Good Karma

Hand­crafted cat caves are do­ing a world of good

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Hand­crafted cat caves are do­ing a world of good.

H us­band-and-wife team Jamyang Lo­doe and Jen­nifer Neufeld are all about good karma. They make ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful, hand­crafted pet bas­kets and toys un­der the name Dharma Dog Karma Cat, part­ner­ing di­rectly with so­cially con­scious ar­ti­sans, women’s col­lec­tives, and fam­ily run busi­nesses through­out Ti­bet, In­dia, and Nepal. In do­ing so they pro­vide re­li­able in­come for hun­dreds of fam­i­lies. We can’t get enough of their so­cially con­scious com­pany ethics and the beau­ti­ful om­bré tones of their cat caves, which are sim­ply a dream, pro­vid­ing a soft, com­fort­able place for cats to hide, play, and sleep. Hand­crafted by women’s col­lec­tives high in Nepal, the cat caves are made us­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques and a blend of Ti­betan and New Zealand wools. The hand-felted wool is odour-re­sis­tant and anti-mi­cro­bial, and, thanks to the high lano­lin con­tent, which cats love, it has the added ben­e­fit of keep­ing paws and fur soft. In short, cats love the nat­u­ral fiber and ev­ery cat cave sup­ports the fe­male ar­ti­sans and their fam­i­lies, help­ing to keep tra­di­tions alive.

"We're com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing good in­come and us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly pro­duc­tion so there’s no bad stuff go­ing back into the wa­ter," Jen­nifer says. "We re­ally put so much thought into ev­ery step of what we do, from mak­ing sure the cave mouth is wide enough for cats to be com­fort­able to mak­ing sure the women are able to send their kids to school." Right on. Check them out at kar­ma­cat.com.

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