful week and stay warm out there everyone. Please keep an extra close eye on any pets that you let outside to ensure they don't get hurt in the frigid temperatures.

Cats Of the Week – Pumpkin & Kittens – January 28th 2019

4 adorable kittens

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to this week's Cats of the Week are an entire family of kitties! They come submitted to us by reddit user existential_cat1 and we thank her for the submission!

They are Pumpkin and her 4 little babies: Finn and Jake are the orange boys and Marlin and Mikko are the tortie girls. They’re basically like two sets of twins! 

two pairs of kittens all cuddled up together

Pumpkin was a stray living in existential_cat1's neighborhood and she'd been hanging around the house all summer in 2018.  Many strays that are friendly with people know they can rely on them for a constant supply of food and water.

the kittens

While the family wanted to take her in they simply didn't have a chance before another house down the street decided to take her in instead. With a face like that who can blame them? She's quite the cutie!

one of the little kittens looking dapper

Fast forward a year and the family that took in Pumpkin encountered an unfortunate situation and ended up leaving poor Pumpkin behind to fend for herself! ​

Pumpkin remembered existential_cat1's house and started coming by again. The family quickly noticed she was pregnant so they took her in so she’d have a safe and warm place to give birth!

two kittens laying on each other

Although they didn't originally plan on keeping any of the kittens they are now keeping the entire family of five! Quite a coincidence if I do say so myself! They'll probably need some kitten teething toys and a big scratching post soon!

a cute fluffy orange kitten

existential_cat1 says "Strange how it worked out that way. We wanted her to be our cat and she couldn’t be and now she is!" They consider themselves as lucky as can be to get Pumpkin and all of her little fur balls!

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Ultimate Guide to the Best Cat Wipes of 2021 [For Any Need]

a cat licking itself and text that says the best cat wipes

Many people consider cats to be 100% self sufficient and assume that they never need any help. 

But the reality is cats can often use help cleaning up and wipes are often the best option to help.

Below you'll find the best cat wipes of 2021 categorized by the reason for use.

So pop open the quick guide or scroll on down to find exactly what you need!

The Best Cat Wipes

Pogi's Feline Grooming Wipes

If you're looking for a great general wipe then Pogi's has you covered with their grooming wipes. Not only are they incredibly environmentally friendly, but they also do a wonderful job. They are made from bamboo so they'll help keep land fills free of wipes by quickly breaking down.

Pogi's also produces two different scents which is great for folks who have an extra sensitive cat. The two main options are green tea scented and unscented. 

A few other key features worth noting:

  • 100% earth friendly since the wipes are bamboo based and easily biodegrade
  • Includes Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Hawaiian Awapuhi to help clean, freshen and condition while giving the coat a healthy shine
  • The wipes are quite large at 8 x 9, they'll easily help you clean even a big Maine Coon
  • The product is completely free of parabens, alcohol, fragrances, chlorine, and harsh chemicals
  • Come in various pack sizes depending on your needs: 100, 240 and 400
"These have worked great for my poor kitties that are suffering from a bit of diarrhea. No irritation even when used right on their sensitive behinds."

They key item worth noting on these wipes:

  • Not formulated for the eyes so don't use it around the eyes

Veterinary Sciences Butt Wipes

Dirty butt? Clean it up with Veterinary Sciences Butt Wipes for cats! These are specially formulated to be safe and effective at cleaning up your cat's behind when it gets a little too dirty for your liking.

Cats can easily end up with a dirty butt for many reasons, but the most common reasons are definitely age and weight. Age tends to result in arthritis which can make it hard for your feline friend to turn and reach their butt. Obesity in cats does the same thing, it makes the rear end unreachable.

These wipes will make it easy for you to clean up your cat's behind so they are both smelling and feeling good. And of course so they won't leave stains all over your furniture too.

A few other key items worth noting on these wipes:

  • These wipes are designed to be soft and gentle so they can be used daily with no issue
  • Each wipe comes with Vitamin A, Vitamin E and soothing Ale Vera for extra comfort
  • They are 100% alcohol free to ensure they won't irritate your cat's butt
  • The package comes with 30 wipes and each wipe is about 5 x 8 inches
"My cat is a fat cat to say the least. We adopted him from a shelter when he was already 20 pounds, and although he's losing weight (down to 18!) we needed a way to help him clean his butt. These work like a charm and we've seen no irritation at all even after days of repeated use."

The only key item worth noting on these wipes is:

  • These wipes do have a slight scent to them that your cat may not enjoy

Burt's Bees Dander Reducing Wipes

Burt's Bees is primarily known for their products that serve us humans. They make pretty much every moisturizer known to man and they do a great job at it. I use their lip balm and cuticle cream every winter!

But in this case they are going for helping your kitty if he or she has a bit (or a lot) of dandruff surfacing in her coat or even a red irritated bit of skin somewhere on her body. And while a HEPA air purifier will help full some of that extra dander out of the air, these special wipes will help address the problem at the site!

You'll want to know about all these great features too:

  • They moisturize and deeply condition your cat's dry skin to reduce redness and flakes
  • Aloe Vera and Oatmeal help reduce inflammation to decrease dandruff
  • The formula is vet recommended and free of fragrances, sulfates, colorants, and harsh chemicals
  • These wipes are suitable for cats of all ages, the pH balance makes them great for kittens too
  • Perfect for cleaning your cat's dirty paws or a dirty spot on her coat from venturing outside
  • Come in a soft pack of 50, but you can buy in multiples of 1 to 6 if you need lots
"These do a great job for my kitty with a bit of dandruff. The wipe is pretty neutral scent wise and the dampness helps pick up all the dandruff and some loose fur too. It helps that there are no harsh chemicals in it too!"

You'll want to consider the following before purchasing:

  • These wipes should only be used from the back of the ears to the tail, they are not designed for the eyes or the butt

PetMD Antiseptic Wipes

These wipes are specially formulated to help you and your kitty fight off a bacterial or fungal infection of some kind. If your cat has a skin problem or even a small cut these are the perfect option for disinfecting it!

In some cases these are even sufficient for treating a breakout of ringworm on your cat. You'll definitely want to check with your vet to see if this is sufficient or if a full body dip is a better choice, but worth mentioning for sure!!

And you know with the Pet MD logo on them they are the best out there. You'll want to keep these items in mind too:

  • A gentle antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal solution for managing cat skin issues like acne
  • The formula easily kills the bacteria and yeast most associated with skin infections in cats
  • They are premoistened to deodorize the skin while relieving hot spots, acne & insect bites
  • Made in the USA in small batches in regulated facilities to ensure the highest quality
"After only two weeks these are making a huge dent in the acne King Odin has. He is looking much healthier and happier than he was, even though he still doesn't love me wiping his face. He tolerates it well enough, he seems to understand it is helping."

The biggest complaint people have with these wipes is:

  • They are far too small for a cat of any size and are primarily good for spot cleaning

SofiesSecret XL All in One Wipes

If you're looking for an alternative to bathing your cat then SofiesSecret has you covered with their amazing 100% natural ingredient based wipes. Only the best natural ingredients are included so they can be used anywhere on your kitty for a full bathing experience.

Beyond making an excellent product, SofiesSecret cares about your well being, the environment and our furry friends. This product is cruelty free, SofiesSecret is PETA approved, Green America and Leaping Bunny certified. Quite a list of accolades! 

You'll also want to know the following about these wipes:

  • Use it all over your cat, these wipes are safe to use on paws, coat, face, ears, skin and teeth
  • These wipes are infused with natural ingredients and extracts that protect & nourish your cat
  • Made with only natural ingredients and extracts like chamomile, ginkgo biloba leaf, green tea, aloe vera, cinnamon oil, sesame seed oil and lemongrass oil
  • They are unscented and hypoallergenic, deodorizing and fragrance free
  • The natural oils, help prevent fleas and ticks from jumping on top of your fluffy friend too
  • To minimize waste they also sell refills for the plastic tub included in your initial purchase
"Bennie is a long hair and is super sensitive to anything on his skin. These have worked wonders when stuff gets stuck in the hair around his rear end and they haven't caused a single reaction yet!"

It is worth noting the following before purchase:

  • There are three scents available depending on the size of the package you buy, be sure you aim for unscented with your cat for the best results

Petpost Ear Cleaning Wipes for Cats

If you've got a kitty that just can't seem to keep his ears clean then these wipes will help remedy that problem in no time! If you're not sure why you'd want to do that, the answer is simple.

Debris and gunk in your cat's ears can easily lead to ear mites which cause massive irritation and can cause all sorts of longer term health problems for your cat if left alone.  

These wipes will easily wipe away the waxy build up and any other gunk that finds its way into your cat's ears!

A few things worth noting about this product:

  • The formula blasts away wax and debris ear mites love for a happier cat with clean ears
    The special solution is plant-based and contains the highest quality coconut oil and aloe 
  • There are no harsh chemical medications, pesticides, or irritants that will bother your cat
  • PetPost uses all natural ingredients, recyclable packaging, and eco-friendly natural cotton pads
  • No longer will you have to measuring medication and spill solution, these pads make it easy
"My cat is old and set in her ways. She hates having her ears and her tail touched. When I saw she was getting build up in her ears I decided to try these out. Although she didn't love me touching her ears they are now clean and clear and she didn't even claw me!"

It is worth noting the following on using this product optimally:

  • You'll need to squeeze extra solution out of the pads before you use them, they typically come over saturated and using too much solution can cause irritation

Nature's Miracle Deodorizing Wipes

Nature’s Miracle makes a truck load of excellent products for cats and dogs. These deodorizing wipes are great for quick clean ups between bathing or even good to replace bathing if your cat sill largely grooms herself!!

The alcohol free formula is mild enough for everyday use and it will safely remove dirt, dander and odors that may be stuck in your cat's fur. These wipes are enriched with moisturizing conditioners to leave skin and coat healthy and shiny. 

