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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
THE Taipei Pets Show, billed as the biggest one in Asia, was the perfect venue to find new innovative pet products. After four days of combing the show floor, we narrowed our top product picks to 10 items that should make life better for pets and people.
Mind you out hot picks are not all made in Taiwan and most are not available in the Philippines yet. But there's always Amazon and brand-specific e-commerce sites where you can order the following mouth-watering and snazzy goods for your pets.
OPPO DOG MUZZLE QUACK
Nothing says danger than a dog wearing a leather muzzle. If you must put a muzzle on your dog when walking or grooming time, go for a softer look by using the Quack. The duck bill shaped muzzle is a big hit in Japan and in other countries where dog owners appreciate the combined utility and humor of this product.
It sells for US$38 and was showcased at the Taipei Pets Show alongside another quirky design meant for dogs and cats with short snout. The Quack muzzles are available in three different sizes and colors to match any kind of dog you have.
PET EMOTIONAL MACHINE
You read it right, this product is called the Pet Emotional Machine. But what is it exactly? From Taiwan-based firm Smypet, the Pet Emotional Machine is a device that releases a certain frequency detectable only by pets.
When cats and dogs sense the frequency, it supposedly would help them feel calmer and relaxed. Clingy pets, pets that experience panic or anxiety attacks or have troubles being left alone might benefit from this device. There are different settings to suit different pets' sizes. It retails for NT$12,800 and comes in blue or beige colors.
EVERCLEAN PAW CLEANER & COMB MASSAGER
From PetKit, the Everclean Paw Cleaner and Comb massager gives your dog an instant foot bath and spa right at your home. Inside the canister are round-headed silicone brushes that gently but meticulously cleans the dog's paws. Simply insert your dog's individual paws inside the container to clean them after walking or playing outside. The cover's slotted design conforms with the physiological structure of the paw so dog's won't get hurt using it.
The parts can be dismantled for easy cleaning, especially the Everclean Massage Comb inside which can also be ideal for brushing your cat's fur. The comb can be used on wet fur, too, during bath time. It not only massages and removes loose fur, it also promotes blood circulation on pets.
CHEW ME TURTLE MEAT
This cat treat takes exotic food to a whole new level as it is made of soft-shell turtle meat or eggs. In gel form and green in color, Chew Me is a product of Brimoon Pet Care, the leading Taiwan company that pioneers the use of turtle, from soft shell to meat and bones, for pet food.
The soft-shell turtle is said to be rich in amino acid, omega 3 and other minerals that are effective in promoting good skin and fur in cats. Aside from soft-shell turtle parts, Chew Me is also loaded with broccoli. Chew Me made its product debut at the Taipei Pets Show. A pack of six 12g pouches of Chew Me costs NT$100 as a special introductory price during the show.
PETALS PET COLLAR
A Taiwanese proprietress exhibited her own line of pet e-collar in the shape of petals. Stuffed with pure cotton, the petals are sewn together to form an opening in the middle where the pet's head goes.
It's a bit pricey though with the smallest collar sold for NT$950. The cloth is made from silky soft materials so it doesn't absorb water and get stained easily. Ideal for both cats and dogs of different sizes.
International Cats House Corp., the manufacturer of the No. 1 local brand of cat litter in Taiwan, has a clever packaging concept for its cat litter. Called BoxCat, the litter are contained in a beautifully designed carton box that turns into a cat house or cat sleeping quarter. The Boxcat also comes with free scratch pad that fits perfectly inside the box!
Instead of using the typical bag or sack for its litter, the use of specially designed cardboard box caught cat lovers' fancy who, company officials said, sometimes buy BoxCat first for the box, then the litter.
Would you like to have a drink with your cat and dog? Paw Wine is a non-alcoholic drink for pets based on extracts from peppermint, chamomile, beets and catnip. The peppermint and chamomile flavors are for dogs and are supposed to freshen their breath.
The beets and catnip with silvervine are the cat's “wine” to perk them up during dreary days, perhaps. The Paw Wine can be refrigerate and ideally consumed within three days after opening. A large bottle of Paw Wine costs NT$399 while the small bottles cost NT$299 (for dogs) and NT$199 (for cats).
A wide range of eco-friendly products made from paper were on display at the Taipei Pets Show and one of the companies that brought forward its cardboard-made products is Carton Meow.
From scratch pads to beds, Carton Meow designed them in fun shapes to make them great conversation pieces, too. The cat-shaped scratchpad, for example, looks elegant enough to be left standing in the corner of the living room. It costs only NT$360 while the bed costs NT$760.
YAK CHEESE TREAT
T.N.A., a Taiwan-based pet food company, creates cheesy dog treats using milk from Yaks. The cheese are handmade in Nepal and finished for commercial production in Taiwan.
The finished product is a super hard stick of cheese that can help clean dog's teeth as they gnaw on it. A large stick can cost up to NT$430 while the smallest stick could cost arount NT$280.
ECO PET DISH
Made by Petique, this eco pet dish is a 2-in-1 dog or cat bowl you can take anywhere! It snaps together for easy travel and it doesn't absorb odors. The best part of this Eco-Friendly Pet Dish is it's BPA free, non-toxic and made out of starch based material, which makes it completely biodegradable. It retails for US$28 online.
ALL year round they keep on giving—rescuing animals in dire straits. Animal rescuers are our favorite people and they deserve to be on the receiving end, for a change, this Christmas.
