July 31, 2012
Dogs generally love to play tug-of-war and fetch, and both games are good exercise for them. Stretchin and Fetchin Squeaking Dog Toys from JW Pet are character toys with long, stretchy bodies. The toys are available in four characters: Rascal Rabbit, Randi Rhino, Dudley Dog and Eli Elephant.
The characters have bungee-like legs, and each paw is tipped with a squeaker to engage and stimulate. These soft and cuddly fabric toys are available in medium and large sizes and are suitable for most breed sizes.
July 30, 2012
Thunder is booming outside of Super Cool Pets headquarters. Most of us are familiar with the Thundershirt for Dogs, but did you know there is a Thundershirt for Cats? If you can get it on your kitty (!), it is easy to create the snug, comfortable fit essential to treat anxiety.
Not sure they are as sensitive to thunder as some of our dogs, but this Thundershirt is effective for calming them during vet visits, groomers, when traveling, or with general anxiety problems. Made of a durable fabric that resists collecting fur.
July 28, 2012
July 27, 2012
In the fantastic Disney movie 101 Dalmatians the dogs actually brought the couple together. Roger Radcliffe's enterprising dalmatian Pongo decided to find a wife for Roger and a mate for himself and arranged a meeting in the park with a woman named Anita and her female dalmatian, Perdita.
If you are single and have issues with your social life, your dog's breed may be a factor. The pet social network Klooff surveyed 1,000 people to find out the top 5 breeds that make single men and women more desirable to date. Check out the gallery at Dog breeds that will get you a date (or not) | Boston.com to find out which breeds can help (and hurt) you on the dating scene.
July 26, 2012
Now that we are in the dog days of summer, could your pet possibly get a sunburn? We all slather on the lotion, but many of our pets are also subjected to the strong sun.
Basically any dog with shaved, short and/or thin hair, white and light hair, white and pink skin should be protected with Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray. It is the only F.D.A. compliant sunscreen for dogs and horses and is waterproof, but not greasy, with a nice vanilla scent.
It should also be considered for dogs who go boating, swimming and hanging out at the beach or pool, at the dog park, and other dogs who spent a lot of time in the sun.
If your pet has allergic and inflamed skin, please check with your veterinarian. This product should NOT be used on cats.
July 25, 2012
We are always looking for unique items to add interest to our home. This vintage framed Collage Cat is handmade by interior designer Denise Fiedler in San Francisco.
She carves shapes from the yellowing pages of old books and newspapers, then assembles the cutouts to illustrate the distinct personality of a playful kitten. Great gift!
July 24, 2012
In these dog days of summer, we generally have golden furballs blowing around the tile floors of Super Cool Pets headquarters, necessitating a thorough vacuum of the premises daily.
This affordable Eureka Suction Seal Pet Upright Vacuum is designed to deep clean pet hair from carpets, bare floors, upholstery and more. The on/off brushroll switch lets you clean carpets and bare floors.
The Suction Seal Pet also features a pet upholstery brush, a turbo driven PET Power Paw, and a 39 foot hose and wand to clean above the floors. This model includes an odor absorbing HEPA filter to eliminate pet odors and reduce allergens for a cleaner home.
July 23, 2012
Now we are 9! Celebrating our birthday by switching diets. After the cake and ice cream, that is. Due to a high BUN lab result indicating kidney issues, our vet has put us on an new diet which we like, actually.
Hill's Prescription Diet k/d Renal Health Dog and Cat Food is complete and balanced, providing all the nutrition we need. It contains omega-3 and B-vitamins, as well as low protein, sodium and phosphorous to ease kidney strain.
Despite the name, the k/d food is available without a prescription, but with the recommendation of your vet, for both cats and dogs in both the cans and dry kibble.
July 21, 2012
This stylish Solar Hummingbird Yard and Garden Spinning Sprinkler includes a solar-powered LED hummingbird that saves sunlight during the day to glow for up to 6-8 hours at night.
It covers an area of up to 30 feet as it spins on rings that turn in opposite directions. The Solar Hummingbird Sprinkler is made of metal with a copper finish and includes a sturdy 4-spike base.
July 20, 2012
Dogs express their love and affection very openly through tail-wagging, nuzzling, pawing and kisses. Cats are a lot more subtle, no surprise there.
Here are some common signs of cat affection from Decoding How Cats Show Affection | Petside:
- Eye blinks: When a cat meets a stranger for the first time, they give them an unblinking stare. They are wary. Cats that feel trust and affection for a human often blink at them.
- Grooming: When your cat allows you to groom him, this is another sure sign that he trusts you and feels cat affection for you.
- Head rubbing: When a cat rubs her face on a human, she is using scent glands on her cheeks to mark her territory. this can both mean affection, and that she is claiming the human in question as her "property."
- Belly display: This sign of cat affection is one of the most profound acts of trust a cat can bestow on a human.
- Kneading: A cat kneading against your body is an act of sheer contentment, trust and true adoration
Interested in learning more about cat behavior? Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat is an enjoyable and informative resource.
July 18, 2012
If you don't have a lot of space for bulky cat furniture and want a clean and clutter-free home, the Cat Crib is for you. The Cat Crib is a cat hammock that fits under any chair. It is a safe space where your cat can hideout and sleep.