A few other things worth noting about these wipes:

  • The formula is alcohol free to minimize irritation and ensure you can use it daily
  • The wipes have moisturizing conditioners leave your cat's coat with a healthy shine
  • There are two pack sizes, 100 or 200 wipes, and each wipe is 8 inches by 7 inches
  • The wipes have a honey sage scent you are sure to love
"These work great on both my cats and my dogs. They always smell so nice afterward. I was worried at first because of the scent, but I figured I could always use them on my dog if the cats hated it. They seem to approve with all their paws though!"

You'll definitely want to consider the following before purchase:

  • This is a scented wipe, if you have a cat that is averse to new scents avoid this option

Well & Good Cat Eye Wipes

If your cat tends to develop a lot of goop around her eyes, like my cat Beastling does, then these are the perfect option for you. They are specially designed to be used right around the eyes and not cause any irritation or redness.

It is important to clean up gunk and goop around your cat's eyes to keep them from getting infected or otherwise irritated and these are the best option for the job.

Do keep in mind you still don't want to touch the actual eye with these pads as it can cause irritation!

A few other things worth noting about these:

  • The formula cleans dust, debris & set in tear stains around your cat's eyes
  • The solution is non toxic so it treats your cat's skin gently and painlessly
  • These wipes are fragrance free so your cat will not balk at any new scents near the face
  • There are 100 wipes in the package and usually one wipe gets the job done on both eyes
"Jackson purrs and closes his eyes when I wipe his face with these. That's the only approval I need, he clearly loves it. And I love it too, no more nasty black goop around the eyes!"

It is worth considering the following before purchasing these:

  • You won't want to use these as bath replacements like many of the other more general wipes, they don't include the moisturizers and conditioners to help promote a healthy coat

Feliway Calming Cat Wipes

If you have a feline friend that is very easily stressed out by situations like travel then these Feliway Wipes can be a huge perk.

Feliway is traditionally used through a special diffuser that you plug into the wall, but these wipes modify that process to make them immediately usable.

Simply pop open the package and wipe your kitty carrier down with this Feliway Wipe to help calm and comfort them. The primary use is definitely travel related, but you can use them for any potentially stressful situation.

A few other things worth noting about these Feliway Wipes:

  • Great for calming and comforting traveling cats, simply wipe down the carrier and bedding
  • Each package comes with 12 wipes (the image is of 1 of the 12 wipes)
  • One Feliway wipe is plenty to wipe down an entire carrier and calm down your kitty
  • They use a synthetic pheromone that makes your cat feel extra calm and relaxed
"After a big move my cats were not adjusting well to the new home. After trying everything I could think of I decided to give these wipes a shot. Half a dozen wipes later and a little work running them along my furniture and my cats are finally settled in!"

It is worth noting the following before purchasing:

  • You should absolutely NOT use these directly on your cat, they are made to be used on surfaces your cat will lay near or directly on like a carrier or beddin

Bodhi Cat Paw Wipes

If you've got a cat that loves the outdoors, but you hate all of the dirt and junk that they track into the house then these are the wipes for you. Specially formulated just for pet paws these are the perfect addition to any house with indoor/outdoor cats!

An automated robot vacuum will help pick up some of the dirt and a cat door will help control indoor and outdoor access, but if you truly want to let your cat be free these wipes make it easy!

A few other items worth noting about these wipes:

  • Instantly removes stinky smells by going after the source: bacteria, terms, dirt and dander
  • Wipes are 100% hypoallergenic and moistened with high quality cleaning agents including organic aloe vera leaf extract, organic chamomile and lavender oil
  • Each wipe is made with 100% premium cotton to ensure it is sustainable and durable
  • Although specially designed for paws they are great for face, nose, mouth, ears and hips too
  • Each canister comes with 60 thick and durable clothes that are 7 by 8 inches each
"My cat Pater is absolutely against baths. The second I even think about it he is gone and hiding under the bed where I can't get to him. These wipes have done an excellent job, especially since he loves exploring the woods behind our house."

It is worth noting the following before purchasing:

  • The wipes are a little fragile and easily rip and tear if they get caught on your cat's nails

Pet Naturals Flea & Tick Wipes

Anyone with an outdoor cat has tons of extra things to consider compared to people with full on indoor cats. They usually need a collar for safety and they might even have a GPS tracker to find them in case they get lost!

But beyond being able to find your kitty you'll also want to ensure they have proper flea and tick control. Without it they can easily get incredibly sick, potentially even fatally if ticks get ahold of them and you don't find it quickly enough!

These wipes are specially designed to help deter fleas and ticks:

  • A natural, touchable and pleasant smelling alternative to flea and tick management instead of chemically based options applied to your cat's coat
  • These wipes use natural Brazilian oils to prevent fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies from detecting the scent that attracts the insects to your pet
  • Easily wipe down difficult to reach places like armpits where fleas and ticks are prone to hdie
  • The wipes can be directly applied to beds, collars, leashes and harnesses as well for extra coverage
  • There is no oily residue left behind and you can touch your pet immediately after use
"These have done a great job of helping minimize flea infestations on my Fonzie. He loves the outdoors, especially in new areas to explore. These are easy to travel with too which is an added bonus."

One key item worth noting before purchasing these wipes:

  • The wipes aren't nearly as long lasting as traditional flea medicine or collars

Additional Information

What Kinds of Wipes Are there?

You may have thought that there are only wipes out there for cleaning up a dirty spot in your cat's fur, but there are surprisingly wipes out there for pretty much everything you can think of including flea and tick control.

All In One Cleansing Wipes

Most wipes are dedicated to cleaning for one purpose or another. It could be cleaning a specific body part or it might be focused on cleaning up dander or wiping away stray hair.  All in one wipes are designed to be used pretty much anywhere on your cat and for any cleaning purpose.

Note that they won't be much help from a behavior standpoint or for repelling insects.

Butt / Tush Wipes

These wipes are specifically designed to help you clean up a mess around your kitty's rear end.  If you have a cat that has to wear diapers due to a medical reason or age then these are a great option.

They also do a wonderful job of simply  helping you clean up your cat's butt end if they don't seem to do it themselves for whatever reason. The most common reasons for a cat not cleaning their butt are weight and arthritis.

Eye Wipes

Some cats simply have a lot of good that drains out of their eyes. My cat Beastling isn't sick on a consistent basis, but her eyes tend to produce a lot more stuff that sticks to the edges of her eyes than another other healthy cat I've met.

Eye wipes are a great and safe way to clean away the gook without irritating your cat's eyes in the process.

Ear Wipes

Cats can't really clean their own ears easily. If they go outside they are prone to get a lot of extra dirt and debris floating around and it can end up in their ears making them filthy.

It can also lead to ear mites being more easily missed because you're used to seeing dark spots on your cat.

Ear wipes are specially formulated to help you safely clean your cat's ears and wipe away any of the waxy or nasty buildup that can occur in and around them.

Dander Wipes

Some kitties have a tougher time than others controlling their dander. And while cats have all sorts of shampoos out there to help them control dander it is a heck of a lot easier to use and apply a wipe than it is to give most cats a bath of any form.

On top of these dander wipes are a heck of a lot more mobile than a bath tub so you can easily apply them on a consistent basis.  

It is also worth noting that if your cat is having dandruff you may want to consider brushing them on a daily basis to help spread natural oils through their fur which can help prevent dander.

Paw Wipes

Does your kitty go outside?  When they do they love to roam and they are amazing at finding their way into hard to reach spots where we humans can't follow.

In the process their little paws get dirty and track all sorts of fun dirt and leaves and such into the house.

Paw wipes are designed with this in mind. They are gentle but also extra durable to make it easy to give your cat's paws a nice deep clean when they come in from a romp outside!

Flea, Tick & Mosquito Repellent Wipes

Any indoor/outdoor cat that heads out into the wilderness on a common basis probably has their own cool cat door and they probably need protection from all the insects prowling the fields and trees.

Cats can of course use specific collars to help combat insects, but when you've got a cat that can't stand a collar then sometimes a wipe can do a better job than no protection at all! 

Behavior Relaxing Wipes

If you're not familiar with Feliway then it is worth reading up on it a little bit. The general idea is that it is a synthetic pheromone that will help your cat feel calm and comfortable.

Feliway is traditionally applied using a diffuser that can take hours or even days to have an impact because it needs to permeate the entire room.  

The wipes skip this process and directly apply the pheromone directly to your kitty for immediate assistance!

What Features Should I Consider?

Wipes, no matter their purpose, have a few general features you should consider before you make a purchase. Depending on what you need your wipe for you'll need to prioritize different factors.


Wipes for pets can be made of a wide variety of materials, but you'll want to find one that can be both durable and soft.  More often than not you'll find them made of things like hemp or bamboo fibers that are also a renewable resource which is a huge perk if you need them often.

You'll also find a lot of wipes out there specifically called Natural Cat Wipes. Natural cat wipes indicate that nothing in the wipe was processed or made, all of the items naturally occur in nature and they've simply been combined. 


If you've got a regular old house cat that's somewhere between 8 and 15 pounds then most of these wipes will get the job done from a size standpoint.

If on the other hand you've got a Maine Coon that goes outdoors or has an issue with a dirty butt then you'll definitely want to look for extra large sized wipes to ensure you don't need to use multiples each time!


Most wipes these days are designed specifically to be quite durable, but you'll definitely want to lean toward extra durable wipes if you're doing something like cleaning dried gunk off your cat's butt or paws.

If you get a wipe that isn't durable it can easily tear or get stuck in around sensitive areas which will likely cause your cat to run any time they see you with a wipe!


Wipes come in a bunch of different packages. If you're going to be using them on a more consistent basis you can consider pretty much any kind of package out there as you don't need to worry about them drying out.

If on the other hand wipes seem to be something you only need once in a while then I'd recommend aiming for one of the solid plastic cylindrical containers that have a complete seal on the top of them. 

This type of seal ensures that you won't run into issues that are more common with your traditional soft and flexible packaging that is most common with baby wipes.

These types of packages often don't seal very well and the wipes will dry out over a few weeks.

