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    If you're a novice fish and pond enthusiast, join us as we discover the newest aquariums, beautiful backyards, and plenty of informative information about fish. Read More
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    Product Reviews, Behavior, health, humor, quotations, facts, news and stories about dogs. Read More
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    Product Reviews, Behavior, health, humor, quotations, feline facts, news and stories. Read More
  • Traveling with Pets

    Be sure to check this section out before you hit the road with your pet! We've got a look at pet-friendly hotels, the guidelines of air, train, bus and auto travel, and much more. Read More
  • All About Horses

    Learn about equine science, whether you're an aspiring rider or a long-time owner, we have the latest in products, breeds, and more. Read More
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    A look at our cold-blooded friends and discovering how to care for these fun loving creatures! Read More
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    If the avian life is for you, we've got a look at the best products, interesting species, and how to select and care for birds. Read More
  • Behavior Problems? We have answers.

    Learn about behavior from our team of experts. Whether you have cats, dogs, reptiles, horses or birds, we can help you learn to live with them. Read More
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  • My Dogs Ate Your Elf on a Shelf

    I’m sure this post will strike fear into the hearts of Elf on the Shelf fans everywhere. It will probably give little kids nightmares and send shelf elves scurrying home to the North Pole forever. But you know I had to write it… If you’re not familiar with the concept of Elf on a Shelf, (and as an animal lover who doesn’t allow impish elves to lie idly around the house, you may not), allow me to enlighten you.  Elf on a Shelf was invented as a way to make human kids behave during the holiday season. All it does for animal lovers is create another mess to clean up, but that’s another story. As the story goes, the Elf on the Shelf is a family’s “personal elf” sent by Santa himself to keep an eye on the family’s behavior during the holiday season. Each night from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the elf reports back to Santa with either a good or a bad progress report. He does this through magic. If you touch the elf, it loses its magic and therefore can’t report to Santa, which is very bad. If you don’t touch the elf, and he successfully reports back to the toy man, you get a good stash of holiday goodies. The Elf on the Shelf also determines whether you make it onto the “naughty” or the “nice” list. If you’re nice, you’re in the clear. If you’re naughty, no gifts for you. And Elf sees everything..... When I was growing up, we had something similar - but we called it “coal in the stocking” and in cases of severe trouble, we had “wait until your dad gets home.” I guess kids don’t have that anymore. Instead they have magical elves silently judging them.

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  • Keeping You and Your Pets Safe Without Power in Winter

    The weather is moody as a wild cat and these days, no one really knows what to expect. When a cold front moves in, it can easily cause road delays making you late for dinner or freeze power lines and take out heaters.

    That means dangerous conditions for our pets, as well ourselves.

    You already know the basics: Keep your pets indoors, make sure any outdoor animals (horses, cattle, even feral cats) have access to extra calories and warm blankets, as well as covered shelter. I"m sure you also remember that you cold-weather and aquatic pets are going to require extra care until power is restored.

    But, once you get past the basics, there are a few other things to consider, particularly when it comes to birds, aquariums, reptiles and stray animals or livestock. You'll also want to look at some alternative ways to keep you and your pets entertained - and we've got plenty of suggestions for you.

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  • Preparing Pets for Holiday Visitors

    Holidays are stressful for everyone, including your pets. If you’re into the whole “impression management” thing (and I admit that we tried for years, but have long since quit caring), you know that there's not much you can do about the chewed up couch (other than a well-placed blanket) or those pet beds scattered throughout the home, but there are things you can do to make visits from neighbors and friends less stressful for you and your pets. This article is devoted to the introvert in all of us!

    In this article, we focus on trying to keep our pets from jumping on visitors (easier than you may think), properly introducing our pets to company, training children on how to approach and work with animals, and keeping everyone (as well as your home) smelling fresh.

    Post your Priorities

    Hang your favorite sign at the door so that everyone knows not only that you have pets, but also the right of way. It's also good to remind people that the cats should never be let out (no matter what they tell you) and that your pets live with you, but visitors are temporary. These are a few of the signs we like.

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  • Our Holiday Tradition: Footed Pajamas

    Growing up, Christmas was a special time in our house. We spent days decorating our home, we baked delectable goods for weeks prior to the event, and on Christmas Eve, we were all allowed to open one gift. The gift was always pajamas because my parents were big fans of making sure we always looked our best for Christmas day photos.

    Usually these were footed pajamas, which made us look extra cute. We called them bunnies but I'm not sure why we called them that. All I know is that they made excellent slip-n-slide wear when we slid down the stairs and they were super warm in winter. It’s a tradition that we have continued in our adult years. So, when FootedPajamas asked us if we would take a look at their matching footed pajamas for pets and people, we jumped at the chance. This is a fun way to begin the holidays - even if your kids have four legs instead of two.

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  • Animals and Their Souls

    I was talking with a co-worker the other day and he informed me that animals do not have emotions. This occurred just after he told me (the day that I put my dog of 17 yrs down) that animals do not have souls and therefore will never enjoy the concept of heaven.

