October 30, 2009
October 30, 2009
Review: New York Times Tests 5 Clay-Free Cat Litters
What's the best cat litter for you and your cat? Primarily, one that your cat likes and will use. To help figure out which litter that is, Stephen Treffinger recently did a spot in the The New York Times evaluating five clay-free litters. His criteria: "how well it controlled odor, first and foremost, and for how well it clumped, how easy it was to scoop and how much the cats tracked it through their homes." Here's a snippet of his results:
Swheat Scoop is made from naturally processed wheat. Verdict: great at absorbing smells, but crumbly clumps. Can be flushed.
Yesterday's News is made primarily from recycled newspaper. Verdict: Poor odor control.
Katgo is a cedar wood litter. Verdict: cheaper, controlled odor, clumps are easy to remove, but gets trapped in cat fur and is tracked "everywhere". Can be flushed.
Feline Pine is made of compressed pine sawdust reclaimed from lumberyards. Verdict: "definite favorite" and good at controlling odors, but had to be stirred daily and became bloated and heavy over time.
World's Best Cat Litter is made from whole-kernel corn. Verdict: easy clump removal, but tracked dust around the house. Can be flushed.
Get the whole scoop plus an excellent comparison graphic.
October 29, 2009
Molly Mutt Launches Three New Dog Duvet Patterns
Last June we posted on the adorable 100-percent cotton Molly Mutt Dog Bed Duvet and Stuff Sack you can stuff with the extra blankets, pillows, clothes around your house to create a comfortable, attractive and easy to maintain bed for your dog. These beds are a great way to recycle items around the house and save money!
Molly Mutt has introduced three fabulous new patterns -- Title Track, Big City Life and Big Roboto. For round bed lovers, they have added a brand new 36" round duvet and stuff sack to the Molly Mutt collection of pet beds. Molly Mutt dog duvets start at $20, and DIY Sets including two dog duvets and one stuff sack range from $50 to $95.
October 29, 2009
Free Shipping on KatKabin Cat Houses
The KatKabin DezRez (Desirable Residence) is the new stylish outdoor house for cats. It is a light, yet sturdy, hideaway with cat-inspired decoration. When you cannot be there to let them in, this is an insulated shelter where your cat can be safe, secure, comfortable, warm and cozy until you return.
You can get FREE shipping on the KatKabin DezRez Outdoor Cat House between now and November 20, 2009. Choose from six great KatKabin color choices.
October 28, 2009
Halloween Cat Pumpkin Stencils
To glorify the cat on Halloween, the goblins over at Band of Cats have conjured up a spooky and creative collection of cat pumpkin stencils for cat lovers to carve this Halloween.
via Modern Cat
Airline Approved Pet Travel Carriers
Gearing up for holiday travel? Muttropolis has a practical, yet fashionable, collection of airline approved pet carriers. The Escort Multi-Function Pet Carrier, pictured above, can be used as a backpack, a roller bag with telescoping handle, a car/booster seat and a hand-carried tote and is available in multiple colors.
Below are the US airline-specific travel regulations provided by Muttropolis. It's always a good idea to check and double-check the airline's regulations when booking, and don't forget your pet's travel water bowl and leash!
October 27, 2009
Halloween Gadget Costumes for the Modern Dog
Hot dog, bumble bee and pirate costumes for your dog are so 20th century. If you love your gadgets, dress up your pet to reflect your lifestyle this Halloween. DVICE has some suggestins in 9 Halloween costumes for tech-obsessed dogs.
Master Suite Bed Scarf
Dogs and cats sleep on your bed? It's kind of cozy, especially on these chilly nights. Unfortunately, our pets aren't always the cleanest. This Master Suite Bed Scarf will help keep your linens free of pet hair and stains.
It's covered with velvety, quilted microfiber which reverses to a solid microfiber back. 100% polyester-filled with a protective moisture barrier -- just in case. Machine washable in Nutmeg, Silver Sage, Cornflower, Wheat, and Moss.
Get $10 off orders over $50. Use coupon code CPA1008.
