Another Update from Lupine Pet
As we promised back in March, Lupine Pet this month updated their product line of Cat Collars, Cat Harnesses, and Leads (and matching keychains) again with a new pattern: Lollipop. At right is our very own Stormy Irene wearing the Lollipop Pattern (and we are so proud that Lupine Pet has added this picture to their stock photos that go to all distributors!). Cat Supplies and More now has the full Lollipop line of Cat Collars, Cat Harnesses, and Leads available online.
This lively, cheerful pattern will look good on any cat and would be a real stand-out on black cats! As with all the products from Lupine Pet, Lollipop comes in the Break-away Cat Collars with and without a bell, the H-Harness specifically designed for cats, 4′ and 6′ leashes, and of course the matching keychain for you. And as always, these products, which are made by a great small company in New Hampshire, come with a life-time guarantee.
If you or someone you know is interested in taking their cat outside, be sure they are using the H-Harness specifically designed for cats and not a dog harness and especially not a dog collar or a break-away collar. The H-Harness is easy to put on, and comes in 2-sizes. Customized sizes are also available upon request, as Lupine no longer makes the Girth Extenders.
Love Struck, one of our all-time favorites, has been retired, and Wild West will be going soon. Love Struck was in the collection in March but is no longer in the collection image. I know that for a few months, they keep a stock of all retired patterns and in fact get them back from brick-and-morter pet stores so that they are available to online stores such as Cat Supplies and More.
So, here are the current patters for Lupine Pet Cat Collars, Cat Harnesses, and Leads (and matching keychains).
In the fall of 2012, a few leaders in natural pet products joined forces to form a new organization designed to address sustainability in the pet industry, to go a step beyond “green” and “natural” and make sustainability a key ingredient of pet products. The new organization is called the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition (PISC), which publicly launched at the Global Pet Expo in Febraury 2013.
Founder Chris Bentley, working with consulting firm Natural Capitalism Solutions of Longmont, Colo., encourages manufacturers, distributors, and retailers competing in the multibillion-dollar market for eco-friendly pet products to join the Pet Industry Sustainable Coalition and start making a difference in how products are manufactured, packaged, and transported. “Sustainability drives a business’ profitability, but more often than not organizations are scared to embrace what they see as a complex undertaking,” said Toby Russell, the consulting firm’s CEO.
As of this writing, “twenty-seven companies are Founding, Gold or Supporting members of the coalition as of today. Membership and sponsorship information is available at www.sustainablepet.org.”
One of the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition’s early joiners is West Paw Design, a favorite with us at Cat Supplies and More! We love their ethic about the environment and about the quality of their products. It is no surprise to us that not only are their products “green” and “eco-friendly”, but they are incredibly well made and well designed. While we have posted before about their Natural Nap and Zoo Rest Oval Cat Beds, the Make-Your-Own Bumber Beds, and the Tuckered Out bed, and we hope you will check them out. They have some new products we hope to add too.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to check in to the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition website (it should be live by the end of April), and follow what they are doing. And, Happy Earth Day!
Annual 3-Day Earth Day Sale
Earth Day is April 22, and Cat Supplies and More is again celebrating Earth Day with a 3-day sale, Saturday April 20 through Monday April 22. Cat Supplies and More was founded on a strong life-long ethic of environment conscientiousness and we are constantly searching for more earth-friendly products to offer to our buyers. (Indeed, we hope to more than double our stock by this time next year.)
We should note that we offer many of our eco-friendly supplies in sizes suitable for dogs (beds and bowls, for example), so we don’t mind if you shop for some dog supplies too! If you are interested in other dog-size products, or if you are looking for any eco-friendly products you don’t see at Cat Supplies and More, please do not hesitate to send email to email@example.com.
Here are just a few of our favorites for celebrating Earth Day:
- BUILD A BUMPER CAT BED – from West Paw Design, available in three sizes, and you get to design your own!
- NATURE NAP OVAL CAT BED - also from West Paw Design, we haven’t yet met a cat who doesn’t LOVE LOVE LOVE these beds (Katarina, at right, is in the Peapod bed she got for Christmas 2012, chosen to match her eyes - thank you Peggy for the picture)
- 100% ORGANIC RATHERBEE CATNIP TOYS – many sizes and styles to choose from
- BAMBOO PET BOWLS - from small to extra large, and in a variety of shapes and colors
- WHOLE LIFE FREEZE DRIED PET TREATS – lots of wonderful flavors and several sizes of bags available
The sale is on through the end of Earth Day, Monday April 22.
