June 30, 2007
June 30, 2007
With the vacation-party week of the 4th coming up, summer is now in full swing. Swimming is fabulous fun for many of our pets and a great way for them to cool off while getting some exercise.
Water can be hazardous for pets, just as it is for children. Since our pets only communicate through body language, we must stay tuned to their well-being even on those busy days when we have lots going on to distract us. A pet in distress, whether frightened, sick or over-heated, may only send out relatively subtle signals, since to display weakness in the animal world can make them vulnerable to predators.
There are tons of products on the market to protect your pet when around the pool, boat, ocean or lake. Here is a Super Cool Pets roundup of some recent posts featuring products to help keep your pet safe this summer season. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
K-9 Float Coat Jacket
Skamper Ramp Pet Pool Ramp
Above Ground Pool Alarm
Sporting Dog First Aid Kit
June 29, 2007
We have a firespike bush outside our office window to attract hummingbirds, as I described in a prior post. For a hummer fan, there is nothing like seeing your favorite little birds up close. This Window Mount Hummingbird Feeder would do the trick as well.
The nectar is placed in a clear acrylic feeder bottle with an easy to clean wide-mouth design. It attaches easily to your window, or a wall or post, with quick release clips for easy filling. There are two feeding stations with perches. Bottle has 8 ounce capacity. Be sure to clean the feeder with soap and water prior to re-fill.
It is not necessary to purchase hummingbird nectar unless you so desire--you can make your own easily. Mix 1/4 c. sugar and 1 c. water in a cup or jar and add to the clean feeder as needed. It is unadvisable to dye the nectar red.
Fun experience for children and bird-lovers. Window Mount Hummingbird Feeder
June 29, 2007
During the "dog days" of summer, toss your pooch a Chilly Bone
! Chilly Bone? A chew toy that you dip in water and then freeze. Comes with a resealable, reusable freezer bag and can be frozen over and over. Great teething toy for puppies or cooling chew-time for the older dog.
Find Chilly Bone at Amazon.
June 28, 2007
Convenient idea for travelers or busy pet owners who don't want to handle and clean messy food bowls. Give your cat or dog a clean bowl each meal without you washing any dishes with the Feed + Toss™ Feeding Bowls provide clean food and water every time. Just fill feed and throw away!
* Heavyweight plastic bowl base is available in pink, blue and green
* Non-skid base keeps bowl in place
* Includes 2 disposable liners
* Disposable liners snap securely into base
* Dishwasher safe
* Additional replacement liners sold separately
Heavyweight plastic Feed + Toss™ Feeding Bowls come in pink, blue, and green for cats and dogs, dry food or wet.
Intriguing idea. The PETaPOTTY system provides a self-draining patch of grass inside your home (or designated area) for your pup to do his or her business. Sounds like a great tool for housebreaking your puppy! In any event the PETaPOTTY provides your dog with its own place to be "good doggie", and/or an area for other pets that like grass.
The PETaPOTTY has an easily-accessible concealed trap pan for collection of liquids for no-hassle cleaning. Might work for those times you are late getting home....For dogs 110 lbs or less.
Dimensions: 34 x 34 x 7 inches ; 20 pounds
Ships from and sold by Seven Sales.
June 27, 2007
Adorable Tubby Hooded Bath Towel - Puppy! Wrap your child in an ever-so-huggable 100% cotton terry hooded towel.
Towel dimensions: 27" H x 50" W
Via Super Cool Baby.
The Cat Veranda Window House gives your indoor cat a worry-free "outdoor experience", providing a comfortable window-on-the-world cozy cat nook. It is essentially a cat door for sash (sliding up and down) windows. This product consists of the "Cat Windoor" your cat walks through to reach a cage enclosure that keeps him or her contained while providing an entertaining view of the outdoors.
* Allows your cat to enjoy fresh air while staying safe
* Secure design locks the PetSafe™ Cat Veranda™ in place
* Easily installs into vertically opening windows from 24.5" to 34" wide
* Durable metal construction has a rust resistant coating
* Lockable entry flap
* Single pane tempered glass
* Coated, rust resistant 2mm wire enclosure
The manufacturer says cats to 20 lbs. To be sure, CatsPlay recommends you simulate the opening and call your cat through before ordering.