Hypoallergenic Wipes

Most wipes for cats are designed with the absolute minimum number of ingredients already, but if you've got a cat that has extra sensitive skin then you may need to consider looking for hypoallergenic wipes.

These wipes will be made of special materials and use ingredients that are least likely to cause an allergic reaction in your cat. You'll often find that natural cat wipes tend to be hypoallergenic.

Antibacterial / Antiseptic

Some wipes are specifically designed to kill of bacteria using a variation of chlorine. These are most commonly used for cats (and dogs) that run into bacterial or fungal skin infections.

They can also help kill off ringworm, though a full body 'dip' is widely considered the most effective treatment for ringworm by veterinarians and shelters.

Not only are they far easier than bathing your cat on a consistent basis, they tend to be a heck of a lot more convenient from a time perspective as well.

Clearly this type of wipe should stay away from places like your cats eyes.


You'll want to take a close look at any of the additives that have been put in the wipes you are considering. With cats it is especially important to consider the scents that may be added to wipes.

Cats are incredibly sensitive to different scents and smells and a wipe with an additive for scent can make them very uncomfortable and ensure that every time they see a wipe they run for the hills.

Earth Friendliness

To say the least wipes can be far worse for the environment than something like traditional toilet paper. They are also generally things that shouldn't be flushed down the toilet no matter what they say on the package.

Given this it is important to look for wipes that are made of renewable and biodegradable resources. In this case you're typically looking for a wipe that is made of something like bamboo or hemp to ensure it will naturally decompose in a landfill.

Can Wipes Be An Alternative to Bathing?

Wipes can certainly be a alternative to baths, but they might not give you the same level of cleaning or the same effect as an actual bath. It will completely depend on the purpose of the bath.

If you're just trying to give your kitty a good cleaning then the wipes are probably an equivalent that will mostly get the job done.

If you're also just cleaning your cat's paws or maybe wiping their ears or their eyes for preventative purposes then they are a great option in place of a full on bath. 

If however you have a different reason for bathing, like extremely matted fur around your cat's butt, then a wipe probably won't solve this type of problem. A butt bath is typically more effective.

Wipes are also not a successful alternative to dealing with fleas if your cat already has them. A full on bath with flea shampoo is going to be far more successful than a short wiping session.

How Do I Use The Wipes?

If you're not clear on how to use a wipe to clean your cat then this video can give you a little bit of help. It'll show you how to help groom cats that commonly like to roll in dirt outside.

Note that in the video he is using a Furminator and also the EarthBath Cat Wipes which are widely considered one of the best wipes around (and one of my number one selections).

If you're looking for some help on how to clean a cat's butt then you can check out this video which is incredibly useful for anyone that's never done this before. A few things worth noting in advance:

  • In this video he is simply using a rag and water instead of a formulated cat wipe
  • He has the calmest cat ever when the hair dryer turns on, mine run for the hills
  • This video has some vulgar language used in it before you open it up

For more specialized help in how to leverage cat wipes for cleaning your cats eyes or ears you should definitely consult your veterinarian, but this video may also come in handy for eyes in particular:

Your vet can also help you select the most appropriate wipes for your cat's unique situation if you're not quite sure what to do!

Do It Yourself Cat Wipes

You can of course make your own do it yourself cat wipes, but depending on what you need them for this may or may not be very successful.  in particular you can easily do this for general grooming purposes, especially for things like cleaning your cat's paws.

I would highly recommend you do not attempt to make your own antibacterial or specialized cleaning pads. If you can't afford traditional cleaning wipes or you simply don't want to waste them then you can usually use a clean wash cloth with just plan old clean water for most purposes.

If you're interested in making your own paw cleaning wipes though check out this video from My Furry Family:

Can I Use Baby Wipes?

You should not use baby wipes or even wipes formulated for adult humans on a cat.  These wipes often have chemicals or additives that can easily irritate your cat's skin.

The most common type of additive you'll find in wipes for humans is that they are scented. Cats generally speaking don't like foreign scents or smells being near them and dislike them being applied even more.

Even if you have unscented wipes made for humans you probably shouldn't use these wipes on your feline friend unless you first consult your veterinarian to ensure they won't cause any reactions.

I'd also highly recommend that if you do decide to try one out that you try it in a very small area first and give it a few minutes or hours to determine whether or not there is a reaction. If you do see any immediate reaction definitely get your cat to the vet immediately for assessment and treatment.

Can I Use Makeup Wipes?

While makeup removal wipes have certainly changed in the past few years, they are still formulated for humans instead of for cats. You should not use makeup wipes to clean your cat.

If you do decide to use one you run the risk of significantly irritating your cat wherever you decide to apply the wipe.

If you have no other wipes and you've got an emergency on hand I'd highly recommend simply using a damp cloth and regular old water.

What About Soap and Water?

Soap and water may sound like a great and easily accessible alternative, but you'll want to be very careful with any cleaning or disinfecting products around your cat.

Most household soaps have been designed to work well around human skin and not cause irritation, but that's not true for cats and dogs.

While you can absolutely use a soft damp cloth to help clean you'll probably want to avoid any use of traditional hand or dish soap. It is likely to cause irritation, especially if it is used consistently.

Be sure to wash any cloths you use immediately, especially if you use them on your cat's behind. No surprise, there is a significant amount of bacteria there and you wouldn't want to inadvertently spread it.

Wrap Up on the Best Cat Wipes 2020

You might have been surprised to learn there are so many different kinds of wipes out there for cats!  As more and more research surfaces about cats we'll continue to see more specialized products.

Most cat wipes are designed for cleaning one body part or another and then there are a few other key types for behavioral modification and for insect control.  

Most of the body part related wipes have limited differences, but just like with drugs for humans you're better off only using wipes for their intended purpose.

If you have any questions about the best wipes for cats please leave a comment below and I'll do my best to address it as quickly as possible! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Cat Of the Week – Kali – January 21st 2019

Kali laying down

​This week's Cat Of the Week is Kali! She is a gorgeous orange fluff ball that is about to turn two years old! She comes submitted to us by reddit user Boethya and we thank her for the submission.

​​Boethya and her boyfriend ​were standing at the front gate of ​her house talking when suddenly we heard a cry and he decided to check ​it out. He turned on his phone ​light as it became obvious the cry came from a kitten on the construction site.

Kali sleeping curled up

​Worried it could be trapped, he immediately started looking for it as she approached. Suddenly a tiny orange kitten could be seen. Under the wooden beams, it stared at ​them while crying even louder, then slowly started to move towards them. 

Boethya squatted and meowed back, hopeful it would attract her/him towards me, while ​her boyfriend stayed a few meters back paying ​close attention to ​the surroundings worried that a dog or a car could appear. After what seems to have been 10 minutes, the tiny kitten came close enough ​to pick up.

Kali as a kitten being very fluffy

​Any fear that the move would startle the kitten vanished as it started purring on ​her chest. It was the most beautiful little girl she had ever seen. Luckily, ​the kitty was just scared and dirty. Besides being hungry, she was fine. ​Boethya's mother’s first reaction was “She’s so loud! We can’t keep her…but gosh she’s so pretty…”

Kali sticking her tongue out

​That was just under two years ago and they still have no idea how ​Kali ended up in such a terrible place nor for how long exactly, but because of that “past” she gets easily scared and has a deadly hatred towards the hairdryer. But she manages to look quite cute and dapper in her blue collar with a bell!

Kali wrapped in a blue blanket

With a rather strong personality, she is beautiful and she knows it. She knows her looks easily ​turn off all ​of her humans' defenses towards her mischievous behavior. She knows when she is misbehaving and she knows how to make the coldest heart melt.

She also loves to go outside on her harness and leash! Maybe one day she'll need a tracking device attached to her collar or a cat door to let her in and out!

Kali out and about on her harness and leash

She does not allow any strangers, such as the Vet, to touch her bum or nearly any part of her, and as no regrets ​toward scratching and biting her way ​to an escape. She is addicted to playing, her favorite game is hunting, which includes chasing/hunting her own shadow.

She loves to eat (she’s crazy about melon & tuna), and is easily bribed with food. To this day, she continues to try covering up her leftovers by “burying it” with imaginary dirt. All in all, she’s ​is a precious little baby and lives a charmed life!

​​We at StuffCatsWant also thank ​Boethya for submitting ​Kali as Cat Of the Week!! Please submit your cat as cat of the week by emailing with 5 pictures of your cat(s) and a short description of him or her or them!

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Cat Of the Week – Gribouille – January 14th 2019

gribouille lazing in the sun

This week's cat of the week is Gribouille (that's prononced "greeb-ooy"). She comes submitted to us by reddit user fannax and we thank her for the submission!

gribouille relaxing in some shoes

Four and a half ​years ago, ​fannax and her boyfriend came back home at 3am from a party, and what ​they thought was a giant rat​ entered just before ​them!

gribouille getting tummy pets

But then ​they realized that it wasn't a rat at all, but ​a very ​scared lost kitten estimated ​at something like 4-5 months old. ​They went ​door to door in the building to ask if someone had lost a cat, but that wasn't the case so they became the proud new humans of a cute kitten! ​

gribouille lazing on the couch

The funniest part was ​that weeks before ​they got her ​they had ​been discussing ​getting a cat and then she just appeared on ​their doorstep. ​They named her Gribouille (that's prononced "greeb-ooy"), which is quite common for grey cats in France.

gribouille cuddling with her human

​On her first day she was very shy and ​hid, but ​she quickly made herself home. Now, she's a total sweetheart and cuddles ​with her humans every night. She​ waits for ​them to lay down and shut the lights off ​then spoons her humans ​and turns on her purr motor as loud as a tractor!

gribouille on her cat tree

During the day she likes to perch on her big cat tree or anything high. She loves to observe the birds and make ​her famous velociraptor screech. After that, she enjoys sunbathing in her window hammock.

gribouille in her cat tunnel

Usually, she's got the zoomies around 7pm and runs all around the apartment ​making weird noises like "woowowoowoowoo." She loves to hide inside her collapsible cat tunnel too and pop her head out.

gribouille sticking her tongue out

During the summer ​after she gets the zoomies ​and gets really hot she pants like a dog to cool off! It sounds to me like she wants a nice cool bath or a cat drinking fountain!

gribouille sleeping like a champ

​Gribouille's favorite things are: tuna, sunbathing, sleeping in weird positions/places, boxes, and cat stick snacks. She was taught to high five, give the paw and stand up and ​her humans are working on teaching her to meow on command! She's getting close!