Click on the above graphic to enlarge or go to Cat Crib.
July 16, 2012
This adorable Handmade Dog Necklace is filled with colorful enamel and looks like an illustration from a children's book. Handmade of silver-plated pewter by a jewelry company in Toronto, Canada. Great gift. Recommended for ages 3+.
July 14, 2012
This Spiky Owl Bird Feeder makes for charming garden decor with or without the seed. It is handcrafted in Bali of powder-coated metal, with the required roof and drainage holes to help keep the seed dry.
At Amazon and Uncommon Goods.
July 13, 2012
If you have an elderly pet, you may have heard you should cut back on the protein. But feeding him or her more protein may be a good thing, according to Geriatric Pets Need More Protein:
It is commonly believed that feeding geriatric dogs and cats normal or high amounts of protein can cause kidney disease or make existing kidney disease worse. Food manufacturers prey on this belief by offering lower protein foods for geriatric dogs and cats, when in actuality, geriatric pets benefit from higher protein diets.
In fact, the prolonged feeding of special veterinary kidney diets to pets without clinical signs of kidney disease can actually cause unnecessary muscle loss, a compromised immune system, and osteoporosis.
So we are going to check out High Protein Dog Food and High Protein Cat Food. As always, this is not a medical blog, so for more info please confer with your vet and read Geriatric Pets Need More Protein.
July 12, 2012
Do dogs dream? Sure seems like they do, asleep on the floor, whimpering, paws twitching. Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they're seeing on the TV? Are they more intelligent than cats? We all wonder about how dogs think and perceive the world.
In Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know dog researcher and psychology professor Stanley Coren answers the most commonly asked questions about how dogs think and act in a conversational Q&A format with illustrations. Sounds intriguing!
July 11, 2012
Our Golden Retrievers live in the lightning capital of the world. Where there is lightning, there is thunder--scary thunder. One of them is panting nervously now by our side even as we post.
There are numerous theories as to why pets are so frightened of thunder. Every being responds individually to their environment and in this dog's case, we suspect thunder sounds a lot like the roar of an unknown and very huge terrifying beast coming to get her.
So since we love our doggie, we drown the beast out. Experts recommend calming music, which seems to help. We pull up Pandora on our iPhone, select the Calm Meditations station, and plug the iPhone into our portable Altec Lansing IMT320 inMotion Compact iPod Speaker System. We rev up the music, place it on the counter by the dark closet/cave she hides in, and off she drifts, generally.
This light-weight speaker system folds as slim as a book, so you can easily take it with you and enjoy good-quality music on your iPhone or iPod wherever you go. The inMotion Compact has an attached wrap-around cover which protects the speakers and doubles as a stand.
Push-button volume controls are integrated directly into the top of the speaker. The iMT320's universal dock recharges your iPod or iPhone while you're listening to music, and it can be powered by either an AC adapter or four AA batteries (not included) when an outlet is not available.
July 10, 2012
If your indoor kitties are getting cabin fever in the house and feeling all left out, give them a breath of fresh air without worrying about them getting hurt or running away. The Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats is perfect for your backyard, your porch, balcony, or deck.
You get 2 pegs to stake it securely to the ground and there's easy access for the cats and you through the zipper door. It folds tightly into convenient carry bag for fun on the go and weighs just 2.5 pounds for light-weight carrying.
July 9, 2012
If you just returned from a grueling week of launching tennis balls into the water or across the lawn, we bet you are sorry you never picked up a handy Chuckit! Ball Launcher. There's still plenty of time and great fetching weather left.
The Launcher acts as an extension of your arm, saving you the wear-and-tear. Use it to scoop up the ball so you don't have to deal with the slobber. And you can throw longer and faster, as far as 140 ft, so your dog gets more exercise and tires out quicker!
July 6, 2012
The beauty of temporary tattoos is that we can ink up without making a lifetime commitment. These Dogs Temporary Tattoos of a Pug, Poodle, German Shepherd and Vizsla apply easily with a moist cloth and last up to five days. The vegan-friendly graphics are made with non-toxic, FDA-certified inks.
July 5, 2012
Procrastination is putting off what we don't want to do, or just can't right now. If the dog makes a mess, but the time is not right for clean-up, leave a marker so you can find it later and no one steps in it.
These Avoid-A-Poo Markers have a handy yellow handle to make cleanup easy. They are made using durable, weather-resistant plastic that, with normal use, will last up to 3 years.
July 4, 2012
As much as we love summer, for some of us living with pets, Fourth of July fireworks and vicious storms create stressful times. To turn this around for your pets, there are many techniques to relax them--click link for dog ideas and cat ideas.
And for some tips, check out this quick slideshow 6 ways to ease your dog's fear of loud noises | Boston.com.
July 3, 2012
The heat wave in many parts of the country has been relentless. Tough for people to stay cool and hydrated with (or without!) power, not to mention our sweet pets. In hot weather ice cubes keep water cold but melt so quickly. Pet fountains require electricity or batteries.
This Pet's Water Cooler keeps an 8-hour supply of water for a pet chilled all day long using a removable insert lined with non-toxic gel. Includes a second insert for use while the other one is chilling in the freezer. Holds 24 ounces.
July 2, 2012
Here's a look back at the super cool gear we dug up this past June for our super cool pets and the people they love.
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