June 26, 2007
Clean Control Corporation, manufacturer of OdoBan cleaning products, recently launched a new line of OdoBan Pet products for the consumer market. The OdoBan Pet line includes two products that help clean, deodorize and eliminate pet stains and odors. OdoBan cleanings products have been available on Amazon, but in quantities more suited for commercial use (case of 4 one-gallon jugs). This new OdoBan Pet line is packaged in 24 oz plastic bottles with a spray/stream attachment for more mainsteam household use.
The Ready-to-Use Odor Eliminator cleans, disinfects and deodorizes pet stains. It also kills 99.99 percent of germs associated with odors and is effective against animal and pet viruses such as Avian Influenza virus, Avian Infectious Bronchitis virus, Pseudorabies virus, Canine Distemper virus and Newcastle's Disease among others.
The Odor & Stain Carpet Pretreatment spray is another product in the line that removes and eliminates pet stains and odors from carpets, fabrics and upholstery. It uses an exclusive enzyme formula that penetrates tough protein stains typically associated with pets and animals.
At Super Cool Pets we tried both these fabulous products and can certainly recommend them. The Odor and Stain Remover is extremely
effective, lifting long-term mystery spots from carpets. We plan to use it liberally around the house on furniture, floors and laundry as well.
The Odor Eliminator works immediately and leaves a fresh clean smell. We are definitely bacteria-phobic around here, so we like the germ-killing feature. These products clean, disinfect and and deodorize with one spray and wipe. They are not only effective against pet accidents, but human ones too. Housebreaking, potty-training, vomit, mud, spills--handles it all!
OdoBan Pet products are certainly competitively priced at $3.88 a 24-oz bottle. For more information visit www.odoban.com. OdoBan's new pet products are available exclusively at Walmart Stores Nationwide..
Environmentally friendly clean-up alternative to the messy and often disgusting plastic bags. Open the ergonomically designed Skooperbox, scoop up the poop, and then throw away the box. The Skooperbox breaks down in days, rather than 1,000 years like the plastic bags.
Also available is a leash clip which attaches the Skooperbox
, to your leash, so you don't have to carry the mess in your hand for the entire walk.
June 25, 2007
Windchimes tinkling in the warm balmy breeze add a nice touch to the deck or patio. This fused glass Cat Windchime features a colorful spotted cat with fish chimes. Good housewarming gift this summer for the cat lover.
16" L x 12 1/4" W. Cat Windchime
Many dogs are nervous when away from home so why not let them bring with their own familiar Canine Travel Bed . It would be a great source of comfort if they have to go to a "pet motel" or even in they are traveling with you.
Weighing only 2 lbs, it is easy-to-pack and machine washable. Double offset quilted construction, poly suede on top for comfort, and rip stop on the bottom to help withstand chewing and scratching. Available in blue and tan. Dimensions: 39" x 30" for all size dogs.
At Amazon and Only Natural Pet Store.
June 23, 2007
Excellent information over at our fellow Blogpire site Weather Snob on storm preparedness--check it out.
For a tool to create your own personal storm planner click here.
** Lessons Learned. Our area was a bulls-eye for Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne (September 2004, 3 weeks apart!) as well as Wilma in late October 2005. It was an eye-opener, especially since many of us had weathered quite a few New England hurricanes already.
It was the norm to be without power for at least a week to 10 days, some more. An important lesson Floridians learned--you are ON YOUR OWN--water, food, health, entertainment--as far as your local and state authorities go, during and at least for the first few days after the storm. They experienced the disaster too. Neighbors and strangers can be amazingly helpful in a crisis; however, plan to be completely self-reliant.
Florida residents have learned most of what we are posting here through personal experiences. Following are some strategies that we know now, that we really didn't know then.
Continue reading: "Hurricane and Natural Disaster Pet Care"
June 22, 2007
Friday means happy hour. We want doggies to enjoy happy hour along with their humans, and suspect in their case it involves food rather than libations. Cute Mutt-ini Martini Shaped Dog Bowl Gift Set for the "cosmopolitan" pet and pet owner. Muttini Dog Gift Set comes in a nicely packaged colorful gift box ready for giving.
