October 31, 2007
October 31, 2007
Cat Body, Cat Mind
At Super Cool Pets we read a pet column by Dr. Michael W. Fox in our local newspaper. Dr. Fox is a compassionate and humane animal-lover, as well as a renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist. In his new book Cat Body, Cat Mind: Exploring Your Cat's Consciousness and Total Well-Being he "explores the minds, hearts, and bodies of cats." If you find your cat an enigma (and who does not?) this book should help you to learn how to better care for and communicate with your furry friend.
Fox believes that cats, and all animals, have much to teach their human companions - if only humans learn how to listen. In Cat Body, Cat Mind, Fox not only teaches readers to communicate with their cats, he illuminates the extraordinary powers that cats possess - from their amazing ability to empathize to their mysterious ability to find their way home.
Fox makes a terrific case for the right of cats and all animals to live safe, healthy lives, free from fear and harm. Only by better understanding and appreciating our cats and by strengthening the cat-human bond, Fox explains, can we do right by them.
Cat Body, Cat Mind also offers a holistic approach to companion-animal care and preventive medicine, including essential nutritional guidelines, as well as behavioral advice and troubleshooting that will help guarantee a healthy and happy pet.
Great book for the cat-lover from a well-respected expert.
October 30, 2007
We previously posted on a hoodie for your dog, but if you prefer something a little more rough and tumble, your pet might like a Sweatshirt.
* Heavyweight dog clothing will keep your dog warm on cold days
* Thick poly/cotton with inner fleecy softness
* Includes rear pocket to hold extras
* Ribbed cuffs at neck, legs and bottom
* Machine washable
Sizes (Fit should be loose for comfort and warmth):
XSmall: Length 8"
Small: Length 10" - 12"
Medium: Length 14" - 16"
Large: Length 18" - 20"
XLarge: Length 21" - 24"
Available in Gray, Navy, or Red. at Drs Foster and Smith.
October 30, 2007
Oriental Bird Feeding Table
We don't think the birds care what feeder provides seed, as long as they find food, especially when it's so scarce in the winter climates, but this Oriental Bird Feeding Table will sure look striking in your yard. Holds 3 cups seed.
Color: Copper or Verdigris
Dimensions:13" dia x 13" high; 6 ft pole
At Drs Foster & Smith.
October 29, 2007
Red Sox MLB Pet Jacket and Feeding Bowl
Good winter Boston Red Sox Windbreaker Jacket so your pet can support the 2007 American League and
hopefully future World Series Champions. If perchance your pet roots for another MLB team, there are other choices available.
XSmall: Length 8-10" / Girth 12-14"
Small: Length 12-14" / Girth 16-18"
Medium: Length 16-18" / Girth 20-22"
Large: Length 20-24" / Girth 24-28"
And as all Sox fans well know,"it ain't over til it's over" which is the same philosophy our doggies have when it comes to meals. What could be more suitable than to serve them dinner in their own Officially Licensed Red Sox Dog Bowl.
Monday Update: And, in true Sox fashion, it wasn't "over til it was over"! If you are a Red Sox Fan, please sign this petition to Keep Mike Lowell.
Doggie Soap-on-a-Rope for Skin Sensitivity
Like their owners, lots of dogs have allergies or sensitive skin. In fact, some pet owners drop a lot of cash to vets trying to combat this difficult health issue. Dogs with white or light colored coats and pink skin, with short coats or with skin diseases and infections can fall into this group.
If this sounds like your doggie, a good product for tub-time is an oatmeal soap such as Doggie Soap-on-a-Rope without harsh chemicals. To keep your hands free for pet control and scrubbing, just place the rope around your dog's neck.
* All natural human-grade ingredients
* Great for dogs with sensitive skin
* No harsh detergents
* No artificial colors or synthetic perfumes
* Contains Shea Butter, Aloe, and Vitamin E
WARNING: Not for use on cats.
At Amazon and SkyMall.
Collar ID Pet Collar
This is adorable and would be fun for the children. You can personalize your pet's collar with Wrapable's Collar ID Pet Collar Collection (DIY). Arrange the letters to spell out your pet's name, or whatever strikes your fancy. Mix in the cute symbols for a unique collar.
Each collection comes with 52 letters and six symbols. Gift boxed--good present idea.
