July 14, 2010

How to Find Appropriate Toys for Your Particular Cat

Do your kitty cat's toys lie around the house abandoned and neglected? If so, it may be that your cat just has the wrong toys.

To solve this common problem, the helpful cat lovers at Yahoo Shine suggest performing a toy test. Try offering different types of toys to see what he/she likes or dislikes. Some recommended questions to ask yourself:

  • Does your cat prefer toys that have a soft mouth feel?
  • Does your cat prefer "air hunting" with toys that allow her to leap?
  • Does your cat seem intimidated by toys that make noise?
  • Do cloth-type toys annoy her because they get stuck in her claws or does she like that she can grasp them so easily?
  • Does your cat react more quickly to the life-like feathers on a particular toy?
  • Does she prefer toys with longer wands that keep you at more of a distance?
  • Are smaller toys preferred over larger ones?
  • Does the sound a particular toy makes as it moves on the floor trigger your cat's interest more than others?

Find super cool toys for your cat.

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July 12, 2010

Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment


If the booming of July 4th fireworks and summer storms have done in your dog (and you!) try the Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment. It's a popular solution for many types of anxiety including the aforementioned thunder and fireworks trauma, plus separation, travel, and crate anxieties.

This is a wrap that applies a gentle, constant pressure on the dog's torso. According to some experts, pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.

Thundershirt for Dogs

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June 17, 2010

Stainless Steel Safari Mat Splitter for Dogs


Does your pet get fur mats, but hates groomies? This affordable stainless steel Safari Mat Splitter has come to our rescue trying to keep our Golden Retriever wild women presentable. It slices right through the smaller clumps and with a quick flick even the larger mats are gone.

No sawing away near the skin with dull scissors while the dog squirms away. It has a rounded tip to prevent injury to you and your dog, plus you pull up vertically through the mat, away from the skin.

This tool is razor sharp -- the Safari Mat Splitter is not for use by children.

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June 14, 2010

Relieve Pet Thunderstorm Anxiety this Summer

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Many pets live in areas that experience strong summer storms along with the steamy summer weather. And next thing you know, your pet has slinked away to a dark closet, under the bed or table, panting heavily and trembling. Pet reactions range from mild to phobic and can definitely keep the household awake in the early morning hours.

Our hearts go out to our panicked pets -- what to do? There are many approaches to anxiety relief and effectiveness generally depends upon your individual pet.

Here at Super Cool Pets we have never bought into the advice that comforting a frightened pet actually intensifies their phobia. Glad to see that the well-respected, kindly dog trainer, veterinarian and author Patricia McConnell agrees in her excellent article on the subject over at The Bark:

On the contrary, it's just not possible that petting your dog is going to make her more fearful the next time there's a storm. Warnings that you'll ruin your dog by comforting her are reminiscent of the advice from the 1930s and '40s to avoid comforting frightened children by picking them up. That perspective was tossed out long ago by psychologists, when research made it clear that having parents they can count on when life gets scary creates bold, stable children, not dependent or fearful ones.

She suggests "classical counter-conditioning (CCC). CCC can be a profoundly effective way to change behavior, because it changes the emotions that drive the behavior in the first place. A typical example in applied animal behavior is having visitors throw treats to a dog who is afraid of strangers."

More ideas and effective product links can be found in previous Super Cool Pets posts -- June 3, 2009 and August 6, 2007 among others.

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June 4, 2010

Walking the Dog -- ExOfficio Insect Shield Paisley Bandana for You and Your Pets


Wrap an Insect Shield Paisley Bandana around your neck or head on walkies to shoo away those pesky varmits. Get one for your dog too! The Insect Shield repellent lasts 70 washings. One size fits all. Available in a variety of colors at Amazon and Orvis.

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May 22, 2010

Back Yard Bird Feeder Bird Seed Hoop


One of our dogs' more enjoyable pastimes is snacking on the seed the wild birds have spilled onto the ground from their feeders. For many backyard birders, this scattering is a waste of seed, plus which it does damage the grass and attracts rodents.

To solve that problem, attach this lightweight mesh Seed Hoop to almost any bird feeder and catch virtually all that seed your birds spill.

The Hoop is available in two sizes--a 30" diameter and a smaller 16" diameter and folds to 1/3 its full size for easy storage and shipping.

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April 28, 2010

Paw Clean Canine Footbath -- Eliminate Dirty Pawprints on Your Floors


Here at Super Cool Pets headquarters we keep towels by our doorways to wipe off muddy paws, but our pets still leave footprints all over the floors and carpets. Since we wash our own dirty hands with water, we are thinking that would be more effective on dirty paws.


From now on we can leave a couple of Paw Clean Canine Footbaths by the doors. Each has a 30 oz reservoir to fill with warm water and a self-sealing neoprene opening.

Swish your pet's paw around in the water, and as you slide each leg out, the neoprene seal acts as a squeegee to shed the excess water and dirt. The Footbath comes with ultra-absorbent microfiber towel for a final dry off.

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April 26, 2010

Dutch Boy Refresh Paint Helps Eliminate Pet Odors


Pet smells can permeate a home just like cigarette smoke and food odors. Realtors will tell you that a home with strong pet smells is a harder sell and may actually garner a lower offer. Your company may notice, but generally won't comment.

One way to improve on this situation, next time you paint your home interior use Dutch Boy Refresh, an odor-eliminating paint that provides a mildew-resistant coating.

How does this work? Dutch Boy Refresh makes use of Arm & Hammer Odor Eliminating Technology and zero VOC. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are vapors that are released from paint as it dries and are thought to contribute to smog and ozone. The gallon and quart containers are recyclable.

Super cool find via DVICE.

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April 23, 2010

PawsOFF Protective Bed Cover for Cat and Dog Households


Do your pets sleep on your bed and wreak havoc on your pillows, sheets and comforters? Or do you confine them, close the door or constantly shout at them to get off?

Our pets do carry bacteria and germs on their paws, fur and mouths than can be transferred to us on our bedding. Pet hair and dander causes many sleepless nights due to allergies.

You can still let your pet enjoy the comfort of your bed during the day with this multi-fleece PawsOFF Protective Bed Cover and sleep in a clean, odor-free bed at night. The cover offers headboard to footboard protection against germs, fur, dirt, slobber, mysterious stains and law scratches.

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March 4, 2010

AntBlocker -- Ant-Free Cat and Dog Feeding


No more ants in the pet bowl -- indoors or out. Fill the reservoir of the AntBlocker with water and place your pet's food bowl on top. Protects your floor, too, from slobber and food.

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