The Muttini Set includes:
* 16 ounce ceramic footed bowl shaped like a martini glass, complete with olive cocktail pick, featuring the text "It's Muttini Time" and "It's Been a Ruff Day"
* Matching cocktail "napkin" easy-to-clean placemat
* Matching plush olive squeaker toy
At Amazon and Wrapables.
For the "dog" lover! The Hero Hotdog Steamer steams 4 to 6 hot dogs in less than 10 minutes. Just plug him in, fill with water, add the hot dogs, and lower the lid.
What a good dog--he lets out a steady "BARK" when hot dogs are ready! Couldn't be easier and great for kids.
Dishwasher-safe food tray. Dimensions: 9.5"x7.75"x7". Hero Hotdog Steamer
June 21, 2007
Something different for your bird--unique architectural bird cages. Multicolor wire cages with a removable floor grill and plastic drawer, two outside access cups, two perches for comfortable seating, large entryway door, and a rooftop access door. Finished in bird-safe enamel.
You may like the Victorian Bird Cage:
Dimensions: 18"W x 18"D x 25.5"H
Or prefer the Cape Cod Bird Cage:
Dimensions: 16"W x 16"D x 21.5"H
Ships from and sold by Target.
What to do on a rainy or snowy day? If the children are bored or sick, or to entertain your company, it's always a good idea to have some games and books around. Here is a cute Best Friends Shaped Puzzle that may keep everyone occupied for a while.
750 pieces; 20" x 25 1/2". Best Friends Shaped Puzzle
June 20, 2007
In many locations fleas flourish year round. There are many topical solutions available to combat them, which are very effective but not particularly cheap. If you prefer not to go that route, or have a particularly stubborn case, you may want to add a Flea Zapper Electronic Comb to your arsenal.
This comb is appropriate for use on cats, kittens, short-haired dogs and puppies. It emits a low electronic charge that is harmless to your pet, but lethal to fleas. Includes a brush to easily remove fleas from comb.
At SuperCoolPets we love these lightweight portable travel items. Makes life so much easier. Consider this Deluxe Soft Crate. Folds completely flat for storage.
*Take-along toy and treat bag that clips to the crate
* Soft pad with fleece on one side, water-resistant nylon on the other
* Locking steel frame
* Water-resistant construction
* 3 zippered entrances
* Waterproof inner tray
Color-coded as to size from XS to XL: Deluxe Soft Crate
June 19, 2007
Climate control for your pet. PETCool Therm-ASSURE® Climate Control System attaches to your existing pet shelter to give them their own A/C unit, keeping them cool on these hot humid summer days and warm next winter. Relatively lightweight and portable, this system adjusts the temperature automatically and maintains a comfortable humidity level as well through a drain in the back. No more worries about heatstroke or frostbite!
Shelter not included. From A Trendy Home.
Fourth of July attire for your cat. For that matter, can be worn anytime by the patriotic American kitty. The Patriotic Fancy Pet Collar is 1/2" wide, and sparkles brightly with red, white and blue rhinestones. Collar is sized by actual neck size S (5-7" neck) up to 4XL (23-1/2 to 25" neck). The collar comes with 1 leash hook (D-ring). You also can order a second 'D' ring in center of collar, allowing you to hook your leash in the center.
From Cat's Play.
June 18, 2007
Nifty idea here. Dog bath time, can be crazy. You hold them with one hand and somehow open a shampoo bottle with the other (of course you forgot to open it first) without dropping or spilling the bottle. Then all the shampoo goes on one spot and you try to spread it out before your doggie decides to shake. Unless your dog is the type who likes to stand still, it's all downhill from here!
The Pet Jet Washer may make bath time a little bit easier since it has a reservoir that holds 6 oz of shampoo. The Washer has three nozzle settings--rinse, wash, or jet spray--to control the water pressure. For instance use “rinse spray” for wetting and rinsing, “wash spray” to apply shampoo and “jet spray” for power washes.
To shampoo, all you do is press the button for soap, then squeeze the grip for water. It has a lock button for a constant water stream. The reservoir holds 6 oz of shampoo. The Washer has an 8 ft hose and connectors for indoor or outdoor baths. The indoor adaptor attaches to bathroom or kitchen faucets. The outdoor adaptor lets you to wash your pet at the garden hose. Sounds like a plan!