Collar Size: 18"L x 1.5"W
LIMITED TIME PROMOTION: $5.99 shipping on all orders*. Select ground shipping at checkout.
*$15 for AK/HI orders.
October 27, 2007
10 Halloween Safety Tips
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruely to Animals (ASPCA) is suggesting 10 common sense cautions to help keep your pets safe and happy this upcoming Halloween.
1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are ingested.
3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.
6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on.
7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not obstruct her vision in any way. Even the sweetest animals can get snappy when they can't see.
8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.
10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you.
Courtesy of ASPCA.
October 26, 2007
Pet Calendars 2008
It's that time of year again! All sorts of calendars out there for pet lovers. Makes a great gift or decorate your own walls. Large selection at Amazon:
Good selection of calendars at Drs Foster & Smith as well, with matching wall, engagement and boxed calendars.
October 25, 2007
Bird Condominums--Double and Triple Decker Cages
You know the story--can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. If you have birds (and/or are married) you know what we mean. Solution: a Bird Condominium. We have one cockatiel who is very grumpy, but if we separate the birds, the resulting cacophany is relentless. With this cage they can see each other without being able to peck at one another or crowd each other out. The Multi-Vista bird cage is easy to assemble and can used as one large "vertical" cage or divided horizontally to create two smaller cages. Cage is collapsible, no nuts and bolts.
Dimensions: 24" x 24" x 71"
If you have many birds, and or breed them, this Stack and Lock Breeder Cage is suitable for small to medium birds.
Wicker Litter Box Cover
Now that you have your Self-Cleaning Litter Box
, you can hide it away from everyone but your kitty in this very attractive Wicker Litter Box Cover.
The Litter Box Cover is designed to fit any litter pan up to 17 by 22 inches, so you can certainly use any litter box you already have.
* Decorative litter-pan cover made of rhino wicker
* Front panel hinges down; litter pan glides out on rails
* Interior catch tray minimizes scattered litter; non-slip feet
* Won't absorb fluids or odors
* Cleans up quickly with soap and water
* Designed to fit litter pans up to 17 by 22 inches
Large 16" x 20" x 19" -- Accommodates a 15" x 18" litter pan
Jumbo 18" x 23" x 20" -- Accommodates a 17" x 22" litter pan
Available in Natural and Dark Brown finishes at Amazon.
October 24, 2007
Fold-Up Pet Bed and Ottoman
We all like the familiarity of our own bed, including our pets. If you travel with your pet, bring along this Fold Up Dog Bed. It is a super convenient travel bed which folds up for easy storage. It is stuffed with 4 inches of MiracleLoft® polyfil, topped with soft imitation lambswool, so it should meet your pet's comfort needs. Or use it as an ottoman-like cushion bed. Your pet will feel at home away from home.
Machine washable. Colors: Blueberry Plaid Paws, Cinnamon Plaid Paws, or Cocoa Plaid Paws.
Bed: 21" x 36" x 4" high
Folded: 21" x 18" x 8" high
Bed: 24" x 42" x 4" high
Folded: 24" x 21" x 8" high
Bed: 28" x 48" x 4" high
Folded: 28" x 24" x 8" high
At Drs. Foster & Smith.
Dog-Proof Cat Feeding Station
One thing about Orvis Pet Products is that they are not only really functional, but really attractive too. According to them, "More than 40% of households with a dog also have at least one cat." And if your doggies are anything like ours, they will chomp down any available food around, including cat food and bird seed.
The Dog-Proof Cat Feeding Station will keep the dogs out and give your cat a secure place to eat. And you won't have to feed your kitty on the kitchen counter! This solid pine feeding station has an enclosed food platform with a cat-size opening in the floor. The lid is hinged and can be propped open for pet owner access to the two bowls which are included in the purchase. Side slats provide visibility as well as ventilation. In cinnamon stain. Anti-tipping hardware is included.
Dimensions: 27"H x 18"W x 18"D.
October 23, 2007
On the Go Hoodie
Super Cool Pets loves hoodies and your dog will too. No more worry about keeping your pooch out too long at a soccer game or on a long walk. Keep him or her warm with this On the Go Hoodie. Your dog will look fetching!