October 26, 2009
iRobot Roomba Art
We posted on the iRobot Roomba Pet Series 532 Vacuum Cleaning Robot just about a year ago when they hit the market. The Roomba vacs are popular, and this Roomba Art photo shows why. It depicts the track the Roomba takes as it tidies up your floor.
via Tool Snob
Puppy and Kitten in Falling Leaves Sweatshirt
Who doesn't love puppies and kittens? Stay toasty warm in a cuddly fleece Puppy in Leaves Sweatshirt for fall. Machine washable. Great gift!
October 23, 2009
Help Fight Canine Cancer -- Enter Your Dog's Photo in the 2010 Orvis Cover Photo Contest
Have a great shot of your pet? Enter your dog's photo in the 2010 Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest. The winning photograph will be on the cover of the Fall 2010 Orvis Dog Book and the winning photographer will win a $500 Orvis Gift Card.
You also will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite dog photo and help fight canine cancer at the same time. From the site:
Orvis and Eukanuba Dog Food have teamed up with The Morris Animal Foundation to help find a cure for canine cancer. With your help, we can save countless dogs from suffering and premature death. Orvis and Eukanuba, together, will match your tax-deductible contribution to the Canine Cancer Campaign up to a total of $30,000. So, every dollar you donate becomes $2 for the Canine Cancer Campaign.
Check out the highlights from the 2009 Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest--these shots are priceless:
October 22, 2009
PetScoop -- Pet Airways Takes Off to Ft Lauderdale
If the weather outside is frightful, why not grab your pet and head somewhere warm? Pet Airways has good news for you. Starting on December 4, 2009 Pet Airways will be flying from New York to Ft. Lauderdale, and they would love to have your best buddy on board. If you book your pet before October 31, 2009, you will save $50 off the fare.
Pet Airways is a pet-only airline dedicated to pet-friendly travel. Your pet flies in the main cabin --- not cargo -- with their very own flight attendant.
Halloween Dog Bandanas
If your dogs don't dress up in a costume for Halloween, they can still celebrate wearing a Halloween Dog Bandana. In Jack-O-Lantern, Boo, and Ghost.
Ways to save:
October 21, 2009
New Long-Lasting Natural Antlerz Dog Chews
As you know, wild deer shed their antlers once a year as part of a natural process and then grow in another set. Some of these shed antlers have been put to good use--gathered and packaged into AntlerZ, a new natural, mineral-rich, long-lasting dog chew.
Deer antlers are rich in minerals, don't splinter and certainly are completely renewable. The canine chewing process grinds AntlerZ down slowly, providing stimulation and boredom relief for your pet. Your dog will benefit nutritionally from the marrow and calcium from this completely digestible chew toy.
At Amazon, Orvis and Muttropolis.
PetScoop -- New Martha Stewart Pet Products at PetSmart in 2010
Another celebrity is throwing their corporate cap into the pet product ring. If you are a Martha Stewart fan, you are in luck. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has announced that it has entered into a multi-year relationship with Age Group Ltd. to manufacture, market and sell pet-care products, which will be sold through PetSmart, Inc. (online at PetSmart.com).
The Martha Stewart pet product line will include the usual range of pet accessories, including apparel, collars, leashes, bedding, grooming supplies, toys and more. The first products are expected to be out in the second quarter of 2010.
October 20, 2009
Free Shipping on Pet Healthcare Items and Halloween Sale at Drs Foster and Smith
Pet stuff steals and deals:
- Drs. Foster & Smith is offering FREE shipping on all dog and cat health care items. This offer applies to the following categories: Pharmacy, Calming Aids, Collars, Dental, Digestive Aids, Ear, Eye, First Aid Flea & Tick, Hip & Joint, Leashes, Nametags, Skin & Coat, Supplements, Vaccines, Wormers.
- Save up to 58% in the Halloween Blowout Sale at Drs. Foster & Smith--costumes, toys, hats, treats and more for your pets.