At SmartHome and Amazon.
Update: This item is no longer available. Shop Patriot Pet Apparel
If you are having people over for a cookout or celebrating the Fourth of July in any way, let your dog celebrate along with you. He or she will look very festive decked out in their Patriotic Bow Tie. The bow tie is made of grosgrain red, white and blue strip ribbon and is attached to a wide black adjustable-elastic neckband. Probably not particularly durable, this tie is best for special occasion use only (if it survives that!).
Small: neck size from 8" to 13" and Medium 13" to 25". At SmallDogMall.
June 16, 2007
Cesar Millan, as we have discussed before, is a leading dog behaviorist, TV star, and author who loves dogs. He is a favorite in many households and certainly here at SuperCoolPets. Cesar offers Travel Tips From a Dog’s Best Friend (NY Times 6/03/07) in his ever-delightful and inimitable way. Here is a snippet, but worth the read (it is short!).
Once you arrive at your destination, make sure you go for a long walk before you go inside the hotel or the condominium or wherever you’re going because that will give a dog a better understanding of where they are and what the surroundings are, and that the same rules and boundaries or limitations that you might have had in L.A. exist in Florida. That will make him feel so comfortable, so at home, and enjoy his new adventure.
Read entire one-page article.
June 15, 2007
Need a house-warming gift for the cat or dog lover? Know anyone with a new cat or dog? Start them off right with Squeaker's Deluxe Kitty Gift Box filled with wholesome toys and treats.
Your favorite pup or the new dog on the block would love the Marley's Deluxe Doggy Gift Box, with toys, treats as well as bio-degradable waste bags.
Annie's New Kitten Gift Box and Bella's New Puppy Gift Box are also available.
If you share your home with a cat, or cats, you have been woken up by a game of tag on the bed or soft kitty feet walking on your stomach. Maybe Cat Loft can provide the closeness and comfort of co-sleeping while giving everyone their space as well.
Designed to fit any mattress, Cat Loft has a metal support that slides under the mattress and adjusts to whatever height you want up to 15". Your pet can sleep level with your bed surface. You can easily change your sheets without having to remove it from your bed. Marketed for cats, this Loft could be a bedding option for (very) small dogs as well.
Frame is available in Dark Walnut, White or Natural. Linen is 100% cotton and machine cold-water wash. line-dry. Choose between blue or crimson dots, pink, yellow or celery stripes, and white.
Loft Dimensions: 24 3/4" x 10 " x 3". Cat Loft is not recommended for pets over 18-20 lbs.
June 14, 2007
Weather or predators often displace a nest. Many birds raise several broods over the course of the season. With this Window Nest Box your entire family can watch the baby birds from the comfort of your home. Great experience for children!
As the weather turns cold, birds often seek shelter in bird houses. Made of solid pine, with a clear plastic back that lets you observe the nest inconspicuously from inside your home. Two strong suction cups hold it securely on any window.
Dimensions: 6" x 5" x 8"H
Ships from and sold by Plow & Hearth.
Pet accidents on the carpet - exasperating. Always at the worst time, too. What to do? As with any stain, the sooner you treat it the better. Try to blot up as much as possible. We buy those packs of white household terry rags from our local home improvement center, since they are cheap and terrycloth is so absorbent. Then douse with cold water and blot with a dry terry towel. If that doesn't work, it's a job for Gonzo™ Pet Stain Carpet Cleaner & Odor Eliminator™. Use the same technique and repeat as necessary.
Sold in 16 oz bottle appropriate for use on clothes, carpets, fabrics & upholstery. Gonzo™ Pet Stain Carpet Cleaner & Odor Eliminator™ is also availabe in 6-packs of the 22 oz size.
June 13, 2007
Need a high-quality, good looking travel bag for your pet? The LuvMe2 Pet Carrier is lightweight and functional. The Carrier sports leather handles with an embossed leather closure, nickel hardware, contrast piping, and an adjustable nylon shoulder strap with ergo pad.