* Sporty thermal dog hoodie guarantees your dog warmth and comfort
* Breathable poly blend reduces chills and discomfort, helps trap in body heat
* Large kangaroo pocket for storage, adjustable drawstring back band and leash opening
As with humans, looser fitting clothing is more comfortable and warmer. Sizes:
XXSmall Length 6" - 7"
XSmall Length 8"
Small Length 10" - 12"
Medium Length 14" - 16"
Large Length 18" - 20"
XLarge Length 21" - 24"Sizes
Available in Brown, Black and Red at Drs Foster & Smith.
Visiglo Lighted Dog Collars and Leashes
We love pet safety products here at Super Cool Pets, particularly ones that make walking and playing with your pets after dark less hazardous. We recently posted on Reflective Collars for cats. A good one to consider for dogs is the Visiglo Fashion Bones Collar. The collars are powered by two replaceable high capacity CR 2025 batteries.
* Lighted Dog Collar keeps your dog safe.
* Perfect for joggers.
* Available in a variety of colors.
* LED Technology.
Sizes: 1" wide. Small (10 - 14" Neck), Medium (13 - 20" Neck), Large (16 - 26" Neck)
Pair with a Visiglo Lighted Dog Leash - Red, White & Blue LED. 1' wide and 4 ft. long. Visiglo leashes are powered by two AA batteries.
Visiglo illuminated leashes and collars are available in 3 categories; Fashion, Sport, and L.E.D. Variety of styles and colors at Amazon. Product site.
October 22, 2007
Eco-Friendly Pet Shirt and Tote--Review
Super Cool Pets received a pet shirt for small dogs and tote bag from MyConservationBaby.com, This eco-friendly site primarily offers designer onesies and toddler tees silk-screened with green messages such as "Stop Global Warming" and "Save the Forests".
The Stop--Black Pet Tee Shirt is the supersoft Doggie Skins® brand with the message "Stop Global Warming" on the back. This comfy tee is 100% cotton with a serged (slightly ruffled) edge, so your pet can be warm, look adorable and heighten awareness of our serious environmental issues at the same time. Fits sizes 11-23 pounds. Machine wash and dry.
The sturdy Canvas Tote Bag is black with "Paper, Plastic or Me?" silk-screened in white and black on the side. Roomy bag for carrying pet supplies, water bottle, books, groceries. Strong woven handles are long enough to fit over your shoulder. Unlike plastic bags, the tote does not pollute the environment and is reusable. Dimensions approx: 16” high X 18” wide with a 5” expandable bottom.
A 20% discount is available to Super Cool Pet blog readers on the tee. Use the code SUPERCOOL in the discount code box at check out.
MyConservationBaby.com runs a Doggie of the Month contest where pet owners can send in a photo of their pet wearing the tee. A winner is selected each month--details are on the website.
For a review of their infant and toddler eco-friendly clothing, see Super Cool Baby.
12 Ways to Stop Global Warming.
What Pets Do While You're at Work (Paperback)--Review
If you feel guilty when you leave your pets home alone, this book is for you. Yes, they may mope, mew and whine, look up at you with sad big eyes, but don't let them fool you. What Pets Do While You’re at Work by Jason Bergund and Bev West is an "unauthorized album of caught-in-the-act photos your beloved furry ones never meant for you to see". As soon as you back out the drive, they party party party.
This handy (approx 6 " x 4") paperback is filled with real-life funny pet photos and captions. Great book for laughs and a perfect stocking stuffer.
October 20, 2007
Halloween Safety for Your Pet
We all want Halloween to be a safe time for our family. It is easy to forget about the pets, or assume they will be "all right". Here are two sources of tips to think about to prepare your pet for the busy and perhaps scary holiday.
From: Steve Dale's Pet World - Halloween and Pets: How to Be Safe
Dog trainer Peggy Moran of Lemont, IL says, “I realize that some dogs and cats are very social and enjoy people coming to the door. It’s a calculated risk, what if that kid in the Freddie Krueger mask sneezes, scares the dog and the dog lunges at the boy in the costume? Or if the cat bolts outside? Personally, I don’t like taking risks. You can minimize the risk by keeping your dog on a leash and the cat on a harness.”
Of course, you can further minimize any risk by keeping the pets off in another room all together. But don’t keep the dog in the yard on Halloween. It’s a no win situation. Moran says. “If the dog loves kids, the dog will bark and bark. If the dog is anxious because of the kids, the dog will bark and bark.”
