Wackiest Pet Products II
Here's another round-up of wild products to help you care for your furry, feathered, and finned friends
Pets that are too civilized to eat out of bowls on the ground will appreciate their own seating at the dinner table. This high chair clips securely to tables that are, at most, 2 inches thick, and can hold pets that weigh up to 10 pounds.
About $50; Hammacher Schlemmer
What? Dogs and cats can go for walks, and fish can't? Fish are pets, too! And that's why DIYer Mick Madden of Huddersfield, Kirklees, in the United Kingdom built this thing. A metalworker by trade, Madden wanted to take his two pet fish on daily strolls. "I was looking at my goldfish going round in circles in their bowl looking bored silly so I made this to take them out and about and they love it," he told Metro Online.
Washing Fido can be a real chore. Wouldn't it be nice if you could put your pup into a magical chamber and have him emerge fluffy and clean? This "car wash for dogs" was invented by Romain Jarry of France, who insists the process is pleasant for most dogs. In fact, he uses it on his own dogs quite often, and is happy to let others use it, too. For a nominal charge, of course. According to The Daily Mail, the machine is a big hit it Jarry's hometown, where he charges the equivalent of about $50 for an extra-large dog wash.
If you love your dog, but hate handling his poo, try this. The PooTrap features a strap-on crap-collection receptacle that's like a diaper but better. The holster features a strategically placed holder for a plastic bag to instantly collect waste, so you don't have to. Once the dog's done his business, you just remove the bag, tie, and toss it.
Starts at about $30; PooTrap
Outdoorsy, active pets need to stay hydrated. Ditch that stale water bowl and install this automatic pet fountain to any outdoor faucet. When your pet approaches, a sonar proximity sensor will turn the water on for him to take a drink.
About $60; Amazon
High class kitties wanting to lounge in style will love this glamorous piece by Koichi Futatsumata, priced at just under $4,000. In place of a bottom shelf, this table has a low-slung wicker rattan "hammock" that makes for the most perfect—and perhaps the most expensive—kitty hideout ever.
Eliminate the trip to the groomers and bathe your pet like a pro. This portable Pet Dryer and Groomer lets you dry, brush, and style your pet anywhere there's an outlet. The steel construction features a flexible 6-foot hose and not one, but two drying speeds.
About $220; Rush Gideon
Wish you could just keep your pets in a little bubble, where they'll be safe from all of the toxins in this icky world? This futuristic pod comes with a fully-functioning thermostat, an antibiotic air filter, and even a Solenoid valve (for medical treatment, if needed). Think of it as a miniature ICU for small animals. Or, Bowser's bubble of protection.
Call or email for pricing; Autoelex Co. Ltd.
Your pet is your baby. So why not treat him like one. The durable Sportster Three-Wheel Pet Stroller features lightweight design and push-button collapsible function for easy carrying and storage. To ensure maximum comfort, there's a cozy fleece pad, and a wind and rain cover.
About $150; Drs Foster and Smith
Carrying around an unwieldy birdcage is such a drag—and does nothing to boost your cool points. Enter the Pak-o-Bird, a durable carrier that you can wear as a backpack, front-pouch, or shoulder bag. It even works overtime as a car seat that you can strap into your vehicle for safe transport. Inside you'll find all the comforts of home, including water cups and an adjustable perch.
About $190; Amazon
Small-space dwellers with small pets (25 pounds or less) to match don't have to trip over pet beds anymore. This thing goes from doggy bed to a handsome piece of random furniture to offer a compact, tidy sleeping solution.
Outdoorsmen and their pups will appreciate this Food and Hydration Pack. The durable carry-all holds up to eight pounds of dry food and about two liters of water. It's made of tough, water-resistant material and features a skid-proof bottom for when Fido's ready to eat from unzipped food bowls.
About $67; Brookstone
Knock out two problems with one bone beautifully. The Petbrella, similar to your own patio umbrella in design, combines tilting shade with a steel leash-stake to keep your dog cool and safe at home.
About $50; Seventh Avenue
This is a great window upgrade for DIYers who are tired of their feline falling from the windowsill. Aside from providing a place to perch, this seat features a 6-watt heating element to keep the built-in fleece bed warm and cozy. The shade-cover is removable and all necessary hardware for installation is included.
About $30; Hammacher Schlemmer
If your pet can't take the heat, here's an easy way to keep him cool. Fill the Cool Bed III with water, and its Cool Core system does the rest, creating a refreshing surface for your pal. It is made of a durable nylon-vinyl blend and comes three sizes to accommodate small, medium, and large pets.
About $60-120; Plow & Hearth