As we unzip the double zip closure, on the inside we find a water bottle holder, one zip pocket and multifunction pockets for treats and toys. The lining is durable for easy cleanups. For comfort your pet has a furry reinforced foot pad that is removable and washable:
And of course, your pet has a view of the outside world:
Dimensions 19” x 12” x 7".
Available in Red, Black & British Tan at SmashingDarling.
We are all looking for ways to cool down our pups on these hot summer days, especially when they are outdoors.
Something we know our dogs will enjoy is the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker
. It will keep the pups entertained and hydrated as well. Basically the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker
is a big doggie popsicle: a frozen chunk of ice with treats of your choice frozen inside and anchored with a steel bar. You can freeze chicken broth with dog cookies inside, water with steak chunks, bananas--whatever your dogs love. Your imagination is the limit!
*heavy duty steel base and extension rod
*deep water reservoir to collect water as it melts
*reusable/freezable bucket with lid
*stainless steel cap bar
*ice treat recipes
The bucket will make an ice block about 5" tall and 7.5" in diameter. When placed on the platform, the top of the ice block can either be 7.5" (without the extension post) or 14" (with the extension) from the ground.
Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker
June 12, 2007
Many of us along with our pets have a daily battle keeping off those extra pounds. In our household, we reward good behavior with a (small) treat, which is good for the overall atmosphere but not so much for our girls' waistlines. Even if we dread the scale, with the Large Digital Pet Scale we can keep track of our pets' weight. This is similar to those used in veterinarian offices with an electronic LCD display and a heavy duty non-skid platform. Another great feature is that it is practically flat, so easier to weigh the reluctant pooch or the older, less-mobile dog. The durable stainless steel tray is easily removed for cleanup. Only 2" high so easily stowed away out of sight. Designed for pets up to 100 lbs.
Size: 2"H x 25"W x 14"D
Long life lithium batteries included.
Ships from and sold by Stacks and Stacks.
Father's Day is coming up soon. Time to send our fathers (and father-figures) a card. Don't forget your pet! At The Pet Set we found whimsical, elegant stationery for pets. They can express their very own holiday sentiments, send invitations, thank you notes, new pet announcements, Mother's Day cards and more. Here is a Father's Day greeting that special daddy would love to receive from his pet (or you!).
Box of Six 5" x 5" Greeting Cards with Envelopes. You can also choose from Pet Set Breed specific notecards, ensemble sets, stationery.
Via the ever-delightful funkyfinds. At The Pet Set
June 11, 2007
Update: This item is no longer available. Shop Cat Scratch Toys
Many men seem to have a love affair with their garages and cars. If you know a cat-lover who also loves vehicles, maybe he would get a charge out of this Felinerina Kitty Convertible Scratch Lounger. Good Father's Day gift from the cat.
Made of corrugated cardboard. Dimensions: 23" L x 9" W
Ensure your pet and children's safety at the pool! We posted here at Super Cool Pets about the Skamper Ramp Pet Pool Ramp. We told the tale of my brother's dog, who fell in their pool and couldn't climb out. Makes sense to consider a Pool Eye Alarm to notify pool owners of any pool intrusions. Cost: relatively low, peace of mind: priceless.
The poolside unit uses one 9V battery (not included). The indoor receiver plugs into an AC outlet, and uses a 9V battery in the event of a power outage. This underwater wave sensor mounts to the edge of your pool and detects disturbances caused by kids or animals as light as 15 pounds, while remaining immune to disturbances caused by wind and rain. Sensitivity is adjustable so you can minimize false alarms or maximize protection. When it detects a fall, it alerts you with a blaring 120dB siren at the pool's edge and a 100dB siren at an indoor receiver placed within 100 feet of the poolside unit. Because the poolside unit is battery operated there's absolutely no shock hazard. It even continues to provide protection during power outages!
Pool Eye Alarm
monitors round pools up to 24 feet in diameter, or oval pools up to 16 feet x 32 feet. At Amazon
June 9, 2007
Super Cool Pets is not a pet health blog, nor an advice column, but we would be remiss not to bring your attention to the latest pet food crisis. We all are busy and if you missed this, please read Tylenol Toxicity via Pet Foods--Say It Ain't So! from one of our fascinating reads Dolittler, a blog written by a kindly Miami vet. Great spot, by the way, to learn "how vets think."
