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August 22, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay Reminds Us to Stock Up -- Prepare for Natural Disasters

It is Tropical Storm season in sunny Florida. Florida has recently experienced flooding conditions courtesy of Tropical Storm Fay, which perplexingly strengthened over land and thus flooded Super Cool Pets headquarters.

The rainfall was much more excessive than past hurricanes. The nearby nuclear power plant was shut down, orange groves are threatened and in our fair city, streets have become canals. One bright spot is that we have welcomed a new member to our (currently underwater) backyard bird sanctuary, perhaps a green Quaker Parrot.

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Super Cool Pets featured a comprehensive Hurricane and Natural Disaster Pet Care guide for pet owners based on experiences with Hurricanes Gloria, Bob, Jeanne, Frances and Wilma. After this bout with Tropical Storm Fay, we have been forced out of our comfy routine one more time and feel compelled to stress a couple of tips for all our Super Cool Pet owners:

  • Stock up on pet food -- Employees are people too. Stores may not be open due to impassable streets, store damage and no electricity. Supplies are finite if no deliveries are being made.
  • Stock up on clean water -- The public water supply of the city immediately to our north is contaminated. Overflowing septic tanks and flooded city utility stations pollute surface ground water pets might drink. Learn how to disinfect contaminated water.
  • Stock up on first aid and meds -- Stores may not be open or you can't get there from here.
  • Stock up on paper goods -- Those pet bowls get awful dirty if you can't wash them because there is no running water, polluted water or a backed up septic or sewer system.
  • Laundry -- Do it. May not be able to later.
  • Stock up on clean towels -- Pets and floors get wet.
  • Vacuum -- Pet hair and mud will abound. Better to start off clean.
  • Critters abound -- Snakes, alligators, rats, spiders and all kinds of critters are out and about as their homes have been flooded and destroyed. Not good for our pets.
  • Check your fences -- Storms destroy pet fences. Electrical fences are ineffective if the power is out.
  • Pet ID -- Check your pets' tags or microchip them. See "fences" above.
  • Check your birdfeeders for food and birdbaths for clean water -- Ours have been very busy (see above).
  • Stock up on $$$ -- Cash is just as good as money. Stores are open, but they may not have electricity. ATM's and credit card machines may not be functional.
  • Stock up on fuel -- For your generator or in case you must go.
  • Equip your car with a cell phone charger -- It won't charge without a source of power.

Any more ideas?

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August 21, 2008

Pet Scoop -- The Nose Knows

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Three Little Kittens Denim Shirt

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Three Little Kittens Denim Shirt is a great gift for yourself - or any cat lover. Light blue, double-stitched, long-sleeved denim shirt has button-down collar with colorful, embroidered cat decal on pocket.

Machine washable 100% cotton. Roomy, unisex sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large. Three Little Kittens Denim Shirt

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Eureka Launches Pet Lover Vacuum Line for Pet Owners: Eureka CAPTURE PLUS Pet Lover and Eureka OPTIMA Pet Lover

The two problems pet owners complain about most are pet hair and odor. Eureka® has introduced the new Pet Lover vacuum line with two vacuums equipped with innovative features to tackle these problems:

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The vacuums have the odor-eliminating power of charcoal built into their filters and a special power brush designed to remove pet hair from stairs and furniture.

Eureka Pet Vacuums

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August 19, 2008

Green Living with Our Pets -- Make Your Home Environmentally Pet Friendly

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Sue McGuire offers some tips on making pet-lover homes environmentally-friendly in Green Living with Pets in Mind

Pets used to live outside. The farm dog hung out in the barn or slept under the front porch. Cats lived in the barn loft and did their job of keeping the vermin at bay. Fast forward a few generations. It's often recommended that cats be "indoor only" and hundreds of dollars can be spent on an orthopedic bed for the dog.

Just because we bring those former barnyard residents inside the house may not mean they are healthier for it. Scientists often cite our companion animals as "canaries in the coal mine." Household environmental toxins can be a major concern.


Here is a short list of household toxins to keep away from your pet:
  • Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Most cleaners and detergents
  • Xylitol, a sugar substitute
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Insecticides and Flea Killers

Two Popular Green Pet Sites:


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Travel with Your Pets in Safety -- Pet Tube Pet Travel Station

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Concerned about the safety of your pets while traveling? Do they distract you while driving? The versatile Pet Tube Pet Travel Station should alleviate those worries.
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It protects you, your animals and your car. Your pets will not disturb the driver and will be safe in case of accident.
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You can use your Pet Tube Pet Travel Station in different ways, adapting it to both your pet (length) and your car loading situations.
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Comes in two sizes in order to fit either a small or a large pet.You may open it completely or partially.
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When folded, it takes very little room.
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Extra features include:

* safety belts
* closing zip
* scratch-proof flap door
* high-resistance tear-proof liquid-proof HDF (Heavy Duty Fabric)
* Velcro adjustable width
* folding structure
* optional carry handle

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At Amazon and Cat's Play

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August 18, 2008

Got Kittens? Lots of Cats? Cut Down on the Chaos with a Cat Playpen Containment System

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Need to confine your cats and kittens? This spacious Cat Playpen gives you play space for litters of kittens and your confined cats. Features:

  • Two plastic benches
  • Two door openings provide easy pet access and maintenance
  • Easy-to-clean and sanitize plastic components
  • Easy-roll base with 1-1/2" swivel casters

A bottle of Cage Cleaner and Deodorizer will clean and reduce bacterial growth in your cat's cage. Optional Conversion Kits and Bench Covers are available.

Perfect for climbing, lounging, or perching. Cat Playpen

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August 17, 2008

Paw Prints -- Pet Artwork 8/17/08

Play More - Print

Play More - Print

A wonderful way to brighten your home or office, this inspirational print is a thoughtful gift for any dog lover.

Words of wisdom we could all abide by.

"Play More. Worry less"

Available as an unframed print or set behind glass in a stylish black frame.

Size:
Approx 16" x 20"









Fortunate - Print

Fortunate - Print


This beautiful print will appeal to any cat lover.

"We humans are indeed fortunate if we happen to be chosen to be owned by a cat."

Available as an unframed print or set behind glass in a stylish black Delrin frame.

Size:
Approx 16" x 20"










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August 15, 2008

Fall Pet Fashion: Autumnal Collar Collection for Dogs and Cats

It's not too soon to be thinking about fall colors and apparel. The Fall Collar Collections from Modern Tails have caught our eye for canine and feline wear this upcoming fall season:

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These fabric collars encase durable nylon webbing and are fully adjustable, with welded metal D-rings on the collars. For cats, the Petite 3/8" should fit. No new matching leads at this time.

All Sizes:
Petite: 3/8"W x 5" - 9" neck, ~2 - 9 lbs.
Small: 1/2"W x 8" - 12" neck, ~7 - 15 lbs.
Medium: 3/4"W x 11" - 16" neck, ~13 - 45 lbs.
Large: 1"W x 15" - 22" neck, ~40 - 120 lbs.
X-Large: 1"W x 19" - 29" neck, ~100 - 200 lbs.

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August 14, 2008

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