Friday, May 23, 2014

Cat Style Comes to BlogPaws 2014 Thanks to Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther


2014 was definitely the Year of the Cat at the BlogPaws Conference in Lake Las Vegas May 8-10th, thanks to the tireless efforts of Kate Benjamin, who in my humble opinion is the reigning "Queen of Cats", and owner of the popular website Hauspanther,


where her mission is to "spread the word about how good design can enhance the way we live with cats, improving our lives and the lives of our beloved feline companions. By paying attention to the design of objects and environments, we can create living spaces that accommodate the natural instincts of cats – keeping them happy, healthy and well behaved – without compromising our own sense of style and comfort."


Kate Benjamin the reigning "Queen of Cats"

This cat blogger, along with a clowder of others,  ooo'ed and ahhh'ed with delight as we made our way through the 1200 sq ft display of over 150 cat products provided by forty companies! I am proud to say that a number of the companies who had products on display have at one time or another been featured right here, on THIS blog!


The first of those companies is featured above,  Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip Products and the maker of one of Cody's all time faves, The Tickle Pickle!! The video below was showcased on this blog on our review of Tipsy Nip on  October 4, 2011.

Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip Products are made in Vermont. All of their products are made from the best quality materials and ingredients. Their mission is to create healthy toys that make all of the kitties insanely happy. They succeeded with Cody, that is for sure! So much so, that as you can see above, he could smell the nip right through the plastic!


Another company that we have featured (approximately FOUR TIMES!)  is Nekochan Enterprises, the makers of another of Cody's all time favorite toys, the Neko Flies line of cat toys!!! Cody currently has his eye on their new line of Neko Nappers pet houses which are showcased above. It took every ounce of self-control that I could muster, NOT to walk away with that display! Here is a video from the first time we featured Neko Flies, back on

To this day, Cody's Small Kittenator   remains his "toy of choice" in the world of dangle cat toys. He knows the drawer it is stored in and will walk in, stand on his hind legs and loudly demand that it be pulled from it's slumber.

Another product that we have (and Cody LOVES) is the Peek-a-Prize Toy Box (featured in the middle below)
 


It is impossible to showcase all 150 products that were displayed in the Cat Style Lounge, so here are just a few photos to whet your appetite some more!










 TO SEE THE ENTIRE LIST OF SPONSORS
FOR ALL OF THE PRODUCTS FEATURED ABOVE
VISIT THE BLOGPAWS FOLLOW UP POST
THAT WAS DONE BY KATE BENJAMIN ON HAUSPANTHER
BY CLICKING HERE

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!!
LOOK AT WHAT CODY WON!!!!
I HAD TO PAY
 TO SHIP THAT BABY HOME,
 BUT IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
Cody has a fabulous cat-scratcher lounge by

A number of you wondered if
Cody found anything in the suitcase
that I posted a week ago


Well, wonder no more!
There was also some CATABULOUS CAT SWAG
IN OUR SWAG BAGS!
BELOW IS JUST A PARTIAL DISPLAY
**I received a bag that was CAT AND DOG
 since I have a dog as well
also, I separated some things I wanted to donate
Once again I would like to thank Kate Benjamin and BlogPaws for making some cat folks (like me!) super happy!
And now, we would like to make a special announcement, you can pre-order:
Photo Courtesy of Hauspanther
Attention cat lovers! We are thrilled to announce that the new book Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) co-authored by Jackson Galaxy of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell and Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther is now available for pre-order! For every copy pre-ordered before October 14, 2014, $1 will be donated to organizations dedicated to helping homeless cats. In addition, when you pre-order, you will receive exclusive discounts that you can use at store.jacksongalaxy.com and shop.hauspanther.com.

Pre-order to Support Cats!

For every copy of Catification pre-ordered, the publisher Tarcher/Penguin will donate $1 to organizations supporting cat welfare. We will be sure to update you once the organizations have been chosen. In order for your pre-order to count toward the donation, please email a copy of your receipt to catificationbook@gmail.com.More details at www.tarcherbooks.com/catification. Pre-order your copy now on AmazonBarnes & Noble, from any major bookseller, or visit Indiebound to find a local bookstore in your area.
For bulk orders, please contact 1-800-CEO-READ or www.800ceoread.com.


