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by Kathy Blumenstock

Cats Get A Wheel Deal, Just In Time for Indy 500

Every cat parent knows the non-thrill of taking your pet anywhere by car—mainly because cats realize they never go anywhere fun by car! The vet’s office. Maybe a family visit.  For cats, car trips will forever be associated with such un-fun destinations.
So give your cat his own convertible and let him dream of being in the driver’s seat. Imperial Cat is bringing the joy of fantasy Indy racing to your cat’s world, because there’s not a tabby anywhere who wouldn’t love his very own speed machine! You, and certainly your cat, know Imperial Cat’s scratchers, because they’re made in fun, creative shapes and colors, from animals to holiday themes.
But in honor of the Indy 500 later this month, Imperial Cat’s Vehicle Scratch n’ Shapes have rolled into view. Nicely substantial, with sleek contours, this tempting chariot instantly lured consult-cats Starli and Shamrock into a test drive.  The tightly woven texture—from 100% recycled, and recyclable, paper—gives claws a great workout, and a generous bag of organic catnip to sprinkle on top adds extra miles of enjoyment.
And this is one vehicle that’s ideal for a catnap during those crucial pit stops. Unlike skinnier scratch pads, the Scratch n’ Shape scratcher accommodates more than one driver at once, is extremely long-wearing and reversible; the bottom is as scratch-worthy as the top. It also comes in fun designs and colors—we got the Racer model (4” x 19” x 9”) in blue, but your cat may like it in purple, black, green or orange. The slightly larger Convertible version (5” x 23” x 9”) comes in green, blue or black. Prices range from $$28.99-$36.99, and you’ll find it at Imperial Cat on AmazonCatClaws.com, or sites such as Wal-Mart, Wayfair, Cherrybrook.com and Quill.com.
Putting your cat in a Vehicle Scratch n’ Shape for Indy 500 weekend means they’ll drive it all summer long. Starli and Shamrock will be watching the action on TV, relaxing in their own pace car.  Is catnip an alternative fuel source?
Photos: Matrix Partners, Ltd. and Kathy Blumenstock


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