Now that acetominophen has shown up in pet foods (in whopping doses), you should know what this common household toxin can do to your pets. Most of you keep this drug around—it’s the ubiquitous Tylenol we trust so well to relieve our fevers and headaches with a minimum of side effects. But it’s not so safe for pets.
Cats are especially susceptible to the dangers of Tylenol. Because they lack the enzymes required to break it down, it has a way of binding to their hemoglobin (that near and dear protein that we all rely on to carry oxygen around our body), thereby limiting it’s ability to do its job properly. So cats die—quickly.
If you like internet communities and forums, here is a way to connect with other pet lovers and find pet-friendly facilities in your area, i.e. healthcare, restaurants, pet-sitting, recreation and more.
You may be familiar with Dogster and Catster "where every dog/cat has a webpage". If not, check out the links. These sites provide friendly, interactive communities for dog and cat lovers, chock full of photos, forums, news and updates. Dogster and Catster have local listings and reviews of pet-centric places in your zipcode. You can add any listings you want as well.
June 8, 2007
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No matter where you play fetch with your pooch, this handy gadget can add a bit of energy to the equation and save on sore arms. The HyperDog Tennis Ball Launcher
is a "high-performance launching toy for training and exercising your dog...with...ingenious ball pick-up capability".
The Launcher pictured holds two balls and features a collapsible arm brace for easy transport and storage. It shoots up to 200 feet and has "hands-free" pickup for those times when the ball is kind of slimy or gross.
Also available in 4-ball High Performance Slingshot.
HyperDog Tennis Ball Launcher
Especially in summer, it is important that pets get enough water. Cats especially don't always drink as much water as they should. Lots of times they can be found on the counter, trying to drink from the faucet. The Drinkwell Pet Fountain provides fresh running water for your cats and dogs. There is plenty here for multiple-pett households.
The kit includes:
* One Drinkwell Fountain
* Charcoal Filters
* Official Drinkwell Brush Cleaning Kit
* 70oz Reservoir (bringing total water level to 120oz )
* Hydroponic Cat Grass Garden (100% Organic Wheatgrass)
Indulge your cat. At Only Natural Pet Store
and SmartHome if you prefer a unit without the grass.
June 7, 2007
This is Dreyfus
, shaggy and cuddly. Gund's #1 selling dog. He is one of the large 14" stuffed animals from Gund. Dreyfus is not a purebred--but if you prefer, there are other Gund Dog Toys
These stuffed toys are for us, not our dogs. Don't you deserve a treat too? Great gift for a sweetheart or child. At Super Cool Pets we have two of the smaller Gund puppies here in the office keeping us company while we work.
Gund Dog Toys
If you are a bird-watcher, this is a really fun way to do it. The Inhouse Window Feeder mounts in a single or double-hung window, allowing you to watch the birds from inside the house. Made of cedar with shatter-proof, one-way mirror film. You can watch the birds and move around the room, but the birds aren't spooked by you. Feeder fits into your window like an air conditioner. Ships with insulation to eliminate leaks. My parents had one for years in their kitchen window in New England, and I never noticed any draft at all. The window can still be completely closed and locked for security.
Great way to educate children about birds!
Dimensions: 23-1/2" x 7" x 12 ". Fits window openings 24" to 39".
June 6, 2007
This braided Sailors Knot Collar
is a smart choice for doggy warm-weather wear. It is water-repellent and lightweight, made of polypropylene cord. Stylish for urban/suburban dogs and perfect on summer getaways. Featured here is patriotic Red/White/ Blue
. Also comes in Navy, Green, Orange, Pink/Green/White, Pink, and Red. Sizes Small to X-Large.
Pair with a matching braided Sailors Knot Lead
, shown here in Red, available in all the matching colors. Leads are 5' long and 3/4" wide.
Good Father's Day gift! At Mascot.
Popular item these days is the Cat Genie-Self Washing, Self Flushing Cat Box. Mess free, odor free. Your cat can still dig and cover, but you never have to buy or deal with cat litter again. Touch a button or pre-set the Genie to start the flushing. It uses permanent washable granules that never need changing.
The Cat Genie is not cheap, but considering that it eliminates the need for litter forever, a worthwhile investment.
