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1-800-Pet-Meds Thermo Kitty Mat™ is Purrrr-fect for Tired Little Tiger-Kitties

Posted on January 4th, 2014

It’s a heated cat bed – yes, a heated cat bed. And your cats will love, love, love it! The Thermo Kitty Mat™, which we received as a donation from the wonderful folks at 1-800-Pet-Meds, has gone over with flying colors in the Smith house.

In fact, the 12.5” x 25” heated cat bed is so popular, I often find Sasha and Tater waiting in line (as much as cats can wait in line) to lay on it, which is on my bed.

We also have, as many of you know, what we call our garage kitty, Maxwell. Max was abandoned in a parking garage in downtown Cleveland in the middle of winter and had humble beginnings there (he used to jump into the cabs of semi-trucks and cuddle in to get warm until they were done dropping off their loads!).

Old habits are hard to break I guess, right? Even for our four-leggers. Max love, love, loves to spend time in the garage still. (Of course it’s warmer in ours than it was downtown in the open air). So we put the 1-800-Pet-Meds heated cat bed out on his little counter in the garage. I plugged the bed in and the very first time he went out there, instead of snooping around and sniffing the cars and playing hide-and-seek behind the wheels with me, he went right to the bed. So cute.Maxxy Heating Blanket

This heated cat mat is so safe and effective that I bought one for my aunt and uncle. They have a senior female cat, Camille, who they used to use a regular heating pad for. Now they use the Thermo Kitty Mat™ heated cat bed under a blanket for her. It’s her favorite spot in the whole house!

This awesome heated cat bed is safe and energy-efficient (it uses less energy than a night light). It also has a removable cover for washing and is thermostatically controlled to warm directly under your pet. Pretty cool, huh?!  The Heated Cat Pad is designed to remain 12 to 15 degrees above ambient air temperature and warms to your cat’s normal body temperature when in use. It is ideal during the winter for senior and arthritic cats because the warm surface helps to relax muscles and reduce joint inflammation and stiffness. *Please note: the heated cat pad does not get hot.

Maxwell, Sasha, Tater Tot and I all give this heated cat mat an enthusiastic four-paws up (well, I give it two-thumbs-up since I don’t have paws)!

Amazing Dog Bed from 1-800 Pet Meds Doubles as “Max Bed”

Posted on September 18th, 2013

It’s comfy, it’s cozy, it’s soft, it’s HUGE, and it’s reasonably priced. And it is – a dog bed – a dog bed that my CAT has taken over… lmbo!

So just where is this ultra-modern, uber-snug, super-affordable CAT/DOG bed from?

None other than our good friends at 1-800-Pet-Meds. Yep! I said 1-800-Pet-Meds. Betchya didn’t know that they have much more than, well, pet meds…. They do!

They have tons of products, including all types of specialty pet beds: heating/cooling beds, cat beds, cat perches, bolster beds, outdoor beds, and luxury and orthopedic beds! Imagine that!

Maxwell, although usually particular to laying on place mats, newspapers, dish-drying cloths, mail, and his carpet square in the garage (he is a total “garage cat;” we rescued him from a parking garage so he LOVES the garage), has so taken to this particular dog bed, a 1-800-Pet-Meds original, that I could not part him from it to give to the Basset Hounds, so here it lays, on the dining room table of all places (Maxwell prefers to be high-up so he can boss around his minions! MOL!).

Maxxy sleeps peacefully on the Plush Memory Sleeper Dog Bed from 1-800-Pet-Meds...

Maxxy sleeps peacefully on the Plush Memory Sleeper Dog Bed from 1-800-Pet-Meds…

The Plush Memory Sleeper (XL) is our dog, aka cat, bed of choice. It ships in ONE business day from the reputable, reliable 1-800-PET-MEDS and is available in five sizes, from XS to XL. You can also choose from three different color schemes, which include a cappuccino color as well as tan with different colored piping. The Plush Memory Sleeper retails for anywhere from around $44.99 to $177.99. It’s WELL worth the price.

The Plush Memory Sleeper is a luxurious orthopedic pet bed offering the ultimate in support. Made with Outlast fabric, which helps maintain a comfortable temperature for your pet, it makes a perfect pet bed to use year-round. Although the Plush Memory Sleeper pet bed is great for all pets, it is especially helpful for seniors and arthritic pets – who often need additional support for aches and pains associated with aging and arthritis.

Check out the additional benefits of the Plush Memory Sleeper:

-          Reduces aches and pains placed on joints and pressure points

-          Contains two inches of memory foam to provide your dog with full body support

-          The Outlast fabric technology prevents the temperature of the mattress from becoming too hot or too cold, which helps reduce pet odor caused by pet sweat

-          3 different color combos available to complement your home décor

-          Made in the USA!

With 4.7 out of 5 stars average consumer review on, you just can’t go wrong with this ortho pet bed.

Maxwell is very grrr-ateful and thinks the “dog bed” is his own personal sleeping space. We can barely get him to move off of this thing (which is currently lying ON TOP of the dining room table).

All opinions in this post are strictly those of the author; author received free product from 1-800-PET-MEDS for this review.

