Posts Tagged ‘ Cats ’

Fun Toys for Your Other Baby!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Looking back on my childhood, I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some type of pet in the house. From three dogs to two cats (there was a hamster stint somewhere between the two), it’s safe to say my family was always a pack of animal lovers.

When I got the invite to attend Rolf C. Hagen’s showing of pet products, I couldn’t pass the chance to spot cool items for furry friends (and play with some kitties and puppies in the process)! Here are my favorites:

Catit Line
Want to get your feline active? Consider investing in the Senses series of toys. They can be set up like a race track with fun obstacles and resting points along the way. Kitty will love swatting the glowing balls as they pass through the elevated tunnels of the Super Roller Circuit. After play, naps can commence on the Comfort Zone, featuring a massager, catnip holder, and cushion that can be cooled. There’s plenty more Senses stations you can add to the track as well!

Dogit Line
Nothing beats toys that multitask. Chew bones from Hagen’s GUMI collection double as teeth cleaners and breath fresheners, so Fido can keep his gums healthy during playtime. They come in mini, medium and large versions, too, for dogs of every size. When it comes to washing his bowl, the Design Dog Dish makes cleaning simple. Just lift the stainless steel piece out; no need to carry everything to the sink. Bonus: it’s dishwasher safe. Plus, the wood finish is much more decorative than the average dog bowl.

And because I can’t resist sharing cute cat pictures, meet Bastian, a 4-month-old kitten brought to demonstrate products. The Hagen event sponsored New York’s Animal Haven shelter, home to this little guy and other critters on scene. With products approved by pets themselves, it’s clear Hagen knows how to reach babies of the animal variety.


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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Drawstring Deaths in Kids Down After Regulations
The number of child deaths caused by clothing getting caught on vehicles or playground equipment has dropped dramatically thanks to voluntary measures adopted by manufacturers, according to U.S. researchers. (via Reuters)

Cambodian Children’s Deaths Linked to Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
The mysterious illness that has killed dozens of Cambodian children may be a deadly strain of hand, foot and mouth disease, a common childhood illness, according to health officials. (via TIME)

For Healthier Kids, Get a Cat or Dog, Study Suggests
Kids who grow up with cats or dogs tend to get fewer respiratory infections during their first year of life, according to a new study from Finland. (via

Should Movies with Smoking Be Rated R?
If cigarette smoking were banned from teen-friendly movies, would kids be less likely to pick up the habit? Researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College think so. (via TIME)

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Gone to the Dogs

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Here at Parents, we’re always talking about baby name inspiration. But here’s something not often discussed: the monikers of our pets.

According to Veterinary Pet Insurance, pet names may predict the outcome of the Super Bowl. For the third consecutive year, the company analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured animals to see which Super Bowl team has the most pets named in its honor. Green Bay Packers faithful sported names like Jennings, Favre and Lambeau, while Pittsburgh Steelers fans named their pets Steeler, Hines Ward and Bettis, among others.

It seems that the Packers have won this battle: They beat Steeler nation by just two names. And if VPI’s streak continuespet names have accurately predicted the Super Bowl champ for the past two yearsthey may also win the war. (As a die-hard Pittsburgh fan, I hope not!)

Yelling, “Hines Ward, come!” across the dog park seems a bit extreme. But then again, inspiration can come from anywhere. I named my cat, Madison, after the avenue here in New York. And my best friend, Mandy (right), named her dog, Huggins, after West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins. (Huggy Bear, as he’s also known, is most noted for consoling injured star Da’Sean Butler during last year’s Final Four.)

So tell us: What did you name your furry friends? Any tips for soon-to-be pet owners?

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