- Drs. Foster & Smith have also lowered their standard/ground shipping charges to a flat rate of $5.99--no matter how many items you order, even oversized or heavyweight.
Perfect for the holiday season!
Humunga Stache Fetch Toy for Dogs
If your pet doesn't dress up in a costume, here's a funny Halloween idea for you from the folks who brought us the Humunga Tongue.
The Humunga Stache is a ball attached to a giant cartoon mustache. When your dog picks up the ball, he/she will be wearing a silly handlebar mustache. This toy will definitely crack up everyone who sees your dog. Great gift for pets and pet owners!
October 19, 2009
Black Cats Sweatshirt
This bright Halloween orange Black Cats Sweatshirt is perfect for casual fall wear. It's a comfy blend of 50% cotton/50% polyester featuring detailed faux fur and a black mock collar. You will look great dishing out the Halloween candy!
Drink No More -- Stop Your Pets Drinking from the Toilet
Do you have a dog who drinks inappropriately? As we have noticed, our dogs don't know the difference between a water bowl and a toilet bowl.
To "put a lid" on this behavior, just peel and stick Drink No More to the underside of the toilet lid. When lid is left up (usually coinciding with having a male human on prem), it will sound warning beeps to alert you if a pet or person approaches two feet away.
via Book of Joe
October 17, 2009
October 16, 2009
Dangly Catnip Halloween Cat Toys
Hang these cute pumpkin and ghost Catnip Halloween Cat Toys on your doorknobs for your kitty to bat and swat. A little bell will jingle every time your cat "pounces" on these stretch toys, and the aromatic catnip will entertain for hours.
October 15, 2009
Pet Vet Records iPhone App
None of us want our own medical records to be inaccurate, and same goes for those of our pets. Maintaining up-to-date, current pet records is an important part of keeping our pets healthy and we need to be their advocate.
The iPhone app Pet Vet Records gives you control of your own pet records. This is software for managing and sharing your pet's health records with vets and others--online and accessible by anyone, anywhere. In case several vets treat your pet, you can avoid any roadblocks sharing and transferring records from one vet to another.
iPhone applications are available on iTunes.com.
Dog Drying Robe
Drying your dog with a towel can often turn into a wrestling match. Wrap your pup up in warmth and comfort with this dog robe after a bath or a walk in the rain. This soft, microfiber Dog Drying Robe fits over your dog's head and attaches around his/her body with Velcro fasteners.
October 14, 2009
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day -- How Many Calories are in Pet Food?
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has declared today Wednesday, October 14 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Sensing a lecture? Not to worry -- we are not getting on our high horse here, since we all know first-hand how hard it is to look into those beautiful beseeching eyes and deny them a treat.
That said, according to the Association's research, an estimated 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese and an estimated 14% of US dogs and cats are actually obese. Excess body weight, health problems, pet mortality and vet bills go hand-in-hand.
So if you are curious, at their site you can find your pet's ideal weight range, pet caloric needs, and the caloric content of many cat and dog foods, dry, canned and pouch.
Pet Corrector Dog Training Aid with Holster
Don't want to shout or use a shrill whistle when your pet misbehaves? Here's a quick, harmless and chemical-free training method, based on the principle of association that is so effective with dogs. This Pet Corrector dog training aid emits a loud "hiss" instructing your dog to cease and desist.
To keep it handy, place it in a Holster (sold separately) equipped with belt clip and ring hook attachments that hook onto your belt, pocket or another convenient place.
October 13, 2009
Pumpkin Pooches -- Free Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Dog Breed Stencils
Let your friends and neighbors know which dog breed you love best by carving a Halloween pumpkin that looks like your favorite dog. The American Kennel Club's list of top breeds inspired this series of free pumpkin-carving stencils. Choose from Beagle, German Shepherd, Terriers, Golden Retriever, Chihuahua, Pug, Poodle, Boxer and more.
Dirt Devil Gator Cordless Hand Vacuum
Need a quick clean up? The powerful Dirt Devil Gator Cordless Hand Vacuum has a detachable brushroll perfect for cleaning pet hair off your carpets, stairs, furniture and vehicles.
