Pet retailers from around the world are in Las Vegas this week to showcase their latest pet products. SuperZoo, the largest pet industry trade show in North America, features every kind of pet product imaginable: foods, treats, toys, leashes, grooming supplies, pet apparel, and the latest gadgets, all under one roof. Since SuperZoo is not open to the public, here are some pet products that caught my attention.
New Dental Treats
Most pet parents know that dental chews can help keep their pet’s teeth clean and gums healthy. The Missing Link® has recently released Smartmouth™, a new dental chew designed to not only keep their pet’s teeth clean, but also to provide them with essential vitamins and nutrients. The Missing Link® Smartmouth™ Dental Chews have unique ridges and textured grooves to help clean teeth, provide omega-3 fatty acids to promote a healthy shiny coat, glucosamine to support mobility and joint health, and Stay-C™, a patented form of vitamin C, to help fight tartar and promote healthy gums.
Have you ever taken your dog on a hike but forgot to bring a bowl? If you have, you know how hard it for dogs to drink water from a bottle. Fortunately, pet parents can choose from a variety of portable travel bowls. I like Bella Roma travel bowls because they are lightweight, collapsible, BPA-free, and unlike cloth travel bowls, they hold water better because they keep their shape. They even come with a carabiner so you can clip them to your purse, backpack, or your dog’s harness or leash, and not forget them at home. https://lovingpetsproducts.com/product-category/dog-bowls/bella-roma-travel-bowls/
Do you have a dog whose super power is destroying toys in under 5 minutes? HERO® has an assortment of durable toys designed with your dog in mind. HERO® Outer Armor™ dog toys are built for intense play and use the latest advances in materials, design, and technology for durability. HERO® Chuckles are plush dog toys that squeak, crunch, or chuckle. Unlike many plush toys, they have reinforced lining and stitching for extra durability. They are available at pet stores nationwide and Amazon.
Eco-Friendly Cat Litter
When it comes to litter, pet parents have many options to choose from. For environmentally-conscious cat parents, Healthy Pet® Okocat™ litter is a great choice. Okocat™ litter is a 100% natural litter that is good for your cat, your family, and the environment. It’s made from reclaimed wood and doesn’t have the chemicals or toxins found in many litters. It also comes in a variety of formulas, such as clumping, non-clumping, and different textures so there’s something for every cat. While fairly new in the US, Healthy Pet® is part of JRS, a family-owned company with 100+ years of natural fiber product research. https://www.healthy-pet.com/okocat
Fashionable Dog Carriers
Let’s face it, our dogs love spending time with us. One perk about having a small dog is that you can carry them in a sling and take them wherever you go. Susan Lanci has a great selection of stylish dog carriers, ranging from her high-end Luxury purse carriers, to her more accessible cozy Cuddle Carriers. Both collections made out of soft, plush materials and are designed to look great. No matter which carrier you choose, you and your pampered pet are ready to hit the town with one of her fashionable carriers.
Dogs and cats know the value of relaxation. Whenever they have any down time, you are likely to find them taking a nap. There’s a reason it’s called a “cat nap.” That’s why your pet will enjoy a comfy new bed from Susan Lanci Designs. Cuddle Cups are unique beds that can be used 3 different ways: like a sleeping bag for pets that like to tunnel, pulled open like a blanket, or the sides can be rolled up to make a bed. Cuddle Cups made from plush materials and they are available in several fun colors and patterns.
Super Stylish Pet Accessories
Everyone wants to look their best and pets are no exception. Susan Lanci Designs offers an assortment of clothing and accessories to make sure your pet looks fabulous. Her selection includes fashionable collars with trendy prints, chic bows, and real Swarovski crystals. She also offers a collection of elegant dresses, classy coats, and stylish harnesses. Whether your pet prefers understated elegance, or fashion-forward trends, you are guaranteed to find something that will turn heads.
This is just a sampling of some of the many products here at SuperZoo. To see more fun pet products and some of the amazing animal celebs at SuperZoo be sure to check out my Instagram page @drruthmacpete
Whenever I see a feral cat, I see the wild ancestral roots hiding just beneath the surface of every domestic cat. Even the wildest feral cat can be just one generation away from being someone’s pampered household pet. Feral cats are victims of their own success as efficient hunters and prolific breeders. Although their exact numbers are unknown, the Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are about 50 million feral cats in this country. The problem is not unique to the United States. You are just as likely to find them on the beaches of Phuket or the ruins in Rome as you are in your own neighborhood. If you look carefully, you will see them everywhere. You can see them basking in the sun, hiding under cars, or rummaging through garbage cans in alleys. While feral cats can survive without human assistance, they live a harsh existence and die prematurely from illness, injury, or starvation.
So what is being done to help feral cats?
Unfortunately there is no simple solution. In the United States, the majority of programs are trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs run by animal shelters and municipalities. These programs help control the feral cat population by humanely trapping feral cats, neutering or spaying them, and then returning them to their environment or moving them to a designated location. Some programs will even rent or loan humane traps to the public in order to help trap and neuter or spay feral cats in their neighborhoods. How effective are they? Studies have shown that these programs can reduce the overall feral cat population significantly and humanely.
How can you help?
Make sure your own cats are spayed and neutered so they are not contributing to the feral cat problem. Cats are prolific breeders and even someone’s pampered pet can result in another generation of feral cats. Besides being responsible with your own pets, support TNR programs financially. Monetary donations will not only fund operations to keep the program running, but also awareness campaigns to educate the public about the feral cat problem and how they can help. These programs also depend on volunteer support and you can help by volunteering your time with the trap-neuter-release programs or their educational campaigns.
The problem of pet overpopulation is worldwide. While there is no simple solution, the first step towards tackling the global problem should start in your own backyard.
For more information about TNR programs check out: https://trapkinghumane.org