Thursday, 26 July 2018

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Most Advanced Cat Flap Ever? Our Review

I was recently invited to review the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect. Coming with the bold claim of being 'The most advanced cat door ever'. My research showed that the company, Sure PetCare do have an excellent reputation for producing quality cat flaps and pet doors so it was a claim worthy of further investigation.

Disclaimer - I was given the product and hub as a free sample and paid a small amount for my time in writing this review but if I felt it was a poor product either to begin with or upon further research then you wouldn't be reading this right now. I only review products that I feel would be of real interest to my subscribers.

The Company

Sure Petcare who present this product in their Sureflap range came out very well in my 'Amazon Test'. Plenty of great feedback on the internet giant's site shows that the company's previous offerings have been extremely well received by a large number of previous customers.This for me is a key sign of credibility as a good number of people spending their money online and feeding back will generally give a good indicator of customer satisfaction. 

I was aware prior to this review that the company had gained a lot of credibility across their product range by winning a few respectable industry awards.

A 3 year warranty from a business that I found pleasant to deal with was also a good sign of a company that believes in their product and is prepared to back that up with a decent assurance.

The Sureflap Microchip Cat Door Connect
This neat little video gives a good quick overview of the product

Microchip Cat Flap Connect from Sure Petcare on Vimeo.
The connection with your pet just got better.

I will freely confess, as a non-techie, my primary interests were whether the cat door was easy to set up and if the high-tech benefits connected with the product were going to be worth it.

The cat flap itself is of a sturdy construction and alongside the Hub arrived well packaged and of a nice appearance. The compact cat's head shaped Hub is pretty cool looking and cat owners are sure to appreciate this little touch.

After downloading the app, the ease of set-up is very welcome and the user booklet in the main box alongside the Hub's own quick start guide give clear information of both installation and technology set-up. I was impressed so far.

Features And Benefits
This is where I was a bit blown away. In my capacity of owning cats and a pet business I had gained experience of a number of cat flaps, from the basic to the more standard microchip connected offerings but this was something else.

Essentially the set-up is designed so that the included Hub connects the cat flap to the Sure Petcare app so that you can monitor your cats activity at a level that genuinely surprised me!

I'm a bit benefits driven when reviewing anything and especially when recommending products to my readership. The features of and benefits to cat owners when considering purchasing the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect include:

Receive notifications whenever your cat(s) enter or leave your home. This feature is enhanced by the fact that the system can keep track of 30+ cats so even the most extreme multi-cat households could well be interested in this feature.

The system reads your cat's microchip OR Sureflap Rfid collar tag (not supplied). This nicely answers the question for owners of cats that haven't been microchipped. The system also allows access/ingress to individual cats within a multi-cat environment.

The ability to lock/unlock the cat flap remotely and set/change curfew times. Loved this feature!

The product's impressive trademarked DualScan technology allows owners to set permissions for each individual cat so you can keep certain cats indoors whilst others can roam in and out.

The system allows owners shared app access to friends, family or maybe a pet sitter and manage their permissions. I think this is a great feature and it pleasantly surprised me. The times I could have used this when I ran a physical pet business!

The ingenious app gives owners the  ability to monitor and store activity records for their cats. I like this feature a lot. Cat owners are able to monitor their cat's long-term activity which may ultimately allow them to see changes in behaviour. 

Keeps out intruder animals. The more basic cat flaps potentially allow unwanted guests to find their way into a cat owner's home.

Other things I liked. The company show their experience in the marketplace by going out of their way to be as informative as possible. Examples of this include a handy microchip compatibility checker and good general product information and support on their website and easy to digest accompanying information with their product.

So would I recommend the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect?
I needed to answer three basic questions of this product before I would recommend it:

Is it a good product from a business that I would buy from? It certainly is. A well constructed and benefits packed cat door that goes well beyond the basic model of a cat flap. The product goes some way beyond the microchip connected cat doors available at present.
The company has proved itself knowledgeable and informative. I also like a business to offer good product support, guarantees, accessories and a network of stockists and these boxes were ticked.
The business website and the information that came with the promptly delivered product offers easy to digest and unexpectedly pre-emptive answers to a number of questions that I had intended to ask.

Do I know anyone personally that would buy this product?
I know a few cat owners that would love the benefits that this product brings and would be highly likely to be interested in purchasing it.

Does it live up to its bold statement of being 'The Most Advanced Cat Flap Ever'? 
I haven't found one to beat it's range of features and benefits!

So it's an unequivocal yes from me. I think this is a groundbreaking product that should do well in the marketplace with the kind of owner that is looking for the features and benefits on offer. It's a little more expensive but I feel that it offers a lot and justifies the higher price tag.

Where can I purchase a SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect?
Either directly from the website or you have the choice of a variety of the large internet shopping giants. If visiting the website and you click your country flag top right you can go to your own countries site and there is a where to buy function on the about page that also lists your local stockist if you type in your address.

Friday, 6 July 2018

A Chastity Belt For Dogs In Season - Our Review

I don't review many products as my criteria of them being innovative/unusual/informative is a stringent one but when I came across an anti-breeding belt for dogs in season I felt that a review could be of benefit to my readers.

Disclosure - I will disclose that I was paid a small fee for my time in writing this review but as stated above...if I felt it was a poor product to begin with, or upon further research, you wouldn't be reading about it right now.

So what's it all about?
The ingenious team at PABS (pet anti-breeding system) in Shreveport Louisiana USA have developed the world's first safe, non-surgical and non-invasive breeding-control harness - essentially a chastity belt for female dogs in heat!