When you're done, the Gator dirt cup flips open for easy emptying--no parts and no mess. Just rinse off its reusable filter to clean. Convenience!
October 12, 2009
20 Fun Halloween Pet Costumes at SCI FI Wire
Plan to dress up your pet for Halloween? How about a cute Halloween cat hat, dog jacket, dog collar and leash set, or a complete pet costume?
Whatever your style, the photos over at SCI FI Wire's 20 great costumes to dress up your pet are a riot and will give you some good ideas.
Heated Cat Blanket for Home and On-the-Go
Place this plush Heated Cat Blanket in your cat's favorite lounging spot to keep your cat toasty at home or on the road.
This blanket will warm your kitty to a constant 102°F and stays just a couple degrees above room temperature when your cat departs. It also attracts pet hair to protect your furniture.
Cover is machine washable. In Regular Rust and Large Chocolate. Large size includes a free car adapter for vehicle.
Avaialble at Heated Cat Blanket.
October 10, 2009
Dog Trainer Cesar Millan "The Dog Whisperer" Launches New Book and Magazine
Cesar Millan, a/k/a television's "Dog Whisperer", has launched a new lifestyle magazine for people and families with dogs. Cesar's Way is based on the philosophy and teachings of this international celebrity and multimedia dog trainer.
He also has released a new book How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond that tells how to train your pup to avoid future behavior issues and how to correct the most common behavior issues for young dogs.
Whether you agree with his training methods or not, he has brought one important idea to the forefront of dog owners' consciousness---dogs need exercise!
October 9, 2009
Corner Litter Cabinet New at The Refined Feline
Wouldn't you love to stop looking at those ugly litter trays forever? This attractive new piece of corner furniture at The Refined Feline doubles as a litter cabinet.
As shown in the photo, behind the front door is a large triangle litter tray (included). There's a catch tray underneath for stray litter collection and disposal. Rear vents air it out, and there is a spot for odor-absorbing filters (not included).
The Corner Litter Cabinet is currently available in mahogany only. Honey and espresso stains will available in December, so if you prefer either of those stains, just add your name to their waiting list to be contacted .
Rubberwood Freestanding Pet Gate -- Temporary Pet Confinement
Keep your pet from running away while you hand out treats on Halloween night. Try blocking the entrance or confining your pet with a temporary Rubberwood Freestanding Pet Gate.
As the busy holiday season approaches, a freestanding pet gate is essential equipment for the busy pet owner. Holidays bring parties, company and overnight visitors. Our pets don't like change and often get nervous, confused and spook a bit when things are different around the house. They hound your company for food and can be awkwardly underfoot.
No installation is needed at all -- you can just move the portable gate around. Since the width is adjustable, the gate easily blocks off wide entrances, doorways, and rooms, effectively confining pets, At only 20 inches high, it's easy to step over. It has a wide base to keep it from tipping over and rubber feet to protect your floors from scratches. When life returns to normal, just fold up for storing.
October 8, 2009
Halloween Dog Jacket
This cute Halloween Dog Jacket will serve double duty to keep your pet warm and as a Halloween costume. Just slip it easily over your dog's head--it has front leg holes and a drawstring waist.
Made of soft, hand-washable poly/cotton with just a touch of Lycra for stretch. Halloween Dog Jackets in Pumpkin or Skulls.
Need some more ideas? Browse Halloween costumes for pets at:
October 7, 2009
Crazy Cat Lady Board Game
Girls night out? Stuck inside? Try something different and play the Crazy Cat Lady board game where you can't have too many cats.
The Crazy Cat lady needs to run some errands, but she can't avoid running into some "needy" cats. Wherever she goes, there are always cats and more cats. The Crazy Cat Lady may gain or lose cats along her way, but remember, the player with the most cats wins!
"Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" Embroidered Sheets
Let sleeping dogs lie. Words to live by and sleep on. These fun and luxurious 300-thread count "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" Embroidered Sheets offer comfort and wisdom.