Top-Quality Yeowww!® Catnip & Catnip Toys Fashion Foolish Felines…!

Posted on March 2nd, 2013

My totally crazed cats can’t get over the new Yeowww!® catnip toys that we received in the mail for review about two weeks ago.

They have been hovering over them like hoarders ever since they came out of the box and hit the counter (I couldn’t even get the tags off the toys OR get the toys off the counter onto the floor before Max had stMax w Yeowww Heartrutted off with the fancy red heart toy in toe).

Since that very evening, Max has been attached to his red Yeowww!!® Heart like a starry-eyed lover. He never lets it go. He carries it around in his mouth and he gets the zooms late at night when no one is around and “me-yells” at 1 a.m. into the empty hallway in the dark because he wants someone to play with him!

Sasha prefers the rainbow. Every single night – all night – I mean from like the time I get home from work at 6:30 until I go to bed at 11 (and apparently during the afternoon – or so I hear) since we’ve had it, Sasha is rubbing her neck and little long-haired black body all over that rainbow like it’s filled with tuna. It is adorable because Sasha NEVER plays with toys. But she LOVES the Yeowww!® rainbow and the plain catnip, too!

Tate prefers the hard stuff. HE likes it when I just put the plain Yeowww!® Catnip down on the scratching post for him to eat and roll around in. He’s hard core considering he’s the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty-kitty-committee-kitty cat. He takes all six pounds of his body and throws himself at the nip on the post like he’s diving into a pool. It makes such a loud sound – I wish I could convey how funny this is because it’s so out-of-character for him, especially when people are around!

I swear, Yeowww! Catnip and catnip-filled toys are like crack for cats.Tate and Yeowww

Some might scoff at that analogy, but I can’t think of a better one. It’s like an addiction to them – they can’t control it, they want it 24/7 and they think it’s the best thing since minced tuna.

I think it’s the best invention in the pet industry since the pooper-scooper. The catnip is SUPER-potent – you can smell this stuff from a mile away… and the cats can from two miles away.

All three of them keep trying to break into the cabinet where we keep it (on the bottom shelf); they go in there and knock the container around until someone comes and gives them some! SMART CATS :)

The award-winning Yeowww!® Catnip and cat toys are heaven-sent. They keep our kittehs busy for hours, and we don’t have to worry about something being unhealthy or harmful to them.

Like it says on the Yeowww!® website (DuckyWorld is the company that owns them…), they are catnip toys that ACTUALLY WORK!

Our old and new Yeowww! cat nip products!

Our old and new Yeowww! cat nip products!

To me, DuckyWorld and Yeowww!® products stand out amongst competitors for two reasons:

  1. DuckyWorld stands out in the pet industry because of its especially potent catnip and the toys that are stuffed with it.
  2. DuckyWorld also stands out because of their commitment to quality products.

All of their toys are made in the USA and are 100% stuffed with only the finest, organically grown catnip.

From the site: “DuckyWorld closely works with private farmers to grow, manage and harvest the best organically grown catnip on the Earth. We also obtain samples from additional professional growers each year to ensure that we are offering the highest quality based on freshness, color and aroma. No chemicals or pesticides are used in cultivation, which means Yeowww!® Catnip is completely safe for cats and humans. The signature all leaf and flower top blend ensures Yeowww!® Catnip to be the most effective on the market that no competitor can compete with!”

You can find Yeowww!® Cat toys and other products at most local pet stores, independent stores, boutiques and gift shops; the company does not sell to ‘big box’ retail stores.

You can also order online at I highly encourage you to visit the website and read more about their products, order some up, and then sit back and watch and enjoy your cats FREAK OUT over them! :) gives Yeowww!® a rousing four-paws-up with gusto!

“Pets at the White House” Book Thrills with Intriguing Photos, Stories of Presidents & Pets Past

Posted on January 11th, 2013

The foreword is by Barbara Bush – enough said…. No seriously, I couldn’t put this book down once I opened it up and smelled that fresh book smell…

And now I can’t seem to get it out of my Mother’s hands… she won’t give it back to me!

But again, seriously – this is one of those books that’s totally hard core – it’s absolutely absorbing, captivating, intriguing, intelligent, and 100% lovely.

“Pets at the White House” is a beautiful hard cover book that provides a spectacular view into one of the most world-famous houses – the White House – and all of its four-legged creatures including ponies, dogs, cats, parakeets, sheep and more!

With charisma, magic, fascination, wit, fun and gripping photographs (some in black and white from earlier years) , author Jennifer Pickens  uncovers how pets have played a crucial role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the presidents and their families, but also by humanizing and softening their political images.

The book starts with the Kennedy family and their complete menagerie of animals and continues through 10 administrations and more than half a century to the Obama family and the First Dog Bo.

There are more than 200 superb photographs in this book- images of presidents and their pets in quiet moments as well as more animated times of play – most of which have NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.

I wish I could take a picture of the picturesin this book – they are FAN-FLIPPIN-TASTIC. Amazing.