Indoors/outdoor cats should absolutely never be allowed to roam outdoors in the days leading up to Halloween, or especially on the holiday itself. “It seems some cats are used for satanic purposes or just pranks,” says Kari Winters, an author and dog and cat rescuer from Los Angeles. Some shelters and humane societies don’t adopt black cats from mid-October through Halloween.
Veterinarians offer some more great tips here for Halloween safety. Things you may not have thought about. Don't let your pet be the victim of any Halloween pranks!
October 19, 2007
Cat and Dog Chess Set
If you or a pet lover you know enjoys chess, here is a fun twist on the game--Dog and Cat Chess Sets. Get your children away from the electronics! Our kids were learning chess in elementary school--great way to spend some quality time with parents, grandparents and friends. Choose from 4 different sets: two with both dogs and cats and one each for just dog-lovers and cat-lovers.
Dog Lovers vs Cat Lovers: Cat & Dog Chess Set
Dog Kingdom vs Cat Kingdom: Royal Cats & Dogs Chess Set
Featuring a variety of breeds in each set of pieces: Dog Chess Set
Each set of pieces features different species of cat each with its own personality: Cat Chess Set
Comes complete with a 16" oak veneer chess board. At Chimpfeet.
October 18, 2007
Orvis Dog Bed Selector
There are so many dog beds out there, it is hard to decide what to pick. Not to worry, Super Cool Pets has found an answer!
Orivs has a fabulous collection of dog beds for any imaginable requirement/s. Your dog may be a "snuggler", a "curler", a "stretcher", or a "chewer". Your dog may be older and need a therapeutic bed. Its all there. Orvis offers beds in a multitude of colors, patterns and sizes as well as replacement fillers and covers.
Best of all--the site has an interactive feature, Dog Bed Selector. Here you can designate your particular specifications to find what beds are best for you and your pets. There are 4 categories with a drop down menu: Dog Size, Bed Shape, Filling and Cover Fabric. Choose from just one menu or any combination of all menus to be redirected to a page with a suitable collection of beds tailored to your needs.
For instance, our Golden Retriever, Jessie loves to sleep on her back up against the wall. One of these Bolster Beds would provide her with the comfort and security she needs. The particular bed pictured is offered in Orvis field tartan, Orvis classic tartan, forest green, herringbone, tattersall, and in three sizes for any size dog or combination of dogs.
You many want an Orthopedic Memory Foam Bed for the older dog or perhaps need one with a Tough Chew Fabric for your puppy or avid chewer. (Jessie chewed up the zipper of the first bed we bought her!)
All beds are machine washable and 100% guaranteed. Personalization is available on most beds in up to 12 letters. Be sure to allow 2 extra days for delivery.
Super Cool Pets will be featuring more beds as the days get shorter and our thoughts turn to comfort and warmth. The Dog Bed Selector is a great place to get started!
Halloween Cat Earrings and Pin
It's always fun to wear Halloween jewelry. Zarah Sterling Silver Halloween Cat Earrings are a great gift for any cat lover. The artist paints the jewelry by hand using solutions containing colored granules of glass, before being fired in a kiln.
Size: 1 5/8"h x 1/2"w
Pair them with this cute Halloween Themed Cat Pin with its devilish Jack-o-Lantern!
Size: 1 5/8"h x 1 3/4"w
October 17, 2007
Often when we return home, our Golden Retriever Jessie is lying by the doorway to the garage, waiting for our return. Was she that lonely?
If we had a Chatterbowl, we might be less concerned. Good idea for pets left alone. Whenever the pet takes a drink from the Chatterbox, he or she can hear their owner's voice and feel comforted. Simply press record on the Chatterbowl Talkbox and speak for up to 10 seconds. Use as a water bowl or for free-feeding.
[via Rare Bird Finds]
Ear Clens Pads for Cats and Dogs
Ear Clens Pads for Cat 90 ct and Ear Clens Pads 90 ct for Dogs
* Wipes away infection-causing debris and dirt easily
* Pads are perfect for visible ear cleaning
* Contains both antibacterial and antifungal ingredients
* Super gentle solution and soft pads get the job done
At Drs. Foster & Smith.