October 6, 2009
Swanky Pet Halloween Dog Collars, Harnesses and Leads
Don't let your pet miss out on the Halloween fun. We love this Halloween Collection of collars, leads and harnesses at Swanky Pet.
All collars are adjustable with durable slip-lock buckles and cast D-rings. The leads are adjustable to five feet in length and can be made to match any of the styles they offer for collars and harnesses.
Choose from Pumpkin Head, Candy Corn, Batty and Spiderweb in Teacup, XS, S, M, L. Fun to wear all month long, but please order by October 21 for Halloween.
Halloween Hats for Cats -- Dress Up with No Fuss
Cats of course tend to be a little less tolerant of Halloween costumes than dogs. These adorable Halloween-themed hats give you quick dress-up options.
The hat slips over your cat's head easily with fasteners to keep the hat in place, at least for awhile! Halloween Hats for Cats in Witch, Pumpkin, Monster and Rooster.
October 5, 2009
Mulholland Franklin Hideaway Cat Pillow
Cats and children love tunnels! This new Mulholland Franklin Hideaway Cat Pillow is tube-shaped to provide a private place for your cats to curl up in and hide from the world. You can use it around the house as a comfy arm or headrest while reading or watching TV.
These attractive tunnel pillows are handmade in California out of 100% recycled, high-density furniture foam surrounding a strong tube of recycled cellulose fibers. The durable handmade covers are removable and washable. The Mulholland Franklin Hideaway Cat Pillow has the same designer as the Hollywood Franklin Cat Tower we featured over the summer.
via Modern Cat
New Black & Decker FHV1200 Flex Vac -- Cordless and Ultra-Compact Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
The new Black & Decker FHV1200 Flex Vac combines the convenience of a hand vacuum with the versatility of a full size vacuum.
It's cordless, compact and portable with a high-performance motor.
Great for pet owners as it has an extendable hose to reach high, low and under, with a pet hair cleaning attachment.
October 2, 2009
Save up to 40% on High-Tech Pet Gear
Save up to 40% on high-tech collars, feeders, fences and more
to track, train, and feed your pet. High-Tech Pet Gear at Amazon
Etiquette Guide for Children -- Wiggens the Pup Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant
Children out of control? Help your little ones learn how to behave along with Wiggens, a Chocolate Labrador puppy. His loving parents discover a place that teaches puppies their manners -- the famous Four Seasons Restaurant.
Puppies come from all over the world to learn life's lessons from a wise St Bernard in Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant by author-illustrator Leslie McGuirk and Four Seasons owner Alex von Bidder. This fun and colorfully illustrated book makes a great gift for young readers and their parents.
October 1, 2009
Japanese Lucky Cat "Maneki Neko" Porcelain Mug For Tea, Coffee and Cocoa
Increase your good fortune with this Japanese Lucky Cat Mug. Warm up with a hot drink after a walk outdoors with your pet. The mug comes with a handy dual-purpose lid for steeping tea and or as a spoon-rest.
This sweet Japanese Lucky Cat, or Maneki Neko, is a popular symbol for good fortune in Japan and is displayed in the entrances of many local shops, restaurants and other businesses to beckon visitors in and bring them good luck.
According to the 17th century legend, the cat belonged to the poverty-stricken priest of a rundown temple in Tokyo. One day during a storm, a wealthy man of high stature was passing by the temple. He took shelter under a tree and looked up to see the cat beckoning him into the temple. He left the tree to follow the cat, and the tree was immediately struck by lightning. In gratitude the man befriended the priest and helped renovate the temple.
Super Cool Pets Monthly Roundup -- September 2009
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Fall is here--nights are longer, temps are dropping and the sun is lower in the sky. Halloween is just a few weeks away! As we say goodbye to September, here's a look back at the super cool pet gear we dug up:
Accessories and Supplies
Apparel for Pet Lovers
Apparel for Pets
Continue reading: "Super Cool Pets Monthly Roundup -- September 2009"