Posts tagged "cat toys"

Enriched Pet Environments Lead to Healthier Lives

Enriched Pet Environments Lead to Healthier Lives
I contend the average monkey, black bear or lion at a zoo has a more enriched life than most of our dogs and cats at home.  In fact, all pets require some enrichment – even lizards, and most certainly pet parrots. Enrichment is manipulating the environment to suit an animals’ natural behavior.  Over a long... Read more »

Cat Plays with Another Cat Using Fishing Pole Toy

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New Year’s Funny – cats like to play with fishing pole-type toys….it’s great for their psyche….I’ve never seen this before, though….One cat dangling the fishing pole toy for another. (Thank you Karen P. for the post idea) Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam... Read more »

Global Pet Expo

Welcome to Global Pet Expo - Purrs to the thousands of attendees
Global Pet Expo, largest pet trade show, March 12-14, Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL featuring about 1,000 exhibitors, about 3,000 booths and as many new products. The American Pet Products Association show attacked dozens of journalists who blog and broadcast about pets as well as several celebrities including baseball and animal welfare legend Tony LaRussa and... Read more »

Pet Gifts for Holidays

The Duck Dynasty family is ubiquitous on TV, from chatting on late-night talk shows and marching in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to appearing in pet stores as plush squeaky duck dog toys. Each toy duck vaguely resembles someone in the TV reality family. So, of course, the Willie and Jase ducks have red beards, while Phil and Si ducks have white beards. The duck toys are $13.95 to $17.95 at; (773) 868-0200.
Increasingly, pets get holiday gifts, not only from their immediate families but also from friends and relatives. When attending a party, in addition to the traditional hostess gift, guests often tote a present for the resident pet(s). Here are a few ideas for pets for the Howlidays: (© Tribune Content Agency, LLC; Steve Dale PetWorld,... Read more »

Overweight Cats Are An Epidemic

Overweight Cats Are An Epidemic
Loads of Americans have developed spare tires around their middles, and so have many of our pets. Cats are particularly portly; about 55 percent of tabbies are tubby, says the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Some suggest this is a conservative number. According to the Banfield Pet Hospital 2012 State of Pet Health Report, there’s... Read more »

More Indoor Cats, That's Good; Not So Good Are Fat and Bored Cats

More Indoor Cats, That's Good; Not So Good Are Fat and Bored Cats
More cats are finding themselves indoors only, in America and around the world. The results should benefit cats. But do they really? I am a huge fan of keeping cats inside only because I KNOW they are safer. Having said that, too many cat owners are ‘parents’ to brain dead fat cats. Indoors, they have... Read more »

Backer Trade Show: Hundreds of Pet Products on Dispay

Due to sickness and death as a result of chicken jerky treats - I have told people not to buy any jerky treats.
I am mostly right - I mean why take a chance with your beloved pet? However, I didn't explain that there are a small pawful of companies with source ALL of their ingredients in the U.S. and are therefore safe. Here's one company - and, in fact, they went into business out of concerns of companies (often large companies) who source from China (some concede this on their packaging, some do not). Until things improve regarding products made in China (for pets or people), why would you take a chance?
Want to know what’s new in the world of pet products, from games for cats to jerky treats truly made in the USA. It’s all at the annual H.H. Annual Backer Christmas Show held at the Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. I’ll be writing soon about highlights, some of may favorite new products…These  images are an... Read more »

Holiday Gifts for Pets, Sniff 'Em Out

The latest in the Loppie toy series, Red Nosed Reindeer Loopie, plays the tune " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" when squeezed; $14.95,; 773-268-0200.
This is from my own Tribune Media Services story on holiday gifts for pets. according to the 2009 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 52 percent of dog owners and 39 percent of cat owners bought holiday gifts for their pets. This season, with the economy still weak, will that generosity fade? “Everyone’s... Read more »

One Cat, One Box

For Cats 101 on Animal Planet, I’ll be talking about enrichment techniques. Expensive toys, sure. Some toys don’t come cheap. After your next UPS delivery, save the box for your cat! Simon shows you what I mean.

I-Pad or Cat Toy: Which Is It?

(from Facebook friend Liz)