October 16, 2007
Dog Pumpkin Carving Patterns
Be a little different this Halloween! Over at SpookMaster animal pumpkin carving patterns are available for download, including the one above.
Via Pet Connection
Heating Element for Dog Beds
Super Cool Pets finds this intriguing. A Heating Element that can transform the pet bed you already have into a heated bed. It will maintain a constant, soothing heat for your dog over cold winter months and keep older pets cozy. It's an affordable option.
Available from Drs Foster & Smith in 2 sizes: 9" x 9" and 20" x 10".
October 15, 2007
Cat Reflective Collars
For those of you who have an outdoor cat, the Paw Print Reflective Cat Collar will make it easier for motorists (and you!) to see your kitten at night. Collar has an easy-release safety clasp and a warning bell to alert you when your cat is nearby.
Sizes: Neck 8" to 12"
Colors: Black, Pink, Red & Royal Blue at Drs Foster and Smith.
Every morning we give our Golden Retriever, Jessie, an aspirin to dull the pain from hip dysplasia. She will leave it in the bowl unless I dissolve the tablet in water first. Bet she would like beef-flavored Vetrin Aspirin.
* Chewable roast beef-flavored aspirin for dogs
* Helps reduce inflammation from dog arthritis
* Buffered to prevent gastrointestinal upset
For large and giant breeds and for small breeds--a top seller at Drs. Foster & Smith. Check site for recommended dosages. Always consult with your vet before administering any meds.
October 13, 2007
Kitty Litter Cake for Halloween
Fun party idea for Halloween, a Kitty Litter Cake. Unique, but easy to make and assemble!
1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
1 white cake mix
2 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix, prepared (I like Bird's® dessert mix)
1 large pkg vanilla sandwich cookies
green food coloring
12 small Tootsie Rolls®
1 new kitty litter pan
1 new plastic kitty litter pan liner
1 new pooper scooper
Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans).
Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.
Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix until completely colored.
When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Important: mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. You don't want it too soggy. Combine gently.
Line a new, clean kitty litter box. Put the cake/pudding/cookie mixture into the litter box.
Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly on top of everything -- this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.
Heat 3 Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around for a truly disgusting effect!
Courtesy of Halloween Fabulous Foods.
October 12, 2007
Merrick Flossies Dog Treats
For a fun reward for your pup, stock up on some of these top-selling Merrick Flossies Dog Treats (50 Count). They are made from beef tendon and help to clean up your dog's teeth through the unique design.
October 11, 2007
Fall is a great time for picnics. We often take our dogs to the beach for lunch. We will have to get the girls a couple of MunchPAILs to make life easier for us and fun for them.
The MunchPAIL comes with 8-ounces of peanut butter flavored snacks. Mmmm--peanut butter! The bone shaped snacks are made from human grade ingredients for dogs. You can put your treats on one side and add a little water from your water bottle on the other.
In blue or wine at Exotic Dogs.
October 10, 2007
SolLight Water Bottle with LED Light
The SolLight Water Bottle with LED Light is a 32-ounce water bottle with a waterproof solar panel, battery pack and powerful, long-lasting LED light built into the cap. The idea is to charge the cap in sunshine for 4 - 12 hours to get up to 12 hours of the white light and 16 - 18 of the dimmer red. The white light purportedly provides enough light to read by.
The red works as a bottle locator and night light with a lesser energy draw.
This water bottle is being marketed for day and night outdoor use--hiking, camping, boating, night-fishing or for emergency use in power outages. We think it sounds like a great travel water bottle for pets as well, with a light so you can see what you are doing after sunset on walks, in the back yard after dark, anytime you and your pet need water and light.
The batteries will actually charge in any light, overcast or even indoor, just faster outside in the direct sun. The water bottle has a wider mouth than a Nalgene, perfect for ice and easy cleaning.
Specifications: 32-ounce capacity, stands 8.25 inches tall and 3.75 inches wide and weighs just 11 ounces. It is made from unbreakable polycarbon and has a wider mouth than a Nalgene, perfect for ice and easy cleaning.
Bissell Lift Off Pet Vac
Super Cool Pets has covered pet hair vacs in prior posts, (Dyson, allergy fighters, central vacs, robot) all relatively pricey. If you are in the market for something a little more affordable, consider the Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Pet Vac - 37602. It has gotten some rave reviews. You can even take it out to the garage and clean the car. The detachable canister is very convenient--you never find yourself out of vac bags.
