October 25, 2007
You know the story--can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. If you have birds (and/or are married) you know what we mean. Solution: a Bird Condominium. We have one cockatiel who is very grumpy, but if we separate the birds, the resulting cacophany is relentless. With this cage they can see each other without being able to peck at one another or crowd each other out. The Multi-Vista bird cage is easy to assemble and can used as one large "vertical" cage or divided horizontally to create two smaller cages. Cage is collapsible, no nuts and bolts.
Dimensions: 24" x 24" x 71"
If you have many birds, and or breed them, this Stack and Lock Breeder Cage is suitable for small to medium birds.
Now that you have your Self-Cleaning Litter Box
, you can hide it away from everyone but your kitty in this very attractive Wicker Litter Box Cover.
The Litter Box Cover is designed to fit any litter pan up to 17 by 22 inches, so you can certainly use any litter box you already have.
* Decorative litter-pan cover made of rhino wicker
* Front panel hinges down; litter pan glides out on rails
* Interior catch tray minimizes scattered litter; non-slip feet
* Won't absorb fluids or odors
* Cleans up quickly with soap and water
* Designed to fit litter pans up to 17 by 22 inches
Large 16" x 20" x 19" -- Accommodates a 15" x 18" litter pan
Jumbo 18" x 23" x 20" -- Accommodates a 17" x 22" litter pan
Available in Natural and Dark Brown finishes at Amazon.
October 24, 2007
One thing about Orvis Pet Products is that they are not only really functional, but really attractive too. According to them, "More than 40% of households with a dog also have at least one cat." And if your doggies are anything like ours, they will chomp down any available food around, including cat food and bird seed.
The Dog-Proof Cat Feeding Station will keep the dogs out and give your cat a secure place to eat. And you won't have to feed your kitty on the kitchen counter! This solid pine feeding station has an enclosed food platform with a cat-size opening in the floor. The lid is hinged and can be propped open for pet owner access to the two bowls which are included in the purchase. Side slats provide visibility as well as ventilation. In cinnamon stain. Anti-tipping hardware is included.
Dimensions: 27"H x 18"W x 18"D.
October 20, 2007
We all want Halloween to be a safe time for our family. It is easy to forget about the pets, or assume they will be "all right". Here are two sources of tips to think about to prepare your pet for the busy and perhaps scary holiday.
From: Steve Dale's Pet World - Halloween and Pets: How to Be Safe
Dog trainer Peggy Moran of Lemont, IL says, “I realize that some dogs and cats are very social and enjoy people coming to the door. It’s a calculated risk, what if that kid in the Freddie Krueger mask sneezes, scares the dog and the dog lunges at the boy in the costume? Or if the cat bolts outside? Personally, I don’t like taking risks. You can minimize the risk by keeping your dog on a leash and the cat on a harness.”
Of course, you can further minimize any risk by keeping the pets off in another room all together. But don’t keep the dog in the yard on Halloween. It’s a no win situation. Moran says. “If the dog loves kids, the dog will bark and bark. If the dog is anxious because of the kids, the dog will bark and bark.”
Indoors/outdoor cats should absolutely never be allowed to roam outdoors in the days leading up to Halloween, or especially on the holiday itself. “It seems some cats are used for satanic purposes or just pranks,” says Kari Winters, an author and dog and cat rescuer from Los Angeles. Some shelters and humane societies don’t adopt black cats from mid-October through Halloween.
Veterinarians offer some more great tips here for Halloween safety. Things you may not have thought about. Don't let your pet be the victim of any Halloween pranks!
October 18, 2007
There are so many dog beds out there, it is hard to decide what to pick. Not to worry, Super Cool Pets has found an answer!
Orivs has a fabulous collection of dog beds for any imaginable requirement/s. Your dog may be a "snuggler", a "curler", a "stretcher", or a "chewer". Your dog may be older and need a therapeutic bed. Its all there. Orvis offers beds in a multitude of colors, patterns and sizes as well as replacement fillers and covers.
Best of all--the site has an interactive feature, Dog Bed Selector. Here you can designate your particular specifications to find what beds are best for you and your pets. There are 4 categories with a drop down menu: Dog Size, Bed Shape, Filling and Cover Fabric. Choose from just one menu or any combination of all menus to be redirected to a page with a suitable collection of beds tailored to your needs.
For instance, our Golden Retriever, Jessie loves to sleep on her back up against the wall. One of these Bolster Beds would provide her with the comfort and security she needs. The particular bed pictured is offered in Orvis field tartan, Orvis classic tartan, forest green, herringbone, tattersall, and in three sizes for any size dog or combination of dogs.
You many want an Orthopedic Memory Foam Bed for the older dog or perhaps need one with a Tough Chew Fabric for your puppy or avid chewer. (Jessie chewed up the zipper of the first bed we bought her!)
All beds are machine washable and 100% guaranteed. Personalization is available on most beds in up to 12 letters. Be sure to allow 2 extra days for delivery.
Super Cool Pets will be featuring more beds as the days get shorter and our thoughts turn to comfort and warmth. The Dog Bed Selector is a great place to get started!
October 17, 2007
Often when we return home, our Golden Retriever Jessie is lying by the doorway to the garage, waiting for our return. Was she that lonely?
If we had a Chatterbowl, we might be less concerned. Good idea for pets left alone. Whenever the pet takes a drink from the Chatterbox, he or she can hear their owner's voice and feel comforted. Simply press record on the Chatterbowl Talkbox and speak for up to 10 seconds. Use as a water bowl or for free-feeding.
