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January 18, 2011

PetScoop: Sleeping With Pets Linked to Disease

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It's comforting to cuddle up at night with your pet. It's even kind of endearing to wake up to a cat standing on your ribs and staring at your face as though you are his/her next meal.

But we've read the news, and the news isn't good. Web MD is asking, Pets in Bed: More Dangerous Than Bedbugs? U.S. surveys indicate that up to 56% of dog owners and 62% of cat lovers regularly fall asleep with their pets in their bed, as do our fellow humans in the U.K., Netherlands, France, and Japan. Little doubt throughout our history as well.

So what's the problem? Bubonic Plague, Chagas Disease, Cat-Scratch Disease, MRSA, parasites and other bacterial infections. Ditto for kissing your dog or cat. Not good.

Read Pets in Bed: More Dangerous Than Bedbugs? to decide if the risk is worth it or if a cozy Pet Bed on the floor of your bedroom is the safest choice.

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January 17, 2011

Poster Guide to Housecat Coat Colors and Patterns by Cedarseed

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This fascinating Guide to Housecat Coat Colors and Patterns is likely the world's only existing complete cat colors chart, according to the artist who based it on CFA standards and research from multiple sources. Chock full of information for cat lovers. There goes the day!

Available as a poster over at deviantArt and redbubble.

[Super cool find via Modern Cat]

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January 12, 2011

NEW FURminator deShedding Products for Cats and Dogs -- Deluxe deShedding Tool Review

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As much as we love our pets to pieces, we don't really love pet hair all over our floors, furniture, in our food and attached to every object we pick up. Luckily, FURminator Inc., everyone's favorite maker of pet deShedding products, has recently launched an amazing new lineup of 17 tools and 17 products--shampoos, hair care and hygiene--"created to broaden and enhance the FURminator deShedding experience for pet owners and their animal companions."

FURminator fans can now choose the most suitable deShedding tools and products for their pet's specific hair length, size and life stage, with options based on the size of their pet(s), including toy, small, medium, large and giant breed dogs and cats.

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The fab folks at FURminator recently sent us the FURminator Long-Hair deShedding Tool for LARGE Dogs to tackle the thick flowing coats (over 2 inches) of our Golden Retrievers. The company claims their tools will reduce pet's shedding by 90 percent. The FURminator deLuxe deShedding Tool did not disappoint. It has a premium stainless steel fine-toothed 4-inch blade which gathers and removes loose hair and undercoat hair quickly and easily without cutting.

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January 11, 2011

Cat and Dog Card Holders

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We are all about getting organized this New Year, and one place to start is our desk. We have business cards strewn around everywhere--other people's as well as our own.

These adorable Cat & Dog Card Holders can rein in the clutter and and add a fun touch at the same time. Florida artist Lori Strickland begins each pet holder as a carved wax sculpture and then hand-casts in pewter. They would also look cute as place card holders at parties!

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January 5, 2011

Lactose-Free Cat-Sip Real Milk

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Often cats cannot digest milk and experience intestinal issues if they drink it. But many cats love it anyway. Lots of people face this dilemma as well. The solution is lactose-free milk.

Cat-Sip Real Milk is 1% low-fat ultra pasteurized milk for cats that, as mentioned, is lactose-free. It's treated with the enzyme lactase which breaks down the milk sugar so your cat doesn't have to. Cat-Sip is fortified with taurine, a nutrient cats need for heart and eye health.

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December 31, 2010

Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- December 2010

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We are looking forward to a fabulous New Year! You can easily subscribe to our eNewsletter and feed reader in the upper right sidebar of the site. Connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, too.

Here's a look back at the fun and festive gear we dug up this past December for our pets and the people they love for the holiday season. Thank each and every one of you for reading Super Cool Pets -- here's to a happy and prosperous 2011 for us all!

Accessories and Supplies

Apparel for Pet Lovers

Apparel for Pets

Artwork

Bedding

Behavior

Birds

Books & Media

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December 30, 2010

Wacky Facts About Cats and Dogs

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We cat and dog lovers know a lot about our pets, and we can learn something new every day. In case you need to break the ice tonight, or any other time, we have dug up some dog and cat facts that should come in handy as conversation starters.

Cats:

1. Nose-to-nose greetings between cats are unusual, as it puts both in a vulnerable position. However, cats who know each other well but have been apart for a while feel safe enough to do this to confirm visual recognition and gain information about how the other cat is, where he has been and what he has been doing.

2. Purring usually indicates contentment, however, a deep purr can also indicate pain. If you know your cat well you will be able to tell the difference in his demeanor.

3. Cats start to purr at one week old and can do so continually as they inhale and exhale.

4. Young cats purr in a monotone, while older ones do so in two to three resonant notes.

5. Scientist still do not know exactly how the purring sound is made, although some believe that it originates in the cardiovascular system rather than the throat.

6. Cats appear to retain their kitten vocal signals to communicate with their owners, but they use and adult repertoire of sound with other cats.

7. Like dogs, cats can also get sick or die from eating chocolate.

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December 29, 2010

Why Pet Ownership Can Be So Expensive

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We have read a couple of articles recently regarding the (high) cost of animal ownership. It's more than worth it for most of us--after all, money is for spending on necessities, and pets are a necessity in a lot of our homes. Get the scoop at the Animal Lovers, Beware of Ownership Costs -- NY Times and the follow-up article Why the animal ER is so expensive (Pet economics 101) -- Fully Vetted/Pet MD

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December 28, 2010

The Email About Cats/Dogs I Was Talking About Last Night!

pawprint1110.jpgFound in our Super Cool Pets mailbox on a recent morning:

THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PETS, THIS IS A TRUE STORY. FOR THOSE THAT DON'T, IT IS STILL A TRUE STORY.

The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door.

Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort, however. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

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December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010 from Super Cool Pets

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To those of you who celebrate, all of us here at Super Cool Pets wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas. And if you don't celebrate, Happy Holidays! We have sent all our Super Cool Pets readers a card.

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