Liquids drain through the granules and solid waste gets scooped and liquefied, then both are flushed with fresh water down the drain. Touch a button or pre-set the timer to start the wash cycle. Using water and veterinarian-approved SaniSolution, the unit scours and sanitizes the granules and cat-box interior to eliminate germs and odors. Its built-in dryer completes the cycle by blowing hot air over the granules to dry them. The unit acts like a cat box, washes and dries like an appliance, and flushes waste out of the home like a toilet.
Ideal for homes with two to three cats over six months old, the cat box sets up easily and maintains itself. Simply establish a one-time DIY connection to a cold-water supply line from a sink, toilet, or laundry; place the drain hose over a toilet rim or into a laundry drain; then plug the unit in.
Dimensions: 24" by 19" by 21". 2-year limited warranty.
Purchase from Amazon, SkyMall or SmartHome.
June 5, 2007
If you are in the market for a new bed for your pet, this Caddis Pet Poly-Suede Bagel Bed looks cute and cozy. It combines the attractive appearance of brushed suede with the functionality of 100% polyester. Features a removable pillow and nylon pack cloth bottom.
Offered in Sage or Blue in 3 sizes. On sale at PetCo.
Small Dimensions: 27" Diameter X 8"H
Medium Dimensions: 35" Diameter X 10"H
Large Dimensions: 42" Diameter X 12"H
If your cat seems a little bored or too demanding of attention, try this Cat Sitter Fun Pack to distract them. Good cat sitting idea when you are at work, or out for the evening. Comes with a bag of organic catnip too!
Two volume DVD set. Shipped and sold by Litterboy Pet Products at Amazon.
June 4, 2007
For the feel of summer and fun in your house, here is a Meow Town Beach House Hideaway sports three climbing posts, five lookout perches, a private "beach house", and a hammock outside to curl up in. Fully covered in soft plush--colorful and comfy. Summer year round!
Dimensions 39 1/2" L x 18 1/2" W x 50 1/2" H. Meow Town Beach House Hideaway
For those days when you have to be away at feeding time. The Talking Automatic Pet Feeder can be programmed to feed your pet automatically at intervals. Features 4 one day serving compartments and a separate water dish.
You can record a voice message announcing feeding time, or any other TLC message you want. The feeder has a 6 second voice recording and playback function. The next best thing to being there!
Operates on 4 C batteries. Easy cleaning. Talking Automatic Pet Feeder
June 2, 2007
Fascinating discussion of animal behvior and human-animal interaction for all of us dog and cat lovers in Newsweek--A Pampered Pet Nation. Downloadable, so read at your leisure, but read it you must.
This year we’ll shell out more than $40 billion to keep our furry friends fed, adorned, amused and healthy—the latter a huge growth category, with more and more owners paying top dollar for elaborate medical treatments to forestall that inevitable last visit to the vet. By the end of the decade, we’ll be spending $50 billion on pet products, according to the APPMA. Walk the aisles of Petco or PetSmart, past the Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses for your dog and the $140 Catnip Chaise Lounge for your cat, and you’ll discover just how well-trained we Americans have become. “I don’t know who’s been domesticated: the animals, or the humans?” says Jeff Corwin, Animal Planet’s globetrotting wildlife biologist....
But is all this coddling for our pets, or is it for us? A growing number of animal behaviorists, researchers and trainers think we’ve gone off the deep end, anthropomorphizing and infantilizing our pets to the point that we’ve forgotten an essential biological truth: at the level of basic instinct, Tabby is a wildcat and Fido is a wolf.
June 1, 2007
Adirondack chairs are so attractive and durable--no wonder they have been so popular for the last century! Plus which, they scream "summer" "vacation" "relaxation". You just want to sit down and have an ice tea or glass of Sangria. Love this handsome Adirondack Pet Chair for your dog or cat to curl up in outdoors on these sleepy summer days.
Made of sturdy solid wood with the fanned back, the slatted seat, and covered with a weather-resistant clear finish. The removable foam-filled pad has a green cotton-poly cover that is water/stain/odor/mildew-resistant, also removable and washable. Chair can be personalized (etched) up to 15 letters.
At Adirondack Pet Chair