    Now, this co-worker has the disadvantage of being, what I refer to, as a "bible-thumper." He is, in fact, a born-again Christian. Please bear in mind that I have nothing against Christians, nor do I have anything against religion in general. I do, however, have a problem with this co-worker passing along faulty information. Animals do have emotions and they also have souls, and I'll tell you how I know that... In over twenty years of working with animals, I have never seen a kitten duct-tape a live human baby to a freeway. I also have never seen a cat find enjoyment from setting a human on fire.

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  • Dog Etiquette: Leashes

    Recently, we posted on Facebook that we were out walking our dogs and experienced two small, off-leash dogs aggressively running to our much larger, leashed dogs. My dogs were both on-leash and controlled, but I was still annoyed. After posting my experience, I received a lot of responses - some of which were a bit negative due to the fact that one of my dogs looks like a pit bull (apparently I shouldn't be walking him?). Here’s the thing: It doesn’t matter if my dogs are pit bulls or chihuahuas or golden retrievers. In fact, I could have been walking alone, or riding a horse, or walking my cat. The fact is, dogs of any size should never run up on another person or animal without being invited to do so. It’s a common courtesy that could save your dog’s life.

    Here are just a few reasons why...

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  • Feline Navidad

    The holiday season is upon us; surrounding us with good will, lots of chill, and neighbors in competition to see who can place the most strands of lights into one electrical outlet. We wear cheerful holiday colors of red and green, and place artificial reindeer antlers and Santa hats on the heads of our unhappy pets.

    I love the holiday season. I love the brisk, cool winter days of the desert and the happiness that seems to exude from my fellow drivers as they allow me to cut in front of them during rush hour. And I especially love the thousands of holiday lights that adorn my neighbors’ homes. But even more than that, I love to watch my “anti-Christmas” cats struggle to bring them to the ground.

    Yes, this is the time of year that we gently place delicate handmade baubles in our windows and fragile glass ornaments on our newly cut Christmas trees.

    Some of us do it more than once…

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  • 10 Possible Reasons Your Cat Is Behaving Badly

    If your healthy cat is suddenly peeing on your bed or spraying in your office, if he's taken to running around at strange hours of the night, or mewing inconsolably all night, there are several possible explanations. Of course, you must always take them in for a vet check to eliminate any possible health conditions like blockages or disease. But health problems have been eliminated and your cat is still acting out inappropriately, here are some possible explanations.

    Room Deodorizers

    Everyone has probably used a room deodorizer in their home, particularly if they have cats. One of the most common places to put diffusers and other such items are near the litter-box. Avoid doing this! It can cause undue stress on  your cats and even make it difficult for them to use the litter box.

    Solve This: Instead of placing a deodorizer or diffuser near your cat's box, try one of the helpful Litter Box Deodorizers on the market. You can also tape live charcoal on the side or the bottom of the box or sprinkle the box with baking soda prior to putting cat litter inside.

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  • Winter Caretaking of Feral Cats

    We have long been supporters of feral cats and advocate the use of Trap, Neuter & Release (TNR) as a form of managing feral cat colonies. Caretakers who support these animals are a special breed as they are able to care for an animal that is unable to care back – as far as we’re concerned, that’s the truest type of love.

    It makes us very happy when we can introduce new products designed specifically to keep feral cats safe and warm, while making the caretakers job a little bit easier. Today I want to show off a specialty feral cat house and a feral cat feeder that is available for purchase. While it is entirely possible to make a feral cat shelter and feeding platform, we know that many people would prefer to buy one ready-made and Feline Furniture is our “go to” group for these products.

    Feral Cat Feeding Station : This station keeps food off the ground, offers shelter from rain and snow, and protects animals while they eat. The curved design allows for easy feeding and cleaning. On Sale Now for Only $58 thru Amazon.

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  • 10 Weird Things We Have to Explain to Visitors

    We love our animals. We mostly tolerate humans. Out of about 7+ billion people on the planet (which, let’s face it, is WAY too many) - I enjoy the company of maybe, I don’t know, maybe 26 of them.

    Eventually, though, we all have to interact with our own species. The holidays are coming up and we’ll have to socialize and attend parties and do human stuff. And let’s face it - humans aren’t so bad when they love animals as much as you do.

    When we are feeling sociable enough to allow visitors, there are invariably things that we have to explain.

    If you have animals, you probably already know about these things. But if you don't, here's what we will probably need to help you understand...

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The Hatch Allows You to Comfort Your Dog Safely During Travel

It’s not too often we cover Kickstarter products, but this is one that has to be seen to believed and Read More

5 Travel Tips to Keep Pets Safe On the Road with SolvIt

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Tipping Guide for Pet Professionals

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Swiffer and BarkBox Remind New Pet Parents that #ShedHappens

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Police Dog Killed in Anti-Terrorist Raids #RIPDiesel

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How to Clean Your Dog's Ears with #BayerExpertCare

This week we were asked to try out a few new products from the Bayer® ExpertCare™ lineup. For those who Read More
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Right now, I’m watching my cog (that’s short for a cat who thinks she’s a dog), hang off the top level of our brand new, cutting edge, state-of-the-art, cat activity center. She’s doing this for a reason, and it’s to torture our very easy-going Tonkinese, Ghost, into abandoning his spot on the hammock of the second level.  Mama-san, who has the most coveted place deep inside the cat condo, will be next on the cog’s list.  Ultimately, a fight will break out between the three of them, and two more of our cats will move in for the prime position, prompting me to return to my computer and purchase several more furniture pieces from Feline Furniture in order to create a larger activity center.

