If it moves, it dies.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
HOUSE cleaning is more arduous with indoor pets. Cats and dogs, even the short-haired ones, shed regularly, so routine sweeping is necessary or your floor will soon be carpeted with pet hair.
But not everyone has time to always clean after their pets, so your place gets “hairy” before you can pick up the broom and dustpan again. One solution is to use one of these cylindrical robot vacuum cleaners that can sweep your fur littered floor as often as you want.
Online shops offer a wide range of smart vacuum cleaners that can perform cursory sweeping while you do other things. One of the cheapest brands we found online is the Tocool TC-350 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Remote Control that costs from P2,999 to P3,299 depending on the color.
This little machine is a life saver as it does the sweeping for you, even in hard to reach places such as under your bed, table and cabinets. Plus it gives pets, cats most especially, some moment of entertainment as they follow the vacuum cleaner around.
The Tocool TC-350 Robot Vacuum Cleaner has two side brushes, a sensor and a wheel at the front and back. It has a dirt collector inside the size of a kid's lunch box. Ideally, we prefer a bigger dirt bin but maybe the more expensive brands and models will have it.
It's a hardworking robot that will keep on going around the room and in every nook and cranny as long as its battery allows. The battery fully charges overnight and then it works for a long time.
The remote control lets you direct where the Tocool TC-350 should sweep but it's better to just let it carry on with its task so you can do yours, too. So far, we've not seen it get stuck in a corner or tight spot. After some maneuverings, it always finds a way to set itself free and continue sweeping.
When it's on, this clever sweeper automatically stops working if you pick it up, but instantly resumes when replaced on the floor. Always clean the dirt receptacle, the brushes and the wheels after use as some fur tends to coil around these parts.
We recommend this or any similar type of robot vacuum cleaner to those with free roaming pets inside their homes. This modern appliance helps keep the fur and other dirt on the floor to a minimum at the push of a button. It's truly the little helper that could.
Here's a short clip during the first time our resident cat reviewer took the Tocool TC-350 out for a spin.
RESEARCHERS in Chapman University in Orange, California in October 2014 discovered that a lot of commercial dog and cat food are being mislabeled based on their DNA analysis of food samples.
The tests, which were initially conducted to find out if horse meat was being used in pet foods, showed that of the 52 food samples almost 40 percent had a meat, usually pork, that was not listed on the label. While 31 have been labeled correctly, 20 were mislabeled and one with an unidentifiable meat substance.
TODAY interviewed assistant professor Rosalee Hellberg, co-author of the study, who said some products even claim to have beef as a number one ingredient but had no no beef in the product at all. Hellberg said the issue of mislabeling occurs less in wet pet food.
Giving manufacturers and resellers the benefit of the doubt, the researchers claim the mislabeling could be either accidental or intentional. Still, Hellberg said it could be a form of economic fraud considering the billions of money people spend on pet food every year. In addition, the mislabeling of pet foods could have dire consequences to a pet with food allergens.
TODAY said the Chapman report did not include a list of the products tested or those that were found to be potentially mislabeled as it was supposed to be an industry study that is not meant to single out particular pet food brands.
In reaction to the Chapman report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued this statement: “Consumers should be able to trust that what is on the label is in the product. Pet foods do not require the FDA’s approval before being marketed; however, all ingredients are required to be listed on the label using their common or usual name. The FDA has taken action in the past when ingredients are not properly listed on the label or when one ingredient is substituted for another ingredient.”
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