Proud Owner of All the Replacement Wands
An Interesting Development
In 2011, we learned about the Panic Mouse 360 and the UnderCover Mouse, the two mechanical interactive cat toys developed by Practical Creative Innovations. We phoned the company’s owner, ordered some products, and had a ball with the new rescue kitten Stormy Irene (then 6 weeks old) playing with the Undercover Mouse (enjoy the video at the bottom of this post).
Since then, Cat Supplies and More has sold most of its stock of the Panic Mouse 360 and the Undercover Mouse, and all of the replacement wands. Recently, someone ordered some replacement wands and we were remind that it is time to re-order.
So we called the company owner who we had originally talked to and left a message. Same thing next day, and the next day for a week, growing more concerned each day as nobody answered the phone nor returned our calls. The next week, he called us back and informed us that he had sold the business 6 months ago but that he had all the replacement wands because the new owners didn’t want them and were not manufacturing them. He offered them to me and he offered to pay for shipping (which was significant).
So Cat Supplies and More is now the Proud Owner of ALL the Replacement Wands that exist in the world for the Panic Mouse 360 and the Undercover Mouse, as well as spare covers (skirts) for the latter. Sadly, we didn’t get as many feather wands for the Undercover Mouse as we hoped and we expect those to go quickly.
Here is what we have in stock for replacement wands and parts for the Panic Mouse 360 and the Undercover Mouse:
- PANIC MOUSE 360 3-MOUSE WAND PACK (REPLACEMENT)
- PANIC MOUSE 360 FEATHER WAND ATTACHMENT (REPLACEMENT)
- PANIC MOUSE 360 COMBO WAND VALUE PACK (REPLACEMENT) – the two items above in one package for value pricing (shown at right)
- PANIC MOUSE 360 SPRING WAND ATTACHMENT (REPLACEMENT)
- UNDERCOVER MOUSE CLOTH COVER (REPLACEMENT) – for the 2nd Generation Undercover Mouse (yellow, not green)
- UNDERCOVER MOUSE FEATHER WAND (REPLACEMENT)
- UNDERCOVER MOUSE RUBBER WAND (REPLACEMENT)
We were hoping for motors, but didn’t get any.
Don’t Wait to Get Your Replacements Wands & Other Parts
We have them all and we have a lot of some things but not others. We have yet to reach out to the new manufacturer (we don’t even know if they are selling the Panic Mouse and Undercover Mouse toys yet) and will post again when we know more.
So stock up while you can!
Call it Spring Cleaning
Lupine, that wonderful company in New Hampshire which makes awesome cat collars, H-style harnesses, and leads (and much more) has cleaned out some patterns and brought in some new ones. They do this every year and sometimes it hurts to see what they are done with. But they do bring out great new stuff!!
First the Good News: New Patterns
Lupine has two new patterns right now: Candy Apple and Tail Feather. Candy Apple is in lovely “fruity” tones with that cute little apple, while Tail Feather is quite obviously inspired by the bright tail feathers of a peacock. If you have a blue-eyed cat, this is the pattern for you!
And a new pattern will be out soon!! I can’t wait, and I’ll let you know as soon as it comes in.
Lupine has retired some of their patterns, including one of our favorites, Love Struck. Those patterns that have been retired in the past 12 months are:
- Silver Charm
- Peace Pup
- Love Struck — some of these might be available as this was just retired March 31, 2013; contact us ASAP if you need something in this pattern
To the right is Junior Fluffkins showing off the now-retired Love Struck pattern, with an H-style Harness and a 4′ lead (he now goes out in the Big Easy pattern with a 6′ lead). Stay tuned to see him or one of the other kitties in one of the new patterns. The H-style Harness is what you want when you are taking your cat outside, and also for when you are traveling with a cat. We have tried the figure-8 style harness and realized that if he gets loose and gets caught on something, the figure-8 will strangle him in a few heartbeats. So we do not recommend people using the figure-8 style harness.
And of course, all the Lupine Cat Collars (with and without a bell) have break-away buckle to protect a cat from strangling.