You can even she that she loves to dress up for the holidays in a cat Santa costume too! For more photos of Gribouille's please visit this imgurl album.

gribouille in her christmas cat costume

​We at StuffCatsWant also thank ​Fannax for submitting Gribouille as Cat Of the Week!! Please submit your cat as cat of the week by emailing with 5 pictures of your cat(s) and a short description of him or her or them!

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The 11 Best Sisal Cat Scratchers 2021 [Cats LOVE Sisal!]

a rope fiber background with text saying the best sisal cat scratchers

If you've got a cat then you've got a scratching machine on hand. Cats love to scratch, end of story.

Given this you need a place for them to scratch and sisal is the ideal surface. The best sisal cat scratchers come in tons of shapes and sizes and cats absolutely love them because of their texture.

Scroll on down to find my favorites or pop open the table of contents to find one in specific design.

Table of Contents

The Best Sisal Cat Scratchers

SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post

a tall rectangular cat scratching post covered in sisal

The Pioneer Pet SmartCat Ultimate Scratching post is hands down my favorite cat scratcher on the market.  It has pretty much everything going for it.

It is tall so your cats can fully stretch out. It is stable with the extra large base and the weight it carries. It has sisal all over it and cats love to scratch it. And it comes in at a great price.

Here are a few of the key specs for it so you know exactly what you're getting with it:

  • It measures 32 inches tall which is plenty for even large cats to get a full body stretch/scratch in
  • The post has a large 16" x 16" base for stability and you can easily add weight on it if needed
  • It was super easy to assemble, just screw in the 2 included screws
  • Sisal fabric is wrapped around the post instead of sisal rope, great for cat paw safety
  • It comes in a neutral tone to match with almost any decor
  • The price is excellent, it is usually even cheaper than other high quality posts
"The Pioneer Pet Ultimate Post is an absolute must have for any cat owner. Both Lexi and Beastling use it on a daily basis and they can easily get a full stretch in with it. It has never once tipped over, in fact it barely budges when they use it." -Craig from StuffCatsWant

There is only one item I'd mention about this post for potential buyers:

  • It can slide around on a hardwood floor if you've got an extra large cat, just add small rubber feet to the bottom to stop this

SmartCat Bootsie's Three-in-One Cat Scratcher

a three in one cat scratcher made by Smartcat

If you're looking for versatility in a cat scratcher then Bootsie's has you covered with their three in one system. While the picture shows a standard horizontal scratching post, a closer look reveals more.

On the back of this sisal scratcher you'll find an easy to use mounting system. The system can be  used to directly mount it to a wall or to pretty much anything you'd like. Vertically or horizontally.

Mount it wherever your cat scratches or leave it right on the floor on its rubber feet! A few other items worth noting on this model:

  • The front is made of fibrous woven sisal, not sisal rope, perfect for cats to scratch
  • The three in one system provides amazing versatility to you and your cats
  • The rubber feet provide great stability and grip when it is laying on the floor
  • The wall mounting system is super easy, just drill a single screw into a stud and hang it
  • It measures 24.5" in length, 7" in width and about 2" in depth (with the rubber feet)
"Hasselhoff uses it as a combination scratcher and bed. I've left it on the floor with the rubber feet and he scratches it like crazy then when he's done he curls up on top of it for a nap!"

The only additional items I'd call out on this model are:

  • It would be ideal if it had a second mounting hole on the back to secure it more firmly to the wall
  • It is worth noting that this is a one sided scratching post, the back doesn't have sisal on it

4Claws Wall Mounted Sisal Post

a wall mounted scratching post covered in sisal rope

If your cat loves scratching up near the wall then the 4Claws wall mounted post is one of the best in the business. It easily and securely mounts to the wall with two simple screws.

But as an added benefit it isn't a single use item. Once mounted you can easily buy refills and change them out so you don't have to keep purchasing the whole system each time. Go green!

A couple of key items you'll want to note on this option:

  • Super easy to mount on any wall with studs behind it (only mount to drywall with anchors)
  • The post itself measures 18 inches tall and about 2.8 inches in diameter
  • It is perfect for any cat to get a full stretch because you can mount it at any desired height
  • The scratching packs are high quality sisal rope and you can be refills 
  • The frame is made of lightweight and sturdy anodized aluminum so it won't ever rust
  • If you need an extended post you can easily mount two right on top of each other
"Being able to mount the post anywhere was a huge plus for us. Hubby pulled out the stud finder and just drilled the two screws in and we were set to go. Our fluff ball loves it and is scratching daily!"

The only item worth noting on this wall mounted sisal post is:

  • Several other owners have complained about the scratching 'tubes' not having enough rope to completely cover the tube which leaves parts of it open/visible, check yours on arrival

Sisal Sofa Shield Cat Scratching Mat

a sisal scratching mat for cats that protects your sofa

If you've got a cat that is going after your sofa or one of your chairs then this might be the purrrrrfect option for you.  This is basically an extended scratching mat that you can lay half of under a couch cushion.

Once you lay the first half under the cushion the half with the sisal hangs down over the side of the couch for your kitty to scratch. This effectively stops your cat from directly scratching your couch.

A few items worth calling out on this model:

  • The mat is about 51" x 18" and the sisal part is about 20" x 18", tons of scratching space
  • It won't slip, the weight of the cushion keeps the scratching mat in place even with large cats
  • Even for larger cats the size of the mat and the height provide a great scratching surface
  • The gray fabric blends in well to most couch colors, obviously perfect if you have a grey couch
  • You can machine wash and then air dry the mat if it is dirty or gets matted in fur
"My leather couch was absolutely destroyed by my cat in my previous home. When I moved my boyfriend and I got a new couch with slip covers just in case, but after laying this down the side we haven't had a single problem!"

The only unfortunate item worth noting for potential buyers is:

  • The sisal mat isn't replaceable, you have to buy an entire new mat when it is destroyed

SmartCat Door Climber

the smartcat door climber

Want to provide both a place for your cat to look down on you from and a place for them to scratch, buy the SmartCat Door Climber. It is perfect for people who don't have lots of shelves or ledges for their cats.

This mounts to pretty much any standard door around and quickly provides 4 steps for your kitties to climb and a massive sisal wall post at the same time.

A few key items you'll want to know before you make a purchase:

  • It'll fit on virtually any interior door between 79 and 82 inches high, the standard size in the USA
  • It uses a spring loaded bracket system for mounting, no tools required
  • It provides 4 carpeted platforms, each one is is 17" x 8.5" x 1" (L x W x H)
  • It is multi use, great for climbing, sleeping and scratching, an all around play place
  • It can also easily be mounted to a wall if you desire, just drill a couple of holes and screw it in
"My super energetic 14 year old cat has been going up and down this thing like crazy since the minute I hung it to the door. So far so good!"

This is a pretty cool use of this model mounted directly to a wall:

You'll definitely want to be aware of the following before you purchase this climber:

  • The shelves are a little tight for cats to come down, some owners have drilled an extra hole and shifted the shelves out for extra space and easy navigation
  • You should note it won't mount easily to exterior doors with weather seals, you may have to make adjustments to it for it to stay on this type of door

Floating Sisal Rope Cat Post/Step

a rope post designed to stick out as a step, covered in sisal

If you're on the creative side and you want to mix some floating wall posts into the rest of your cat's climbing course then these are the perfect posts for you.

Catastrophic Creations is known for their amazing wall related and climbing related cat equipment. To say the least, they make some amazingly cool stuff and these steps are only scratching the surface.

A few things you'd want to know about them before you get started:

  • Each post is wrapped in sisal rope to make it a scratching surface, but also for gripping
  • The post is about 11 inches long (from the wall out) and is about 4.5 inches in diameter
  • The posts come with all mounting equipment and when mounted in a stud hold up to 62 pounds
  • You can create cool and challenging courses for your cats to keep them entertained
  • These posts can be easily mixed and matched with any other scratching equipment or cat trees
"We started a cat wall to entertain our two young brothers. They needed an energy outlet since we live in a high rise. These have worked wonders as part of our cat wall and the cats scratch on them like crazy too!"

You'll want to consider the following before making a purchase:

  • The screws are a full 2 inches long for stability and the product does require a stud or a solid surface for mounting, drywall anchors are not recommended

The QuickSnap Sisal Scratcher

the quicksnap scratching lounge

Looking for something stylish to match your decor? Do you happen to have a darker wood decor in the house? The QuickSnap Sisal Scratcher from Feline Innovations is the perfect fit for your needs.

This upside down U-Shaped Scratching mat is designed specifically to look great and be totally functional as a scratching surface. On top of this you can easily snap in and out replacement Sisal (carpet and seagrass are also available).

A few key items to note on this model before purchasing:

  • The QuickSnap technology makes putting in new sisal pads as quick as snapping your fingers
  • The dimensions of the product are about 20 inches long and 10 inches wide and high
  • The scratcher can easily support large cats, up to 30 pounds, sitting on top of it
  • There are various other materials available for scratching, sea grass and carpet
"It is a very modern piece of cat furniture. Our cat loves to sleep on top of it and scratch on it too. The hammock is currently being used for toy storage since the cat doesn't sleep in it!"

The only consideration worth noting on the QuickSnap scratching lounge is:

  • The hammock is quite small and can't support anything larger than kittens or small adult cats

The Corner Couch Sisal Scratcher

a sisal scratcher designed to attach over a corner

If your cat is destroying your couch corners then the Corner Couch Sisal Scratcher is going to save the day. It is designed specifically to protect your couch.

