February 29, 2012
Does your cat take over your family room and bedroom furniture, leaving behind a trail of ever-present cat hair that sticks to your clothes and possessions? Mr. Herzher's Decorative Cat Pod gives your sweet kitty another spot to snooze and solves the pet hair problem. What's more, its attractive design will enhance any decor.
The Pod is constructed of a durable steel frame wrapped in medium brown resin Rhino wicker for years of enjoyment and durability. The elevated bottom and free airflow design provides cozy comfort for your kitty, while allowing the cushion to breathe and helping to cut down on odors, molds and mildews. The reversible cushion is filled with high loft poly-fil covered with a durable micro fiber suede and is removable for machine washing.
At Amazon and Cat's Play
February 28, 2012
Purina ONE® beyOnd™ is an adult dog food that claims to "offer positively good, healthy pet food with no corn or wheat." Dogs are natural carnivores. They will eat almost anything (omnivores), but they want to eat meat and thrive on the high protein. Trouble is, meat is expensive, and apparently most consumers won't pay a lot to feed their dog meat.
Many expensive commercial dry dog foods are grain-based, and often corn-based--in other words, high in carbs, not protein. Despite their health claims for dogs, the ingredients in the Purina ONE® beyOnd™ Chicken & Oat still include a lot of grains and vegetables, sounding more appropriate for the human diet than for dogs, but of course, we humans are the ones buying.
Chicken, chicken meal , whole oat meal, whole barley, soybean meal, whole brown rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), dried beet pulp, dried egg product, natural flavor, fish oil, caramel color, salt, dried carrots, dried tomatoes, dried apples, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
February 27, 2012
Brighten up the yard this spring with wind-powered garden art. This Cat And Dog Balancer Garden Stake bounces and dance when the wind blows. It shows a carefree dog giving a wheelbarrow ride to his tabby cat friend. Made of handmade iron with a weather-durable finish for years of pleasant viewing.
February 25, 2012
Spruce up your back yard and water your birds as well. This Aquarius Solar Stake Birdbath With Glowing Glass Orb doubles as a glowing garden accent, decorated with birds and leaves.
Its solar panel absorbs the sun's energy by day to give you color-changing illumination at dusk. The crackled glass orb illuminates with color changing LED.
February 23, 2012
Refined cats require refined feeders. Maybe it's time to finally throw away the grubby, scratched vinyl cat bowl and treat our kitty right. This Siam Cat Food Dish has simple, clean lines for a contemporary look.
The stand has anti-slip cushioned feet and is raised just enough from floor level for your cat's comfort. Its wood veneer is water-repellent and easily wipes clean. The heavy-weight ceramic bowl is dishwasher-safe and lead-free.
Treat your little friends to a warm and snuggly spot to cozy up. These cute Heatable Dog Beds and Heatable Cat Beds are perfect for puppies and kittens, aging or ailing pets.
Just heat the herbal insert briefly in the microwave. The moist heat comforts the babies, the sick, and soothes elderly arthritic joints and sore muscles. Suitable for small pets with a removable outer cover for machine wash.
February 22, 2012
February 21, 2012
Some cat owners clean up cat litter off their floor several times a day. Free up your time! The popular PetFusion SmartGrip Cat Litter Mat is made of soft material that acts as a cushion to prevent litter from bouncing off into the air and onto your floors. The litter is held in place by small indentations with an outer channel to catch any stray litter.
Usually cat litter mats trap litter under carpet fibers, making cleaning difficult and leading to mold and mildew. This mat is easy to clean--sweep, vacuum with hand-held or attachment, and wipe with a damp sponge or cloth to eliminate odors. Just pour any clean litter back into the box.
Its neutral color and design goes nicely in any room of the house. It's flexible to fit in tight spaces, including closets or small bathrooms.
February 20, 2012
Pet Airways, the pet air transport service which once held so much promise, is having financial difficulties. The airline is reportedly still taking reservations, but no longer offering flights. Since their service began, Pet Airways claims to have flown more than 7,000 cats and dogs, and one potbellied pig. The NY Times has the story.
