Fun New Products From SuperZoo 2012
We're still in a bit of a fog after the madness of SuperZoo last week in Las Vegas. After all, walking row after row (after row!) at one of the largest pet product tradeshows in the country is no joke! And our still-aching feet are proof.
But you know the saying: No pain, no gain. And boy, was this trip worth it. We saw hundreds of incredible new products, chatted with new vendors and old friends, and, perhaps most important, picked out a few of our favorites to share.
From treadmills to cat toys to deluxe dog strollers, each product in this slideshow grabbed a great deal of attention at the show.
The fight against pet obesity was definitely a hot topic at this year's show, and the dogPACER Minipacer, which took home second place in Best New Dog Products, was one of the products that focused on just that. It's considerably smaller than its predecessor, the full-size dogPACER, but is still made from carbon steel and is strong enough to support dogs up to 55 pounds. Plus, it's portable, which means you can easily bring it out when it's exercise time without having to leave it out in your living room all day.
Rocky, the rescued Dachshund featured on the previous slide, used the dogPacer in a carefully supervised nutrition and exercise program that helped him lose 25 pounds.
CatIt Senses Comfort Zone
The CatIt Senses Activity Center is part of a customizable cat toy system that allows you to add various elements designed to engage your cat's vision, hearing and sense of touch — the key senses used when hunting prey. The newest addition to the system is the Comfort Zone, a soft and comfy (but super-durable) mat that stays cool, even when Fluffy takes a nice, long nap on it between play sessions.
CatIt Senses Comfort Zone will be available in stores in the coming weeks.
Company of Animals Green
Got a pup that loves to pig out? The Company of Animals' newest solution to that is the Green. The nontoxic, dishwasher-safe interactive feeder is simple to use but slows down hungry pooches. You simply pour the kibble on top and your pup maneuvers around the hard, durable plastic to retrieve his food. The nonslip bottom means even the largest of breeds won't knock it over, so you won't have to deal with a mess, either.
Company of Animals Green, $34–$39, in stores next month
We might be suckers for a cool bike, but that's not the only reason we were drawn to the Sleepypod Sidekick. The front-loading bike rack is designed to hold your pet in one of Sleepypod's carriers, such as the Air, Atom or Mini, that are designed to attach to the rack, so you can easily transport your cat or small dog by bike anytime. The rack uses the center of gravity above the front tire for a sturdy ride.
Simple but stylishly modern, Kittypod's new Geodome had its fair share of admirers. The cat habitat is made from durable recycled (and recyclable) cardboard. They're stackable, come with a fun, cardboard hanging toy, and can be paired with a Kittypod pillow to give your kitty some extra comfort in her new, surprisingly affordable den.
Kong knows a thing or two about what dogs like, but with its new Bounzer toy, it's changing things up a bit with a more flexible material and a handle to encourage different types of interactive play, like tossing and retrieving or even playing tug-of-war. And, like many other Kong dog toys, it's stuffable.
We saw plenty of new products aimed at the senior pet market, but one of the products that truly made us smile was DogQuality's Dogger. It was developed to make sure you never have to leave your aging dog behind, even when he's no longer able to keep up with his own four feet. It includes many of the features one would look for in a stroller for human babies, including a rain cover, rear shocks, and a five-year warranty.
We can pretty much all agree that one of the least appealing perks of cat ownership is cleaning the litterbox. With this new litterbox, the cat enters, does her business, and then you simply spin the drum one way to sift the litter, then back the other way to level the litter out for the next use. The Litter Spinner claims to save time (you can clean out the box in just 20 seconds) and money (the method of cleaning wastes less litter). Sounds good to us!
The most important aspect of a dog toy is that the dog likes it. Second, it has to be durable. We consider it a bonus if it's also cute enough to sit on our desk in between play breaks. Petmate's Roopers easily hit all three marks, as they're made of durable rope that dogs love to gnaw on but come in a variety of collectible characters ranging from mice to cats and dogs, each with its own name and story.
Roopers, $4.99–$17.99, available in stores soon.
The Neko Flies products are popular with cats and owners alike, so when we saw a display of new products, we made a beeline toward them. Our favorite? The Katarantula, because come on, that's hilarious. Neko Flies toys are essentially buglike toys that hang on a string from the end of a rod, allowing you to play with your cat and nurture her hunting instincts. We might be partial to some of the funnier names, but we're pretty sure our cats would love any of them.