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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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                                                                                  7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                                                  7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                                                  Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                                                                  Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                                                                  This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                                                                  One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                                                                  Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                                                                  Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                                                                  1. Gratitude

                                                                                  Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                                                                  The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                                                                  Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                                                                  So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                                                                    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                                                                    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                                                                    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                                                                    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                                                                    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                                                                    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                                                                    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                                                                    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                                                                    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                                                                    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                                                                      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                                                                      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                                                                      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                                                                      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                                                                      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                                                                      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                                                                      6. Rise Earlier

                                                                                      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                                                                      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                                                                      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                                                                      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                                                                      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                                                                      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                                                                      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                                                                      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                                                                      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                                                                      Reference

                                                                                      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                                                                      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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