Now, Pet Airways has fallen on tough times. The carrier -- which based on its recent schedule typically offers two eastbound routes a month and two westbound ones -- did not have any flights between Dec. 16 and Jan. 16, according to a regulatory filing, and it is unclear if it has had any flights since then. A New York Times reporter looking into the airline had reservations canceled twice, once in January and another last week. Her credit card company canceled the charge.
February 18, 2012
This economical Birdscapes Tall Tulip Garden Lantern Bird Feeder is an attractive six perch/feeding station set-up, combined with the anti-squirrel Sure-Lock cap system to keep the squirrels out. It also can be hung with a squirrel-proof wire hanger.
The feeder holds up to 6 lbs. of seed and has a feeding tray for multiple wild birds. It has a powder coat rustic brown finish with a transparent seed compartment so you can easily monitor seed levels and keep your feeder clean.
February 17, 2012
It's fun for children to help out in the kitchen, and both sexes need to learn cooking skills these days. However, they can seriously hurt themselves using some of the utensils.
The Kinderkitchen Dog Knife has serrated "teeth" sharp enough to cut sandwiches and fruit peels, but not little fingers. It's safe and easy for children to use. The ears are designed to serve as a hand guard, and the tail is made of soft plastic. Dishwasher-safe.
via Book of Joe
February 16, 2012
In honor of The Westminster Kennel Club 136th Annual Dog Show 2012 which is taking place this week on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14 at Madison Square Garden, we are reading a book that takes a close look at the fascinating world of breeders and dog show lovers.
The book Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred by Josh Dean follows Jack, a champion Australian shepherd, over the course of a year from an inexperienced adolescent to seasoned adult show dog. The book features his owner, his handler, his breeder so we can learn what it's like to own a show dog and to train one.
The book also explores the history and science of purebred dog breeding and the dog show culture--judging, training, naming, promoting, hairstyling, kennel-owning, RV-driving, hotel-finding, treat-selecting, and more.
February 15, 2012
Adhesive cut-outs are a big hit with children. These durable Wallies Kitty Cat Self-Adhesive Cutouts make for fun decorating. They are easily removable and repositionable.
To use, simply peel the cutout off of the backing in the package and apply to any clean, smooth surface or painted dry wall. To remove, simply peel and reposition to another area or return it to the original backing for storage. Not recommended for textured or rough surfaces and newly painted walls, which usually need about 30 days to fully cure.
February 14, 2012
You can never have enough hugs and kisses, especially during this Valentine's week. Mascot Hugs & Kisses is a safe chewing rope toy that's made using 100 percent cotton fabric. This high quality durable toy is comfortable and gentle for the pets to chew on.
At Amazon. And use code WAG15 tosave 15% off your first order at Wag.com
February 13, 2012
This solid-wood cinnamon Wooden Dog Toy Chest is a good-looking solution to organizing all your dog's toys that he/she receives on Valentine's Day. We love the cute bone-shaped cut-out.
The convenient u-shaped dip in the front makes it easy for your dog to grab a toy anytime. It's constructed out of solid Honduran pine which is a wood similar in hardness to American red oak.
February 11, 2012
Soon spring will be here and the gardeners amongst us will return to the back yard accompanied by the wild birds. We plan on sprucing up our garden décor, and this Handmade Metal Hummingbird Wind Garden Spinner would be a welcome sight.
The bird hovers over two flowers and spins around in the breeze. Handmade by artisans in Bali, this spinner is crafted of iron and coated in a weatherproof antique bronze finish.
February 10, 2012
As you know cats can live 15 to 20 years and dogs 10 to 15 years. We love them dearly, but the cost does add up. According to How Much Does Owning A Pet Cost In A Year? | Bankrate.com here are the annual stats:
- Average yearly cost for a dog: $580 to $875.
- Average yearly cost for a cat: $670.
- Average yearly cost for a bird: up to $200.
- Average yearly cost for fish: $35.
So if you want a pet but are all about costs, fish are the best bet. But possibly not the most rewarding. And even though those vet visits are not cheap, preventive medicine is the way to go. Check-ups can catch problems early when they are likely less expensive and good care can ward off many illnesses.
Jeff Blyskal, senior editor of Consumer Reports magazine, says pet owners should think twice before buying health insurance for their pets. "They scare you with the worst-case scenario, and the worst-case scenario is very unlikely," he says.
