Saturday, June 19, 2010
The U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook (2007 Edition), a source for pet statistics, announced in 2007 there were nearly 82MM pet cats and 72 MM pet dogs in the US. In 2006 the average veterinary expenditure per household for all pets was $366. In 2006 nearly half of pet owners (49.7%) considered their pets to be family members.
A RECENT New York Times article gave examples for cat owners of a new trend to safely bring their cats outdoors, “CATIOS.” There are photos and stories about folks who build outdoor fenced areas onto their patios and backyards to give their cats room to roam outdoors. They range from minimal to huge areas, especially when there is more than one cat. Sometimes owners share the space, eating out among their cats in this environment that is safe from predators.
Here is a new contemporary design award winning litter box idea in an attractive assortment of colors, referred to by the New York Times as the "I-POD of litter boxes."
or a more formal corner cat litter box .
Cat trees are very popular, including the Little Lotus Cat Tree - or consider the simple alternative above.
New and cat-friendly and comfortable hanging bed is the soft pillowed Trapeze Hanging Cat Bed.
For those of you among the readership who want to invent or design a new product, the cat world is a good place to start as cat owners are a dedicated bunch of folks who are looking for ways to enhance the lives of their “fur-babies.”