Just in time for your holiday shopping, there’s a new robotic cat toy, a new tree ornament from Fancy Feast and more.
Robotic Cat Toy Could Become Your Cat’s New Best Friend
Cute, isn’t it? The new Ebo robotic cat toy could keep your cat entertained for hours, or at least a few minutes. There’s something in it for you, too. With the Ebo app, you can monitor and record your cats while they play and play along with them via live stream. And if your friends haven’t seen enough cat pictures, the app lets you share on social media.
The toy has collision sensors so it doesn’t crash into things or disappear under the couch while it’s rolling across the floor. Its eyes, movements and sounds mimic live prey.
This product is so new, no cats actually have one yet. But it will start shipping in December, so your cats will have one in time for Christmas. It sells for $158, and, for now, is available only on the manufacturer’s Kickstarter page. When the Kickstarter campaign ends, you’ll be able to buy it from online retailers.
Fancy Feast Tree Ornament Helps Shelter Cats
Share the love this holiday season with a Fancy Feast tree ornament. Your $3 donation buys two ornaments and will go to Adopt-A-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption platform.
The felt ornaments are hand-stitched with an embroidered Fancy Feast cat adorned with beads. If the beads won’t come off, one could be a fun toy for your cat.
The ornaments are available only from the Fancy Feast Festivities website.
Holiday Cash For Miami-Dade Residents Who Trap/Neuter/Return
If you live in the Miami-Dade area, here’s a chance to do a lot of good and earn some Christmas cash at the same time.
Miami-Dade County Animal Services’ Tip the Trapper program pays $15 for every outdoor cat who’s brought to its Pet Adoption and Protection Center to be neutered/spayed and then returned to its outdoor home.
“We rely on our volunteer trappers to bring in outdoor cats for our program,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services. “When a cat comes in to be vaccinated and sterilized, we ear-tip him. Now for the first time, we’re ‘tipping’ our trappers for their help.”
Cats must weigh at least three pounds, be “treated humanely and with respect” and returned to the outdoor locations where they were trapped.
This sounds like a great idea, and I wish other jurisdictions would give it a try. But I also wish Miami-Dade Animal Services had replied to my email when I asked how it will ensure that the cats are treated humanely by the trappers and returned to the locations where they were trapped when they’re released from the spay/neuter clinic.
Meow Mix Remix
This isn’t exactly the holidays, but it’s fun. Remember the iconic Meow Mix jingles with meowing cats? They’re back! But they’re updated to reflect the tastes of today’s music and cat fans.
Our favorite is Chanteuse Luna’s R&B version of the jingle. Check out her litter box. Diva cat that she is, she has a box filled with tiny diamonds.
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