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40 Useful And Creative Ideas Every Pet Lover Should Try

40 Useful And Creative Ideas Every Pet Lover Should Try

We all love our pets and want to make our homes accessible and comfortable for them. So it comes as no surprise that there are so many products available made specially for them. Here are 40 wonderful ideas that every pet lover should try that will make any pet feel at home!

1. A Doggy Mattress So They Sleep Comfortably.

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    Doggy beds may be fine, but a doggy mattress like this one from Molly Mut will ensure that your pup gets the best night’s sleep possible.

    2. This Cat Friendly Bookcase So The Vertical Is Available To Your Cats.

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      This particular one is designed by Corentin Dombrecht. Cats love vertical space, so how better to incorporate it into your interior design than a big, beautiful bookcase?

      3. A Sofa With It’s Own Kennel To Make Your Dog Feel At Home.

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        Perfect if your dog gets a little overwhelmed in social situations or just likes to hide away! This one is available from Mpup!

        4. Cat Tables To Keep Your Cat Busy Exploring.

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          Cats are curious by nature, so why not make their lives that much more interesting indoors? This particular table was created by Emily Wettstein.

          5. Under-The-Stairs Cupboard That Becomes A Kennel So Your Dog Has It’s Very Own Space.

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            If it’s feasible for your home, then why not try this?

            6. A Cat Friendly Chair Because Those Who Rock Together, Stay Together.

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              The more cat-friendly furniture you have, the more included your feline friend will feel. This particular chair was designed by Paul Kweton.

              7. A Sofa Complete With Cat Tunnels So Your Cat Can Have Endless Adventures.

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                For those of you who are truly committed to your kitty’s comfort, and you can create your own!

                8. Ceiling And Wall Tunnels To Give Your Cat More Adventure Options.

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                  This is some extreme dedication to the happiness of your cat! Here’s how this particular mad lab was built.

                  9. Wall Beds So Every Empty Space Can Be Available To Your Pets.

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                    All you need to do is stick some shelves up and your furry friends will be having adventures in no time.

                    10. A Cat Walk So You Can Give Them The Whole Upper Part Of The Room If You Want To!

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                      I bet that is one happy cat! And it doesn’t even take up any extra space. Here’s some advice from “My Cat From Hell” star Jackson Galaxy on how to fit a cat walk.

                      11. Or Get This Coffee Table For Cats That Prefer Their Paws On The Ground.

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                        Attaching fabrics, sheets or even towels to the undersides of your furniture will allow your pets to get comfy. If you like this design, it’s available from E&Y, but it will run you around $1,400.

                        12. Outdoor Forts To Make Your Pet Feel Like Royalty.

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                          That is one lucky pup! Since this is practically a fancy shed, it should be simple to build.

                          13. An Outdoor Cat Walk To Keep Your Cat Contained.

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                            Yes, this will take a lot of effort, but if it’s right for you and your pet, it may be worth it.

                            14. A Cat Hut To Double As Indoor Greenery.

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                              Cat beds can be interesting and even fit into your decor too!

                              15. A Pet-Friendly Shower Curtain To Make Bath Time Less Of A Mess!

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                                With this shower curtain from Help ’em Wash, there is no chance of you getting wet when your dog inevitably shakes it’s wet coat.

                                16. This Cabinet Litter Box To Keep Messes Out Of Sight And Out Of Mind.

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                                  A quick trip to IKEA, and I bet anyone could build themselves and their furry friends a litter box cabinet.

                                  17. Doggy Bowls Incorporated Into Your Kitchen So Everyone Knows Where Their Food Is.

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                                    There’s no way that those bowls are getting knocked over or lost in this kitchen. Here’s a DIY dog bowl holder you can try yourself.

                                    18. A Cat Bed For The Radiator To Save Space.

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                                      Space saving and cat friendly! Two very important qualities in pet decor. Available from Amazon.

                                      19. Cat Playgrounds! For People Willing To Get The Most Out Of Their Vertical Space.

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                                        Here’s a How To from Instrucables, but more importantly, do they come in human size?

                                        20. A Kitty Scratch Bed That Will Save Your Furniture.

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                                          Save your furniture by giving them their own to scratch, and this one’s available form Kitty Pod.

                                          21. A Foldable Travel Bowl To Ensure That You Can Keep Your Pet Hydrated Wherever You Are.

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                                            Whether you’re going to the cafe or on holiday, this pet bowl will come in handy wherever. Get it from Bliss Paws here!

