Home Parties Go to the Dogs

Gone are the days of Tupperware or Pampered Chef, here are the days of Pupperware! Pet owners spend billions of dollars on their pets each year, so it’s not surprising that Shure Pets is now offering in-home Pupperware Parties for pet owners. Offering everything from doggie sweaters to treats to human gifts, Pupperware Parties are all the rage!

Guests come in with their pets, relax, and buy whatever catches their eye. Unlike a traditional pet store, you and your pet are allowed to try out the merchandise before you buy. That way if you don’t like it, you’re not stuck with something that you have already purchased.

This newest trend in the pet industry is just another aspect of showing how much we love our pets and that we are willing to do whatever it takes to make them happy.

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Homemade Cat Toys

Keeping your cat entertained is easy. There are plenty of things lying around your house that will entertain her for hours! Here are a few ideas for homemade cat toys:

  • Wadded up paper ball
  • Milk Jug Rings
  • Socks — Tie them in knots and fill with catnip
  • String, Ribbon, etc. (Use this under supervision, don’t want kitty to eat it)
  • Yarn Pom Poms
  • Old Baby Nipples (My cat is obsessed with these!! I guess they’re fun because they bounce.)
  • Cardboard Boxes with Holes Cut in Them
  • Jingle Bell in a Old Treat Canister
  • Crocheted Twisty Curls
  • Pipe Cleaner Spiders and Other Fun Animals (The kids can help make these too!)
  • Toilet Paper Tubes (You can do a lot with these! Add some string, beads, bells, etc.)

With a little bit of creativity and innovation, it’s easy to make toys your cat will love without paying pet store prices for toys. Make it a family project and the kids can have fun too!

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Teach Your Cat to Play Fetch

Teaching your cat to play fetch can be a fun and rewarding activity for both of you. Provided you furry friend is interested in cooperating with the whole toss and bring back idea. But, with patience you and your cat will get the hang of this fun activity.

The only thing you will need for this activity is your cat’s favorite toy. This can be a ball, a wad of paper, a mouse, whichever he prefers. You want it to be small enough that he can pick it up and bring it back to you.

Here we go:

  1. Get your cat’s attention with the toy by rustling it or dangling it in front of him.
  2. When you have his attention, toss it a little way from you. Let him play with it for a bit, then go pick it up and return to your spot.
  3. Encourage the cat to follow you back to your spot. When he does pet him and praise him.
  4. Repeat. Each time toss it a little farther. Eventually, your cat will get the idea and bring the toy back to you.

Check out the cat who loves to fetch below!