If you know someone who makes it his or her life to help needy animals, perhaps you'd consider giving this animal champion any (or all) of the following suggested Christmas gift items to help them pursue their special calling.
Nursing Care Feeding Bottle Set for Small Animals
Animal rescuers never run out of stray kittens and puppies to save. Some pets are so small they still need to be bottle fed, so rescuers can surely use one of these. This product is made specially for small puppies, kittens, newborn rabbits. The bottle can hold up to 50ml of milk and has a scale on the surface to control daily feeding volume. It ships with a special brush to easily clear inside of the bottle. The bottle's soft, non-toxic nipple is safe for pets.
Expandable/Collapsible Pet Bowl
P176 each or P411 for Set of 3
Food and water are usually what rescuers immediately try to offer an animal in bad shape. Doing so lets them ease a suffering animal's hunger and thirst and helps the animal to become calm and trusting. A silicone bowl that can be folded and expanded is handy during rescue operations and when pets need to travel. The non-toxic bowl is a travel essential as it is light and can be packed easily so responders can rush to the rescue site without being weighed down by bulky pet bowls. It's only about 0.5 inch thick when folded but it can hold a lot of food or water when expanded (5 inches in diameter). The bowls expand to 2 inches high and holds up to 1.5 cups of food or 12 ounces of water. Ideal for small to medium size pet.
Petzoom Loungee Auto Pet Seat Cover
Rescuers often deal with animals that are dirty and with skin problems. These animals have to be transported to the veterinary clinic, but if there's no cage they can ruin a vehicle's upholstery. If rescuers have a PetZoom Loungee Auto Pet Seat Cover, they can load dirty, smelly animals comfortably at the back of a vehicle where the protective, waterproof sheet can keep dirt and dander from spreading all over the car. The PetZoom Loungee Auto Pet Seat Cover is made of heavy gauge material that can be machine washed and folded for easy storage. It fits in the backseat of any car, van or SUV and can be buckled securely around a vehicle's headrests. This product is also very practical to have when transporting a wet animal. The PetZoom Loungee Auto Pet Seat cover will keep the animal comfortable, the car clean and the rescuer happy.
Mini Nylon Camp Tent Bed Play House for Pets
This is supposed to be a tent bed/play house for pets, but imagine how practical it is to have at times when a rescuer finds a neglected or abandoned animal that needs protection from the harsh elements as soon as possible. Animal rescuers can temporarily house a sick, scared animal inside this mini nylon pet tent, especially during an extremely hot day or when it is raining until they can make arrangements for its transfer to a shelter or clinic. The tent has a mesh window, a tent flap and a loop on the top. It measures 38 cm/15 inch (length), 38 cm/15 inch (width) and 33 cm height.
Heavy-duty Polyester Pet Cat Grooming Washing Bath Breathable Nail Cutting Bag
We admit we didn't know a pet product like this exists and we wondered how it works. We're still wondering, but the description says this item is “the perfect tool for bathing and grooming cats” as it is made from heavy-duty polyester to let water in and out when bathing. Cats supposedly will be made to “wear the bag by slipping into the top opening, and the collar at head opening provides a secure fit to prevent scratching.” The two front zippers in this cat grooming bag allow cleaning of front paws, as well as nail clipping. It could probably fit an average-size adult cat (52*36cm). Why give this to an animal rescuer? Simple: most cats being rescued need a bath and they are not exactly the friendliest when wet. We trust this product will protect any good Samaritan from scratches and bites during the daring act of bathing a cat. Please let us know if it works. This “cutting-edge” bag is available in blue, green, orange and rose red colors.
12 Colors Adjustable Velcro Puppy ID Bands Collars
This gift item is a teeny weeny over the P500 budget but you get 12 collars in one pack! Sometimes an animal rescuer finds an abandoned litter and being able to give each puppy or kitten a collar helps differentiate (especially when they all look the same) boys and girls apart or which one needs what kind of medicine or special type of food, for example. The brightly colored collars also make it easy to keep track of each puppy or kitten's weight gain as they develop, to check appropriate food consumption at feeding time, and monitor health and behaviors. Needless to say, the nylon collars make the young pets look extra adorable. The bands are adjustable and locks in place using velcro.
Comfy Cone Cushioned E-Collar
P220 to P295 (depending on size and color or pattern)
The dreaded “cone of shame” that animal rescuers usually have to have to protect sick pets from scratching and licking their wounds now has a comfy fabric version. The soft cone shaped e-collar is a great alternative to the stiff plastic Elizabethan collars. However, it has to be laundered after use, but your friendly animal rescuer surely won't mind an extra laundry item if it gives greater comfort and even style for the animals they care for. The Comfy Cone Cushioned E-collar is available in the following sizes:
XX-Small: fits neck 11 to 18cm, depth of cone is 8cm
X-Small: fits neck 15 to 19cm, depth of cone is 9cm
Small: fits neck 20 to 28cm, depth of cone is 11cm
Medium: fits neck 27 to 33cm, depth of cone is 15cm
Large: fits neck 32 to 38cm, depth of cone is 17cm
X-Large: fits neck 42 to 48cm, depth of cone is 20cm
XX-Large: fits neck 53 to 64cm, depth of cone is 22cm
IMPORTANT TIP! When shopping for your gift items for pets and pet lovers in Lazada's Pet Section, try to meticulously go through the extensive catalog. Some items are available from different sources and are priced differently, with some cheaper than others.
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!!
* One stormy afternoon at Taiwan's Houtong Cat Village