He says it's better to "self-insure" by socking away money on your own for any medical costs and unexpected emergencies.
And no matter how much pet food companies market fancy ingredients and additives, Blyskal also recommends no-frills pet foods, which still have to meet industry standards. "Those extra things have not been proven to have any benefit," he says.
Also, avoid overfeeding pets or slipping them table scraps. "They'll get diseases like humans," such as diabetes and heart disease, he says.
Oh sure, just look at those big brown eyes. Maybe just a smidgin.
February 9, 2012
If your dog has dental problems you probably won't even be aware of it other than the tell-tale doggy breath. A majority of pet owners apparently don't pay as much attention to their dogs' oral health as veterinarians would like. This unlocked article Aches & Claims: A Bite as Healthy as Their Bark | WSJ.com provides a thorough discussion of different products to maintain pet dental hygiene.
If your dog is willing, you can brush with specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs. But unless you get them used to it as a puppy, many dogs won't tolerate tooth brushing, so there are alternatives.
Treats such as the popular Greenies Dental Chews help control harmful tartar and plaque buildup and are texturized to scrape off plaque and tartar. Other products include dental wipes to kill bacteria, plaque-reducing dental rinses, and water-bowl additives.
The problem is that many products haven't been adequately tested for pet-safety. To be on the safe side, look for the seal from the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), a scientist-run group owned by the American Veterinary Dental College.
At Dog Dental Care
February 8, 2012
We are looking forward to spring! Won't be long now, so we are already thinking about moving our activities outdoors a bit.
Most of us who live with pets love dog or cat paraphenalia around the house. This sweet hanging decoration of a Daydreaming Dog is made of resin for indoor or outdoor use.
And use code LNKPH15 to save 15% off your purchase of $75 or more .
February 7, 2012
Most dogs thrive on routine and like to curl up on their own comfy bed. The Orvis Dog Beds are our favorite, if you do want to treat yourself right, since we love their high-quality and the personalized Dog Bed Selector on their site.
We have noticed, writing a pet product blog, that some retail dog beds are affordable, but some can be ridiculously expensive, although they do last years so generally are a smart investment.
In these lean times, many of us are learning to be more frugal and becoming DIY'ers. Back to the past. Over at How to Make a Dog Bed | Kraken Corgi you'll find an organized, easy-to-follow tutorial with various ideas for covers and fillers.
February 6, 2012
It's a good thing to have a cat scratcher in the house to provide an alternative to doors and woodwork, but a lot of them are either ignored or don't exactly add to the decor.
This attractive and very popular Curvy Two-Surface Scratcher is earth-friendly made from sisal, a renewable resource, with a hanging feather toy that contains organic catnip. Excellent scratching toy for your cat.
February 4, 2012
Our cockatiels live in a sub-tropical climate. When it rains, they lift their wings and fluff up their feathers for a bath, even though they are dry inside on the porch. We generally spritz them when they do this.
We are now looking seriously at installing this Quick Lock Bird Bath on their cage, a durable plastic twist on/off bathing dish. It is easy to clean and can be perched inside or outside of the cage. Ideal for lovebirds, canaries, finches, parakeets, cockatiels and other small and medium sized birds.
February 3, 2012
Buying dog food is no longer as simple as grabbing a bag at the grocery store. There are scores, if not hundreds, of different brands available claiming to address every conceivable need a doggy may have.
Many of us make a separate trip to our neighborhood PetSmart or Petco for the special brand we prefer. But maybe you find yourself tired of lugging 35-pound bags of kibble in from the car? Or live in a city apartment?
Perhaps home delivery would suit your lifestyle. We all know the good people at the Wall Street Journal insist on getting a bang for their buck. A Dog's New Best Friend: The Delivery Man | WSJ.com tested four services that ship pet food to the home: PetFlow, Mr. Chewy, Wag.com and Pet Food Direct.
Interested? Give it a try!
February 1, 2012
Here's a look back at the super cool gear we dug up this past January for our pets and the people they love. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to our RSS feed. To receive our weekly email, sign up for our Newsletter.
Apparel for Pets
Books & Media
Collars and Leashes
Continue reading: "Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- January 2012"