* Canister detaches to easily clean your stairs and hard to reach areas inconvenient for ordinary vacuums where pets like to sleep
* Pat Hair TurboBrush works like a magnet on pet hair great for beds, stairs and your pet's favorite spot on the couch
* Revolution System extends suction power for better cleaning performance
* 12 Amps of power thoroughly cleans pet hair and more from carpet and bare floors
* HEPA Media filter captures over 99.9% of pet dander, dust mites, pollens and ragweeds
* Wide 15" Cleaning Path
* 7 Height Adjustments
* 30 Foot Power Cord
* Soft Grip Handle
* Includes: Combination Upholstry Tool/Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, Telescoping Extension Wand, Pet Hair TurboBrush and Deluxe Strech Hose
Dimensions: 44"H x13.75" W x1 4.75"L
At Amazon or Free Shipping on Floorcare Purchase over $150! (See Promotion Details) at Linens 'n Things.
October 9, 2007
FURminator de-Shedding Grooming Tool
The FURrminator de-shedding tool is a best-seller among pet products. Without cutting the pet's fur, it helps remove all that loose, dead undercoat hair that is the underlying source of shedding without damaging your pet's topcoat. Allergies, dermatitis and cleanliness problems, as well as hairballs, are associated with excess undercoat fur, as discussed in this popular vet blog, Doolittler
FURminator has an ergonomic grip handle and a stainless steel edge.
FURminator is available for Small, Medium,
dogs, and for cats
, see image below.
At Amazon, PETCO Dogs and PETCO Cats, Entirely Pets and PETsMART Cats and PETsMART Dogs.
Halloween Candy Corn Tie
If your pet isn't into Halloween costumes, maybe he or she will wear a Candy Corn Tie. These ties have a blue oxford collar with easy to wear velcro closure. Yum!
Small fits neck sizes 7"-14", length is 6"
Medium fits neck sizes 9"-18", length is 9";
Large fits neck sizes 15"-26", length is 11"
At Designer Paws.
October 8, 2007
petFINDER™ Pet ID Tag -- Review
We are back visiting the rather stressful but important topic of recovering a lost pet. This post is relatively long, but someday the read may pay off for you. The importance of planning ahead to ID your pet cannot be stressed enough. If you have ever searched for a missing pet, you know what we mean. Our pup Jessie, frightened by an early morning hot air balloon visit overhead, broke through our electric fence and was missing all day. Having searched far and wide, a neighbor called late afternoon having found us through her embedded microchip.
In a previous post, Super Cool Pets covered the possible cancer connection with the micro-chip. We decided to leave the micro-chips embedded in our own Golden Retrievers' necks, weighing the misery of a lost pet against the relatively small cancer threat.
We have found a product that can be paired with the micro-chip, or simply used alone if you have not yet embedded your pet with a chip. Those engraved metal tag IDs available in your neighborhood pet mart have very limited space for all the necessary contact info. With petFINDER™ the pet owner calls a toll free-number and programs in pertinent pet information: pet's name, up to 3 phone numbers so owner will be reachable 24/7, and any vital concerns. Tag is secured to pet's collar. When the pet is found, the Good Samaritan simply pulls out their cell-phone and calls the toll-free number on the petFINDER™ tag, enters the ID on the tag, and voila--owners pick up on the first ring and pet returned home. No computer access is required. Of course, the collar must be secured, because lost collar = lost tag, a reason to strongly consider pairing the ID tag with the embedded micro-chip.
We tested this product ourselves at Super Cool Pets. Setting up was a breeze, very similar to programming your voice mail. After set-up, we played the role of pet-finder and called the number on the pet's tag. We listened to our message and discovered the service would automatically dial the owners' phone numbers, simply by pressing #1, #2 or #3. User-friendly.
According to FINDER™ Products president Barry Steifel, the collar tag is made from a high tensile strength material called Teslin, a higher density version of the same material as used in credit cards. They are fade-resistant so that the info remains readable at all times, waterproof/weatherproof and light-weight. The company is also about to launch a metal tag program in the next couple of months.
The very affordable Teslin tags sell for between $10 to $15. The metal tag package will retail for around $19.99 and includes one designer tag, a set of 4 metallic covered system label tags in 4 different colors. Tag $20, returned pet priceless.
