According to the American Pet Products Association, (www.americanpetproducts.org) consumers are projected to spend $60 billion on pet products and services in 2015. While this figure includes food and veterinary care, a growing portion of what pet owners spend goes toward items meant to make pets happier.
Pet owners hate leaving their pets home alone, especially ones that become bored or anxious. Luckily, there are a variety of products and gadgets available to entertain pampered pooches and curious cats while they are alone.
- Kong offers treat-release toys for both dogs and cats. The heavy-duty toys are meant to take abuse as pets chew, bat, and try to get to the food treats inside. The Kong also offers retailers add-on sales opportunities by requiring pet treats to go with the toy.
- iFetch Interactive Dog Ball Launcher is an automated unit that throws balls for dogs to chase. Best for smaller dogs (it comes with three miniature tennis balls), with a bit of training, dogs can learn to drop a ball into the launcher and wait for the throw.
- The Mystery Motion Cat toy encourages cats to chase it by mimicking the motions of actual prey.
- The Animal Planet Auto-motion Interactive Pet Laser toy has random light patterns to keep pets guessing. Lights can project on walls or floors, and it has a built in timer and automatic shutoff to save on battery power.