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Feb. 11th, 2010 | 03:22 pm
posted by: windex04 in petproducts


I'm writing an article for an AOL website and am looking for stories of amazing animals. Do you know a story of a heroic animal? Is your pet heroic? I'd love to hear all about the story. My email address is wendyrgould AT yahoo DOT com or you can respond here. I'll likely have some follow up questions.

Please, share the story of wonderful pets!



Kittywipes by Petkin - Unscented, Instant Pet Bath

Sep. 6th, 2009 | 07:05 pm
posted by: catsite in petproducts

Kittywipes by Petkin, Unscented Instant Pet Bath
$4-5 sold at Petco
15 wipes per package, in a re-sealing pack container
PROS: Fragrance-free, alcohol-free, 100% non-toxic, no rinsing required, natural cleansing formula
CONS: Nothing that I can see!


I carefully checked the ingredients before purchasing: Herbal extract, protein, aloe vera, lanolin, vitamins A and E, oatmeal, baking soda, botanical extracts.

This I compared to another product called "Simple Solution Bathing Wipes" which contained preservatives among other questionable ingredients.

I wasn't sure how it would work for my cat, who occasionally develops a greasy-oily coat on his back (today it was my fault -- I cleaned/polished the house with a little olive oil then pet him with oily hands, oops ;)) ~ but one wipe did the trick. It unfolds to a large size that I believe would be suitable for any size cat (my guy's a big guy at 13 lbs) - best of all, my cat didn't hate it, and it didn't stress him out as a bath would. I've never given my cat a bath but I can't imagine the stress it would put him through! As an indoor cat, my cat never really gets into anything terrible or toxic that would require a full-out bath, but these wipes definitely do the trick for greasy coats, dandruff, small patches of dirt! Happy to add it to my bin of cat supplies!!


Cat's Pride Scoopable Litter

Aug. 31st, 2009 | 04:36 pm
posted by: catsite in petproducts

Cat's Pride Scoopable Litter
Availability: food supermarkets, Wal-Mart, Petco
Why I Like It: A flushable, scoopable litter that does not contain sodium benzonite. Purchases benefit the AHA. Very affordable!
Why I Hate It: Sandy, dusty, not the best for clumping. If you have stinky cats, this litter has no odor control.

Overall, I still think the pros outweigh the cons for this litter for me.

Since I started feeding a raw diet, my cat's litter does not stink so I do not need scented or odor-control formulas. If you have stinky cat poo though, this litter will be too bland for you.

The granules are very fine, and the litter is the consistency of sand, so it's very light-weight. I like that it is flushable (so long as you don't have a septic system). I also like that it doesn't contain sodium benzonite (a main ingredient in clumping litters and what makes the litter "clump"), this ingredient may be an allergen for some cats and is dangerous if ingested, which is the main reason why kittens should not use clumping litter. I hesitate to say whether or not this litter is "safe" for kittens, though.

It doesn't track as much as other litters I've used. This litter can be bought almost anywhere and is also very affordable for the amount you get. I believe I paid $5 for a 14 gal. jug (that fills like 20 lbs). I love that it comes in a (recyclable) jug, too - makes it so much easier to carry.

It is a little dusty, but the dust is almost like baby-powder -- not the chalky kind of dust I've seen kicked up from other clay litters I've used. And, perhaps because it lacks sodium benzonite, it isn't the best for CLUMPING that I've used, but it doesn't crumble into a million bits, either. Overall, it is a good litter for the price -- and I like how the proceeds go to benefit the American Humane Association, too. :)


FreshAire Cat litter

Jul. 21st, 2009 | 08:45 am
posted by: anny86 in petproducts

Product: FreshAire Cat litter

My rating:
Where to get it: PetSmart


What they say: The best litter for your home – naturally.
Advanced odor control. No chemicals or artificial fragrances. Easy handling and disposal.

Invented and proudly made in America, FreshAire With Bio-Filters™ cat litter combines organic ingredients including recycled wood with two types of clay – one that's powerfully absorbent and clean, the other that's fast-clumping.

The result: an advanced bio-friendly hybrid litter with terrific odor control – and one that's 1/3 lighter than regular clumping litters, so it's easy to handle.

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New -- so glad to see this community!

Jul. 21st, 2009 | 07:23 am
posted by: catsite in petproducts

Hi there, I'm new to the group -- I wanted to give a few of my recommendations as well as say hello, and that I'm happy to see this community!

I have a 4 year old male cat (Tonka) -- I rescued him from a local shelter and have had him for about 3 weeks now. He's the first cat I've ever had, and some would say I sort of went off the deep-end with wanting the best for him! ;)

Anyway, I've started feeding him raw (my ultimate goal is to get him eating 100% raw) -- but here are my commercial food recommendations (all found at PETCO)!

