The Cat Ball is a business in Bellevue, Washington owned by Jennifer Schmidt. Jennifer is focused on the design of unique cat beds that are appropriate and full of fun for both young kittens and adult cats. The tagline that she shares “Your Cat Will Figure It Out” could not be more true because my cats were all trying to fit into the bed at one time.
All of my personal cats quickly figured out The Cat Ball as a comfortable and entertaining place to be. The Cat Ball is so popular that it was being mentioned on Caster and Etsy quite a bit in the last few years which sparked my interest in it. I recently noticed the bed being featured on My Cat From Hell which prompted me to review it.
The idea of The Cat Ball came from Jennifer’s earlier years when she worked as a costume designer. Jennifer was hired to design a soccer-ball shaped mascot costume for a professional soccer team which was both trendy and of high quality. Her first step was to design a small scale model of the costume with one small hole on the top for the mascot’s head and a larger hole on the bottom portion for the legs to enter through.
The completed project sat on Jennifer’s workshop for a few years before she realized that her cats might enjoy it because cats love novel things that they have never had contact with before. The finished project was a big success in her household and her cats immediately took to it as a toy and a place to sleep.
The emergence of The Cat Ball came from the inspiration that this invention would be equally as interesting in other cat households as it was for her household. Jennifer is an architect in my mind because she utilized her limited blueprints and experience as a costume designer to design a valuable and long lasting product for cats and their owners.
Kita Playing In The Cat Ball
Buffy Playing In The Cat Ball
The Cat Ball is unique because of the hexagonal shape and the ability of the ball to lay on any side while remaining stable and functional. The ball features a large opening in front and a smaller hole in the back just like the mascot costume so that there is always an escape route and several places to stalk from. The ball is simple to vacuum and easily washable for people who have multiple cats or operate an animal shelter – both of which I do.
The Cat Ball is quickly folded for shipping and storage or transportation from place to place. The ball will fold down flat when needed and pop right back into place without too much effort which is another benefit for moving it to adoption events if you run an animal shelter or rescue. My favorite part about The Cat Ball is how much work and passion goes into just the folding and packaging process for the product. The ribbon was so beautiful that I almost did not want to take it off.
The small hole in the bottom of the bed is even more entertaining than the bigger hole in the front for my cats because of the fun factor. My cat wants to go right through the small hole to catch whichever toy I happen to be be strategically maneuvering into and out of the bed to capture their interest and elicit an attack from them. The small hole is interesting because it is a great place for stalking a toy from since the cat feels like they are better hidden and have more cover from potential attacks in comparison to the bigger hole.
I enjoy setting up The Cat Ball in a manner that exposes the smaller hole pointing upward so my cat has to jump in from the top to get a cat toy that I am dangling inside of it. This can easily be done with any cat toy but the Neko Flies or the Bird Catcher Pro are the best choices for use of play therapy. It can also be fun to throw treats into the Cat Ball from the top of the Cat Ball while it is facing upwards so they have to work for them. My cat Stormy will literally jump through a hoop to get a cat treat so this works perfectly for him.
The Cat Ball Packaging
The Cat Ball Packaging
The Cat Ball is 16 inches tall, 17 inches in diameter and is available in a variety of different fabrics and combinations for the individual who is picky about the design. There is quite a few different varieties and combinations that you can choose from so you can match your decor.
There is modern, classic, retro and funny styles available such as the shark or whale style versions. I wanted the shark version initially but I was convinced to go with a more classic design and now I am happy that I did because it fit right into my house. The Cat Ball is very natural and safe since each ball is only made from foam and fabric.
Benefits And Pros
The Cat Ball is very roomy and spacious for even the biggest cat that I own which was surprising because very few beds that I have used in the past few years are. There is enough room my Maine Coon and my Ragdoll to play in which are both about 15 pounds each. I am surprised the ball does not move and is completely stable when my biggest cats are playing inside of it because they are quite rough.
The dual openings are great for multiple cat households because it allows one cat to leave once another cat comes strolling in if one cat is timid and does not want confrontation if the cat coming in is aggressive or does not get along with them. No cat wants to feel cornered or trapped at any point in their life.
Cat Playing In Cat Ball
Cat Stalking Toy
Most cat owners want to find a bed that is stylish, multipurpose and can be washed without damaging the cat bed which is hard to find these days. Cats want a bed that is comfortable and is appealing to their innate desires such as being able to curl up into a ball or being able to groom and play inside of it. Suiting both the cat and owner is the ideal goal for any big ticket purchase and I am happy to say that the Cat Ball was able to make good on that promise.
I like to use The Cat Ball for feral kittens that I am socializing because it provides them with a hiding spot that has multiple routes of escape while providing a fun and attractive place to play. The Cat Ball is a way for cats to build confidence in the open while feeling like they are hidden at the same time.
I have cats who have ignored every bed I have ever bought but immediately wanted to sleep in The Cat Ball. This product is a fantastic piece of cat furniture for any owner who is looking to expand their cat’s environment. I imagine this would be a magnificent product to use in the animal shelter environment because it provides what they need the mos which is variety in their environment and enrichment. A multi-purpose product like The Cat Ball can be what will make the difference in your community cat rooms and adoption floor.
Zachariah Atteberry is a registered veterinary technician and certified cat behaviorist with over 5 years of animal shelter experience. Zach also holds a shelter management and shelter medicine certificate. He looks forward to sharing his expertise with you