Pet Product Review: Petzi Treat Cam

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The Petzi Treat Cam enables dog and cat parents to see, speak to and dispense treats to their pets remotely via a mobile app. (Photo from Petzi)

Lily, Murphy and I recently received a very cool pet product called the Petzi Treat Cam for our review. This ingenious device enables dog and cat parents to remotely dispense treats to their pets via an app one downloads onto their smartphone or tablet.

But that’s not all. The Treat Cam also enables you to see and speak to your pets in real time, snap pics of them and post them to the Petzi social platform, as well as other sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Here’s how it works.

High-Tech Treats for Pets

This is a relatively simple device that consists of a smallish white plastic box with a camera in the middle and a slot that dispenses treats at the bottom. You can mount it on a wall or just leave it on the floor, as I did. You load hard treats that must be less than 1-inch in size by removing the front cover and pouring them into an opening at the top.

You then download a free Petzi app onto a smartphone or tablet via Google Play or the App Store, and set up an account. When the cute little blue dragon Petzi icon appears on your mobile device, you tap it to be connected to the Petzi network, where you gain access to a camera that enables you to see your pets, and buttons that allow you to speak to your pets, snap their pics and dispense treats for them. It’s that simple, and fun!

Lily and Murphy Give the Petzi Treat Cam Two Paws Up

My two kitties love this, Lily especially. When she has a hankering for a treat, she will stand next to it and gaze at it longingly. I love it, too, although there are a few kinks.

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Lily gets set to enjoy some treats courtesy of the Petzi Treat Cam. (Photo by Alissa Wolf)

I love the idea that I can check on my kitties, say, “Hi,” to them and feed them treats while I am toiling away in corporate America in another city, in another state some 20 miles away.

The only kink I found is that the treats scatter randomly all over the kitchen floor. So I set the box in a small Pyrex casserole. That does help a bit, but the treats still scatter across the floor.

Fortunately, I keep my kitchen floor nice and clean, so it’s not that huge of an issue. However, I do think this probably works best when it’s mounted to a wall.

Petzi Provides Excellent Customer Service

This review would not be complete if I didn’t give a shout out to the company’s customer support. I initially was not able to set up my app and account, because I recently moved into a new apartment and had not connected my phone to my wifi network.

When I called the support line, a very patient, congenial customer service rep named Dustin got to the bottom of my issue and walked me through a very lengthy process to get me up and running. So that’s another huge plus.

When all is said and done, my kitties and I think this is a “meow-velous” pet product, which provides lots of enjoyment for all of us.

(Product and company information: Founded in 2013 and based in San Jose, Calif., Petzi is an up-and-coming leader in technology designed to bring people and pets closer together. The Treat Cam retails for $169.99.)

The Benefits of Colloidal Silver for Pets

 

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I used colloidal silver to successfully treat Murphy’s rodent ulcers. It worked!

Ever since I wrote my articles about how to treat rodent ulcers in cats for this blog and Catster, both of which went viral, I have been bombarded with emails from cat parents seeking further info about how to use colloidal silver to treat this ailment in their kitties.

As people increasingly seek natural, alternative, holistic remedies for themselves and their pets, there has been a great deal of interest in this “super antibiotic” in recent times. So below is the 411 about what this is, its many uses how it can benefit pets.

A Brief History of Colloidal Silver

According to the website Natural News, what is often referred to as “the world’s oldest antibiotic” is a mineral that consists of silver atoms suspended in ion-less distilled water. The particles of silver are small enough to penetrate on a cellular level and destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites and viruses.

And it’s far from new. In fact, medical historians claim that colloidal silver first came into vogue back in 4,000 B.C. The first recorded medical uses took place in the 700s, during which it was initially used to treat heart ailments and halitosis.

For many centuries, wealthy people in particular used silver in the form of urns, eating utensils and such in order to preserve wine and water, and to ward off life-threatening diseases, such as the plague.

Interest in this wonder mineral really began to take off in the 1800s and on through the 1930s, when this was used to treat wounds, burns, infections and other medical issues. It was widely used during World War I to treat soldiers who sustained wounds, as a way to ward off infections.

In more modern times, colloidal silver fell out of favor with the mainstream medical community, as big pharmaceutical companies commenced the manufacturing of synthetic antibiotics, and hence discouraged medical professionals from using natural remedies in order to protect their bottom line.

But it is now making a big comeback, as people are becoming more knowledgeable about complementary alternatives to mainstream medicine.

What Colloidal Silver Can Treat in Pets

Research indicates that the powerful antimicrobial properties of this mineral render this effective in treating up to 650 disease-causing organisms. Holistic and even a number of traditional Western veterinary health experts claim that colloidal silver can be used to successfully treat – topically and/or internally – a number of pet ailments including:

  • Abscesses
  • Burns
  • Dental issues, such as gum ailments
  • Ear, eye and other infections
  • Internal and external ulcers, including rodent ulcer
  • Mange
  • Ringworm
  • Seedy toe in horses
  • Tummy issues…and more

Some people even say that this can help to prevent fleas in dogs and cats, and can aid in strengthening the immune system overall.

How to Use Colloidal Silver for Pets

I received many inquiries about what ppm to use when treating pet ailments. Most experts recommend between 10 and 20 depending on the severity of the issue. I used Sovereign Silver 10 ppm, which I got from a health food store, to treat Murphy’s rodent ulcers. There are many good brands on the market in addition to this. Just make sure that you purchase pure colloidal as opposed to ionic silver.

Meanwhile, some experts insist that this should only be purchased in glass bottles. However, leading colloidal silver maker Holistic Pet Care claims that this doesn’t apply to high-quality versions of the product, and their specially made Cobalt Blue bottles keep the product pure.

