I just want to take a break from the usual crafty stuff to share with you a few pet products that I love. I’ve had a bunch of different pets over the years, my favorite of which were several cats, a dog, and a sweet hamster. If you have any of those pets, you might be interested in these:

Bergan Turbo Scratcher

This thing is the BEST cat toy. Ever. The Amazon reviews testify that at least 95% of cats like it and play with it. Basically, it’s just a round thing with a little ball that goes round and round, with a cardboard scratcher in the middle. I think it took a couple of weeks for Jasmine to figure out what it does, but once she did she was fascinated and could not stop playing with it. Now, both of our cats play with it multiple times a day, and often they will pass it back and forth to each other, which is completely adorable. They love the scratcher thing, too – depending on the number of cats you have, it needs to be replaced every 1-3 months or so, but it’s only about $5 for two replacement scratchers on Amazon. The two things main things that make this win over other toys:

  • No batteries that need replacing!
  • No parts or small things that can get lost under the refrigerator. Cats can’t get the ball out no matter how hard they try.
  • I can be lazy, and they can play with it when I’m not around.

Choker Collar for Dogs

If you are interested in training your dog, which I highly recommend you do so that you and your dog are both happy and safe, this is the first purchase you should make. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to use treats to train your dog. You can use a non-painful collar (avoid the spiky ones, especially if you have a tame, not-huge dog) to quickly bring their attention to what they should be doing, and then reward them with lots of praise when they do it right. This will eventually teach them to obey you because they want to make you happy even without the collar on, not just to get food, in case food is not on hand when you need them to come to you instead of running away. I could write a whole essay on this, but in short, I love these things, and they make for effective long-term dog training.

Storage Tub (for hamsters)

This may sound weird, but those little tiny hamster cages that cost $20-50 don’t give your little buddies much room to run around in. Buy one of those big storage bins from any big box store, a hamster wheel, and a water feeder, and your hamster will be perfectly happy and still can’t escape. These tubs are also much easier to clean, you don’t have to clean them as often, and you can just reach in and scoop the tiny thing up without needing to open a cage door.

Blue Buffalo Food for Cats and Dogs

This stuff is some of the best you can get for your pet – high in protein and nutritionally complete. If you’re going to feed your pet mostly dry food (like I do) it should be something healthy like this. The cheap food is full of fillers and carbs and won’t give your carnivore what it really needs, and long-term it can cause health problems like digestion issues and allergies. I was using a brand similar to this for a long time (Natural Choice), and we just recently switched the cats to this and they seem to like it.

And, just for fun:

Cat Scratch DJ

My thriftiness wouldn’t allow me to buy this myself, but how fun is it?!