Good customer service can be hard to come by these days, as we all know only too well. In this department FINDER™ Products excelled. In researching the petFINDER™ tags, Mr Steifel was unfailingly courteous, professional and informative. We received rapid response to our emails which reflects very positively on the company.
Features and benefits from petFINDER™:
Why It's a Better Solution
Built-in flexibility to meet the owners' needs
Unlike traditional pet tags, petFINDER™ allows an owner to make unlimited changes to their numbers and message at no additional charge.
• Moving or Change In Numbers: When phone numbers change there is no need to buy a new tag; just dial into the system and enter the new numbers.
• Traveling: When traveling with a pet the owner can simply reprogram the numbers where they are staying (relative, friend or hotel) and change back the numbers when they return.
• Pet Sitters: When leaving the pet with a sitter it's easy to enter the sitter's number, and then change back the number when the owner returns.
• Emergencies: petFINDER™ is an "everyday" ID tag that is indispensable when owner and pet are separated during emergencies because the owner can make instant changes to update contact information from anywhere.
* No Call Centers
No operators acting as a go-between between the owner and pet's finder. The caller is connected directly to the pet’s owner.
No personal information is given to callers. No addresses or personal phone numbers are ever given out without the owners' permission.
Pet Finder is unlike any other solution – Other toll-free tag "systems" lack petFINDER™'s built-in simplicity and security.
petFINDER™ automatically connects the caller directly to the preprogrammed numbers without revealing the owners’ personal contact numbers to the caller (and vice versa).
petFINDER™ is the only tag approved and endorsed by The American Humane Association.
petFINDER™ is currently available throughout the US (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, US Virgin Islands, British Islands, Central and South America. The system is now operational in Europe--starting in January 08, versions for each country are scheduled to be gradually rolled out.
October 6, 2007
Good Earth for Your Cat
Many of us have indoor cats, so they never get a chance to experience the feel of the earth beneath their paws, walk through the grass and, in some cases, smell the outdoors. To bring them back to their roots, but keep them safe, here is a good idea from one of our favorite blogs, The Nature in Us
We took a litter box and filled it with dirt and dug up some of the grasses she liked and a few other things to fill in plus some sticks and mulch and leaves to make her an indoor place where she could still lie on the ground. She has loved it.
If you've got a feral kitty or one that really likes the feel of the earth beneath their feet, you might take the time to give them a piece of their own dirt. It doesn't take long to make one and if you give it a sunny spot the plants will continue to grow if you add a bit of water. Every time I take water over to the box, Squeek stands beside it to watch. I guess she's wanting to be sure I do a thorough job. She likes to see that grass growing because she loves to nibble on it.
© 2006-2007 Donna L. Watkins - This material was reprinted with permission. Visit the author's website, TheNatureInUs.com, for more articles and free email subscription. Link URL: http://www.thenatureinus.com
October 5, 2007
Pink Ribbon Pet Products for the Cure
Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it doesn't have to be October to promote this worthy cause. There is not a family out there who has not been affected by this disease which continues to confound humanity's greatest minds. With the purchase of pink ribbon products at Feline Fido, 15% of the net proceeds from each pink ribbon collar or leash purchase are donated to Susan G. Komen For the Cure and/or select local breast cancer charities. Pick from an array of collars, leashes,harnesses, ID tags, and key fobs.
Products are available in pink or black with pink ribbon if your pet has testosterone issues.
October 4, 2007
Black Cat Shower Curtain and Bath Mat/Throw Rug
Don't forget to decorate your bathroom for Halloween! Hang this vinyl Retro Black Cat Shower Curtain to create some atmosphere. This is another good Halloween prop that also works year-round for the cat-lover.
Measures: 70H x 72W inches
Pair it with this adorable nylon Retro Black Cat Throw Rug/Bath Mat. Has a no-slide gripping bottom for safety.
Measures: 22.5H x 30W inches
Soggy Paws Dog Towel
At Super Cool Pets we are constantly drying off our Golden Retrievers and cleaning their paws. Whether you have doggies who love to get wet, play in the dirt or take a bath every once in a while, it is important to have a good towel handy to dry them off.