As for dosage, when administering internally, you can merely add this to a cat’s drinking water at a ratio of ½ to 1 ounce, depending on their weight, and 2 to 4 ounces for dogs, depending on their size. Or you can place it in a spray bottle and spritz this on their canned food at a rate of 10 to 20 squirts, or on their kibble, allowing this to air dry before feeding.

As for external administration, you can either pour some into a small spray bottle and spritz some directly onto affected areas, as the pet will allow, or place a little on a cotton ball and dab it on two to three times a day.

For More Information on Colloidal Silver for Pets

Arguably, Steve Barwick, an Arizona-based animal lover, colloidal silver expert and author of the best-selling book “The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual,” provides some of the best info on the subject. You can learn more on his website thesilveredge.com.

Of course, you should seek the services of a veterinarian when your pet has any health issues. And if your vet recommends mainstream medicine, that is certainly something to explore. But colloidal silver can be an excellent complement to traditional treatment, and in many cases can expedite healing so that your beloved pets can go back to being their happy, healthy selves.

If you have any questions or input, please feel free to post these in the comments section below, or email me directly.

 

Puppy and Kitten Bowls Score Points for Cuteness

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Get set for some “furry” adorable gridiron action with Puppy Bowl XII and Kitten Bowl III, airing on the Animal Planet and Hallmark Channel respectively during tomorrow’s Super Bowl 50 game.

While the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers duke it out in the human version of the big game, pups and kitties from various animal rescue organizations from all over the U.S. will be vying for the titles of top dogs and cats.

The Puppy Bowl, airing on Animal Planet from 3-5 p.m. EST, will feature 49 “pup-letes” representing teams Fluff and Ruff, a 2:30 p.m. pre-game show with game highlights, a Kitty Half-Time Show and Silky Chicken Cheerleaders. Returning “rufferee” Dan Schachner will be joined by assistant ref Stanley the Skunk.

The Kitten Bowl, which begins at noon on the Hallmark Channel, will be hosted by renowned animal lover Beth Stern, acclaimed sports announcer and commentator Mary Carillo and John “Voice of the New York Yankees” Sterling. Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Boomer Esiason will act as Feline Football League (FFL) Commissioner.

Every one of the kitties and pups to be featured in both games will be available for adoption. No matter who wins, these too-cute-for-words athletes are all champions in my book, and I hope each and every one of them scores the loving homes they so deserve.

Litter Did You Know: Tips for Cat Parents Whose Kitties are Having Bathroom Issues

Litter-Box-IssueI have had many pet parents contact me through the years to ask me for advice in regard to their kitties’ litter box issues. For one, I have had readers say that their cats have stopped using their litter boxes altogether.

There may be a number of reasons for this:

  • Your kitty may be ill, so a trip to the vet is in order.
  • You have changed his brand of litter.
  • You have changed the location of her litter box.
  • You have changed his litter box to a type that’s unfamiliar to him.
  • You have changed your kitty’s food or overall diet.
  • You are undergoing a major life change, such as a move, or the birth or a new baby…etc.

Barring that your cat has health issues, cats are very clean, fastidious creatures who demand the right bathroom products, and territories in which to do their business. So it’s important to use the right litter in the right litter box in the right location.

Natural Litter is Best

When choosing cat litter, make sure that it is free of fragrance, dyes and other harsh chemicals. This can have numerous toxic effects on cats ranging from respiratory ailments to urinary tract issues. It’s always best to choose natural litters that are made from biodegradable products such as pine or cedar. And try to avoid clay or clumping litters, as these can be bad for kitties, and the environment.

Use the Right Litter Box

Most cats prefer boxes that are large enough for them to sit and stand in with plenty of room to move. Older cats and kittens require boxes with lower sides, for ease of entry and exiting. But most cats prefer bigger boxes. If you have multiple kitties, the rule of thumb is that you should provide one box per cat.

Location, Location, Location

Cats like to do their business in a cozy yet spacious private place, away from noisy household appliances, dogs, kids and clutter. A spare bathroom, or large laundry room where you can keep the litter box a reasonable distance from the washer and dryer work great.

And make sure that your cat(s) have easy access to their boxes, so that they don’t have to travel long distances in order to find them.

Keep it Clean

Felines are very fussy about the cleanliness of their litter boxes. So always remove solid waste, (ie., poop) as quickly as possible. Be sure to rake the litter, to help absorb liquid waste. And thoroughly clean their boxes and replace the litter at least once a week, if not more.

Lily and Murphy’s Litter Box Advice

I use a large litter box, which I keep in my bathroom, next to my toilet, for my cats. As for their litter, they prefer Kitty Diggings, a simple, natural, inexpensive product made from Fuller’s Earth, which is free of any fragrances and chemicals.

I clean the box twice a week by first pouring the used litter into a large bag. I then place the box under the bathtub faucet and run some hot water into the bottom to loosen the leftover debris.

I next pour the water from the box into the toilet, then drizzle a little bit of mild liquid soap into the bottom of the box, run some more hot water from the bathtub faucet into the box and place the scooper in there, allowing this to soak for a few minutes.

Finally, I wipe off the scooper with some paper towels, pour the water from the box into the toilet and rinse out the box with some more hot water, which I pour into the toilet.

After wiping out the box with paper towels, I sprinkle some baking soda along the bottom, and then add a couple of inches of clean litter.

Voila! My kitties have a safe, clean place to do their business. And we’re one happy little family.

Do you have any suggestions or questions about kitty litter issues? Feel free to share them in the comments space below.