55 comments:

  1. Kate did an amazing job with the Cat Style Lounge this year! My human was beyond impressed!

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  2. Looks like there was some really cool stuff for the kitties at Blogpaws this year. We enjoyed seeing some of them. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. some totally pawsome stuff!!! thanks for sharing this great info !! <3

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    1. it sure is! You are most welcome Diane and thank you!

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    1. Me too and their nip is simply intoxicating!

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  5. The Cat Style Lounge was pawesome. Paws up, Kate!

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  6. I'm so sorry I missed BlogPaws and the Catification Lounge this year. It looked amazing!

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    1. I am so sorry you missed it too Ingrid but there is next year in Nashville! You were GREATLY MISSED and YES the Cat Style Lounge was just CATABULOUS!

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  7. Extremely cool stuff for us kitties!

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  8. Some really fantastic stuff! The Neko Fly is a favorite at our house; Chuck loves the kittenator, and Angel likes the bug ones. Unfortunately, I cannot find a retailer in Macomb County (where we live) that carries them, so I'll be driving to Beverly Hills to buy one for a friend who just adopted two kittens (plus two adult cats AND two dogs already at home!) I used to drive to The Cat Shoppe on Drake Road to buy them, but Anne decide to close that store recently to concentrate of home-cat sitting. I miss that place! I'm sure you know about that, Caren! I worked in Farmington Hills for years, and visited the Cat Shoppe on my lunch hour to play with the cats...nothing smoothes out a rough day at the office like some furry love! I will pre-order the Catification book, and we definitely need a Pet Fusion cat lounge too.

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    1. WHAT??????!! NOOOOOOOOO I didn't know that Ann closed her shop! OMG I haven't shopped there in AGES, I am BEYOND SORRY to hear that! That shop was the BEST EVER!! OMG!! I am STUNNED! I used to shop there more years ago (when I had money lol)....I am STUNNED! What happened to the rescue kitties that she used to keep there? Where did you work in Farmington Hills? You know that is where I live! I am STUNNED! As for Neko, I believe you can order them on Amazon and possibly directly from the website too! A number of different companies carry their items, just google Neko!

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  9. She does have such good stuff. Wish we could afford to buy more of it. Great review of all her stuff. Take care.

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    1. Marg I wish that I could too! Thanks so much!

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  10. WOWZA look at all that PAWsome stuff!!!!!!!
    Score!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  11. Concats on your new scratcher! And they did such a good job this year! Kudos to Kate!

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  12. Such amazing stuff and you hit quite the jackpot Cody!

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    1. It sure was amazing Brian! Plan on Nashville next year! I was thrilled that Mom won me that great scratcher! Love, Cody

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  13. Kate did an awesome job this year. Thanks for the overview and lucky Cody! We won something too but picked something to fit in my luggage.

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    1. she sure did!!!! You are welcome and THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Concats on your win too!

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  14. Wow! The Cat Style Lounge looks like it was AWESOME! We're so sad that we missed it.

    ConCatulations to Cod on winning that lounger. We have one here, and Moosey, Gracie and Zoe all love it. :)

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    1. ConCATulations to *CODY* (darned auto correct...)

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    2. MOL!! Thank you! "Cod" works, he can be kinda "fishy" sometimes! MOL! He hasn't used the scratcher yet (just arrived last week) but I am sure he will! Glad that Moosey, Gracie and Zoe all gave their paws of approval! xoxo

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    3. OMG meowmeowmans, how could I forget to tell you how terribly missed you were?

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  15. Those look like great products for meowsters. And WTG to "Cod" for winning the scratcher. MOL. Glad to see BlogPaws becoming more cat-blogger friendly.

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  16. Thank you for sharing all these picture of cool kitty stuff ! How could you resist to buy everything ? We love the Neko Nappers ! And mom has already pre-ordered Jackson Galaxy's book ! Purrs

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  17. Let's clarify. The dog expo portion was where it was at in Vegas, BUT, the cat lounge had some pretty awesome stuff. My kitties would have loved it for sure. We saw things we had never even imagined. Much better than last year! Woof!

