The trend of "pet indulgence" is on the rise. Each year millions of dollars are spent on providing the newest and best of everything and the production of pet products has become a $16 billion a year industry. Following are some products that I have found interesting.
If you want to preserve the memory of a beloved pet, you can make a paw imprint in modeling clay. The cost is $16 to purchase the "ClayPaws" kit that contains four ounces of a specially formulated, non-toxic modeling compound and directions for use. The process requires baking to make it permanent. Similar to a child's handprint, the unique lines and markings of your pet's paw are saved forever in a round disk shape suitable for hanging or framing.
This one has been around for a while but it still is a great stimulating toy for your dog…or cat. The "IQube" is a plush puzzle toy. A soft cube with openings allows you to stuff the interior with squeaky plush balls. This toy helps develop a dog's intelligence and puzzle-solving skills as they attempt to remove the balls repeatedly. It is great for keeping pets occupied and eliminating boredom. Durable and long lasting, it comes in three sizes starting at $8. Replacement balls are available for $3.
Light sleepers, joggers, homes with sleeping babies, hunters or anyone who values silence might be interested in the "Quiet Spot Pet Tag Silencer" costing $6.99. It muffles the jingle of your pet's tags by enclosing three or more of them in a holder that has a reflective logo for safety. Quiet Spot also protects tag information from wearing off and prevents unsightly tag stains on light colored dogs.
If you have struggles with feeding medications to your pet, a product called "Pill Wrap" is available in a 4-oz jar. You use a small pinch of it to wrap around the pill. It provides a flavorful coating and dogs and cats allegedly love the taste. The cost is $9.99.
This next product claims to increase feline activity, decrease excessive eating and correct behavioral problems in your cat. For $5.99, "Petsafe Slimcat" is a round plastic type ball that you fill with a daily allowance of cat food.
It is similar to the "Buster Cube" for dogs. There are openings that allow small portions of food to fall out as your cat chases and bats it around the room. The size of the opening is adjustable so that you can control how fast they eat. This is said to improve digestion. This food distributor ball lets your cat play, hunt and eat at the same time. Reviews of the product from users are very positive. They state that cats who are overweight or have had behavioral problems, always wanting to eat or hogging the food from others, have had a significant improvement in behavior and have lost weight…plus they have had a lot of fun.
Page 2 of 2 - The only downside that I can think of is that it is inevitable that the ball will disappear or get stuck. Most dogs and cats that I have had will not even go behind a chair or under a table to retrieve a visible toy.
For those who are able to access the internet, there is Pet Life Radio. It is a radio network featuring over 50 weekly pet-related talk shows hosted by the most well-known pet experts, authors and radio and TV personalities in the world of animals and pets. These pod casts are available free, and can be downloaded or streamed live from the PetLifeRadio.com website, or subscribed to in iTunes, mobile apps and other major podcast portals. To learn more about it, visit http://PetLifeRadio.com.
Anne Divine is a long time member of LAWS and has volunteered at Animal Control for 18 years. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.