Review: Gnawsome Dental Ball

gnawsome Most dogs like playing with balls and even more like to chew…the Gnawsome Dental Ball brings the best of both worlds together in this squeaky toy. Continue reading


Animal Babble Ball Review

Photo: Pet Qwerks Inc.
Photo: Pet Qwerks Inc.

Pet Querks Inc., a company started by an American pet owner when his dog’s talking ball stopped working…and decided to make his own better version…and so the Babble Ball was born. Since then it’s been turned into three different sizes for dogs as well as  cat, ferret, and bird versions. You can have a “talking” or animal sounds version. We picked up our animal sounds Babble Ball at Winner’s for $5 but you can also find them in many pet stores as well. Continue reading

Sprong Cat Toy…Bouncy fun for your furry friend


R2P (short for Ready to Play) makes the Sprong line of cat and dog toys. They are velvet like texture and is made of wonderfully bouncy rubber. Today, I will be reviewing the ladybug cat toy. As with all the Sprong cat toys, the ladybug has a cute design, is infused with catnip and bounces very well. Our cat normally does respond to catnip but this toy didn’t seem to have any effect on her in that sense. She did enjoy having us bounce the ladybug so she could chase it. The non round shape of the toy means when it bounces, it does so in an erratic manner…..perfect for keeping a kitty amused and on their toes.  It’s also the perfect size for batting around the floor for solo kitty play. Overall, it was well received by our cat. Sprong cat toys range in price from $6-9 depending on the design and can be found in many major pet stores.

Unusual Cat Products

If you walk the aisles of your local pet store you probably have seen the usual fuzzy mice, toys on a string, catnip…but here are some products you really don’t need but are certainly unusual.


Your family hopefully has an emergency kit and it may even contain some ready to eat meals but have you considered your pet’s needs? Well not to worry! Family Survival Supply has RME foods for your pet….I’m not really sure why kibble or canned food isn’t considered ready to eat.

If your cat loves sleeping in catbedthe sink then why not get them their own ceramic cat bed? This bed by little cat design is contoured to provide “the sink experience kitties love”.

tower Tired of the carpeted monstrosities called cat towers? Not to worry this cat tower from The Refined Feline looks more like a piece of furniture that would fit nicely with many decors.

Speaking of furniture, now there are many creative ways to hide your cat’s litter box including this cabinet by Pet Studio….although you could probably just DIY by cutting a hole in a cabinet.litterbox


Finally, if you’re looking for a new way to amuse your cat why not try the Cataction Magneticat. It has two magnets that repel each other to make the bug dance. magnet

Hedgehog anyone?

We have a lot of Kyjen toys around here. It wasn’t intentional….I don’t care about the brand names when I buy toys…but they do make some interesting toys. One of the first toys I had bought the puppy was a grunting hedgehog. Our puppy loved to bite and suck on it’s nose and feet but unfortunately, it was becoming worse for wear so we recently picked up a Kyjen Egg Babies hedgehog. Continue reading

Treat Pod Review

We have quite a collection of treat dispensing toys (and not just for the dog) but I’m always on the lookout for new ones. So when I saw the JW Pet Company’s Treat Pod toy at a local pet store I thought we should give it a try. It has three soft plastic shapes on a rope; as with any treat toy the idea is to place treats inside the toy (or peanut butter but personally I think that would be incredibly messy) and as the dog plays with the toy treats fall out. Great in theory….treatnplayunless you put the treats in the blue part, they would never fall out (and even they it wasn’t easy…not good if you have a lazy gal like us).  The pods are pretty tight and probably would require A LOT of hard play to get the treats out in the other sections. As a regular toy, it was just ok. It wasn’t her favorite but (unlike some people I have heard of) it also didn’t fall apart during play. Overall, I would say to put this at the bottom of the toy shopping list.

We give Treat pod  cartoon_bonecartoon_bone  out of 5.  The Treat Pod is available at most pet stores for about $14.50

Treatstik Review…for your pet’s fun and health

I’m always on the hunt for a new treat dispensing toy. The Treatstik is a great toy made in the USA from heavy duty nylon (it’s not toxic).  You remove the screw cap and insert kibble, treats, veggies etc. You can adjust the difficulty by changing the size of the treat. The idea is simple, as your dog plays with the toy…treats fall out. This toy kept even our lazy puppy interested (if it’s too hard she usually gives up).  We also discovered that it’s great to slow down her eating…normally she just gobbles up her food but by placing some in the Treatstik it forces her to slow down. The makers of this toy also say it’s good to help dogs lose weight.  Our puppy really seemed to enjoy this toy and more importantly it appears to be able to hold up to her occasional mouthing. Although it’s not intended as an actual chew toy…the makers of the Treatstik do state that it can hold up to even heavy chewers. It is dishwasher safe and comes in small (6″ long or 1/2 cup) and large (9.75″ or 1.5 cups). It’s available in pink, green, orange, and blue for $12.99/15.99. We give the Treatstik cartoon_bonecartoon_bonecartoon_bonecartoon_bonecartoon_bone out of 5

Teething Stick for Dogs

It’s a well known fact that puppies chew…and there’s lots of solutions to the teething problem. One chew toy we tried is the Petstages Dog Cool Teething Stick. You wet the stick and pop it into the freezer to make it cool and slightly hard. It’s a nice alternative to ice cubes (also very popular around here). The teething stick comes in regular and mini (I accidentally bought the mini and it’s too small for any dog over 15 pounds….so the cat got to play with that one).  Our pup really loved it when she was young she’d chomp on it long after it defrosted…the novelty has worn off a bit now but she still will chew on it for a bit. This toy was so popular with the puppy, I wish I had of picked up their other version, the Puppy Cool Teether.

We removed the ribbons at the end because they wouldn't have lasted long in our house.
We removed the ribbons at the end because it would have been gnawed off in no time.

Overall, I highly recommend this toy…just be sure to buy the right size for your puppy. The Petstages Cool Dog Teething Stick is listed for around $8.50 depending on the pet store.