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Eco-habitats for cats that can be decorated by kids


Pet products and eco-minded goods are both rapidly growing industries, but it’s not every day we see them intersect. Sure enough, though, California-based InPlay Products offers a line of sustainably made habitats for cats that can be decorated by kids. Caboodle Habitats for Cats are durable and expandable three-level structures for cats to play, lounge and hide in. Peek-a-boo holes, customizable passageways and contoured grooming edges are all among the features offered by Caboodle structures, which are made of 350 lb. double-wall corrugated cardboard that’s locally manufactured with 40 percent recycled content. Nontoxic soy-based inks are used for printing, and all byproducts from the process—including the inks—are recycled afterwards. Capable of supporting combined weights of more than 65 lbs., Caboodle habitats can be connected to create larger structures; they can also be decorated with markers, pens, pencils and stickers. Currently available online and through independent pet stores nationwide, Caboodle habitats are priced at USD 29.95, including three free corrugated toys. There are some 90 million households with cats in the U.S. alone, and almost half of them are now seeking out natural and environmentally friendly goods, InPlay says. Other retailers of pet products around the world: one to bring to the cats—and crafty kids—in your neck of the woods…? (Related: For parents on the go, a folding high chair made of cardboard.) Spotted by: Judy McRae



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