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Kitty Shack Mat is a two-in-one cat bed that will convert from a cozy cat tunnel to a soft, flat mat when you unzip its zipper. Each mat is cream and brown with a faux-fleece lining and super-plush foam inside. Plus, each has a sturdy, double-stuffed outer ring around its edges so it'll stand up, when zipped into a tunnel, without caving in. The mat traps both cat hair and dander and is machine washable.
The cost of Kitty Shack Mat is $19.95 plus $4.99 shipping, for a total price of $24.94. This price was obtained from the As Seen on TV commercial page found at kittyshack.com; however, the company has since ceased selling Kitty Shack Mat and has taken down the website. Kitty Shack Mat may still be found for sale on Amazon or Ebay.
The Kitty Shack Mat's outer lining is electrostatic, and the mat also has a thermo-reflective core. Its lining, due to its electrostatic design, is able to attract cat hair and dander like a magnet, trapping it so it won't get on your furniture or floors. The thermo-reflective core allows each mat to reflect the body heat of the cat who is using it, a process which will normally make the surface warm.
If your cat tends to like to curl up in small spaces, you may want to fold the two shorter ends of your mat together and zip it up before introducing it to your cat. After you call the cat, they'll have a nice, cozy tunnel to crawl into. On the other hand, if you think your cat would prefer to lie on a flat, open mat instead, leave your Kitty Shack Mat unzipped.
Once you've decided whether to leave your mat zipped or unzipped, call your cat and attempt to get them to enter the tunnel you've created or sit on the flat mat. They may be skeptical at first, but the soft, cozy-looking cream surface of each mat will likely entice them to give it a try.
Each Kitty Shack Mat is brown and cream, two shades that will look good in most rooms. When used as a tunnel, the cream side should be facing inward and the brown outward, and vice versa when the mat's lying flat.
Even when zipped up, virtually any cat will fit within this mat, even if they're overweight. Small and medium dogs will be able to use it at least as a mat, and possibly as a mat or tunnel depending on their exact size, too.
The Kitty Shack Mat is light enough that almost anyone will be able to quickly carry it from place to place ( when there's no cat using it ). You'll be able to place yours on your couch, on your bed, on the floor, or even in the grass if your cat goes outside. It'll also come in handy in the car if your cat is the type who will sit fairly still and doesn't need to be put in a carrier.
When your mat gets too covered in hair, or if it happens to get covered with pet waste, spilled food, or other dirt, you'll simply be able to run it through the washing machine. Hence, you won't need to spend time hand-washing it or taking it to the dry cleaner's.
If you have cats who like to lie on cold floors, or get chilly due to old age, this mat will help keep them warm. Once you've spread the mat out on a chilly tile or wood floor, your cat will be able to sprawl out in all their glory while the mat's cozy fleece stops them from feeling freezing.
Besides keeping cats warm, these mats will also help keep your house clean. If you have one for each cat, they can lie on them instead of lying directly on your couch, chairs, or bed, so your furniture will stay hair-free. Your floors will also stay free of hair if your cat chooses to lie on their mat on the floor.
If you have a couple of cats who are small, or don't mind being in a small space together, they may choose to curl up together on an unzipped Kitty Shack Mat. When they're feeling extra cuddly, they might even choose to enter it when it's zipped into a tunnel together.
Younger cats, or older cats who are still playful, may enjoy running through the Kitty Shack Mat when it's zipped into a tunnel, chasing a toy. Using the mat for this purpose will help your cat maintain a healthy weight, or if they're already overweight, may help them lose weight through exercise.
If it's zipped or unzipped frequently, or your cat plays with it, the zipper on your Kitty Shack Mat could break. Then, you'd have to either use the mat solely in its spread-out form and not as a tunnel, or replace the zipper yourself, which could be difficult.
Those users who find that their cat isn't enthusiastic about using their mat right off the bat should rub some catnip on the fleecy part. The smell of the catnip will likely make the mat seem more attractive to the cat.
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