There is very credible research that supports the delayed spaying of dogs such as this article from the respected AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) here as well as the myriad of highly reputable sources on the Delay Her Spay website here which also adds the pensive disclaimer that they are NOT against spaying your dog they simply want to help owners make an informed decision on the potential hazards of spaying their female dog too early.

The product benefits and design were of particular interest to me.

Aside from the potential health benefits for young female dogs in season outlined above what I really like about the PABS breeding-control harness is the thoughtful way that the product has been designed.

Questions many people may have about the product:

Will the PABS chastity belt hurt or be uncomfortable for a female dog in heat?
Not at all, the anti-breeding harness straps on like any other harness. The eight-point buckle system is adjustable to ensure a comfortable fit. Once properly fitted, your dog is able to run around and play as normal.

Is my dog able to relieve herself whilst wearing the harness?
Yes! The heart-shaped mesh rear of the harness is cleverly designed not only for the dog's tail to comfortably pass through but also to allow her to defecate over the top. The mesh design also allows urine to pass through.

Is the harness reusable?
Yes! The sturdy webbing and polypropylene mesh ensures that the harness is reusable for a couple of heat cycles. The company do advise that owners store the harness away from their female dogs between cycles as the scent of a previously worn harness could attract her as well as attracting the attention of male dogs.

Are there any accompanying products?
The company sell washable and reusable Sani-T dog diapers. These dog diapers cover your dog's vulva when inserted in the pocket of the PABS Delay Her Spay harness to protect your surfaces during the early stages of your dog's heat cycle (her period).

Should an owner wait until their female dog is in heat or order the harness/diapers beforehand?
PABS advises owners to order prior to the onset of their dog's heat cycle.This is sensible advice as it also allows your dog to become accustomed to wearing the harness.

Can the harness and diapers be used to address incontinence issues in older dogs?
Yes! Used in conjunction, PABS Sani-T pads (diapers) and harness offer an advantage over conventional products on the market that deal with canine incontinence in that their products are designed to stay on where other products are more easily removed.

I like the idea of this product. It solves a problem that I have previously talked about with dog owners and breeders.

I do my own research when asked to review a product and found some very credible sources supporting the product and its aims.

Renita Marshall, DVM, MS an animal reproductive scientist at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA conducted tests using multiple breeds in various settings and found the PABS system to be 98 percent effective in preventing unwanted breeding. The remaining 2 percent could be attributed to incorrect fitting.

There are also some excellent testimonials here from genuine users of the system.

This reviewer in America gives a good insight into the product by 'road testing' it on her French Bulldog who was due to come into heat and her positive findings can be found here

I found the developer of the product and President of the company Dexter Blanch to be a man who is knowledgeable and passionate about his product.

The company website is thoughtfully laid out with informative videos and a lot of well presented information about the business, their aims and the products themselves. I particularly like the fact that the company encourages contacting them prior to placing an order to ensure you get the right sizing and information for YOUR dog - a professional and personal touch facilitated by a live chat function on their website.

The company are presently looking for UK and worldwide distributors for the PABS system after making good sales and being well received in the United States. If you are interested in becoming a distributor you can find out more by contacting them directly here

As I stated at the beginning of my review, I don't review many products as I believe that it's important to only recommend products and services that I believe to be of genuine interest and benefit to my subscribers.

So...would I recommend the PABS system?
Yes I would! Aside from seeing the potential benefits of the product for dog owners and breeders, I genuinely like the company and it's aims. They're not pushy or vague to deal with. Highlighting the potential benefits of their products with pensive informative research I feel that the business strikes the right note with potentially interested dog owners.

The President of the business Mr Blanch discussed with me his plans to develop a network of distributors worldwide to bring the products to a wider market and I am happy to support this by recommending PABS products to my readership.

Where can I buy a PABS system for my dog?
Orders can be placed at The company ships internationally and the checkout process is excellent as it converts to the country of order placement showing expected delivery time (which is very quick for an internationally shipped product) and reasonable postage and packing costs. Cost wise, I found the product to be very fairly priced and believe it will be a hit with customers.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Interesting Cat Related Trivia From Our Archives

One thing I have learned about cat owners is that they never get bored of finding out new things about our feline friends.

I've recently been 'trawling' the archives to find some cat related snippets that I hope our cat loving readership will enjoy....

Cat Warm Temperature Tolerance
You have probably noticed that most cats tend to head for the shade on a summer's day to take a nap. What you may not know is that according to the the physiology section here cats can tolerate temperatures up to 56 degrees centigrade (or 133 degrees Farenheit) with an ample water supply!

Cat Ear Tufts
Ever noticed those little tufts of hair inside your cat's ears? It may interest you to know that their function is to keep out dirt, direct sound into the ears and for insulation. They have a quirky little name as they are known as 'ear furnishings'.

Sir Isaac Newton Invented The Cat Flap, Well Almost!
The famous English scientist is widely recognised as one of the most influential people of all time. Famed for his formulation of the laws of motion and hailed as the man who deciphered gravity, Newton is also, in some circles, credited with being the inventor of the humble cat flap.
Frustrated at his cat Spithead continually wrecking his experiments by wanting to go in and out the room, Newton came up with the idea of making two holes in the wall acting as access and egress to keep both himself and his feline companion and her kitten happy.
Whilst the tale above has been open to interpretation, what is indisputable is that the door to cat lover Newton's chambers was found to have holes of dimensions suitable for this purpose.

Cats Have Whiskers On Their Front Legs!
Cat owners may be surprised to learn that cats really do have whiskers on their front legs. Known as carpal whiskers their function is to allow the cat sensory feedback on caught prey that they are holding. The nerve endings in these carpal whiskers give the cat information on how much  a caught prey may be struggling and the best course of action as a cat's short vision is not very good. More can be found out about these whiskers here 

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