Simply choose the right color, there are about nine to choose from, and slide it right under the corner of the couch and voila, your couch is now protected and you've provided an enjoyable scratching surface for your kitty!

This really is the perfect solution for 90 degree corners, and couches are the most common corner type! A few other things worth noting:

  • It is corner-shaped and covered in the industry's finest, premium quality, woven sisal fabric
  • The base is ultra-thin and slides under legs easily anchoring it for stability
  • There are 9 different colors to choose from so you can match it closely to your sofa
  • It measures 24 inches tall and each "side" is 5.5 inches wide, the base is 9 inches long
  • There's also a rounded corner version available in case a 90 degree angle isn't want you need
  • 100% hand made in the USA & it has carpeted backing to protect the couch
"The cats loved it so much that I bought a second one to protect the corner of the couch that they only scratched once in a while! Talk about win win, I love it and so do my little devils!"

The only item worth noting before purchasing is:

  • The base can be a little bit wobbly on carpeted floors, especially high pile squishy carpet

Door Knob Hanging Sisal Scratcher

a scratching pad designed to hang from a doorknob

If you want a scratching post that is super easy to move from room to room and door to door then this is a great option for you. Just loop it over a doorknob and you're good to go!

This product is made using durable sisal rope wrapped tightly around a piece of wood and then stapled at the ends. There are no glues or adhesives used to keep the rope wound around it.

A few other features worth calling out:

  • It measures about 19 inches long and about 5 inches wide
  • It easily hangs on a doorknob anywhere in the house, just be sure to close the door
  • It uses high quality sisal rope that will last for an extended period of scratching
  • It is one of the most affordable options on the market for a sisal scratcher
"My 10 year old cat loves it. He isn't the least bit afraid of it when it swings around, in fact he treats it like a game as he scratches."

You'll definitely want to consider the following before purchase:

  • Many owners have noted that the swinging nature isn't ideal and many cats won't use it after a first try, some have found screwing it directly to a wall or laying it on the floor is far better

SmartyKat Sisal Scratching Mat

a sisal mat with a catnip pouch

If your cat goes after your carpet or rugs in a particular spot then a scratching mat can be a great way to redirect them onto an appropriate surface.

The SmartyKat Sisal based mat is a great option for this. Not only is it made of high quality sisal, it is a solid 18 inches long by 14 inches wide which gives your cats lots of space to scratch!

A few other key items worth noting:

  • This mat is the perfect fit to place over a rug or carpeted area your cat is scraching
  • It is made of durable sisal fabric and includes a catnip pouch to encourage use
  • The catnip pouch is 100% refillable whenever you want to add more, keep Fluffy engaged easily
  • It also comes equipped with a snap in feather toy that your cat will love to bat at
  • There are 2 other shapes available if you don't like a traditional mat: a wave and an incline
"My cats absolutely love these mats. I have four of them spread throughout the house and I occasionally add new catnip to them to keep my 3 ladies entertained!"

You'll want to be aware of the following before making a purchase:

  • Large cats will probably not love these mats as they are on the smaller side for scratching

3 Story Sisal Kitten Scratcher Condo

a kitten condo with an exterior completely covered in sisal

Looking for a scratching surface specifically designed for your little kittens instead of for adult cats? Want to add some fun to it too?

This 3 story condo will give your kittens everything they need. It has numerous entrances and exits, a hanging toy, carpet, and of course the outside is completely covered in sisal fabric!

You can't go wrong with a condo like this! A few other items you'll want to know:

  • The overall condo is 14 inches in diameter and 27.5 inches tall, perfect for growing kittens
  • Each of the three exterior holes is 6.7 inches in diameter
  • The interior hole to jump between levels is 6.8 inches in diameter
  • The majority of the exterior is covered in high quality sisal for easy climbing and scratching
  • It is made of pressed wood and faux fleece, so it is quite heavy and won't tip easily
"An excellent purchase for our smaller cat! She loves sleeping on top of it."

You'll definitely want to note the following before a purchase:

  • This product is made for kittens and small cats only, it will not accommodate large cats

Additional Information

What is Sisal?

Sisal is made from the Agave sisalana plant that is native to southern Mexico. But the plant can be cultivated to grow in many places around the world.

Sisal was traditionally used to make carpets and rugs that were both sustainable and biodegradable while being incredibly durable. Because of these features sisal is an excellent choice of material to make a scratching post for cats.

When used for scratching posts, sisal can be used in two formats: rope or fabric. Read below for more details on each. Either form is both strong and rough which makes it the perfect consistency for scratching cat claws.

The durability is key because it can last on a scratching post for years of extended use and the format makes it relatively easy to replace in most cases.

This video from PurrfectPost is also really helpful if you'd like a bit more information:

Is Sisal Rope or Sisal Fabric Better?

If you've seen a sisal scratching post you've probably seen a rope based version as they were far more common until the past few years. 

As mentioned above, sisal has a rough texture, it might remind you of twine. Sisal fabric though tends to be a little less rough and a little less durable due to the conversion process of making it into a mat.

This means your cats can easily shred the fabric version. This has benefits and drawbacks. The biggest benefit of the fabric is that it is less likely to injure your cat by leaving behind shards of sharp sisal sticking out because the fabric is a smooth surface that claws can easily pass through. The biggest drawback is the lack of durability and the frequency with which you'll have to replace it.

One additional side benefit is that cats, just like us humans, like to feel a sense of accomplishment. When they shred something it is nice for them to see the progress. Sisal fabric will show this far more effectively than sisal rope.

Personally I feel sisal fabric is a step above sisal rope as an option to use to build a scratching post or scratching mat. But the differences aren't huge and often replacing sisal rope will be easier than a sisal mat.

This is because you can easily buy sisal rope at pretty much any major home repair store like Home Depot or Lowe's and simply wrap it around your existing post. Fabrics on the other hand need to be purchased in a perfectly designed shape and size.

Is Sisal Better Than Carpet?

If you stop by Petco or Petsmart you'll still find that the bulk of the cat furniture they sell is covered in carpet. As a well informed cat owner though, you'll probably want to avoid using carpet for your kitties if you can for a few major reasons:

  • Most homes have carpet and rugs throughout. When you encourage your cat to scratch on carpet you are basically encouraging your cat to scratch carpet anywhere in the house. This is not a precedent you want to set as it will result in your cat tearing up things you don't want them to tear up.  If you have hardwood floors it might not be a problem, but there's always a chance of moving to a new home and you'll want to avoid teaching your cat this bad behavior.
  • Carpet and rugs often catch on and stick to your cat's claws once they are inserted into it. This is not a comfortable feeling for your cat. If you've ever played with a fabric wand toy and your cat has gotten their paw stuck to it you'll know what I mean. Cats will sometimes scratch a carpet covered surface and simply never use it again because they don't like the feeling.

If for no other reason than avoiding setting a bad behavior I'd avoid carpet based scratching posts and condos if at all possible!

Is Sisal Better Than Carboard?

Cardboard is another lead competitor to sisal based scratching posts and mats.  This is because, similar to sisal, cardboard is biodegradable & cheap to make. Shaping into something cats like is dirt cheap too.

Corrugated cardboard, which just means a series of ridges or rows, is by far the most common form of cardboard used to develop scratching lounges and posts.

Cats love it because it is easy to shred and  it provides some resistance which helps them shed the sheathes of their nails. 

a stack of cardboard

Manufacturers love cardboard because it can be constructed in lots of ways and the method of construction will determine the quality. The higher the quality and the thicker the cardboard the higher the cost, but also the longer it will last. 

Sisal in general will last a lot longer than cardboard and it also won't make nearly as much of a mess as your typical cardboard scratching post or mat. I'd place sisal based scratching equipment several steps above cardboard.

What About Jute Scratchers?

If you follow cat related topics like I do then you'll have heard of new jute based scratching posts and scratching mats coming around.  Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Perfect for covering scratching surfaces.

Jute is produced primarily from plants in the genus Corchorus, the primary source of the fiber is Corchorus olitorius, but it is considered inferior to Corchorus capsularis. Jute is the name of the fiber that is used to make burlap & gunny cloth, both widely considered extremely durable and long lasting fabrics

Jute is also one of the most affordable natural fibers in existence and it is second only to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses. This means it is not only renewable & biodegradable, but also an excellent way to produce scratching surfaces for cats at a low cost.

I personally have not yet had a chance to try a Jute scratching post or surface yet so I can't recommend them or not. That being said, sisal is considered a heck of a lot more durable in applications like flooring where Jute has been used for a long time.

Given this I would lean toward a sisal scratcher over a jute based option just for the sake of durability.

Choosing The Right Design

Cat Scratcher Height / Length

Cats scratch for a variety of reasons (read this article on why cats scratch), but one of the primary reasons is as a form of exercise to work their muscles out. To do so properly cats need to be able to stretch their entire body out.

Your cat might appear quite small, but when fully stretched out most cats are actually quite long! An average cat can easily stretch up to 2 feet when they really go for it.

This means you need a scratching post that is at least 2 feet in height to properly accommodate your cat and ensure they are willing to use it!  Horizontal scratching mats or wall mounted posts are a bit easier to work with because your cat has more space to work with, but be sure to get a tall post if you go vertical!

Note that the Pioneer Pet Ultimate Scratching Post will easily handle most cats. If you have an extra large cat like a Maine Coon then you might want to look at a cat tree for extra large cats instead.

Cat Scratcher Stability

We humans don't particularly like exercising on unstable platforms do we? Well, unless you're purposely doing it to develop your core. Cats are the same way.

Since a large part of why cats scratch is based on stretching their muscles out they will want to do it on something that looks firm and stable. If it tips over the first time they use it they aren't going to use it again without some significant convincing.

