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7 Accessories Our Pets Probably Secretly Want

7  Accessories Our Pets Probably Secretly Want

There’s no doubt that our dogs and cats want nothing more than hugs, scratches behind the ear and on the stomach, and treats. Since we can’t communicate with our pets directly, how do we know what their needs (and wants) are? There’s no harm in treating them with material  things as long as they’re practical. Modern pets want to step up their game too. If we can wear in-season outfits, tinker with the latest gadgets, or lounge on the comfiest sofas, why can’t they?

Having a pet is quite complex. It’s not just about finding yourself company at home or something that’s decided on a whim. Considering it has to be fed, cared for and looked after, it’s almost like we’re being prepared for parenthood. When it comes to efficiency, accessories that are easy to store, space-conserving and durable will always win.

1. Barking in the Rain

Dogs are prone to sicknesses too, so making sure they are kept dry and warm during rainy season is a must. We can’t always rely on the climate to remain pleasant. Although there are no “rules” about our pets playing in the rain or snow, too much of it may be harmful.

Make the experience of walking your dog in the rain comfortable and enjoyable by giving them their own doggy umbrella. Famously styled after the transparent Japanese umbrellas, the umbrella made of clear material makes it easy for you to keep an eye on them. It comes with a leash too so you never have to worry about them wandering too far.

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    2. King of the Backseat

    Rather than keeping them attached to a leash with minimal freedom to move around, why not cover the backseats instead? We wouldn’t wish it on any pet, but restricting their movement by keeping them tied can lead to possible strangulation. Setting up a car seat cover allows them to roam around the back seat as much as they want without getting their fur everywhere. Plus, owners can drive without having to constantly look back and worry about the backseats being ruined.

    3. Cutely Carry Your Canine

    In terms of versatility, an accessory that doubles as a car seat, a plush pet bed and a carrier is a pretty good deal. This product has been tested the same way children’s car seats are proven reliable, so pet safety is guaranteed.

    Owners who feel bad about leaving their tiny pets behind rather than going through the hassle of carrying them around, this is your chance to make it up to them. It comes with a detachable mesh dome that keeps them from unpredictably jumping out. You can now carry them conveniently and in style.

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    Versions that fit under airplane seats and rest on top of suitcases are also available for jetsetter owner-pet duos. On the other hand, larger canines and felines have no choice but to trek by foot.

      4. Portable Pet Bowl Banquets

      Collapsible and made from silicone, this portable pet bowl saves you the trouble of fumbling for actual dining appliances in your purse.

      Although raw food and meat are good for our pets, we can’t always carry it around with us when traveling with them. Instead, replace the meat with healthy dog treats and drinking water for easier cleanup on the go. Keeping their tummies happy and hydrated has never been easier.

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      5. Chasing Lights with your Cats

      Pets will never say “No” to cuddle time and one-on-one interactions with their owners. As nocturnal animals, always expect your cat to eventually crawl into bed with you. Cats are touchy and clingy animals that constantly require attention (that’s if they’re not sleeping their day away). With the laser cat toy, your cat will have laser patterns to chase, pounce at and keep themselves busy even while you’re away. Set it up in a safe and spacious area so no mishaps occur while they’re busy frolicking.

        6. Track your Tail-wagger Twenty-Four Seven

        GPS technology is no longer limited to just vehicles and maps. If you can use GPS to find your car in a crowded parking lot, it can also be used to track your pets.

        The Nuzzle is a smart collar which keeps you up to date with your pet’s activities (both indoors and out). Choose to secure the collar with the built in tracker directly, or mount it on their already existing gear. This can be used on multiple pets and comes with a “geofence” feature so you’re notified if they roam a little too far away. Say goodbye to “lost pet” flyers, search parties and anxious stopovers at animal shelters.

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        Pets can benefit from technology too.

        7. Sturdy Pup Paraphernalia

        You want their toy to be fun, but also durable. For heavy chewers, toys that are tough last barely a few months. A pet toy should be made out of non-toxic material and be chunky so there’re no risks of accidentally swallowing some of its parts. Only you know your dog’s chewing strength; “indestructible” labels and persuasive marketing shouldn’t convince you too easily. Just like any material object, toys will reach their end eventually. Veer towards rubberized material or strong rope based toys.

        We all want the best for our canine companion, especially if you consider them your “baby”. No matter what pet we have, they guarantee that we will always have another source of joy, entertainment and most importantly, love. This is just one way for us to give back.

        Once you’ve gotten the hang of raising a pet, we can’t assure that having children should be any easier – nevertheless, as long as they get along, having both is definitely a blessing.

        Featured photo credit: Pexels.com via pexels.com

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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