April 22, 2010
Happy Earth Day! Now is the time to reduce the environmental impact of our pets and improve their quality of life at the same time.
For lots of great ideas, check out Pets Gone Green: Live a More Eco-Concious Life with Your Pets by Eve Adamson. This book will have you "recycling dog toys, cleaning up messes in safe, inexpensive ways, and learning how to be an advocate for a better world."
Pet poop can be hazardous to both human and pet health, transmitting germs and diseases. The more pets there are and the closer we all live to each other, the more at risk we are. Below are some easy solutions:
Dogs. The standard plastic bags many pet owners use to clean up poop are not earth friendly. Biodegradable poop bags such as BioBag Dog Waste Compostable Bags will break down easily and are environmentally friendly.
Another approach is to install a Doggie Dooley Septic-Tank-Style Pet-Waste Disposal System in your back yard. This works like a miniature doggie septic tank, using natural bacteria and enzyme cultures to turn dog waste into a ground-absorbed liquid.
Or try DIY. Dig a hole in your back yard and insert a garbage can or bucket with holes in the bottom. Then dispose of the pet poop into the bucket. Flush with water mixed with an enzyme cleaner such as Waste Terminator, which will help break down the pet waste.
Cats. Biodegradable litters are made from various plant sources, including pine wood pellets, or recycled newspaper, clumping sawdust, barley, and dried orange peel. Top-selling natural litters are Feline Pine Cat Litter and World's Best Cat Litter. Or give up litter all together with a Self-Washing Self-Flushing CatGenie.
March 12, 2010
Super Cool Pets headquarters is generally a little disheveled with so many pets milling around. We recommend hard floor surfaces for pet households rather than carpet. But since most of us do have some rugs around in any case, daily maintenance is a must to stay even remotely presentable.
Thus we happily accepted a sample spray bottle Carpet CPR Spot & Stain Remover for review from LA-based Leather CPR. Carpet CPR is a spray that needs to penetrate the dirt on your carpet for about 3-5 minutes.
We treated a stain (so many spots, so little time), let it soak in and cleaned it up with a neutral cloth. The dirt was absorbed and removed, leaving a clean fresh smell.
Carpet CPR is also great for red wine, food stains, fruit juice, dirt, grease, coffee/tea, lipstick, ink, as well as pet stains. Spray carpet cleaners make effective laundry stain pre-treatment as well.
For a free product sample, click here. Share by simply providing this link: www.leathercpr.com/specialoffer to your family and friends. The five people who refer the most friends/family will be rewarded with a CPR Cleaning Products Prize Pack valued at $50.
February 3, 2010
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.
Super cool find via Modern Cat
January 15, 2010
January 13, 2010
Like most of us you probably have an indoor cat who must do his business indoors, even though it runs against the feline natural instinct.
Think outside the box, collect your patience and say goodbye to litter. Litter Kwitter will enable you to train your cat in 3 easy steps in 8 weeks or less.
The Wall Street Journal has a short discussion of cat toilet training methodology, pros and cons, including other products such as the CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit and Feline Evolution CatSeat Cat Toilet Training Seat.
January 5, 2010
The Out of Sight Litter Box is a self-contained litter box cabinet designed by Paul Pettys who lives in Rock Hill near one of our favorite cities, Charlotte NC. The litter box's design and function earned Mr. Pettys a 2009 Editor's Choice Award from Cat Fancy Magazine last month.
The litter box resembles an end table. No more bending or kneeling to clean. The litter pan is located off the floor, so just open the top lid and scoop. The attractive cabinet hides the litter and helps stop the tracking. No more doggy access either.
via Charlotte Observer
December 10, 2009
Give yourself a present this year --never scoop litter again! The CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit works in just weeks with cats of all ages and sizes.
This complete kit includes the CitiKitty Specially Designed Training Seat, CitiKitty Training Insert, Training Guide, Insider Tips and CitiNip Premium Grade Catnip. Maintain a cleaner home and save on kitty litter.
Need gift ideas? Browse our Super Cool Pets 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
October 30, 2009
What's the best cat litter for you and your cat? Primarily, one that your cat likes and will use. To help figure out which litter that is, Stephen Treffinger recently did a spot in the The New York Times evaluating five clay-free litters. His criteria: "how well it controlled odor, first and foremost, and for how well it clumped, how easy it was to scoop and how much the cats tracked it through their homes." Here's a snippet of his results:
Swheat Scoop is made from naturally processed wheat. Verdict: great at absorbing smells, but crumbly clumps. Can be flushed.
Yesterday's News is made primarily from recycled newspaper. Verdict: Poor odor control.
Katgo is a cedar wood litter. Verdict: cheaper, controlled odor, clumps are easy to remove, but gets trapped in cat fur and is tracked "everywhere". Can be flushed.
Feline Pine is made of compressed pine sawdust reclaimed from lumberyards. Verdict: "definite favorite" and good at controlling odors, but had to be stirred daily and became bloated and heavy over time.
World's Best Cat Litter is made from whole-kernel corn. Verdict: easy clump removal, but tracked dust around the house. Can be flushed.
Get the whole scoop plus an excellent comparison graphic.
August 31, 2009
This user-friendly Tidy Cats Breeze Cats Litter Box System is all you need to control odors in your home.
This system uses a pull out tray to hold disposable cat pads that absorb urine and lock in odor for up to one week. Instead of using traditional clay litter, the cat-friendly litter pellets are 99.9% dust free and anti-tracking. The pellets allow urine to pass through while leaving the solid waste on top for quick, easy removal.
What if your cat resists change? Click the link for helpful tips on How to transition your cat.
August 27, 2009
If you have a covered litter box, or one in a low-lit spot, this Poop-See-Scoop will light up the box for cleaning with a high powered LED. This durable, slotted plastic scoop works with all types of cat litter.
Poop-See-Scoop via Book of Joe