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  18. So wish I could have been there! Year of the cat, now I'm even more sad I missed it! Ah well, purhaps next year. Looks like such a fun time and so many great things to see and learn about! Thank you for sharing! ~Rascal and Rocco

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  19. A lot of nice things for kitties. Congrats on winning the Pet Fusion. They are really nice and last a long time.
    Sue B

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    1. there sure were! Thanks so much! Still waiting for Cody to USE it! MOL!

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  20. We love looking at all the cool cat stuff they had at BlogPaws. SlimDoggy was a little jealous that dogs don't have such cool & fun stuff. Thanks for sharing this post - it was a good reminder that I wanted to check out some of these things.

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  21. The mom says the Cat Lounge was AWESOME this year. And we didn't know Cody won that fabulous scratcher. We LOVE our Pet Fusion scratcher. We won a couple of the catty stacks which was good because they folded up and the mom could put them in her suitcase.

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  22. What a GREAT recap!!!! The Cat Style Lounge was FAB!!! ...definitely the highlight of ALL the exhibitors! But we weren't surprised! Miss Kate knows her fluff, I mean stuff!

    ; )

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    1. thanks so much!!!! Yep it truly was! Hell yeah Miss Kate "knows her fluff and stuff! " MOL!

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  23. The Cat Lounge was really awesome, loved the products there for sure. Congratulations on winning the Cat-Scratcher Lounge, that is really cool, do you like it Cody?

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    1. thank you Clooney! Mom is mad cause it has been here a few days and I haven't used it yet. That's how we cats are though, we will use it on OUR time frame, not the human's!!

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  24. You guys get to play with and check out the neatest things. We are going to have to see if that book is available on Kindle.

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  25. So many wonderful cat products. I hope your stay in Las Vegas was a lovely one.

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    1. yep there are! Ohhh yesssssssssssss it most DEFINITELY was!

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  26. What great stuff!
    Wish we could have been there...


    Noodle

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  27. One of the reason I like your blog is ....by ready it I realize how much American people and French people are far away from each others.

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    1. you are such a sweetheart. But our love of cats brings us close. I wish you weren't so far away, I would LOVE to visit the beautiful area where you live. Your photos are so amazing! xoxo

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  28. Yay for Miz Kate! I was honored to have her use me for a kitty fix. I ordered Catification. Can't wait to be Catified!

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  29. Congrats to Kate on her new book! The Cat Style Lounge was really wonderful. I won something too :) Looks like Cody didn't want to wait for you to get to that Tickle Pickle!

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  30. Whoa! And every time TW goes, they have nothing. Ultra cool lounger you won for Cody! Tw finally ordered me a Tickle Pickle cos all the cats love it and I tried to bury it under my tissue paper like I was scraping in my box. MOL!

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  31. That's sooo cool you won the lounger!! Yes, the Lounge we hear was FABULOUS!

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  32. Looks like there was some really great stuff for cats at this year's Blog Paws Conference. It truly was the "Year of the Cat!" Glad everyone had a great time and learned so much about the neat products.

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  33. BOWTIES! :) looks like you had a great time.

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  34. I saved this email for future reference, sorry it took me so long to comment.
    You did a Fantastic job covering the items, those sctratchers look great!
    Also will finally check out Hauspanthers overview of items too.
    Take care and keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi Connie! Oh don't feel bad! I do that ALL of the time! I save blog posts and then days pass and I realize I haven't read them! THANK YOU I am sooo happy you enjoyed this post! Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  35. Caren, this is a FABULOUS recap, and you covered the entire Cat Lounge so well, what a gift for those who could not be there because you made them feel like they were…the videos make it super PAWSOME! I loved the Cat Lounge! It was a major highlight of the conference for me. It was SO great to see you in person as well (-: xoxo

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    1. @Amelia, you are SERIOUSLY one of the kindest people I have EVER MET!!!! xoxo THANK YOU!!! I will just behave and accept that! (wink) Love you!

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