                                            22. An Electric Cat Toy That Will Keep Your Cat Occupied.

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                                              Available on Amazon, this will stimulate their natural hunter instincts without you having to do much of anything.

                                              23. The Hack For The Pet With Medication.

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                                                Make sure your fur baby never misses a dose again.

                                                24. A Light For Your Pet’s Collar When Going For A Walk In The Dark.

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                                                  Keep your dog and yourself safe while out on evening walks. These are available all over the place and Amazon has a particularly good range.

                                                  25. A Dog Basket For The Bike Enthusiast.

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                                                    We only recommend this for smaller dogs!

                                                    26. Novelty Dog Beds For Those With A Sense Of Humour.

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                                                      This one’s from Etsy, but I’m sure there are hundreds of different designs available to envelope your pet.

                                                      27. A Tennis Ball Shooter To Keep Your Dog Active.

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                                                        Check out the iFetch Kickstarter here!

                                                        28. This Dog Fountain So Your Dog Can Get Water Whenever They Need Some.

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                                                          Plus, you can show off how clever your dog is to friends and family or even complete strangers. Available on Amazon.

                                                          29. A Doggy Umbrella To Stop That Wet Dog Smell.

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                                                            Keep your dog dry and your house free of that awful smell that seems to never go away.

                                                            30. The Responsible Dog Owner’s Car Rack To Keep Everyone Safe And Happy On A Drive.

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                                                              Stop your dog from climbing into the front or making a mess by using this rail!

                                                              31. And Get This Seat Rucksack To Store Everything They’ll Need For The Journey.

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                                                                This just may be the most organised you’ve ever been!

                                                                32. This Plastic Sheet For Your Door Scratching Pet.

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                                                                  The days of repainting and berating are over when you purchase one of these sheets!

                                                                  33. Get This Cat Bed To Turn Your Cat Into A Burger.

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                                                                    Because why wouldn’t you want to do this? Available from Amazon Japan.

                                                                    34. This Desk Shelf To Give Your Cat Somewhere To Sit Other Than Your Laptop.

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                                                                      Why do they always sit on the keyboard?! Fortunately, The Refined Feline has the cure.

                                                                      35. This Quick And Easy Window Bed To Save Space And Give Some Comfort To Your Kitty.

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                                                                        If your cat loves to look out the window, then this is perfect for both of you.

                                                                        36. This Sofa Scratch Sheet That Will Save Your Couch.

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                                                                          If your cat just won’t take the hint, you may need to settle and get one of these scratch sheets to protect your furniture.

                                                                          37. This Tie To Save Your Toilet Paper.

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                                                                            Amazon currently sells this antidote to the toilet paper clawing kitty’s in your life. Because pets just love to make messes. Especially with the toilet paper!

                                                                            38. A Kitty Face Scratcher and Massager To Keep Your Cat Content.

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                                                                              Because you’re not always available but lucky for you both, this is!

                                                                              39. A Kitty Play Pal To Keep Your Pet Busy.

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                                                                                Available from Hammacher, this solar powered toy will keep your kitty busy.

                                                                                40. A Door Vent That Allows Cats To Go Wherever They Want, But Not Their Canine Companions.

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                                                                                  This is perfect if your cat is allowed in your bedroom, but your dog – who’s just been out in the muddy garden – is not.

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: JimmyHsu / 毛導 via flickr.com

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                                                                                  Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                                                  The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                                                  The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                                                  It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                                                  If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                                                  One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                                                  Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                                                  In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                                                  Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                                                  The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                                                  Stress

                                                                                  If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                                                  Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                                                  We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                                                  While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                                                  Eating close to bedtime

                                                                                  Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                                                  Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                                                  Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                                                  Medical conditions

                                                                                  In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                                                  The vicious sleep cycle

                                                                                  The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                                                  Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                                                  You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                                                  –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                                                  –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                                                  –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                                                    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                                                    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                                                    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                                                    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                                                    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                                                    Here are a few suggestions:

                                                                                    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                                                    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                                                    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                                                    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                                                    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                                                    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                                                    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                                                    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                                                    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                                                    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                                                    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                                                    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                                                    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                                                    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                                                    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                                                    Sleep better form now on

                                                                                    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                                                    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                                                    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                                                                    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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