A few basic tips that will make your cat love their scratching post: 

  • Be sure any vertical scratching post you buy has a large base or is properly weighed down
  • Use rubber feet on any type of scratching post or mat that is on a hardwood or tile floor
  • If you're mounting a post to a wall be sure to mount it to a stud or use good drywall anchors
  • Cat trees and castles are great options, but be sure tall ones are properly secured as well

Vertical vs. Horizontal

Vertical versus horizontal seems to be mostly based on the preference of your particular cat. Some cats seem to love scratching vertically and some seem to love scratching horizontally and some don't really care.

If you've just adopted your cat and you're not sure which preference your cat has you can pay attention to their behavior for a few days and then make a decision. Most cats have easy tells!

If they go after your rugs then they probably prefer a horizontal option. 

If they go after the side of the chairs in your living room or your door frames then aim for a vertical post.

If you're adopting a kitten they likely haven't yet developed any terrible habits yet so you should probably get one of each and see which one they lean toward. You can always donate the other once they show their preference!

Teach Your Cat To Scratch A Specific Surface

If you've just recently adopted a new cat then you'll want to ensure they learn to only scratch one surface. If you reward your cat for scratching multiple surfaces then they may end up scratching things they shouldn't.

The most common issue here is carpet. If you get your cat a carpet covered scratching post or condo then your cat usually can't determine right or wrong when scratching the carpet on the post versus the carpet anywhere else in the house.

Given this it is ideal to simply start your cat scratching on a surface like sisal and then only have sisal based posts or mats around the house for your cat to scratch.

Once they are rewarded for scratching sisal they're more likely to only scratch sisal.

The best way to get a cat to start scratching one particular surface is to simply spray down the surface with catnip spray or to directly rub catnip right into the surface. Sisal is perfect for this with its rough nature.

Another option is to use a wand toy or a toy the cat likes to play with already and redirect their paws toward the scratching post as they play. Check out this quick video for an example.

Will I Still Have to Clip My Cats Nails?

Scratching posts and nail clippers have distinctly different purposes. Scratching posts will help remove the outer sheathe of the nail to refine it into a point, but they won't shorten or blunt the nails.

You will still need to buy a pair of nail clippers for your cat and you'll still have to know how to clip your cats nails.

If you're unable to clip your cats nails on your own then you can hire a groomer or usually any veterinarian will handle this for a small fee.

DIY Sisal Scratching Posts

If you're relatively handy and you don't feel like buying a scratching post you can put one together pretty easily on your own. It really only takes a few things: 

  • Sisal Rope 
  • A wooden dowel
  • A solid wood base 
  • Staples & a staple gun**

**Avoid adhesives. The smell will make your cat avoid it & ingesting them can be toxic if you aren't careful with your selection of glue.

The process for putting it together is quite straight forward once you've got the three core pieces:

  1. Attach the base to the dowel or block
  2. Attach the base of the rope to the base of the post
  3. Wrap the sisal rope tightly around the dowel
  4. Keep pushing the rope down for a very tight fit
  5. Wrap it all the way to the top
  6. Cut the rope at the top and attach it

You can also watch this great video from Black Beard Videos on how to create a post yourself.

Wrap Up On The Best Sisal Cat Scratchers 2021

If you're looking for something for your cat to scratch than you really can't do better than sisal. The best sisal cat scratchers are durable, affordable, biodegradable and your cats will love them.

There are a ton of different options and designs to choose from too. There are even sisal fabrics that can essentially be mounted in almost any shape or format so you can find a scratcher engineered to meet the needs of your specific feline friend(s). 

If you've got experience with a specific sisal scratching post or mat that I haven't listed please let me know in the comments so I can get it added. Or if you've got another preferred scratching post that is made of something else let us know too! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Cats Of the Week -Comma & Dash – January 7th 2019

Comma and Dash the cats laying on each other

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to this week's Cats of the Week article! This week we have Comma and Dash. Comma & Dash were adopted from Chicago PAWS in June 2018 by Hayley and Lisa. 

Comma is the male tabby and Dash is the female that is black & white. Although they are not litter mates they struck up an immediate friendship in the kitten room and are best friends today.

Comma was saved by the Chicago Fire Department and was lovingly cared for by his foster mom, Terri. Terri, Hayley, & Lisa met at PAWS and still keep in touch to share photos and updates about Comma and Dash and talk "cat stuff."

Hayley & Lisa are mother and daughter and so Comma & Dash happily split their time between their two homes. They get to go for lots of rides in their cat carrier and sometimes even want an astronaut backpack! They have learned this early which ensures they won't be afraid of it later in life.

Comma is a fearless explorer. He never hesitates to jump in a box or purse or greet a new visitor. He is fascinated with water--from the sink to the bathtub to his own water dish--and would happily bat at or splash around in water all day. Sounds to me like Comma wants a water fountain to play with!

He loves to cuddle--specifically curling into the crook of someone's neck or laying on their chest--and has a sweet, loud purr. 

Dash loves to play. She's a great leaper and will proudly walk around with her recent "catch" (aka feather toy) in her mouth. Her favorite times are breakfast and dinner. She also loves cuddling, curling up in the tallest part of the cat condo, and spreading out her paws when she kneads. 

Her coloring is just beautiful--her pink little nose and dip of white at the end her tail are adorable--and her coat is incredibly sleek and soft. 

It is obvious how loved they are by the family Christmas card! You can see that Comma and Dash got a huge feature there and are now getting featured here! They live a pretty charmed life, lucky fur balls!

Comma & Dash are very loved and Hayley & Lisa are very appreciative to PAWS (and all the foster parents out there!) for helping pets find their forever homes.  We thank Hayley and Lisa for submitting Comma and Dash as cats of the week.

And we at StuffCatsWant also thank all our fellow PAWS volunteers and of course the wonderful Chicago Fire Department that saved Comma!

Please submit your cat as cat of the week by emailing with 5 pictures of your cat(s) and a short description of him or her or them! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Ultimate Guide to Air Purifiers for Cats 2021 [Clean & Quiet]

a picture of a very fluffy cat that says the ultimate guide to air purifiers for cats

Tired of your friends complaining about your cats when they visit? Or have a runny nose because of your own cat allergies?

There are some amazing air purifiers for cats available. They'll do everything from pull dander and hair out of the hair to remove the odor from urine and the dust from the litter.

I've identified the best purifiers available. Scroll on down to get cleaner air today!

The Best ​Air Purifiers for Cats

#1 - Winix Ultimate Purifier for Cats

an air purifier with a brushed stainless steel finish

This truly is the ultimate air purifier for pets and it works amazingly well for cat allergens as well as cat odors. Most HEPA based filters don't do much for scents, but the Winix also includes a carbon filter to directly target odors.

On top of that, Winix was founded over 40 years ago with the simple goal of providing clean air and water to their customers. The Winix WAC9500 hits the nail right on the head for providing clean air!

A few major features worth calling out:

  • Features a comprehensive 5 stage cleaning system to capture hair, dander & odors leaving only the purest air possible for you and your family
  • Set and forget convenience, the Winix senses air quality changes & automatically adjusts the speed at which it’s running to equalize the pollutants and create clean, fresh air
  • The All-In-One filter system will alert you when it needs a change, it usually lasts an entire year
  • The HEPA filter will remove cat dander (and 99.97% of other particles) to relieve allergies
  • Designed to cover a space of about 238 square feet, great for any room in the house
  • You can of course control the unit manually if desired, 4 speed settings are available
  • CADR Values are as follows: Pollen - 194, Dust - 182, Tobacco - 183
"This filter did a way better job than I expected. I don't even need to take my daily Claritin anymore because I can sleep without reactions!"

It is worth noting the following before making a purchase:

  • The all in one filters used for this model are a bit more expensive than other filters, but keep in mind you usually only have to replace them once a year

#2 - 6 in 1 Smart Filter for Pets

a white colored air purifier with a black center piece and a comptuer type display

The Hathaspace 6 in 1 Smart filter is the perfect solution for allergy season, even if that season is year round in a cat filled households. It will also clean up other particles that bother asthma sufferers and ensure families have a safer air environment for their home.

It features a true HEPA filter that will remove 99.97% of impurities  like dust mites, allergens, pet dander, pollen, mold, smoke, bacteria, viruses, and toxic chemicals. While the HEPA filter focuses on dander, there are 5 other stages designed to clean up the rest!

A few key features worth noting on this model:

  • A full 6 advanced stages of filtration: a cold catalyst filter, a cellular-activated carbon filter, an antibacterial filter, a True HEPA filter, a UV-C light sterilizer, and an ionizer.
  • The 6 in one provides hands free filtration, it will detect the air quality and automatically adjust its fan speed to ensure the proper level of purification
  • Purify your air while you sleep at a whisper-quiet level of a mere 18dB
  • With more stages, this purifier provides a full range of defense against dangerous PM2.5 particles (particulate matter 2.5 microns in diameter or less) that could be absorbed into your lungs. 
  • Designed to cover rooms of 300 square feet, perfect for even a large living room
  • CADR Values are as follows: Pollen - 160, Dust - 160, Tobacco - 160
"The Hathaspace not only removes dander, but is very effective at removing cat litter-box odors! It includes a nano-cold catalyst filter to pull ammonia, the biggest cause of litter box odor, out of the air!"

The only key drawback worth noting on this model is:

  • It won't turn itself off when the room is fully clean to save energy

#3 - Levoit Large Room Purifier

a white rectangular air purifier with the buttons on the top

If you've got a large room that you need to keep clean then this is definitely one of the best models to consider. Levoit specifically designed this model to go after rooms that are well over 300 square feet. Got a combination living room / kitchen? This is a great option!

Levoit has also taken into account that other models may produce trace amounts of pollutants like ozone during cleaning and decided to leave these filtration stages out of their purifier. This is one of the cleanest running purifiers on the market today.