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Direct Stop/ Spray Shield

Jun. 17th, 2009 | 10:21 am
posted by: anny86 in petproducts

Product: Formally known as Direct stop, now called Spray shield.
Rating: A+
Price: $8-&10
Where to buy: sold online or at some Petsmarts



What the company says: An alternative to pepper spray repellent. This new product emits a Citronella spray up to a distance of 10 feet. The citronella distracts the animal to deter it interest in attack.

A safe and harmless way of getting rid of unwanted stray animals. Great to carry with you when walking your dog, hiking or biking!

If you currently use Pepper-Spray as a deterrent against stray animal attacks, you are leaving yourself open to legal ramifications if you injure someone else's pet. The DirectStop Citronella spray will not hurt the attacking animal, the smell will distract it long enough for you to remove yourself and pet from the situation. In addition, it won't injure the user or on-lookers if spray is accidently "blown back" into the eyes. DirectStop is also effective on cats, venomous snakes, raccoons, squirrels, possums, etc.

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chicken Waterer

Aug. 12th, 2008 | 03:04 pm
posted by: anny86 in petproducts

Plastic 3 1/2 gallon hanging chicken waterer

Price: $10-$16 (depending on where you buy it)

Grade: c


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Mar. 25th, 2008 | 10:23 pm
mood: frustrated frustrated
music: Ads on tv.
posted by: taniwhanui in petproducts

Why on earth are so many cat toys so flimsy and easy to break?! Where can I find more sturdy ones?

My cat Sky loves to play, she chases things round the living room at high speed, relishes a bout of tug of war, dances round the lounge with her catnip mouse and rabbit's tail, doesn't much like balls, but anything which can be dangled before, above or draped over her is rapidly caught and given a good seeing-to. Things which can be whisked around the room see her scooting about in hot pursuit, she loves to grab on and wrestle, chew, give a good rabbit-kicking or bat around.

The problem is that most of these toys are broken within a week at most, a day at least. I glue and sew things back on, buy replacements - and count the costs. It all adds up! Plus I have to worry about choking hazards from small, easily dislodged bits of fur, felt, feathers, deal with broken rods and dsicard the debris.

She's a strong, well-muscled, healthy, energetic cat. Playful. Curious. Fun-loving. I swear I can see her smile as she blinks lazily at me after a bit of fun. She'll often initiate a game and seldom turns one down. We'll often play for up to 30 minutes at a time - me being the one who runs out of oomph! first! She would happily have several matches a day ...

I've even thought of making my own cat toys, based loosely on a possum tail catch and chase toy produced by a local (New Zealand based) company. A bit of wooden doweling, or fibreglass, with a catnip-filled body and possum or rabbit tail dangly bits attached to a bit of sturdy cord, with a few rivets to hold them in place and a few wooden beads would be ideal ... but where to find someone to back such a venture, help produce them, not to mention obtaining the copyrights, etc?

I've considered getting her the kind of knotted rope tug-of-war dog toys, but they're a little big for cats, and wouldn't be easy to whisk around, so they might not engage her attention.

Any ideas? Recommend your favourite store-bought or home-made toys, please. I'd be happy to order online when I'm able to.


Bamboo De-Shedding Comb

Feb. 24th, 2008 | 03:32 pm
posted by: cheez_ball in petproducts

 Product: Bamboo De-Shedding Comb

Bamboo Cat De-Shedding Comb

Price: About $15 at the local Petsmart (about half the price of a competitor's comb - name starts with an "F" - that does the exact same thing)

Grade: A

What it does: Gets all the loose undercoat off the animal.  Prevents furballs and shedding all over the place.  

Does it work?:  Yes!  I got a whole lot of loose fur out of all of my shedding animals.  I use it on my two cats and my lab-shepard mix (in the user picture).  The animals were hesitant at first, but tolerated it more with repeated use.  Again, it took a bit of practice for the cats to tolerate it, but then again my boys don't like to sit still for too long, and they don't tolerate any kind of brush for more than 5-6 minutes.  You don't need to apply very much pressure for it to work properly, and the dog has really learned to enjoy it.


Quick Control® Collar + Built-in leash

Jan. 18th, 2008 | 12:14 pm
posted by: anny86 in petproducts

Product: Bamboo Quick Control Collar with build in Leash
Price: I've seen them $10-20
Grade: A



What they say:
Control when you need it.

Whether there is a stranger at your door or an unfamiliar dog approaches at the park, every dog owner needs “quick control” in a variety of situations. Just a simple tug on the padded handle creates an instant leash for immediate control and efficient training sessions. Release your grip and the leash retracts into the collar.
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