So as of this writing, here are the current patterns for Lupine Cat collars, H-style harnesses, and Leads (except Love Struck):
Thundershirt has been around for years helping dogs feel calm during times of stress such as during thunder and fireworks, going to the vet or moving home, parties in the home, and more. Until recently, cat owners had to buy the smallest dog size, but enough cat owners’ requests have made their mark: Thundershirt for Cats is now available at Cat Supplies and More to sooth cats under stress.
Thundershirt for Cats uses a patent-pending design to apply constant pressure to the cat’s torso and this pressure has a dramatic calming effect for cats if they are anxious or fearful.
As for WHY Thundershirt’s gentle pressure works to calm pets, anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones like endorphins or ocytocins. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. For example:
- Parents use swaddling to calm an inconsolable newborn infant.
- People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety.
- Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus.
- TTouch animal trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties.
- Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations.
Until Thundershirt for Cats, there has not been a well-designed, inexpensive solution commonly used for cat anxiety. Cat Supplies and More is pleased to provide this solution for cat owners seeking a non-medical solution to overly stressed, anxious, and frightened cats.
The Tuckered Out Cat Bed at Cat Supplies and More is a perfect cat bed for cats of all ages, but we particularly like the low front which makes it easy for injured and arthritic cats to get in and out. The low front makes it the perfect bed for the special needs cats. The bumper on the other three sides provide the perfect head rest or arm rest for kitties who like to stretch out, and will nicely wrap around kitties who like to be contained while they sleep.
Made by West Paw Design (in Montana), the Tuckered Out cat bed is another of their eco-friendly products, stuffed with Intelliloft which is their own high-strength fiber stuffing made from recycled plastic bottles. It holds its shape better than almost any other stuffing so in the Tuckered Out Cat Bed, your special needs cat will be well-cushioned at all times. The fabric for these beds is the same sturdy berber that our favorite Nature Nap Oval cat beds are made from. (We wrote about the Nature Nap Ovals in this blog here.)
The Tuckered Out Cat Bed comes in two sizes: Small is 23″ x18″ and Medium is 32″ x 23″. And you can contact us if you need a larger size (the dog bed sizes). The outside comes off and the inside and outside are machine-washable. So in the event of any messes by your special needs cat or anyone enjoying the Tuckered Out bed, clean-up is easy.
All your kitties will want one from Cat Supplies and More!
New at Cat Supplies and More: a line of ceramic cat food and water bowls that are delightful to have in the kitchen. Made by Melia, these cat food bowls and water bowls are sturdy and will be hard to push round while your kitty is “burying” her food. They are all dishwasher safe and lead free. They come in three patterns with different colors: the Walking Cat, the Peeking Cat, and the Water Tap bowls. That ceramic water bowl with the old fashioned tap and drop of water is purrfect for bringing a smile to visitors who might see your cat food and water bowls, as are the little peeking kitty faces.
Each dish is 5″ across and 1.5″ deep and will hold 1 cup. We think the pink kitty peaking and the pink tap are an adorable set, as is the black kitty peak or the black kitty walking plus the black tap bowl.
Veterinarians recommend that we have multiple water dishes throughout our homes and the blue tap bowl will go anywhere with anything, so you won’t be ashamed of bowls around where visitors might go. The Melia ceramic cat food and water bowls are a fun and functional choice from Cat Supplies and More.
Those of you who have brought home a cat from the vet wearing a stiff plastic collar to protect wounds and surgeries know how uncomfortable it can be for your cat to eat and sleep. Here is the perfect alternative: the BooBooLoon Inflatable Pet Collar from Cat Supplies and More. It prevents your cat from getting to wounds and bandages and it has a low profile so your cat can eat, drink, and rest comfortably. You don’t blow it up all the way, so it remains pillow-like, rather than hard and very much in the way.
Even if you haven’t yet had this experience with your cat, the BooBooLoon Inflatable Pet Collar is something you should have in your Pet Emergency Kit at all times. If your cat gets a wound and you can’t get to the vet right away, the inflatable pet collar will help you prevent the wound from getting worse. If your cat has hot spots, while you are using your hotspot spray this collar will help prevent your cat from licking the hotspot and thus letting the wound heal.
Deflated, the Inflatable Pet Collar takes up just a small space in your Pet Emergency Kit. (Don’t have one? Stay tuned for more help in that area.) Cat Supplies and More sells two small sizes for cats, but please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a larger size for larger pets.