A few other features you'll definitely want to note when considering this model:

  • A full three stage filtration system: a pre-filter for large objects like pet hair, a carbon filter for odors and a True HEPA to reduce the amount of dander floating in the air
  • Smart technology detects the surrounding air quality and automatically suggests fan speed to purify your air faster or to save energy if it is already clean
  • Sleep mode sets the purifier to its lowest setting to produce fresh air as you sleep (27db)
  • You can set the sleep timer to turn the filter off automatically after you leave or at night
  • Energy Star certified & CARB rated so you know it won't run up your electric bill
  • Perfect for huge rooms like living rooms, rated to clean rooms of 322 square feet
  • CADR Values are as follows: Pollen - 135, Dust - 135, Tobacco - 135
"Pleasantly surprised by the automatic sensors. Every time I clean the litter box it kicks right into high mode and sucks up all the dust! It has been a miracle worker so far."

You'll want to keep the following in mind before you make a purchase:

  • Filter replacement light is dependent on hours used, not on filter cleanliness. This can result in recommending filter replacement even if the filter isn't actually full.

#4 - TrueAir Budget Air Purifier

a white tower style air filter

This model is a great option for folks on a budget. Made by Hamilton Beach it is designed to eliminate odors and eliminate the need to replace your HEPA filters on a recurring basis. 

It features a permanent HEPA filter that can be vacuumed off which will save you a significant amount of money on replacement filters over the long haul. Do note the carbon based odor filters will still need to be replaced on a recurring basis if odor is an issue.

Here are a few of the other key features worth noting:

  • Features 3 stage filtration: a pre filter for large particles, carbon filters for odors and a HEPA-Grade filter to capture particles like pet dander
  • The HEPA-Grade filter is a permanent fixture, you can simply remove it and vacuum it off
  • Three speed settings: high for a cleaning sprint, medium for all day use, and low for night time
  • Designed to clean rooms up to 140 square feet, perfect for a bedroom
  • This model can run on its side or while standing, most models only run vertically
"Our 'office' constantly has tons of litter dust floating from our 3 cats. We bought this to help and boy has it done the job. No more dusty film floating around throughout the day!"

The key drawback to this model is:

  • This features a HEPA-Grade filter which isn't a true HEPA filter, read below for more details

#5 - BreatheSmart Customizable

an air purifier that is rectangular with a white plate on the front of it

If you've got an absolutely huge space and you want to customize your purifier to match your decor then the BreatheSmart can simply not be beat.  It is designed to clean a massive amount of air and you can choose from a huge variety of colors.

On top of this the BreatheSmart is equipped with some of the most advanced technology on the market to ensure you get the cleanest and best smelling air possible from an air purifier. There are various options to choose from depending on what you need to clean!

You'll definitely want to check out the following features:

  • HEPA-OdorCell is your all-around pet solution: destroys unwanted odors at the molecular level
  • WhisperMax technology makes the BreatheSmart twice as quiet as key competitors
  • Laser sensors detect particles down to 0.3 microns and LEDs show air quality in real time
  • Auto-Mode enables BreatheSmart to self-adjust fan speed to changing air quality
  • 14 designer panels to suit multiple your decor, it'll look right at home in any house
  • Designed by NASA engineers to clean 1100 square feet every 30 minutes
  • It is Energy Star certified so you'll get clean air without running up your electric bill
  • Features a lifetime guarantee for all parts, forever, period
  • CADR values from the Alen website indicate 300+ for all 3 categories
"Made a significant difference for my asthmatic son with our 14 year old cat. We couldn't give her up after having her since a kitten, but our son was struggling even with our girl restricted to the basement. The BreatheSmart made a huge difference, no more emergency inhaler use in the house!"

One key item worth noting on this model is the following:

  • This model is definitely on the expensive side of household air filters
  • Do note this is a HEPA Style filter, not a true HEPA filter which leads me to believe that the CADR values of 300+ may not be accurate

#6 - Germ Guardian Air Filter 

a black tower shaped air filter with a blue circular light

The Germ Guardian is an air purifier created by Guardian Technologies. Guardian has their products checked for authenticity and validation by Verifide, a trusted 3rd party, to ensure they meet all standards! Talk about wanting to build consumer trust, Guardian is top notch at this.

The Germ Guardian has a 3 layer filtration system to focus on different types of filtration ensuring you get the cleanest air possible. This model is also Energy Star Certified and Carb Compliant meaning it is one of the most energy efficient models available.

A couple of other key items worth noting about this model:

  • A full three stage filtration system,True HEPA, UV-C and Charcoal, ensures you not only remove pet dander, but also remove odors as well as kill bacteria, viruses and mold spores
  • The True HEPA filter will remove 99.97% of particles as small as .3 microns
  • Designed to filter a room of 153 square feet, perfect for an office or a bedroom
  • Features 5 different fan speeds for targeted cleaning sessions or all day use
  • AHAMindependently validated to remove tobacco smoke, pollen and dust
  • CADR Values are as follows: Pollen - 116, Dust - 107, Tobacco - 99
"My cat has extra pungent urine, it sometimes permeates the entire house. I put this right next to the litter box and it sucked the smell right out of the air! Finally, a clean smelling house again!"

One key concern about this model that you'll want to consider

  • This model is tall and thin so it can easily be bumped and knocked over by your pets

#7 - Fragrance Diffuser & Purifier

a small black air purifier

If you're looking to not only clean your air, but add a scent to it, then PARTU has quite the invention for you. This model is designed to suck all the allergens out of the air with a two stage carbon/HEPA filters, so it does a great job cleaning the air.

But as an added bonus, as it sends clean air back out you can add a fragrance to your air. Simply purchase a fragrance (essential oils work great) you like and drop it right onto the built in sponge to have outgoing air pass through it. Want your home to smell like an ocean breeze, simply add a few drops and you'll think you're on the beach in no time!

A few other key items worth noting about this model:

  • Features a three stage filtration system: carbon filters eliminate odors and a true HEPA filter will help remove 99.97% of dander and dust mites from the air
  • Easily add a drop of essential oil as well as a drop of water to the fragrance sponge to add a scent to outgoing air and make your house smell like anything you desire
  • Features a control locking mode to stop children or pets from accidentally changing the settings
  • Perfect for a small office or a bathroom with your litter box, cleans rooms up to 86 square feet
  • This model is 100% ozone free

#8 - Quiet Care Air Purifier

an air purifier with a handle on top for easy movement

HoneyWell has been in the home appliance and electronics space for decades and is known for making great products. The QuietCare 17000-S is an excellent air purifier designed to provide a safe breathing environment by eliminating dust, pollen, mold, spores, tobacco and of course cat dander!

A couple of other key items worth noting about this model:

  • Features two stage filtration: carbon based filters for odors and true HEPA filters for the removal of 99.97% of dust and dander that cause allergies
  • The purifier features IntelliCheck technology that will let you know if the filters require replacement, simply push the check button and get an instant reading
  • Three different speeds for different times of day or when you feel you might need a boost
  • Perfect for rooms that are about 168 square feet in size, great for bedrooms or offices
"My wife bought this to place next to the litter box in the 'cat room' and it has done a great job of reducing litter dust and sucking up massive amounts of cat fur. We give it two thumbs up!"

Worth noting the following before making a purchase:

  • Despite the word Quiet in the title this model is noted as quite loud compared to other options

Additional Information

Cat Allergies Overview

Americans & Cat Allergies

Nearly a third of Americans with allergies are allergic to cats or dogs. Unfortunately, twice as many people have cat allergies as compared to those that have dog allergies.

If you've already got a cat in your home determining the cause of your allergies can be even more difficult because it isn't a controlled environment. Not only do you have allergens that come from cats, but you also have molds, mildews, dust mites and all sorts of other things that can cause similar issues. 

If you're not 100% sure you have an allergy to cats then you should definitely go to the doctor and have a test performed to determine what you are and aren't allergic to. This will verify exactly what the cause is.

Causes of Cat Allergies

Allergies in general are caused by your body attacking a foreign substance.  This is exactly what your immune system does when it is fighting off a cold or even a bacterial infection.

In the case of allergies though your body is making a mistake and identifying something that isn't harmful as a dangerous substance and attacking it by producing antibodies. This then causes all sorts of symptoms from a runny nose to difficulty breathing.

While most people tend to believe that cat hair is the most common cause of cat allergies, it is in fact typically caused by cat dander. Dander is basically dead skin from your cat and they shed it just like we humans shed our skin particles on a daily basis.

Pet dander tends to be the most prominent allergen and you don’t have to own a cat or even have seen one to have a reaction either.

Dander is lightweight and is easily carried or from place to place in the air or it can travel on people’s clothes. Generally though, signs of a cat allergy usually follow shortly after you come in contact with cat dander, saliva, or urine. 

Note that cat saliva has a specific protein in it that most commonly causes the allergic reaction, it is called Fel D1 and you can read more about it here on Wikipedia.

Pet hair is actually not an allergen, it is typically considered an allergen because it gets pet dander or other allergens on it that then cause a reaction.

Pet allergens can stay active as allergens for extended periods of time, sometimes even for several months.  The allergens cling to walls, furniture, clothing and other surfaces and upon contact can cause a reaction.


The most common symptoms experienced by people allergic to cats are swelling and itching of the eyes and nose which usually causes a stuffy or runny nose. Some may also develop a rash wherever the allergen came into contact with the body. Fatigue is also something people with cat allergies commonly experience.

a person blowing their nose

If you happen to breathe in the allergens, in particularly dander, you can also experience difficulty breathing as well as coughing or wheezing. Asthma attacks mat take place in more extreme cases. 

Many people with asthma have a severe attack upon interacting with cats so if you're a cat owner you should be extra careful in notifying new friends of your cats before they come to your house the first time.

The cat allergen that over 90 percent of people with cat allergies react to comes from cat saliva and skin. It’s found in higher levels on male cats and is transferred to a cat’s fur during grooming.

