September 15, 2014
It's common practice for dog owners to throw sticks for their dogs to chase, but that doesn't mean it's such a great idea. Sadly, according to expert applied animal behaviorist Patricia B. McConnell, our dogs can injure themselves badly on sticks. Vets would rather we find other fetch toys. (See Ouch: The dangers of sticks as dog toys | The Other End of the Leash).
For throwing and fetching, she recommends these KONG Safestix Dog Toys instead for both indoor or outdoor use. They are fun interactive dog toys, made of durable plastic, and are floatable, bendable and flexible.
In assorted colors for small, medium and large dogs at Kong Safestix Dog Toys.
Get in the spirit -- shop super cool Pet Halloween Costumes!
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September 13, 2014
More than half of the approximately 650 bird species in North America could be severely affected by climate change, scientists from the National Audubon Society predicted in a disturbing study cited in Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America's Bird Species, Study Says | NYTimes.com.
Ecosystems and food chains are being threatened and some species of birds could decline or even disappear. Populations may be forced to relocate and deal with unfamiliar predators. This article links to an interactive graphic.
On the bright side, Dr. Langham said, his report shows that many species will continue in their current abundance and, mostly, their current locations: American robins, red-tailed hawks, western scrub jays, western meadowlarks, northern cardinals and northern mockingbirds.
And at least one species, popular among poets and jilted lovers, is expected to flourish as warming takes its course, Dr. Langham said. "You want to know what climate change sounds like?" he asked. "It's the sound of a mourning dove -- their climate potential is going to increase."
Other species may or may not be able to adapt.
Learn more about our wild birds at National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region and National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region.
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September 12, 2014
Feeling overwhelmed by pet fur and feathers everywhere? This cordless Gtech AirRam High-power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner has powerful rotating brush bars that make it perfect for pet hair removal, cleaning on carpet, hard floors and tiled floors.
The versatile AirRam is lightweight at just under 8 pounds and steers easily around your home. When needed, simply empty its removable tray and toss the accumulated fur and dirt into the trash. It's fitted with lifetime washable filters that are also easy to remove and clean.
At Gtech AirRam High-power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.
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September 10, 2014
Here at SCP HQ we talk to the staff canines all the time, telling them how wonderful they are. Rarely does our conversation get a response back or even a tail thump on the floor. But that's ok because they still are awesome company.
So we are not at all surprised by the conclusions of a University of Florida study Shut up and pet me! Dogs prefer petting to vocal praise | Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com that dogs prefer petting and food to compliments. Who knew??
It's probably no surprise that dogs like to be petted. But do they prefer petting over other types of attention? Here, two scientists from the University of Florida tested whether dogs would prefer to be petted or given vocal praise, and whether it mattered if the petting/praise came from an owner or a stranger. Turns out that dogs love pets, regardless of who is doing the petting, and they never seem to get tired of being petted. Interestingly, a previous study by the same authors found that dogs do like one thing even more than petting: food.
So the prescription for happiness in the pet household: hug your best buddies frequently and sprinkle liberally with treats!
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September 8, 2014
With the kids back in school, many of our pets are finding themselves home alone and nervous about it. Busy holidays, visiting the vet, or new babies can rattle their nerves, along with scary noises like thunder and fireworks. Puppies are often homesick and wary of their new surroundings.
To help calm your pet Adaptil Spray by DAP can be applied directly to your pet's bedding, inside crates, indoor kennels, and in your car. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies.
Be sure to apply Adaptil Spray away from your dog, particularly inside the carrier or crate. Never spray directly spray on your pet or near his/her face.
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September 6, 2014
Many of us share our homes with multiple birds. This extremely spacious Portico Aviary makes a great safe spot for your smaller birds to frolic and play. There's a center vertical bar with 12 separate staggered perches and plenty of room for any extra perches, ropes, or play stands you may desire.
Two small windows in the main enclosure allow access to food and water trays, plus there's a large door and a smaller side door for easy cleaning. The Portico Aviary is designed to hold a multitude of smaller beautiful birds -- 8 to 10 canaries, cockatiels, pigeons, finches, or similar size birds and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Read More in: Birds | Crates, Gates & Carriers | Pet Furniture
September 5, 2014
Don't leave home without your best friend. With this comfy LoveThyBeast
Leather & Canvas Dog Tote you can bring your pet along with you wherever you go!
The Tote is water-repellent, handmade from double-layered cotton duck canvas blended with rich leather details.
It comes with two front double stitched pockets for all your pet gear, a safety leash attachment, a zipper closer with fur guard protection and a removable and sturdy foot pad.
