Some dogs love nothing better than to crunch on an empty water bottle -- must be that lovely sound -- so Fat Cat designed WaterBottle Crunchers toys. Consider it a great way to recycle and make Fido happy at the same time. Made of durable canvas, it's made to stand up to chewy pups.
Even though my doxies haven't tested it yet, Casey, the publicist, has a pit bull, Parker, who's been tearing away at it for over a week, so that's good enough for me.
The set (an amusing catepillar and snake) will put you back $21.95 at Bamboo/ Fat Cat. The toys can be filled with empty water bottles up to 20 oz. in size.
Our cat knows better than to step on or try to sleep on our computer keyboards, but boy does she love to position herself riiight next to them so that some of her fur and extra chub "accidentally" cover a few keys. Coupled with her strange habit of rubbing her face against the sides and corners of monitors and notebook screens, she certainly does her part in encouraging us to procrastinate and "finish up tomorrow."
She's too adorable and squishy to ignore or scold, of course, so it's obviously out of everyone's control. The only solution? The Kit-In Box wooden pet bed. Suitable for pets up to 20 pounds, the solid pine bed clamps onto the straight edge of a desk and lets Miss Kitty do several of her favorite things at once: perch, sleep, curl up, nest, and be with you.
Available for $50 with your choice of cherry, birch, or mahogany stains.
Everytime you look at the tattered corners of your sofa, your shredded curtains or claw marks on the lovely kitchen cabinets, don’t you wish that your kitty didn’t have claws? Why not make your feline happy by providing a stylish alternative for her scratching instinct?
The people who designed the Itch Cat Scratch Pad had just that in mind. And while they were at it, they made it completely environment friendly too. Made from 100% renewable bamboo, the pads can be hung up (or placed horizontally) at strategic locations in your home to entice your kitty. The pads have removable carpet inserts that can be replaced from time to time. Sounds purrfect? Get yours from SquareCatHabitat for $50 a piece.
Via Eco Fling.
This story brings together some of my favourite things: cats, design ingenuity and intelligent young women kicking ass. Plus, it shakes off the stereotype that British people don't care about teeth. (We do, just not our own...)
Seventeen year old British college student Rachel Gilbert has reached the final of a national competition, the Ideas Igloo Roadshow, with her design for feline false teeth.
They look a little ghoulish, but have a noble purpose: "When animals suffer broken or rotten teeth, they have had to be removed," Rachel told her local newspaper, The Sheffield Star. "The gum can become infected and they find it difficult to chew food. We aim to reduce animals' suffering and improve their quality of life." Local vets are already on board with the design, which was created after taking a mold from a cat with damaged teeth. This revolution in animal dentistry could also be extended to dogs and sheep.
Rachel and her team of eight now have two minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of American Inventor-style entrepreneurs for a chance to win £2000 (around $4000) to help launch their business.
The best part of this whole story? Rachel's from my home town. Not that I'm biased, but I hope she wins...
I've heard that dogs generally run around on hard surfaces enough to never actually need a nail clipping, but people who say that have never seen my dog Mojo, who runs around plenty, whose nails have grown to curly Cheetos length, like those people in the Guinness Book of World Records who haven't clipped their nails in 50 years. Mojo has become a hook-nailed record holder because way back in puppyhood, I accidentally clipped one of her nails a bit too close to the quick, which resulted in a dramatic spurting of blood and a grudge which lasts till this day. I've been reduced to sneaking up behind her and grabbing one of her claw-like paws and quickly snipping one hook off, after which she gets so angry, I have to wait a few days before attempting the next nail. By the time I've finished the last nail, the first ones have grown into hooks again.
I wish I could time-travel with a QuickFinder Clipper, which has sensor technology that lets you know when you are clipping your pet's nail too close to the quick. As you lay the blade against the nail, the QuickFinder will either light up green which means you're good to go; red, which is obvious; or yellow, meaning be very very careful before you clip. Many dogs and cats have nails which are black, or too thick and opaque to reveal any signs of the pink quick, which is filled with live blood. The quick is also filled with nerve endings, so nicking it can cause a lot of pain.
The QuickFinder Clipper is available for $35 from Doggy Booty.
You know why birds squwak all the time? They want someone to talk to. Make your chatty pet happy and get them their own cell phone.
Talk 'N Play is an interactive toy with buttons that light up when pressed that activate phrases to teach them to talk. Teach them handy phrases like "Take out the garbage!" or " You're drunk, Bud." It comes with the requisite mirror because birds are the only pets that have to have their own vanity mirror.
Next, they're going to ask for their own PDA.
$9.99 for the small or $11.99 for the large at Drs. Foster and Smith.
Via those divas at Gizmodiva.