Treating Cat Allergies

There are many ways to treat cat allergies, here are a few of the most common:

  • Avoid interactions with the allergens at all costs, basically don't have or interact with cats
  • Minimize the number of allergens:
    • Keep your cats restricted to specific rooms
    • Get an excellent air purifier with a HEPA filter
    • Have your family brush your cats daily
    • Hire someone to brush your cat's teeth
    • Get an automatic litter box & wear gloves when scooping
  • If you're still experiencing symptoms you can explore these options:
    • Antihistamines like Benadryl are good options for one off experiences
    • Antihistamines like Claritin or Zyrtec are better for ongoing interactions
    • Nasal sprays such like Flonase may work for both short term or extended relief
    • Allergy shots may help desensitize you to an allergen over the long term

Home remedies

Nasal irrigation is a home remedy for many things, including the treatment of of cat allergies. You basically use water to rinse your nasal passages out. Generally you use salt water for this process.

a picture of a neti pot

While there are a ton of brands out there for nasal irrigation, the most common you'll find is a Neti Pot. This article on WebMD will give you extensive details on how to create the salt water and perform the process.

Acupuncture, probiotics and some herbal supplements have also shown some ability to improve the symptoms of allergies. While there hasn't been any research into the specifics for pet allergies, it may be worth considering these options if you've not had luck with other treatments.

Reducing the Impact of Cat Allergies

Hands down, the best option to reduce the impact of allergies is to avoid whatever causes them. This might mean you shouldn't adopt or interact with cats.

If you've already got a feline friend though it leaves you in a more precarious position. You'll most likely have no interest in getting rid of your kitty friend so you'll need to do your best to reduce the impact of the allergens!

While having someone else perform key tasks (feeding/brushing/scooping/petting) will certainly help, you'll want to take things a step farther. Some of these strategies may help your allergy:

  • Keep the cat out of rooms you use the most frequently (like the bedroom /  home office)
  • Keep an air purifier with a true HEPA filter  in the rooms you spend the most time in
  • Avoid touching your cat bare handed, wash your hands after if you do
  • Focus on wood floors, tile and clean walls to minimize places for allergens to accumulate
  • Use throws on furniture & beds and wash them frequently
  • Get HEPA filters for your central heating and cooling system and change them every month
  • Cover your centralized heating vents with a thick fabric like cheesecloth to collect dander
  • Vacuum frequently with a HEPA filter vacuum & consider a robot vacuum for daily filtering
  • Use a face mask while dusting or cleaning so you don't inhale cat dander

If you have a severe cat allergy, talk to your doctor about immunotherapy for a long-term treatment solution.

Diagnosing Cat Allergies

Before making any rash decisions regarding your feline friend and a suspected allergy you'll first want to verify it is indeed the cat that is causing your reactions! There are a couple of different ways to go about testing which are each detailed below.

If you decide to move forward with a test you'll want to call an allergist and schedule an appointment and provide details on why you're having the test done. Be sure to ask if there are any potential side effects from medication you're currently taking as well.

There key types of allergy testing are usually bucketed into these three categories, ordered from the most common to the least common.

Skin Prick Tests

This is a very generic allergy test and can be used for almost any allergen you can think of. It works on the simple premise of sticking a small amount of a potential allergen onto your skin with a needle and waiting to see what happens.

You’ll typically be tested for several allergens at the same time. The first time I had this done I had 15 different allergens tested at once. I was being tested for mold, not cat allergies though!

Your doctor will likely test other potential culprits instead of just cat dander to identify the cause of your allergies. You'll also get a control to ensure that there aren't any false positives.

If any allergies are identified the site usually swells or starts to itch like crazy which shows you're allergic. Fortunately the amount of allergen used is tiny and the effect will usually go away quickly.

Intradermal Skin Testing

As opposed to simply pricking the skin with a needle, intradermal testing actually injects the allergens under the skin. This can cause the same allergic reactions that you'd see from a skin prick test.

Unfortunately injecting foreign substances under your skin tends to cause more reactions than simple pin pricks, this can lead to falsely identifying allergens where none exist.

Blood Testing

Similar to any other blood test, your doctor will draw blood and send it to a lab for testing. This is most commonly done for people that have a skin condition that makes the other methods difficult to use.

The key drawback to this method is that sending blood away to a lab takes significantly longer. On the bright side though there is no risk of an allergic reaction during a blood test because the allergens are only exposed once the blood is drawn.

For more details on any of these methods please visit HealthLine.

What is a HEPA Filter?

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air and a HEPA filter is specifically designed to pull way more particles out of the air than traditional air filters on the market. 

The most important thing to know about HEPA filters is that they filter out 99.97% of particles that have a size greater than or equal to 0.3 µm. They do this by building a mat of randomly arranged fibers, typically made of fiberglass and between 0.5 and 2.0 micrometers in diameter.

Unlike a traditional air filter, HEPA filters don't work like a sieve where the holes simple stop things bigger than the hole from going through. Instead these filters are designed to cause particles to stick to the fibers as they pass by, thus removing them from the airflow.

Note that while HEPA filters are designed to pull out fine particles, they do nothing to remove odors or scents out of the air like a carbon filter. Given this don't expect a HEPA air filter to clean up the scent in your bathroom or near your cat's litter box.

One of the most important things to note about HEPA filters is the following quote.

"Products that claim to be "HEPA-type", "HEPA-like", "HEPA-style" or "99% HEPA" do not satisfy these requirements and may not have been tested in independent laboratories. Some of these sub-par quality filters may come reasonably close to HEPA filtration, while others will fall significantly short, making them truly inferior." - Air Purifier

Wikipedia has far more detail on HEPA filters if you desire to read it. 

What Are HEPA Filters Used For?

There are three common places you'll find HEPA filters used in relation to cat allergies. Each place can impact air quality in the house and if you have any severe allergies you should consider all three.

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers are one of the most common places you'll find a HEPA filter in use. Each purifier usually has a filter that can be replaced on a recurring basis after it is completely filled with particles.

You'll want to consider that an air purifier is usually only good for a room of about 200-300 square feet. This means if you've got multiple rooms in your home then you'll need multiple air purifiers running all the time to get the job done.

Heating & Cooling Filters

If you have gas forced air or a traditional air conditioner of any kind then you've typically got a single centralized air flow system in your home. These can actually be very problematic for cat allergies because dander gets into the air and the system blows it all over the house.

Inserting a HEPA filter into the air flow can make a significant impact on decreasing the amount of cat dander floating around your home. You generally need a filter to keep your equipment running smoothly anyway, inserting a HEPA rated filter can be incredibly helpful.


Every time you run the vacuum in your house you are undoubtedly sucking up loads of cat dander along with the fur. While you certainly don't need a HEPA filter to suck up cat hair, you might as well capitalize on the fact that air is flowing through the vacuum and trap the cat dander at the same time.

HEPA filters can be found in both traditional vacuums of all shapes and sizes and they can be found in robot vacuums. If you're running a robot vacuum every single day you'll notice a huge decrease in your symptoms by using a model equipped with a HEPA filter.

What is a CADR Rating?

CADR stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate. It is basically a numeric value assigned to an air purifier based on tests performed for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.  

CADR is a way for consumers to see an apples to apples comparison of how effective an air purifier is at reducing these three key items in the air:

  1. Tobacco smoke
  2. Pollen
  3. Dust

You won't find CADR numbers for any other items at the time of writing this (12/30/2018). The easiest way to interpret these numbers is that higher is better. But there are ranges available for them as well:

  1. Tobacco smoke ranges from 10-450 CADR
  2. Pollen ranges from 10-400 CADR
  3. Dust ranges from 25-450 CADR

It is worth noting that if you're looking at large scale household based purifiers that you won't find a CADR score for them because it is only applicable to portable filters.

Unfortunately there is no rating for cat dander or pet dander, but the closest association is dust since household dust is largely made up of human dander.

For more information you can reference this great article from

Are There Hypoallergenic Cats?

The sad fact is there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic cat. While some breeds may be less likely to cause allergic reactions than others, there are no breeds that will completely avoid all potential allergens.

Many articles like this one from HomeOAnimal call out a list of "hypoallergenic" cats. Note that they do specifically say no cats are completely allergen free, but the article is misleading because of the title and the way that we humans consume information.

a sphynx cat that is hairless

In short, some cats shed less hair and some produce less of the Fel D1 protein that is most commonly found in cat saliva and causes allergic reaction. But no cat is completely immune to causing allergic reactions and if you've got an allergy you shouldn't assume you're safe by adopting a cat like this.

Reference: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Wrap Up on Air Purifiers For Cats

If you've got a cat allergy based on cat dander or if you've got friends at family that are allergic then an air purifier can certainly help minimize the impact of cat dander.

While no cat is hypoallergenic and no single air filter can clear your house of every bit of cat dander, purifiers certainly provide an added benefit, especially if they are kept in the rooms you spend the most time in.

If you've got a cat allergy or know someone who does then let us know how an air purifier or filter has helped them combat their reactions! Please leave a comment below. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Ace – Cat Of the Week – January 1st, 2019 – Happy New year!

Ace the bengal playing

Hey everyone! Happy New Year and welcome to 2019 and the first edition of Cat of the Week! This week's cat is Ace and he is an adorable and playful little guy! Ace comes to us from his human Melissa!

ace looking right into the camera

Melissa got Ace when he was 12 weeks old and she's had him a little over 8 months old now! Ace is part of a family of Bengal kitties that love to play and cause all sorts of havoc!

Ace's siblings

​Ace is definitely the attention seeker out of ​Melissa's 3 Bengal cats. ​Ace's siblings (Diamond and Stella) only want love on their own terms, but he absolutely loves to cuddle!

Ace relaxing on the couch

​Ace also loves to play pool, and run wild all over the house while his humans try to sleep! ​As of right now Ace only goes outside on a leash as his humans are working to train him to go places with them.

They might even need a way to keep track of him soon.  You can see he looks quite dapper in his leather collar!

Ace chilling on a blanket

​Ace doesn't ​mind water too much, but when we say pool we're referring to billiards! Ace plays pool anytime the family leaves the balls on the table! He even falls asleep on the table just like it is a bed!

Ace on the pool table

Ace is a super sweet boy ​and his family is super thankful for him and his siblings! ​StuffCatsWant thanks ​Melissa for sending us ​Ace as Cat of the Week!  To submit your cat please email and include 5 pictures and 400 words about your cat!

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