Machine washable in various colors at LoveThyBeast Leather & Canvas Dog Tote .
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September 3, 2014
Combine the best of both worlds for your kitties -- a condo hideaway and a scratching surface in one. This chocolate brown Topi Cat Condo provide endless opportunities for cats to play, scratch, explore or just hang out.
This attractive piece of cat furniture is covered in plush fabric both inside and out with fun plush toys suspended inside. Cats can sharpen their claws on the large scratching surface wrapped in durable sisal, rather than destroying your furniture or carpet. Purrfect for cats of all ages and activity levels at Topi Cat Condo.
Read More in: Bedding | Cats | Pet Furniture | Play & Toys
August 29, 2014
Here at Super Cool Pets Headquarters we are rabid Sherlock Holmes fans. And we think Benedict Cumberbatch more than deserved the 2014 Emmy he was unfortunately unavailable to collect recently at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25.
So we are going all Sherlock and will be performing our walkies in future with the aid of this Sherlock Avant Garde Retractable Dog Leash. This leash is not only uber-stylish but has high-end features such as an all-belt nylon leash, a sturdy metal buckle, and a simple to use one-button brake and release. And we love that the handle is ergonomically designed with a comfort grip.
Available at Sherlock Leash.
Read More in: Collars and Leashes | Dogs | Training
August 27, 2014
Add some fun to your next event. These cute helium-fill Dog and Cat Walking Party Balloons are a great idea for parties, birthday celebrations, and make a great gift for your kiddos. These Pet Balloons have attached weighted feet, and when you fill them with helium, they stand upright and give the effect of walking.
They come with a simple attachable ribbon leash and when you pull them by their lead, they walk along behind you. Unlike other helium balloons, these Pet Balloons will not fly away.
Available in many different dog and animal shapes at Pet Balloons.
Read More in: Accessories and Supplies | Cats | Dogs | Gifts and Home Decor | Holidays
August 25, 2014
With schools and colleges starting up these days, no one may be around to feed the cats on time. Whether you are working late or away for the weekend, this 2 Bowl Automatic Feeder with Ice Packautomatically provides fresh meals to your pets reliably served at the correct time.
Two easy compartments with close fitting lids and a built-in ice pack can feed one or two cats, kittens or small dogs. Set the timer on each lid to open up at a required time, up to 48 hours later. It features two large food bowls that hold 450grams of wet food each. Easy to use and clean at 2-Bowl Automatic Feeder with Ice Pack.
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August 23, 2014
Maybe you have been inspired by the Sprint Framily commercials and, at your last visit to the pet store, succumbed to the urge to add a cute little hamster to your own "framily".
If so, you need this shatter-resistant Kritter Krawler Exercise Ball to provide stimulating aerobic exercise for your new framily member.
This Exercise Ball allows small pets the freedom to roam while being safely confined and also acts as a safe holding area while you are cleaning their cage. Sized perfectly for hamsters and gerbils.
Read More in: Crates, Gates & Carriers | Fish, Rabbits, Small Pets | Play & Toys
August 22, 2014
Many of us like to run and exercise with our dogs. And as our dogs become tired and hungry during their workout, we shore them up with made-for-human performance bars and Gatorade.
In Feeding Your Canine Athlete | NYTimes.com Gretchen Reynolds reports that "the latest science about performance nutrition for canines underscores that dogs are not people." Recommendation for hydrating exercising dogs is plenty of good old-fashioned, relatively cheap water:
Dogs don't sweat like we do. They pant to cool themselves. But they do lose fluids during activity. On the other hand, they are much better than most people at rehydrating. We did a study with search-and-rescue dogs working in 90-degree heat. They replaced their fluid losses almost drop for drop.
To recover from a workout, the article recommends protein-rich dog food to build and maintain muscle plus a small increase in their fat intake. At Food for the Active Dog.
Read More in: Dogs | Food, Feeders and Waterers | Summer | Training
August 20, 2014
You know your pet has had an accident on the carpet or wood floor, but you just cannot find the exact spot to clean. This Black Light UV Flashlight Urine Detector illuminates the dry dog, cat and even human urine spots that you can't see with the naked eye for quick clean up.
You might be surprised to find where your senior pets, puppies, kittens, male dogs have relieved themselves in your home. It's compact, so take it with you on your vacations, too! At Black Light UV Flashlight Urine Detector.
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August 18, 2014
School is right around the corner. And that means packed lunches. This cute Reusable Ice Pack Puppy Dog will add fun to lunchtime while keeping foods fresh and cool without the mess of ice. Just toss it back into the freezer to use again. Great for grown-up dog lovers, too!
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