The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has launched its first interactive mobile application, which is available for free download on iPhone and Android. This mobile app offers a new tool to help reunite pet owners with lost pets. It includes step-by-step instructions on what to do if a pet goes missing, tailored to each specific circumstance and a pet’s individual personality. The app also allows pet guardians to store medical records, and it provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.Continue Reading
I love well-designed cat products that are both functional and beautiful, and the Pet Fusion Elevated Pet Feeder meets both of those criteria.
The elevated design makes eating more comfortable and can also help improve digestion. Elevated feeders are also a great choice for senior cats with arthritis. They allow the cat to eat standing up, rather than crouching with already painful joints.Continue Reading
I love walking. It’s the only form of exercise I’ve consistently stayed with for my whole life, and I walk a minimum of 3 miles a day. Walking is my time to be out in nature, get exercise, let my mind flow where it wants to go, and recharge my batteries. Because of this, I was super-excited when I first heard about ResQWalk, a new iOS app that enables animal lovers to raise money for rescues and shelters just by going for a walk. The app is now available for download in the Apple App Store.Continue Reading
Sometimes, a cat bed is more than just a cat bed, and this is absolutely the case for the Googie Bed. While this beautifully handcrafted piece of cat furniture most definitely makes an excellent bed and scratcher, as Allegra and Ruby will show you below, it’s also a piece of art.
I don’t know about you, but my house is pretty much Allegra and Ruby’s house – I’m lucky I get to live here. We’re getting close to the point where cat furniture outnumbers my furniture,Continue Reading
Water is critical to keeping your cat healthy. Cats as a species don’t have a high thirst drive. While cats who eat only dry food will generally drink more water than cats who are fed a grain-free canned or raw diet, they still don’t get enough moisture to support all their bodily functions and essentially live in a constant state of low level dehydration, which can lead to bladder and kidney problems. ( For more on why dry food is not a good choice for cats, please read The Truth About Dry Cat Food.)
The easiest way to ensure that your cats get enough water is to feed a diet that’s high in moistureContinue Reading
The Original Cat Ball had been on my wish list for Allegra and Ruby for several years, so when Jennifer Schmidt, the designer of this unique cat bed, contacted us to see whether we would like to review one, I was delighted!
The Cat Ball is a fabulous cave style cat bed with padded walls and openings on two sides. It comes in a huge variety of super fun fabrics, and it’s completely machine washable. And that’s a good thing, because I can guarantee you that this cat bed will get used. And used. And used.Continue Reading
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m passionate about species-appropriate nutrition for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, and they need meat not only to survive, but to thrive. The optimal diet for a cat is a properly formulated raw, home-cooked or grain-free canned diet.
When we were approached by Dave’s Pet Food to review some of their foods, I didn’t hesitate to accept. I had already occasionally been feeding some of these diets to Allegra and Ruby. I also met Dave Ratner himself at Global Pet Expo, and was impressed with his passion for pet nutrition.Continue Reading
Arthritis in cats is a common, but under-recognized condition in senior cats. The signs are often subtle, and can be hard to distinguish – cats can’t complain about their aching joints, so all cat guardians see is a response to pain. Cats with arthritis might avoid the activities they used to enjoy, some may become depressed or change their eating habits, others may simply seem grumpier than usual.
There are multiple modalities to address arthritis pain, ranging from anti-inflammatory medications, acupuncture, and Reiki to supplements.Continue Reading
Modular cat furniture was a big trend at Global Pet Expo, and it’s a trend I really like. It allows you to configure cat trees and other cat furniture to suit your living space and your cats’ preferences. Katris applied this concept to corrugated cardboard furniture, and they’ve done it really well.
Katris is a system of cardboard shapes that you can arrange in endless configurations. Remember the computer game Tetris? You get the idea. I was thrilled when the folks at Papercut Lab offered to send Katris to us for review. I was really curious to find out how sturdy this product would be.Continue Reading
When you share your life with cats, cat hair is a fact of life – and one that most of us embrace proudly. But it also means that most of us are constantly on the lookout for products that help us combat cat hair, whether it’s on clothes, bedding or furniture.
The Forever Furless Brush® is an interesting new addition to the hair removal product market. Featuring short nylon bristles and an ergonomic handle, the Be Forever Furless® is designed to pick up cat hair and household lint. It can be used on clothing, furniture, bedding, carpets and anywhere else where there’s fur.Continue Reading
In this age of digital greeting cards, it’s always nice to send or receive a “real” card in the mail. I love browsing greeting cards, and I frequently pick up cat cards even without knowing who or for what occasion I’m going to send them. I like to always have a supply on hand.
And sometimes, cat greeting cards are more than just greeting cards: they’re small works of art. This is the case with the cards from Blue Turtle Studio. They’ve been producing handmade cards for the last 17 years. While they’ve moved on from hand cutting each design to utilizing computer design and laser printers, their cards have maintained the appearance of handmade cards.Continue Reading