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February 10, 2010

Calorie Content on Low Calorie Pet Food Labels May Be Unreliable

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Apparently nearly 50% of domesticated animals are overweight or obese. But how to cut down? Are you confused about the amount of calories in pet food, even the low-calorie pet food? If so you are not alone.

A study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, examined nearly 100 commercially available diets with weight management claims. From study co-author Dr. Lisa Freeman, Professor of Nutrition at the School:

There is so much information--and misinformation--about pet foods, it's understandable that people are confused about what to feed their dogs and cats. To counteract these myths, people are accustomed to turning to the labels on food--but, as this study shows, packaging might not always be a reliable source of information.

The results of the study were:

  • Dry dog foods range in calorie density from 217 to 440 kilocalories per cup (kcal/cup). The recommended intake ranged from 0.73 to 1.47 times the dog's "resting energy requirement".
  • The numbers for wet dog food (189-398 kcal/can) and cat food (235-480 kcal/cup) marketed for weight control were similar.
  • The diets also varied markedly in price--from 4 cents to more than $1.10 per kilocalorie.

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February 9, 2010

Super Cool Pet Books -- First Person Cat and Hart's Original Petpourri

If you are going stir crazy this February, curl up with a good book.

firstpersoncat.jpgFirst Person Cat by Jacque Heebner is a personal story told by Tiffany, an intuitive tortoise shell Persian cat. Someone murdered her rock star owner, and Tiffany is going to find the culprit.

heartspetpourri.jpgHart's Original Petpourri by Robert Hart is an "amazing storehouse of historical fact, fiction, literary gems and whimsy" about pets, owners and their vets. Find out things you didn't know!

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Custom Outdoor Pet Memorial Plaques

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When the unthinkable happens, you may want to honor and remember your pet with a memorial plaque in the backyard or in a pet cemetery.

These Pet Memorials feature raised copy and graphics on a weather-proof metal plaque. All pet memorial plaques are personalized with your pet's name, years of life and a saying of your choice from a selection of 4.


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The site also offers custom-made Rainbow Bridge grave markers. These markers come with the logo of a pet, the Rainbow Bridge poem, your pet's name and years of life.

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February 4, 2010

Pet Pockets -- Pet Organizer Wall Hanger

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Is your pet stuff stashed everywhere? Impossible to find when you need it? This 100% cotton canvas Pet Organizer Wall Hanger has 17 compartments divided into snacks, collars, leashes, grooming, toys, charms and miscellaneous, clearly labeled with stainless steel tags. It also has a leash hook and a frame to hold your pet's photo.

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Valentine's Day Online Pet Sale at Drs. Foster and Smith

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Online only sales at our Drs. Foster and Smith just in time for Valentine's Day. Keep your dog fit, yet happy, with Healthy Treats up to 20% off. Treats and Toys for your cat are up to 30% off.

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February 3, 2010

KattySaks Kitty Litter Box Cover

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Is your litter box an eyesore? Get a litter box "make over" with one of these KattySaks. This is a lightweight, easy on-and-off kitty litter box slipcover. In 3 designs and machine washable.

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Super cool find via Modern Cat

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February 2, 2010

Super Cool Pet Book -- Amazon Hot New Release -- Making Rounds with Oscar the Cat

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You may have heard the story of Oscar the cat, the somewhat aloof resident at a nursing home who only spent time with people who were close to death. This fascinating story is told by David Dosa in Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat released today.

No one knows how he does it, but Oscar somehow perceives who is dying, and stays with the patient until the patient passes. He was known to sit outside a closed door until admitted, and would refuse to leave a dying patient's bed. The author, a doctor at the nursing home, was initially skeptical and actually was not even particularly fond of cats. Interesting read.

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February 1, 2010

Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- January 2010

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We had a busy January digging up lots of new super cool pet stuff. You can friend us on Facebook here and here and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for stopping by.

Apparel for Pets

Artwork

Bedding

Birds

Books & Media

Collars and Leashes

Crates, Gates & Carriers

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Smartcat Tiger Diner Portion Control Cat Food Dish

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Do you live with a fat cat? Maybe slowing down our kitties' eating pace will help reduce the gorging and thus the weight gain.

This foraging-style Smartcat Tiger Diner Portion Control Food Dish forces the cat to work to get at the kibble, resulting in slower eating. This stimulates the cat's natural instinctive hunting behavior. The dish is easy to fill and has rubber feet to keep it in one spot.

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January 29, 2010

Marty's Sweater -- Acrylic Cable Knit Dog Sweater 15% Off

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Earth tones are particularly flattering on our pets. This stylish cable knit Marty's Sweater should keep your pup toasty until the balmy weather returns. It has a wide shawl collar that can be brought forward and heavy cuffs on the front sleeves for extra protection against the elements.

The sweater has a generous comfy cut for your dog. It's 100% machine-washable acrylic with a ribbed rear opening and a buttonhole leash opening. In Cream, Rust and Brown, sizes S to XL. Price reduced 15%.

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