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Two Great Cat Toy Suggestions As Seen On “My Cat From Hell”

May 20, 2013

By today I hope you were able to take a few moments to watch the segment about CH cat Pip on Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” (If not you can watch it online here.)

While the episode was certainly very educational, I was absolutely blown away by the ways the roommates found to amuse their cats, and I wanted to share those ideas with you!

Screen grab courtesy Animal Planet.

Screen grab courtesy Animal Planet.

When Jackson Galaxy, the show’s cat behavioralist, came to visit Pip, he realized right away that Pip was having a difficult time getting around. The home had hardwood floors, which made it nearly impossible for Pip to get traction and move around.

To solve this issue, Galaxy recommended that the roommates invest in some floor coverings – area rugs of different textures – to see which helped Pip the most.

The next time Galaxy stopped by it was obvious that the roommates took his suggestion seriously. Viewers can see a number of different rugs laid around their home, and one type of rug actually inspired a brainstorm!

You see, one of the rugs that they bought was made up of fabric loops (see the photo above). They then took several of Pip’s toys and stuck them through the loops, creating an instant playground! Pip absolutely loved it and can be seen playing with his toys in the video.

This simple solution was actually great for Pip because he could hunt his toys without running around his home. Instead, he could swipe, kick, and bat at them as they laid in the rug.

The other solution amused the roommates’ other cat, Red – and it was equally as cool.

Prior to Galaxy stopping by, the roommates had a small terrarium in their home that housed plants and butterflies. Red absolutely loved to sit and watch his “kitty TV.” Galaxy thought the terrarium was a great idea, and recommended that they build an even larger one for Red to watch.

And again, the roommates came through! They actually put tiny frogs in the second terrarium, which was great because the frogs would get very active at night – which is perfect for cats! Red appears to love his new kitty TV, something I think all of our cats could use!

Have you come up with innovative ways to entertain your cats? Please share in the comments or email me. I’d like to feature a few of the ideas on this blog!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    May 24, 2013 9:32 pm

    I loved the terrarium idea…just would need one sturdy enough to not get knocked over.

  2. megsyss permalink
    June 20, 2013 4:44 pm

    where did they get the loop rug from?

    • June 20, 2013 4:57 pm

      That’s a great question. They may say in the episode – for some reason I’m thinking Target, but I’m not sure. I’ll do a few searches to see if I can find something like it!

  3. Jenna permalink
    May 3, 2014 11:13 pm

    Ever figure out where to get this type of rug? I can’t find one.

  4. Dawn Miller permalink
    May 16, 2014 11:56 am

    where can we find a looped rug like this?

  5. bpaul permalink
    May 31, 2014 5:01 pm

    still looking for a rug like this ones…they used to be common once upon a time.

  6. Matthew James permalink
    April 2, 2016 12:58 pm

    Bump. I want to know where to get the rug, too

  7. Debbie permalink
    December 13, 2016 6:41 pm

    I had 2 mice in a fish tank with a sturdy lock on screen lid. I had to move it down to the floor because the cats loved it so much they almost pushed it off the surface! Loads if enjoyment for cats and mice were not phased by it.

  8. Linda levine permalink
    February 19, 2017 8:33 am

    I just saw an episode of my cat from hell yesterday and it was about this elderly cat while sleeping kept thrashing around and falling etc wound up finding out he had a stroke but Jackson recommend this rug and of course I didn’t pay attention and now can’t find it either
    Looks like the one pictured but I believe it came with the toys already attached ? Did you ever find one ? Would you email me the information if you have
    llevine516@comcast.net
    Thanks much Linda

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