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Pet Products - What Do We Wish They Had & What Needs to Be Better

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    Pet Products - What Do We Wish They Had & What Needs to Be Better

    Hello Everyone,

    I have two cats and have found that the toys they like most are the cheapest ones that always fall apart and I have to continuously buy. They are obsessed with this butterfly on a wire attached to a plastic stick but the longest one of these lasted was a couple weeks and the shortest was the minute I opened the package.

    I also, was finding it difficult to find a pet bed made from quality washable materials but that also has a nice look and good comfort. Due to what I saw as a gap in the market, I have been working on production for a cat/small dog bed that I will release for sale sometime next month on Amazon.

    I am just hoping to hear responses on what types of pet products people wish were out on the market. This does not necessarily mean a brand new idea, can be, but also what do you think could be improved on or do you find frustrating about current products?

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    Thank you for posting this. I have read many complaints on Amazon about toys not lasting very long and did the same. Daisy's favorite toy was Da Bird, which is like a fishing pole with real feathers at the end that flutter if you flick your wrist. This drove her bonkers. She also liked to carry the feathers in her mouth, forcing me to follow her with the wand in my hand. Unfortunately it lasted one day before it broke - as in the stick itself splintered and had to be taped several times. The entire feather attachment broke off too - including the small metal parts, so they had to be tied back on - despite the number of knots at the end of the string. Feathers broke off and were chewed apart in less than a day. What a shame because Daisy wanted to play with it several times a day and often slept where I stored it. So my proposal would be making a toy like Da Bird that is unbreakable. The big question, of course, is how can you do that?

    Bedding that can easily be washed is hard to find. My last cat, Patricia, had one that I could just throw in the washer and dryer. I thought great, better than a zipper. Just one problem: it was still dirty! No amount of washing got the fur off one side (it had a reversible cushion) and poop never came off. Shortly after she died, I put it in the trash. I did not buy a bed for Daisy, who likes to sleep on the carpet, partly because it is impossible to find one that is easy to wash.
    Rescued is my favorite breed. Don't shop, adopt!

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    My husband repaired our cat feather wand very well, after going through so many of them since he was a kitten. He filled the inner cup with Elmer's Glue, set the feathers in there, and let it set in the closet for a couple of days until dry. My dog or cat won't use a bed, they sleep wherever they want. I've seen some washable covers for dog beds, where you don't have to put the whole thing in the washer.

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    my cats liked the round thing with the balls in it that rolled around, problem was he always managed to get the balls out then lost interest. One with the spaces with the balls in it would be ideal, something he couldn't get the balls out. The last one I got him was three layers of circles and three balls, one on each level, he had the balls out in less than ten minutes. I could put the balls back in but he just took them out again. Then he lost interest and I put it in the trash, something big enough for the balls to roll around but not big enough to get the balls out would be ideal
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    my cats liked the round thing with the balls in it that rolled around, problem was he always managed to get the balls out then lost interest. One with the spaces with the balls in it would be ideal, something he couldn't get the balls out. The last one I got him was three layers of circles and three balls, one on each level, he had the balls out in less than ten minutes. I could put the balls back in but he just took them out again. Then he lost interest and I put it in the trash, something big enough for the balls to roll around but not big enough to get the balls out would be ideal
    Are you talking about Turbo Scratcher (which Daisy likes) and Hurricane? She can't get the ball out, but my five-year old niece and nephew did. Amazon reviewers suggested buying golf balls if you lose it, saying they fit perfectly in the track. So far Daisy has not needed a replacement.
    Rescued is my favorite breed. Don't shop, adopt!

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    I haven't tried golf balls, he wasn't interested in it once he got the balls out so I threw it away
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    People were saying golf balls fit better in the tracks so cats can't get them out. I will never order them myself.
    Rescued is my favorite breed. Don't shop, adopt!

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    the problem is with a smart bengal he'll figure out that if they went in he'll find a way to get them out. will stick with the feather stick, he takes that up his tree and takes the feathers off, I just throw it away and get him a new one
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    the problem is with a smart bengal he'll figure out that if they went in he'll find a way to get them out. will stick with the feather stick, he takes that up his tree and takes the feathers off, I just throw it away and get him a new one
    LOL Bengals are smart cats. So is Daisy, whose favorite toys are not in the cat toys section of a pet store.
    Rescued is my favorite breed. Don't shop, adopt!

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