And this is how it’s been since we incorporated the innovative new Cat Activity Center into our home – nonstop fun… If any of you have ever tried to keep 18 felines happy indoors, you know that it can be a challenge.  You have to have more than just regular old cat furniture, or else all of your people furniture quickly becomes cat furniture, which defeats the purpose of having people furniture in the first place. But with this many cats, there are certain qualifications that need to be met in a purchasing a set of cat furniture.  It has to be easily movable, it needs to be durable, it should be entertaining (for us AND the cats), it should have lots of hiding places, it should be calming for the cats, but should also incite activity, and it should be easy to expand upon.  On top of all that, it should be easy to clean and affordable. Normally I could wish for something like that all day long and never see anything appear.  Yet, I must have done something right in a past life, because one day it did appear.  It appeared on my computer screen at a website called www.FelineFurniture.com.  And so we wasted little time in contacting this unique company.

 Now, I have to admit, when I first opened the 2-ft square box that was delivered to my front door, I was somewhat skeptical. I had requested the starter kit to begin with, and if you were to go to the site and look at the picture of the finished product, and then look at the box it was delivered in, you would also be scratching your head.  But, not one to shy away from a mystery, my husband, my cats, and I all unpacked it, anxious to begin assembly.

My husband is a direction-reader.  Me, not so much.  So, while he was reading the directions, the cats were busy helping me assemble everything.  Most people who know me understand that I am easily distracted and more easily bored, and in this set there are 26 beams to fit together with 11 connectors, before you finally get to the put on the hammocks and the cat condo.  True to form, I got bored putting it together around the 14th beam. I really just wanted to play with the hammock and cat condo, because that’s the fun part – I mean – there’s Velcro involved.  So – I let my husband finish the beam connections while I figured out the best place to put the hammocks and condo.  And the entire assembly process still took only 20 minutes.  But, the cats were exploring it long before assembly was completed. One great feature of this product is that I can lift it – by myself.  I consider myself to be pretty strong (for a girl), but some pieces of cat furniture weigh more than my house.  This one, while incredibly sturdy, weighs very little.  I can move it easily to clean underneath it, but it’s heavy enough that the cats cannot move it while racing to the top at 35 mph.

Perhaps my favorite feature is the ability to expand it.  Its like real-life Lincoln logs!  For example, you can begin by purchasing the starter kit.  The Starter Kit comes with one cat condo, two hammocks, and sets your favorite felines up on two levels of play stations, all for less than $100.  There are many different ways you can design this initial stage of your cat activity center, and to learn all of them, you'll have to either visit the website or use your imagination.  But, the really great thing is that you can add on to this product for the rest of your life.  If one leg happens to be stripped of carpet before the others, you just order a replacement leg.  If your cat prefers a hammock to the condo, you can order another hammock.  If you would rather have a leopard condo instead of a gray condo, order it.  Each element of the set is sold individually.

If you have cats, this is one product you should invest in.  Particularly if you have indoor cats.  Today’s felines, like today’s children, are suffering from obesity more than ever.  They are in need of not only mental stimulation, but physical stimulation as well.  This unique activity center provides just that.  My cats were playing with it before we even had it fully assembled, and while the carpet on the legs of the activity center is taking a beating, my furniture has honestly never looked better.  Although we currently have 3 pieces of cat furniture in the house, this is where all of my felines now congregate to play, sleep, chat, have afternoon tea, and terrorize the dogs.

Cleaning this activity center is a breeze.  Just take off the hammocks and condo and toss them into the washer, then vacuum or brush the tubes.  If you opt to move it into a different room, just change the shape from a corner unit into a wall unit.  If you decide to add another cat to your brood and need a “change in setting”, this would be one of your easiest changes, as it forces everyone to find a new “space” and helps everyone to adapt more easily.

In all, I have to highly recommend the cat activity center from FelineFurniture as your next purchase.  It’s sturdy, easily movable, easy to clean, and very affordable.  If you add more cats to your home, just add a few more beams and a hammock.  You’re good to go!

From the Cats:

Hisses & Spits: (Silence from the cats as they purr contentedly in their hammocks)  Purrs: We love our new activity center!  We also read that you can add catnip into the beams – when can we expect that, mom?

From the Humans:

Two opposable thumbs up!! We love our new activity center!  And it keeps everyone off the “people furniture”.  Drawback? The carpet on one of our activity center legs is taking a beating, but it’s a lot cheaper to replace a $6 beam than it is a $600 couch!  Therefore, it’s difficult to consider this a drawback!


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Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. Affiliate links may have been used in article.

Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.

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