And now, some last minute gifts for the most important members of the family.
Designer paw wear
Shoes for dogs may seem silly, but imagine walking around all day barefoot in muck and dirt and then climbing into bed. Well imagine letting the creature that's done that climb into bed with you. Poochey shoes keep dogs' paws protected and clean, and have a flexible rubber sole with traction for extra comfort and safety. These shoes are anatomically correct- with special inserts for the back paws, which are smaller. Comes in all sorts of colors, and in a wide range of sizes (there's a sizing chart available). $68 at the Shoo Shop. (Mia)
Dolce Vita hot/cold dog bed
Not only do Dolce Vita dog beds have therapeutic foam padding to cushion dogs' joints, it also has cold and hot air therapy to keep them comfortable no matter what the season. The microsuede covered bed blows cool air to keep dogs cool in hot weather and also provides therapeutic heat on cold nights when limbs can get stiff. $249 from Dolce Vita. (Mia)
Digital camera for dogs
Now, even the baby has his own digital camera, so the only member of the family without one is the dog. And what dog lover isn't curious about how the world looks from their dog's point of view? This .35 megapixel camera is worn on the collar, and you snap photos with a remote control or set it to take photos at regular intervals. See for the first time how stupid you look when you're talking to your dog. $79 from Japan Trend Shop. (Hoyun)
As alternative to the doggy digital camera, you could just get this Gorillapod and mount your own digital camera on your dog's back. From Amazon. for $22 . Different approach, same amount of laughs. (Hoyun)
[Photo from A Thousand Words Blog - a Kodak blog]
Cashmere sweater for dogs
Dogwear is available everywhere, but how often in 100% fine cashmere? The Classic Cashmere pull is snuggly soft and warm, and lets the quality of the cashmere stand on its own, no silly bows or ties. Starts at about $206 for XS (chihuahua) up to $252 for XL (German sheperd, who would all look so sweet in a pink sweater). Available from For Pets Only, which also has a New York location in Soho. (Mia)
Ugo indoor dog potty
Do you work long hours and fear that your dog is doing a peepee dance by the door while cursing you? With the Ugodog indoor potty, your dog can take care of his business on his own, while keeping your house clean. Like a litter box for dogs, the UGO just needs a change of newspaper after it's been used. And unlike a potty pad or plain newspaper, which dogs tend to tear and throw around, the mess is contained within the grated UGO. $39.95 from UGO. (Mia)
Ever since I can remember, one of my mom’s signature sayings in relation to new products and trends has been, “They no longer know what else to come up with!” I never felt this comment to be more appropriate as after seeing the Catsifier.
The Catsifier is a pillow specifically designed for little kittens that often go around sucking on everything they can possibly attach their little mouths to. I remember I once found a kitten that, the moment you picked him up, would start sucking on the closet piece of your clothing he saw …we therefore named him Sucky. To be honest I don’t think Sucky would have lunged for the Catsifier and if he did, he probably wouldn’t have aimed for the odd protruding fake nipples on it.
Should you feel inclined to actually try the Catsifier out, it can be yours for $19.95 and can be ordered directly on the product’s site.
They REALLY no longer know what else to come up with!
Can't decide what to get your pooch for Christmas this year?
Consider the JooZoo, this heart-shaped 18K gold and diamond encrusted MP3 player necklace created by Korean company Innobitz. It's touted as being able to "enhance your pet’s physical health and relieve stress through automatic content responding to various pet behaviors."
I don't see any doggie headphones included with the player, so "MP3 player" is a bit of a misnomer if you ask me. The high-end canine accessory does come with a remote control and some sort of charger/speaker combination, though, so maybe you and your furry pal can still rock out together (assuming "sound wave stimulation" gets your toes tapping, of course).
At the moment, the JooZoo is available only in Korea, but with U.S. pricing estimated between $1500 and $2000, I guess it doesn't matter.
Via AVING USA.
As fall continues to slowly roll in, the days become shorter and walking your dog or playing at the local park gets a little more challenging and a little less safe. Visiglo battery-powered illuminated leashes and collars are available in 3 playful styles; Fashion, Sport, and L.E.D.
Both leashes and collars are made from high-thread count, making them durable and comfortable for dogs to wear and for owners to hold onto (just in case your "Fido" likes to pull and tug you along the way).
All collars feature a low profile power pack (powered by high capacity CR 2025 batteries) and the collar lengths have been sized to standard market sizes. Small collars adjust from 10”-14”, Medium collars adjust from 13”-20”, and large collars adjust from 16”-26.” (Additionally, Visiglo leashes are powered by two AA batteries.)
Bones Leash Price: $24.95 at Amazon.
Click here for a list of retailers and other styles.