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March 21, 2012

Vittles Vault Stackables for Cat and Dog Pet Food Storage

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Many of us store our cat and dog food in various spots in our kitchens and pantries, often in the sacks they are sold in. These Vittles Vault Stackables are the perfect one-stop storage solution for pet food in multi-pet households.

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These are space-efficient, stackable pet food containers for cats and dogs with wide openings for pet scooping, but closing airtight against hungry pets and invasive pests. Available in 30 lb size up to 80 lbs.

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March 15, 2012

Dog Maze Food Bowl

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Speaking of bloat, as we were the other day, a major contributing factor is the tendency of the dog to "wolf" down their food. This Dog Maze Food Bowl should slow them down a bit. Just wind their food around the tracks at mealtime and let them solve the puzzle on their own. Comes with a non-skid base and is available in three colors:

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Source: GeekAlerts

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March 12, 2012

DIY Elevated Dog Feeding Station from an Ikea Lack Table

Perhaps your dog is underfoot during meal-time, pushing his/her food bowl around the room and and slopping food and water on the floor around the bowl. This hack can solve that problem.

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Take a cheap $8 IKEA Lack Side Table to house your dog's food and water bowls and make sure they stay in one place. Measure the cuts in the top for your bowls, then use a Dremel to cut the holes so that the bowls can be easily placed in and out of the table.

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One caveat to keep in mind--raised food bowls may contribute to the serious condition of bloat, or gastric dilation.

via Life Hacker / IkeaHackers

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March 8, 2012

Frobo Cooling Pet Bowl Provides Constant Cool Clean water

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A happy and healthy pet drinks plenty of fresh clean water. It is sad to see the stale, warm, bacteria-laden water that pets must drink in pet stores. If they drink it at all, filthy water can actually make them sick.

The FroBo Cooling Pet Bowl provides your pet with a constant reservoir of cool, clean water. The FroBo keeps your pets' water cold and fresh for eight hours or longer. Its non-toxic gel core freezes in two hours and lasts longer than ice.

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The bowl is compact and chew-resistant with a slide-proof base. Supplemental FroBo bowls are available so pet owners can have a frozen bowl on-hand at all times. Something to definitely have on hand this summer.

At Amazon and Hammacher Schlemmer

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February 28, 2012

Pet Food with Natural Ingredients -- Purina ONE® beyOnd™

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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.

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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.
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February 23, 2012

Siam Cat Food Dish

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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.

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February 22, 2012

Pet Scoop -- Pet Parents Choose Upscale Pet Foods

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Now that our pets are more members of the family than mere possessions, many pet parents aren't just settling for any old pet food. Pet Foods Go Gourmet | NYTimes.com reports that the giant pet-food companies like Nestlé Purina Pet Care have added luxury lines. The thinking is that these companies are capitalizing on the notorious pet-food recall of 2007, when contaminated gluten and rice protein from China caused fatal kidney failure in thousands of cats and dogs around the world.

Overnight, thousands of concerned pet owners shifted their allegiance to small companies with a brand identity built on using pure ingredients, often marketed as "human grade" and manufactured in plants that also produce canned food for humans. In some cases ingredients are packed by hand, with chunks and shreds layered for maximum eye appeal.

Purina controls about a third of the pet-food market, but boutique companies such as Fromm, Evanger's, Merrick, Blue Buffalo have made steady gains the past few years.

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February 18, 2012

Birdscapes Tall Tulip Garden Lantern Bird Feeder with Anti-Squirrel Technology

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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.

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February 4, 2012

Lixit Quick Lock Bird Bath Installs Easily on the Cage

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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.

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February 3, 2012

Order Pet Food Home Delivery Online -- WSJ Compares Services

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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.

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Interested? Give it a try!

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