Chimpfeet's Soggy Dog Towel is made of 100% super-absorbent terry-cloth, designed with the dog's body shape in mind. The towel has two sets of pockets so you can hold on to your squirming dog with one hand and wipe them off with the other.
Sizes: Medium: 39"L x 27"W and Large: 52"L x 31"W
Chimpfeet also has a more narrow dual pocket version, the Soggy Paws Towel.
Sizes: Small: 30"L x 10"W and Large: 54"L x 14"W
Both towels have a loop for hanging conveniently close-by. Machine washable.
Navy with Green Pockets
Brown with Blue Pockets
Brown with Pink Pockets
October 3, 2007
Bird Snuggle Sack
At Super Cool Pets we love this cozy Snuggle Sack and your bird will too. You can leave the house for work or turn in for the night confident your sweet bird has a warm nest to snuggle up in.
* Cozy bird nest is fleece-lined for comfort
* Keeps birds warm, sheltered, and protected
* Included metal quick clips to hang in any bird cage
Colors: Blue, Green, or Red. Machine washable.
Small: Parakeets, Finches, Canaries
4" wide x 6" long x 6" high Opening: 1-3/4"
Medium: Cockatiels, Conures, Lovebirds
5-1/2" wide x 7" long x 7" high Opening: 2-1/4"
Large: Conures, Small Parrots, Pionus
6" wide x 8" long x 9" high Opening: 2-3/4"
At Drs Foster & Smith.
National Geographic Kids Comic Book Creator for Pets
Here is a fun idea! Create your own personalized comic strip starring your pet. You don't have to be a computer whiz or an artist with this software. National Geographic Kids Comic Book Creator - Silly Pets is a PC graphics program where you or your kids can mix pictures of your pets with National Geographic photos and Sony sound effects. Software set includes over 700 pieces of National Geographic-approved art, over 100 templates, and tons of Sony sound effects. You pick your own pet photos, choose a template, and drag and drop backgrounds, clip art, word balloons, caption boxes and more onto each page, add your own words, and then publish!
Show your pet in action, or make up a silly story! Make your pets the heroes of their own comic book adventures. Dress them up with silly clip art, put them in funny situations, or show real-life pictures of them in action! Add pet jokes, amazing animal tales, and pet care tips for comics that are fun.
Files can be printed to any printer, emailed as a PDF or JPEG, or posted to your personal web page, website, or blog. Comic Book Creator is compatible with most standard digital image formats, including JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, and PNG. Great gift idea for kids and adults alike.
Available at Amazon. Product website.
October 2, 2007
Wagging Cat Tail Pendulum Clock
Create some atmosphere for Halloween! This Wagging Cat Tail Pendulum Clock
would add some personality in your family room or kitchen. Great conversation piece and good gift for the cat lover for year-round use.
At Amazon and Wrapables.
Fun Pet Signs
One of these Pet Signs will make a fun decoration for your backyard fence, garage or dog house.
Dimensions: 12" wide x 18" tall white aluminum and vinyl. Choose your colors at checkout.
October 1, 2007
Now that the nights are getting longer here in the norther hemisphere, we are more likely to find ourselves outside in the dark with our pets. This convenient LED-Lit Armband can be seen over a mile away, so it could be another way to make yourself visible to passing vehicles, while walking, jogging or playing with your pets after 4 or 5 pm. The LED lights flash or glow red at the push of the power switch.
LED lights have a life of about 100,000 hours. Includes 150-hour replaceable batteries. Elastic strap adjusts from 11-18". Quick-release buckle. Could even be used as a dog collar or clipped to a belt or backpack.
At Amazon. [via Book of Joe]
Kooga Pet Flash Drive
Apropos the recent cancer concerns over the implanted micro-chip, there is another flash drive ID to consider as an alternative offered over at KoogaPet.com.
How It Works:
- The KoogaPet slides security into any USB port on any computer.
- Just click the link stored in the KoogaPet tag to start filling in your information.
- Remove USB Tag
- Clip Your Pet's Collar
How KoogaPet helps Veterinarians:
- Gives any veterinarian important information at anytime
- Avoids potentially fatal medication errors
- Keeps medical information with your pet 24/7
- Avoids vaccination expirations and missed appointments by automatically emailing reminders
- If a pet runs off and is injured Koogatag will allow veterinarians to treat your pet more effectively and safely
For more info, FAQ.