[via Rare Bird Finds]
October 16, 2007
Super Cool Pets finds this intriguing. A Heating Element that can transform the pet bed you already have into a heated bed. It will maintain a constant, soothing heat for your dog over cold winter months and keep older pets cozy. It's an affordable option.
Available from Drs Foster & Smith in 2 sizes: 9" x 9" and 20" x 10".
October 8, 2007
We are back visiting the rather stressful but important topic of recovering a lost pet. This post is relatively long, but someday the read may pay off for you. The importance of planning ahead to ID your pet cannot be stressed enough. If you have ever searched for a missing pet, you know what we mean. Our pup Jessie, frightened by an early morning hot air balloon visit overhead, broke through our electric fence and was missing all day. Having searched far and wide, a neighbor called late afternoon having found us through her embedded microchip.
In a previous post, Super Cool Pets covered the possible cancer connection with the micro-chip. We decided to leave the micro-chips embedded in our own Golden Retrievers' necks, weighing the misery of a lost pet against the relatively small cancer threat.
We have found a product that can be paired with the micro-chip, or simply used alone if you have not yet embedded your pet with a chip. Those engraved metal tag IDs available in your neighborhood pet mart have very limited space for all the necessary contact info. With petFINDER™ the pet owner calls a toll free-number and programs in pertinent pet information: pet's name, up to 3 phone numbers so owner will be reachable 24/7, and any vital concerns. Tag is secured to pet's collar. When the pet is found, the Good Samaritan simply pulls out their cell-phone and calls the toll-free number on the petFINDER™ tag, enters the ID on the tag, and voila--owners pick up on the first ring and pet returned home. No computer access is required. Of course, the collar must be secured, because lost collar = lost tag, a reason to strongly consider pairing the ID tag with the embedded micro-chip.
We tested this product ourselves at Super Cool Pets. Setting up was a breeze, very similar to programming your voice mail. After set-up, we played the role of pet-finder and called the number on the pet's tag. We listened to our message and discovered the service would automatically dial the owners' phone numbers, simply by pressing #1, #2 or #3. User-friendly.
According to FINDER™ Products president Barry Steifel, the collar tag is made from a high tensile strength material called Teslin, a higher density version of the same material as used in credit cards. They are fade-resistant so that the info remains readable at all times, waterproof/weatherproof and light-weight. The company is also about to launch a metal tag program in the next couple of months.
The very affordable Teslin tags sell for between $10 to $15. The metal tag package will retail for around $19.99 and includes one designer tag, a set of 4 metallic covered system label tags in 4 different colors. Tag $20, returned pet priceless.
Good customer service can be hard to come by these days, as we all know only too well. In this department FINDER™ Products excelled. In researching the petFINDER™ tags, Mr Steifel was unfailingly courteous, professional and informative. We received rapid response to our emails which reflects very positively on the company.
Features and benefits from petFINDER™:
Why It's a Better Solution
Built-in flexibility to meet the owners' needs
Unlike traditional pet tags, petFINDER™ allows an owner to make unlimited changes to their numbers and message at no additional charge.
• Moving or Change In Numbers: When phone numbers change there is no need to buy a new tag; just dial into the system and enter the new numbers.
• Traveling: When traveling with a pet the owner can simply reprogram the numbers where they are staying (relative, friend or hotel) and change back the numbers when they return.
• Pet Sitters: When leaving the pet with a sitter it's easy to enter the sitter's number, and then change back the number when the owner returns.
• Emergencies: petFINDER™ is an "everyday" ID tag that is indispensable when owner and pet are separated during emergencies because the owner can make instant changes to update contact information from anywhere.
* No Call Centers
No operators acting as a go-between between the owner and pet's finder. The caller is connected directly to the pet’s owner.
No personal information is given to callers. No addresses or personal phone numbers are ever given out without the owners' permission.
Pet Finder is unlike any other solution – Other toll-free tag "systems" lack petFINDER™'s built-in simplicity and security.
petFINDER™ automatically connects the caller directly to the preprogrammed numbers without revealing the owners’ personal contact numbers to the caller (and vice versa).
petFINDER™ is the only tag approved and endorsed by The American Humane Association.
petFINDER™ is currently available throughout the US (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, US Virgin Islands, British Islands, Central and South America. The system is now operational in Europe--starting in January 08, versions for each country are scheduled to be gradually rolled out.
October 1, 2007
Now that the nights are getting longer here in the norther hemisphere, we are more likely to find ourselves outside in the dark with our pets. This convenient LED-Lit Armband can be seen over a mile away, so it could be another way to make yourself visible to passing vehicles, while walking, jogging or playing with your pets after 4 or 5 pm. The LED lights flash or glow red at the push of the power switch.
LED lights have a life of about 100,000 hours. Includes 150-hour replaceable batteries. Elastic strap adjusts from 11-18". Quick-release buckle. Could even be used as a dog collar or clipped to a belt or backpack.
At Amazon. [via Book of Joe]
September 26, 2007
If you have a mixed-breed dog, have you ever wondered what breeds exactly? Was our Gordon Setter mix part Border Collie? Take away the mystery with this DNA test, MetaMorphix Canine Heritage(TM) Breed Test This test can identify up to 38 breeds.
- Advanced SNP-based DNA Technology Process
- Identify Up to 38 Breeds
- Safe, Non-Invasive, Sampling Method
- No Veterinarian Needed
- Test at Any Age
- Quick Turn-Around Time
- Certificate of Canine Breed Analysis
- Identify and Record the Breed Composition of Your Pet
- Learn More About Your Pet’s Heritage
- Infer Potential Health Risks Associated with Breeds
- Better Health and Wellness Management Through Breed Knowledge
- Understand Behavior and Personality.
Product website for more detailed information.