JFK and kids with a pony

Pickens documents the lives of the the most famous White House pets through fascinating and little-known anecdotes as well…

One such story involves the Soviet Prime Minister, who gave young Caroline Kennedy a puppy, who had to be put through a battery of tests in search of hidden listening devices and bombs!

There’s also the story of President Ford getting locked out of the White House when he took out his very pregnant dog Liberty in the middle of the night!

Another heart-warming tale: the custom birthing box created by White House carpenters for Millie while she was pregnant with presidential puppies during the first Bush Administration.

President George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier, Barney, became a celebrity in his own right, appearing in more than 10 films while he was at the White House.

Obama and Bo!

And most recently, and perhaps my favorite, President Obama made good on his promise to get his two daughters a puppy, so here came Bo, a BEAUTIFUL Portuguese Water Dog. Bo’s favorite food, by the way, is tomatoes….!

With an intriguing foreword by Barbara Bush, this book has earned the devotion of the recent US First Families, many of whom penned a unique quote for their chapters.

This is a poignant collection of stories and photographs and is a must-have coffee table book for pet-lovers of all types from all over the world.

I will forever cherish this beautiful book and keep it close by.

What to Get the Pet That Has Everything… Gifts for Every Pet Personality

Posted on December 23rd, 2012

Everyone who has ever had a pet knows that each one has their own individual personality with unique quirks that make them so incredibly lovable. So when choosing a gift for a pet, why take a one-size-fits-all approach? Shoppers would certainly not take that approach with a husband, daughter, best friend or co-worker and pets shouldn’t be any different.

This holiday, Petco™ is celebrating pet individuality with a gift guide designed to meet the personality of every pet. Read on for their top gift picks:

The Hipster: Have a pet that’s an independent thinker and an edgy dresser? Then you might have a hipster on your hands. A hipster dog wouldn’t be complete without the Petco brand Fashion Bowtie ($8.99), and it’s guaranteed they’ll love kitschy, SimplyShe Holiday Tuxedo Sweater for dogs ($14.99-19.99), a play on the tuxedo shirt. Beards are also a hipster staple, and now envious cool cats can take their hipness up a notch with a Petco brand Santa beard ($4.99) – no more beard envy!

The Health Nut: From a raw diet to an exercise regimen, the health conscious movement has definitely trickled down to pets. Healthy cats will love the Kitty Garden ($9.99); healthy, edible grass in a vintage-inspired wooden planter. The four flavors: barley, rye, oats and wheat not only look great, but help a cat’s digestion and prevent hairballs. The Drinkwell Lotus Pet Fountain ($79.99) has a zen-like feel to it and provides a stylish and convenient supply of fresh, filtered water. Even hamsters can work on their fitness with the Spin City Health Club ($4999), a unique habitat with a wheel that keeps track of how many laps the hamster runs.

The Style Icon: Usually, human fashionistas have mini pet fashionistas that appreciate the latest in haute couture. Pets can travel in style with the BNB“mad about plaid” and passport stamps fashion carriers ($49.99-69.99). They can also be the belle of the ball with the best-in-class Petco brand harnesses($19.99-34.99) that are offered in seven sizes to fit dogs from Chihuahua to Lab in a vast array of colors and prints. Jewelry is always a winner with this set, so a personalized, sparkly Fido Pet ID Tag with crystal accents ($12.00-20.00) is another way to go. And true Parisian fashion, gift a beautiful red or blue Fashion Bow ($8.99) and a Posh Paw manicure service to match mommy’s French manicure.

The Geek: Have a pet obsessed with the latest cutting edge breakthroughs? Cats will love the Littermaid ($129.99-179.99), America’s first fully automatic self-cleaning litter tray. For the family fish that need a new high tech home, the Fluval Spec Aquarium ($69.99) offers a 360 degree view of the tank due to its unique built in filtration system. Reptiles craving an authentic rainforest experience will love the Exo Terra Congo Rainforest Habitat Kit ($199.99). Designed by European herpetologists, it includes a stunning new background design based on the mysterious statues of the dense Congo jungle.

The Foodie: For the food aficionado, The Merrick Holiday Sausage Treats ($9.99) are a beautifully packaged sausage sampler platter that is made with all-natural ingredients, it looks so tasty pet parents can easily mistake it for people food. Foodies can also agree bacon makes everything better and puppies three months or older will agree that the Nylabone Nutri Dent Good Puppy Bacon & Cheese Edible Dental Chews ($7.29-14.99) hits the nail on the head with this good-for-you treat. There are a lot of kitties out there that believe whole-heartedly in the organic movement, so spoil them withBlue Buffalo All Natural Cat Treats ($3.99).

The Philanthropist: For the pet who has everything and wants to lend a helping hand to animals in need, donate on their behalf to the Petco Foundation’s annual Tree of Hope campaign which takes place from November 12, 2012 – January 6, 2013. Donations can be made at the nearest Petco store, Unleashed by Petco store or online at Donations help feed homeless pets in shelters, give lifesaving medical assistance, enable rescuers to grow their resources so that they can help ease the burdens of overfull shelters, and provide venues and grants to help usher those without a voice into loving homes.

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